T-Rock's Take on the Giants

McAdoo: Screens will be a focal point

Green Bay Packers tight end coach Ben McAdoo

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According to Pro Football Focus, Eli Manning threw for a total of 99 yards on screen passes in 2013. Ninety-nine yards. Not even the length of a football field in 16 games (well, 15 and a half since he left the finale with an ankle injury). It was one of the more frustrating aspects of the offense, that inability to make a relatively simple play function.

Ben McAdoo is going to change that....

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Coughlin catch-all: Eli, JPP, Tuck, etc.

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

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INDIANAPOLIS – We’re here at the NFL Scouting Combine to talk about the future players, but inevitably when coaches come to the podium questions turn to the players already on the roster. Particularly the ones who are coming off of injuries or heading into free agency. So here’s a roundup of the current Giants that Tom Coughlin spoke about on Friday:

ELI MANNING

“We’re very confident...

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Giants' offense not 'broken' but still needs fixing

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, right, talks with

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin and John Mara have agreed on a contract extension, but they do not agree on how to describe the disappointing 2013 season.

In the days after the season ended with a 7-9 record, Mara, the team’s co-owner, described the offense as “broken.” Since then, the Giants have revamped their offensive coaching staff. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired and long-time assistants...

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Eli Manning helping make Peyton Manning comfortable

Peyton Manning #18 of the AFC's Denver Broncos

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Eli Manning is doing everything he can to make his brother’s stay in New Jersey comfortable. It began last week when he took on the role of ticket wrangler for the long list of Manning family and friends and it culminated last night by making sure that Peyton headed into Wednesday’s first regular practice of the week on a full stomach. “He came over for dinner last night and I cooked him a...

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Extending Eli Manning and Antrel Rolle could alleviate cap space, but John Mara is hesitant

Eli Manning looks to pass the ball against

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The Giants aren’t only going to be dealing with 24 unrestricted free agents this offseason. They could also be dealing with two of their highest-paid players who are already under contract for 2014.

Antrel Rolle and Eli Manning are scheduled to earn a combined $22.15 million in base salary in 2014 and count for a combined $29.65 million against the salary cap. If the cap remains the same as...

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Dallas Reynolds says he's ready, no matter who plays QB

Eli Manning looks on as he walks back

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Eli Manning said he’ll play no matter who is blocking for him.

Funny, because Dallas Reynolds said he’ll block no matter who is behind him.

Reynolds, one of the last available pieces of the offensive line who may be pushed into action on Sunday against the Lions and the ferocious front of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, said he was not surprised that Manning chose to play behind the...

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Simms says Eli, Giants have hit 'rock bottom,' calls for 'big overhaul'

Phil Simms, guest host Dan Marino, left, and

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Phil Simms says Eli Manning and the Giants have hit “rock bottom.”

After Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Seahawks in which the Giants’ quarterback threw a career-high five interceptions and set the franchise record for most picks in his career, Simms addressed the mess that his former team has become on today’s episode of NFL Monday QB on CBS Sports Network.

“Sometimes you just have to hit...

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Will Beatty changed technique to live up to contract, now trying to change back

Giants tackle Will Beatty drinks water during team

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Some players can’t handle the pressure of playing in a contract year, knowing that they are performing for more than a lifetime’s worth of money. For Will Beatty, this season has been just the opposite. The left tackle said he has struggled in 2013 because he is trying to live up to the contract that he signed with the Giants this past offseason.

“I know I came into this year trying to do...

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David Diehl remembers meeting his new QB at 2004 draft

Eli Manning, a quarterback from Mississippi, holds a

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David Diehl is the only current Giants player who was a member of the team for the 2004 draft when the franchise-altering trade for Eli Manning was made. In fact, Diehl had an up-close view of the action.

“I was at the draft that day, working the draft and doing stuff for ESPN,” he recalled today as most of the locker room conversation revolved around the trade due to this week’s game against...

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Before and after: How the Giants improved

A composite of Eli Manning after a loss,

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After a dreadful 0-6 start, the Giants have won three games in a row and suddenly find their season very much alive in a wild NFC East.

But what’s changed about this team that not so long ago looked helpless?

Equality

During their 0-6 start, the Giants favored the pass by more than a 2-1 ratio. The offense attempted 233 passes (38.8 per game) and running backs had 113 carries (18.8...

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