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  1. New York Giants' overhaul: Inside their 'astonishing' 16-month makeover 6:00 AM ET Jordan RaananESPN Staff Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Finally, the optimism seems warranted for the New York Giants. One look at their roster and it is apparent there is more talent from top to bottom than there has been since the 2016 season. The upgrade can be credited to an overhaul during the past 16 months that has transformed them from barren to plentiful. The depth chart when coach Joe Judge arrived on Jan. 8, 2020 was scary, and not in a good way. That is an indictment of general manager Dave Gettleman's progress until Judge was hired. Since then, they have worked together to stockpile quality talent, producing a roster that finally seems to have realistic potential. "It's actually pretty astonishing ... seeing how much improved that roster is," said a personnel executive with a team that made the playoffs last season. "They have nice depth." That comment came after the exec was given a comparison of the Giants' personnel at each position group from the day Judge was hired to now, which we will detail below. This offseason alone, the Giants added wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and John Ross, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive lineman Danny Shelton, edge rusher Azeez Ojulari and cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson and Aaron Robinson. Their most significant losses were guard Kevin Zeitler and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson. "We've had a good roster-building season," Gettleman said. "We've added playmakers. We've added pass-rushers. We added corners. We feel good about what we've done." With insight from the personnel executive and ESPN analyst Mike Tannenbaum (a former NFL GM), here is a position-by-position look at the Giants' roster when Judge arrived compared to now: Quarterback Current: Daniel Jones, Mike Glennon, Clayton Thorson, Joe Webb Jan. 8, 2020: Jones, Eli Manning, Alex Tanney The group that finished the 2019 season had better depth, but as Tannenbaum notes, this should be a better and more experienced version of Jones. And Manning, who spent most of the 2019 season as a $17 million backup, was about to retire. Thoughts about the Giants' current QBs will change if Jones makes the jump the Giants, Tannenbaum and the executive all expect of him this season. "That can quickly be fixed by Daniel Jones becoming a legitimate starter this year and getting over the hump," the executive said. "Good chance." Running back Current: Saquon Barkley, Devontae Booker, Gary Brightwell Jan. 8, 2020: Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Buck Allen There doesn't seem to be much hesitation from the executives in predicting Barkley bounces back from a serious knee injury. They also agree Booker is more dynamic and versatile than Gallman. "He is one of these underutilized players who always maximized his opportunities," Tannenbaum said of Booker. That makes the current group slightly better. Brightwell is also highly thought of because of his special-teams ability compared to Allen. Fullback Current: Eli Penny, Cullen Gillaspia Jan. 8, 2020: Penny Gillaspia was claimed off waivers this offseason because of his ability on special teams, an area the Giants put extra emphasis on this offseason. Penny also brings value in that regard. He finished second on the team last season with seven tackles on special teams and catches the ball well out of the backfield, if the Giants ever choose to call his number. play Wide receiver Current: Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Toney, Ross, Dante Pettis, C.J. Board, Austin Mack Jan. 8, 2020: Golden Tate, Shepard, Slayton, Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Da'Mari Scott, Russell Shepard, Cody Core The current group represents arguably the biggest upgrade of any position. "It's dramatically better now," Tannenbaum said. In the final game of the 2019 season, Scott and Latimer started in a three-wide-receiver set along with Shepard. Neither is still in the league. This year's group is talented, deep and has a little bit of everything. "The depth and the versatility of the group and the way the skill sets complement each other is the difference," the executive said. "You’ve got your speed guy in Slayton, Golladay, who is your contested-catch specialist, Sterling Shepard keeps the chains moving, and you have an offensive weapon in Toney and you're taking a flier on John Ross who is a legitimate speed guy. And same with Pettis." The executive thought Pettis had a legit chance to be a starter after his rookie season in San Francisco. It's conceivable he's the Giants' sixth wide receiver entering training camp. Tight end Current: Evan Engram, Rudolph, Kaden Smith, Levine Toilolo Jan. 8, 2020: Engram, Smith, Garrett Dickerson, Ellison, Scott Simonson Judge said the Giants wanted improvement at every position, and they now have four established tight ends. "By adding competition, one of two things happen: You either bring someone in who [helps] you improve because they are good enough to take someone else's job, or you bring someone in who pushes the guys in front of him to keep their job, and either way you get a raised level of play," Judge said. This is part of the thought-process with Engram -- hope his game elevates in a crowded room. So, which group is better? From the 2019 roster, only Engram and Smith remain in the NFL, and the executive considers the current group significantly better after adding Rudolph as an in-line player who can block and make contested catches. He raved about his hands. Tannenbaum was less impressed: "What's left with Rudolph? If he's healthy, they're better. But that is a wait and see." Offensive line Current: Andrew Thomas, Will Hernandez or Zach Fulton, Nick Gates, Shane Lemieux, Matt Peart or Nate Solder, Jonotthan Harrison, Chad Slade, Kyle Murphy Jan. 8, 2020: Solder, Hernandez, Jon Halapio, Zeitler, Mike Remmers or Gates, Slade, Spencer Pulley, Eric Smith This is where the opinions varied. The executive seems to share the Giants' optimism about this year's young group. "Definitely better," he said. "They have an up-and-coming left tackle [Thomas] who played more consistently down the stretch [last season]. At least they have an insurance policy behind Will Hernandez. Gates has transitioned nicely to the center spot. There is a young guard [Lemieux] they seem to like and he'll be able to [focus] on one position all offseason, which is important for him. And a young right tackle prospect [Peart] they seem to be fond of and a former starter [in Solder].” Tannenbaum also is optimistic, even if he thinks the group from the 2019 season was better. "Solder has played better than Andrew Thomas. And I'm a Zeitler fan," he said. "This offensive line has a chance to be good if Peart develops. I loved Andrew Thomas coming out, but he has to play better. They have a chance to be good, but on paper, I'd take Zeitler and a healthy, younger Solder.” Defensive line Current: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Shelton, Austin Johnson, B.J. Hill, RJ McIntosh Jan. 8, 2020: Williams, Lawrence, Tomlinson, Hill, McIntosh, Chris Slayton This is the one area where the Giants clearly are not better. They lost Tomlinson in free agency this offseason because they wanted to move that money to a different position group. The current group might be deeper now, but it's not as good. "I don't think you're disappointed with [the current group]," the executive said. "Good unit still. But you had three frontline starters with Dalvin." pla Outside linebacker Current: Ojulari, Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Elerson Smith, Ryan Anderson, Carter Coughlin, Cam Brown Jan. 8, 2020: Markus Golden, Ximines, Carter, Kareem Martin, Chris Peace Tannenbaum and the executive were in agreement that this unit has improved and has depth. Both are high on Ojulari, confident he's more talented than anything New York had when Judge arrived. "I thought Ojulari was a [first-round pick]," Tannenbaum said. "He was different than [Kwity] Paye. He was a better space athlete. He was twitchy, good lower-body flexibility and he can drop in coverage." The executive says Ojulari has the ability to become the frontline player the Giants were missing. He also noted Carter and Ximines can play the rotational roles that suit them. Inside linebacker Current: Blake Martinez, Reggie Ragland, Tae Crowder, Devante Downs, TJ Brunson Jan. 8, 2020: Alec Ogletree, David Mayo, Deone Bucannon, Ryan Connelly, Josiah Taueafa No need to spend much time on this one. Martinez is the only high-level starter on either list because Ogletree was done by the start of the 2020 season and about to be released. "Martinez is a really, really good player," Tannenbaum said. The executive sees reason for optimism beyond Martinez: "Crowder came on and played some nice ball for them," he said. "Ragland has starting experience." Cornerbacks Current: James Bradberry, Jackson, Darnay Holmes, Robinson, Isaac Yiadom, Rodarius Williams, Sam Beal, Madre Harper Jan. 8, 2020: Deandre Baker, Antonio Hamilton, Grant Haley, Corey Ballentine, Beal Poor James Bettcher. This exercise also serves as a scary reminder of what the former coordinator was working with at the end of his Giants' tenure. They were awful at cornerback, really bad at inside linebacker and extremely thin at outside linebacker. They have invested heavily at cornerback since, signing Bradberry and Jackson to be the starters and drafting Holmes and Robinson in the middle rounds to man the slot. "Frontline starters and the depth is better," the executive said, before adding that when opposing teams came into games last season, the plan was to throw at Yiadom or whomever was the CB2 that week. Can't do that anymore. Now Yiadom is a backup fighting for a roster spot instead of a starter and a weekly target for opposing quarterbacks. The Giants have a lot riding on Jackson. He's "a really, really good athlete ... if healthy," Tannenbaum said. Safeties Current: Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, Xavier McKinney, Julian Love, Nate Ebner Jan. 8, 2020: Peppers, Antoine Bethea, Mike Thomas, Love, Sean Chandler, Rashaan Gaulden The previous group had Bethea on the verge of retirement and really had no chance behind those cornerbacks. This year's class has three potential starters. "McKinney, they'll have a role for him," the executive said. "They did a nice job with Logan Ryan last year and they cater to Peppers' strengths." Tannenbaum says McKinney will be a good player if he can remain healthy. Ebner is included here even though he is unsigned, because the expectation is the special-teams ace will re-sign this summer after fulfilling his USA rugby duties and potentially playing in the Olympics.
  2. Joe Judge assembling unprecedented Giants coaching staff By Paul Schwartz April 12, 2021 | 5:51pm | Updated If bigger is better, the Giants are going to be an exquisitely coached team this season. Joe Judge has assembled the largest coaching staff in Giants franchise history and what, unofficially, is believed to be the largest football staff in the NFL heading into the 2021 season. Including Judge, there are 25 designated spots on this staff, and this does not include strength and conditioning personnel. Nor does it include Pat Flaherty, a former Giants offensive line coach, hired by Judge as a consultant. In Judge’s first year, the Giants coaching staff consisted of 22 members. He added for this season one additional offensive quality control position, one additional defensive quality control position and a Chief of Staff. By contrast, the Giants had an 18-man staff in 2019 under Pat Shurmur. Around the league, the Buccaneers, 49ers, Jaguars and Jets have 24 filled positions on their coaching staffs. In the NFC East, the Eagles and Washington both are at 22 and the Cowboys are at 19. The smallest coaching staffs (18) in the NFL belong to the Vikings and Steelers. The Patriots list 20 on their coaching staff, but Bill Belichick is notorious for stashing untitled assistants. For Judge this season, there are the three (offense, defense, special teams) coordinators. There are the standard five position coaches on offense and three on defense. There is one assistant position coach on offense (Ben Wilkerson, offensive line) and two on defense (Anthony Blevins, linebackers and special teams and Michael Treier, defensive backs). There are (and this is a bit unusual) two quality control coaches on offense and two more on defense. Often, teams have one quality control coach on each side of the ball. It is no wonder Judge saw the need to create a new position — Chief of Staff — which he filled with Ryan Hollern. Judge clearly prefers a big staff, and was given permission to add salaries to the budget, assuring ownership all the hires have legitimate responsibilities. There is continuity, as Jason Garrett returns to run the offense and Thomas McGaughey is back as special teams coordinator. That Patrick Graham, who attracted some interest in this most recent head coaching hiring cycle, took his name off the candidate lists and is back as the defensive coordinator is a boon to Judge and the Giants. Judge’s first season as a head coach included turbulence with the offensive line teaching, as Marc Colombo was fired after an ugly confrontation with Judge at the bye week. Judge brought in Dave DeGuglielmo to coach the offensive line for the final six games, but that was merely a temporary fix. Judge knew finding a capable replacement was vital, as he has a young offensive line. He said he talked to “probably over 25 coaches personally, our staff researched an additional probably 15-20.’’ The winner of that search was Rob Sale, who has 14 years of college coaching experience but none at the NFL level. What Sale does have is a résumé connection with Judge, and that is a strong indicator as to the Giants’ staff makeup. Sale’s coaching career started as a strength and conditioning assistant and offensive analyst at Alabama. It was in Tuscaloosa where he met Judge, a football analyst/special teams assistant from 2009-11. There are nine assistants on Judge’s Giants staff linked to those three years at Alabama, working for Nick Saban. On offense, in addition to Sale, Burton Burns (running backs), Russ Callaway (quality control), Nick Williams (quality control) and Jody Wright (general assistant) all crossed paths with Judge at Alabama. On defense, Carter Blount (quality control), Jeremy Pruitt (senior defensive assistant) and Kevin Sherrer (linebackers) were on Saban’s Alabama staff with Judge. Amos Jones, the special projects and situations assistant, was also with Judge at Alabama. There are other connections on Judge’s staff. Three of his assistants (Freddie Kitchens, Blevins, Hollern) were with Judge at Mississippi State, where Judge was a player and later a young member of the Bulldogs coaching staff. Two of Judge’s assistants (Graham and quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski) were with Judge on Bill Belichick’s Patriots staff. And so, 14 of the 24 members of the staff have direct past ties to Judge. Williams actually has two ties to Judge. He was a wide receiver at Alabama when Judge was an assistant, at the same time Williams’ father, Bobby, was on Saban’s staff with Judge. Kitchens, after an ill-fated and brief run as the Browns head coach, was bumped up by Judge, moving from tight ends coach to senior offensive assistant. “Helping bring together the game planning, like all of our coaches will, but working directly with Jason [Garrett] with some of the things that are going to happen up front,’’ Judge said. There is much work to be done. Judge will have plenty of help.
  3. Giants fortify pass rush with free agent Ifeadi Odenigbo By Paul Schwartz March 17, 2021 | 10:04pm Giants’ Kenny Golladay visit has plenty riding on it The Giants on Wednesday made a move to bolster their pass rush, signing Ifeadi Odenigbo to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Odenigbo, 26, is a 6-foot-3, 258-pound defensive end who has 10.5 career sacks — all in the past two seasons. He had seven sacks for the Vikings in 2019 as a situational pass-rusher. His first career sack, in Week 5 that season, came against Daniel Jones and the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Given a starting job in 2020, he had just 3.5 sacks in 15 starts — though he did have a career-high 15 quarterback hits. He was born in Bayonne, N.J., went to high school in Ohio and played college ball at Northwestern. The Vikings decided not to tender Odenigbo, a restricted free agent. He was a 2017 seventh-round draft pick by Minnesota. He had brief stays with the Browns and Cardinals before returning to the Vikings. This signing fits with what the Giants are likely to continue to pursue in free agency — young, healthy players with upside who they believe can fit well in their scheme.
  4. Giants’ Dalvin Tomlinson decision will speak volumes By Paul Schwartz February 22, 2021 | 9:42pm | Updated The best teams, the most successful franchises, draft wisely, develop soundly and re-sign diligently. The Giants for far too long have not been one of the best teams. They have been one of the worst teams. This brings us to what happens next with Dalvin Tomlinson. The entire future of the franchise does not hinge on whether Tomlinson returns for a fifth season or moves on to another team. He is not a transcendent talent capable of determining the fate of a team. What Tomlinson is, without debate, is a rock-solid player and person, uber-dependable and durable, hard-working and professional, quiet yet forceful, the respect for him manifested in his selection as a team captain. An unflashy, effective defensive tackle, a linchpin of a Giants defense that in 2020 finished 10th in the league against the run, allowing only 111.4 rushing yards per game. This is a player who wants to return, even after four years of losing, sensing a turnaround is coming. The question: Can the Giants afford to pay Tomlinson the $10 million per year, or more, he would command on the open market in free agency while also re-signing linemate Leonard Williams to a multiyear deal averaging at least $18 million per season? Another question: Can the Giants afford not to bring Tomlinson back? Dalvin Tomlinson’s contract status is a hot topic this Giants offseason. Robert Sabo In many ways, what Joe Judge is preaching and building almost necessitates keeping Tomlinson. The big man has never missed a game in his four-year career, never created a hint of controversy and sacrifices on the field, taking on double-team blocks to help free up teammates to make plays. Ask inside linebacker Blake Martinez how many of his team-high 140 tackles in his first year with the Giants were aided and abetted by Tomlinson’s dirty work at the line of scrimmage. Ask members of the secondary to gauge Tomlinson’s value. His 49 total tackles and career-highs in tackles for loss (eight) and quarterback hits (10) plus his 3.5 sacks only tell part of the tale Leonard Williams’ payday could lead to Giants sacrifice “I think Dalvin is having as good of a year as anybody on our defense,” safety Logan Ryan said late last season. “Leonard’s having a great year statistically, but Dalvin is having a better year for our team and what we ask him to do.” If Tomlinson leaves it will continue a disturbing trend — a trend Judge has said he is determined to stop. There was a long span when the Giants often had the golden touch with their second-round draft picks. Michael Strahan. Amani Toomer. Tiki Barber. Without Osi Umenyiora, Chris Snee and Corey Webster, there would not be the two newest Lombardi trophies in the glass-enclosed case. The failure to keep and, in more cases, to develop their second-round picks has severely compromised the Giants’ chances for success. In December 2008, the Giants gave Webster, a reliable cornerback, a five-year contract extension. In the next 10 drafts, the Giants’ second round pick did not receive a multiyear contract extension. That is abysmal. In some cases, injuries (Steve Smith, Terrell Thomas) ruined careers. There were a slew of unproductive players taken in the second round. When there were big hits (Linval Joseph, Landon Collins), the decision was made not to ante up with a lucrative deal. The ruinous streak ended when Sterling Shepard signed a four-year extension in April 2019. What message does Judge send to his players if Tomlinson, a player who did everything right in order to stay, ends up leavi Giants’ offseason starts with Dalvin Tomlinson decision, Saquon Barkley insurance Tuesday is the first day teams can place franchise or transition tags on players, a period ending March 9. Putting the franchise tag on Tomlinson is a way of making sure he plays for the Giants this season but most likely does not make financial sense. Based on a salary cap of $180 million, the tag for defensive tackles is expected to cost around $14 million. That would be more costly on the 2021 cap than any long-term deal for Tomlinson. Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham was the Giants defensive line coach in 2017 when Tomlinson was a rookie and said the success of the defensive line this past season was “a direct correlation to his leadership and what he does on that field, regardless of statistics or what have you.” The Giants will have to consider this, and their unsightly record in re-signing their own second-round picks, when it comes time to make the call on Tomlinson.
  5. Giants report card: This is getting ridiculous By Paul Schwartz December 21, 2020 | 12:36am | Updated Offense This is getting ridiculous. This team cannot score. How about a touchdown, guys? Colt McCoy (19 of 31, 221 yards) does not have enough zip on the ball. He had Evan Engram for a touchdown in the first quarter and did not get enough on the throw. This is hardly all on McCoy, though. The receivers do not make enough plays, pure and simple. Wayne Gallman (9-29) had it going a bit in the first half but then was a forgotten man. McCoy usually had enough time but too often found no one open. Right tackle Cam Fleming was called for a holding penalty trying to stop Olivier Vernon. Darius Slayton had a horrendous drop in the fourth quarter. At least Andrew Thomas did not allow a sack by Myles Garrett until the closing seconds. Grade: F Defense Not terrible work at all against the Browns’ tough ground game (only 106 rushing yards) and Nick Chubb (15-50) and Kareem Hunt (7-21) did not go off. Baker Mayfield had an easy time picking apart the secondary, completing 27 of 32 passes for 297 yards. He probably barely broke a sweat. LB Devante Downs was lost in space allowing TE Austin Hooper to run wide open on a 2-yard TD reception in the second quarter. Jarvis Landry (7-61) got a step on Isaac Yiadom in the end zone. Dexter Lawrence got a big pass deflection with his right hand on fourth down in the fourth quarter and got the only sack of Mayfield. Safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan could not confuse Mayfield in the least and Julian Love and Xavier McKinney filling in for James Bradberry were not strong in coverage. Grade: C Special Teams Dion Lewis started the game off with a rugged 48-yard kickoff return. He later nearly lost another fumble and that is worrisome. If punter Riley Dixon chooses a different target (other than center Nick Gates) on the fake field-goal pass it might have worked. Graham Gano hit field goals of 37 and 39 yards and now has hit 27 consecutive kicks. The coverage units were better than they have been the past three games. Grade: B Coaching Joe Judge not taking points in the first half was troubling. That first-quarter fake field goal thing Judge signaled in? Didn’t like it. Did not have a problem with him going for it on fourth down on the Cleveland 5-yard line. Good move by Judge applying a 15-yard penalty on an extra-point try, which was missed. Freddie Kitchens was the play-caller for Jason Garrett (COVID-19) and did not stick with the run enough in the first half. Whoever is calling the plays or working with the offense has to figure out a way to get more points on the board. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham stayed in a zone in the secondary and it was picked apart time and again. Grade: D
  6. For everyone’s sake, Joe Judge must sit Daniel Jones this week By PAT LEONARD NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | DEC 15, 2020 AT 6:00 AM Daniel Jones shouldn’t play Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns. Jones has a hamstring strain and appears to be dealing with another injury coming out of Sunday’s lifeless offensive performance in a 26-7 loss to the Cardinals. A cryptic Joe Judge wasn’t sure Monday if Jones had received a postgame X-ray. The coach only assured: “I can tell you there’s no broken bones or anything of that nature,” But that’s hardly encouraging, especially after Jones was a liability on the field Sunday. He held the ball too long, couldn’t run, fumbled three times, didn’t see open receivers, and hindered the Giants’ ability to win despite his good intentions. So Joe Judge has to sit Jones against Cleveland, for the team’s sake and for Jones’ sake. It should be Colt McCoy’s ball against Baker Mayfield’s Browns while Jones rests up. Playing McCoy would sacrifice explosiveness in the passing game, sure, but it also would allow Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to craft and execute a conservative yet clear and defined game plan. Jones’ impaired health and subpar performance created an element of play-by-play uncertainty on Sunday against the Cardinals. It didn’t fit into the Giants’ disciplined recipe for their preceding four-game winning streak: Run the ball, eat clock, win the field position battle, and play tough defense. The Giants did only one of those four on Sunday against Arizona, courtesy of their defense, with a hobbled Jones at QB. Jones was clearly hampered in the pocket in an ugly loss Sunday. (Adam Hunger/AP) With McCoy, they can commit to a similar blueprint that helped them upset the Seahawks in Seattle, 17-12, in Week 13. McCoy is a detailed-oriented veteran bordering on perfectionist who could help the run game return to its prior efficiency, allow Garrett to move the pocket, and take a shot downfield here and there. Not to mention, it seems like a bad idea to let an immobile Jones drop back to pass with Browns terror Myles Garrett taking on a Giants offensive line that allowed eight sacks to the Cardinals. Jones moved a little bit early on against the Cardinals, including one rollout right, but he couldn’t escape when pressured nor open up his hamstring and take off. McCoy is mobile enough to allow the Giants to slide the pocket and count on him to create at times if necessary. Granted the Giants (5-8) are in a tight NFC East race right behind Washington (6-7). They need Jones to be healthy, however, or he won’t help them optimally execute their plan to win. What they should have done was keep him out a second straight game on Sunday after holding him out in Seattle. Unfortunately, he played and now he could be worse for wear. So it’s time to shelve him until he heals, even if it’s for two weeks against the Browns and Ravens to be ready for a possible division-defining finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Surprisingly, Judge doubled down Monday on having “no regrets” about playing Jones on Sunday, citing the many doctors, coaches, scenarios and conversations that went into ensuring Jones was healthy enough to play. The Giants’ head coach also said that “if Daniel’s healthy to play and he looked the way he did in practice last week, I’d have no hesitation playing Daniel at all” against Cleveland. “We made our calculation. We have a lot of confidence in Colt. This has nothing to do with Colt,” Judge said. “But there’s also a commitment we’ve made to Daniel as our quarterback and how we’re running this offense.” Judge reiterated that the Giants knew Jones would be limited and relegated to the pocket going in. And he stressed it was on the coaching staff to create an offense around whatever personnel is on the field. “In terms of how we call or structure the game plan, that’s on us as coaches,” Judge said. “To make sure we’re inventive enough and creative enough to put ourselves in situations that if we’re limited with any player in a certain something they can do physically, then we have to give them another option.” Judge said the Cardinals played well on defense Sunday and that several of their sacks were “coverage sacks,” where “they were good in coverage, we blocked for a long time and Daniel wasn’t gonna pull the ball and run.” He said he spoke to Jones on Monday morning and the quarterback “assured us he came out with the hamstring really the same as he went in, felt good through the flow of the game.” Judge said he hadn’t spoken to Jones about anything other than the hamstring, and noted that Jones was due to see the Giants’ doctors later Monday afternoon. So the coach said “the biggest meeting” he’ll have with the medical staff will come on Tuesday “when (players) are about 48 hours outside the game. “That’ll kind of tell us in terms of going through the week who we can plan on practicing, managing, having for the game and things of that nature,” Judge said. Knowing Jones, he undoubtedly wants to power through and play. But he has to consider the consequences both short- and long-term. And frankly, he should have faith in his teammates holding the fort while he rests up. Washington easily could lose to Seattle this week, especially if Dwayne Haskins has to make his first start since Week 4. The Eagles (4-8-1) will find tough sledding with rookie Jalen Hurts taking on Kyle Murray and the Cardinals at Arizona. And the Cowboys (4-9) still aren’t scaring anyone preparing to take on the 49ers. McCoy also has helped the Giants win one game. There is still time for Jones to help make this Giants season special, but only if he’s healthy enough to help. Sitting him on Sunday is the only move.
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  8. Giants unexpectedly fire offensive line coach Marc Colombo, replace him with Dave DeGuglielmo, per report The former Cowboys and Giants OL coach is now seeking a new job By Patrik Walker 14 mins ago2 min read Corey Perrine / Contributor Things haven't gone as planned for Joe Judge in his inaugural season as the New York Giants head coach, and one of his position coaches just paid the price for it, albeit with curious timing. The team hired Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator this offseason after his divorce from the Dallas Cowboys, and the move suctioned in former Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo -- the latter having been let go due to Mike McCarthy's want of longtime friend Joe Philbin. After a slow start to the year by a mostly talentless offensive front, the Giants o-line showed signs of improvement over the last three games and that culminated in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10. Three days later, Colombo has reportedly been fired by Judge, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, ending a very abbreviated 10-game stretch in New York. He will be replaced by longtime NFL assistant Dave DeGuglielmo, who has history with Judge from their time together with the New England Patriots. The move on Colombo is one that's being met with a level of surprise around the league, considering both the short stay and the fact it comes after improvement on the o-line, but the latter is being attributed to more involvement by Judge, per Mike Garofolo of NFL Network. Garafolo reported that Judge had been working more closely with the offensive line in recent weeks and it has coincided with the improvement from the Giants up front. If true, it would at least stand to reason Judge might feel he no longer requires the services of Colombo, and would instead prefer to remain keenly involved but, going forward, with someone he's much more comfortable with. There's another twist to the tale, however, with additional reports stating Judge wanted DeGuglielmo to work alongside Colombo, but the latter's reaction to the idea led to the split. In other words, Colombo allegedly felt it was an insult, and didn't take it well. That of course now shifts comfort away from Garrett -- at least while he acclimates to his new position coach -- having spent several seasons with Colombo in Dallas, which included promoting him from OL assistant coach in the wake of firing Paul Alexander midway through the 2018 season. Colombo landed a contract extension for the cleanup he did post-Alexander, but was jettisoned then for a familiar face to the incoming head coach, and has now again suffered that fate in short order. A former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears, Colombo played several seasons in the NFL -- including for the Cowboys -- before entering the coaching ranks as an assistant OL coach in Dallas in 2016. He remains one of the most respected position coaches in the NFL, and it's expected he'll land on his feet fairly quickly, even if it's not until the offseason when teams begin their mission to improve for 2021.
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