from Jon Wagner / SNYGiants Sr Columnist

After seeing them come off of a tough, last-second loss on national television to their hated division rival Philadelphia, one would think it a safe bet that the New York Giants (2-2) should have no trouble getting back on track at home against the AFC’s only remaining winless team, the Cleveland Browns (0-4).

One look at the Giants’ recent history in such situations however, says a smart bettor might want to take Cleveland along with the nine or so points New York is favored by, and that Big Blue fans shouldn’t be too overconfident about a game their team should easily win.

Although they are clearly the better than the Browns on paper, the Giants, far too many times, have produced some head-scratching, uninspiring, and downright flat football while playing down to lesser opponents under head coach Tom Coughlin, even though their often well-prepared, ultra-professional leader has at other times, motivated his team to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, including his directing of a pair of unimaginable Super Bowl championship runs.

Coughlin can never receive enough credit for the latter, no matter what the Giants do for the remainder of his tenure in New York.

To be fair though, Coughlin also has to take some blame for the many times his team has largely underachieved, even in much bigger spots than what will be on the line this against Cleveland this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

While the Super Bowl victories and a possible Hall of Fame career are what the 66-year-old Coughlin will be ultimately be remembered for, there are plenty of dumbfounding examples of the Giants simply failing to show up for entire games or at least parts of games under Coughlin, when the opposite would have been expected of them:

2005: New York clinched its first division title under Coughlin in his second year as the Giants’ head coach with 30-21 Saturday night New Year’s eve road 30-21 victory in Oakland. However, that was followed the next week with a completely lackluster effort against the fifth-seeded Carolina Panthers, as the Giants committed five turnovers and managed only 109 total yards to become the first team to be shut out at home in the playoffs since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the 1979 NFC title game. Eventual two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning’s first playoff start featured three picks, but even worse, New York’s defense let a running game featuring average NFL running backs DeShaun Foster and Nick Goings outgain a rushing game anchored by Pro-Bowler Tiki Barber by a ridiculous 223-41 yards on the ground.

2008: Even though they lost wide receiver Plaxico Burress when he shot himself in the foot and figuratively did the same to his team, and subsequently lost three of their last four games to close the regular season after an 11-1 start, the Giants, still as the NFC’s top seed, somehow failed to play with the fire needed to beat long-time, hated division rival Philadelphia, which needed a tie against Cincinnati just to squeak into the playoffs as a six seed, with a 9-6-1 record. Despite being on their home field, the Giants let the Eagles take the game to them and lost, 23-11.

2009: In probably New York’s most egregious no-show of the Coughlin era, the Giants inexplicably showed no heart during a game in which they instead had several good reasons to play with the most passion and intensity possible. Bouncing back after another tough home loss to the Eagles with a dominant 45-12 win on Monday Night Football in Washington, the Giants once again took Carolina for granted at home. This time, New York seemed disinterested, as the entire team unraveled and appeared to become completely demoralized by a red zone turnover on the game’s opening drive. Although it was the last home game ever at Giants Stadium, with the playoffs on the line in Week 16, New York allowed backup quarterback Matt Moore (in place of the injured Jake Delhomme) to lead the Panthers to a 41-9 embarrassment of the Giants. The defeat dropped New York to 8-7 and out of the playoffs before New York completely raised the white flag on its season with a pride-less 44-7 loss in Minnesota to end the year with a .500 record after an impressive 5-0 start. The ending was maddening enough for team president and co-owner John Mara, whose grandfather Tim Mara founded the franchise in 1925, and whose father Wellington Mara, helped build Giants Stadium, admit that the year felt more like a 2-14 season.

2010: The Giants’ 2010 season is most remembered for The Collapse against Philadelphia, but even that could have been survived if New York had taken an earlier game more seriously. Coming off an easy 41-7 victory in Seattle (the Giants’ fifth straight win, to improve to 6-2), New York allowed the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys to come into its own building in Week 10, with Jason Garrett making his NFL head coaching debut, and with third-string quarterback John Kitna starting, take a shocking 19-6 halftime lead, and stun the Giants, 33-20. And, then of course there was that inexcusable Meadowlands Meltdown, during which one half of one quarter of one game became the difference between a two seed plus a first-round bye for New York, and the Giants missing the playoffs entirely. That came during Week 15, when a 31-10 lead with less than eight minutes left, incredibly vanished, as the Eagles scored the game’s final 28 points over that span, including a game-winning 65-yard punt return by DeSean Jackson, who taunted the Giants on their own field by running along the goal line before walking into the end zone as time expired.

If the Carolina loss in 2009 topped the list as the New York’s worst defeat under Coughlin, simply because it was the final game ever at Giants Stadium, with a playoff berth on the line, then the Harry Houdini act by Philadelphia a year later was a very close second in terms of disheartening defeats for Giants fans under Coughlin. The team’s punishment for letting that one get away was to see the same team that New York beat by 34 points in Seattle, host a playoff game as the first NFL division winner with a losing record (7-9) – a full three games worse than the 10-6 Giants – while New York sat home and also watched Philadelphia host a playoff game as a three seed with the same 10-6 record as the Giants. Ouch!

2011: Yes, even in Coughlin’s second Super Bowl, the Giants had a pair of awful losses and a very fortunate win against far lesser opponents. First, in Week 5, borderline NFL-caliber backup quarterbacks Charlie Whitehurst and Tavaris Jackson guided the Seattle Seahawks to a 36-25 road upset of New York, which wasted a 420-yard passing performance from Manning, his career best at the time… Two weeks later, the Giants, at 4-2, were again in trouble at home against a duo of mediocre-at-best quarterbacks, Moore (again) and Steve Slaton, as New York needed a 10-0 fourth quarter to rally for a narrow 20-17 victory over the 0-7 Miami Dolphins… In Week 11, the Eagles (just 3-6) once again, and you guessed it, another backup quarterback at the Meadowlands, surprised the 6-3 Giants, who let Vince Young guide an 18-play, fourth-quarter touchdown drive, replete with several third-down conversions, to beat New York 17-10... Three weeks after that, the Giants saved their season with an exhilarating comeback win in Dallas, which would have figured to lead to a bunch of momentum for New York, right? Uh, nope, not exactly. The next week, the lowly Washington Redskins, who only went 5-11 on the season, completed a two-game season series sweep of the Giants with a 23-10 win at MetLife Stadium.

2012: Compared to some of the above defeats, there was certainly less shame in losing a close game to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 this season, but the way in which the Giants lost that contest, to again play lifeless, even while kicking off the NFL season on national television, at home, against another hated division rival, to begin the defense of their Super Bowl title, after ending the season of that same rival while winning the NFC East during the final week of the regular season a year ago, was unfathomable and continued a disturbing trend.

Even though Coughlin has led his current team to five playoff appearances in his first eight seasons in New York, it seems that as long as the Coughlin tenure lasts with the Giants, the pendulum of success or failure has no limit to how it might swing in either direction, from game to game, or from season to season.

Coughlin’s Giants are always capable of doing things like providing the five-win Redskins with forty percent of their season’s victories, or ending the AFC’s top seeded New England Patriots’ 20-game home winning streak, and then beating the Patriots again for a Super Bowl title – all of which New York did last season.

The losses like many of the ones mentioned above are type that had a lot of media members and fans alike calling for Coughlin’s job (understandably so) on several occasions over the years – that is until the Giants became just as resilient, hardworking and overachieving as they had at other times, been unfocused, undisciplined and underachieving.

The two Super Bowl titles are validation enough that Coughlin’s job should remain secure for probably as long as he still wants it. However, to defend their latest NFL championship, the Giants, at just 2-2, with an apparently brutal schedule over the final three-quarters of the current season, don’t appear to have the luxury this time of either having a good first half while trying to hold on during a bad second half (as they have routinely done under Coughlin), or the opportunity of turning it on late, as they did in their two Super Bowl runs under their Coughlin.

With long-time veteran kicker Phil Dawson showing last week (three straight makes of at least 50 yards each in a loss in Baltimore) that he still has plenty left, New York can’t afford to take yet another poor opponent like Cleveland lightly, and certainly, with trips to places like San Francisco, Dallas, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Baltimore, and home dates with the likes of Pittsburgh, Green Bay and Philadelphia still looming on this year’s schedule, the Giants can’t afford to play down to anyone else for the rest of the season.

Too often, even though Coughlin had repeatedly stressed the importance of each regular season game, he would later say he didn’t understand why a good practice week and solid preparation didn’t translate well to game day.

That can no longer be the case this season.

This year, as defending champions again, and with a very tough slate of games remaining, the margin for error is less for Coughlin’s players.

And, the time for Coughlin to truly insure that they always perform with a Giant sense of urgency begins now.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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).

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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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.

Tags: Eli Penny, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman
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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.

Tags: Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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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. 

Tags: Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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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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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the second quarter 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) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Sterling Shepard is out for the Giants' game in New England on Thursday night, and it seems like he'll probably miss the game against the Arizona Cardinals 10 days later, too. A source said that he is likely to be out a while, given his recent history of concussions.

That means the Giants will have to replace him for at least the next few weeks.

Now, Giants coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't rule out going with the four healthy receivers on the roster -- Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, rookie Darius Slayton and special teamer Cody Core -- at least for the near future. Eventually, though, they may need more depth, especially if Shepard's absence extends into November.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur met with the media late in the afternoon Monday and gave an update on the status of multiple players after the team went through walkthroughs instead of practice.

Saquon Barkley has been making progress over the last few weeks and has been eyeing Thursday night's game against the Patriots as his return game, as first reported by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, but Barkley was listed as "limited" for today's simulated practice, and Shurmur has yet to declare Barkley ready.

Shurmur did say "there's a possibility" Barkley plays Thursday and that he is "closer than he was last week."

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram, Lorenzo Carter, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)

In his young career, Giants running back Saquon Barkley has yet to face the New England Patriots. Still, due to his ankle injury, it's questionable whether or not the Giants' workhorse will get that chance in Week 6.

The Giants and Patriots meet on a short week, as the two face each other at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football to kickoff Week 6 of the NFL's weekend slate. 

If Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his way, Barkley's debut against the Pats will be put on hold.

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

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has a concussion -- his second of the season -- a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

According to Vacchiano, the expectation is that Shepard will be out for a while. 

Shepard, who already suffered a concussion earlier this season, reported symptoms to the Giants medical staff when he arrived at the facility on Monday morning and is now in concussion protocol.

Tags: Sterling Shepard, Danny Abriano
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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Golden Tate missed the first four games of this season due to a controversial PED suspension. And after being nearly as invisible in Week 5's loss to the Vikings during what was his Giants debut, Tate seemed disappointed. 

Tate was targeted just six times on Sunday, reeling in three catches for 13 yards -- with a long of five yards.

Asked after the game if he thought his limited role on Sunday would become the norm, Tate said he hoped not.

Tags: Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Danny Abriano
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A couple of rough outings for New York's football teams have the oddsmakers thinking little of both the Jets and Giants in Week 6. 

Both teams are more than a touchdown underdog in their upcoming contests in their respective opening lines for the NFL's upcoming week. 

In little surprise, the Giants got the worst of it. 

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Giants sputter in loss 00:02:12
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano and Eamon McAnaney on the Giants sub-par performance in their 28-10 loss to Minnesota

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This was a big test for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, and he didn't exactly pass it. Against the first elite defense he's faced in his young career, this game proved he wasn't quite ready.

But it also proved something else important.

The Giants aren't quite ready yet, either.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Kevin Zeitler, Nate Solder, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches 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 head coach Pat Shurmur coaches during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made sure to discuss his own team and credit the Vikings following a 28-10 loss to Minnesota in Week 5. 

"We faced a good football team. There were times in the game we presented ourselves with opportunities... we didn't take advantage of them," Shurmur said.

But his most interesting comment following the game was his comments about some... future comments. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker
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Giants fall to 2-3 00:01:22
Pat Shurmur and Daniel Jones discuss the Giants inability to take advantage of opportunities throughout their loss to the Vikings

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

Life as a quarterback on a bad team.

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

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Eli Penny, Jabril Peppers, Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) commits a facemask penalty while tackling New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) commits a facemask penalty while tackling New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants running back Wayne Gallman was taken into the locker room during Sunday's matchup with the Vikings to be evaluated for a concussion. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported and confirmed that Gallman will be out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Gallman was shaken up after a run in the first quarter and walked off the field slowly before heading back into the locker room. Gallman carryed the ball twice for 14 yards before leaving the game.

Tags: Eli Penny, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman
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The 2-2 Giants host the 2-2 Vikings Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 6, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Giants to face Vikes and Pats 00:01:39
The schedule gets much tougher for the Giants who face the Vikings and Patriots in a 5-day span

The Giants will play two games in a span of five days this week, as they face the Vikings Sunday afternoon and then the Patriots on Thursday night.

This five day stretch will be one of the biggest tests in rookie QB Daniel Jones' early career, not only because of the time crunch at hand, but also due to the level of play that take place on those fields.

Both the Vikings and Patriots hold Top 6 defenses in the early goings this season, and the Giants will already be without Saquon Barkley for yet another game due to a high ankle sprain he suffered a few weeks back. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley
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(Quinn Harris)

Stefon Diggs will travel with the Vikings to New Jersey when the team takes on the Giants Sunday in a Week 5 matchup at MetLife Stadium, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin

Diggs' 2019 season has been a wild ride. He struggled to get going in the first three games of the season, totaling just 101 receving yards combined.

In Week 4, however, he exploded for seven catches and 108 yards and things looked to be back on track for the fifth-year receiver, who signed a five-year, $72-million extension this offseason.

 

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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)

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The miracle comeback by Saquon Barkley now seems like a matter of when -- not if. But the "when" is not likely to be this Sunday.

It's much more likely to be next Thursday in New England instead.

While no one would officially close the door on Barkley playing this Sunday at home against the Minnesota Vikings -- especially since Giants head coach Pat Shurmur won't slam the door shut -- a source familiar with the team's plans said their real target is the Oct. 10 game in New England.

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Saquon is working his way back 00:02:02
Saquon Barkley won't reveal if he'll play against the Vikings on Sunday, as he works his way back from injury quicker than most thought

It remains unclear whether or not Giants running back Saquon Barkley will be on the field Sunday when his team hosts the Minnesota Vikings for their Week 5 matchup. 

Despite suffering a high ankle sprain in a win over the Bucaneers in Week 3 and an initial expectation of a much longer absence, Barkley has been out on the practice field the past two days putting in the work to get back as quickly as possible. 

For the second-year pro out of Penn State, it's simply business as usual.

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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Giants face a very tough task in trying to take down the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. But that task might be getting a bit easier if a certain playmaker doesn't suit up for the road team. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Vikings star WR Stefon Diggs is frustrated with his current situation in Minnesota, and it has become "palpable."

Diggs wasn't at practice on Wednesday due to undisclosed reasons, and Rapoport is hearing teammates don't know if he wants to be there anymore. This comes after Diggs had just signed a five-year, $72 million extension, too. 

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