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Giants news, 12/5: Playoff push, Tyrod Taylor, Kayvon Thibodeaux, more headlines

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Giants notebook: Playoffs, Taylor vs. DeVito, Wink Martindale, more

Because they can and maybe because they need to in a season gone wrong, Giants players are clinging to the notion that they are still playing meaningful December games.

“Everything that we want to accomplish is still out there possible for us,” said wide receiver Darius Slayton. “We just have to do a good job of taking it one week at a time, one game at a time, one opponent at a time and if we’re able to keep stacking wins we’ll end up where we want to be.”

Linebacker Bobby Okereke sounded the same theme, stating “When you look at the parity in this league we’re two games out of the playoff hunt. Obviously where we are, what the playoff picture’s looking like and how close all these teams and games are in the NFL there’s a lot of opportunity ahead of us.”

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Giants waive Matt Barkley | Pro Football Talk

The Giants waived quarterback Matt Barkley, who served as rookie Tommy DeVito’s backup for the last three games. They also released quarterback Jacob Eason from the practice squad.

Barkley can re-sign to the practice squad if he clears waivers and it seems likely that the Giants would keep a third quarterback on hand given the injuries that have sidelined Taylor and Daniel Jones this season.

Giants QB decision crucial for coaching staff on the verge of chaos

This decision is also critical because of the persistent noise about dysfunction on Daboll’s staff that clearly isn’t going to go away until something drastic changes.

The turnover of the Giants coaching staff has reportedly begun

Tommy DeVito: What’s next at Giants QB position with Tyrod Taylor to return | The Record

That’s not going to change whether DeVito starts against the Green Bay Packers or Taylor reclaims the job, which speaks to his journey and how hard he has worked to stick.

But if this is a matter of who is more deserving, make no mistake: Tommy DeVito has earned the right to stay in the conversation.

Boomer Esiason: Benching Tommy DeVito would be terrible move |

“This would be one of the dumbest things Brian Daboll could ever do, is not play Tommy DeVito,” Boomer said. “[Taylor’s] contract is up at the end of the year, and we need to find out whether or not Tommy DeVito can be the backup to Daniel Jones. Tommy DeVito is the story. He’s the reason to watch the Giants right now. It’s a feel-good story. He’s a local kid who is doing one…if Tommy DeVito goes out there and poops the bed, then you can bring in Tyrod Taylor to win a game.”

Rob Gronkowski says ex-Giant Jeremy Shockey was his hero growing up |

“When I was in ninth grade, it was write a letter to your hero or whoever you looked up to or whoever it was,” Gronk recalled. “We wrote a letter and mine was obviously to my hero, Jeremy Shockey. . . I was also a big fan of (Shockey) already. I knew all about (him) from being at the University of Miami. To this day, that’s the only fan mail I’ve ever wrote to anyone.”

My Cause My Cleats | -

Giants players reveal their passions beyond the game and wear their hearts on their feet through My Cause My Cleats

LB Bobby Okereke: Martindale has helped him grow as a player

Giants mock draft reaction: Is Malik Nabers the right call over a QB? | The Athletic

In Brugler’s mock draft, the Giants passed on the opportunity to select a pair of first-round quarterbacks in LSU’s Jayden Daniels (No. 7 to Tampa Bay) and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy (No. 22 to Seattle). USC’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye were picked at No. 1 (Chicago) and No. 3 (New England), respectively.

There’s no doubt the Giants are still in need of a true No. 1 wide receiver, but would they really give up the chance to reset at quarterback, especially with a dual-threat like Daniels? Depending on where the Giants’ draft pick falls, it will be a debate that will likely carry on all the way up to draft night.

2024 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Four QBs go in the first round | PFF

6. New York Giants: WR Malik Nabers, LSU

The Giants could also take a peek at the 2024 quarterback class here, but instead of taking QB3, which feels like a reach, I have them grabbing their next WR1. Nabers has been one of the most productive pass-catchers in college football this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound receiver boasts a 93.2 receiving grade and more than 1,500 receiving yards. For more of a traits-based data point, he is in the 74th percentile of separation created, showing how often he can manufacture space for the quarterback to throw as one of the best route runners in the class.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Latest First-Round Predictions After Week 13 | The 33rd Team

7. New York Giants Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU. While New York Giants fans may be upset they have likely played themselves out of the Caleb Williams and Drake Maye sweepstakes, the consolation prize of Jayden Daniels is not a bad one. Daniels has had the most impressive season of any of the quarterbacks in this draft class and could help return the Giants to their winning ways.

This week’s opponent

NFL Week 13: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards | PFF

Offensive Player of the Week: QB Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers. Love was masterful as the Packers took down the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, going 25-of-36 for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the game with four big-time throws and zero turnover-worthy plays.

Game notes: Film study paid off for Keisean Nixon on critical INT |

As soon as Keisean Nixon saw the check, his mind went back to all the film study the Packers did this week in preparation for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense.

"We were watching mannerism tape earlier in the week, and (Mahomes) tapped his knee, and they put two (receivers) off the ball," Nixon said. "I'm like, 'Oh, I've seen this before.' I knew he was going to run it, and he ran it."

No QB in the NFL has made bigger strides than Jordan Love in 2023 | Acme Packing Company

The in-season development of Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love has very few comparisons. No one has made bigger strides between Week 1-8 and the last five weeks of the season than Love. The only players who come even remotely close are Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, now an MVP candidate, and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who was clearly playing through an injury at the start of the season.

Around the league

Titans hire former GIants coach Tom Quinn after firing special teams coordinator |

Deebo Samuel backs up talk with three-TD game vs. Eagles: 'Talking trash, it’s just part of the game' |

NFL reviewing Dre Greenlaw, Eagles security head skirmish, ejections; follow-up expected this week |

Nick Sirianni on Dom DiSandro, Dre Greenlaw: Sad it got to point they were thrown out | Pro Football Talk

LB Shaquille Leonard joins Eagles over Cowboys |

Zach Wilson reluctant to step back into starting role as Jets mull QB change: Sources | The Athletic

Jets' Robert Saleh: QB Zach Wilson 'wants the ball' but I'm not ready to name starter for Week 14 |

Buccaneers’ Mike Evans records 10th straight season of 1,000 receiving yards |

Texans say Tank Dell had successful surgery today, will miss rest of season | Pro Football Talk

Steelers' Kenny Pickett has surgery for high ankle sprain |

Saints QB Derek Carr in concussion protocol for second time this season |

The 1-11 Carolina Panthers have been eliminated from playoff contention | Cat Scratch Reader

Indianapolis Colts’ Reggie Wayne evolving as coach |

NFL Week 13 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games | PFF

Member of sideline crew in New Orleans set for surgery after injury in collision | Pro Football Talk

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