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Giants news, 4/22: Jabrill Peppers, Eli Manning, pivotal picks, more headlines

New York Giants news for Thursday

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Following the news of the NFL’s jersey number change approval, SS Jabrill Peppers is looking towards getting kicker Graham Gano’s number 5 (which Peppers wore at Michigan).

How did Eli Manning spend his 1st year of Giants retirement? He coached 4th grade girls basketball - nj.com

Giants legend Eli Manning has reportedly considered re-joining Big Blue as an advisor/coach, but for now he seems content coaching his daughter’s basketball squad.

2021 NFL Draft: What to expect with five pivotal first-round picks - NFL.com

The Giants could be a team on the move in the 2021 NFL Draft, but will the team stay put and grab an elite talent or make moves?

2021 NFL Draft Top 300 Big Board: Trevor Lawrence, Patrick Surtain II, Trey Lance — the talent runs deep - The Athletic

Dane Brugler lists off his “big board” with 8 days to go.

Top 25 Under 25: Ranking NFL’s Best Young Stars Ahead of the 2021 Draft - Bleacher Report

25. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

When he’s healthy, Barkley is one of the NFL’s most electrifying players. The second overall pick in 2018 exploded for over 2,000 total yards, beating Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Barkley averaged five yards per carry and caught 91 passes.

His yards per carry dipped in 2019, and the former Penn State star missed three games. But he still piled up over 1,400 yards.

The 2020 season was a disaster. Barkley was completely shut down, managing just 19 carries for 34 yards before a Week 2 ACL tear ended his season and cast doubt over his future.

Yes, Barkley has not played a full season since his rookie year. But one ACL tear dropping the former Rookie of the Year all the way to the bottom of the list seems extreme. Giants ownership, staff and fans alike want to see Barkley at full strength once again and a full season may allow him to jump back up the rankings.

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