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JRSportBrief: Big Blue Offense 00:01:32
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR calls on the Giants offense to step up and put more points on the board this season.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR calls on the Giants offense to step up and put more points on the board this season.

QB Eli Manning should have one of the best receivings corps in the league, with newly-signed Brandon Marshall joining Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard.

The Giants also drafted receiving TE Evan Engram, and have Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen as a potentially-potent RB duo.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Paul Perkins made just one start last season, but he was impressive enough that Giants head coach Ben McAdoo didn't even wait for spring practices to start to name the 22-year-old the new starting running back. Perkins was understandably glad to hear that.

And then he went back to work.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III fumbles the ball as he's hit by New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III fumbles the ball as he's hit by New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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The longer Johnathan Hankins remains unsigned, the more likely it seems that he'll return to the Giants. And if he does, credit the patient approach of GM Jerry Reese and his bosses. Because they read the market right, and played this perfectly.

They could've jumped to find a replacement for the 25-year-old Hankins, or tried to make him move by threatening to pull their offer. Instead they made him what a team source said they believe is a very fair, very lucrative multi-year offer before free agency began. Then they left it there on the table, convinced nobody would top it and that Hankins' agent, Kevin Poston, would badly overplay his hand.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Mike Dinovo)

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It wasn't Adrian Peterson or even LeGarrette Blount, but the Giants have found the veteran running back they've been searching for this offseason.

Shaun Draughn, a 29-year-old journeyman who spent the last season-and-a-half with the San Francisco 49ers, has agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants, the team announced Wednesday. The 5-11, 205-pounder is a power back, who has some skills as a receiver.

He's also joining his ninth team in his seven-year NFL career...

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 (Bruce Kluckhohn)
(Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Adrian Peterson sent the hearts of Giants fans fluttering earlier this month when he sent out the Tweet heard 'round the tri-state area. "The Giants been making some interesting moves," he wrote. And all of a sudden, many pictured him running through the Meadowlands, wearing blue.

Even though Peterson is suddenly available, and even if he's willing to come to the Giants at a reasonable price, is it smart for a Giants team with so many needs to invest anything at all in a soon-to-be 32-year-old back who played all of three games last season (and rushed just 37 times for 72 yards) because he needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee?

Yes, the Giants are going to try desperately to win another Super Bowl in the next three years before Eli Manning's contract expires. And yes, their running game last season was a mess. But that had as much to do -- and maybe more to do -- with their poor offensive line than with the play of their running backs.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Rempel)
(Brad Rempel)

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson sent out a cryptic tweet about the Giants on Wednesday.

The tweet is likely in reference to the release of veteran RB Rashad Jennings and WR Victor Cruz, moves that freed up $10 million in cap space for New York.

Peterson is set to receive a base salary of $11.75 million for the 2017 season. The running back's roster bonus of $6 million kicks in on March 11, meaning the Vikings have until then to make a decision on the 31-year old back. In addition to the base salary and roster bonus, Peterson will also earn a $250,000 workout bonus for participating in OTA practices and mandatory minicamps. If Minnesota keeps Peterson on his current contract, it would result in an $18 million cap hit.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was always impossible to root against Victor Cruz, right from the very beginning, when he was an NFL nobody in the summer of 2010, an undrafted longshot trying to make the New York Giants. His out-of-nowhere rocket to stardom has been one of the best Giants stories of the last seven years.

It was easy to root for him to succeed, whether he was a budding star or making it all the way back from injuries that ruined two years of his career. He was a great guy, always the pleasant, smiling kid out of Paterson, New Jersey, even as he starred in commercials, hit the fashion shows and traded texts with Jay Z. Even now, it was hard not to hold out hope the Giants would find a way to bring him back for one more season.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Giants, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been a remarkable, hard-to-believe, storybook ride for Victor Cruz and the Giants since he burst onto the scene seven years ago. And no, it wasn't exactly a happy ending when he and running back Rashad Jennings were released by the Giants on Monday.

But most of the memories are happy. And, as Cruz said, those can never be taken away.

"It's been an amazing journey," Cruz said in a release from the Giants. "I pretty much grew up in front of this entire organization. The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like...

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants were huge spenders in free agency last March, doling out more than $200 million worth of contracts to defensive players alone. They have money to spend again this offseason, though not nearly as much.

How active will they be? That will be determined by what cuts they make (Victor Cruz, perhaps) and which of their own free agents they choose to re-sign (like Jason Pierre-Paul and/or Johnathan Hankins). They probably will have in the neighborhood of $35 million in cap room for both their own free agents and ones from other teams.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Despite struggling this past season, RB Rashad Jennings thinks he will be back with the Giants next year.

"I expect to be back," Jennings said, via NJ.com. "And I definitely want to be back. I've got one more year on my contract, and I've got a lot to prove. I look forward to doing it in New York again."

The veteran running back ran for only 593 yards on 181 carries and three touchdowns in 2016, averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry, and gave way to rookie RB Paul Perkins as the team's primary back towards the end of the season.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Rashad Jennings came to the Giants as a bargain in 2014 - an underused, versatile running back that cost only $10 million over four years. He was going to two-way player in the backfield that then offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wanted to feature.

Three years later, Jennings is about to turn 32 and he's averaged just 939 total yards (rushing and receiving) during his three seasons with the Giants. He's due $2.48 million in salary in 2017 and carries a cap number of $3.06 million. If the Giants cut him now, they'd clear $2.5 million in salary cap space.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Of all the things that could've gone wrong for the New York Giants this season, the last thing anyone expected to malfunction was the offense. They had brought back all their key pieces from a top-10 offense, including their play-caller, their quarterback and one of the best receivers in football.

Yet the offense was a disaster, almost right from the start.

The Giants will likely spend the next few weeks and months trying to figure out how it all disintegrated so quickly and why an offense that was ranked in the top 10 for both of Ben McAdoo's two years as offensive coordinator plummeted to 26th in his first year as head coach. The Giants scored almost a touchdown less per game in 2016 than they did one year earlier and gained about 40 yards fewer per game

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Head coach Ben McAdoo made a number of dubious offensive play-calls during the Giants' season-ending 38-13 loss in Green Bay on Sunday.

Among them was his decision to run the ball three straight times with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter and the Giants, who were leading 3-0 at the time, on the Packers' 11 yard line facing a 1st and 15.

McAdoo called for three Rashad Jennings rushes up the middle as the Giants went three and out.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:34
Eli Manning and Co. talk after the game about the team's 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eli Manning led the Giants to a late scoring drive and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions as New York eliminated the Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 19-10 win Sunday at FedEx Field.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Washington Redskins
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Redskins-Giants 00:02:32
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants must stop Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' passing game in order to win on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (10-5) at the Washington Redskins (8-6-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Temperatures could be near 50 during the day down near D.C., though likely in the upper 40s by kickoff and slowly falling throughout the game. No rain or wind, though.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Giants ran the ball 32 times during Sunday's 17-6 win over the Lions -- more than the 28 passing attempts by QB Eli Manning.

The result was 114 yards, though the long was just 11 and they averaged only 3.6.

"It was good to get the attempts up," head coach Ben McAdoo said after the game. "I thought we pounded it in there pretty good. Big guys were coming off the ball and it's encouraging"

Tags: Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained - he fumbled away the ball on that play - and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' run 00:01:00
Giants look to continue to improve on both sides of the ball before their Week 12 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants may be 7-3 and are possibly headed for a postseason berth, but they are far from a complete team -- sitting at 31st in the NFL in rushing after 11 weeks. Only the Minnesota Vikings are worse, but they have an excuse. They have been without star RB Adrian Peterson all year and are missing several starters on the offensive line. The Giants' excuse? Well, they don't have one.

Yes, the Giants ran for over 100 yards on Sunday for the second straight game, but they could not run the ball in the second half when they needed to. After coming out in the second half and scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, they punted on their next five, which included three three-and-outs. Their other two drives lasted just five plays each. With the weather changing in the Northeast, they have to do better than this.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Bears-Giants 00:03:54
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano feels the Giants must come out of the gate scoring and keep Eli Manning on his feet against the Bears.

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THE GAME: The Chicago Bears (2-7) at the Giants (6-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Whoa! Bundle up. It's going to be nasty on Sunday, if the forecasts are indeed right. At the moment, the temperatures are going to be in the 40s with winds whipping around from 20-30 miles per hour. Pretty much, it's exactly the kind of weather you're hoping for if you're an underachieving team hoping to pull off an upset against a team that passes twice as much as it runs the ball.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

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Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was a tight ends coach for the majority of his Green Bay Packers coaching career. He holds the position in high regard. When he came to the Giants to become their offensive coordinator in 2014, he inherited a unit that consisted of Larry DonnellDaniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Not exactly a dynamic bunch.

The school of thought was that Donnell was the best of the bunch with Fells a solid all-around option as his backup. Robinson had been a bust since the day he arrived in 2012 and was only on the roster because GM Jerry Reese hangs on to his draftees in hopes they suddenly blossom.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

Giants RB Rashad Jennings carried the ball 11 times for only 26 yards, and caught three receptions for 13 yards, in New York's 28-23 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

Jennings failed to gain more than 2.5 yards per carry for the fourth straight game, and has not had a rush of more than seven yards since the season opener against the Cowboys. 

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

In his first half-season as Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo has won in Dallas, ended a long Giants losing streak against the Eagles, and directed the team to a 5-3 record that puts them squarely in playoff position heading into the second half.

What more could anyone have wanted?

So for now, never mind the controversies that have swarmed around his team, the play-calling some of you hate, the questionable personnel and lack of depth on some parts of the roster. Focus on the three-game winning streak and the way the Giants held on for a 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday. There's a lot to digest from the somewhat impressive (and somewhat not impressive) way the Giants came out of their bye week.

Tags: Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 21, 2016; Brentford, United Kingdom; New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo addresses the media at press conference at the Syon House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2016; Brentford, United Kingdom; New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo addresses the media at press conference at the Syon House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke to the media Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles. Here is what we learned...

  • McAdoo believes the Giants have a good enough roster at this point in the season to make the playoffs.
  • Odell Beckham was limited in practice but "was moving well."
Tags: Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Philadelphia Eagles
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants are having an unusual season here in 2016. They sport a winning record at 4-3 after seven games, but have deficient in many major aspects of the game. Here are several statistical areas they will improve upon in the second half of the season.Sacks. With only nine sacks in the first seven games, the Giants are next to last in the league. Pittsburgh, believe it or not, is last with eight. The pass rush has not been getting home but they've been getting close. Both Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon are among the leaders in QB pressures. It will come. They had a franchise-low 23 sacks last season without these two, so the prediction is they surpass that by a bunch, meaning they get around 20 in the final nine games. With three sacks in their last game vs the Rams, things could be about to change.Rushing Yards per Game. The Giants have just 492 rushing yards this season, a average of 70.3 yards per game. With Rashad Jennings healthier and Paul Perkins poised to get more touches, the Giants should raise that average. Head coach Ben McAdoo has vowed to run the ball more, so their fortunes almost have to change here.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, John Fennelly
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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

With the Giants' running game having issues in the early part of the season, rookie Paul Perkins could get a shot at starting, writes Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. Head coach Ben McAdoo has stated RB Rashad Jennings will continue to start for New York, but during the team's bye week, McAdoo will evaluate each aspect of the team. With 492 rushing yards, the Giants are second-worst in the NFL in that category.Jennings has rushed for just 142 yards and one touchdown on 53 attempts this year. This comes after a 2015 season in which he averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Beatty
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 (Rick Wood)
(Rick Wood)

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It's time for Ben McAdoo to go back to the drawing board, because whatever he's doing, it's just not working.

His once-dangerous offense has completely stalled, continuing a trend that really has been evident since the beginning of the season. Eli Manning is off his game. The offensive line is struggling. And on the other side of the ball his pass rush is a disaster and his secondary is falling apart.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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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.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, John Fennelly
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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.

Tags: Brad Wing, Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:49
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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Looking at this week's matchup between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, it looks pretty simple to the naked eye. With their running game hit by injuries to RBs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, the Giants will have to pass the ball to win against the ninth-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

That won't be easy.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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The New York Giants needed to come out in 2016 healthy and hearty, but instead may be poised for another season besieged by key injuries. It may be too soon to tell, but at this rate, they could be headed for another year at the top of the "adjusted games lost" column.

New York led the NFL in adjusted games lost, a metric to evaluate how teams were affected by injuries, for the third straight season in 2015, according to Football Outsiders.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, John Fennelly
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants RB Shane Vereen suffered a triceps injury that will keep him out for at least the next two months, and might turn out to be season-ending.

Vereen will need surgery, the team announced, and will likely be placed on injured reserve later this week. And while the team initially announced the injury as a "season-ending" one, several sources indicate the Giants have hope that Vereen can return in late November.

That's possible due to the NFL's short-term injured reserve rule, which was amended slightly this year. Teams no longer need to declare a player as being on short-term IR. They can simply reactive the player whenever he's eligible. Players can return to practice six weeks after they are placed on IR and play in a game eight weeks after.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen
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(Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's a good bet that Eli Manning and Odell Beckham will spend all of Thursday night standing on the sidelines. Victor Cruz and most of the starting offensive line figure to play, though only for a series or two. Same goes for much of the starting defense.

In other words, if you want to see anything that matters, don't blink.

Tags: Andre Williams, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

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Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., who sustained a laceration on his lower left leg on Sunday could be back as early as Thursday. Head coach Ben McAdoo said he looks close to returning.

"We'll see how he responds," McAdoo said. "Every day is a new day. It's amazing what could happen over the course of a night."

Second year TE Matt LaCosse left practice with a knee injury, but came back and "fought through it."

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ryan Nassib, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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New York Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson talks about last year's RB rotation and Rashad Jennings being the lead back in 2016.

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The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball.

It won't be all him, of course, but it looks like he'll be the workhorse in the Giants' backfield - at least as long as he's productive and healthy. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year.

Tags: Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins (24) scores on a touchdown run against the Southern California Trojans during an NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
UCLA Bruins running back Paul Perkins (24) scores on a touchdown run against the Southern California Trojans during an NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

RB Paul Perkins, the Giants' fifth-round pick, is joining their offseason activities after completing his academic requirements at UCLA, reports say.

Perkins was able to view all of Giants camp remotely from an iPad and was given the offensive plays and play scripts. He was also in regular contact with running backs coach Craig Johnson and head coach Ben McAdoo and hopes this will allow him to easily catch up when he joins the team for the official start of the season.

Perkins spent three seasons at UCLA, where he played 39 games and accumulated 4,227 yards and 32 touchdowns. His 15 touchdowns from scrimmage last year were second in the Pac-12.

He will be the sixth running back on the Giants' roster, joining Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey.

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