New York Giants news, 10/12 – Injury update, Deone Bucannon, Dave Gettleman mistake?

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

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The New York Giants escaped the 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots without suffering any further significant injuries. Rooke passer Daniel Jones took a few big hits but managed to stay active and healthy throughout the contest — one play in specific was cause for concern when he dove headfirst into a diving Pats defender extending for the defensive score.

The effort is appreciated by Jones, but spare us the heart-attack and push him out of bounds rather than spearing him with the crown of your helmet. Luckily, he walked away unharmed and finished the game with 161-yards passing for one score and three interceptions.

Did Dave Gettleman do the Giants a disservice?

Consider this reality for a second — the Giants trotted out practice squad rookie Jon Hilliman onto the field against one of the best defenses in the past decade. A defense that hadn’t allowed a passing score through five-week before Golden Tate’s 64-yard circus catch.

My question is, did Gettleman even try and help Jones out with some free agent support? Hilliman was not only inefficient, but he fumbled down seven-points in the fourth-quarter, giving Pats defender Kyle Van Noy a treat in the form of a fumble recovery for a touchdown. This play alone put the Giants two scores away and in a position of impossible return.

Big Blue is sitting on about $3 million in available cap, and Gettleman didn’t even think to utilize any of it for at least one week to help out his rookie quarterback. Options like CJ Anderson, Bennie Cunningham, and Jay Ajayi remain available on the market, but Gettleman didn’t even consider signing one. The Giants did, however, work out three veterans when Barkley went down, but none were signed.

While Gettleman didn’t allocate cap-space to the running back corps, he could still sign linebacker, Deon Bucannon. The former Tampa Bay Buccanneers defender and Arizona Cardinal has experience playing underneath James Bettcher. Bucannon had his best seasons playing on Bettcher’s defense, and the Giants would be crazy not to kick the tires on the former first-round pick.

That could certainly be where the cap allocation is headed.

Injury update:

With over a week to recover and prepare for the Arizona Cardinals, star running back Saquon Barkley should be ready to return. There was speculation that he would play against the Patriots, but cold weather and reliance on running the ball might have been too strenuous on the injured ankle.

Tight end Evan Engram could have theoretically played on Thursday night, but a sprained MCL kept him out. He will also likely return against the Cardinals. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard might be the playmaker out the longest, considering his second concussion of the season suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. If he misses a second-consecutive week, he will be in line to return against the Detroit Lions.


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Why the New York Giants should keep Saquon Barkley on the bench

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The moment New York Giants star player Saquon Barkley went down with a high ankle sprain, the optimism at the running back position took a hit. After winning their first game of the season in week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants looked into several veteran free agents to help compensate for the loss of Barkley. They brought in options like Zach Zenner, Bennie Cunningham, and Fozzy Whittaker.

At the end of the workouts, the Giants allowed them to go home without executing a signing. Head coach Pat Shurmur elected to stick with the options currently on the roster. They elevated Jon Hilliman from the practice squad and plugged Wayne Gallman into the starting role.

The New York Giants rolled with a familiar face to fill Barkley’s spot:

In his third season, Gallman recorded his first start. He finished the day against the Washington Redskins with the 63 yards rushing on 18 attempts, and 55 yards on six receptions. He totaled 118 all-purpose yards and secured two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air.

From a fantasy football perspective, Gallman had a fantastic day and helped the Giants to a 24-3 victory in week four of the regular season. However, moving forward it will be challenging to match up against the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, two quality defenses.

Gaining back Saquon Barkley is undoubtedly a priority, but the Giants should not rush him and be cautionary with his recovery. Gallman is capable of handling the load despite his 3.5 yards per carry, a considering it was his first game as a starter, we should give him the benefit of the doubt concerning his deficiencies. Minnesota will likely be a tall task to handle, but Gallman is the running back moving forward for the Giants. In a season where a rebuild is underway, forcing an early return for you star player is not advisable.

New York Giants News, 9/26 – Saquon Barkley’s replacement is a familiar face

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

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The New York Giants brought in several options as potential replacements for Saquon Barkley after his suffering of a high ankle sprain. The star running back will likely miss a minimum of six weeks while he rehabs and recovers from an injury that could linger until the end of the season.

The Giants brought in Fozzy Whitaker, Bennie Cunningham, and Zach Zenner for workouts earlier this week but decided not to sign any of them. Alternatively, Big Blue will stick with a familiar face in Wayne Gallman as their number one running back.

Gallman showed promise as a rookie in 2017, rushing 111 times for 476 yards. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and also contributed 193 receiving yards and a touchdown. He is a reliable option in the meantime while Barkley heals, considering his familiarity with the offense and capabilities between the tackles.

We should be confident in Gallman and his abilities moving forward. While the Giants will likely stick with the third-year back against the Washington Redskins in week four of the regular season, head coach Pat Shurmur did not rule out the signing of a potential long-term option. They did, however, elevate Jon Hilliman from the practice squad to offer support.

Options such as Jay Ajayi, CJ Anderson, and Orleans Darkwa remain available in case the Giants elect to take a different route at the position.


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