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Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker
Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker

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

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

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

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Evaluating the Giants progress 00:01:12
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down how the Giants rebuilding progress is going in 2019 and where they need to go from here.

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

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

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

Tags: B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Evan Engram, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

Tags: Dexter Lawrence, Julian Love, Sam Beal, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Trevon Wesco
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DeAndre Baker
DeAndre Baker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the Giants selected Sam Beal in the third round of the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft, they expected the former Western Michigan cornerback to have more of an impact by now.

Over the past two years, Beal has appeared in just one training camp practice -- as a rookie. He reaggravated his shoulder injury in 2018 and had season-ending surgery, and he started his sophomore campaign off hobbled by hamstring issues to begin the summer during a non-padded workout.

Despite his extended absence -- he has never played a snap of preseason action, only suiting up for one practice in pads -- Beal is eligible to return from injured reserve next week, which gives the Giants options. Head coach Pat Shurmur said that the Giants are monitoring the situation closely as Beal works back.

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

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

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

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

 

Tags: Evan Engram, Sam Beal, Sterling Shepard
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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) reacts during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When the Giants traded star receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns on March 12, the haul brought versatile safety Jabrill Peppers back home.

Peppers, who rose up the football ranks in New Jersey via Paramus Catholic High School before heading to Michigan for three years and embarking on his NFL career in 2017, debuted Sunday with the Giants in a 31-22 win over the Jets.

The first look for Peppers in the starting defense yielded mixed results with Jets quarterback Sam Darnold going 4-of-5 passing for 68 yards and a touchdown, but the third-year defensive back keeps his head up as he and the Giants move further into the preseason.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal
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