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Giants news, 1/7: possible Jason Garrett departure makes Giants “antsy”

Giants not indicating an appetite for moving on from offensive coordinator

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

There was so much to parse from the videoconferences of co-owner John Mara [takeaways here] and GM Dave Gettleman [takeaways here] that we didn’t get to everything that was addressed. Let’s try to hit at least a couple more newsworthy points.

Jason Garrett’s future

Jason Garrett may leave the Giants for a head-coaching opportunity. The Los Angeles Chargers have already requested a meeting with the former Dallas Cowboys head coach. The Giants, though, don’t appear to have an appetite for removing Garrett from the offensive coordinator job despite the failings of team’s 31st-ranked offense.

Gettleman made it clear that the organization would prefer not to make quarterback Daniel Jones learn a fourth system in four years, including his final year at Duke.

“As far as the potential of Jason leaving, of course it makes you a little antsy,” Gettleman said. “Just imagine, anybody, any of you guys, having your fourth editor in four years. It’s the same thing. It’s no different. We’ll adjust and adapt and do what we have to do and obviously anything we do moving forward, Daniel is a big part of it. We’re certainly conscious of that piece, to answer your question.”

Saquon Barkley a Giant for a “very long time?”

Star running back Saquon Barkley will be in the fourth and fine year of his rookie contract during the 2021 season. Barkley, of course, missed most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL. Mara made it seem as though the Giants have every intention of giving Barkley a rich second contract.

“It was brutal to watch him go down in Week 2. He’s such an important part of this team, not only for what he does on the field but the leadership and all of the intangibles he brings to us off the field. That was really a gut-punch,” Mara said. “Listen, I’m still happy that we have him. I think knowing him, he’s going to come back stronger than ever and be a big part of this team next year. In terms of what the time table is, it’s hard to predict that right now. I know our medical people are very pleased with the progress he’s made. I certainly expect him to be a Giant for a very long time.”

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DeVonta Smith can be one of the best receivers we’ve ever seen entering the NFL - SBNation.com

SB Nation’s James Dator is bullish on Smith, who could be available to the Giants at No. 11:

At the highest of his top end we’re looking at a player who could become like Marvin Harrison or Michael Thomas. He won’t always be the fastest player on the field, but his ability and feel for the game will give him something a lot of receivers lack: Longevity. We’re looking at a guy who could play for years and years, and become a staple of the Pro Bowl, provided he gets drafted into a team with the structure to use him.

Even at his floor, I see DeVonta Smith projecting into a Keenan Allen-like player. Considering Allen has posted four 1,000 yards seasons during his seven years (so far) in the NFL, that’s a hell of a floor.

A lot of the talent at receiver in the 2021 class comes down to the idea of “get the ball in their hands, and they’re gone.” Smith is something entirely different. He is a receiver so gifted that he makes bad passes look better than they are, and by extension makes quarterbacks look more talented than they are. Those kind of talents only come along once in a great while at WR, and it’s why I think he’s going to make a huge impact at the next level.

Eagles' Brandon Graham responds to Giants criticism over QB call

At least one Eagles player doesn’t have a problem with how the game against the Washington Football Team unfolded.

“If people have a problem with it, don’t put yourself in that situation,” Graham said on 94 WIP radio in Philadelphia. “The Giants, don’t put yourself in that position. Win your game ...

“Yeah, we want to win. We out there trying to win,” Graham said. “But at the same time, people disrespecting Nate Sudfeld like he’s just terrible. Nate deserved the opportunity, and I knew he was supposed to get out there. I don’t know why people didn’t think that because he was excited all before the game. I don’t think coach has ever made me feel like he wanted to lose because he hates losing and when we lose, we feel that when we’re in a team meeting that Wednesday of the next week talking about the game.”

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