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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Daniel Jones was seen at Giants practice on Friday without a boot on his foot, showing progress regarding his sprained ankle, but the rookie quarterback did not practice and is unlikely to play against the Eagles on Monday night.

Veteran QB Eli Manning is expected get the start against Philadelphia in his place, as the Giants look to halt an eight-game skid.

With Jones' ankle already improving and him no longer in need of a protective boot, the idea of Jones returning to the field again this season is certainly trending upward.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison
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Da'Mari Scott (Vincent Carchietta)
Da'Mari Scott (Vincent Carchietta)

With an extra roster spot due to the Giants waiving Bennie Fowler, the team has promoted WR Da'Mari Scott from the practice squad. 

Scott's arrival could be due to the need for a punt returner given Jabrill Peppers and Golden Tate are both injured. Tate suffered a concussion in the loss to the Bears, while Peppers left the game early with a transverse process fracture. 

There are other options already on the roster, though, depending on who head coach Pat Shurmur wants out for punts against the Packers on Sunday. Corey Ballentine and Darius Slayton have both been used for kick returns, and Ballentine especially has the prowess to return punts given his time at Wasburn University doing just that. 

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Darius Slayton
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) avoids the tackle of New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu (50) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) avoids the tackle of New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu (50) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Coming into the season, sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine became a quick favorite, someone whom the fans wanted to see make an impact in his rookie year. Most of that stemmed from the tragedy he endured just after getting drafted, when he and his best friend Dwane Simmons were shot with Simmons' wound unfortunately becoming fatal. 

But there is also the fact that Ballentine was a Division II prospect that became the first player ever from Washburn University to be drafted into the NFL. He has had to battle many ups and downs to get to this point in the season, and the Giants are beginning to reward that hard work. 

On Monday Night Football against the Cowboys, Ballentine was placed in as slot corner for Grant Haley. They felt a switch was needed and Ballentine has been doing everything asked of him, going all the way back to the preseason where he was making plays at practice left and right. And that switch stayed the same against the Jets two weeks ago, where he played 44 defensive snaps compared to 53 against Dallas. 

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Michael Thomas, Scott Thompson
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Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)
Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)

It's been well documented this season just how young this Giants defense is. They have the most amount of rookie snaps of any team in the NFL, and it's mainly because of their starters on defense. 

First-round cornerback DeAndre Baker has been starting since Day One, and so has DT Dexter Lawrence. Mix in players like LB Ryan Connelly (out for the season with torn ACL), OLB Oshane Ximines, and now CB Corey Ballentine and you can see why this unit has struggled facing top offenses this year. 

But this is what the Giants want: develop the young talent to set a foundation for next season and the foreseeable future. Rome wasn't built in a day, and GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the front office realizes there is a process to this. 

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Giants haven't led the NFL in much recently, but they had a big lead in one category through the end of October. No team played rookies more often than they did. And they led in that category by about 500 total snaps.

That only counted rookies, like quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, linebacker Oshane Ximines and corners Corey Ballentine and DeAndre Baker. It didn't count all their second-year pros like guard Will Hernandez, running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end B.J. Hill, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and cornerbacks Grant Haley and now Sam Beal.

The point is, the Giants are young. Very, very young. And that might be the biggest reason to be optimistic about their future, and to believe that GM Dave Gettleman could have them on the right path.

Tags: B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Evan Engram, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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DeAndre Baker
DeAndre Baker

The Giants felt the need to trade back into the first round in the 2019 NFL Draft to get DeAndre Baker, who the team's highest-graded cornerback coming out of Georgia. 

It hasn't looked that way so far this season, though. 

Baker has certainly been going through rookie struggles, with a Pro Football Focus grade of 37.8 on the season thus far. He just seems to have a big miscue almost every contest, and that definitely goes for Monday Night Football against the Cowboys when -- on 3rd-and-12 for Dallas -- he played in zone coverage while everyone else was in man and Amari Cooper broke out a 45-yard touchdown run.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

When Sterling Shepard suffered his second concussion in three weeks during Oct. 6's 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Giants accepted the unfortunate reality that they would be without their top wide receiver for an extended amount of time.

However, before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Ford Field in Detroit against the Lions (2-3-1), Giants head coach Pat Shurmur expressed cautious optimism Wednesday about Shepard.

The Giants (2-5) might need to wait longer for their key playmaker's return as he remains in concussion protocol, but they saw him make progress with his limited status during practice.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Ballentine, Lorenzo Carter, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) catches a pass as New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) catches a pass as New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Rookie CB Corey Ballentine has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after complaining about persistent headahces, the Giants announced Wednesday.

Ballentine, who did not practice Wednesday, had previously played in all six games this season for New York, with most of his snaps coming on special teams.

Ballentine joined Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman and Olsen Pierre -- all of whom were limited in practice -- in the concussion protocol.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Olsen Pierre, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a wonderful first two games as the starting quarterback of the Giants, Daniel Jones got a taste of what Eli Manning had to endure over most of the previous six years:

Life as a quarterback on a bad team.

There was pretty much nothing Jones could do with a depleted rushing attack behind him, a struggling offensive line in front of him, and a porous defense on the other side - all things that should feel very, very familiar to his current backup. He was 21 of 38 for 182 yards, which isn't exactly good, but also was about what was expected considering he was making his third NFL start and was facing the NFL's sixth-ranked defense (and maybe the league's best secondary).

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Eli Penny, Jabril Peppers, Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When the Giants traded star receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns on March 12, the haul brought versatile safety Jabrill Peppers back home.

Peppers, who rose up the football ranks in New Jersey via Paramus Catholic High School before heading to Michigan for three years and embarking on his NFL career in 2017, debuted Sunday with the Giants in a 31-22 win over the Jets.

The first look for Peppers in the starting defense yielded mixed results with Jets quarterback Sam Darnold going 4-of-5 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the third-year defensive back keeps his head up as he and the Giants move further into the preseason.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal
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Giants rookie CB Corey Ballentine had as bittersweet of a night as anyone could possibly have on April 28.

The Giants selected the 23-year-old out of Washbun University with their sixth-round pick that night. But hours later, he and his best friend and college teammate Dwane Simmons were involved in a shooting in Topeka, Kan.

Ballentine was left with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, but Simmons, also just 23, did not survive.

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