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Giants news, 10/31: Trade deadline, Leonard Williams, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, more headlines

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NFL trade deadline: New York Giants could deal a couple of veterans

The New York Giants traded defensive tackle Leonard Williams to the Seattle Seahawks, per Ian Rapoport. The return is a 2024 second-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick with the Giants reportedly picking up a significant portion of his salary.

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2023 NFL trade deadline tracker: Grades for every deal | PFF

Giants: Great

This is the latest trend at the NFL deadline, and it’s smart for rebuilding teams to pay extra cash to effectively “buy” better draft capital, with the value of cash savings very important to acquiring teams on tighter budgets as they push to contend. Williams was likely not in New York’s long-term plans, and fellow interior defender Dexter Lawrence is coming off a remarkable 15-pressure outing with a 95.0 overall grade, so the unit already has a superstar signed to a long-term deal.

Time for a Giant firesale and nobody—including Saquon Barkley—should be off limits | FOX Sports

That doesn't mean sell everything or give away their best players for nothing. And obviously some players — like defensive Dexter Lawrence and left tackle Andrew Thomas — are virtually impossible to trade. But the Giants are a team building for a relatively distant future and they need to be open to any deal that comes their way. There should be no one on their roster who is considered completely untouchable.

That includes running back Saquon Barkley, whom they promised not to trade.

Saquon Barkley nominated for FedEx Ground Player of Week 8 |

Saquon Barkley has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his performance against the Jets.

Barkley topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time this season, finishing the game with 128 yards on a career-high 36 rush attempts. It was Barkley's highest yardage total since Week 10 of the 2022 campaign, when he set a then personal-record of 35 carries for 152 yards against the Texans and was also nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

BT & Sal praise Kayvon Thibodeaux’s performance against Jets |

“Kayvon Thibodeaux finally had the game we were waiting to see,” Sal said. “I’ll admit, I was dead wrong calling him a bust. I was dead wrong. It was premature.”

Both BT and Sal stood by the critiques they had of Thibodeaux during their heated conversation with Carl Banks last week, with BT stating “We weren’t wrong,. We might have undersold it a little bit, but that is the first time he has looked like that…that player was a game wrecker. He was a beast.”

Brian Daboll not on hot seat, but Giants’ loss to Jets is type of game that gets coaches fired | The Athletic

Sunday’s performance resembled the darkest days of the Joe Judge era. Judge, who was fired after two seasons, bottomed out when he coached ultra-conservatively with his third-string quarterback at the end of the 2021 season.

A similar scene unfolded Sunday, as the team was without starting quarterback Daniel Jones, who is sidelined with a neck injury like he was in Judge’s final season. Veteran backup Tyrod Taylor was knocked out of Sunday’s game midway through the second quarter with a rib cage injury that required a hospital visit for further evaluation.

Head coach Brian Daboll stands by his decision to go for the field goal

Spike in Jets-Giants didn't violate NFL's current snap mechanics | Pro Football Talk

Umpire Bryan Neale swooped in, slipping between the left guard and left tackle and touching the ball before it was snapped. Neale didn’t spot the ball; the Jets did. Neale simply touched it, allowing it to be snapped.

It looked strange. It seemed off. It appeared that the umpire abandoned his duty to spot the ball, making a perfunctory tap and allowing it to be snapped. Many have complained about the perception that the Jets got a gift. But here’s the reality. That’s the approach, and the league is fine with it.

Will Giants call 3-time flop Carson Wentz? In need of QB, here are best available |

Daniel Jones may return to start in Week 9, but Tyrod Taylor is still in the hospital and it doesn't seem like the Giants will trust Tommy Devito again. Among the quarterbacks available are Carson Wentz, Colt McCoy, Matt Barkley, Ian Book, Matt Ryan, and Joe Flacco.

This week’s opponent

Raiders: 5 players to keep an eye on during trade deadline | Silver And Black Pride

Now that Michael Mayer has taken over as the starting tight end in Las Vegas, Austin Hooper’s role on the team has diminished. Hooper participated in less than 35 percent of the team’s offensive snaps during Weeks 6 and 7, and he’s never drawn more than two targets nor logged over 20 receiving yards in a single game this season. In other words, the Raiders probably wouldn’t miss him much if he wasn’t on the roster anymore.

Estimated compensation: Conditional 7th-round pick

Around the league

Philadelphia sends Kentavius Street and 2025 draft pick to Atlanta |

Washington Commanders Trade Rumors: A team wants to trade for Montez Sweat and give him a new contract before the deadline | Hogs Haven

Jerry Jones doesn’t want to ‘poke the bear’ ahead of Cowboys-Eagles, but Dak Prescott says ‘pour honey on me’ |

Packers LB Rashan Gary signing four-year, $96 million contract extension |

Bills signing veteran Leonard Fournette to practice squad |

Robert Saleh: We’d like reinforcements on OL, but no one’s trading them away | Pro Football Talk

Rams QB Matthew Stafford day to day after suffering UCL sprain in right thumb |

Kyler Murray or Clayton Tune will start at QB for Cardinals this week | Pro Football Talk

Falcons DT Grady Jarrett out for season with torn ACL | The Athletic

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin: 'Door is ajar' for Kenny Pickett (ribs) to play Thursday vs. Titans |

Tyson Bagent to start vs. Saints, Justin Fields remains week-to-week | Pro Football Talk

Patriots' leading receiver Kendrick Bourne has torn ACL |

Sean Payton: Broncos not shopping players ahead of trade deadline |

NFL tells University of Houston to cease and desist using uniforms that look like Oilers throwbacks | Pro Football Talk

Dolphins' Mike McDaniel shocked by people dressing as him for Halloween |

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