The Giants, for better or worse, had a very Giants-like draft. Jerry Reese and the rest of the draft-day decision makers selected seven players befitting of the team-first, no-nonsense Big Blue mold. Some of these players will be asked to fill immediate needs, make meaningful plays in meaningful game situations right away, while others can and will be excused should they not impact the Giants’ season in any sort of visible, tangible way this season.

By all accounts, it was good draft—or, at least we hope it was. That’s really all that we can do with these unproven players: speculate, conjecture, hype, criticize. Until the new draftees and new UDFAs prove themselves on an NFL field, the best we can do is fill our brains with cup-half-full projections and prognostications and assure ourselves that a bright future awaits each player.

Until we have a considerable sample size of evidence that demonstrates each player’s worth at the pro level, it would be downright unfair to predict with absolute certainty how each player from the 2012 draft class will fare as an NFL player. David Wilson’s blend of speed and athleticism could give the Giants a new dimension on offense, sure, and Jayron Hosley has the physical and mental tools to thrive as a physical bump-and-run corner in Perry Fewell’s DB-heavy schemes. We won’t know until it actually happens, in a real, this-one-counts NFL game.

Predicting the fates of newly drafted players is one thing. Reviewing and reflecting on previous draft classes is a completely different and altogether more logical course of action. The 2011 class—the group of players subject to the same type of scrutiny, projection analysis just one year ago—seems like the sensible starting point.

After just one year of NFL experience, the 12 players (including UDFAs) have all made their presence felt in one way or another, whether that be a game-winning, fumble-inducing special teams tackle or a season ending training camp injury—ahem, Mr. Austin. To judge these players on one year’s performance may not be the most fair, let alone the most accurate, strategy. In fact, some of the second-year Giants could completely reinvent themselves and start anew in 2012.

My assessments could be spot-on or they could be very, very wrong. Without further ado, here is my 2011 draft class review, with an eye towards which of these players will make an impact in 2012.

Prince Amukamara—1st round pick

Prince’s rookie campaign took a turn for the worst almost immediately, when he broke his foot in his second training camp workout last summer. The injury sidelined him until the Giants’ week 10 game against Philadelphia, at which point he was asked to learn the playbook, neglect his rookie anxiety as well as the massive expectations heaped upon any first-round pick and grapple with one of the league’s most explosive receivers, DeSean Jackson, right away. Prince responded with an interception, a perfect way to announce his arrival on the NFL scene.

Unfortunately, that early success was not something Prince could sustain. It was clear from the start that the former Nebraska star was never truly comfortable in Perry Fewell’s complex defense. While his size, speed and athleticism were more than adequate for dealing with NFL receivers, Prince struggled to grasp new concepts, coverages and other important defensive principles.

This came as no surprise. Few can make the transition from college to the NFL a seamless one, and Prince, clearly, was no exception. Quarterbacks picked on the rookie DB and his playing time dwindled down the stretch as a result. It wasn’t as much his inability to bear down, engage and shut down a receiver as it was mental ineptitude, a glaring weakness in route recognition and a lack of familiarity with basic, yet wholly important defensive concepts.

The good news is that there’s reason to expect Prince to take a huge leap forward in 2012. For one, he never seemed fully healthy last season and the fact that he underwent a second procedure on the same injured foot in March supports that claim. With a full—hopefully—slate of training camp under his belt, Prince will have ample time to refine his playbook acumen and learn from his more-experienced peers. For another, those massive first-round pick expectations—now bestowed upon David Wilson—have subsided, which allows Prince to focus not on things that he can’t control, but his responsibilities on the field.

Prince will begin to realize his immense potential and could make a push for a starting spot by season’s end.

Marvin Austin—2nd Round Pick

You have to feel for this guy.

Austin firmly established himself as a top-10 draft pick after a stellar junior season, one in which he dominated the ACC with his unique space-eating, pass-rushing abilities. Austin’s draft stock took a major hit when he learned that he—along with 13 other North Carolina players—would be suspended the entire 2010 season.

He entered the 2011 draft, hoping that scouts would look past his character and maturity issues, disregard his season-long suspension, see him for the dominant player he was in 2009 and draft him accordingly.

The Giants thought highly enough of the 6-2, 310-lb tackle to take him with their second-round pick. Before Austin could validate his top-10 talent, he tore his pectoral muscle in a preseason game against the Bears, an injury that kept him out for all of last season. Pity.

Austin hasn’t played a meaningful down in two years—unless you count the 2011 East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star game—and Big Blue is in no dire need of defensive line depth. If his ability bears any resemblance to what it was in 2009, though, Austin, needless to say, becomes a huge asset, another additive component in an already cohesive, well-oiled pass-rushing machine.

Jerrel Jernigan—3rd Round Pick

If not for Victor Cruz’s emergence as one of the league’s most explosive slot receivers, Jernigan’s abominable 2011 campaign might have been a much bigger deal than it really was.

Whether it was running simple routes or returning punts, it was long since clear that the skills Jernigan exhibited in college failed to carry over into the NFL. There were times when he looked disappointed and downright frustrated with his hopeless case of the dropsies. There were also times when he looked completely lost, like he had no business being on the field—or on the team, for that matter.

Jernigan will need to undergo a complete transformation, an about-face at the most basic level, if he hopes to contribute in some form or another this season. Problem is, the Giants have a bevy of wideouts—all who have proven more reliable in game situations—that could derail Jernigan’s hopes at a bounce-back season before it begins.

James Brewer—4th round pick

Brewer is yet to play a single down, but he could see some playing time this season. Will Beatty returns after sustaining a season-ending eye injury and should reclaim his starting spot at left tackle. Free agent signee Sean Locklear, a 31-year-old stop-gap solution, probably gets the nod at right tackle.

Brewer will battle Brandon Mosely and Mathew McCants, this year’s fourth and sixth-round picks, respectively, for playing time and—given the slight edge in experience and scheme familiarity—should win out.

Greg Jones—6th Round Pick (1)

For a defense that spent most of its time last season cobbling together an unstable LB core and relying on db-heavy schemes, Jones was a welcome addition. The speed, strength and high football IQ that he exhibited throughout his college career translated to the pro game.

He recorded 31 tackles in 20 games and developed into one of the Giants’ more valuable coverage men on special teams. This year, Jones can take his game to another level, but first, he needs to outplay a spate of talented LBs with a similar goal in mind, including Jacquain Williams, Spencer Paysinger, Clint Sintim, Adrian Tracy and Mark Herzlich.

As John wrote yesterday, the Giants now have a deep, talented group of LBs. For the defense as a whole, this is good news. For Jones, it means that every lifting session, sprint, position meeting and training camp rep becomes a battleground for playing time.

Jones has the physical tools and natural football instincts to be a starter, and a very good one at that. Having potential is one thing; realizing it, channeling it and drawing upon that potential during meaningful game situations are completely different ones.

Tyler Sash—6th Round Pick (2)

Most everyone criticized Sash for leaving Iowa after his junior season. I’d say it was a pretty good decision: get drafted by one of the most steady, functional franchises in the NFL, play for a no-nonsense, workman-like coach who demands excellence and resembles Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz in more ways than one, develop into a truly valuable asset on special teams coverage, and, oh yeah, win a Super Bowl. That’s more than most would ask for in their rookie seasons, I’d wager.

The Giants re-stocked at safety this offseason, plucking Jojo Nicolas and Will Hill out of the UDFA pool and agreeing to terms with veterans Stevie Brown and Chris Horton. Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle are the unquestioned starters, which leaves Sash as a viable third option, provided he builds upon his successful 2011 season and outplays his new competition in training camp.

I still can't get enough of this play.

Jacquain Williams—6th Round Pick (3) 

There’s little doubt that Williams, at least in year one, was the prize of the 2011 draft class. While he often struggled in coverage, the South Florida product amassed 78 tackles, played with a relentless motor and was immune to the usual slow, and often painful, rookie transition process. More importantly, he may have saved the Giants’ season with his overtime strip of 49ers return man Kyle Williams in the NFC championship game.

With Keith Rivers joining the fray, Williams may see his playing time dip—especially if Mathias Kiwanuka, as expected, takes over at outside linebacker. His role this season, believe it or not, could hinge on Osi Umenyiora’s status with the team. If Osi returns, Kiwi, in all likelihood, plays outside linebacker; if Osi leaves (this is just a “what if” scenario—he’s given no indication that he will), Kiwi fills in at defensive end and Williams takes his spot at OLB.

Either way, Williams proved himself as one of Big Blue’s best LBs last season, so Fewell will find ways to put his talents to good use.

Da’Rel Scott—7th Round Pick

Speed has been Scott’s calling card throughout his football career. He proved it in the 2011 preseason, when he scampered for a 97-yard touchdown against the Bears and a 65-yard score on a fake punt against the Patriots. That big-play explosiveness didn’t manifest itself in the regular season, as Scott recorded just 16 rushing yards on five carries.

In a recent interview with John Schmeelk of Giants.com, Scott said that last year’s shortened offseason hurt his development and that he’s ready to take a big step forward this season. If Scott makes good on his word, benefits from a full slate of preseason workouts and recalls last year’s preseason success, he could be in for an increased workload.

Henry Hynoski—UDFA

Hynoski suffered a hamstring injury at the combine, which torpedoed his draft stock, stunted his physical and mental development and made him undraftable for all 32 teams. Before the injury, Hynoski was one of 2011’s top fullback prospects, and a player that filled an immediate and dire need for the Giants.

Not only did Hynoski provide the grit, toughness and mean streak required of today’s NFL fullbacks, he was a reliable target for Eli, and he proved it the final eight games of the season, when he caught 12 passes for 83 yards. Although the Giants were the league’s worst rushing team last season, Hynoski, a well-principled lead blocker and pass protector, was not to blame.

He improved towards the end of the season, and with a summer’s worth of OTAs and preseason workouts, Hynoski will develop a rapport with Eli and the rest of the offense.

Spencer Paysinger—UDFA

The speedy former Oregon linebacker was a major contributor on special teams last season, where he tied for fourth on the team with eight tackles. He played just 50 defensive snaps and recorded five tackles.

With the Giants’ surprisingly deep LB core, Paysinger will be fighting for every snap he gets. He’s quick enough to make plays in space and has a knack for running down ball carriers. If he shows signs of improvement in camp, Paysinger could be in for some more work at OLB this season.

Mark Herzlich—UDFA

Herzlich’s inspiring fight against cancer is well-entrenched in his football narrative, so I won’t rehash it here. What you should know is that, prior to contracting the disease, he was a first-round talent. There were times last season when that talent was on full display, but a broken right ankle cut his season short.

The Giants resigned Chase Blackburn, and either Michael Boley or Keith Rivers could get the nod over Herzlich at middle linebacker. Either way, he will find a way to make impact plays, to influence the game in some tangible way—whether that be on special teams or on defense.

I can’t help but root for this guy and hope that his second NFL season goes more smoothly than his first.

Justin Trattou—UDFA 

Trattou registered just two tackles in six games last season. He was the scout team’s top pass rusher and will benefit from another year of training camp.

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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.

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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had their firesale one year ago, so they don't have a lot left to trade right now. Still, with a season going nowhere and the trading deadline less than a week away, nothing with Giants GM Dave Gettleman can be ruled out.

They do still have some valuable assets (cornerback Janoris Jenkins), some possibly valuable pieces (left tackle Nate Solder) and some real wild cards (quarterback Eli Manning, tight end Evan Engram). With the Giants still a year, maybe two, away from finishing their rebuilding project, at the right price (almost) anything may go.

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Jones addresses ball security 00:01:18
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones address that he needs to improve on not turning the ball over.

After taking a look at the film from Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones knows that ball security is at the top of his fix-it list during practice this week. Not only was he sacked eight times, but Jones fumbled the ball three times -- two of which led to scores.

Jones has five fumbles already on the season, and he's looking to curb that trend immediately. Seven interceptions have also been put up on the Jones' stat totals for the season, too. 

So Jones is getting back to his fundamentals at practice, and really putting emphasis on keeping the ball in his hand instead of the turf. 

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

Seeking offensive line help, the Browns have interest in trading for Giants OT Nate Solder, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. However, the Browns' interest level is dependent on another pursuit.

La Canfora notes that the Browns will turn their attention toward attempting to acquire Solder only if they're unable to trade for Redskins OT Trent Williams.

The 31-year-old Solder is in the second year of a four-year deal he signed before the 2018 season.

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett (81) carries the ball after a catch while being defended by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett (81) carries the ball after a catch while being defended by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

The Giants released rookie linebacker Tuzar Skipper Tuesday afternoon, in favor of veteran linebacker Deone Bucannon.

Bucannon, a Washington State product who was drafted 27th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, has played in 75 regular season games in his career, including 56 starts over the course of his time with the Cardinals and Buccaneers. 

The six year vet has career totals of 395 tackles (302 solo), 7.0 sacks and two interceptions. Bucannon has also defended 12 passes and forced seven fumbles-- recovering five of them.

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Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Devante Downs (57) walks off the field against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Devante Downs (57) walks off the field against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Giants are bringing in some more linebacker reinforcements, as the team announced the addition of LB Devante Downs, who was signed off the practice squad on Tuesday. 

Downs, a seventh-round pick in 2018 by the Vikings, has been on the Giants practice squad since Minnesota waived him at the end of September. He played in the Vikings' Week 2 and 3 games, but was cut shortly after. 

Mainly a special teams player in 2018, Downs played in 11 games for the Vikings, collecting only three tackles. But with the Giants needing some more depth at the linebacker position, it makes sense the Cal product was promoted. 

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 (Bill Kostroun)
(Bill Kostroun)

The NFL's trade deadline is no longer a wasteland of silence. 

In recent years, teams have become more willing to move pieces and players to improve their rosters for a potential playoff push, much like the rest of the North American sports leagues. 

The 2019 trade deadline is about a week away as player movement between teams will end on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. 

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) fumbles the ball after a hit by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) fumbles the ball after a hit by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Since Daniel Jones lit it up down in Tampa during his first career start under center for the Giants, it hasn't been smooth sailing for the rookie quarterback. 

After Sunday's loss to the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium, Jones is now 1-3 since that win over the Bucs and his numbers haven't compared to that 336-yard, four-touchdown performance. 

Jones has thrown four touchdowns to seven interceptions in his last four games, while also fumbling three times against Arizona. It's the rookie growing pains that can be expected, which is why head coach Pat Shurmur didn't even entertain the notion that a quarterback change back to Eli Manning could be in the cards. 

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Pat Shurmur hasn't distinguished himself as the Giants' head coach yet, losing far more games so far than he's won so far. And he's drawn plenty of criticism -- most of it deserved -- in his 23 games at the helm for more than a few head-scratching decisions.

He made another one on Sunday, late in the Giants' 27-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

But don't get too crazy. His brain freeze was not why the Giants' lost.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants entered Week 7 with optimism after two of their top playmakers got cleared to return for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but they still struggled on offense.

New York got a boost from running back Saquon Barkley, who wasn't at his best as he returned for the first time in three games, but tight end Evan Engram didn't even show up.

The team's leading receiver caught just one pass on five targets for five yards while the unit led by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones failed to overcome the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the Giants fell 27-21.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
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Golden Tate minced no words Sunday when he measured his disappointment in the Giants' 27-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

"People spend their hard-earned money to sit in the rain and watch us do that," Tate said after the game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the skies opened up for a cold and soggy afternoon. "It's just unacceptable."

Tate turned in another strong performance with six receptions for 80 yards (13.3 average), but the collective effort served New York (2-5) its third straight loss after it fell short against a middling Arizona (3-3-1) team.

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (33) and outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) tackle during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (33) and outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) tackle during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Saquon Barkley didn't have his best game Sunday in the Giants' 27-21 loss to the Cardinals, but he gave New York's offense an element the unit missed dearly over the past few weeks.

After three games off from a high sprain to his right ankle in Week 3's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barkley came back at an opportunistic time against Arizona, but the Giants' offense as a whole failed to produce.

Barkley took 18 carries for 72 yards a touchdown, a seven-yard run with 8:13 left in the fourth quarter to bring the Giants (2-5) within a 24-21 deficit of the Cardinals (3-3-1), but managed only eight yards on three receptions throughout pouring rain at MetLife Stadium.

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Daniel Jones was nearly picked off on his first pass of the game. Then he was picked off at the end of the Giants' first drive. Before he could catch his breath, the Giants were down 17-0. And in the end he was sacked eight times.

Give the Giants rookie quarterback this much credit: Despite all that, he never flinched. And that's certainly something, especially considering he was making just his fifth NFL start.

But Jones is going to need to do a lot more than that if the Giants are going to start to win.

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Giants lose 3rd straight game 00:01:10
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur on the turnovers and mistakes that cost the Giants in their loss to the Cardinals

The Giants fell to the Cardinals 27-21 on Sunday afternoon, following three total turnovers from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Jones lost two fumbles and threw one interception, while also getting sacked eight times in the loss. It wasn't all Jones' fault, however, as the defense allowed Cardinals backup, second-year running back Chase Edmonds to rush for a career-high 126 yards and three touchdowns.

After the game, head coach Pat Shurmur explained what went wrong during the game.

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Giants fall to 2-5 00:01:29
Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley on the mistake-riddled 27-21 loss to the Cardinals

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants used six of their first eight picks in the last NFL draft on defensive players, and 10 of 16 from Dave Gettleman's first two drafts overall.

In the 2020 NFL draft, they're going to have to use more.

It is increasingly obvious that there's just not enough talent on that side of the ball for the Giants to truly be competitive in the NFL. Faced with a very beatable Arizona Cardinals team with a rookie quarterback at the helm and a driving rain in the second half, the Giants defense fell into a quick 17-0 hole and then couldn't hold it's ground much better in the second half.

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The 2-4 Giants return home to face the 2-3-1 Cardinals on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants began building for 2020 the moment they made the switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones at quarterback one month ago. They said all the right things about hoping to make a run for the playoffs, and that's not out of reach. But they know their real target for contention is now next year.

That makes the Oct. 29 trading deadline an interesting one for Giants GM Dave Gettleman. It's a chance to accumulate draft picks to continue the youth movement he began back in March if he decides to get rid of some veterans and their bloated contracts. Of course, right now they're only one game out of first place in the NFC East.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning has expressed no interest in waiving his no-trade clause. The Giants have shown no indication they'd be willing to trade him anyway. And his value around the league right now isn't exactly high.

But with the injury to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Thursday night, could all that change?

That's what a few people around the NFL wondered in the immediate aftermath of the knee injury suffered by Mahomes. The preliminary reports indicated the NFL's reigning MVP might only miss about three games, so maybe the Chiefs will be comfortable going forward with journeyman quarterback Matt Moore. But they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender and could be interested in an upgrade, especially if there's a chance Mahomes could be out longer.

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates with New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) after his reception during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates with New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) after his reception during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur played it coy following Friday's practice, but, barring a setback, it appears that both Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram will be back in action when the team takes on the Cardinals in Week 7 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. 

Barkley has been out since suffering an ankle injury in Week 3, while Engram missed last week's Thursday night clash with the Patriots due to a strained MCL. 

Both players have been full participants at practice since Wednesday and neither was listed on the team's official injury report on Friday, but Shurmur won't commit to anything further just yet. 

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Giants WR Sterling Shepard will not be cleared from concussion protocol in time to play in Week 7 against the Cardinals, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed Friday.

Shepard has been participating in individual drills at practice this week but has been doing so in a non-contact jersey.

Vacchiano reported after Shepard suffered his second concussion of the season in Week 5 against the Vikings that he would be out "a while" and there is a chance that he will also miss Week 8 against the Lions in Detroit. 

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Saquon Barkley ready for return 00:01:41
Saquon Barkley is still waiting for official word of his return, but it's clear he's close to getting back to action with the Giants.

Saquon Barkley was, once again, a full practice participant for the Giants on Thursday. So it's safe to say he'll be available for the team when they play the Cardinals on Sunday, right? 

"Taking it day-by-day," the star running back told the media after practice. "This week of practice, obviously you guys all know that I've been fully participating. ...Hopefully be out there for my teammates soon."

That's been Barkley's go-to phrase to use throughout this process of healing very quickly from his high ankle sprain he sustained against the Bucs in Week 3. But Barkley also had a wide smile on his face when asked if he just has to wait for the doctors to officially clear him, repeating that he will take things day-by-day. 

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Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) breaks a tackle to run from New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara )
Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) breaks a tackle to run from New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara )

Golden Tate had to wait four games to get back on the field, but when he got his chance in his New York Giants debut, he was quiet.

The veteran wide receiver recorded three receptions on six targets and 13 yards in Oct. 6's 28-10 loss against the Minnesota Vikings.

Despite a quick turnaround and another negative team result in Oct. 10's 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots, Tate took a big step in the right direction when he caught six passes on nine targets and broke out for 102 yards -- including a 64-yard touchdown.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Oct 13, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports (Casey Sapio)
Oct 13, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports (Casey Sapio)

Once perceived as one of New York's top quarterback targets before the 2019 NFL draft, No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray has a chance to show the Giants what they missed out on Sunday when he leads the Cardinals into their Week 6 game.

The 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, figures to be pivotal for both sides with the Giants (2-4) and Cardinals (2-3-1) trending different ways from the past two weeks' results.

New York and Arizona also happen to be led by the first two quarterbacks taken off the board in April, with No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones leading the Giants into the upcoming showdown between the top-10 picks.

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Saquon set to return 00:01:06
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, QB Daniel Jones and receiver Golden Tate on the imminent return of star running back Saquon Barkley

Without running back Saquon Barkley since the second-year playmaker suffered his high sprained right ankle in Sept. 22's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Giants hope to have him back as he goes through practice with Week 7 on deck against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Giants (2-4) have been plagued by injuries on offense since Barkley went down, losing backup running back Wayne Gallman (concussion) among the absent skill players.

After consecutive losses to the Minnesota Vikings (28-10, Oct. 6) and New England Patriots (35-14, Oct. 10) in Weeks 5 and 6, the Giants have an opportunity for a rebound with Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff against the Cardinals (2-3-1), but will Barkley be back?

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman
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Evan Engram
Evan Engram

For Giants fans, it was great news to hear TE Evan Engram was a full practice participant along with RB Saquon Barkley on Wednesday. That's a great sign that Engram will be available for the Giants on Sunday against the Cardinals after missing last game with a sprained MCL in his left knee. 

And if that is the case, it couldn't be better timing for the playmaker. 

The Cardinals have struggled mightily this season on the defensive side of the ball. They currently rank 30th in the league in total defense, with the 30th ranking in pass defense with 281.2 yards allowed per game. 

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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.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates with tight end Evan Engram (88) after a touchdown reception by wide receiver Bennie Fowler, not pictured, during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates with tight end Evan Engram (88) after a touchdown reception by wide receiver Bennie Fowler, not pictured, during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram were full participants at Giants practice on Wednesday, setting themselves up to play Sunday against the Cardinals, barring any setbacks.

Barkley (ankle), Engram (knee) and Sterling Shepard (concussion) all took part in individual drills at practice Wednesday, though Shepard was a limited participant.

The developments from all three players comes at the perfect time, as the Giants are still very much in the race for the NFC East division title, with the Cowboys and Eagles just one game ahead at 3-3. 

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New York Giants running back Andre Williams (44) rushes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants running back Andre Williams (44) rushes the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Andre Williams gets another chance at professional football, but the former Giants running back does so outside of the NFL.

Most recently with Big Blue during the 2014 season, the four-year NFL running back headlined several players with ties to New York's teams -- the Jets and Giants -- taken Tuesday among the 2020 XFL draft's skill-player selections, picked by the Houston Roughnecks.

The Giants selected Williams from Boston College with the No. 133 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He spent two of his four seasons with the Giants from 2014-15, taking 305 carries for 978 yards (3.2 average) and eight touchdowns.

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Shurmur on Kyler Murray's talent 00:01:27
New York Giants head coach Par Shurmur knows how talented Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is and the many ways he can beat you on the field.

To snap a two-game losing streak, the Giants will have to beat the Cardinals in their home stadium. And though they are 2-3-1 on the season, Arizona still offers a tough challenge, especially in the form of rookie quarterback Kyler Murray

This year's No. 1 overall draft pick has showed off that pocket presence to go along with his elusive legs between the hashes. For the Giants to have any success against Murray, being able to contain him will be a must. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur discussed Murray's skill set at practice on Monday, and he has been impressed by what he's seen from him thus far. 

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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

The Giants are looking to snap their two-game losing streak this week against the Cardinals after falling to the Patriots last Thursday on the road. And with this 10-day gap between games, they're also hoping to see some of their key performers return to the field as well. 

Saquon Barkley is the obvious name there, but head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't delve into that topic, saying "we'll see" if the star running back will be back on the field Sunday. 

Other than Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard are two offensive playmakers whom the Giants definitely missed against New England. Engram has been dealing with a left knee sprain, while Shepard is working himself back from his second concussion this season. Wayne Gallman was also out with a concussion he sustained during the loss to the Vikings in Week 5. 

 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 3 against the Buccaneers. Here's the latest on his prognosis and potential timeframe to return...


Oct. 14, 12:09 PM:

Barkley was back on the practice field Monday, as the Giants prepare for their Week 7 matchup against the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. That is when the star running back is expected to return to the team, but head coach Pat Shurmur responded with, "we'll see" when asked about it. 

It's early in the week, but Barkley was pushing to return against the Patriots last Thursday. A 10-day gap is between these two games, so optimisim should remain high that No. 26 is back in his pads and in the backfield come Sunday. 

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Bennie Fowler (Vincent Carchietta)
Bennie Fowler (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants wide receiving corps has taken its fair share of losses early this season, and unfortunately it continued this past week with Sterling Shepard out against the Patriots as he dealt with his second concussion already this season. 

Shepard's status for Week 7 is also up in the air, so the Giants are bringing back a familiar face to fill what could be a void this Sunday. 

Bennie Fowler has re-signed with the Giants, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. Releasing Nate Stupar was the corresponding move to place Fowler on the 53-man roster.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard
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Oct 21, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs doing the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 21, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs doing the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Giants are still in a holding pattern when it comes to Saquon Barkley's availability for next Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Needing some depth at the running back position, the Giants on Friday signed four-year veteran Javorius "Buck" Allen.

Pat Shurmur gave a very noncommittal 'We'll see" answer on Friday regarding Barkley's status. 

The team reportedly worked out three running backs on Friday, according to ESPN's Field Yates: CJ Anderson, Akeem Hunt, and Allen, with Allen ultimately inking a deal with the team.  

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 (Paul Rutherford)
(Paul Rutherford)

Thursday night's 35-14 loss to the Patriots was the worst game of quarterback Daniel Jones' brief NFL career. The rookie went 15-for-31 passing for 161 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions, equaling the total he had in his first three starts combined. 

Jones talked after the game about how he wanted and needed to play better, and after a night to think about the performance, his tune hadn't changed all that much.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm up before NFL game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm up before NFL game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

When asked on a Friday conference call if he plans on having Saquon Barkley back in uniform for their Week 7 contest against the Arizona Cardinals, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur remained noncommital. 

"We'll see," Shurmur before saying that the running back was "out running around" at the practice facility today. Barkley has been with the team at practice for about a week since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 3 that was initially expected to keep him out for 4-6 weeks.

With Wayne Gallman (concussion) also out Thursday, the Giants elevated Austin Walker from the practice squad to suit up against the Patriots. But he was waived on Friday, which could be some indication that one or both of the team's injured running backs is ready to return.

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

The Giants have re-signed quarterback Alex Tanney and waived running back Austin Walter, the team announced on Friday.

Prior to Thursday's loss to the Patriots, the Giants -- in desparate need of running back depth without Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman -- waived Tanney and elevated Walter from the practice squad. Walter did not get a carry, but did see the field for one snap on Thursday.

Tanney will return to his role as the team's third-string quarterback behind Daniel Jones and Eli Manning. He was inactive for the first five games of the season before his brief release for Thursday's game.

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Daniel Jones on New England loss 00:00:53
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones reflects on his poor performance against the New England Patriots, knows he has to play better.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The fourth start of Eli Manning's career back in 2004 was an unmitigated disaster. He was lost that day against the Baltimore Ravens. He looked rattled, completing only four of his 18 passes. He threw two interceptions and was eventually benched.

On the train ride back to New Jersey that night, Manning had a long, heart-to-heart talk with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and the next day he met with Tom Coughlin to do the same. They figured out a way for him to get comfortable in the offense. They discussed the plays that worked best and the ones he liked to run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Bob DeChiara)
(Bob DeChiara)

Facing Tom Brady and the Patriots high-powered offense was no easy task for the offense, but in the early going of Thursday's 35-14 defeat, the Giants defense held tough. 

The final stats for New England were gaudy, as they piled up 427 yards of total offense, including 334 through the air.

On the Patriots first seven drives,though, the Giants defense held them to just 148 yards of total offense (just 21.1 per drive), and 53 of those yards game on the Pats' opening drive, which ended with a fourth-down stop by the Giants defense. 

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 (Paul Rutherford)
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - No one ever thought it was going to be easy for Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

OK, that's not true. A lot of people thought he was the elixir that was going to cure everything that ails the Giants. But the reality always was that once he was given Eli Manning's old job, the 2019 season became all about his growth and learning on the job. 

So consider his encounter with Tom Brady on Thursday night another difficult learning experience for the 22-year-old. He threw three interceptions and struggled most of the night, going 15 of 31 for 161 yards in a 35-14 loss to the defending Super Bowl champs.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Lorenzo Carter, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) leaves the football field after losing to the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) leaves the football field after losing to the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

All eyes have been on Daniel Jones since he was named the Giants starting quarterback prior to their Week 3 matchup with the Buccaneers.

And while it's the on-field results that matter the most to Giants fans, Jones' pregame arrival videos have become a bit of a phenomenon, mainly because of the internet outcry concerning Jones' fashion sense.

So, without further ado, here is the definite power rankings of the rookie's arrival videos since being named the starting QB. 

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The 2-3 Giants travel to play the 5-0 Patriots Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 10, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. ET

NETWORK: NFL Network and Fox

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney (3) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney (3) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Prior to the Giants' game against the New England Patriots on Thursday night, the team waived quarterback Alex Tanney while promoting running back Austin Walter from the practice squad, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

That means Eli Manning will be the Giants only other active quarterback, behind rookie Daniel Jones

Tanney, the 31-year-old journeyman QB, has played in just one NFL game since entering the league in 2012. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown for the Tennessee Titans in 2015.

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Daniel Jones expectations vs. NE 00:01:24
Giants QB Daniel Jones will be facing a stingy Patriots defense. SNY's Jon Jastremski and Sal Licata discuss their expectations for Jones.

As the Giants look to rebound, they do so without four of their best players on offense.

Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) joined running back Wayne Gallman and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who have concussions, Wednesday as out for Thursday's game against the New England Patriots.

Facing the NFL's No. 1 unit in the three categories of 6.8 points, 160.4 passing yards and 238.4 total yards per game, the key absences and short turnaround for Week 6 puts more pressure on Daniel Jones, but the Giants (2-3) need the rookie quarterback and others to step up at the Patriots (5-0).

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Without either of its top two running backs available for Week 6's game against the New England Patriots, the New York Giants offense turns to third- and fourth-string players on the depth chart.

The injured Giants (2-3) get the undefeated Patriots (5-0) Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET after the team ruled out starter Saquon Barkley (ankle) and backup Wayne Gallman (concussion) among four offensive players sidelined, throwing the next men up into the spotlight.

Those are Eli Penny and Jon Hilliman, who have ascended to the top of the rotation after they started their 2019 campaigns as afterthoughts behind the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year and a third-year Giant.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

As if the Giants had enough ground to make up for Thursday against the Patriots, New York now enters the Week 6 game at New England without several keys players on offense.

Running back Saquon Barkely (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) are officially ruled out for the Giants' 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., as are wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) and running back Wayne Gallman (concussion).

The Giants announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Only one day remains for the Giants to prepare for the undefeated Patriots, who they'll face on the road in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football. And that preparation includes trying to be as healthy as possible playing on a short week. 

For the Giants' offense, it has been rough. Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard will more than likely be out with their concussions suffered from the loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Saquon Barkley's high ankle sprain has recovered remarkably with him seen cutting and running at practice for a little over a week now, but it's still uncertain that he plays. And finally, Evan Engram reportedly has a sprained MCL in his left knee, which could sideline him, too. 

Those are a lot of playmakers to be without, but luckily on the defensive side of the ball, things are a tad brighter. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Shurmur wouldn't bite on Barkley 00:01:30
No matter how many times reporters asked, or how they asked, Pat Shurmur didn't want to talk about Saquon Barkley and his status.

With both sides of the ball riddled with injuries, having a short week -- on the road against the undefeated Patriots nonetheless -- isn't ideal for the Giants, to say the least. And head coach Pat Shurmur doesn't really want to talk about it. 

Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Shurmur didn't go deep into his injury situation that involves Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard dealing with concussions, Saquon Barkley still up in the air with his high ankle sprain, and now Evan Engram potentially being out with what ESPN's Adam Schefter is hearing as a sprained MCL on his left knee. Lorenzo Carter was also limited once again with a neck injury. 

But, other than Gallman and Shepard's documented concussions and being in the protocol, he was mute.

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Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)
Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' offense just keeps taking blows, as TE Evan Engram looks to have suffered a sprained MCL, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

Engram was out of practice on Monday with what head coach Pat Shurmur called "game soreness."

It is unknown which knee it is, but Engram suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain on his right knee in Week 3 last season. In turn, he missed the next three games in what was a tough sophomore season where he couldn't really get into a groove with his injuries. He also suffered a hamstring strain later in that season. 

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Golden Tate on playing Patriots 00:01:04
New York Giants receiver Golden Tate talks about the team's mentality as they prepare to go into a hostile New England environment.

There were some questions surrounding how Giants wide receiver Golden Tate felt following his season debut against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. 

Tate, who returned from a four-game suspension to start his Giants career, said following the 28-10 loss, that he would've liked more touches. 

"Obviously I wish I had a few more opportunities to help us win," Tate said.

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