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Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley focused on legacy, not finances, as season begins

With Sunday’s season-opening game against the Dallas Cowboys looming, Saquon Barkley detailed why his motivation for the season is not financial.

“No, it’s not more of that. The financial part of it, obviously that’s part of business. You go out there, you perform at a high level whether that’s for the Giants or other teams, but for me, it’s more of like, I kind of see last year as kind of like a rookie year, I guess. Not my rookie year, obviously, it’s year five, but being back on the scene and showing what I’m capable of doing and now, how can I take it to another level?,” he said. “Whether that’s in between the tackles, outside of tackles, catching the ball, running routes, showing why I was drafted number two. I feel like I was able to do that last year, but now I want to be able to take it to another level and be special. Everyone always talks about the legacy and the names on these walls in this locker room and in the indoor facility, and that’s what I want to be a part of. So, hopefully I can start off to a great start and go on a high note in Week 1.”

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NFL execs rank NFC teams: Big belief in Eagles, 49ers and yes, the Lions | The Athletic

The Giants are rising, although no one pushed them into the top quartile of the conference.

“I’m high on them,” the exec who voted the Giants sixth said. “(Brian) Daboll got them to believe last year. They add (Darren) Waller and some other good pieces without breaking the bank, and now they have speed outside. I think they are really going to open it up this year, and I expect them to ascend almost like the Jacksonville of the NFC: well-coached, with a quarterback they like. They really seem to have turned the corner.”

Darren Waller on GMFB Thursday

Every NFL team’s 1 thing we love, 1 thing we hate this season |

Love: Darren Waller should give the Giants an option in the red zone, and if New York wants to lean into some two-TE packages, Waller and second-year player Daniel Bellinger makes a nice tandem.

Hate: Can Daniel Jones duplicate his career year from a season ago?

Giants can’t beat Cowboys unless this stat changes: ‘I had a great game, but ...’ |

Azeez Ojulari was listening intently when he was informed this week that the Giants failed to record a sack in the two games they lost last season against the Dallas Cowboys.

“We had none?” he asked in disbelief. “Really? Damn.”

Giants' Wan'Dale Robinson 'feels normal again' after taking big hit | New York Post

It happened on Tuesday, something Wan’Dale Robinson had not experienced since last November.

“Might have been [safety Xavier McKinney] that got me,’’ Robinson said. “Caught a crossing route and I was just boom, flat on my back and I was like, ‘That feels normal again.’ ’’

Thursday injury report

Giants’ Isaiah Simmons has found a home in Wink Martindale’s defense | New York Post

“Wink in particular, I don’t know, I just feel like me and him have a connection, even though I haven’t been here that long,” Simmons told The Post after the Giants’ practice on Wednesday. “It feels good to be in a place where you know you’re wanted and they know how to use you effectively.”

“I feel like Wink really understands me, understands the skill set I have. The versatility throughout the whole defense, it’s not necessarily specific to just me. I feel like there’s been times in the past where the versatility in the defense came only from my spot, and everything else was regular. I don’t think things necessarily will work as effectively as the whole thing being versatile.

Howe: Intel on all 32 teams, including Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson bounce-back potential | The Athletic

Quarterback Daniel Jones delivered a very strong summer on the heels of his four-year, $160 million contract extension. The reasons for Jones’ improvement are fairly straightforward. He has a better command of the offense in his second season with head coach Brian Daboll and coordinator Mike Kafka, so the comfortability factor is real. The Giants have also added tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Parris Campbell to a group of skill players who were lacking in production in 2022. Receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, who tore his ACL as a rookie, has also looked sharp since returning to practice. There’s reason to believe Jones could follow a career year with yet another.

Daniel Jones talking about his new locker mate

Boomer says Daniel Jones needs to take huge step forward |

“Daniel Jones needs to have a 4,000-4,500-yard season, a 70 percent completion percentage, and 30 touchdowns,” Boomer said. “And he’s gotta keep his interceptions down...They’re gonna ask Daniel to do more this year. They’re gonna ask him to throw more this year. He’s gotta take that next step. He’s got a quality offensive line, he’s got good receivers, he’s got Darren Waller if he can stay healthy, and of course, he’s got Saquon. I’m expecting a huge jump for him this year statistically.”

NFL Coaching Candidates: 11 Coaches Under 40 to Watch in 2023 | The 33rd Team

Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka quickly climbed the coaching ladder, going from an offensive quality control coach to being hired as Brian Daboll’s offensive coordinator and play-caller last season. Kafka took on the challenge, and the New York Giants had an unexpectedly successful season, making the playoffs and even winning a road playoff game.

Also mentioned: QB coach Shea Tierney, whose work with Daniel Jones was noticed around the league.

Giants rookie Eric Gray may be a big part of a fast kick return unit | Newsday

Giants special teams coach Thomas McGaughey already trusts the fifth round pick. Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton and cornerback Darnay Holmes could also factor into the return game.

This week’s opponent

Tyler Smith "very optimistic" for Sunday night | Pro Football Talk

“He says he feels really good. . . . He’s very optimistic,” said Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy in offering an update on left guard Tyler Smith’s condition on Thursday morning.

McCarthy said that Smith will need to practice on Saturday before the team travels to New Jersey in order to play on Sunday night. If he can’t go by then, the Cowboys will likely move Chuma Edoga into the starting lineup and summon further depth from the practice squad.

Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy coins team’s 2023 season theme |

“The theme is Carpe Omnia, seize everything,” McCarthy said. “I think sustaining success is, personally in my experience, a bigger challenge. It’s the touchstone to connect with… That’s the way we’re looking at this season.”

Cowboys at Giants: Dak Prescott’s win streak vs NY not the only thing on the line | Blogging The Boys

An area the Cowboys can lean on to create separation while they build McCarthy’s offense up to full-game speed is of course Dan Quinn’s defense, looking to remarkably lead the NFL in takeaways for the third straight year.

Micah on 2023 mission: ‘Everybody gets the smoke’ |

The best thing the Cowboys can do to finally lift the decades-long Super Bowl drought is to get off to a fast start against the Giants, and that includes setting the defensive tone early.

"It's extremely important," LB Micah Parsons said. "The Giants aren't a walkover team. They put together a great offseason just like we did. They've got great guys they've already had, and the rivalry makes it harder and something you've gotta prepare for because they're going to give us their best shot. Each game last year came down to the wire. This is like a Super Bowl."

Howe: Intel on all 32 teams, including Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson bounce-back potential | The Athletic

The Cowboys have been talking with quarterback Dak Prescott about a new contract throughout the offseason with Prescott’s cap number more than doubling in 2024 to $59.455 million and potential deals on the horizon for linebacker Micah Parsons and receiver CeeDee Lamb, there’s some real urgency for the Cowboys to gain clarity with Prescott.

Every NFL team’s 1 thing we love, 1 thing we hate this season |

Love: This defense is stacked and will pose problems for opposing offenses.

Hate: Mike McCarthy and Brian Schottenheimer running the offense will be ... something to watch.

Around the league

Ravens WR Odell Beckham 'excited' to return to NFL field after year off |

Commanders' Josh Harris gives positive feedback on Ron Rivera, admits job comes down to results |

Commanders co-owner firmly rules out one option for possible name change that could soon be coming |

Caleb Williams’ dad says USC QB could return to school if 2024 NFL Draft isn’t ‘a good situation’ | The Athletic

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans keeping focus on field with extension deadline looming |

Vikings' Justin Jefferson wants new deal, but 'up to them' |

Cardinals’ Jonathan Gannon sarcastically blames himself for Chiefs loss when he was Eagles DC |

Chandler Jones says Raiders sent Las Vegas Crisis Response Team to his home | Pro Football Talk

Stafford says he and Rams unfazed by wife’s remarks, have ‘moved on’ |

Tua Tagovailoa: Sometimes you can’t help but fan over Justin Herbert’s plays | Pro Football Talk

NFL suspends Saints’ Jake Haener six games for PED violation |

Shaquille Leonard clears concussion protocol | Pro Football Talk

Cincinnati Bengals D.C. Lou Anarumo Says His Group Is Ready for One of the Best in the League |

NFL Rookies to Wear 'Prem1ere' Jersey Patches for 1st Career Games in 2023 | Bleacher Report

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