Giants fall to 2-4 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.

 

The result was a 27-21 loss behind a Saquon Barkley-like effort from the Cardinals' backup running back, Chase Edmonds. After rushing for a total of 161 yards in the first six games of the season, rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries against the Giants.

This Giants defense has that effect on a lot of players. And they certainly helped Edmonds out by basically failing to touch him on his three, 20-plus-yard touchdown runs. The second one might have been the worst because the defense seemed to be in the right position. But then rookie defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree were moved out of the lanes, and safety Antoine Bethea missed a tackle.

For the most part, the Giants linebackers are nonexistent against the run -- even when safety Jabrill Peppers was brought down into the box. And the fact that they couldn't even come close to pressuring Murray into a big mistake on a rainy day when he was hardly at their best is telling.

They did get better in the fourth quarter, and even had a key stop with 4:23 to play, giving rookie quarterback Daniel Jones one final chance to tie or win the game. But they keep putting the offense in holes and can't get enough stops to really make a difference. They are blowing chances for the Giants to win games.

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher deserves some of the blame for this. For all the hype of his supposedly pressure-filled defense, he hasn't delivered at all in his two years with the Giants. But a lot of that is because he doesn't have a lot to work with. The talent cupboard on this unit is strikingly bare.

Here are some more takeaways from the loss that dropped the Giants to 2-5 …

In his return from a month-long absence due to a high ankle sprain, Barkley looked almost like his old self. Almost.

He finished with only 72 yards on 18 carries. He did have two terrific runs where he broke a tackle and shot through the line like a cannon for a big gain. One went for 20 yards. The other went for 32, but came back due to a holding penalty. He also came up limping after a nine-yard run in the third quarter, making everyone hold their breath.

After being checked out on the sidelines, though, he came right back in the game and later bullied his way through the Cardinals defense for a seven-yard touchdown.

-  So much for the much-hyped, rookie QB battle between Jones and Murray. Both of them looked like the rookies they are.

Jones rebounded from a near-disastrous start to finish 22-of-35 for 223 yards, but as usual he couldn't get the offense moving consistently. He did have some brilliant throws -- like his 28-yard touchdown to TE Rhett Ellison who was in between two defenders -- and more than a few throws where it looked like he simply didn't see the defenders nearby. He also fumbled three times (losing two of them) as he was sacked ridiculous eight times. Still, he engineered a tremendous, eight-play, 82-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to pull the Giants within three points. But he couldn't mount another one despite getting the ball back twice in the final 4:23.

As for Murray, the Cardinals really didn't ask him to do much. He went just 14-of-21 for 104 yards and didn't show off his mobility either (nine carries, 33 yards). He only unleashed his cannon arm a couple of times, but it was off the mark. Maybe it was the weather. Whatever. Hopefully this matchup will be more interesting in a few years.

Eight sacks is ridiculous, by the way (including four by Chandler Jones). Some of them were on Jones, who too often held the ball too long. But not all of them were his fault. He was pressured a lot in this game behind an offensive line that has regressed over the last few weeks.

Jones was very nearly picked off on his first pass of the game, and it looked like it happened because WR Golden Tate pulled up to avoid a hit -- something that didn't go unnoticed by the crowd that booed him for his "effort." But Tate rebounded and finished with six catches for 80 yards. He showed his ability on a short pass in the second quarter that he turned into a 20-yard gain by breaking several tackles.

LB Markus Golden, Gettleman's best free-agent signing by far, got a sack in the second quarter giving him six straight games with at least half a sack -- something only three other players in Giants history have done. And it was a typical, Golden "motor" sack. Murray was trapped and Golden actually missed him and was on the ground. But he got up, kept after him, and eventually pounced on the Arizona QB. He gets a lot of his sacks that way, by not giving up on the play.

If the Giants are going to have any luck this season with the way their defense is playing, they're going to need a contribution from special teams. And boy did they get it Sunday when safety Michael Thomas blocked a punt from deep in the Cardinals' end zone. FB Eli Penny pounced on it for the touchdown. It's not always perfect, but special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey has done a great job with this unit.

Strange end-of-game management by Giants coach Pat Shurmur. Team has a 3rd-and-18 from their own 30 with about three minutes remaining and he calls for a draw to Barkley that gets nothing (three yards). Then they go for it on 4th-and-15 from the 33, and predictably the Cardinals go all-out and blitz Jones. Also predictably, he's sacked (for the sixth time) and fumbles (for the second time) and the Cards recover at the 17.

Shurmur has promised an "epic" rant at some point over the new rule that allows teams to challenge pass interference calls (or non-calls). It seems pretty clear that officials aren't going to overturn whatever was called on the field (either by choice or by order, depending on whether you believe in conspiracy theories).

So why bother challenging anymore? It's a waste of a timeout, unless it's a fourth-quarter, game-changing play. Shurmur keeps going, though. He challenged a PI call near the end of the first quarter on CB Janoris Jenkins. This one was especially dumb because it was early and because the Giants defense had already been called for offsides, so it was about a 22-yard difference. The Giants, by the way, lost the challenge to no one's surprise.

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Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker
Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have many things to reflect on and review during this bye week, and what's been going on in the secondary is definitely at the top of the list. 

This very young group has struggled throughout the season. The Giants' pass defense is currently ranked 24th in the league, with 259 yards allowed per game. And they allow the sixth-worst quarterback rating at 103.5 on average. 

While every player in the secondary can share the blame for their bad moments this season, first-round pick DeAndre Baker has been the worst.

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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley

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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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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

All 32 NFL teams received notification Tuesday of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's private workout Saturday in Atlanta, and both franchises from New York are set to be on hand.

The Giants and Jets will each have a representative in attendance for Kaepernick's session, which the league helped set up, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday.

The two teams have their respective franchise signal in Giants rookie starter Daniel Jones and Jets second-year pro Sam Darnold, and they have at least one backup between the Giants' Eli Manning and Jets' Luke Falk.

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Saquon on team's focusing on him 00:01:08
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley had a rough game against the Jets but knows teams will always scheme for him.

If you read Giants RB Saquon Barkley's stat line from Sunday, you probably would've thought it was a joke. But the one yard he accumulated on 13 carries wasn't a joke in the slighest. 

The Jets were able to penetrate the Giants' offensive line to get to Barkley quickly before he could make his way upfield. However, many believe that Barkley is still not 100 percent healthy since returning from a high ankle sprain he sustained in Week 3 against the Bucs. 

Barkley has refuted it numerous times up until this point, but not as aggressively as he did on Tuesday when asked about those who believe he should be shut down for the rest of the season given the Giants' 2-8 record and playoff hopes nearly out of the cards. 

 

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New York Giants tight end Scott Simonson (82) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon (47) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants tight end Scott Simonson (82) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon (47) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Giants down to zero healthy reliable tight ends, the team has re-signed Scott Simonson, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Simonson, 27, signed a one-year contract extension with the Giants before the season, but was placed on IR on Aug. 31 due to an ankle injury before being released in September.

Starting tight end Evan Engram is dealing with a mid-foot sprain and missed this past Sunday's game against the Jets, and backup Rhett Ellison is in concussion protocol.

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The Giants have placed Rhett Ellison in the concussion protocol after Sunday's loss to the Jets and now have just one healthy tight end on the roster heading into their bye week.

Ellison joins Janoris Jenkins and Nate Solder in the protocol after the trio all left the game at different points. He caught all three of his targets against the Jets for 42 yards of offense before exiting the game.

Sterling Shepard has been in and out of the protocol all season and missed the big all-New York matchup on Sunday.

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It seems clear that something is not quite right with Saquon Barkley, who appears to be playing hurt. But on the day after his worst game in the NFL, Barkley was feeling "much better", according to Giants coach Pat Shurmur.

And the Giants have no plans at all to shut him down.

"Absolutely not," Shurmur said.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Pat Shurmur was still the Giants head coach on Monday morning, which is how it will likely stay for at least the remainder of the season. And his assistant coaches will apparently remain on the job with him, too.

On the morning after what might have been the most humiliating loss of his Giants tenure, Shurmur said: "Having slept on it, no, I'm not going to make any coaching changes." He had said the same thing in the moments after the Giants' 34-27 loss to the Jets on Sunday afternoon, but that didn't stop speculation that he could change his mind -- or that ownership could change it for him.

A team source confirmed, though, that there were no immediate plans for ownership to either fire Shurmur or to force any staff shakeup in the wake of the Giants' 2-9 record -- at least until the end of the season.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants came up short Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the 34-27 final score favored the Jets.

Perhaps the margin would have been much further apart if not for Giants rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton's career-best performance.

Slayton caught 10 passes on 14 targets and compiled 121 yards (12.1 per reception) and totaled two touchdowns, including a long of 39.

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Changes coming to Giants? 00:01:05
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on the state of the Giants after they suffered their 6th straight loss at the hands of the Jets 34-27

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It did not take long into his post-game press conference for Pat Shurmur to get a question about his job security, and for the Giants coach to again insist that he's not concerned. The man who insisted this week that "I'm built for this" wasn't going to flinch, even after a hideous loss to the Jets.

"My concern is putting a team on the field that's going to win a football game," Shurmur said. "That's my concern."

Of course, what's really concerning is that he hasn't done that very much in his tenure with the Giants. And he couldn't have picked a worse time to have added on another loss.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants star running back Saquon Barkley went into the X-ray room after the team's loss to the Jets, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said that Barkley got "banged up" during the game, and did not say anything else about it.

When asked if he got injured during the game, Barkley only said "next question."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In their first game against each other at their shared home in MetLife Stadium, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold put up some solid numbers for their respective teams. But Darnold got the last laugh as the Jets pulled out a 34-27 win over the Giants.

On paper, it seems that Jones got the best of Darnold based on individual statistics--Jones finished the game 26-of-40 for 308 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, compared to Darnold's not as eye popping performance of 230 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-30 passing--Darnold also ran in for a touchdown, as well.

But the glaring issues for Jones came at a familiar spot that's been hurting him all season: holding on to the football while in the pocket.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Giants fall to 2-8 00:02:15
Despite 4 TD passes from Daniel Jones the Giants came up short in their 34-27 loss to the cross-town rival Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The season has already been embarrassing for the Giants. On Sunday they managed to make it worse.

And that's a huge problem for Giants coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff after the Giants lost to the awful Jets, 34-27. Things were bad enough, but a loss to the crosstown rivals is a humiliating defeat that is sure to enrage owner John Mara. Even worse: They've now got two weeks to stew about it, thanks to an ill-timed bye.

To this point, Shurmur wasn't really on a hot seat and his coaching staff wasn't in much danger. The Giants underwent an uncharacteristic, in-season change just two years ago and don't really have an appetite to do that again. GM Dave Gettleman also genuinely seems to like Shurmur as a coach, and according to a team source has preached patience and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins exited Sunday's matchup with the Jets and headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.

Jenkins was shaken up after tackling tight end Trevon Wesco and walked to the locker room as the Jets kicked a field goal to take a 34-27 lead in the fourth quarter over the Giants. 

In his place, the Giants sent out Sam Beal to make his NFL debut.

The Giants already saw Nate Solder be ruled out for the remainder of the game after exiting with a concussion in the first half.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Nate Solder left the field in the middle of the second quarter of the Giants-Jets matchup Sunday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Solder limped off the field and went into the medical tent on the sideline with less than eight minutes to play in the half, missing the remainder of that drive--Eric Smith made his NFL debut at left tackle for the Giants in Solder's absence.

The Giants scored their second touchdown of the game on the drive, but a bad snap by Zak DeOssie resulted in the Riley Dixon missing on a throw into the end zone for a two-point conversion. As a result, the Giants were still down 14-13.

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Why Jones turnovers the ball 00:02:54
Bart Scott and Ray Lucas demonstrate why Daniel Jones has turnover issues. They point out how the Jets can take advantage in their matchup.

Daniel Jones has showed some growing pains during his rookie season, specifically when it comes to turning the ball over.

Jones has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled the ball another eight times, now leading the league in turnovers.

SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas discussed why Jones turns the ball over so much, and pointed out how the Jets can take advantage of the quarterback in their upcoming matchup.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets host the Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. as Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones face off for the first time in the regular season.

Click below to take a look at what the players are wearing as they arrive at MetLife Stadium...

 

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The 1-7 Jets host the 2-7 Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Jets vs Giants preview 00:01:34
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on the extreme pressure both the struggling Jets and Giants face as the teams go head to head on Sunday

With the Giants and Jets playing each other on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will be the first time that quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold face off in the regular season.

Both QBs are just 22-years-old -- in fact, Jones is nine days older than Darnold -- and are already leading their teams as starters since being drafted. The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, while the Jets took Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky and CBS analyst Rich Gannon, both former NFL quarterbacks, spoke with Steve Serby of the NY Post to debate which quarterback looks better so far in their young careers.

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) participates in drills 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 defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants waived DL Olsen Pierre and promoted OL Evan Brown off their practice squad on Saturday morning, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The team needed some extra offensive line depth as C Jon Halapio is out with a hamstring injury and OT Mike Remmers is doubtful with a back injury for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Pierre, a third-year player out of Miami (FL), has played in nine games for the Giants this season and has eight tackles and two sacks. Pierre played 24 games for the Arizona Cardinals from 2017-2018, recording 42 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

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Peppers knows Giants need to win 00:00:51
New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers doesn't like the Giants are 2-7 but knows they need to beat the Jets in order to turn things around.

Heading into Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium, there's been plenty of talk about the New York City bragging rights at stake between the Giants and Jets.

But players like Jabrill Peppers just want to get out there and play the game. 

"We're preparing like hell to beat the Jets, and that's really it. I'm not trying to talk too much until we start putting stuff on film," Peppers said. 

"It's not about who the best team is, it's about who executes best on that day. They went out and executed well against Dallas and got the win. Last week, they didn't execute so well and they didn't get the win. That's all it comes down to. We're not really paying attention to numbers."

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

The Giants will again be short handed on the offensive side of the ball this Sunday when they face the Jets, as Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard have been ruled out for the game.

Engram suffered a mid-foot sprain last Monday against the Cowboys and had pretty much expected not being able to suit up Sunday when he spoke to the media earlier in the week. 

"Not right n-, I mean, that's all [up to] trainers and coaches," Engram told reporters on Wednesday, cutting himself off when asked if he expects to be active. 

"Take it this week and got the bye week next week and we'll see where we are."

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There is a Quarterback Revolution going on in the NFL, with one generation taking the baton from the last. The days of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are either over already, or will be soon.

And the new kids are already on the block.

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Leonard Williams on facing Jets 00:02:47
Leonard Williams talked with Ralph Vacchiano. Williams said it's not a revenge game per say but the trade definitely motivated him.

Leonard Williams has been a Giant for just over a week, but he's already getting set to face his former squad.

The former sixth overall pick of the Jets in the 2015 draft will suit up for his second game as a member of Big Blue on Sunday, with his former Jets teammates and coaches on the other sideline.

Speaking to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Williams explained that he's feeling more excitement than anything else when it comes to playing his former team.

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game 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 running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Every four years, the Giants and Jets face off at MetLife Stadium for city bragging rights. And this time around, both teams certainly want to come away with a win as they've struggled at this point in the season. 

For star RB Saquon Barkley, his focus is solely on giving his Giants team that win. But there's also some family bragging rights at stake as well. 

As a child, Barkley was a Jets fan, and that was due to his father, Alibay's, loyalty to the green and white. In fact, the man has a Jets tattoo on his forearm. 

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

With the Giants facing off against the Jets on Sunday, Saquon Barkley finds himself in a little family predicament. 

Barkley's father, Alibay Barkley, grew up a diehard Jets fan, and that fandom found it's way to his son as well. Barkley has mentioned in the past that he grew up a Curtis Martin and Jets fan, but he found his way to the Giants last season. 

So that got us at SNY thinking: How would if your son or daughter was playing your favorite team? Who would you root for? 

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Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick
Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick

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Every New York sports fan has their one favorite player or coach, past or present, that they absolutely love. They've given years of service to help your favorite team win, and they've done so while playing or managing at the highest level. 

But not every marriage has come to a happy ending in the Big Apple. 

While this city has had its fair share of legends on every team, there have also been some pretty bad breakups throughout each league. And, as agents of chaos in this case, we're here to remind you of some of the ugliest divorces that your favorite teams have seen in recent years. 

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Giants and Jets are a combined 3-14, one year after going a combined 9-23, one year after going a combined 8-24. That's a 20-61 record over the last 2 ½ seasons, for a "winning" percentage of .246.

So no, the Giants and Jets don't match up particularly well with the rest of the professional football world right now. But how do they match up with each other?

In advance of their big showdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands, let's take a look:

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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.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game 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 wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard was on the field Thursday before practice officially got underway, stretching and casually tossing the football with his teammates before heading to the sidelines.

Shepard, who was wearing his helmet and pads, was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to see a concussion specialist after his concussion symptoms returned over the weekend.

The receiver, who was a full practice participant at the end of last week, had been cleared and was expected to play Monday night against the Patriots before his symptoms returned and he alerted the team.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After the Giants fell for the fifth straight time in Monday's 37-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, New York knows the clock is ticking on its 2019 season as it turns the page to Week 10.

At 2-7, a win in the Giants' matchup against the Jets (1-7) Sunday at MetLife Stadium serves as the last glimmer of hope on the with six more games -- three divisional contests -- to follow.

Pat Shurmur admitted as much when he met the media for his weekly press conference Wednesday, on a shortened week of game prep after the Giants' loss two days prior.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Every NFL player knows the risks they take when they step on a football field. They know their body will eventually break down, and later in life they will be in pain. They rarely express any fear of their fate, or the future agony that comes with it.

Except when the body part in question is their brain.

"If you tell me I've got to get a hip replacement in 10 years, alright, fine, I'll deal with that in 10 years," Giants receiver Golden Tate said on Wednesday. "But if you tell me, 'Hey, there's a chance you might not be able to remember a lot of your career, or your childhood, or your children's childhood? That's scary, man. It gives me chills."

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Engram injures ankle 00:01:32
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram says he has an ankle sprain and doesn't know as of now if he will be able to play against the Jets

Giants TE Evan Engram just can't catch a break, as he suffered a mid-foot sprain on Monday night against the Cowboys. As you might expect, he doesn't sound too optimistic he'll be available on Sunday. 

"Not right n-, I mean, that's all [up to] trainers and coaches," Engram told reporters on Wednesday, cutting himself off when asked if he expects to be active. 

"Take it this week and got the bye week next week and we'll see where we are."

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) warms up before his game 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 tight end Evan Engram (88) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur revealed on Wednedsay that TE Evan Engram suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Engram, who is in a walking boot, is "day-to-day, week-to-week," Shurmur said.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier that Engram is headed for a second opinion with Dr. Robert Anderson. As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out, he is the same doctor that saw Saquon Barkley for an opinion on his high ankle sprain. 

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) celebrates with fans after his fumble return for a touchdown against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) celebrates with fans after his fumble return for a touchdown against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants suffered their fifth straight loss on Monday night, and it came to their bitter rival -- the Dallas Cowboys. 

And those Cowboys loved every second of it. 

The team released their in-game Sound from the Sideline that documented the NFC East leader's victory. In the clip, DE Demarcus Lawrence didn't hold back how he felt...

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Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) runs up the court during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)
Oct 23, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) runs up the court during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports (Daniel Dunn)

RJ Barrett and Daniel Jones have both made the jump from being star players at Duke to being under the bright lights of New York as first-year pros.

"I'm really happy and really excited to see that he's doing well," Barrett told Forbes in September.

"As a team we went to a Duke football game," Barrett said of his time with the Blue Devils. "I would love to go to a Giants game."

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game 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 wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' offense was without WR Sterling Shepard for the fourth straight week this past Monday, as he continued to battle back from his second concussion of the season.

That wasn't supposed to be the case, though, when an independent doctor cleared Shepard from concussion protocol after he practiced all of last week.

It wasn't until the Giants released a statement on Sunday, where head coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard informed the team late Saturday night that he wasn't feeling well. They though it was best to put him back in the protocol after he ultimately felt the same on Sunday.

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur revealed during a conference call on Tuesday that CB Sam Beal will be activated off the IR ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Jets. And the team made it official, with S Sean Chandler being waived to clear up a roster spot.

Beal's time on the IR -- he suffered from a hamstring injury during training camp and has been rehabbing it since -- is up after Week 9, and the Giants deemed him healthy enough to return. He made a 53-man roster spot and went on the IR, so he wouldn't get cut and potentially picked up by another team. 

Shurmur spoke last week about Beal, and said he liked what he saw.

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Giants had opportunities to win 00:01:16
SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the Giants loss to the Cowboys citing Daniel Jones' turnover woes but had opportunities to win.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If there was one consistent knock on Daniel Jones coming out of college, it was his penchant for turning the ball over -- including too many fumbles.

That has become his biggest problem so far in the NFL.

He added three more turnovers to his season total in a 37-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. He now has eight interceptions and 10 fumbles (eight lost) in his eight games (and seven starts). Both of his first two turnovers led to Cowboys field goals on Monday night, not to mention huge momentum swings. The third was returned for a garbage time touchdown that padded the final score.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Cody Latimer, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Lorenzo Carter, Mike Remmers, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Shurmur on Daniel Jones' fumbles 00:01:07
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur liked QB Daniel Jones decisions against the Cowboys but says he needs to hold onto the ball better.

The Giants got off to a fantastic start Monday night against the Cowboys, as Antoine Bethea intercepted Dak Prescott on the first play from scrimmage. He was tackled at the Cowboys' eight-yard line, giving the Giants about as short of a field as you can ask for on their opening drive of the game.

They came away with a field goal.

That was more or less the story of the night as Big Blue converted just one touchdown on five red zone attemps, was outscored 21-3 in the fourth quarter, and lost to the Cowboys, 37-18, dropping their record to 2-7.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

A suprise guest made its way to MetLife Stadium Monday night, when a black cat jumped onto the field in the second quarter of the Giants' game against the Cowboys.

The cat showed excellent lateral movement, getting to the outside before cutting back to the middle and finding its way into the end zone.

Click below to see...

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Leonard Williams will make his Giants debut on the biggest of stages: a Monday Night Football game against the team's biggest rival in the Dallas Cowboys. 

The Giants, who gave up a third-round pick and fifth-rounder (can turn into a fourth if they extend him), are hoping to find some untapped potential in the 25-year-old Williams. That's exactly why GM Dave Gettleman sparked a trade with the Jets, and they're optimistic enough to reportedly begin contract extension talks before Thanksgiving. 

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Williams obviously wants to start this next chapter in his career on a high note, and to get on Giants fans' good side, there's no better matchup for him than the one he'll see Monday night. 

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Before the NFL trade deadline came to pass, the Giants were active in obtaining DL Leonard Williams from the Jets. However, many believed GM Dave Gettleman would move players like Janoris Jenkins or even Nate Solder, who were getting several inquiries from other teams. 

And while the Giants may have listened to those calls, they didn't even entertain those that involved TE Evan Engram

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, one team thought to call about the 2017 first-rounder out of Ole Miss. But no matter the offer, the Giants remained steadfast in keeping Engram in Giants blue. 

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

The Giants have announced that WR Sterling Shepard will not suit up against the Cowboys on Monday night.

This is surprising news, as Shepard was cleared from concussion protocol following a full week of regular practice, and head coach Pat Shurmur made it sound like the Giants just needed the doctor's clearance for him to make his return. But the situation changed.

According to Shurmur, Shepard told the team late Saturday that he wasn't feeling good, and that was the same result on Sunday as well. 

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts after sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) during the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

It's no secret that the Giants traded for DL Leonard Williams with the intentions to sign him to an extension, with his rookie contract up at the end of the season. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano originally reported that fact last week when the deal went down, saying the team had an exclusive 4 1/2-month negotiating window to talk.

And it looks like they're getting started right away. 

Williams has yet to take a snap in the blue and white, yet the Giants will be starting extension talks before Thanksgiving, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

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Oct 20, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) celebrates a fumble recovery in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Oct 20, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) celebrates a fumble recovery in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is officially listed on the team's injury report as questionable for Monday night's game against the Giants, but according to a new report, it's unlikely that the linebacker suits up.

Todd Archer, who covers the Cowboys for ESPN, has reported that barring a sudden change, Vander Esch will be sidelined due to a neck injury that he suffered two weeks ago in Dallas' win over the Eagles.

The hope was that the Cowboys' bye week would afford the playmaking linebacker some extra recovery time, but it now sounds like he will not be on the field on Monday night.

The 19th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Vander Esch started the first seven games for the Cowboys, racking up 54 combined tackles with a forced fumble and two pass break-ups.

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Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton credits his rookie successes to every team in the NFL. 

Slayton was the Giants' fifth-round pick at the 2019 NFL draft. Like most Round 5 selections, Slayton thought he deserve to be picked ahead of Day 3 of the draft. While in the past, Slayton said every team passing on him at least four times motivates him in the present. 

"I got drafted in the fifth round, and I felt like I was a better player than that," Slayton told The Post. I feel like I was a Day 1, Day 2 guy. I went on Day 3, and it's definitely something that's fueled me since I've been here."

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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 running back Saquon Barkley likes what he sees from his team's offense this season despite their 2-6 record. 

Barkley said it's the finishing touch that has to be better for Big Blue, and he's hoping his team will get better in that regard starting Monday against the Cowboys. 

"Obviously with DJ (Daniel Jones) at quarterback now, I think you see how different we have been since the beginning of the year," Barkley said. "I personally feel like we have been very successful, especially on the offensive side of the ball, putting points up. At the end of the day, we haven't figured out how to win more games, that's the thing we have to get better at."

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

Giants wide reciever Sterling Shepard has been cleared from concussion protocol following Friday's practice. The receiver suffered his second concussion of the season in Week 5 against Minnesota and hasn't played since. 

Rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine missed the last two games with a concussion as well, but has also been cleared from the concussion protocol. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that both players could be in line to play when the Giants host the Cowboys Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Both Shepard and Ballentine were listed as full participants in Friday's practice.

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