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Social media roundup following 2020 campaign

The Giants' 2020 season came to an end on Sunday night as the Washington Football Team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles to secure the NFC East title.

Players took to social media to discuss the disappointing finish to the division race and their excitement about the 2021 campaign as the offseason begins.

Here is what is being said on social media.

Giants sign 2 free agents to renegotiated contracts; 13 players to reserve/future contracts

The Giants today signed two exclusive rights free agents to renegotiated contracts and 13 players to reserve/future contracts.

Defensive back Madre Harper and tackle Jackson Barton are the re-signed free agents.

Harper joined the team on Oct. 1 and played in nine games. He had two solo tackles on defense and three tackles plus a fumble recovery (on Nov. 8 at Washington) on special teams.

Barton was claimed off waivers from Kansas City on Sept. 6. He was inactive for 15 games and active but did not play at Cincinnati on Nov. 29.

Those signed to reserve/future contracts are wide receiver Alex Bachman, linebacker Trent Harris, defensive back Montre Hartage and defensive back Jarren Williams, who each appeared in at least one game this season and ended the season on the practice squad. They were joined by four practice squad veterans: quarterback Alex Tanney, defensive back Quincy Wilson, long snapper Carson Tinker and guard Kenny Wiggins. Other practice squad players signed today were tight end Rysen John, running back Taquan Mizzell, defensive tackle David Moa, guard Chad Slade and quarterback Clayton Thorson.

View photos from the Week 17 matchup between the Giants and Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

Coach Joe Judge reflects on first season

Head Coach Joe Judge addressed the media today following the conclusion of the Giants' 2020 campaign.

Opening Statement:Guys, I appreciate you pushing the time back a little bit later. Today was kind of a lot of exit meetings with our players, so I wanted to take the time and make sure we spoke with the majority of the players. We still have a handful that have to come back through tomorrow. I want to make sure I spend enough time with those guys before they get on the road and really start their offseason fully. 

Before we get started with questions, I just want to take the opportunity to really thank everyone who was involved with this season. Every player, every coach, every staff member, every family member of a team member who was involved with the sacrifice involved with this as well, and especially the fans. This was a different type of year not having the fans in the stands. I can assure you; your absence was definitely noticed. We've already talked today collectively, players and coaches, about how much everyone is looking forward to next year when we can go ahead and open the gates and fill the stadium. That being said, I'd like to open it up to any questions you might have that I can answer. 

Q: I'll start with the little bit of news that's out there. [Defensive Coordinator] Patrick Graham interviewing with the Jets. Do you expect you're going to lose Patrick this offseason after the job he did for you?

A: Look, I just want to say this just very clearly, kind of on some of the topics with other things as well. I'm not now nor will I ever comment on any coach's job, job prospects or any hypothetical reports about jobs until something is finalized and official. I appreciate the question; I respect the question. I think it's easy to acknowledge we've had a number of coaches do a good job. I probably expect a number of requests for several of our coaches throughout this offseason. We'll deal with that internally as they come up. 

Q: At your introductory press conference, you talked about you wanted to have a team that reflected the grit of this area. Do you think you accomplished that?

A: You know it's funny, we had that conversation last night. Someone asked me the same question in the locker room after the game. I can absolutely say yes. When I think about the people of this area, I think about hard working people who wake up every day regardless of the circumstance or situation, that have to go ahead and provide for their families. I think about people that work in tough conditions. I think about people who have to work through the COVID era. I think about people who have to go ahead and do things that are tougher for them just to make it better for other people. I think about people who don't have a choice but to finish the job they start. And I think about our players and the way they've played this season, and you talk about adversity and going up and down when things aren't always going right, things aren't always peachy. These guys showed up to work every day to work hard, they showed up with a level of commitment, they showed up to make sure they made the decisions that were better for everybody else involved, even when it didn't include themselves personally at times. I think about people when it was 0-5 or 1-7, didn't question what the plan was, didn't question what the process was, but they showed up on a daily basis to make sure that they played hard, they worked hard, they earned their paycheck and that they fought until the end. I think that reflects on the tape you turn on. It doesn't have to be any quote from me. I think when you turn the tape on, that's the attitude, the identity that our team has reflected on the play on Sundays. Obviously, there are things as a team you always have to collectively improve on going forward. There is no finished product. You never arrive. However, when you think about this area in terms of what this team should mean to the people out there, our guys have worked to make the people of this area proud. That's something we talked about on a weekly basis. That's something we'll always continue to emphasize, along with the history of this program, the players that came before. But being the pride of the people of New York and North Jersey, that's a main focus for the players and coaches in this building. That's something we're always going to go ahead and prioritize in terms of how we work, how we play and the types of players we have in this building.

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