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Sterling Shepard Baker Mayfield Is Not Fat ... I Train With Him!

7/19/2018 2:50 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Baker Mayfield's ex-Oklahoma teammate is going to bat for the Browns QB ... with Sterling Shepard telling TMZ Sports his boy is really NOT fat -- despite a very unflattering photo on social media. 

The Cleveland Browns rookie has been getting criticized over a pic he took Tuesday night with gaming legend Ninja -- in which he appears to be a little thick around the midsection. 

So, when we got Shep out in NYC on Thursday -- the Giants receiver told us the camera angle must've been distorted ... not Mayfield's waistline.

"He lookin' good, man, I've been training with him," Sterling says.

"He's been grinding. I already know my man's going to be ready. Ain't worried about that."

There's more ... Shepard revealed to us who the top dancer on the Giants' squad was this year -- and he surprisingly handed that crown to another player in his position group.

Saquon Barkley New Giants Will Rejuvenate Eli ... Hopefully

7/9/2018 11:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A healthy Odell Beckham ... a new left tackle ... a couple high draft picks -- Saquon Barkley says it'll all turn Eli Manning's career back around!!

... Maybe.

We got the NY Giants' star rookie leaving Delilah and had to ask ... will all the team's new additions be enough to make Eli a good QB again??

"Hopefully!" he told TMZ Sports. "Hopefully. I think Eli looked great in camp."

Saquon knows all about what it takes to carry something heavy (did you see his uphill farmer's carry?!) ... but we gotta say, lifting Manning out of his end-of-career funk seems like a helluva task.

But hey, good luck!!

Saquon Barkley My Naked Pics ... Going Up On My Wall!!

6/29/2018 8:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Saquon Barkley is gonna put his big, round, sweaty, naked ... THIGHS ... on his wall -- 'cause the NY Giants star tells TMZ Sports he's framing his ESPN Body Issue pics!!

And ... can ya blame him??

Espn Body Issue ☑️ @espn

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The 6-foot, 233-pound running back showed off his oily, clothesless body for the mag's annual nude edition ... and we gotta say -- he killed it.

As for how he got that jacked body ... Barkley told us at CC Sabathia's charity softball game at Yankee Stadium ... it's sometimes fueled by spicy chicken sandwiches, french fries and strawberry milkshakes.

Dude says he doesn't even consider that a "cheat meal" too!!

Some guys have all the luck ... and biceps.

Janoris Jenkins' Brother Charged with Manslaughter

6/27/2018 2:04 PM PDT
Breaking News

The brother of NY Giants star Janoris Jenkins has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of a man found in the basement of JJ's New Jersey home ... officials say. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... William Jenkins was taken into custody early Tuesday morning on an unrelated parole warrant violation

But now, officials clearly believe that, before they arrested Jenkins, he killed Roosevelt Rene ... the man discovered at Janoris' home. 

Rene's body was not found until roughly 9 hours after William was arrested. But, once they started investigating ... they believe they found enough evidence to connect William to the killing. 

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and notes that the charges are "merely accusations. Defendant presumed innocent."

If convicted, William Jenkins faces 10 to 30 years in prison. 

Saquon Barkley I Just Bought My Parents a House!!

6/27/2018 12:03 AM PDT
Breaking News

Christmas came WAY early for Saquon Barkley's parents -- the NY Giants rookie just dropped more than $400,000 on a brand new crib in Pennsylvania for Mom and Dad!!!

"Something I promised my parents, ever since I was a young kid," the former Penn State running back posted on social media. 

The house is pretty nice ... it's got 3,355 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. 

It's right in the area where Barkley grew up -- and about 90 miles from his new office, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

The pad was last listed at $424,500 -- unclear what the final price was.

But, with Saquon set to sign a 4-year, $31 million contract ... he can definitely afford it. 

Janoris Jenkins Dead Body Found At NFL Star's Home

6/26/2018 1:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:21 PM PT -- Officials have identified the victim as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene -- a friend of Janoris. 

Rene was a music producer who had been living at the home.

1:52 PM PT --The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office tells TMZ Sports ... the dead body is a man, but he's NOT the owner of the house.

Officials will not release the identity until next of kin have been notified. 

"The investigation is ongoing, and additional information will be provided when it is available and appropriate for release."

A dead body was found at the New Jersey home of NY Giants star Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday and now the Major Crimes Unit is investigating ... TMZ Sports has learned.

First off, we're told Janoris was out of the state when the body was discovered early Tuesday morning -- but sources connected to the NFL player tell us his camp is aware of the situation.

We don't know if cops have identified a suspect or even have a working theory on how the person died.

Sources tell us the body was discovered in the basement by a worker at the house. Law enforcement officers in Bergen County raced to the scene. We're told the coroner showed up a short time later.

The identity of the victim is unclear -- we know investigators are actively working the case.

One source connected to Jenkins says the NFL player has been in Florida and was not at the home when cops arrived.

We've reached out to JJ's reps for comment -- but, so far, no word back.

Odell Beckham Look-alike I Don't Dupe Chicks Into Sleeping with 'Odell'

6/4/2018 11:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who got mistaken for Odell Beckham in a Tennessee airport last week says he loves to mess with people who mistake him for the real OBJ -- but there's one line he won't cross ... the vagina. 

Meet Jamal Carter ... aka NOdell Beckham, aka FauxBJ ... who tells TMZ Sports he gets mixed up for the NYG wide out ALL THE TIME (especially by drunk people). 

In real life, Carter is a recent college grad and current HS hoops coach from Tennessee -- but people mistake him for Beckham so often, he leans into it sometimes. 

The perks? Sometimes he gets free drinks and people ask for his picture

We asked if he ever pretends to be Odell to nail cleat chasers who don't realize he's not the NFL player ... and that's when Carter got serious and told us he absolutely has not and will not go there.

"I'm not gonna take advantage of anybody like that."

Carter does have a GREAT story about the time he tried to score a free meal while pretending to be Odell ... but it backfired spectacularly. 

Carter says he'd love to hang with the real Odell one day ... so, if you're reading this -- HIT HIM UP! 

Odell Beckham Spotted In Nashville ... Only One Huge Problem

6/2/2018 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Odell Beckham made 3 football fans LOSE THEIR MINDS when he took the time out of his day for a quick pic at the airport ... but there is one very minor problem here.

THAT'S NOT THE REAL ODELL -- IT'S A LOOK-ALIKE (aka FauxBJ ... or NOdell Beckham Jr.). 

We're told the Beck-alike didn't exactly stop the fans from thinking he was the real #13 -- and totally played along when he was stopped at Nashville International Airport on Tuesday. 

We're told the fans even asked FauxBJ whether he'd continue to play with the Giants or try to play for a new team this season, to which he replied "I plead the 5th."

Pretty hilarious actually ... hope he got an upgrade on the plane!!!

Saquon Barkley To Tiger Woods: ... Help Me!!

5/20/2018 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Saquon Barkley has a problem that only Tiger Woods can fix -- he sucks at golf. 

Well, maybe "sucks" is a strong word ... but the NY Giants stud rookie running back knows he needs a lot of help on the links and thinks Tiger is just the man for the job. 

You've probably seen the pics of Barkley on the course ... dude looks like a monster with a club -- and he's revealing his new nickname, "Thigh-ger Woods."

"I need some lessons," Barkley joked to TMZ Sports ... "I need more than some lessons!" 

There's more ... Barkley -- who just became a first-time dad -- also talked about being a parent. 

But between changing diapers and training with the Giants ... good luck finding time to golf!!!

Rapper Jim Jones NY Giants Signed Lineman From My Arena Team!!

5/19/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The NY Giants just plucked an offensive lineman from an American Arena League team owned by rap star Jim Jones ... and Capo could not be more proud to let him go. 

The "We Fly High" rapper is a joint owner of the AAL's Richmond Roughriders -- which have already racked up a 7-1 record this season with a stacked roster, including Greg Hardy

But the NY Giants had their eye on the other side of the ball ... because they just signed 26-year-old offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche -- a 6'6", 320-pounder from UCLA. 

"This is a great feeling," Jones says ... "I'm smiling, man. I'm smiling! Smiling! Smiling!" 

Jones says everyone in the Roughriders organization is pumped for Bunche -- plus, it gives hope for other players trying to get to the NFL. 

In fact, Jones says he hopes the AAL can serve as a real feeder league to the pros -- putting a spotlight on players who deserve a shot at the next level. 

"This shows that it's very much possible. More than possible."

Saquon Barkley Bros Out with Baker Mayfield ... Sam Darnold!

5/17/2018 7:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Check this out ... #1, #2 and #3 all hanging together at LAX and TMZ Sports has the video!!

NY Giants rookie Saquon Barkley -- along with Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold -- all touched down at LAX for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event ... and they all seemed pretty stoked to reunite! 

Barkley and Mayfield hugged it out ... and Saquon actually carpooled with Darnold (Jets and Giants mingling?!). 

Of course, Saquon couldn't have been nicer -- complimenting his new NY rival ... even saying he's rooting for him!

We also asked Barkley about Eric Dickerson's recent comments -- that he's hoping Barkley will NOT break his rookie rushing record, and Saquon even handled that with 100% class. 

"I don't care for that," Barkley said about breaking the record ... "I wanna win championships."

Victor Cruz to NY Giants: Take Me Back!

5/8/2018 4:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Victor Cruz says he still wants to play in the NFL -- and he's got a team in mind ... the New York Giants! 

The 31-year-old wide receiver hasn't taken a regular season snap since 2016 -- but at the BTIG Charity Day event in NYC, he made it very clear he doesn't want to retire yet.

Of course, Cruz's exit from the Giants wasn't exactly sunshine and rainbows -- he accused the team of icing him out of the offense in 2016 to keep his stats down so it would be easier to cut him.

"And if I played well, they were due to -- they owed me a ton of money that next year so it was like ... let's get Cruz off the books," he said last year on the Breakfast Club. 

Will the Giants forgive and forget, and offer a new deal? They just cut Brandon Marshall, so it seems like there's room for one more ... 

OBJ Orders 3 Pizzas ... Ends Up With 30!!

5/5/2018 12:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

What's better than having 3 delicious pizzas delivered to your doorstep?? HOW ABOUT GETTING 30 PIZZAS?!

That's exactly what happened during Odell Beckham's first ever Postmates experience on Friday ... when the New York Giants superstar was hungry for some California Pizza Kitchen.

OBJ says he only ordered 3 different pies, but the order must've gotten mixed up along the way, 'cause the dude rolled up to his L.A. home with a TON of pizza.

The clip is hilarious ... Odell thankfully narrates the whole thing ... expressing his uncertainty about the food delivery's reliability to begin with, being a first-timer and all.

BTW -- Odell was only charged for the 3 pizzas he ordered, so it's safe to say he'll be a returning customer.

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