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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard talked about Tommy DeVito, Saquon Barkley’s work off the field, and more during a 1-on-1 chat with Big Blue View this week.
On whether he is enjoying watching Jalin Hyatt and Wan’Dale Robinson grow as NFL players: “Of course. I work with those guys on the daily and just to see some of the things that you’ve discussed with them on side notes and see it actually come to life during the game is is fulfilling. Those guys are gonna continue to grow and whatever helping hand I can give them, I played a lot of football, whatever helping hand I can give those guys I’m all for it.”
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Other Giant observations
Head coach Brian Daboll said Tommy DeVito is “an instinctive player” who took advantage of a skill set that the Giants encouraged him to open up.
Phil Simms: Daniel Jones should be the starter in 2024
Inside Tommy DeVito mania: How Giants QB’s life has gone ‘past a dream. It’s a fantasy’ | The Athletic
Injuries to Taylor and Daniel Jones eventually thrust the undrafted rookie into the starting role. The Cedar Grove, N.J., native played in three more games before finally making his home debut as the Giants starter in Week 12. That meant Tommy would be announced during team introductions on a Sunday afternoon against the New England Patriots.
“When he came out of the tunnel and they announced him,” Tom said, pausing for a moment to find the words. “When they announced him last and the ovation he got, that was it for me.”
Behind the scenes of how Tommy DeVito won over Giants teammates — from rapping to his parents’ hot tub | NJ.com
Tommy DeVito climbed up onto the stage.
His Giants teammates stared at him, waiting to see how this skinny undrafted rookie — who none of them really knew — would handle the pressure.
“That was the first thing I had said to him after his big play, his big catch, that I know,” Barkley said of WR Wan’Dale Robinson. “It’s tough. I’ve dealt with that injury, obviously. I’ve been trying to give the best advice I can to him.
“He’s been asking me a lot of questions, especially during the season. … You can see it’s starting to come back, and he’s only going to continue to improve. He’s only gonna get better, even after this season into next season. He’s a playmaker for us, and we gotta continue to find ways to get him the ball and put him in space.”
The Giants scored 17 points in the second half to edge the Green Bay Packers. Wan’Dale Robinson led the way with 66 yards in the second half and finished the night with a season-high 79 yards. Robinson made three catches of 10-plus yards, including gains of 25 and 32 yards in the third quarter. He averaged 3.59 yards per route run for the game and finished with a 113.7 passer rating when targeted. The Giants have now won three in a row, and Robinson has 13 catches for 140 yards over that stretch.
Kayvon pumping up the All Pro candidacy of Dexter Lawrence
Kayvon Thibodeaux declares that Dexter Lawrence is one of the best interior defensive lineman to ever play football pic.twitter.com/6uahc9r25b— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 14, 2023
After committing eight turnovers and forcing none in their first four games of the season, the Giants have won the turnover battle in seven of their last nine, which is a major reason they've turned things around.
The Saints have actually only lost the turnover battle four times all season, but they lost all four games, which underlines how important it is for them. Saints corner Paulson Adebo, who leads the team with four interceptions, and also has two fumble recoveries, could be the player to watch.
Q: You are in front of the team every day and now you've won three consecutive games. Have you noticed an improvement in the team's collective demeanor or excitement level? Can you sense a change in the team?
Daboll: "We try to stress consistency. Obviously, it's more fun when you're winning, less fun when you're losing, but the consistency in which they've approached things since we've been here, I've been very pleased with. They come to work, they've come to work every day from the start all the way through now, doing the right things, preparing the right way, attentive, good chemistry. But it's obviously always better when you get the results that you work so hard for during the week."
The numbers seem to go with the eye test on rookie CB Deonte Banks
Deonte Banks and Devon Witherspoon both rank in the top 5 of receptions allowed over expected among rookies since 2018.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 15, 2023
No outside cornerback has allowed fewer receptions over expected than Banks (-6.6) or Witherspoon (-6.3) this season.#NYGiants | #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/LQSh26GDo8
Will the Giants Draft a Quarterback?
The Giants gave Daniel Jones a big contract extension last offseason, but it’s already clear it was a mistake. Jones will be coming off a torn ACL and has yet to prove that he can be anything more than a replacement-level starter. But will the Giants actually use one of their top picks to select their next quarterback? Daniel Jones has a big-time throw rate of 2.4%, the worst in the NFL among all quarterbacks with at least 200 dropbacks.
Jeff Diamond analyzes the quarterback situations of 12 teams that will — or should — draft quarterbacks in 2024.
GM Joe Schoen could pick a top player at another position in the first round such as offensive line or wide receiver and then grab a quarterback with one of the Giants’ two second-round picks. Then he can see how Jones plays in his comeback year. If Schoen is not convinced of Jones’ future or if he likes the newcomer (or DeVito), Jones could be traded or released in 2025 with a more manageable $22 million dead money hit.
Check out the video as Tommy DeVito and his now famous agent, Sean Stellato, were the subject of a Jimmy Fallon song on ‘Late Night’.
This week’s opponent
Olave has been listed as questionable to play due to the ankle injury that’s sidelined him the last few days. Olave has not missed a game yet this season and he caught a touchdown in last Sunday’s win over the Panthers.
Running back Jamaal Williams (groin) is also listed as questionable, although he did participate in practice this week. Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk (knee) rounds out the questionable group.
Chris Olave didn't record as much yardage as in prior weeks, but he still finished the game with a 129.6 passer rating when targeted. Three of his catches gained first downs, and he caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. That was his first score since Week 10. He has four touchdowns on the season.
The Saints have 4 games left, can coaches save their jobs?
It has been reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Saints don't want to move on from Dennis Allen. But with another losing season and no division championship, they might have to make a move. For the Saints, it feels like they need to finish the season 4-0 and for us to feel okay about Dennis Allen returning. Finishing 9-8 feels like the worst possible the Saints can finish and win the division.
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