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BBV's Ed Valentine declares that the choice to start Sunday is clear:
Taylor wasn’t great against the Eagles. The 15-point third quarter the Giants had wasn’t his doing. That was about defense and special teams.
The second half, though, did show that Taylor’s athleticism, deep ball accuracy and 13 years of NFL experience help bring an explosive element to the Giants’ offense that hasn’t been there.
To me, Daboll and the Giants have ridden DeVito-mania as far as they can. While it does nothing to answer the long-term question regarding the Giants’ 2024 quarterback situation, my view is there is only one right answer for the Giants on Sunday against the Rams.
Taylor has to play.
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Art Stapleton writes the Giants priority this offseason will be looking to find a long term solution at quarterback for the Giants:
In reality, nothing has actually changed regarding what the plan at quarterback for the 2024 season and beyond needs to be since Jones' right knee buckled inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas 51 days ago.
The Giants have too much uncertainty at the position to consider anything but drafting a quarterback.
And depending on where they end up picking - Tankathon.com has Big Blue currently sitting at No. 5 overall - Giants general manager Joe Schoen is too smart and too forward-thinking to dismiss that option if his evaluation leads him to a quarterback next April.
Nice work from Jordon Riley
Rookie 7th round pick Jordon Riley against Jason Kelce— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) December 26, 2023
The strength in Riley's inside hand to control Kelce to set up the disengagement...Schoen may have found a true asset late on day 3. pic.twitter.com/Djtax4llaf
“Didn’t close it,” Saquon Barkley said. “Clearly shows. We played the Cowboys twice, got beat. Fought a really good game here, got beat. Not saying anything negative, that’s the truth. If this team, this franchise wants to go where we want to go we got to start beating these teams.”
In several one-on-one situations, Neal thrived. Was he perfect? Absolutely not--but who has been against Maxx Crosby? Neal was, however, highly effective. In a game where the Raiders had the upper hand most of the contest, Neal looked composed and patient.
If he can perform like that against Crosby, it means he can perform at a high level against any pass rusher. Another offseason may be just what the doctor ordered for the on-field and off-field sustainability of the former top-10 pick in the draft.
“At the end of the day, it wasn’t a winning performance,” Taylor said of a game in which he went 7-of-16 for 133 yards and a touchdown. “That is what I grade myself on. I think there were a lot of plays I left on the field. I have to go out there and correct some plays, but it is a team sport, and ultimately we failed at the ultimate goal.”
Giants head coach Brian Daboll decided to go with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback instead of Tommy DeVito, leaving to question if DeVito should have been replaced sooner.
Looking ahead: After playoff elimination, what will the Giants focus on during 2023-24 season? | SNY.tv
As noted, the Giants look set to end up with a high pick and would pick sixth if the season ended today. If either of the top tackles - Joe Alt and Olu Fashanu -- or wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. are still on the board when the Giants pick, that could give them a chance to address the above needs.
If not, then the Giants have already said they’ll look to get the best player available. Based on current mocks, this could be someone like tight end Brock Bowers or a pass rusher like Laiatu Latu or Dallas Turner. Latu or Turner could complement Kayvon Thibodeaux well on the edge.
NFL Insider 2024 Mock Draft: Latest Rumors Around Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels to the Vikings | ProFootballNetwork.com
Intel: This is yet another team with several current and future needs. GM Joe Schoen did say recently that the Giants planned to go with QB Daniel Jones for next season as their starter once healthy so that position doesn’t seem like a priority — at least not early on in the draft. As for this selection, the best player on the board at a position of need for the future is clearly Malik Nabers, who is the most explosive of this year’s wide receiver group.
Florida is expected to hire New York Giants director of strength and performance Craig Fitzgerald to lead its strength and conditioning department. Fitzgerald notably worked with Florida legend Steve Spurrier at South Carolina from 2009-2011.
This week’s opponent
'No doubt, we're different when he plays': Running back Kyren Williams continues to boost Rams offense | TheRams.com
In Thursday night's 30-22 win over the Saints, the Rams scored 28 or more points for the fifth straight game. Those five games have also overlapped with running back Kyren Williams being healthy again for Los Angeles.
"No doubt, we're different when he plays," Rams head coach Sean McVay said postgame. "I mean, you just look at it, now there's enough inventory, and the energy, the production, just the overall work ethic. There are so many guys on this team that you just say, 'man, they are exactly what we're looking for in Rams.' I love him and I'm really so proud of the way that he responded."
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