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Giants legends welcome Obi Toppin to New York

Last week, the New York Knicks used the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to select New York City native Obi Toppin.

Toppin was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Bushwick. After moving to Florida for several years, Toppin and his family returned to New York for his junior year of high school, moving to Ossining, where Toppin attended Ossining High School.

He would go on to play at the University of Dayton, where he was a consensus first-team All-American and the National College Player of the Year this past year. Toppin was also named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and took home the Karl Malone Award as the top collegiate power forward.

A couple of Giants legends took to Twitter to welcome the newest professional athlete to New York City.

Xavier McKinney, Oshane Ximines 'have a chance' to play Week 12 vs. Bengals

The Giants welcomed back two young defensive players who can potentially help them down the stretch as they returned to work today after their bye week.

Linebacker Oshane Ximines and rookie safety Xavier McKinney, who are on injured reserve, were formally designated to return to practice and were on the field with their teammates. The Giants have 21 days to activate them or keep them on I.R. for the remainder of the season.

Another rookie, linebacker Tae Crowder, returned to practice on Nov. 11 and might play for the first time since Oct. 18, when his 43-yard fumble return touchdown was the deciding score in the Giants' 20-19 victory against Washington.

The 3-7 Giants are in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC East, a half-game behind Philadelphia. They will return to the field Sunday in Cincinnati against the Bengals, who are 2-7-1.

"I think both have a chance for Sunday," Judge said of Ximines and McKinney. "Today was the first day getting them both back out there. I'd say both moved well, both were really flying around the field today doing what we had to do. But it was mostly individual type work today. When we get into Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, kind of see them in a more team setting. Wednesday, we'll have the pads on, see them pop the pads a little bit and see how their bodies respond to it. That will really tell the story for the weekend. I don't want to rule anybody out in that nature. I thought both guys really came back, did a great job rehabbing with the trainers and physical therapists, and both guys moved around well today.

"I always want to be fair to the player and put him in a team setting before we go ahead and try to rule them in or out for a game. But I'd say based on today, they would have a chance. We just have to see where they are when we get into a team setting."

P Riley Dixon, LS Casey Kreiter activated off Reserve/Covid-19 list

The Giants today returned to work following their bye week by welcoming back four players for their six-game stretch run.

Punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter were activated off the Reserve/Covid-19 list. They had been placed on the list last Wednesday.

Four Giants players remain on the Reserve/Covid-19 list – kicker and leading scorer Graham Gano, tight end Kaden Smith, rookie tackle Matt Peart and recently-signed wide receiver/return specialist Dante Pettis, who has yet to play for the team.

In addition, linebacker Oshane Ximines and rookie safety Xavier McKinney, who are on injured reserve, have been designated to return to practice. The Giants have 21 days to activate them or keep them on I.R. for the remainder of the season.

The 3-7 Giants are in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC East, a half-game behind Philadelphia. They will return to the field Sunday in Cincinnati against the Bengals, who are 2-7-1.

View the best photos from the first 10 games of the Giants' 2020 campaign as the team enters its Week 11 bye.

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