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

The Rundown

The cornerbacks room was supposed to be the least of the Giants' problems last season, but we all know how that went. Guess they didn't get that memo.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The rebuilding of the Giants is basically over, and now they're almost ready to begin the preparation. They have a three-day, full-team mini-camp next week, and then five weeks of training camp starting in late July to find out if they really are better than 3-13.

Just with better health alone they should be. And with some of the key additions they've made, perhaps the playoffs aren't out of reach either. But they do have a bunch of questions they need to answer first.

And you had a few questions, too. So one last time before the camps begin, I'll try to answer them here:

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) and cornerback Eli Apple (24) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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At the end of last season, Eli Apple was in the epicenter of the Giants' locker room dysfunction. It got so bad that his teammate, Landon Collins, called him "a cancer" during a radio appearance in late December.

That's a hard word to walk back, and a feud that didn't seem easy to fix. But, on the first day of the new Giants' offseason workout program on Monday, Collins insisted that's exactly what they did. Everything between the two of them, he insisted, is fine despite everything that happened last season...

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The Giants got more help in their secondary as they have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with veteran CB B.W. Webb, his agent Sunny Shah announced on Twitter.

Webb, a former fourth-round pick by the Cowboys back in 2013, has jumped around the NFL with the Giants being his seventh team since becoming a pro. He played in 15 games his rookie season, totaling 16 tackles in that span. Then, Webb played 11 games with the Steelers in 2014, and nine games with the Titans in 2015.

His last active season was with the Saints in 2016, where he tallied 28 tackles and one interception in 14 games. However, after spending time in Bears camp in preseason last year, he was eventually cut and didn't play the rest of the season. He spent a week in Browns camp as well.

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It seems like a perfect fit for the Giants. Their new defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, had a Top-10 defense in Arizona last season, and one of his best players on that defense was The Honey Badger - safety Tyrann Mathieu.

And now, suddenly, Mathieu is an unrestricted free agent … and the Giants think they have a need at safety. So …

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(Bob Donnan)

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Dave Gettleman isn't fooling around. He's all business when it comes to fixing the Giants. And in case anyone hasn't noticed, he's going to be aggressive with his plan.

If he didn't make that clear when he cut guard Bobby Hart and benched tackle Ereck Flowers in his first days on the job last December, it was pretty clear over the last few days when he got rid of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and punter Brad Wing, and traded for linebacker Alec Ogletree. There may be more cuts to come (perhaps receivers Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall) too, possibly before the free-agent market opens...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brad Wing, Brandon Marshall, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 23, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 23, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (18) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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The Giants couldn't get veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to agree to a pay cut, so they officially released him on Sunday.

And now their cornerback corps suddenly looks very, very thin.

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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Matt Dayes (27) is tackled by New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Matt Dayes (27) is tackled by New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's former teammates reacted on social media shortly after the team announced his release on Sunday.

Damon Harrison took to Twitter and responded to the news, saying Rodgers-Cromartie was "the realist in the building."

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (AP)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (AP)

The Giants have released CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team announced on Sunday.

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The DNL panel debates if the Giants will take Saquon Barkley with the second pick and if Kirk Cousins will sign with the Jets or Vikings.

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

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

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Apple reacts after breaking up a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Eli Apple's future with the Giants was in question after a tumultuous 2017 season, and especially with new GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur put in place.

However, while fielding questions at the NFL Combine, they both reiterated the "clean slate deal" that Gettleman offered Apple earlier this offseason.

Gettleman spoke on his "nice visit" with Apple, where they talked for about a half hour. While telling Apple that he has the clean slate, he said "It's a new day. Let's go," according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Gettleman wouldn't specifiy if Apple will definitely return next season, though, but he did say "I hope he shows up April 9," which is the first day of offseason workouts. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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(Brian Spurlock)

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

What They're Watching 

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

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(Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants are projected to have somewhere around $22-23 million in salary cap space when the free-agent signing period opens on March 14. That's "healthy" as assistant GM Kevin Abrams back in December.

And during the next month, the Giants could become even healthier than that...

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(Scott Galvin)

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The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions, but the world hasn't yet spun off its axis. So for now, at least, Super Bowl LIII is still scheduled to be played next year.

The Eagles, who were the worst team in the NFC East just one year ago, are clearly among the favorites to get back to the Super Bowl again. But is there any chance the Giants can pull off their worst-to-first trick, too?

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(Brad Rempel)

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Pat Shurmur may already know he's likely to be the next Giants coach, but for now, he's got other priorities. With the Minnesota Vikings still in the playoffs, he told reporters last week that his future has to be on the "back burner".

Once the Giants get to his front burner, though, he'll see he has a lot of work to do.

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

New Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Wednesday's meeting with cornerback Eli Apple, the first time the two of them met since the team hired Gettleman, "went fine."

"Eli was attentive and focused, and because he was suspended he couldn't be at the team meeting where I spoke to the team on Monday," Gettleman told the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "So I went through that process, so we'll see where it goes."

Apple's second professional season was filled with controversey and ended with him being suspended for the Giants' season finale due to "a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team."

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (24) reacts after breaking up a pass in the end zone during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Eli Apple (24) reacts after breaking up a pass in the end zone during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants new GM Dave Gettleman will meet with CB Eli Apple Wednesday to discuss his tumultuous 2017 season. 

Gettleman made note on WFAN Tuesday night that he couldn't comment on Apple's on and off the field issues this season because he hasn't spoken with him yet. However, that will quickly change as Apple and Gettleman get to know each other. 

The 67-year-old GM has preached a healthy locker room environment where respect is key to forming a good team. 

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(Bill Streicher)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes S Landon Collins and CB Eli Apple can get passed their recent predicament, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan.

Collins and Apple went back and forth with comments directed at each other for the past couple weeks, with Collins ultimately calling Apple a "cancer" during a radio interview last week. However, despite all the bad blood between the two teammates, Rodgers-Cromartie belives the offseason will be a healant for their relationship. 

"The offseason is long. You can put all of that behind you," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "You can talk about it, get on the phone with each other. Whatever you have, get away from it. I just think it's just this season, the atmosphere of being in this locker room, that's it. This offseason, I definitely think they'll gel back."

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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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

He already knows.

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

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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is looking forward to returning to Arizona as the Giants play the Cardinals on Sunday. DRC was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and played there before being traded to the Eagles before the 2011 season. 

When DRC was drafted, Larry Fitzgerald was in his fifth year and the wide receiver helped mentor the young cornerback. 

"He's athletic, and there were times where we used to go out at practice and he used to beat me, and I would ask him, 'Man, how is your slow behind beating me?'" Rodgers-Cromartie told Michael Eisen of the Giants official website. "And he would tell me certain things so I wouldn't always have to rely on my athleticism..."

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(William Hauser)

Giants S Landon Collins has so much faith in rookie QB Davis Webb that he doesn't want the team to select a QB with their top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

"Don't draft him," Collins told the NY Post when asked about potentially drafting a franchise-level QB next spring. "Don't do it. Davis is gonna be really good in the league when it's his time, I promise you."

The same day the rookie QB took snaps with the first-team offense, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also said he believes the heir apparent to Eli Manning doesn't reside in next year's draft, but rather in their own clubhouse.

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) sack Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) sack Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants (2-12) face the Cardinals on the road this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

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Giants will interview Louis Riddick for GM position Thursday >> Read More

Davis Webb worked with first-team offense, but still unlikely to start >> Read More

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli Apple 00:04:43
Eli Apple and Landon Collins seem to be in the midst of a disagreement in the Giants' locker room as more drama unfolds in New York.

Giants S Landon Collins fired back at CB Eli Apple's claim on Thursday that Collins hasn't tried to help him with the recent turmoil he's been dealing with.

"I guess he don't remember things," Collins told reporters when informed of Apple's claim that he hadn't tried to help him.

Apple had earlier suggested Collins was a liar, responding "no" to a question of whether Collins had spoken to him and tried to help him. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants lost their 10th game of the season to the Raiders, 24-17, in Oakland. Here's what's going on today...

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Geno Smith couldn't muster enough offense to stop the Raiders >> Recap here

Head coach Ben McAdoo not worried about rumors he may be fired on Monday >> Read More

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants lost their 10th game of the season to the Raiders, 24-17, in Oakland. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

Geno Smith couldn't muster enough offense to stop the Raiders >> Recap here

Head coach Ben McAdoo not worried about rumors he may be fired on Monday >> Read More

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maybe there's no way for Ben McAdoo to save his head coaching job at this point. Or maybe there's just a sliver of hope that he can convince his bosses to give him one more season.

If there is, he took the first tiny steps toward salvation with his best coaching week of the year.

Sure, the bar was pretty low heading in, but even the most strident McAdoo critics have to give him credit for this. Coming off the worst back-to-back performances by the Giants in recent memory, including a loss to a winless team in which some of his players were accused of outright quitting, McAdoo found some buttons to push, both midweek and in-game on Sunday.

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

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GEICO SportsNite: McAdoo meeting 00:02:13
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where head coach Ben McAdoo discussed the team meeting he had with his players on Wednesday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo held what he called a "brutally honest" team meeting on Wednesday. He showed film clips of both the offense and defense to everyone, including a few when specific players seemed to lack the "desire" - to use his word - to finish plays.

The players swear they got the message. They said it was eye-opening to see so many bad plays on film. They said McAdoo's accompanying words were direct and harsh, and they took them to heart.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveWith a storm of chaos and losses swirling around their franchise, the Giants owners made it clear on Monday that Ben McAdoo is still their head coach and almost certainly will be for the rest of this miserable season.

But their statement of "support" of the embattled McAdoo clearly only lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.

That's the day after the end of what Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch admitted in a statement has been "an extremely disappointing" season so far. Their Giants are 1-8, coming off back-to-back "inexcusable and frustrating" losses, including the disaster in San Francisco on Sunday where the previously winless 49ers beat them 31-21.

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Friday.

Jason Pierre-Paul's absence at practice Thursday wasn't injury-related >> Read More

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) is stopped by New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) is stopped by New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday.

Two anonymous Giants ripped head coach Ben McAdoo >> Read More

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giant have reinstated CB Janoris Jenkins from his suspension, which he served last week, missing Sunday's game against the Rams. Jenkins had been suspended indefinitely last Tuesday due to a violation of team rules,

"As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations," coach Ben McAdoo said in a press release at the time. "When we don't fulfill those obligations, there are consequences. As I have said before, we do not like to handle our team discipline publicly. There are times when it is unavoidable, and this is one of those times."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Ben McAdoo preached last Monday about how he wanted his team to "flush" all their pre-bye week problems. All the while, he knew another one was beginning to brew...

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

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

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

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

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sidelines during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sidelines during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' owners do not like change. They don't want to fire coaches or blow up their organizational plan. They want to be patient, reasonable and understanding. The want to give the people they hire as much time as they can.

But time is now running out on head coach Ben McAdoo, and there's no other way to see it after Sunday's 51-17 home disaster against the Los Angeles Rams, which was humiliating and embarrassing to just about everyone except for McAdoo himself. The coach of this now-1-7 team insisted, somehow, "Embarrassing isn't a word I'd use."

His bosses probably would use it, though, and so did his players, right after they laid down and laid out the case for making a coaching change at the end of the year.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

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

THE WEATHER

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

WHAT IT MEANS

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

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The playoffs are out of the question after a 1-6 start, especially with all the injuries the Giants are enduring. And with the trade deadline gone, the Giants blew their chance to turn a few excess veterans into extra draft picks. So that pretty much takes all the drama and excitement out of the final nine games of the year.

So, as the Giants return from their bye week to face the resurgent Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, what is left to watch in this miserable season? More than you'd think, even if it's not what anyone hoped would be at stake down the stretch this year...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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DNL: Giants locker room issues 00:03:04
On DNL, Jonas Schwartz, John Harper, Sal Licata and Anthony McCarron discuss whether Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the locker room.

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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The Giants practice on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Oliver Vernon, Justin Pugh, B.J. Goodson among Giants who missed practice Wednesday. >> Read More

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

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Ben McAdoo lied on Monday when he said cornerback Janoris Jenkins was excused from practice for "personal reasons," and there was no way to hide from that after suspending Jenkins for that absence one day later.

McAdoo had a reason for doing that, though. He thought he'd get away with it because he assumed Jenkins would have a good excuse for his absence.

He just assumed wrong.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

A couple of former Giants in Lawrence Tynes and Carl Banks called out the current players for their lack of responsibility after a 1-6 start. 

Blame for the Giants' dismal start to the season as been pointed in every direction from GM Jerry Reese to head coach Ben McAdoo. But Tynes believes that it is just an excuse to put blame on the people that aren't playing the game on the field. He sent out a tweet urging the current Giants to look at themselves and make a change. 

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The Giant have suspended CB Janoris Jenkins indefinitely due to a violation of team rules, the team announced Tuesday. Jenkins will miss Sunday's game against the Rams, and the team will review the situation next week.

"As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations," coach Ben McAdoo said in a press release. "When we don't fulfill those obligations, there are consequences. As I have said before, we do not like to handle our team discipline publicly. There are times when it is unavoidable, and this is one of those times."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Ben McAdoo preached on Monday about how he wanted his team to "flush" all their pre-bye week problems. All the while, he knew another one was beginning to brew.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:18
Ralph Vacchiano reports the latest from Giants practice, where the team is coming off a bye week looking to rebound.

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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The Giants get the day off, and will have practice on Wednesday. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Jonathan Casillas, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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The Giants practice on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Janoris Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely from the team due to a violation in team rules >> Read More

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - NFL trades are rare to begin with, especially in the middle of the season. The Giants have only done it once in the Jerry Reese era, when they acquired injury-prone linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers back in 2013.

So with the trade deadline set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, don't expect the Giants to be in on the action.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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Giants practice at the Quest Dianostics Training Center at 11:10 a.m. on Monday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out the team facility, and will be posting the latest news, notes, and opinion later on. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings at practice.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants enter a much-needed bye week as they try to figure out how to improve on an unexpected first half of the season. 

Only the San Francisco 49ers own a worse record in the NFC (0-7) than the Giants, and following a first half of injuries and bad play on the field, head coach Ben McAdoo thinks it's best to get away from the game for a bit and regroup.

"I think we need to get away from it for a little bit," McAdoo told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "We need to get away from it, we need to clear our minds, get our bodies back and get back with a fresh outlook, as tough as that may be. We need to come back, we have a lot of football left to play. We had a lot of fight in us [Sunday] and that needs to continue."

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning
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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveDominique Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension may be over, but his punishment apparently is not.

At least that's the way it looked, and how the 31-year-old cornerback interpreted it, when he was mostly a sideline bystander during the Giants' 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Fresh off his one-week suspension, DRC not only didn't start, but he was replaced by Ross Cockrell in the Giants' nickel defense package.

Overall, he played just 16 snaps - or 21 percent of the Giants' defensive plays - which was a sharp drop from the 75 percent rate he had been playing through the first five games of the year.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This is all that mattered to Landon Collins: On a throw from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, deep into the end zone, the Giants safety went up for the ball and came down with the ball.

"It was an interception," Collins said.

Except it wasn't.

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: Standing at 1-6 entering the second half, it's safe to say the season is lost for the Giants. It was a major letdown based their preseason expectations -- possibly the biggest this franchise has faced in recent years. So, these next nine games don't seem like that big of a deal. Fans are pleading the Giants to tank to get a top five draft pick, and refocus to next season. 

But for the team, they still have a job to do. Paychecks are still being signed by the front office, and for some, it could be the last ones they see from the organization following the season.

Here are some Giants that need to perform in the second half if they wish to remain on Big Blue next season:

Tags: D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Shane Vereen, Scott Thompson
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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants practice Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Olivier Vernon missed practice Thursday after participating on Wednesday. Eli Apple returned after not showing up Wednesday due to personal reasons. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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