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.

 

"Yeah, he was out here," Shurmur said of Shepard. "But again, there are steps that you have to take. They are very defined in terms of coming back. We want to make sure we go through the proper protocol."

Already without Golden Tate as he serves the second of his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, the Giants lose Shepard and Darius Slayton (hamstring) while Cody Latimer (calf) remains questionable.

Latimer was able to run routes at Friday's practice to see how his calf felt. He caught three passes on eight targets for 74 yards (24.7 average) for the Giants against the Cowboys.

"I think I'm good, I think I'll be good to go, but we'll see before the game," said Latimer, whose injury occured in Wednesday's practice. "We'll see how I run around, move around and then make a decision then."

If the Giants are down Shepard, Slayton and Latimer, where might Shurmur turn as quarterback Eli Manning looks to get the offense off the ground and into the end zone after 470 total yards went for just 17 points in week one?

The answer could come elsewhere in the offense.

Running back Saquon Barkley took 11 carries for 120 yards (10.9 average) and caught four passes for 19 yards (4.8 average) against the Cowboys and expects to draw more touches with the Giants in need of play-making sparks.

"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win," Barkley said. "If we play better than we did last game, and we execute what we need to execute, I don't think the conversation will be about 15 touches. I think we find a way to win that game. But at the end of the day, Dallas made more plays than us. We just have to find a way to do that better next game."

More looks out of 12 personnel -- one running back and two tight ends or two running backs and one tight end -- also serve as options after the Giants paired Rhett Ellison with key starter Evan Engram at tight end.

"We'll let what we're going to do reveal itself," Shurmur said.

At wide receiver, whether or not Latimer ultimately plays, three others -- Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard and TJ Jones -- slide up the depth chart as a result of Sterling Shepard's absence.

"This is a part of the game -- it's next man up," said Fowler, who caught five all passes thrown his way for 40 yards (8.0 average) against the Cowboys. "That's just how the NFL is. It's how it's been since I've been in the league, so it's just the opportunity for me to go out and make plays for this team."

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Darius Slayton (Bill Streicher)
Darius Slayton (Bill Streicher)

If you didn't think rookie WR Darius Slayton solidified himself as a draft steal for the Giants before Monday Night Football, he definitely changed your mind after his performance against the Eagles. 

It was a career game: five catches on eight Eli Manning targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns -- both of which came in the second quarter. That output gives Slayton 386 yards and four touchdowns on 25 catches in his last four games. 

Slayton's first Monday night game came in Week 9 against the Cowboys, and he only saw one catch for six yards all night. This time around, he didn't want to see that kind of stat line in a primetime matchup, especially his first taste of the Giants-Eagles rivalry. 

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Matt Rhule, Mike McCarthy and Ron Rivera (Treated Image by SNY)

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More and more, Pat Shurmur sounds like he knows what's coming, and understands it's not likely to be good. He desperately needed to show something to his bosses down the stretch of this miserable season. Instead, he's riding a franchise record-tying, nine-game losing streak that may still get worse.

That's one reason why the consensus around the league seems to be that Shurmur will become the third head coach fired by the Giants in the last four years, shortly after the Giants' season ends on Dec. 29 (fourth if you count interim coach Steve Spagnuolo). But there's also another reason so many seem to believe that Shurmur's days are numbered:

The list of potential replacements is impressive. In fact, this pool of available coaches is one of the best and most experienced groups the NFL has seen in years. And especially for the Giants, Ron Rivera, the 57-year-old former Carolina Panthers head coach, might be too good to pass up.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Daniel Jones may have returned to practice on Wednesday, but it still looks like Eli Manning will be the Giants starting quarterback on Sunday afternoon.

A team official said it is "likely" that the 38-year-old Manning will get the nod to make what could be the final home start of his iconic Giants career, this Sunday at the Meadowlands against the Miami Dolphins. Jones was "limited" at practice on Wednesday, as he attempts to recover from a high ankle sprain. And though he didn't appear to be bothered at all by his injury and said he felt fine, the source said the team will likely take a cautious approach.

And while there is definitely some sentiment in the organization to find a way to get Manning one more home start anyway -- especially since they know there are few other reasons for fans to actually show up -- it doesn't appear that will play a part in the decision. The source said it will be a medical decision and, inevitably, Pat Shurmur's call.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

While the Giants practiced Wednesday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Janoris Jenkins took to Twitter and went on a tangent.

After Jenkins referenced how he has not allowed a touchdown since Week 3, allowing three touchdowns to Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans in the Giants' 32-31 win over the Buccaneers, the cornerback dropped his statistics for the 2019 season.

When a New York sports fan replied to Jenkins' tweet about numbers, asking how many of his stats helped the Giants (2-11) get into the win column, Jenkins responded with an offensive term.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Brett Favre came away from Eli Manning's performance Monday against the Eagles with the thought that the veteran quarterback still has more left in the tank.

Manning got benched by the Giants after two games for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, but returned to action in Week 14's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles, completing 15 of 30 passes (50.0 percent) for 203 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

"I was pleased to see that," Favre said Tuesday on SiriusXM's NFL Radio, according to Tom Rock of Newsday. "I think a lot of Eli. I think his body of work speaks for itself. He's handled a lot of criticism over the years with class. He's won two Super Bowls there. Sure beat me in our championship game at our place and played outstanding really those last eight games of that season. Couldn't have played any better and capped it off with a wonderful Super Bowl win."

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) 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 quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) 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' quarterback situation this week holds a lot of uncertainties. Daniel Jones' availability is still up in the air, while Eli Manning takes first-team reps. And at the end of the day, head coach Pat Shurmur says it's his call. 

But, as of Wednesday, no party is giving any indication as to who will be under center.

"We'll have to see," Shurmur said. 

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Eli Manning couldn't come away with a win in his return under center for the Giants on Monday night despite a valiant first-half effort. But, with Daniel Jones still dealing with his high ankle sprain, Manning should get another shot at home on Sunday against the Dolphins, right? 

Head coach Pat Shurmur said not so fast on Tuesday. 

Jones' timetable is 2-4 weeks for his sprain, which would suggest Manning would at least get one last game before handing the starting quarterback duties back to the rookie. But Shurmur said "that's not accurate" while speaking with reporters. 

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Another tough loss for the Giants on Monday night only adds on to the argument that Pat Shurmur shouldn't be the man to lead this franchise in the future. And according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, that is the expectation. 

Whoever he is talking to is hearing that Shurmur "won't survive" this season that has arguably been one of the worst Giants teams in recent memory. They tied a franchise record for the longest losing streak at nine games, and that could very well continue on Sunday, even with the lowly Dolphins on the schedule.

Things have gotten so bad in East Rutherford that Raanan is also hearing that GM Dave Gettleman "is also in trouble." Raanan's not the only one, with the Boston Globe's Ben Volin using the same "in trouble" language in his reporting Monday that Gettleman is among NFL GMs who could get the boot. 

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(Bill Streicher)

PHILADELPHIA - The Giants are in denial. That's the only way to explain it. They see a glass half full when it's almost completely empty. They aren't just bad, they're historically bad, riding the longest losing streak in franchise history.

And yet …

"We're going to get this thing turned around," said receiver Sterling Shepard.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Giants fans had seen this game before countless times.

Eli Manning -- back under center for the first time since Week 2 -- with the ball in his hands, primed for a two-minute drill to give the Giants a win against a division rival. 

But after a three-and-out to keep the game tied, Big Blue and the Eagles went to overtime, where Manning never got another chance to find the magic. Philadelphia eventually came away with a 23-17 victory at Lincoln Financial Field after scoring on the opening drive of the extra frame.

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A 2-2 start for the Giants has snowballed into a nine-game losing streak, and frustration is no stranger inside the Giants locker room.

On Monday night, it looked like the Giants may break out of their funk, up 17-3 at halftime, led by Eli Manning's two first-half touchdowns. 

But the team collapsed in the second half, surrender the lead before allowing the game-winning Zach Ertz touchdown in overtime to lose 23-17. 

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PHILADELPHIA - Eli Manning has built his career on storybook endings. But he couldn't do it one more time.

After 11 weeks of standing on the sidelines watching his successor in his old job, the 38-year-old Manning showed everyone on Monday night that there's still at least a little life left in his right arm - but just not nearly enough to give the Giants a much-needed victory. After a red-hot first half he cooled down considerably in the second.

That opened the door for the Eagles to rally from a 14-point halftime deficit and send the game into overtime. And when Carson Wentz hit Zach Ertz with a two-yard touchdown pass at the end of their first possession, the Eagles had a 23-17 win.

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Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)
Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)

The waiting game in New England hasn't just surrounded when Tom Brady will finally call it quits, but also when Bill Belichick might hang up his headset as well. 

Belichick has his rings, and when Brady leaves, he may want to pursue another position in the game after his many years as arguably the best NFL head coach in history. 

And that's where the Giants might come in. 

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The Giants made an investment into punter Riley Dixon, signing him to an extension on Sunday. 

As far as punters go, the move was on the heftier side. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed reports of a $8.7 million extension over three years for Dixon on Monday. 

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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)

Giants veteran QB Eli Manning will be off the sideline and back in a more familiar starting role against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. He's back due to Daniel Jones' high ankle sprain he suffered last week, and he'll once again be tasked with leading the Giants to victory. 

But this group hasn't felt that since Week 4 when they took down the Redskins at home in MetLife Stadium. And that was with Jones leading the way for his second straight win. 

With Manning under center now, those stakes to collect a win -- on the road no less -- are even higher. That's because it isn't just the eight-game losing streak this Giants team owns at the moment. 

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up 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 defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants traded valuable assets for pending free agent Leonard Williams earlier this season with the idea that they would extend him. But Williams recently said that testing the free agent market is "definitely a logical possibility."

While the Giants have an exclusive window with Williams before other teams can negotiate with him, his return is not certain. And he has his eye on a big payday.

"I definitely think I'm a top-tier interior defensive lineman, in that top percentage of the d-linemen," Williams told Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I wouldn't say Aaron Donald [level]. But I would definitely put myself up there with a lot of those other top guys."

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Any thought that the Giants might still start Daniel Jones in Monday's game against the Eagles got shot down at Saturday's practice.

Second-year head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that the rookie quarterback would be out for the Giants (2-10), who officially turn back to veteran Eli Manning in Week 14 at Philadelphia.

Ahead of the 8:15 p.m. kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles (5-7), Shurmur noted that Jones progressed and was eager to get back in time after shedding the protective walking boot Friday, but he ultimately remains sidelined.

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Oct 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs onto the field before the start of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs onto the field before the start of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has reportedly told players and coaches that he wants out of Cleveland, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

"People are now surprised about what's happening, and what he's saying in Cleveland," Glazer said. "But players around league and coaches, they're not. Throughout this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games 'Come get me, come get me'. Remember, it was not Odell's choice to go to the Cleveland Browns, he got traded. There are now also reports he needs sports hernia surgery. I don't see that relationship ending well for them after this year."

On Thursday, Beckham spoke to media and was unclear on his desire to be back with the Browns next season.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball 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 punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants and punter Riley Dixon have agreed to a three-year contract extension, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Dixon, 26, is averaging a career-best 47.0 yards per punt, which ranks sixth in the NFL this season.

He is in his second season with the Giants after being acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos on April 20, 2018.

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Nov 3, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the football against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 3, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the football against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Giants will officially be without tight end Evan Engram on Monday night, and it now looks like the Philadelphia Eagles may be getting one of their playmakers back into the lineup.

Eagles running back Jordan Howard has missed each of the team's last three games due to a shoulder injury, but he was a limited participant in practice this week and is officially listed as questionable for Monday night.

The issue for Howard is that the former Chicago Bear has still not yet been cleared for contact, and while there's a chance that could happen before Monday night, there's still a scenario in which he misses his fourth straight game. 

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The Giants were hopeful that Evan Engram would be ready to go against the Eagles on Monday night, but after the tight end did not practice on Saturday, he'll remain inactive for Week 14.

Engram has been sidelined with a sprained foot since Week 9, but head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday that his prospects of playing were "trending up." On Friday, Engram was listed as a participant in practice (albeit in a limited capacity) for the first time.

But he did not participate in Saturday's walkthrough, after which the Giants announced that Engram would not play on Monday.

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Janoris Jenkins didn't hold back his frustrations last week following the Giants' 31-13 loss to the Packers, wondering aloud whether keeping him on one side of the field was the best use of his abilities.

Pat Shurmur defended both Jenkins and defensive coordinator James Bettcher earlier this week, pushing back on the notion that the cornerback was being overly critical of the way he's being used in coverage.

"I'm not sure that's what he was doing. That may be the impression," Shurmur said. "Coaches and players talk about a lot of things behind the scenes. But obviously anything that we do, we should do behind the scenes."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) scores 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)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) scores 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)

Giants veteran wide receiver Golden Tate was cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday afternoon, the team announced.

Tate suffered the concussion in Week 12's loss to the Chicago Bears, and missed Week 13's game against the Green Bay Packers.

In his first season with the Giants, Tate has 36 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. He has seen at least six targets in each game this season, with a 63.2 percent catch percentage.

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In his return as Giants QB1, how will Eli Manning play against the Eagles on Monday? SNY simulates the game in Madden to tell you today!

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Daniel Jones was seen at Giants practice on Friday without a boot on his foot, showing progress regarding his sprained ankle, but the rookie quarterback did not practice and is unlikely to play against the Eagles on Monday night.

Veteran QB Eli Manning is expected get the start against Philadelphia in his place, as the Giants look to halt an eight-game skid.

With Jones' ankle already improving and him no longer in need of a protective boot, the idea of Jones returning to the field again this season is certainly trending upward.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nine games into his rookie season, Sam Darnold looked absolutely lost. All the promise he previously showed was gone in a downward spiral. His head was spinning and his play was getting worse.

That's when fate stepped in and left the Jets' newest franchise quarterback with a sprained foot that would keep him sidelined for a month - an injury that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field for warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field for warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Currently in his first season with the Cleveland Browns, former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is having arguably the most disappointing season of his career.

On Thursday, Beckham was unclear on his desire to be back with the Browns next season.

"No one knows what the future holds tomorrow,'' Beckham said. "I couldn't tell you what's going to happen. My locker is right beside one of the men (Jarvis Landry) that means the most to me in the world. I think about just being able to come to work and see him every single day and how special this could be. I couldn't sit here and tell you whether I'm going to be here, want to be here, don't want to be here."

 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back too pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back too pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is "getting better" after suffering a high ankle sprain, according to head coach Pat Shurmur. Though, "the chances are very slim" that he'd be able to play on Monday night when the team travels to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Eli Manning will likely be the starting quarterback against the Eagles in Week 14.

Shurmur is "optimistic" that Jones will play again this season, as the team has four more games left.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur reacts as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur reacts as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could find himself on the hot seat this offseason depending on the result of these final four games. In fact, with a 2-10 record and a 7-21 record overall through his short tenure with New York, it's hard to say it's not hot as we speak. 

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch added to that heat on Tuesday at the 36th annual sports luncheon for the March of Dimes when he wouldn't commit to Shurmur or GM Dave Gettleman as being the men to lead the team in the future.

"Those decisions aren't going to be made today, so respectfully I'm going to wait until after the season and start those conversations with my partner," Tisch told SNY.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Fast forward to the end of the 2019 season and make a big assumption: That Eli Manning plays well for at least a few games in December, and the Giants win a game or two, too.

That's what it would take to give the soon-to-be-39-year-old a shot at an NFL quarterbacking job next season. But if that happens, where would he even find an open job?

There are only a few possibilities with so many franchises set with young quarterbacks for their future, and none of them seem very likely. Manning could go anywhere as a clipboard-holding backup, of course, but that's not something someone who spent 15 years as a starter is likely to do. If he continues his career, he's going to want to play -- or at the very least he'll want a chance to play.

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Giants QB Eli Manning (Treated Image by SNY)
Giants QB Eli Manning (Treated Image by SNY)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning has never once even hinted about his plans for 2020, and those close to him have sworn they either don't know his plans, or that the Giants quarterback really hasn't made up his mind. Everyone, though, seemed to think his NFL career was likely over.

Until now.

Now, of course, the Giants' long-time franchise quarterback is back for one last hurrah, thanks to the "moderate" high ankle sprain to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones that will likely force Manning to start again for the Giants in Philadelphia on Monday night.

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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)

While the Giants do not release their latest injury report until Thursday, second-year head coach Pat Shurmur shared one optimistic update as they prepare for Monday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Shurmur said the Giants' chances of getting third-year tight end Evan Engram back were "trending up" with five days to go before Week 14 kicks off at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Engram added to Shurmur's update, telling Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com, "Yes, sir," when asked if he expected to make his return for the 8:15 p.m. start on ESPN.

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The Giants revealed Wednesday that QB Daniel Jones suffered a high ankle sprain against the Packers on Sunday, and though Pat Shurmur won't say it definitively, Eli Manning should be getting the start against the Eagles on Monday night. 

So the veteran signal caller that spent 15 years leading the Giants offense will return after taking a back seat these past 10 games for Jones' rookie progression. It was in that moment leading up to Week 3 that many believed it was the official end of Manning's time with the Giants -- and that still might be what happens when the regular season is over at the end of the month. 

But Manning hasn't been viewing things that way, especially not now with a start -- and maybe more -- in his sights. It's time to get down to business.

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Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones said on Monday he should be good to go this week after twisting his ankle against the Packers. 

Now it's the exact opposite. 

According to head coach Pat Shurmur, Jones suffered a moderate high ankle sprain and will need to sit out the Giants' Monday Night Football game against the Eagles this week. In turn, veteran QB Eli Manning will likely be back in his starting role. 

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As the Giants continue to plummet this season, the prospect of Pat Shurmur being let go as head coach has begun to come up lately. Even GM Dave Gettleman may be on the hot seat. 

But that's a conversation the Giants will be having after the season -- not with four games still left to play. 

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was present at the March of Dimes' 36th annual Sports Luncheon to accept the Sports Leadership Award. During a short media availability, he was asked whether or not he believes Shurmur and Gettleman are the right men to lead this team back to greatness. 

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Ron Rivera (Chuck Cook)
Ron Rivera (Chuck Cook)

With four games left in the season, the Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. 

"I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community," Panthers owner David Tepper said in an official statement via ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers."

It has been a rough year for the Panthers, with the biggest issue being Cam Newton sidelined for the rest of the year. Kyle Allen has taken over, and hasn't been bad in the slightest. In fact, Carolina may move on from Newton after the season, which means Allen would be the No. 1 quarterback for the 2020 season. 

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Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones (Chuck Cook)

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a way of making headlines virtually every week, and he did so again on Tuesday with a very interesting comment regarding his head coach Jason Garrett

There has been speculation that Garrett's days are numbers in Dallas, and Jones didn't necessarily help reverse that narrative much during his daily spot on 105.3 The Fan. Here's what he said about Garrett:

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Giants have played 28 games under head coach Pat Shurmur and have only won seven of those since the start of the 2018 season. 

At 2-10, the final four games for the Giants this season will be all about letting young players get playing time, guys such as rookie Daniel Jones. 

But those final four games could be about Shurmur's job security, too. 

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Pat Shurmur's fate has not been sealed, but every loss brings him closer to unemployment. Not long ago it was unthinkable that the Giants would go into 2020 with their fourth head coach in six seasons. But eight losses (and counting) later, they might.

But who would that be? That's a tough question, if John Mara and Steve Tisch decide to go that route. There's no obvious successor on Shurmur's staff, and really none from the recent staffs of Ben McAdoo or Tom Coughlin either. The field of available candidates is generally the same as it was two years ago when they decided to hire Shurmur - and that field wasn't considered great.

Given the need for "an adult in the room," as GM Dave Gettleman once called Shurmur, it seems unlikely they'd take a chance on a hot, young, unproven assistant. Head coaching experience mattered in the end last time, and it likely will be a preference again, since this franchise has no time for on-the-job training. NFL experience always matters to the Giants. And they'll need someone who has shown to have a thick skin to handle the New York heat -- something they really haven't had since Coughlin was pushed out.

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After a frustrating eighth straight loss for the Giants, CB Janoris Jenkins wasn't afraid to speak his mind about the team's defensive scheme. 

"You've got to use your weapons. I'm the only one in the league that doesn't travel (with the opponents top wide receiver). I don't understand why," Jenkins said. "It's common sense. I'm on the left side of the field all game. I get two passes thrown my way. All the top corners in the league travel. Rabbit doesn't travel anymore."

What Jenkins said was true. The Giants left him on the left side of the defense, and the Packers only looked his way on two passes, both of which went incomplete. 

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After taking the ball up the middle on fourth down to pick up a first down on Sunday against the Packers, Giants QB Daniel Jones was noticeably grimacing in pain. And that pain stemmed from his ankle getting twisted up underneath a pile of players. 

Though he was seen limping throughout the rest of the game, Jones played through the pain in the Giants' 31-13 loss on Sunday. But that injury doesn't have head coach Pat Shurmur worried in the slightest. 

Speaking on Monday, Shurmur said that Jones didn't need to go for an MRI or have any further tests done on his ankle. It was a normal evaluation that had a positive result.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Saquon Barkley wasn't in a positive mindset after the Giants suffered their eighth straight loss on Sunday against the Packers. However, his play was something to at least smirk about. 

Barkley has repeated that it wasn't his high ankle sprain hindering his production on the field the past few weeks, and he may have confirmed that with his first 100+ yards from scrimmage game since Week 8 against the Lions. 

His 83 yards rushing on 19 attempts was the most yardage since Week 2 against the Bills when he had 107 yards on 18 carries. Barkley also hauled in three receptions for 32 yards from Daniel Jones as well. 

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New England Patriots defensive end Shaun Ellis (94) tries to stop New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)
New England Patriots defensive end Shaun Ellis (94) tries to stop New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)

Brandon Jacobs attended Sunday's game between the Giants and the Packers and came away greatly disappointed in his former team after he watched New York's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.

The former Giants running back, who played for the franchise from 2005-11 and 2013 with Super Bowls won on the 2007 (10-6) and 2011 (9-7) teams, told Bob Glauber of Newsday that the current locker room has more talent than either of his championship squads.

"If you ask me, talent-wise in this locker room, they're better than we were," Jacobs said. "Player for player, they have more talent. You have to understand, when we won Super Bowls, we didn't have these amazing seasons."

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		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) under pressure from the Packers in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) under pressure from the Packers in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones played through an ankle injury in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

On 4th-and-1 near midfield from the Giants' 49 near the nine-minute mark of the second quarter, Jones ran up the middle for two yards to the Packers' 49 for the first down.

But on the way down, Packers linebacker Preston Smith landed on Jones' right ankle as linebacker Blake Martinez recorded the tackle, which left Jones hobbled for more than two quarters.

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Pat Shurmur has been through this before, so he's "well aware" of what is happening. He can trumpet all the "behind the scenes" progress he wants, remind everyone he's coaching an "historically young team,' and be impressed with how hard they practice. But all that matters is this:

Eight straight losses. A record of 2-10 this year, and 7-21 in his two years as the Giants' head coach. That's bad. It's really bad. And unless you look through Shurmur's glasses it's hard to see how it's going to get any better.

So he knows the fans judge him harshly. And in a few weeks his bosses may judge him harshly, too.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Another Giants loss saw another up and down performance by rookie QB Daniel Jones. And his performance wasn't enough to match up with one of the best in the game in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

But the established veteran had some nice words to say to the young gunslinger after the game. 

Meeting when the final whistle blew and the score read 31-13 in a Packers win, Rodgers found Jones on the field to tell him this:

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Janoris Jenkins (Kim Klement)
Janoris Jenkins (Kim Klement)

After the Giants 31-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday, veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins expressed his frustration with defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

"You've got to use your weapons. I'm the only one in the league that doesn't travel (w/the opponents top WR). I don't understand why," Jenkins said. "It's common sense. I'm on the left side of the field all game. I get two passes thrown my way. All the top corners in the league travel. Rabbit doesn't travel anymore."

Jenkins had one tackle and one pass defended in the game, while going up against a good Green Bay receiving corp. WR Allen Lazard had three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, while WR Davante Adams had six catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Mara is going to have to do something after this season is over, assuming it keeps heading in its current direction. But if he doesn't want to fire Pat Shurmur - and so far all indications are that's not a move he wants to make - an easy scapegoat is emerging.

So defensive coordinator James Bettcher shouldn't feel too comfortable right now.

His defense is atrocious and it wasn't all that better last year, and it was bad again on Sunday in the Giants' 31-13 loss to the Packers. The coach with the supposedly aggressive scheme can't seem to find a pass rush, and his secondary has become a mess of blown coverages. The defense is far from the sole reason why the Giants are 2-10 and riding a miserable streak of eight straight losses.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was bound to happen, but Giants QB Daniel Jones set a new franchise record in style on Sunday against the Packers. 

During the team's opening drive, Jones was throwing well to lead the offense down the field. And on a sweet 18-yard touchdown pass to the Sterling Shepard, Jones broke the Giants rookie record for passing yards in a single season. 

The record was previously held by Charlie Conerly, who had 2,175 yards in his rookie season back in 1948. Eli Manning wasn't able to break that record after throwing for 1,043 yards in nine games his rookie season. 

Jones continues to progress throughout the season, and though he's had his ups and downs, he has been stringing together good performances that has led to this rookie record being rewrote. 

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