Good Morning, New York GiantsÂ Fans!
When New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones was sacked for his eighth time on Sunday afternoon in the pouring rain, he pried himself off the turf and walked somberly toward the sideline. Eli Manning stood towards the back, near the quarterback’s bench, likely thinking to himself…”I’ve been there too many times, little guy.”
Manning has been a punching bag for a large portion of his career, whether it be at the expense of his offensive line or the media. The veteran has always handled it with grace and class. Jones is learning how to be a quarterback in the NFL the hard way — holding onto the ball too long in hopes of a long completion, which often results in a sack considering the lack of consistency in the trenches from his protection.
Learning this lesson through experience is not the ideal scenario, but it’s one that he will continue to live through, unfortunately.
Hopefully, the New York Giants’ line can begin to improve and give Jones more time in the pocket, allowing him to move through his progressions effectively and not force throws into double coverage. Better days are ahead, but he needs support before he sees the light at the end of the tunnel.
Where is Sterling Shepard in his return?
Shepard missed week seven against the Arizona Cardinals after suffering his second concussion of the season in week five. Two consecutive games missed was the minimum he would be out, and it’s always unclear whether he will be available in week eight against the Detroit Lions either.
Shepard worked through individual drills last week, honing a yellow jersey to indicate non-contact. I anticipate that he will miss one more week as a precaution and will return in week nine against the Dallas Cowboys at home.
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