As the Giants look to rebound, they do so without four of their best players on offense.
Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) joined running back Wayne Gallman and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who have concussions, Wednesday as out for Thursday's game against the New England Patriots.
Facing the NFL's No. 1 unit in the three categories of 6.8 points, 160.4 passing yards and 238.4 total yards per game, the key absences and short turnaround for Week 6 puts more pressure on Daniel Jones, but the Giants (2-3) need the rookie quarterback and others to step up at the Patriots (5-0).
"We do everything each week to adjust to the players that we have on the field," Shurmur said Tuesday. "We try to do the things that they do best and give them the best chance to compete against the team we're playing against. This game will be no different."
Jones has completed 67 of 105 passes (63.8 percent) for 743 yards and four touchdowns to three interceptions with two scores on 73 yards and 12 rushes (6.1 per carry) while going 2-1 in three starts.
By the numbers, Sunday's 28-10 loss against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5 was the worst performance for Jones, who completed 21 of 38 passes for a season-low 55.3 percent with 182 yards and a touchdown to an interception.
Without Shepard and Engram, who have each become go-to targets for Jones over the past three games, Jones welcomes all of the help that he can get against a veteran secondary set on creating turnovers, led by safety Devin McCourty's four interceptions.
"He's obviously a key piece of what we do," Jones said Monday of Shepard. "He's been a big-time playmaker for us until this point, but like we said, we're confident in the guys we've got. I think when you look at how some of those guys have played and stepped up, I think we've got guys who are ready to go and ready to make plays. So, we're confident and I know those guys will be ready."
Golden Tate debuted for the Giants against the Vikings after he served his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, catching three passes on six targets with 13 yards, and Jones needs him to play a bigger role at New England -- something the vetern wide receiver understands.
"Honestly, whatever it takes to win -- that's the goal here for everybody in this locker room," Tate said Monday. "That's what I want my part to be, just help us win, so if that means I run more plays, so be it. Less plays, whatever, just win. Coming into this locker room after last week's win was fun and today wasn't as fun, we want to get back to winning."