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New York Giants news: NFL offers zero preseason games, vast practice squad changes

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NFL: New York Giants at Chicago Bears Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans!

NFL has offered NFLPA zero preseason games in 2020

This is something the Players Association has been asking for in an effort to keep players as safe as possible before the regular season.

George Atallah of the NFLPA points out that the Players Association had to “advocate hard” for the protections it has gotten for players.

NFL proposes broad expansion of rules for promoting players from practice squad - ProFootballTalk

Per this report, practice squads would increase from 12 to 16 players for the upcoming season. It also would allow up to six players with unlimited NFL experience to be kept on a practice squad.

An example of where this might help the Giants would be at quarterback. If they chose to, this means they could keep three quarterbacks on the active 53-man roster and keep both veteran Alex Tanney and undrafted free agent rookie Case Kookus on the practice squad for emergencies.

The new proposal would also allow all 16 practice squad members to be added to the active roster up to 90 minutes before kickoff in the event of positive COVID-19 tests the night before or morning of a game. Previously, roster moves had to be made by 4 p.m. ET the day prior to a game.

Ranking five NFL second-year QBs by chances of making a Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson type leap -

CBS ranks Daniel Jones No. 3 behind Kyler Murray (1) and Drew Lock (2), calling the type of leap they refer to as “not out of the question.” Chris Trapasso of CBS says:

I did not see Jones' rookie year coming. Really didn't. He flashed toughness under duress at Duke, but I thought his issues with downfield touch and ball security would derail him. Well, actually, the latter almost did, as he "led" the league with 18 fumbles.

But Jones' ball placement on deep shots was much more impressive than what I expected. As mentioned in my season outlook of the Giants' passer, according to Pro Football Focus, Jones was a tick above average in "big-time throws" on passes to the intermediate (10-19 yards) and downfield (20-plus yards) range in 2019, reassuring facts for such a youthful quarterback.

The fumbles and the 18 adjusted interceptions -- as tracked by Football Outsiders, who take into consideration everything that is and isn't a quarterback's fault on those throws -- need to be curtailed in Year 2. No question. The high-end flashes were there, and it's vital to see those during a passer's rookie campaign. ...

Jones should take a step forward in Year 2, it just won't be a Mahomes or Jackson-sized leap.

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