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Giants news, 8/18: Josh Jackson, John Mara, more

New York Giants headlines for Wednesday

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What the New York Giants Are Getting in CB Josh Jackson — Giants Country

The Giants traded cornerback Isaac Yiadom to the Green Bay Packers yesterday for Jackson, a former second-round pick.

Following a decent rookie campaign in which he finished with 41 tackles, ten stops, and allowed 66.7% of the pass targets against him to be complete for 552 yards and four touchdowns with 11 pass breakups, he has seen his stock trend in the wrong direction.

Jackson was at one point considered a potential first-round pick following a breakout season in his final year at Iowa in which he intercepted a nation’s-best eight passes and broke up ten others to finish with 18 passes defensed.

Jackson had a rough preseason opener last week against the Texans. According to Pro Football Focus, he was targeted ten times and allowed seven pass receptions for 91 yards, 14 after the catch.

Jackson, who played 44 snaps at outside cornerback, also had a pass breakup, finishing with a 98.3 rating in coverage in that game. In three NFL seasons, the 6’0”, 196-pound Jackson did not record an interception and had just 12 pass breakups to his name, 11 of those coming during his rookie campaign in 2018.

John Mara: Taunting is a point of emphasis because we’re “sick and tired of the talking” - Pro Football Talk

The NFL has reminded players, coaches and officials that taunting is a point of emphasis this season, which has led to some criticism that the NFL is the No Fun League. But Giants owner John Mara is standing by the taunting emphasis.

“That’s something we discuss every year in the Competition Committee,” Mara said. “We get kind of sick and tired of the talking that does go on from time to time on the field. We tried to balance the sportsmanship with allowing the players to have fun and there’s always a fine line there, but none of us like to see that. It’s just a question of whether you can have rules that can be enforced and without taking the fun out of the game too, but nobody wants to see a player taunting another player. I know, I certainly don’t. I think the rest of the members of the Competition Committee feel the same way, too.”

Giants RB Saquon Barkley Takes Significant Step Forward in Comeback - SI

Barkley participated in some light seven-on-seven drills yesterday for the first time.

“I wouldn’t plan on putting him in 11-on-11 at this point,” Judge said. “We’ll see if there’s something else we can slide him into drill-wise.”

Judge declined to go into the specifics of Barkley’s medical progress, but he did say that he’s “happy” with how the running back has been working and the progress he’s made.

“We’re going to go ahead and keep progressing him, do a few more things,” Judge said before practice. “At this point, until the doctors give me the green light, I’m not going to throw him into any live contact drills or anything of that nature. We want to be careful as we go through it, but we just have to keep on pushing his body.”

2021 preseason All-NFC East Team - CBS Sports

The Giants have no players on the offense — Ezekiel Elliott and Antonio Gibson were selected over Barkley — but are well-represented on defense.

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