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Here's 1 small upside to Giants' surprise 0-3 start

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EAST RUTHERFORD — The Giants may be in the NFC East cellar, but they’re also close to the NFL waiver claim penthouse.

The league’s waiver wire priority order will begin to reflect the current standings starting Tuesday, as pointed out by Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan. That means the 0-3 Giants should now have the No. 3 slot on all waiver claims, falling behind only the 49ers and Bengals, who should be Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

The league’s other two 0-3 clubs, the Browns and Chargers, should be Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

It’s hardly any solace for the Giants after their disastrous start. It could come in handy, though, if they get lucky and a player they have interest in hits the wire while they are near the top.

All 11-personnel, all the time again?

The Giants were previously No. 23 in the waiver claim, as priority was set on last year’s final league standings. Being third would not have helped earlier in September when the Giants placed an unsuccessful claim for offensive lineman Zach Banner, though. The Browns, who were No. 1, ended up landing Banner after their own claim.

The higher priority doesn’t mean the Giants are about to go on a claiming spree. Any player they claim has a good chance of being awarded. That means the Giants would have to release a player from their 53-man roster in order to make room for the waiver claim. The Giants will have to be selective as always. But now, they’re near the head of the line. 

It’s not necessarily a good thing, but it is something. 

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