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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Saquon Barkley was, once again, a full practice participant for the Giants on Thursday. So it's safe to say he'll be available for the team when they play the Cardinals on Sunday, right? 

"Taking it day-by-day," the star running back told the media after practice. "This week of practice, obviously you guys all know that I've been fully participating. ...Hopefully be out there for my teammates soon."

That's been Barkley's go-to phrase to use throughout this process of healing very quickly from his high ankle sprain he sustained against the Bucs in Week 3. But Barkley also had a wide smile on his face when asked if he just has to wait for the doctors to officially clear him, repeating that he will take things day-by-day. 

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Saquon set to return 00:01:06
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, QB Daniel Jones and receiver Golden Tate on the imminent return of star running back Saquon Barkley

Without running back Saquon Barkley since the second-year playmaker suffered his high sprained right ankle in Sept. 22's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Giants hope to have him back as he goes through practice with Week 7 on deck against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Giants (2-4) have been plagued by injuries on offense since Barkley went down, losing backup running back Wayne Gallman (concussion) among the absent skill players.

After consecutive losses to the Minnesota Vikings (28-10, Oct. 6) and New England Patriots (35-14, Oct. 10) in Weeks 5 and 6, the Giants have an opportunity for a rebound with Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff against the Cardinals (2-3-1), but will Barkley be back?

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) catches a pass as New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) catches a pass as New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Rookie CB Corey Ballentine has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after complaining about persistent headahces, the Giants announced Wednesday.

Ballentine, who did not practice Wednesday, had previously played in all six games this season for New York, with most of his snaps coming on special teams.

Ballentine joined Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman and Olsen Pierre -- all of whom were limited in practice -- in the concussion protocol.

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Oct 21, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs doing the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 21, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs doing the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Giants are still in a holding pattern when it comes to Saquon Barkley's availability for next Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Needing some depth at the running back position, the Giants on Friday signed four-year veteran Javorius "Buck" Allen.

Pat Shurmur gave a very noncommittal 'We'll see" answer on Friday regarding Barkley's status. 

The team reportedly worked out three running backs on Friday, according to ESPN's Field Yates: CJ Anderson, Akeem Hunt, and Allen, with Allen ultimately inking a deal with the team.  

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - No one ever thought it was going to be easy for Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

OK, that's not true. A lot of people thought he was the elixir that was going to cure everything that ails the Giants. But the reality always was that once he was given Eli Manning's old job, the 2019 season became all about his growth and learning on the job. 

So consider his encounter with Tom Brady on Thursday night another difficult learning experience for the 22-year-old. He threw three interceptions and struggled most of the night, going 15 of 31 for 161 yards in a 35-14 loss to the defending Super Bowl champs.

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Daniel Jones expectations vs. NE 00:01:24
Giants QB Daniel Jones will be facing a stingy Patriots defense. SNY's Jon Jastremski and Sal Licata discuss their expectations for Jones.

As the Giants look to rebound, they do so without four of their best players on offense.

Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) joined running back Wayne Gallman and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who have concussions, Wednesday as out for Thursday's game against the New England Patriots.

Facing the NFL's No. 1 unit in the three categories of 6.8 points, 160.4 passing yards and 238.4 total yards per game, the key absences and short turnaround for Week 6 puts more pressure on Daniel Jones, but the Giants (2-3) need the rookie quarterback and others to step up at the Patriots (5-0).

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Without either of its top two running backs available for Week 6's game against the New England Patriots, the New York Giants offense turns to third- and fourth-string players on the depth chart.

The injured Giants (2-3) get the undefeated Patriots (5-0) Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET after the team ruled out starter Saquon Barkley (ankle) and backup Wayne Gallman (concussion) among four offensive players sidelined, throwing the next men up into the spotlight.

Those are Eli Penny and Jon Hilliman, who have ascended to the top of the rotation after they started their 2019 campaigns as afterthoughts behind the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year and a third-year Giant.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

As if the Giants had enough ground to make up for Thursday against the Patriots, New York now enters the Week 6 game at New England without several keys players on offense.

Running back Saquon Barkely (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) are officially ruled out for the Giants' 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., as are wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) and running back Wayne Gallman (concussion).

The Giants announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Only one day remains for the Giants to prepare for the undefeated Patriots, who they'll face on the road in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football. And that preparation includes trying to be as healthy as possible playing on a short week. 

For the Giants' offense, it has been rough. Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard will more than likely be out with their concussions suffered from the loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Saquon Barkley's high ankle sprain has recovered remarkably with him seen cutting and running at practice for a little over a week now, but it's still uncertain that he plays. And finally, Evan Engram reportedly has a sprained MCL in his left knee, which could sideline him, too. 

Those are a lot of playmakers to be without, but luckily on the defensive side of the ball, things are a tad brighter. 

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Shurmur wouldn't bite on Barkley 00:01:30
No matter how many times reporters asked, or how they asked, Pat Shurmur didn't want to talk about Saquon Barkley and his status.

With both sides of the ball riddled with injuries, having a short week -- on the road against the undefeated Patriots nonetheless -- isn't ideal for the Giants, to say the least. And head coach Pat Shurmur doesn't really want to talk about it. 

Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Shurmur didn't go deep into his injury situation that involves Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard dealing with concussions, Saquon Barkley still up in the air with his high ankle sprain, and now Evan Engram potentially being out with what ESPN's Adam Schefter is hearing as a sprained MCL on his left knee. Lorenzo Carter was also limited once again with a neck injury. 

But, other than Gallman and Shepard's documented concussions and being in the protocol, he was mute.

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Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)
Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' offense just keeps taking blows, as TE Evan Engram looks to have suffered a sprained MCL, per ESPN's Adam Schefter

Engram was out of practice on Monday with what head coach Pat Shurmur called "game soreness."

It is unknown which knee it is, but Engram suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain on his right knee in Week 3 last season. In turn, he missed the next three games in what was a tough sophomore season where he couldn't really get into a groove with his injuries. He also suffered a hamstring strain later in that season. 

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur met with the media late in the afternoon Monday and gave an update on the status of multiple players after the team went through walkthroughs instead of practice.

Saquon Barkley has been making progress over the last few weeks and has been eyeing Thursday night's game against the Patriots as his return game, as first reported by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, but Barkley was listed as "limited" for today's simulated practice, and Shurmur has yet to declare Barkley ready.

Shurmur did say "there's a possibility" Barkley plays Thursday and that he is "closer than he was last week."

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram, Lorenzo Carter, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)

In his young career, Giants running back Saquon Barkley has yet to face the New England Patriots. Still, due to his ankle injury, it's questionable whether or not the Giants' workhorse will get that chance in Week 6.

The Giants and Patriots meet on a short week, as the two face each other at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football to kickoff Week 6 of the NFL's weekend slate. 

If Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his way, Barkley's debut against the Pats will be put on hold.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Golden Tate missed the first four games of this season due to a controversial PED suspension. And after being nearly as invisible in Week 5's loss to the Vikings during what was his Giants debut, Tate seemed disappointed. 

Tate was targeted just six times on Sunday, reeling in three catches for 13 yards -- with a long of five yards.

Asked after the game if he thought his limited role on Sunday would become the norm, Tate said he hoped not.

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Giants fall to 2-3 00:01:22
Pat Shurmur and Daniel Jones discuss the Giants inability to take advantage of opportunities throughout their loss to the Vikings

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a wonderful first two games as the starting quarterback of the Giants, Daniel Jones got a taste of what Eli Manning had to endure over most of the previous six years:

Life as a quarterback on a bad team.

There was pretty much nothing Jones could do with a depleted rushing attack behind him, a struggling offensive line in front of him, and a porous defense on the other side - all things that should feel very, very familiar to his current backup. He was 21 of 38 for 182 yards, which isn't exactly good, but also was about what was expected considering he was making his third NFL start and was facing the NFL's sixth-ranked defense (and maybe the league's best secondary).

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Eli Penny, Jabril Peppers, Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) commits a facemask penalty while tackling New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) commits a facemask penalty while tackling New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants running back Wayne Gallman was taken into the locker room during Sunday's matchup with the Vikings to be evaluated for a concussion. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported and confirmed that Gallman will be out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Gallman was shaken up after a run in the first quarter and walked off the field slowly before heading back into the locker room. Gallman carryed the ball twice for 14 yards before leaving the game.

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There has been a dark cloud that has hovered over the Meadowlands for far too long. Too many years where the atmosphere felt stale, where it felt like a stretch to find any actual hope.

It doesn't feel that way around the Giants anymore.

"The energy is just different," said center Jon Halapio.

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs for a touchdown against Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson (35) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman (22) runs for a touchdown against Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson (35) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

At running back, the Giants needed all hands on deck for Week 4's pivotal matchup against the Redskins.

Without second-year starter Saquon Barkley, who suffered an ankle injury last Sunday during Week 3's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York turned to several next men up with Washington on deck.

Led by third-year pro Wayne Gallman, three running backs answered the call as the Giants (2-2) took care of business against the winless Redskins (0-4) with Sunday's 24-3 win at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Giants improve to 2-2 00:01:29
Pat Shurmur, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez and Daniel Jones on the Giants win over Washington

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Daniel Jones reminded everyone on Sunday that he's human.

He also reminded everyone that he's resilient, too.

The Giants' 22-year-old rookie quarterback struggled a bit in his home debut and threw the first two interceptions of his NFL career. But he bounced back each time, never looked rattled, and made more than enough plays to help the Giants beat the Redskins 24-3 to improve to 2-2.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Cody Latimer, Daniel Jones, Janoris Jenkins, Ryan Connelly, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jon Hilliman (23) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jon Hilliman (23) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With Saquon Barkley out for a few weeks, the Giants had to add another running back to the backfield. They hosted a few veterans this week, but they're going to dip into their practice squad instead with RB Jon Hilliman signed to an NFL contract. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur noted that a roster move would be coming soon, and when asked about his practice squad players that he's seen at practice, Shurmur immediately mentioned how well Hilliman has been doing. 

"Jon Hilliman obviously has done a nice job for us through training camp," Shurmur told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "We have him here because we feel like he's got a chance to be a good player."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants still have a confidence about them, even though they know they're missing their best player. They think they can survive life without Saquon Barkley, even if it turns out to be for the next two months.

But make no mistake about it: Life without Barkley is not going to be easy. And that's true even if quarterback Daniel Jones continues to look as super as he did in his NFL debut. Defenses will find the Giants easier to defend. Running the ball will become a challenge. And there's just no way they can take a player like Barkley out of their lineup and be as good as they were.

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Pat Shumur on Saquon's decision 00:01:40
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur addresses Saquon Barkley getting a second opinion on his ankle sprain, and replacing him with Wayne Gallman

For the first time in his early career, Giants star RB Saquon Barkley will be missing a regular season game on Sunday when the Redskins come to town. And he's expected to miss a few more as well with his high ankle sprain. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur addressed Barkley getting a second opinion on his injury from foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, which SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

"That's typical of what you see these days," Shurmur said. "More often, guys get second opinions. They're just not as public as this one is."

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Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back C.J. Anderson (26) runs the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (26) atemps to tackle during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back C.J. Anderson (26) runs the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (26) atemps to tackle during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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The Giants' fears were confirmed on Monday morning when they learned that Saquon Barkley will be out 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain. That is an enormous blow to their offense. Barkley is a weapon that simply can't be replaced.

But the Giants will have to try, because the only running back they have on their roster at the moment is Wayne Gallman, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft who is a solid pro, but nowhere near Barkley's class. Gallman will need help - more help than the Giants could get by running fullback Eli Penny more or promoting undrafted rookie John Hilliman off the practice squad.

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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Bucs. So the star running back will now be missing around 6-8 weeks, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, which is obviously a big blow to the offense. 

But that doesn't mean the team still can't run the ball. 

That's what head coach Pat Shurmur did, though, when Wayne Gallman took over Barkley's duties in the backfield. He only ran the ball five times for a total 13 yards, as the Bucs defense swallowed up Gallman. Barkley didn't have much success either, rushing for only 10 yards on eigth carries before leaving the contest.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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TAMPA - Daniel Jones lit a spark under the Giants on Sunday night, and brought a sense of hope and optimism the organization hasn't felt in years.

But the sight of Saquon Barkley on crutches, with a walking boot on his right ankle, was enough to wipe all of those good vibes away.

Barkley, the Giants' best player and one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL, suffered what a source confirmed is a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Giants' 32-31. That's not a one-week injury. In fact, the recovery time for that is often more than a month. He'll know more after he undergoes an MRI on Monday.

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By the numbers, the Giants showed up on offense despite Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas -- just not everywhere.

Big Blue racked up 470 total yards, 319 of which came through the air and 306 from Eli Manning, who completed 30 of 44 passes (68.2 percent) and threw a one-yard touchdown to tight end Evan Engram with 8:11 left in the first quarter.

But the statistics were deceiving after New York put three scores on the board -- a garbage-time rushing touchdown by running back Wayne Gallman among them on a two-yard run with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter made no difference.

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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

Daniel Jones wrapped up a nearly perfect preseason with another nearly perfect game - or at least one perfect series in the Giants' preseason finale.

And that's likely the last anyone will see of the sixth-overall pick until the Giants are ready to make a quarterback switch and put an end to Eli Manning's Giants career.

In the meantime, there's another big quarterback decision coming up for Giants coach Pat Shurmur. We know he loves Jones. We know he thinks Jones has made a ton of progress this summer. And we know he thinks Jones is ready and able to play.

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New York Giants running back Rod Smith (45) reacts with center Jon Halapio (75) after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Rod Smith (45) reacts with center Jon Halapio (75) after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

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When Daniel Jones makes his first start for the Giants on Thursday night, he won't have many starters around him. For nearly every key player on the team, the preseason is over.

The preseason finale in New England is all about the backups, and dozens of players still fighting for roster spots.

Who will make it and who won't? Here's a pre-game look at the Giants' projected 53-man roster, which could change considerably depending on how their game against the Patriots goes:

Tags: Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Russell Shepard, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

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It's gotten lost in Daniel Jones Mania, but Eli Manning is having a pretty good summer, too.

The veteran starter - who is still the Giants starter - has been solid during the preseason so far in the three series that he's played. This time, in a 25-23 win in Cincinnati, Manning had a deceptive performance, going 4-for-8 for 41 yards. But two of those incompletions were drops by receiver Cody Latimer, including one in the end zone that forced the Giants to settle for a field goal on Manning's lone drive.

Manning is now 9-of-13 for 86 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. It's a small sample size, obviously, but good for a passer rating of 113.0.

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Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Odell Beckham Jr. had more criticism for his former team when he let loose in an interview published Tuesday by Sports Illustrated.

The in-depth piece by Ben Baskin shared more of Beckham's frustrations with the trade that sent him from the Giants to the Browns.

Beckham told SI that New York had better trade offers but shipped the star wide receiver "to die" in Cleveland.

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) walks out of the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) walks out of the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

A few weeks ago during Giants minicamp, we profiled five dark horse players who turned heads. At the end of the day though, every football player knows that, while minicamp standouts are nice stories, the real competition starts in training camp.

Big Blue training camp starts in a little over two weeks. It's a 90-man competition for 53 spots, and more than a few veterans will be left behind if they don't put up a good showing.

Here are five guys who are on the hot seat for the Giants: 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants added depth to their backfield by bringing in someone they're familiar with.

Big Blue signed former Cowboys running back Rod Smith on Wednesday, adding to the mix of players who will compete for the backup job behind 2018 Rookie of the Year, Saquon Barkley.

Smith, 27, appeared in 16 games for Dallas last season but didn't get much run, finishing with 127 yards rushing and a touchdown along with 60 yards receiving.

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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With only two weeks left until the NFL draft kicks off, here's a look at how the Giants might use their 12 picks:

First round (6th overall) - DE/LB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart (28) carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jonathan Stewart (28) carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants parted ways with veteran RB Jonathan Stewart on Wednesday, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed the team would not exercise the second year of his contract.

Stewart was due a $500,000 option bonus today, but by cutting him, the Giants don't have to dish that out. With the bonus, he would've been a $3.275 million cap hit this season. Now, the Giants have $3.025 million more in cap space to use this offseason. 

Many were confused when GM Dave Gettleman signed the 31-year-old Stewart this past offseason after seeing a decline with the Panthers in 2017. He was viewed more as a good locker presence than an expected playmaker for the team, especially after drafting rookie RB Saquon Barkley in the first round. 

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New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants are in fire sale mode, with DT Damon Harrison and CB Eli Apple recently getting traded, and pretty much everyone else on the team also available in advance of Tuesday's trade deadline. 

With T Ereck Flowers also waived this season, two of the last three first-round picks for the Giants no longer play for the team. Even QB Davis Webb, a third-round choice last year, was waived before the start of the season before playing a snap.

This just furthers the narrative that the Giants have been largely awful when it has come to drafting since 2008 -- with most of that blamed on former GM Jerry Reese. But just how bad have they been? This year's draft class gets an incomplete, and we broke down every Reese draft class (2008 to 2017)...

Tags: Adam Bisnowaty, Avery Moss, B.J. Goodson, Darian Thompson, Davis Webb, Ereck Flowers, Jerell Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: A week ago they had made so much progress. Then on Sunday, the Giants stepped back into their abyss.

Now, after their disheartening 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, they are 1-3 and looking at the likelihood of yet another lost season.

Here's a look at how their specific position groups played in their Week 4 loss...

Tags: Cody Latimer, Dalvin Tomlinson, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

 Giants LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said the Giants are hopeful Vernon will be able to return next week. 

New York doesn't have any players listed as doubtful, and LB Tae Davis (hamstring) is questionable.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (back) returned to practice Thursday as the team prepares for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys in Dallas.

CB Janoris Jenkins left the team facility without participating due to what the Giants said was a family issue -- though the issue was not related to his brother, who was charged with aggravated manslaughter in July, according to Pat Leonard of the Daily News.

LB Tae Davis (hamstring) and RB Wayne Gallman (knee) were limited for a second straight day, while LB Olivier Vernon did not participate. 

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Sterling Shepard is currently listed as the Giants starting WR2 on the depth chart.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sterling Shepard is currently listed as the Giants starting WR2 on the depth chart. (William Hauser (USA Today))

Giants WR Sterling Shepard was limited at practice Wednesday due to a back issue as the team prepares for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys in Dallas.

LB Tae Davis (hamstring) and RB Wayne Gallman (knee) were also limited, while LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) returned to practice.

For the Cowboys, C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Randy Gregory (concussion), DT Datone Jones (knee), DE DeMarcus Lawrence (groin), and S Xavier Woods (hamstring) were all out. 

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Jonathan Stewart (28) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jonathan Stewart (28) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A few eyebrows were raised back in March when the Giants gave Jonathan Stewart a two-year, $6.9 million deal. It seemed like a lot for a 31-year-old running back on the downside of his career.

Then, the Giants went out and drafted Saquon Barkley. And then this summer, second-year pro Wayne Gallman stepped up and won over his coach. All of a sudden, Stewart seems like an expensive mentor whose job is to teach the young running backs the NFL ropes.

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

After a disastrous 9-for-22, 70-yard performance in the Giants' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Davis Webb rebounded by going 14-for-20 for 140 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 30-17 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

"It was the Davis Webb I'm used to seeing," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said, according to NJ Advance Media's Ryan Dunleavy.

Webb led a 17-play, 79-yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to running back Wayne Gallman that gave New York a 7-3 lead in the second quarter and also led a five-play, 43-yard drive that ended with an Aldrick Rosas 55-yard field goal before the half.

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

With no upgrade to the offensive line or the running back position -- with the exception of drafting Wayne Gallman out of Clemson -- it was almost expected this unit wasn't going to do much for the Giants last season. 

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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have waived RB Paul Perkins with a non-football injury designation, the team announced Thursday.

If Perkins clears waivers, he can be placed on IR. The 23-year-old rushed 41 times for 90 yards in 11 games last season.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: This could be a sad end to what once looked to be a promising career for Paul Perkins, a fifth-rounder the Giants took out of UCLA in 2016. When they drafted him they were convinced they had a steal. It was only a matter of time until he was going to be a dominant feature back...

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New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

By drafting running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the NFL draft, the Giants have another threat on offense, and quarterback Eli Manning is looking forward to working with the rookie.

"You like those three-down running backs," Manning said, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I haven't watched a whole lot of film on him. You've got to let him get here and earn his (stripes) a little bit. I know he is very talented. I'm just excited to get him in the facility and on the practice field and work with him."

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 (Bob Donnan)
(Bob Donnan)

Newly acquired RB Jonathan Stewart may be a veteran, but after signing a two-year deal with the Giants, he is treading new waters playing for a new team for the first time in his 10-year career.

But Stewart isn't entirely away from his Panthers family. Former Carolina and current Giants GM Dave Gettleman as well as Giants new OC Mike Shula were both in the building when Stewart was there. That is why Stewart told the New York media on his first conference call Monday that their presence with the Giants aided in his decision to pick Big Blue. 

"It played a signifcant role," Stewart said. "Dave believes in me, and it's just good to know that the GM believes in what you can do on the field, and Mike Shula, there is a familiarity with the offense and the scheme, and I believe in what they're going to do moving forward with the draft. They're definitely a good team, they've got a lot of good players on offense and defense and I'm just excited to be apart of it."

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"The Giants need a run game this season" is a phrase that is definitely easier said than done, and one that has been said for a few years now. 

The ground game has consistently slacked for a few years now, and the Giants would like that streak to end. Just think: Ahmad Bradshaw was the last 1,000-yard rusher for this team back in 2010...

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa may be hitting free agency this offseason, but that didn't stop him from cashing in on $200,000 this Sunday. 

Darkwa tallied a career-high 154 rushing yards on 20 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run on his second touch of the game. The 25-year-old reportedly needed 153 yards to reach a 750-yard milestone for the season, which earned him $200,000 in incentives. 

It may be a good payday for Darkwa, but he will likely be focusing on returning to the Giants next season -- a team he would love to come back to...

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

It's really simple for the Giants: Draft a quarterback, and focus on the future of the franchise with the aging Eli Manning about to walk off into the sunset. How much easier could it be when you have the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, right? 

That appears to be the mindset of almost every expert and fan looking at the Giants in next year's draft after this horrendous season. The Browns are almost a lock to pick a quarterback, and the Giants should follow suit with USC QB Sam Darnold and UCLA QB Josh Rosen headlining the top prospects next season. 

But this Christmas I have someone else on my wish list, someone I believe the Giants would be a fool to pass up next April: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning signals to teammates during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning signals to teammates during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning turned the ball over three times, including a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown, as New York lost to the Arizona Cardinals 23-0 on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Manning was 27-for-45 for 263 yards and two interceptions, as the Giants fell to 2-13 heading into the final week of the season. A fourth-quarter sack by Deone Bucannon was returned 21 yards by Robert Nkemdiche for a touchdown that gave the Cardinals a 23-0 lead.

The Giants struggled to stop Larry Fitzgerald, who had nine catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. Drew Stanton completed 20 of 34 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Several Giants players traveled to Madison Square Garden Tuesday night to see the Knicks face the Lakers, including star WR Odell Beckham Jr. 

Accompaning Beckham were RB Paul Perkins, TE Evan Engram, QB Davis Webb, RB Orleans Darkwa, and RB Wayne Gallman. They all posed with Laker great Magic Johnson during the Knicks' 113-109 overtime win as well. 

Webb posted a picture to his Instagram to capture the moment...

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