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Beckham misses Day 1 of OTAs 00:03:31
The DNL panel debates whether or not it is a problem that Odell Beckham Jr missed the first day of OTAs, even though they are not mandatory

The New York Giants took the field for their first time as a team this spring, but they were missing at least one of their most important players.

Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' talented and enigmatic receiver, was a no-show for the first day of organized team activities (OTAs), a team source confirmed. The reason for his absence wasn't clear, but he doesn't necessarily need to give one. All 10 of the OTA sessions the Giants will hold over the next three weeks are part of the voluntary offseason program.

The only mandatory event this offseason for Giants players is the team's three-day minicamp, which is scheduled for June 13-15.

Still, Beckham's absence is notable if only because of the way he left off last season and Giants GM Jerry Reese's postseason declaration that it was time for Beckham to finally "grow up." Beckham ended last year with a disappointing performance in the team's playoff loss in Green Bay, which was preceded by his ill-timed trip with his fellow receivers to Miami, and followed by his decision to punch a hole in the wall outside the interview area in Lambeau Field.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

 

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Odell Beckham, Jr. may have skipped Eli Manning's annual minicamp at Duke University, but the Giants quarterback still managed to draw quite a crowd.

Receivers Brandon MarshallSterling ShepardTavarres King, and Roger Lewis were all in Durham, N.C., this week - as several of them documented on Instagram -- as Manning held his traditional offseason retreat and a few days of workouts and drills. They were joined, based on the photos they shared, by tight ends Will TyeJerell Adams, and Rhett Ellison, along with quarterback Josh Johnson and running back Shaun Draughn.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Will Tye
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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

WR Brandon Marshall does not believe the Giants' young receivers would have gone to party in Miami following their Week 17 victory over the Redskins had he been a member of the team at the time.

"You know what? No, it doesn't happen," Marshall said on NFL Network's 'Good Morning Football' Thursday morning. "Well, I can't say that. Everyone is different. But I would have been against that, and partly because of my pains, right? I've been in the league so long and I've never made the playoffs. so for me, I'm a guy … I'm in year 11 (in that scenario), and I'm all-in, because I know this opportunity doesn't come around often. But then you have younger guys."

Marshall followed that comment up with an explanation of how a younger football star might think differently that a veteran in such situations.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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Marshall inks deal with Giants 00:04:14
SNY insider Pat Leonard breaks down what the Brandon Marshall signing means for the Giants' team chemistry.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Giants made a much bigger splash into the free agent pool than anyone expected, landing one of the biggest receivers they've had in years.

On the eve of the opening of the free-agent signing period, the Giants signed receiver Brandon Marshall, an 11-year veteran who was released last week by the Jets. The 6-4, 230-pounder is exactly the kind of big target on the outside the Giants have so desperately needed to take some of the heat off of Odell Beckham, Jr..

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Should the Giants pursue Pryor? 00:04:06
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss if the Giants should pursue wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

The two-day legal tampering period began on Tuesday and the Giants are among the teams with interest in free agent WR Terrelle Pryoraccording to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Steelers, 49ers, Titans, and Eagles are also expressing interest in Pryor, according to Cabot.

Pryor, 27, caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Browns last season.

He had six receptions for 131 yards on Nov. 27 when the Browns lost to the Giants...

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz
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Marshall a fit with Giants? 00:02:42
The Daily News Live panel discusses if recently released Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall would be a good fit for the Giants next season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

INDIANAPOLIS - In a perfect (and uncapped) world, Brandon Marshall would make perfect sense for the Giants. He's the big receiver they've needed for years, a potential mentor for the young and turbulent Odell Beckham, and with a personality that proved to be a good fit for New York.

And while the Giants' salary cap situation could make it complicated, now that Marshall is an ex-Jet, a move to the other locker room at the Meadowlands makes too much sense for the Giants not to at least try.

Begin with the football aspect of it. The Giants are in need of an outside receiver after cutting Victor Cruz, who was a bad fit on the outside anyway. They need one accomplished and dangerous enough to take some pressure off Beckham. And they need one with size, since the book on quarterback Eli Manning since his college days has always been that when he misses his target, more often than not he misses high.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was always impossible to root against Victor Cruz, right from the very beginning, when he was an NFL nobody in the summer of 2010, an undrafted longshot trying to make the New York Giants. His out-of-nowhere rocket to stardom has been one of the best Giants stories of the last seven years.

It was easy to root for him to succeed, whether he was a budding star or making it all the way back from injuries that ruined two years of his career. He was a great guy, always the pleasant, smiling kid out of Paterson, New Jersey, even as he starred in commercials, hit the fashion shows and traded texts with Jay Z. Even now, it was hard not to hold out hope the Giants would find a way to bring him back for one more season.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Giants, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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 (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz made a remarkable comeback this season, nearly two full years after suffering a devastating knee injury and one year after needing surgery on his calf. He caught 39 passes for 586 yards and one opening-day touchdown while serving essentially as the Giants' No. 3 receiver.

Cruz, 30, took a pay cut from the Giants as a condition of his return in 2016, but he's due $7.4 million in 2017 and carries a salary cap number of $9.4 million. He's signed through 2018 (at another $8.4 million that season), but the Giants could clear $7.5 million by cutting him now.

So, should he stay or should he go?

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Tim Heitman)
(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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 (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all...

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team. 

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, and ST Dwayne Harris joined their teammates on the All-NFC team, while WR Sterling Shapard was na,ed to the All-Rookie team.

Harrison and Collins were both also named to the AP All-Pro first team, while Beckham and Jenkins were named to the second team.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dwayne Harris, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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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

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacchiano and Coakley on loss 00:03:22
Ralph Vacchiano and Jeane Coakley discuss the Giants' disappointing defeat to the Packers in the NFC Wild-Card round.

QB Eli Manning was 23 of 44 for 299 yards with one touchdown, one interception, and one lost fumble during the Giants' season-ending 38-13 loss the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday.

"You got to keep working, and hopefully, you get more opportunities," Manning told reporters after the game. "I plan on being back here next year."

His touchdown pass was a 41-yard strike to Tavarres King in the third quarter that drew the Giants within 14-13.

Manning's performance was better than his stat line, with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard each dropping a pass in the end zone in the first quarter. Beckham also had several other drops.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Head coach Ben McAdoo made a number of dubious offensive play-calls during the Giants' season-ending 38-13 loss in Green Bay on Sunday.

Among them was his decision to run the ball three straight times with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter and the Giants, who were leading 3-0 at the time, on the Packers' 11 yard line facing a 1st and 15.

McAdoo called for three Rashad Jennings rushes up the middle as the Giants went three and out.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Odell Beckham Jr. wants desperately to be considered the biggest of big-time performers. He insists on being in the spotlight. He craves everyone's attention.

That's why it was so shocking -- disappointing, really -- that on the biggest stage of his life, Beckham came up so small.

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- In the beginning, the game couldn't have been any better for the New York Giants. Their defense was absolutely dominating the Green Bay Packers. The offense was even moving the ball.

In the end, what beat the Giants was the same thing that beat them all season long: themselves.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Stats and Facts: Packers 00:01:02
SNY.tv takes a statistical look at the Giants' first-round playoff opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

A look at some of the interesting and key statistics ahead of the wild-card showdown on Sunday in Green Bay between the Giants (11-5) and the Packers (10-6):

  • The Packers were once considered invincible at Lambeau Field. They had never lost a postseason game there (13-0) until the Atlanta Falcons stunned them in the 2002 wild-card game. Since the streak ended, though, the Packers are 4-5 in playoff games at home.
  • The Giants, having beaten the Packers in the playoffs at Lambeau Field in 2007 and 2011, are the only visiting team in history to ever beat the Packers in consecutive playoff games in Green Bay...
Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Miami Vice 00:03:33
Daily News Live debates whether the Giants wide receivers' decision to fly to Miami on their off day was a good one.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For just a moment on Tuesday it sounded like Eli Manning was serious, like he really was bothered by the sight of his receivers, shirtless, on a party boat in Miami during their off day, six days before the start of the playoffs.

But that's not Manning's style. Dry humor is more his thing.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants Insider: Welcome to Miami 00:03:02
Pat Leonard discusses the merits of the Giants reportedly flying to Miami for a night of partying after the Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr.Sterling ShepardVictor Cruz, and Roger Lewis were seen partying in Miami with Justin Bieber and rappers Fabolous and Trey Songz on Sunday night following New York's win over the Redskins.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

The New York Giants knew who they wanted to replace Tom Coughlin after they fired him last January. Even though they interviewed a slew of candidates as required by the league, their plan all along was to promote offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to have him steer the ship toward the future. 

What happened next wasn't exactly what they expected.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- Odell Beckham Jr. has spent all season battling the officials, so he certainly wasn't surprised by what he saw on Thursday. Once again, there were a series of inexplicable penalty calls and non-calls, and the Giants were pretty sure it all went against them.

"We know what it is over here," Beckham said after the Giants' 24-19 loss to the Eagles. "We know what it's always going to be. We're not looking for any calls. We've just got to play through it. That's the bottom line."

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- There were several common threads between the New York Giants' last two Super Bowl runs, but one of the most important ones was this: Eli Manning, in 2007 and 2011, played brilliantly when it mattered the most.

And that is absolutely not happening now.

There are reasons why, and it's not all Manning's fault, but that doesn't really matter as the Giants head (they hope) for their first playoff berth in five seasons. Manning, as the Giants' franchise quarterback, needs to find a way to rise above his team's problems and carry them on his shoulders, and he hasn't figured out how to do that with this team yet.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

As last season drew to an end, the Giants were facing another football-less January. They finished 6-10 for the second straight time and missed the playoffs for the fourth consectutive season.

The defense, decimated by injuries, was the league's worst and not befitting of wearing the Giants' vaunted blue.
Ownership had head coach Tom Coughlin fall on his sword rather than fire him and decided to give GM Jerry Reese one final chance to get his roster right -- starting with the defense.

Reese responded by getting aggressive in free agency, re-signing DE Jason Pierre-Paul and then the top DT, DE and CB available in Damon HarrisonOlivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins respectively. He also inked veteran LBs Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. In the draft, he landed Ohio State CB Eli Apple in the first round and took safety Damian Thompson of Boise State in Round Three.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:02:04
Ralph Vacchiano chats with Victor Cruz on the field after the Giants' victory against the Lions.

Ralph Vacchiano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' defense has been so good, especially over the last few weeks, it looks capable of carrying them all the way to the Super Bowl. So imagine how unstoppable the Giants would be if their offense was even adequate instead of just bad.

That's the irony of this team: After the offense carried it the last few seasons, the script has been completely flipped. The offense has been so bad that it had reason to celebrate on Sunday when it gained 300 total yards in the Giants' 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions -- it was the first time it hit that low total in almost a month.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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(The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

Ralph Vacchiano: SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been more than two years since Victor Cruz reached the end zone at the Meadowlands and performed his famous salsa dance in front of the home crowd. It would be "icing on the cake" of his comeback, he said, if he could do that in the final home game of the season.

It would be even more emotional considering it could be the final home game of Cruz's Giants career, too.

Tags: Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants aren't just a one-dimensional offense, they are a one-trick offense. It's as if their entire game plan is to muddle along and keep the game close until Odell Beckham finds a way to explode.

Of course, when he does the explosion is a thing of beauty -- as he proved yet again in the Giants' 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained - he fumbled away the ball on that play - and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Despite venting his frustrations to reporters following the Giants 24-14 loss to Pittsburgh in which he did not have a single pass thrown to him, WR Victor Cruz reiterated to NFL Network on Monday that he is a team player and is not angry about his lack of targets against the Steelers.

"After the game, obviously I was a little angry so some of the comments stemmed from anger," Cruz said on Monday. "But I didn't say anything bad. I didn't say anything bad, but just out of anger you lost the game, you want to contribute and I just want to go out there and contribute at the end of the day. We'll see how it goes tomorrow when I step into work and have a conversation with coach [Ben McAdoo] which I plan on doing and we'll take it from there. But I'm not angry, I'm not a disgruntled employee, I'm not like screw this - I'm a team guy first and I just want to make sure that everybody's interest is at heart."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants so badly wanted to prove to everyone that they were true contenders, that their six-game winning streak wasn't a mirage just because of the poor quality of some of the teams they beat. They wanted respect. They wanted to be taken seriously. They wanted to be considered one of the best.

Instead, they came out flat and played down to the diminished expectations of their doubters as they took their first real step up in class.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

PITTSBURGH -- It takes a lot to wipe the smile off of Victor Cruz's face, but the Giants finally found a way by ignoring him Sunday.

The Giants' former star receiver didn't have a single pass thrown to him during the Giants' 24-14 loss to the Steelers. Eli Manning threw 39 passes in the game to seven different targets, including 25 to three other receivers. But nothing went toward Cruz, despite the offensive struggles.

Asked if that was frustrating, Cruz said, "Take a guess."

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers ended the New York Giants' winning streak with a familiar formula.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns, Le'Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of total offense, and Pittsburgh's resurgent defense harassed Eli Manning into a flurry of mistakes in a dominant 24-14 win on Sunday.

Antonio Brown edged good buddy Odell Beckham Jr. in their personal showdown, catching six passes for 54 yards and an acrobatic scoring grab at the back of the end zone. Tight end Ladarius Green added six receptions for 110 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown as the Steelers (7-5) won their third straight to keep pace with Baltimore atop the AFC North.

Manning completed just 24 of 39 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in the red zone for the Giants (8-4), whose six-game run ended with a thud. Beckham was largely a non-factor despite a game-high 10 receptions for 100 yards.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants are on a roll, having won five straight games to move to 7-3 on the season -- the third best record in the NFC. They are handling adversity, winning tight games, and have put themselves in position for their first playoff berth since 2011.

But is it all really as good as it seems?

Maybe it is, but don't forget that the Giants' winning streak has come against teams with a combined 19-30-1 record -- and none better than 5-5. Three of those games were at home. One was in a neutral site. And despite those advantages they've still only won those five games by a combined 23 points.

Tags: Adam Gettis, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

QB Eli Manning completed 21 of 36 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions during New York's 22-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

"We've got to keep getting better, so there's still lots of room for improvement," Manning said after the win. "We've got to score more points offensively. But no turnovers today, so that's a positive. It wasn't the most ideal conditions to have a big day offensively, but we ran the ball over 100 yards, threw the ball efficiently enough and had a nice game plan. Guys played smart and played good football."

The Giants' first possession saw the offense drive the ball 78 yards down the field for a touchdown in under six minutes. With New York facing fourth and two from Chicago's 17-yard line, Ben McAdoo took yet another fourth down gamble, and Manning found rookie WR Sterling Shepard for a 15-yard gain. This led to a Rashad Jennings two-yard touchdown run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham, Jr. were solid during the Giants' 22-16 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Shepard had five receptions for 50 yards and one touchdown, which came in the third quarter and was the difference in the game.

Beckham had five receptions for 46 yards while being targeted seven times.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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There's a difference between the pretenders and the contenders in the NFL. The pretenders tease their fans with weekly dalliances with victory while the contenders find ways to close out opponents and seal those victories. As much as the 2015 Giants were pretenders, the 2016 Giants have taken on the identity of contenders.

The transformation began at the end of last season, a year in which the Giants saw six fourth quarter leads evaporate en route to a 6-10 finish. The defense was decimated by injuries and could not log in 60 full minutes of work and the letdowns were of historic proportions. The mandate from ownership was to fix the defense.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a short gain in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a short gain in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Though he was limited to five catches for 46 yards, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. insisted he was not frustrated after New York won its fifth straight game.

Tags: Chicago Bears, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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At halftime, when the Giants were beginning to show signs of struggle, Ben McAdoo talked to his players about giving a "championship effort" in the second half. His point was to get them to play harder and better.

But they also went out and showed how championship teams are made.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Landon Collins, Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo talk about beating Cincinnati at home on Monday Night Football, 21-20.

Eli Manning threw three touchdowns, including the go-ahead one to Sterling Shepard on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants limited the Cincinnati Bengals to 37 total yards in the fourth quarter en route to a 21-20 win at MetLife Stadium on Monday.

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Eli Manning, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

In his first half-season as Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo has won in Dallas, ended a long Giants losing streak against the Eagles, and directed the team to a 5-3 record that puts them squarely in playoff position heading into the second half.

What more could anyone have wanted?

So for now, never mind the controversies that have swarmed around his team, the play-calling some of you hate, the questionable personnel and lack of depth on some parts of the roster. Focus on the three-game winning streak and the way the Giants held on for a 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday. There's a lot to digest from the somewhat impressive (and somewhat not impressive) way the Giants came out of their bye week.

Tags: Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The optimistic look at Ben McAdoo's first almost-half-season as Giants head coach is that they got to their bye week over .500. They have gutted out two straight wins to reverse a mini-tailspin to put themselves right in the thick of the second-half playoff chase.The pessimistic look is that the journey to 4-3 hasn't exactly been pretty. Also, they were 4-3 last year, too. That was fools' gold, though, as they proved by losing seven of their last nine.So the story of the first season of the post-Tom Coughlin Era hasn't really been written yet. And seven games into McAdoo's tenure, there are as many good signs as there are bad. Here's a look at some of them that may prove to be important as the Giants try to earn their first playoff berth since way back in 2011:

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Eli Manning (10) hands the ball off to Rashad Jennings (23) during the third quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Eli Manning (10) hands the ball off to Rashad Jennings (23) during the third quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are in the hunt as they embark on their bye week here in Week 8 of the NFL season. At 4-3, many consider them a tad overrated and their aren't fooled by their winning record.From WalterFootball.com: "The Giants definitely do not deserve to have a winning record. They only won in London because the Rams wrecked themselves with dumb mistakes, and they probably wouldn't have prevailed against Baltimore had the Ravens not lost Jimmy Smith and Terrell Suggs in the second half. Prior to that, the Giants were not competitive against the Vikings or Packers. It would make more sense to me if they were 2-5 right now, as they can't block, run the ball or get to the quarterback."All of those things are true, and if you watch the Giants you come away with a feeling they aren't going in the right direction. The offense is sluggish, the defense is surviving and there doesn't seem to be any type of rhyme or reason or direction in their game plan. Their execution is shoddy and they lack identity on both sides of the ball.

Tags: Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The last time the Giants played the Rams was Dec 21, 2014 in St. Louis. The Giants won the game, 37-27, as QB Eli Manning passed for 391 yards and three TDs, two of them to rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham had eight receptions for 148 yards in that game and the Rams' defenders took umbrage to the way he was treating them.

Beckham was hit along the sidelines, a brawl ensued, and several players were ejected. It was an ugly scene but a harbinger of what lie ahead for the young Beckham.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

WR Roger Lewis' first catch of the season -- a 24-yard pass into the end zone from Eli Manning -- cut the Giants' deficit to the Ravens to 10-7 with just over two minutes to go in the first half Sunday.

"He's been doing a good job; he did some good things at training camp and early on," Manning said about Lewis after the game. "He's kind of waited for his opportunity to get in there.

Lewis was active in Week 4 against the Vikings and Week 5 agains the Packers, but didn't make an impact.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer."I don't know," he said. "You want to win."That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend."I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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