Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Thursday headlines, most revolving around the de-construction of the roster.
Shurmur: Giants “moving on”
Coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday evening that the team is “moving on” after the trades of Eli Apple and Damon Harrison.
“We were presented with some deals. We made a couple trades and we’re moving on,” he said Wednesday evening. “For the guys that play those positions, it gives them the opportunity to get more reps and show us what they can do, so I’m looking forward to seeing what our guys can do. We’re always looking for ways to improve the roster.”
Did Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman, in their first years with the team, mis-evaluate the roster?
“I don’t believe in that. I think we’re constantly evaluating, constantly looking for ways to get better,” Shurmur said. “There’s a new coach and a new GM because they were 3-13 and so we’re trying to do what we can do to build a winner and a winner that can sustain. That’s what we’re trying to do. That’s that.”
He also said he isn’t buying the ‘giving up on the season’ narrative because of the trades or the 1-6 record. He called that narrative “disrespectful to the guys” on the roster.
“I think it’s about winning. We talk about that all the time, evaluating, but we’ve got to put guys on the field to try to win the game,” he said. “We’ve been close in a lot of games, we’ve won one, and we’ve got to do a better job there. We’re making improvements. Unfortunately they haven’t shown up on the scoreboard yet.”
Dalvin Tomlinson: Players “starving” for a win
Defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson, who could see time at nose tackle with Harrison gone, said players aren’t worrying about who might be next to be let go.
“I feel like people on the outside may think that. In the locker room, that’s not the feeling we have at all. We’re all just starving to get that win,” he said. “We come in working hard each and every day, working out, doing extra work, extra film and things like that, so I don’t think anybody’s feeling like that.”
Alec Ogletree on dealing with a losing season
Veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree said during the course of a losing season like the one the Giants are going through all players can do is focus on their jobs.
“For me, I’ve been (in the league) six years now, so I have seen how certain situations like this go, but for the young guys, it’s surprising to them and it’s surprising to a lot of people, to all of us, but you just tell them you’ve got to keep working,” Ogletree said. “You’ve got a job to do, we still got a whole season to play, so we have to turn our attention to the Redskins this week and focus on that, and let what happens upstairs stay upstairs, and work on us down here.
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