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Giants news, 5/17: Did Giants have NFL’s best offseason?

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Gil Brandt thinks they did

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Seven best offseasons of 2018: Giants, Browns make strides - NFL.com

The addition of experienced head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman automatically helped this team. Then, the Giants acquired some much-needed assistance for quarterback Eli Manning and their anemic running game by signing left tackle Nate Solder and drafting running back Saquon Barkley and guard Will Hernandez. Trade acquisition Alec Ogletree, meanwhile, is probably the Giants' best starting linebacker since Antonio Pierce nine years ago. Furthermore, Shurmur and Gettleman have apparently been able to press the right buttons with Odell Beckham and Eli Apple, as both reported for the team's offseason conditioning program despite Beckham's discontent with his contract situation and Apple's tumultuous season ending in a one-game suspension by the team.

Giants 'need more pass rushers,' Justin Tuck says

"They need more pass rushers," Tuck said last week during the BTIG charity day in New York. "When I was playing, we had a big assortment of guys that could fit that mold,. But, I really like Lorenzo Carter, their third-round pick. He's a guy that kind of fits the mold that can get after the passer. I know that was a weakness for their defense last year, but I know this new staff is trying to address that. We can always use more pass rushers."

Penn State QB breaks down the inner Saquon Barkley
One day, and one day soon if Giants GM Dave Gettleman is right, Eli Manning will be gushing about Saquon Barkley the way Trace McSorley was gushing about him...

Why Giants are giving Eli Apple an unlikely second chance
This time last year, Eli Apple was on his way to making it big. Much has transpired with Apple since, most of it bad and disturbing, and he readies for his...

NFC East projected starters: Giants power up; Eagles locked in - NFL.com
Gregg Rosenthal fills out the starting lineups for each team in the NFC East. Will the Giants' offense be unstoppable with rookie RB Saquon Barkley carrying the rock?

Regrading the 2015 NFL Draft: Rams prove wise with Gurley, 10 teams see grade fall to D or F - CBSSports.com

New York Giants

2015 grade: C+

The skinny: The Giants took tackle Ereck Flowers in the first round, which hasn't exactly worked out. He's been a starter, but he's struggled mightily. They are moving him from left tackle to right tackle this season, but he was also floated around the league in trade talks. The best pick in this draft was second-round safety Landon Collins, who is a big part of their defense in the secondary. That's a big hit for the Giants. The bad news is that none of the four picks after him are still on the roster. That means he's the only sure starter in 2018.

How I did: I liked the pick of pass rusher Owamagbe Odighizuma in the third round, but he was let go last summer. I questioned the decision to trade up for Collins, who I thought was more of a box safety. That's a big miss. My third-day gem was seventh-round tackle Bobby Hart, who did start 21 games for the Giants, including seven last season before being benched. He was let go after the season and signed with the Bengals.

New grade: D

Free agent house hunting: Finding new homes for top remaining free agents - NFL Videos
NFL Network's Terrell Davis and LaDainian Tomlinson find the best potential landing spots for some of the top remaining free agents.