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Offseason Program Starts: What we learned


  1. The Giants need name tags.** The Giants, who added 15 new veterans in free agency this offseason, welcomed all the new faces -- as well as the old -- to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday for the start of the voluntary offseason workout program. "Name tags would be a nice addition," 11-year veteran Chris Snee said. Get to know those names and faces:

Meet the newest faces on the Giants as they take their selfie!

2. QB Josh Freeman signed and joined the team for workouts. Big Blue's quarterback meeting room grew to four players on Monday with the signing of former first-round draft pick Josh Freeman, who previously played for the Vikings and Buccaneers. "I'm definitely excited about being a part of this great organization," Freeman said. "Obviously, it's a chance to go play quality football, learn from some great coaches, learn from a great quarterback in Eli (Manning) and just be a part of a great organization."

3. Antrel Rolle is back in his domain. The Giants safety, whose leadership on the team grows by the day and year, had been anxiously waiting for Monday since last season ended. With the departure of Justin Tuck and the retirement of David Diehl, there are only four players on the Giants roster with more NFL experience: Josh Brown (12th year), Cullen Jenkins (11th), Manning (11th), and Snee (11th). "I arrived in NJ at midnight awaiting this moment," he wrote on his Instagram account. "The moment of returning to my home, my workplace, my domain! I must say this feeling never gets old. Believe me it gets harder and harder every year knowing that when this time comes you have to abandon your family, significant other, and friends. But everything great comes with a sacrifice. This is my passion and my love. I am always humbled and more importantly extremely blessed to be approaching moments like these after 9 NFL Seasons."

4. The offense is looking forward to learning a new system. The new faces walking around the facility weren't only players. The Giants hired offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo this offseason after Kevin Gilbride retired and added running backs coach Craig Johnson and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf. "There's a lot of work to be done here, not only learning an offense but getting familiar with your teammates, building relationships there," Manning said. "It also is exciting. I think sometimes you've got to mix things up and change things up a little bit in your career. It will be a great challenge, but I'm looking forward to that."

5. Everybody is eager to see how it all falls together, offensively and defensively. Linebacker Jameel McClain, who signed with the Giants in free agency after six seasons in Baltimore, said it best on Monday: "That's every NFL season. You come into the next year with a different team. There are a lot of moving parts and it's good to see how it all comes together. So far there are a lot of great personalities, so that's a winning combination by itself."

The Giants return to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for Offseason Workouts

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