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New York Giants clinch first 10-win season since 2010

Even as he skips workouts, Beckham has made news this week signing a big deal with Nike and hanging out with NFL persona non grata Johnny Manziel.

Yes, OTAs are voluntary, but it’s always noteworthy when a star player like Beckham skips the workouts — especially after he was reportedly supposed to show up. OBJ also missed Eli Manning’s annual offseason passing camp at Duke, due to what Beckham said was oral surgery.

The Giants have Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn on the roster along with passing-down specialist Shane Vereen. Peterson isn’t a natural fit for a New York offense that uses plenty of shotgun and employed three-receiver sets on more than 90 percent of their plays last season.

McAdoo could shift his attack to accommodate any player he wants, but a better fit might be the Lions. Detroit could use an early down thumper and general manager Bob Quinn didn’t exactly dismiss the idea of kicking the tires on Peterson.

The Lions had the chance to clinch a division title on Sunday and even though that didn’t happen, they did show that they aren’t afraid to let quarterback Matthew Stafford rip with the injury to his middle finger. Stafford attempted 39 passes and logged 273 yards (zero touchdowns and a late interception). It wasn’t a stellar performance but, more importantly, he did not appear limited significantly. Detroit (9-5) now heads to Dallas for a stellar Monday Night Football matchup that could paint the complete divisional picture a week from now.

We can fool ourselves into thinking it doesn’t happen, but there are players who check out at this time of year and start making vacation plans. I don’t think any of us could blame them. And then there are moments like the second quarter of Sunday’s Giants-Lions game where Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie chases down a wide open Golden Tate and saves a touchdown. On the following play, the Giants forced a fumble and got the ball back. This game was full of smart, passionate football. Giants special teams ace Dwayne Harris comes to mind after hustling down field to block a Lions gunner from pinning the Giants too deep. Also, we think of Lions receiver and return man Andre Roberts, who had the wherewithal to place his foot out of bounds and grab the second half kickoff, resulting in a kick out of bounds instead of a bungled return that would have forced the Lions inside their own 20. That is high-level thinking at a fast pace in the middle of your biggest game of the season.

In signing Fluker, the Giants address their most pressing need this offseason: building up the offensive line. In 2016, New York struggled mightily in the running game and often failed to protect Eli Manning.

The addition of Brandon Marshall to an already-stacked receiving corps was a flashy move, but it didn’t make New York’s offense any more dangerous heading into 2017. By securing a veteran, if flawed offensive lineman and former first-round pick, the Giants stand a moderately better chance of developing a balanced offense and making a legitimate run at Lombardi.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Last week NFL.com obtained more than 165 pages worth of documents from the King County (Washington) Sheriff’s Office which detail Brown’s 2015 arrest. It includes a signed document in which he admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing his then-wife, Molly Brown. Further documentation obtained by NFL.com details Josh Brown allegedly violating a restraining order, three 911 calls Molly Brown made and the difficulty prosecutors encountered in trying to get her to cooperate with them in their investigation.

Of late, the Giants have discussed Manning being on the “back nine” of his career. That has led to a fairly expedited search for a potential replacement. This is not unforeseen territory, though. The Giants have, through the years, also experimented with developmental prospects like Ryan Nassib and Rhett Bomar. None have been able to stick on the roster for long.

This cannot be welcome news for former second-round pick Geno Smith, who landed with the Giants in a rehabilitative effort to jump start his career. Now, he will need to hope that Big Blue keeps three passers on the roster this year.