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Giants news, 1/4: Future for Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, Dexter Lawrence Pro Bowl, more

New York Giants news for Thursday

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Week 18 storylines? Nah, offseason storylines are the ones that matter for Giants
More important, and far more interesting as the calendar year has turned to 2024, are the storylines to come in what will be anything but a simple offseason for the Giants. Let’s touch on the biggest ones.

This will be mostly a high-level look at each of these storylines, an appetizer for deeper dives to comes on many of the critical decisions facing GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll heading into the 2024 season.

The questions that loom ahead include questions (again) about the quarterback and offensive line; decisions on whether to try to retain or let go of several impending free agents, lead by Xavier McKinney, Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley; is an overhaul coming to the coaching staff; and the need for more difference makers.

BBV's Ed Valentine gives his extended thoughts here.

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Saquon Barkley Voted 2023 “Good Guy” Award Winner by Giants PFWA Chapter | Sports Illustrated

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been elected winner of the 23rd annual George Young-Ernie Accorsi Media Good Guy Award, as voted on by members of the New York Giants Chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America.

Barkley received 10 of a possible 17 first-place votes from chapter members. Wide receiver Darius Slayton finished second in the voting for the second straight year. He received three first-place votes and appeared on a team-high 14 ballots, making this one of the closest votes in the award’s history. Linebacker Bobby Okereke finished third.

Darius Slayton reflecting on a year that could have been

Giants not benching Tyrod Taylor for Tommy DeVito entering season finale vs. Eagles |

Giants coach Brian Daboll unsurprisingly said before Wednesday’s practice that he won’t bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor for Tommy DeVito entering Sunday’s season finale.

What Giants need from Eric Gray, Joe Schoen late-round picks | New York Post

There is no way the Rams could have foresaw what Kyren Williams would do for them in 2023 based on what he did for them in 2022. Keep this in mind when considering what a wasteful and negligible rookie season Eric Gray is completing with the Giants and what might await him in 2024.

NFL Week 18 Power Rankings 2023 - How all 32 teams stack up |

Biggest offseason contract to watch: S Xavier McKinney. McKinney, who has played every defensive snap this season, wants to return to the Giants. The problem is that general manager Joe Schoen decided before the season to put his contract on the back burner. The two sides did not talk about an extension during the current campaign. If the Giants want to bring him back, it’s not going to be cheap.

Coach Brian Daboll said the team has shown “good competitive stamina” in competing despite their record

Darren Waller: What does NY Giants future hold after promising start? | The Record

In the 10 months since joining the Giants, Waller said he has been impressed with the way the organization treats its players, past and present.

“Seeing how the people that are higher up [in the Giants' organization] treat everyone, how the legends come back around and how proud they are to play here," said Waller. "I’m still blown away."

32 NFL observations after Week 17: Travis Etienne’s elusiveness and more | PFF

Dexter Lawrence is, along with Quinnen Williams, one of two defenders who have posted PFF grades above 80.0 in both run defense and pass rushing.

Great future Giants bar question

Bobby Okereke and 2 more Giants react to their NFL Draft scouting reports | The Athletic

Okereke, Andrew Thomas and Azeez Ojulari share their feelings about what Dane Brugler had to say about them ahead of the NFL Draft.

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A.J. Brown: Nothing but respect for Nick Sirianni, frustration isn't about play calling | Pro Football Talk

Brown went on to explain that Sirianni often will take the brunt of the criticism when it’s on the players. Specifically, the WR pointed to the Seahawks game, admitting that the players messed that one up and tried to improvise, but Sirianni came out and said that they were trying to draw a DPI on the deep pass to Brown.

Brown said he appreciates Sirianni’s loyalty because he “takes up for us when it has nothing to do with him...I have nothing but respect for him because not all coaches do that. We ride with him, we ride with Brian. We just gotta come out and play ball.”

Jalen Hurts appreciates A.J. Brown having the courage to apologize in front of the team | Bleeding Green Nation

Hurts said that Sirianni is keeping his head down and working, and is trying to do his best while echoing A.J. Brown comments about Sirianni’s loyalty to the players.

“I think [Sirianni] definitely has a way of building his relationships with the players, and showing up for the players with his emotion and his passion for the game, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Brian Johnson: We've got to force the ball to A.J. Brown sometimes and get him going | Pro Football Talk

“We didn’t run a whole bunch of plays,” Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson said. “I don’t remember exactly every single pass that we ran in the second half, but A.J. is a great player and we’ve got to force him the ball sometimes and make sure we get him going.”

32 NFL observations after Week 17: Micah Parsons’ pass-rush dominance | PFF

Nicholas Morrow led the way of all linebackers with eight tackles in the run game, five of which were defensive stops. This was also the highest number of the week.

2023 NFL Playoff, Super Bowl probabilities for all 32 teams | PFF

The Eagles clinch the NFC East with a win vs. the New York Giants and a Dallas Cowboys loss or tie vs. the Washington Commanders. They also win the division with a tie vs. the New York Giants and a Dallas Cowboys loss vs. the Washington Commanders.

The Eagles are projected to go to the Super Bowl 15% of the time.

Around the league

Cowboys’ Micah Parsons explains why CeeDee Lamb is ‘the best receiver in the NFL’ |

Sam Howell will start at QB for Commanders in season finale | Pro Football Talk

Embattled coach Ron Rivera on four years with Commanders: ‘I’d like to think we’re in a better place’ |

10 names to watch in the Commanders head coaching search | FOX Sports

Davante Adams: Antonio Pierce has my vote, basically the whole locker room | Pro Football Talk

NFL defends call that nixed Lions 2-point conversion in video sent to all teams | The Athletic

Baker Mayfield would not have practiced Wednesday due to injured ribs | Pro Football Talk

Rams to start QB Carson Wentz in regular-season finale with playoff berth secured |

Chiefs to rest Patrick Mahomes, start Blaine Gabbert vs. Chargers |

Browns to rest Joe Flacco, start Jeff Driskel vs. Bengals with playoff seed locked | The Athletic

Trevor Siemian to start for Jets vs. Patriots, Zach Wilson still in concussion protocol | Pro Football Talk

Does Jets receiver Garrett Wilson see his future in NYC? |

Bills HC Sean McDermott on WR Stefon Diggs’ lack of recent production: ‘We’re going to need him down the stretch’ |

Coach always believed Kyler Murray would be Cardinals QB in 2024 |

Titans coach Mike Vrabel on desire to win finale Sunday amid 5-11 season: 'It sucks to lose' |

The Mike Vrabel rumors aren’t going away Titans Patriots | Music City Miracles

How Will the Bears Handle Their Franchise-Defining Moment? | The Ringer

Firefighters battling large fire at home of Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill |

NFL fines David Tepper $300K after Panthers owner throws drink at fans in Jacksonville | The Athletic

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