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New York Giants headlines for Wednesday

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Giants coach Brian Daboll offers prayers for ‘tremendous young man’ Damar Hamlin

There are deep ties between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills organizations. GM Joe Schoen, head coach Brian Daboll and several players, coaches and staff members were part of the Buffalo organization as recently as last season.

Thus, watching Damar Hamlin of the Bills fight for his life in a Cincinnati hospital after suffering cardiac arrest on the field Monday night in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals hits close to home for the Giants.

“We offer our prayers to him, his family, the people in that organization,” Daboll said. “This is tragic, tragic to see. Feel for Damar most importantly, the family, all the players and coaches that are around him every day. He’s a tremendous young man. Just pray for recovery.

“It was tough.”

Daboll had the Giants’ medical staff, team psychologist and team chaplain all address the players before they did anything football-related on Wednesday.

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FOX’s Erin Andrews gives insight into the man head coach Brian Daboll is

Carl Banks disagrees with Tiki & Tierney over Giants |

“You can’t sit all 22, so there’s gonna be starters on the field,” said Banks. “But I’m not putting Daniel Jones out there when I have Tyrod Taylor. If it were me, I’m not putting Saquon out there when I have two other really good running backs that I can put out there.”

“You have to do what’s in your best interest right now, and your best interest is saying, ‘Let’s get healthier. We know who we are.’ Evan Neal is probably not gonna play because he’s on the mend. Saquon Barkley has a shoulder issue. Do you want him to take extra pounding?”

Giants’ Nick Gates deserves Comeback Player of the Year consideration | USA Today

The former undrafted free agent out of Nebraska endured seven surgeries and a lot of pain to beat the odds and make his way back to the NFL.

“Everybody always counted me out from day one,” Gates said. “Everyone said, ‘I don’t know if he’s ever going to play again.’ First of all, I didn’t even know if I was going to keep my leg or not. So, just proving to everybody that I could do it again.”

Julian Love Voted 2022 “George Young-Ernie Accorsi Good Guy Award” Winner

Inside the Numbers: Daniel Jones adds chapter to storied season |

Jones has thrown for 3,205 yards with a 67.2 completion percentage and has rushed for 708 yards. He can become the fourth quarterback in NFL history – and one of two this year – with a 3,200-yard, 65%, 700-yard season. Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts has 3,472 passing yards, a 67.3 completion percentage and 747 rushing yards. The only other quarterbacks to accomplish that trifecta were Washington's Robert Griffin III in 2012 and Arizona's Kyler Murray in 2020.

One thing we learned about each NFL team in Week 17: Jones Best in Biggest Spot|

Daniel Jones had his best game as a pro when Giants needed it most: There isn’t much to say regarding how great Jones was in Sunday’s win over the Colts. Jones completed 19 of 24 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for 91 yards and two scores in New York’s blowout victory.

Chalk up another game with no turnovers for Jones, as the quarterback has just two over his last six games (one interception, one fumble). The Giants are competent on offense because of Jones and his ability to protect the football this year (he has just seven giveaways and the lowest interception rate in football at 1.1%). New York is in the playoffs because of Jones, who had his best game of his career with the postseason on the line.

Inside the Giants locker room after they clinched their playoff berth

Giants vs. Vikings or 49ers? Weighing the pros, cons of each potential wild-card matchup | The Athletic

The Giants’ wild-card round foe will come down to either the 49ers or Vikings, depending on Week 18 results. Here are the scenarios: If the Vikings lose to the Bears, it will be the Giants in Minneapolis; if the Vikings win, but the 49ers beat the Cardinals, it’s still a date in Minnesota; but if the Vikings win and the 49ers lose, then the Giants will play in San Francisco on wild-card weekend.

How Saquon Barkley is moving on from his Giants hype | New York Post

As important as he has been this season, it feels as if everyone always wants more from Saquon Barkley, except the Giants.

This week’s opponent

Eagles activate 21-day practice windows for 3 players | Bleeding Green Nation

The Philadelphia Eagles are activating 21-day practice windows for C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Robert Quinn. Nick Sirianni indicated as much during his Wednesday press conference.

CJGJ went on injured reserve after suffering a lacerated kidney during the Eagles’ Week 12 win over the Green Bay Packers. He was eligible to return as soon as Week 17 but he clearly wasn’t deemed ready to return. Quinn, meanwhile, went on IR one week after CJGJ did due to having a knee scope after getting hurt in practice. This week is the first week that Quinn is eligible to return.

Additionally, the Eagles also opened a 21-day practice window for Brett Toth, who has been on the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list all season long. It could be an insurance move when it comes to having more offensive line depth at the ready if needed.

One thing we learned about each NFL team in Week 17: Give the Ball to Sanders |

Miles Sanders needs to get the ball more: Sanders is fifth in the NFL in rushing and eighth in rushing touchdowns. He's fifth among running backs in yards per touch (5.42) since 2019 (his rookie year). The Eagles gave Sanders just 12 touches in Sunday's loss to the Saints, as Sanders rushed for 61 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

Sanders getting the ball needs to be paramount in this offense, yet the Eagles coaching staff failed him -- and Gardner Minshew -- in running the ball just 14 times (designed runs) on the afternoon. Did Nick Sirianni and Shane Steichen forget they have a backup quarterback and a Pro Bowl running bacK.

Around the league

Dolphins sign ex-Giants quarterback |

The Dolphins are signing veteran quarterback Mike Glennon to the practice squad. He will be able to serve as backup if rookie Skylar Thompson ends up starting the game as Miami might be without both Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater for the matchup.

Bears' Justin Fields out for Week 18 vs. Vikings with hip injury; Nathan Peterman to start at QB |

Commanders to start rookie Sam Howell at quarterback in Week 18 game vs. Cowboys |

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