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Tom Brady (Greg M. Cooper)
Tom Brady (Greg M. Cooper)

So, here we are, in a world where Tom Brady's future with the Patriots is actually up in the air after spending 19 seasons in New England. The future Hall of Famer said he isn't going anywhere in a Super Bowl commercial, but that is only in reference to hanging up his cleats for good. Changing teams is definitely in the cards. 

Could that be to the Giants? 

It seems like an enormous stretch, especially after the team drafted Daniel Jones sixth overall and he took over for Eli Manning as the franchise quarterback after two games into the 2019 season. But, according to Boston radio host Scott Zolak, there's a possibility. 

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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are, unsurprisingly, considered longshots at best to win NFL MVP in 2020. Jones comes in at 66-1, while Barkley is listed at 100-1, according to BetOnline.ag.

After taking over at quarterback in Week 3 last season, Jones will enter the season as the undisputed starter following the retirement of Eli Manning. He'll hope to build on the relationship he developed with fellow rookie Darius Slayton, who also debuted in Week 3 and finished the season with 48 catches for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones finished the season with 3027 yards passing and a 61.9% completion percentage. Other players at 66-1 include incoming quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Barkley took the league by storm in 2018 and led the entire NFL in yards from scrimmage, but missed three games with an ankle sprain in 2019. He finished the season with 1003 yards rushing and added 52 catches for 438 yards out of the backfield, but remains one of the most explosive running backs in the league. Barkley joins Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr. among the players listed at 100-1.

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Should former Giants quarterback Eli Manning make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Saquon Barkley says yes. 

Manning retired following the 2019 season and his candidacy is a hot-button topic as of late. 

But the running back, who played the past two seasons with Manning, thinks it's not even a question worth asking. There's no doubt Barkley thinks Manning should be enshrined one day. 

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Saquon Barkley has been vocal about what type of personal impact Kobe Bryant had, and he expanded his thoughts in an interview that aired Sunday on ESPN.

Ahead of Super Bowl LIV during ESPN's pregame programming, Barkley was among four past and present NFL players -- including all-time great wide receiver Jerry Rice (1985-04), Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (2012-present), Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (2013-present) -- to reflect on the late NBA legend.

Bryant, 41, died last Sunday in a southern California helicopter crash that killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Beyond the NBA, the 20-year Los Angeles Lakers star from 1996-16 inspired the generation that Barkley came up in.

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Saquon Barkley is in attendance for Saturday night's NFL Honors ceremony in Miami, Fla.

The Giants running back walked the red carpet for the event sporting a Los Angeles Lakers jacket, which he explained was a nod to the late Kobe Bryant

"I wanted to respect Kobe and pay my respects to Kobe," Barkley told Bleacher Report. "Jack Hamilton, the guy who made this, it's actually an original jacket from 2000 year when he won an NBA championship. You know me well, and everyone who knows me well knows how much Kobe meant to me. My people were able to pull some strings for me. It's sad to see him go, but not only with tonight do I want to represent him, but I also want to pay my respects with the rest of my career."

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Giants were not happy with Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, especially as the losses mounted in his second season. They had issues with how they struggled to develop young players, according to multiple sources, and they questioned if that staff put the team in the best position to win.

So far, though, there are no such complaints or worries about the coaching staff new head coach Joe Judge has assembled. The early returns are positive from both inside and outside of the organization, both with the quality of his choices and the willingness of the 38-year-old first-time head coach to add experienced voices to his staff.

His full staff hasn't officially been revealed yet -- only the coordinators have been announced -- but multiple sources have confirmed most of the names. Judge has dipped deep into his past, bringing coaches he's known from his days in New England, and from as far back as from when he was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. He also has quite a few who came from the Nick Saban coaching tree.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Just about all of the conversations about the Giants taking place in Miami for Super Bowl LIV have centered around Eli Manning's Hall of Fame candidacy.

From former teammates like Kurt Warner to Giants legends like Lawrence Taylor, Manning has been quite the conversation.

On Thursday, another of Manning's former teammates, Saquon Barkley, gave his take on whether or not the recently retired quarterback should make the Hall of Fame.

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Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants former quarterback Kurt Warner arrives during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Bensen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and New York Giants former quarterback Kurt Warner arrives during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Bensen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

He was the man that Eli Manning took over for when the Giants decided to transition to their rookie quarterback back in 2004. It's been 16 years, and Kurt Warner is now being asked if his once-apprentice will be joining him in the Hall of Fame one day. 

His answer? Look at the stats. They speak for themselves in Warner's eyes. 

"It is such a weird process of going into the Hall of Fame and what all goes into making someone a Hall of Fame player," Warner told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano from the Loews Hometown set-up at the Super Bowl Experience down in Miami. "But, when you look at quarterbacks, you look at stats -- that's the era that we live in. And when you look at stats, without question Eli Manning has the stats to be in the Hall of Fame."

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

The hashtag "Girl Dad" has been trending lately, after Sportscenter anchor Elle Duncan shared a touching story about Kobe Bryant following his tragic death on Sunday, saying Bryant told her how much he loved being a girl dad with his four daughters. 

"I would have five more girls if I could," Duncan recalled Bryant saying. "I'm a girl dad."

Unfortunately, one of his daughters -- Gianna "Gigi" Bryant -- was also on that helicopter with him along with seven other victims. For Barkley, and many others with children, it was a tragedy that made him want to call his daughter to tell her he loved her. 

And just like Bryant, he's proud to be a girl dad. 

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Giants were not happy with Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, especially as the losses mounted in his second season. They had issues with how they struggled to develop young players, according to multiple sources, and they questioned if that staff put the team in the best position to win.

So far, though, there are no such complaints or worries about the coaching staff new head coach Joe Judge has assembled. The early returns are positive from both inside and outside of the organization, both with the quality of his choices and the willingness of the 38-year-old first-time head coach to add experienced voices to his staff.

His full staff hasn't been revealed yet, and only the coordinators have been announced, but multiple sources have confirmed most of the names (The only mystery appears to be the identity of the defensive line coach, which was supposed to be Freddie Roach until he got a promotion to remain at Ole Miss). Judge has dipped deep into his past, bringing coaches he's known from his days in New England, and from as far back as from when he was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. He also has quite a few who came from the Nick Saban coaching tree.

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Former New York Giants player Michael Strahan speaks in front of former players Antonio Pierce (58) and Jeff Feagles (18) and Shaun O'Hara (60) during a halftime ceremony honoring the 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants during a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Former New York Giants player Michael Strahan speaks in front of former players Antonio Pierce (58) and Jeff Feagles (18) and Shaun O'Hara (60) during a halftime ceremony honoring the 2007 Super Bowl champion Giants during a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michael Strahan, who revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that his No. 92 was to be retired by the Giants, knows what his former team needs if they want to get back to the playoffs. 

"Can't have a bunch of nice guys and win. It doesn't work. We need to find some dogs," Strahan told The New York Times' David Marchese in a Q&A. 

Being a dog on the field was a great way to describe Strahan's nature, being someone who was feared by the entire league on the defensive line. The gold jacket he received in 2014 as a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee is a pretty good indication of that. 

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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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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

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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(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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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.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Antoine Bethea, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Jabril Peppers, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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