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Adoree’ Jackson, out since Week 11 with a sprained MCL, returned to practice on Wednesday for the New York Giants. Head coach Brian Daboll said before practice that Jackson would be “doing some stuff.” He was officially listed as a limited practice participant.
Jackson, the Giants’ best cornerback, has been out of the lineup since being injured while returning a punt against the Detroit Lions.
Daboll did not, of course, guarantee that Jackson would play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Wednesday, though, is the first time Jackson has practiced since being injured.
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Left tackle Andrew Thomas, who usually delivers a pristine, error-free game, recalled when he was put on blast by the head coach.
“I think it was the Chicago game. I had a mental error--went the wrong way. It could have been a big play, and he was on me,” he said. “That’s what you want from your leader, to hold you accountable.”
“He is in a different zone right now”
“He’s been very consistent for us. He’s done a great job moving the sticks. He’s a little bit bigger-bodied of a guy. And he does a good job of making contested catches, making catches in the middle of the field — that type of deal,” Slayton said. “But as he showed the other day, he hit (Vikings cornerback) Patrick Peterson with a double move, and he got down the field a little bit, too. Sometimes, he tends to maybe overthink his speed a little bit, but he can run. So, he’s been a good addition to our team and I’m glad to have him.”
Isaiah Hodgins has provided a much-needed spark to the New York Giants' passing attack since making his debut with them in Week 10. An exclusive rights free agent this offseason, Hodgins has played well enough that New York will likely prioritize re-signing him.
If the Giants beat the Colts (4-10-1), they’ll return to the postseason. Maybe it’s fate that this Sunday at MetLife Stadium will be the first home game for Collins since he left following the 2018 season.
“Seems like forever ago,” Collins said with a smile.
“We all know what Nick Foles is capable of and you have to be prepared for that. He’s a guy who’s been there, who has accomplished great things. He’s a guy you can’t sleep on quite frankly. He has experience that you need to be on your a-game for sure,” said safety Julian Love.
With an 8-3-1 record in an NFL-high 12 games decided by one score, the Giants believe they can make winning plays.
“Once you get to the playoffs, the difficulty level of winning each of those games throughout the rounds just increases, and the odds of you blowing somebody out goes down more and more,” Slayton said. “The reality is you’re going to have to win close games in order to have success throughout the playoffs. So, I definitely think playing more of those throughout the season helps.”
Giants’ passing offense has picked up with Daniel Jones throwing to unlikely receiving trio | NJ.com
In seven games, the trio has combined for 87 catches, 1,089 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Slayton has 28 catches for 478 yards and one touchdown since Week 10 and James, who didn’t even play an offensive down in Week 10, has a team-high 30 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
The combined 87 catches are the 11th most among NFL wide receiver trios since the Giants’ bye week. Dallas’ top three receivers have just one more in that time frame and Philadelphia’s top trio of receivers has just two more. The seven TDs by the Giants’ top three receivers in the last seven weeks are tied for the ninth most with Buffalo and Cincinnati. The Eagles and Seahawks have the most with 11.
Has there been a more visible player on injured reserve then Sterling Shepard
23. NEW YORK GIANTS: QB ANTHONY RICHARDSON, FLORIDA. Anthony Richardson is going in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. That’s not a question worth asking, in my opinion. The questions are how high, and to what team. Even with his current inconsistent accuracy (63.8% adjusted completion percentage), his athletic ability as a runner and his incredible arm talent make it feel like he won’t even last this long in the order. If he does, I’d love to see a coach like Brian Daboll get the chance to mold him.
“I gotta tell you one more story because this is what will be most meaningful,” Coughlin said. “It was a great performance. I’m really proud of my team. That’s a team that’s 16-0, we know we can play with them. All that stuff. Next morning at 5 o’clock I come into my office and I see the red light’s on the phone. A voicemail. I pick up the phone and it’s John Madden. He’s saying, ‘Tom, I just wanted to call. Because I want you to know that is the greatest thing that’s happened to the NFL in the last 10 years.’ He said, ‘This is the National Football League—we don’t not play our players. We owe a responsibility to our fans to perform every day. That’s what you did. I’m just so proud to be a part of that. I’m so proud of what you’ve accomplished and what your team has accomplished.’ He said, ‘I’m very emotional right now. But I want you to know how I felt.’ I played it for my team in our next team meeting. It was moving. Very moving.”
This week’s opponent
On Wednesday, Saturday was asked what his pitch may be if he still plans to interview for the Colts' head coaching job this offseason.
"Let me just tell you — my mind's not even there," Saturday said. "I got the Giants, I got a lot ahead of me. So I'm not even getting into the interview world at all. We'll just keep that — when it is the end of the season, I'll be glad to answer, but I'm not even thinking that way right now."
Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers has started the last nine games for the Colts, but he won’t be making any more appearances this season. The Colts announced on Wednesday that Rodgers has been placed on injured reserve. Rodgers hurt his knee in the Colts’ loss to the Chargers on Monday night.
The Colts collected four total sacks against the Chargers on Monday night, bringing their season total to 43 on the year; only the 2004 Colts (45 sacks) and the 2005 Colts (46 sacks) have had more sacks as a group since the team moved to Indy in 1984.
"You know what? It's honestly just guys playing for each other," said defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who had 1.5 sacks on Monday night to bring his season total to eight. "We've got a really tight group. And week in and week out, we can only control what we can control, and up front along the defensive line guys are pulling for each other, even through these hard times."
Around the league
In announcing the quarterback change, McDaniels said the Raiders wanted to evaluate their younger players at multiple positions. The Raiders plan to use undrafted rookie free agent Chase Garbers as the backup quarterback against the 49ers, indicating that Carr will be inactive. Carr had started 91 straight regular-season games for the Raiders through Week 16.
Taylor Heinicke led the team to wins in five of his first six starts after Wentz went on injured reserve with a finger injury, but the team has gone 0-2-1 the last two weeks. Heinicke has five turnovers over that span, including a pair against the 49ers last Saturday before Rivera pulled him in favor of Wentz, who led the team to a touchdown and Rivera said that the change was made because the team is looking for “a little something different” at quarterback against the Browns this weekend.
The injury report for the Titans, who will win the AFC South if they beat the Jaguars in Week 18 regardless of what happens on Thursday night, includes eight players listed as out and three listed as doubtful.
NFL CMO Dr. Allen Sills: Tua Tagovailoa showed ‘nothing that would have triggered’ concussion protocol | NFL.com
“What our spotters and our unaffiliated neuro doctors are looking for is any blow that transmits force to the head or neck area, followed by that injury behavior,” said Sills. “There were no visible signs present, even though there was a blow to the head and the player did not report any symptoms, despite being in contact with the medical staff throughout the game. So, there was nothing that would have triggered the protocol in the moment.”
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