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Giants news, 12/30: Quarterback future, Evan Neal, Kayvon Thibodeaux, more headlines

New York Giants news for Saturday

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Giants’ real QB question isn’t about Tyrod Taylor or Tommy DeVito

BBV's Ed Valentine said the real question is who should be the quarterback for the Giants in 2024 and beyond.

Please don’t tell me Russell Wilson or Justin Fields. Wilson will be 36 next season, isn’t the player he once was, and makes no sense for a young, building team. Fields? Why would you trade for a player who hasn’t yet answered the question of whether or not he is a legitimate NFL quarterback? Especially when he is entering the final year of his rookie contract and you will almost immediately face major financial decisions with him?

If you are going to start over, do so with the four- to five-year runway of a quarterback at the beginning of a rookie contract.

To me, it is clear that the potential long-term answer has to come from the 2024 NFL Draft. If you are within range to get one of Caleb Williams, Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels you probably have to do that if you’re the Giants.

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Other Giant observations

Giants right tackle Evan Neal has fracture in left ankle that prompted decision to have surgery | New York Daily News

Giants right tackle Evan Neal has a fracture in his left ankle, which is why he’s having surgery. Neal’s Nov. 5 injury in Las Vegas initially had been diagnosed as a left ankle sprain.

GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll had expressed optimism that Neal, 23, would be able to return to games this season. He had even started working on the side of practices.

But the Giants abruptly shut Neal down and put him on injured reserve on Christmas Eve.

OL coach not worried about job status

NFL Draft 2024: Will Giants’ Joe Schoen trade up for quarterback to replace Daniel Jones? |

Any reasonable Giants fan should not care whether Tyrod Taylor or Tommy DeVito starts at quarterback in this season’s final two games, at home against the Rams and Eagles.

Because it doesn’t really matter, now that the Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention — and also since coach Brian Daboll will return in 2024, barring a shocking development.

New York Giants’ Mike Kafka explains what makes Tyrod Taylor ‘special’ |

“He’s been in the league for 13 years; I think it’s a lot that he does,” Kafka said. “Not just on the field but as a leader, as a good teammate. I think Tyrod does a hell of a job, in the huddle, getting guys organized so there’s a lot of things that he does just outside of playing the quarterback position that makes him special.”

Giants' John Michael Schmitz to face star Aaron Donald | New York Post

Now back in his second stint with the team, Pugh has started the last seven games at left guard right next to Schmitz after originally filling in at left tackle when Thomas was hurt.

“[Schmitz] just continues to mature, not making the same mistakes twice,” said Pug. “We’re all gonna make mistakes out there, we all have. Learning from them, getting better and better every week, being a sponge off the field. … It’s not easy your rookie year, coming off a college season, going right into training. He’s done a great job fitting in with the group and figuring out what his role is and playing that role really well.”

Every NFL team’s highest-graded wide receiver from Week 16 | PFF

Darius Slayton (72.7) recorded a season-high 90 yards against Philadelphia. He came down with two catches of 10-plus yards, including a 69-yard touchdown to bring the Giants within six points late in the game.

Saquon Barkley on personal goals over the last two games

5 things to watch as Giants face Rams in Week 17 |

Kayvon Thibodeaux clinched his first season in the NFL with double-digit sacks in the first game after the bye. However, he has just one sack over the past four games and has dropped out of the top 10 in terms of the NFL’s sack leaders. It would be disappointing if Thibodeaux, who also only has two quarterback hits in those four games, were to miss out on going to the Pro Bowl after looking like a clear pro bowler when he had 10.5 sacks with six games remaining.

Kayvon Thibodeaux’s recent slump not a concern for Giants | New York Post

“Kayvon is playing a lot of plays and Kayvon is, like I always tell you guys, he’s gonna be fine,” defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said. “A lot of the plays didn’t come to him [against the Eagles]. We ask him to do a lot of different things and, like I said before, there’s no ceiling with Kayvon. He plays the run just as effective as he rushes the passer and [Monday’s loss was] an anomaly right there. It was a physical game, and he played a lot of plays.”

Dabs' Digest: 1-on-1 with Coach Brian Daboll |

Q: I hate to measure a player by what happens when he's not in the game, but after Deonte Banks left the game the other day, A.J. Brown's production increased. Can you talk about how well Deonte has played?

Daboll: "Each week he gets better, has the right mindset for a player, particularly a rookie. He's done everything we've asked him to do. He's been progressing each week with his techniques and his fundamentals. Obviously, he matched with a really good football player. I think he embraces the opportunity for improvement and doing his job."

Corey Webster retires as a Giant

Giants' Rooting Guide for 2024 NFL Draft Implications of Week 17 | Bleacher Report

The New York Giants haven't had a lot to get excited about in 2023, but the idea of getting a top-five pick in the 2024 NFL draft isn't so bad. Three outcomes fans should be rooting for are Patriots over Bills, Chargers over Broncos and Titans over Texans.

Giants legend’s beef with WFAN blown out of proportion, exec says |

For Spike Eskin, Carl Banks’s spot on the show just wasn’t working anymore.

“There’s no reason why we should assume that whatever worked for a show, as far as guest and structure 15 years ago, should also work a show today,” he told Awful Announcing. “There’s no reason. I have tremendous respect for the fact that he did it for the entire time, absolutely. And it does show that the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. And he wouldn’t do it anymore, so I really didn’t know what else to do after that.”

This week’s opponent

Every NFL team’s highest-graded wide receiver from Week 16 | PFF

Puka Nacua (92.5) recorded his third 150-yard game of the season and ranked third at his position in receiving yards for the week. Nacua moved the chains eight times, caught his fifth touchdown of the season and produced three catches of 20-plus yards.

Jordan Fuller: Rams captain from Old Tappan NJ plays against Giants on Sunday | The Record

Jordan Fuller has battled back from ankle and hamstring injuries, emerging once again as captain for the Rams. He'll face hometown NY Giants Sunday.

Sean McVay could break the Rams win total record with a Super Bowl run | Turf Show Times

McVay now has a chance to tie, and potentially break a franchise record this season, that has stood since 1994. With a win on Sunday vs. the Giants, McVay would tie former Rams head coach Chuck Knox for second all-time in total wins with 69. McVay is also only six wins away from catching head coach John Robinson for the all-time franchise record, something he could get if the Rams were to potentially go on a major Super Bowl run this postseason.

Around the league

Commanders QB Jacoby Brissett questionable vs. 49ers after injuring hamstring during week |

A.J. Brown has declined to speak to media since Eagles’ win over Giants |

Inside Eagles fans’ longtime campaign for the team to ‘Run The Ball’ | The Athletic

Cowboys set to celebrate ‘big picture moment’: HOF coach Jimmy Johnson’s induction to Ring of Honor vs. Lions |

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (left thumb/quad) set to start vs. Ravens; WR Jaylen Waddle (ankle) ruled out |

Dolphins DC Vic Fangio on defending Lamar Jackson: Only one player has been like him ‘in the last 50 years’ |

Bills expect to have Micah Hyde, DaQuan Jones against Patriots | Pro Football Talk

Bills’ Von Miller calls assault charge ‘100 percent false’ and ‘overblown’ | The Athletic

Bill Belichick's 'All-Time Team' includes four Patriots and one Giants player |

Mike Vrabel: Will Levis is in line to start on Sunday | Pro Football Talk

Ja'Marr Chase limited in Friday's practice, status up in the air for Sunday | Pro Football Talk

Why Mason Rudolph's spotlight moment could have future meaning |

Why the Packers suspended star CB Jaire Alexander: ‘It’s never for one thing’ | The Athletic

Breece Hall after loss to Browns: Laugh now because Jets will turn things around in ‘near future’ |

2024 NFL Free Agency: 8 Underrated Players On The Market This Year | The 33rd Team

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