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Giants news, 12/14: Pro Bowl voting, Evan Neal, Tommy DeVito, more headlines

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Giants’ injury news: RT Evan Neal returns to practice

The New York Giants, for the first time in what seems like forever, came out of a game without any injuries to speak of when they defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-22 on Monday night.

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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Tommy DeVito helping Giants win, but just how good is New York's popular QB? Breaking down rookie's season | CBSSports.com

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

Question about Giants' Tommy DeVito proves he’s already won | New York Post

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.

NY Giants: Wan’Dale Robinson’s journey makes breakout even sweeter | The Record

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

Presser Points: TE Darren Waller 'getting closer' | Giants.com

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."

2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings: Top 50 players set to enter free agency | PFF

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.

Giants T Andrew Thomas: We have playoff hopes, but only mindset is this week | Pro Football Talk

“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.”

32 NFL observations after Week 14: Aaron Donald ramps up the pressure | PFF

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

2024 NFL draft intel: News, nuggets and what all 32 teams need | ESPN.com

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.

2024 NFL mock draft: Matt Miller's Round 1 pick predictions | ESPN.com

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.

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Chris Olave out of practice with ankle injury, Taysom Hill limited | Pro Football Talk

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.

Armchair Quarterback: Saints vs Panthers | Canal Street Chronicles

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.

32 NFL observations after Week 14: DeAndre Hopkins dominates deep | PFF

Isaac Yiadom was one of three defenders this week to record three pass breaks (along with L’Jarius Sneed and Xavien Howard).

Around the league

Giants great Amani Toomer rips Kadarius Toney: ‘He’s a coach killer’ | USAToday.com

Patrick Mahomes: Kadarius Toney will be defined by response to mistake | Pro Football Talk

Nick Sirianni said the Eagles are not considering any changes to play-calling duties | Bleeding Green Nation

Eagles players upset about ‘very predictable’ offense, per report; Nick Sirianni says coaches working to fix | CBSSports.com

The Cowboys always struggle to handle prosperity. Could 2023 be different? | The Athletic

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ‘doesn’t have a problem’ with the ‘tush push’ QB sneak play, sees no need for ban | CBSSports.com

Ben Roethlisberger cites Steelers’ “bad coaching” as problem in loss to Patriots | Pro Football Talk

Patriots HC Bill Belichick deflects questions regarding future: ‘I’m getting ready for Kansas City’ | NFL.com

Browns lose Grant Delpit, Ogbo Okoronkwo to injuries | ESPN.com

Cam Newton says MVP favorites Dak Prescott, Brock Purdy among ‘game managers’: ‘They’re not difference makers’ | CBSSports.com

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson (chest) says he'll play Saturday vs. Bengals | NFL.com

Notre Dame’s Joe Alt, projected top-10 pick, declares for NFL Draft | The Athletic

NFL approves playing up to eight international games a year starting in 2025 | Pro Football Talk

São Paulo, Brazil to host regular-season game during 2024 NFL season | NFL.com

Super Bowl LXI expected to be played at SoFi Stadium in L.A. | ESPN.com

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