Even the Grinch loved Christmas when all was said and done. The Bad Guy is no different. But I fear that my letter to Santa might not reach his icy domain in time. Unlike the thousands of kids across the country who had their head on straight and got a jump on the wish list writing before Thanksgiving, I did not have a gift request until earlier this week. I wished for a TE and it looks like Santa is sleeping on the job.

With Ballard officially ruled out for this afternoon’s tilt against the Jets the Giants might be caught with their red velvet pants down around their black leather boots. Even if they do suit up, both Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum are battling injuries that have been hampering them throughout the month. They were limited in practice today.

The Jets struggle against TE’s which makes the razor thin depth chart particularly frustrating. Ordinarily, the situation would not be ideal. Compound it with the fact Mario Manningham is likely a no-go today and the Giants officially can’t get out of their own way.

It has become painfully apparent that the defense cannot be called upon to save or lead this team. By crippling the club’s strongest asset, its pass attack, Eli Manning may just be hamstrung. After a week of trash talking, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks will have the burden of providing both their usual spark and the production of both Ballard and Manningham.

It’s worth noting that should Ramses Barden have to move into the 3rd WR spot today, there is not much behind him in the way of depth. Devin Thomas was carted off the field last week and his status for tomorrow is up in the air. Looks like the fourth receiving option for Air Eli will be the untested Jernigan.

You can boo, hiss, piss, and moan but I am not picking the Giants to walk out of the swamp today with their stocking stuffed. This time last year, in a similar situation, Big Blue went overboard on the bravado. Promises were made, guarantees were issued, and The New York Football Giants went out and fell flat on their face against the Green Bay Packers.

Before you sweethearts start going off about how the Pack became Super Bowl Champs, let me remind you that at this time last year, the green and gold was yet to be anything special. Most were surprised to see them even make the post-season. Even if they had been world beaters last December, this is far from the first time that New York has found itself in this position.

Am I the only one still unnerved by the 2009 choke job that saw Matt Moore lead his hapless Panthers past the GMEN in a must win Week 16 game? “Back to the wall,” “back to the wall,” “We play better with our backs to the wall.” I don’t care. I’m sick of hearing that. Good teams, teams worth respecting, play well. The sentence ends after well.

Mark Sanchez is nothing special. He’s an underwear model with a helmet. The Jets defense is far from elite. They too are coming off an embarrassing and devastating loss against an underdog opponent. But I still don’t put my metaphorical money down on the Coughlin crew. 1 out of 6 seasons thus far with a playoff victory is not satisfactory. 3 out of 6 seasons thus far with a second half collapse is NOT satisfactory.

So when the Jets beat the team who’s mottos is “We’ll settle for a wildcard because we suck at home.” It will be time to clean house.

If you dare, and I know some of you have the pair of sugar plumbs to continue, check out my picks for who’s head rolls and who’s head stays in place for the 2012 season should Tommy’s Titans continue to plummet.

Stays:

Eli Manning: Let’s start with a practice pick. This one is obvious. Manning is having a banner year and he has managed to quiet even the most skeptical of doubters. If the rest of the team was playing at his level, this column would piss you all off a lot less. It might even be named “Say Hello to the Slightly Aggravated but Overall Impressed Guy.”

Hakeem and Victor: The Giants have gone from the Jet Blue trio to the undersized but dangerous tag team of Nicks and Cruz. Fans were forced to wait an extra year following Cruz’s preseason coming out party in 2010. His rookie year was ended by injury before he could even contribute on offense. Big surprise: I wasn’t keeping my hopes up. He wouldn’t be the first player to play well against scrubs in preseason and then completely flop when the games count. But he has risen from training camp roster filler to starting WR and he just may be the most exciting offensive player to ever wear blue. Never before has a NYG receiving duo both racked up more than 1,000 receiving each in a season before this pair.

Kenny Phillips and Antrel “At the end of the day” Rolle: The secondary has been horrendous this season. It may be a result of a weakened pass rush (see Justin Tuck’s injuries) but it without a doubt is related to the injury plagued CB spot. We’ve been over it a thousand times but the Giants have lost their first 5 options Nickel corner, if you count the fact that Ross was thrust into a starting roll because of T2’s injury. The safety play has been less than satisfactory but with Will Blackmon and an inexperienced Prince Amukamara out there, the job can’t be easy.

Both Phillips and Rolle are decent players. The Giants probably expected more dynamic play from Rolle, such as a higher rate of interceptions, when they signed him. Phillips has come back from a serious knee injury and played well, although he is a bit fragile. Bottom line, the Giants wouldn’t likely be able to upgrade this spot on the open market. New schemes and ideally healthy corners should remedy the secondary’s problems next year.

The Rookie LB’s: For mid-draft rookies and undrafted free agents, this group has played exceptionally well. It is disappointing to see Herzlich’s opportunity to start curtailed by injury but he seems to be on track to become a solid player. Jacquian Williams was thrown into the fire immediately, as was Greg Jones. However, Williams remains in the starting lineup , while Jones will have to battle a recovering

Jonathan Goff for the 2012 starting MLB spot.

Goes:

Tom Coughlin/Gilbride: Should the Giants fail to make the playoffs, Coughlin will have only produced a playoff victory in 1 of his 8 seasons. Yes he brought a Super Bowl title to the organization. We are 4 seasons removed from that. Each season since has included a second half collapse, each more devastating than the last. His team continues to be penalized in crucial situations, his challenge numbers have plummeted, and his staff (especially Kevin Gilbride) is not equipped for professional football. Just like for Brett Favre, it may be time for a once great contributor to the game to walk away.

Osi Umenyiora: I didn’t expect Osi to play a down for the Giants this year. Despite ending his holdout, I was still almost right. His best days are behind him and when his contract expires after this year, the Giants will have no interest in retaining him. I understand his grievances, but unfortunately he suffered what I call a “Steve Smith.” Getting injured in 2008, right at the peak of his leverage and skill, decimated his chances of ever earning the type of contract he at one point deserved. I’m still surprised that the Giants are keeping a roster spot open for him at this point. He has IR written all over him.

Brandon Jacobs: He’s come alive in the past two weeks, but he hasn’t done enough to warrant the money it would cost to keep him. He’s done little to nothing all season and the ferocity with which he used to power forward is missing. I’ll note that he is also playing behind a struggling offensive line, but regardless of that fact his services won’t be needed next year.

Domenik Hixon: I was very excited about Hixon’s return this year. I was of course disappointed when the Giants opted to limit his return duties to protect his health and keep him fresh for the WR spot. Ironically, he tore the same ACL he had injured again during his only TD catch of the 2011 campaign. It is hard to imagine a player whose main asset is speed, being able to bounce back from two ACL tears in the same knee. I think his days in a blue jersey, and perhaps any jersey, are over.

So to recap, I see the GMEN struggling this Christmas Eve. I’m hoping that Baas’s return helps to spark the offense but my hopes aren’t high. They will sorely miss Jake Ballard. If Prince Amukamara can get his act together, that could go a long way in helping to secure the secondary.

Regardless of the outcome, enjoy the game and the holiday weekend. From all of us at GFB (even The Bad Guy), Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Pagan Winter Solstice, etc.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

The Giants won't have worry about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round pick in linebacker Devin White this week. 

The Bucs ruled White out for their Week 3 meeting with the Giants due to a knee injury. In addition, linebacker Devante Bond (hamstring), cornerback Jamel Dean (ankle) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) are all also out for the Bucs this week. 

White was the fifth-overall pick, one spot before the Giants selected Daniel Jones, at the 2019 NFL draft. Jones is of course making his NFL debut against the Bucs on Sunday. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
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After regular season-opening losses to the Dallas Cowboys (35-17, Sept. 8) and Buffalo Bills (28-14, Sept. 15) in which the offense's ineptitude plagued the team over the course of the first two games, the Giants put their future for 2019 and beyond into Daniel Jones when they face the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.

Ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Giants (0-2) turned to the rookie quarterback after second-year head coach Pat Shurmur named the No. 6 overall 2019 NFL draft pick the starter over 16th-year veteran Eli Manning.

While the Giants' move from Manning to Jones assumes that the team has given up on its win-now mode and begun the rebuild, Shurmur emphasized Friday from Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, why the decision took place now.

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Daniel Jones era begins 00:01:31
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports on the debut of Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback of the Giants and the challenges he faces

The Daniel Jones era officially begins on Sunday.

And while it may be earlier than many people expected, the sixth-overall pick will take over the reins of the Giants' offense from Eli Manning as the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano notes, though, Giants fans shouldn't expect it to always be a smooth ride with a rookie under center.

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Pat Shurmur's hot seat 00:01:14
After switching to Daniel Jones, Ralph Vacchinao argues the Giants will take a hard look at Pat Shurmur and his offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Eli Manning raised his last Super Bowl trophy on Feb. 5, 2012, he was at the top of his game. He had carried the Giants that season. He insisted he was "elite" and backed it up.

He had also just turned 31, right in a quarterback's prime, poised for some of the best years of his career.

Then the Giants went out and wasted it all.

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Sterling Shepard talks new QB 00:01:11
Giants WR Sterling Shepard talks about returning from a concussion, and returning to a new QB, as Daniel Jones takes over for Eli Manning.

As the Giants shift from veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver remains in question after Cody Latimer made for the latest key absence.

The sixth-year wide receiver, who bumped up the depth chart in each of the 2019 season's first two games after the Giants lost Sterling Shepard last week to a concussion while Golden Tate served the first half of a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, will miss Week 3 with a concussion.

Latimer's second injury came after he entered Week 2 last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a 28-14 loss at MetLife Stadium that dropped the Giants to 0-2 on the early year, a game in which he was already questionable for following his calf issue earlier last week.

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Barkley reacts to Jones starting 00:01:28
Saquon Barkley reacts to the Giants starting Daniel Jones. He's excited for what it potentially means for him.

Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, the Giants' last two first-round picks, will be on the field together for the first time in a regular season game on Sunday. The transition has been made from veteran Eli Manning to usher in this new era of Giants football. 

"I guess you can say the future, but like I said, just more excited for him," Barkley told reporters on Thursday.

The dynamic running back has already proven his worth to the team and the rest of the league, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year last season while catapulting his name into the discussion of best running back in the NFL. It's only been one year, but you can say Barkley has already paid his dues and earned the respect of his teammates. There's a "C" on his chest for a reason.

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The Daniel Jones effect 00:01:29
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down how switching to Daniel Jones will have a domino effect on players like Saquon Barkley.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has been cleared concussion protocol on Thursday, according to the team's latest injury report. He should be set to play on Sunday in Tampa Bay against the Bucs.

Shepard was a full go at practice on Thursday, not wearing his yellow non-contact jersey that he had on Wednesday. He has been in the protocol since suffering the concussion after Week 1's loss to the Cowboys.

Shepard getting cleared on Thursday would seem to bode well for his chances of suiting up on Sunday against the Bucs, during what will be Daniel Jones' debut as the Giants' starter.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman stayed mum as his team made the franchise-altering switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones. But one of his former players -- who has bashed him before -- is back for more. And it has nothing to do with the Manning situation.

"No dignity at all," former Giant Landon Collins told Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media when discussing Gettleman getting rid of him after last season. "I didn't know what was going on. He's a liar. He lied to everybody. So that's a man I do not trust. I would hope nobody else would, too."

Collins added that Gettleman did not talk to him at all before his Giants tenure ended.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning will go down as the greatest quarterback in Giants history, an icon of the franchise, and a symbol of their most recent championship era. It is a lock, obviously, that he will one day be placed in the Giants Ring of Honor.

But it is far from a lock that he will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He may have a Hall of Fame-caliber resume: two championship rings and gaudy career statistics that rank him in the NFL's Top 10 of all-time. But he is not viewed universally as a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Among the 48 voters who will eventually decide his fate, there is considerable doubt that could even derail his candidacy completely.

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Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning
Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants believed they had a chance to be a playoff contender this season, and they made a huge bet that Eli Manning could be the one to lead them there. GM Dave Gettleman believed he could do it with a better offensive line in front of him. Pat Shurmur said multiple times he thought Manning had "years" left in his stellar career.

They were so sure that they brought Manning back despite an $11.5 million salary, a $5 million roster bonus, and the fact that he would cost them $23.2 million under the NFL's salary cap.

What a colossal waste of money that turned out to be.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It makes complete sense that Daniel Jones' odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award would take a pretty big jump after being named the Giants starting quarterback over Eli Manning this week. 

But exactly how much have they moved?

According to BetOnline via Odds Shark, Jones has jumped to the second-best odds to win the hardware. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)

The Eli Manning Era with the Giants has come to an end after 15 years and two Super Bowl titles.

Click below to take a look back at 10 moments that defined Manning's career with Big Blue...

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Jones on being named Giants QB 00:01:49
New York Giants new starting quarterback Daniel Jones discusses his new promotion and what he's learned from former starter Eli Manning

For the first time in his NFL career, Daniel Jones walked up to the podium on Wednesday afternoon as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur made the move from Eli Manning to Jones after just two games, with the Giants falling quickly to 0-2. The torch is now passed to the young Duke product the team drafted No. 6 overall, and he stood confidently on that podium to say he's ready for the opportunity. 

"I'm ready to embrace it," Jones told reporters when asked about the responsibility of being the Giants' starting quarterback. "I think focusing on what we're doing here, focusing on what we're doing in the building in the preparation with my teammates and coaches. To be here in the moment, this week is important with that. Certainly feel like I can embrace that and looking forward to the opportunity."

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

While speaking on Wednesday about being replaced as the Giants' starting quarterback by Daniel Jones and serving as his mentor, Eli Manning also left the door open to waiving his no-trade clause and winding up elsewhere before the season ends.

"Haven't thought much past this week, so just kind of taking it day-by-day and figuring that out," Manning said when asked if he anticipated being with the Giants for the remainder of the season.

"I'm just taking it day by day and figuring out how to run the scout team," Manning said when asked point blank if he would waive his no-trade clause.

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Shurmur, Eli on Jones promotion 00:01:10
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Eli Manning discuss Daniel Jones being the Giants new starting quarterback.

Giants QB Eli Manning was relatively stoic while speaking to reporters for roughly six minutes on Wednesday morning -- one day after being replaced as the starter by Daniel Jones.

Here are the takeaways...

On his reaction to the news and how things ended up:

"You can wish all you want. That's not the way it played out. In some ways, I signed up for this knowing when you draft a young quarterback, this can happen. ... Knew it was a possibility. Just said, 'hey I'll handle it. I'll support Daniel,' do what I'm told. ... When you're a football player, you do what your told."

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Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur

The Giants are transitioning to rookie QB Daniel Jones as their starter heading into Tampa Bay for Week 3 against the Bucs. It took head coach Pat Shurmur only two games with veteran Eli Manning leading the offense to think a switch was needed, and he explained why he made the call now.

The official announcement came Tuesday via the Giants' Twitter account that Jones was being named the starter this week, and Shurmur said that it was a decision he told both parties about before getting right back to his weekly routine. 

"I talked to all the parties involved yesterday morning and then I quickly got back to work," Shurmur said.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

On Monday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur shocked many when he refused to name Eli Manning the Giants' starter for Week 3. On Tuesday, Shurmur went all the way, naming Daniel Jones the starter -- effectively ending the Eli Manning Era in New York.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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 (Jerome Miron)
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As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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There has been quarterback carnage all around the NFL early this season and plenty of teams that probably could use a veteran like Eli Manning if he were available.

But Manning has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and according to multiple sources he has no immediate plans to waive it.

At least not yet.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have officially transitioned to their rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones, with veteran signal caller Eli Manning backing him up this week down in Tampa. 

Manning has given Big Blue 16 years as their franchise quarterback, but the Giants believe it is time for a new era in the organization. As one would expect, though, some of Manning's old teammates have come out to show their appreciation for -- and even defense -- their quarterback. 

Shaun O'Hara, who was Manning's center in his final seven seasons of his career, was one that didn't like the move at all by his former team. Here's what the NFL Network analyst had to say...

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door on Monday for Daniel Jones to replace Eli Manning as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later, the team's announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning was still shocking to see.

The Eli Manning Era is over, as he will be the backup to Jones in Week 3 on Sunday when the Giants take on the Bucs in Tampa.

But why now? Here are three reasons why the Giants might have chosen this exact moment to make the change... 

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

When the Giants made their last big, permanent quarterback switch 15 years ago, Kurt Warner didn't see it coming. He wasn't happy. He thought he had more time. He was sure he was still the Giants best quarterback.

But as soon as they told him he was being benched for a young Eli Manning nine games into the 2004 season, Warner made it clear to the Giants they should never put him back in.

He knew then what Pat Shurmur needs to know now: Once a move this big is made, there's no turning back. No matter what happens over the next 14 games, no matter how much Jones may struggle, no matter how many losses pile up, Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback and it has to stay that way.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been named the starter for Week 3 in Tampa, meaning the Eli Manning Era is officially over in New York. So what's next?

Manning's days with the Giants may be done under center, but that doesn't mean he can't find playing time elsewhere. There are a few quarterback-needy teams out there that could look to add the veteran signal caller. 

Now Manning does have the ball in his court with a no-trade clause, so the Giants can't simply get rid of him. Nor would they considering what he has meant to the franchise for the past 16 years. 

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Vacchiano talks Daniel Jones 00:01:55
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to Daniel Jones being named starting QB for the Giants, and looks at why they made the move now.

The Giants have named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning on Twitter.

"Eli (Manning) and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said in a release issued by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."

With the Giants 0-2, Shurmur explained why now was the right time for the move.

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 (Jerome Miron)
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If the Giants are looking for the perfect spot to make the switch and give 22-year-old Daniel Jones his first NFL start, this isn't it.

But there are ideal windows coming soon.

Now, the Giants may decide that the situation doesn't matter or they may feel like they don't have a choice. They may decide to name Jones their starting quarterback for this Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, even if the situation isn't ideal. The reality is that teams can't always choose a perfect spot for a rookie quarterback to make his debut.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants fell to 0-2 after a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 on Sunday and veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins let his thoughts fly. 

Following the game, Jenkins was highly critical of his team's pass rush. 

"When you've got time [to throw] and you ain't getting no pressure, I can't cover nobody for 10 seconds," Jenkins said. "Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He's not open."

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Before the regular season began, Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines in late August when his wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated went viral.

The former Giants wide receiver told Ben Baskin of SI that New York sent him to the Browns "to die," setting off his latest disgruntled comments about his team from 2014-18.

Prior to Week 2's 8:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Jets on ESPN, Beckham further explained those words in an interview aired during the Monday Night Football pregame show with Randy Moss.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Giants waived RB Paul Perkins on Monday, in order to make room for rookie TE Kaden Smith, who was claimed off waivers after being let go by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Perkins, a former fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Giants, had previously been inactive for New York in both games to start the season, and missed all of the 2018 season on the reserve/non-injury list after tearing his pectoral muscle last offseason.

The UCLA product played a total of 25 games for the Giants, racking up 546 rushing yards on 153 attempts (3.6 YPA) and another 208 receiving yards on 23 catches.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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The Eli Manning Era is over, whether the Giants are ready to make it official or not.

It came to an end on Monday morning when Pat Shurmur reversed course and flung open the door he had been trying so hard to keep closed. Just 20 hours after he said it wasn't time to have the conversation, he decided "it's fair" to now talk about benching the 38-year-old Manning in favor of 22-year-old rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

At that moment, Manning was done. Only the final arrangements need to be ironed out.

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Eli addresses starting status 00:00:53
With the Giants at 0-2, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning acknowledge the questions surrounding the starting status of Eli under center.

After saying following Sunday's loss that Eli Manning's status as the starting quarterback wasn't in question heading into Week 3 against the Bucs, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made a stunning 180 on Monday afternoon.

"We're gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that's fair at this point," Shurmur said. "To this point what we've done hasn't been good enough."

Shurmur added that he understood what his comments would cause when it comes to media and fan reaction.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

After the Giants dropped their first two games of the season, head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday that the team will be looking at everything to make the proper changes to grab a win in Week 3. 

And that includes the quarterback position. 

When asked if Eli Manning will be the starter still this week, Shurmur wouldn't commit to his veteran quarterback.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

Eli Manning and the Giants suffered yet another loss on Sunday against the Bills, moving their season quickly to 0-2. 

But the loss also moved Manning's career record to a number he probably doesn't want to see. 

Manning is now 116-116, a .500 career record. That means next week against the Bucs on the road, Manning could dip under that mark and own a losing record for his career. 

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Time is running out on the Eli Manning Era, whether Pat Shurmur wants to talk about it or not. Pretty soon there will be nothing to play for in this lost season. The Giants, very clearly, are a mess.

Ironically, that might be the truth that sets Manning free to extend his Giants career a little longer. Because why in the world would the Giants want to throw a rookie quarterback into the middle of this?

Seriously, at this point, that's the best argument for keeping Daniel Jones, the Giants' future franchise quarterback, on the sidelines as this already miserable season unravels. For all who hope that he would be a better option than a 38-year-old Manning, the reality is that he's still a 22-year-old kid who is learning on the job. That's not always the easiest thing to do in the best of circumstances.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants' veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins was quite angry after the team's 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

"We have to make some changes, we have to make fixes. Everybody has to make corrections. Like I said, he can't just stand back there and pat the ball with no pressure," said Jenkins, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

The Bills offense racked up 388 total yards, as quarterback Josh Allen went 19 for 30 passing with 253 yards and one touchdown. Allen was sacked just three times, as the Giants defense gave very little pressure, allowing for Allen to take his time in the pocket.

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Giants fall to 0-2 00:02:10
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins and Saquon Barkley on disappointment of o-2 after today's loss to Bills

It was deja vu for the Giants. 

They put together a solid first drive of the game with Saquon Barkley capping it off with a 27-yard run. But all 75 yards came on the ground -- Barkley with 55 and Bennie Fowler getting a 20-yard sweep play as well. 

Eli Manning in the passing game during this home opener just didn't work. And the 28-14 on the scoreboard in favor of the Bills was the result. 

Tags: Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Giants
Giants

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants defense is a disaster and nothing -- not Saquon Barkley, not a quarterback change, not a miracle -- is going to help them salvage the season if the defense continues to play like this.

For the second straight week, the defense was barely a speed bump on the road to another loss, especially in the first half as the Giants fell into a deep hole. The Buffalo Bills racked up 260 yards in the first half alone and scored on three of their first four possessions, all while second-year quarterback Josh Allen was made to look like Johnny Unitas. It all unraveled in a 28-14 loss to the Bills that could have been -- and probably should have been -- worse.

And it's nothing new either. The pass rush is simply nonexistent. Linebacker Markus Golden, imported from Arizona in the hopes that he could revive his career after an ACL injury, had a sack on the second drive. That was good. That was also one of the few times the Giants' pass rush got anywhere near Allen all game. He had all day long to throw, and when he did leave the pocket, no one could catch him.

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Giants WR Cody Latimer has left today's game against the Bills with a concussion. 

Latimer made a crucial fourth-down grab, but caught a helmet to helmet tackle from Bills S Jordan Poyer. He immediately went to the Giants' medical tent to be evaluated. 

Latimer, who was initially expected to be out with a calf injury, saw three catches on five targets for 30 yards before his departure. He now joins Sterling Shepard as another receiver with a concussion. 

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

If Week 1 taught us anything about who Eli Manning wants to target in the passing game this year, it's his young TE Evan Engram

Engram led the Giants with 14 targets, 11 catches, 116 yards and the lone touchdown catch of the game for the Giants. And numbers like that should continue for the third-year Ole Miss product that was drafted with the hope of putting up numbers like this. 

With Sterling Shepard out with a concussion for this week's matchup against the Bills, Engram may be relied on even more by Manning when he drops back to pass. Cody Latimer was upgraded to active, but he only saw three catches on his eight targets. Engram was creating problems for the Cowboys' linebackers, finding opening in the middle of the field to gain some solid yardage.

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it looks like one Giants receiver that was expected to be out will strap on their pads for Sunday's tilt against the Bills. 

Cody Latimer, who was initially supposed to be out with a calf injury, is actually set to play, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Latimer was expected to be on the sideline with Sterling Shepard, who is out with a concussion. 

So Latimer should be set to start opposite of Bennie Fowler to start this game today. It's unknown if he'll be limited with his injury, but with the Giants' starting receivers in Shepard and Golden Tate out, one would expect to see Latimer out there as much as he can to help the receiving corps. 

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The Giants play their home opener in the Meadowlands against the 1-0 Bills. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants receiver Sterling Shepard won't play in Sunday's game against the Bills, as the receiver remains in the league's concussion protocol.

But now, questions have arisen within the league about the way Shepard entered the protocol to begin with.

Shepard played the entire game against the Cowboys and it wasn't until Monday that Pat Shurmur announced Shepard had a concussion.

But the play in question occurred in the third quarter on Sunday, and despite the process the league has in place for spotting possible head injuries-- with multiple "spotters" on the field and in the press box whose sole gameday responsibility is to make sure any potential head injuries are given medical attention-- no one seemed to notice when Shepard went down

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

After the Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener last week, a video of a young Big Blue fan went viral. The child, wearing a Giants jersey, tried to get the autograph of the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence following the game. 

The Dallas defender wasn't having it. 

Lawrence told the kid to "get the right jersey" and blew him off. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

After the Giants failed to generate pressure against the Dallas Cowboys, leading quarterback Dak Prescott's 405-yard passing performance in the season opener's 35-17 loss the past weekend, outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson and the New York staff hit the reset button ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

"I think everybody's looking for the same answer -- how are we going to get pressure on the quarterback?" Dawson said. "You've obviously got to make him uncomfortable, get the ball coming out faster and we've got to make him throw it under duress when he is going to throw it. And then, ultimately, we need to sack the quarterback and get there.

"So it's something that I think all the guys are hungry to get fixed, hungry to get answered. Came out and trained hard this week, so we've got to do a great job. Guys that can move, you've got to have a good aiming point, good plan on those guys and be able to get to them."

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Giants thin at wide out 00:00:47
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur discusses how the Giants will have to produce at wide receiver despite being hit by the injury bug.

Sterling Shepard spent the week in concussion protocol, but the fourth-year wide receiver was out on the field Friday as the Giants turned the page from the past weekend's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants hoped to have Shepard back by the time Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills arrived, but they instead enter the home opener without one of their top offensive weapons.

After Friday's practice, Shurmur said that Shepard was not entirely held out of action, but there were further steps needed to gain clearance before Sunday's game.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who has been doing light activity on the side at practice this week while still in concussion protocol, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills. 

Along with Shepard, the Giants will also be without Darius Slayton, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Adding to the wide receiver injury woes, Cody Latimer is questionable for Sunday's game due to a calf injury.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) shakes hands with head coach Sean McDermott after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) shakes hands with head coach Sean McDermott after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills just got a bit more interesting.

A day after Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that Bills quarterback Josh Allen "had a chance to be a starter," repeating the head coach's take on the Wyoming product as the Giants evaluated the position ahead of the 2018 NFL draft, the Bills took notice.

According to Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic, a tweet published by NFL Network's Kimberly Jones with Shurmur's comments about Allen appeared on televisions displayed inside the Bills' facility Thursday.

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' wide receiver Cody Latimer is the newest player on the injury report, after sitting out practice on Thursday.

Latimer is dealing with a calf injury, forcing him to jog lightly on the side with fellow wide reciever Sterling Shepard, who is still in concussion protocol.

In 51 career games, Latimer has 49 recpetions for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He played with the Denver Broncos from 2014-17 before joining the Giants in 2018.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

As the Giants hit the practice fields on Thursday, wide receiver Sterling Shepard remained in the league's concussion protocol.

Shepard entered the protocol following Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, and is reportedly doing "okay" according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

Shepard finished Week 1 with six catches for 42 yards, third most on the team behind Evan Engram's 116 and Cody Latimer's 74.

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Bettcher talks improving defense 00:01:16
New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher explains how improve the defense after giving up 400+ passing yards to Dallas.

The Giants defense had a 2019 debut they'd like to forget.

As a unit, the Giants allowed 494 yards of offense against the Cowboys, the most of any NFC team. Their 35 points allowed were also the most given up by any NFC team, and defensive coordinator James Bettcher believes the key to fixing the defensive issues is to put in the work during the week. 

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