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(Matthew Emmons)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants to meet with 9-year-old cancer patient Jayro Ponce after receiving pleas on social media. 

The first attempt to reach Beckham was from Amarillo, Texas radio personality Tommy Joe who wrote on his "Hacker Morning Show" Facebook page pleading the 24-year-old to meeet with his biggest fan. 

"Jayro is a fighter, hero and loved by many! As we all know he is battling cancer. ...With the power of God, Miracles, Radio and Social Media I think we can make this little guy smile at this point in his life," Tommy Joe wrote. "His dream is to meet New York Giants Odell Beckham. PLEASE help me try to make this happen."

Beckham Jr. didn't see this post directly. Instead, he received the plea from Danny Richburg, the father of Giants center Weston Richburg. 

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

BAYONNE, N.J. - The New York Giants' offensive line seen for most of last season will likely be the same at the start of this season.

And according to left guard Justin Pugh, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

No, the Giants' line did not play well last season, and no, the team didn't do much to improve the personnel this offseason. But as Pugh, a fifth-year veteran, said on Monday, continuity "is the most important thing with offensive line play."

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Daniel Fells, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Bobby Hart and guard John Jerry defend against Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants guard Bobby Hart and guard John Jerry defend against Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Giants' biggest need heading into the NFL draft was along their battered offensive line. So it's not surprising that the biggest criticism of their draft has been Jerry Reese's failure to address that.

But Reese thinks the Giants line is in better shape than most people think.

He pointed to two young players in particular in an interview on WFAN on Monday afternoon as reasons to be hopeful about the future. Rather than stock up on young linemen from a draft class that the Giants simply thought was unappealing, he chose to ride instead with two young tackles: 23-year-old Ereck Flowers and 22-year-old Bobby Hart.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

For the moment, Ereck Flowers appears to be the Giants left tackle by default. But Jerry Reese made it clear that is definitely subject to change.

The Giants general manager said the team will "experiment" with their offensive line lineup this spring in search of their still-to-be-determined starting five. At the moment, they have no obvious lineup, but they do have several players with the flexibility to play multiple positions.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

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Weston Richburg was one of the bright spots on the Giants' offensive line last season, but that's not the way he saw it. The Giants center wasn't happy with his overall performance, which was due in part to an injury that he never revealed.

Richburg said he tore ligaments in his right hand in the Giants' second preseason game. He played the entire season with the injury, which eventually needed surgery.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

PHOENIX - It's looking more and more every day like the embattled Ereck Flowers will keep his job as the Giants' left tackle. And if he does, it sounds like he's got Ben McAdoo's support.

"I think one of the best games Ereck played all year was the playoff game, the last game of the season," McAdoo said on Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, site of the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's working hard on his technique. I'm pretty confident that he's working pretty hard right now at being a better player, putting a lot of time and energy in to it. You get to see his face a lot. He's in and out of the building a lot. I know he loves the game and I have confidence in Ereck."

McAdoo's endorsement was undoubtedly sincere, after what was a very rough sophomore season for the 22-year-old Flowers. But it also was out of necessity, since it doesn't appear that the Giants have any other viable options beyond their former first-round pick. Giants GM Jerry Reese had indicated after last season that they'd explore the idea of moving Flowers to another position. But so far they haven't brought another left tackle in to compete.

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(Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have re-signed OL John Jerry to a three-year deal worth $10 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

$4.25 million of the deal is guaranteed, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jerry, 30, started all 16 games for the Giants this past season.

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(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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(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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(Julio Cortez/AP)

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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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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Giants safety Landon Collins and receiver Odell Beckham are well positioned to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, but it might take a late surge of fan voting for any of their teammates to join them.

Collins and Beckham were the only two Giants players in the Top 5 in their position in the fan vote, as of the last update, last week, and the voting ends on Tuesday night. The Giants' 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football could provide a surge of support, but it might not be enough to get any more players in by the fan voting alone.

The players for the Pro Bowl are determined by voting from fans, coaches and players. Each voting group counts for one-third each. The players are selected regardless of conference, and the teams are divided up later.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants look to continue to improve on both sides of the ball before their Week 12 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants may be 7-3 and are possibly headed for a postseason berth, but they are far from a complete team -- sitting at 31st in the NFL in rushing after 11 weeks. Only the Minnesota Vikings are worse, but they have an excuse. They have been without star RB Adrian Peterson all year and are missing several starters on the offensive line. The Giants' excuse? Well, they don't have one.

Yes, the Giants ran for over 100 yards on Sunday for the second straight game, but they could not run the ball in the second half when they needed to. After coming out in the second half and scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, they punted on their next five, which included three three-and-outs. Their other two drives lasted just five plays each. With the weather changing in the Northeast, they have to do better than this.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Jun 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) rushes New York Giants center Brett Jones (69) during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) rushes New York Giants center Brett Jones (69) during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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When the Giants signed center Brett Jones in February 2015, all parties knew there would be a steep learning curve for the young Canadian Football League star.

Jones was fresh off a Grey Cup victory as a member of the Calgary Stampeders, and in his first two seasons had earned not only a championship ring but also Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named the league's top offensive lineman in 2014.

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Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants' much-maligned offensive line may not be as bad as many people think. For years now, they have been the poster children for the Giants' woes, but in actuality, they haven't been as bad as their press.

They have three top draft picks in their starting lineup. LG Justin Pugh and LT Ereck Flowers were first-round selections and C Weston Richburg was a second-rounder. Free-agent pickup John Jerry has been a steadying presence in the middle of the line.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. drops a pass during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. drops a pass during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

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Perception sometimes becomes reality. That may be the case with the New York Giants so far this year. Here are some perceptions that we have put some numbers to.

Odell Beckham Jr. is having a poor season

True, and not true at the same time. Beckham actually has similar numbers to what he had last year at this time. Last season, Beckham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns through four games. This year, he has 22 catches for 303 yards but has yet to score. His on-field behavior and inability to control his emotions have overshadowed his overall performance, but he's still on pace to gain over 1,200 yards.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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

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

Tags: Brad Wing, Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants center Weston Richburg was fined $12,000 for taunting in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Richburg became the first player ejected under the NFL's new rule in which players are disqualified from a game in which they record two unsportsmanlike penalties. 

Richburg was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second quarter and again in the fourth quarter when he hit Redskins CB Josh Norman behind the play that negated a 24-yard gain.

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

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

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

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Washington Redskins, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Josh Brown, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)

When Tom Coughlin ran things in East Rutherford, New Jersey, his main message to his team was to finish. Finish routes, finish blocks, finish drives, finish games. Under new head coach Ben McAdoo, that message hasn't been invoked as much, but center Weston Richburg is reviving it to help straighten out the floundering offensive line.

"It needs to be to 'finish'," Richburg told reporters Monday when asked what the personality of the offensive line needs to be by Week 1. "We want to finish each play and from there finish each game and that consists of being physical, having a mean attitude and really getting after people."

The line's physicality is being questioned after it has struggled to win the trenches in the first two preseason games. Richburg said that it is too early to panic and that there is still plenty of time to right the ship.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement)

When the Giants chose Colorado State center Weston Richburg with the 43rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, they knew they were getting both a talented player and a solid citizen. GM Jerry Reese was aiming to bring in the next generation of team leaders and he was dead on with the selection of Richburg.

After a slew of injuries along the offensive line in his rookie season forced him to play out of position at guard, Richburg was moved back to center last summer and it was evident that he was the Giants' answer and the future at the position. The website Pro Football Focus ranked Richburg the No. 2 overall center in the NFL last season.

As he enters his third NFL season, Richburg has molded into the leader the Giants had hoped. This past offseason, he criticized linemates for their lack of dedication because his winter work regimen was more rigorous than their. Some took umbrage to the remark, but others chalked it up to his intensity and leadership.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham and New York Giants free safety Landon Collins run catching drills during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham and New York Giants free safety Landon Collins run catching drills during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants are following the old adage of building through the draft and filling needs via free agency. The past few seasons' rosters have been ravaged by injuries and devoid of talent after several years of miscalculations at the draft table.

GM Jerry Reese, under pressure to reverse the team's fortunes overnight, spent over $200 million this offseason to bring in top free agents to fill the holes he did not successfully fill the past few years.

But what is going unnoticed is the fact Reese has been building through the draft, and this season he expects to realize the return on his investment. The team's core is centered around draft selections made the past three springs.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)

Justin Pugh has done just about everything for the New York Giants on the offensive line in the three seasons he's been with the club. Big Blue's top selection in the 2013 NFL Draft has played tackle and guard, winning roles at both positions and filling in during times when the line was under the injury siege, something they hope to put an end to in 2016.

Pugh told reporters he's strictly been working at guard, left guard to be more specific.

"I have been a guard all throughout OTAs so it has been good. I am loving that I am able to stay there, really feel at home and get all the reps there," Pugh said on Wednesday. "Sometimes when you go out to different positions you learn different nuances so I am really focusing on getting this left guard down and getting the camaraderie going with these guys up front."

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Earlier this month, New York Giants center Weston Richburg was interviewed by CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and we learned several thinngs about the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Speaking primarily about his offseason regimen while training at former NFL lineman LeCharles Bentley's Arizona-based "O-Line Performance Center", we learned he is serious about his craft and is not shy to call others out regarding their lack of dedication.

"The percentage of guys who are just OK to be there (in the league) is pretty high," Richburg told Prisco. "This is pretty rare. The majority of my offensive line is not doing anything right now."

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants offensive guard Bobby Hart is helped off the field after being injured during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive guard Bobby Hart is helped off the field after being injured during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants did not take an offensive lineman in this year's NFL Draft despite having the position high on their wish list. At No. 10, they thought they a good shot at either Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley or Jack Conklin of Michigan State. They missed out on both.

The free agent market bore several candidates for the Giants, who were primarily looking for a right tackle. None of them signed with the Giants as they were looking for a left tackle gig, and the Giants are stubbornly unwavering in their committment to keep Ereck Flowers there. So, the search continues to upgrade the line.

The club has a steady five at the moment. Center Weston Richburg should have been a Pro Bowler last season and Justin Pugh has played well at left guard. In lieu of a spotty past, John Jerry has been both productive and reliable at right guard but the tackles. Flowers and right tackle Marshall Newhouse are the question marks at the moment.

Tags: Bobby Hart, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Weston Richburg, Will Beatty, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.

GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.

But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.

It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jasper Brinkley, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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In a roundtable interview on Wednesday, Giants C Weston Richburg suggested that his teammates on the offensive line were relaxing right now instead of focusing on improving for this upcoming season.

"The percentage of guys who are just OK to be there (in the league) is pretty high," said Richburg. "This is pretty rare. The majority of my offensive line is not doing anything right now."

While it's difficult to fault a player for taking some time off, the third-year center hinted that players should still be training during the offseason. 

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New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard rushes as Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman Joe Hawley and Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Evan Smith blocks during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard rushes as Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman Joe Hawley and Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Evan Smith blocks during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have been drafting their future leaders over the past few seasons in players such as Devon KennardNat BerheJustin PughWeston Richburg and Odell Beckham Jr. That is the young core the Giants are counting on to be the glue between the veterans and the new players they picked up in free agency, as well as the rookies they will draft next month.

Kennard, an outside linebacker with a load of talent, has not been able to stay on the field in his first two seasons. In order for him to lead, he's got to stay healthy. When he's out there, the Giants' defense has some semblance of order. But until his health is evident, the Giants might lean on free agent signee Keenan Robinson, who will play MLB and likely don the headset on defense.

Berhe has a similar issue. He sat behind Antrel Rolle at safety two years ago and missed all of last season with a calf injury. As Deion Sanders once said, "You can't help the club from the tub." No truer words were spoken when it comes to Kennard and Berhe. They were both considered late-round steals when drafted, and the Giants still believe that to be the case. GM Jerry Reese described both players as leader-types, and he's going to let this play out.

Tags: Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, John Fennelly
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USATSI)

When Giant fans are polled on what the team's major issues are, the offensive line is usually at the top of the list. Those sentiments are justifyably warranted, but looking at the statistics, the Giants' offensive line isn't in the dire straits most perceive it to be.

Pro Football Focus ranks the Giants' offensive line 20th overall in the NFL, tied with the Denver Broncos. Yes, those Denver Broncos, who are hosting the AFC Championship Game this Sunday.

From Pro Football Focus:

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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

TE Larry Donnell, LB Devon Kennard, S Brandon Meriweather, OT Marshall Newhouse, and FB Nikita Whitlock all missed practice on Thursday.

OL Weston Richburg was limited during practice.

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New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz (74) is carted off the field (Phil Sears)
New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz (74) is carted off the field (Phil Sears)

Facing the New York Jets with a healthy offensive line is tough for any team.

The banged-up Giants (5-6) face a major task Sunday going into the game against their local rivals with questions at four positions.

Right guard Geoff Schwartz was lost for the season this past weekend with a broken left leg. Center Weston Richburg is still gimpy with a high left ankle sprain.

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 (AP)
(AP)

The following players will appear on the Giants Injury Report later today: 

  • Robert Ayers - Toe
  • Larry Donnell - Neck
  • Devon Kennard - Hamstring/Foot
  • Brandon Meriweather - Knee
  • Marshall Newhouse - Back
  • Jason Pierre-Paul - Hand
  • Justin Pugh - Concussion
  • Weston Richburg - Ankle

Their status will be updated after practice.

Tags: Brandon Meriweather, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Robert Ayers, Weston Richburg

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham scores a touchdown in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham scores a touchdown in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Giants lost a key game to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, getting down early and staying down until it was too late to recover. They threw the football 51 times and ran it just 13. That's about as far away from New York Giant football as you can get.

Statisitcs show the Giants are doomed when Eli attempts more than 50 passes in a game, compliling an infamous 2-22 record in those contests. On Sunday, the Giants got away from their running game, and the balance of the offense -- or imbalance, rather -- made them predictable and left them exposed.

Eighteen of those passes were thrown in the direction of superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr., who managed to reel in nine of them for 142 yards and a sensational diving TD catch thet drew the Giants within six points of Washington with about 5 minutes remaining.

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Center Weston Richburg (ankle) has been downgraded to out and will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Richburg, tight end Larry Donnell (ankle) and guard Justin Pugh (concussion) did not travel with the team to Washington.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich (quad) was upgraded from out to questionable, the team announced.

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Justin Pugh (Kevin Hoffman)
Justin Pugh (Kevin Hoffman)

TE Larry Donnell, LB Mark Herzlich, G Justin Pugh, and C Weston Richburg did not practice on Thursday.

LB J.T. Thomas was limited during practice.

CB Prince Amukamara, CB Leon McFadden, DE Damontre Moore, G Geoff Schwartz, and LB Uani 'Unga were all full participants.

 

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Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 11, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants will be preparing for their six-game stretch run by getting several key contributors back from injury. CB Prince Amukamara (pec) and TE Larry Donnell (neck) are scheduled to practice in full on Wednesday.

Prince told reporters on Monday that he is "100 percent" and head coach Tom Coughlin also noted that Amukamara has received medical clearance to play, but would not put a percentage on his health. The Giants are next to last in passing defense and Amukamara's return can only help the besieged secondary.

"I think he can add a lot," Coughlin said when asked what Prince can bring to the defense. "He's a good player and he's demonstrated that over the years. He'll hang in there, he's done a nice job of that. Everybody gets beat on a route once in a while, but he hangs in there and he keeps battling away. He has a strong physical presence, so I think there's no doubt he'll add tremendously."

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