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Problems on Both Sides of the Ball Continue to Plague the Giants in 2019

Sunday’s home loss to the Arizona Cardinals was downright ugly for the Giants. The team looked like they should have matched up well with first overall pick in the draft Kyler Murray, but instead it was Murray making big plays and showing off his stuff to give Arizona an early lead.

If you check Michigan Lottery Promos they always seem to be running promotions for their lotto games based around football, and maybe before their next game the Giants ought to grab some tickets and play some of those games.

The issues were all over on Sunday. Their defense had no early answers for Murray, and the Giants offense led by their wonder rookie – Daniel Jones – did little to give people hope that the G-Men would be able to get back into the game.

Figure this – the Giants are now 2-9-1 against the spread in their last 12 home games after losing by six to the Cardinals.

There’s no question that going to MetLife Stadium to play the Giants right now does not fear other teams. Murray and the Cards offense showed that early.

They threw when they wanted, and even without a 100 percent healthy David Johnson they turned to Chase Edmonds, who ran in a 20-yard score and another later on to build the Cardinals lead.

Edmonds was on a mission – the 2018 fourth-round draft pick out of Fordham had his breakout game with 27 rushing attempts for 126 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and three rushing touchdowns. Edmonds also added 24 yards on two receptions.

It would be nice to see Daniel Jones and the Giants offense hold on to the ball for a bit and put some sort of momentum in a game together.

In the rain Sunday that was tough to do, as Jones had three fumbles, and it seems like he is going backwards instead of getting better – asking some if it’s time to give him a break.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur is now fielding question about the rookie’s starting status should the turnovers continue, and it seems like he’s got no motives to go back to Eli Manning.

“No,” Shurmur answered, via team transcript, when asked Monday if he would consider making a switch at quarterback.

“I think Daniel is going to learn from everything that’s going on. Just like all the other rookies and their playing, they’re going to learn from the things that happen. But you have to learn and you have to win games, and I’m well aware of that. I’m totally well aware of that.”

So while it’s easy to put the blame on the offense for another slow start, when the Giants take the field this week against the Lions at Ford Field.

Let’s see if they can go toe-to-toe with a team that hung in with the Minnesota Vikings in a shootout last week.

Saquon Barkley Back on the Practice Field; But Can He Go Sunday Against Arizona?

There was a welcome sight at Giants practice on Thursday, as for the second straight day running back Saquon Barkley was a full participant.

While it was a good sign, there’s still no ‘for sure’ that he is going to be able to go Sunday when the Giants take on the Arizona Cardinals.

Barkley said he’s taking his return “day by day” when asked if he’s definitely going to play. Barkley added that he has “no doubt” that his ankle would hold up well to a return to game action.

Barkley also shared some thoughts about his mindset regarding being back in the lineup after missing three straight games.

“I guess you can say Angry Saquon, but it’s going to be more just appreciation because when you actually get the game taken away from you — don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not a season-ending injury, it was an injury that took me out for a couple weeks — but when you’re passionate about this game and when you have to step away from it and watch your teammates go out there and you have to be in a box looking down and can’t really do much for your team, makes you understand how much you actually care and appreciate this game,” Barkley said, via ESPN.com.

The Giants will issue injury designations on Friday and it would be a surprise at this point if Barkley gets one.

Giants Coach Pat Shurmur Feels Defense Hung in Against Patriots

After seeing his team actually give the unbeaten Patriots a game Thursday night — the Giants trailed by just a touchdown as late as the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter — Pat Shurmur scoffed at the idea that he’d take solace in how hard his team “battled” while falling to 2-4 on the season, Adam Maya of NFL.com reports.

“No, no. I don’t. I don’t,” he said. “This is the second week you’ve asked me these questions. I don’t. We didn’t win. We didn’t make enough plays. That’s what this is about.”

Shurmur then walked away, cutting his postgame news conference short after a long night. But to dismiss how well his 30th-ranked defense performed in a 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

New York managed to make Tom Brady uncomfortable for much of the game on a night in which he surpassed Peyton Manning for second on the NFL’s all-time passing list. Brady would throw for 334 yards and complete 31 of 41 passes. But he also was picked off, had a fumble returned for a touchdown and failed to throw a touchdown.

Video: Giants Hang in, Can’t Overcome Patriots in 35-14 Loss

The Giants hung in for awhile against the undefeated Patriots, but in the end it was too much Tom Brady and the Pats D as they move to 6-0 with a 35-14 win over the G-Men.

Saquon Barkley Among Those Missing for the Giants Thursday Against New England

The Giants are going to try to pull off a massive upset when they take on the New England Patriots on Thursday, and they are going to have to do it severely undermanned, as they will be missing a number of offensive players.

While Disappointed in Debut, Golden Tate Not Unhappy Being with the Giants

Golden Tate wasn’t happy with his Giants debut. He also wants to make clear he wasn’t unhappy. Adam Maya of NFL.com reports.

In his first game back from a PEDs suspension, and his first overall with New York, Tate caught just three passes for 13 yards in a loss to the Vikings. The veteran wide receiver didn’t say much afterward but apparently gave off the impression that he was already upset with his lack of opportunities.

“I want to be out there as much as possible,” Tate said, per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “We’ll see. It’s the first week back for me. I hope my role increases. But, we’ll see.”

When asked directly the following day what he meant by those comments, the former Seahawks, Lions and Eagles receiver said it’s in his DNA to always want more.

“First things first, if anyone ever needs clarification, just ask me,” Tate told reporters. “Don’t assume my words. I try to say things and be intentional with them. The only thing that I was saying is that I hope I’m more involved at some point. But I do understand that this is my first week back, there is a process to this. You don’t just throw someone right in the fire when things can happen in another way.

“I am very happy to be a New York Giant, I am very happy to be back in this locker room and playing football. I think it would be more alarming if I said, ‘No, I don’t want to play more, I don’t want more passes.’ I would look at that guy a little funny. As a player who sees himself as a playmaker, I don’t think there’s ever going to be too many opportunities. Anytime that I have a chance to be on the field, get the ball in my hands, I feel like that’s an opportunity to make a special play or do something great to help our offense or bring a spark.

“Of course, I’m always going to want more opportunities. If we play 70 plays and I play 61 of them, the way I’m built, I want to play all 70. That’s more opportunity for me. That’s the only thing I was trying to say. I am far from being unhappy.”

Former Giant Justin Tuck: Daniel Jones is a Perfect Fit for New York

Former New York Giants DE Justin Tuck and actor Donald Faison join First Take and weigh in on QB Daniel Jones’ future with Big Blue.

Golden Tate Returns, Giants Release WR’s Fowler and Jones

To make room on their roster for the return of Golden Tate from his four-game PED suspension, the Giants cut wide receivers Bennie Fowler and T.J. Jones according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.com.

Fowler’s release was a surprise as he ranks third on the team with 12 catches for 99 yards in the first four games of the season.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, Fowler has been with the Giants for two seasons after spending the first three years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos.

At neither stop did he prove to be an effective wideout. The Giants are apparently satisfied with rookie Darius Slayton as their No.3 WR behind Tate and Sterling Shepard.

The 27-year-old Jones, originally a sixth-round pick of the Lions out of Notre Dame in 2014, was primarily used as a punt returner for the Giants but had caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in three games.

He was with the Giants during training camp, had a huge preseason but then was released at the time of final cuts, and then was re-signed after Week 1 when veteran salaries are no longer guaranteed. It is possible he will resurface again with the team before the end of the season.

Jones Steps Up as Giants Pull Out Wild 32-31 Win in Tampa Over The Bucs

The Giants look like they have found themselves a quarterback, as Daniel Jones looked like a first-round star Sunday, throwing for 336 yards and two scores.

Here’s highlights of the big Giants win:

WR Sterling Shepard Back for the Giants Sunday, Cody Latimer Won’t Play

The Giants will have a new quarterback in Daniel Jones when they take the field on Sunday, and he will have the benefit of having one of the teams best receivers back.

Pro Football Talk reports that New York will have the services of receiver Sterling Shepard in the lineup. Shepard missed the first two games of the season with a concussion.

The wide out cleared the concussion protocol over the course of this week and will be ready to take the field when New York travels to Tampa to play the Buccaneers.

While Shepard will play, one receiver that won’t is Cody Latimer. The receiver remains in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head in the Giants 28-14 loss to the Bills Sunday.