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NFL schedule release Thursday night

The 2020 NFL schedule will be officially released Thursday night There will be a three-hour show on NFL Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET to unveil the schedule. The show will stream on NFL.com, the NFL app and social platforms beginning at 9 p.m. Giants head coach Joe Judge will be one of 13 head coaches to appear on the program.

Obviously, we will be seeing schedule leaks throughout the day. There is already this:

We already know the Giants’ 2020 opponents.

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Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.

If the Clayton report is accurate that means the first four Giants’ games, in some order, would be against the Browns, Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens.

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What Giants learned about Joe Judge after first NFL Draft with team

In his first NFL draft with the Giants — his first anywhere as a head coach — Judge operated the way those who hired him expected him to handle the assignment: organized, prepared, perhaps a tad headstrong but willing to listen and incorporate the ideas and thoughts of those around him.

What came through loud and clear: Judge, with his background steeped in special teams, was already accustomed to evaluating players in their totality, not specifically where they fit on offense or defense. For the past eight years, Judge scoured the draft for the myriad skills needed to cover and block for kicks and punts. Thus, he was better prepared than a 38-year-old novice head coach normally would be, as far as seeing how these draft prospects make sense on the roster.

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Joe Judge's unusual advice to unite Giants players

The coach is telling players to play video games of use FaceTime to get to know each other.

“The biggest thing is we’re working virtually but we got to knock down some these walls and bridge the gaps with our players and form relationships,’’ Judge said Wednesday on NBCSN. “The one thing we can’t have is we walk in for training camp in July or August and start looking around and now we’re introducing ourselves to each other. We can’t have that.’’

“So we got to find a way as a coaching staff with eliminating those gaps with our players,’’ Judge said. “It starts by just forming relationships. The X’s and O’s are very important but the thing we’re missing right now is the lunch table conversations, the weight room bonds, walking off the field in Phase 2 or 3, just taking your cleats off on the steps together. There’s things you can’t replicate through a computer, but we’ve got to do our best as a coaching staff to put the players in a situation where they can start forming some of these relationships.’’

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