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Ralph Vacchiano

Ralph Vacchiano, award-winning sports reporter and columnist, joined SNY in 2016 as its NFL Insider. Vacchiano will cover the Giants and Jets beats for SNY.tv and be a regular contributor to "Daily News Live" and "GEICO SportsNite." Vacchiano comes to SNY following 15 years as the New York Giants beat writer and columnist for the New York Daily News.

 

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Vacchiano graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 and began his professional career covering the Buffalo Bills for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and later covered the Giants and Jets for the North Jersey Herald & News in Passaic, N.J.. During his 19 years at the Daily News, he also covered the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils (1997-2001), and in 2008 he wrote his first book, Eli Manning: The Making of a Quarterback (Skyhorse Publishing).

 

Vacchiano lives with his wife, Kara, and his daughter, Alexandra, in West Caldwell, N.J.

Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the second half against the Washington Huskies during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the second half against the Washington Huskies during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The entire NFL world seems to know that the Giants are in love with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. It's so obvious that even just a week before the draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman isn't trying to hide it.

"I'm not going to lie. He's a tremendous talent," Gettleman said at his pre-draft press conference on Thursday. "You put the film on of a defensive guy and if they're playing Penn State, then I'm watching Saquon. He's one of those guys that my mother could have scouted. She could have figured that one out."

So the Giants are taking him with the second overall pick in the NFL draft, as long as the Cleveland Browns don't take him at No. 1, right?...

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Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dave Gettleman understands the high pressure of making the second overall pick in the draft, where he's said he expects to find a Hall of Fame-caliber player. It's even more intense this year, with so many quarterbacks potentially in play.

Pick the right one, and Gettleman could set the Giants up for the next decade. Pick the wrong one, he said, and "You've really hurt the franchise for probably five years. It's a five-year mistake."

But don't pick one at all, and let a great one slide past him - particularly with the Jets picking at No. 3? That's a mistake that could hurt the Giants for a decade, or maybe more...

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Nov 18, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) in game action during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Nov 18, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive end Bradley Chubb (9) in game action during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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The winds of the Meadowlands certainly seem to be blowing in Saquon Barkley's direction. He was caught on camera wearing a Giants hoodie. Louis Riddick, one of the men who interviewed to be the Giants GM, is sure they're taking the Penn State running back. So are many around the league who claim to know GM Dave Gettleman well.

And when the Giants are on the clock next Thursday night, Barkley may indeed be the pick.

It would just be a mistake to completely rule the quarterbacks out yet.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It has been nearly three weeks since John Mara fired the starting pistol on the Odell Beckham, Jr. frenzy when he refused to commit to him being on the 2018 roster. Since then, the saga has taken dozens of turns -- some absurd, and some entirely predictable.

And the reports on whether he'll be traded or not just won't stop.

But Beckham is still on the Giants and still with no long-term contract. The only thing that's changed is that he showed up for the first day of the offseason program on Monday, which the Giants seemed to take as a very positive sign. And that's all the Giants wanted all along -- a sign that he was willing to be committed to their program...

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Dave Gettleman, New York Giants general manager, speaks after being introduced during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)  (Adam Hunger/AP)
Dave Gettleman, New York Giants general manager, speaks after being introduced during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Giants have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

GIANTS SALARY CAP SPACE

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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At the end of last season, Eli Apple was in the epicenter of the Giants' locker room dysfunction. It got so bad that his teammate, Landon Collins, called him "a cancer" during a radio appearance in late December.

That's a hard word to walk back, and a feud that didn't seem easy to fix. But, on the first day of the new Giants' offseason workout program on Monday, Collins insisted that's exactly what they did. Everything between the two of them, he insisted, is fine despite everything that happened last season...

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Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning speak on Odell Beckham reporting to Giants' workouts while Taylor Rooks and Ralph Vacchiano discuss it further.

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Eli Manning heard some of the speculation that Odell Beckham Jr. was on the verge of being traded, but he said he never really took it seriously. He always envisioned himself throwing passes to Beckham this upcoming season.

And perhaps next season. And maybe even another year or two after that.

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The Jets' free agency strategy 00:12:52
The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveOdell Beckham, Jr. was back in the building for the start of the Giants' offseason program on Monday morning, just as new coach Pat Shurmur said he always expected. For any other player, that would simply be treated as business as usual.

For Beckham, though, business is rarely "usual" and his return to East Rutherford, N.J., comes amid a wild swirl of speculation about his future with the team. So what does his presence mean? Will he be on the Giants in 2018? Will he eventually get a new, lucrative, long-term contract?

There'll be a time to figure all of that out, of course. For now, Shurmur is just focusing on what he considers the most important news of the day: Beckham, as promised, showed up...

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DNL: Beckham reports to Giants 00:04:37
The Daily News Live panel discusses the significance of Odell Beckham showing up at the Giants' facility after a tumultuous offseason.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveOdell Beckham, Jr. was back in the building for the start of the Giants' offseason program on Monday morning, just as new coach Pat Shurmur said he always expected. For any other player, that would simply be treated as business as usual.

For Beckham, though, business is rarely "usual" and his return to East Rutherford, N.J., comes amid a wild swirl of speculation about his future with the team. So what does his presence mean? Will he be on the Giants in 2018? Will he eventually get a new, lucrative, long-term contract?

There'll be a time to figure all of that out, of course. For now, Shurmur is just focusing on what he considers the most important news of the day: Beckham, as promised, showed up...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

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The ball was firmly placed in Odell Beckham's court two weeks ago when the Giants fanned the flames of the rumors that their star might be traded. They meant it mostly as a warning shot, and what they wanted was a sign that he was committed to being the player and person they wanted him to be.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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It has been nearly two weeks since John Mara fired the starting pistol on the Odell Beckham Jr. frenzy when he refused to commit to him being on the 2018 roster. Since then, the saga has taken dozens of turns - some absurd, and some entirely predictable.

But Beckham is still on the Giants and still with no long-term contract. So with the start of the voluntary offseason program looming on Monday, here's a look at where things currently stand, based on interviews with Giants owners Mara and Steve Tisch, GM Dave Gettleman, coach Pat Shurmur, and multiple team and league sources familiar with this story.

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New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - At the end of his troubled season last year, Eli Apple's future with the Giants looked very bleak. His teammates didn't like him. One called him "a cancer." The organization grew tired of his complaining and lack of effort. He was suspended for the final game.

If there was anyone who desperately needed the "clean slate" the new Giants regime was offering, it was clearly this 22-year-old former first-round pick. Whether he actually takes advantage of it remains to be seen.

But the Giants' new coaching staff sure seems to hope that he does.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates with quarterback Eli Manning (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates with quarterback Eli Manning (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Lions during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Odell Beckham apparently skipped Eli Manning's annual minicamp at Duke University again this week, as he presumably continued to rehab his ankle back in Los Angeles.

But Brandon Marshall was in Durham, N.C. for the workouts, leading to some speculation that he still might have a future with the Giants after all...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The great experiment to see if Ereck Flowers can salvage his career by moving from left tackle to right tackle is scheduled to begin this spring and last into the summer. And there's a possibility it could take longer than that.

That's because as simple as it seems on the outside, new Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter knows better. And getting the 23-year-old Flowers to do things the complete opposite way of how he's done them for his entire pro and most of his college career is probably going to take a little bit of time.

"I don't think the assignments are that tough," Hunter said on Wednesday...

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The new Giants coaching staff inherited plenty of lingering problems, but none bigger than the dysfunctional mess inside the defensive backs room. Three cornerbacks were suspended last season. Efforts were openly questioned. And it all bottomed out when safety Landon Collins publicly called cornerback Eli Apple "a cancer."

Maybe it's true that everyone will have a "clean slate" this season, as the new regime has promised. But that's still a major headache that new defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo has to cure.

"The DB room is always full of characters," Anarumo said. That's a funny line, but it doesn't really explain the size of this mess...

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Dec 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) enters the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) enters the field before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo didn't sound too worried about the team's depth at cornerback when he spoke to the media on Wednesday morning. This might explain why.

The Giants are expected to sign veteran cornerback William Gay, an NFL source told SNY. The 33-year-old veteran is due to meet with the team on Thursday, as first reported by his former Steelers teammate, Bryant McFadden, who now works for CBS Sports. The deal is contingent on Gay passing a physical...

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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Olivier Vernon has been a very good player the last two years in the Giants' 4-3 defense. But new defensive coordinator James Bettcher sees great things ahead for him in the Giants' new 3-4.

That's because Bettcher intends to use the 27-year-old Vernon the way he used Chandler Jones last season - primarily as a pass rusher off the edge. Under Bettcher's guidance, Jones became one of the most dangerous pass rushers in the NFL, with 17 sacks last season. And he's just the latest in a long list of 4-3 defensive ends who reached another level as the edge rusher in Bettcher's 3-4 scheme.

"I've had Chandler Jones, Marcus Golden -- shoot even when you talk about older players, a John Abraham, a Dwight Freeney that's played in this system who have been 4-3 defensive ends playing in this same system," Bettcher said. "(Those are) guys that have had a ton of success, guys that have been double-digit sack guys in this system."

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Almost everything the Giants have done this offseason indicates they're switching from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. But that's not how new defensive coordinator James Bettcher describes his scheme. Or at least that's not how he wants to describe it.

"Hanging your hat on scheme, you don't win that way," Bettcher said on Wednesday. "You hang your hat on the things that mean the most. And those things are being relentless, playing hard, playing smart and playing physical in the game."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Mike Shula, the Giants' new offensive coordinator, called Odell Beckham, Jr. "a vital part of our offense" and said he's looking forward to coaching him. In other words, he expects Beckham will be on his team this year.

That actually was one of the strongest endorsements the star receiver has gotten over the last 11 days as speculation swirled that the Giants were considering trading Beckham, their best player. That speculation may not be dead just yet, but Shula is apparently ignoring it...

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New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) runs away from Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks (95) and Vinny Curry (75) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) runs away from Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks (95) and Vinny Curry (75) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Los Angeles Rams may have just done what John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur all refused to do over the last 10 days. They might have shut down the frenzy over whether the Giants are on the verge of trading Odell Beckham.

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New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) runs away from Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks (95) and Vinny Curry (75) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) runs away from Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks (95) and Vinny Curry (75) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Los Angeles Rams may have just done what John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur all refused to do over the last 10 days. They might have shut down the frenzy over whether the Giants are on the verge of trading Odell Beckham.

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Top QB prospect Baker Mayfield 00:01:01
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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There's less than a month now until the NFL Draft, but little seems certain atop the board. Most teams, in fact, are just beginning their full-organization draft meetings. They won't finalize their boards until the days before the draft.

So a lot can change - and likely will.

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Top QB prospect Sam Darnold 00:01:02
Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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There's less than a month now until the NFL Draft, but little seems certain atop the board. Most teams, in fact, are just beginning their full-organization draft meetings. They won't finalize their boards until the days before the draft.

So a lot can change - and likely will.

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Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)

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Dave Gettleman has said over and over again that one of the greatest lessons he's learned in his 30-plus years in the NFL is that "You don't quit on talent."

He should remember that in the coming weeks, because quitting on a talent like Odell Beckham Jr. would be a colossally bad idea.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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At the end of the third day of the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, John Mara was spending a few quality minutes with his grandkids outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel. When he turned to go back inside, he saw a group of reporters waiting.

By then, it was a familiar sight. For three days, Mara and the Giants contingent were the center of the NFL as the Odell Beckham Jr. trading frenzy swirled around the league. Reporters were waiting for Mara, co-owner Steve Tisch, GM Dave Gettleman, and coach Pat Shurmur outside of every meeting, even in some hallways. And the questions were always the same.

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Top RB prospect Saquon Barkley 00:01:02
Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is expected to be taken as the top RB in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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ORLANDO -- Giants GM Dave Gettleman has made it clear that he won't necessarily take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. Of course, he wouldn't say who else he was considering.

But it sure sounded like he expects Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to be sitting atop his draft board when it's done.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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ORLANDO - Mike Maccagnan isn't quite ready to give up on Christian Hackenberg just yet, even though the Jets are about to have a big logjam at quarterback.

Todd Bowles, though, sounds like a coach who has already decided to move on.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

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ORLANDO - After a brutal three years as the Giants' starting left tackle, one phone call changed all that for Ereck Flowers.

When Pat Shurmur called him a few weeks ago to tell him the Giants were signing Nate Solder, his reign on the left side was over, and he was only promised a chance to "compete" on the right.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

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ORLANDO - For the second consecutive season, journeyman Josh McCown will head into training camp as the Jets starting quarterback.

But after that? Who knows?

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(Noah K. Murray)

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ORLANDO - Pat Shurmur may feel an "urge" to find the next great quarterback in the draft, but Dave Gettleman doesn't feel that at all. He insisted he feels no urgency to pick Eli Manning's successor with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft next month.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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ORLANDO - The Jets admit they called the Cleveland Browns about the No. 1 pick before they traded with the Colts to move up from 6 to 3. What they didn't do, though, was call the Giants to see what their price was for the No. 2 pick.

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Nov 5, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants co owner and president John Mara prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 5, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants co owner and president John Mara prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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ORLANDO - After three wild days of speculation that the Giants were considering trading Odell Beckham, John Mara did his best to stop the madness with his most definitive statement yet:

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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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ORLANDO - Eli Manning's age looms large over the Giants as they decide what to do with the No. 2 pick in the draft. At 37 years old his career is undoubtedly nearing its end. And the Giants are in a great position to maybe find his replacement.

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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: ORLANDO - Dave Gettleman has often repeated a lesson he learned from his former boss, Ernie Accorsi, that "You don't quit on talent."

But on Tuesday afternoon, he sure sounded like a person who was about to do just that.

Gettleman, the new Giants GM, threw more fire on the flames about a possible trade of Odell Beckham, Jr. when he refused multiple opportunities to say anything more than "He's on the team right now." In a bizarre press conference outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel at the NFL owners meetings, Gettleman praised Beckham's work ethic and even dismissed his recent video controversy, but then spoke about eliminating "distractions" from the Giants.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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ORLANDO - Pat Shurmur is making the rounds through the Pro Days of the top quarterback prospects, trying to see if they're any better than Davis Webb, the young quarterback the new Giants coach already has on his team. He's comparing their college film to Webb's college film. He's even scouring through practice film of Webb from last season.

And yes, it sure would've been a big help for Shurmur if he had some film of Webb in a regular-season game.

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Pat Shurmur speaks after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
Pat Shurmur speaks after being introduced as head coach of the New York Giants during an NFL football news conference, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in East Rutherford , N.J. Shurmur, the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, was announced as the new coach less than 24 hours after he and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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ORLANDO - The Giants sure have seemed to open their door to a possible Odell Beckham Jr. trade this week, and new coach Pat Shurmur didn't exactly slam it shut on Tuesday morning. But he did make one thing about his star receiver perfectly clear:

He expects him to be at the Meadowlands in 13 days when the Giants' offseason program begins.

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Quarterback Josh Allen (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
Quarterback Josh Allen (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

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ORLANDO -- Jets GM Mike Maccagnan had an up-close look at Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at his Pro Day last week. He'll get an up-close and personal look at him again in a private workout next week, too.

Maccagnan revealed the Jets' plans to work out the 6-foot-5, 233-pound Allen next week during his chat with the media at the NFL owners meetings on Monday. It was hardly a surprise, considering the amount of work the Jets are putting into studying the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. Maccagnan, Jets coach Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger have already been at the Pro Days for USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, too.

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Ralph Vacchiano gives his take on the rumors that Odell Beckham Jr. could be traded if the parties cannot come to terms on an extension.

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ORLANDO -- Both John Mara and Steve Tisch have made it clear the last two days that as frustrated as they may be with Odell Beckham Jr., they really don't want to trade him. Their hope is to keep him on the Giants and eventually lock him up to a long-term deal.

So it should be no surprise that a source told SNY that it's "highly unlikely" that the Giants will trade Beckham any time in the near future. And another source insisted there was no truth -- "zero, nada, zilch" -- to any reports suggesting the Giants are actively engaged in talks about Beckham with any NFL team.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater drops back to pass during the first half an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) (Mike Roemer/AP)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater drops back to pass during the first half an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) (Mike Roemer/AP)

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ORLANDO -- The Jets are going to take a quarterback with the third pick in the draft, and he is likely to be considered their Quarterback of the Future.

But whoever the pick is, he might have to beat out a quarterback already on the Jets' roster for that title. And GM Mike Maccagnan indicated it would be unwise to rule Teddy Bridgewater out.

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The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Jets decision to rescind their contract offer to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

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ORLANDO - The mystery of why the Jets rescinded their offer to free agent Ndamukong Suh so suddenly has a simple answer, according to Jets GM Mike Maccagnan.

The Jets' offer to Suh came with a deadline to accept it. The deadline passed, so the Jets moved on.

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New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch talks about the latest drama and controversy surrounding Odell Beckham Jr.

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ORLANDO - Giants co-owner Steve Tisch is not worried about what he called a "hypothetical" threat of an Odell Beckham Jr. holdout, nor was he concerned about the "background noise" of his star receiver being caught on video with what looked like drugs.

And while he conceded there could be a point where all these Beckham-related controversies will become too much for the Giants, he insisted they're not at that point just yet.

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(Dennis Schneidler)

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ORLANDO - While NFL owners are continuing to grapple with what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, Jets owner Christopher Johnson has emerged as a welcomed voice of reason.

The last thing the league should do, Johnson said, is to force the players to do what the owners want them to do.

 

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