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Here's a player-by-player report card for the Giants' free agent signings so far


CB James Bradberry (three years, $45 million, $31.8 million guaranteed)

The Giants needed big-time help at this spot after dumping Janoris Jenkins in December, and they got arguably the second-best corner on the market at a somewhat reasonable price.

Bradberry is big (6-foot-1, 212 pounds), fast (4.45 40-yard dash), and he'll be a big help for an otherwise young secondary that includes last year's first-rounder DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal. If they were going to spend "big" money, it had to be either at corner or pass-rusher, and once most of the top pass-rushers were tagged, they wisely got aggressive here.

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Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz
Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz

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The Giants have 10 draft picks, thanks to the three compensatory picks they earned, but only three of those will come in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team with many needs still to fill, it puts a premium on those selections in the first three rounds.

With a month until the draft, it's still hard to know exactly what the Giants will do and how the draft will shake out. But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft.

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Saquon Barkley

It's always fun to watch how the free agent market materializes over time, but that's from an outside perspective. 

As a player, it's a little more nerve-racking. 

Some players are still out there on the market, and at this moment, they're likely watching their expected price tag drop with most players already joining new teams. That includes DE Jadeveon Clowney, who isn't expected at this point to hit his $22-23 million, but he'll remain patient. 

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Giants head coach Joe Judge reunites with another familiar face in RB Dion Lewis, who signed a one-year deal to join Big Blue, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday.

The Giants were predicted to be done spending considering they had about $15.3 million in cap room left, per Over The Cap. But Lewis was out on the market after the Titans released him, and Judge took the chance to add a versatile running back behind Saquon Barkley.

Lewis has been backing up Derrick Henry for the past two seasons, totaling 726 yards over that span. But getting just 54 rushing attempts and 25 receptions in 16 games last season, Lewis wasn't a necessity to bring back for Tennessee. 

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When reports surfaced that veteran tackle Cam Fleming signed a one-year deal with the Giants in free agency, it simply made sense.

The Giants needed a new right tackle with Mike Remmers gone, Fleming knows three coaches on staff, and it was a cost-effective deal for GM Dave Gettleman

So Fleming joined Big Blue, a rival of his last team in the Dallas Cowboys, at $4 million for next season. And the 27-year-old is now slated to take over that right tackle role -- a starting job he's been looking for since he broke into the league with the Patriots back in 2014. 

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The Giants have made a few free agent additions while bringing back some familiar faces to upgrade their roster for the 2020 season. Here's how their depth chart shakes out at the moment, and more importantly, where they can improve moving forward...


QUARTERBACK: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney

The Giants wanted some backup quarterback competition behind Jones, and that's when they got McCoy on a one-year deal on Thursday. Matt Moore was their first option, but he turned down their offer. McCoy was next on the list. 

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Here's your latest reminder that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is a physical freak. 

Barkley might not be able to use the Giants' facility with the NFL pushing back offseason workout programs due to coronavirus concerns, but that hasn't stopped him from putting in work in the weight room. Posting to his Instagram story on Wednesday, Barkley can be seen squatting with a ton of plates on the bar. 

And, of course, it looks effortless. 

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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

The 2020 offseason is a very important one for Dave Gettleman and the Giants. With rising young stars like Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones on their rookie contracts, now is the time for Big Blue to spend big money elsewhere and build the most complete team they can.

And while there are players the Giants should definitely go after, there are also players they should avoid. Here are seven who might not be worth the Giants' time and money ...


Edge rusher Shaq Barrett

Pass rush is a huge priority for the Giants this season, but most of the big names are likely to get tagged (either with the franchise or the transition tag), including Buccaneers edge rusher Shaq Barrett. But if for some reason Barrett isn't tagged, he's likely to come with a huge price tag, and the Giants should question whether a potential one-year flash in the pan is worth a multi-year deal. 

Barrett bet on himself with a one-year deal with the Buccaneers last season, and it paid off (soon to be quite literally) for the 27-year-old, as he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and is set for a big-time payday. But in his five seasons with Denver, he combined for just 14.0 sacks, so which player would the Giants really be getting? 

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs
Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting continues on Friday as running backs, offensive linemen, kickers and special teamers take the the field.

Here's who the Giants should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...


1) Iowa T Tristan Wirfs

As Daniel Jones grows into Big Blue's franchise quarterback, he's going to need to be protected.

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Tom Brady (Winslow Townson)
Tom Brady (Winslow Townson)

The NFL Scouting Combine isn't just the main hub for evaluating the top prospects in the NFL Draft. It also serves as a rumor mill about pending free agents. And the biggest pending free agent of them all is Tom Brady

The prospect of the future Hall-of-Famer leaving New England for a new chapter with a different team seems crazy, but speculation that the Patriots may not work things out to bring him back started a while ago.

And word from the Combine is that those chances have greatly increased.

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Jalen Hurts/Jerry Jeudy
Jalen Hurts/Jerry Jeudy

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The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting begins on Thursday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kick off drills to see which prospects can stand out among the rest. 

Here's who the Giants should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...

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INDIANAPOLIS - When the Giants added linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin in 2018, the moves made perfect sense. They needed veteran leadership on what was becoming an increasingly young defense, and respected voices for the new coaching staff to lean on in the locker room.

Two years later, the Giants have an even younger defense. But they're not looking for mentors anymore.

That's not why Ogletree and Martin were cut on Wednesday. Those were expected, salary cap-related moves. But it was a reminder of a new philosophy under new head coach Joe Judge about the kinds of players he wants on his roster. To him, age and experience are mostly irrelevant.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the years he'd led NFL Drafts, but while speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, he didn't say he would keep that streak alive. 

"Absolutely. We're open for business," he said when asked if he would want to trade down from No. 4 overall. "Whatever we do is going to be in our best interest."

Since he joined the Giants two years ago, Gettleman has remained steadfast at No. 2 and No. 6 overall in the draft. He took Saquon Barkely out of Penn State in 2018, and of course the team's quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones last season. 

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Matt Moore/Case Keenum
Matt Moore/Case Keenum

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The Giants have multiple needs to fill this offseason, including offensive line help and virtually everywhere on the defense. There is also one, though that isn't pressing but needs some thought put into it before training camp begins this summer. 

As we all know, Eli Manning has gone off into the sunset following his stellar, Hall of Fame-worthy NFL career. Daniel Jones was already transitioned in as the quarterback of the future in Week 3, with Manning as his backup helping him along the way. 

Well, with the Manning gone, who is going to back up Jones now?

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Tom Brady (Greg M. Cooper)
Tom Brady (Greg M. Cooper)

So, here we are, in a world where Tom Brady's future with the Patriots is actually up in the air after spending 19 seasons in New England. The future Hall of Famer said he isn't going anywhere in a Super Bowl commercial, but that is only in reference to hanging up his cleats for good. Changing teams is definitely in the cards. 

Could that be to the Giants? 

It seems like an enormous stretch, especially after the team drafted Daniel Jones sixth overall and he took over for Eli Manning as the franchise quarterback after two games into the 2019 season. But, according to Boston radio host Scott Zolak, there's a possibility. 

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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are, unsurprisingly, considered longshots at best to win NFL MVP in 2020. Jones comes in at 66-1, while Barkley is listed at 100-1, according to BetOnline.ag.

After taking over at quarterback in Week 3 last season, Jones will enter the season as the undisputed starter following the retirement of Eli Manning. He'll hope to build on the relationship he developed with fellow rookie Darius Slayton, who also debuted in Week 3 and finished the season with 48 catches for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones finished the season with 3027 yards passing and a 61.9% completion percentage. Other players at 66-1 include incoming quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Barkley took the league by storm in 2018 and led the entire NFL in yards from scrimmage, but missed three games with an ankle sprain in 2019. He finished the season with 1003 yards rushing and added 52 catches for 438 yards out of the backfield, but remains one of the most explosive running backs in the league. Barkley joins Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr. among the players listed at 100-1.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Should former Giants quarterback Eli Manning make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Saquon Barkley says yes. 

Manning retired following the 2019 season and his candidacy is a hot-button topic as of late. 

But the running back, who played the past two seasons with Manning, thinks it's not even a question worth asking. There's no doubt Barkley thinks Manning should be enshrined one day. 

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Saquon Barkley has been vocal about what type of personal impact Kobe Bryant had, and he expanded his thoughts in an interview that aired Sunday on ESPN.

Ahead of Super Bowl LIV during ESPN's pregame programming, Barkley was among four past and present NFL players -- including all-time great wide receiver Jerry Rice (1985-04), Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (2012-present), Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (2013-present) -- to reflect on the late NBA legend.

Bryant, 41, died last Sunday in a southern California helicopter crash that killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Beyond the NBA, the 20-year Los Angeles Lakers star from 1996-16 inspired the generation that Barkley came up in.

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Saquon Barkley is in attendance for Saturday night's NFL Honors ceremony in Miami, Fla.

The Giants running back walked the red carpet for the event sporting a Los Angeles Lakers jacket, which he explained was a nod to the late Kobe Bryant

"I wanted to respect Kobe and pay my respects to Kobe," Barkley told Bleacher Report. "Jack Hamilton, the guy who made this, it's actually an original jacket from 2000 year when he won an NBA championship. You know me well, and everyone who knows me well knows how much Kobe meant to me. My people were able to pull some strings for me. It's sad to see him go, but not only with tonight do I want to represent him, but I also want to pay my respects with the rest of my career."

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Giants were not happy with Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, especially as the losses mounted in his second season. They had issues with how they struggled to develop young players, according to multiple sources, and they questioned if that staff put the team in the best position to win.

So far, though, there are no such complaints or worries about the coaching staff new head coach Joe Judge has assembled. The early returns are positive from both inside and outside of the organization, both with the quality of his choices and the willingness of the 38-year-old first-time head coach to add experienced voices to his staff.

His full staff hasn't officially been revealed yet -- only the coordinators have been announced -- but multiple sources have confirmed most of the names. Judge has dipped deep into his past, bringing coaches he's known from his days in New England, and from as far back as from when he was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. He also has quite a few who came from the Nick Saban coaching tree.

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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)

Just about all of the conversations about the Giants taking place in Miami for Super Bowl LIV have centered around Eli Manning's Hall of Fame candidacy.

From former teammates like Kurt Warner to Giants legends like Lawrence Taylor, Manning has been quite the conversation.

On Thursday, another of Manning's former teammates, Saquon Barkley, gave his take on whether or not the recently retired quarterback should make the Hall of Fame.

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Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants former quarterback Kurt Warner arrives during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Bensen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants former quarterback Kurt Warner arrives during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Bensen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

He was the man that Eli Manning took over for when the Giants decided to transition to their rookie quarterback back in 2004. It's been 16 years, and Kurt Warner is now being asked if his once-apprentice will be joining him in the Hall of Fame one day. 

His answer? Look at the stats. They speak for themselves in Warner's eyes. 

"It is such a weird process of going into the Hall of Fame and what all goes into making someone a Hall of Fame player," Warner told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano from the Loews Hometown set-up at the Super Bowl Experience down in Miami. "But, when you look at quarterbacks, you look at stats -- that's the era that we live in. And when you look at stats, without question Eli Manning has the stats to be in the Hall of Fame."

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

The hashtag "Girl Dad" has been trending lately, after Sportscenter anchor Elle Duncan shared a touching story about Kobe Bryant following his tragic death on Sunday, saying Bryant told her how much he loved being a girl dad with his four daughters. 

"I would have five more girls if I could," Duncan recalled Bryant saying. "I'm a girl dad."

Unfortunately, one of his daughters -- Gianna "Gigi" Bryant -- was also on that helicopter with him along with seven other victims. For Barkley, and many others with children, it was a tragedy that made him want to call his daughter to tell her he loved her. 

And just like Bryant, he's proud to be a girl dad. 

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Giants were not happy with Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, especially as the losses mounted in his second season. They had issues with how they struggled to develop young players, according to multiple sources, and they questioned if that staff put the team in the best position to win.

So far, though, there are no such complaints or worries about the coaching staff new head coach Joe Judge has assembled. The early returns are positive from both inside and outside of the organization, both with the quality of his choices and the willingness of the 38-year-old first-time head coach to add experienced voices to his staff.

His full staff hasn't been revealed yet, and only the coordinators have been announced, but multiple sources have confirmed most of the names (The only mystery appears to be the identity of the defensive line coach, which was supposed to be Freddie Roach until he got a promotion to remain at Ole Miss). Judge has dipped deep into his past, bringing coaches he's known from his days in New England, and from as far back as from when he was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. He also has quite a few who came from the Nick Saban coaching tree.

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Former New York Giants player Michael Strahan speaks in front of former players Antonio Pierce (58) and Jeff Feagles (18) and Shaun O'Hara (60) during a halftime ceremony honoring the 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants during a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Former New York Giants player Michael Strahan speaks in front of former players Antonio Pierce (58) and Jeff Feagles (18) and Shaun O'Hara (60) during a halftime ceremony honoring the 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants during a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michael Strahan, who revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that his No. 92 was to be retired by the Giants, knows what his former team needs if they want to get back to the playoffs. 

"Can't have a bunch of nice guys and win. It doesn't work. We need to find some dogs," Strahan told The New York Times' David Marchese in a Q&A. 

Being a dog on the field was a great way to describe Strahan's nature, being someone who was feared by the entire league on the defensive line. The gold jacket he received in 2014 as a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee is a pretty good indication of that. 

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Darius Slayton had exactly the same reaction as almost everyone else when he heard the Giants new head coach was going to be Joe Judge.

Who?

"Yeah, I had not heard of him prior to the Giants hiring him," Slayton told SNY in an interview on Thursday. "But you know he's coming from a really good organization. Everybody I've heard speak about him has glowing things to say about him, so I'm sure he'll be a good guy for the job."

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

After a combined nine wins in his first two NFL seasons, there's no doubt Saquon Barkley wants to help lead the Giants out of the rut in which they're currently stuck.

After a rookie season which saw him lead the league with 2028 yards from scrimmage, the Penn State product finished the season with 1003 rushing yards, despite missing three games with an ankle injury. 

That injury was initially expected to keep him out for longer, but Barkley wowed the Giants medical team to return much faster than anticipated.

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Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones talk about the firing of head coach Pat Shurmur, and appreciating the belief he had in them.

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur essentially arrived together two years ago to help rebuild the Giants. But only one of them is getting a chance to see that rebuilding project through.

While Shurmur was fired by the Giants on Monday morning, Gettleman will not suffer the same fate. Despite rampant speculation that he would be fired or step down, the 68-year-old general manager will remain in his position, the Giants announced, and as SNY reported on Sunday.

"Dave Gettleman is our general manager in 2020 and hopefully for many years after that," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "We believe he is the right person to lead us going forward."

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Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur

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Less than two years ago, the Giants gave Pat Shurmur the keys to a dysfunctional mess of a locker room because they believed he was the "adult" who could clean it up. And in many ways he did. The room is far more professional than it was back then.

But that didn't matter as much as maybe it should have in this bottom line business. Shurmur went 9-23 in his two seasons with the Giants, including 4-11 with a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak this year.

In the end, the 54-year-old Shurmur never had a chance.

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Saquon Barkley knows his job is to lead the Giants' offense and not make decisions regarding New York's head coach, but the second-year running back offered support Sunday when he was asked about Pat Shurmur's uncertain future.

Speaking after Week 17's 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Barkley defended Shurmur and the Giants' coaching staff.

Developed by Shurmur and company after general manager Dave Gettleman selected the former Penn State running back with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, Barkley took the blame off the staff and emphasized a collective process.

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There is no reason to believe that Pat Shurmur's fate at all hung in the balance on Sunday afternoon, that the game against the Eagles would be enough to sway his bosses in one way or the other. But if it was the last chance for Shurmur to make his case, or one last advertisement for him to stick around another season, it hardly was convincing.

Instead, the 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was an advertisement for everything that plagued Shurmur's Giants over the last two years.

Pick your poison: An anemic offense, questionable play calling, a stunning under useof Saquon Barkley for most of the game. There was also some bad offensive line play, a complete lack of a pass rush, terrible tackling throughout the defense and miscommunications in the secondary.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

After a record-breaking performance for the Giants last week against the Washington Redskins, Saquon Barkley has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The second year running back played a huge role in New York's 41-35 overtime win in Washington, rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown, plus catching four passes for 90 yards and another score.

Barkley's 279-yard tally on the day broke Tiki Barber's total yards from scrimmage franchise record. Barber set the mark against the Eagles in 2002 with 276 total yards. 

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) stiff arms Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) stiff arms Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Do the Giants care about knocking the Eagles out of the playoffs? It depends on whom you ask.

After Thursday's practice, three days away from Sunday's 4:25 p.m. finale against NFC East-leading Philadelphia (8-7), several players acknowledged the possibility of playing the spoiler role.

"We want to play spoiler," said veteran safety Antoine Bethea. "We want to send them home. We're not going to the playoffs, so we definitely want to get this dub and knock them out."

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

During Thursday's media availability, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about if he thinks the Giants are closer to the playoffs at the end of this season than they were at the end of last season.

"We'll find out next year," Shurmur said. "But, I think we made a lot of progress in a lot of areas, and it's hard to quantify when you don't match it up with wins, I get that. We've probably played about as many young players as you can play, not because we're playing young players, but because at this point they're our best players. And so those guys are going to really benefit from the reps they get, as we structure and move forward.

"You got a rookie quarterback that's made tremendous strides. That's probably a question for next year, but I think as we continue to grow here and build, there's a lot to be said for going out with a win."

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Both of New York's football teams took wins in Week 16 and both the Giants and Jets saw recognition in Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week

Running back Saquon Barkley led the way for the Giants all game long in their overtime win over Redskins, earning him the nod. 

Jets safety Marcus Maye made key plays when called upon against the Steelers, landing him the individual recognition. 

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They didn't want to say it, but the Giants know Week 17 for the club against the Philadelphia Eagles can be summed up in one word.

Spoiler. 

In an NFC East spectacle on Sunday, the Eagles topped the Cowboys. Now Philly needs one more win to get into the playoffs, which has to come at the Giants' expense. 

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The Giants celebrated their victory over the Redskins in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday night, and videos of Eli Manning, Daniel Jones and others enjoying themselves have gone viral. 

As such, head coach Pat Shurmur is well aware of the situation, but he doesn't see a single thing wrong with it. In fact, Shurmur wanted an invite. 

"Yeah," he said when asked if he was OK with his team out last night, "They're grown men and they look after each other. They were celebrating a victory -- should've invited me."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning

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The Giants returned to New York after their win over the Redskins on Sunday. And they decided it was a cause for celebration. 

Several Giants players, including quarterbacks Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, were seen at Green Rock Tap and Grill in Hoboken, NJ enjoying their victory with some games of flip cup, throwing napkins to the ceiling and dancing with the other patrons. Check it out below...

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Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Julian Love, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past Washington Redskins nose tackle Daron Payne (94) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past Washington Redskins nose tackle Daron Payne (94) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Saquon Barkley has been pestered all season long about his health, but he let his play do the talking Sunday when he had a career-high 189 yards rushing in the Giants' 41-35 overtime win over the Washington Redskins.

The second-year running back, who missed three games with a high right ankle sprain, has experienced ups and downs since coming back from the midseason injury.

But after taking 24 carries for 112 yards (4.67 average) and two touchdowns in last Sunday's 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, Barkley drove his point home with Week 16's explosive performance.

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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

In an uber exciting win over the Redskins on Sunday, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones and star RB Saquon Barkley were simply the stars of the show. And in playing that role, they set some new career accolades. 

Let's start with Jones, who returns after missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain. There was no rust at all for the neophyte, as he completed 28 of his 45 pass attempts for a career-high 352 yards which led to a career-high five touchdowns. 

Jones looked extremely poised in the pocket, and picked apart the Redskins' zone coverages the most with special attention on Golden Tate (six catches, 96 yards) and Sterling Shepard (six catches, 76 yards). He was also seen running and cutting on that ankle, which is a great sign. 

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It took until the end of a dismal and disappointing season, but Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley reminded everyone why the Giants' future is bright.

Both players looked as good as they ever have as they put on dazzling displays in the Giants' wild, 41-35 overtime win over the Washington Redskins. Jones, the rookie quarterback who missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, completed 28-of-42 passes for a career-high 352 yards and a career-best five touchdowns. And Barkley, in by far the finest game of his young career, rushed 22 times for 189 yards and caught four passes for 90 yards and scored twice, too.

For Jones, it was his third game of the season with at least four touchdown passes and fourth game with at least four touchdowns overall. And Barkley set his career best with 279 total yards.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Rhett Ellison, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants running back Saquon Barkley ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 15, and it was just his third 100-yard game of the year.

"It's a group effort, you know," Barkley said. "It don't just take one running back, it takes a stable of running backs. It don't take one offensive lineman, it takes all five and some... and the tight ends and the wide receivers blocking, and the quarterback putting us in the right position. They did a really good job this week, and hopefully we can keep that same production for next week."

The Giants will look to make it back-to-back wins on Sunday against the Washington Redskins (3-11), who are allowing 136.4 rushing yards per game (28th in the NFL).

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had never really fired a general manager before Dec. 4, 2017, when Jerry Reese was told to clean out his office. The closest they came was in 1978, when Andy Robustelli left on his own, saving the Maras from pushing him out the door.

From 1979 through 2017, the Giants had three general managers with an average tenure of 13 seasons.

There's a reason for that kind of front office stability -- a very good reason. And no matter how frustrated John Mara and Steve Tisch may be with the last two miserable seasons, they shouldn't ignore that and change their philosophy with Dave Gettleman now.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Julian Love, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For the first time in over 23 years, the Giants will not have a player represent them in the 2020 Pro Bowl, as zero members of Big Blue were given the invite to go down to Orlando this season.

The last time the Giants didn't send anyone to the Pro Bowl was back in 1996--Saquon Barkley, who was named a fourth alternate at running back for the NFC, wasn't even born yet when that happened.

In addition to Barkley, Riley Dixon was named a fourth alternate at punter for the NFC.

Tags: Landon Collins, Michael Thomas, Olivier Vernon, Riley Dixon, Saquon Barkley
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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Evan Engram has officially been placed on Injured Reserve, the team announced on Tuesday, ending a long "will he, won't he" stretch where it was unclear whether Engram would be able to suit up from week-to-week.

The third-year tight end finishes the 2019 season with just eight games played , a career-low for Engram, who played 15 games his rookie season and 11 last year.

Engram has been sidelined since Week 10 with a foot injury that did not heal fast enough for him to return to the field. With the Giants record at 2-12, rushing him back was seemingly not something of a concern for the team.

In his eight games on the field this season, Engram caught 44 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) hands off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) hands off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants were happy to snap their nine-game losing streak with Sunday's 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, but Week 15 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, meant more than just the final result.

Eli Manning made his second straight start in place of injured rookie Daniel Jones, who continues to recover from his sprained left ankle, and the veteran quarterback made the most of the opportunity.

In what was likely Manning's final home game with the Giants, he completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 283 yards and two touchdowns to three interceptions and led New York (3-11) past the Dolphins (3-11) 36-20.

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The Giants have taken a lot away from Eli Manning in recent years, from his consecutive games streak to most of his final season. Their mismanagement, it can be argued, even stole the late prime of his career.

At a time when he should've been hearing cheers, he was too often relentlessly booed. When he should've been trying to make one last Super Bowl run, he instead endured almost nothing but losing. He wasn't blameless, of course, but he was often saddled with a terrible surrounding cast and unfortunate circumstances.

It wasn't fair that one of the greatest careers ever by a Giant was headed towards such an unhappy ending.

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With rookie quarterback Daniel Jones out with an ankle injury for the second straight week, Eli Manning got the start in what could be his final game for the Giants.

He led the Giants to their first win since Week 4, beating the Miami Dolphins 36-20.

Manning finished the day 20-for-28 passing with 283 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. He now has 366 career touchdown passes and a 117-117 record as a starter.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If this really was the end for Eli Manning, at least it was a fitting finale.

And if this wasn't the end ... well, maybe it should be.

The Giants' icon got to go out a winner, and once again heard the cheers from the crowd, in what might easily was the best performance of his final season in New York. The 38-year-old quarterback completed 20 of his 28 passes for 283 yards and threw two touchdowns. Sure, he also threw three interceptions. But his performance was enough to snap the Giants' franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak and to beat the Miami Dolphins 36-20.

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Cody Latimer, Corey Ballentine, Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Manning, Golden Tate, Julian Love, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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