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Every player on the New York Giants’ 53-man roster participated in Thursday’s practice. There has been concern about punter Jamie Gillan, who entered last week’s game with a sore left groin, and then injured his left (kicking) knee chasing Eagles’ punt returner Britain Covey on a 54-yard return. Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said Gillan has “got a lot of reps in that leg” and is “getting a little tender” toward the end of the season.
Players who were listed as limited participation besides Gillan include CB Deonte Banks (shoulder), TE Lawrence Cager (groin), DL Dexter Lawrence (hamstring), OL Justin Pugh (elbow/back), DL A’Shawn Robinson (back) and DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (knee).
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Do not mistake Taylor’s stoicism for ambivalence, though.
“It means everything to me,’’ he said. “I’ve been playing this game for a long time and anytime I get a chance to lace up the cleats and go out and compete means the world to me. That’s where I’m the happiest, and it’s what I love to do, to be able to go out and not only show your peers but prove to yourself what you could do.’’
Saquon Barkley is now fourth on the Giants all-time rushing list
2. Giants Wait, what? Yep, you read that right. New York just paid Daniel Jones big bucks last offseason, but he regressed in a big way before suffering a torn ACL amid a battered supporting cast. Tommy DeVito and Tyrod Taylor faring better in relief suggests Jones could be out of a job regardless of his rehab; he can be designated a post-June 1 release after the season without the Giants losing any money against the 2024 cap. And then there's the Big Apple connection for Wilson: Before the longtime Seahawks star was dealt to Denver, the Giants' current regime reportedly inquired about his availability.
Marc Malusis says Giants fans seem to have “lost their way” and lost sight of exactly what Tommy DeVito has shown or accomplished since bursting onto the scene.
“DeVito, when he stepped in due to injuries to Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor, he took advantage of that opportunity. But let’s be realistic about what he accomplished and what he did. he looked good against a Washington defense whose secondary has been historically bad…they survived against the Patriots, and then he had a really good game against the Green Bay Packers. But tell me a quarterback as of late that has not. Did you watch Carolina light up that Green Bay defense in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter on Sunday?”
When it comes to his branding, DeVito acknowledged the offseason will present more time to think it through. He wants to keep embracing his heritage while introducing other aspects of himself.
“I’m gonna sway different ways and that’s going to be more of an offseason thing when I’ve kind of had some time to really think about it and sit down because it did happen very fast,” DeVito said Wednesday. “So it’s kind of just all thrown together at the same time and then obviously the media took the Italian stuff by storm so definitely going to keep that into it. But as far as building outside of that, definitely gonna be more about myself and not so much the Italian stuff.”
It’s another season of no playoffs for the Giants. These have become the norm for them over the past decade-plus, since they won the Super Bowl coming out of the 2011 season.
ILB Bobby Okereke had 10 tackles & PD last week. Is only player with 130+ tackles (132), 9+ TFL (9) & 9+ PD (9) in 2023. Has 5+ tackles in 14 of 15 games this season.
S Xavier McKinney had 10 tackles & half sack last week, his 5th 10+ tackle game in 2023, tied-most among DBs. Ranks 6th among DBs with career-high 104 tackles in 2023. Had 3 PD & 2 INTs in last meeting.
Giants players, including Jihad Ward, Saquon Barkley and Dexter Lawrence, are sad to see strength coach Craig Fitzgerald be leaving for the University of Florida after the season.
“I’m gonna miss him a lot,” said Dexter Lawrence. “He helped heal me a lot, healed me with the workouts. He’s a good person. That one’s gonna hurt me a little bit, but I’m happy for him and it’s a new opportunity for him. He deserves it. And it’s part of the game.”
The last piece of the Christmas Day ratings puzzle has emerged. Fox averaged 29.021 million viewers on Monday for Giants-Eagles. That’s a 29-percent increase over last year’s Broncos-Rams blowout, which generated 22.574 million.
5) New York Giants: Caleb Williams, QB, USC. Even with the Tommy DeVito craze going, drafting a quarterback wasn’t out of the question for the Giants. There’s not a quarterback on the roster that the fanbase is 100% sold on, so the draft will be a place where they can fix that.
Fortunately, New York doesn’t have to trade up to get a guy like Caleb Williams in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Regardless of how people feel about Williams as a person, the kid can make plays. Whether it’s avoiding pressure or making tight window throws deep downfield, Williams is a baller who will give the New York fanbase a jolt of energy.
Giants left guard Justin Pugh and his wife, Ange, are expecting their first child, a baby girl, on Jan. 18. Pugh, 33, was close to retirement until he came “straight off the couch” to sign with the Giants in October.
So playing football while the couple was preparing to welcome their daughter into the world wasn’t exactly part of the initial plan. That has created challenges for the Pughs but nothing they can’t handle together. Here are the top five challenges, in Pugh’s own words, for him and his wife as they enter the home stretch
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After throwing more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (three) through the first four weeks of the season, Matt Stafford has not had a game with multiple interceptions since then. In the Rams' past four games -- the only loss coming to the 12-3 Ravens, who have the NFL's best record -- Stafford has thrown 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The four-game streak with multiple TD throws and zero picks is his longest since he was traded to Los Angeles, per ESPN Stats & Information.
2. WR Puka Nacua (89.7). Nacua produced an incredible 92.5 overall grade in Week 16, his highest as a pro. He tallied six receptions of 15 or more yards, averaging 4.69 yards per route run. His 90.9 receiving grade was the third-best at the position.
12. DI Kobie Turner (78.4). Over his last five games, Turner has racked up 21 total pressures, including five sacks, for an 18.3% pass-rush win rate. That’s contributed to his phenomenal 90.1 pass-rushing grade, the highest at the position since Week 12.
"He brings great energy to our offense, great energy to our team," Matthew Stafford says of second-year RB Kyren Williams.
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