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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Tight end production was dismal for the Giants last season. Can their first-rounder turn things around in 2017? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEvan Engram

Projected BackupsWill Tye, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams

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New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins seems to be picking up where he left off in 2016 as he was a standout at OTAs on Tuesday, per Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Jenkins, who almost had an interception in the two-minute drill at Monday's practice, just missed another today, this time in the end zone. Though the catch wasn't made, the Giants should be happy to see Jenkins already creating turnover opportunities.

He was also keeping tabs on WR Brandon Marshall, sticking with him on a route and batting down an intended pass to the veteran wideout.

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

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Mark Herzlich jumped at the chance to wear his old college number, 94, for the New York Giants when Mathias Kiwanuka retired after the 2014 season. So it wasn't easy a few weeks ago when the Giants told him he had to give it up.

But he really had no choice.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Mark Herzlich, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

 

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Odell Beckham, Jr. may have skipped Eli Manning's annual minicamp at Duke University, but the Giants quarterback still managed to draw quite a crowd.

Receivers Brandon MarshallSterling ShepardTavarres King, and Roger Lewis were all in Durham, N.C., this week - as several of them documented on Instagram -- as Manning held his traditional offseason retreat and a few days of workouts and drills. They were joined, based on the photos they shared, by tight ends Will TyeJerell Adams, and Rhett Ellison, along with quarterback Josh Johnson and running back Shaun Draughn.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Will Tye
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(Ron Schwane/AP)

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Bobby Hart went from a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to a mainstay in the Giants' starting lineup the next year. And he gets to cash a big check for that.

The 22-year-old Hart, who started 13 games at right tackle last season for the Giants, led his team in performance-based compensation from the NFL, getting a bonus of $361,072 for his efforts. The bonus was so big, in fact, that it ranked 19th among all performance-based pay recipients in the NFL for 2016.

The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap. Hart, in the second year of his rookie deal, earned a $525,000 salary in 2016, so his bonus was worth about 69 percent of that...

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(Christopher Hanewinckel)

Free agent TE Anthony Fasano has agreed to re-sign with the Dolphins, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Paul Schwartz of the NY Post reported Tuesday that the Giants had interest in Fasano.

Fasano, 32, is used mostly as a run-blocker.

He had eight receptions for 83 yards to go along with two touchdowns in 16 games last season for the Titans, in what was the final year of his two-year deal...

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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Giants in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. Last week we looked at DE Jason Pierre-Paul. This week we move on to a position of need for the Giants:

The tight ends.

It's been a long time since the Giants traded up a spot in the 2002 draft to take Jeremy Shockey, a player then-general manager Ernie Accorsi hailed as more of a "weapon" than just a tight end. He was a controversial person to be sure and probably hindered the early development of Eli Manning. But he was a dynamic player for the Giants - maybe the last truly dynamic tight end the Giants had.

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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Will Tye, the Giants starting tight end at the end of last season, will be returning for 2017 to at least compete for the job again.

Tye has re-signed with the Giants for one year and a salary of $615,000, NFL Players Association records show. He is one of three "exclusive rights" free agents re-signed by the Giants, joining the two whose deals were reported Tuesday -- tight end Matt LaCosse and defensive tackle Robert Thomas.

The Giants have declined to make the ERFA qualifying offer of a one-year, minimum-salary deal to two other ERFAs - receiver Ben Edwards (as reported by SNY on Tuesday) and fullback Nikita Whitlock.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Nikita Whitlock, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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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.

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(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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(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.

And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The following players appeared on the Giants' injury report on Wednesday...

Did not participate in practice:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)

Limited during practice:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nat Berhe, Will Tye
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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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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The following players appeared on the Giants' pre-practice injury report on Wednesday...

  • CB Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB B.J. Goodson (concussion)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (back)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
  • TE Will Tye (illness)

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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."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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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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GEICO SportsNite: Mcadoo on refs 00:00:42
Giants head coach Ben Mcadoo discusses his thoughts on the referees in the Giants' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

PITTSBURGH -- Odell Beckham Jr. has had it with the officiating crew that he believes mishandled the Giants' 24-14 loss to the Steelers on Sunday -- the same crew he dealt with in his last two games against his nemesis, Josh Norman. He implied their rocky history has tilted the playing field against him.

And he believes they should be banned from officiating any Giants games again.

"It's not like I'm sitting here saying the refs are the reason we lost the game, but there's plenty of (bad) calls in the game and anybody can go watch the film. Anybody," Beckham said. "Anybody can go watch the film and see exactly what was going on. I don't know. I don't really think that we should have this crew any more when the Giants are playing with the past history and everything that's gone on."

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' run 00:01:00
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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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.

Tags: Eli Manning, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a short gain in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a short gain in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Though he was limited to five catches for 46 yards, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. insisted he was not frustrated after New York won its fifth straight game.

Tags: Chicago Bears, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | | Archive Posts

The Giants have been scratching their heads all season trying to figure out why they haven't been able to run the football, sack passers and put teams away in games.

Against the Bengals on Monday night, they finally saw progress in those first two areas but still haven't solved the third. Perhaps they will do that in their back-to-back games against two of the league's worst teams (Chicago and Cleveland).

Here's a quick rundown of the positives that came out of victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jerell Adams, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

At halftime, when the Giants were beginning to show signs of struggle, Ben McAdoo talked to his players about giving a "championship effort" in the second half. His point was to get them to play harder and better.

But they also went out and showed how championship teams are made.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | | Archive Posts

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was a tight ends coach for the majority of his Green Bay Packers coaching career. He holds the position in high regard. When he came to the Giants to become their offensive coordinator in 2014, he inherited a unit that consisted of Larry DonnellDaniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Not exactly a dynamic bunch.

The school of thought was that Donnell was the best of the bunch with Fells a solid all-around option as his backup. Robinson had been a bust since the day he arrived in 2012 and was only on the roster because GM Jerry Reese hangs on to his draftees in hopes they suddenly blossom.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws the ball during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws the ball during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning was very productive in New York's 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, going 22-for-36 for 257 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

While the two interceptions put a damper on the quarterback's stats, neither were necessarily Manning's fault. The first interception came when Nolan Carroll ripped the ball out of Odell Beckham Jr.'s hands on the way to the ground, a call that appeared to be very close and was reviewed by the officials, but not overturned. The second interception occurred in the game's final two minutes, when Connor Barwin deflected a pass intended for Will Tye at the line of scrimmage and Jordan Hicks was able to make a sliding catch before the ball hit the turf.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Will Tye
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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)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke to reporters on Monday. Here's what he had to say:

  • The front office has been in discussions today about K Josh Brown, and McAdoo will join those talks tonight and tomorrow.
  • Brown has not been at the team facility today, although he is allowed to be there based on his status on the Commissioner Exempt list.
  • RB Rashad Jennings remains the starting running back.
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. is in treatment today for his hip and is "pretty sore."
  • TE Jerell Adams and TE Will Tye will get more opportunities in order to create some competition with TE Larry Donnell
  • McAdoo on taking a look at his play-calling, and possibly delegating that job to another coach: "Everything is on the table."
  • It is a real possibility that the entire 53-man roster will be available to practice following the team's bye week.
Tags: Jerell Adams, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Will Tye

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Eli Manning (10) throws a pass in the second quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu-USA Today)
Eli Manning (10) throws a pass in the second quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu-USA Today)

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The Giants head into Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens with a 2-3 record that could have very easily been 3-2 if Eli Manning had not thrown that inconceivable interception against the Redskins and could even be 4-1 had Will Tye reeled a touchdown pass that was all but given to him against the Packers on Sunday night.

With all the offseason changes, they are still settling into their skin as a team. So who have been the core players thus far? A good barometer is to look at the snap counts through five games:

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 (Rick Wood)
(Rick Wood)

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It's time for Ben McAdoo to go back to the drawing board, because whatever he's doing, it's just not working.

His once-dangerous offense has completely stalled, continuing a trend that really has been evident since the beginning of the season. Eli Manning is off his game. The offensive line is struggling. And on the other side of the ball his pass rush is a disaster and his secondary is falling apart.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-2) at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Call it the not-so-frozen tundra this time. It'll actually be a nice day in Green Bay with the temperature getting all the way up to 60, but when the sun goes down the temperatures will drop to the mid-40s.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Justin Pugh was right when he said "Everything you can do to lose a game today, we did." And the Giants (2-1) certainly did lose it. They were in control at the start before a plague of penalties and turnovers helped them throw their game against the Redskins (1-2) away.

And that could be costly because not only did it knock them out of first place in the NFC East -- behind the stunning, 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles -- but it robbed them of their momentum and blew a chance to really bury the defending division champions. In what is still basically a rebuilding season, every positive step matters.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

As bad as the Giants were last season, things weren't all bad for anyone who owned their players in fantasy football - or at least a couple of them. The Giants got a career year from Eli Manning, a huge season from Odell Beckham, and finished eighth in yards and sixth in scoring on offense.

Considering they've been in the top 10 in yards in both seasons using Ben McAdoo's offense there's no reason things should change this season. Only now, there are a couple of other fantasy options to consider, too.

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, 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 head coach Ben McAdoo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants' offensive issues continued to rear their ugly head in Saturday's 21-20 preseeason win over the New York Jets. They rushed for only 39 yards on 20 carries and the pass protection was abysmal once again.

Head coach Ben McAdoo, who has run the Giants' offense the past two seasons with positive results, is as puzzled as anyone else these days on why his team is struggling moving the football.

"Offensively, obviously we need to go forward. We need to a better job of going forward," McAdoo said on his Sunday conference call with reporters. "Everything there is correctable. I'm expecting a lot of questions there about the offensive line, but it's more than just the offensive line. But everything is correctable, we need to work hard to finish, detail our fundamentals, eliminate the penalties and we need to stay ahead of the chains."

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Ben McAdoo, the Giants' first year head coach is running training camp his way this summer and the players seem to like many of the changes he's made from the Tom Coughlin era.

One thing (besides the clocks) that hasn't changed is the succinct, direct, honest answers to the media's questions.

"Training camp never goes smooth," McAdoo said when asked if his first camp was going smooth. "You're probably not doing it right if it does. There's always some things you have to adjust and improvise. You really just roll with the punches after that."

Tags: Darian Thompson, Janoris Jenkins, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib throws a pass while New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib throws a pass while New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Training camp is just days away and readers and fans are beginning to get back into football mode. Over the past few weeks, we have gotten several questions and inquiries regarding the upcoming camp and preseason.

There's a lot of talk the Giants will part ways with several veterans this summer. Who right now is on the roster bubble?

It may be too early to tell, but from where I sit, there won't be many surprises. On offense, the main roster battles will be at running back and possibly at right tackle. With the addition of rookie Paul Perkins and free agent Bobby Rainey, Andre Williams will have to have a stellar camp to remain with the team.

Marshall Newhouse is the current starter at right tackle. His main competition will be second-year player Bobby Hart now that free agent Eugene Monroe decided to retire. The Giants say they are comfortable with Newhouse, but are not deep along the offensive line in general, so if anything, they could be adding, not subtracting, in this unit.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Ryan Nassib, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Last summer during training camp, the Giants appeared to be set at the tight end position. Veterans Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells were poised to be the receiving and blocking options at that position for the upcoming season, but it was Will Tye who stood out.

Also in camp were three undrafted free agents -- Jerome Cunningham, a holdover out of Southern Connecticut State and and another Connecticut native, Tye from Stony Brook. and Illinois star Matt LaCosse. Cunningham made the Giants' 53-man roster while Tye and LaCosse were cut, ending up on the practice squad.

As the season progressed, Fells would be hospitalized with MRSA and eventually underwent ten surgeries on his foot in an effort to treat the infection. Donnell suffered a serious neck injury at midseason. Both players ended up on season-ending injured reserve, leaving the Giants with the unproven trio at tight end.

Tags: Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants tight end Ryan Malleck catches a pass during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants tight end Ryan Malleck catches a pass during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants will conduct their three-day mandatory minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center beginning today through Thursday.

Teams are allowed two practices totaling 3 1/2 hours on the field per day with the second practice limited to walk through activities only. The Giants had a very high attendance percentage during their organized team activities, so this week will not reveal much as no live contact is permitted. Only 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

After they break camp on Thursday, the Giants will not reconvene as a team until training camp opens on July 28.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Jasper Brinkley, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Matt LaCosse with the ball during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports Images)
Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Matt LaCosse with the ball during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports Images)

The tight end position has always been one of pride for the New York Giants throughout their history. Since George Young took over the franchise in 1979, the Giants have always sought -- and found -- superior talent at the position.

From Mark Bavaro and Zeke Mowatt to Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard, the Giants have gotten some memorable performances out of their tight ends over the years.

The past few seasons have been basically flat ones for the tight ends. Martellus Bennett showed some promise as a free agent signing in 2012, catching 55 passes with five touchdowns, but he left via free agency after one season. Since then, they've tried Brandon Myers, who also bolted, and Larry Donnell, the current starter.

Tags: Larry Donnell, Will Tye, 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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The Giants have tendered contracts to all six of their exclusive rights free agents, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today (Mar. 4).

The exclusive rights free agents are RB Orleans Darkwa, TE Jerome Cunningham, S Bennett Jackson, TE Will Tye, WR Myles White, and P Brad Wing.

Tags: Bennett Jackson, Brad Wing, Jerome Cunningham, Myles White, Orleans Darkwa, Will Tye

Ben McAdoo answers questions from media after being introduced as new head coach of New York Giants during press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center Auditorium. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)
Ben McAdoo answers questions from media after being introduced as new head coach of New York Giants during press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center Auditorium. (Noah K. Murray/USATSI)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo held his first staff meeting on Tuesday, even though by admission he has hired only "about half" of his staff to this point.

No announcments have been made as of yet, but it is being assumed Steve Spagnuolo will be the defensive coordinator and Mike Sullivan will lead the offense. It's looking like Tom Quinn will be staying on as special team coordinator as well.

From the New York Post:

Tags: Landon Collins, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants tight end Will Tye carries to ball to score a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye carries to ball to score a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

Giants tight end Will Tye and safety Landon Collins have been selected to the NFL All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America. Tye was an undrafted free agent signed out of Stony Brook, while Collins was the Giants' second-round pick in last year' s NFL Draft out of Alabama.

Tye did not make the team out of training camp, getting signed to the practice squad instead. He was activated when the Giants lost Daniel Fells to MRSA and then took over the receiving duties when Larry Donnell hurt his neck. In 13 games, Tye caught 42 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns.

The Giants traded up to the top of the second round with the Tennessee Titans to grab Collins, who became the first Giants' rookie to start all 16 games since Barry Cofield in 2006 and the first safety in franchise history to do so. Collins led the Giants with 112 tackles (84 solo) in 2015.

Tags: Landon Collins, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Every week, our game predictions are released on game day. That leaves Saturday for our bolder predictions.

The Giants snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 6-7 with a win Monday night in Miami, but remain stuck in a first-place tie with Washington and Philadelphia in a wild yet precarious NFC East.

Now, the Giants host the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, who have locked up their ticket to the playoffs and are aiming to improve to 14-0 on Sunday.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Tye, Sam Spiegelman
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning rolls out to throw a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning rolls out to throw a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)

The Giants' resiliency was tested on Monday night. They got down early against the Miami Dolphins and were forced to come back several times. Players were exhausted from the heat and humidity, and they picked one another up. Head coach Tom Coughlin was knocked off his feet on the sideline by a charging Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but got right up.

"Actually, it helped. It snapped my neck," Coughlin said after the game as per NJ.com. "It feels a whole hell of a lot better right now. Thanks for asking."

The team took on the personality of its head coach the rest of the way, getting up, dusting off and willing itself to a win over a Miami team that inexplicably wilted in their home environment. The Giants finally held on to a fourth-quarter lead and won a game they deserved to win for once.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Rueben Randle, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr runs untouched into the endzone for a Giants touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)
New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr runs untouched into the endzone for a Giants touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)

The New York Giants are a shell of the team that GM Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin thought would make a run at the NFC East title this past summer.

They needed every player left in uniform to give it everything they had to get past a sloppy Dolphins team Monday night in Miami with a 31-24 win. The Giants remain tied with the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East at 6-7.

Monday's win was one generated out of survival. The offensive line has been decimated by injuries and was hurting again last night, but they overcame the heat and humidity to get the better of the home team.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell catches the game winning touchdown in front of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants tight end Larry Donnell (neck) did not practice on Wednesday and will not play in this week's game against the New York Jets. Donnell last played in Week 8 at New Orleans and, although no one is saying it, he may be lost for the season.

An MRI performed on Donnell's neck last week came back positive. Positive for what was not revealed, but sources suspect he has a fracture in the neck that could put him out for the season.

"He's in the process of trying to get better," head coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about Donnell's status.

Tags: Jerome Cunningham, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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