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Sun 9/09    JacksonvilleL 20-15 Mon 11/12at San Francisco8:15 PM
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2018 NFL Draft - New York Giants - Player Bio, Grade, and Analysis
1Round 1 - 2nd pick (2)Saquon BarkleyRB
2Round 2 - 2nd pick (34)Will HernandezG
3Round 3 - 2nd pick (66)Lorenzo CarterLB
4Round 3 - 5th pick (69)B.J. HillDT
5Round 4 - 8th pick (108)Kyle LaulettaQB
6Round 5 - 2nd pick (139)RJ McIntoshDT
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Sept 21 It doesn't get any easier now for Giants' embattled offensive line. John Greco, who'll start his first game for the Giants at center on Sunday replacing the injured Jon Halapio, understands the caldron he's entering.

Despite the fact that the Giants possess one of the most dynamic collections of skill players in the league, the offense ranks in the bottom-five in scoring heading into Sunday's Week 3 showdown between 0-2 teams in Houston against the Texans.

Close. That's the word that has been bandied about for most of the past two weeks as the Giants have slipped to 0-2 and have struggled to score points. They're close to winning, close to connecting, close to turning this around they say. They're also close to football oblivion.

Sept 20 Giants could be without two key defensive starters. Eli Apple's injured groin hasn't improved since Sunday and Olivier Vernon's high ankle sprain doesn't seem to be making much progress, either.

John Greco takes over at center for Giants after Jon Halapio's injury. A year ago, John Greco this week was at home wondering if his NFL career was over. He'd been released by the Browns after training camp and was coming to peace with the possibility of involuntary retirement while waiting to see if any teams would call. On Sunday, he'll be starting at center for the Giants.

The Giants released fullback Shane Smith on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after signing Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Smith struggled with blocking assignments against the Dallas Cowboys, in a game Sunday night that saw quarterback Eli Manning sacked six times and hit eight more during a 20-13 loss that was never really that close.

Sept 19 Pat Shurmur did not create this Giants mess, but he must fix it. The offensive line woes are new to Shurmur but painfully familiar to those inside the building and the paying customers.
One move cannot fix what ails the Giants' offense. One small one was made Tuesday, as fullback Elijhaa Penny was signed off the Cardinals practice squad. Fullbacks are not an integral part of Pat Shurmur's offensive system, used mostly as an extra blocker in the backfield, and also as special teams contributors.
Both of the Giants' games have been within reach in the fourth quarter and both have been decided by one score. That can create a dangerous imbalance in the locker room where the defense may grow frustrated by the offense.

Sept 18 The Giants are ruining what's left of Eli Manning. The whole idea, the Big Blueprint from the very top of the franchise, was to win now with Eli Manning. It was an organizational strategy steeped in romance and nostalgia and more than hope: Shore up the offensive line, get your 37-year-old quarterback a generational running back, and worry about securing your young franchise quarterback, your Next Eli Manning, sometime in the future.

After the Giants struggled to pick up blitzes and stunts and it resulted in six sacks of quarterback Eli Manning and a 20-13 loss to the Cowboys, the first-year head coach was grilled on his offense's ugly numbers during an 0-2 start. The Giants have two touchdowns on 22 offensive possessions.

Eli Manning, Pat Shurmur: These are not last year's Giants The Giants coach says the focus is on getting the starters to improve, not on looking for replacements. In many ways, it was as if last year's 3-13 record simply carried over to this season. The problem wasn't only that the Giants were 0-2 again, but that to fans, it felt a whole lot like 3-15.

Sept 17 Prescott, Dallas D lead Cowboys to 20-13 win over Giants.
Giants' season already on the brink as offensive line struggles ... Again.
Eli Manning's offense is a Giant mess in loss to Cowboys.
Changes? What changes? Same old Giants blitzed for 6 sacks, generate no run game.
Giants offense implodes in disastrous loss to Cowboys.
Giants report card: There's enough blame to go around.
Helpless Eli Manning in middle of Giants' backfiring vision.
When will Odell Beckham Jr. start earning that Giant contract?.
Giants' offense flops vs. Cowboys as Big Blue drops to 0-2.
Big Blue in big trouble after delivering a dud in Dallas.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott hurts Giants with his arm, and legs, in win in Dallas.
Odell Beckham Jr. is made an afterthought by Cowboys' defense.
Eli Manning's and Giants' offensive futility is unacceptable.
No panic yet, but Giants know they must rebound from 0-2 start.
Dallas Cowboys 20 - New York Giants 13.

Giants (0-1) vs Cowboys (0-1) Game Preview
In their season opener the Cowboys were unable to put points on the board until the fourth quarter was closing in on the halfway mark. The Cowboys trailed for the entire game and ended up with a 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants opened at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Any thoughts the fans had of seeing an explosive offense were squashed, as the Jaguars top defense played as well as they did last year. The Giants lost to the Jaguars with a 20-15 score.
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Sept 16 It might be time for the Giants to go from trip to chip. One week after a tripping penalty against right tackle Ereck Flowers on the first play of the season set the tone for an ugly offensive line performance, the Giants could have to fall back today on chip-blocking Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence so he doesn't wreck the game.

The Giants are better than the Cowboys. This is a Cowboys team built with a low ceiling on its 2018 season, with an incomprehensibly anonymous skill position group assembled by Jerry Jones that affords little help to young quarterback Dak Prescott, who is not going to beat the Giants by himself.

Deal with Ezekiel Elliott on the ground and contain Dak Prescott's legs on designed and impromptu scrambles. Those are the Giants' marching orders on defense. They do not believe Prescott can beat them if he is forced to throw it 30-plus times, targeting Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams and the pesky Cole Beasley, a slot receiver pest, meaning nickel back BW. Webb is on the hot seat.

The Giants and Cowboys both lost their opening contests, meaning that (barring a tie) the loser of Sunday's clash of division rivals will have a miniscule chance of making the playoffs. Since 1990 there have been 231 teams that started a season 0-2. Only 28 of them, or 12 percent, have advanced to the postseason.

It is right there, on the highlight film, and will remain there in perpetuity. Whenever anyone views Saquon Barkley's first NFL touchdown, they will see Sterling Shepard leading the way with his lingering downfield block of Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye.

Sept 15 Odell Beckham Jr. said the Giants have a "one-play-away offense." Meaning that wherever they are on the field, wherever they are in the game, they can reach the end zone.

The film was familiar, yet foreign. There were routes Alec Ogletree remembered. There were schemes he had seen. It was the fourth time Ogletree had prepared to face the Cowboys. But it was the first time in eight years the Giants linebacker had seen Dallas' offense operating without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

Jerry Jones still trusts Dak Prescott. The heat is on Dak Prescott to bring the Cowboys back from the dead Sunday night against the Giants, but the quarterback was given a vote of confidence - for this season and beyond - from the most important voice in the organization.

Sept 14 Dak Prescott had two words for Landon Collins. "Challenge accepted." Actually he had four words since he said it twice. But the meaning was certainly clear.
Prescott had already been itching to get back on the field Sunday after a disappointing season opener, but Collins served up an extra bit of motivation.

Odell Beckham Jr. has his huge contract. He has his health and his speed back after undergoing ankle surgery last October. He has his production, having caught 11 passes for 111 yards in the opener and contributing even more yardage on plays when the Jaguars were penalized trying to cover him.
Continuing with the Cowboys on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas, opponents will give a little and play some Hold-ell Beckham if the alternative is watching the blond-haired dynamo erupt and rejoice in jubilation as only he can. "They don't like that," Beckham said.

Sept 13 If Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Jalen Ramsey commanded the spotlight last week, the showdown of star running backs Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott will take center stage when the Giants and Cowboys meet in prime time Sunday.
Rarely does a game contain such singular focus on one individual as the way the Giants' defense is fixated on Ezekiel Elliott. There are, of course, other players of concern for the Giants to consider, but this version of the Cowboys offense seems to be more of a one-man band than any other.
If the Dallas Cowboys offense seemed to funnel through Ezekiel Elliott the last two seasons, the Giants say that it pales in comparison to the running back's role in 2018. "Zeke's the guy," Giants safety Landon Collins said prior to Wednesday's practice. "He's the guy."

Sept 12 Giants hopeful Olivier Vernon can play Sunday vs. Cowboys. The Giants used rookie Lorenzo Carter and Connor Barwin to replace Vernon in the 20-15 loss to the Jaguars. Shurmur said he thought the Giants' pass rush was "pretty good." The Giants had one sack in the game.

Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars brought out the worst in the Giants' offensive line, and exposed some of the team's weaknesses that head coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the staff must correct in short-order leading up to Sunday night's nationally televised game in Dallas.

Giants cornerback Eli Apple truly began to make his way back from his disastrous 2017 season. There were no major highlights, just quality and consistency across the board in a 20-15 loss to the Jaguars, no small feat considering the lack of depth in the Giants' secondary.against the Cowboys.

Sept 11 Giants and Cowboys face much more than a rivalry game. These ancient rivals will gather at Jerry's World with matching 0-1 records. Given the schedules facing both teams, it makes getting square next Sunday night almost an imperative.

Giants need to get Ereck Flowers and the offensive line fixed, or it will be another long season. Manning was under fairly consistent duress against one of the NFL's best defenses, and while there were some positive moments, there was enough offensive line ineptitude to bear out the concerns heading into the season.

The Giants should improve simply by virtue of having played a game. This is still a team with a new coaching staff teaching a 53-man roster with 30 new players, who are in turn still learning new offensive, defensive and special teams systems. It can take a game for it to become a smooth-running operation.

Sept 10 Giants lose to the Jaguars 20-15
On the game. Game 1
Gamegirl ..."Today the Giants got off to a poor start. They let the Jaguars move the ball and score a field goal on the opening drive. Then when they got the ball it was 3-and-out, but not without some drama..."
Mikefan ..."So some pieces came together today, and some pieces are still broken from last year. Let's hope Pat Shurmur can glue things together before next week's game in Dallas..."

Odell Beckham is back! So are Giants' familiar problems in 20-15 loss to Jaguars.
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Giants' Kaelin Clay on game-sealing fumble: 'A misjudgement'.
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Giants defense sees evidence it's all coming together.
The same problems are haunting the Giants.
The Giants' most frustrating player got exposed - again.
Giants report card: The high-powered offense wasn't.
Positive takeaways for Giants despite season-opening loss.
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Saquon Barkley has long run in debut, but Giants come up short in opener.
Odell Beckham Jr. shows why he was worth the wait - and the money.
In Giants loss, Saquon Barkley provides glimmer of hope.
5 Glaring concerns from 2017 season carry over into Giants' Week 1 loss to Jaguars.
Jacksonville Jaguars 20 - New York Giants 15.
Jaguars wide receivers seeking improvement after Sunday's performance vs. Giants.

Giants (0-0) vs Jaguars (0-0) Game Preview
The Jaguars are the defending AFC South champions. They finished 10-6 and won their division for the first time since 1999. The Tom Coughlin influence was certainly felt after he became the executive vice president of football operations last year. They hadn't won more than 5 games since 2010, but managed to win two playoff games and fell just short of going to the Super Bowl. The Jaguars season finally came to an end with a 24-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game.
The Giants are coming off a disastrous 3-13 season. They started off losing five games before traveling to Denver to surprise the Broncos with a 23-10 win. The Giants took three more losses before notching their first home game win against the Kansas City Chiefs with a 12-9 overtime score. Following that, a five game losing streak included Eli Manning's consecutive starting streak being broken, and the head coach and general manager being released. Steve Spagnuolo acted as interim head coach and the team managed to close out the season with a 18-10 home win over the Washington Redskins.

Sept 9 Possibly the largest disagreements about any NFL team in preseason punditry involve the Giants. Eli Manning and company open their season Sunday at home against the Jaguars.

Tom Coughlin has since moved on from that time he "stepped down" from the Giants' head coaching job, even though he was forced out the door by the team's co-owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch. But if it were up to him, he'd still be coaching the team in blue at MetLife Stadium.

Sept 8 If the Giants are able to run the ball on Jacksonville's stout defense Sunday, in the words of one Giants player Friday, "it's over with." If the offensive line cannot win its battle with the Jaguars' formidable front, however, it will be a long day for Saquon Barkley and Big Blue's offense in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium.

After spending months installing and practicing their new defense, the Giants will waste no time getting to see how it holds up. Leonard Fournette is knocking. The Giants will get an immediate gut check in Sunday's season opener when Fournette - who shouldered the Jaguars' top-ranked rushing offense last year all the way to the AFC Championship - comes to MetLife Stadium.

Sept 7 Eli Manning's Giants season of redemption begins against Coughlin. They were The Odd Couple, peas in a Big Blue pod, the General Pattonesque coach and the easy-like-Sunday-morning gentleman quarterback, as Tom Coughlin will be peering down from the press box at his Jaguars, Eli Manning will try to turn back the clock, to a time when no one worried that he was 37 years old.

Saquon Barkley only logged five carries during the Giants' preseason, busting one 39 yards in his debut against the Cleveland Browns, which has caused quite a dilemma for the Jaguars defense ahead of Sunday's season opener.

The chances of Olivier Vernon being able to play in the season opener are dwindling each day he misses practice, which he did again Thursday. So, look for veteran newcomer Connor Barwin and rookie Lorenzo Carter to pick up the slack at outside linebacker for the Giants against the Jaguars.

Sept 6 There is no reason to believe the 2018 Giants will be a great team, and perhaps they will not even be a very good one, but they figure to light it up some days and nights, and that will be worth the price of admission.
Kurt Warner wanted to pick the Giants to win the NFC East Division this season. But every time the Hall of Fame quarterback tried, the same thing kept stopping him. The schedule. "Gosh, their first eight games are just brutal," Warner told NJ Advance Media at a season preview event with NFL Network analysts.

Back in April, the Giants chose Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft despite the opportunity to take a potential successor for 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning, one year after the Jaguars stuck by inconsistent signal caller Blake Bortles and took Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017.
Eli Manning has finally done his research. The Giants' two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback not only knows of Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is, but he was able to offer a scouting report when asked by reporters at his locker Wednesday.

As Odell Beckham Jr. prepares to face an outspoken cornerback who loves to taunt opponents on the field and through the media, the Giants' receiver insists he won't make the same mistake twice. No, Beckham vs. Jalen Ramsey will not turn into another Beckham-Josh Norman fiasco.

Tight end Evan Engram was a full participant in Wednesday's workout, having been cleared from the concussion protocol, with no indication that he'll be anything but available for Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.

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Tiki Barber will get a firsthand view of the new-look Giants on Sunday as he handles sideline duties for Fox at MetLife Stadium with his brother Ronde and Kenny Albert in the booth.

Sept 5 Special Report - Now that the Giants have turned in a so-called final 53-man roster, then tweaked it afterward in an effort to build a Week 1 depth chart, we have to look at the surprise picks, the unclear motives and the personnel strategies employed by general manager Dave Gettleman, head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff.
First, though, a moment captured in time that should be known by all. There was Alex Tanney, young but still six years removed from his college days, sitting at the locker after the Giants' final preseason game, talking about how he planned to spend the weekend of final cuts.

Davis Webb got a new job Tuesday, and he did not even have to look for a new place to live. The Jets signed the former Giants quarterback to their practice squad two days after Big Blue shockingly cut him. Webb signed with the Jets in the morning and was on the practice field a few hours later.

Giants 2018 game-by-game predictions: Will they catch Eagles in NFC East? After decades in the NFL, Giants co-owner John Mara had an important lesson reinforced last season. You never know.

Sept 4 Waiver players try to adjust quickly to new home with the Giants. Six players claimed this weekend have to learn all about the team and the facility with six days left until the opener.
Will the additions of Saquon Barkley and several starters at key positions lead the Giants back to the postseason for the first time since 2016, or is this destined to be a rebuilding year for a team that failed to meet sky-high expectations last season?

Davis Webb, the one-time heir apparent at quarterback to New York Giants veteran Eli Manning, is now looking for an NFL job. This preseason, the 23-year-old Webb completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 283 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Pat Shurmur gave the most direct and blunt answer he could when he was asked why Davis Webb was cut by the Giants. He just wasn't good enough. "I feel like they are better choices for us now," Shurmur said of the two backup quarterbacks the Giants did keep on their roster, Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta.
But the spot might not be Tanney's just yet. The Giants are bringing in Matt McGloin for a workout, according to NFL Network. McGloin, who played in 13 games with seven starts from 2013-16 with the Raiders, was just released by the Chiefs.

Sept 3 Why the Giants parted ways with Davis Webb, once viewed as possible Eli Manning successor. On a wild Sunday, Webb was the headline, but there were others, including the release of former starting guard John Jerry, who was relegated to backup duty.
What transpired Sunday with the Giants, Davis Webb and several other players is a lesson on what happens when a new regime takes over. That regime wants its own players and is loyal to its own players.

Giants go crazy on waiver wire after roster purge. They owned the No. 2 waiver priority, behind only the Browns, based on their 3-13 record last season, and made use of that lofty position by putting in six claims. They were awarded all six players. Only the Browns, with seven claims, were awarded more players on a busy day of transactions.

Team leader Mark Herzlich a most unkind Giants cut Inspirational linebacker was Big Blue's third-longest-tenured player behind Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie.

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Mark Herzlich's long Giants tenure comes to an end. In 88 career games with the Giants, Herzlich recorded 173 tackles, seven stuffs, one sack, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Sept 2 Davis Webb's Giants future in doubt as Big Blue keeps 4 QBs with roster in flux; Mark Herzlich cut. The Giants are believed to have gauged the trade market for backup QB Davis Webb, according to sources.
Webb would seem to be the most likely to go. He's the only one of the three backups who is a leftover from the previous regime, a player Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman inherited and did not select.

New York Giants announce 53-man roster. The roster will continue to evolve, and almost certainly before the Giants open their season. Because of their 3-13 finish in 2017, they are second in line behind the Cleveland Browns in claiming players who are waived by other teams.

NFL roster cuts: 15 players Giants could target immediately on waivers, free agency. NFL teams have until noon Sunday to put in a waiver claim, and players will be awarded at 4 p.m. The Giants hold the No. 2 waiver priority - just like the original 2018 NFL Draft order - so they will get at least one of their top choices.

Sept 1 Eli Manning and the Giants already preparing for Jaguars. Manning admitted he has been looking at the Jacksonville defense "the last couple of days," watching film of the Jaguars from this summer and last season. This is not a familiar foe for Manning or the Giants.

After Eli Manning, the Giants' QB depth chart is up in the air Coach Pat Shurmur has been vague about the depth chart behind Manning all summer. There is a good chance that, after the Giants trim their roster to 53 players, they'll have only one quarterback who has ever taken a regular-season snap.

Aug 31 New England Patriots 17 - New York Giants 12.
Giants give third-string QB a long look with mixed results.
Donte Deayon makes his case for Giants roster with two interceptions.
Instant Analysis: Final auditions as starters sit.
Etling TD pass, run lead Pats over Giants to end preseason.

Aug 30 The practices during training camp are all important. The preseason games are more important, which is why Thursday night's finale against the Patriots at MetLife Stadium is the last chance for several players to prove they belong on the Giants' roster.
Davis Webb was hopped up a few weeks ago when he played his first game in almost a full year. Imagine how he'll feel when he plays what might be his last game for another full year. Webb isn't thinking about that (he says) as he and the Giants approach Thursday night's preseason finale against the Patriots.

Nate Solder didn't just join a new team this year when he left the Patriots and signed with the Giants in March. He began a new relationship. "Having Nate there for as long as I did, someone I could always count on, rely on, depend on, he was so consistent day to day," Tom Brady said last week on WEEI. The Patriots made him a first-round pick in 2011, he started 95 games over seven seasons as Brady's blind-side protector, and he appeared in four Super Bowls, winning two.

Aug 29 This is an important game for Davis Webb. In his final opportunity to showcase how the Giants would handle the ever-durable Eli Manning finally breaking down at age 37, Webb said he expects to show management - which didn't draft him - that he can be trusted.

Odell Beckham Jr. wants his legacy to be defined by more than the impressive numbers for which he is responsible in the NFL thus far. At 25, Beckham has earned mention among the league's best wide receivers. And at his best, it's debatable as to whether there is an equal to his combination of flair and productivity.

Can Giants afford Eli Manning in 2019 salary cap after paying Odell Beckham? Timeline for tough decision just sped up. The strategy for winning while fitting 53 players under the NFL salary cap is to only have one or two salary cap hits at or above the $17 million mark,. In 2019, the Giants are scheduled to have four: Manning ($23.2 million), Beckham ($21 million), linebacker Olivier Vernon ($19.5 million) and left tackle Nate Solder ($17 million).

Aug 28 Odell Beckham is now Giants' pride - and NFL's Public Enemy No. 1. And with his new five-year, $95 million deal - $65 million guaranteed - that makes him the highest-paid receiver in the game, a new responsibility will confront Beckham, as early as Week 1 against elite Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The fact that the Giants and Beckham were able to come to terms on a deal Monday ensured that the negotiations wouldn't linger over the start of the season on Sept. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. What are the salary cap implications of Beckham's deal?

While the record-setting deal raises the bar for future NFL receiver contracts, it also does something on a much deeper level: it proves that there is more than one way to get a new deal that doesn't include holding your breath until your face turns blue or taking your ball home out of frustration.
Beckham has been impressive on and off the field since training camp began July 25, making an impact with just how good he looks between the lines and how comfortable he appears despite the glaring spotlight that comes with his desire for a new long-term contract.

Aug 27 Eli Manning will never pick up the nickname "Crazy Legs," but he is going to have to move around more in coach Pat Shurmur's offense than he has in past systems.

To the naked eye, Saquon Barkley looked like, well, Saquon Barkley on Sunday. In the Giants' first practice since defeating the Jets in the third preseason game on Friday night, the second overall draft choice returned to team drills in the wake of tweaking his hamstring on Aug. 13.

The Giants unofficially named their starting center on Monday by trading away his backup and main competition for the job. Brett Jones, who had been getting second-team reps behind Jon Halapio all training camp but had played well in the recent preseason game against the Jets, was shipped to the Vikings in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.

Olivier Vernon, the Giants' top pass rusher, an elite run stuffer and one of their premier players, left Sunday's practice on a cart with a left ankle injury and didn't return.

Aug 26 For the Giants who are not already penciled in as starters or key reserves for the regular season, there is one more chance. The final chance to make a case begins with practice today and continues through Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.

Chief among the "unsettled" positions was finding a partner for two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. Coming out of Friday night, the Giants have a better idea after Curtis Riley made his second consecutive start.
Pat Shurmur hasn't yet called the battle in favor of Riley, but the job is his to lose entering the final week of training camp and Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.
Shurmur also noted that the hamstring injury suffered by Darian Thompson, Riley's primary competition at free safety, is "really lingering."

Giants receiver hopeful has one last chance to prove himself. Hunter Sharp said he planned to catch more than 200 passes Saturday, an off-day for the Giants.

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Aug 24 Don't expect a fiery pregame speech from Pat Shurmur in the Giants' locker room Friday night about the importance of beating the Jets.
Much is made about the third preseason game in the NFL. That goes double when it comes to Giants vs. Jets. Inside the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, though, Pat Shurmur simply sees it as another opportunity to get better and evaluate personnel.
The Giants play their annual MetLife Stadium Bowl against the Jets on Friday night, in Week 3 of the NFL preseason, with plenty at stake for players outside the starting lineup.

Friday night, the Giants reconnect with Sam Darnold, the player, after much analysis, they passed over as Eli Manning's successor. Instead, the Giants' new hierarchy recommitted to the 37-year-old Manning and gifted him a prize running back, Saquon Barkley, a selection with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft that allowed the Jets, gleefully, to grab Darnold.

Aug 23 The Giants appear to be easing Saquon Barkley back into the thick of things. In the non-padded practice, he participated in individual drills and took a few 7-on-7 reps.
The second overall draft pick has been sidelined since he tweaked his hamstring while stretching out for a long reception in practice on Monday, Aug. 13.

Can Saquon Barkley convince his Jets fan dad to be a Giants fan for a night? Alibay Barkley has no plans to change his NFL loyalties, at least not yet, and maybe never.
The Giants have largely downplayed the opponent in Friday's game, insisting they're just focused on their own team, but Landon Collins is looking forward to lining up across from Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold. Collins said he expects the Giants starters to play about three quarters.

Alec Ogletree is new to the Giants defense, but that doesn't mean he will stay quiet. The inside linebacker will be heard from plenty on a unit that hopes to be one of the best in the league.

Aug 22 Special Report - He was a breath of fresh air both on the field and off. He smiled more than most pro football players, he truly appeared to enjoy the game he was playing and the adulation he received, And now wide receiver Victor Cruz, a native of Paterson, N.J., has announced his formal retirement from the game and will immediately become part of the ESPN broadcasting team.

Eli Manning seems to be finding playing in the NFL at 37 years old easier than being in an NFL locker room at 37 years old. "There is a lot of dancing going on, which I find curious," Manning said of being a decade and a half older than some of his teammates. "I miss out on some of the music and stuff. Social media, some of the things they're on. But for the most part I can figure it out."
Manning admitted there are conversations around him in the locker room when he simply feels out of the pop culture loop. The Giants have two younger quarterbacks, Davis Webb (23) and Kyle Lauletta (22), who can help him stay fresh as he helps them learn to navigate the NFL. One thing that crosses generations? A need to keep working until getting things just right.

B.J. Goodson has yet to finish a season how he envisioned. His rookie season ended with him tallying just nine tackles in 15 games and primarily being utilized on special teams. Last season began with a promotion to starting middle linebacker and ended with Goodson on injured reserve.

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Victor Cruz left lasting impact on Giants. Cruz, who will become an NFL analyst for ESPN, played in only 70 regular-season games. But his 303 receptions place him 11th on the franchise list.

Aug 21 The growing pains of the New York Giants offensive line have been highly visible in recent days. There have been shaky moments throughout training camp, and part of the reason for that is Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher keeping his foot on the gas, no matter the drill.
There is no doubt this line is better than the putrid 2017 version, but upgrades come in degrees. In limited work in two preseason games, the run-blocking has been so-so and the pass blocking has been better than so-so.
One of the first things Pat Shurmur did when he became the Giants' coach was to reorganize the locker assignments and put all of the position groups together. That included, perhaps most importantly, the offensive linemen, who now sit together in the same area.
Head Coach Pat Shurmur is banking on Ereck Flowers and the rest of the line developing the requisite chemistry necessary to unlock the potential of one of the more dynamic collections of skill-position players in the league.

Aug 20 It seems as if Davis Webb has the job locked up as Eli Manning's backup, but the depth chart at quarterback isn't that clear for Giants first-year coach Pat Shurmur.
Pat Shurmur insisted Sunday that when it comes to the hierarchy at the most important position on the field, "We have Eli [Manning] and then there's really no depth chart there."

The Giants were back on the practice field for the first time since the team's win against Detroit on Friday night. Head Coach Pat Shurmur had them in shorts and scheduled a slightly shorter practice in overcast conditions.
With Saquon Barkley and Jalen Simmons sidelined, and Jonathan Stewart's practice legs under monitoring, the Giants came up with an unusual solution Sunday to their short-handedness at running back. Wide receiver Kalif Raymond.

Aug 19 Pat Shurmur's simple blueprint paying dividends for Giants. Shurmur said the Giants made a "boat load" of mistakes against the Lions. Whenever real adversity hit, they managed to weather it.

It is difficult not to focus on the inner-workings of an offense that has the potential to be highly-potent. Tucked into the first two preseason games is the less-heralded work of the Giants on defense.

Cornerback B.W. Webb 's addition didn't generate much buzz when the Giants signed him early in free agency, but he looks like the answer for addressing one of the team's biggest concerns.

If there were a Most Valuable Player trophy handed out by the NFL for preseason excellence, Kerry Wynn might already have a few on a shelf at home. There is a significant difference between his past summer performances and those like the show Wynn put on Friday night in the Giants' 30-17 preseason victory over the Lions at Ford Field.

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Aug 17 New York Giants at Detroit Lions: What to watch. Unlike last week, when the Giants didn't engage in game planning for the Cleveland Browns, this week, it sounds as though that is going to change, at least based on what some of the players have indicated.
With it appearing likely that neither Giants running back Saquon Barkley nor wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play against the Detroit Lions, the stage is set for several players to play extra and extra valuable snaps in Friday night's NFL preseason game.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury advice for Saquon Barkley: Take your time. On Friday night, Barkley will miss his first game with an injury since his freshman year at Penn State when an ankle kept him out of two contests.
When Giants co-owner John Mara decided to open contract negotiations with Odell Beckham, he pointed to how the star wide receiver "personally is moving in the right direction."

Odell Beckham Jr. is not in a rush to do either of the two things that the rest of the world is frantically waiting for from him. Those would be playing in an actual game and signing a long-term contract extension. Ask Beckham "When?" regarding either topic and he answers with Zen.
With three weeks to go before the opener, there is plenty of time to get the deal done. Eli Manning signed an $84 million extension two days before the season opener in 2015. The Giants need to have a similar result with Beckham before it gets messy.

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