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Giants news, 11/3: Sam Beal might wait another week, more headlines

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Here are some Giants-related headlines for a Sunday without a Giants football game.

Sam Beal still waiting

Head coach Pat Shurmur said Saturday that second-year cornerback Sam Beal, who has spent his entire 24-game Giants career on injured reserve, is probably going to have to wait one more week to make his NFL debut.

The Giants have until Wednesday to make a decision on whether to activate Beal or leave him on IR for the remainder of the season, and Shurmur said “more likely next” vs. the New York Jets when asked about adding Beal to the 53-man roster.

The value of Alec Ogletree

Alec Ogletree has been the Giants only real every-down linebacker most of the season, except for the two games he missed with a hamstring injury. Linebackers coach Bill McGovern had this to say Saturday regarding Ogletree’s value:

“Everybody feels better with him in there. He has a great understanding of the defense. He has leadership qualities that he exhibits all of the time. It’s one of those things that the guys I think feel very comfortable with him out on the field because he’s very verbal. He communicates well with the guys, so it kind of removes a lot of doubt from the guys and lets them, gives them a chance to play faster.”

Saquon Barkley and pass protection

Star running back Saquon Barkley has had some ugly moments in pass protection in recent weeks. On Saturday, running backs coach Craig Johnson protected Barkley.

“What I make of that is the coach needs to do a better job, right here, of putting him in situations where he’s going to hold up in protection,” Johnson said. “Obviously, he gives us a lot in a lot of areas. Defenses are going to try to attack him, I would, and try to keep him in the pocket. He’ll have to make sure he finds a way to hold up and we’ll continue to work on that, as with the other things that we have to do, too. Because again, that’s one part of his game. As I said before, I think that’s the biggest and hardest hurdle for most backs coming out of college to the pros.”

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