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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Bills at Giants – NFL Week Two Inactives

Here are your week two inactives for the Bills and Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Bills

OT Ryan Bates
OG Ike Boettger
S Jaquan Johnson
CB Taron Johnson
TE Tyler Kroft
OT Conor McDermott
WR Andre Roberts

Giants

TE Garrett Dickerson
RB Paul Perkins
WR Sterling Shepard
OT Chad Slade
WR Darius Slayton
OT Eric Smith
QB Alex Tanney

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.