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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

Giants RB Saquon Barkley was ready to take a different approach to his offseason -- that is until the coronavirus pandemic began to shut everything down across the country. 

If it hadn't, Barkley was set to help his alma mater as a coach for the Penn State football team during their spring workouts. 

Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke to The New York Post about Barkley wanting to join his staff, something that he was absolutely a fan of after the Pro Bowl running back reached out. 

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Daniel Jones/James Bradberry
Daniel Jones/James Bradberry

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The Giants find themselves with an upgraded roster heading into the 2020 season. GM Dave Gettleman made necessary changes via free agency and the NFL Draft that should have a big effect when the regular season rolls around. 

But there are a few players that stand out above the rest. It isn't just because of their talent, but more importantly, because their production will impact the team in a positive -- or negative -- way. Make or break, if you will. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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Le'Veon Bell and Saquon Barkley will both enter the 2020 season with high external expectations.

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Maria Marino and Eamon McAnaney look at the projected season rushing totals for the duo and discuss which of the backs is more likely to go over that projected yardage ...

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) look on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) look on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

These Zoom meetings that most NFL teams are going through can be stressful. It's an entirely different way of learning.

But for someone as internally competitive as Giants RB Saquon Barkley, it's an opportunity to challenge himself. 

Barkley took initiative last season to become a leader in the locker room despite it only being his second year in the league. He proved his worth, though, as the Offensive Rookie of the Year that quickly became the focal point of the Giants' offense. 

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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

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Daniel Jones is not quite ready to say the Giants are his team, especially since his new coach wouldn't even say his name publicly for the first four months. But the reality is, it became his team the moment that Eli Manning retired.

Even Manning admitted as much when he said on the radio last week that it should be "easier this year for (Jones) to step up as that leader. Last year, it was probably awkward for him (with) me being there."

Now Jones concedes that was probably true.

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When Christian McCaffrey signed his eye-popping, four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Carolina Panthers last month, many in the New York area had the same reaction:

Saquon's next.

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The offseason roster-building is over, for the most part. What you currently see with your favorite NFL team is likely what you're going to get.

So what will you get in the NFC East in 2020? And how do the Giants stack up?

Here, with the help of some NFL sources, is a look at what and how those teams did, and what their outlook is for the (hopefully) upcoming season. They are listed in my projected order of finish in the NFC East:

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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)

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So many questions … Here are a few more you asked me in this week's edition of the SNY Giants mailbag:


Which NFC East team is going to be the Giants biggest hurdle in winning the division and why? -- @AlbiRightBack

Even though the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East last year, I kept thinking the Dallas Cowboys were the best team in the division. I mean, they had the NFL's top-ranked offense and a Top 10 defense and they still finished 8-8? That's some pretty bad coaching, and basically the reason why Jason Garrett (now the Giants offensive coordinator) was fired.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up as head coach Pat Shurmur walks past before the game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up as head coach Pat Shurmur walks past before the game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants QB Daniel Jones went through ups and downs last season, as one might expect from a rookie leading an NFL team for the first time. However, Jones showed flashes of great quarterback play and the ability to play gritty, hard-nosed football that leads to wins. That's exactly what the Giants, and its fanbase, wanted to see. 

As Year 2 approaches, Jones taking a leap forward is a big priority. But can it be big enough to take over New York City and emerge as a true star in the league? 

That's what NFL Network's Peter Schrager thinks Jones is capable of in 2020, as he said on Good Morning Football that he has the skill and personality to become the New York's pride and joy. 

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

The amount of young talent that is flourishing in the NFL at the moment is extremely fun to watch. Take Patrick Mahomes winning his first Super Bowl last season and taking home the MVP award the season prior, or Lamar Jackson securing an MVP himself in just his second year in the league. 

Also among them is Saquon Barkley, the Giants running back who is arguably the best at his position in the game. 

But where does No. 26 fall among the young superstars?

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The NFL Draft is over and the Giants look to be done with setting up their roster for training camp this upcoming season. But solidifying the right players for the 2020 season is far from over. 

With there no longer being a 53-man roster, two more roster slots open thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was voted on this offseason. 

So, with rookies and free agents joining the veterans already on the roster card, here is a way-too-early 55-man roster prediction for Big Blue.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas and Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Treated Image by SNY)
Jets GM Joe Douglas and Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Treated Image by SNY)

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While sorting through your Giants and Jets questions over the last few days, and answering them in my Jets and Giants mailbags, I noticed a few asking me to compare the two teams. So sure, I'll take my shot at evaluating how they measure up in my first Giants-Jets combo mailbag:

 

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

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Dave Gettleman answered a lot of questions about his plan for the Giants with what he did in the NFL Draft last week, but he didn't come close to answering all of them. In fact, you had so many questions remaining about the Giants, I had to again break up this week's mailbag into two parts.

So here is Part I - just a few of the questions you tweeted to me this week, along with my answers. I'll focus on the questions about the offense in Part I of this week's SNY Giants mailbag. Then, I'll answer your defensive questions in Part II:

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Linebacker Cam Brown, the 183rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has plenty of Penn State connections with his new Giants teammates.

Of course, Saquon Barkley set the school's rushing touchdown record and is second in school history in rushing yards. And before Grant Haley was an undrafted pickup by the Giants in 2018, he was a key piece of the defense in Happy Valley. New defensive lineman Austin Johnson was another staple of the Penn State defense as well. 

But for Brown, who began as an edge rusher for Penn State before moving back into more of a coverage linebacker role, his biggest PSU connection to Big Blue comes in the form of defensive line coach Sean Spencer, who joined Joe Judge's staff this offseason after his tenure at Penn State. 

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Nov 30, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Eno Benjamin (3) against the Arizona Wildcats during the Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Nov 30, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Eno Benjamin (3) against the Arizona Wildcats during the Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

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Dave Gettleman went heavy on the offensive line in his first three picks of the NFL Draft, and it's possible he's not done taking Hog Mollies. The Giants have seven more picks to go on Day 3. And the offensive line rebuilding project isn't over yet.

Of course, the Giants have plenty of other needs - like at cornerback, edge rusher and other positions too. And they have seven picks to fill those holes. They have one pick in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds (110th, 150th, and 183rd) on Saturday and four picks in the seventh (218th, 238th, 247th, 255th).

Here are 10 players to watch for the Giants on Day 3:

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Andrew Thomas was waiting patiently in his home with his family, agent, mentor Kevin Johnson, and friends when he got a call from the Giants three minutes before the pick was officially placed in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

GM Dave Gettleman informed Thomas that he would be the selection at No. 4, and though he talked with the Giants extensively before Thursday night, the official call was simply a blessing. 

"Yeah, so I had a couple Zoom calls with them (in) this process and I had a formal meeting with them down at the combine," Thomas said. 

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It's about time.

Maybe Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons would've been the more exciting pick for the Giants, and maybe in the end he'll turn out to be the better player. But more than two years after vowing to fix the Giants' offensive line, and endless talk about "Hog Mollies" Giants GM Dave Gettleman didn't really have a choice when he made the fourth pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

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The Giants could've taken any of the "Big Four" offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft, with all of them on the board when they chose at No. 4 overall. But when GM Dave Gettleman handed in his ticket, it read Georgia OT Andrew Thomas

He explained on Thursday night why Thomas stood out among the rest. 

"We spent a lot of time on this and we want to fix this offensive line once and for all," Gettleman began his conference call with the media. "Andrew certainly has a hell of a pedigree. He played against some real quality defensive ends in his college career. We spent a lot of time with him off the field as well. We spoke to him in Indianapolis. We're ready for him to make this jump."

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Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones

Dear Daniel,

I've been meaning to write you for a while now, but just haven't found the courage to do it. With the 2020 NFL Draft almost here, I figured this would be the right time. 

First and foremost, I hope you're staying safe and remaining healthy during these crazy times. I know you're probably preparing for next season as best you can with the limited resources we all have at our disposal right now. Hopefully you're able to execute Joe Judge's offseason workout program, and I'm sure you're reading up all you can on Jason Garrett's offense.

But that's not why I'm writing to you. No, I'm penning this letter because I must say something I should have months ago. It was Week 3 against the Bucs when you and the Giants pulled out the first win of the season, and I knew this needed to be said. So here goes nothing...

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

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This is perhaps the most crucial draft of Dave Gettleman's long career, because if he doesn't get it right it could be the last one he ever runs. The 69-year-old GM has overseen a team that has won nine games in the last two seasons.

Without a significant improvement in 2020, his career could be done.

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It's time. I've gone through the scenarios where the Giants trade down and what might happen if they take something other than a tackle in the first round. And I've spent the last three months talking to countless sources around the league to get any hint I can about which players the Giants like.
 
So here it is: My final 7-Round Mock Draft for the Giants, with my prediction of who they'll take with each of their 10 picks:


First round (4th overall) - Iowa T Tristan Wirfs

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About a week to go until the NFL Draft, and there are still plenty of questions about what the Giants are doing.

Here are a few you submitted to SNY:

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Sep 14, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) blocks Iowa State Cyclones defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa beat Iowa State 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports (Reese Strickland)
Sep 14, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) blocks Iowa State Cyclones defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa beat Iowa State 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports (Reese Strickland)

Unless the Giants trade back from No. 4 in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's close to set in stone that they will take either an offensive lineman or versatile Clemson defender Isaiah Simmons with that pick.

Count NFL Draft expert and former front office exec Gil Brandt among those who thinks Dave Gettleman should fortify the O-line at No. 4.

"Last year (Simmons) played three different positions," Brandt said Tuesday during a conference call. "He had. ... 225 (plays) at safety, 307 at linebacker and 257 at corner. I think it's fine to get a guy that's got all that versatility, but I do think it's harder and has more of an impact on the game right now to get an offensive lineman. If I were the Giants I'd take one of those Hog Mollies."

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

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Dave Gettleman has been talking about "Hog Mollies" for years, and he promised to rebuild the Giants' offensive line on his first day as general manager nearly 2 1/2 years ago. Yet in his two drafts, he's only selected two offensive linemen -- only one above the seventh round, and none in the first.

There's a good chance that's about to change, with many believing the Giants will select the top offensive tackle on their board in the first round of the NFL draft on April 23.

But what if they don't? Here's how that might go, in the latest version of my Giants seven-round mock draft...

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Golden Tate, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants didn't find the big-time pass rusher they crave in free agency, and they're not likely to be in position to grab one in the draft. So it remains the most glaring hole on their roster.

And it's not going to be filled by Jadeveon Clowney, Yannick Ngakoue or even Markus Golden any time soon.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman seemed to quash the idea of a big-money or even medium-money addition to his pass rush in a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon. As much as a player like that would help, given how bad the Giants' pass rush was last season, adding one is clearly not in Gettleman's current plans.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams spoke on a conference call on Monday afternoon.

Here are the takeaways...

Why did Leonard Williams get the franchise tag instead of transition tag?

"What it came down to was we felt very good about our cap space," Gettleman said, adding that it was "more prudent" to use the franchise tag over the cheaper transition tag.

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

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If the Giants decide to keep the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, their choice likely comes down to this: Do they take the best defensive player not named Chase Young, or the tackle they believe is the best offensive lineman on the board?

And choosing between Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and one of Dave Gettleman's beloved Hog Mollies won't be an easy call.

Here's a deeper look at the debate that will likely dominate the Giants' virtual war room on April 23 when they're on the clock...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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The sports world may be on hold, but not the NFL, which is still full-steam ahead in free agency and preparing for the upcoming NFL draft.

That includes, of course, the Giants, who still have a ton of questions to answer over the next few weeks and months. Here are a few you submitted to SNY (and because there were so many, this is only Part I):

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs
Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

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It is no secret that both the Giants and Jets have been studying offensive linemen in this draft, and it's no mystery why. Both teams are determined to rebuild their lines and may use multiple picks on the first two days to do it.

And yes, both teams are eyeing the Big Four tackles at the top of the first round.

In fact, it's a good bet that both the Giants (at No. 4) and the Jets (at No. 11) will take one of those tackles with their first pick in the NFL Draft on April 23, and they both are looking at the exact same players. Based on conversations with a variety of scouts and team officials, there are four tackles who have risen above the others -- Iowa's Tristan Wirfs, Alabama's Jedrick Wills, Louisville's Mekhi Becton and Georgia's Andrew Thomas.

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Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry
Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry

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Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the seven NFL Drafts he's been a general manager, but the sense around the NFL is that he's never been more willing to do it. That's partly due to a new philosophy in the Giants' front office and a willingness to break old habits.

But it's mostly because a unique opportunity should be there.

In some ways, the Giants are in a powerful position since they don't need a quarterback in a draft that has three who should go in the Top 10 -- maybe even the Top 5. There are several teams -- including two right below them -- who might be jockeying for position to get the quarterback they want. And the Giants could drop a few spots and still get the player they would've taken at No. 4 overall.

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Leonard Williams, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

New Giants running back Dion Lewis said Friday that he signed with Big Blue because of the "perfect and unique opportunity" it presented, while also talking about how he'll be able to help Saquon Barkley and what new head coach Joe Judge brings to the table.

"I think we can help make each other better," Lewis said during a conference call. "With all the running backs I've played with, I've learned things from (them) and they have learned things from me. Me being a little older guy, I have some experience with some things. He's a great player, there's not much he can't do. I'm looking forward to working with him, competing with him, learning from him and just doing that relationship with him. Build a great relationship with him so we can make the room better and hopefully make the team better."

When it comes to what his role will be behind Barkley, Lewis said "I'm just going to do what I've always done, go in there compete, work hard, build relationships in the running back room and take it from there."

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Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons
Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons

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I've said it before, but I'll say it again: The Giants really can't go wrong at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has options, and he'll likely explore all of them before he has to make his pick 22 days from now. The big question at the end of the day, though, is what position he wants to fill right away and which prospect he believes will be the perfect fit. 

The Giants' "Big Board," then, will hold the answers to that question as Gettleman and his team rank the best prospects in order based off their importance to fill needs and their overall skill level. Gettleman has always been one to say you can't go into a draft looking to fill a need, so how exactly should he stack that board? 

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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.

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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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
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? 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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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...

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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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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