Wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) runs to get open before making a catch, in East Rutherford. Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring) out 2-3 weeks

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay will be sidelined 2-3 weeks with a minor hamstring injury, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The prized offseason acquisition grabbed the back of his left leg shortly before leaving practice at training camp on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Golladay signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Giants.

Golladay recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018-19 with the Detroit Lions before missing 11 games in 2020 with hip and hamstring injuries.

He caught 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns in five starts last season.

A third-round pick in 2017 and a Pro Bowl selection in 2019, Golladay has 183 receptions for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns in 47 games (39 starts) with the Lions. He led the NFL with 11 touchdown catches in 2019.

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Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Todd Davis (40) celebrates his sack with linebacker Troy Dye (45) during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

LB Todd Davis retires days after signing with Giants

Linebacker Todd Davis retired on Tuesday, just three days after signing with the New York Giants as a free agent.

The Giants announced that Davis had been placed on the reserve/retired list as the team began its first day of training in pads.

Davis, 29, had 35 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed in 11 games — six starts — for the Minnesota Vikings last season.

In 96 career games — 69 starts — with the New Orleans Saints (2014), Denver Broncos (2014-19) and Vikings, Davis has 505 tackles, three sacks, 15 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

He finished with 114 and 134 tackles, respectively, over his last two seasons with Denver.

Undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2014, Davis has also appeared in four playoff games, including the Broncos’ victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

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Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Terrell Edmunds (34) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Saquon Barkley will return when ‘my body tells me I’m ready’

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley told reporters Wednesday that patience has been a key to his rehab from a torn ACL in his right knee.

And Giants fans might require some patience to hold on until Barkley can return to the field at 100 percent.

The 24-year-old Barkley wouldn’t describe exactly where he’s at in his rehab process, nor put a timetable on when he expects to return to game action, noting that “nothing (is) going to be forced for me to come back” and nobody around him is rushing him.

“It’s going to be whenever my body tells me I’m ready and it will show when I’m ready to go, that’s when I’ll be able to go out there and be hopefully as good as I was before or even better,” he said.

Barkley, who injured the knee in September, acknowledged that remaining patient was tough as his Giants teammates get back to the practice field during organized team activities.

“When you have a sport that you love that’s taken away from you, you want to get back there as fast as you can obviously, but you have to be smart,” he said. “At the end of the day I want to do the best for my team, not just for a short span but for a long time.”

One day earlier, Giants coach Joe Judge also declined to reveal a timetable for Barkley’s return, but said that the back has been “tremendously positive” during the process.

“He comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint,” Judge said.

Barkley’s third NFL season ended prematurely when he tore the ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has gained 2,344 yards on 4.7 yards per carry with 17 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores in 31 career games for New York.

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May 27, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) participates in OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in East Rutherford. Mandatory credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA Today Sports.

Giants coach: ‘Daniel Jones is our quarterback’

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge gave Daniel Jones a vote of confidence on the quarterback’s 24th birthday Thursday.

“Daniel Jones is our quarterback,” Judge replied when asked whether the team had any interest in bringing in any veterans to create competition.

The only other quarterbacks on the current New York roster are journeyman Mike Glennon and Clayton Thorson, a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019.

Jones is heading into his third season with the Giants, who selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019. He was 5-9 as a starter in 2020, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushing for 423 yards and one score.

“I’m proud of the way he works every day,” Judge said. “This guy comes to work every day and whatever phase he’s in, if he’s in the weight room, getting treatment on field, throwing with his teammates, organizing things outside this building, the guy always has a plan of how he’s going to attack things. And I’m proud to watch how he’s worked.”

Jones, who threw 24 touchdown passes in 13 games (12 starts) as a 2019 rookie, said he wants to improve as a leader this season.

“As a quarterback, my role is a lot of times to be that communicator, to bring guys together, to get guys moving toward where we need to go, thinking about our goals and what we want to accomplish come this fall,” Jones said Thursday.

The Giants haven’t had a winning record or gone to the playoffs since the 2016 season.

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Nov 4, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) on the field before a game against the Chicago Bears at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Giants sign WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement

The New York Giants announced the signings Sunday of former first-round wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and former Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement.

Both veteran free agents tried out for the team at this weekend’s rookie minicamp, with Benjamin working out primarily as a tight end. Both received one-year deals.

Benjamin, 30, was drafted in the first round (28th overall) by Carolina in 2014 and caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie that season.

His career went south after that and he hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2018. Benjamin’s career totals include 209 receptions for 3,021 yards and 20 touchdowns in 61 games (52 starts) with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

“In terms of Benjamin working a different position today, we’re going to work different guys at a variety of things right now,” Giants coach Joe Judge said on Friday. “He’s a big guy (6-5, 245). He’s always been a big receiver. He’ll work receiver. He’s working a little bit flex tight end as well. I wouldn’t really pin him down to any one position at this point. We’re going to use the weekend to move him around to different spots and see how it works out.”

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman served in the same role with the Panthers when they drafted Benjamin.

Clement, a hero of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII victory against the New England Patriots, appeared in 46 regular-season games over the past four years with the Eagles. He has rushed for 655 yards and seven touchdowns and has 37 catches for 340 yards and two scores.

Clement, 26, caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the 41-33 victory against the Patriots in SB LII.

The Giants also waived running back Jordan Chunn and tight end Nate Wieting.

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