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That good fortune was reflected on the practice field Wednesday, as every player on the 53-man roster participated in practice — albeit a walk-thru — as the Giants begin preparing to face the New Orleans Saints.
Right tackle Evan Neal, who has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, "(will) be out there,” said head coach Brian Daboll. One player who is still not practicing is tight end Darren Waller, who remains on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
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Is 'Tommy Cutlets' actually a quality quarterback? Well, the fact that DeVito went undrafted in 2022 makes it somewhat of a Cinderella story. But there’s this — in 2017, DeVito was ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback recruit in the country. Ahead of the likes of Kenny Pickett and Mac Jones.
He’s had the goods talent-wise for a long time now. And in his long, now incredibly famous audition, DeVito’s physical capabilities have started to shine.
The Giants elder statesman on Tommy D
Nobody is going there with Tommy DeVito. Not even the Giants — just yet, anyway — after he took them down the field Monday night with a perfect two-minute-drill comeback for a stirring 24-22 victory over the Packers. But the very idea of entertaining the “Is DeVito for real?’’ discussion is quite an unforeseen development.
Daboll has praised Robinson’s explosive quickness, and he plays with an undeniable competitive toughness. He coached wide receivers in New England and mentioned former Patriots Deion Branch, Troy Brown and David Patten – the first two went on to become Super Bowl heroes – as those who profile similar to Robinson.
Is Giants QB Tommy DeVito a flash in the pan, the next Brock Purdy or something in between? | The Athletic
Matching a season-high by playing 49 snaps, Ojulari registered his first sack of the season, which he split with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, on a third down in the red zone in the fourth quarter. The 10-yard loss led to a missed 45-yard field goal as the Giants maintained a 21-13 lead.
It’s easy to give up on disappointing players, but Ojulari is talented and under contract through 2024 at a cheap $2.2 million cap hit. So the Giants should keep him in the hopes he stays healthy and realizes his full potential, while taking greater steps to bolster their contingency plans if he can’t shake the injury bug.
Daboll: “High amount of respect” for Kayvon Thibodeaux
After a tumultuous first 10 games, the Giants have started the same five offensive linemen – Andrew Thomas, Justin Pugh, John Michael Schmitz Jr., Ben Bredeson, Tyre Phillips – in four consecutive games. The group even received the game ball from Daboll after not allowing a sack on Monday night.
"I think the five of those guys that have been working together have continually improved,” said Daboll. “They're communicating well. There're obviously certain things we can all do better, but it's good to have those five guys out there for consecutive games. All five of them have done a good job."
Two Giants made the list: Saquon Barkley, expected to sign a contract of two years, $22 million ($11 million per year), $15 million total guaranteed and S Xavier McKinney, whose contract projection is set at Three years, $24.75 million ($8.25 million per year), $17 million total guaranteed.
“Obviously we have hopes to be in that,” Thomas said “That’s why we are in this league — to win a Super Bowl. But our mindset is going one game at a time. We have the Saints coming up, and that’s going to be a big one.”
The battle between Dexter Lawrence and Aaron Donald rages on. Lawrence currently leads Donald and all other defensive interior linemen with a 92.9 grade.
Grinch Raanan saying there is a chance
A little playoff update from the Grinch: The #Giants still only have a 0.4% chance of making the playoffs, according to ESPN Analytics.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 13, 2023
So it's less than 1% even though they are only one-game back of the final spot.
Among the reasons:
-- There are five teams ahead of them…
General manager Joe Schoen said recently the Giants are going to add a quarterback this offseason, via free agency or the draft. He also mentioned studying the first-round quarterbacks from the 2018 draft, which suggests they’re going to at least consider that position early in this draft depending on how this season ends. ESPN’s Football Power Index gave the Giants a 49.9% chance to land a top-five pick.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller has Jayden Daniels from LSU going to the Giants at No. 4 overall in Tuesday’s mock draft. The order was generated via standings projections via ESPN’s Football Power Index.
Is this too early for Daniels, even after his brilliant Heisman-winning 2023 season? Maybe, but teams will overdraft at quarterback in an effort to find the right player, and Daniels’ dual-threat ability and vertical passing traits are very intriguing. His 50 total touchdowns this season make him a first-round candidate, but it’s Daniels’ improvement in the pocket and the best deep ball in college football that will truly turn heads come draft time.
This week’s opponent
Olave did not participate in practice on Wednesday because of an ankle injury. Defensive end Isaiah Foskey (quad), running back Kendre Miller (ankle), and offensive lineman Andreas Peat (illness) were also sidelined at practice.
Quarterback Taysom Hill (foot, left hand) and wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (thigh) were limited participants after sitting out last Sunday.
The Saints running back didn’t pop off the stat sheet in this game, finishing with negative yards in the passing attack, but it’s what he’s always done that has been special. Kamara is one of the best at distracting defenders from the true ball carrier, or being a decoy. There were multiple instances where the defense had to account for 41, which freed up another Saints skill player to make a player. The running back from Atlanta did finish with 56 yards and a score in the win over Carolina, but he was influential away from the box score as well.
Isaac Yiadom was one of three defenders this week to record three pass breaks (along with L’Jarius Sneed and Xavien Howard).
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