Missing Beckham: Manning, Giants struggle in opening loss

WATCH: Eli Manning sacked as NBC introduces his starting offensive line

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The Giants defeated the Cowboys twice last season despite the fact Dallas lost just three regular-season games.

The alarming nature of Beckham's timeline of course elicited follow-up questions. "I think that's an important lesson".

"There is a familiarity there and that does present a challenge, as you'd imagine, with knowing what makes the offense go, not only the scheme but the personnel, and so we've got to be aware of that and plan accordingly", Cousins said Wednesday. It could be four to 12 weeks.

Manning even admitted things could get worse, although he expects improvement against the Detroit Lions (1-0) on Monday night. If you confidently drafted Darren McFadden (like I did) and are in need of a solid replacement, Vereen should fit the bill given his versatility and his usefulness in alleviating pressure off of Manning. So you can't really take it personally. When people say any back can run behind a talented offensive line, plays like this are hard proof of the contrary. "You don't look at it and just hang your hat".

"It means a lot, and I take a lot of pride in it", Bradford said.

"You've just got to be smart", Beckham said. And that's one game. In the first half of the Cowboys game, Manning overthrew a wide-open Marshall. "You've got 15 more to prove yourself". While there is never a way to be 100% certain that a player you acquire will continue to excel or falter, you can get some insight into a players fantasy future by discovering how they fit in their respective teams offensive styles.

It was a truly bad 2017 offensive debut but, thanks to the efficiency of the Cowboys running game, at least the misery went quickly for the Giants. Fewer than 15, it sounds like, unless something drastic changes in the next three days.

Meanwhile, linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) and right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) were the only two players who did not participate in practice. Top corner Janoris Jenkins, who had his right hand wrapped after Sunday's loss, also was listed on Thursday's initial injury report with an ankle injury. Bromley played in Week 1; King was inactive.

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