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Giants news, 11/25: Dexter Lawrence, Brian Daboll, Tommy DeVito, more headlines

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Giants-Patriots final injury report: Dexter Lawrence, Darius Slayton could miss game

The New York Giants could be without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, their best defensive player, Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Lawrence will miss a third straight day of practice on Friday, and head coach Brian Daboll told media at Quest Diagnostics that Lawrence will be listed as doubtful for Sunday.

After practice, Dexter Lawrence said he hurt his hamstring on one of the game’s final plays, which was Isaiah Simmons’ interception returned for a touchdown.

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New York Giants fan survey results: Rousing support for Daboll, Schoen; not so for Daniel Jones | The Athletic

Despite the Giants’ dismal 3-8 record to start the season, there remains a near unwavering faith in the team’s leadership. Coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen scored extremely high “approval ratings” in our survey. There’s a clear belief the Giants have the right people in charge to lead this team back to prosperity.

We also found clarity on which player has frustrated fans the most and whom they believe is most responsible for this season’s collapse. Finally, Giants fans made it abundantly clear what they envision for the futures of quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley.

The rookie quarterback on his time as starter

QB future of all 32 NFL teams: Justin Fields, Russell Wilson and other intriguing scenarios | The Athletic

If Daniel Jones had not suffered a torn ACL, he might be playing for his job, same as some of the quarterbacks listed toward the bottom of this analysis. That knee injury plus the neck injury Jones suffered plus his poor performance plus the possibility of the Giants holding a top-three pick in the 2024 draft equals volatility. Jones has a fully guaranteed $35.5 million salary for 2024, but the team will have to consider alternatives, making this a complicated situation.

As Giants’ Joe Schoen prepares to draft Daniel Jones’ replacement, he better find a way to fix this putrid offensive line | NJ.com

After Sunday’s 31-19 win at the Commanders, Giants coach Brian Daboll made a point of saying not all of the nine sacks his team allowed were because of poor blocking.

Basically, Daboll was saying that quarterback Tommy DeVito — an undrafted rookie making his just second NFL start — held the ball too long at times, which contributed to sacks. Daboll’s message was clear: Don’t pin all of those sacks on the offensive line.

Carl Banks paints bleak Giants QB future if sack issue isn’t fixed | New York Post

The Giants are on pace to allow 97 sacks. That will not quite get them to the NFL record for sacks given up in a season.

“The level of play has to be better,’’ said Carl Banks, the former star linebacker for the Giants and currently their radio and digital broadcast analyst. “It’s not sustainable. It doesn’t have to be perfect but you’ve got to have guys who don’t blow assignments in key, crucial situations, or else. As important as the quarterback position is, you can’t afford to lose these guys to bad offensive line play.’’

Tommy DeVito, Giants offense relying more on Saquon Barkley | ESPN.com

Which begs the question: Why hasn't the struggling Giants offense with the league's 32nd-ranked passing attack used Barkley more as a receiver rather than simply a checkdown option? Barkley had five targets beyond 10 yards as a rookie and four in his second season. He had three last year and just one entering Sunday.

Even after the big game against Washington (four catches on five targets for 57 yards with two touchdowns), Barkley's 4.6 targets per game are the second lowest of his career. It's on par with his 4.8 targets per game last year in his first season under coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.

Giants Head Coach on Kayvan Thibodeaux’s development on and off the field

Giants' Bobby Okereke powers through fractures during lost season | New York Daily News

Bobby Okereke, 27, a defensive captain, said he has been playing with his fractured left pinky since the Giants’ Oct. 15 loss in Buffalo.

Dabs’ Digest: Weekly 1-on-1 with Coach Brian Daboll | Giants.com

Daboll on DeVito: “He’s done a good job since he’s been here from OTAs of learning our system and what we’ve put in the game plan. We’ve put in things that we thought we needed to have for the game plan. It wasn’t, ‘Let’s not put this in because Tommy’s playing.’ He’s done a good job of picking up the things that we ask him to do. The important part is there is good give and take between him and Mike (Kafka, the offensive coordinator) and Shea (Tierney, the quarterbacks coach), that those guys communicate with one another. You’re always trying to do stuff that the quarterback feels most comfortable with, but he understands our system.”

Giants-Patriots rivalry goes from Super Bowls to stupor bowl | New York Post

The rivalry responsible for two of the greatest wins in Giants history is about to add a chapter that doesn’t fit with the rest of the story.

This week’s opponent

Patriots HC Bill Belichick declines to announce starting QB for Week 12 game vs. Giants | NFL.com

Friday, the New England Patriots coach once again declined to name a starter for Week 12, repeating a line he used earlier in the week when indicating he planned to wait until Sunday to name a starter.

"I told everybody to be ready to go," Belichick told reporters. "I'm not going to announce starters at every position."

Patriots quarterback rumors: Will Grier promises to be ready if called upon | Pats Pulpit

Nothing has been made official so far, but Grier promised to be ready to go should he be called upon in whichever capacity.

“Whether you’re comfortable or not, you get called on, you’ve got to go play and figure out a way to win,” he told reporters earlier this week. “So, that’s the mentality for me. I don’t know what’s going to happen; injuries happen. You’ve seen it around the league, a lot of guys have had to step up and play. If I’ve got to step up and play, I’ll be ready to go.”

Ezekiel Elliott has adapted to the Patriot Way | Pro Football Talk

Reporters were trying to get running back Ezekiel Elliott to spill the beans on who will be the starting quarterback on Sunday. Said Elliott eventually, “I think you know the rules around here.”

Around the league

DaRon Bland enters the defensive player of the year discussion | Pro Football Talk

Commanders HC Ron Rivera 'not worried' about job status after blowout loss to Cowboys | NFL.com

Commanders fire DC Jack Del Rio after blowout loss to Cowboys | ESPN.com

Eagles releasing Derek Barnett: Philadelphia moving on from defensive end, former first-rounder | CBSSports.com

Dan Campbell: Lions not in 'panic mode' after turnover-filled loss to Packers | NFL.com

Derek Carr removed from injury report, set to start Sunday | Pro Football Talk

Best of frenemies: Maxx Crosby, Patrick Mahomes to meet again | ESPN.com

Justin Fields is making Bears’ NFL Draft decision much harder | SBNation.com

13 Biggest Steals From 2023 NFL Draft | The 33rd Team

Officiating, playing surfaces are NFL’s biggest issues in player’s poll responses | The Athletic

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