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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sterling Shepard ankle scare is officially over.

Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.

"They cut me loose today, so I am back to doing what I do," Shepard said in a statement released through the team. "I have been doing stuff leading up to this, so I felt like I was ready for a full practice."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke about Sterling Shepard's return to practice and more during his talk with reporters on Monday...

  • Shepard (ankle) looked fine, and McAdoo did not see a noticeable limp.
  • The Giants are open to playing Shepard during Friday night's preseason opener if he's ready to go.
  • Mykkele Thompson is "battling" as he continues his transition to cornerback.
  • The Giants do not intend to tackle during practice at all during the preseason.
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GEICO SportsNite: Shepard update 00:01:47
SNY reporter Taylor Rooks talks with Sterling Shepard about his ankle injury.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) returned to practice on Monday for the first time since suffering his injury last Wednesday during practice.

Shepard told SNY's Taylor Rooks that he's feeling great, running fast, cutting, and is very confident with where's he is at the moment.

The MRI on Shepard's ankle last week revealed "a little ankle sprain (and) a little bone bruise … but nothing too serious," Shepard said last Friday.

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 (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
(Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sterling Shepard swears he wasn't crying when he was carted off the field on Wednesday afternoon. That, he said, "was a little bit of an over-exaggeration." But he was screaming. And he was pretty sure that his ankle injury was pretty bad.

"At first I was pretty worried," the Giants receiver said on Friday afternoon. "I had never really rolled my ankle like that before and I felt it pop. That was the main thing that pretty much scared me. The initial pain wasn't too good. … I was just kind of screaming. That's because I had never felt that pain before."

Thankfully for the second-year receiver, the pain died down, and despite his agony and the fact that his ankle "rolled" at a 90-degree angle, the prognosis isn't terrible. He said tests revealed "a little ankle sprain (and) a little bone bruise … but nothing too serious."

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who was carted off the field on Wednesday due to a low ankle sprain, was sent for an MRI on Thursday, head coach Ben McAdoo said.

Shepard woke up sore Thursday morning, but his injury is still considered a "rolled ankle," McAdoo added.

More from McAdoo...

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Shepard injured during practice 00:03:14
Giants beat writer Pat Leonard joins Daily News Live from training camp to give an update on injured wide receiver Sterling Shepard

 

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Shepard injured during practice 00:03:14
Giants beat writer Pat Leonard joins the show from Giants Training Camp to give an update on injured wide reciever Sterling Shepard.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard was carted off the field at training camp on Wednesday due to an apparent ankle injury.

Head coach Ben McAdoo said after practice that Shepard "rolled his ankle" and called it a basketball-type injury, adding that he was carted off as a precaution. NFL Network's Kimberly Jones reports that it is a low ankle sprain.

Shepard will undergo further tests, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...


  • WR Sterling Shepard suffered a low ankle sprain running a "hammer route" as McAdoo said. Using the cart to get from off the field was just a precaution. He will undergo further tests to determine the exact diagnosis.
  • CB Valentino Blake sat out of practice with lower back tightness. It is the same injury he had coming into training camp. 
  • Mike Nugent kicked for the first time Wednesday. McAdoo simply said "he did a nice job, fit right in."
  • McAdoo and his staff believed it was a smart move to give DE Jason Pierre-Paul the day off.
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust Giants 00:07:08
With camp opening today, Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate what the expectations for the Giants should be this season

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There isn't a lot of uncertainty in the Giants' lineup, but there are still some lingering questions as they head into a pivotal year. They are coming off an 11-5 season and are expected to be a Super Bowl contender. But they are far from a powerhouse team without any flaws.

So you've undoubtedly got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part III:

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard is embracing the expectations as the Giants prepare for the 2017 season.

"I see no reason for us not to be a good team," Shepard said on Thursday. "It just all comes back down to doing what we do at practice and coming to work every day with an attitude to win."

Shepard, who will again be teamed with Odell Beckham, Jr. and will be joined by free agent acquisition Brandon Marshall, thinks Marshall can help him on the field.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard will try to improve on dropped passes and yards after the catch this upcoming season. 

While hosting a Hyundai NFL Youth Camp in Waldwick, N.J., Shepard told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard it was uncharacteristic play dropping as many passes as he did last season (4). 

"I definitely think (I had) too many dropped balls," Shepard said. "I came out of college and I had only dropped six balls my whole career, so that was something I felt I definitely needed to hone in on over the offseason. So I've been catching a lot of balls, and I also wanted to work on a lot of after-the-catch stuff. I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC yardage than what I did, just from the (film) review I did."

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, believes the Giants have the team to win the Super Bowl this season, per Christian Red of NY Daily News. 

Jacobs knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl having notched two in his eight years with the Giants. For this year's Giants to make it to the championship game, he thinks its the offensive line that makes or breaks the team.

"If the offensive line can block, I've got (the Giants) in the final game," Jacobs said at mariano Rivera's charity golf outing at Winged Foot Golf Club Monday. "If the offensive line can come alive and they run the ball a little more effectively this year than they've done in the past, I think there should be no one out there to stop the Giants."

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Giants' wide receiving corps is expected to be an asset in 2017. Let's take a closer look...


Projected Starters: Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon MarshallSterling Shepard

Projected Backups: Roger Lewis, Jr.Tavarres KingDwayne Harris

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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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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JRSportBrief: Big Blue Offense 00:01:32
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR calls on the Giants offense to step up and put more points on the board this season.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR calls on the Giants offense to step up and put more points on the board this season.

QB Eli Manning should have one of the best receivings corps in the league, with newly-signed Brandon Marshall joining Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard.

The Giants also drafted receiving TE Evan Engram, and have Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen as a potentially-potent RB duo.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Giants' first round pick, Evan Engram, showed off his play-making abilities at OTAs Monday, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Engram was targeted numerous times by QB Eli Manning, and the two clearly showed their chemistry throughout practice. He showed off his nimble feet and soft hands on a sweet back-shoulder grab from Manning down the sideline to highlight his performance.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

According to Dan Salamone of Giants.com, QB Eli Manning was clicking with his receivers at the team's fifth OTA, making him a standout performer.

Manning let it fly down the sidelilne to wide receivers Tavarres King and Roger Lewis Jr., who are both fighting for reps among the receiving corps. The two-time Super Bowl MVP is looking to make 2017 his fourth straight 4,000-yard season. He amassed 4,027 yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2016

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants WRs 00:01:38
SNY checks in with two of Big Blue's most dynamic young receivers.

GEICO SportsNite provides an update on two of Big Blue's most dynamic young receivers.

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(Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sheldon Richardson may think that Brandon Marshall was the source of the Jets' unhappy locker room last season, but Marshall's new Giants coaches and teammates see him in an entirely different way.

"Brandon has been a breath of fresh air for us," head coach Ben McAdoo said on Thursday. "He comes out, he works hard at football, you can see he loves football. It's refreshing to have a guy that's been as productive as he has over his career and has played as long as he's played, being out here working the way he works; you can really see he loves the game."

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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)

 

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...
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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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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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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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