New York’s Salsa Sensation Gives Way to Lin-sanity

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.

Nothing though, is usually mentioned about young, phenom athletes doing that unexpectedly and instantaneously.

Yet, such was the case for New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz this past season, and currently, for New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin so far.

Those last two words are the key in that comparison.

While there are some remarkable and legitimate parallels to be drawn between New York’s two overnight sports sensations, Lin still has – even if the most staunch defenders of Lin-sanity aren’t willing to accept it right now – a lot left to prove.

In fairness, by the very nature of each sport, having to silence doubters over a lot more games, Lin might have the more daunting challenge in that regard, in basketball, than Cruz did in football.

Still, one thing can’t be debated. While each player had a major role in saving their team’s respective seasons, Cruz has helped the Giants achieve his sport’s ultimate goal, while Lin has simply gotten off to a terrific start.

Of course, you’d never know it from the attention Lin’s exploits have received relative to that for Cruz’s accomplishments.

Cruz quickly became one of the best stories in the New York City area and across the National Football League.

Lin, on the other hand, was already receiving premature M!V!P!” chants by supposedly savvy Knick fans at Madison Square Garden, after scoring 25 points off the bench in what was only the first game of what immediately ignited an eventual Lin-ternational movement.

Just five games later, President Obama was referencing Lin’s game winning three-pointer in Toronto on Tuesday night, which brought the house down on ironically, Asian Heritage night at the Air Canada Centre.

Amazingly, a player who has been nothing short of extraord-Lin-ary during his first seven games in his team’s regular rotation, was actually cheered on the road, making a game in Canada sound like a Knick home game.

With 27 more points, 11 more assists, and a buzzer-beater in that contest, the Knicks’ new offensive sparkplug fueled the love affair worldwide, turning a normal mid-February holiday into one all his own, as fans globally celebrated Va-Lin-tine’s Day for the first time.

Conversely, Cruz, despite setting a Giants’ franchise record of 1,536 receiving yards, ranking second in his conference, inexplicably failed to make the Pro Bowl, let alone gain prominence as a star athlete outside of the United States (not even in Latin America, for his salsa dancing!).

But Lin, the first American-born Taiwanese player in the National Basketball Association, isn’t just huge in New York and across America the way Cruz became during the 2011 NFL season, but he has superseded his sport.

Within the span of less than a week, the letters in the name “Lin” rapidly took on the meaning “Legend In New York.” And, in the following week, Lin made those who never watch basketball suddenly tune in and become Lin-toxicated as far away as Asia and Europe.

Before we all get too Lin-spired too soon though, it’s worth noting that some of the hype surrounding both Cruz and Lin is due to each playing in the world’s biggest media market, and in the case of Lin’s ridiculously fast ascension to stardom, both Lin’s rare his rare background for an NBA star and the technology-driven age in which he’s competing have played a role in making Lin seem downright Lin-vincible.

America has always loved an underdog, especially ones like Cruz and Lin who through sheer hard work, perseverance, and determination (and yes, talent absolutely helps a lot as well), overcome great odds and an atypical pre-professional pedigree to make it big.

That’s especially true in New York, which can springboard players like Cruz and Lin into widespread celebrity better than any other city with a high-profile pro sports team.

Where Cruz and Lin part company is in Lin carrying the torch as the vastly uncommon Asian player to get noticed in the NBA, whereas Cruz is another in a long line of African American (albeit, also Puerto Rican) wide receivers to attain success in the NFL.

Another difference is in the seemingly limitless (or, if you prefer, the Lin-itless) reach social media and smartphones have, both of which has helped Lin’s story take on a life of its own faster than the Knick point guard can go coast-to-coast for a crowd-energizing layup.

Throughout today’s instant gratification society, the public, and sports fans in particular, crave immediate information, and they’re programmed with a constant need to process that data and come to a conclusion without letting things play out as they should (just look at the 2011 season of Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow).

Could Cruz have a very average career from this point? Sure, although it’s not likely since he has thus far demonstrated more than Lin.

The season that was just completed by the 25-year-old Cruz will be remembered best for Cruz’s big plays in huge games. As well it should. But, Cruz’s best three-game stretch (22 catches, 404 receiving yards, each game well over 100 yards, three touchdowns) occurred during the tail-end of the Giants’ four-game losing streak, against some very tough competition in his own conference.

Even then, Cruz was producing.

We don’t know yet if Lin will do the same against the likes of the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, or Atlanta Hawks.

All we know is that Lin has looked tremendous against six teams mired in last place or next-to-last place, and (despite outscoring Kobe Bryant) at home, against a Los Angeles Lakers squad which has lost twice as many road games as it has won this season.

It’s still a huge leap to go from that to what Cruz has – a world championship ring.

Not only did Cruz shine in regular season wins or in losses to good teams, he also led team his when it mattered most.

A record-setting 99-yard touchdown catch and 164 yards in Week 16 against the New York Jets carried the Giants from a 7-7 record and a season the brink of ruin, to serious playoff contention.

One week later, 178 more yards, a key 74-yard touchdown catch, and a huge 44-yard reception in the final minutes by Cruz dispelled the Dallas Cowboys, and were among the biggest factors in helping the Giants to a division title.

He then drew so much attention in a wild-card playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons, and the following week, during an upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, that receiving mate Hakeem Nicks was free enough to take over the lead in directing the Giants to a conference title game. And, Cruz still chipped in with five important catches for 74 yards in Green Bay.

After that, the Giants rode Cruz’s ten receptions for 142 yards in San Francisco to the Super Bowl, where Cruz continued to play a vital role in his team’s success.

Adding four more catches, including the game’s first touchdown, Cruz once again had the defense drawn to him enough to allow not just Nicks to have another big night (ten catches for 109 yards), but to force the New England Patriots’ defense to focus on he and Nicks so much, that third option Mario Manningham was able to make a crucial catch that set up a last-minute, Super-Bowl winning touchdown.

Given all of that, the 23-year-old Lin still has much to show to vindicate (or even, Lin-dicate) his wonderful, yet over-exposed, and to some degree, overhyped story.

For the moment however, the potential remains high for Lin, whose journey to the pros matches that of Cruz’s in several respects.

Both players starred at small-program, Massachusetts universities – Cruz, at the Football College Subdivision level at UMass, and Lin at the lower mid-major Harvard, which including Lin, has produced nearly three times as many U.S. presidents (eight) as NBA players (three).

Each was then overlooked and went undrafted. And, each had to persist to chase down a lifelong dream after sitting behind others who kept getting chances before them.

The first opportunity for Cruz came two years ago, when he opened eyes with some spectacular circus catches, including a trio of touchdown receptions in a preseason game against the Jets, before a hamstring injury ended his regular season early, without a catch.

Similarly, Lin raised some eyebrows by outplaying guard John Wall, the top overall draft pick in 2010, in a summer league game prior to Wall’s rookie season.

Although he was a fan favorite playing before a large Asian population near his native Palo Alto, California for the Golden State Warriors last year, Lin was used too sparingly to make much of an impact, and he was later cut by the Warriors when he was beaten out for the backup point guard spot by former Hofstra University star Charles Jenkins before this season began.

Golden State passing on Lin at that time was analogous to the Giants’ lack of confidence in Cruz early last season.

Unimpressed with Cruz’s ability to catch on in an abbreviated training camp caused by the NFL’s offseason lockout, the Giants resorted to signing washed-up 12-year veteran Brandon Stokley following a disappointing Week 1 loss in Washington during which Cruz was targeted only twice and made no catches.

Then, just weeks after possibly being cut did Cruz begin to show what he could do.

Just like Lin did, only after guards Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, and Mike Bibby all failed to give the Knicks what they needed at the point guard position, and after Baron Davis’ bad back couldn’t heal in time to prevent Lin from being cut from an NBA team for a third time.

Following Cruz’s lead though, after being cut by the Houston Rockets and making a couple of NBA Developmental League stops along the way, Lin finally made the most of his opportunity and etched his name into the record books once he reached New York.

There’s also the comparable approach shared by Cruz and Lin – one filled with the admirable traits of humility, a strong work ethic, believing in putting one’s team first, and recognizing that when the opportunity of a lifetime knocks, it must be answered with all the vigor and pursuit one can muster.

So now, as the schedule will get tougher for the Knicks, as star forward Carmelo Anthony returns to the fold, and as Anthony’s ex-teammate in Denver, fellow first-round draft pick, Guard J.R. Smith, could soon reunite with Anthony in New York via a potential FA move a few questions linger:

Can New York’s newest star from virtually out of nowhere keep Rol-Lin’ and can the Knicks keep Lin-ning?

Will Lin’s magical tale continue to have legs, at least as good as the pair that Cruz used to rewrite NFL history and win his first league championship?

Certainly, Knicks’ head coach Mike D’Antoni, who has labeled his latest point guard “Lin-derella,” is hoping to see more Lin-credible things being done with an orange basketball before Lin wakes up and turns into a pumpkin.

If D’Antoni might be worried that Lin’s historic ride could fizzle out like the rollercoaster season that ended on a sharp downturn for Tebow, he should be bolstered by the fact that unlike Tebow, Lin can actually pass.

That could be the one thing that keeps the Lin buzz alive. Perhaps, to Lin-finity and beyond.

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Colin Kaepernick was set to hold a workout in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, and while it's still expected to take place, the time and location have been moved.

The stage was set for 24 NFL teams, including both the Jets and Giants, to get a look at Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

But shortly before the workout was set to take place, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported there was an issue.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the sideline during the second half 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 Eli Manning (10) on the sideline during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With the regular season winding down and the Giants in no position to make the playoffs, Eli Manning's final days with the Giants are likely coming to a close...but could there be another start left in him?

Manning hasn't started -- let alone appeared in a game -- since Sept. 15, when the Giants fell to the Bills in MetLife Stadium's home opener. Later in the week, head coach Pat Shurmur named No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones as the team's new starting quarterback, benching the man who had been the leader of the team for essentially every game since the end of the 2004 season.

With some other big name players receiving "farewell" games or tours, it seems fitting that Manning could receive the same from the only team he's played for during his 16-year career.

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Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton

There wasn't a lot to pull out of the Giants' loss to the Jets on Sunday that could be chalked up as a positive. Saquon Barkley rushed for one total yard, the defense once again broke down and let up chunk plays throughout, and most importantly, the Giants lost to a 1-7 team that had just lost to the Dolphins -- a winless team prior to their matchup. 

However, Giants WR Darius Slayton had the best game of his rookie season. 

Slayton was targeted 14 times by rookie QB Daniel Jones, hauling in 10 for 121 yards and two touchdowns. It was Slayton's first 100-yard game, and now he has five touchdowns over his first eight games. 

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Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker
Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker

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

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

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

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Evaluating the Giants progress 00:01:12
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down how the Giants rebuilding progress is going in 2019 and where they need to go from here.

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

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

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

Tags: B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Evan Engram, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Absolutely not," Shurmur said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the new kids are already on the block.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: John Tavares, Kristaps Porzingis, Matt Harvey, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

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

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Avery Williamson, B.J. Hill, Chris Herndon, Cody Latimer, Dalvin Tomlinson, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Lorenzo Carter, Marcus Maye, Rhett Ellison, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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DeAndre Baker
DeAndre Baker

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

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

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

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Except when the body part in question is their brain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And those Cowboys loved every second of it. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They came away with a field goal.

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

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Antoine Bethea, Daniel Jones, Evan Engram
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

Click below to see...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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