The Giants on Wednesday fired DC Perry Fewell and DBs coach Peter Giunta. Don't expect the Giants to suddenly turn 3-4 in their base defense, given that the 4-3 has always been a staple of Tom Coughlin teams. But a new coordinator could opt for a little more variety in his fronts and perhaps an increase in blitzing. We'll be curious to see who the Giants select, how they approach free agency -- re: Jason Pierre-Paul -- and whether they make significant changes to the LB corps and/or secondary.

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The Giants have ruled ILBs Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. That leaves David Mayo as the top guy inside. We've moved Mayo up the LB rankings. But the situation at LB also helps the tackle outlook for Giants safeties Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea.

The Giants have traded DT Damon Harrison to the Lions a day after trading CB Eli Apple to the Saints. Harrison should improve the Detroit run defense and could see a tackle increase back with a defense that works from a 4-3 base. We’ll see how quickly he can claim a starting role. Apple should soon make his way into New Orleans’ top 3 at CB but doesn’t alter the outlook for the team D.

The Giants have ruled OLB Olivier Vernon (ankle) and CB Eli Apple (groin) out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Vernon has yet to play this season. Apple will miss his 2nd straight contest. The absences can only add upside to a Saints pass offense that didin’t need the help.

The Giants have ruled OLB Olivier Vernon out for the 3rd straight game because of his ankle injury. They've also ruled CB Eli Apple (groin) out for Sunday's visit to Houston. The absences can only help the outlook for a Texans offense that already looked like 1 to target for fantasy starters this weekend.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) and S Landon Collins (ankle) are active for today’s game against he Cardinals. Collins remains risky, though, after playing less than 30% of the snaps last week

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