Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsAfter struggling in 2017, Brandon Marshall could be a candidate to be cut by the Giants this offseason.

Both Brandon Marshall and Eli Apple could potentially be let go by the Giants this offseason after producing very little for the team in 2017.
Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesRunning the three-cone drill may look easy on TV. But try it in real life.

When to zig, when to zag, when to accelerate, when to pound the brakes or burst through the finish line. All so complicated for a newbie like myself.
William Hauser/USA TODAY SportsDefensive ends Olivier Vernon (54) and Jason Pierre-Paul are among the veterans with contracts the Giants can get out of rather easily next offseason.

New York doesn't have an exorbitant amount to spend given its current situation, but it is enough to "make things work."

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Courtesy of the New England PatriotsNew England Patriots created Valentine's Day cards for fans, including this one of coach Bill Belichick.

The Patriots, along with several other teams, took to social media on Wednesday to spread some love. Here are some of our favorite digital cards.
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Max Kellerman shares what he gleans from Giants GM Dave Gettleman appointing Mike Shula as offensive coordinator and James Bettcher as the defensive coordinator.

Lawyers for the New York Giants and for the collectors suing the team, quarterback Eli Manning and others for alleged memorabilia fraud traded barbs in court filings this week.

The collectors' lawyers continued to assert their claims that Manning, the Giants, their equipment director and Steiner Sports were complicit in memorabilia fraud. The Giants' attorneys, in their most extensive filing to date, maintained that those suing them have yet to prove they've done anything wrong.

The Giants are hoping to convince the New Jersey Superior Court judge to issue a summary judgment and avoid a civil trial. The plaintiffs, meanwhile, are hoping to prove they have enough evidence to proceed to trial, scheduled to begin in less than six weeks.

Along with producing transcripts of their depositions Monday, the plaintiffs introduced the findings of John Robinson of Resolution Photo-Matching. Robinson, an expert witness for the plaintiffs, said that photos of four out of five helmets didn't match what was sold as game-used Eli Manning pieces, and that Manning likely never used them in a game.

The plaintiffs are three Giants collectors, including Eric Inselberg, who says he bought thousands of pieces of memorabilia from the Giants' equipment managers. They allege that the Giants and equipment director Joe Skiba were complicit in the manufacturing of fake memorabilia and showed negligence.


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Jeremy Brevard/USA Today SportsMike Shula will be the Giants' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, but is not expected to call plays.

Mike Shula isn't the splashy hire some wanted, but he's a quality coach whose success will be judged by how he helps develop New York's young QBs.
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The New York Giants are hiring Mike Shula as their offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Shula previously was offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers from 2013 to 2017.

Shula is also expected to serve as the Giants' quarterbacks coach while new head coach Pat Shurmur handles the playcalling duties. Offensive assistant Ryan Roeder will also stay on the staff, according to a source.

The Shula hire was first reported by NFL Network.

Shurmur's staff finally appears to be complete after the search for an offensive coordinator took some twists and turns. The Giants were recently denied permission to interview and hire Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator.

Shula worked with new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during their time with the Panthers. Shula also worked as the quarterbacks coach with the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars and had a stint as the head coach of the University of Alabama from 2003 to 2006.

The Panthers fired Shula last month after his offense finished 19th in the NFL for the second straight season. Carolina was first in points scored under Shula in 2015, when the Panthers advanced to the Super Bowl and quarterback Cam Newton was named league MVP. 


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Kris Enslen/Parabolic Performance & RehabilitationESPN reporter Jordan Raanan gets a first-hand look at an NFL draft preparation program at Parabolic Performance & Rehabilitation in New Jersey.

Training for the combine and pro days, a six-week grind for prospects, has been a grueling test of willpower and pain management for this average Joe.
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Wentz, Johnson and Beckham intend to be ready, but there's a long way until Week 1. NFL Nation forecasts what's ahead for those on the mend.
Adam Bettcher/Getty ImagesDarrell Bevell spent seven seasons as the Seahawks' offensive coordinator.

Who can handle the job? Here are some of the names to monitor for the Giants' OC opening moving forward.

The New York Giants were denied permission to interview and hire Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski as their offensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Stefanski was recently passed over for the Vikings offensive coordinator job. The Giants and their new coach, Pat Shurmur, who was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota before leaving for New York, had been waiting for several weeks to see how things panned out with Stefanski and the Vikings. It didn't turn out in their favor.

Stefanski and Shurmur were known to have a strong working relationship, but the Vikings decided to deny that reunion, a somewhat surprising outcome given Shurmur's relationship with the organization and Stefanski losing out to former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for the OC position. The Giants now remain without an offensive coordinator. Some possible candidates that have been mentioned in recent weeks are former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley, who also has a previous working relationship with Shurmur.

The Eagles could also deny the Giants permission to speak with Staley. He remains under contract with Philadelphia, according to a source.

The Eagles recently lost their quarterbacks coach, and their offensive coordinator, Frank Reich, is in the running for the Indianapolis Colts head-coaching job.

The offensive coordinator job with the Giants does not include playcalling duties. Shurmur intends to call plays in New York, much as he did for most of the past two seasons in Minnesota.

Stefanski, 35, would have had playcalling duties as the Vikings' offensive coordinator. Instead, he will remain a part of Mike Zimmer's coaching staff for at least one more year as they decide how to proceed at the quarterback position.

Shurmur and Stefanski helped the Vikings get the most out of backup Case Keenum


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Over the next two weeks, I'm going to preview the beginning of each team's offseason by identifying the first five things it should do during this downtime. I'll hit the NFC this week and the AFC next week. Here's the schedule for the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 12: NFC East

Tuesday, Feb. 13: NFC North

Wednesday, Feb. 14: NFC South

Thursday, Feb. 15: NFC West

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NFC West: Cardinals | Rams | 49ers | Seahawks

NFC South: Falcons | Panthers | Saints | Buccaneers

NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings

NFC East: Cowboys | Giants | Eagles | Washington

NFC West

Let's address the NFC West (in alphabetical order), where the Rams made one of the most unexpected divisional title runs in recent memory in 2017. With the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco, this suddenly appears to be one of the toughest divisions in football again, and it will only get more difficult if Arizona finds a quarterback:



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