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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.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Lorenzo Carter, Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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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:

Tags: James Carpenter, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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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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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)

As one would expect, Giants RB Saquon Barkley was named a nominee for the 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on Thursday. 

Now, this isn't the official AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which will be handed out during the NFL Awards on Feb. 2. The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year is voted on entirely by the fans, who will have until Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. to vote for who they believe should win. 

Barkley is a favorite to win both awards after a historic season with Big Blue. He totaled a whopping 2,028 yards from scrimmage, becoming the third player in NFL history to reach that goal. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson totaled 2,212 scrimmage yards in 1983, and Edgerrin James had 2,139 yards in 1999. 

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Gettleman clear on strategy 00:01:15
Gettleman didn't waiver from the principle that the Giants will draft the best available player and he has no regrets about Saquon Barkley.

When it comes to the NFL draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman's philosophy has always been the same:

Take the best player available. 

The Giants have the sixth pick in the draft this year and with Eli Manning's future uncertain at this point, the question of whether or not finding a future franchise quarterback is a priority this offseason came up at Gettleman's end of the year press conference on Wednesday. 

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Giants heading into offseason 00:01:20
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley discusses his plan heading into the offseason and Landon Collins addresses his contract talks.

Saquon Barkley is fresh off an incredible rookie campaign that might earn him an Offensive Rookie of the Year honor, but he is focused on the offseason and is taking the advice of future Hall of Fame RB Frank Gore

"I don't want to take too much time off and I don't want to not take enough time. Try to find a balance, talk to vets you know, I talked to Frank Gore, he gave me great advice," said Barkley when asked how he will tackle his first offseason. "How he handles it...try to find out the right thing for my body, to balance it and give me the best shape I can." 

Gore is coming off his 14th season in the league and is revered for his durability at the position where he ranks 4th all time in rushing with 14,748 yards. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said in recent weeks how strongly he feels that Eli Manning will quarterback the team in 2019.

And even after Manning turned the ball over twice in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, he said he felt the same way.

"Everybody thinks I'm nuts," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, "but I've seen the good in Eli. I certainly hear things [bad about Manning], but I believe in him. I feel strongly about Eli.''

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Giants come up short in finale 00:01:31
The Giants again couldn't close out a game, losing 36-35 to the Cowboys in the season finale. A common theme in 2018.

The Giants battled, clawed and never gave up in their season finale 36-35 loss to the Dallas Coyboys on Sunday at Metlife Stadium. Saquon Barkley set a new NFL record for a rookie running back and QB Eli Manning completed 356 of 535 passes for 3,998 yards on the year.

Things to know about Sunday's game  

1) On his first completion, Manning surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the seventh time in his career. The QB finished 24-of-41 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

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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)

Saquon Barkley, have yourself a day.

Barkley capped his special season by setting a new mark for a rookie running back on Sunday against the Cowboys, and added one more record before the game was over.

The 21-year-old caught his 89th pass just before halftime of New York's season finale in front of the chilly home crowd at Metlife. That's the most receptions in a single season by a rookie RB in NFL history. Reggie Bush (88) set the previous mark in 2006.

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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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 (@bnimmo24 via Instagram)
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There was some odd activity going on in Queens on Thursday night. 

No, the Mets did not sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, but an electrical fire at a Con Edison substation in Astoria resulted in an "electrical arc", which caused a massive blue light to beam over the city at about 9 p.m. 

The incident caused a bit of a phenomenom, with some Mets and Giants players buzzing about what it could possibly be.

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The Giants and Browns will finish their 2018 season this Sunday with no playoff hopes ahead of them. But both teams and their fanbases will be looking forward to the NFL Honors the day before the Super Bowl to see if their highly-touted rookie will win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Browns QB Baker Mayfield are the frontrunners to win the award, and the latest Vegas odds has Mayfield as the slight favorite to beat out Barkley. Let's break down each candidate to see who should be walking up to the stage to accept the award in the end:

The Barkley Argument

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- At the start of the 2022 season, which isn't as far away as it seems, Saquon Barkley will be 25 years old and in the final year of his contract. Odell Beckham will still have two years left on his contract, but in November of that season he will turn 30.

Given the incredible talent of those two players, it's hard to imagine any team not at least competing for a championship with both of them on its roster, especially in their primes. So consider the 2022 season the end of a four-year window that will begin for the Giants this offseason. They have to do whatever they can to win a title in the next four seasons before their days with Beckham and Barkley together are gone.

That's why the next decisions they make -- especially at quarterback -- are so crucial. And it's why moving on from Eli Manning right now could prove to be too unwise and too hard.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley on the sidelines during second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley on the sidelines during second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Saquon Barkley's tremendous rookie season with the Giants has already earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl as the top vote-getter among running backs.

But the 21-year-old has some fierce competition for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award. And his name is Baker Mayfield.

The Bovada Sportsbook in Las Vegas has placed the Browns quarterback as the favorite to win the honor at -130 odds, besting Barkley's -110 odds.

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NY Sports: Rudolph or Grinch 00:02:09
There?s been highs and lows with the NY Sports teams this year, which coaches or players are Rudolphs and which are Grinches.

There's been highs and lows with the New York sports teams this year. Which coaches or players are Rudolphs and which are Grinches?

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NY Sports: Rudolph or Grinch 00:02:09
There?s been highs and lows with the NY Sports teams this year, which coaches or players are Rudolphs and which are Grinches.

There's been highs and lows with the New York sports teams this year. Which coaches or players are Rudolphs and which are Grinches?

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NY Sports: Rudolph or Grinch 00:02:09
There?s been highs and lows with the NY Sports teams this year, which coaches or players are Rudolphs and which are Grinches.

There's been highs and lows with the New York sports teams this year. Which coaches or players are Rudolphs and which are Grinches?

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

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The Indianapolis Colts are a legitimately good team that might finish this season with 10 wins and a berth in the playoffs. And the Giants, as awful as they've been all year, took them to the wire. They were one drive -- maybe one pass -- away from winning this game.

Instead they lost 28-27, leaving them with nothing but a moral victory. And while it was another sign that they've improved since their miserable first half of the season, they're still 4-3 since their 1-7 start.

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Giants lose 28-27 00:01:02
The Giants couldn't stage a last-minute comeback and fell to the Colts 28-27. Head Coach Pat Shurmur reacts to the loss.

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Eli Manning had a chance for some late-game magic, when he had 55 seconds to play, and all he had to do was get the Giants into field-goal range. Instead, he threw a game-sealing interception on an ill-advised pass over the middle.

But don't blame this 28-27 loss in Indianapolis on him.

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Odell wants to play if cleared 00:01:09
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. voices that he will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts if he's cleared.

The Giants were officially eliminated from the playoffs last week after their loss to the Titans. So it would make sense that star WR Odell Beckham Jr., who is battling a "hematoma" as he called it, to sit out the rest of the season, right?

Not in his eyes.

"If I can play, I'm going to play,"' Beckham said on Thursday after not participating in practice again. "It's just the bottom line. You dreamed of being here, you dedicated, gave everything to be here, so you do all this to play games. As much fun as meetings are and all that other stuff, like you do this to play games, so if I can play, I'm in."

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Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm up before against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm up before against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Saquon Barkley has lived up to the Giants' high expectations since they drafted him No. 2 overall this year.

But what does the running back believe he has improved the most during his stellar rookie season?

"I would say leadership, definitely leadership," Barkley told reporters at the Giants' practice facility on Wednesday. "Obviously I was never shy to talk or be vocal, but just you know yourself when you're speaking just how more comfortable you feel and I felt more comfortable speaking and leading from this point before in the beginning of the year or preseason or camp.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during warm-ups before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the Giants' slim playoff hopes being officially shattered with a 17-0 loss to the Titans on Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. could still play the final two games. 

The star receiver is battling a bruised quad, which he called a "hematoma" in a Facebook video on Friday, yet head coach Pat Shurmur said that he will not shut Beckham down for the season if he is cleared to play. 

"No. He's like every other player and we're trying to get him back this Sunday," Shurmur told reporters on Monday. "He's a valuable member of our team...if he's healthy we'll get him out there."

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Barkley: Missing in action 00:01:24
Saquon Barkley is missing in action and that's a problem according to Ralph Vacchiano, he explains why.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For weeks, Pat Shurmur has made it clear his offense has to run through Saquon Barkley. And the Giants were thriving since he seemingly made that discovery during their bye week.

Barkley, he decided, was the Giants' best player. He was becoming one of the most unstoppable forces in the NFL. It seemed painfully obvious that everything they do should run through the super-rookie.

So why was he made to disappear on Sunday, just when the Giants needed him most?

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Giants win-streak runs aground 00:01:05
The Giants couldn?t get any offense going on a wet and rainy day against the Titans, falling 17-0.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' longshot playoff hopes died on Sunday in a way that seemed perfectly fitting for this season.

They were shut out.

One week after they scored 40 points in Washington, the Giants' offense reverted to its pre-bye week form in a 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans. They couldn't get anything going at all - not even behind super-rookie Saquon Barkley. And in a steady rain with some gusty winds, Eli Manning was terrible, completing 21 of 44 passes for 229 yards and an interception, plus a lost fumble.//

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Dec 9, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 9, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Washington Redskins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (20) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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THE GAME 

The Tennessee Titans (7-6) at the Giants (5-8) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

NFL fans have spoken, and Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley is a clear favorite. 

With the NFL Pro Bowl fan voting finished, Barkley was the top running back in the league with 987,562 votes. He also finished third overall in fan voting with Saints QB Drew Brees (1,270,631) and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (1,197,370) ahead of him. 

Barkley is a Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite as he has tallied 1,124 rushing yards on 209 carries, 629 receiving yards on 78 receptions, and 13 total touchdowns over 13 games. 

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