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Giants news, 12/11: Xavier McKinney, Evan Neal, more headlines

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Giants' Xavier McKinney humble about playing every snap

“Money doesn’t mean much to me,” McKinney told The Post. “Playing this game, I came in and my objective was to get a [Hall of Fame] gold jacket. It wasn’t to make the most money. I want to be a great player. The money part is going to come. I’m not worried about contracts. I’m worried about playing the best I can play so when my time is done I’m remembered as one of the best to ever do it. That’s what I want to accomplish.”

The Giants have used McKinney and first-year starter Jason Pinnock interchangeably in the two safety roles. McKinney aligning in four different spots for at least 50 snaps each on his way to 796 total has added a level of disguise to Martindale’s defense.

“When I’m in the right places, I can make a lot of plays,” McKinney said. “When I’m able to move around and utilize all my abilities — being able to play nickel, play safety, play in the box, play deep, it gets me going and gets what I consider in that mode. That’s what I’ve always loved doing, so I don’t think it’s going to change any time soon.”

Salary cap expected to exceed $240 million for 2024 season
The salary cap for the 2024 season is likely to land north of $240 million, up from $224.8 million per club this year, NFL Network Insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported.

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The Giants struck gold with their free-agent signing of linebacker Bobby Okereke.

Evan Neal still will get shot to ‘prove’ he can be Giants' right tackle

“He doesn’t have the body of work to say, ‘He’s not a tackle,’ so let’s give him the time and opportunity. Part of that is being healthy,” offensive line coach Bobby Johnson said. “Let’s not automatically assume somebody can’t because they don’t have the body of work. Let’s give him the chance to prove that he can. I have to coach better, he has to play better. That goes to a lot of guys. I just hope he gets back soon so we can give him some opportunities.”

“If you draft a guy in the first round as a tackle and you move to guard, is anybody going to be happy with a serviceable guard?” Johnson said. “No, give him the opportunity to put the body of work that he can or cannot do something he was drafted to do. I know right now we want him to be better. He wants to be better.”

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