Good morning, New York Giants fans! No players got traded while you slept, but some Giants certainly could be moved before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. Let’s look at some of the headlines while we wait to see if any real action takes place.
Worst team in the NFL?
Olivier Vernon, one of the players about whom there is trade speculation, was asked directly if it felt like he played for the league’s worst team.
“Not at all, but our record is what our record is,” Vernon said.” We can’t say anything but that our record is 1-7 right now.”
Seven sacks? Seriously?
Eli Manning was sacked seven times on Sunday and has now been sacked 31 times. At that pace, he would be sacked 62 times over 16 games. The most he has ever been sacked in a season is 39 times.
What did Manning think of the sacks on Sunday?
“Each one has its own story. Some of them were coverage things, some of them were getting beat and some were that I have to do a better job getting the ball out,” he said. “Each one has its own reason.”
About that killer interception
Manning, of course, was asked to explain the red zone interception by D.J. Swearinger on a throw intended for Odell Beckham Jr.
“Just missed him. Thought Odell was going to be able to run by him and the guy passed him off better than I thought,” Manning siad. “I thought he might run with the corner route. He came off right away and drove on it. I thought Odell was going to go get by him. Bad decision by me.”
Odell has no answers
The Giants are now 28th in the league in scoring at 18.8 points per game. That is largely because they are 31st in the league in red zone touchdowns, getting in only 40 percent of the time.
“I don’t have an answer for that [why the Giants can’t score],” Beckham said. “It doesn’t make sense. I feel like we should be doing better and we’re not. This is where we’re at. When we get down in the red zone, we have to score.”
Saquon still believes
Rookie running back Saquon Barkley hasn’t tossed in the towel on the 2018 season.
“I said before, it sucks that we’re losing. Obviously, I’m a competitor, we’re all competitors in this locker room, and we hate losing. I know you lose more in the NFL, because you definitely play a lot more games, but I guess you can say I’m disappointed, I’m upset, we’re all upset,” Barkley said. “We’re 1-7 right now. It’s not where we want to be. We know we’re much better than our record. That’s not where we’re at right now. We just got to find a way to do better.”
Barkley still thinks the Giants can turn things around over the final eight games.
“I don’t feel like there’s enough in this room to get ourselves out this situation, I know there is, and I truly, truly believe that. I believe in this team. I believe in this offense. I believe in every single player on our team,” he said. “I know we got the talent. I know we got the coaching staff. At the end of the day, it comes down to finishing drives and executing, and that’s what we haven’t been doing.”
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