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Giants news, 2/1: Steve Spagnuolo, Nate Solder, more

New York Giants-related headlines for Monday

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Which NFL Team Can Make the Best ‘Godfather’ Offer for Deshaun Watson? - The Ringer

Hint — it’s not the Giants.

Markus Golden Would Be Thankful For Permanent Stay With Cardinals

Golden is happy the Giants sent him home:

"I love this game, I love playing football," Golden said. "I wouldn't be where I am at, I wouldn't have been able to go to college, get a college degree. But it's a special thing being able to play for Arizona. It gave me another shock of energy just being back home. Being here where I know my heart is, it really matters to me to be in Arizona on the Cardinals."

NFL Players Who Sat Out COVID-Affected Season Speak Out |

In this post Giants tackle Nate Solder put his decision in perspective:

"In a lot of ways, I felt like I was letting my teammates down," Solder, 32, told ESPN. "I felt like I was letting the new coaching staff down. The fact is, as a 32-year-old NFL player, it just hurts my chances of having my career trajectory take off at this point. I just have to trust in God and see where he leads me. Trust me, it was an internal tension. But once it became clear, the priority of my family's lives, of our children and my in-laws and parents and all the connections in our community, man, I just value people more than I value my career in the NFL."

Why Robert Saleh thinks Jets fans are ‘more invested’ than Giants fans -

Shots fired, Giants fans!

Steve Spagnuolo chasing third Super Bowl ring as coordinator

Spags is an easy guy to root for. Here is former Giant Osi Umenyiora:

“I’m so happy for Spags. He was the best defensive coordinator I ever played for. We loved the guy. We loved playing for him. When you think about some of the ups and downs he went through, it hasn’t all been gravy. He kept his confidence the same way he kept confidence in us during our season. He’s still there, still as good as ever.’’

Ranking the NFL's most productive 2020 rookie draft classes from 1 to 32 | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF


Why they're ranked here: Fourth overall pick Andrew Thomas‘ 54.7 pass-block grade (second-worst among left tackles) didn't help the Giants, nor did any other rookie from the 2020 class. Darnay Holmes (110th overall) failed to crack the top 100 cornerbacks in PFF grade this season, and Shane Lemieux (150th overall) was the lowest-graded guard in the NFL with a 32.2 PFF grade.

How their top pick fared: While Thomas showed some progress during his rookie campaign, there were still way too many lows. He gave up five or more total pressures in five different outings en route to 57 total pressures allowed on the year. Ten of those resulted in a sack (most allowed by a tackle).

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