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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Here's a good synopsis of the Giants' offensive line play last season: It was really bad. 

Tags: Adam Bisnowaty, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Three years ago, the Jets seemed to have the makings of the best defensive line in football. They added Leonard Williams to a line that already featured Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. The potential seemed to be huge.

Now Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison are all gone, and Williams is coming off a disappointing, two-sack season. So, it makes sense that the Jets will spend a bunch of their $90 million or so of salary cap space in upgrading their defensive line

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Orleans Darkwa, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: NFL combine 00:05:00
The DNL panel debates if the Giants will take Saquon Barkley with the second pick and if Kirk Cousins will sign with the Jets or Vikings.

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The new Giants regime seems ready to give cornerback Eli Apple the "clean slate" they've promised him after his miserable 2017 season. And with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie now moving to safety, it even looks like Apple is penciled back in for his old starting job.

But how sure are the Giants that they can count on him? And are they really convinced all his troubles are in the past?

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL scouting combine kicks off in Indianapolis on Tuesday, with more than 300 college football players, and more than a thousand agents joining GMs, coaches, scouts, doctors, executives from every NFL team. Here's what to watch for with the Giants -- and what the Giants will be watching -- over the next week:

What They're Watching 

Their eyes will surely be on the quarterback drills because the biggest determination they need to make this offseason is whether they believe there's a franchise quarterback sitting at the top of the draft. Their future could rest on that decision.

Tags: Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)
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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: One year from now, the "franchise tag" could be a source of great drama for the Giants if Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't have his mega-deal by then. If he doesn't, the Giants will surely tag him. And he surely won't be happy about it. He might not even sign it.

But that's a problem for 2019. Right now, the 15-day "franchise tag" period - which officially opened in the NFL on Tuesday - figures to be completely drama-free. The Giants seem to have only one player worthy of the "franchise tag" - guard Justin Pugh. And they aren't expected to use it, even on him.

Tags: Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

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One good thing about the Giants' miserable season and their recent run of (mostly) futility: They don't have a lot of free agents on their roster that they absolutely must sign.

They do have 25 players approaching free agency, though, and a little more than a month to make some decisions. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Mark Herzlich, Nat Berhe, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Matt Cashore)
(Matt Cashore)

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With the NFL season officially over, all attention turns to the top-rated prospects coming out of college to pursue their professional dreams. 

For the Giants, their No. 2 overall pick is their top priority at the moment as they figure out what to do with the selection. Other than that top pick, though, there seems to be a consensus on what position the Giants should be addressing in this year's draft: the offensive line. 

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Dave Gettleman made it clear that one of his top priorities in rebuilding the Giants is to fix the broken offensive line. He told that to the coaches he interviewed too.

And "as soon as he said, 'Everything starts with the offensive line,'" that's the moment Pat Shurmur said he was sold.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks over his offensive line during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks over his offensive line during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dave Gettleman finally ended the charade and stated the obvious: The Giants offensive line is a mess.

"We've got to fix the o-line, let's be honest," the new Giants GM said on Friday. "Let's not kid each other. I told you at the top, big men allow you to compete and that's what we've got to fix."

As obvious as that sounds, it marks a watershed moment for a franchise that has seemingly been in denial about its offensive line problem for years. At every turn, both former GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo resisted criticizing the line they created. Reese even often defended the poorly performing players he drafted...

Tags: D.J. Fluker, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman will begin his first full day as the Giants general manager on Friday, and he won't need anyone to show him around the office. He also won't need an update on the Giants' many problems.

He already knows.

The big question, though, is this: How is he going to fix this mess? How is he going to restore the Giants to what they were when he left in 2012.

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.

It didn't.

What did everyone expect?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have not begun any discussions with upcoming free agents like OL Justin Pugh, OL Weston Richburg, and LB Devon Kennard, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing sources.

Tags: Devon Kennard, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg
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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If the NFL season ended today, the Giants would be picking third in the 2018 NFL draft -- their highest pick since they took linebacker Carl Banks third way back in 1984.

But if they somehow find a way to lose to the 0-9 49ers in San Francisco this Sunday, their first shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 52 years would be in play.

What would the Giants do with that unexpected gold? Would they grab their next franchise quarterback? Take the best tackle or running back instead? Or trade down with a quarterback-starved franchise for a boat-load of high picks over the next few years?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dalvin Tomlinson, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, St. Louis Rams, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

The Giants on Saturday placed C Weston Richburg on the injured reserve and signed CB Tim Scott.

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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) (Brad Penner)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn are all listed as out for Sunday's game against the Rams at MetLife Stadium. 

CB Janoris Jenkins (suspension) is also out.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle) is questionable.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Shepard 00:01:35
Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard shares how great he feels coming off a bye week and how the team plans to keep the past in the past.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) practiced in full on Thursday and appears likely to play on Sunday against the Rams at MetLife Stadium.

Shepard has missed the last two games after injuring his ankle on Oct. 8 against the Chargers.

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon(ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn all missed practice for a second straight day. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

LB BJ Goodson (ankle), RT Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), DE Kerry Wynn, and S Nat Berhe (calf) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

Goodson, Richburg, Pugh, and Vernon had all done work on the side during practice on Monday.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), and WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) are all on the injury report, but were participating in practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is among seven players inactive for the Giants' Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

 

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury when New York faces the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants ruled Vernon, center Weston Richburg, running back Paul Perkins and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Calvin Munson out, while listing wide receiver Sterling Shepard as questionable as the Giants look to win their second straight game.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice on Thursday after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Vernon missed last Sunday's game against the Broncos due to the injury.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), and C Weston Richburg (concussion) also missed practice.

Tags: Eli Apple, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.

Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.

His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, John Jerry, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Zak DeOssie
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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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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 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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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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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is chased by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

DE Olivier Vernon is among seven inactive players for Sunday's Giants' Week 5 game against the Chargers at MetLife Stadium.

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New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The San Diego -- er, um -- Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at the Giants (0-4 … Wait, is that right?) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should rain on your pregame tailgate party and it could rain late in the game, and in between it'll be 80 degrees and cloudy as two horribly disappointing 0-4 teams play. So, in a word: Yuck.

WHAT IT MEANS

Nothing, as far as the playoffs go -- that dream is all but dead. But this game could be a tipping point for how ugly this season gets. A win and the Giants get a few days of feeling good about themselves, looking at the standings and dreaming about how there's a lot of football left to be played. Lose to an 0-4 team that has to come across country to play them, though, and … well, if you really think things couldn't get any worse, that would surely put the theory to the test.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, San Diego Chargers, Wayne Gallman, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

The Giants ruled center Weston Richburg and running back Paul Perkins out for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

New York also listed defensive ends Olivier VernonJason Pierre-Paul and Avery Moss, and offensive guard John Jerry as questionable with various injuries.

Pierre-Paul told SNY's Taylor Rooks on Thursday that he'd be ready to go on Sunday.

Richburg has been in the league's concussion protocol, and Brett Jones is likely to be the team's starting center on Sunday, according to Inside Football's Patricia Traina, as the Giants seek their first win of the season.

Tags: Avery Moss, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Wayne Gallman, Weston Richburg
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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, says he's playing against the Chargers on Sunday.

"Of course I'm playing Sunday," Pierre-Paul told reporters. "No question." 

Pierre-Paul played every snap of the Giants' loss to Tampa in Week 4, with head coach Ben McAdoo saying the shoulder issue developed earlier this week.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants appear to be bracing for another offensive line shakeup -- and maybe one on the defensive line, too.

Three key players on those lines were missing from the 0-4 team's practice on Wednesday -- center Weston Richburg and defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Richburg is in the NFL's concussion protocol and it seems unlikely he'll be available for the game against the 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Vernon is dealing with ankle injury and JPP has a shoulder injury that apparently got worse over the last few days...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
(Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants QB Eli Manning has faith in the team's offensive line as he prepares for the season-opener, which takes place Sunday night against the Cowboys in Dallas.

"I think the offensive line has done a good job," Manning said on Monday. "I feel very confident. They know their assignments. They've been together for a number of years now. I thought they had a good spring and they'll do a great job."

The Giants, who are hopeful of improvement from Ereck Flowers, are expected to have a starting offensive line featuring Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Jerry, and Bobby Hart.

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Odell and other problems 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR says that Odell Beckham Jr?s ankle is not the only concern for the Giants offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham stayed inside, away from the prying eyes of the media, as the Giants practiced on Monday afternoon. But his teammate, Olivier Vernon, said Beckham was "in high spirits" and he was apparently walking around the locker room as if his ankle was fine.

Still, the Giants preferred to keep their star receiver's sprained ankle cloaked in mystery as they returned to practice for the first time since Beckham's injury on Monday night. Giants coach Ben McAdoo again refused to provide an update, except to confirm that he's "getting treatment" and the team is taking it "day by day."

But even though Beckham's status for the Giants' opener on Sept. 10 is in doubt, Beckham's demeanor has given his teammates a positive outlook on how quickly he can return...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even by Odell Beckham Jr.'s standards, this was a spectacular play: a leaping, one-handed, almost-backhanded catch at the 5-yard line, followed by enough body control to hang on, switch hands and scamper untouched into the end zone. There was a gasp from the crowd, followed by the loudest cheers of the day.

There was only one problem: about 35 yards behind him, the play had already blown up.

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(Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's too early to make sweeping judgements, but the first impressions of the Giants offensive line on Saturday night were that they looked a lot like last year's offensive line.

And obviously that's not good.

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(Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Giants are not planning to agree to extensions with Odell Beckham, Jr. and a host of other players at the moment, multiple sources told Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

"Listen, he deserves to get paid. We're going to pay him," Giants owner John Mara said about Beckham at Giants training camp on Friday. "It's just a question of when we do the contract."

Asked when the time might be right, Mara joked "When we determine that his agent is being reasonable." Asked if he could see Beckham having a new deal by the start of next year's training camp, Mara said "I think that's certainly a possibility."

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The Giants arrived for training camp Thursday and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano was there to report on the team's expectations for 2017.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Justin Pugh still remembers sitting on the bench at the end of the Giants' 38-13 playoff loss in Green Bay, looking up at the scoreboard and thinking "That's not us."

"That's not this team," he recalled thinking as the Giants reported for training camp on Thursday. "The score didn't reflect how that game went. So I'm excited to get back to that point. I'm excited to go and play those teams, play in the big games, get back to the playoffs, and get back to where we need to be as an organization -- which is playing for a fifth championship."

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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 I:

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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)
(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.

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