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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

Jets QB Sam Darnold is entering his third season in the league and Giants QB Daniel Jones is entering his second. Both have been quite impressive, but they are behind rookie Joe Burrow (and some other questionably-ranked QBs) on NBC Sports Philadelphia's ranking of all 32 QBs in the NFL.

Darnold, who threw for 3,024 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts during a season that was interrupted by mono, was ranked 23rd, with Baker Mayfield No. 22.

Jones, who threw for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts for a rebuilding Giants team, was ranked No. 26 -- just behind Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 25) and Teddy Bridgewater (No. 24).

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Daniel Jones/James Bradberry
Daniel Jones/James Bradberry

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The Giants find themselves with an upgraded roster heading into the 2020 season. GM Dave Gettleman made necessary changes via free agency and the NFL Draft that should have a big effect when the regular season rolls around. 

But there are a few players that stand out above the rest. It isn't just because of their talent, but more importantly, because their production will impact the team in a positive -- or negative -- way. Make or break, if you will. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after catching a touchdown pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after catching a touchdown pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

After his rookie season, the Giants believe that Daniel Jones is their quarterback of the future. Despite having an up-and-down season, one could say some flashes of greatness were seen from the Duke product. 

But there was one moment off the field last season that told former Giants WR Bennie Fowler that Jones truly wanted to be great. 

Fowler recounted that moment during his The Quiet Time Podcast where Jones was the latest special guest. It was Week 5 against the Vikings and Jones suffered his first loss as a starter for Big Blue. He threw for only 185 yards with one touchdown and one interception, as one of the best defenses in the league shut him down. 

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Compared to this time last year, this is a very different offseason for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones.

For one thing, Jones is now established as the Giants' full-time starter after taking over for the now-retired Eli Manning. Combine that with the fact that the 22-year-old has to learn a completely new offense, while doing so remotely for now amid the coronavirus pandemic, and there's certainly a lot on the Duke product's plate.

But Jones, speaking to reporters via a Zoom call on Wednesday, explained that he's doing all that he can to take things in stride as he learns new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's system.

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) look on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) look on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

These Zoom meetings that most NFL teams are going through can be stressful. It's an entirely different way of learning.

But for someone as internally competitive as Giants RB Saquon Barkley, it's an opportunity to challenge himself. 

Barkley took initiative last season to become a leader in the locker room despite it only being his second year in the league. He proved his worth, though, as the Offensive Rookie of the Year that quickly became the focal point of the Giants' offense. 

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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

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Daniel Jones is not quite ready to say the Giants are his team, especially since his new coach wouldn't even say his name publicly for the first four months. But the reality is, it became his team the moment that Eli Manning retired.

Even Manning admitted as much when he said on the radio last week that it should be "easier this year for (Jones) to step up as that leader. Last year, it was probably awkward for him (with) me being there."

Now Jones concedes that was probably true.

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The offseason roster-building is over, for the most part. What you currently see with your favorite NFL team is likely what you're going to get.

So what will you get in the NFC East in 2020? And how do the Giants stack up?

Here, with the help of some NFL sources, is a look at what and how those teams did, and what their outlook is for the (hopefully) upcoming season. They are listed in my projected order of finish in the NFC East:

Tags: Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up as head coach Pat Shurmur walks past before the game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up as head coach Pat Shurmur walks past before the game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants QB Daniel Jones went through ups and downs last season, as one might expect from a rookie leading an NFL team for the first time. However, Jones showed flashes of great quarterback play and the ability to play gritty, hard-nosed football that leads to wins. That's exactly what the Giants, and its fanbase, wanted to see. 

As Year 2 approaches, Jones taking a leap forward is a big priority. But can it be big enough to take over New York City and emerge as a true star in the league? 

That's what NFL Network's Peter Schrager thinks Jones is capable of in 2020, as he said on Good Morning Football that he has the skill and personality to become the New York's pride and joy. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts to a pass break up in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts to a pass break up in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, new Giants top cornerback James Bradberry hasn't been able to make his way up north from Charlotte to settle into his new tri-state area home. 

Luckily for him, though, there's another Giant in the Charlotte area: QB Daniel Jones

During an Instagram Live with the Giants' Madelyn Burke, Bradberry spoke about how he's linked up with Jones -- at a safe distance of course -- to talk about the Giants and get to know one another. Jones has been staying back home with his family.

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August 17, 2019; Honolulu, HI, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
August 17, 2019; Honolulu, HI, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants added some more depth to their quarterback room on Tuesday, claiming former Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush off waivers. 

To make room for Rush on the roster, the Giants waived WR Reggie White Jr.

Rush, 26, was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in May 2017. In three seasons with the Cowboys, Rush appeared in just five games while only throwing three passes. Rush has been the team's backup to Dak Prescott, who has never missed a game in his four NFL seasons. 

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Eli Manning might not be preparing for the upcoming season, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been keeping up with what's been going on in the NFL. 

Two of his fellow quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are currently going through some big changes, and Manning is fully aware of them. But if there is one he can give his two cents on, it certainly is what happened during the 2020 NFL Draft with Green Bay. 

Rodgers saw the Packers take QB Jordan Love after trading up in the first round, and that pick was a total shocker. The Packers went 13-3 last season and Rodgers is still playing elite-level football under center. 

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the Giants are doing the best they can to gear up for next season, Eli Manning doesn't have to worry about that.

For the first time in a very long time, the retired quarterback isn't worried about studying film, what he needs to improve on, what new offensive schemes he needs to learn, or anything football at all. 

It's Manning's first offseason in retirement after 16 years of leading the Giants at quarterback, so football isn't top of mind right now. For his successor Daniel Jones, though, it certainly is as he looks to learn a new offense with new coordinator Jason Garrett aboard. 

And Manning explained why he thinks the Giants are in good hands with Jones at the helm.

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The NFL Draft is over and the Giants look to be done with setting up their roster for training camp this upcoming season. But solidifying the right players for the 2020 season is far from over. 

With there no longer being a 53-man roster, two more roster slots open thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was voted on this offseason. 

So, with rookies and free agents joining the veterans already on the roster card, here is a way-too-early 55-man roster prediction for Big Blue.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Corey Coleman, Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Penny, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Janoris Jenkins, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Riley Dixon, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Zak DeOssie, Scott Thompson
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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Dave Gettleman answered a lot of questions about his plan for the Giants with what he did in the NFL Draft last week, but he didn't come close to answering all of them. In fact, you had so many questions remaining about the Giants, I had to again break up this week's mailbag into two parts.

So here is Part I - just a few of the questions you tweeted to me this week, along with my answers. I'll focus on the questions about the offense in Part I of this week's SNY Giants mailbag. Then, I'll answer your defensive questions in Part II:

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Kevin Zeitler, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Andrew Thomas was waiting patiently in his home with his family, agent, mentor Kevin Johnson, and friends when he got a call from the Giants three minutes before the pick was officially placed in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

GM Dave Gettleman informed Thomas that he would be the selection at No. 4, and though he talked with the Giants extensively before Thursday night, the official call was simply a blessing. 

"Yeah, so I had a couple Zoom calls with them (in) this process and I had a formal meeting with them down at the combine," Thomas said. 

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The Giants could've taken any of the "Big Four" offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft, with all of them on the board when they chose at No. 4 overall. But when GM Dave Gettleman handed in his ticket, it read Georgia OT Andrew Thomas

He explained on Thursday night why Thomas stood out among the rest. 

"We spent a lot of time on this and we want to fix this offensive line once and for all," Gettleman began his conference call with the media. "Andrew certainly has a hell of a pedigree. He played against some real quality defensive ends in his college career. We spent a lot of time with him off the field as well. We spoke to him in Indianapolis. We're ready for him to make this jump."

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Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones

Dear Daniel,

I've been meaning to write you for a while now, but just haven't found the courage to do it. With the 2020 NFL Draft almost here, I figured this would be the right time. 

First and foremost, I hope you're staying safe and remaining healthy during these crazy times. I know you're probably preparing for next season as best you can with the limited resources we all have at our disposal right now. Hopefully you're able to execute Joe Judge's offseason workout program, and I'm sure you're reading up all you can on Jason Garrett's offense.

But that's not why I'm writing to you. No, I'm penning this letter because I must say something I should have months ago. It was Week 3 against the Bucs when you and the Giants pulled out the first win of the season, and I knew this needed to be said. So here goes nothing...

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is perhaps the most crucial draft of Dave Gettleman's long career, because if he doesn't get it right it could be the last one he ever runs. The 69-year-old GM has overseen a team that has won nine games in the last two seasons.

Without a significant improvement in 2020, his career could be done.

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Jimmy Johnson (Kirby Lee)
Jimmy Johnson (Kirby Lee)

On Draft Day Eve, every Giants fan is wondering what GM Dave Gettleman is going to do with that No. 4 overall pick. Is it going to be used on an offensive tackle? How about Isaiah Simmons? Will Gettleman finally trade down? 

These are all of the top questions, but Hall of Fame coach and current Fox Sports NFL analyst Jimmy Johnson thinks the Giants shouldn't rule out drafting a quarterback. 

Sounds nuts, right? Well, listen to what he had to say on the matter that also involved the Detroit Lions at No. 3:

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Most Giants fans probably reacted the same way when a report on Monday stated that the Giants have been researching and even had a virtual meeting with quarterback Justin Herbert: There's just no way, right?

SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano spoke to an NFL exec who told him "It has to be a smokescreen," and during an Instagram Live Q&A with SNY's Justine Ward on Tuesday, Vacchiano offered a bit more context on why the Giants would be doing their research on one of the draft's top QBs just one year after taking Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick.

"It's a fun story because Joe Judge has still not said the name Daniel Jones," Vacchiano said. "He has not acknowledged that Daniel Jones will be his starting quarterback, and he also if you remember a few months ago, there were rumors and reports that the Giants were involved with Tom Brady. The Giants didn't come out and deny that, they just let it be. So they really fanned the flames on this idea that they are interested in someone other than Daniel Jones as their quarterback.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (QB07) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (QB07) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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It has been a year since the Giants shocked many by selecting Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, and they've never seemed to have any regrets. They were sure then they had found a worthy successor to Eli Manning. And he backed up their faith with a pretty good rookie year, too.

So unless Dave Gettleman really wants to be fired and John Mara has completely lost his mind, they aren't likely to exchange their quarterback of the future now.

Yes, it's probably true, as NFL Network reported, that the Giants have been researching and virtually meeting with Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, one of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft. But don't worry too much about the Giants pulling a stunner and drafting him at No. 4. First, it's not unusual for teams to meet with players they won't draft, even if those players are quarterbacks.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The 2020 NFL Draft is three days away, with the Giants widely expected to take either Swiss-Army-knife defender Isaiah Simmons or one of the top offensive tackles available.

Meanwhile, GM Dave Gettleman is "very seriously" entertaining the idea of trading back

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

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Dec 6, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks to pass against the Utah Utes during the second half of the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Dec 6, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) looks to pass against the Utah Utes during the second half of the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Giants seem almost certain to take an offensive lineman or Isaiah Simmons if they stick at No. 4 in the 2020 NFL Draft. But the buzz on Monday morning was about Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.

According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, the Giants have "spent a lot of time researching" Herbert, including multiple FaceTime conversations with head coach Joe Judge.

With Joe Burrow expected to go No. 1 to t

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman (The Gettleman Family/Giants.com)
Giants GM Dave Gettleman (The Gettleman Family/Giants.com)

One week away from his third NFL Draft leading the Giants, GM Dave Gettleman should be putting the finishing touches on his big board and getting ready to pick at No. 4 overall in the first round. 

But he must first field some questions during his pre-draft conference call with reporters on Thursday. 

Gettleman may be a draft veteran, but he hasn't experience this like the rest of the league, as it will hold its first virtual draft due to coronavirus precautions. So, with that in mind, here's what he should be asked ahead of a very important draft for Big Blue...

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Sep 14, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) blocks Iowa State Cyclones defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa beat Iowa State 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports (Reese Strickland)
Sep 14, 2019; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) blocks Iowa State Cyclones defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa beat Iowa State 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports (Reese Strickland)

Unless the Giants trade back from No. 4 in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's close to set in stone that they will take either an offensive lineman or versatile Clemson defender Isaiah Simmons with that pick.

Count NFL Draft expert and former front office exec Gil Brandt among those who thinks Dave Gettleman should fortify the O-line at No. 4.

"Last year (Simmons) played three different positions," Brandt said Tuesday during a conference call. "He had. ... 225 (plays) at safety, 307 at linebacker and 257 at corner. I think it's fine to get a guy that's got all that versatility, but I do think it's harder and has more of an impact on the game right now to get an offensive lineman. If I were the Giants I'd take one of those Hog Mollies."

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

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Dave Gettleman has been talking about "Hog Mollies" for years, and he promised to rebuild the Giants' offensive line on his first day as general manager nearly 2 1/2 years ago. Yet in his two drafts, he's only selected two offensive linemen -- only one above the seventh round, and none in the first.

There's a good chance that's about to change, with many believing the Giants will select the top offensive tackle on their board in the first round of the NFL draft on April 23.

But what if they don't? Here's how that might go, in the latest version of my Giants seven-round mock draft...

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Golden Tate, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

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If the Giants decide to keep the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, their choice likely comes down to this: Do they take the best defensive player not named Chase Young, or the tackle they believe is the best offensive lineman on the board?

And choosing between Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and one of Dave Gettleman's beloved Hog Mollies won't be an easy call.

Here's a deeper look at the debate that will likely dominate the Giants' virtual war room on April 23 when they're on the clock...

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Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry
Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the seven NFL Drafts he's been a general manager, but the sense around the NFL is that he's never been more willing to do it. That's partly due to a new philosophy in the Giants' front office and a willingness to break old habits.

But it's mostly because a unique opportunity should be there.

In some ways, the Giants are in a powerful position since they don't need a quarterback in a draft that has three who should go in the Top 10 -- maybe even the Top 5. There are several teams -- including two right below them -- who might be jockeying for position to get the quarterback they want. And the Giants could drop a few spots and still get the player they would've taken at No. 4 overall.

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Leonard Williams, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth 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 running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

New Giants running back Dion Lewis said Friday that he signed with Big Blue because of the "perfect and unique opportunity" it presented, while also talking about how he'll be able to help Saquon Barkley and what new head coach Joe Judge brings to the table.

"I think we can help make each other better," Lewis said during a conference call. "With all the running backs I've played with, I've learned things from (them) and they have learned things from me. Me being a little older guy, I have some experience with some things. He's a great player, there's not much he can't do. I'm looking forward to working with him, competing with him, learning from him and just doing that relationship with him. Build a great relationship with him so we can make the room better and hopefully make the team better."

When it comes to what his role will be behind Barkley, Lewis said "I'm just going to do what I've always done, go in there compete, work hard, build relationships in the running back room and take it from there."

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Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons
Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons

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I've said it before, but I'll say it again: The Giants really can't go wrong at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has options, and he'll likely explore all of them before he has to make his pick 22 days from now. The big question at the end of the day, though, is what position he wants to fill right away and which prospect he believes will be the perfect fit. 

The Giants' "Big Board," then, will hold the answers to that question as Gettleman and his team rank the best prospects in order based off their importance to fill needs and their overall skill level. Gettleman has always been one to say you can't go into a draft looking to fill a need, so how exactly should he stack that board? 

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Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The 33-year-old Colt McCoy knows why he was signed by the Giants to a one-year deal for the upcoming season: to serve as Daniel Jones' backup. And he doesn't need the coaching staff to publicly say Jones is the starter to realize that. 

New head coach Joe Judge has said in the past that it isn't fair for him to give any starting role to anyone without evaluating everyone personally beforehand. That statement included the No. 6 overall pick from 2019 in Jones and the clear favorite RB Saquon Barkley. Of course, this sounds a lot like coach speak, but McCoy is definitely reading between those lines. 

"I'm assuming Daniel is the starting quarterback, he was the sixth pick in the draft and he has a super bright future," McCoy said Wednesday during a conference call. 

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's Chris Williamson breaks down who he believes will have a better 2020 season: Sam Darnold or Daniel Jones. He also gives his Giants draft pick at No. 4 overall and more...

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Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons
Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Giants and GM Dave Gettleman really are sitting pretty at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. They don't need to draft a quarterback after doing so last year at No. 6. And with a few more holes to fill, any top prospect will be an immediate help next season and after. 

But what truly is the right pick here? 

Of course, Gettleman could easily trade down and still get a solid prospect while collecting draft capital. Some believe that he should focus on that in the first place. In this scenario, though, let's go with what experts believe he'd do at No. 4, and that is take an offensive tackle. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Scott Thompson
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Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz
Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz

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The Giants have 10 draft picks, thanks to the three compensatory picks they earned, but only three of those will come in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team with many needs still to fill, it puts a premium on those selections in the first three rounds.

With a month until the draft, it's still hard to know exactly what the Giants will do and how the draft will shake out. But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft.

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When reports surfaced that veteran tackle Cam Fleming signed a one-year deal with the Giants in free agency, it simply made sense.

The Giants needed a new right tackle with Mike Remmers gone, Fleming knows three coaches on staff, and it was a cost-effective deal for GM Dave Gettleman

So Fleming joined Big Blue, a rival of his last team in the Dallas Cowboys, at $4 million for next season. And the 27-year-old is now slated to take over that right tackle role -- a starting job he's been looking for since he broke into the league with the Patriots back in 2014. 

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The Giants have made a few free agent additions while bringing back some familiar faces to upgrade their roster for the 2020 season. Here's how their depth chart shakes out at the moment, and more importantly, where they can improve moving forward...


QUARTERBACK: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney

The Giants wanted some backup quarterback competition behind Jones, and that's when they got McCoy on a one-year deal on Thursday. Matt Moore was their first option, but he turned down their offer. McCoy was next on the list. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Leonard Williams, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Chase Young
Chase Young

Teams all around the league have been upgrading their rosters since NFL free agency began with the legal tampering period on Monday. Filling holes is a priority for every GM, but in doing so, it also provides some clarity as to where that GM might look to upgrade next in the NFL Draft. 

Two moves made, in particular, should really make the Giants happy. Because it could lead to drafting Ohio State DE Chase Young

It's no secret that Young is considered the best overall prospect in this year's draft class. And at one point in time when the Giants had the No. 2 overall pick, it was a no-brainer to think that Dave Gettleman could simply kick up his feet, see the Giants go on the clock, and take the pass-rushing machine. But a win over the Redskins made the Giants fall down to No. 4, while Washington moved up to No. 2. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Matt Moore (Denny Medley)
Matt Moore (Denny Medley)

The Giants are showing some interest in veteran QB Matt Moore, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Why would the Giants be looking in the quarterbacks market with Daniel Jones aboard? Well, every starting quarterback needs a good backup, people. 

The Giants did pick up the 2020 option for journeyman Alex Tanney, who has a $950,000 salary this season. However, it's non-guaranteed, meaning GM Dave Gettleman could easily cut him if he finds a better backup to put in place. 

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Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (95) reacts after a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first half in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (95) reacts after a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first half in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

Trades in the NFL are rare. Unlike other professional leagues where the trade deadlines and start of league new years often feature a huge amount of player movement, the NFL has become more of a free agency-driven league. But every once and a while, that blockbuster trade happens. Here are some trade options the Giants should explore this offseason ...


DT Chris Jones

Jones is currently set to hit the open market as a free agent when the new league year begins, but multiple reports have the Chiefs placing the franchise tag on the 25-year-old. The cost of that franchise tag depends on whether or not the Chiefs classify him as a defensive tackle or defensive end (though he'd likely lose the case if he argued himself as a defensive end), but even if it's above $15 million, Jones' talent would make him an interesting trade target.

Just last season, the Chiefs tagged pass-rusher Dee Ford and then traded him to the 49ers for a second-round pick. The Giants need help with their pass rush, and with the uncertainty of Leonard Williams' situation, adding an elite, interior pass-rusher could be exactly what they need. Jones has totaled 31.0 sacks over the last three seasons, including 15.5 sacks in 2018.

Jones was a big reason why the Chiefs were able to make their run to the Super Bowl, and he could be a huge piece for the Giants' defense. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Leonard Williams
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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

The 2020 offseason is a very important one for Dave Gettleman and the Giants. With rising young stars like Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones on their rookie contracts, now is the time for Big Blue to spend big money elsewhere and build the most complete team they can.

And while there are players the Giants should definitely go after, there are also players they should avoid. Here are seven who might not be worth the Giants' time and money ...


Edge rusher Shaq Barrett

Pass rush is a huge priority for the Giants this season, but most of the big names are likely to get tagged (either with the franchise or the transition tag), including Buccaneers edge rusher Shaq Barrett. But if for some reason Barrett isn't tagged, he's likely to come with a huge price tag, and the Giants should question whether a potential one-year flash in the pan is worth a multi-year deal. 

Barrett bet on himself with a one-year deal with the Buccaneers last season, and it paid off (soon to be quite literally) for the 27-year-old, as he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and is set for a big-time payday. But in his five seasons with Denver, he combined for just 14.0 sacks, so which player would the Giants really be getting? 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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The NFL Combine may have solidified which players will go in the Top 11 of the NFL draft (mostly), just not necessarily in what order. One truth about this time of year is that everybody lies. And there seem to be more wild rumors about the top of this draft than there's been in recent years.

It's never too early to take a shot at separating fact from fiction, though, even though free agency in two weeks will change everything and teams are still about seven weeks from finalizing their draft board. So here's my second projection of how the first 11 picks of the 2020 NFL draft will go, including the picks for the Giants (at 4) and Jets (at 11) -- assuming they decide to stay put.

1. Cincinnati Bengals - LSU QB Joe Burrow

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney (3) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney (3) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants have exercised their option on backup QB Alex Tanney for the 2020 season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Tanney is due a salary of $950,000 if he makes the team, while his cap hit is just north of $1 million.

The 32-year-old Tanney, who is expected to serve as the backup for second-year QB Daniel Jones, appeared in one game for the Giants last season, completing the only pass he attempted.

He has also been on the Titans (2014, 2015) and Chiefs (2012) during his NFL career.

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs
Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting continues on Friday as running backs, offensive linemen, kickers and special teamers take the the field.

Here's who the Giants should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...


1) Iowa T Tristan Wirfs

As Daniel Jones grows into Big Blue's franchise quarterback, he's going to need to be protected.

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Tom Brady (Winslow Townson)
Tom Brady (Winslow Townson)

The NFL Scouting Combine isn't just the main hub for evaluating the top prospects in the NFL Draft. It also serves as a rumor mill about pending free agents. And the biggest pending free agent of them all is Tom Brady

The prospect of the future Hall-of-Famer leaving New England for a new chapter with a different team seems crazy, but speculation that the Patriots may not work things out to bring him back started a while ago.

And word from the Combine is that those chances have greatly increased.

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Jalen Hurts/Jerry Jeudy
Jalen Hurts/Jerry Jeudy

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The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting begins on Thursday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kick off drills to see which prospects can stand out among the rest. 

Here's who the Giants should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after a game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after a game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

As speculation continues to grow around the Patriots and Tom Brady, the Giants were grouped into the rumored NFL teams that could make a run at the 20-year veteran and six-time Super Bowl champion. 

While the previous discussion around Brady to the Giants stemmed from Feb. 12's comments by Boston radio host Scott Zolak citing a "very connected" source, more information surfaced Wednesday.

At the 2020 NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, NFL Network's Michael Giardi reported that the Giants are seen by executives, coaches and scouts around the league as one of three "possible suitors" for Brady.

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INDIANAPOLIS - When the Giants added linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin in 2018, the moves made perfect sense. They needed veteran leadership on what was becoming an increasingly young defense, and respected voices for the new coaching staff to lean on in the locker room.

Two years later, the Giants have an even younger defense. But they're not looking for mentors anymore.

That's not why Ogletree and Martin were cut on Wednesday. Those were expected, salary cap-related moves. But it was a reminder of a new philosophy under new head coach Joe Judge about the kinds of players he wants on his roster. To him, age and experience are mostly irrelevant.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Jonathan Stewart, Kareem Martin, Markus Golden, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (SNY)
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (SNY)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Joe Judge has yet to publicly say one nice thing about his presumptive starting quarterback since he was hired as the Giants' head coach seven weeks ago. In fact, he hasn't said anything about Daniel Jones at all. And now Dave Gettleman is following his lead, refusing to publicly support a guy who two months ago was clearly the Giants quarterback of the future.

So does that mean the Giants aren't sold on Jones? Could they be looking at the quarterbacks in the 2020 draft? Could they maybe be in the market for a veteran? Could those Tom Brady rumors be real?

The short answer to all of the above is: No.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the years he'd led NFL Drafts, but while speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, he didn't say he would keep that streak alive. 

"Absolutely. We're open for business," he said when asked if he would want to trade down from No. 4 overall. "Whatever we do is going to be in our best interest."

Since he joined the Giants two years ago, Gettleman has remained steadfast at No. 2 and No. 6 overall in the draft. He took Saquon Barkely out of Penn State in 2018, and of course the team's quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones last season. 

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Giants head coach Joe Judge spoke on Tuesday at the NFL Combine, owning the stage as he gave answer after answer in his now-familiar straightforward, detailed manner.

Judge's presser in both tone and message was similar to the one he took part in when he was named head coach earlier this offseason.

Here are the Takeaways...

There is no depth chart

Asked specifically about whether he thought Daniel Jones was a franchise quarterback, Judge gave an all-encompassing answer about his entire roster.

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