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

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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 Drop Jon Hilliman To Pick Up Veteran Running Back

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The New York Giants tried winning with the running backs they had on their roster after Saquon Barkley’s injury in week three, but after Wayne Gallman also went down and missed the Thursday Night Football game with the Patriots, it soon became clear that the team needs outside help. The Giants didn’t look all that competitive with the Patriots outside of fleeting moments, and part of that had to do with the lack of a strong running game, as Hilliman ended up taking most of the snaps for New York.

The problem of the running game, however, is being addressed as the team has waived Hilliman only a day after the Patriots loss, choosing to replace him him with veteran Javorius Allen, who played four years with the Ravens before having an unsuccessful stint with the Saints that saw him get on the injured reserve list before being waived.

Allen, of course, comes into the job with much more experience than the rookie Hilliman. While Hilliman joined the Giants off the practice squad after going undrafted out of Rutgers, Allen already has 1,249 rushing yards in the NFL as well as 8 touchdowns. It’s not great numbers for a player that’s been around for five seasons at this point, but the Giants aren’t looking for a real solution, just a stopgap until Saquon Barkley returns.

Barkley’s recovery has been quick, even to the extent of being much quicker than expected, but the team hasn’t shown the will to rush Barkley back early. Despite getting back on the training field and preparing for both Minnesota and New England, Barkley wasn’t deemed ready for either game and there’s no definitive word yet on when Barkley is going to be back.

Until then, the Giants will just have to hope Allen and Elijhaa Penny are enough to handle the next game or two.

New York Giants news, 10/11 – Pat Shurmur blasphemy, Positive signs, Saquon Barkley

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I rarely feel this spry after a disheartening loss, but watching the New York Giants fall to the best team in football with a defense that hadn’t allowed a passing touchdown through five weeks isn’t as bad. The Giants were the first team this year to find the endzone through the air against the New England Patriots, coming on a 64-yard juggling catch from Golden Tate, the Giants’ top receiver on Thursday night.

However, the loss came with its fair share of disappointing plays and decisions, especially from head coach, Pat Shurmur. With about eight minutes left in the game down two scores, Shurmur elected to punt the ball on 4th-and-2. Against the Patriots and their quality offense, you must take the risk and go for the first down.

Evidently, he gave the ball right back to them, and they marched down the field and scored with ease. The defense was too tired after facing off against Tom Brady for over 70-plays on the night.

After the game, Shurmur stated:

“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” in regard to the punt on 4th-and-2.

Well, Pat, it wasn’t the right thing to do, and you inexplicably put the ball in the hands of the best quarterback of all-time and let him secure the win with ease. Understanding the logic behind that play is simply impossible, and we can only hope he doesn’t make the same mistake twice.

On a positive note, the Giants will likely gain star running back Saquon Barkley against the Arizona Cardinals in week seven. They have 1-1/2 weeks to regain their health and heal up before tackling a more manageable portion of the schedule. Ideally, the Giants can crawl to a 7-4, 6-5 record by the BYE week.

What did Daniel Jones have to say about the Giants’ performance?

“We’re pushing to play better and by no means are we panicked or are we at all questioning ourselves. We know we’ve got to play better. I certainly know I’ve got to play better. So we’re trying to do that.”

Jones threw three interceptions but was playing without his top three play-makers and backup running back. He was handing the ball off to a practice squad body in Hilliman and was relying on Rhett Ellison to pick up the slack with the absence of Evan Engram. The chances of success were slim, and the Patriots defense got the job done.

On the bright side, Jones now has experience playing against two of the best defenses in the league and one of the best he will ever see in the Patriots — essential game experience for him moving forward.


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New York Giants news, 10/10 – 3 keys to victory, injuries, Golden Tate, Jon Hilliman

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Defeating the New England Patriots will be an intimidating task for the New York Giants and their battered squad. They will be heading into Foxborough missing several vital starters — Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Wayne Gallman, and Ryan Connelly.

The injuries will force backup players into starting roles against the league’s top defense, which justifies a lack of optimism for the Giants going into week six. However, it will allow others to elevate their game and show they can compete at the professional level.

Here are three keys for the New York Giants against the Patriots:

1.) Jon Hilliman must have the game of his life

The trick to beating the Patriots is dominating possession, and the Giants are without their starting running back and immediate backup. Hilliman struggled mightily against the Minnesota Vikings last weekend, earning just 20-yards on nine carries. He must be more efficient this week, allowing the Giants to hold onto the ball and keep the defense off the field.

2.) Golden Tate must be a consistent target for Daniel Jones

Tate was practically non-existent against the Vikings, but that was expected given the fact that it was his first game back from suspension. He recorded 13-yards on three catches. In his second week back, rookie passer Daniel Jones needs him to step up and be a trustworthy option, especially without Barkley, Engram, and Shepard featured in the lineup.

Tate is a quality pass-catcher that can dominate, but his lack of chemistry with Jones will be a progressing factor.

3.) The pass rush must get to Tom Brady

As seen in the two Super Bowl wins over the Patriots, the key is getting to Brady and forcing him to rush. The Pats utilize an up-tempo offense with quick reads and short throws, which makes getting to Brady difficult. However, stopping their run game and dominating at the line of scrimmage is an absolute necessity if the Giants have any hopes of competing in this contest.


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New York Giants news, 10/9 – Injuries piling, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, more

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Handling the New England Patriots on Thursday night football just got way more difficult for the New York Giants, who will likely be without several top play-makers.

Star running back Saquon Barkley is a fringe-play, as he’s just 17 days from a high ankle sprained he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barkley has not ruled out the idea that he could play on Thursday, despite reports stating that he’s likely ‘out’ for the contest.

Saquon stated after hearing rumors of his unavailability:

“There has been no decision about Thursday night. I don’t know where it came from that I’m not playing, didn’t come from my mouth or coach Shurmur’s mouth.”

Aside from Barkley’s designation, tight end Evan Engram is the next player to go down, picking up a sprained MCL against the Minnesota Vikings. Realistically, returning from a knee sprain on a short week is not likely, which would leave Big Blue and rookie passer Daniel Jones with minimal talent on the offense.

Head coach Pat Shurmur will have to rely on Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Jon Hilliman as their featured players. Even if the offensive line plays exceptionally well against a solid Patriots defensive front, Jones doesn’t have enough weapons to utilize to overcome such a challenge effectively.

It will be interesting to see how Shrumur approaches this matchup given Barkley, Engram, and Sterling Shepard are all out with personal injuries.


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

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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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