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Should The Giants Move On From Daniel Jones?

The big question that hangs over the Giants and their immediate future is the question that Giants fans have been asking one another for months.

2019 draft pick Daniel Jones is 12-25 as a starting quarterback and is coming off a neck injury that kept him out of the team for the last six games of the recently completed season. The Giants finished with a terrible 4-13 record that equaled that of the woeful Jets and surpassed only the Jaguars and the Lions.

Given that there will be more bets placed on NY football teams than ever before this year, thanks to the legalization of sports betting in the state, this would be a good time for a Giants revival. But is Daniel Jones the right man to lead it?

The Case Against

It isn’t that hard to make the case against Daniel Jones as the man to lead the franchise. His lack of progress is stark compared to those who were picked the year before him in the draft. Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield have all excelled or at least forced their way into the leading group of NFL quarterbacks, and Kyler Murray, picked first in 2019, has outstripped Jones by a distance.

If anything, Jones seems to be regressing in some areas. In his first season in the league, his touchdown to interceptions count was 24-12. But over the last two seasons it has dropped to 21-17. Across almost all metrics, from yards per game to game-winning drives, Jones is ranked outside the top 20 among all quarterbacks, even allowing for his injury absence.

And he was still making rookie mistakes in his third year. The interception he threw against Kansas in Week 8 was a glaring example, but there have been others. With his rookie contract coming to an end in 2023, the new management team of GM Joe Schoen and Head Coach Brian Daboll face a tough decision, but if they want to move on from Daniel Jones, there is plenty of evidence to support them.

The Case For

Though his overall numbers have been bad, it wouldn’t be fair to say that Jones has had no good moments. There have been occasions when he has shown glimpses of top-tier talent, such as the impressive 30-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram in Week 9 against the Raiders.

And while he hasn’t progressed as obviously as some of his peers, Jones has not benefitted from the same level of stability. Allen, Mayfield, and Jackson have all had consistent coaching set-ups and have had the team’s gameplans tweaked to suit their styles, allowing them to build up their confidence and to ease into life as a top-tier quarterback.

Jones has not had that luxury. He’s had to learn the hard way in a losing team that has lurched from disaster to disappointment over three seasons. Now he faces another new coaching set-up. Three years isn’t too long to give him in those circumstances, and throwing away the work that has already gone into making Jones into the player the Giants want him to be could look shortsighted in a year or two.

Kicking the Can

There is a third option for Daboll and Schoen, and it’s probably the most logical choice. Jones still has a year to run on his rookie contract and there are no readymade replacements available. Nor are the Giants likely to be in a position to bring in a franchise-transforming quarterback. They could gamble in the draft, but given that they are still working through the consequences of their last draft quarterback gamble, that doesn’t look like a sensible way to go.

In the circumstances, they could argue that it would be reasonable to give Jones another season. Perhaps he will find the Daboll approach more to his liking. Perhaps their other acquisitions may provide him with the protection and the weapons that he needs to start to fulfill his potential.

Still, if Jones is given another chance, he will know that this is likely to be a make-or-break season. At the end of the 2022 season, the Giants will have to make a choice on whether to exercise their $22 million option on their current starting quarterback. The extra year will also give them plenty of time to look for alternative options.

Right now, Jones’ chances of still being a Giant through 2023 look relatively slim. If that motivation propels him to new heights next season, Giants fans will be delighted.

New York Giants Secure Win Ahead of Bye Week, But What Now for Joe Judge’s Team?

The New York Giants have experienced some lean years of late, making it to the postseason on only one occasion in the past decade, and the current season has not begun promisingly though their latest victory leaves Joe Judge’s side with a longshot of progress.

Losing their first three games didn’t help matters, but in this long season, there is the faint possibility of hope. Their win over the Las Vegas Raiders has left them 3-6 ahead of the bye week, and if they can put together a strong second half of the season, then a wildcard spot is a distant dream.

If you were a betting enthusiast AND a New York Giants fan, then maybe you’d want to sweeten the pot with a little bet on that progress occurring. The current New York Giants odds have them as big underdogs for their next clash, against Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay, where you can get a mammoth (+450) on an unlikely win for Judge’s men.

Another tick in the Giant’s favor is their remaining schedule where they go up against the Philadelphia Eagles twice, the Miami Dolphins, Washington, and the Chicago Bears, and none of those franchises has a better record than New York.

The pressure remains on head coach Judge and the media, and fans were left baffled by the excuse he used regarding their recent loss against the Chiefs, which he said was down to a faulty headset preventing him from barking out orders and instructions.

Fortunately, those issues didn’t stop the Giants from claiming a crucial 20-16 win over the Raiders, and Judge was keen to put those previous issues to bed;

“I’m not going to go into headsets, period, going forward,” stated Giants head coach Joe Judge. “I’ve had some conversations with the league, and basically, I’m just going to go ahead and stay off those issues and make sure anything that happens we do get resolved.”

The bye week will hopefully give the Giants a chance to get back left-tackle Andrew Thomas and running-back Saquon Barkley back from injury; it’s a hope Judge is counting on;

“I think we’ve got to give them an opportunity this week, Saquon’s been out of the building for the better part of a week, and that’s unfortunate because it was something he was pushing toward, really getting back on the field for us.

“We’ll look to get him out there and just make sure we check his conditioning and football movements and all that stuff in the week going forward with it and make sure he’s good to get back on the field.” Judge added.

Having suffered losing seasons in seven of the last eight seasons, perhaps a push for the postseason is a big ask, and one thing is for certain this New York Giants side is a country mile behind that which picked up two Super Bowl wins in five seasons under the guidance of Tom Coughlin and led by Eli Manning. A world away from where they stand in 2021.

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley Tests Positive For COVID-19

And the hits just keep coming for the beleaguered Giants, with the team’s star running back Saquon Barkley testing positive for COVID-19, this despite the fact that he is vaccinated. According to Ian Rapoport, if Barkley hopes to play this coming Sunday, he’ll need two negative tests within 24 hours and no symptoms in order to get cleared.

Saquon Barkley has missed the last three games after suffering a sprained ankle during the Giants 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. Even if he’s cleared to play, it’s tough to say if he’ll be ready to suit up, it all depends on the status of his ankle.

EDIT: (Nov 5th) New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley returns to the team, as he doesn’t have COVID-19. According to Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, it was a false positive:

“Bio-Reference Laboratories (BRL) is experiencing an unusually high number of false positives using the Rapid Mesa Test at our facility. With the exception of one individual, all of the positive Mesa test results over the last two days have come back negative through PCR testing,” the Giants said in a statement on Thursday. “The laboratory is working with experts to determine the source of the problem.”

“The NFL and BRL are monitoring this situation closely. We are temporarily halting the use of the Rapid Mesa Test and administering PCR tests only.”

The question now, will Barkley be ready to play on Sunday, given the time he lost while stuck at home. Fingers crossed!

Three Big Name Matchups for the Giants as they take the Field in 2021

The New York Giants struggled in the 2020 season, not making it to .500 with new coach Joe Judge as the team struggled to 6-10, a game back of Washington for first in the NFC East.

Daniel Jones at QB and an injured Saquan Barkley were enough to sideline a lot of the Giants firepower last season when games mattered.

The team made a number of offseason moves in 2021, and are hoping that they can be a bigger force in the NFC East this year.

Look for the Giants to be overall better, and for the team to challenge the best in the NFC.

While there’s a number of great matchups on the Giants slate, including divisional games vs Washington, the Eagles and Cowboys, the team also has a number of great games, home and away to look forward to.

Here are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to:

9/16 at Washington – Last season Washington was competitive with the Giants in two games, and this year New York wants to get revenge for the two games. The Giants and Washington are slated for a prime-time affair that will give fans an early look at who is going to have the edge in the NFC East.

11/07 vs Las Vegas – The Raiders come to New York for a matchup with the Giants at MetLife Stadium, and it should be a fun matchup as Derek Carr and company look to get the ball downfield often against a Giants secondary that last year really struggled. Let’s see if Barkley can run past the Raiders defensive line in this battle.

01/02 at Chicago – The last road affair for the Giants in 2021, they will play host to the Bears and coach Matt Nagy in Soldier Field. Chicago made the playoffs a season ago before bowing out in the wild card game vs the Saints in New Orleans. Now the Giants want to play spoiler as well as play well enough to be in the playoff mix.

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The New York Giants 2021 Schedule Has Been Released

The New York Giants are a high profile club that gets plenty of exposure around the league, and many think that they are a team that can quickly regroup and be better in 2021.

The team in 2020 struggled, as they went 6-10, never truly finding a stride at any point and never finding that momentum that made them a solid team.

The NFC East is a division that took a long time (week 17) to get decided, with Washington winning in the last week to clinch the playoff birth.

The Giants will have a shot in 2021 to reclaim their standing as one of the best NFC teams.

You can check out the full Giants schedule below:

New York Giants 2021 Schedule

Week 1: vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 2: TNF at Washington Football Team, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 4: at New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 5: at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 6: vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 7, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 8: MNF at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 9: Las Vegas Raiders, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: MNF at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 12: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 13: at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 14: at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 15: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 17: at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 18: vs. Washington Football Team, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX

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Giants Franchise Tag Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams

One of the Giants 1-2 punch on their defensive line is locked up, as reports today that the team is going to franchise tag Leonard Williams.

Williams knows all about the franchise tag, as the team hit him up last season with the tag, so it’s the second straight year he will have the tag placed on him.

The lineman earned $16.1 million on the franchise tender in 2020, this year that should move up to about $19.3 million in 2021.

The worst part about a tag on Williams is now New York will have to carry the $19.3 million as a cap hit, which is a big chunk of the salary cap for the team.

Now with Williams locked up, the team would love to lock up Dalvin Tomlinson, who is set to be a free agent next week.

Tomlinson at age 26 set career bests in sacks (11.5), tackles for loss (14), and quarterback hits (30) in 2020.

The Giants front office needs to decide the long term fate of Tomlinson, but they have one down, one to go on the team’s defensive line saga.

Garrett Out for Sunday’s Game Calling Plays Due to Covid-19, Kitchens to Call Plays

The Giants offense could have a different look on Sunday when the Browns come to town for Sunday night football, as OC Jason Garrett is out after testing positive for Covid-19.

With Garrett out it means that current Giants tight end coach Freddie Kitchens will be calling plays for the G-Men.

Kitchens spent one season as Browns head coach, and it was a nightmare, as the team, which was expected to be a contender in the AFC, went 6-10.

The Giants remain 3.5 point underdogs for Sunday’s game against the Browns at MetLife Stadium.

3 Games The Giants Must Win To Qualify For The Playoffs

It’s wild to believe, but the New York Giants have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs. After 10 weeks of football, there is not a single team in the NFC East with more than three wins. At 3-7, the Giants are a half game back of the Philadelphia Eagles, and sit in second place in the division. 

As the Giants prepare for the back stretch of the season, the team has to believe they can make the playoffs. Granted, of the seven losses that the Giants have, five of those losses have come on one possession, while two have come by just one point. Six to seven wins will win the NFC East, and if the Giants are going to party in East Rutherford, then the team will have to win these three games. 

Giants @ Bengals (11/29)

A lot of normal betters will not see this on the New Jersey sports betting page, but to the avid G-Man fan, this is a critical game. The Bengals are 2-6-1, so this screams potential for the Giants. This may be hard to believe, but the Giants own the No. 7 ranked rush defense in the league, barely allowing over 100 yards per game on the ground. Joe Mixon could return by then, but even if he does, the Giants are poised to keep him in check. 

It will then come down to who is the better quarterback that day. Former top-10 draft picks Daniel Jones and Joe Burrow will get a chance to showcase their young talent. Coming out of the bye, the Giants will be well-rested. This will be a must-win game right out of the gate. 

Giants vs. Browns (12/20)

After the Giants play the Bengals, the team plays the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. If the Giants truly want to win the division, they will need to steal at least one of those games. On the stretch side, we are going to say that six wins could get the job done, so beating Cleveland is essential. 

In terms of overall defense, the Browns are ranked No. 16 in yards allowed per game, while the Giants are ranked No. 17. The Browns are 6-3 on the year though. Given that the Giants can stop the run, beating the Browns could happen. Cleveland relies way too much on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to lead the offense. Stop Chubb, and the Giants could win this game. 

Giants vs. Cowboys (1/3)

If there is a chance the Giants are either 5-10 or 6-9, the last game of the season could dictate the team’s plans in January. The Giants should have won this game the first time around when quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending injury; however, Andy Dalton willed the team to a 37-34 victory. 

The Cowboys could very well be in the playoff picture too as they sit with a 2-7 record. The Giants need all the winnable games in order to make the playoffs. This could be the biggest game of the season if the Giants can take care of the work beforehand. 

Giants Can Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo Following an Argument with Judge

The Giants Wednesday announced they have fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo, replacing him with longtime NFL assistant Dave DeGuglielmo.

The firing came after Colombo got into a heated argument with Giants head coach Joe Judge after he was told that the team was hiring DeGuglielmo as a consultant.

“We appreciate what Marc has done, but I felt like this move is in the best interest of the team,” Judge said in a statement released by the team Wednesday.

ESPN reports that when Colombo was told of the DeGuglielmo hire that he didn’t agree with the move, and that he felt that he was being undermined.

A Giants spokesperson said the report of a physical altercation is “absolutely false in every way.”

New York’s line had slowly been getting better as the season has progressed, but it remains to be seen how they will do with DeGuglielmo now running the show.

In each of the last three games the Giants have run for at least 150 yards on the ground.

DeGuglielmo was an assistant offensive line coach/quality control with the Giants from 2004 to ’08. He also worked with Judge in New England when he coached the Patriots’ offensive line in 2014 and ’15.

The 42-year-old Colombo played 10 years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Giants Kicker Graham Gano Tests Positive For COVID-19 Virus

Giants kicker Graham Gano tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Jordan Raanan of reports.

The Giants announced Monday that a player had tested positive but did not reveal his identity. The team said he was immediately self-isolated and contact tracing was initiated.

Two staff members were identified as close contacts and were told to stay home, the team said.

The Giants (3-7) are on their bye week. They are riding a two-game winning streak and play next on Nov. 29 in Cincinnati.

Players will now work remotely Tuesday and Wednesday before having the rest of the week off. The Giants’ training center will be open only to staff.