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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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Other Giant observations
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
"I re-signed here - I could've chosen not to come back, but I chose to come back. I felt like we would've built off of last year's momentum."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 3, 2024
Darius Slayton reflects on the Giants' season: pic.twitter.com/QAnECs844G
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.
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.
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
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."
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
If Sterling Shepard does not get in the end zone Sunday in what likely will be his last game with the #NYGiants, he will have scored the first and last touchdowns of his career with NYG in Arlington against the Cowboys on passes from Eli Manning and Tommy DeVito.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 3, 2024
Okereke, Andrew Thomas and Azeez Ojulari share their feelings about what Dane Brugler had to say about them ahead of the NFL Draft.
This week’s opponent
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.”
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.
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.
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