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New York Giants' Saquon Barkley warms-up during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants' Saquon Barkley warms-up during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley (hamstring) was working on his own without pads again at practice Monday.

It has been a week since Barkley suffered a mild hamstring strain at practice before the Giants traveled to Detroit for their sessions with the Lions. The rest of the team practiced in full pads today, but barkley ran his own individual drills on the side. 

According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Barkley looked to be running well during those drills. 

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Saquon Barkley is among the Giants' most precious commodities, and after not practicing all week against the Lions, they certainly won't risk him in the preseason game in Detroit on Friday night.

The truth is, they shouldn't risk him in the rest of the preseason at all.

There simply is no point, not with a player as important as Barkley, and not with a body part as tricky as a hamstring. The Giants are calling his injury a "mild strain" and even privately they seem convinced that it's not at all serious. But hamstring injuries have a way of lingering and recurring as soon as they're pushed.

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Saquon Barkley Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Saquon Barkley Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said rookie RB Saquon Barkley is day-to-day after suffering a mild hamstring strain on Monday.

Barkley was a non-participant at joint practice with the Lions on Tuesday, though he was seen dressed without pads during the session. This was the expected move for the rookie after Shurmur noted the team was going to be smart with him moving forward.

"Running back Saquon Barkley left practice early after stretching out for a long reception," Shurmur said in his statement. "His left leg was wrapped the remainder of practice. Saquon has a mild strain, and we'll be smart with him as we move along here."

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley left practice Monday with a mild hamstring strain, head coach Pat Shurmur said this afternoon. 

After making a great catch on a wheel route (in the play below), Barkley pulled up gingerly as he walked off the field. Trainers checked him out and his leg was wrapped.

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With the Giants' first preseason game on Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur still hasn't said who will and will not be playing against the Browns. 

"Every player will receive the consideration necessary with regard to the play time," he said after practice on Tuesday. "They're all at different stages of being ready to play in Week 1. We'lljust try to balance it and make good decisions."

The obvious player that every Giants fan has an opinion on when it comes to playing in preseason games is star WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham's tumultuous 2017 season started to take a downfall in Week 2 of the preseason last year against the same Cleveland opponent. He suffered an ankle sprain that held him out of the season opener, and was the preempitve injury to his eventual fractured ankle in Week 5 of the regular season. 

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Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley delivered in his very first NFL touch Thursday night, breaking out for a 39-yard run that electrified MetLife Stadium. It was stirred up a storm on Twitter. 

Many reacted to the 21-year-old's dazzling run, and these are just a few who did so. The first comes from his alma mater, who was watching closely to their former star's first NFL game. 

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

It's early, and it's one preseason rush, but, it would appear that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is ready for the NFL.

Barkley's first rush went for 39-yards. It was the kind that would have resulted in a loss of yards in years past-- But not with No. 26 in the backfield.

WATCH BELOW.

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Since April, Giants fans have been itching to see their No. 2 overall pick don the Big Blue jersey, and light up MetLife Stadium. Finally, that time is here. 

The Giants are set to take on the Browns for their first preseason matchup on Thursday night, and Barkley is expected to be out on the field. As for how long, it is uncertain what head coach Pat Shurmur wants to do with the high-profile rusher, but the educated guess would say not too many reps. 

Those limited reps -- a teaser if you will -- should give a glimpse at how the Giants want to use Barkley this season. So far at camp, he has been lining up as a regular running back, standing in an I-formation behind QB Eli Manning. But the Giants have also thrown him on the outside to line up as a receiver. 

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The easiest decision Pat Shurmur will have to make this preseason is to sit his all-world wide receiver in the preseason opener on Thursday night. Why would they even dream of risking their best player while he's still technically recovering from ankle surgery in this completely meaningless game?

They almost certainly won't. And that knowledge is enough to make almost everyone change the channel or keep the TV off entirely while the Giants play the Cleveland Browns. But it might be worth rethinking if that is, indeed, your plan. Because there are a few compelling reasons for you to watch this game even though No. 13 likely won't play...

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, and though it isn't set in stone, there are a few things worth noting. 

Here are the five biggest takeaways from how this roster looks early on in training camp...

1) No surprise Saquon Barkley is lead running back

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When it comes to this season's Giants rookies, the main spotlight shines all over first-rounder Saquon Barkley. And even second-round G Will Hernandez is expected to be an immediate impact player this season. 

But what about third-round DT B.J. Hill?

Hill has been highly impressive in the first few days of training camp, and among all rookies, he is the one getting the most first-team reps. So, a defensive tackle rotation of run-stuffing machine Damon "Snacks" HarrisonDalvin Tomlinson, and Hill seems to be what the Giants are preparing for early on in camp.

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Eli Manning (10) Will Hernandez (71) Nate Solder (76) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Will Hernandez (71) Nate Solder (76) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Training camp has just kicked off, but Vegas has been all over preparing their books for the upcoming NFL season. And their over/under totals are already out for fans to bet on. 

For the Giants, Vegas is predicting they make an improvement on the season with their over/under set at 7.5 wins this season, according to Westgate SuperBook. 

Big Blue obviously had tons of issues on and off the field last season, and it resulted in an awful 3-13 record in the end. Before the season began, many had the Giants ticketed for another postseason berth with the potential to reach the Super Bowl as plausible. 

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looked healthy and strong during Monday's Big Blue practice, hauling in passes from Eli Manning.

The Giants' offense is already generating tons of buzz with the overload of weapons available on the depth chart. And for other teams around the league, fear is starting to set in. 

Led by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants possess above-average player at every position. Along with Beckham, Sterling Shepard will be another option in the receiving corps. At tight end, Evan Engram burst onto the scene last year as a pass-catching threat as well as one of Eli Manning's top end zone targets. And to round it all up, we all know what rookie RB Saquon Barkley is expected to bring to the table.

Looking at all of these options to work with, one AFC scout wouldn't want any defense to have to defend this group. So what should teams do?

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Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley talks to SNY's Taylor Rooks about dealing with rookie hype, and all the fans wearing his jersey.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley spoke with SNY's Taylor Rooks about the hype surrounding him, what it feels like to see fans wearing his jersey, and more...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The first training camp under new head coach Pat Shurmur is a critical one for the Giants, who have spent the offseason acting like a team that believes it can be a contender, one year after finishing 3-13. To do that, they need everything to go right, and they desperately need to stay healthy.

The quest for that begins on Wednesday morning when the full-team reports to camp.

And with questions looming over everything, from Odell Beckham, Jr. to Eli Manning to their formerly dysfunctional defense, how will training camp go for the Giants? Here are five bold predictions for what to expect between now and Opening Day...

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

The Giants already have one of the most prolific wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr., and they believe they drafted a future Hall of Famer in Saquon Barkley.

They're both already top-10 players ... in fantasy football, at least.

Both NFL.com and ESPN ranked the Giants duo among their top 10 fantasy players for the 2018 season. NFL.com ranked Beckham eighth and Barkley ninth, while ESPN, in PPR rankings, listed Barkley sixth and Beckham 10th. (For non-PPR rankings, ESPN ranked Barkley sixth and Beckham ninth.)

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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

At this year's training camp, tons of hype will surround the running back position with rookie Saquon Barkley expected to make this group relevant once again. But will he get the start Week 1 in the backfield?

Former Giants offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara doesn't think New York will throw Barkley into the fire to see what he's got when the regular season kicks off. Instead, the running back that many forget is on the depth chart -- veteran Jonathan Stewart -- is O'Hara's man. 

"I still think Jonathan Stewart has a lot of good football left in him. I think Jonathan Stewart will probably be the starter Week 1," O'Hara said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "And then you kinda work Saquon into the mix."

 

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley responds to questions during a news interview at NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley responds to questions during a news interview at NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley's rookie contract matches his expectations for this season: It's huge. 

Barkley signed a whopping four-year, $31.2 million contract, which has a fifth-year option, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The deal also includes a $20.76 million signing bonus. 

This contract is one of the biggest ever to a running back, let alone a rookie. Barkley's fully guaranteed money is second-highest to a running back in NFL history, with Adrian Peterson getting $36 million guaranteed in his seven-year, $100 million deal with the Vikings in 2011. Peterson established himself as a 1,000-yard rusher for four straight seasons before earning that deal.

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Giants training camp begins on July 25, but the player everyone wants to see in East Rutherford will report on Sunday. 

Saquon Barkley will officially kick off his rookie season when he and the rest of the 2018 rookies (and select veterans) take the Quest Diagnostics Training Center field for the start of training camp.

The spotlight will consistently shine on Barkley throughout camp and the rest of the season, as he looks to prove he was worth skipping on a top-rated quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. The pressure, though, doesn't faze him. 

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has already made a dream come true, buyting his parents a brand new home following his Draft Day. Now, it looks like he's searching for his own dream home.

Barkley has recently taken a tour of a penthouse at the Beekman Residences in the Financial District, according to The Post's Jennifer Gould Keil. The 5 Beekman St. condos were designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen, and this particular penthouse is going for $12.99 million.

While getting a panoramic view of the city skyline from the 51st floor, the three-bedroom condo has 16-foot ceilings, oak floors, and a 155-square-foot terrace. The building itself also has a private dining room, media room, and a rooftop terrace to name some of the amenities. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Big Blue is making big bucks.

According to Forbes, the Giants are valued at $3.3 billion, making them the third-most valuable NFL franchise in 2018. They also come in at eighth overall in the world. 

The Giants' division rival Cowboys were named the most valubale sports team in the world for the thrid straight year at $4.8 billion. The Patriots come after the Cowboys at $3.7 billion, which is sixth-best in the world. 

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

With no upgrade to the offensive line or the running back position -- with the exception of drafting Wayne Gallman out of Clemson -- it was almost expected this unit wasn't going to do much for the Giants last season. 

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Expectations for the Giants coming into training camp last season were exceptionally high, but there arguably wasn't any higher than the wide receiver position.

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Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EA Sports released its highly-anticipated Madden NFL 19 ratings on Tuesday, and the Giants saw themselves at the bottom of the pack.

Despite some high-profile names on the roster, Big Blue came in rated 73 which is the third-worst ranking in the popular video game. The ratings do change based off team performance throughout the year. 

The highest-rated player on the Giants is WR Odell Beckham Jr., who came in at 95 overall. That makes him the third-best receiver in the game behind Steelers' Antonio Brown, who has a nearly perfect rating of 99, and Falcons' Julio Jones' 98 rating...

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Odell Beckham (13) Sterling Shepard (87) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Odell Beckham (13) Sterling Shepard (87) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Does team bonding get any better than doing farmer walks up a driveway in the LA heat? 

Well, that's exactly what Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard as well as rookie RB Saquon Barkley were spotted doing on Sunday.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the team's NFL football organized activities, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) 
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the team's NFL football organized activities, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J.. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Right after the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley in April, Odell Beckham, Jr. made a prediction.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley was among this year's group of athletes to be featured in ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue

The 21-year-old first-rounder showed off his physique, which has been in the spotlight since his Penn State days. Barkley's workouts, including a 405-pound power clean, went viral as fans marveled at his strength. 

But, when asked about his favorite workout moment, Barkley didn't say one of the moments where he broke a personal best. Instead, it was a rare moment he couldn't get the weight up. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

Here is Part 1 of what to look forward to when Giants training camp begins, which will be followed by Part 2 on Friday...

A healthy and motivated Odell Beckham, Jr.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold works out during the team's NFL football organized training activities, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold works out during the team's NFL football organized training activities, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold has the eighth-best selling jersey in the NFL, ahead of Patriots QB Tom Brady, who comes in at No. 9.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley tops the list, which was released by the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass 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 running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The No. 2 pick is No. 1.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has the best-selling jersey in the NFL, according to the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.

Barkley has held the top spot for the week and last month. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is No.2, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott No.3. Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold checks in at No. 8. 

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be one of many athletes to appear in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue this year. 

Barkley is another Giants' first-rounder that agreed to be in the issue, as Odell Beckham Jr. was a part of the 2015 Body Issue. The Penn State product is also the only New York athlete that will be featured. 

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On the first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp, Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison let rookie RB Saquon Barkley know that once the pads are on, he isn't holding back. 

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Harrison said. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

It was all meant in good faith, but Barkley understands fully what Harrison is on the Giants to do: stop the run. That is why when asked to rebuttle Harrison's comments, the rookie took the high road instead. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs off the field during the halftime break of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs off the field during the halftime break of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two famous former Giants - and famous friends of Eli Manning - were in complete agreement on Saturday night about how the franchise they love had "wasted" the prime years of Manning's career.

Shaun O'Hara and Justin Tuck were absolutely right.

Those years were wasted with poor personnel decisions, too many draft choices that never made an impact, and an unbelievable combination of neglect and wrong moves along an offensive line that too often crumbled in front of the franchise quarterback.

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison is looking forward to a real practice so he can go against rookie RB Saquon Barkley to "see what he's made of."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saquon Barkley has dazzled his teammates with the Giants this spring even though he hasn't taken a hit yet in the NFL.

That first hit, though, is coming soon. And it may happen long before he ever gets into a game.

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison said on the first day of minicamp Tuesday. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Giants minicamp.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveNow that Odell Beckham Jr. is planning to attend the Giants' mandatory mini-camp, a major crisis has been averted.

But that doesn't make the three-day camp any less interesting.

As the Giants continue their quick rebuild from the ashes of last year's 3-13 mess, they still have a lot of questions to answer and pieces to fit in before they get to training camp this summer. This week will begin to add some clarity to their picture...

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Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Before their OTA on Tuesday, the Giants were called into an unexpected team meeting by head coach Pat Shurmur. Players looked at one another wondering what the meeting was for. 

Shurmur had to break the news to his squad that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been diagnosed with lymphoma, and he would be battling the cancer as soon as possible. 

The news left the room speechless as everyone was shocked to hear the sad news...

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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

All offseason, the Giants have stressed the fact that veteran QB Eli Manning still has good football left in him. That was evident when the team decided to take RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick back in April. 

Giants co-owner John Mara is also confident in Manning this season, as he hopes his team can put their 3-13 diaster-of-a-season in the past. 

"We can win with him," Mara told the Daily News' Eric Barrow at a town hall event in the city on Tuesday. "Objectively, Dave (Gettleman) and Pat (Shurmur) both said he can still play."

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Career year for Eli in '18? 00:00:33
Jon Hein talks about Shaun O'Hara's recent comments stating that Eli Manning could have a career year for the Giants in 2018.

Giants QB Eli Manning had a rough 2017 season to say the least. However, the Giants' front office did some work this offseason to bolster his offensive line as well as add more weapons to throw to. 

So, does that mean Manning is set for a career year?

Playing "Boom or Bust" on "Loud Mouths," SNY's Jon Hein believes that Manning could very well have a good season in 2018. But predicting that he will have a career year would be absurd at the age of 37...

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Giants GM battling lymphoma 00:00:40
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to the news that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and discusses how it will affect the team.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: New Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday that he was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and will begin treatment "in the very near future."

The cancer was discovered during the 67-year-old's annual physical, Gettleman said in a statement. Doctors are still working to determine the exact course of his treatment, but Gettleman said he plans to continue to work during the process.

"The doctor's outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive," he said. "And so am I."

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May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs with the ball during Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs with the ball during Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

When referring to Giants WR Sterling Shepard, don't call him a slot receiver.

It is hard not to label the Giants 2016 second-rounder as a slot receiver considering he has spent 75 percent of his snaps in th slot last season, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. But, with head coach Pat Shurmur in charge this year, Shepard has already been seen taking snaps on the outside during the team's first practices. 

The narrative of Shepard, standing at 5-foot-10, being only a slot receiver could change this season, and he is looking forward to making that happen. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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 (Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner)
(Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner)

Giants first-rounder RB Saquon Barkley was brought out before the Yankees-Astros game in the Bronx Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he had just one goal in mind. 

Throw it over the plate. 

"When you step out of your element, that's when it gets different," Barkley told The Post's Howie Kussoy. "I actually was a little nervous. I didn't think I was gonna be nervous because in college I played in front of 110,000 [fans] on a weekly basis."

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 (Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner)
(Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner)

Giants first-rounder RB Saquon Barkley was brought out before the Yankees-Astros game in the Bronx Tuesday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and he had just one goal in mind. 

Throw it over the plate. 

"When you step out of your element, that's when it gets different," Barkley told The Post's Howie Kussoy. "I actually was a little nervous. I didn't think I was gonna be nervous because in college I played in front of 110,000 [fans] on a weekly basis."

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Saquon Barkley, Landon Collins and Sterling Shepard took the field for Giants OTA's on Tuesday.

 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Giants kicked off their first of 10 OTAs on Monday, and Big Blue took the field to shake off the rust of the offseason and get ready for their 2018 campaign. 

One of the big stories heading in was how quickly 2018 first-rounder RB Saquon Barkley will fit into new head coach Pat Shurmur's offense as well as find chemistry with veteran QB Eli Manning. 

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(Kirby Lee)

Former Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl sees an entirely different Giants team this year.

And though they were one of the leagues' worst at 3-13, Diehl is confident the new pieces this season will generate more wins. 

"You're going to be looking at a completely different offense," Diehl told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo. "Now you have Saquon Barkley, to Will Hernandez, to Nate Solder, and now coming back with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., you're looking at a dangerous offense that can do a lot of things."

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Eli has advice for Saquon 00:00:51
New York Giants QB Eli Manning tells SNY's Justine Ward what his best advice is for rookie RB Saquon Barkley.

Giants QB Eli Manning is excited to start working with his new running back. But he has some words of wisdom to the 22-year-old. 

Barkley, the Giants No. 2 overall pick, already has tons of spotlight on him. And Manning knows well that the spotlight shines at all times, which is why his advice to Barkley is to learn how to say no. 

"Just be ready to handle this whirlwind of New York. You're going to be pulled every different direction. You gotta learn how to say 'No,' " Manning told SNY's Justine Ward at last Tuesday's BTIG Charity Day. "Say the words, 'No.' Understand you got a job to do and that's learn the playbook, get in here, and being a great teammate and learning the guys. Obviously, he's got a new family and a little baby now. So make sure you have everything in order to handle your business."

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There has been no easing of Saquon Barkley into the spotlight by the Giants, not when GM Dave Gettleman has already hyped him as a Hall of Fame-caliber player who has been "touched by the hand of God." That is a heavy load to place on the 21-year-old's shoulders.

But to Barkley, the second overall pick in the NFL draft, the weight of Gettleman's words and expectations don't feel like a big deal at all.

"I'm so happy that I have a guy that believes in me and believes in my talent," Barkley said. "But it's not really expectations he set for me. It's something he saw on film. He believes in me. He believes I can achieve that one day...

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New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Saquon Barkley has heard the words of those who said taking a running back No. 2 was too high. And he explained to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano what makes him such an offensive threat.

"I'm not just a running back," Barkley said. "I'm not just a guy that's gonna line up in I formation and bang his head -- I'll do that if I have to, if that's part of the game plan. But I'm a guy that can run inside, outside, catch the ball out the backfield. You can line me up in slot, pass-block. Whatever it takes, I'm willing to do." 

Barkley also spoke with Vacchiano about the Hall-of-Fame expectations being placed on him, and the potential of the Giants' offense. Watch the full conversation below... 

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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have waived RB Paul Perkins with a non-football injury designation, the team announced Thursday.

If Perkins clears waivers, he can be placed on IR. The 23-year-old rushed 41 times for 90 yards in 11 games last season.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: This could be a sad end to what once looked to be a promising career for Paul Perkins, a fifth-rounder the Giants took out of UCLA in 2016. When they drafted him they were convinced they had a steal. It was only a matter of time until he was going to be a dominant feature back...

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

It takes one to know one. 

Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin has nothing but high praise for the Giants' new RB Saquon Barkley, who idolized Martin growing up a Jets fan. 

"I think he'll be a really good fit," Martin told Newsday's Tom Rock.  "If I were the Giants, that's probably the pick that I would have made. I think he'll be a great addition to the team. I think he's a unique weapon for Eli to have because he's as good a receiver as he is a running back as you're going to get coming out of the backfield, and he's one of the best runners I've seen."

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