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Defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence (hamstring) and Rakeem Nunez-Roches (knee) did not practice on Thursday. Defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (back) did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday.
To make room for Horne on the 53-man roster, the Giants put placekicker Randy Bullock on season-ending IR. Practice squad placekicker Cade York will likely be the Giants’ kicker Monday in Philadelphia.
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But pride remains at stake for the Giants, who lost three times to Philadelphia last season, including the 31-point drubbing in the postseason. That playoff loss last season still resonates.
“Yeah, I mean, without a doubt,” linebacker Micah McFadden said. “Whenever you get knocked out of the playoffs like that — obviously, we don’t think about the past too much, kind of focus on what’s ahead of us, but that definitely stung a little bit to get knocked out by a team in your division.”
Wink on attempting to stop the Tush Push
"This guy, to me, and I said this last year and I don't know if I said it to you guys, it's like playing (former Colts and Broncos quarterback) Peyton Manning," said Wink Martindale Eagles center Jason Kelce. "He'll see something, whether it's a stance, whether it's a guy putting his mouthpiece in different. He'll see something and completely flip a protection. So, that chess match is always tough."
The New York Giants now have 76 sacks on the season after Tommy DeVito took another seven in a 24-6 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. That matches the total for the 2002 expansion Houston Texans. The Giants, with three games remaining, are two sacks away from matching the 1997 Arizona Cardinals with 78 sacks. They aren’t going to reach the 1986 Philadelphia Eagles and the insane 104 sacks taken but they are in range of matching the Eagles for sack rate because Giants quarterbacks are not dropping back to pass as often as those 1986 Eagles did.
Every NFL team has now played 14 games this season. And the Giants have allowed by far the most sacks of any team — 76, which is 15 ahead of the Jets.
That’s just one of many troubling stats for the Giants’ offensive line, which remains a mess. How quickly can general manager Joe Schoen fix it next offseason, regardless of what he does at quarterback? Because that’s a huge question for this still-rebuilding team.
Saquon Barkley on heading into the Linc
"We know it's gonna be a tough environment against a really good team"— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 21, 2023
Saquon Barkley looks ahead to Monday's matchup with the Eagles: pic.twitter.com/1OJZuGZJMV
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, DeVito has filed trademarks for two of his nicknames—"Tommy Cutlets" and the "Passing Paisano"—for the purpose of merchandising and off-field business. The trademarks entail clothing, decals, bobbleheads, Christmas tree ornaments, football equipment, and youth football programs. Trademark for Tommy Cutlets entails foodstuffs including pizza, pasta, sauce, chicken and meatballs as well as energy and sports drinks.
Memories of that exchange with Victor Cruz from the early stages of his second season with the New York Giants came flooding back this week as Tommy DeVito was forced to navigate the pitfalls born from his soaring popularity as the Jersey kid who made good as the improbable starting quarterback of those same Giants.
It's why DeVito, standing at his locker following Wednesday's practice, made a point to separate the popularity from his on-field production, promising he has zero delusions regarding where his priorities must lie.
Veteran guard Justin Pugh said DeVito will not be shaken by the crowd’s intimidation efforts.
“He’s a gamer,” Pugh said. “He’s got that confidence. He’s going to show up and play well. It’s going to be a great environment. It’s exciting for him. This is one of the first times going down to Philadelphia, you go play your rivals, you get to go to Dallas, get to go to Philly. All those are intense games.”
This Christmas, Justin Pugh will be working his day job, starting at left guard for the Giants. Next holiday season, though, is up for debate.
Kafka praising Parris Campbell
Darius Slayton has played with seven different Giants quarterbacks, four offensive coordinators and three head coaches since the team drafted him in 2019. But he has remained stunningly consistent. Despite that, Slayton is on the verge of leading the Giants in receiving yards for the 4th time in his 5-year career
“That’s a crazy stat,” said Slayton. “I think it just says I found a way. Somehow, someway, I found a way.”
Darius Slayton (61.1). The Giants’ three-game win streak came to an end against the Saints. Darius Slayton saw a season-high eight targets and recorded his fifth 50-plus-yard game of the season. He came down with a 19-yard third-down catch with 4 minutes left in the game and a 33-yard fourth-down conversion a few plays later. Slayton now has 14 explosive gains on the season.
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Sirianni went on to say that he put the offensive scheme in place when he was hired in 2021 and that its success or failure is on his shoulders rather than offensive coordinator Brian Johnson or anyone else on the staff.
“We have to put the players in more positions to create explosive plays,” Sirianni said. “But make no mistake about it, this offense is being run the exact same way the offense was run last year and the year before that. This offense is my offense; right? This is my offense. So, the criticism on the offense I think unfairly goes to Brian.”
“That’s the attitude you have to have,” Kelce said Wednesday on the “New Heights” podcast he hosts with his brother, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. “I think when you’re not performing as a team, when you’re not winning games, the only thing you can do is go back and work that much more, go back and commit yourself that much harder. We have great people in the building, we have people that want to win, I know that. There is no question in my mind about that.”
“My mind was in a place of really just trying to challenge myself,” Hurts said. “That all starts with me. And so when I say ‘we,’ I mean me, because I’m the point guard out there. I’m the one that makes everything go. And I’m the guy that everyone trust to set the pace for everything. That’s in how I play. That’s in my leadership. That’s in every aspect of the game, and it comes with the shoes that I walk in.”
Matt Patricia is now in charge of the Eagles defense, and he spoke to reporters about his role, Sean Desai, reconciling with Darius Slay, and a whole lot more.
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