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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Sam Darnold (Southern California) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Sam Darnold (Southern California) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants weren't going to let this one go unanswerd.

After the Jets thanked the Giants on Twitter before Thursday's NFL Draft for passing on Sam Darnold last year, the Giants answered, "You're welcome" with a photo of last year's No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley posing with his Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Sam Darnold (Southern California) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Sam Darnold (Southern California) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants weren't going to let this one go unanswerd.

After the Jets thanked the Giants on Twitter before Thursday's NFL Draft for passing on Sam Darnold last year, the Giants answered, "You're welcome" with a photo of last year's No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley posing with his Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

It's no secret Dave Gettleman loves big guys. Or, as he calls them, "hog mollies." The Giants general manager maintains the old-school philosophy that the game is won in the trenches, and he's done all he can during his tenure in charge to make the team fit that mold.  

To protect quarterback Eli Manning's blind side, Gettleman signed All-Pro tackle Nate Solder from New England. Another notable move was selecting guard Will Hernandez, who started all 16 games at guard last season, in the second round. But Solder took a step back from his Patriots days, Hernandez had to learn on the fly as a rookie, and an injury to center Jon Halapio early in the year left the Giants thin at the position. 

Plus, a hole still exists at right tackle.

Enter Jonah Williams, perhaps the "hoggiest" "molly" in the 2019 draft class. The Giants will have two first round picks come Thursday. Will Gettleman be able to pass on the Alabama product with more than one pass at him? 

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Giants players discuss their optimism for the upcoming season while their newest additions look to fit in

The debate about the Giants' No. 2 pick from last year's NFL Draft rages on even a year later, with some still believing that Dave Gettleman and Co. should've taken a quarterback, perhaps the Jets' Sam Darnold, instead of running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley is aware that such talk still exists and had this to say about it on Thursday.

"Yes. I understand that. I don't care for their opinions or anything, I can't change those opinions. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn't sway that mindset, then I don't know what will," Barkley said.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' 2019 regular-season schedule is set, as a leak was confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday. Big Blue wants to bounce back from their 5-11 record of last season, but it will be no easy task with the opponents they are set to play. 

Here's what matchups to look forward to this season...

Familiar Opener

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is setting the bar as high as possible.

In an interview with Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks, Barkley was informed that his rookie-year teammate Jonathan Stewart said Barkley can be the best running back of all-time. 

Asked if he was right, Barkley said, "Yes. I believe so. I believe that I can be the best running back to ever play the game."

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Underneath the white caddy uniform, Joe LaCava was repping the Giants. 

And also helping Tiger Woods win his 15th major -- the golfer's first since 2008 -- at The Master on Sunday. 

As Woods charged down the back nine and LaCava next to him every step of the way, the caddy donned a Saquon Barkley jersey that was visible at various points during the telecast. 

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Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

In between his offseason workouts in preparation for his sophomore season, Giants RB Saquon Barkley took time out of his day last Sunday to make a special coaching appearance at "The Opening" in New Jersey. 

The football showcase, which took place at the New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Facility in Florham Park, NJ, hosted some of the best high school football players in the region. And Barkley's little brother, Ali Barkley, was among them. 

Barkley was seen hyping some of the players during 1-on-1 drills, and working closely with his brother throughout the day...

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Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants have made it very clear, over and over again the last few years, that they will not force a decision on their Quarterback of the Future if they don't see one they love. They are comfortable putting it off indefinitely. They might even be on the verge of doing it again.

But that would be a mistake, no matter how good the class of quarterbacks looks in the 2020 draft. They can't keep punting this issue into the future. It's time to settle down, even if it means settling at the most important position in sports.

They need to find their Quarterback of the Future now.

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Rosen, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard sit courtside at the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard sit courtside at the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Giants and WR Sterling Shepard are close to finalizing a contract extension, and RB Saquon Barkley was quick to congratulate his teammate. 

After the news broke, Barkley immediately took to Twitter to show some love to Shepard, who he has grown close with ever since he was drafted by the Giants last season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE SAQUON'S TWEET

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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With only two weeks left until the NFL draft kicks off, here's a look at how the Giants might use their 12 picks:

First round (6th overall) - DE/LB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Rosen, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Donning a bright orange Browns cap, Odell Beckham Jr. addressed the Cleveland media for the first time since being traded by the Giants. 

Beckham sat right in between his new quarterback Baker Mayfield and his long-time friend in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, as he reflected on the moment he got the call from GM Dave Gettleman that he was traded. He said he was eating dinner when his phone rang, and he admitted "I knew something was going down."

"I defintely would say that it did," Beckham told reporters when asked if he was surprised. "It's just a lot to process. You start off in New York in your career, and the next thing you know you're here today. I think I've come to grips with everything and processed everything. To see my guys here, I'm excited about this."

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Saquon Barkley doesn't want to hear anyone complaining about Eli Manning, either. 

The Giants made a few controversial moves this offseason that has forced many to question if there really is a plan in East Rutherford. And while Landon Collins walked and Odell Beckham Jr. was surprisingly traded to the Browns, the team has shown continued faith in Manning. 

Manning is no stranger to fans wanting him to call it quits, but Barkley is sick of hearing he can't play the game anymore. The rookie sensation didn't hold back when asked about it.

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Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Before the Giants and Browns struck the trade of the offseason with WR Odell Beckham Jr. heading to Cleveland, they made another deal where DE Olivier Vernon was on his way as well. In that deal, the Giants got G Kevin Zeitler in return, a right guard that would be plugged right into their offensive line next season. 

Zeitler didn't think he would be making the move, though. There was some speculation that the Browns had him on the trade market, but after signing a five-year, $60 million deal back in 2017 with Cleveland, he thought he would be there for the long haul. 

Instead, he saw his phone blow up during a workout, and the shock set in.

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Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is excited to work with the Giants' offseason acquisitions, from safety Jabrill Peppers to wide receiver Golden Tate, but the one that stands out to him is offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

"When you add a solid, veteran player that's established himself and he's consistent and tough and has all the attributes you're looking for in an offensive lineman to add to that crew, we got better," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

While they were announced as separate deals, Zeitler's trade -- when the Giants dealt pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns -- went into the NFL transaction log combined with the blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. deal given both trades were agreed to before the new league year began.

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When Giants GM Dave Gettleman faced the media over a conference call on Monday to discuss the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, he simply said the move was "purely a football decision."

"We didn't sign him to trade him, but obviously things changed," Gettleman said. "Another team made us an offer we couldn't refuse."

So what does his head coach Pat Shurmur think about one of his most lethal offensive weapons moving on to Cleveland? He is on Gettleman's side.

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) in the tunnel before game against Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) in the tunnel before game against Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Before the world found out about the blockbuster trade between the Giants and the Browns, Saquon Barkley received a call from Odell Beckham Jr. -- the highlight of the deal.

"We talked over FaceTime, he had just gotten traded, so I don't think he was really happy about it," Barkley told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo after Penn State's Pro Day on Tuesday, where the former Nittany Lion went to support his former teammates. "He just gave me some advice about how to handle stuff in the league. He was the same old big brother to me that he's always been."

Barkley was out in Los Angeles with WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram working out together in preparation for the upcoming season. Beckham has also been out in LA doing the exact same, but he had been in out in Paris when he got the call from GM Dave Gettleman that he was moving him to Cleveland. 

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dave Gettleman was absolutely right when he lamented the fact we're living in an "instant gratification world" during his conference call on Monday. There's a rush to judge everything, a demand for an immediate payoff. Everyone wants to be first with a knee-jerk reaction or a juvenile social media take.

And so it was with the Giants' trade of Odell Beckham Jr. and, really, their entire offseason. Gettleman didn't get nearly enough for his star, some screamed. He has no plan, yelled others. Tweet by tweet, it was clear the world of keyboard warriors believed he didn't have a clue.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) stands next to general manager Dave Gettleman during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) stands next to general manager Dave Gettleman during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Dave Gettleman has made it clear he wants to find the Giants' Quarterback of the Future, and he seems intent on doing it sooner than later.

But don't be so sure that he'll do it in the draft this year.

Despite the fact that the Giants have two first-round picks, and are in good position at No. 6 to take one of the first quarterbacks available, multiple NFL sources caution that the Giants seem to have other things in mind. They are looking into all the first-round quarterbacks, and taking one is definitely a possibility, a team source said.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The fallout from the Odell Beckham Jr. trade won't be clear until the Giants make their next move. It wasn't long ago they looked to be building around Beckham. Clearly they have now blown up that plan.

So what's next? How can the Giants replace him? And what does this mean for their present and future?

Here's a look at some of the ripple effects from one of the Giants' biggest deals in years:

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The decision to let safety Landon Collins walk away for nothing sent shockwaves through a Giants fan base that still seems to be trying to figure GM Dave Gettleman out. One minute acts like the Giants are close to being a contender. The next he sounds like he's rebuilding. Then he's cutting costs on players like Collins, while not blinking at the $23.2 million cap hit for aging quarterback Eli Manning.

Trying to decipher his moves the last 15 months has been like riding the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney. Just as the franchise seems to turn one direction, it lurches towards the other. Meanwhile, everyone is nauseous and wondering: Is there any real direction at all?

The answer to that is, like many things, complicated and not often clear. There's no doubt the mess Gettleman inherited - on the field, in the locker room, and to a smaller extent under the salary cap - was significant when he was hired in December, 2017. Even Gettleman may have underestimated how extensive the problems were, though he adamantly denies he did.

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants have decided to let S Landon Collins walk into free agency, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed reports that the team won't franchise tag the Pro Bowler.

By letting Collins go, the Giants are losing not only one of their best defensive players on the roster, but also a leader in the locker. And Collins' now-former teammates showed him some love.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TWEETS

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Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins said "it'd be a dream come true" if the Giants drafted him next month.

The odds of that happening are favorable, according to one sportsbook.

The Giants are considered favorites to draft Haskins in the NFL Draft in April, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. New York's odds are at +220, while the teams with the next-best odds are the Jaguars (+550), Redskins (+600) and Dolphins (+600).

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

INDIANAPOLIS - Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur were vague about the Giants' offseason plans when they met the media at the NFL scouting combine last week, and sometimes they seemed to be saying different things. But they did at least seem to drop plenty of hints.

So between those hints, their words, and plenty of info from NFL sources, here are 10 things we learned about the Giants' plans while they were at the combine...

1. Eli Manning will be the Giants' starter in 2019 -- at least at the beginning

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NFL quarterback prospect Kyler Murray envisions a very successful and 'dangerous' Giants offense if he was under center.

Kyler Murray saw a swarm of reporters and cameras flood to his podium at the NFL Combine on Friday, and though baseball-related questions saw a dejecting look from the Heisman Trophy, he did enjoy answering a question about the Giants.

With head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman on hand this week in Indianapolis, it is obvious they are looking at the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft to see if one could be Eli Manning's heir apparent. Murray believes he could be that guy, especially with the weapons the team currently possesses in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, and Evan Engram.

"Like you said, OB, Shep, Evan [Engram], Saquon -- I think me in that system or with those guys can be very dangerous," Murray said. "At the same time, I don't get to choose where I go so, if that was the case, I would love to be in that situation. Love to be in New York."

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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The first time the Giants organization seemed to really begin thinking about what comes next at quarterback after Eli Manning was about three years ago. They still had plenty of time back then, but seemed to understand it would run out fast.

Still, they have declined to address that need ever since -- at least not in the first round of the draft -- and suddenly they are standing at the end of Manning's road. He's 38 and his contract is up at the end of the season, but the Giants have no replacement ready because they have continually kicked this hugely important decision farther and farther down the road.

And yes, even now, they might do it again.

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

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The idea that the Giants should or might trade Odell Beckham Jr. starts with a simple premise - that they're somehow better without him. He's a distraction. He wasn't the same player after his injury. He's always hurt. The Giants' offense got better last season with him on the sideline.

All of those things would be good reasons for the Giants to consider a deal. Except they're not true. And neither is the overall premise.

The Giants just aren't better without Beckham. In fact, they'll be much worse if they trade him away.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Saquon Barkley vs. Sam Darnold debate is never-ending, but former Giants running back Rashad Jennings is perplexed on why that is the case. 

Jennings, who played for the Giants from 2014-16, adamantly defended his former team's decision to take Barkley over Darnold in last year's NFL Draft. 

"The Giants 100 percent made the right decision," he told NJ.com last week. "Are you kidding me. You're on some real drugs if you think anything different. 

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) in the tunnel before game against Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) in the tunnel before game against Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

As they do every year, Pro Football Focus released their Top 101 players for the 2018 season, and three Giants made the cut. 

Leading the pack was Offensive Rookie of the Year in RB Saquon Barkley, who came in at No. 27 on the list. Barkley bursted onto the NFL scene without a hitch, becoming the third rookie in NFL history to amass 2,000 yards or more from scrimmage.

The list also points out this insane stat: Barkley led the NFL in missed tackles with 71 forced on the season, with 31 coming after the catch. 

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The Giants and Jets organizations don't like each other very much, which happens when teams share a stadium and a city. The Jets have long had an inferiority complex from feeling like New York's little brother. The Giants have never hid their feelings of superiority when it comes to the Jets.

So neither franchise has ever been inclined to do anything that might even appear to help out the other, which is a huge part of the reason why the two have never made a trade.

It might be time they get over those issues and their egos, though. Because a trade of draft picks between the Giants and Jets this year makes a whole lot of sense.

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The Giants and Jets organizations don't like each other very much, which happens when teams share a stadium and a city. The Jets have long had an inferiority complex from feeling like New York's little brother. The Giants have never hid their feelings of superiority when it comes to the Jets.

So neither franchise has ever been inclined to do anything that might even appear to help out the other, which is a huge part of the reason why the two have never made a trade.

It might be time they get over those issues and their egos, though. Because a trade of draft picks between the Giants and Jets this year makes a whole lot of sense.

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

When ESPN's Todd McShay wrote his first mock draft in the middle of December, the Giants picked a quarterback with, at the time, the No. 10 pick.

Now that the draft order is solidified and New York has the sixth pick, he has New York picking that same quarterback.

McShay predicts the Giants will draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins over Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray to be Eli Manning's heir.

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart (28) carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart (28) carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants parted ways with veteran RB Jonathan Stewart on Wednesday, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed the team would not exercise the second year of his contract.

Stewart was due a $500,000 option bonus today, but by cutting him, the Giants don't have to dish that out. With the bonus, he would've been a $3.275 million cap hit this season. Now, the Giants have $3.025 million more in cap space to use this offseason. 

Many were confused when GM Dave Gettleman signed the 31-year-old Stewart this past offseason after seeing a decline with the Panthers in 2017. He was viewed more as a good locker presence than an expected playmaker for the team, especially after drafting rookie RB Saquon Barkley in the first round. 

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Vacchiano talks Saquon and ROY 00:01:43
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano talks Saquon Barkley winning Rookie of the Year, as the Giants still face second guesses about drafting him.

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For most of the season, Saquon Barkley was running away with this award. A late push by Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, though, made it a very close contest.

And while it's hard to argue with voting for the quarterback who somewhat resurrected the Browns, and who was outstanding at perhaps the toughest position in sports, this award went to the right person. Barkley, the Giants' 21-year-old running back, was the best offensive rookie in the NFL this year.

His numbers certainly prove that -- 1,307 rushing yards, 91 catches for 721 receiving yards, making him just the third rookie in NFL history to have 2,000 yards from scrimmage. Add in 15 touchdowns and the fact that he did it behind an offensive line that was terrible at times, on a team that was a miserable 1-7 for the first half of the season, and his credentials glow even more.

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Offensive Rookie of the Year winner Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants during media availabilities for the NFL Honors show at the Fox Theatre. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Offensive Rookie of the Year winner Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants during media availabilities for the NFL Honors show at the Fox Theatre. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

It's official: Saquon Barkley is the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Giants running back won the award Saturday night, beating out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield 26.5 votes to 21.5 votes.

Colts offensive guard Quenton Nelson placed third with two votes.

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The Giants have no regrets about GM Dave Gettleman's decision to pass on several potential franchise quarterbacks to take Saquon Barkley with the second pick in last year's draft. Gettleman still believes Barkley is a "gold jacket" player. The Giants have no doubt he made the right call.

Around the league, though, it seems the jury is still out.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Even after a season in which Saquon Barkley set rookie records and put himself in position to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, the question remains: was passing on a quarterback the right move for the Giants?

Barkley continues to have to answer this question and did so again this week leading up to the Super Bowl. 

On the Rapsheet & Friends podcast on Westwood One, the Giants running back said that people who believe the team should have selected a quarterback are "not wrong."

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Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The NFL will reveal the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday, and the two candidates have decided to make things interesting. 

Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield have a friendly wager on the award. 

Barkley told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the loser must buy the winner a chain

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Why Saquon Barkley should be ROY 00:00:45
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley shined during an epic rookie campaign, just how good was he? Here are the historic numbers.

As the masses pack into The Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Saturday for the NFL Honors ceremony, Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley will walk in a favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

But, unlike Patrick Mahomes, Barkley isn't a lock to win the award he is nominated for. Browns QB Baker Mayfield is also in the running, and some believe he has a great chance to stand on stage with the trophy at the end of the day.

The PFWA already named Mayfield its overall Rookie of the Year earlier this offseason, with Barkley winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year which basically serves as a runner-up. However, the fan-voted Pepsi Rookie of the Year went to No. 26, evening the odds...

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants running back Saquon Barkley was featured in a Visa commercial alongside quarterback Eli Manning back in November. 

Perhaps he may get another spot during the Super Bowl.

Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents Barkley, posted a behind-the-scenes video on Twitter of Barkley salsa dancing in a future Visa commercial.

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NFC running back Saquon Barkley runs with the ball during the first half in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
NFC running back Saquon Barkley runs with the ball during the first half in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants running back Saquon Barkley recorded 17 yards on offense and also spent some time on defense in Sunday's Pro Bowl as the NFC lost to the AFC 26-7 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The Giants rookie running back had two carries for 10 yards and one 7-yard catch, but NFC coach Jason Garrett put some of his offensive stars on defense.

And Barkley wasn't alone. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Saints running back Alvin Kamara also played on the NFC's defensive line.

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Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Is there anything Saquon Barkley can't do?

The Giants rookie running back was put to the test on Thursday in the Pro Bowl Skills Competition and conquered the showdown like a champion. 

The challenge began with Best Hands, then went to Precision Passing, 40-yard Splash, the Gridiron Gauntlet and ended on an epic game of Dodgeball between the AFC and NFC.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: What's the best way for the Giants and Jets to catch up to the Patriots and Rams? Stealing some of their players would be a pretty good start.

While they won't be able to poach Tom BradyTodd Gurley, or any of the real elite players on either of the Super Bowl LIII teams, both of teams have a long list of intriguing players who are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 13.

Here are 10 - five from the Rams, and five from the Patriots - who should interest the New York teams the most:

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: What's the best way for the Giants and Jets to catch up to the Patriots and Rams? Stealing some of their players would be a pretty good start.

While they won't be able to poach Tom BradyTodd Gurley, or any of the real elite players on either of the Super Bowl LIII teams, both of teams have a long list of intriguing players who are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 13.

Here are 10 - five from the Rams, and five from the Patriots - who should interest the New York teams the most:

Tags: James Carpenter, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker is stopped from a fourth quarter touchdown by New York Giants safety Michael Thomas and cornerback B.W. Webb at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears tight end Ben Braunecker is stopped from a fourth quarter touchdown by New York Giants safety Michael Thomas and cornerback B.W. Webb at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rams beat the Saints 26-23 in the NFC championship game, which means two things:

1. Los Angeles is going to the Super Bowl.

2. Another Giants player will make the Pro Bowl.

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 16, 2008 file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) watches from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J.   The New York Giants released Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress on Friday, April 3, 2009, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
** FILE ** In this Nov. 16, 2008 file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) watches from the sidelines against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Giants released Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress on Friday, April 3, 2009, a little more than four months after the talented but troubled wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

As was the case last offseason, speculation about what the Giants will do with their top draft pick has come down to whether or not the team chooses a quarterback or not. 

The Giants don't want to enter "Quarterback Hell," as GM Dave Gettleman put it last year, but this year's draft class isn't as quarterback-heavy as 2018. Instead, the top prospects seem to be defensive linemen and linebackers, two positions the Giants can certainly use an upgrade at. 

So what should the Giants do? Well, former wide receiver and Super Bowl winner Plaxico Burress gave his answer.

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown with running back Saquon Barkley (26) as quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks on during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown with running back Saquon Barkley (26) as quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks on during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As we enter Championship Sunday this weekend, Vegas is already looking to next season as they released their Super Bowl LIV odds.

According to BetOnline.ag, the Giants find themselves with 40/1 odds to win another Lombardi Trophy, with the Jaguars and 49ers sharing the same odds. They are right in the middle of the pack as multiple teams, including the Jets, owning 66/1 odds.

The Chiefs, who will play the Patriots this Sunday for a berth to the Super Bowl, have the best odds at 7/1. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dolphins come in last at 100/1...

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America on Tuesday.

Barkley was always a top candidate for Rookie of the Year after a remarkable season with Big Blue. He broke numerous league and franchise records including most receptions by a rookie running back (91), first Giants rookie to rush for over 1,000 yards (1,307), and becoming the third rookie running back in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards.

The PFWA votes on three separate rookie awards every season -- offensive, defensive, and overall Rookie of the Year. Browns QB Baker Mayfield was named the overall Rookie of the Year, while Colts LB Darius Leonard was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year...

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Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies the 2019 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Washington Huskies the 2019 Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State defeated Washington 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

After declaring for the NFL Draft, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins played around with what jerseys he would look best in next season.

The Giants are one of them...

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence became the darling of college football with his performance in the Tigers' 44-16 national championship victory over Alabama on Monday.

The long-haired, 19-year-old freshman completed 20 of 32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and had NFL fans salivating at the thought of him playing quarterback for their team. 

Yet Lawrence is not eligible for the NFL draft until 2021, but that did not stop some fans and analysts from suggesting teams should put themselves in position to take Lawrence. 

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