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Giants news, 11/11: Young player progress, Azeez Ojulari, Saquon Barkley, more headlines

New York Giants news for Saturday

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Need reasons to watch the Giants the rest of the season? Here’s a huge one

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By snaps played, only the Green Bay Packers have played a younger roster this season than the Giants. That, at least partially, explains the team’s 2-7 record. It also explains why these next eight games are important, and what you should pay attention to if you are looking for a reason to remain invested.

These young players brought in by GM Joe Schoen over the past couple of years are the team’s future. What those players are today is, hopefully, not what they will be a year or two years from now. Every snap played, every practice rep taken, is an opportunity for them to get better. Their development is a big part of what the remainder of the season has to be about.

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Here’s what Giants must see from rookies (including Deonte Banks, Jalin Hyatt) to finish 2023 |

Even though the Giants’ 2-7 season is in the gutter, plenty is still at stake for their players.

And in particular, their 2023 NFL Draft picks will try to close this season strong, even with the playoffs no longer a realistic goal. A look at the Giants’ rookies amid a lost season.

What’s still at stake for Giants? A list of what to key in on amid a grim season | The Athletic

It was a mistake not to bolster the outside linebacker depth more last offseason based on Azeez Ojulari’s injury history. That will certainly be a priority after another injury-plagued season. But the 2021 second-round pick needs to stay on the field for these final eight games to ensure his future with the Giants. Ojulari has one cheap year remaining on his rookie contract, but he could be traded if team leadership tires of his lack of durability.

Two of the bright spots this season: The play of LBs Micah McFadden and Bobby Okereke

In middle of Giants’ disastrous season, a star — and one of best at his position — emerges |

The Giants haven’t exactly gotten off the the start they dreamed of this season as they sit at 2-7 with their starting and backup quarterbacks both sidelined with injuries.

But it’s not all bad for the Giants, who still hold talent on their roster despite their disappointing season. And one of those bright spots is Dexter Lawrence.

Saquon Barkley named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 10 | Pro Football Talk

Barkley met with staff members at Operation Address The Homeless in Allentown, Pennsylvania to discuss issues related to homelessness and home insecurity in the area. Barkley then went to meet with people living in homeless camps in the woods and donated supplies, including sleeping bags, emergency supplies, hats, gloves and backpacks filled with essential care items.

“At times growing up, we struggled with home insecurity, so I can relate to some degree to the challenges many families are facing these days," said Barkley.

How Will Giants’ Offensive Strategy Change with Tommy DeVito at Quarterback? | Sports Illustrated

We asked DeVito’s trainer, Tony Racioppi of TEST Football Academy, how he thinks the Giants’ offense gets switched up now that the rookie is getting the start.

Eli Manning Talks Giants, Daniel Jones, ManningCast, Stroud and More in B/R Interview | Bleacher Report

"It's not a great situation to be on your third quarterback, but I look forward to watching Tommy DeVito get better. I think the fact that he's going in knowing he's going to be the starting quarterback and getting all those reps while they set the game plan to fit his abilities and put him in a situation to have success will be better."

Eli on interviewing an Ass

NY Giants’ potential 2024 NFL Draft picks include Caleb Williams, Drake Maye | The Record

The Giants could find themselves in position to draft a potential game-changing QB next spring. ESPN’s Jordan Reid makes his early pick for Big Blue.

New York Giants 5-round mock draft: T Olumuyiwa Fashanu selected at No. 5, QB Spencer Rattler added in Round 4 | PFF

With quarterback Daniel Jones out for the season, the New York Giants are unlikely to claw out many more wins over the second half of the season. So, to lift some spirits, we are giving Giants fans something to look forward to in the form of a five-round mock draft.

Giants noncommittal on kicker decision for Cowboys clash | New York Post

Asked which player will kick Sunday, McGaughey said, “They’re just both working, and we’ll see where we’re at the end of the week. Who we feel the most comfortable with, who we think is the most comfortable, and just go from there.’’

This week’s opponent

Micah, Dak not underestimating struggling Giants |

"Never overlook an opponent," said Micah Parsons on Thursday. " We see where that got us this year. We're staying grounded coming off of a rough loss. This game [now] has a lot more importance to it, and it's a divisional game."

Prescott echoes the sentiment, knowing how important it will be for the Cowboys to take full advantage of their first true run of home games this season — four of their next five — working to protect a win streak at home that currently stands at 11 games.

Brandin Cooks not frustrated with role: All that's going to do is affect your mentals | Pro Football Talk

Cooks said “you best believe 3 will be ready” if his opportunity arises. “I truly am just going to keep trusting it,” Cooks said. “That’s who I am. In my mind, it;’s get back to work and work harder and when it comes, it’s going to come. I mean that. I really do.”

Around the league

Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (back) questionable to play Sunday vs. Texans |

Josh Dobbs: Jonathan Gannon looked me in the face and told me I wouldn’t be traded | Pro Football Talk

Vikings’ Justin Jefferson says he won’t play until he’s 100% |

Bills' Von Miller not seeking revenge against Broncos this week: 'I left on good terms' |

Curtis Samuel questionable for Commanders | Pro Football Talk

49ers QB Brock Purdy takes ownership of turnovers: ‘I have to be smart with the ball’ |

In retrospect, Frank Reich wishes he gave Bryce Young "that moment" at end of Thursday's game | Pro Football Talk

Falcons' Keith Smith says $87K fine rescinded after appeal |

J.C. Jackson expected back with Patriots after Germany trip, says Bill Belichick | Pats Pulpit

Why don't the Falcons use Bijan more? It's complicated |

Puka Nacua breaks LA Rams rookie record for catches, closing in on yards | Turf Show Times

The offensive line is the New York Jets' biggest issue, not QB Zach Wilson | PFF

Former Giant OL Chad Wheeler found guilty of domestic violence assault | Pro Football Talk

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