New York Giants: Daniel Jones shows us why he’s our franchise quarterback in latest interview

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has the work ethic and everything in between to be great:

When the New York Giants initially drafted Daniel Jones with the seventh overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the response was negative. People were unsure of a quarterback coming out of Duke, having played against lesser talent and the bad memories of Dave Brown still festering in the back of their minds. However, Jones is far different in every way, and he showed that his rookie season with his anticipation and leadership qualities. Nonetheless, there were some bad moments, and week five against the Minnesota Vikings was one of them.

Jones finished the game with 182 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He posted a 65.9 quarterback rating, which was the third-lowest of his career, and he failed to make an impact against one of the league’s better defenses. It was a fantastic test for the young quarterback, and while he was battered and bruised, he learned a thing or two moving forward.

Former Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler hosted Daniel Jones on his podcast, asking him a personal question following the tough game against the Minnesota Vikings last year.

Q: After the Minnesota game you had missed some throws, some throw that you wanted to get back, and you hit me up, you came and picked me up, and you wanted to go through those plays that you had messed up. Where did that come from?

A: I think, just being very focused on it, it’s about how important it is to you, and football is certainly very important to me. I wanted to feel like I had made progress toward the things I had messed up on, that I didn’t do well, and I had an opportunity to correct them before I went to sleep that day.”

Jones embodies everything you want in a leader — He’s calm in high-pressure situations, he cares about his teammates, and most importantly, he loves the game of football. That intangible trait will allow him to proceed in a positive way, as his football career isn’t revolving around money, but rather how great he can be following in the footsteps of Eli Manning. While he did struggle a bit in his rookie campaign, he showed us that he can be the future and that we should instill our faith in him as the Giants’ franchise quarterback.

Full interview here:

New York Giants news, 10/15 – Giants interested in veteran linebacker, injury update, more

New York Giants

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

As we crawl ever-so-slowly towards the New York Giants week seven matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, we have good news and bad news.

On the positive side of things, running back Saquon Barkley is preparing to return next Sunday against the Cardinals at home in MetLife. His injection into the offense will not only give rookie quarterback Daniel Jones some breathing room, but also the team as a whole a better grasp on the reigns of victory.

Time management, unpredictability, efficiency, and more play into extracting wins from games and Barkley is a crucial cog in all of those factors. Three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saquon is cutting and running full speed with no withdrawal. An impressive bout of Super Human recovery, but he’s not out of the clear just yet.

Eagles waive talented linebacker:

The Giants are certainly in the market for a new linebacker, and Zack Brown, formerly of the Eagles, could be a reliable option. As a tradition linebacker, Brown has 29 combined tackle, 16 solo, and two tackles for a loss. He has recorded at least one sack in every season he’s played in the NFL (8 seasons, including 2019).

Reports of several teams being interest in his services have bubbled to the surface, and the New York Giants should undoubtedly be one of them, considering his knowledge of the Philly defensive schemes and his success in past seasons. However, the Giants are running dangerously low on cap-space, and alternative Deon Bucannon could make far more sense for a James Bettcher run unit.

Giants sign one player and cut another:

Big Blue re-signed Bennie Fowler over the weekend to help supplement Sterling Shepard picking up a second concussion this season in week five. He likely won’t earn much playing time, but having an insurance policy who’s familiar with the playbook is valuable.

The Giants also cut linebacker Nate Stupar, who famously was hit in the head with a punt last week against New England. That play resulted in a special-teams score for the Pats, putting them on the board in what was a defensive stalemate.

Nonetheless–

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New York Giants Drop Two, Gain Golden Tate And Josiah Tauaefa

New York Giants, Golden Tate

The New York Giants have one major roster change coming for their game against the Vikings – wide receiver Golden Tate, who was suspended for the first weeks of the season thanks to what appears to be an accidental PED violation, is making his return and finally giving the Giants a more complete set of receivers. It’s something that, thanks to Tate’s suspension and Sterling Shepard’s early season concussion troubles, the team hasn’t had since they made the decision to ship Odell Beckham Jr. off to Cleveland.

However, the addition isn’t without its losses – with Tate back in the mix there’s some other players that the Giants just don’t need as much, and a couple of those players were released to make room for Tate and one other addition, linebacker Josiah Tauaefa, a practice squad player meant to help fill the gap left by Ryan Connelly after the Wisconsin rookie was taken out for the entire season by an ACL injury.

The two cuts are other wide receivers, Bennie Fowler and T.J. Jones. While both players performed alright in the preseason neither one made enough of a mark to stay on the roster now that Tate is back, which seems to be the motivating factor for their release.

Connelly isn’t the only injury at the linebacker position and due to the very thin nature of the spot. Tauaefa represents a more important addition to the team which for now, is good enough to get him promoted off the practice squad.

The game against Minnesota will be the first one featuring Golden Tate and Daniel Jones playing at the same time for the Giants, which is certainly intriguing. One can hope that with a pair of additions, the team can continue to win even with the absence of their top offensive player, Saquon Barkley, for the upcoming weeks.

New York Giants bringing in preseason hero to help out at wide receiver

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

With the New York Giants preparing to lose their top wide receiver in Sterling Shepard for the week two matchup against the Buffalo Bills, they have elected to re-sign preseason hero T.J. Jones to help fill the void.

With Shepard missing time and Golden Tate still three games away from being eligible to compete, the Giants will be thin in the wide receiver corps. Jones finished the preseason with 12 receptions for 146 total yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a Victor Cruz-esque grab in the endzone on an Alex Tanney pass.

He will immediately come in and have familiarity with the offensive playbook, as well as chemistry with quarterback, Eli Manning. Despite only being on the team for several weeks, his knowledge of the playbook and skillset will be put to use, especially in week two against the Bills.

What are the New York Giants getting with T.J. Jones?

In five season with the Detroit Lions, Jones caught 64 balls for 814 yards and four scores. He’s a seasoned veteran that was always fighting for reps against more talented pass-catchers. I imagine the Giants will utilize him all over the field if he can manage to secure ample minutes, but with the lack of talent at the position, he will be forced into a medium-volume role.

Against the Bills, Big Blue will likely trot out Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, and T.J. Jones in that order. Based on field position and scheme, head coach Pat Shurmur will likely rotate the receivers, using Fowler in the red-zone. Shepard is a deep-ball threat, while Jones is a solid post-route receiver. He can also contest balls along the boundary.

The biggest issue with losing Shepard is that they will have to compensate for the loss of their primary slot target. Jones could play out of the slot and act as a crossing route option/security blanket for Manning.

Nonetheless, Jones showed he is a capable receiver this preseason, and he will earn his opportunity for the Giants during the regular season in week two.

 

New York Giants top receiver could be out with concussion for week 2

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

To make matters even worse after the New York Giants loss to the Dallas Cowboys 35-17, starting wide receiver Sterling Shepard could miss week two of the regular season.

The Giants will look to bounce back against the Buffalo Bills in their home opener, but Sterling could miss time with a potential concussion. Head coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Shurmur was dealing with concussion symptoms and would undergo further testing. The Giants top pass catcher will likely enter the protocol.

“It appears like he might be in the protocol here,” Shurmur said.

Also, right guard Kevin Zeitler also was seen with an ice wrap on his right shoulder after the game. The newly acquired offensive lineman hasn’t missed a game since 2015, so he will likely be available next Sunday against the Bills.

Shepard played 68 snaps on offense against the Cowboys, acting as Eli Manning’s top target. He finished the game with 42 receiving yards on six receptions. He averaged seven yards per catch. His influence was minimal, while tight end Evan Engram hauled 116 yards and a score on 11 receptions.

If Manning’s most trustworthy target is unable to play against the Bills, the Giants will have to look to Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, and Russell Shepard as their primary targets. They will likely utilize star running back Saquon Barkley more efficiently in week two. He only earned 11 carries against the Cowboys which was an alarming number that affected their overall offensive production.

The Bills defense limited the New York Jets two just 16 points on Sunday, which will present a challenge for the Giants. Starting quarterback for Buffalo Josh Allan, however, did turn the ball over four times, giving the Jets plenty of opportunities to capitalize. The Giants must come out firing if they wish to secure a win and rebound from a tough outing in week one.

New York Giants: Five Players Who Will Be Hard To Release

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

In 2018 the New York Giants turned over so much of their roster they didn’t have many difficult decisions to make. Fast-forward one year and there are some very tough decisions now that the roster is improving under new GM Dave Gettleman. Here are 5 players who would be very tough to say goodbye to:

BJ Goodson

The inside linebacker hasn’t been super impressive in his career, now going into his fourth season. While he’s left a lot to be desired he’s a step above the available inside linebackers on the market. BJ Goodson will most likely be picked up by another team quickly, but he hasn’t out-produced his in-house competition in Tae Davis and Ryan Connelly.

If the team doesn’t plan on keeping four inside linebackers, which is a tall task, they will be forced to release BJ Goodson. Keeping an extra inside linebacker would be a luxury for a team who has uncertainty at the position but the team most likely won’t have room for luxuries.

Scott Simonson

Scott Simonson has been a blocking specialist for the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, and most recently, the New York Giants in 2018. Before last year he caught 1 pass in his first 3 years but caught 9 passes from Eli in 2018. He proved to be a functional pass catcher when given the opportunity, along with adequate blocking ability, but the team has plenty of depth at this position.

Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison are a lock to make the team, leaving one more spot for a tight end. Simonson faces tough competition in Garrett Dickerson and CJ Conrad who have both looked more impressive than Simonson throughout training camp. There’s a chance the coaching staff feels differently about his summer performance and keeps Simonson, but if they do move on from him, it will not be an easy decision.

Bennie Fowler

This may surprise some people since Bennie Fowler has been running with the first-team throughout the summer. While that’s true, guys like Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton have all missed significant amounts of practices. Fowler suited up for the New York Giants for 10 games last year, but the team has a ton of depth at this position going into 2019.

Not to say the position has improved overall without you know who, but the depth of the position looks much stronger compared to last year. Fowler started his career as a Denver Bronco and was a backup receiver for the team. He never broke 400 receiving yards and his average yardage per reception never even reached 9 yards.

One of the major knocks on Fowler is the dropped passes which have been an issue here an there this summer. Fowler’s combination of size and speed is impressive but there are too many sure-handed receivers to pick from on the roster to trust Fowler going into a new season.

Brittan Golden

Brittan Golden was injured for most of the training camp but his recent performance should make the coaching staff take a 2nd look at him. After seeming destined to be axed this Saturday, he took the field against the Bengals and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. That’s a skill the team has been seeking for a long time. But for Golden to make the roster, the team would need to be willing to designate an entire roster spot to a return specialist.

Golden did catch a nice pass from Daniel Jones about 30 yards down the field, but the top three receiving spots have been decided already. He would also have guys like Darius Slayton, Russell Shepard, and Alonzo Russell to compete with for targets. Golden probably got healthy too late in the summer to make a name for himself. If Jabrill Peppers is gassed after playing defense more often than not and Golden Tate’s age starts to dull his explosiveness, the team might wonder what could’ve been with the potential return specialist.

TJ Jones

Another wide receiver who has flashed throughout the preseason will probably be sent packing on Saturday. TJ Jones was added to the team after camp already started, but he’s done well enough to possibly carve out a spot on the roster. The problem is, he’s not the only one.

One of the deepest positions on the roster is at wide receiver and there’s a handful who have guaranteed spots. Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, and Darius Slayton will all be on the team. Only leaving 2 more spots for guys like Russell Shepard, Alonzo Russell, Bennie Fowler, Brittan Golden, and TJ Jones.

The team is very likely to keep Russell Shepard, giving the team 3 receivers who are primarily slot-receivers. This would make it hard to keep a fourth slot-receiver in TJ jones instead of an outside receiver. While he has the talent to stick on rosters around the league, the Giants have no shortage of slot-receiver talent.

This coming Saturday is oftentimes a coach’s most dreaded weekend of the year. Sometimes they have to send valuable players packing for one reason or another. The Giants have a few positions where they will need to shed adequate depth which isn’t easy to do. While it’s not always easy, it’ll be much harder to do than last year, indicating improvement of the team overall.

New York Giants: Rookie receiver Darius Slayton needs to step up

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

The New York Giants are dropping like flies at the wide receiver position. On Monday, WR Amba Etta Tawo has carted off the field with an apparent leg injury. It has since been confirmed that he tore his Achilles tendon.

Etta Tawo was a fan favorite from 2018 and was looking to make his mark on the team once more this season. With pass-catchers dropping, the Giants brought in the speedster to add depth to the unit, but even the depth is prone to the injury bug.

The Giants now have Sterling Shepard (thumb), Golden Tate (potential suspension), Cody Latimer, TJ Jones, Brittan Golden, Bennie Fowler, Russell Shepard, Allonzo Russell, Da’Mari Scott, Alex Wesley, Reggie White Jr., and Darius Slayton.

Slayton, who was selected in the 5th round, has been nursing a hamstring injury the past few weeks, failing to feature against the New York Jets last week and missing out on essential practice time. However, he’s one of the young bright spots on the offense that offers potentials.

The Auburn product’s primary strength is his impressive speed. Entering mini-camp and OTAs, Slayton looked awful; dropping passes left and right. Once he shook off the rookie jitters, though, he became one of two players to earn first-team reps before training camp.

His most recent injury has held him back significantly.

“It stands out,’’ Giants WR coach Tyke Tolbert said. “It’s noticeable all the plays he was making throughout the spring.’’

The Giants desperately need their speedy pass-catcher on the field, especially with all of the recent injuries popping up. He will likely make his preseason debut against the Chicago Bears on Friday, allowing him to showcase his abilities against professional talent.

Expect head coach Pat Shurmur to utilize him as a wide receiver-screen target and quick slant option. Having great speed and agility off the line of scrimmage will make him deadly within 10 yards. His yards after catch will be the fun part to watch.

 

New York Giants: Darkhorse receiver shines in first preseason games

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

With the New York Giants starting the preseason without Sterling Shepard on the field due to a broken thumb, several other pass catcher received plenty of playing time and film to prove their worth.

While Shepherd likely would’ve only played the first series of the game, not having him listed as a starter put a question mark on the receiving corps. If one of the Giants’ top options goes down, they could be in big trouble.

However, the receivers had a fantastic game, but one, in particular, displayed excellent attributes and resiliency against the Jets.

Former Detroit lion, TJ Jones, was signed by the Giants several weeks ago after Shepherd and Golden Tate’s regular-season debuts were put into question.

In the first preseason game of the year, Jones finished the night with six receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 12 yards per reception and put on a show against the Jets backup players.

Several other receivers also had big games, including Reggie White Jr. with four receptions for 60 yards, Russell Shepard with two receptions for 58 yards and a score, and Benny Fowler with two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

For what seemed to be the biggest concern for the Giants ended up being their strong suit against the Jets. Their opposition lacked talent at the cornerback position, which is likely why they saw success across the board.

While Jones was one of the standout players, rookie passer Daniel won the highlight of the night with a beautiful pass to Fowler in the back corner of the end zone. There was a lot of positives to take away from the game, but the most glaring negative was the penalties racked up by the Giants.

Head Coach Pat Shurmur will not be happy when he sees the number of yards his team allowed. That will be a primary focus heading into the regular season.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones & Bennie Fowler Connect For Early TD

New York Giants rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones.

Most of the time the preseason isn’t something that NFL fans look forward to, but many New York Giants fans have been curious about just how new quarterback Daniel Jones is going to do after being taken with the number six overall pick earlier in the year. Jones likely won’t start during the regular season which makes the preseason even more important for evaluating the rookie, and the Giants didn’t waste much time with putting Jones into the game.

Eli Manning only played one series before Jones was put into the offense, tossing five completions in five attempts for 67 yards – perhaps more importantly, Jones connected with Bennie Fowler for a touchdown, catching the receiver near the back of the end zone with a long pass.

It’s an impressive first NFL touchdown, with the pass having beat one defender and landed in Fowler’s hands before Fowler could step out of the end zone.

Of course, it’s impossible to really judge Jones after one touchdown drive but it’s hard to deny that it looks like Jones is off to a fast start considering the perfect first drive and the touchdown that it was capped off with.

For better or for worse, it will surely create a lot more speculation about the position of the rookie quarterback when it comes to the pecking order and Jones’ position compared to the starter, Eli Manning.

The Giants are starting Manning during the regular season and that’s not a disputed fact, but if things don’t go well in the first couple of games? The collective memory will be quick to return to the quarterback waiting in the wings, and to this, a perfect opening drive assuming Jones’ play doesn’t take a dip in the future.

New York Giants: Corey Coleman tears ACL in first training camp practice

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

Prior to New York Giants No. 1 receiver Sterling Shepard fracturing his thumb midway through the first training camp practice, it was thought that Corey Coleman and Cody Latimer were battling it out for the No. 3 spot on the team.

However, it has been revealed that Coleman tore his ACL as well, sending two promising pass catchers for the Giants to the sidelines. Sterling will likely return before the start of the regular season but Coleman will miss the entire 2019 season.

After making comments of breaking out, head coach Pat Shurmur must be disappointed:

“We are going to see the best of [Coleman],” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s the first one to tell you when he came in the league, he had a lot to learn. Now he’s got an opportunity to maybe be a front-line player.”

This injury dampens the mood for a receiving corps that’s extremely thin behind Shepard and Golden Tate. They do have Latimer still available, but it seems rookie Darius Slayton may get more reps after the injury to Corey.

On the bright side, Shepard will not require surgery and will be watched on a week-by-week basis. Unfortunately for both pass catchers, but the better of the two will be okay, so it seems.