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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have waived DE Owa Odighizuwa, the team announced Tuesday.

Odighizuwa had been suspended without pay on Monday for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

"It is unfortunate that things have gone in this direction," GM Jerry Reese said in a statement. "But we wish nothing but the best for Owa as we all move forward."

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Head coach Ben McAdoo said he plans to treat the Giants' preseason opener the same way he treated last year's. That means there'll likely be no Eli Manning, no Odell Beckham Jr., no Jason Pierre-Paul, no Landon Collins or many other starters.

And the starters that do actually play probably won't play much at all.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa was in attendance on Thursday as the Giants began training camp.

Odighizuwa, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, had attended the Giants' offseason workouts in mid-April but did not attend minicamp -- which head coach Ben McAdoo said was an excused absence.

On April 3, Odighizuwa had tweeed what appeared to be a farewell statement. He wrote "At the point and time I believe it's in my best interest to take sometime to get away from the game." He even apologized for announcing that on Twitter, but added "this is the best platform to express something of the things that has been on my mind for a while."

The next day, Odighizuwa seemed to backtrack a little when he tweeted how he's "grateful to be a part of BIG BLUE." Two days later, Giants co-owner John Mara said that Odighizuwa was "still on the team," but otherwise declined comment. A team source indicated only that Odighizuwa was having some "personal" issues.

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 (William Hauser (USA Today))
(William Hauser (USA Today))

Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa's absence from training camp is excused because of personal reasons, head coach Ben McAdoo said on Tuesday.

Odighizuwa, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, had attended the Giants' offseason workouts in mid-April.

On April 3, he had tweeed what appeared to be a farewell statement. He wrote "At the point and time I believe it's in my best interest to take sometime to get away from the game." He even apologized for announcing that on Twitter, but added "this is the best platform to express something of the things that has been on my mind for a while."

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JR Sport Brief: Defending Odell 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR defends Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham for his absence from voluntary OTAs.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The organized team activities (OTAs) are voluntary and Odell Beckham, Jr. is definitely allowed to skip them if he wants.

But it sure sounds like his coach would prefer if he were here.

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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser (USA Today))

If Owa Odighizuwa really did need time "to get away from the game," two weeks was apparently enough. 

The Giants defensive end, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, was among the players in attendance for the first day of the Giants offseason workout program on Tuesday morning. And while that doesn't clear up the mystery of what the 25-year-old was tweeting about, it at least means that he's intent on continuing his NFL career. 

Tags: Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Restricted free agent DE Kerry Wynn will sign his tender with the Giants and participate in the team's offseason program, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

In 14 games last season, Wynn made 12 combined tackles to go with 0.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Wynn will earn $1.797 million for the 2017 season. The contract is not guaranteed.

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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser (USA Today))

 

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Maybe Owa Odighizuwa isn't leaving the NFL after all?

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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Friday...

The following player is OUT for Sunday's game against Green Bay:

  • DE Jason PIerre-Paul (core muscle)

The following player is DOUBTFUL for Sunday's game:

  • DE Owa Odigizuwa (hamstring)
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Thursday...

The following player did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason PIerre-Paul (core muscle)

The following players were limited during practice:

  • TE Jerell Adams (shoulder)
  • Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • DE Owa Odigizuwa (hamstring)
  • CB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle)
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday...

The following player did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason PIerre-Paul (core muscle)

The following players were limited during practice:

  • TE Jerell Adams (shoulder)
  • Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • DE Owa Odigizuwa (hamstring)
  • CB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle)
Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The following players appeared on the Giants' injury report on Monday...

Did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • OT Will Beatty (lower leg)
  • LB Jonathan Casillas (knee)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • OT Marshall Newhouse (shoulder)
  • RB Shane Vereen (triceps)
  • QB Ryan Nassib (elbow)
Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Will Beatty, Zak DeOssie
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Lions-Giants 00:02:30
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that the Giants need a strong running game to beat the Lions on Sunday.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Detroit Lions (9-4) at the Giants (9-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: It will be rainy and windy, but at least it will be warm. The temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 50s, but it's still going to feel gross anyway.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Giants could actually clinch a playoff berth with a win, as long as the Redskins, Vikings and Packers all lose too. Even if that doesn't happen, a 10th win should virtually guarantee the Giants an NFC wild-card berth. Also if the Bucs beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Giants win, the Giants will be just one game back in the NFC East race with two games to go. It's a longshot, but anything is possible.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:02:29
Sal Licata and Jon Hein play Boom or Bust, wondering if Janoris Jenkins is becoming the next Darrelle Revis.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There is no way anyone can underestimate the Giants anymore.

Maybe they did still have a lot to prove when they rode six straight wins against (mostly) inferior opponents to an 8-3 record. But on Sunday night they beat a legitimately good team in the now-11-2 Dallas Cowboys. No team had been hotter. No team is more well-constructed. And the Giants have now beaten them twice.

What does that mean? It means that even if you think the Giants are still flawed (which they are), they have to be considered one of the best teams in their conference (which they are). It also means that, if they play up to their capabilities they can probably beat anyone in the NFL. The Giants were essentially no-shows on offense on Sunday night except for one glorious moment of Odell Beckham being Odell Beckham, and they were still good enough to take the Cowboys down.

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Cowboys-Giants 00:03:38
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano thinks the Giants must pressure QB Dak Prescott and keep a strong passing attack to defeat the Cowboys.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Dallas Cowboys (11-1) vs. the Giants (8-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8:25 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: Welcome to winter! The temperature at kickoff should be just above freezing, but with even light Meadowlands winds it'll feel colder. Much colder. Oh, and good news! Snow is in the forecast. Right now it's not supposed to start until after midnight, so it won't be a factor unless there's overtime. But hey, you never know.

WHAT IT MEANS: First, and perhaps foremost, the Giants don't want to see the Dallas Cowboys clinch the NFC East -- and possibly a first-round bye, or even the No. 1 seed in the NFC -- against them in their home stadium. No, even with a win the Giants aren't going to win the division, but they do have plenty of pride. They also are in a tighter-than-you-think wild-card chase so they need to win to stay ahead of Washington and Tampa.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

With Jason Pierre-Paul lost for the rest of the regular season, the pressure is on Olivier Vernon to carry the Giants' pass rush. And the $85 million man might even have to do it on his own.

But if he's feeling any pressure, heading into the Giants' showdown with the division-leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, he won't admit it. It's just business as usual, as far as he's concerned.

"We just have to go out there and play," Vernon said on Thursday. "There's going to be obstacles out there. You just have to go out and play. Do what you have to do. Hopefully the other guys are going to come in and step up. Make the plays like they have to. I know they are. Nobody is really losing any type of confidence right now."

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Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won, 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won, 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The next game Jason Pierre-Paul would likely be healthy enough to play is probably Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5.

So in other words, the Giants have seen the last of JPP this season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia Wednesday morning after visiting with Dr. William Meyers.

He also underwent surgery to repair a groin injury, reports Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv.

Pierre-Paul is expected to miss "at least" six weeks, a team source told Vacchiano, meaning the NFC Championship game would be the earliest Pierre-Paul could return.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
  • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa was fined $12,154 for his involvement in a touchdown celebration in last week's win over the Rams in London, a source confirmed to SNY.tv.Odighizuwa was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct following Landon Collins' pick-six in the third quarter. Odighizuwa was called for the penalty for pretending to take a picture of Collins in the end zone.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants allowed 420.3 yards and 27.6 points per game in 2015. This past offseason, they spent wildly to upgrade at all positions and thus far, the strategy is working.This season, they are holding teams to 361 yards and 20 points per game. They are playing better defense in the fourth quarter, allowing six points opposed to a league-high 8.8 in 2015.Their second-half defensive numbers are also much improved, with them allowing just 8.9 point. Last season, they averaged 14.1 points allowed in the second half.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer."I don't know," he said. "You want to win."That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend."I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.

But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?

On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Josh Brown, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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On the first day of his first training camp, Ben McAdoo didn't shy away from his own high expectations. Despite taking over a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2011, he insisted "Our goal is still to put the fifth trophy in the case."

He wasn't talking about sometime in the future, either. The Giants entered camp believing they have a roster to make a run now.

Tags: Andre Williams, Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Steven Ryan)
(Steven Ryan)

Every NFL offseason, fans and pundits put together their list of "needs" teams need to address for the upcoming season. What is usually not taken into account are the players already on the roster who have not gotten a legitimate chance to display their wares. One of those players for the Giants is Owa Odighizuwa.

The Giants came into this offseason needing a facelift on the defensive line. That augmentation came in the form of DE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon Harrison, the top two players available at their respective positions in free agency.

Yes, it was necessary to spend nearly $120 million on those two players. No one is arguing that. They also needed to re-sign DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who is expected to be much-improved over last season, when he played just eight games with his right hand barely functional after his fireworks mishap.

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Giants had a banner offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players --three on each side of the ball -- who promise to add speed and depth to their sagging roster.

They came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list and an ultimatum from ownership to improve the roster with focus on the defensive side of the ball. They did that, for the most part.

The goals in improving the defense this offseason were very clear: get better at every position. They made some bold strokes and spent a small fortune in the process.

Tags: Craig Dahl, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Owa Odighizuwa, John Fennelly
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New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.

It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jasper Brinkley, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Last year at this time, the Giants were gearing up for the 2015 NFL Draft, hoping to build on the strong drafts of the previous two seasons. They had the ninth overall selection and spent it on massive offensive tackle Ereck Flowers of Miami.

Flowers was intended to be the Giants' right tackle as a rookie last season but an injury to Will Beatty forced the team to move him to the left side, where he struggled. That's the bad news. The good news is that Flowers already has a year under his belt and just turned 22 years old this week. It's all upside from here.

The 2015 draft class is one the Giants will be relying on for years to come. They swapped picks with Tennessee to snare Alabama S Landon Collins at the top of the second round. Collins ended up starting every game as a rookie and his performance, although uneven, is being touted as admirable if nothing else.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Landon Collins, Owa Odighizuwa, John Fennelly
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