Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

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There's nothing wrong with dreaming, even if the dream is silly. It's OK to wish upon a star, imagine the unimaginable, or hope against hope.

So go ahead and buy your Russell Wilson Giants jersey, because it's your money to waste. No matter what the rumor mill says, no matter what Tyrann Mathieu Tweets, no matter how many times Jimmy Fallon asks him, Russell Wilson is not going to be the quarterback of the Giants. Not this year. Not next year. Not a few years from now.

And probably not ever.

Sorry for the reality check, but that's the way it is with franchise quarterbacks in the NFL -- even as Wilson closes in on his self-imposed deadline of Monday to have a new contract in place. The most honest thing that's been said in the months since this silly story started making the rounds came from Wilson when he was asked about the Giants rumors by Fallon on The Tonight Show back in March.

"I'm not sure if the Seahawks are going to let me get away," he said.

He's right. They're not. Because they're not dumb or crazy. And on a planet where there are barely 32 people talented enough to play quarterback at a high level in the NFL, and only a fraction of those exceptional enough to lead their team to a Super Bowl, teams know it would be absolutely insane to let a quarterback like Wilson get away.

Think about it: When has there ever been an elite quarterback who hit free agency or was traded away in his prime? It was stunning last offseason when Kirk Cousins was available, though some thought he might have stretched the definition of a true franchise quarterback. Cousins was 30, just like Wilson, and with zero playoff wins under his belt. Yet he still had to turn down extension after extension and endure the franchise tag twice before he finally became free.

And then he was so in demand as that rarest of qualities -- an in-his-prime, starting-caliber QB -- that he ended up with a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract from the Minnesota Vikings, which he only signed after turning down a fully guaranteed $90 million deal from the Jets. And Cousins is no Wilson by almost any measure. Wilson, you may recall, is one boneheaded play call away from being a two-time Super Bowl champ.

So if Cousins can get a fully guaranteed $90 million deal in free agency, Wilson has to be worth $110-120 million guaranteed, depending on when he hits the market and how high the salary cap is by then, right?



It's all moot, of course, because he won't hit the market and the Seahawks aren't going to trade him so they can avoid paying him that long-term deal. Their backup quarterback is Paxton Lynch, who has already been discarded by the Broncos who drafted him in the first round just three years ago. So if the Seahawks traded Wilson they'd have to start over with someone else, whoever that may be. And there's no guarantee that someone else will be of Wilson's caliber.

So effectively they'd be taking a franchise that is likely a legitimate contender for the next five years or so and tossing it into a possibly futile rebuilding stage.

And that doesn't sound smart at all.

And really, it's not even something the Seahawks can be taking seriously. This is only a story because of a perfect storm of events, starting with the fact that Wilson, 30, is entering the final year of a contract extension he signed in 2015. He is due a salary of $17 million this season and he and the Seahawks have yet to agree on a new contract extension. Things haven't exactly gotten ugly, but Wilson did set a deadline to get a deal done by Monday, otherwise he'll stop talks until after the season is over.

That came after FoxSports' Colin Cowherd ran with a rumor from "the entertainment agent world" that Wilson's wife Ciara, a singer and model, wanted to live in New York to help her career. And of course, with the Giants standing by their 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning as he enters the final year of his contract, it was easy to connect the dots from there.

Except for this: Wilson doesn't have much of a choice in this and neither does Ciara. The NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement made that clear. If the Seahawks can't agree on a contract extension with Wilson, they can use the "franchise" tag on him in 2020 for about $30 million. They can even use it on him again in 2021 (at around $37 million) and 2022 (for likely more than $50 million) if they choose.

After that, sure, Wilson could be a free agent. But he'd also be 33 years old and presumably no longer of a use for a team that wants or needs him right now.

So really, any talk of Wilson wanting New York or the Seahawks not being sure of how much he wants to stay in Seattle … it doesn't take Bill Belichick's spies to sniff this out as a likely negotiating ploy. The same goes for his infamous deadline -- as if he wouldn't listen if the Seahawks come to him with the right deal in early May.

But enough people bought into it anyway and it has become the rumor that simply won't die. Yes, it's a nice thought: a still-in-his-prime Wilson handing off to Saquon Barkley and throwing to Sterling Shepard over the next 3-4 years. Even for those who still believe Manning is capable of playing at a near-elite level, there's no doubt Wilson would give the Giants a better chance of competing for the playoffs and maybe even a championship over the next few years.

A move like that would reignite the Giants' franchise, but it would ruin the Seahawks for the forseeable future. That's why Wilson is right. The Seahawks aren't going to let him get away. No one lets an elite quarterback go free in the NFL because no one who runs an NFL team is that stupid.

So it doesn't matter what Ciara wants, what Wilson wants, or what Giants fans want. This is one dream that has absolutely no chance of ever coming true.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


Oct. 14, 12:09 PM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Paul Rutherford)
(Paul Rutherford)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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


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

NETWORK: NFL Network and Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

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

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

The Giants announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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."

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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.

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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.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

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. 

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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.

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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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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. 

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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 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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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)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants game against the Minnesota Vikings is now just three days away, and Pat Shurmur is still refusing to rule Saquon Barkley out.

Just how likely the miracle comeback actually is for the Giants star running back remains unclear, but Barkley continued to take steps in that unlikely direction on Thursday morning. As he did on Wednesday, Barkley warmed up with his teammates, jogging and stretching, and then went to the side to work with trainers when the Giants began individual drills.

Was Barkley going to join practice at some point on Thursday?

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball in the second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball in the second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

After he guided the Giants to two wins in his first couple of starts, Daniel Jones gets another challenge Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where New York faces the NFL's No. 6 defense -- the Minnesota Vikings.

While the rookie has impressed since he became the Giants' starter over 16th-year veteran Eli Manning, his first true test matches Jones up with an opposing Vikings unit that allowed an average of 312.8 yards and 15.8 points through four games.

Perhaps second-year Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who came from Minnesota to New York after two seasons (2016-17) as the Vikings' tight ends coach and offensive coordinator, knows best of what Jones will see 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)

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Saquon Barkley was sitting on a stool in the locker room in Tampa, unable to stand. He had a boot on his right foot, crutches nearby, and a defiant tone in his voice.

"Whatever (the injury is), I promise you I'm coming back 10 times better," Barkley said back on Sept. 22. "I'm going to try and return as quickly as possible, whenever it is, to heal so I can get back to help my team compete. That's what I'm going to try to do."

The 22-year-old Barkley sounded hopeful for a quick return, but he also sounded a little naïve. He had a high ankle sprain. Multiple sources inside the Giants organization initially said he'd be out at least a month. By the next day, they were worried it might be two.

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Giants CB Janoris Jenkins
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins was picked apart in Week 2 against the Bills, complaining after the game that he can't cover anybody "for 10 seconds." He then got torched by Mike Evans of the Buccaneers during the Giants' Week 3 win. His Week 4 was a bit different.

Jenkins had a huge game as the Giants dismantled the Redskins, intercepting two passes and directly influencing a third interception. His reward? NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Week 4's performance was quite the turnaround for Jenkins, who has had an up-and-down tenure with the Giants since signing a five-year deal prior to the 2016 season.

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Josiah Tauaefa (David Kohl/AP)
Josiah Tauaefa (David Kohl/AP)

When the Giants placed ILB Ryan Connelly on the IR after suffering a torn ACL, they didn't bring in someone to fill his spot on the 53-man roster. Instead, they brought in another pass rusher in DE Chris Peace, who the Chargers placed on waivers. 

So, instead of bringing in a fresh face, the Giants are promoting their second practice squad player in the matter of two weeks. 

Josiah Tauaefa has been signed to the active roster off of the team's practice squad. Jon Hilliman was also brought up last week to fill in for Saquon Barkley

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Josh Bynes/Brandon Marshall
Josh Bynes/Brandon Marshall

The Giants expected it, and the MRI results confirmed that LB Ryan Connelly, the team's fifth-round pick back in April, will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It's a shame for the Wisconsin product after the hot start he had, collecting two interceptions in back-to-back games and tallying a sack in his first start on Sunday. 

So the Giants are, once again, spread even more thin at the linebacker position. The reason Connelly got the start in the first place was due to Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) having to be sidelined with their own injuries. David Mayo was also playing next to him. 

It's unknown if those two first-teamers will be back against the Vikings this week, but head coach Pat Shurmur sounded optimistic on Monday they are trending in the right direction. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Ryan Connelly, Tae Davis, Scott Thompson
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The Giants officially moved linebacker Ryan Connelly to the injured reserve list on Monday and have now announced a corresponding move.

Taking Connelly's spot is defensive end Chris Peace, who the Giants claimed off of waivers from the Chargers.

Connelly, was serving as the Giants' defensive play-caller this week against the Washington Redskins with starters Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) out. The Giants won 24-3 but Connelly was carted off after being injured.

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Golden Tate is officially allowed to return after serving his four week suspension. The wideout is excited for that first hit of the season.

The Giants' offense has looked solid with Daniel Jones under center in the past two weeks. And he's about to get another offensive weapon to throw to in Week 5. 

Veteran WR Golden Tate is returning from his four-week suspension due to violating the NFL's PED policy, and will be plugged right back into the lineup with the Vikings coming to MetLife Stadium on Sunday. 

Of course, Tate wasn't allowed to practice during his time away from the team. But he isn't worried about that, saying "I guess maybe a practice two hopefully" is all he'll need. 

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Daniel Jones/Pat Shurmur
Daniel Jones/Pat Shurmur

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have made themselves relevant again with a modest two-game winning streak that has left them one game out of first place, and in the thick of the Wild Card chase one quarter of the way through the season. They have an exciting young quarterback, lots of confidence, and a little bit of momentum.

But is it all just too good to be true?

The next 10 days will tell that story, as the Giants enter a difficult and critical stretch of their season. On Sunday, they face the Minnesota Vikings (2-2), owners of the sixth-best defense in the NFL. Four days later, they travel to New England (4-0) to face a Patriots defense that ranks No. 1. Those are two legitimate playoff contenders with defenses that quarterback Daniel Jones will find hard to decipher.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Golden Tate, Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Shepard, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) reacts 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 linebacker Markus Golden (44) reacts during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It may be too early in the season, but it looks like the signing of OLB Markus Golden is panning out just the way the Giants had hoped. 

One of the biggest concerns with this Giants defense entering the season was whether or not they had the personnel to create a consistent pass rush. In Week 1, that concern was even bigger with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott having all the time in the world to find his receivers downfield.

And then after Week 2 when the Giants couldn't get pressure on Bills QB Josh Allen, it had some frustrated with CB Janoris Jenkins saying he couldn't cover a receiver for 10 seconds -- calling out the pass rush. 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Scott Thompson
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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (not pictured) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (not pictured) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

There was fear on Sunday that Giants rookie LB Ryan Connelly had torn his ACL, and an MRI has confirmed those fears.

Connelly, who had been performing well this season, is now lost for the year. 

Heading into Week 4 against the Redskins, the Giants were already thin at the linebacker position. Alec Ogletree (hamstring strain) and Tae Davis (concussion) -- the team's first stringers -- were both out. But Connelly was ready for the opportunity to wear the defensive headset and get the start. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Ryan Connelly, Tae Davis
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