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Pat Shurmur Still Keeping the Door Open to Start Daniel Jones Week One

Giants co-owner John Mara has made it known that he is rooting for veteran Eli Manning to start the entire 2019 season but head coach Pat Shurmur seems to be leaving the door open to rookie QB Daniel Jones starting Week 1 against the Cowboys according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

Florio’s evidence? How about this answer from Shurmur from a reporter asking, “Do you like Daniel enough to give him a shot at the job earlier than –”. “I’ve said it all along. Daniel, when it’s his time to play is gonna be ready, and we’re gonna continue to get him ready,” Shurmur replied. “We got a couple of weeks left before we play Dallas.”

Shurmur could have ended all speculation by simply saying that Eli is the team’s Week 1 starter-but he didn’t. He clearly left the possibility open that Jones could get the start against the Cowboys. It is possible he is doing this to light a fire under Manning and get him to fight for his job-or he may realize that the team’s best chance of success both immediately and for the future lies beginning the Daniel Jones Era as soon as possible.

Whatever the motivation, there is no doubt that Jones thus far has looked like he deserved to be taken with the No.6-overall pick. He has looked great both in training camp and in preseason action the first two games and hasadmirably handled all the media attention and pressure that naturally comes with being a franchise QB in New York. Shurmur has always seemed like a company guy and it is hard to believe he would would ignore Mara’s wishes and sit Eli. But he knows that Jones’ time is coming sooner rather than later.

Suspended Giants WR Golden Tate in Concussion Protocol

Veteran offseason signing Golden Tate, who is already suspended four games for PEDs, is now in the concussion protocol, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Tate got hurt in last Friday’s preseason win over the Bears.

It’s unclear when exactly the injury happened. Reviewing the game film, it’s possible Tate was hurt early in the second quarter when he bent down and tried to block Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski on a Paul Perkins two-yard rush. He played one more series after that, though.

Tate also had his left ankle rolled up on earlier in the game by Kwiatkowski on a tackle of teammate Rhett Ellison but stayed in.

Who are the Giants main rivals in the NFC East this coming season?

As pre-season continues apace, many Giants’ fans will be eagerly looking ahead to the new NFL season beginning on September 5th, 2019. With not many weeks to go until the 100th NFL season gets underway many supporters will be thinking about how their team will do in the new campaign. Some will even be working out how to bet on NFL online to make some money from their team!

Of course, as well as checking out online sportsbook odds, looking at which teams in the NFC East present the biggest challenge to the Giants doing well is useful. This will help you get a gauge of how they compare and how likely it is that the team can come out on top in a bid for Super Bowl glory.

But which teams are the major rivals in the coming campaign?

Philadelphia Eagles

The team that is getting the most backing from pundits and bookies to win the NFC East in 2019/20 is the Eagles. This makes them the biggest rival that the Giants will have to overcome during the season. The side from Philadelphia is full of talent and have top-notch QB Carson Wentz in their ranks.

Eagles’ manager Howie Roseman has been busy beefing up the Eagles offense in the offseason which could make them tough opponents to face. New signing Malik Jackson from the Jaguars should also make them meaner in defense which is another reason many are fancying them to do well. One glimmer of hope for the Giants is Wentz struggling with injuries again as he did last year. With Nick Foles no longer in Philly to cover, this could affect the Eagles results and allow the Giants to take advantage.

What about the rest?

Of the other two teams in this division, it is only the Dallas Cowboys that pose a serious threat. It seems that this could be a season of transition for them though with a new offensive coordinator and former tight end turned TV pundit Jason Witten coming back into the roster. With not much done in terms of new drafts or signings, it could see the Cowboys keeping a settled side to improve what they do internally.

But what about the Redskins? It would seem from the difficulties they are having finding a reliable QB who can stay healthy, that they will not be the major team to rival the Giants this time.

Giants need to step it up

With pre-season underway and the new season almost here, fans expect the Giants to give it a real go this time around. To get past the Eagles and Cowboys, they will need to! A lot rests on whether Eli Manning can step up to the plate as QB or new draft Daniel Jones can fill his boots if not. Of course, it will also be key for Saquon Barkley to perform as well as he did last year and for Odell Beckham Jr’s pot to be effectively filled. The good news for Giants’ supporters though is that there is every chance this could happen.

NFL Announces that Four-Game Suspension of Giants WR Golden Tate Stands

Giants receiver Golden Tate’s appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy has been denied, meaning that he will miss the first four games of the regular season.

US bookies will for sure have to take into consideration the fact that Tate will not be around for games one through four.

He can continue to practice and play in the preseason games but will not be allowed around his new team or its facilities for the first four weeks of the regular season. He will be due back to be with the team on Monday, September 30th.

Tate made his in-person plea to an arbitrator in New York City after last Tuesday’s practice. The decision took longer than the anticipated three-day window because an arbitrator can request a transcript of the hearing and reset the clock but coach Pat Shurmur was “anticipating” an outcome Tuesday morning.

After the NFL’s decision came down, Tate, who has fought hard to maintain his innocence in the case, released a statement per Ralph Vacchiano.

Tate’s point is that the NFL has a no tolerance policy on drugs:

“This morning I received the unfortunate news that my appeal was denied. I went into this arbitration with the understanding that due to the facts, unlike many other cases, we could be the exception to win. Unfortunately the NFL stood by their no tolerance policy, which I hope one day to help have a part in reforming, so no other player has to go through this situation.

“I greatly appreciate the support from the Giants since long before an outcome was even determined. Additionally, it has meant so much to hear the Giants fan’s support each day at training camp and I am so proud to be a part of this organization. No one is more upset than myself, but moving forward, all I can do is continue to be a leader, continue to hold myself to the highest character and integrity, and soon make the biggest impact on the field.”

With the Giants wide out core already banged up due to injuries, Tate was expected to be able to fill in the void until they could get through some early season rough patches due to injury.

The team inked Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal back in March. He came to the team via free agency from the Detroit Lions.

Video: Highlights of the Giants 31-22 Preseason One Win Over the Jets

The New York Jets take on the New York Giants during Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Giants Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC East.

The longtime company picks the Cowboys to take not only the division, but make it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Chiefs. The company says the Cowboys will take the East with a mark of 12-4.

Coming in second they have the Eagles with a mark of 11-5, one game back of the Cowboys.

The Giants and Redskins come in third and last in the NFC East each with a record of 4-12.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Giants Rookie QB Daniel Jones Not Close to Take Eli Manning’s Job

Giants Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has been drawing tons of praise at Giants training camp but he is not close to taking the starting job away from veteran Eli Manning according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jones has actually been better than expected after the Giants drew the ridicule of many draft pundits by taking the former Duke QB with the No.6-overall pick. But that does not mean that this is a genuine quarterback battle-at least not for 2019.

“Eli’s going to start and when it’s Daniel Jones’ turn, he will be ready,” Rapoport said. “It doesn’t even really seem to me, from people I’ve spoken with, that it’s particularly close as far as a quarterback battle.”

Of course, the Giants’ commitment to Eli may waiver if the team gets off to a poor start this fall and is out of playoff contention by November.

And neither QB has been exactly set up for success with the Odell Beckham-less receiving corps. With Manning’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the Giants will likely want to get a good glimpse of the future and odds are both Manning and Jones will make some starts in 2019.

Will Saquon Barkley Be the Best Running Back in the NFL in 2019?

Stephen A. Smith agrees with Ezekiel Elliott being the top running back on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list right now, but expects Saquon Barkley to eclipse Zeke this season.

Report: Golden Tate Won’t Win Suspension Appeal Against the NFL

Giants new wide out Golden Tate is facing a four-game suspension for taking a substance he stated he was taking for fertility reasons.

The receiver said he will appeal the four-game suspension, but today Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.TV reports that it’s likely not going to go Tate’s way in terms of the appeal, and he will have to serve the suspension.

The 30-year-old Tate may be appealing the four-game suspension he got for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but “there’s almost no way” his appeal will be successful, according to an NFL source. Multiple other sources agreed, saying the NFL’s policy is “unforgiving” and “rigid.”

The best Tate could hope for, the sources agreed, is that the suspension gets reduced from four games to three or, even less likely, two. But not everyone agreed that a reduction was even a possibility.

“Everybody has an excuse and they all think it’s good,” one source said. “But it never matters.”

Tate failed a drug test back in April, about a month after signing a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants. When his impending suspension was revealed last week, he released a statement saying he was prescribed a drug by a fertility planning specialist, “and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list.”

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The 2018 season was the New York Giants’ 94th in the National Football League, their ninth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and their first under head coach Pat Shurmur.