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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) lines up against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) lines up against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams made only 20 tackles with the team in seven games after being acquired from the Jets in a trade on Oct. 28.

The Jets drafted him sixth overall in the 2015 NFL draft out of USC, but he's struggled in recent years after being named to the Pro Bowl in 2016. The 25-year-old is set to be a free agent, as the Giants have until March 18 to sign Williams to a contract extension.

Looking to get back to his Pro Bowl form, Williams recently sought out the help of former New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

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Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

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Dave Gettleman has steadfastly stood by the most controversial trade of his reign, insisting that sending two draft picks to the Jets for a two-month rental of Leonard Williams was smart because "the juice was worth the squeeze."

The truth, though, is that it remains to be seen just how good the juice actually was. And it all really depends on what happens over the next five weeks. Maybe the juice was worth it for the Giants if they re-sign the 25-year-old Williams to a reasonable contract between now and the start of free agency.

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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The last time the Giants had money to burn in free agency, they burned it at an unprecedented clip. They even managed to essentially buy their way into the playoffs, though that 2016 team was famously one-and-done.

The lesson, Giants co-owner John Mara said in a recent interview on WFAN, was "You can fix some holes pretty quickly (with free agency), but long-term I'm not sure that it really works."

In other words, don't expect the Giants to be big spenders when free agency opens on March 18, even though they'll have more than $60 million in salary cap space to spend. With Mara's endorsement, GM Dave Gettleman has taken a draft-centered approach to rebuilding the Giants (mostly). They'll dip into the free agent pool, to be sure, but it won't be a cannonball-type splash.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Sam Beal, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a banner year for the Jets in terms of the their rookie picks in 2019. 

Still, Pro Football Focus didn't rank the newest Jets players last season that badly, slotting the group in as the 20th best rookie class in the NFL last season. 

That ranked as the best rookie class in the AFC East, at least.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a banner year for the Jets in terms of the their rookie picks in 2019. 

Still, Pro Football Focus didn't rank the newest Jets players last season that badly, slotting the group in as the 20th best rookie class in the NFL last season. 

That ranked as the best rookie class in the AFC East, at least.

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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

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A.J. Epenesa (Kim Klement)

After having the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft in 2018 and 2019 and nabbing Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams, the Jets find themselves all the way down at No. 11 for the 2020 draft.

But there will still be plenty of elite players to choose from.

Here's how the latest mocks see things shaking out...

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Over the next week or so, we're going to take an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We begin today with a look at the third overall pick, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

When the Jets drafted Williams with the third pick in last April's draft, some questioned the wisdom in selecting yet another interior lineman.

The team was already slated to pay over $14 million to Leonard Williams who was playing out the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. In addition, they had already drafted two interior linemen in 2018 and given a decent-sized contract to Henry Anderson, so depth was not a concern.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It took two months for Giants GM Dave Gettleman to publicly defend his inexplicable trade for Leonard Williams.

Now that he has, it makes even less sense than it did before.

Not that Gettleman was swayed, of course. He stood strongly behind what so far is, unfortunately, his signature deal. Even with hindsight, he had no issue with sending two draft picks to the Jets for a two-month rental of a free-agent-to-be in the midst of a 4-12 season.

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Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Dave Gettleman was well aware of how angry fans were as the walls of the Giants franchise collapsed around him this season. He knew the outside world questioned his decisions. He could feel the heat in his office.

Yet he still refused to come out.

"I was feeling guilty about it," Gettleman said on Tuesday in his first press conference in more than five months. "I felt guilty that Pat (Shurmur) was up there taking the bullets."

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

General manager Dave Gettleman stands by the Giants' decision to trade for defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the Jets, although the late-October move did nothing to alter the team's contention for the playoffs.

The Giants gave the Jets a pair of NFL draft picks -- a 2020 third-rounder and a 2021 fifth-rounder -- for Williams, who had little impact on New York's defense in the second half of the 2019 season.

Speaking at Tuesday's end-of-year press conference, where he addressed his return and the Giants' decision to fire head coach Pat Shurmur after two years, Gettleman said that Williams was a move the general manager would do again.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) lines up against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) lines up against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

General manager Dave Gettleman stands by the Giants' decision to trade for defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the Jets, although the late-October move did nothing to alter the team's contention for the playoffs.

The Giants gave the Jets a pair of NFL draft picks -- a 2020 third-rounder and a 2021 fifth-rounder -- for Williams, who had little impact on New York's defense in the second half of the 2019 season.

Speaking at Tuesday's end-of-year press conference, where he addressed his return and the Giants' decision to fire head coach Pat Shurmur after two years, Gettleman said that Williams was a move the general manager would do again.

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur essentially arrived together two years ago to help rebuild the Giants. But only one of them is getting a chance to see that rebuilding project through.

While Shurmur was fired by the Giants on Monday morning, Gettleman will not suffer the same fate. Despite rampant speculation that he would be fired or step down, the 68-year-old general manager will remain in his position, the Giants announced, and as SNY reported on Sunday.

"Dave Gettleman is our general manager in 2020 and hopefully for many years after that," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "We believe he is the right person to lead us going forward."

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The Giants will have a ton of salary cap space this offseason to continue rebuilding their roster, but probably not many of their own players to spend it on. They are currently holding 15 players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents in March. Most of them aren't worth keeping.

Here's a look at those players, plus the Giants' three restricted free agents, and a few other players who could be - and perhaps should be - offseason salary cap cuts:

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Antoine Bethea, Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Eli Manning, Eli Penny, Golden Tate, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Michael Thomas, Mike Remmers, Russell Shepard, Scott Simonson, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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It took until the end of a dismal and disappointing season, but Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley reminded everyone why the Giants' future is bright.

Both players looked as good as they ever have as they put on dazzling displays in the Giants' wild, 41-35 overtime win over the Washington Redskins. Jones, the rookie quarterback who missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, completed 28-of-42 passes for a career-high 352 yards and a career-best five touchdowns. And Barkley, in by far the finest game of his young career, rushed 22 times for 189 yards and caught four passes for 90 yards and scored twice, too.

For Jones, it was his third game of the season with at least four touchdown passes and fourth game with at least four touchdowns overall. And Barkley set his career best with 279 total yards.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Rhett Ellison, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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In a game that meant a lot more to the Steelers than it did the Jets, it took the visitors a while to get going. Pittsburgh fell two scores behind early and, although they tied the game just before halftime, the Jets managed to shut them out after half time to hold on for a hard-fought 16-10 win.

The Jets were in control for most of the first half. They played the run well, generated pressure and intercepted two Devlin Hodges passes to knock him out of the game. However, Mason Rudolph came off the bench and gave the Steelers a spark, leading them to a field goal and then following that up with a late touchdown to tie the score.

Offensively, the Jets had put together a nice touchdown drive to start the game but then once again the offense faltered once they got through the scripted portion of the gameplan. Sam Darnold's fumble after the Jets reached midfield on an attempted two-minute drill would set up thetying score.

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The Jets may enter their matchup with the Steelers shorthanded on both sides of the ball, as the team released their final injury report before Sunday's game.

Demaryius Thomas and offensive lineman Tom Compton are listed as doubtful to play against Pittsburgh, while Jamal Adams, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Arthur Maulet, Brian Poole and Bilal Powell are questionable.

Thomas and Compton both did not participate in practice on Friday, and Adams and Williams were among a long list of players to practice in a limited role.

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Ahead of another matchup with an impressive defense, Adam Gase spoke about how Sam Darnold performed his last time out against the Ravens' stellar defense.

Darnold went 18-for-32 for 218 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Baltimore during Week 15's edition of Thursday night football, but the Ravens' offense was too much for the Jets to handle as they fell, 42-21.

The second-year quarterback connected with Jamison Crowder for both of his scores on the day, including a pinpoint pass that allowed Crowder to toe-tap in a touchdown on third and goal.

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As the Jets turn the page to Week 16 with Sunday's 1 p.m. home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York is hopeful for the return of two key players on defense.

After last Thursday's 42-21 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Adam Gase provided updates on safety Jamal Adams (ankle) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (neck).

The couple was set to headline limited participants in Wednesday's practice, while wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee) and right guard Tom Compton (calf) were held out. 

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The Jets, like most of the league this season, had a hard time stopping MVP-favorite Lamar Jackson last night in Baltimore and fell to the Ravens 42-21 on Thursday Night Football.

On Friday, coach Adam Gase spoke to the media over a conference call...

Here are four Takeaways from Gase's conference call

1) A video of Gase and Jets quarterback Sam Darnold arguing with each other on the sideline went viral after the game, especially since Darnold is known for typically being a level-headed guy, but Gase just said that actually the two were both agreeing on the same point.

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With the short week, Jets S Jamal Adams had a slim chance to play against the Ravens on Thursday Night Football, as he continues to rehab his ankle injury. 

The injury report on Wednesday confirmed that. 

Adams highlighted the report as a doubtful player with the Jets heading to Baltimore. He didn't participate in practice all week, and though he may not be completely ruled out, it's safe to say it's a longshot for the Pro Bowl safety to be on the M&T Bank Stadium turf in his pads. 

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jamal Adams reacts after the New York Jets intercepted a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jamal Adams reacts after the New York Jets intercepted a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Decimated by injuries all season long, Week 15 is no different for the Jets.

New York released its final injury report of the week Wednesday as it prepares for Thursday's 8:20 p.m. game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Among the updates, Jamal Adams is doubtful, which leaves the third-year safety set to miss his second straight game as he nurses a sprained left ankle from Dec. 1.

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After squeaking out a 21-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a laundry list of injuries as long as the list of field goals attempted in their recent victory. 

The Jets had Monday off from practice, but had they took the field, Gase said eight players would've missed the session. 

Those include safety Jamal Adams (ankle), defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (stinger), cornerback Brian Poole (concussion), tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/ knee), running back Bilal Powell (ankle), offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (ankle), and cornerback Arthur Maulet (ankle). 

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants traded valuable assets for pending free agent Leonard Williams earlier this season with the idea that they would extend him. But Williams recently said that testing the free agent market is "definitely a logical possibility."

While the Giants have an exclusive window with Williams before other teams can negotiate with him, his return is not certain. And he has his eye on a big payday.

"I definitely think I'm a top-tier interior defensive lineman, in that top percentage of the d-linemen," Williams told Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I wouldn't say Aaron Donald [level]. But I would definitely put myself up there with a lot of those other top guys."

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PHILADELPHIA - Eli Manning has built his career on storybook endings. But he couldn't do it one more time.

After 11 weeks of standing on the sidelines watching his successor in his old job, the 38-year-old Manning showed everyone on Monday night that there's still at least a little life left in his right arm - but just not nearly enough to give the Giants a much-needed victory. After a red-hot first half he cooled down considerably in the second.

That opened the door for the Eagles to rally from a 14-point halftime deficit and send the game into overtime. And when Carson Wentz hit Zach Ertz with a two-yard touchdown pass at the end of their first possession, the Eagles had a 23-17 win.

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Saquon Barkley put a ridiculous spin move on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the second quarter, and then nearly spun out of another tackle on the same play. It was a violent move that sure seemed to prove he wasn't still bothered by his ankle injury.

So if that's not it: What in the world is wrong with Saquon Barkley?

That question has to be asked after he had another low-impact performance in the Giants' ugly, 19-14 loss in Chicago. He gained just 59 yards on 17 carries - 22 of which came on one fourth quarter run. Coupled with his disaster against the Jets (13 carries, one yard) he now has just 60 rushing yards on 30 carries in the last two games.

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The saddest thing about the current state of the Jets is that this was supposed to be the year they arrived. After nine years of waiting for a playoff game, after enduring three years of rebuilding under ex-GM Mike Maccagnan, it was all supposed to come together in 2019.

Not only didn't that happen, but now the Jets appear to be on the brink of a rebuilding project again.

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The Giants haven't led the NFL in much recently, but they had a big lead in one category through the end of October. No team played rookies more often than they did. And they led in that category by about 500 total snaps.

That only counted rookies, like quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, linebacker Oshane Ximines and corners Corey Ballentine and DeAndre Baker. It didn't count all their second-year pros like guard Will Hernandez, running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end B.J. Hill, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and cornerbacks Grant Haley and now Sam Beal.

The point is, the Giants are young. Very, very young. And that might be the biggest reason to be optimistic about their future, and to believe that GM Dave Gettleman could have them on the right path.

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Leonard Williams has been a Giant for just over a week, but he's already getting set to face his former squad.

The former sixth overall pick of the Jets in the 2015 draft will suit up for his second game as a member of Big Blue on Sunday, with his former Jets teammates and coaches on the other sideline.

Speaking to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Williams explained that he's feeling more excitement than anything else when it comes to playing his former team.

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Giants and Jets are a combined 3-14, one year after going a combined 9-23, one year after going a combined 8-24. That's a 20-61 record over the last 2 ½ seasons, for a "winning" percentage of .246.

So no, the Giants and Jets don't match up particularly well with the rest of the professional football world right now. But how do they match up with each other?

In advance of their big showdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands, let's take a look:

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Giants and Jets are a combined 3-14, one year after going a combined 9-23, one year after going a combined 8-24. That's a 20-61 record over the last 2 ½ seasons, for a "winning" percentage of .246.

So no, the Giants and Jets don't match up particularly well with the rest of the professional football world right now. But how do they match up with each other?

In advance of their big showdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands, let's take a look:

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Leonard Williams will make his Giants debut on the biggest of stages: a Monday Night Football game against the team's biggest rival in the Dallas Cowboys. 

The Giants, who gave up a third-round pick and fifth-rounder (can turn into a fourth if they extend him), are hoping to find some untapped potential in the 25-year-old Williams. That's exactly why GM Dave Gettleman sparked a trade with the Jets, and they're optimistic enough to reportedly begin contract extension talks before Thanksgiving. 

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Williams obviously wants to start this next chapter in his career on a high note, and to get on Giants fans' good side, there's no better matchup for him than the one he'll see Monday night. 

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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The Jets' fanbase is furious, if not outright disgusted. The frustration is building inside the Jets organization, too. They are now 1-7 in what they thought would be their first playoff season in nearly a decade, and they just lost to a team that might very well be trying to lose.

Given all those extremes, it's impossible to say for sure that Adam Gase won't be one-and-done as the Jets' head coach. When the losses pile up, fans revolt, and the wheels begin to come off, anything is possible.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets had received interest from at least one team leading up to this past Tuesday's trade deadline for rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.

Williams was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, after playing two seasons at Alabama. He was a unanimous first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC during his redshirt sophomore season, and even won the Outland Trophy -- which is awarded to the nation's best interior lineman.

"At least one team kept coming at the Jets, refusing to take no for an answer and offering a blockbluster package of picks that it thought New York could not turn down," Schefter said.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

It's no secret that the Giants traded for DL Leonard Williams with the intentions to sign him to an extension, with his rookie contract up at the end of the season. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano originally reported that fact last week when the deal went down, saying the team had an exclusive 4 1/2-month negotiating window to talk.

And it looks like they're getting started right away. 

Williams has yet to take a snap in the blue and white, yet the Giants will be starting extension talks before Thanksgiving, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

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After trading for defensive lineman Leonard Williams prior to Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, the question on the minds of Giants fans remains: Will he stay with Big Blue after the eight games remaining this season?

In an interview posted on Giants.com Friday, general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed that the team would certainly like that to be the case.

"We gave up a [third-round pick] and a [fifth-round pick]" Gettleman said. "Our goal is to sign him long-term. He's only 25 years old. And obviously talented. He's a piece you can build around."

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
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While the rumored total firesale never materialized on trade deadline day, the Jets made one move, dealing defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for two 2020 picks. Let's consider how they might look to replace his contributions within the defense.

Williams' statistical production has been widely criticized this season. Through seven games, he had just eight solo tackles with no sacks or tackles for loss. However, the Jets coaches had repeatedly praised his disruptiveness and given him credit for contributing to some of their successes on the defensive side of the ball. Of course, this may have been an effort to keep his trade value up, though.

Although the Jets lost six of their first seven before dealing Williams, they've quietly played at a high level against the run, holding their opponents to just 3.3 yards per carry; the second-lowest mark in the NFL. With Williams penetrating, occupying blockers and taking on double-teams, other players have been able to make plays. However, as we wrote in the run-up to the deadline, Williams wasn't being paid over $14 million this season just to occupy blocks.

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Oct 27, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls out a play to his team during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls out a play to his team during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

After the NFL trade deadline came and went Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the Giants' move -- or lack thereof -- showed that the team has not given up on the 2019 campaign.

As the Giants (2-6) enter the second half of the regular season's slate -- starting Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, against the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (4-3) -- they do so with their roster seemingly rejuvenated.

The Giants traded Tuesday for Jets fifth-year defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who hit the ground running with the team Wednesday, looking to bolster the trenches and patch up an area of needed improvement on a struggling defense.

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The Giants didn't trade for Leonard Williams to not sign him.

That was the answer head coach Pat Shurmur had, to a degree, Wednesday when asked about the Giants' latest move.

After the Giants traded for the Jets' fifth-year defensive lineman Tuesday, Shurmur looked forward to getting Williams involved for the second half of the 2019 season, with the future in mind as well.

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The Giants traded with the Jets for pending free agent Leonard Williams with an eye on locking him up long-term. And Williams said Wednesday that it's something he's open to -- even if the Giants want to explore it before the season ends.

"There hasn't been any talk yet, but I'm assuming that's something that is gonna be talked about soon or at the end of the season," Williams said after his first practice as a Giant. "They knew that it was my contract year. Everyone pretty much knows it. But at the same time, I still have stuff to prove to this team as well."

"I'd definitely be open to it if it comes up," Williams said about getting something done before the end of the season.

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Adam Gase
Adam Gase

It was a crazy 48 hours leading up to the NFL trade deadline for the Jets, but the end result had many names floated on the trade market staying in the green and white for the rest of the season. Only Leonard Williams was traded away to the Giants in exchange for some draft capital. 

Players like Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, and Robby Anderson were reportedly names the Jets were taking calls on, with the most traction around Adams. But now that it's over, the Jets have to get their focus back on the Dolphins this week. 

And that's exactly what head coach Adam Gase wants to do. The other stuff that transpired will be handled inside One Jets Drive.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Joe Douglas had a pretty uneventful trading deadline day. After all, he didn't do anything. His big move - the Leonard Williams trade - came the day before.

That should've been the story, and it would've been the story, except for one important thing: Douglas made it clear that he was willing to listen to anyone about almost everyone. If the phone rang, he was going to answer it. If someone had an offer to make, he would listen, just in case it was an offer he couldn't refuse.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Joe Douglas had a pretty uneventful trading deadline day. After all, he didn't do anything. His big move - the Leonard Williams trade - came the day before.

That should've been the story, and it would've been the story, except for one important thing: Douglas made it clear that he was willing to listen to anyone about almost everyone. If the phone rang, he was going to answer it. If someone had an offer to make, he would listen, just in case it was an offer he couldn't refuse.

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The Giants have officially announced the trade with the Jets to acquire DL Leonard Williams, with the NFL trade deadline passing. 

The terms of the deal were Williams in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-rounder that could become a fourth-round selection if the Giants sign him to an extension. 

"I'm just ready to bring some toughness, some pass rush, some run stop, everything," Williams told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "Being a good teammate to the guys, being a good guy in the building on and off the field, just know that I am going to give it my all every day."

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants linebacker Tae Davis (58) takes a knee before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants linebacker Tae Davis (58) takes a knee before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

The Giants have released LB Tae Davis from the roster in order to make room for Leonard Williams.

Davis was in the midst of the second year of his three-year contract, but was slowly seeing his snap count diminish over the duration of the season despite being a starter in Week 1 for the Giants. Davis was inactive for the Giants in four of the last five games.

The second-year man out of Chattanooga played in a total of 18 games for the Giants--starting five of them.

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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The Jets may have gotten a jump on the trading deadline by shipping Leonard Williams to the Giants on Monday. But it's clear now that was only the beginning.

The Jets were holding what sure looked like a firesale in the hours leading up to the trading deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with almost everyone on their roster up for grabs, according to multiple sources.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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The Jets may have gotten a jump on the trading deadline by shipping Leonard Williams to the Giants on Monday. But it's clear now that was only the beginning.

The Jets were holding what sure looked like a firesale in the hours leading up to the trading deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with almost everyone on their roster up for grabs, according to multiple sources.

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

New Giant and former Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams went to Instagram Monday night to thank the team that drafted him with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

"I wanted to take the time to thank the whole @nyjets organization for drafting me and first giving me the opportunity into the NFL! It's been a pleasure playing here over the last few years through all the ups and downs and will never forget the memories and experiences Shared with my teammates and coaches!
Now moving onto the next chapter of my life I want to thank the @nygiants for giving me the opportunity to continue my professional career in the big apple #LFG #GMEN," Williams said.

Williams was traded to the Giants Monday for a 2020 third round pick and a 2021 fifth round pick--which can become a fourth round pick for the Jets if the Giants are able to sign Williams to a long term deal this offseason, when Williams is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. 

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

New Giant and former Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams went to Instagram Monday night to thank the team that drafted him with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

"I wanted to take the time to thank the whole @nyjets organization for drafting me and first giving me the opportunity into the NFL! It's been a pleasure playing here over the last few years through all the ups and downs and will never forget the memories and experiences Shared with my teammates and coaches!
Now moving onto the next chapter of my life I want to thank the @nygiants for giving me the opportunity to continue my professional career in the big apple #LFG #GMEN," Williams said.

Williams was traded to the Giants Monday for a 2020 third round pick and a 2021 fifth round pick--which can become a fourth round pick for the Jets if the Giants are able to sign Williams to a long term deal this offseason, when Williams is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. 

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) celebrates a sack against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) celebrates a sack against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants have added more help in the trenches, trading for Jets DL Leonard Williams in the first deal between the rival franchise since 1983. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has now added a former first-round pick (sixth overall to the Jets in 2015) to his defensive line, but the trade hasn't been welcomed as you'd think based off that statement. Williams' production with the Jets isn't what many expected over his first few NFL seasons. 

That is mainly due to the lack of sacks Williams has put up in 71 career games. After totaling 20 sacks in three college seasons, Williams only has 17 total sacks. He has also yet to total one this year despite defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme being a hyperactive one that was supposed to unleash the 25-year-old. 

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