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Is trading up in the first round to draft a quarterback worth the cost?

Thus the Giants may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of not having access to the QB prospect(s) they like best. That leaves three choices: Take the next best quarterback prospect with their first round pick, e.g., Michael Penix Jr. or Bo Nix; draft a player at another position of need (e.g., OT, WR, edge defender) whose perceived value seems worthy of a top 10 pick and get a QB in a later round; or trade up to be in position to draft one of the top three QB prospects.

Let’s imagine that the Giants wind up at their current No. 5 place in the draft and that there’s only one QB they like enough to sacrifice resources for. For a proposed trade for No. 1, it would require the Giants to give up No. 5, No. 39, and their first- and third-round picks in 2025.

Another scenario: they could trade back into the bottom of the first round with the (maybe) to-be Super Bowl champion Ravens, as the Ravens themselves did in 2018, to select one of the QBs that falls that far (maybe Penix, Nix, or J.J. McCarthy). The Giants would have to give up second (No. 39) and fifth-round pick (No. 141) to do so

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Will snowstorm hit Eagles vs. Giants on Sunday? Latest forecast for NFL game | NJ.com

According to weather.com, three to six inches of snow and/or ice will fall on East Rutherford between 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday.

The probability breakdown says there’s a 1% chance of 10 or more inches, 8% chance of 6-10 inches, 46% chance of 3-6 inches, 34% chance of 1-3 inches, and an 11% chance of less than an inch.

The Giants lone Pro Bowler

5 Things We Learned: Dexter Lawrence ‘an unblockable player’ | Giants.com

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale referred to Lawrence as the “centerpiece” of the defense.

“Dex has stayed Dex since I’ve been here,” Martindale told reporters. “He was a really good player before we got here and then he had a great year last year. He hasn’t changed his work ethic; he hasn’t changed anything about him. I think sometimes he might put too much pressure on himself, but that’s what all the great ones do. Like I said, I’m really happy for Dex.”

Giants Re-Sign QB Jacob Eason to Practice Squad | Sports Illustrated

Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been listed as a limited participant on the Giatns’ injury report this week due to a back issue.

Eason will likely be signed to a reserve/futures contract the day after the Giants’ 2023 season concludes. He will have a chance to go through the off-season learning the team’s system and will be able to contribute in the spring until

Should Giants let Saquon Barkley walk in 2024 free agency? Why the answer isn’t simple | NJ.com

Saquon Barkley, the Giants’ star running back, made it clear Wednesday that he’d be just fine playing elsewhere in 2024.

So should third-year general manager Joe Schoen let Barkley walk in free agency rather than pay significant money to retain him?

Boomer Esiason hopes Giants Saquon Barkley gets fresh start | WFAN.com

“I hope he gets a fresh start somewhere else. I really do,” Boomer said. “Unfortunately for him and Sterling Shepard, the passing game has been nonexistent for the Giants for seven years, and they’ve been in the middle of it…The real problem is, what are the Giants doing at quarterback?”

Saquon Barkley: NY Giants legacy that goes deeper than stats | The Record

At 26, Barkley is again at a career crossroads. For the second consecutive year, he will play a season finale with his contract set to expire, meaning his future, both immediate and long-term, is uncertain.

This could be Barkley's last game with the Giants on Sunday afternoon against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium - he knows it and the team knows it. Few really want to talk about the possibility, but the home crowd needs to embrace that reality as well, even if Barkley's dream to be a Giant for life eventually comes true.

Scouting Report: Jason Kelce vs. Dexter Lawrence among key matchups | Giants.com

According to PFF’s tracking, the Giants blitzed the Eagles (sending at least 5 rushers) 36 of 43 times. The 84% blitz rate was 20% higher than any other team in Week 16. Despite all of those blitzes, the Giants managed pressure on just 28% of their snaps. Jalen Hurts finished the game with more than 300 passing yards.

Nothing left to play for? How some Giants can still cash in on the season finale | The Athletic

Slayton hasn’t missed a game, so he’ll earn the full $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses if he plays in the finale. Slayton can earn an additional $500,000 apiece based on his production in the main three receiving categories: receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

Slayton’s contract includes an escalator, so any incentives he earns this year will increase his 2024 roster bonus by the same amount. If Slayton earns $200,000 in incentives this season, his bonus for being on the 90-man roster on the fifth day of the 2024 league year will increase from $2.4 million to $2.6 million.

Every NFL team’s highest-graded wide receiver from Week 17 | PFF

The Giants came within one against the Rams but were unable to complete the comeback. Darius Slayton (66.1) recorded his first 100-yard game of the season, with his biggest play coming in the third quarter when he was able to gain a step on his defender and outrace him to the end zone for an 80-yard score.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Broncos waste no time replacing Russell Wilson with one of four QBs taken in Round 1 | CBSSports.com

New York Giants, Malik Nabers WR, 5th Overall. Malik Nabers has No. 1 wide receiver ability. They may have to run it back with Daniel Jones but at least the team is making progress with a wide receiver room of Jalin Hyatt, Wan’Dale Robinson and Nabers.

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6 Eagles named to the Pro Bowl | PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Which Eagles were selected? Six of them in total: wide receiver A.J. Brown (starter, 3rd selection), guard Landon Dickerson (reserve, 2nd selection), tackle Lane Johnson (starter, 5th selection), center Jason Kelce (starter, 7th selection), linebacker Haason Reddick (reserve, 2nd selection), and running back D'Andre Swift (reserve, 1st selection).

Eagles Injury Report: Zach Cunningham set to return | Bleeding Green Nation

Donta Smith might be in jeopardy of missing his first NFL game. We’ll see if he’s able to practice at all on Friday. Smith did miss two practices leading up to Week 16 before playing.

Two players were listed under limited participation were Jordan Davis and Darius Slay. Davis was upgraded from DNP. Seems like he has a chance to suit up against the Giants.

NFL contenders' biggest weaknesses, playoff teams to avoid | ESPN.com

I believe Eagles fans could have seen a scenario where the secondary struggled, but the pass rush falling apart seems particularly ominous. The Eagles are 29th in pressure rate and 25th in sack rate over the full season. Things have gotten worse as the year has gone along; they are 30th in sack rate since Week 10, having taken down opposing quarterbacks just 11 times over the past seven games

Jordan Davis’ conditioning is being called into question | Bleeding Green Nation

The Eagles DT is a huge person, but Brain Baldinger is suggesting he’s too big to effectively play his position, which is affecting the defense’s pass rush.

“It is clear that [he] is out of shape. I gotta believe they fine him every week. He’s overweight, and it shows. He’s not pursuing the ball, he’s nothing in the pass rush.. I’m not sure why he keeps dressing.. When plays are going on, he’s basically walking on the field.”

Every NFL team’s highest-graded wide receiver from Week 17 | PFF
Julio Jones (81.9) had his best day as an Eagle, catching two touchdown passes in the first half. He now has nine catches for 61 yards on the season.

Around the league

Cowboys’ Micah Parsons on 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year case: ‘I think I put in a good fight’ | CBSSports.com

CeeDee Lamb wants to be highest-paid receiver in NFL, after winning Super Bowl | Pro Football Talk

Cowboys sign La’el Collins, three others to practice squad before Week 18 | CBSSports.com

NFL Players Rank Top Team Coordinators | NFLPA

Dalvin Cook joining Ravens after going unclaimed on waivers | ESPN.com

2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games Snubs: Josh Allen, Antoine Winfield Jr. and more | PFF

Jets HC Robert Saleh noncommittal on Zach Wilson's future in New York: 'We'll see' | NFL.com

Dolphins DC Vic Fangio: Bills QB Josh Allen like John Elway ‘on steroids’ | NFL.com

Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle out of practice Thursday | Pro Football Talk

Fire at Tyreek Hill’s house started by child playing with lighter, official says | The Athletic

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner ‘one hundred percent’ certain he will play in 2024 | NFL.com

Packers CB Jaire Alexander ‘surprised’ by coin-toss suspension | ESPN.com

Packers QB Jordan Love has millions in incentives on the line vs. the Bears | Acme Packing Company

Von Miller: Bills made "right decision" making me inactive last week | Pro Football Talk

Vikings need Brian Flores to build on defensive innovation in 2024 | ESPN.com

Pros and cons of Antonio Pierce being Raiders next head coach | ESPN.com

J.J. McCarthy’s NFL draft projection is all over the map. Here’s what pro scouts are saying | SBNation.com

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