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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants RB Shane Vereen said he is being cautious this offseason, and "taking it day by day" after rushing back onto the field last season, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Vereen was lowkey at OTAs as he continues his rehab on the triceps he tore twice last season. The first tear came in Week 3 against the Redskins, where the Giants originally deemed him inactive for the rest of the season. Instead, he returned in Week 14 against the Cowboys, and eventually tore it again against the Lions the following week.

The 28-year-old admitted it was a mistake to return early.

"I'm not a doctor, but I think I rushed it a little bit too quick the first time," Vereen said. "So this time around, we're definitely taking our time, we're definitely making sure the muscle is strong enough and the tendons are strong enough. So that way I don't miss any more time on the field."

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

The Giants are one of two finalists for free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports. He lists the Lions as the other team most likely to land the former Patriot.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last week that the Giants and Blount were talking about a potential deal.

Blount appeared in 16 games for the Patriots last season and carried the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns (the highest rushing touchdown total for any NFL player since Adrian Peterson in 2011).

With New England's recent signings of RB Mike Gillislee and RB Rex Burkheard this offseason, it seems likely that Blount's career with the Patriots is over.

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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser (USA Today))

If Owa Odighizuwa really did need time "to get away from the game," two weeks was apparently enough. 

The Giants defensive end, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, was among the players in attendance for the first day of the Giants offseason workout program on Tuesday morning. And while that doesn't clear up the mystery of what the 25-year-old was tweeting about, it at least means that he's intent on continuing his NFL career. 

Tags: Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard
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Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Click here to read Part I of the Giants Notebook.

One of the biggest criticisms of the Ben McAdoo offense last year - besides his play-calling - was the fact that they used "11 personnel" (three receivers, one tight end, one running back) on more than 90 percent of their plays. It led to cries that the Giants were too predictable and not nearly imaginative enough.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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It wasn't Adrian Peterson or even LeGarrette Blount, but the Giants have found the veteran running back they've been searching for this offseason.

Shaun Draughn, a 29-year-old journeyman who spent the last season-and-a-half with the San Francisco 49ers, has agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants, the team announced Wednesday. The 5-11, 205-pounder is a power back, who has some skills as a receiver.

He's also joining his ninth team in his seven-year NFL career...

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(AP)

The Giants will pay RB Shane Vereen's $500,000 roster bonus prior to Monday's deadline, ensuring he will be on the roster.

He is due $3.6 million this coming season, with a cap hit of $4.9 million.

The 28-year-old Vereen tore his triceps last September. He returned in December but re-injured his triceps and missed the remainder of the season.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

If Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't sign a long-term contract before the start of the free-agent signing period on March 9, he will count for approximately $17 million against the New York Giants' salary cap. That would be more than 10 percent of the projected $168 million cap, and the second-highest number on the team.

It would also mean the Giants will have $33 million in cap space (or about 20 percent of the projected cap) tied up in their two starting defensive ends, and a total of about $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line -- with the fourth member (defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

The Giants are still projected to have around $15-17 million to spend in free agency, assuming the cap is set at $168 million. They can also clear more room by cutting some players in the next 10 days or restructuring some of their biggest deals.

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New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Shane Vereen was touted as more than just a running back when he signed a three-year, $12.35 million contract with the Giants prior to the 2015 season. They felt they were getting a weapon - someone who could be a versatile runner, a receiver out of the backfield, and even a deep threat who could be split wide.

Thought it wasn't all his fault, his explosive potential never really materialized. In 2015 he totaled just 754 yards. This season, he had only 252 in the five games he played, putting him on roughly the same place. He also tore his triceps and missed half the season. Then he came back and tore it again.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Of all the things that could've gone wrong for the New York Giants this season, the last thing anyone expected to malfunction was the offense. They had brought back all their key pieces from a top-10 offense, including their play-caller, their quarterback and one of the best receivers in football.

Yet the offense was a disaster, almost right from the start.

The Giants will likely spend the next few weeks and months trying to figure out how it all disintegrated so quickly and why an offense that was ranked in the top 10 for both of Ben McAdoo's two years as offensive coordinator plummeted to 26th in his first year as head coach. The Giants scored almost a touchdown less per game in 2016 than they did one year earlier and gained about 40 yards fewer per game

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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

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(Matt Bush)

The Giants have placed RB Shane Vereen and QB Ryan Nassib on season-ending injured reserved, the team announced Tuesday.

Both players will have season-ending surgery this week, head coach Ben McAdoo said.

DL/LB Ishaq Williams and RB George Winn have been promoted to the active roster.

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(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have placed RB Shane Vereen and QB Ryan Nassib on season-ending injured reserved, the team announced Tuesday.

DL/LB Ishaq Williams and RB George Winn have been promoted to the active roster.

Vereen returned Sunday against the Lions after missing time with a concussion but re-injured the triceps that kept him out for nine games earlier this season.

Nassib was inactive during Sunday.'s game. With him out, Josh Johnson becomes Eli Manning's backup.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen

 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The following players appeared on the Giants' injury report on Monday...

Did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • OT Will Beatty (lower leg)
  • LB Jonathan Casillas (knee)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • OT Marshall Newhouse (shoulder)
  • RB Shane Vereen (triceps)
  • QB Ryan Nassib (elbow)
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Giants ran the ball 32 times during Sunday's 17-6 win over the Lions -- more than the 28 passing attempts by QB Eli Manning.

The result was 114 yards, though the long was just 11 and they averaged only 3.6.

"It was good to get the attempts up," head coach Ben McAdoo said after the game. "I thought we pounded it in there pretty good. Big guys were coming off the ball and it's encouraging"

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New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen has been cleared from the concussion protocol and is expected to play Sunday against the Lions, reports ESPN's Jordan Raanan

The running back was listed as questionable on the team's Friday injury report. 

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New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) runs the ball during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) runs the ball during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shane Vereen will make his much-anticipated return this Sunday. 

Vereen, who has been out with a torn triceps muscle since Week 3, had "a good productive week" at practice, according to Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, and he will be ready to go Sunday. The Giants announced they have activated Vereen off the IR and, in corresponding move, have waived OL Adam Gettis.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' struggling offense could soon get a boost with the return of running back Shane Vereen.

Vereen returned to practice with the team on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a partial tear of his triceps muscle in Week 3. And he's far enough along in his recovery, according to a team source, that the "hope" is he'll be ready to play in the Giants' showdown with the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 11.

"Man, I wish I knew, honestly," a clearly excited Vereen said after practice. "It's up to the doctors. I am progressing, doing everything that they have me do each and every day, just trying to take baby steps and hope enough of the baby steps will be to getting back on the field."

Vereen has been on injured reserve since his injury, but he will become the Giants' "designated to return" IR player as long as he's added to the active roster some time in the next 21 days. Giants coach Ben McAdoo would not put a timetable on Vereen's return - he said that will be up to the medical staff - but he was clearly excited by the idea.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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The Giants have been scratching their heads all season trying to figure out why they haven't been able to run the football, sack passers and put teams away in games.

Against the Bengals on Monday night, they finally saw progress in those first two areas but still haven't solved the third. Perhaps they will do that in their back-to-back games against two of the league's worst teams (Chicago and Cleveland).

Here's a quick rundown of the positives that came out of victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jerell Adams, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

While Eli Manning exploded for over 400 yards in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, the offense was once again unable to get the run game going.The Giants' struggles in the run game have been consistent throughout the season. As a team, the Giants have run the ball 127 times for a total of 456 yards this year, good for 27th best in the NFL. New York's 3.6 yards per carry is 25th in the league, while the team's 76.0 rushing yards per game is 30th.

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(Rick Wood)

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It's time for Ben McAdoo to go back to the drawing board, because whatever he's doing, it's just not working.

His once-dangerous offense has completely stalled, continuing a trend that really has been evident since the beginning of the season. Eli Manning is off his game. The offensive line is struggling. And on the other side of the ball his pass rush is a disaster and his secondary is falling apart.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-2) at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Call it the not-so-frozen tundra this time. It'll actually be a nice day in Green Bay with the temperature getting all the way up to 60, but when the sun goes down the temperatures will drop to the mid-40s.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has dominated the news cycle lately. Some of that has been justified. Some of it has been over the top and out of control.

But all of it has masked something very important about the 2-2 Giants as they prepare for their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night:

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

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In this day and age where perception seamlessly becomes reality, it's always beneficial to peek beyond the veneer and see what's really going on.

Such is the case of the Giants' offensive line, long maligned by critics, a unit that is suddenly rising up the rankings.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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This was going to be a tough spot for the Giants right from the start. Going on the road to pick up the pieces from their sloppy loss to the Redskins was going to be hard enough. But in always-loud Minnesota, against one of the NFL's best defenses, and one that has haunted Eli Manning throughout his career?

All things considered, it could've been a lot worse.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:49
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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Looking at this week's matchup between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, it looks pretty simple to the naked eye. With their running game hit by injuries to RBs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, the Giants will have to pass the ball to win against the ninth-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

That won't be easy.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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New York Giants cornerback Michael Hunter (39) catches a pass before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants cornerback Michael Hunter (39) catches a pass before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have re-signed CB Michael Hunter to the 53-man roster, and have placed RB Shane Vereen on the IR, the team announced on Tuesday

Hunter went undrafted in this year's draft and signed with the Giants as a rookie free agent in May. He was promoted from the practice squad last Tuesday, but was waived on Saturday when the team added practice squad S Andrew Adams to the active roster for Sunday's game against Washington.

After being placed on injured reserve, Vereen can return to practice with the team in as soon as six weeks from now, and can suit up for a game in eight weeks, assuming he's ready.

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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The New York Giants needed to come out in 2016 healthy and hearty, but instead may be poised for another season besieged by key injuries. It may be too soon to tell, but at this rate, they could be headed for another year at the top of the "adjusted games lost" column.

New York led the NFL in adjusted games lost, a metric to evaluate how teams were affected by injuries, for the third straight season in 2015, according to Football Outsiders.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Odell Beckham, Jr. was unstoppable on the field on Sunday. Off the field, he was a little out of control.

And don't think Giants head coach Ben McAdoo didn't notice. In fact, he admitted that his star receiver needs to rein in his sideline antics, one day after Beckham had another emotional outburst during the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Redskins. Late in the game, cameras caught a furious Beckham slamming his helmet into the kicking net, which fell over and hit him square in the face.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants RB Shane Vereen suffered a triceps injury that will keep him out for at least the next two months, and might turn out to be season-ending.

Vereen will need surgery, the team announced, and will likely be placed on injured reserve later this week. And while the team initially announced the injury as a "season-ending" one, several sources indicate the Giants have hope that Vereen can return in late November.

That's possible due to the NFL's short-term injured reserve rule, which was amended slightly this year. Teams no longer need to declare a player as being on short-term IR. They can simply reactive the player whenever he's eligible. Players can return to practice six weeks after they are placed on IR and play in a game eight weeks after.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham carries the ball as center Weston Richburg tackles Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham carries the ball as center Weston Richburg tackles Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The NFL's new two-strikes-and-you're-out rule has unofficially been named after Odell Beckham Jr. But it was one of his teammates that first felt its brunt.

New York Giants center Weston Richburg became the first player ejected under the NFL's new rule in which a player would be tossed for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. He got one in the second quarter and another in the fourth of the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins.

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(Ed Mulholland)

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The last time the Giants started 2-0 was in 2009. They actually started 5-0 that season. Then they finished 8-8. So the lesson is that it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

But to the Giants, after too many years of misery, a 2-0 start sure feels pretty good.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Brad Wing (9) was the holder on Josh Brown's winning field goal in Sunday's game. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Robert Deutsch)
Brad Wing (9) was the holder on Josh Brown's winning field goal in Sunday's game. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports) (Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Down on the field at MetLife Stadium, it sounded like there were nothing but cheers as Josh Brown's game-winning, 23-yard field goal sailed through the uprights as time expired. Everything felt back to normal for him.

He was a football hero, once again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Marshall Newhouse, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's three keys: Giants-Saints 00:02:55
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Giants victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The New Orleans Saints (0-1) at the Giants (1-0) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER:  It's a gray day at the Meadowlands with cloudy skies in the morning and maybe some light showers moving through during the pre-game. Those should be gone by close to kickoff and temperatures will be in the low-80s with at least a little sun peeking through. The light winds shouldn't be much of a factor, either.

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New York Giants defenders D. Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and Darian Thompson (27) break up a pass intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) at AT&T Stadium. (Erich Schlegel)
New York Giants defenders D. Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and Darian Thompson (27) break up a pass intended for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) at AT&T Stadium. (Erich Schlegel)

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The New York Giants had seen this horror flick before. Five times last season, they had a lead in the fourth quarter in a game they eventually lost. No other team in NFL history had blown more fourth-quarter leads. And every game came down to one first down they couldn't get or one defensive stop they couldn't make.

In the first game of the Ben McAdoo era on Sunday, the Giants completely flipped the script.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

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As bad as the Giants were last season, things weren't all bad for anyone who owned their players in fantasy football - or at least a couple of them. The Giants got a career year from Eli Manning, a huge season from Odell Beckham, and finished eighth in yards and sixth in scoring on offense.

Considering they've been in the top 10 in yards in both seasons using Ben McAdoo's offense there's no reason things should change this season. Only now, there are a couple of other fantasy options to consider, too.

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

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There is so much uncertainty around the Giants, and so many reasons to worry. There's the recent history of three straight losing seasons and no playoffs since 2011, a new coach and a whole bunch of new (and expensive) players. They'll be without their kicker in Week 1. No one is sure what to expect of Victor Cruz. And they've had such a terrible history of injuries the last few years.

Yeah, despite all that the Giants have high hopes heading into the 2016 season. But they had those in each of the last four years, too. And they know better than anyone that things can quickly change.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.

But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?

On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.

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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

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Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

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Ralph Vacchiano checks in from Giants camp with one general team consensus: it's too soon to panic.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants have gained 556 yards in three preseason games -- a miserable average of 185.3 yards every four quarters. They've gained 23 first downs. Their three quarterbacks have combined for 307 yards passing. Their starters last scored in the first quarter of their opener. And they've held the ball an average of just 24 minutes per game.

Panic time? With the regular season now just 12 days away, it sure looks like it. But running back Shane Vereen doesn't see it that way. His message to fans is simple:

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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On the first day of his first training camp, Ben McAdoo didn't shy away from his own high expectations. Despite taking over a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2011, he insisted "Our goal is still to put the fifth trophy in the case."

He wasn't talking about sometime in the future, either. The Giants entered camp believing they have a roster to make a run now.

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New York Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson talks about last year's RB rotation and Rashad Jennings being the lead back in 2016.

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The Giants have no intention of continuing the ill-conceived four-man running back rotation that doomed their rushing attack for most of last season. At least at the start, they plan to hand Rashad Jennings the ball.

It won't be all him, of course, but it looks like he'll be the workhorse in the Giants' backfield - at least as long as he's productive and healthy. That's the ideal scenario, running backs coach Craig Johnson said. They want to ride Jennings like they did over the final four games last year.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris said quarterback Eli Manning and the offense are working on throwing the deep ball more often.

Harris told the Giants team site that the team will be utilizing its receiving corps of him, Odell Beckham Jr.Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz to throw the ball downfield more often.

"I think we're getting better just throwing the ball down the field more," Harris said. "We're definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes. And [we need to get] the run game going. That's one of the key elements in our offense. We got it going later on in the season. We've just got to continue that momentum and keep carrying it in the beginning of this season."

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings runs the ball during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings runs the ball during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants' running backs were relegated to spectators last season with the team throwing the ball 61.7 percent of the time, leading to an inconsistent rushing attack amid their four-player running back-by-committee rotation.

The Giants gained 1,609 rushing yards on 403 attempts (a 4.0 YPC average) in 2015, averaging 100.6 yards per game, which ranked 18th in the NFL.

But the real issues were not production-based. Then-offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who has been promoted to head coach, was quick to pull the plug on the running game early in games and rarely stuck with one back for any length of time.

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