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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveEli Manning is better known for leading by example, for his quiet under pressure, and his calm in every storm.

Every once in a while, though, he raises his voice when he feels it's necessary. That's what he did on Sunday. And his teammates responded to what they heard.

"Pregame, he gave a fiery speech that got everybody riled up," running back Orleans Darkwa said on a conference call on Monday, one day after the Giants' 12-9 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs. "To have a guy like that who's been through so much, that's got those two Super Bowl rings, we follow him. We follow his footsteps in everything. So to have him come up there, it shows the weight that he carries on the team."...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Friday.

Jason Pierre-Paul's absence at practice Thursday wasn't injury-related >> Read More

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Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, Scott Thompson
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The playoffs are out of the question after a 1-6 start, especially with all the injuries the Giants are enduring. And with the trade deadline gone, the Giants blew their chance to turn a few excess veterans into extra draft picks. So that pretty much takes all the drama and excitement out of the final nine games of the year.

So, as the Giants return from their bye week to face the resurgent Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, what is left to watch in this miserable season? More than you'd think, even if it's not what anyone hoped would be at stake down the stretch this year...

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants recorded 177 yards of total offense as they fell to 1-6 with a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

A week after totaling 148 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos, New York's ground game recorded 46 rushing yards, led by Orleans Darkwa's 35. 

Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass to Paul Richardson on a fourth-quarter flea flicker after Manning lost a fumble.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, Seattle Seahawks
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-5) vs. the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It might actually feel a little like fall by kickoff: a day with temperatures in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies and some moderate Meadowlands winds should be in the 60s by kickoff, heading down from there.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Seattle Seahawks, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Olivier Vernon missed practice Thursday after participating on Wednesday. Eli Apple returned after not showing up Wednesday due to personal reasons. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned to the Giants, and was apologetic for his actions that led to his suspension. WR Sterling Shepard also returned to practice. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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McAdoo gives up play-calling 00:05:17
Jon and Marc discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hand over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)
Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)

Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.

Darkwa, whose longest run of the day was 47 yards, amassed all of his yardage while playing just 27 of the team's 54 offensive snaps, Jordan Raanan of ESPN noted.

"That's what you dream of as a back, you know, you want to get fed, and that was our game plan going in," Darkwa told reporters after the game. "It was going to be a grind-it-out game, and we were able to have success off of that. And the O-line, tight ends, wide receivers, they did a hell of a job blocking. That's on them. All of that yardage is on them, because there were a lot of plays I didn't get touched. I owe them all the credit for that."

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.

Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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GEICO SportsNite: Beckham injury 00:02:31
The Football Night in New York crew discusses Odell Beckham Jr. fracturing his ankle in the team's loss to the Chargers.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' season is just about over. And now Odell Beckham Jr.'s season could be over, too.

The superstar receiver was carted off the field on Sunday after suffering a fractured left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants say he may need surgery, which would almost certainly end his season. A source familiar with his injury said that surgery is "likely," though a decision won't be made until after he has an MRI.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost four wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, to injury in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning they only have one healthy receiver on the roster: Roger Lewis Jr.

Beckham may need surgery on a fractured left ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to go up for a catch, and the 24-year-old receiver could miss the rest of the season.

Earlier in the gameBrandon Marshall was carted off with an ankle injury, Sterling Shepard left the game with an ankle injury and Dwayne Harris broke his foot, leaving Lewis, the second-year pro out of Bowling Green, as the last man standing.

"It hurts -- like, what, three, four of my brothers got hurt today," Lewis said after the game. "They're like big brothers to me. So, it really hurts."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Jerell Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Matt Eisenberg
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 (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
(Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looks like it can't get any worse … it gets worse.

Not only have the Giants lost as many games this season (five) as they lost all of last season, but they've now lost their best player, likely for the entire season, and four-fifths of what they thought would be the best receiving corps in the league.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giant injuries 00:00:53
Head Coach Ben McAdoo, wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning discuss the Giants' 0-5 start amid mounting injuries.

Philip Rivers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Gordon with 2:58 to play and the Los Angeles Chargers rallied to beat the New York Giants 27-22 on Sunday in a game worthy of two teams that started the season 0-4.

The touchdown pass was Rivers' third of the game and came three plays after Kyle Emanuel had a sack, forced fumble and recovery against Eli Manning at the Giants 11-yard line. It also came four plays after Odell Beckham Jr. hurt an ankle and become the fourth Giants receiver knocked out of the game. >> Read more

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Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers
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New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The San Diego -- er, um -- Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at the Giants (0-4 … Wait, is that right?) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should rain on your pregame tailgate party and it could rain late in the game, and in between it'll be 80 degrees and cloudy as two horribly disappointing 0-4 teams play. So, in a word: Yuck.

WHAT IT MEANS

Nothing, as far as the playoffs go -- that dream is all but dead. But this game could be a tipping point for how ugly this season gets. A win and the Giants get a few days of feeling good about themselves, looking at the standings and dreaming about how there's a lot of football left to be played. Lose to an 0-4 team that has to come across country to play them, though, and … well, if you really think things couldn't get any worse, that would surely put the theory to the test.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, San Diego Chargers, Wayne Gallman, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled center Weston Richburg and running back Paul Perkins out for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

New York also listed defensive ends Olivier VernonJason Pierre-Paul and Avery Moss, and offensive guard John Jerry as questionable with various injuries.

Pierre-Paul told SNY's Taylor Rooks on Thursday that he'd be ready to go on Sunday.

Richburg has been in the league's concussion protocol, and Brett Jones is likely to be the team's starting center on Sunday, according to Inside Football's Patricia Traina, as the Giants seek their first win of the season.

Tags: Avery Moss, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Wayne Gallman, Weston Richburg
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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, says he's playing against the Chargers on Sunday.

"Of course I'm playing Sunday," Pierre-Paul told reporters. "No question." 

Pierre-Paul played every snap of the Giants' loss to Tampa in Week 4, with head coach Ben McAdoo saying the shoulder issue developed earlier this week.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' sagging rushing attack, one of the worst in the NFL, got a huge boost from a rookie on Sunday. So now that they've seen what fourth-round pick Wayne Gallman can do, how can they possibly turn back now?

Ben McAdoo, of course, wouldn't reveal his future plans, but he did indicate that Gallman at least played his way into a piece of the Giants' running back rotation. The rookie from Clemson rushed 11 times in the Giants' loss to the Bucs for 42 yards and caught a four-yard touchdown pass.

That's hardly a sign that the Giants have found the next Ezekiel Elliott, but 42 rushing yards qualifies as opening the floodgates as far as the Giants are concerned.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants appear to be bracing for another offensive line shakeup -- and maybe one on the defensive line, too.

Three key players on those lines were missing from the 0-4 team's practice on Wednesday -- center Weston Richburg and defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Richburg is in the NFL's concussion protocol and it seems unlikely he'll be available for the game against the 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Vernon is dealing with ankle injury and JPP has a shoulder injury that apparently got worse over the last few days...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) and LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist) are active for the team's Week four matchup against the Buccaneers after they were listed as questionable.

 

Tags: Avery Moss, Bobby Hart, Davis Webb, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), G Brett Jones (hip), and RB Orleans Darkwa (back) are all listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday and is no longer on the injury report.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin), who returned to practice earlier this week, is also no longer on the injury report.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa
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 (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)
(Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday.

T Bobby Hart (ankle), who had missed practice on Wednesday, parcicipated on a limited basis on Thursday.

LB B.J. Goodson (shin) was limited for a second straight day after returning to practice on Wednesday...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson (shin) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing the last two games.

Janoris Jenkins, who had been dealing wih wrist and ankle injuries but played last Sunday against the Eagles, practiced in full.

LB Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), RB Orleans Darkwa (back), OT Bobby Hart (ankle), LB J.T. Thomas (groin), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and RB Shane Vereen (calf) all missed practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (back) is not dealing with a serious injury and there is a "chance" that he could practice at some point this week, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

After rushing for 22 yards on seven carries, Darkwa left Sunday's loss to the Eagles with a back injury.

The running back's role with the team has been increasing by the week, as Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen have struggled to find consistency on the ground.

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 (Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)
(Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Mara came out swinging at the end of the 2013 season, when he famously declared "I think our offense is broken right now." It wasn't long before Kevin Gilbride was out as offensive coordinator and Ben McAdoo was in, and sweeping changes had begun.

What's most amazing about that is that Gilbride's "broken" offense in 2013 was actually a higher scoring attack than McAdoo has produced in his 19 games in the dual role of play-caller and head coach of the Giants. Gilbride's "broken" offense averaged 17.5 points per game (once defensive and special teams touchdowns are factored out). Since the start of last season, McAdoo's offense has averaged 16.6.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa is hoping for more of a workload against the Lions on Monday night.

Darkwa was limited to only three carries last Sunday against the Cowboys even though he broke out a 12-yard run on his first touch. However, he doesn't mind who gets more touches in the backfield as long as positive yards are gained. 

"Yeah, I hope so," Darkwa said on if he hopes to get more carries Monday. "Running backs want to be able to get carries, but we have a lot of talented backs in the room and I think everybody deserves carries and opportunities. So, when we get those opportunities, we've just got to make the most of them."

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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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Odell Beckham's eventual return to the Giants lineup will solve a lot of their offensive problems.

But even he can't fix the whole thing.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants found the end zone for the first time this preseason, but that doesn't change the story of who they still are. They are exactly what they were at the end of last season:

A team with a dominant defense and an offense with serious flaws.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Christian Hackenberg, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: Jets vs. Giants 00:05:18
The Daily News Live panel previews the preseason game between the Giants and the Jets.

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Normally this wouldn't be alarming, especially for a veteran team halfway through the preseason, but the Giants still haven't found the end zone this summer. They've scored six field goals in eight quarters. And they've only reached the red zone four times in 22 drives.

Now, to be fair, most of their playmakers have barely played this summer. That includes quarterback Eli Manning, who has played one half of football, and injured receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (shoulder) who have barely played at all. So maybe not much should've been expected from a bunch of backups playing behind an offensive line that has been somewhere between mediocre and awful.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Geno Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Giants didn't look good in their preseason opener, but they were missing so many players it was unfair to judge. Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard didn't play and Brandon Marshall only took a handful of snaps. On defense, the starters only played sparingly, too.

Things should be different against the Browns on Monday night in Cleveland, though. Manning will get a "big chunk" of playing time, according to Giants coach Ben McAdoo, and it's a good bet most of the healthy starters will last into the second quarter.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Orleans Darkwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)

While Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has stated that Paul Perkins has a chance to grab hold of starter's spot, Orleans Darkwa is looking to push for his own starting reps at running back. 

"I think any running back, if you don't have the mentality that you want to be the guy, then what are you doing?" Darkwa said. "Obviously, he said [Perkins] is the starter, but I try to go in with the mentality that I want to be the starter and take his job. I think that pushes everybody."

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

The Giants are one of two finalists for free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports. He lists the Lions as the other team most likely to land the former Patriot.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last week that the Giants and Blount were talking about a potential deal.

Blount appeared in 16 games for the Patriots last season and carried the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns (the highest rushing touchdown total for any NFL player since Adrian Peterson in 2011).

With New England's recent signings of RB Mike Gillislee and RB Rex Burkheard this offseason, it seems likely that Blount's career with the Patriots is over.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Click here to read Part I of the Giants Notebook.

One of the biggest criticisms of the Ben McAdoo offense last year - besides his play-calling - was the fact that they used "11 personnel" (three receivers, one tight end, one running back) on more than 90 percent of their plays. It led to cries that the Giants were too predictable and not nearly imaginative enough.

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(Andrew Weber)

RB Orleans Darkwa has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants, reports Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Giants didn't initially tender a contract to the 25-year-old Darkwa, who was a restricted free agent. He had been set to become an unrestricted free agent today at 4 p.m. 

There had been some discussions about Darkwa returning at a lesser price, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last week, but a source recently indicated he was planning to test the free agent market first...

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The Giants have tendered a contract to restricted free agent DE Kerry Wynnreports Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

The tender is worth $1.797 million.

Wynn, 26, had 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 14 games for the Giants last season...

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Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith tackles New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith tackles New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants have always been intrigued by the potential of running back Orleans Darkwa -- just not enough to pay him $1.797 million.

An NFL source confirmed that the Giants will not be tendering the 25-year-old restricted free agent, making him an unrestricted free agent as of 4 p.m. on Thursday. There have been some discussions about Darkwa returning at a lesser price, but a source indicated he will test the free agent market first.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins (47) runs during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins (47) runs during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada)

The Giants have promoted S/LB Eric Pinkins from the practice squad, while RB Orleans Darkwa has been placed on the injured reserve list, the Giants announced Tuesday evening.

Darkwa has been dealing with lower leg soreness, and has not recorded a carry since New York's 23-16 loss to the Packers on Oct. 9. The running back has only appeared on special teams in the last four games. 

On the season, Darkwa has carried the ball 30 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Giants released their injury report Friday...

The following players will be OUT for Sunday's game against the Bears

  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
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New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • RB Orleans Darkwa (lower leg)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
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Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Adam Gettis (calf)
  • WR Dwayne Harris (toe)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

While Eli Manning exploded for over 400 yards in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, the offense was once again unable to get the run game going.The Giants' struggles in the run game have been consistent throughout the season. As a team, the Giants have run the ball 127 times for a total of 456 yards this year, good for 27th best in the NFL. New York's 3.6 yards per carry is 25th in the league, while the team's 76.0 rushing yards per game is 30th.

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(Brad Penner)

The Giants defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 27-23, on Sunday to even their record to 3-3 and keep them afloat in the suddenly competitive NFC East. The win was the 700th in franchise history, making them the third NFL team to reach the milestone, after the Bears and Packers.Big Blue continues to play cliffhanger-type games. Of the six games played this year, Sunday was the fifth game decided by seven points or less. The Giants' other victories were by one and three points over Dallas and New Orleans respectively. They lost a two-point game to Washington and by seven last week in Green Bay.Two big plays made by Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Giants to victory in a game that saw them on the raw end of several poor calls by the officials.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Ravens-Giants 00:03:21
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies 3 keys for the Giants for their matchup against the Ravens on Sunday.

THE GAME: The Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at the Giants (2-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. ET.THE WEATHER: It's supposed to be so nice that I'm almost sad that the press box is indoors. The temperature is supposed to hover around 70 with plenty of sun, no rain and only the usual light Meadowlands winds.WHAT IT MEANS: If you step back and look at the big picture, the back-to-back losses in Minnesota and Green Bay aren't a huge deal. Those are tough places to win under any circumstances. They just look worse in consecutive weeks, coming off a terrible loss to the Redskins. This, though, is a perfect spot for the Giants to get back on track, at home against a mediocre team with plenty of its own issues. We're still a long ways from must-win territory, but these are the types of games teams are supposed to win if they really want to be considered contenders.PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Victor Cruz. The zero catches from Sunday night is alarming enough, but I can't really get over the two passes thrown his direction. The Giants did a decent job of trying to get the ball to Odell Beckham Jr. (12 targets) and Sterling Shepard (seven), but the beauty of their passing attack is that they're supposed to be three-deep at receiver. No, Cruz wasn't open a ton, but he was open more than twice and they've got to get more creative about finding ways to get the ball in his hands. He's taking most of his snaps on the outside now. No, he's not the same player he was pre-injury, but he still looks pretty good and he might be able to do some damage out of the slot. If the Giants can get him going it's only going to make things easier on Shepard and on Beckham, who has been absolutely swarmed by defenses the last few weeks. So they should try to get the ball to Cruz early. And I think they will.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-2) at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Call it the not-so-frozen tundra this time. It'll actually be a nice day in Green Bay with the temperature getting all the way up to 60, but when the sun goes down the temperatures will drop to the mid-40s.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants will likely be without RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) again this Sunday against the Packers, leaving the running game in the hands of Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins.

Darkwa is the top candidate to get carries in Jennings' absence. Last week, Darkwa carried the ball 12 times for 48 yards and a TD. Rainey had 22 yards on four carries and Perkins ran for eight yards on two carries for a team average of 4.3 YPC. Their average for the season is an unsatisfactory 3.9 YPC.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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This was going to be a tough spot for the Giants right from the start. Going on the road to pick up the pieces from their sloppy loss to the Redskins was going to be hard enough. But in always-loud Minnesota, against one of the NFL's best defenses, and one that has haunted Eli Manning throughout his career?

All things considered, it could've been a lot worse.

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