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Tommy DeVito, playing the kids, more New York Giants thoughts

BBV's Ed Valentine on one of the organizational priorities over the last three games:

The Giants are now playing out the string in their final three games, and that is the time when many turn their attention to wanting to see the young players get opportunities. I have said this before, but the Giants are already playing an exceptionally young roster.

That said, there are a handful of young players I would like to see more of over the final three games — aside from DeVito and the much-discussed Evan Neal.

Valentine’s top four players he wants to get significant reps the rest of the season are fifth-round RB Eric Gray, second-year OL Marcus McKethan, DT Jordon Riley and CB Tre Hawkins III.

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Other Giant observations

2024 NFL draft order projections: Bears, Patriots top first round | ESPN.com

5. New York Giants (5-9)

  • Average draft position: 5.7
  • FPI chance to earn No. 1 pick: less than 0.1%
  • FPI chance to earn top-five pick: 58.3%
  • FPI chance to earn top-10 pick: 97.8%

So you are saying there is a chance—either way

Could Saquon Barkley have future with Giants beyond 2023? Or is this home stretch a farewell tour? | NJ.com

The Giants’ dreams of a miracle playoff run surely died Sunday in New Orleans.

So now, after that 24-6 loss dropped them to 5-9, it’s worth once again considering 2024 offseason issues, starting with the Giants star running back.

Saquon Barkley talks of Giants' future needs not knowing he’ll be part of it | New York Post

There are building blocks in place and it is difficult to envision general manager Joe Schoen projecting Barkley as part of the continuing rebuild in the same fashion as Andrew Thomas, Wan’Dale Robinson, John Michael Schmitz, Dexter Lawrence, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Bobby Okereke and Deonte Banks. This does not mean Barkley is a goner for sure but the money, the terms and the stars will all have to be properly aligned to produce a deal that makes sense for both sides. It nearly did not happen for 2023 before Barkley agreed to re-up for a one-year and $10.1 million.

Giants’ effort vs. Saints ‘not good enough’; how does DeVito mania stack up vs. ‘Linsanity’? | The Athletic

Another parallel between DeVito and Lin could be looming. Linsanity came back to earth when the Knicks played the LeBron James/Dwyane Wade-led Miami Heat in a nationally televised game. The Heat, who would go on to win the NBA championship that season, blitzed Lin and overwhelmed him into 1-of-11 shooting and nine turnovers. That trouncing ended the Knicks’ hot streak and quieted the Linsanity hysteria. Lin’s season came to a premature end due to a knee injury a month later.

A similar crash could be coming for DeVito in the Giants’ nationally televised matchup with the Eagles on Christmas.

DeVito mania keep rolling along

Giants’ offense facing uncertainty after reverting to woeful ways | New York Post

Justin Pugh struggled through a nightmarish showing on Sunday, surrendering two sacks, four quarterback hurries and six quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus — all season-highs. His 29.5 overall grade by the outlet was by far his worst of the season as well.

Right tackle Tyre Phillips — who had been impressive in filling in for the injured Evan Neal — recorded a 46.9 run-blocking grade, his second-worst of the year. Guard Ben Bredeson recorded a 47.3 run-blocking grade, his fourth-worst of the season.

3 things Giants must fix to reach playoffs in 2024-25 | SNY.tv

Giants GM Joe Schoen has plenty on his plate and lots of salary cap space opening up. The three areas most pressing are the offensive line, the quarterback room and the special teams unit.

Grading all 31 first-round picks after Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season | PFF

CB Deonte Banks Overall Rookie Grade: 50.1 (Rank: 19/21) Week 15 Grade: 51.1

Banks allowed two Rashid Shaheed catches for 30 yards. He also missed a tackle in coverage. Banks still seems more comfortable as of late with the Giants having gotten away from their heavy press-man tendencies. The missed tackle was his only egregious mistake, but he hasn’t made plays on the ball lately. He has just one pass breakup over his past five games.

Kayvon continues to give back to the community

2024 NFL Draft order projections: What are the biggest needs for teams in the top 10? | The Athletic

6. New York Giants Top needs: OT, WR

Yet again, the Giants need offensive tackle help. They actually need help across the board up front, but finding an OT to play opposite Andrew Thomas remains a priority with Evan Neal struggling and nobody else faring much better. This offense is, of course, also still in desperate need of another playmaker to take pressure off Saquon Barkley. Receivers Malik Nabers or Keon Coleman or do-everything tight end Brock Bowers would qualify.

Giants’ Super Bowl champion (who earned millions) arrested for alleged robberies | NJ.com

Derrick Ward, once a member of the running back trio dubbed “Earth, Wind and Fire” that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII, was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday for allegedly committing multiple robberies, according to a TMZ Sports report. Ward is being accused of robbing multiple businesses, including gas stations, around the city by “force and fear,” law enforcement told TMZ.

This week’s opponent

Jalen Hurts: "We're not committed enough" | Pro Football Talk

“I’ve been talking about execution all year,” Hurts said. “Being on the same page, everyone being on the same page. We didn’t execute. I don’t think we’re, we’re all, we’re committed enough. Just got to turn it around. You know, it’s a challenge that we have to embrace. Just continue to see it through.”

Hurts was asked what he means by that, he answered “Commitment...It’s a matter of being on the same page. It takes everyone being all in, in all aspects. And it starts with me.”

Eagles’ James Bradberry takes ownership of final drive, poor play in Seahawks loss | CBSSports.com

The play-calling may have changed, but Bradberry still struggled. Bradberry took accountability for his performance and didn’t mention the changes made on defense playing a factor.

“We did pretty good. I just didn’t play well today. I have to play better.,” Bradberry said. “You probably wouldn’t be asking me that question if we won and I made a play. But I didn’t play well, so it wasn’t really difficult for the team.”

Morning Roundup: 'I still see light at the end of the tunnel' | PhiladelphiaEagles.com

The Eagles announced on Sunday that Senior Defensive Assistant Matt Patricia was going to call the defensive plays from the sideline and that Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai would move up to the coaching booth to offer his perspective from above.

"I did what I thought I needed to do in the best interest of the football team," Head Coach Nick Sirianni said after the game Monday night. "We made some adjustments there. Didn't feel like we were playing and coaching well enough on defense, so I made an adjustment. It was my decision and that's what I did."

Grading all 31 first-round picks after Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season | PFF

Pick No. 9 DI Jalen Carter Overall Rookie Grade: 83.8 (Rank: 1/12) Week 15 Grade: 82.2

With the Eagles up by seven points in the fourth quarter, Carter easily shed his block for a third-down sack — his highest-graded play of the night. The standout interior defender is now up to 42 pressures this season and ranks fifth in pass-rush win rate (17.4%) at the position.

Pick No. 30: Edge Nolan Smith Overall Rookie Grade: 52.0 (Rank: N/A) Week 15 Grade: 80.5

Smith earned his highest game grade of the season after tallying a quarterback hit and two stops on just nine snaps. The Eagles continue to use him sparingly, but he appears to be improving, having recorded four of his six quarterback pressures and three of his six stops this season over the past four weeks.

Around the league

Seahawks DB Julian Love ‘must be living right’ after game-sealing INT vs. Eagles | NFL.com

Dolphins Waive former Giants OLB Jason Pierre-Paul, Activate RB Chris Brooks | NFLTradeRumors.co

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claims ‘weather’ was a factor in Dallas’ blowout loss to Bills | CBSSports.com

How Brandon Aubrey went from MLS to Cowboys kicker | ESPN.com

Jets QB Aaron Rodgers concedes he won’t play again this season, says 2024 won’t be last in NFL | NFL.com

Colts suspend Tony Brown and Isaiah McKenzie for rest of regular season | Pro Football Talk

John Spanos - ‘No limitations’ on Chargers’ coaching, GM hires | ESPN.com

Bengals HC Zac Taylor says Ja’Marr Chase (shoulder) not ruled out for Week 16 | NFL.com

Falcons turning to QB Taylor Heinicke after loss to Panthers | ESPN.com

Three reasons Mike Tomlin can be blamed for Steelers' late-season meltdown | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers have walked into an injury-reporting issue over Devin White | Pro Football Talk

2024 NFL draft QB class: Scouts on first-rounders, sleepers | ESPN.com

NFL Rookies: Top 15 highest-graded players after Week 15 | PFF

Playoff scenarios for Week 16 of the 2023 NFL season | Pro Football Talk

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