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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.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Victor Cruz 00:00:17
Free agent WR Victor Cruz reportedly met with the Carolina Panthers only a week after his release from the New York Giants.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a meeting with the Carolina Panthers on Monday that "went well," according to USA Today's Art Stapleton.

The Giants released Cruz, 30, last week to save $7.5 million in salary. 

In his first season since missing 26 games due to two season-ending leg injuries, Cruz had 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown in 15 games.

He had been a Giants receiver since he joined the Giants in 2010 after he went undrafted.

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 (Brad Rempel)
(Brad Rempel)

Latest Update

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson sent out a cryptic tweet about the Giants on Wednesday.

The tweet is likely in reference to the release of veteran RB Rashad Jennings and WR Victor Cruz, moves that freed up $10 million in cap space for New York.

Peterson is set to receive a base salary of $11.75 million for the 2017 season. The running back's roster bonus of $6 million kicks in on March 11, meaning the Vikings have until then to make a decision on the 31-year old back. In addition to the base salary and roster bonus, Peterson will also earn a $250,000 workout bonus for participating in OTA practices and mandatory minicamps. If Minnesota keeps Peterson on his current contract, it would result in an $18 million cap hit.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz
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 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants cleared some cap room when they released veteran receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, but they also created a hole -- and not just in fans' hearts.

Even with diminished skills and production, Cruz was the Giants' third-best receiver last season and with him gone they need a replacement on the outside. They may give unreliable rookie Roger Lewis a shot to compete after his seven-catch, 97-yard, two-touchdown season. Or they could give an actual shot to veteran Tavarres King, who had two catches for 50 yards in the regular season before his 3-73-1 explosion in the Giants' playoff game.

But really, they can probably do better on the market if they're willing to pay the price. There are some good, young, and -- perhaps most importantly -- tall receivers available. Here's a look at some of the ones the Giants could turn to when the market opens to fill Cruz's shoes on Odell Beckham, Jr.'s other side...

Tags: Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Andrew Weber)
(Andrew Weber)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz will surely retire as a Giant someday, probably right before he's inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. It will be a very emotional moment and a celebration of his legacy. The Giants will be thrilled to welcome him back home.

But not today.

For now, the 30-year-old Cruz is intent on continuing his career, even though he knows the checkered history of former Giants trying to prolong their careers elsewhere. From Cruz's perspective he's just not done. In fact, since he's healthy for the first offseason in three years, he believes last season could turn out to be just the beginning of a late career revival...

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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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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been a remarkable, hard-to-believe, storybook ride for Victor Cruz and the Giants since he burst onto the scene seven years ago. And no, it wasn't exactly a happy ending when he and running back Rashad Jennings were released by the Giants on Monday.

But most of the memories are happy. And, as Cruz said, those can never be taken away.

"It's been an amazing journey," Cruz said in a release from the Giants. "I pretty much grew up in front of this entire organization. The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like...

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Loud Mouths on Victor Cruz 00:01:08
Loud Mouths weighs the pros and cons of bringing back the Giants' injury-plagued wideout.

The Loud Mouths crew discusses the pros and cons of the Giants bringing back WR Victor Cruz.

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GEICO SportsNite: Victor Cruz 00:01:23
Victor Cruz speaks about his future with the Giants at the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner in New York.

Victor Cruz hasn't had any contact with the Giants in the month since their season ended. He didn't even have the standard exit interview with coach Ben McAdoo the day after the playoff loss.

Yet even though his future in New York hangs in the balance, Cruz has no plans to force the issue and start the conversation about whether they want him back next season. And if and when they do talk, he doesn't feel the need to pitch the Giants about his worth.

"There's no grand pitch," Cruz said Tuesday evening before he was honored at the 37th annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. "I mean they've known me for seven years. They know what I bring to the table. They know what type of person I am.

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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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 (David J. Phillip/AP)
(David J. Phillip/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was eight years ago today, Friday, that the Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history and knocked off the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Then, four years and two days later in Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants did it to the Patriots again.

The Patriots are now in their seventh Super Bowl in the 16 seasons of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era of dominance. They've won four of their first six. Their only two losses have come to the Giants. And while those two Giants teams were very different, despite having the same coach (Tom Coughlin) and quarterback (Eli Manning) the gameplan they used each time was largely the same.

Equally important was this: Both times the Giants went in completely unafraid...

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))
(Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz reiterated Thursday that he wants to return to the Giants and even sounded like he understood he might need to take another pay cut to make it happen. But he also hinted that his willingness to reduce his salary might have limits this time around.

"Last year, coming off two injury-riddled seasons, I know that (a pay cut) was coming," Cruz told reporters at a Nickelodeon event in Houston. "Even this year I understand the business side of it and I understand what my numbers are, what I'm due to make next year. I understand all that stuff."

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New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett, a pending free agent and former Giant, might be willing to consider a return to New York this offseason.

"Haha. I don't know," said Bennett when asked if he would contemplate signing with the Giants. "But I always loved it there. (General manager) Jerry Reese and all those guys are great, the Mara and Tisch families are one of the best owners in the world. I liked it up there."

New York took a chance on Bennett in 2012, giving the tight end his first opportunity to start after he was the backup to Jason Witten in Dallas for four years. Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns that season, providing the Giants with some rare offensive production from the tight end position. Due to salary cap issues, the Giants were unable to re-sign Bennett the following offseason, and the Houston-native joined the Bears.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jerell Adams, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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Cruz discusses Beckham Jr. 00:02:00
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz sits down with Taylor Rooks for her podcast to discuss how Odell Beckham Jr. is misunderstood.

Victor Cruz says his Giants teammate Odell Beckham, Jr. is misunderstood.

"There's a lot of things that he does that gets taken the wrong way," Cruz told SNY during the Timeout with Taylor Rooks podcast. "I think because early on in his career with Josh Norman and the antics and the yelling and things like that. I think that shaped a perception in people's minds of what type of person he is."

Click below to listen to Taylor's full podcast with Cruz

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Cruz: Miami trip 'not worth it' 00:01:02
Giants WR Victor Cruz discusses the infamous trip to Miami on the podcast, Timeout with Taylor Rooks.

Victor Cruz said the now-infamous boat trip the Giants took to Miami before their playoff loss to the Packers wasn't worth it.

"Looking back on it, it definitely wasn't worth it," Cruz told SNY during the Timeout with Taylor Rooks podcast. "At the end of the day, you want to put your mind in a place where you want to succeed at whatever your next task is -- especially in a football setting, in a football atmosphere."

Listen to Taylor Rooks' full podcast with Cruz below

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On the first episode of the relaunch of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz joins the show to preview the Super Bowl, discusses why the Miami trip before the playoffs "wasn't worth it" and why Odell Beckham Jr. is misunderstood.

Click below to listen!

 

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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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OBJ's future with Giants 00:01:58
Daily News Live attempts to find the right time for the Giants to offer Odell Beckham Jr. a contract extension.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he believes teammate Odell Beckham Jr. needs to control his emotions more in order to reach his full potential as a star, he said on WFAN, according to the New York Post.

"I think he's on track to reach his full potential,'' Cruz said. "But I think having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard, whether it's continued negative press or whatever the case may be. He has to find a way to just control himself and not do those things in such an angry regard after games like that.''

Cruz, who joined Beckham on the wide receivers' trip to Miami following the Giants' regular-season finale, defended the trip as a day off before they returned to practice that Tuesday in preparation for the wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers.

"This isn't something that was a mystery to me or something I was shocked at," Cruz said. "I understood where we were going and what we were doing. It was all on our day off in good fun. So there is nothing with that. I think it gets really over-hyped, for whatever reason.''

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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team will have "a bad taste in their mouths for a while" afte their season-ending loss to the Packers on Sunday.

McAdoo also weighed in on a host of other topics, saying...

  • 11 wins is tough to get, but the Giants have built a strong foundation.
  • The Giants "obviously fell short from an offensive perspective" against the Packers.
  • On WR Odell Beckham, Jr. punching a hole in a wall at Lambeau Field after the game, McAdoo said "we and I take full responsibility for that. That's not the way we want to act after ballgames."
  • He wants WR Victor Cruz and DE Jason Pierre-Paul back next season.

 

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz

 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Victor Cruz insisted he never once thought that he might have been playing his last game as a Giant on Sunday, even though he surely knows there's a good chance that he was.

But with his future up in the air now that the Giants' season is over, Cruz made it clear he wants to return to the only team he's ever known.

"Absolutely," Cruz said after the Giants' 38-13 wild-card loss to the Packers. "This is family. This is home. I don't know anywhere else. I don't want to know anywhere else."

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

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will receive the Thurman Munson award.

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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.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued his rivalry with cornerback Josh Norman by trolling him on Instagram following the Giants' 19-10 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Beckham posted a photo from the game of himself running past Norman with the caption "'Everybody got a deal, I did it without one...' #OnToTheNext", lyrics from a Drake song that is a shot at Norman's contract.

Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington in the offseason after the Carolina Panthers, his former team, released him due to his contract. 

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 (Tim Heitman (USA Today))
(Tim Heitman (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz was named the winner of the 16th annual George Young Good Guy Award, as voted on by the Giants' chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America.

Cruz is the first two-time winner in the history of the award, which was named for the late general manager of the Giants. It's given annually to honor a Giants player for his consistent and outstanding cooperation with the writers who cover the team on a daily basis.

Cruz, who also won the award in 2011, has long been one of the most accessible and cooperative players throughout his entire Giants career, no matter how difficult the circumstances. He became a media darling when he broke into the league with his sensational 2011, but he's never ducked reporters or questions, even as the topic turned to injuries and declining performance over the years.

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Cruz's message to Patriots 00:02:49
The Daily News Live panel discusses Victor Cruz's comments about a possible third Super Bowl matchup between the Giants and the Patriots.

Victor Cruz says the Patriots don't want to see the Giants this season in a potential Super Bowl rematch.

"They don't want to see us," Cruz told Seth Walder of the Daily News. "I'm sure if you ask them (they'd say) they'd play anybody, they don't care. I'm sure they don't want to see us. That's for sure."

The Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008, ruining New England's perfect season.

In Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012, the Giants beat the Patriots, 21-17, with Cruz catching four passes for 25 yards and one touchdown.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin's decision to go for it in the 2007 regular-season finale is a big part of his legend. Faced with a meaningless game against a Patriots team trying to complete the NFL's first 16-0 season, the Giants coach decided to risk it all to see if his team could prevent history. 

They couldn't, but Coughlin and the Giants earned the respect of everyone around football. And more importantly, the confidence they gained in defeat was the springboard to their own historic championship run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

When the Giants get to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia prior to Thursday night's game, WR Victor Cruz will visit the spot in the end zone where he suffered a career-altering knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014.

"I don't think I need to," Cruz said Tuesday, "but I will (visit the spot). But yeah, just to kind of reflect and reflect on that moment and reflect on that time, reflect on that feeling and then kind of wash my hands of it and then start to play."

Cruz landed awkwardly on his right leg during the play and was carted off the field. He then underwent reconstructive surgery but suffered a calf injury to the same leg that helped cost him the entire 2015 season.

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 (Robert Deutsch (USA Today))
(Robert Deutsch (USA Today))

In what might have been Victor Cruz's final home game as a member of the Giants, the team came away with a victory against the Lions, 17-6.

Cruz finished with only one reception for 29 yards. Though his contributions were limited, he was encouraged by the team's well-balanced offensive attack against the Lions.

"It helps a lot. Obviously it keeps defenses off balance because they don't know what's coming. You want to make sure that you are keeping them off balance," Cruz said. "Being that way today really helped, especially that opening drive, getting the ball in the end zone, running the ball well, getting the first down, that's what we want to do."

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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.

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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 head coach Ben McAdoo talks with wide receiver Victor Cruz at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks with wide receiver Victor Cruz at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After failing to be targeted once against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz had a talk with rookie coach Ben McAdoo.

What was interesting on Tuesday was Cruz said that it was McAdoo who sought him out as the Giants (8-4) returned to work and started looking forward to playing Dallas (11-1) on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.

"I came into the building, we were getting ready for our first meeting and he came up to me and was like, `You are coming to see me, right?' I was like, `Yeah, I am coming to see you.' Shortly after, I came and saw him and we spoke and then that was it."

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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."

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(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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Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) defends during the first quarter at Heinz Field.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) defends during the first quarter at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

Upon their arrival in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Giants' running game had been gaining a head of steam. A small head, mind you, but they were on a streak where they had gained over 100 yards on the ground for three consecutive games.

That all ended in their 24-14 loss to the surging Steelers at Heinz Field, a game in which the Giants gained just 56 yards rushing and 234 total yards, their second-lowest output of the season. Granted, they only rushed the ball 14 times, but the narrative is that their running game was ineffective once again.

They did gain 4.0 yards per attempt on the plays they decided to dial up a run, with rookie Paul Perkins gaining 38 yards on seven carries with a long of 18. Their running game works if they choose to commit to it. The issue is, they haven't chosen to make it a focal point of the offensive attack on a consistent basis.

The Giants ran only 55 plays on Sunday, which is unusually low for an NFL offense. They threw 39 times, completing 24. None of those targets went to WR Victor Cruz, who for some reason was either left off the field in favor of rookie Roger Lewis, or just completely ignored by QB Eli Manning.

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Ben McAdoo, Odell Beckham, and Eli Manning comment on the team's lack of offensive production following a 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

PITTSBURGH -- At the start of what Ben McAdoo called "real football," he better hope he didn't just see the real Giants' offense.

But unfortunately for him, 12 games into the season, it sure looks like that what it is.

It remains the biggest mystery of the Giants' season, and at this point very likely the key to their demise: What has happened to what was once, and was supposed to be again a top-10 offense? The Giants gained an embarrassing 234 total yards in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

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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."

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

Ralph Vacchiano answers a question about Victor Cruz's effectiveness and how the Giants use 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.

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