Over the past three decades, from Eli Manning to Michael Strahan to a variety of others, the Giants have seen plenty of stars come through their doors.

But Big Blue has also had its share of players who may have flown a bit under the radar, putting up strong numbers while not necessarily always becoming a Pro Bowl talent.

Here's our list of 10 of the most underrated Giants of the last 20 years ...


RB Ahmad Bradshaw (2007-12)

Not many seventh-round draft picks go on to have standout careers in the NFL, but Ahmad Bradshaw is certainly an exception to the rule. 

After being selected late in the 2007 NFL Draft, Bradshaw found himself in a crowded Giants' backfield, with Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Reuben Droughns all getting carries. So as a rookie, Bradshaw found his way as a kick returner, averaging 24.2 yards in 38 returns. 

 

Primarily a return man again in 2008, it was in 2009 when Bradshaw began to see more action out of the backfield. Though he started just one game that season, Bradshaw carried the ball 163 times for 778 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry (compared to Jacobs' 3.7 yards per tote). By the time the 2010 season ended, Bradshaw was the team's No. 1 back, rushing for 1,235 yards with eight touchdowns. 

He'd continue to split time with Jacobs in the backfield in 2011, and while his numbers dipped during that regular season (659 rushing yards), he helped the Giants reach Super Bowl XLVI. In the game's final minute, with the Giants trying to take the lead while also attempting to chew clock, Bradshaw scored the game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run, as he awkwardly fell into the end zone. Tom Brady and the Patriots got one last chance, but Bradshaw's TD managed to hold up, giving the Giants their second Super Bowl of Bradshaw's tenure with the team.

WR Ike Hilliard (1997-2004)

During the late '90s and early 2000s, Amani Toomer led the Giants' receiving corps, racking up five straight 1,000-yard seasons from 1999-2003. But if Toomer was the Batman of the wide receivers, Ike Hilliard was a pretty good Robin.

Hilliard was the seventh overall pick by the Giants out of Florida in the 1997 NFL Draft, and while it can be said that his career production may not have quite matched up to that draft status, the 5-11 Hilliard put together a very good NFL career, amassing 6,397 total receiving yards over 12 seasons. 

In eight seasons with the Giants, Hilliard caught 368 passes for 4,630 yards and 27 touchdowns. His best individual season came in 1999, when he caught 72 passes for 996 yards. One of his biggest games came in the 2000 NFC Championship, as he caught two touchdowns from Kerry Collins and ended up with 10 catches for 155 yards as the Giants routed the Minnesota Vikings 41-0 en route to Super Bowl XXXV against Baltimore. 

Hilliard suffered his fair share of injuries during his time with the Giants, but he still finds himself 10th all time on the franchise's receiving yards list.

CB Corey Webster (2005-13)

A second-round pick by the Giants in 2005, Webster's early years with the team were a bit up and down, as he bounced in and out of the starting lineup, but he eventually figured things out and had a very nice nine-year career with Big Blue.

After struggling early on in 2007, Webster went on to start just three games that season, but as the playoffs rolled around, Webster asserted himself as a reliable corner. After intercepting Jeff Garcia in the Wild Card round vs. Tampa Bay, Webster then helped limit Dallas' Terrell Owens to 49 yards on four catches in the 21-17 win over Dallas. Then, in that frigid NFC Championship Game in Green Bay, Webster picked off Brett Favre in overtime, setting up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning 47-yard field goal. 

In all, Webster was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, starting 93 games over nine years. He racked up 20 regular-season interceptions during his career, and added two more interceptions and a fumble recovery in his 10 postseason games.

S Sam Garnes (1997-2001)

A fifth-round pick out of Cincinnati, Garnes locked down the starting strong safety job for the Giants right away during his rookie season, and he never looked back. 

During his five seasons with the team, Garnes started 73 of the 74 games he appeared in, notching six interceptions and adding two forced fumbles. He also made four starts in the playoffs for the Giants, coming up with an interception and two pass break-ups against Minnesota in the NFC title game blowout. 

His numbers were never super flashy, but Garnes proved to be a steady, consistent player on the backend of the Big Blue defense for half a decade. 

P Jeff Feagles (2003-09)

Punters are football players, too. 

Sure, it's not a very sexy position and most of the time fans would rather never see their own punter take the field, but Feagles, who played a remarkable 22 seasons in the NFL, proved to do some of his finest work with the Giants as he wrapped up his long career.

His time with the Giants helped Feagles into the NFL record books as well, as he currently ranks fourth all-time (and first among punters) in career games played at 352, while holding the all-time record for career punts (1,713) and punting yards (71,211). Feagles also earned his second-career Pro Bowl nod as a Giant in 2008, 13 seasons following his first selection in 1995 with the Arizona Cardinals. 

And if anyone needs proof about how valuable it is to have a reliable punter, think about who took over for Feagles following his retirement: Matt Dodge, who played just one season with the Giants and is most remembered for inexplicably punting the ball directly at DeSean Jackson in the Eagles' improbable late December win in 2010. 

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DT Damon Harrison (2016-18)

Damon "Snacks" Harrison had a brief tenure as a Giant, but he was a very good player during his quick two-and-a-half-years with Big Blue. 

Harrison truly worked his way up into becoming a starting NFL talent. After never getting any major offers out of high school, Harrison ended up playing at William Penn University of the NAIA. Despite a strong college career, Harrison went undrafted before catching on with the Jets in 2012. 

By the end of the 2015 season, Harrison was one of the best run-stopping nose tackles in football, and the Giants signed him to a four-year, $46 million deal. 

"Snacks" played in 39 games for the Giants before a surprise trade to the Detroit Lions in 2018, as the front office began retooling the team. His numbers won't jump off the page, which is why Harrison could be considered underrated in the future, but his game was never about stats. He could take on double-teams, stop the run, and did get the QB 4.0 times as a Giant. 

T/G David Diehl (2003-13)

Offensive linemen, specifically interior offensive linemen, don't get a ton of notoriety in the NFL. Most times, you'll only hear a guard's name during a TV broadcast if they get called for penalty or get beat for a sack.

But Diehl, drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of 2003, became a starter right away at right guard starting all 16 games as a rookie. His true value came in his versatility, as he moved all over the Giants' offensive line during his 11 seasons with the team. In fact, he started at every spot outside of center during his career. 

Diehl was a one-time Pro-Bowl selection (2009) and was a starter on both of the Manning-era Giants' Super Bowl teams. 

WR Hakeem Nicks (2009-13, 2015)

When fans think of Manning's primary receivers during his illustrious tenure, names like Odell Beckham Jr. and Plaxico Burress may come to mind first. But Hakeem Nicks was as reliable as any other target.

A first-round pick out of North Carolina in 2009, Nicks caught 26 regular-season touchdowns from Manning (the third most behind Beckham and Burress), and then added another four in the playoffs. Hicks never made a Pro Bowl with the Giants, but he had two seasons where he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark (2010 and 2011).

He finished his Giants career with 318 receptions for 4,676 yards and 27 touchdowns, but he came up huge, literally and figuratively, for the Giants in the 2011 playoffs, averaging 111 yards per game and catching the Hail Mary pass from Manning against the Packers in the divisional round. In that game, Nicks caught seven balls for 165 yards and two scores. 

S Gibril Wilson (2004-07)

Gibril Wilson is yet another example of a mid-round pick who proved to be a great find for the Giants. 

A fifth-round pick out of Tennessee in 2004, Wilson started 51 of the 52 games he played for the Giants, and he proved to have a knack for getting to the ball. Wilson totaled 11 interceptions over four years with the team, while also adding six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. 

After helping the Giants win a Super Bowl in 2007, Wilson signed a six-year contract with the Raiders that made him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL, but things didn't work out and he was cut after one season. 

Wilson played two more seasons in the NFL, one with Miami and one with Cincinnati, but we has never as successful as he was with the Giants.  

DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka (2006-14)

The Giants have had so many great pass-rushers in their storied history. From Lawrence Taylor and Strahan, to Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, the list goes on and on.

But don't forget about Mathias Kiwanuka.

The 32nd overall pick in 2006, the Boston College product played nine seasons with the Giants, making 82 starts. He racked up 38.5 sacks with Big Blue, with his best season coming in 2008, when he recorded 8.0 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. 

Kiwanuka was never a Pro Bowler, but he was a pivotal piece of the dominant defensive lines that helped the Giants knock off Brady and the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl 

Honorable mentions: RT Kareem McKenzie, RB Brandon Jacobs, K Lawrence Tynes

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After taking over as the Giants' starting quarterback Daniel Jones threw 24 touchdown pass in 13 games.

But what will he do for an encore in 2020?

On the latest edition of What Are The Odds?, SNY's Maria Marino and Jonas Schwartz break down the over/under on Jones TD passes in 2020 ...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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The heat will be on the entire Giants franchise when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for only the second time since they won Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. SNY made a list of the 5 Giants who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was tight end Evan Engram. No. 4 was defensive lineman Leonard Williams. No. 3 was head coach Joe Judge. No. 2 was quarterback Daniel Jones

The countdown now concludes with No. 1 … 
 
General Manager Dave Gettleman

There were moments at the end of his second disastrous season as the Giants GM where the 69-year-old Gettleman wasn't sure he'd be back for a third. His record was 9-23. He was going to have to hire his hand-picked head coach. And his popularity among the fanbase was dangerously low.

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Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The heat will be on the entire Giants franchise when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for only the second time since they won Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. SNY made a list of the 5 Giants who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was tight end Evan Engram. No. 4 was defensive lineman Leonard Williams. No. 3 was head coach Joe Judge.

The countdown continues with No. 2 … 
 
Quarterback Daniel Jones

The Giants' trade for Eli Manning back in 2004 was clearly one of the most significant (and best) decisions in franchise history. It ushered in the Giants' second Super Bowl Era and brought with it 15 years of stability at the most important position in sports.

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The heat will be on the entire Giants franchise when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for only the second time since they won Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. SNY made a list of the 5 Giants who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was tight end Evan Engram. No. 4 was defensive lineman Leonard Williams. 

The countdown continues with No. 3 … 

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Deandre Baker (35) answers questions from media during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Deandre Baker (35) answers questions from media during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB DeAndre Baker was released from jail on bond on May 17 after turning himself in to face charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. Baker's attorneys maintain their client is innocent.

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Evan Engram
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The Giants have made some big changes after another sub-par season that resulted in a 4-12 record.

The biggest of them all is head coach Joe Judge taking over after Pat Shurmur's two seasons weren't pretty. Judge brought in a good supporting staff as well, with Jason Garrett and Patrick Graham as the team's new coordinators on offense and defense respectively. 

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

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The heat will be on the entire Giants franchise when they begin their quest to make the playoffs for only the second time since they won Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season, but a few of them will feel it a little more than the others. SNY made a list of the five Giants who'll be under the most pressure this season.

No. 5 was tight end Evan Engram. The countdown continues with No. 4 … 

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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions during a press conference announcing his retirement at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions during a press conference announcing his retirement at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

As Eli Manning called it quits after 16 years with the Giants, the franchise immediately announced that it would be retiring his No. 10 -- something everyone expected. So it was only right that another announcement came on Monday when Ole Miss did the same thing.

Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter traveled to the Manning home in Oxford, Miss. to deliver the news. 

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half 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 tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The 1970s were considered the low point for the historic Giants franchise with eight straight losing seasons to end the decade. At one point, from the mid-'60s to the early '80s, their playoff drought lasted 17 years.

But as bad as that was, consider this: The only time in franchise history that they've lost 10 or more games five times in six seasons was over the last six years.

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Whether it's getting out on the golf course, barbecuing, or simply hanging out around the house with your feet up, every dad tries to spend Father's Day how they like it. 

This year, though, Giants WR Sterling Shepard decided to make a video letter for his young daugthers, Cali and Cassie. He explained his journey into fatherhood, and how he didn't know what to expect. His own father had died when he was 6 years old, so there was no coaching on that end. 

But he has quickly come to realize that his two girls are his "greatest gift of all time."

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January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on ESPN that he would "support a club" making the decision to sign Colin Kaepernick, who was blackballed from the league following his public protest against police brutality and racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem before games -- an action that many others adopted as well. 

"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's gonna take a team to make that decision," Goodell said. "But I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that."

Should the Giants be that team to pursue Kaepernick? 

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Deandre Baker (35) answers questions from media during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Deandre Baker (35) answers questions from media during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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DeAndre Baker is still in limbo, both legally and professionally. He's still facing serious charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery in Miramar, Fla., and he's still not welcome to participate in the final days of the Giants' virtual offseason program.

It's possible that the legal system will determine what's next, since Baker's attorney has told SNY that he expects the four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault against the Giants cornerback will soon be dropped. But if not, Joe Judge will be facing the first big personnel test of his short head coaching career.

And there are many people watching and wondering what the rookie head coach will do next.

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Joe Judge
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Joe Judge talked to plenty of coaches as he's prepared for his first season with the Giants, and he asked all of them the same question: "What's the one thing that came up that you never knew existed?"

"Everybody has a different answer," he said.

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Tom Brady/Daniel Jones
Tom Brady/Daniel Jones

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For eight years, new Giants coach Joe Judge got an up-close look at the greatest quarterback of this generation. And there were plenty of things he learned from watching Tom Brady that he thinks could help the Giants' young quarterback, Daniel Jones.

"The biggest thing I ever observed from Tom in my eight years with him was that his preparation was phenomenal, but his accountability is what really separated him from a lot of other players," Judge said in an interview with SNY earlier this week. "His stature in the league was such that he could've just taken that role of superstar, but he always came in every day, put his nose the grindstone and just worked tirelessly. That, to me, is something I'll always take away from being with Tom for those eight years. 

"And I think any player who wants to be great can take that same thing."

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Joe Judge isn't ready to say yet if he expects any of his Giants players to kneel in protest during the national anthem this season, or if he'd be willing to join them.

But whatever the players decide to do, they will have the support of their head coach.

"We're going to support our players. Absolutely," the rookie head coach said in an interview with SNY earlier this week. "We have not discussed anything game-day related. We will have those conversations. We will talk with the players, as coaches and with ownership. We will have those discussions leading into those times and we'll see what the players have in mind, what they're looking to do. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Looking back at the last 10 years, ESPN reporters put together the best of the best in an NFC East All-Decade team. And the Giants have a few players representing them on the roster. 

Let's start with an obvious one here at quarterback: Eli Manning. The eventual Hall-of-Famer just called it quits, but he collected his second Super Bowl during the 2011-2012 season. Even though his play faltered near the end of the decade, Manning still goes down in history as the best quarterback his franchise has ever had -- and the best quarterback this decade has seen in the division. 

"Manning played the entire decade and earned a Super Bowl MVP during that time. How many other Giants have that on their résumé? Answer: None," Jordan Raanan wrote.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Giants K Aldrick Rosas was arrested on Monday for a hit-and-run, the Giants confirmed after releasing an official statement on the matter Tuesday.

"We are aware of the situation and have been in contact with Aldrick. We have no further comment at this time," the Giants said.

Rosas was driving a black Chevrolet SUV, failed to stop for a red light and collided with a Ford pick-up truck. Rosas then "attempted to flee the scene," according to California Highway Patrol, but his SUV "became disabled north of the collision scene."

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Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo sits on the bench prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo sits on the bench prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

When the Giants hired Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator, it was only right that his offensive line coach Marc Colombo came with him. 

The Dallas Cowboys have had one of the most productive offensive lines in the game for a few years now, and Colombo played a big part in making that the case. Of course, having players like La'el CollinsTyron Smith, Zack Martin and others over the years will make it easier on a coach. 

But Colombo finds himself with another solid, young bunch in New York. And some of the franchise's best linemen to ever suit up in the blue and white believe he can get the most out of the team this season. 

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

There is no doubt Giants RB Saquon Barkley has elite abilities, but can his production be enough to capture the coveted MVP award next season? 

When asked, former head coach and current broadcaster Steve Mariucci said he thinks Barkley will win it in 2020. 

"Six running backs have made MVP in the last 25 years, but they did something special like rush for 2,000 yards or break the rushing record like LT did with 28 rushing touchdowns," Mariucci said on NFL Total Access. "But Saquon is versatile. He had 91 receptions and a bunch of yards rushing as a rookie. He's going to go over 2,000 yards again. He's got a chance. If that team can get better and have a winning season, Saquon Barkley."

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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The Giants hired a rookie head coach to take over a young team that will be learning entirely new offensive and defensive systems. So this was probably a bad time for one of the strangest offseasons in NFL history.

That comes to a close on Friday for the Giants, as they officially wrap up their virtual offseason program. The next time they'll be on the field together will be the first time they're on the field together. And that won't be until training camp starts on July 28 - if it starts on time.

It's an understatement to say their offseason of Zoom calls left the Giants with a slew of unknowns. So with six weeks to go until the scheduled start of training camp, here are the five biggest unanswered questions so far:

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Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants QB Daniel Jones and his teammates aren't allowed to be at team facilities yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, though restrictions are starting to ease up.

In the meantime, Jones -- who held a throwing session at Duke earlier this offseason -- has been leading sessions with his teammates in Austin, Texas.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Jones has been working out with many of his wide receivers and tight ends, with the group working off some of new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's route trees and concepts.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back too pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back too pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

There were many who didn't like the Giants picking Daniel Jones sixth overall in last year's NFL Draft (yours truly was among them). But there were some, like NBC Sports' Chris Simms, who went as far to say that Jones was comparable to the Giants' last Duke quarterback taken in the first round, Dave Brown

If you don't remember Brown, let's just say it was a terrible pick. 

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws in the 4th quarter 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) throws in the 4th quarter against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones took to social media on Tuesday night, voicing his support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Typically reserved, both in person and online, Jones tweeted out a statement, saying:

Those of you who know me well know that posting on social media is usually not my first instinct about how to express myself, and I felt that listening and talking with teammates and friends was important as a first step. 

I proudly stand beside my brothers and the entire black community in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to end systemic racism. I know this is complex, and I certainly don't have all the answers, but I am determined and motivated to do what I can to ask the right questions and work with others to drive change on this issue. I acknowledge the fact that I will never truly understand how it feels to be on the receiving end of racial injustice, but I am committed to listening, learning, and taking action to stand up for others and make a difference in my community and in this country. 

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The Philadelphia Eagles are defending division champs, while the Dallas Cowboys made some upgrades to an already strong roster this offseason. So where do the Giants fit into the mix?

On the latest edition of What Are The Odds?, SNY's Chris Williamson and Jeane Coakley break down the odds of each team to win the division and discuss which team should be considered the favorites for 2020 ...

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

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The Giants will wrap up their "virtual" offseason program this week, concluding perhaps the strangest offseason in their history. It has undoubtedly left them with many unanswered questions.

Here, in my latest SNY Giants mailbag, are five of them...

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

As our country continues to slowly reopen, the NFL is doing the exact same as the coronavirus curve is beginning to flatten. And while there are no dates set yet for when players can start returning to facilities, the league does have the health and safety protocols set for when that time comes. 

The league issued a memo on Monday to all clubs explaining in detail how it plans to have players return to team facilities. Inside it are topics like physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting the facility, and equipment cleaning. 

When taking a look at the physical distancing subsection, for instance, here's just some of how the memo reads:

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) participates in drills 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 inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The country is beginning to slowly reopen, and that has led to the NFL loosening its protocols to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

In turn, coaches, who haven't been able to go work from their team facilities, are making their way back very soon. In the end, players will be able to get back to practicing together, and that hopefully will be by training camp. 

Then, the real fun starts. 

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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)

Daniel Jones said a few weeks back that he was working hard on fixing his ball security issues. But that's not the only thing his quarterback coach, Davis Morris, has seen this offseason. 

Morris used to work with Eli Manning, having been his backup at Ole Miss during their college days and training him throughout his NFL career. So it is only right that Jones continued to work with someone who was close with his mentor last season.

While working on fixing that fumble problem -- one Jones hopes to curb after having committed 18 last season -- Morris said that Jones has also bulked up heading into training camp. 

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A general view of fans at MetLife Stadium (Vincent Carchietta)
A general view of fans at MetLife Stadium (Vincent Carchietta)

While the NFL has announced its preseason and regular season schedule for 2020 and for now intends to stage those games with fans in attendance (some teams are already selling tickets), uncertainty continues to swirl due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league understands the need to be flexible due to the pandemic, and has stated as much. 

Each state is free to determine protocol for outdoor and indoor events when it comes to the amount of people (if any) allowed to be in attendance, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently said professional and collegiate stadiums can operate at 50 percent seating capacity.

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En route to another Super Bowl in 2000, Jason Sehorn made one of the finest defensive plays in Giants history, picking off Donovan McNabb and taking it 32 yards for a touchdown that put the G-Men up, 17-0. Big Blue held on for a 20-10 win. (AP)
En route to another Super Bowl in 2000, Jason Sehorn made one of the finest defensive plays in Giants history, picking off Donovan McNabb and taking it 32 yards for a touchdown that put the G-Men up, 17-0. Big Blue held on for a 20-10 win. (AP)

The Giants have had some incredible players and some incredible moments in their illustrious history.

Whether it's Eli Manning finding David Tyree or Mario Manningham with a huge, clutch throw in the Super Bowl, or Michael Strahan setting the single-season sack record, there have been plenty of "Wow!" moments.

But there are also some big-time moments (and players) that just aren't talked about as much as those Super Bowl or record-setting plays.

So here's a look at some of the best Giants moments and players that are still a bit underappreciated...

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MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants. (Treated Image by SNY)
MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants. (Treated Image by SNY)

The Giants have had ongoing discussions about the widespread protests over racial injustice and police brutality, and further delved into the topic during a team meeting on Friday, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Several players reportedly raved about head coach Joe Judge, who addressed the issue with Big Blue on Monday and had "a genuine understanding of the situation," ESPN said

The Giants had released a statement earlier this week about "George Floyd's senseless death," and Friday evening NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league was wrong not to listen to players earlier and encourage their peaceful protests (a movement started by Colin Kaepernick, though he is not mentioned in Goodell's video). 

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice over the last week and a half after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, former Giants QB Eli Manning spoke about the situation on Friday.

"Recently, we came together with current/former Giants & the larger NY community to help those suffering with poverty due to the pandemic," Manning tweeted on Friday. "Now, it's time for all of us to come together again to listen, learn & address the ongoing and systematic issues and injustice in the U.S."

Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Jets S Jamal Adams were among many high-profile NFL players who spoke about police brutality and racial injustice in a video that was posted on Thursday night.

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Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Jets safety Jamal Adams joined former Giant Odell Beckham Jr. and a number of other NFL players in a video speaking out against police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

The players call for the NFL to take a firmer stance on these issues, asking the league to state that it "condemns racism and the systematic oppression of black people" and that the league admits wrong for "silencing players from peacefully protesting." 

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MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants. (Treated Image by SNY)
MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants. (Treated Image by SNY)

As the Giants begin reopening the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, the team has shared photos and a video of the changes that have been made to safely bring employees back to the office under New Jersey coronavirus guidelines. 

As of Thursday, the Giants have about 15-20 employees, including team president John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman, back in the office. But a new memo sent of by the league will allow up to 100 employees, including coaching staffs, to return to their offices starting Friday.

Even with the NFL expanding capacity limitations to 100 people, the Giants will continue to have all employees who can work from home still doing so.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman knew he had holes this offseason, as New York had set another season below .500. And he did a pretty good job filling a bunch of them, both in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. 

It should lead to some Giants having big seasons on the stat sheet. 

In a tough NFC East that got even better with their roster additions, too, Big Blue will be hoping players step up this year. The Cowboys added CeeDee Lamb to an already-stellar wideout group led by Amari Cooper. The Eagles also added some speedy wide receivers and secondary help, while the Redskins filled holes as well. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Jabril Peppers, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (27) reacts after breaking up a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (27) reacts after breaking up a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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DeAndre Baker is still in Florida, training every day in the hopes that he'll soon be able to rejoin the Giants.

The Giants, though, have still not welcomed him back. 

And it's not clear when -- or if -- they will.

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley didn't need words to voice his frustrations over the killing of George Floyd following his arrest by a Minneapolis police officer. Instead, he used a picture on his Instagram story to talk for him. 

Reposting a photoshopped picture done by graphic designer Kyle Cyr, Barkley has on a jersey that reads "I can't breathe," a phrase that was repeatedly said by Floyd as police officer Derek Chauvin was prone with his knee of his neck for roughly nine minutes.

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Ex-New York Giants' Amani Toomer waves before the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)
Ex-New York Giants' Amani Toomer waves before the NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

Former Giants WR Amani Toomer, the franchise's record holder in career receptions, isn't a big fan of the current wide receivers the team has on its roster. 

"I think it's lacking," he told the New York Post's Paul Schwartz

Toomer was a part of a great starting group that included Plaxico Burress and Steve Smith. It's a group that helped New York win Super XLII. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game 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; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants have released a statement following the death of George Floyd after his arrest by a Minnesota police officer. It was a "senseless" act, and one that players and coaches had very strong emotions about this past week. 

Here's the full statement:

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Time Machine Tuesday returns to January 2014, when Giants great Michael Strahan was asked to respond to comments made by Warren Sapp, who claimed that Strahan did not deserve to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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February 6, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Peyton Manning (left) and Eli Manning (right) walk on the third hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Madrid)
February 6, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Peyton Manning (left) and Eli Manning (right) walk on the third hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Madrid)

Being one of the best to ever play the quarterback position and someone who will be in Canton very soon, Peyton Manning is called upon even in retirement to address teams across the NFL. He has loads of wisdom to share with current players, and he is more than willing to pass that down. 

But during these times when coronavirus has been impacting the normalcy of NFL's offseason training leading up to the new season, Manning isn't just relying on his own tricks of the trade. 

He's dipping in to what he's learned from his brother: Giants legendary QB Eli Manning

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The Giants are one of the most storied and respected franchises in all of professional sports. 

Established all the way back in 1925, Big Blue has touted some incredible talents during the franchise's nearly century-long existence.

But if you had to put together just one all-time Giants team, who would make the cut?

Here's our look at a possible starting lineup (with some honorable mentions as well) consisting of the best players in Giants history, many of whom are in the team's Ring of Honor and/or in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton … 

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Zak DeOssie
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Darnay Holmes
Darnay Holmes

Every NFL team does its research on prospects heading into the NFL Draft. They want to hear from coaches, players and anyone else what kind of player and person that prospect is before they make a call about whether or not to draft them.

For the Giants fourth-round pick CB Darnay Holmes, he has more than just coaches in his corner. 

He has NFL royalty. 

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Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants former receiver Amani Toomer speaks during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants former receiver Amani Toomer speaks during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

From 2007-11, the Giants had two Super Bowl-winning teams in five seasons. In 2007, they upended the previously undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and they went on to take down the Patriots again on the tail end of that stretch to capture another Lombardi Trophy.

But as good as those two teams were, there are former Giants who believe neither of those two squads were the best all-around units the Giants had during their latest Super Bowl era.

That title belongs to the 2008 squad.

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

Giants RB Saquon Barkley was ready to take a different approach to his offseason -- that is until the coronavirus pandemic began to shut everything down across the country. 

If it hadn't, Barkley was set to help his alma mater as a coach for the Penn State football team during their spring workouts. 

Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke to the New York Post about Barkley wanting to join his staff, something that he was absolutely a fan of after the Pro Bowl running back reached out. 

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

ESPN released its annual "Football Power Index" for the first time ahead of the 2020 NFL season. It accounts for everything from Vegas Sportbooks' win totals for each team, last season's stats and much more. 

Well, after running through the calculations, Giants fans won't really like where they see their team sitting on the FPI before the start of training camp. 

New York currently comes in at 26, and that's not all. They also have a 12 percent chance of reaching the playoffs this year -- and that's with an extra spot for each conference. Also, the Giants are projected to win 6.1 games this season. 

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Time Machine Tuesday returns to 2008, when cameras caught a conversation between Eli Manning and Peyton Manning right after Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants defeated the Patriots.

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Eli Manning has recently joined the Twitterverse, and has been an absolute hit right away with his hilarious tweets. But nothing to date compares to what he's been tweeting on Sunday during "Capital One's The Match: Champions for Charity."

Manning's brother, Peyton, has been playing in a golf match with Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady for coronavirus relief, and the entire world is taking the time to watch and donate to a great cause during Memorial Day weekend. Eli is definitely having fun doing so, rooting on his brother and taking shots at his playoff rival in Brady. 

Check out some of his tweets, starting with the first of the day: 

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It's finally happened.

Eli Manning is on Twitter.

Yes, the two-time Super Bowl champion announced his presence on the social media platform on Saturday afternoon, referencing the movie Hoosiers in his first ever tweet. 

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