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Giants news, 1/31: Eli Manning, cap rises, Mike Kafka, more headlines


New York Giants headlines for Tuesday

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Eli Manning hated seeing the Empire State Building in Eagles colors

Eli Manning was like all Giants fans Sunday, detesting the Empire State Building lit up in Eagle colors on Sunday.

“I’m all for good sportsmanship and congratulating teams when they do well, but I don’t know about going that far out of your way to support a division rival,” Manning said during an interview on Big Blue View Radio Jan. 30, the day after the Eagles secured their spot in the Super Bowl. “The New York-Philadelphia rivalry is so intense, I thought that was a little extreme. That was a tough one to swallow last night.”

As for what he saw from the Giants this year, Manning said he was “proud” of the way Daniel Jones played this year, as his improvement was primarily a result of just making “really good decisions all year.”

“Protected the football, ran really well, good play-action, throwing on the run, but when things weren’t there just continually made good decisions,” said Manning. “There were enough of those situations early in games where he didn’t force things, he took sacks, protected the football, and just kept the games close, kept them close into the fourth quarter and they were able to make a run and win some of these close games.”

Manning said he is enjoying his role with the organization and that it “was a fun year to be around,” especially as the team making the playoffs.

“Went to most of the home games, went to London and watched them play, got to be around the locker room, around the facility when everybody’s happy, being around the coaches after wins and the players and ownership. It’s a good atmosphere when they’re playing well and winning games,” said Manning.

Here is the full interview BBV’s Ed Valentine conducted with Eli Manning

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Other Giant observations

Contracts Giants Must Consider Cutting in 2023 Offseason | Bleacher Report

The good thing for New York is that it has quite a bit of financial flexibility. It’s projected to have $44.9 million in available cap space (per Over The Cap), so they should be able to spend a good bit of money in order to retain their stars and bring in additional talent. The Giants may clear even more cap space over the next few months by cutting three veterans: WR Kenny Golladay, CB Adoree’ Jackson and DL Leonard Williams.

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7. Giants Brian Daboll proved that he’s capable of maximizing their talent, and more should be on the way now that general manager Joe Schoen has plenty of money to spend. But the real question is what they do with that money: if Daniel Jones is back under center after a big step forward, what is his ceiling as a passer? And who’s blocking or making plays for him? The pendulum is swinging in the right direction here; there are just too many variables to assess how far they’re headed.

Five Senior Bowl Prospects to Watch for Giants | Sports Illustrated

Prospects participating in the Senior Bowl this week in which the Giants could be interested include Alabama LB Henry To’oTo’o, Texas RB Roschon Johnson, Miami CB Tyrique Stevenson, Washington State LB Daiyan Henley and Minnesota IOL John Michael Schmitz.

Darius Slayton is the must follow on Twitter this offseason so far

Giants’ Kayvon Thibodeaux slammed after trashing 49ers on Twitter |

After Thibodeaux tweeted that “Way this game look we might be better than the 49rs,” former 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley and current defensive tackle Arik Armstead responded, the latter stating “Don’t do that bro. I watched y’all film.”

Top NFL Extension Candidates to Create Cap Space Ahead of 2023 Free Agency | Bleacher Report

Extending DL Leonard Williams could help solve a lot of financial issues for all parties. The 28-year-old is slated to carry a massive $32.3 million cap hit. While New York could save $12 million by cutting the final year of Williams’ deal and by extending Williams and lowering his base salary to a league-minimum $1.2 million, the Giants could save more than $10 million off the cap.

That $10 million in savings, meanwhile, could help the Giants extend Dexter Lawrence and bring back Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.

Around the league

Preview: Guide to the 2023 Senior Bowl |

The 2023 Senior Bowl kicks off this week, with practices starting on Tuesday and the game itself this Saturday.

Former Giant B.J. Hill stands by his Bengal teammate Joseph Ossai after the game

49ers expect Brock Purdy to miss six months with torn UCL in throwing elbow | ProFootballTalk

Cardinals request interview with Lou Anarumo | ProFootballTalk

NFL sets salary cap at $224.8 million per team in 2023 |

Chargers hiring Kellen Moore as their new OC |

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