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Daniel Jones talks risk vs. reward
During his media availability on Wednesday, I asked Jones if, as a competitor, he simply has a hard time accepting when a play is over and making sure he moves safely on to the next one.
“I certainly think that’s part of it. I need to do a better job understanding when the play is over, when it’s not there and when the best outcome is to throw it away or in some cases to take a sack,” Jones said. “I think in certain situations like that, I can certainly improve. I’ll continue to work on it.”
The second-year quarterback acknowledged that was part of what happened on the two interceptions he threw Monday vs. the Tampa Bay Baccaneers.
“I think so. I think both of those plays were decisions to try to make something happen that wasn’t there,” he said. “I have to continue to look at that and apply that to games and to those situations.”
Why is Jones having difficulty navigating the line between being aggressive when the opportunity is there and being safe when things break down?
“I don’t know. All of us want to make plays and we want to do the right thing. We want to put our team in a position to win. But on those split moment decisions, you have to be able to understand the bigger picture and how each of those plays factor into the game overall,” Jones said. “Like I said, the best decision on that play is sometimes to get rid of the ball or minimize the risk of a bad play.”
Running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) and cornerback Ryan Lewis (hamstring) did not practice.
Edge defender Oshane Ximines (shoulder) is eligible to come off injured reserve, but is not ready.
“He’s making a lot of progress. We’re hoping to see him sooner than later. It won’t be this week for him right now. He’s making a lot of gains. I think the biggest balance with those guys is balancing with the trainers at what point can we put him out there and know he can properly defend himself and execute aggressively,” said head coach Joe Judge. “He’s been working with the trainers very hard. He’s been getting some work in the weight room done and those have been positives. We’ve got Washington and Philly and a bye week coming up. Somewhere in that window hopefully we get him back.”
“It has to be team first for every coach and player,” the Giants’ coach said Wednesday. “I am not going to tolerate putting up with any kind of selfish behavior from anybody, coach or player.”
Golden Tate is now challenging that philosophy, and Judge will no doubt respond with a firm hand. In fact, he may already have done so. The coach said he had a long talk with Tate on Wednesday, announced that the receiver wouldn’t participate in a walk-through and presumably would be back at practice Thursday.
Judge didn’t go into specifics, telling reporters he doesn’t “believe in holding [a] trial for any of my coaches or players in the public eye. I choose to handle things internally, because it’s my job to protect the team.”
And protect the team he must.
Even if it means getting rid of Tate.
Judge faces the biggest test of his young coaching career, a battle of wills he ultimately will win. There’s simply no way a 32-year-old wide receiver will bully a coach whose team-first credo is unwavering. Tate either will fall in line and help his young quarterback, Daniel Jones, navigate the treacherous waters of the NFL, or Judge must send him on his way.
“I feel like this is a question I’ve literally addressed every week since I took the job,” Berry said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “So really at this point in time, I really don’t see a difference.” ...
“Honestly, our focus with Odell, Odell is one of the best receivers in the NFL,” he said. “He played really good football for us before he was injured. He’s done a fantastic job with his teammates at practice, he’s embraced the organization, he’s under contract for multiple years. So our focus with Odell is making sure he recovers from the ACL tear. We want him to be healthy and ready to go next year. But we’re pleased with him.”
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