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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Darius Slayton had exactly the same reaction as almost everyone else when he heard the Giants new head coach was going to be Joe Judge.

Who?

"Yeah, I had not heard of him prior to the Giants hiring him," Slayton told SNY in an interview on Thursday. "But you know he's coming from a really good organization. Everybody I've heard speak about him has glowing things to say about him, so I'm sure he'll be a good guy for the job."

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

After a combined nine wins in his first two NFL seasons, there's no doubt Saquon Barkley wants to help lead the Giants out of the rut in which they're currently stuck.

After a rookie season which saw him lead the league with 2028 yards from scrimmage, the Penn State product finished the season with 1003 rushing yards, despite missing three games with an ankle injury. 

That injury was initially expected to keep him out for longer, but Barkley wowed the Giants medical team to return much faster than anticipated.

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Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones talk about the firing of head coach Pat Shurmur, and appreciating the belief he had in them.

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur essentially arrived together two years ago to help rebuild the Giants. But only one of them is getting a chance to see that rebuilding project through.

While Shurmur was fired by the Giants on Monday morning, Gettleman will not suffer the same fate. Despite rampant speculation that he would be fired or step down, the 68-year-old general manager will remain in his position, the Giants announced, and as SNY reported on Sunday.

"Dave Gettleman is our general manager in 2020 and hopefully for many years after that," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "We believe he is the right person to lead us going forward."

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Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur

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Less than two years ago, the Giants gave Pat Shurmur the keys to a dysfunctional mess of a locker room because they believed he was the "adult" who could clean it up. And in many ways he did. The room is far more professional than it was back then.

But that didn't matter as much as maybe it should have in this bottom line business. Shurmur went 9-23 in his two seasons with the Giants, including 4-11 with a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak this year.

In the end, the 54-year-old Shurmur never had a chance.

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Saquon Barkley knows his job is to lead the Giants' offense and not make decisions regarding New York's head coach, but the second-year running back offered support Sunday when he was asked about Pat Shurmur's uncertain future.

Speaking after Week 17's 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Barkley defended Shurmur and the Giants' coaching staff.

Developed by Shurmur and company after general manager Dave Gettleman selected the former Penn State running back with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, Barkley took the blame off the staff and emphasized a collective process.

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There is no reason to believe that Pat Shurmur's fate at all hung in the balance on Sunday afternoon, that the game against the Eagles would be enough to sway his bosses in one way or the other. But if it was the last chance for Shurmur to make his case, or one last advertisement for him to stick around another season, it hardly was convincing.

Instead, the 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was an advertisement for everything that plagued Shurmur's Giants over the last two years.

Pick your poison: An anemic offense, questionable play calling, a stunning under useof Saquon Barkley for most of the game. There was also some bad offensive line play, a complete lack of a pass rush, terrible tackling throughout the defense and miscommunications in the secondary.

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After a record-breaking performance for the Giants last week against the Washington Redskins, Saquon Barkley has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The second year running back played a huge role in New York's 41-35 overtime win in Washington, rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown, plus catching four passes for 90 yards and another score.

Barkley's 279-yard tally on the day broke Tiki Barber's total yards from scrimmage franchise record. Barber set the mark against the Eagles in 2002 with 276 total yards. 

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) stiff arms Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) stiff arms Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Do the Giants care about knocking the Eagles out of the playoffs? It depends on whom you ask.

After Thursday's practice, three days away from Sunday's 4:25 p.m. finale against NFC East-leading Philadelphia (8-7), several players acknowledged the possibility of playing the spoiler role.

"We want to play spoiler," said veteran safety Antoine Bethea. "We want to send them home. We're not going to the playoffs, so we definitely want to get this dub and knock them out."

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

During Thursday's media availability, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about if he thinks the Giants are closer to the playoffs at the end of this season than they were at the end of last season.

"We'll find out next year," Shurmur said. "But, I think we made a lot of progress in a lot of areas, and it's hard to quantify when you don't match it up with wins, I get that. We've probably played about as many young players as you can play, not because we're playing young players, but because at this point they're our best players. And so those guys are going to really benefit from the reps they get, as we structure and move forward.

"You got a rookie quarterback that's made tremendous strides. That's probably a question for next year, but I think as we continue to grow here and build, there's a lot to be said for going out with a win."

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Both of New York's football teams took wins in Week 16 and both the Giants and Jets saw recognition in Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week

Running back Saquon Barkley led the way for the Giants all game long in their overtime win over Redskins, earning him the nod. 

Jets safety Marcus Maye made key plays when called upon against the Steelers, landing him the individual recognition. 

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They didn't want to say it, but the Giants know Week 17 for the club against the Philadelphia Eagles can be summed up in one word.

Spoiler. 

In an NFC East spectacle on Sunday, the Eagles topped the Cowboys. Now Philly needs one more win to get into the playoffs, which has to come at the Giants' expense. 

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The Giants celebrated their victory over the Redskins in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday night, and videos of Eli Manning, Daniel Jones and others enjoying themselves have gone viral. 

As such, head coach Pat Shurmur is well aware of the situation, but he doesn't see a single thing wrong with it. In fact, Shurmur wanted an invite. 

"Yeah," he said when asked if he was OK with his team out last night, "They're grown men and they look after each other. They were celebrating a victory -- should've invited me."

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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning

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The Giants returned to New York after their win over the Redskins on Sunday. And they decided it was a cause for celebration. 

Several Giants players, including quarterbacks Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, were seen at Green Rock Tap and Grill in Hoboken, NJ enjoying their victory with some games of flip cup, throwing napkins to the ceiling and dancing with the other patrons. Check it out below...

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Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past Washington Redskins nose tackle Daron Payne (94) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past Washington Redskins nose tackle Daron Payne (94) in the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Saquon Barkley has been pestered all season long about his health, but he let his play do the talking Sunday when he had a career-high 189 yards rushing in the Giants' 41-35 overtime win over the Washington Redskins.

The second-year running back, who missed three games with a high right ankle sprain, has experienced ups and downs since coming back from the midseason injury.

But after taking 24 carries for 112 yards (4.67 average) and two touchdowns in last Sunday's 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, Barkley drove his point home with Week 16's explosive performance.

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In an uber exciting win over the Redskins on Sunday, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones and star RB Saquon Barkley were simply the stars of the show. And in playing that role, they set some new career accolades. 

Let's start with Jones, who returns after missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain. There was no rust at all for the neophyte, as he completed 28 of his 45 pass attempts for a career-high 352 yards which led to a career-high five touchdowns. 

Jones looked extremely poised in the pocket, and picked apart the Redskins' zone coverages the most with special attention on Golden Tate (six catches, 96 yards) and Sterling Shepard (six catches, 76 yards). He was also seen running and cutting on that ankle, which is a great sign. 

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It took until the end of a dismal and disappointing season, but Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley reminded everyone why the Giants' future is bright.

Both players looked as good as they ever have as they put on dazzling displays in the Giants' wild, 41-35 overtime win over the Washington Redskins. Jones, the rookie quarterback who missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, completed 28-of-42 passes for a career-high 352 yards and a career-best five touchdowns. And Barkley, in by far the finest game of his young career, rushed 22 times for 189 yards and caught four passes for 90 yards and scored twice, too.

For Jones, it was his third game of the season with at least four touchdown passes and fourth game with at least four touchdowns overall. And Barkley set his career best with 279 total yards.

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Giants running back Saquon Barkley ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 15, and it was just his third 100-yard game of the year.

"It's a group effort, you know," Barkley said. "It don't just take one running back, it takes a stable of running backs. It don't take one offensive lineman, it takes all five and some... and the tight ends and the wide receivers blocking, and the quarterback putting us in the right position. They did a really good job this week, and hopefully we can keep that same production for next week."

The Giants will look to make it back-to-back wins on Sunday against the Washington Redskins (3-11), who are allowing 136.4 rushing yards per game (28th in the NFL).

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had never really fired a general manager before Dec. 4, 2017, when Jerry Reese was told to clean out his office. The closest they came was in 1978, when Andy Robustelli left on his own, saving the Maras from pushing him out the door.

From 1979 through 2017, the Giants had three general managers with an average tenure of 13 seasons.

There's a reason for that kind of front office stability -- a very good reason. And no matter how frustrated John Mara and Steve Tisch may be with the last two miserable seasons, they shouldn't ignore that and change their philosophy with Dave Gettleman now.

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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)

For the first time in over 23 years, the Giants will not have a player represent them in the 2020 Pro Bowl, as zero members of Big Blue were given the invite to go down to Orlando this season.

The last time the Giants didn't send anyone to the Pro Bowl was back in 1996--Saquon Barkley, who was named a fourth alternate at running back for the NFC, wasn't even born yet when that happened.

In addition to Barkley, Riley Dixon was named a fourth alternate at punter for the NFC.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half 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 tight end Evan Engram (88) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Evan Engram has officially been placed on Injured Reserve, the team announced on Tuesday, ending a long "will he, won't he" stretch where it was unclear whether Engram would be able to suit up from week-to-week.

The third-year tight end finishes the 2019 season with just eight games played , a career-low for Engram, who played 15 games his rookie season and 11 last year.

Engram has been sidelined since Week 10 with a foot injury that did not heal fast enough for him to return to the field. With the Giants record at 2-12, rushing him back was seemingly not something of a concern for the team.

In his eight games on the field this season, Engram caught 44 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) hands off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) hands off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants were happy to snap their nine-game losing streak with Sunday's 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, but Week 15 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, meant more than just the final result.

Eli Manning made his second straight start in place of injured rookie Daniel Jones, who continues to recover from his sprained left ankle, and the veteran quarterback made the most of the opportunity.

In what was likely Manning's final home game with the Giants, he completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 283 yards and two touchdowns to three interceptions and led New York (3-11) past the Dolphins (3-11) 36-20.

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The Giants have taken a lot away from Eli Manning in recent years, from his consecutive games streak to most of his final season. Their mismanagement, it can be argued, even stole the late prime of his career.

At a time when he should've been hearing cheers, he was too often relentlessly booed. When he should've been trying to make one last Super Bowl run, he instead endured almost nothing but losing. He wasn't blameless, of course, but he was often saddled with a terrible surrounding cast and unfortunate circumstances.

It wasn't fair that one of the greatest careers ever by a Giant was headed towards such an unhappy ending.

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With rookie quarterback Daniel Jones out with an ankle injury for the second straight week, Eli Manning got the start in what could be his final game for the Giants.

He led the Giants to their first win since Week 4, beating the Miami Dolphins 36-20.

Manning finished the day 20-for-28 passing with 283 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. He now has 366 career touchdown passes and a 117-117 record as a starter.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If this really was the end for Eli Manning, at least it was a fitting finale.

And if this wasn't the end ... well, maybe it should be.

The Giants' icon got to go out a winner, and once again heard the cheers from the crowd, in what might easily was the best performance of his final season in New York. The 38-year-old quarterback completed 20 of his 28 passes for 283 yards and threw two touchdowns. Sure, he also threw three interceptions. But his performance was enough to snap the Giants' franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak and to beat the Miami Dolphins 36-20.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith (82) congratulates New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) for his touchdown in the second half 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 tight end Kaden Smith (82) congratulates New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) for his touchdown in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Pat Shurmur is unsure of whether or not three top playmakers will be available for Week 13, but the second-year head coach and the Giants know what boost they would get if their banged-up trio could give it a go.

Ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3), the reeling Giants (2-9) -- who have lost their past seven games -- could see tight end Evan Engram and wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate all back on the field together.

While he did not present too much of an update in his Wednesday media availability, Shurmur said that the return of Engram -- absent since Nov. 4's 37-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys (6-5) with a mid-foot sprain -- remains a possibility.

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Saquon Barkley's sophomore season has not gone how he envisioned it would, but the second-year running back refuses to make excuses about the dip in his -- and the Giants' -- performance.

With the Giants (2-9) losers in their past seven games as they host the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. from MetLife Stadium, Barkley set the record straight after recent outings conjured questions about his health.

Barkley, who missed the Giants' three games from Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 after he suffered a highly sprained right ankle Sept. 22, was emphatic when asked Wednesday about a play from last Sunday's 19-14 loss at the Chicago Bears.

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

Since those two wins that Daniel Jones put together in his first two career starts, it has been an up-and-down ride to their Week 13 matchup with the Packers this week. 

But that is expected from a rookie quarterback. Jones was never going to come in and take over without facing a few tribulations. The turnovers have certainly been there, and ball security and decision making needs improvement for sure. 

In the Giants locker room, though, Jones is well respected and his running back in Saquon Barkley gave more than just his stamp of approval when speaking to the media on Wednesday. He applauded his work ethic and want to get better in every aspect of the game. 

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Saquon Barkley put a ridiculous spin move on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the second quarter, and then nearly spun out of another tackle on the same play. It was a violent move that sure seemed to prove he wasn't still bothered by his ankle injury.

So if that's not it: What in the world is wrong with Saquon Barkley?

That question has to be asked after he had another low-impact performance in the Giants' ugly, 19-14 loss in Chicago. He gained just 59 yards on 17 carries - 22 of which came on one fourth quarter run. Coupled with his disaster against the Jets (13 carries, one yard) he now has just 60 rushing yards on 30 carries in the last two games.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Prince Amukamara, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Evan Engram
Evan Engram

The Giants announced Friday morning that they'll be without the top two tight ends on their depth chart this Sunday against the Bears, as Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison have both officially been listed as out.

Additionally, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder and Sterling Shepard have yet to be cleared from the concussion protocol, and will be evaluated later today for a final decision. However, Pat Shurmur expects all three to be cleared and ready to go for Sunday.

Engram will continue to nurse the mid-foot sprain he suffered back in Week 9, as Ellison moves on in his recovery from a concussion.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Saquon Barkley
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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)

It's only Week 12 in the NFL, and yet the Giants can already potentially be eliminated from making the playoffs this Sunday, per Elias Sports Bureau.

If the Giants were to lose to the Bears, the Cowboys were to upset the Patriots, and assuming there are no ties across the league, the Giants would officially be eliminated.

Now, the Giants weren't exactly expected to make the playoffs anyway considering how this season has gone, but the fact that it can occur this early is still upsetting for an organization and for its fan base.

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

The Giants are back from their bye week, and WR Golden Tate is hoping this reset for the team can help spark something moving forward. 

"It's good. I think we all needed to just kind of hit the reset button, refocus, kind of evaluate what we all individually can do better," he told reporters after practice on Monday. "Just try to go on a run."

Since Tate joined the Giants in Week 5 after serving his four-game suspension, Big Blue has found themselves in a six-game losing streak. It's a rut that Tate has never experienced in his 10-year career, so he isn't trying to keep this feeling alive. 

Tags: Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Many players normally head home to see their families or simply get a change of scenery during the bye week. For Giants TE Evan Engram, he remained in East Rutherford so he could be ready to help his team this week.

Engram suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Cowboys two weeks ago, and has been working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. And that included work during the bye week. 

He's now out of his walking boot, and says he's feeling good.

Tags: Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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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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Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton

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

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

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

Tags: Darius Slayton, Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Adam Gase joined ESPN and YES Network's The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday to discuss the Jets' huge win over the Giants this past week.

Gase discussed the performance of his young quarterback Sam Darnold and how his play seemed different when compared to other weeks this season.

"I thought he played really well," Gase told Michael Kay. "He did a great job of controlling really the things that he could control. He did a good job of making the right decision when he was in the pocket, whether it be taking a sack, throwing the ball away, just those little tiny things instead of trying to go out there and win it by himself. He did a good job of spreading the ball around, doing what he had to do to move the ball down the field."

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

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

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

 

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

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

"Absolutely not," Shurmur said.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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

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

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

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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