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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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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.
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.
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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.
“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.”
“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.”
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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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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