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Giants news, 1/31: Joe Schoen speaks, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, more headlines

New York Giants news for Wednesday

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Giants hope to end defensive coordinator search this week — what does that mean?

New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen told reporters at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Tuesday that the organization is hoping for a resolution to its search for a defensive coordinator by the end of the week.

What does that mean? Those who have been discussed probably eliminated include Kansas City Chiefs’ linebackers coach Brendan Daly and former Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Plus, Bills’ linebacker coach Bobby Babich was promoted on Tuesday to DC by that organization.

Informed speculation leads to Baltimore Ravens’ defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, as he is the only candidate the Giants have interviewed twice. But Wilson is hotly sought after, receiving interest from the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers for their defensive coordinator vacancies.

If Wilson goes elsewhere or isn’t the Giants’ choice, that appears to leave Giants’ defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson and Miami Dolphins’ linebackers coach Anthony Campanile as the remaining options.

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Other Giant observations

Joe Schoen: Daniel Jones our starter when healthy, we’ll look at everything for draft | Pro Football Talk

“Where we are, we’re in a good spot at six, we’re gonna look at every position we have needs across the board, offensively and defensively,’’ Schoen said. “Daniel’s in the building every day working hard. The expectation is for him to be the starter when he’s healthy going into camp and we’re gonna be thorough with our process at every position during the draft, regardless whether it’s quarterback, running back, safety, corner, whatever it is. We’ll take a good player at six.’’

Mike Kafka at the Shrine Bowl

Is Daniel Jones still part of Giants’ long-term plans? Let’s examine their realistic options at QB | The Athletic

There’s no guarantee Schoen will find a trade partner no matter how desperately he wants to move up. Or he may deem the cost of a trade too high and elect to stick with the sixth pick.

That’s a risky move since there are quarterback-needy teams ahead of the Giants, but it’s plausible a quarterback could drop to No. 6. Daniels is currently the most likely candidate to slide, but a lot can change in the next three months. Staying put and landing a franchise quarterback would be the best possible outcome for the Giants. But again, there’s risk involved in waiting as opposed to trading up.

Joe Schoen updates Giants’ plans for Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones | SNY.tv

Regarding Barkley, who is set for free agency for the second consecutive year, Schoen said he met briefly with him after the season and that he would meet with the running back’s representatives at the NFL Combine.

2024 NFL free agency: Re-signing decisions for all 32 teams | ESPN.com

The Giants need to decide if they want to pay (or tag) their best offensive player, who had 1,242 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns despite missing three games. If they allow Saquon Barkley to walk, it will create another major void in an offense already filled with holes.

The Giants must address quarterback and also need a No. 1 wide receiver and multiple starting offensive linemen. Do they want to add running back to that list of needs? Not even talking with teams about moving Barkley at the trade deadline this past season seems to suggest they want him to return.

Giants’ Sterling Shepard on Possible NFL Retirement: ‘Too Early to Close the Door’ | Bleacher Report

Sterling Shepard might retire this offseason, but he isn’t ready to make an official decision.

“It’s too early to close the door right now,” the New York Giants wide receiver said during an interview with the 2nd Wind Podcast (24:50 mark). “I’m content with what I’ve done with my career and where I’m at right now. … It has to make sense for me and my family to go do that.”

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What Giants will look for at Senior Bowl as coordinator search continues | New York Post

The top overall prospect in Mobile this week is probably Laiatu Latu, an edge rusher from UCLA. Wouldn’t you know it, the Giants have a glaring need at that spot, with none of their defenders other than Kayvon Thibodeaux (11.5 sacks) in 2023 coming close to double-digits in sacks.

Is No. 6 too high for Latu? Most likely, yes, but the Giants will get a good look at a player who amassed 13 sacks this past season and a whopping 21.5 tackles for loss.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Caleb Williams sticks at No. 1, Giants add Malik Nabers | The Athletic

6. New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

This team needs something defenses will respect at all levels of the field, and that’s the sales pitch for Nabers. The LSU receiver ranked third in yards per route run in 2023, and he had a 55-45 split between targets in the slot and on the perimeter — evidence of his effectiveness no matter where he lines up. Nabers’ raw speed is still an understated part of his game, but don’t be surprised to see a 40 time around 4.40 seconds or faster.

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

6. New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU. Fit: The New York Giants offense has plenty of holes, but wide receiver needs significant upgrading. Malik Nabers can do that with his explosiveness, big-play ability and reliability.

Around the league

Former New York Giants Senior Director of Information named NFL VP of replay | Sports Illustrated

WR Odell Beckham Jr. on season with Ravens: ‘I know that I can still play football’ | NFL.com

Chiefs' Andy Reid says Kadarius Toney injury 'not made up' | ESPN.com

Chiefs will wear their red home jerseys, 49ers to wear white in Super Bowl LVIII | Pro Football Talk

The inevitability of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce turning it on in the playoffs | PFF

Chiefs-Ravens most-watched AFC Championship Game ever | The Athletic

Super Bowl referee returns: 49ers and Chiefs will have same official they had in Super Bowl LIV | CBSSports.com

Commanders still set for second interview with Aaron Glenn Tuesday | Pro Football Talk

Lions OC Ben Johnson informs Commanders, Seahawks he’s staying in Detroit | NFL.com

Sources - Steelers to hire ex-Falcons coach Arthur Smith as OC | ESPN.com

Dan Campbell admits error on Lions' third-and-goal run, burnt timeout in final possession of loss to 49ers | NFL.com

Broncos' Sean Payton set to reunite with longtime Saints offensive coordinator in Denver | CBSSports.com

Raiders assistant coaching search: Chip Kelly interested in Raiders? | Silver And Black Pride

Leslie Frazier among potential candidates for Miami job, per reports | CBSSports.com

Patriots Reportedly Not Picking Up Mac Jones’ Fifth-Year Option | ProFootballNetwork.com

T.J. Hockenson has finally had his knee surgery | Daily Norseman

Brandon Staley to interview for Rams defensive coordinator Wednesday | Pro Football Talk

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