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Joe Judge on Matt Peart’s addition to the Physically Unable to Perform list:
“With all the guys on PUP, we just took the approach that anyone who’s not a hundred percent ready to go on the field day one, that we’re going to put them on PUP,” Judge said. “With the PUP list, we can pull them off at any point. We’re optimistic with all the players that are on it currently.
Mara was asked about nearly every position and coaching group. Some highlights:
Q: What gives you the belief that Daniel Jones is a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback?
A: Any successful quarterback needs the right pieces around him. I think this year, he’ll be playing with a better group around him than he has before. But he’s shown a lot at the different stages of his career. I thought he played particularly well the last few games of last season, after he got healthy. He’s got a great work ethic, great poise, he’s tough, he can run, and the players around him seem to respect him. So I think he’s got everything you need, but, again, he has to prove it on the field. He’s aware of that. Everybody in the building has a lot of confidence in Daniel.
Q: Some individual guys: Leonard Williams.
A: Relentless. He is the guy we thought we traded for with that type of skill level, and it finally manifested itself last year, and I think the rest of the team fed off of that. He was tough for offensive lines to block and disrupted a lot of plays, had a number of sacks (11.5) and really was a big factor for us.
Q: What would be your one single biggest regret since Super Bowl XLVI? Other than doing this interview?
A: (Laughs) I think that’s the answer, doing this interview. You always have certain regrets. I wish we had gotten Eli a little more help towards the end of his career on the offensive line. I probably was a little too impatient with Ben McAdoo. I think we could have made some better personnel decisions around that time. A number of them didn’t work out, and I think that really hurt us. I think not getting Eli a little more help on the offensive line and maybe at some skill positions probably is one of the bigger regrets.
New York Giants: Pre-training camp 53-man roster projection - The Athletic
Wide receiver remains the most competitive position group. Dan Duggan predicts that John Ross will make the final roster but Kelvin Benjamin and Austin Mack will be cut.
How much has the N.Y. Giants’ roster improved in one year? - The Athletic
According to Duggan, the Giants improved or remained constant at every position except two: defensive line and right guard, where Will Hernandez replaces Kevin Zeitler.
Of the 24 offensive and defensive starters (an extra receiver and defensive back), 16 return from last season. The final tally with the eight changes was five upgrades, two downgrades and one push (outside linebacker).
The Giants made major upgrades at wide receiver and cornerback, in addition to getting a healthy Barkley back. Those changes should have a significant impact on the team. The biggest downgrade is at right guard, where the steady Zeitler is replaced by the underwhelming Hernandez.
Overall, the talent on the roster has improved from last season. If the returning young players progress (particularly on the offensive line) and the rookies make an impact, the upgrade could be substantial. The bottom line is the Giants approached this offseason like a franchise tired of losing. So it will be a major disappointment if they have their fifth straight losing season.
In case you missed it
- 1-on-1 with Giants coach Joe Judge: Growing as a coach, his journey, believing in Daniel Jones, much more
- Giants activate Kadarius Toney from reserve/COVID-19 list, add LB Blake Martinez
- Giants’ Azeez Ojulari makes Lance Zierlein’s DROY watch list
- Dave Gettleman on hot seat? Giants owner John Mara says “no”
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