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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll said Thursday that he continues to be encouraged by the progress of cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who has not played since Week 11 due to a sprained MCL.
“I think he feels good,” Daboll said. “I think (Thursday) is another important day for him. Encouraged, hopeful, but I think we have to go through these next two days seeing progress. We have to see how he does rep after rep after rep. I think he’s making progress, but, again, never want to put anybody out there that’s not fully ready to go or (doesn’t) feel ready to go.”
Jackson was officially listed as a limited practice participant. The Giants added two players to the injury report — right tackle Evan Neal (ankle) and wide receiver Marcus Johnson (knee). Both were listed as limited participants.
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“I regret it in the aspect that I feel like the focus of the game was now put somewhere else,” a reflective Shepard said. “In the building I felt like we were all good, but guys leave the building and turn on the TV and it was on all day around here. It definitely drew away from where the attention should’ve been.”
DL Leonard Williams enjoying his first trip to the postseason
“I know it’s a playoff game, more attention and more eyes. But to me, I won’t be nervous. I’ll be hyped, I get hyped for every single game. But nervous? I wouldn’t say that. For me, it’s just another football game.”
“As a player, as a competitor, you want these moments. This is stuff you dream about as a kid. Playing in the playoffs, going into a hostile environment, loud, making big plays, silencing the crowd. That’s stuff you think about as a kid and that opportunity is here,” Barkley said.
Just who does Giants’ Kayvon Thibodeaux think he is? A player bound for greatness, that’s who | NJ.com
From the get-go, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale entrusted Thibodeaux with a critical role in his base scheme — strong-side linebacker, commonly known as the “Sam.” Pre-snap duties for that job — offensive formation recognition, confidently yelling out defensive alignment adjustments — are too daunting for most rookies.
Not Thibodeaux. He plays speed chess, reads finance books, and had a 3.8 GPA in high school. He will interview the accountants who do his taxes this year.
8. Daniel Jones, New York Giants. Jones attacks the middle of the field really well, showing some high-end ball placement. His 75.9% completion rate on throws between the hashes ranks second in the NFL. And he has become a rushing asset for the Giants’ offense, picking up just shy of 600 yards with his feet in 2022.
I do wonder if his “good” is good enough, though. Can Jones carry the Giants to a string of playoff wins? The supporting cast doesn’t have the same talent as other NFC contenders, so Jones will have to take over at times.
“You have to be built for that, and I think Daniel is built well for New York,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s not ever gonna get full of himself. If you don’t get full of yourself, you can’t be chopped down. He’s a pretty level-headed young man.”
The Giants lost, 27-24, on a 61-yard field goal as time expired, a score set up on a 17-yard completion to Jefferson on third-and-11. But Martindale never wavered.
“I went on the back of the plane, and I told them, ‘We’ve got a playoff defense, guys. We got beat by a buzzer beater at half-court’.”
Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale talks how past legends motivates the current roster
Wink Martindale was asked how much the team is inspired by the old school Giants:— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 12, 2023
"Definitely inspired. We know where the standard is, and we want to keep raising the bar. That's why I keep referring to the fans, I think they like seeing it..." pic.twitter.com/5NIutPwBxI
Adding Hopkins to an offense that features Jones and Barkley would give New York three legitimate playmakers around which to build. It could also help further Jones' development.
The Giants have the cap space ($56.8 million projected) to make a trade work. With their top two receivers, Darius Slayton and Richie James, set to hit the open market, they also have a massive need at receiver. There's no reason for New York to not make a run at Hopkins if he does land on the trade block.
This week’s opponent
Vikings center Garrett Bradbury had a full practice Thursday, putting him on track to return to game action this weekend. Bradbury was limited in Wednesday’s work, his first practice since Dec. 15.
Bradberry has not played since Dec. 4 and was working his way back from his lower back injury when he was involved in a car wreck Dec. 17 that aggravated his injury.
The Vikings plugged up the running lanes for Saquon Barkley much like Manhattan traffic the last time — until they didn’t. Barkley’s 27-yard touchdown on his last touch of the game gave him 84 yards on 14 carries (6.0 per run).
Plug that one gap, and the Vikings would have limited the game-changer to 57 on 13 (a tolerable average of 4.4).
Minnesota allowed 123.1 rushing yards per game this season, which ranked 20th, despite only allowing one player (Aaron Jones in Week 17) to rush for more than 100 in a game.
It's late in the fourth quarter of this edition of Walkthrough: time for Kirk Cousins to play the hero. Cousins led eight game-winning drives in 2022, tying the highest figure on record. Matthew Stafford led eight game-winning drives back in 2016.
So a team with seven-plus game-winning final drives might be led by Hall of Famer compensating for a weak defense, but it's more likely to be a team so lucky and random that they are remembered decades later not for winning a Super Bowl, but for being lucky and random.
Around the league
Peyton Hills is off the ventilator on on the road to recovery. Last week, the former NFL running back, who played two seasons with the Giants, was in critical condition after saving his children from drowning in Pensacola, Fla., according to reports.
The Chiefs earned the No. 1 seed with a Week 18 win and the Bills took the No. 2 seed with a win of their own in the regular-season finale. The league noted that if the Bills also made the conference championship, to keep things fair, the game would be held at a neutral site.
Jets owner Woody Johnson 'absolutely' willing to pay for veteran QB; no playoff mandate for 2023 | NFL.com
"No. I don't do mandates," owner Woody Johnson said Thursday. "We've all had a long wait. 54 years since the last Super Bowl is too long. Way too long. I'd like to change that fast, but mandates don't work."
Carr’s contract calls for $40.4 million to become guaranteed three days after the Super Bowl and the Raiders are expected to try to find a team to trade for him in the coming weeks. Carr can veto a trade, however, and could push for a release if he thinks that’s the better path for him to find his next football home.
Warren will replace outgoing president and CEO Ted Phillips, who announced in September that he would retire after the 2022 NFL season. He is the first president and CEO hired from outside the Bears organization and the first Black president in team history.
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