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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Say what you want about your opinion on the Giants trading away star WR Odell Beckham Jr. His former teammates miss him. 

"Just his presence," Sterling Shepard told The Post's Paul Schwartz, adding that there has been an adjustment period to get used to him not in the locker room. "He's a great guy, he's loved around this facility. Just his presence, I guess."

Beckham has always been one of a kind since entering the league, and it showed in his awe-inspiring play that was matched with an exuberant personality as well. Whether it was making his signature one-handed grabs like it was just another day on the gridiron, or dancing in around practice with players like Shepard and Saquon Barkley, Beckham was always keeping things light and fun. 

Tags: Cody Latimer, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants TE Evan Engram just can't catch a break. 

The Ole Miss product didn't have the sophomore season he was hoping for after a solid debut back in 2017. Injuries that included a concussion as well as hamstring and knee ailments kept him out five games. And when he was in the game, Engram didn't seem like his normal self as he battled back to full strength. 

Unfortunately, his third year isn't getting off to the best start either. Engram has been dealing with another hamstring injury that has kept him out most of the OTAs as well as the three-day minicamp last week...

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Shurmur on Giants QB competition 00:00:54
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said rookie QB Daniel Jones could be ready to start Week 1 but Eli Manning is the current starter.

It's been great to see and hear that the Giants' sixth overall pick in Daniel Jones has been impressing during the team's voluntary practices as well as their three-day minicamp. 

Jones' new teammates and coaches have noticed by the day that he became more comfortable with the offense, and in turn, his confidence rose. 

"You can see him getting confident," Evan Engram said of Jones after minicamp. "Anytime you're coming in as a rookie, you're going to be a little shaky or a little nervous. You kind of see him starting to brush that off, get into his groove and take advantage of everything he's given."

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Dec 28, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Darius Slayton (81) catches a pass and rushes for a touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of the 2018 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Dec 28, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Darius Slayton (81) catches a pass and rushes for a touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of the 2018 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

Behind Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, there is an opportunity for somebody to step up and grab the Giants' No. 3 wide receiver spot. If rookie Darius Slayton performs in training camp this summer like he did this week, he'll have a shot.

By all accounts, the fifth-round pick out of Auburn had a strong minicamp this week, rebounding from what was a rough showing during rookie camp. 

"The guy that's made huge improvements in my eyes has been Slayton, he's done a really good job," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday. "I think we were all here during rookie minicamp when he kind of had the yips, drops and what not. He's really smoothed it out and he's been making plays. He's the first guy that comes to mind. This time of year, it's more about throwing and catching and less about blocking and tackling. I think the young guys in the secondary have been competing, all of the new players. That's a good thing."

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Sterling Shepard enters his fourth year with the Giants, which makes him the receiver with the most experience playing with Eli Manning.

So when Shepard joined Manning for his annual spring throwing program, this year it was in New Jersey, he noticed there was something different about the 38-year-old veteran. 

"Yeah, he's the same guy but I think he's just upped it a little bit more," Shepard said Tuesday at Giants minicamp. "I saw him after every single throwing session, he was doing a conditioning session without us. I've always seen him do conditioning, but afterwards he was getting after it, that was a little different from what I saw previous years."

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL-wide shock of Giants GM Dave Gettleman selecting Duke QB Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft has (for the most part) settled. Odell Beckham Jr. is a member of the Cleveland Browns, and yes, the organization will probably never hear the end of it. If there's something that Giants fans can take solace in, it's that Saquon Barkley is still just 22 years old and going into his second season as a pro.

Giants Twittersphere will never tell you this, but there are in fact a few reasons to feel optimistic eye for the upcoming season...

Saquon Barkley's continued development

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs after a catch in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs after a catch in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

When Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert walked to the podium during coaches availability on Wednesday, it was expected the slew of Odell Beckham Jr. questions were going to come his way. But with him now on the Browns, Tolbert wanted to talk about who he actually will be coaching in the new season.

"I'm going to say this about Odell, I don't want this to be an Odell Q/A," Tolbert said affirmatively. "Odell was a great player for us, with the Giants. We all love Odell, we respect him as a player and wish him nothing but the best with the Cleveland Browns."

For the Giants, though, it isn't as simple as replacing Beckham in the offense this season. He had over 1,000 yards receiving in four of the last five seasons, and was Eli Manning's favorite target when he was on the field. 

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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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)

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The 2019 NFL Draft is over, and the Giants have made all of their picks to bring in prospects they believe can impact them for years to come. It will be fun to watch as these rookies join the veterans at camp this preseason to see who will earn a spot on the 53-man roster, and who will be starting at the end of the day. 

Between the new rookies and veterans, here are some position battles to watch in the new year...

DEPTH RECEIVERS

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and 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 owner John Mara (left) and 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)

After using 10 of their 12 picks in the NFL Draft this year, the Giants now have a much more complete roster as the schedule begins to shift over to OTAs and mini-camp.

Yet no roster is fully complete until they leave training camp with the 53 best players and despite adding 10 more players, plus the signings of several undrafted free agents, there are still some areas of weakness on the Giants' roster. 

Here some holes the Giants must fill after NFL Draft:

Tags: Chad Wheeler, Lorenzo Carter, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants may no longer have Odell Beckham Jr., but Sterling Shepard is locked up for the foreseeable future. 

The Giants and Shepard officially agreed to a four-year extension on Friday and the 25-year-old wide receiver is ready to step in as a leader in the wide receiver room. 

"I'm ready," he told the team website. "With Odell going down the last two season [with injuries], that time definitely helped me get a grasp of what being a leader is all about, and being that lead guy in the room. I think it prepared me for this moment. I was pretty vocal anyway. I'm a pretty vocal guy. That will be no problem."

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Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard sit courtside at the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Jan 21, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard sit courtside at the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

The Giants and WR Sterling Shepard are close to finalizing a contract extension, and RB Saquon Barkley was quick to congratulate his teammate. 

After the news broke, Barkley immediately took to Twitter to show some love to Shepard, who he has grown close with ever since he was drafted by the Giants last season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE SAQUON'S TWEET

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Giants extend Sterling Shepard 00:01:07
New York Giants believe they have a true #1 receiver in Sterling Shepard and show it with a $41 Million contract extension.

The Giants and WR Sterling Shepard are "working on" a contract extension that is expected to be worth $41 million over four years, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal has $21.3 million in guaranteed money.

Shepard was entering a contract year, with his rookie deal expiring at the end of the season. There was no notion the Giants were interested in bringing back the Oklahoma product, let alone extension talks taking place. Rumors were floating around saying the Giants would want to shop Shepard, so they wouldn't let another talent walk into free agency like Landon Collins did this offseason. 

However, sources told Vacchiano the Giants never had any intention to trade Shepard. When Odell Beckham Jr. was dealt to the Browns, the team knew that Shepard needed to be signed long-term. Teams, like the Patriots as Garafalo points out, may have called GM Dave Gettleman to see if Shepard was available, but those talks weren't going to be anything more than that.

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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There is less than a month to go until the Giants can use their 12 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a look at how those picks might go:

First round (6th overall) - LB Devin White, LSU

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Coleman, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

With Odell Beckham Jr. ready to start his new chapter in ClevelandSterling Shepard will enter the new season with much more responsibility in the receiving game. And with his contract expiring at the end of the year, the 2019 season will be very interesting for No. 87. 

Shepard had his best season in a Giants uniform last year with with 66 receptions (107 targets) for 872 yards and four touchdowns. Eli Manning was also fond of throwing him the ball when he needed a third-down conversion, as he converted 17 of his 20 third-down receptions. 

The Oklahoma product has proven to be a reliable target with the ability to break out for the big play, which is why he is likely to start camp as the No. 1 receiver in the room. But things changed when the Giants decided to sign veteran free agent WR Golden Tate to a hefty four-year, $37.5 million contract. 

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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Taking one of the five best receivers in the game out of an offense isn't the ideal recipe for success. In an NFL era where explosive passing games rule, players like Odell Beckham seem necessary. The more talent and weapons a team has, the more points they're likely to score.

So why do the Giants seem to think there's a chance their offense will be better now that Beckham is gone?

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Donning a bright orange Browns cap, Odell Beckham Jr. addressed the Cleveland media for the first time since being traded by the Giants. 

Beckham sat right in between his new quarterback Baker Mayfield and his long-time friend in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, as he reflected on the moment he got the call from GM Dave Gettleman that he was traded. He said he was eating dinner when his phone rang, and he admitted "I knew something was going down."

"I defintely would say that it did," Beckham told reporters when asked if he was surprised. "It's just a lot to process. You start off in New York in your career, and the next thing you know you're here today. I think I've come to grips with everything and processed everything. To see my guys here, I'm excited about this."

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Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is excited to work with the Giants' offseason acquisitions, from safety Jabrill Peppers to wide receiver Golden Tate, but the one that stands out to him is offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

"When you add a solid, veteran player that's established himself and he's consistent and tough and has all the attributes you're looking for in an offensive lineman to add to that crew, we got better," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

While they were announced as separate deals, Zeitler's trade -- when the Giants dealt pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns -- went into the NFL transaction log combined with the blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. deal given both trades were agreed to before the new league year began.

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) in the tunnel before game against Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) in the tunnel before game against Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Before the world found out about the blockbuster trade between the Giants and the Browns, Saquon Barkley received a call from Odell Beckham Jr. -- the highlight of the deal.

"We talked over FaceTime, he had just gotten traded, so I don't think he was really happy about it," Barkley told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo after Penn State's Pro Day on Tuesday, where the former Nittany Lion went to support his former teammates. "He just gave me some advice about how to handle stuff in the league. He was the same old big brother to me that he's always been."

Barkley was out in Los Angeles with WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram working out together in preparation for the upcoming season. Beckham has also been out in LA doing the exact same, but he had been in out in Paris when he got the call from GM Dave Gettleman that he was moving him to Cleveland. 

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dave Gettleman was absolutely right when he lamented the fact we're living in an "instant gratification world" during his conference call on Monday. There's a rush to judge everything, a demand for an immediate payoff. Everyone wants to be first with a knee-jerk reaction or a juvenile social media take.

And so it was with the Giants' trade of Odell Beckham Jr. and, really, their entire offseason. Gettleman didn't get nearly enough for his star, some screamed. He has no plan, yelled others. Tweet by tweet, it was clear the world of keyboard warriors believed he didn't have a clue.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
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The Giants are rounding out their receiving corps in the wake of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. 

The team re-signed Cody Latimer, the wide receiver announced on Twitter Sunday night. 

"Back for seconds!!!. Let's go big blue!!! Ready to get back to work with the squad!!! Time to finish what I started last season," he tweeted. 

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With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, the Giants are in need of help at wide receiver, and they have reached out to one potential replacement, reports Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News

According to Leonard, the Giants have reached out to the representatives for free agent WR Chris Hogan, who has spent the last three seasosn with the Patriots after spending the first four years of his career with the Bills.

The 30-year-old Hogan -- who has gotten a lot of work in the slot but is more versatile than that -- had 35 receptions for 532 yards and three touchdowns last season while playing 15 games.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The fallout from the Odell Beckham Jr. trade won't be clear until the Giants make their next move. It wasn't long ago they looked to be building around Beckham. Clearly they have now blown up that plan.

So what's next? How can the Giants replace him? And what does this mean for their present and future?

Here's a look at some of the ripple effects from one of the Giants' biggest deals in years:

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman absolutely hates the word "rebuild." Now, he has no choice but to use it.

No matter how the Giants' sell it in the coming days, that's what this franchise is undergoing right now, and likely for the foreseeable future. The stunning trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns all-but proves it. Gettleman, entering his second year as general manager, has now just about blown up whatever was left from the Jerry Reese era, and is rebuilding the Giants' from relative scratch. 

In the last few days alone he's jettisoned two of his best defensive playmakers. Now the departure of Beckham, one of the NFL's top receivers, leaves the Giants barren on offense too.

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Kyler Murray from NFL Combine 00:00:25
NFL quarterback prospect Kyler Murray envisions a very successful and 'dangerous' Giants offense if he was under center.

Kyler Murray saw a swarm of reporters and cameras flood to his podium at the NFL Combine on Friday, and though baseball-related questions saw a dejecting look from the Heisman Trophy, he did enjoy answering a question about the Giants.

With head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman on hand this week in Indianapolis, it is obvious they are looking at the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft to see if one could be Eli Manning's heir apparent. Murray believes he could be that guy, especially with the weapons the team currently possesses in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, and Evan Engram.

"Like you said, OB, Shep, Evan [Engram], Saquon -- I think me in that system or with those guys can be very dangerous," Murray said. "At the same time, I don't get to choose where I go so, if that was the case, I would love to be in that situation. Love to be in New York."

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

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The idea that the Giants should or might trade Odell Beckham Jr. starts with a simple premise - that they're somehow better without him. He's a distraction. He wasn't the same player after his injury. He's always hurt. The Giants' offense got better last season with him on the sideline.

All of those things would be good reasons for the Giants to consider a deal. Except they're not true. And neither is the overall premise.

The Giants just aren't better without Beckham. In fact, they'll be much worse if they trade him away.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Here we go again.

It was only six months ago that the Giants showed how they felt about Odell Beckham Jr. by signing him to a monster, five-year, $90 million contract with $65 million guaranteed. And it was only six weeks ago that GM Dave Gettleman responded to a question about whether he'd be open to trading Beckham this offseason by saying, "We didn't sign him to trade him, if that's what you're asking me."

So, with their wallet and their words, the Giants have made it clear they envision a future with Beckham. But with Beckham and the Giants it's never that simple.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: What's the best way for the Giants and Jets to catch up to the Patriots and Rams? Stealing some of their players would be a pretty good start.

While they won't be able to poach Tom BradyTodd Gurley, or any of the real elite players on either of the Super Bowl LIII teams, both of teams have a long list of intriguing players who are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 13.

Here are 10 - five from the Rams, and five from the Patriots - who should interest the New York teams the most:

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: What's the best way for the Giants and Jets to catch up to the Patriots and Rams? Stealing some of their players would be a pretty good start.

While they won't be able to poach Tom BradyTodd Gurley, or any of the real elite players on either of the Super Bowl LIII teams, both of teams have a long list of intriguing players who are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 13.

Here are 10 - five from the Rams, and five from the Patriots - who should interest the New York teams the most:

Tags: James Carpenter, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Two years ago on this date, the Giants were getting ready to face the Packers in the NFC wild-card round.

But first, some of the wide receivers celebrated a playoff berth by partying on a boat in Miami.

In the trip that was heavily scrutinized in the days, weeks and months afterward, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were among several Giants players who were on a yacht with Justin Bieber, Fabolous and Trey Songz.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning waves as he leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said in recent weeks how strongly he feels that Eli Manning will quarterback the team in 2019.

And even after Manning turned the ball over twice in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, he said he felt the same way.

"Everybody thinks I'm nuts," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro, "but I've seen the good in Eli. I certainly hear things [bad about Manning], but I believe in him. I feel strongly about Eli.''

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

All signs still point to Eli Manning returning as the Giants' QB next season, but the 37-year-old did break his pregame routine with a sentimental gesture prior to kickoff against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Manning walked out of the tunnel with his three daughters in tow, and looked like he was surverying the early crowd at MetLife Stadium, according to NY Daily News' Pat Leonard. All three of Manning's daughters were wearing their father's No. 10 Giants jersey.

Soon, the quarterback had photos taken of him and his daughters in the Giants endzone. This was a never-before-seen gesture from Manning, according to Leonard. Manning's response earlier this week as to whether or not he'll be Big Blue's starter in 2019 was also different than usual. 

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Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Giants play their season finale of the 2018 season on Sunday against the Cowboys, it is natural for the masses to think about whether it will be QB Eli Manning's final game starting for Big Blue. 

This was the same question at this point last season, with the Giants' draft stock in the Top 3 and five top quarterbacks to choose from. But GM Dave Gettleman went in a different direction, selecting RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall as he showed his faith in the 37-year-old quarterback. 

Gettleman also said he had a win-now strategy for the Giants, and that hasn't been the case. The Giants would finish 6-10 on the season if they win Sunday, and that isn't what the front office expected, which is why Manning's status as the team's franchise quarterback is up in the air again. And he knows it.

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Shurmur on Odell and the offense 00:00:39
Pat Shurmur talks about Odell Beckham Jr, and why the rest of the season is still important for the Giants even without the playoffs

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THE GAME 

The Giants (5-9) at the Indianapolis Colts (8-6) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

There'll be some early snow showers turning into afternoon rain, and none of it will matter because they play in a dome.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Giants gave a good fight to bounce back from 1-7 and keep their miracle hopes alive into December. But with that out of the way, it'll be very interesting to see what happens next. There is no meaning in this game, other than Pat Shurmur's desire to re-teach the Giants how to win. It does not appear as if he'll start taking longer looks at young players, particularly rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta. That makes this game just a way for them to sadly play out the string.

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Odell wants to play if cleared 00:01:09
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. voices that he will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts if he's cleared.

The Giants were officially eliminated from the playoffs last week after their loss to the Titans. So it would make sense that star WR Odell Beckham Jr., who is battling a "hematoma" as he called it, to sit out the rest of the season, right?

Not in his eyes.

"If I can play, I'm going to play,"' Beckham said on Thursday after not participating in practice again. "It's just the bottom line. You dreamed of being here, you dedicated, gave everything to be here, so you do all this to play games. As much fun as meetings are and all that other stuff, like you do this to play games, so if I can play, I'm in."

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1-on-1 with Sterling Shepard 00:01:17
Justine Ward goes 1-on-1 with Sterling Shepard. They discuss everything from goals for the end of the season to college football playoffs.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is a larger target without injured teammate Odell Beckham Jr. running plays. That responsibility transferred off the field as the 24-year-old served as a mouthpiece for the Giants' expectations heading into Week 16.

On Monday, head coach Pat Shurmur said playing through adversity, something the Giants (5-9) are familiar with after being exempt from playoff contention in back-to-back seasons, is necessarily to establish a winning culture. 

Shepard echoed his coach's sentiments by placing importance on attaining a certain desire to win every game. 

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

NFL fans have spoken, and Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley is a clear favorite. 

With the NFL Pro Bowl fan voting finished, Barkley was the top running back in the league with 987,562 votes. He also finished third overall in fan voting with Saints QB Drew Brees (1,270,631) and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (1,197,370) ahead of him. 

Barkley is a Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite as he has tallied 1,124 rushing yards on 209 carries, 629 receiving yards on 78 receptions, and 13 total touchdowns over 13 games. 

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Apparently a Modell's getup gives Sterling Shepard a certain Saquon Barkley look.

The Giants receiver went undercover as a Modell's salesman in a video posted by The Checkdown. Shepard had some shoppers fooled, but not in the way he might have expected. 

A male customer approached Shepard thinking he was the Giants rookie running back -- and things got a bit awkward.

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Looking at the stat sheet after the Giants 40-16 rout of the Redskins Sunday, it would have been easy for anyone to give the game ball to rookie RB Saquon Barkley. He finished the game with 170 yards rushing with a touchdown on 14 carries to go along with four receptions for 27 yards.

But head coach Pat Shurmur handed the ball game, instead, to WR Sterling Shepard.

Shepard's stat sheet didn't jump off the page one bit with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown. But it was what he did off the ball that had the entire locker room in agreement he deserved the game ball, and Barkley explained the one play that stood out the most. 

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants running back Saquon Barkley recorded 197 total yards from scrimmage for the second time this season in Sunday's 40-16 win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, yet he put others in the spotlight after the game.

"I think I've done a good job of surrounding myself with the team outside of the facility," Barkley said, according to ESPN. "Obviously, inside the facility, the trainers and the doctors do a great job, but also taking care of my body outside. You go for 170, it's not by yourself. It starts with the team. The coaches made unbelievable calls and the offensive line dominated up front."

Barkley, who became the first Giants rookie to top 1,000 rushing yards, reeled off a 78-yard touchdown run and a 52-yard gain in the second quarter, recording a career-high 170 rushing yards and getting into triple digits for the fourth straight game. 

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Giants beat Redskins 40-16 00:01:45
The Giants beat the Redskins 40-16 in a signature win for the team that?s starting to build momentum and bring their record to 5-8

Oh, if only this Giants run had started just a little bit sooner.

That's going to be the lingering sadness about this season, now that the Giants have won for the fourth time in their last five games. They're now 5-8 after their 40-16 pounding of the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. on Sunday. They're starting to look like the team they thought they'd be.

If only they hadn't started 1-7. If only they had held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago...

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Shurmur did a marvelous job of holding the Giants together through their 1-7 start, even getting them to play hard and fight in a longshot bid to make the playoffs. His locker room didn't fracture. His players mostly refrained from pointing fingers.

But it may not be so easy for Shurmur to hold everything together after Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Eagles. Because in the unhappy locker room afterward, there seemed to be a few fingers pointed right at him.

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates after a reception during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates after a reception during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

As the Giants head to Philadelphia to face their division rival, they will step on Lincoln Financial Field as 6.5-point underdogs. But, while the Eagles boast a potent offense, they have a glaring red flag in their defense.

The Eagles' secondary has been laboring in recent weeks, as the injury bug nested in this group. First, it was Ronald Darby going down for the rest of the season with an ACL tear, and Jalen Mills is now set to miss his third straight contest as he battles a foot injury. 

Add Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox to the heap after getting injured in last Sunday's blowout against the Saints, and the Eagles are left with adopting the "next man up" mantra yet again -- something head coach Doug Pederson is used to at this point. 

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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

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Giants come back to beat 49ers 00:01:20
Eli Manning led the Giants to a 27-23 victory, after coming from behind to beat the 49ers on Monday night.

Eli Manning completed the 36th game-winning drive of his career Monday night in San Francisco, but it was just the second over his last two seasons.

Despite the 37-year-old's recent decline, which has fueled talk about his benching and even retirement, at least a few key Giants players still believe in their quarterback.

"It frustrates me when people go at him," said Sterling Shepard, who hauled in Manning's third touchdown pass of the night in the final minute of their 27-23 victory over the 49ers. "I see that from the media, but you wouldn't want a better guy with the ball in his hands. You saw what he did on that last drive. When we need him, he's going to come through for us." (ESPN)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning calls a play against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning calls a play against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning orchestrated his 36th career game-winning drive in Monday's 27-23 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

"It meams a lot," Manning said. "That's what I told the guys this week. We've worked too hard not to be rewarded with wins. ... We just weren't able to get some of the outcomes or make the plays we needed to win. Today we were able to do that."

Manning, who threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns, capped a nine-play, 75-yard, penalty-ridden drive with a go-ahead touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the left side of the end zone as the Giants came off the bye week and won for the first time since Week 3.

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Giants come back to beat 49ers 00:01:20
Eli Manning led the Giants to a 27-23 victory, after coming from behind to beat the 49ers on Monday night.

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The Giants are going to take a look at rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta at some point this season. They may even take a look at journeyman Alex Tanney. There's nothing Eli Manning can do to stop that from happening.

But maybe he did just enough on Monday night to hold off the transition for a few more weeks.

The 37-year-old quarterback only completed 19 of 31 passes for 188 yards, but that included three touchdown passes and an impressive, game-winning touchdown drive in the final 2:46 of the game. It included a beautiful 31-yard pass to tight end Evan Engram and a perfectly placed 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining to seal the Giants' 27-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

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The Giants deserve an "F" for the first half of the season, and if there was a grade lower than "F," they'd deserve that too.

Everything they did in the offseason screamed "Win now!" And they weren't shy about saying they expected to win now either.

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New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants are in fire sale mode, with DT Damon Harrison and CB Eli Apple recently getting traded, and pretty much everyone else on the team also available in advance of Tuesday's trade deadline. 

With T Ereck Flowers also waived this season, two of the last three first-round picks for the Giants no longer play for the team. Even QB Davis Webb, a third-round choice last year, was waived before the start of the season before playing a snap.

This just furthers the narrative that the Giants have been largely awful when it has come to drafting since 2008 -- with most of that blamed on former GM Jerry Reese. But just how bad have they been? This year's draft class gets an incomplete, and we broke down every Reese draft class (2008 to 2017)...

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