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Giants news, 8/22: Baker clears the air, Darius Slayton set to debut, more

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Here are a few headlines to keep you busy while you wait for Thursday night’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Baker Mayfield texts Giants’ Daniel Jones to clear the air and explain he was taken out of context -

So, that’s over with.

Early signs point to Giants' Daniel Jones getting his shot sooner rather than later | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

We’ll see. I continue to maintain this is going to depend more the Giants’ won-loss record than anything else.

How Giants rookie with ‘crazy potential’ leaned on teammates to stay sharp after training camp setback -

Darius Slayton should finally get on the field Thursday night.

“I definitely was pretty sick those first two days after I hurt myself," Slayton said. "Because I knew how I was coming off the spring. I feel like now that I get my physical back, I can get my mind and my body on the same page, and feel like I can play my best ball.”

2017 NFL Draft revisited: Grades for first-rounders two years in -

Tight end Evan Engram gets a ‘B.’ That, in my view, is fair.

Engram has the size, speed and catch radius to be a top-tier receiving tight end in the league, but inconsistency, injury and inept quarterback play have hindered the speedy pass catcher. Although he cut down on the drops (11 in 2017; 3 in 2018) and strung together a few productive outings to close out last season, Engram has yet to prove he can be a reliable (and available) option for Pat Shurmur. The Giants’ second-year coach will need him to be both for the franchise to have a legitimate shot at the postseason in 2019. With Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland and seemingly the entire Giants receiving corps banged up or suspended, Engram’s in line to see just about every early target that doesn’t go Saquon Barkley’s way.

NY Giants' roster: Projecting who stays and who goes

Giants’ Evan Engram will be a breakout star in 2019 — and here’s where it all started for him this summer -

Did Duke’s shoddy WRs really hurt Giants’ Daniel Jones? Don’t tell that to Jets’ Jamison Crowder -

The positions battles to watch in Giants-Bengals game

Damon Harrison signs one-year extension with Lions -

2019 NFL preseason: Each team's most promising rookie(s) -

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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport: Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has been everything the New York Giants expected 'and more' [Video]

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