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  1. John Mara and Steve Tisch have to answer for this Giants mess By PAT LEONARD NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | OCT 18, 2021 AT 6:39 PM This Giants season is on the verge of skidding off the rails. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney and left tackle Andrew Thomas both are likely to miss time with their injuries, the News has learned.Toney aggravated his right ankle injury and is being further evaluated, but sources have indicated it’s more serious than a simple sprain. Thomas now has injuries to both feet. In fact, he was hobbling to keep his injured left foot off the ground when his right ankle got rolled up on in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Rams.So now Matt Rhule, courted unsuccessfully by the Giants in January 2020, is bringing his wounded Carolina Panthers (3-3) to MetLife Stadium on Sunday looking for a get-right game against the Giants (1-5). Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch are the ones who need to speak to the fans now, but they’re both politely declining to talk to the media. Judge was left to assure a disgusted, apathetic fanbase on Monday to trust in his process. “This is definitely gonna get better,” Judge said. “I can assure everyone out there who’s a Giants fan and wants to know when it’s gonna turn, we’re working tirelessly to make sure we get this thing turned in the right direction — not just for short-term results but for long-term success.” The fans have caught on, meanwhile, that firing coaches and general managers hasn’t addressed the root cause of this organization’s futility. The loud boos of Mara at halftime in Week 3 should have been a tipping point. The same goes for Eli Manning’s September admission that he retired in part because of “the losing,” the Giants’ interminable failures at the end of his career. “The losses hurt more,” Manning said days before his jersey retirement ceremony. “They affect your sleep. They affect your week. It affects family life with my wife and kids and it just got too much.” Judge wasn’t the coach then. First it was Ben McAdoo paired with GM Jerry Reese. Then it was Pat Shurmur. McAdoo and Reese took them to the playoffs in 2016. But both McAdoo and Shurmur, who had plenty of flaws as head coaches, ultimately got scapegoated for the organization’s reluctance to move on from Manning and start fresh. GM Dave Gettleman was simply the captain brought in to execute orders from the admiral, to use a naval analogy. He’s just the trigger man whose offensive line leaks like a capsized vessel four years after he promised to plug the holes. So now it’s Judge using submarine metaphors to try and keep his team together when the Giants’ real problem is ownership’s mismanagement and the team’s resulting lack of talent or depth on the roster. Gettleman and Judge are signing inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney, 28, to their practice squad, Judge confirmed in a Zoom audio call on Monday. Judge and Graham undoubtedly plan to play the Houston Texans’ 2018 Pro Bowler as soon as possible to address the vacuum left by Blake Martinez’s season-ending torn ACL. Judge is also holding his players’ feet to the fire for some less than acceptable effort that he saw in Sunday’s 38-11 defeat. “In terms of waiting for me to single out a player, I’m not gonna do that,” Judge said. “However the things I didn’t like in the second half or first half in that matter will go fully addressed to the team as a whole and independently.” There is a numbing quality to this year’s losing, however, with the Giants (19-51, .271) holding the NFL’s worst record and winning percentage since the start of the 2017 season. Mara and Tisch have forfeited the trust that they will get it right. They have to prove they can again. In that vein, it is important to heed Judge’s reminder that the Giants are striving “not just for short-term results but for long-term success.” This was supposed to be a complete rebuild, finally, beginning with Judge’s hiring in January 2020. Ownership’s decision to retain Gettleman was a jarring snap back to reality, however, that Mara and Tisch were folding Judge into the Giants’ program — refusing to completely acknowledge their way was broken and pivot totally to new ideas and thinking. Mara (right) and co-owner Steve Tisch should have never retained Gettleman (left). (David Richard/AP) There is no doubt Mara and Tisch put as much thought and heart into these decisions and into efforts to turn around their franchise as anyone. They care, and they’re trying. They’ve definitely evolved in some areas since Judge arrived. But they made the mistake of suddenly believing in the spring that it was time to win in 2021. They saw stadiums opening back up, they wanted to get fans back in the building, and they believed a weak NFC East presented an opportunity to strike. They abandoned the long-term for short-term gratification in the process, though, and by calculating their team’s potential incorrectly, they are now receiving more criticism for their losing than they would have if they’d patiently stuck to a long-term plan. And they may have also jeopardized the long-term rebuild with those attempts at quick fixes, like giving big money to Adoree’ Jackson at corner. He has made almost no impact at all. “It’s just one of those things that is frustrating trying to figure out how to get better and how to do better,” Jackson said of the whole defense’s disappointing season to date. Offensive tackle Nate Solder, who dislocated a finger in Sunday’s loss, said the players understand the fans’ booing — something that big-money defensive tackle Leonard Williams said “bother[s] me.” “We are not playing up to our standards,”Solder said. “We need to play better. We’re with the fans on that.” Judge said this week’s practice will determine who he plays and who he benches. “In terms of changes, the players that play it the right way, with the way we’re gonna play effort wise and competitive wise for 60 minutes, the players who are most productive, those will be the guys you’ll see on the field,” the head coach said. Judge isn’t making any play-calling changes with Graham or Jason Garrett. “At this moment, no,” he said. But it’s also fair to wonder whether that would even matter. The personnel on the field doesn’t measure up against good opponents. And that’s a byproduct of mismanagement from the top down.
  2. Daniel Jones iffy for Rams; Kenny Golladay out 1-2 weeks, Rodarius Williams tears ACL By Pat Leonard New York Daily News | Oct 11, 2021 at 9:18 PM Starting Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is in the concussion protocol and might miss Sunday’s home game against the L.A. Rams. Joe Judge said Monday that the team “won’t know anything officially on where he’s at until later in the week.” “He’s got a series of steps within the league mandate that he has to go through, so we’ll wait patiently and get the other guys ready as we wait on him,” Judge said. “Hopefully he has an opportunity to play, but we won’t have a definite answer to that until much later in the week.” Wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hyperextended knee) is guaranteed to miss at least one week and maybe two, a source confirmed. Running back Saquon Barkley (left ankle) is expected to miss time, too, although the Giants feel they’ve “dodged” the worst-case scenario on both skill players, per Judge. But Jones is the leader of this offense and team. As his health goes, the Giants will go. There are five steps for a player to clear the concussion protocol, per the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players’ Association. Step one is rest and recovery. Step two adds light aerobic exercise. Step three incorporates continued aerobic exercise and introduces strength training. Step four enters the player into football specific activities. Step five puts the player through full football activity and clearance. A player has to complete each step “without a recurrence of signs or symptoms of concussion,” with his neurocognitive testing returning to baseline levels. And if a player’s testing doesn’t return to baseline levels after an increase in activity, the typical interval to repeat that testing is 48 hours. So it’s not out of the question that Mike Glennon could make his first Giants start on Sunday against Matthew Stafford and the L.A. Rams (4-1). Jones' health could leave Mike Glennon as the starter against the Rams. (Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) “You hear the cliché, ‘Prepare as the starter,’” Glennon said. “I think I do a good job of that. Just getting ready all the time. Obviously, I will probably be more amplified than I have [this week]. I don’t know. Obviously, I guess the mindset is a little different Sunday this time than last time.” Judge said the Giants weren’t concerned with any neck injury, despite Jones having his neck bent back on the collision with the Cowboys’ Jabril Cox. “The biggest thing for the protocol is just being in it for the concussion,” Judge said. “In terms of anything else, we’ll deal with that as it comes up. Right now, the focus is really the concussion.” Jones is only one of many injuries the Giants are dealing with, though. Here is a rundown of the others: Rodarius Williams, CB: The rookie corner tore the ACL in his right knee on Sunday and is out for the season, the team announced. The sixth-round pick out of Oklahoma State had jumped Darnay Holmes on the depth chart as the Giants’ third or fourth corner, with Julian Love playing both corner and safety. With Williams out, Josh Jackson or Sam Beal should get an opportunity. Rookie Aaron Robinson (core muscle surgery, PUP list) is not eligible until at least Week 7, provided the third round pick out of Central Florida is healthy by then. Kadarius Toney, WR: The dynamic rookie receiver’s in-game right ankle injury was worse than people realized Sunday. Toney had X-rays postgame and did not speak to the media because he was spending so much time tending to the injury. Then he missed a squad meeting on Monday to see a doctor for a follow-up, per Judge. The coach said Toney’s injury isn’t season-ending and “we’ll see how it affects him immediately in the future for this week.” Toney said “I’m good, just sticking to the plan, listening to the trainers.” His frustration came out on the sideline when he got hurt, but he gutted it out. “Me, I’m a dog,” he said. “I’m gonna do what’s best for the team because I like winning.” Kenny Golladay, WR: The Giants’ big-money receiver proved tough in the New Orleans win but now is on the shelf for at least one week and maybe two, as NFL Network first reported. Judge didn’t have a final diagnosis of the hyperextended knee, but the Giants seem relieved it’s not season-ending. [More Giants] Daniel Jones carted off with concussion after collision with Cowboys linebacker Jabril Cox » Saquon Barkley, RB: Judge said “I can’t confirm a timetable” but said Barkley’s X-rays on his left ankle came back with “better news than it could’ve been,” meaning it’s sprained and not broken. He said it was “a sigh of relief with a couple of things just knowing the player and what he’s battled through.” Barkley was with the doctors again on Monday. Common sense dictates he should miss at least a couple weeks given the severity of the injury and the position he plays. Rushing Barkley back could risk further injury and jeopardize his availability the rest of the year. Judge said it’s possible Barkley will be on the practice field on Wednesday in some capacity, but we will believe it when we see it. Andrew Thomas, LT: The Giants are “optimistic to get [Thomas] out there with us and get him rolling.” Judge said the Giants only put Thomas in uniform in case of an emergency at Dallas. Tackle Korey Cunningham was elevated from the practice squad and played some special teams snaps. Nate Solder started at left tackle and struggled. Matt Peart did pretty well at right tackle. Judge said the plan, when all three are healthy, will be to play all of them in a rotation. Jonotthan Harrison, C: The Giants announced on Saturday, the day before their game at Dallas, that their practice squad reserve had injured his Achilles. It is a torn Achilles, per ESPN. Harrison was the team’s third center behind Billy Price and Matt Skura. DROP KICKS Last Friday, the Giants quietly and surprisingly worked out two free agent kickers: Michael Badgley and former Giants Pro Bowler Aldrick Rosas. They worked out Rosas even though he is still on probation for a frightening June 2020 hit-and-run that led to his Giant release. Rosas, 26, received three years probation after pleading as charged to reckless driving on a highway and to hit and run and property damage. He was arrested the morning of June 15, 2020, by the California Highway Patrol with “his hands, legs and bare feet … covered in blood” after witnesses said he T-boned a Ford pick-up truck going 90-100 miles per hour. The truck’s driver somehow wasn’t injured. Rosas has played in games for the Jaguars and Saints since. But it was surprising to see him invited back to East Rutherford, N.J.
  3. Giants stun Saints in overtime for thrilling first win By Paul Schwartz October 3, 2021 4:22pm NEW ORLEANS — Finally. The Giants finally won a game. And they did it in wholly unexpected fashion. They came from behind, battled in a loud and extremely hostile environment, kept their poise in the noise and found a way to outlast the Saints in front of their raucous fans who had not seen their beloved team play live in 637 days. Saquon Barkley scored on a 6-yard touchdown run 4:54 into overtime on Sunday, sending teammates out onto the field at the Caesars Superdome and sending the Giants to a 27-21 victory. After three losses to start the season, the Giants were winners, at last. To get there, they had to come back from a 21-10 deficit early in the fourth quarter. To get there, the Giants (1-3) got a huge game from their quarterback, Daniel Jones, who completed 28 of 40 passes for 402 yards. They got a big game from receiver Kenny Golladay (6-116) and a welcome-to-the-NFL game from rookie Kadarius Toney, who caught six passes for 78 yards, showing his electric moves. The Giants also got two touchdowns from Barkley in what clearly was his best performance since coming back from his reconstructive knee surgery. In overtime, Jabrill Peppers went out of the coin toss, called heads, it came out heads, and then he exclaimed “We want that ball!’’ with an expletive thrown in there. The Giants never gave it back. Jones hit John Ross for 17 yards to start the drive. He hit Golladay on a key third down play for 23 yards to set Barkley up to muscle his way in for the game-winner. Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown. Getty Images Down 21-10 and looking flatter than day-old beer on Bourbon Street, the Giants erupted with a quick strike, as Jones spotted Barkley running free on the left side line and hit him with what turned into a 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown to make it 21-16. Jones ran in the two-point conversion and the Giants were within 21-18 with 6:57 remaining, in need of a defensive stop. They got it, got the ball back on their 11-yard line with 3:01 to go and secured the game-tying field goal. The Saints must not have been happy about being tied at seven at halftime, as they came out in the third quarter and went to work. Three plays, 75 yards, with a 58-yard Winston pass to Marquez Calloway, beating James Bradberry, the big blow. There was some wounded pride on defense when Taysom Hill on an 8-yard touchdown run broke five tackles, including an ill-advised strip attempt by linebacker Tae Crowder. Hill bulldozed James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson at the goal line. The Giants defeated the Saints on Sunday for their first win of the season. AP The Giants pulled within 14-10 on Graham Gano’s 23-yard field goal with 8:36 left in the third quarter, but more was needed. The Giants had a first down on the Saints’ 3-yard line after tight end Kyle Rudolph made a 20-yard reception but ran out of bounds. The next three plays were a Barkley run for 1 yard, a jet sweep to Evan Engram that lost 2 yards — the timing of the play was messed up from the start — and an ill-advised pass into the end zone for Kyle Rudolph against Marshon Lattimore, the Saints’ best cornerback. An interception of Hill by Bradberry got the ball back for the Giants but a third-down drop by Engram on a pass behind him put the ball in the Saints’ hands near the end of the third quarter. What followed was a 67-yard, nickel-and-dime drive with Hill in at quarterback, finished off when Hill ran up the gut of the Giants’ defense on an 8-yard run to make it 21-10 early in the fourth quarter. After an unsightly first two series on offense, the Giants finally got something cooking, in an unlikely way. They escaped a second-and-24 situation when Toney made his first impactful NFL play, showing off his spin moves on an 18-yard pickup for a first down. A missile over the middle to Golladay was good for 27 yards and the Giants got to the New Orleans 16-yard line. A throw into the end zone on third-and-1 fell incomplete and Judge — questioned last week for being too conservative — opted to send out Graham Gano for a 35-yard field goal try, rather than go for it on first down. Gano, with 37 consecutive made field goals dating back to last season, missed. The next time the Giants got the ball, still embroiled in a scoreless game, they decided to go for broke. They got the first points of the game on a one-play, 52-yard possession, with Jones lofting the ball to John Ross, activated off injured reserve and making his Giants debut. Ross’ game is all about speed and he showed it by splitting defenders Paulson Adebo and Marcus Williams. Ross made the catch — the ball was placed perfectly by Jones — but the ball came loose when Williams ripped it out. Ross got spun around and alertly pounced on the ball in the end zone for what officially was a 51-yard reception and then a touchdown on the recovery. The 7-0 lead for the Giants did not last until halftime, as a defense that was competing at a high level did what it almost always does — give up points in the final two minutes of a half. This time, a 13-play, 75-yard drive for the Saints — fueled by a 19-yard Winston-to-Ty Montgomery hookup against Jackson — was capped when Juwan Johnson lost Peppers with an in-cut and scored on a 15-yard reception to make it 7-7 with only 23 seconds remaining in the first half.
  4. The Giants should be ashamed of themselves By Steve Serby September 26, 2021 11:28pm Updated You could see Eli Manning pushing his hands down attempting to hush the boos that came raining from the stands as John Mara spoke on the makeshift podium in the middle of MetLife Stadium. The jeers turned quickly to cheers and a standing ovation when Mara got out of the way for Manning on the day The Pride of the Giants had his No. 10 jersey retired. By the end of Falcons 17, Giants 14, you would have been hard-pressed to find a Giants fan who wouldn’t have signed a petition to have the numbers of virtually every Giant retired, and certainly every Giant on defense, and of course, GM Dave Gettleman, who was joined on this day by Evan Engram, who lost a fumble in his season debut and was cheered once later on when he trotted to the sideline. Shame on these Giants. These 0-3 Giants. It might be a good idea for the Giants to summon Eli back to the field at every opportunity when things go wrong, because things go wrong with these Giants at every opportunity. And maybe instead of the Eli bobbleheads they handed out on Sunday, an Eli Manning Muzzle specially designed to discourage the boo birds might be an option to consider for the marketing people. It is damning commentary on the players and the organization that they could not summon enough pride on this day to make a stand in their house and win a damn game, for him, for themselves and for their disconsolate, disenchanted fans who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Giants teams of yesteryear — it feels like an eternity ago — would have turned this into a homecoming game against a team practically begging to leave town 0-3. If ever Daniel Jones was going to feel the burden of succeeding old No. 10, it would have been here, but to his credit, he seemed as unfazed as Manning always was, forced to throw to the likes of Collin Johnson and C.J. Board and Kadarius Toney and piñata Engram after Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton were lost to injury in the first half. Whenever Jones watches the replay of the halftime love-in, he will get a better idea how New York honors and embraces its champion icons with all its heart. Younghoe Koo celebrates his game-winning field goal for the Falcons. AP And why while there is no greater place to win than in New York, poor Jones is learning that there is no worse place to lose. “I don’t think it’s one thing or even two things, it’s a combination of a lot of little things we gotta do better,” Jones said. “In this league, these games come down to the fourth quarter, they come down to making plays when you have to, and we’ve gotta do that better and execute and make those plays.” Jones (24 of 35, 266 yards, 8-39 rushing) enjoyed one shining moment that should have given Manning worshippers flashbacks when he engineered a 10-play, 71-yard drive and pumped his right fist in the air when Saquon Barkley’s 1-yard touchdown leap made it Giants 12, Falcons 7 with 12:53 remaining. And then Jones lowered his shoulder into Grady Jarrett and powered for the two-point conversion. Manning’s championship defenses would have slammed the door shut on Matt Ryan right there. This one folded like a Big Blue accordion for the second straight week. Adoree’ Jackson dropping an interception in the end zone preceded Logan Ryan pass interference in the end zone against Kyle Pitts which preceded the tying TD. It was time for a fairy tale, right? Manning’s successor, 4:13 and one timeout remaining, leading the Giants into position for the game-winning FG, or maybe a rare TD. He marched to midfield. He was sacked on second down, recovered his own fumble, for a 9-yard loss. And of course Riley Dixon’s punt became a touchback. And of course Ryan found Cordarrelle Patterson out of the backfield for 28 yards on first down, and then Pitts for 25 yards, and then of course another FG kicker, Younghoe Koo, beat the Giants as time expired. “Ultimately,” Joe Judge said, “we didn’t finish.” A loser’s lament the last three Giants head coaches have offered us. There is no defense for the defense playing so defensively in crunch time, but you can expect to beat 2 ¹/₂-year-old Charlie Manning’s first Little League team with 14 points, but not the Atlanta Falcons. To wit: Second-and-goal at the Atlanta 8 on the opening drive, Jones is sacked by Jarrett for an 11-yard loss. Field goal. First-and-10 at the Atlanta 17, Jones fumbles the snap, 11-yard loss. Field goal. The Giants’ 0-3 record shows on the face of this fan. Robert Sabo Jones on third-and-10 hits Barkley who races down the right sideline for 20 yards … ineligible man (Will Hernandez) downfield. “We all can do a lot more and we have to,” Jones said. “We believe we have a good football team and we have the guys to make it work.” The Giants have road games against the Saints and Cowboys next and could be 0-5 again under Judge when they return home to what would be an angry mob. Barkley was asked about the boos for Mara and he said: “I don’t think that’s fair to Mr. Mara.” Mara is a big boy and he knows the deal. This losing syndrome pains him as much as it does every other Giants fan. If that was him kicking over a couple of press box trash cans, who could blame him? “I wouldn’t consider this team a bad team. We just gotta figure it out,” Barkley said. Barkley conceded it was especially disappointing failing on Manning’s big day. All of them should be similarly disappointed. “We’re gonna be all right, guys. All right? We’re gonna be all right,” Judge said on his way out of the interview room. All wrong right now. Shame on the Giants.
  5. Giants LB Blake Martinez done for season with torn ACL: source By PAT LEONARD NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | SEP 27, 2021 AT 9:36 AM Giants ILB Blake Martinez tore his ACL and is done for the season, according to a source. This is an enormous loss for the Giants (0-3), who are reeling after Sunday’s 17-14 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons. Martinez, who was third in the NFL with 151 tackles last season, got hurt in Sunday’s first quarter when he was juked by Falcons WR Cordarrelle Patterson and Martinez planted to try and recover. He went straight down onto his stomach and stayed down and needed help off the field. He walked gingerly into the locker room but the Giants quickly ruled him out for the rest of the game. Now his season is over, and it will be tough for coordinator Pat Graham’s defense to recover. Giants' Blake Martinez is done for the season. (Seth Wenig/AP) Martinez, 27, is not only a captain, he is the defense’s signal-caller, Graham’s conduit to the field. Middle linebacker Tae Crowder took over those duties for the rest of Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, but a reliable veteran playcaller to back up Martinez is something the Giants had been looking for in the offseason and failed to find. They thought they had it in Todd Davis, but the veteran retired two days after signing early in camp. The injuries aren’t just limited to Martinez, whose torn ACL was first reported by ESPN. Receivers Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) also left Sunday’s game in the first half for good. The severity of their injuries is not yet known.
  6. This team are serious contenders for a winless season
  7. The unfathomable reason behind the Giants’ downfall By Paul Schwartz September 17, 2021 12:35pm Updated The Giants rode the rails back home from their ridiculous — is there any other word for how many ways this franchise finds ways to fail? — 30-29 loss to Washington, and head coach Joe Judge said “Me and Pat will have a long train session, going through the tape on the train ride back. That will be a focus moving forward getting fixed.’’ The focus is on fixing the pass defense, and the Pat that Judge is referring to is Pat Graham, the Giants’ defensive coordinator. There were plenty of issues this team took into the 2021 season, plenty of possible pitfalls and pratfalls this team might encounter. Defending against the pass was not supposed to be anywhere on the list, much less darn near the very top. If you want to investigate the main reason why the Giants did not leave FedEx Field with a victory, start here. Sure, if Dexter Lawrence did not jump offside — who does this? — on Dustin Hopkins’ missed 48-yard field goal, the Giants win 29-27 and they are 1-1, there is order in the Giants’ universe as they get a 10-day break from taking the field for another game. That Lawrence actually did jump offside is inexcusable. Where he is lined up, he is the closest Giants player to the snap of the football. It is right there! All he has to do is watch for the snap and then move. It is not as if he is coming around the edge and trying to gain a split second advantage for an attempted block. For this to happen on a team coached by Judge — a special teams specialist — is another chapter in the How The Giants Lose manual. James Bradberry gives up a touchdown to Terry McLaurin in the Giants’ loss to Washington. Getty Images Lawrence will take the heat for this and he probably will never, ever make this mistake again, however long his NFL career lasts. This is not the immediate issue for the Giants. Daniel Jones, who played well, is not the immediate issue. Saquon Barkley, clearly in the nascent stages of getting back to form following knee surgery, is not the immediate issue. The immediate issue that must be confronted and corrected is a defense that, through two games, is in disarray. In Week 1, Teddy Bridgewater did as he pleased, finding gaping holes in the Giants secondary for the Broncos. Four nights later, Taylor Heinicke, in his third NFL start — he was 0-2 — completed 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He was floating the ball around, almost daring the Giants to pick it off. That the Giants only got one of them — James Bradberry’s extremely athletic interception with 2:16 remaining — is disturbing. We can retire “vaunted’’ when it comes to the Giants’ defensive backs, at least for now. Bradberry spent the evening mostly getting beat by Terry McLaurin (11 receptions for 107 yards, one touchdown). Jabrill Peppers was strangely a part-time player in the opener and did not make a big impact getting 80 percent of the defensive snaps against Washington. There are too many miscommunications and too much zone coverage being deployed. No question, the lack of an effective pass rush is hurting the guys on the back end. Still, the pass coverage simply must be much better, or else this team has no chance. “Well, I think, first off, we have to do a better job at that right there,’’ Judge said. “That’s going to come from a lot of different aspects. We will watch the tape, make sure we have it narrowed down.’’ Is one train ride long enough to right these wrongs? Other musings coming off another early-season loss for a team that makes early-season losses habit-forming: A team knows it has its franchise quarterback when every game is not a referendum on if he is the right man for the job. The Giants do not know this yet with Daniel Jones, but this latest loss — his first after going 4-0 in four starts vs. Washington — is not about Jones. He played well. He needs to produce more than 249 yards on 22 pass completions and he should have had a 43-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton on his resume. That Slayton allowed the ball – overthrown by perhaps six inches — to glance off his fingers most likely cost the Giants the game. Jones read a bust in the Washington coverage and his pass should have given the Giants a 30-20 lead with 6:18 remaining. The play-calling when the Giants got the ball with 2:16 remaining, courtesy of Bradberry’s interception, on the Washington 20-yard line, was far too conservative. Playing scared was more like it. We get it, Judge’s main concern was forcing Washington to use all its time outs, with the Giants already well within field goal range for Graham Gano. There was no need to throw the ball all around and risk a sack or a fumble or an interception. But there was a need to show some aggressiveness, rather than two runs into the line by Barkley that produced a total of three yards. Did anything go on to that point to make Judge think Barkley and a rebuilt-on-the-fly offensive line could grind out a first down? Barkley had a 41 yard run in the first quarter. He finished with 57 yards on 13 rushing attempts. So, on his other 12 rushing attempts, he averaged 1.3 yards. “It had nothing to do with not trusting Daniel,’’ Judge said. “It was also trusting our run game as well. It was trusting the offensive line, the front. We talk all the time about the strategy of being in that situation. It’s obviously one of those things you go back and forth on. Ultimately, you want to control as much as you can, control the points you have, not put yourself in a position for a negative play. Obviously, on third down, we threw that ball right there. We have a lot of trust in our offense right there to really make it look easy and go out there and run the ball one at a time.’’ Make it look easy? Ugh. Daniel Jones throws a pass in the Giants’ loss to Washington. USA TODAY Sports The Giants gave up what was basically an uncontested touchdown to close out the first half, when they left a huge hole on the eight side of their defensive line and J.D. McKissic ran untouched into the end zone. This came after a Giants time out to set their defense, making this a bad look. It seemed as if the Giants did not think Heinicke was capable of checking out of one play and into another. “So, we called a play where, actually, I don’t want to give this away,’’ Heinicke said. “It was going to be a pass play and they called timeout and they come back and there’s a three-man front and there are only about four or five people in the box, so I was like ‘Hey, if we don’t run and score a touchdown here, we don’t deserve to win.’ So made the check, and it was a touchdown.’’ Kadarius Toney actually is credited with being on the field for 19 of the 69 offensive snaps. Do not feel badly if you did not notice. He was not targeted, not once. He never got the ball in his hands. Toney in the third quarter had a sideline conversation with Judge that did not appear to go well, and Toney never took another snap. He took to his Instagram account to post something that either is very meaningful or not at all — does anyone really want to dig too deeply into what 22-year old rookies are trying to convey on social media? The Toney post included this: “I don’t be mad. S–t just lame to me.’’ Discuss amongst yourselves. What is crystal clear is the Giants selected Toney with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They better have a plan for him. If they do, it is not readily apparent.
  8. one mother fucking point. *sigh*
  9. It’s already a ‘long season’ for the Giants By Paul Schwartz September 13, 2021 11:40am Updated It is late early for the Giants. Really and truly. “We wake up (Monday), it’s already Thursday of the game week for us because we have a short week,” Joe Judge said not long after a terrible season-opener for the Giants. Yup, it is Monday on the calendar but already Thursday (in a normal week when they play on Sunday) in the hearts and minds and practice schedule of the Giants. They have an extremely early quick turnaround, as they get their first road game of the season, Thursday night in Washington, in a “battle” of 0-1 teams in the NFC East. Essentially, the Giants get one full day to practice for this game — Tuesday — and they hit the rails for a Wednesday afternoon chartered train ride to Washington. This is good. They did not get beat up badly — at least not physically — in their 27-13 loss to the Broncos and bodies are fresher now than they would be if the Thursday night game came a month or two from now. Plus, ridding their minds as soon as possible of how crummy they played, on offense and defense, in the 2021 opener is a positive development. “We get to play some football again,” safety Logan Ryan said. “It’s honestly a positive after a loss. You have to play quicker and we’re excited for it. “We have work to do, but listen, man, this team is together, you don’t have to worry about that. Unfortunately, we’ve been here before, but it’s just one week in a season. It really doesn’t define you. What we do this next game is going to be more of a defining factor in how we respond. I encourage everyone to tune in, be excited and put work in. I won’t see my wife and kids as much as I want to this week. We have put it in on a short week, but she’ll understand.” There is not a whole lot of understanding with the Giants nowadays, as their fan base dared to get excited for a new season and then got slapped into reality as the Broncos did whatever they pleased for three hours at MetLife Stadium. It is impossible to take the Giants seriously when they continue to lose so often. Head coach Joe Judge afterward said, “It’s a long season … we literally have an entire season ahead of us, okay. Any other year, it was 16 games, we have 16 games ahead of us that we have to improve week by week and keep climbing.” This is true, but also daunting. “Long season” often correlates to “bad season” and it is already a long season for the Giants, who get no benefit of the doubt until they show the only tangible results that matter: Winning games. More that came out of the fifth consecutive season-opening loss for the Giants: Look on the bright side It is not a stretch to suggest the only positive to come out of this mess was that Saquon Barkley returned and appeared to get out of the game unscathed. All that pre-game speculation that Barkley would not be on a predetermined snap count limit? Of course that was nonsense. The Giants were not going to give their franchise running back a full load in his first game back off ACL surgery. He played almost half (48 percent) of the 61 offensive snaps — 29 to be exact. The first play of the 2021 season was a handoff to Barkley and he gained 5 yards, a promising start. It turned out to be his longest run of the day. He finished with 10 rushing attempts and 26 yards. He was targeted three times in the passing game and had one reception for 1 yard. He dropped one pass, and on his one and only catch on a screen, he stumbled a bit and had trouble keeping his footing. “I made the first guy miss but I’ve got to find a way to stay on my feet,” Barkley said. “I don’t think that’s any indicator of my knee or anything like that. I guess that could be part of rust or probably overthinking it, so I don’t want to do either. I don’t want to overthink it. If it’s part of rust, let it be.” New guy report So, how did the new playmakers — they all missed significant time this summer dealing with physical issues — do in their Giants debuts? Let’s start with Kadarius Toney. He only played five snaps in his NFL debut. It is even less conspicuous than that, as he was on the field for only two snaps in the first three quarters and got three snaps on the late garbage-time touchdown drive. What a letdown. He had two receptions for minus-2 yards. “We did want to keep in mind that this was his first game back,” Judge said. “Look, we’re obviously looking to get K.T. involved as we go forward. He’s a key part of the offense. This guy’s done a good job in preparation. He’ll have more opportunities to make plays for us down the line.” Kenny Golladay, the high-priced free agent from the Lions, was slowed most of training camp with a strained hamstring and did not play in any of the three preseason games. He got 52 of the 61 offensive snaps in the opener and checked in with four receptions (on six targets) for 64 yards. He was quiet during the meat of the game and had two catches totaling 30 yards with the Giants down 27-7 and throwing on every down late in the fourth quarter. Kenny Golladay after catching four passes for 64 yards in his Giants debut on Sept. 12, 2021. Bill Kostroun Tight end Kyle Rudolph, the former Vikings standout, is coming off foot surgery and was brought along slowly in his first Giants camp. He played 47 snaps (77 percent), needed because Evan Engram was out with a calf injury. Rudolph was targeted five times and finished with two receptions for 8 yards. Locating the edge rushers This was yet another concern coming into the season that manifested itself in the opener. The hope from inside was the return from injury of Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines would enliven what in 2020 was tepid pass-rush production from the outside linebackers. The Giants did not get what they needed to start a new season. Carter, coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon, played 58 of the 66 defensive snaps and contributed four combined tackles and no statistical pressure on the quarterback. Ximines, in 29 snaps, contributed one assisted tackle and no statistical pressure on the quarterback. Rookie Azeez Ojulari, with 34 snaps in his NFL debut, got one of the Giants’ two sacks and added three combined tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit. Figure his playing time will increase. The Giants need more from Ximines and especially Carter. It was not a good sign that Teddy Bridgewater, not exactly known as a gazelle in the pocket — he was sacked 39, 44 and 31 times in the three seasons he started at least 12 games in his career — ran free and easy and was able to elude would-be Giants pass rushers. “He’s got a funny way of moving around in the pocket and getting out and scrambling,” Broncos tight end Noah Fant said. “It was good to see, man.” It was not good to see out of the Giants’ defense. “I said it since the Rutgers days, man, it was déjà vu,” safety Logan Ryan said. “He extends some plays, it’s magical stuff at times, but we expect to be better and we will be.”
  10. Three Giants’ issues to watch in preseason game vs. Browns By Paul Schwartz August 22, 2021 2:29am Updated Here are three Giants’ issues to watch for in Sunday’s preseason game against the Browns. 1. Better to receive There are not many open spots on the roster — figure maybe 8-10 at this point — and the wide receiver position has at least one of those openings. Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton are set. David Sills shows plenty in practice as a pass catcher, but needs to show more in games. Plus, C.J. Board’s abilities on special teams give him an edge. The hamstring injury to John Ross hurts the speedster, but does not disqualify him. 2. Try not to be offensive Daniel Jones is once again expected to sit this one out — he will start and will get a heavy workload in Game 3 — but the starting offensive line could get some snaps. That would be a good thing for backup QB Mike Glennon, as the state of the second-team offensive line is grim. Newly acquired Brian Lewerke does not know the entire system, but he is going to have to get some playing time. Do not anticipate a bust-out scoring spree from the Giants. 3. Corner the market Some years, the Giants have not had enough NFL-caliber cornerbacks to put on their final roster. This year, they will be cutting corners who can play in the league — the way a team wants it to be. Rookie Rodarius Williams has shown enough to warrant strong consideration. Sam Beal has not, unless you are talking about the practice squad. There will be some tough calls, with Madre Harper and newcomers Josh Jackson and Keion Crossen trying to squeeze onto the roster.
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  12. Playing Saquon Barkley in the preseason would be folly for Giants By Steve Serby August 9, 2021 | 6:42pm | Updated With each step now, with each cut now, with each wheel route he runs now, with each passing day now, the sight of Saquon Barkley looking more and more like Saquon Barkley, feeling more and more like Saquon Barkley, makes the hearts of Giants race and sing. When there is a bounce in No. 26’s step, there is a bounce in every Giants’ step. They are all sick and tired of the agony of defeat, from the owners on down, and it is a triumphant return to the playing field by Saquon Barkley nearly one year after his devastating torn ACL that will send a jolt of electricity through the entire organization. Removed from the PUP list at last, a grueling rehab still in progress, the Giants can suddenly dream the sweet dream of getting their dawg back on the field for Week 1. And Barkley can dream now, too. “You’re definitely hopeful,” he said. On a hopeful Monday afternoon: One small step for Saquon, one giant leap for Giantkind … eventually. As desperate and as famished as the Giants are to make their fans proud again, to be Giants again, they will continue to err on the side of precaution and do right by their franchise running back, and no one will complain. The Giants, common sense would tell you, aren’t interested in any fleeting Willis Reed moment of inspiration. Saquon Barkley told the media Monday he would be comfortable going into the season without preseason action. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post They’re interested in Barkley chasing the “gold jacket” career that GM Dave Gettleman envisioned when he stiff-armed the analytics crowd and made Barkley the second-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. It is why they must keep him in mothballs until the games begin to count … or until the designated time when Barkley no longer has to be protected from himself. Judge was asked if he would be all right playing Barkley in a preseason game. “Theoretically, yeah,” he said. “Yeah, I am, absolutely.” Judge referenced his time in New England and added: “And to be honest with you, I’ve had experience with this. Look, there was a day I had to walk in and tell Josh Gordon, Demaryius Thomas and Julian Edelman, ‘Hey, all three of you are going to play against the Giants in preseason Game 4 because you haven’t done anything competitively in training camp.’ ” I believe that when push comes to shove, Judge will say to hell with that theory. Rams head coach Sean McVay said a couple of days ago that there is “zero chance” his new quarterback, Marthew Stafford, will play in the preseason. Bingo! “The thing is, before you get hit in the first game at full speed when the speed does elevate, we want to go out there and just get you used to the tempo of the game, the pace of the game. Get you a catch, get you hit, get the feel of being tackled,” Judge said. “So, am I looking to put Saquon into something that’s not going to be in his best interest? Absolutely not, but at some point the doctors say, ‘He’s ready to play,’ and if we have the opportunity to get him in at a certain point, we will. But I’m not going to press that timetable.” Good. It would be folly to press it. Barkley is the franchise’s crown jewel, franchise face and invaluable investment, and Judge and everybody else knows it. Barkley himself conceded that he would be comfortable for Week 1 without any preseason action. There were no preseason games in 2020, of course. Daniel Jones throws to Saquon Barkley at training camp Monday. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post “The year before that, I don’t think I played in one,” he said. “My rookie year I played in one, had like two carries. So I wouldn’t really be worried about that if I didn’t play preseason because I know that the coaches and the training staff and the strength staff wouldn’t let me out there if I didn’t show ’em something that I’m capable of going out there and, one, keep myself safe, and also go out there and compete at a high level for my teammates.” Judge is smart enough to simulate practices enough to prime Barkley for the real thing. “One thing about me, I’m all for whatever’s gonna help the team win,” Barkley said. “If they feel that’s what I need to do to get myself back for whenever I’m able to come back for my team, I’m willing to do that.” He trusts Judge and the medical men and the strength and conditioning staff implicitly. Does he think he can be ready for Game 1? “I don’t know,” Barkley said. “Obviously you guys know how I am as a competitor. I’m pretty sure you guys know what my thought process is, but at the same time, I’m very fortunate to play for an unbelievable coach and an unbelievable organization that is actually thinking about me and thinking about the rest of my career and the longevity of my career, and don’t feel forced.” Saquon Barkley cutting without a knee brace Monday. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post He wore white leggings over those freakish Saquads and moved well at his customary 230 pounds. You couldn’t tell that he underwent surgery less than 10 months ago. But he’s not in football shape yet and he’s not as confident in his right knee — no brace — as he will be. He has been champing at the bit to fight alongside his brothers. And happy to run laps and do push-ups with them as a team leader following the infamous team brawl. “I do believe we will have a very special year,” Barkley said. “I think that’s one of the things we’re gonna be able to point back to, I’d say that really helped bring us together.” Barkley in his blue No. 26 jersey was a sight for sore Giant eyes. He joked that he felt like a rookie again. They busted his chops. Barkley, with a big smile: “ ‘Whoa, who’s that?’ Shaking my hand, introducing themselves.” He needs no introduction. Only the football, and not before the games start to count.
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