Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Giants were not happy with Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, especially as the losses mounted in his second season. They had issues with how they struggled to develop young players, according to multiple sources, and they questioned if that staff put the team in the best position to win.

So far, though, there are no such complaints or worries about the coaching staff new head coach Joe Judge has assembled. The early returns are positive from both inside and outside of the organization, both with the quality of his choices and the willingness of the 38-year-old first-time head coach to add experienced voices to his staff.

His full staff hasn't officially been revealed yet -- only the coordinators have been announced -- but multiple sources have confirmed most of the names. Judge has dipped deep into his past, bringing coaches he's known from his days in New England, and from as far back as from when he was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. He also has quite a few who came from the Nick Saban coaching tree.

 

Most impressively, Judge has also hired four former head coaches, which is exactly the kind of experienced help the Giants hoped he would get.

Here is what's known about the staff so far, including some thoughts on them from sources around the league:

OFFENSE

Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator 

This was a great hire and absolutely the man Judge's bosses wanted in the job. They asked for (and perhaps insisted on) experience, and Garrett's long run as Cowboys head coach provides that. There's also a long memory of Garrett's time as a backup quarterback with the Giants in 2000-03. "He was like a coach then," said one member of the organization in those years. "He was a huge help for all the quarterbacks back then. He's going to be great for Daniel Jones." Garrett also was an excellent offensive coordinator in Dallas before he became a head coach.

Jerry Schuplinski, quarterbacks coach

He has earned rave reviews from the quarterbacks he's coached in the past. Jimmy Garoppolo, whom he coached in New England, said "I probably wouldn't be where I am at without him." Jacoby Brissett, another ex-Patriots, called him "one of my favorite coaches." Schuplinski helped mold both of them into future starters. And while he didn't have the same success with Josh Rosen in Miami last year, Dolphins veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick praised him, saying "His ability to know who he was teaching and the way that guy learned - and adapt based on who he was talking with - is one of his huge strengths."

Burton Burns, running backs coach

The 67-year-old comes to New York with the Saban stamp of approval, after he spent more than a decade at Alabama as the running backs coach and the associate head coach. In 2018 he moved off the field and became the Tide's assistant athletics director for football. He's got two Heisman Trophy winners on his resume - Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) - and both went on to successful NFL careers, so Saquon Barkley is in good hands.

Tyke Tolbert, receivers coach

There's a reason the 52-year-old was the only position coach held over from Pat Shurmur's staff: His receivers love him (When told Tolbert was returning, one of the Giants receivers responded "Great move," via text message). And the results were good, too. Despite a pretty banged-up group of players, he got production out of Giants receivers last year. And everyone is thrilled with the development of Darius Slayton, who caught 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie.

Freddie Kitchens, tight ends coach

The former Cleveland Browns coach was on Judge's list from the start, and could have landed as the offensive coordinator if Judge hadn't hired Garrett. But landing him wasn't easy. According to a source, after Kitchens' initial conversation with Judge, he decided he didn't want to jump right back into coaching after his one very long year in Cleveland. Judge kept after him, though, and Kitchens reconsidered. The two of them spent one year together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens hasn't coached tight ends since he was the Cardinals' tight ends coach in 2012, and this is a big step down from head coach. Some believe he'll have an additional title or other responsibilities, but that remains to be seen.

Marc Colombo, offensive line coach

When the Cowboys finally started building their team the right way, they did it around the offensive line. And Colombo, a former lineman himself, was part of that as both an assistant O-line coach (2016-17) and the O-line coach (2018-19) under Garrett. He's extremely well-respected and clearly is familiar with the offense Garrett wants to run. "He's still young enough to relate to the players," said one NFC source, "and he's a teacher. He wasn't just riding the talent there. He was improving their technique. Isn't that what Judge said he wants?"

Ben Wilkerson, assistant offensive line coach

The Giants were absolutely unhappy with the way their line was coached by Hal Hunter the last two seasons, so the fact that they agreed to keep his 37-year-old assistant around speaks volumes about what they think of Wilkerson. A former NFL center, he's entering his sixth season as an NFL assistant line coach, and his third with the Giants. Oh, and you know who probably recommended him? Saban. Wilkerson played for Saban at LSU.

Derek Dooley, TBD

It's not yet clear what job the 51-year-old Dooley will hold on Judge's staff, but he has a history on the offensive side of the ball, and with working with young quarterbacks. He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri in 2018-19, where he helped develop current Broncos quarterback Drew Lock. Before that, he was on Garrett's staff in Dallas (receivers coach, 2013-17). He also has been a head coach twice, at Louisiana Tech and Tennessee. And from 2000-04, he was an assistant on Saban's staff at LSU. In fact, he was Saban's assistant head coach in 2004.

DEFENSE

Patrick Graham, defensive coordinator/assistant head coach

Judge made it clear that Graham, 41, was always his first choice to be the Giants' defensive coordinator. In fact, he told reporters at the Senior Bowl that it was a "home run hire" and that "we were very fortunate to be able to get him out" of Miami, where he had been a defensive coordinator for just one season. It's unclear exactly how that happened, but that does explain the "assistant head coach" title. Judge and Graham, was the Giants defensive line coach under Ben McAdoo in 2016-17, worked together in New England and obviously built a trust and a bond. It also sounds like Graham will do more than just run the defense. "Pat is going to handle a lot of duties in the building," Judge said. He wasn't specific, but said it will have something to do with "blending both the culture and principles of the organization."

Sean Spencer, defensive line coach

"Coach Chaos," as he's called, has been one of the most impressive and productive defensive line coaches in college football. The Penn State defense has had a dominating pass rush, producing more than 40 sacks in each of the last five years -- including 45 last season. Spencer was a high school teammate of former Jets head coach Eric Mangini, and he interned with the Jets in the mid-2000s when Mangini was there. "He's always had that level of determination you want," Mangini once told the Hartford Courant. "He had that level of persistence as a player and has it as a coach. He is determined to be successful but does (it) in a way that's not abrasive at all." Spencer was also the associate head coach and run game coordinator at Penn State.

Jerome Henderson, defensive backs coach 

Henderson actually has more ties to the Jets than to Judge or the Giants. He spent eight years in the NFL, the final two with the Jets (1997-98) and was the Jets director of player development in 2006-07 and their defensive backs coach in 2008. The 50-year-old was also on Jason Garrett's staff in Dallas as their DBs coach from 2012-15 (though he was hired before the Giants hired Garrett). He also was the Falcons' defensive passing game coordinator the last four seasons. He has one of the biggest jobs on the staff, given the Giants' young and unproven core of cornerbacks. He'll be charged with the development of DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal, and safety Julian Love. "They're in good hands," said one NFC scout. "Those kids have a chance to be good, and with (Henderson) they'll get better, quick."

Bret Bielema, outside linebackers, senior assistant 

Bielema is one of the most interesting members of Judge's staff, and also another with head coaching experience (at Wisconsin from 2006-12 and Arkansas from 2013-17). The 50-year-old has spent most of his career in college, but joined Bill Belichick as a "consultant to the head coach" in 2018 before coaching the defensive line last year. Bielema could have ended up as the defensive coordinator if Judge wasn't able to lure Graham out of Miami. It's unclear exactly what his "senior assistant" title means.

Kevin Sherrer, inside linebackers

This will be the first NFL job for the former Tennessee defensive coordinator. He is yet another Saban disciple, having served as Alabama's director of player development from 2010-12, which included two years when Judge worked there as a grad assistant. The 46-year-old was also the outside linebackers coach at Georgia from 2014-17, when current Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter had 14 ½ sacks and developed into a future NFL player. 

Jody Wright, defensive assistant 

Judge has known the 38-year-old Wright since they were grad assistants together at Mississippi State (2005-07) and assistants together on Saban's staff in Alabama (2010-11). They are close friends, according to a source, and Judge had plans to bring him aboard wherever he landed. The "defensive assistant" job, though, is interesting, since Wright's entire coaching history appears to be on the offensive side of the ball.

Mike Treier, TBD

It's been a wild ride for the 29-year-old Treier since he left his job as safeties coach at Marshall University in December. He took a job with Florida State as a defensive analyst, then reportedly was going to leave that to be the safeties coach at Colorado State. And now he's with the Giants instead. He's coached safeties and corners in his short coaching career, and it's not clear what job he'll hold with the Giants.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Thomas McGaughey, special teams coordinator 

The Giants special teams have been very, very good under McGaughey, who has earned rave reviews from his players, bosses and people around the league. "Everyone likes what he's done there, especially since they haven't always had the best talent to work with," said one NFC scout. "And now that people are starting to look at special teams coaches as head coach material, I wouldn't be surprised to see him on that (interview) circuit in the next year or two." One Giants source said they believe that if the Giants rebound this season, McGaughey could end up on the head coaching interview circuit as soon as next year.

Tom Quinn, assistant special teams coordinator - (Confirmed by McGaughey)

He served as the Giants' special teams coordinator for 11 years, through two Super Bowls and some lean years. It said a lot about the 51-year-old when he was willing to return as the assistant to his successor in 2018, just months after he was fired, and shortly after McGaughey was diagnosed with cancer. Quinn always got too much public heat when he was a coordinator, but has been well-respected in the organization. He's also obviously been an asset to McGaughey, and not just in those first few months.

Anthony Blevins, TBD

Blevins was McGaughey's assistant the last two years, but he also was a grad assistant with Judge at Mississippi State from 2005-07. It's unclear whether he's returning as the assistant special teams coach or whether he'll switch to another position. He did coach cornerbacks in college for five years, so he could end up coaching that position if Judge decides to divide the DB coach's job.

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James Bradberry (Bob Donnan)
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The newest additions to the Giants' roster have selected their numbers for the upcoming season, and here's what they will sport at MetLife Stadium come game day: 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The Giants are so far sitting tight at No. 4 in the 2020 NFL Draft, where most -- if not all -- of the highest-rated offensive linemen should be waiting.

It's also likely that Isaiah Simmons will be waiting at No. 4 if the Giants want to go that route. Or they could trade back and potentially still get their top choice.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his seven-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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Jan 25, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; North wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame (83) warms upbefore the 2020 Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 25, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; North wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame (83) warms upbefore the 2020 Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

It may not be a priority for the Giants heading into this year's NFL Draft, but the wide receiver position could use some sort of upgrade if it makes sense for Big Blue. 

In fact, one player in particular could force GM Dave Gettleman's hand at the end of the month to solidify his offensive weapons for QB Daniel Jones

Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool has been rising in mock drafts, and he very well might be on the Giants' radar when draft day comes around. The 6-foot-4, 238-pounder lit up the NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash, 40.5 vertical leap and 19 reps on the bench press.

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Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons sacks LSU QB Joe Burrow (Stephen Lew)
Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons sacks LSU QB Joe Burrow (Stephen Lew)

When you analyze Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons, you clearly see an extremely versatile player that can help an NFL defense immediately this upcoming season. But the biggest question for whoever decides to draft him is where exactly does he play? 

That could be the question facing Giants GM Dave Gettleman and Giants coaches at the moment, as it is very likely Simmons will be on the board for them to select at No. 4 overall on April 23 when the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off. The Giants have been looking for that defensive difference-maker, and Simmons could easily be that man -- if they can deploy him correctly. 

It would make sense for him to play at middle linebacker, but new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham doesn't have to keep him in that box. Instead, it would be much more advantageous to use him strategically where the Giants need tons of help.

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Taking a look at this year's NFL Draft class, the top tackle prospects have dominated most of the headlines, but there are some very strong interior linemen set to join the NFL ranks later this month as well. And Michigan center Cesar Ruiz may just top the list.

According to a report from Jordan Reid of The Draft Network, the former Wolverine has already met with 20 NFL teams and has virtual meetings set up with the Giants and Jets in the coming days.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano mocked Ruiz to the Giants in the second round of his Giants three-round mock draft earlier this offseason and then mentioned him again as a possibility in his latest seven-round mock draft. 

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The Giants filled a lot of holes in free agency, but purposely weren't really big spenders. That's because GM Dave Gettleman's intention has always been to rebuild his team through the draft.

And with 10 picks over three days, beginning on April 23, he'll have plenty of chances to do it.

So with a month to go, here's one look at how those picks might go in SNY's first Giants seven-round Mock Draft:

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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

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

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

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Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

When Cam Fleming hit the open market as a free agent, there were so many connections between the offensive tackle and the Giants that it just made too much sense for a deal not to happen. 

Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2014, Fleming spent two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after leaving the Pats before signing a one-year deal with the Giants on March 18.

Along the way, Fleming played for three current members of the Giants' coaching staff -- head coach Joe Judge, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and offensive line coach Marc Colombo -- and his relationship with that trio played a huge role in him signing with Big Blue. 

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January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Kyler Fackrell began his introductory conference call on Thursday by being very straight-forward. 

Flashing back two seasons ago, Fackrell collected a career-high with 10.5 sacks and 42 tackles from his outside linebacker position. But the Packers went and picked up Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith after that 2018 season, which took tons of snaps away from Fackrell. 

In turn, Fackrell collected just one sack as a depth player with 23 tackles.

"It was obviously not ideal," he said.

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano knows what the Giants and Jets should do with their first-round picks. Oh, and did you know he got to interview the late Don Rickles? That and much more....

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Thursday, April 2 called They Might Be Giants...

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On Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Jonas Schwartz look at Big Blue and ask, "should the Giants pursue Tua Tagovailoa?"

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Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons

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

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

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

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Special teams play is Joe Judge's calling card, and the Giants made an upgrade on that front on Wednesday afternoon.

The team announced the signing of long snapper Casey Kreiter on Wednesday, inking the former Broncos' Pro Bowl selection.

The 29-year-old former Iowa Hawkeye began his NFL career the way just about all long snappers do, as an undrafted free agent. After spending two training camps with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and 2015, Kreiter signed with Denver in 2016 and won the starting job there.

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

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

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

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

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Giants legend Eli Manning sent a special message to the entire healthcare team at New York-Presbyterian hospital systems (more than 47,000 employees) -- as the workers there are on the front lines helping to battle the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

"I just wanted to give a special call-out to all the caregivers and really the entire healthcare team at New York Presbyterian Hospital," Manning said. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing. We read about it every day, and your selflessness, your determination, your willingness to act and go above and beyond was expected. ... to help out New York and so many people.

"When everybody else in the world is being asked to stay at home and to sit back and do nothing, you've been asked to step up. And you're doing that in every way. We can not thank you enough and just want you to know how much we all appreciate what you're doing to the benefit of so many others. So please stay safe, stay healthy, and God bless." 

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If there's anyone on the Giants that knows how new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will run his defense in his first year at the helm, it's his former linebacker Blake Martinez

During his time linebackers coach with Green Bay, Graham got to work with Martinez exclusively and you can understand why the Giants were looking to nab him in free agency this offseason. Graham only spent a year with the 26-year-old, but Martinez said their bond came immediately. 

"We had that year together and we became super close, he was my inside linebacker coach," Martinez said during his introductory conference call on Monday. "For me, what made me so excited to work with him this year and the following years is how smart he is. I think he is probably the smartest coach I've ever been around."

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There's a strong chance that if the Giants keep the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft that the big four offensive linemen -- Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas -- will be there waiting for them.

If the Giants stick at No. 4 and aren't tantalized enough by Isaiah Simmons to take him there, they could very likely wind up with Wirfs, a physical specimen that many experts have as the best offensive lineman in the draft.

Click below to see Wirfs straight up jumping out of a pool, doing back flips, and other insane things a man of his size shouldn't be able to do...

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Nate Ebner

Giants new special team catalyst Nate Ebner knows what it takes to become an Olympian, which is why he's hoping that the postponed 2020 Olympic Games will indeed take place in 2021 in Tokyo.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Games, originally scheduled for July 24-August 9 of this year, are being pushed back to July 23, 2021, and are set to close August 8, 2021.

The 31-year-old Ebner played on the United States rugby team at the 2016 Games in Rio.

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Yannick Ngakoue clearly doesn't want to be a Jacksonville Jaguar, nor does he want to play under the $19.3 million franchise tag. He even scolded his team on Twitter on Tuesday for preventing him from "taking care of his family" and begged them "Let's move on."

So yes, teams are circling to see if the Jags have had enough and are willing to trade their 25-year-old pass-rushing star. At the moment, there's no indication that they are, but things could always change. And if it does, one thing is clear about this situation:

Trading for Ngakoue is going to cost a lot.

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

The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the draft will continue to run on schedule. 

The draft will be "held from a hub," per MSG's Madelyn Burke, where picks for all 32 teams will be able to come in and get relayed to the players. The NFL is doing this, obviously, to remain in accordance with social distancing. 

Team "war rooms" will also be limited with the amount of people in it. NFL executive Peter O'Reilly said the draft "will focus on good role modeling," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, and that means no more than 10 people in rooms. That also includes in players' homes during Draft Day. 

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Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Most mock drafts around the country are pegging the Giants to take an offensive tackle at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

But, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, that isn't the case at all. Instead, he has the Giants "zeroing in" on Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons with that pick. 

In the latest edition of his Stick To Football podcast, Miller said he is hearing "many NFL scouts" who believe Dave Gettleman & Co. have their eyes set on the versatile linebacker. Miller has him ranked as his fourth-best prospect in the draft, so it would be fitting. 

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Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons
Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons

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

But what truly is the right pick here? 

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

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New Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez would obviously love to be in East Rutherford, signing the new $30.75 million contract he agreed to with the team during NFL free agency.

But, instead of the introductions to the front office and coaches, Martinez had to do everything virtually -- just like his introduction to the New York media on Monday. 

Martinez joined a conference call to explain that he had to talk to new head coach Joe Judge and a familiar face in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham over the phone. This is the first time Martinez has ever done anything like this being that it is his first time being a free agent and joining a new team after four years in Green Bay. 

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In this edition of Loud Mouths: Great Debate, Jon Hein and Justine Ward break down who they believe caused more drama while playing in New York City -- Odell Beckham Jr. or Matt Harvey...

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By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.

But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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Newest Giants CB James Bradberry can't introduce himself to the fans how he might want to with coronavirus not allowing him to make his way to New York. So, instead, he took some time out of his day on Sunday to answer fan questions on the team's Reddit page. 

Here are some of the highlights from the questions asked...

1) @Celestrial2: You had to match up with Julio [Jones], Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year. Which of the three was hardest to guard?

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The Giants are re-signing tight end Eric Tomlinson, he announced Saturday via Instagram.

Tomlinson, who had been cut by the Giants in September, also spent time with the Raiders and Patriots in 2019.

The 27-year-old Tomlinson spent the first three seasons of his career -- from 2016 to 2018 -- with the Jets.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Eli Manning knows the New York-New Jersey area just about as well as any athlete.

Since getting traded to the Giants on draft day back in 2004, Manning has called northern New Jersey home, and despite the current coronavirus outbreak, Manning knows that the area will come back as strong as ever.

"We're doing everything possible to get through this," Manning told the New York Post's Steve Serby in a Q&A. "We're taking the right steps, and obviously, this is an uncertain time. But, I think this country, and the Northeast and New Jersey and New York, are resilient and we're tough and we kind of find a way to fight through things. That's what we're gonna have to do. 

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Through the first wave of free agency, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman demonstrated he was willing to spend to improve Big Blue's defense.

The biggest addition to the group is cornerback James Bradberry, who signed a lthree-year, $45 million deal with nearly $32 million of that money guaranteed. 

Bradberry spoke via a conference call on Friday afternoon, making his first public comments since being signed as the key addition to the Giants' secondary. The former Panther said he was a bit surprised when the Giants' offer came in, but he's ready to be a leader in a very young Giants DB room.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants legend Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about beating Tom Brady in big games, recently reacted to the 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer's decision to bolt the Patriots for the Buccaneers.

"I was surprised, how it all worked out," Manning told Steve Serby of the New York Post. "I just did not imagine him leaving, them letting him go and him going somewhere else, just from my experience. But for him to have had all the success, do everything he'd done in New England and did it with one organization, I guess you just kind of wonder what was the reasoning? I don't know if he felt unappreciated, or just wanted to try something different, but was surprised that this went down."

But while Brady is gone from New England and the team currently has only quarterbacks who profile as backups on its roster, Manning doesn't think Bill Belichick and the Pats' reign of Kings of the AFC East is necessarily over.

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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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Dave Gettleman stunned the NFL back on April 20, 2016 when he did what many thought was unthinkable. He had an All-Pro cornerback, generally considered one of the best in the NFL, on an ascending team coming off a loss in Super Bowl 50. And he had him locked up for the next season with the franchise tag.

Then, he pulled that tag right out from under Josh Norman's feet.

Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag that day was bold, bizarre, and almost universally criticized. But from Gettleman's view, as the Carolina Panthers general manager, it was a responsible and necessary thing to do.

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Here's a player-by-player report card for the Giants' free agent signings so far


CB James Bradberry (three years, $45 million, $31.8 million guaranteed)

The Giants needed big-time help at this spot after dumping Janoris Jenkins in December, and they got arguably the second-best corner on the market at a somewhat reasonable price.

Bradberry is big (6-foot-1, 212 pounds), fast (4.45 40-yard dash), and he'll be a big help for an otherwise young secondary that includes last year's first-rounder DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal. If they were going to spend "big" money, it had to be either at corner or pass-rusher, and once most of the top pass-rushers were tagged, they wisely got aggressive here.

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants are signing free agent DT Austin Johnson, reports Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

Johnson, 25, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans, where he played 58 games (13 starts).

He made just one start last season after making nine starts in 2018.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A former Giants wide receiver is staying within the division. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, former Big Blue receiver Cody Latimer has agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins. 

Latimer, 27, spent the last two seasons with the Giants, totaling 35 catches for 490 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 29 kicks for the Giants over those two seasons, averaging 23.8 yards per return. 

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

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

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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It's always fun to watch how the free agent market materializes over time, but that's from an outside perspective. 

As a player, it's a little more nerve-racking. 

Some players are still out there on the market, and at this moment, they're likely watching their expected price tag drop with most players already joining new teams. That includes DE Jadeveon Clowney, who isn't expected at this point to hit his $22-23 million, but he'll remain patient. 

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XFL players are allowed to sign with NFL teams, and the Giants took advantage of that by signing DB Dravon Askew-Henry to a two-year deal, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Askew-Henry played for the New York Guardians, so he already knows what it's like to play at MetLife Stadium. And clearly he did enough for the Giants to believe he can crack the 53-man roster next season.

The former West Virginia Mountaineer is the cousin of legendary CB Darrelle Revis, and Rapoport added that he should compete for the nickel cornerback role that Corey Ballentine is currently slated for. 

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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Quarterbacks have always been the key to whether the Giants will be able to trade down in the first round of the NFL Draft, and whether any offers will even be tempting. Teams without a franchise quarterback can get desperate. That's why quarterbacks always make the prices go way up.

This year, there are three generally considered to be at the top of the class, but only one team ahead of the Giants -- the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1 -- seeming like a lock to take one. And with the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins positioned right behind the Giants at No. 5, it puts Big Blue in the sweet spot for teams looking to move up.

Or so it seems.

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Giants head coach Joe Judge reunites with another familiar face in RB Dion Lewis, who signed a one-year deal to join Big Blue, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday.

The Giants were predicted to be done spending considering they had about $15.3 million in cap room left, per Over The Cap. But Lewis was out on the market after the Titans released him, and Judge took the chance to add a versatile running back behind Saquon Barkley.

Lewis has been backing up Derrick Henry for the past two seasons, totaling 726 yards over that span. But getting just 54 rushing attempts and 25 receptions in 16 games last season, Lewis wasn't a necessity to bring back for Tennessee. 

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants are giving WR Corey Coleman another shot, signing him to a one-year year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. 

Coleman was slated to be a solid depth receiver for the Giants last season, but he tore his ACL before it began. He made a good impression in the return game with Big Blue in 2018, where he also had five receptions for 71 yards in his eight games played. 

The 25-year-old is a former first-round pick by the Browns back in 2016, but he has yet to live up to that status. He's had trouble with drops and learning his assignments, but New York liked what they saw two seasons ago enough to bring him back under new head coach Joe Judge

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

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

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

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In some ways, Dave Gettleman went for quantity over quality during his free-agent shopping spree last week. For the most part, instead of getting the most expensive players on the market, he spread his money out so he could fill some of the Giants' many needs.

And he certainly did. He filled a big hole at cornerback, two at linebacker, and added a right tackle, all while also finding a backup quarterback, a special teams ace, and a blocking tight end. He also re-signed his kicker, the Giants' best special teamer, and -- though not everyone loves this move -- insured the Giants will get at least a full year out of Leonard Williams after his controversial trade.

In the process, Gettleman has used almost all of the Giants' $72.7 million in cap space. The exact number is hard to figure until the details of all the contracts are known, but he seems to have only about $7 million left based on the contracts and contract numbers SNY has obtained. He'll actually need to create some more space with either cuts or contract restructures to sign the Giants' draft picks and keep enough money as an in-season reserve.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants' 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants' 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Starting at noon on Sunday, ESPN will be airing seven-straight hours of Tom Brady content.

The reasoning is pretty simple: Brady's ultra-successful 20-year run with the Patriots is now officially over, as the 43-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Also, there's not a whole lot else going on right now.

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Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

A starter on the Giants' 2019 offensive line is on his way to Kansas City.

Mike Remmers, who started 14 games for the Giants at right tackle last season, has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per his agent.

Losing Remmers should not come as much of a shock for Giants fans, as it was likely even before the start of free agency that Remmers would be calling somewhere else home in 2020. After the Giants signed Cam Fleming earlier this week, the possibility of Remmers coming back became minuscule.

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


QUARTERBACK: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney

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

Tags: Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Leonard Williams, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Antonio Hamilton (30) warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Antonio Hamilton (30) warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)

A key member of the Giants' special teams is heading to the AFC West.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirms that former Giants corner and special teams contributor Antonio Hamilton has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Hamilton is the first Giants' unrestricted free agent to sign elsewhere this offseason, and he's also the first free agent signing by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, after winning Super Bowl LIV.

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The Giants have made several moves, adding to their defense -- filling a few holes before the NFL Draft rolls around. But they could still use a pass rusher and a very familiar one is still out on the market. 

Markus Golden, the man who had a bounce-back year in a Giants uniform last season, has yet to sign a new deal. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the interest is still there for the Giants to sign him. The price tag is the biggest question. 

Spotrac has Golden's market value set at $13.5 million after totaling 10.0 sacks with 72 combined tackles -- 13 for loss -- and a career-high 27 quarterback hits, which was ranked sixth in the league last season. He also scooped up a 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football. 

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Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Giants have found their veteran backup quarterback.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that the Giants have agreed to terms with former Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million with $1.5 million guaranteed.

The Giants had previously been linked to former Kansas City and Miami backup Matt Moore, but it's McCoy who will be joining Big Blue's QB room. A source tells Vacchiano that the Giants did make an offer to Moore, but he turned it down.

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