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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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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New York Giants: 3 veteran running backs the Giants could sign

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

With the New York Giants losing Saquon Barkley for at least the next six weeks, they will have to find a capable replacement to supplement his loss. Barkley was averaging 6.4 yards per attempt before going down with a high ankle sprain.

The one glimpse of optimism is that Barkley returned from a high ankle sprain at Penn State in two weeks several years ago. While the Giants will likely take precaution and not risk his health any further, we should expect to see him sit for quite a while. This is ultimately the right thing to do, as compromising his future health is not worth the risk, especially in the second year of a rebuild with a rookie quarterback.

However, the Giants do you need to find somebody to replace him. Number two running back Wayne Gallman is a capable runner but is not starting material.

Here are three runningbacks the New York Giants could sign:

1.) CJ Anderson

Anderson is a five year veteran with one Pro Bowl and one Super Bowl championship under his belt. In 2018, he averaged 6.0 yards per carry with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams. In two games with the Detroit Lions this season, he is rushed 16 times for 43 yards.

Anderson is a powerful runner they can also block well at the line of scrimmage. The Giants would be smart to kick the tires on CJ and see if he has any value left in his legs. At the very least, Anderson brings veteran leadership and experience to a young Giants team. He could be a trustworthy security blanket for Daniel Jones in the passing game as well.

2.) Orleans Darkwa

Darkwa is no stranger to the New York Giants, having played with them from 2014-2017. In his latest outing with New York, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry and five scores in 15 games. He was a big part of the lousy 2017 season, despite it not being his fault.

Darkwa is a keen runner that can break tackles well; he’s also a capable blocker. He’s not going to light up any games and create magical moments like Saquon Barkley has in just one year, but he can fill the gap while the Giants star running back recovers from his ankle injury. He would be an excellent complement to Wayne Gallman.

3.) Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi is another option that has one Super Bowl and one Pro Bowl appearance under his belt. In 2018, he averaged 4.1 yards per carry and recorded three touchdowns before going down with a significant injury. He did not stick with a team this season but offers value in the running game if given the opportunity. He is a capable player that average 5.8 yards per carry with Philadelphia in their Super Bowl-winning season.

While taking a chance on him is a risk considering his injury concerns, he has proven in the past that he is capable of carrying the load. Ajayi might be a cheaper option than CJ Anderson.

Standing at six-feet-tall and weighing 228 pounds, Jay has powerful strides and is dangerous in the open field. I wouldn’t expect him to be the same runner he was in 2017 before his injury, but it can’t hurt to work him out in the coming days.