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Giants news, 12/9: Bobby Okereke interview, Wink Martindale, Tommy DeVito, more headlines

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Giants’ LB Bobby Okereke on playing hurt, Tommy DeVito, Wink Martindale, Xavier McKinney and ... pillows

New York Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke joined the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast Friday. It’s a wide-ranging, fun conversation with one of the Giants’ best players, talking about everything from sleep to why Xavier McKinney hangs out with the defensive line during practice to his My Cause, My Cleats connection.

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Which offseason changes (other than Wink Martindale) could Giants’ Brian Daboll make to coaching staff? | NJ.com

It would not be a surprise if Giants coach Brian Daboll fired defensive coordinator Wink Martindale after this season, since their relationship reportedly is broken.

But which other offseason changes could Daboll — entering a potential hot seat Year 3 in 2024 — make to his coaching staff?

Wink: Staying focused on what we are building here

Dabs’ Digest: Weekly 1-on-1 with Coach Brian Daboll | Giants.com

Q: Did you spend a lot of time during the bye week thinking about your quarterback situation and did you know you wanted to have that decision done on Monday when you came in?

Daboll: “Yeah. From after the Patriot game (on Nov. 26) all the way through the entire week, we did a lot of looking at film and thinking about that decision and ultimately came up with the decision that we did (to start Tommy DeVito Monday night).”

Wan'Dale Robinson hopes to bring pre-injury like performances in final stretch | New York Post

The clock symbolically tattooed on Wan’Dale Robinson’s right knee is set to 12:13, and it’s about to strike. The time is a metaphor for Dec. 13, 2022 — the date the rookie underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL that cut short the first 100-yard receiving game of his Giants’ career.

“My tattoo gives me a reminder of everything that happened, everything I’ve been through,” said Robinson. “Hopefully, that’s a couple days after scoring a touchdown, and that’s the celebration. I haven’t been able to play football like this in December before, so it will just be nice just to be able to do that.”

The importance of Casey Kreiter

How Giants backups have revealed Daniel Jones’ flaws, Evan Neal’s future and more: Mailbag, Part 2 | The Athletic

DeVito (12) and Taylor (10) have more completions of 20-plus yards than Jones (9), despite Jones having 55 more attempts than DeVito and 73 more attempts than Taylor. And this isn’t an aberration. Jones ranked 32rd out of 33 qualifying passers last season with a 5.9 percent rate of 20-plus air-yard passes and tied for 30th of 30 qualifying passers in 2021 with a 7.5 percent rate. From 2020-23, his 7.5 percent rate of attempts 20-plus yards in the air ranks last among 44 qualifying quarterbacks. He was at 11.8 percent as a rookie in 2019.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle makes a change at quarterback, five wide receivers taken in the first round | CBSSports.com

Brock Bowers TE, Georgia. New York could conceivably move on from Darren Waller this offseason and save money toward the salary cap, while adding Brock Bowers in the process.

Giants’ star helps fight youth homelessness with MetLife Sleep Out: ‘They hit home for me’ | NJ.com

Giants star Saquon Barkley has been the face of the effort to fight youth homelessness for the past five years with Covenant House, this time at MetLife Stadium.

All Rise

All 32 NFL owners from worst to first: The good, the bad and a few surprises | The Athletic

20. John Mara, New York Giants: 138-157-1 (.468)

The Mara name is legendary in the NFL, but the franchise’s trajectory since Hall of Famer Wellington Mara merits some scrutiny. With Coughlin already in place, the Giants won two Super Bowls in the first six seasons after John Mara took over for his father. The team ranks 27th in winning percentage since that second Super Bowl victory following the 2011 season. The Giants’ 82-123-1 (.400) record over that span outranks the records for the Commanders, Raiders, Jets, Browns and Jaguars. The Lions recently overtook the Giants since 2012.

This week’s opponent

Who is Tommy DeVito? A look at the New York Giants’ rookie quarterback | Acme Packing Company

An outsider’s look at the Giants starting quarterback Monday night

This leads me to the best comp I could come up with for DeVito, because I got déjà vu watching him play against Washington and New England. A fast quarterback from the Big Ten, who routinely runs himself into sacks. He’s playing for a team that is maybe the worst fit possible due to their poor offensive line, and he has maybe one competent target to throw to.

Sure, DeVito wasn’t as good as Justin Fields in college, but he faced the same level of elite defenses, without the benefit of NFL-level receivers to throw to. And of course, Justin Fields had that extremely ugly 25% Pressure to Sack ratio, 10th worst in college football in 2020.

Spreading ball around, early and often, pays dividends for Packers | Packers.com

While AJ Dillon carried the ball seven times on the initial TD march, quarterback Jordan Love also recorded completions to five different pass catchers – Jayden Reed, Christian Watson, Tucker Kraft, Dontayvion Wicks and Ben Sims (for the score).

So including Dillon, that’s six different offensive weapons who got their hands on the ball within the first half of the first quarter. It’s not within the players’ control, but getting involved early, right out of the gate, is appreciated and contributes to the sharpness of their game.

Jordan Love: Every game is like a playoff game for us | Pro Football Talk

“We don’t doubt anybody or take a game off or anything like that,” said Love. “We give everybody respect and take it that one game at a time. Our mindset is just to focus and go win every week. We don’t need a reminder at all. We know what position we’re in. Every game is like a playoff game for us. We know [we need] that mentality — we’ve got to win out. So, this team doesn’t need a reminder of that.”

Around the league

Eagles DBs: Can't allow Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb 'freestyle' their way to big plays Sunday | NFL.com

Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy feels good after surgery, set to coach | ESPN.com

When it comes to analytics, who’s the real Mike McCarthy? | The Athletic

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) ruled out vs. Bills | NFL.com

Chiefs News: Kansas City respects challenge of playing Josh Allen | Arrowhead Pride

Report: Bills fine Shaq Lawson for shoving fan in Philadelphia | Pro Football Talk

QB Trevor Lawrence (ankle) ‘probably’ a game-time decision vs. Browns | NFL.com

Dorian Thompson-Robinson out of concussion protocol, Browns won't name QB for Sunday | Pro Football Talk

Jabrill Peppers defends Bill Belichick after Patriots’ win over Steelers, glad ‘we could get it done for Bill’ | CBSSports.com

Off the injury report, Vikings WR Justin Jefferson will play for the first time in nine weeks | Pro Football Talk

Minkah Fitzpatrick calls out Steelers’ lack of effort in loss to Patriots: ‘Nothing’s handed to you’ | CBSSports.com

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson to play Sunday after dealing with illness | ESPN.com

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