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Giants news, 5/23: Offseason questioned, Paul Perkins still a Giant, more

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The seven NFL teams that had the most compelling offseasons | ESPN

The Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. They drafted a quarterback No. 6 overall. The watched Landon Collins leave in free agency. Of course they are on this list.

The Giants traded away one of the game’s great playmakers (Beckham) and one of their better pass-rushers (Vernon). They used the first-round choice acquired for Beckham on a 350-pound nose tackle, seven months after trading away a 350-pound nose tackle (Damon Harrison). They acquired a 23-year-old safety drafted in the first round (Jabrill Peppers) to replace a 25-year-old safety drafted in the first round (Landon Collins).

For some, it felt as if the Giants were akin to a basketball team sinking 2-point shots while its opponents were hitting 3s.

”You could have had Odell and Harrison from last year’s team,” an exec said. “Instead, you have Dexter Lawrence and a fifth-rounder from Detroit. That makes no sense to me.”

It obviously makes sense to the Giants, but execs agreed that New York’s GM, Dave Gettleman, has not communicated the plan effectively.

The forgotten running back Giants just can't get rid of | New York Post

Yes, Paul Perkins is still a Giant.

If you are surprised to learn Perkins continues to be a full-fledged member of the Giants, well, do not feel bad. In many ways, it is not easy to remember he is around.

Does he feel like he is viewed as the forgotten man?

“Honestly, I don’t know, I don’t have the temperature of the fans or the media,’’ Perkins told The Post this week. “The people that know I’m still on the team know I’m still on the team, so that’s all that really matters to me.’’

He is still on the team, one of the running backs pushing and shoving to claim a space as one of the backups to Saquon Barkley. Wayne Gallman enters his third season with the Giants and is a fully capable reserve, and possibly, more than that. Rod Smith, a former Cowboys caddy to Ezekiel Elliott, was signed this offseason. Eli Penny is a fullback. Jon Hillman is an undrafted rookie from Rutgers. Perkins is in the mix, somewhere.

Giants' retooled offensive line looks like their best in years | ESPN

We addressed the revamped offensive line earlier this week. ESPN says:

The bar is low, but this could be the Giants’ best offensive line since 2010 or 2012, when they still had core players such has Chris Snee and David Diehl in the lineup. It’s not the Super Bowl-winning line of Kareem McKenzie, Snee, Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert and Diehl, but this year’s hog mollies should be a significant improvement from recent seasons.

”It’s the best they’ve had in years,” said one pro personnel scout with an NFC team.

NFL asks teams to stop Oklahoma drill, others

An old-time drill is going away.

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