Anthony McCarron

 

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time the Jets had Bilal Powell in the lineup, at full strength, he ran all over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forced into the lead back role with Matt Forte sidelined, he ran for 163 yards on 7.8 yards per carry, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

He's back this week in time for the Jets game in Miami on Sunday, and so is Forte, with both apparently as close to full strength as they're going to be. But the Jets can't revert to their old habit of splitting their backfield duties.

They need Powell to carry the load.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Kerley, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) during first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) during first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day the Jets re-signed Muhammad Wilkerson in the summer of 2016 to a blockbuster, five-year, $86 million contract, they made it clear they were banking on him and not Sheldon Richardson. Fourteen months later, Richardson was traded.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes 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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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants got a lot of good years out of Eli Manning, but there is a sense that his time here is ending - or at least that it should. More than a few fans think it's time to turn the page, before he's too old to even think about another playoff run.

I've always thought that to be crazy. Franchise quarterbacks aren't easy to find. And more likely, everyone in New York is really, really, really going to miss Manning when he's gone.

So with that said, here's Part II of my Twitter mailbag, with a focus on the future of the Giants' franchise quarterback, and a look at what might come next.

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I get the sense that Giants fans don't know what to feel right now. They were despondent over the team's 0-5 start and angry over the chaos around the locker room. Then they were euphoric over the stunning win in Denver before lamenting all that might have been.

Now? Is it all positive and defiant, as you dream of a miracle run for the playoffs? Is it all negative and hopeless as you dream of a top pick in next year's draft?

All I know for sure is you've got plenty of questions to fill up my latest Twitter mailbag. So now I will try to answer a few in Part I of this week's edition.

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fuming at his coach, packing up his locker and storming out of the Giants' practice facility. It was hard to explain such insubordinate behavior.

But on Wednesday, he had a pretty good explanation.

"I'm dramatic, man. I'm crazy," DRC said. "I do stuff over the top, man.

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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...

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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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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be back at the team's facility on Tuesday morning for a meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo, according to a source, and if all goes well his suspension could be lifted by the end of the day.

The 31-year-old cornerback was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday, one day after he stormed out of the Giants facility after an apparent confrontation with the Giants head coach. McAdoo had always promised to "revisit" the suspension sometime this week, and Rodgers-Cromartie's teammates expect that he'll be reinstated.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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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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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-5) vs. the Denver Broncos (3-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A brisk day turns into a chilly night with temperatures in the 40s and moderate winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Ben McAdoo needs something -- even just a competitive game here -- to give everyone a chance to take a deep breath. There is a storm of chaos in and around his locker room, and players clearly aren't happy. Don't fool yourself: Things absolutely can get worse. Would a win change their outlook on the season? No. This team is still going nowhere, especially without their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. But McAdoo needs something to show them the rest of the season won't just be a death march toward a new coach in 2018. He needs to find a way to keep them playing hard and not just going through the motions. A miracle win in Denver might just do that trick.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets lose 00:03:36
Ralph Vacchiano tries to make sense of the controversial decision to take away Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown against the Patriots.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets gave their fans quite a thrill for much longer than anyone expected. Not only were they battling for first place in Week 6 of what was supposed to be a lost season, they were leading for most of the first half.

The fact that the bubble burst on Sunday -- perhaps with a little help from the replay officials -- and the Jets ended up losing 24-17 may feel disheartening, but if ever a team could take a moral victory out of a loss, this would be the time. Yes, this was a blown opportunity for the Jets. Yes, they could've thrust themselves into a real, live playoff chase if they could only have held on to their 14-0 lead.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh McCown, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the season believing they'd have one of the best receiving corps in football.

On Sunday night in Denver they might unveil the worst.

At the very least, the new-look Giants receiving corps would be the least-known and least-heralded in the NFL, after they were hit with a series of major injuries on Sunday afternoon. In one game, the Giants lost Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (foot) for the season. They also lost Sterling Shepard (sprained ankle) too..

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New England Patriots (3-2) vs. the Jets (3-2) at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, New England Patriots, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets Game Plan: Patriots 00:05:13
The Jets Game Plan panel discusses the Jets' rivalry with the Patriots and how much Tom Brady has tormented Gang Green for years.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Tom Brady has taken a beating this season - far more than usual. In fact, the 40-year-old has already been sacked more times in five games this season than he was all of last year.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants don't like change. They prefer stability and patience. They prefer to give their plans a chance to work.

But they also really don't like chaos. And that's the one thing that will truly test their patience with Ben McAdoo and could end up pushing the coach straight out the door.

That may seem crazy just 17 games into his head coaching career, but McAdoo is suddenly on very shaky ground just one year after he led the Giants back to the postseason and to an 11-5 record. His job should be in no jeopardy at all just one-third of the way through Year 2, even though the Giants are 0-5 and headed towards at least 0-7.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 1, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) protects the line during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Jan 1, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert (76) protects the line during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Now the Giants start looking at veteran free agent tackles? Now?!?!

In the better late than never department, I guess, the Giants are bringing in veteran left tackle Branden Albert for a workout this week, according to Ian Rapaport of NFL Network. The 32-year-old Albert has been available since he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in mid-August. But back then, the Giants remained strongly committed to tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart on the left and right sides of their line.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to throw a pass during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) (Ron Jenkins/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to throw a pass during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) (Ron Jenkins/AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' season is over. Their quarterback is 36 years old. They have a young quarterback on their roster who might just be the future of their franchise. And if he's not, they're staring at a high pick in a quarterback-rich draft next year.

 

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates his 77-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates his 77-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sterling Shepard was the first Giants receiver to head to the trainers' room on Sunday, and he's the only one of the four who'll eventually be back.

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New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Hours after the Giants announced that wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Dwayne Harris will miss the rest of the season, Brandon Marshall announced that his season is over, too.

The 33-year-old Marshall revealed that he will be having season-ending surgery on his injured ankle on Tuesday, two days after he was carted off the field during New York's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. That almost certainly marks the end of Marshall's painfully short time with the Giants.

It could be the end of his 12-year NFL career, too.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

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After decades of searching for a franchise quarterback the long, torturous wait seemed to be almost over for the Jets. Everything was set. They were staring at a quarterback-rich draft, their own rebuilding team and a 38-year-old quarterback. They were destined for a top-5 pick, if not the first pick overall.

It was so real, in fact, that Jets fans weren't just embracing the "Suck for Sam" idea; they were making plans for draft day. Some even sewed his name onto the back of their team jerseys.

But who knew that Sam Darnold's future NFL jersey was much more likely to be blue?

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Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold throws the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

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After decades of searching for a franchise quarterback the long, torturous wait seemed to be almost over for the Jets. Everything was set. They were staring at a quarterback-rich draft, their own rebuilding team and a 38-year-old quarterback. They were destined for a top-5 pick, if not the first pick overall.

It was so real, in fact, that Jets fans weren't just embracing the "Suck for Sam" idea; they were making plans for draft day. Some even sewed his name onto the back of their team jerseys.

But who knew that Sam Darnold's future NFL jersey was much more likely to be blue?

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe disaster that this Giants season has become was absolutely unthinkable a few weeks ago, which is why there is no long-term plan to fix this unexpected mess. The only big decision the Giants expected to have to make in early 2018 was whether to call heads or tails during the coin flip before Super Bowl LII.

But now that they're 0-5 and seemingly on the fast track to 0-7 by their bye week, and with their best player likely out for the year, the Giants are staring at a completely lost season - possibly the worst since they went 4-12 in 2003. That was the year that ushered in the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era.

So yes, if this season continues to spiral downward - and there's no reason to believe it won't - big changes could be coming. And the futures of key figures in the organization, from the front office to the locker room, are all very much up in the air:

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giant injuries 00:00:53
Ben McAdoo, wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning discuss the Giants' 0-5 start amid mounting injuries.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants grasped at whatever straw they could find on Sunday. They spoke of their fight, their heart and their professionalism. Landon Collins even pointed out how the Super Bowl isn't mathematically out of the question yet.

But after losing their best player, Odell Beckham Jr., to what might be a season-ending injury, after losing 27-22 to the previously-winless Los Angeles Chargers and falling to 0-5, there was really only one thing the Giants could cling to on Sunday: the hope that this was rock bottom, that things couldn't possibly get worse.

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Apple didn't think he was playing poorly and he didn't think teams were targeting him through the first four games of the season. So he certainly didn't seem to have any idea that he was in danger of being benched.

So imagine his surprise when he was.

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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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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell attempts a run in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell attempts a run in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (2-2) at the Cleveland Browns (0-4) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, New England Patriots, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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Jets on a roll, is this good? 00:04:29
Jon and Marc react to the Jets' recent success, and what it means for the franchise going forward.

Winning isn't supposed to matter for the Jets this season.

But it absolutely does.

For all the talk of tanking, for all the dreaming about a franchise quarterback at the top of next year's draft, and of selling off every asset for future picks, there might be nothing more important to the long-term development of the Jets than what could happen this week.

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's become obvious that opposing quarterbacks are targeting cornerback Eli Apple, throwing to his side rather than deal with Janoris Jenkins. The good news, according to Ben McAdoo, is that "I haven't seen him flinch."

And Apple promised that he won't.

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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.

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Odell Beckham makes a catch Sunday against the Lions. (Robert Deutsch)
Odell Beckham makes a catch Sunday against the Lions. (Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For more than a year, the biggest criticism about the Giants' struggling offense has been that it's become painfully predictable.

A few of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers basically confirmed that to Odell Beckham, Jr. on Sunday afternoon.

Beckham said he talked with Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves after the Giants' latest loss, a 25-23 heartbreaker in Tampa, and they revealed their secret to success against the Giants.

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(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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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with head coach Ben McAdoo during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This is all sadly familiar territory for Eli Manning, being the leader of an underachieving Giants team off to a disappointing start. It's the second 0-4 start for him and the Giants in the last five seasons. In two other seasons they started 0-2.

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is congratulated by wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) and teammates after running the ball in for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is congratulated by wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) and teammates after running the ball in for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants seemed more excited about the signing of Brandon Marshall than almost any free agent they had added in recent years. They were thrilled to finally land a big, experienced receiver whom they believed would help fix their struggling offense.

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Marc Malusis and Ralph Vacchiano debate who is to blame for the Giants' disappointing 0-4 start to the season.

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As a rookie head coach last year, Ben McAdoo had to deal with a kicker suspended for domestic violence and the organization's mishandling of his status, a boat-load of receivers flying to Miami to party right before the playoffs and his offense collapsing, all while trying to fix a team that had become a perennial loser.

That was easy compared to what McAdoo has to do now.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The biggest story of the Jets' offseason was their purge - Mike Maccagnan's systematic dismantling of the roster by getting rid of every high- or moderately-priced veteran he could find. Some were outraged, considering it to be proof that the GM didn't know what he was doing. Others thought it was proof of the Jets' plan to tank.

Just curious: Is anyone complaining now?

Never mind that the Jets are 2-2, proving that even if they're not good, they certainly are more capable than anyone gave them credit for being. Just look at the long list of veterans Maccagnan purged from his team. Look at what they're doing - or not doing in most cases. Look at how far they've fallen from what they were.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Eric Decker, Marcus Gilchrist, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-3) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1), at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be warm, muggy and maybe a little rainy. The temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s and there's a 60 percent chance of evening thunderstorms, which could make for a messy second half of the game.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Giants are already in deep trouble and the odds are decidedly against them. Only three teams have reached the NFL playoffs after an 0-3 start since the playoffs expanded in 1990. Right now, before they think about anything else, they need to stop the bleeding. Their last 0-3 start came in 2013, and they ran that all the way to 0-6 before they started to play to their capabilities, going 7-3 over their final 10 games. Maybe this season is already over, who knows? But they desperately need a win to make sure things don't get worse, either in the standings or in the locker room. Then they can reassess everything from there.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson can't hold on to a touchdown attempt as Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard defends in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson can't hold on to a touchdown attempt as Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard defends in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) at the Jets (1-2) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants always say they strive for offensive balance. They like to tout the depth and versatility of their offensive weapons. They bristle at the suggestion that they're a one-man show.

They're not. At least not exactly. But they're at their best when that one man -- Odell Beckham, Jr. -- is their star.

The Giants know it too, that if they have any hope of a miracle this season, of somehow salvaging a playoff run out of their 0-3 start, they need to ride the cape of their best offensive player. Nobody on this team can change or dominate a game like Odell Beckham can...

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(Michael Perez/AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Whether the Giants plan to punish Odell Beckham, Jr. for his vulgar, peeing-dog touchdown celebration or not, the NFL already has. The league has hit the Giants receiver with a $12,154 fine.

That fine, for excessive celebration, was confirmed by an NFL official on Friday, five days after Beckham's ugly display in the Giants' 27-24 loss in Philadelphia. After his first touchdown catch of the game (and season), he crawled like a dog and then lifted his leg as if he was peeing like one. He was immediately hit with a 15-yard penalty that was assessed on the ensuing kickoff...

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September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) passes the football against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) passes the football against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets' big win over the Miami Dolphins in their home opener last Sunday may have come as a surprise to those who thought they'd go 0-16. It may have even been a disappointment to those who wish they would.

But the Jets themselves were neither disappointed nor surprised, nor have they ever been dragged down by the predictions of doom and gloom. Sure, they know the reality of their situation. They know they're not Super Bowl contenders.

They just won't think like losers. Josh McCown simply won't let them.

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(Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo said he had never seen a penalty quite like the strange and costly delay of game penalty guard John Jerry took late in the Giants' 27-24 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday.

It was a new one for Jerry, too.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Quest Diagnostics Center and talks about the Giants' thoughts on OBJ's interesting celebration.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. wasn't interested in publicly apologizing on Wednesday, even after he was summoned to John Mara's office to discuss the inappropriateness of his touchdown celebration on Sunday. It certainly didn't sound like he had any regrets, either, except that he got caught and a penalty flag was thrown.

And that's fine. At this point, who cares if he says anything else about it? Because if there's one thing we all should've learned abou Beckham over the years, it's this:

What he says is meaningless. It's his actions that speak louder than words...

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