New York Giants


Davis Webb took a step toward restoring confidence that he can be a capable backup quarterback for the New York Giants. Webb took advantage of his opportunity to play for Eli Manning, throwing a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter to help the New York Giants beat the Detroit Lions 30-17 Friday night. ''Everyone says that wins don't matter in the preseason, but they leave a much better feeling in the locker room,'' Giants coach Pat Shurmur said.

Without stretching, New York Giants offensive lineman Chad Wheeler folds his 6-foot-7, 317-pound frame over far enough to place his palms flat on the ground. Like many NFL players, he does yoga. ''It's funny doing it as a team because a lot of guys haven't done it,'' Wheeler said.

Odell Beckham Jr. looks as if he has fully recovered from ankle surgery. Giants coach Pat Shurmur declined to say if Beckham would play in his first preseason game Friday night against the Detroit Lions . The 25-year-old Beckham broke his left ankle nearly 10 months ago, putting his short and stellar career in jeopardy.

As he ramps up his activity level in joint practices with the Detroit Lions, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains confident that his contract situation will be resolved with the team. "I definitely think it's gonna work itself out," Beckham told reporters Thursday. It's a matter of time, just like anything in life, it's timing." Beckham, who is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, has remained optimistic about signing a long-term extension with the Giants, who reportedly opened negotiations with the wideout in late July.

The New York Giants had a hold-your-breath moment with rookie running back Saquon Barkley during practice Monday. The No. 2 overall draft pick caught a swing pass out of the backfield from fellow rookie Kyle Lauletta and was injured either stretching to make the catch or running down the sideline after the catch. Barkley seemed to be favoring a leg as he walked back up the field.

Robert Martin of Rutgers might be one of the biggest surprises in the New York Giants' training camp. No one expected much from the running back when the team reported in the last week of July. The 22-year-old from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, didn't start for the Scarlet Knights last season and had to attend a tryout after the draft to get an invite to camp.

The additions of new coach Pat Shurmur and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley didn't provide a quick fix for the New York Giants' offense. The 20-10 loss to the Cleveland Brown in the preseason opener Thursday night at MetLife Stadium was somewhat disappointing, at least based on the statistics. The offense generated 10 points, with the lone touchdown being set up in the third quarter by a recovery of a fumbled punt at the Browns 14 by Zak DeOssie.

Saquon Barkley knows how to deliver. In his NFL preseason debut, New York Giants running back Barkley delivered with a 39-yard rush on his first touch. With the handoff from quarterback Eli Manning, Barkley took a few steps back before cutting up the right side of the field and breaking three tackles along the way.

The New York Giants said they wanted Odell Beckham Jr. to check off certain things, like coming to training camp, then they’d talk to him about a contract extension. Beckham did those things, including showing up to camp on time. ESPN’s Josina Anderson said the Giants are not offering him a deal that would be anywhere what he wants.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants failed to agree on a new contract over the weekend, according to an ESPN report. On Saturday, Beckham told reporters he was "optimistic" the two sides would work out a deal. Agent Zeke Sandhu and the Giants reportedly couldn't agree on the market value for Beckham, who has said he wants to be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.

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