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McAdoo gives up play-calling 00:05:17
Jon and Marc discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hand over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)
Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)

Playing without wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram stepped up on Sunday in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos in Denver.

The 23-year-old rookie led the team with five receptions (on seven targets) for a career-high 82 yards and a touchdown. Of those 82 yards, 54 were yards after the catch, according to PFF.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Following the slew of injuries last week, Engram was expected to step up and be the playmaker the Giants drafted him to be. Well, he did exactly that, carrying the receiving corps on his shoulders on Sunday night. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.

Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz is "absolutely" hoping for a call now that the team is without four of their receivers -- with three lost for the season.

"One thousand percent," Cruz said on Friday during his podcast when asked if he could help the Giants. "One thousand percent."

Cruz had signed with the Bears during the offseason, but was cut during the preseason.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Victor Cruz
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Danny Abriano
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Romeo Okwara (ankle), and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) have all been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver. 

S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.

Sherpard and Vernon both said earlier this week that they were feeling better, but remained out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Giants placed Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle surgery), Dwayne Harris (foot), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) on season-ending IR.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, DE Olivier Vernon, and S Landon Collins were among many notable players on the team's injury report Wednesday. 

Shepard, who sparined his ankle in the matchup against the Chargers last Sunday, said he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' primetime game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

"I'm doing a lot better," he said. "Feels a lot better than it did yesterday, so that's a good start."

Tags: Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:52
Ralph Vacchiano and Eamon McAnaney provide an update on the Giants, who are trying to regroup after several receivers got injured in Week 5.

Despite losing several receivers to injury, Giants QB Eli Manning said he will move on, make adjustments, and prepare for his team's Sunday night game against the Denver Broncos.

The Giants' veteran quarterback has been working with a fresh lineup of receivers, some of whom were just promoted from the practice squad this week after Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris suffered season-ending injuries during the team's 27-22 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

As Sterling Shepard's status for the game is also in jeopardy, Manning's options at the receiver position will likely include Roger Lewis, Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph, and Ed Eagan...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates his 77-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates his 77-yard touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sterling Shepard was the first Giants receiver to head to the trainers' room on Sunday, and he's the only one of the four who'll eventually be back.

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New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Hours after the Giants announced that wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Dwayne Harris will miss the rest of the season, Brandon Marshall announced that his season is over, too.

The 33-year-old Marshall revealed that he will be having season-ending surgery on his injured ankle on Tuesday, two days after he was carted off the field during New York's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. That almost certainly marks the end of Marshall's painfully short time with the Giants.

It could be the end of his 12-year NFL career, too.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants KR/WR Dwayne Harris will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture of the 5th metatarsal, the team announced Tuesday prior to placing Harris on IR.

Sterling Shepard (ankle) is day-to-day, and Brandon Marshall (ankle) is undergoing further testing today.

Like Harris, Shepard and Marshall were injured during Sunday's loss to the Chargers at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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GEICO SportsNite: Giant injuries 00:00:53
Ben McAdoo, wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning discuss the Giants' 0-5 start amid mounting injuries.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants grasped at whatever straw they could find on Sunday. They spoke of their fight, their heart and their professionalism. Landon Collins even pointed out how the Super Bowl isn't mathematically out of the question yet.

But after losing their best player, Odell Beckham Jr., to what might be a season-ending injury, after losing 27-22 to the previously-winless Los Angeles Chargers and falling to 0-5, there was really only one thing the Giants could cling to on Sunday: the hope that this was rock bottom, that things couldn't possibly get worse.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Beckham injury 00:02:31
The Football Night in New York crew discusses Odell Beckham Jr. fracturing his ankle in the team's loss to the Chargers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' season is just about over. And now Odell Beckham Jr.'s season could be over, too.

The superstar receiver was carted off the field on Sunday after suffering a fractured left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants say he may need surgery, which would almost certainly end his season. A source familiar with his injury said that surgery is "likely," though a decision won't be made until after he has an MRI.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost four wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, to injury in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning they only have one healthy receiver on the roster: Roger Lewis Jr.

Beckham may need surgery on a fractured left ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to go up for a catch, and the 24-year-old receiver could miss the rest of the season.

Earlier in the gameBrandon Marshall was carted off with an ankle injury, Sterling Shepard left the game with an ankle injury and Dwayne Harris broke his foot, leaving Lewis, the second-year pro out of Bowling Green, as the last man standing.

"It hurts -- like, what, three, four of my brothers got hurt today," Lewis said after the game. "They're like big brothers to me. So, it really hurts."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Jerell Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Matt Eisenberg
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 (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
(Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looks like it can't get any worse … it gets worse.

Not only have the Giants lost as many games this season (five) as they lost all of last season, but they've now lost their best player, likely for the entire season, and four-fifths of what they thought would be the best receiving corps in the league.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) grabs his ankle after a catch against Los Angeles Chargers during second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants lost several players to injury in their Week 5 loss to the Chargers on Sunday at Metlife Stadium.

WRs Brandon MarshallSterling Shepard, and Odell Beckham suffered ankle injuries, while and Dwayne Harris suffered a foot fracture.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches the ball and is knocked out of bounds at the goal line by Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Patrick Robinson (21) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches the ball and is knocked out of bounds at the goal line by Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Patrick Robinson (21) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

With the Giants losing on a 61-yard field goal as time expired, WR Sterling Shepard wishes his touchdown that was called back went differently. 

The Giants' offense was driving at the end of the first half with a great chance to tie the ballgame at seven if they were to reach the end zone. QB Eli Manning found Shepard on the right near the goal line. It looked to be a touchdown, but Shepard didn't get the ball over the line. That was the first play Shepard wanted back. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Once again, the NFL's rules of what is and isn't a catch comes to haunt another team. Unfortunately, it was a team in desperate need of a win. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' loss 00:01:52
Ralph Vacchiano gets reactions from Brandon Marshall, Jonathan Casillas and Odell Beckham Jr. after the Giants lost to the Eagles, 27-24.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants truly, seriously envisioned their season ending on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, in a storm of confetti at the end of Super Bowl LII. At the very least they expected a deep run into the playoffs in January.

Never in their wildest nightmares did they consider their season would end this soon.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' loss 00:01:52
Ralph Vacchiano gets reactions from Brandon Marshall, Jonathan Casillas and Odell Beckham Jr. after the Giants lost to the Eagles, 27-24.

The Giants recovered from a 14-0 second-half deficit to score 24 points in the fourth quarter, but Eagles kicker Jake Elliott drilled a 61-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 27-24 win for Philadelphia. >> Box score

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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Odell Beckham's eventual return to the Giants lineup will solve a lot of their offensive problems.

But even he can't fix the whole thing.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Jason Witten scored the only touchdown while breaking the franchise record for yards receiving and the Dallas defense shackled a New York offense missing Odell Beckham Jr. in the Cowboys' 19-3 season-opening victory over the Giants on Sunday night. >> Read more

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Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith works out during training camp.  (AP)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith works out during training camp. (AP)

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The Giants are officially out of time to fix whatever ails their offense and to fine-tune their championship-caliber defense. They are not expected to play many of their starters in their preseason finale on Thursday night in New England, and those that play likely won't see much action at all.

So for a veteran team whose starting lineup is all but set, this game is mostly about the down-roster battles, the backups, and the bottom-of-the-roster spots. There are a few exceptions, of course, but not many.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Davis Webb, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: Jets vs. Giants 00:05:18
The Daily News Live panel previews the preseason game between the Giants and the Jets.

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Normally this wouldn't be alarming, especially for a veteran team halfway through the preseason, but the Giants still haven't found the end zone this summer. They've scored six field goals in eight quarters. And they've only reached the red zone four times in 22 drives.

Now, to be fair, most of their playmakers have barely played this summer. That includes quarterback Eli Manning, who has played one half of football, and injured receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (shoulder) who have barely played at all. So maybe not much should've been expected from a bunch of backups playing behind an offensive line that has been somewhere between mediocre and awful.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Geno Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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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."

Tags: J.T. Thomas, Keenan Robinson, Mark Herzlich, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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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:

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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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."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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