Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants are getting some help on beating Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers by learning from Eli Manning's champion brother Peyton.

Peyton, a two-time Super Bowl champion who retired after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in February, visited the Giants' facility on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, talking to the 8-3 Giants about Roethlisberger and the Steelers, whom the Giants play Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET at Heinz Field.

While Eli, who is 1-2 against Pittsburgh, hasn't faced the Steelers since 2012, Peyton and the Broncos beat them 23-16 in last year's AFC Divisional round. Peyton, including the playoffs, went 4-1 in his career against the Roethlisberger-led Steelers, throwing for 1,250 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception in those matchups.

"He gave some insight," Eli said to Raanan. "Just some stuff that was successful; he's played Pittsburgh a lot over the years. Played 'em last year in the playoffs. So just had a few tips or ideas that may fit into our system."

Talking about his relationship with his older brother, Eli said Peyton will watch his games and text him afterward -- more "good throw on this" instead of tips, Eli said.

"But that, kind of, has always been the case," Eli said. "I think we still have great communication about what is going on."

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the sideline during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the sideline during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants veteran QB Eli Manning will be off the sideline and back in a more familiar starting role against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. He's back due to Daniel Jones' high ankle sprain he suffered last week, and he'll once again be tasked with leading the Giants to victory. 

But this group hasn't felt that since Week 4 when they took down the Redskins at home in MetLife Stadium. And that was with Jones leading the way for his second straight win. 

With Manning under center now, those stakes to collect a win -- on the road no less -- are even higher. That's because it isn't just the eight-game losing streak this Giants team owns at the moment. 

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants traded valuable assets for pending free agent Leonard Williams earlier this season with the idea that they would extend him. But Williams recently said that testing the free agent market is "definitely a logical possibility."

While the Giants have an exclusive window with Williams before other teams can negotiate with him, his return is not certain. And he has his eye on a big payday.

"I definitely think I'm a top-tier interior defensive lineman, in that top percentage of the d-linemen," Williams told Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I wouldn't say Aaron Donald [level]. But I would definitely put myself up there with a lot of those other top guys."

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Any thought that the Giants might still start Daniel Jones in Monday's game against the Eagles got shot down at Saturday's practice.

Second-year head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that the rookie quarterback would be out for the Giants (2-10), who officially turn back to veteran Eli Manning in Week 14 at Philadelphia.

Ahead of the 8:15 p.m. kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles (5-7), Shurmur noted that Jones progressed and was eager to get back in time after shedding the protective walking boot Friday, but he ultimately remains sidelined.

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Oct 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs onto the field before the start of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 13, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs onto the field before the start of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has reportedly told players and coaches that he wants out of Cleveland, per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

"People are now surprised about what's happening, and what he's saying in Cleveland," Glazer said. "But players around league and coaches, they're not. Throughout this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games 'Come get me, come get me'. Remember, it was not Odell's choice to go to the Cleveland Browns, he got traded. There are now also reports he needs sports hernia surgery. I don't see that relationship ending well for them after this year."

On Thursday, Beckham spoke to media and was unclear on his desire to be back with the Browns next season.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) punts the ball during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants and punter Riley Dixon have agreed to a three-year contract extension, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Dixon, 26, is averaging a career-best 47.0 yards per punt, which ranks sixth in the NFL this season.

He is in his second season with the Giants after being acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos on April 20, 2018.

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Nov 3, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the football against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 3, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) runs with the football against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Giants will officially be without tight end Evan Engram on Monday night, and it now looks like the Philadelphia Eagles may be getting one of their playmakers back into the lineup.

Eagles running back Jordan Howard has missed each of the team's last three games due to a shoulder injury, but he was a limited participant in practice this week and is officially listed as questionable for Monday night.

The issue for Howard is that the former Chicago Bear has still not yet been cleared for contact, and while there's a chance that could happen before Monday night, there's still a scenario in which he misses his fourth straight game. 

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The Giants were hopeful that Evan Engram would be ready to go against the Eagles on Monday night, but after the tight end did not practice on Saturday, he'll remain inactive for Week 14.

Engram has been sidelined with a sprained foot since Week 9, but head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday that his prospects of playing were "trending up." On Friday, Engram was listed as a participant in practice (albeit in a limited capacity) for the first time.

But he did not participate in Saturday's walkthrough, after which the Giants announced that Engram would not play on Monday.

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Janoris Jenkins didn't hold back his frustrations last week following the Giants' 31-13 loss to the Packers, wondering aloud whether keeping him on one side of the field was the best use of his abilities.

Pat Shurmur defended both Jenkins and defensive coordinator James Bettcher earlier this week, pushing back on the notion that the cornerback was being overly critical of the way he's being used in coverage.

"I'm not sure that's what he was doing. That may be the impression," Shurmur said. "Coaches and players talk about a lot of things behind the scenes. But obviously anything that we do, we should do behind the scenes."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants veteran wide receiver Golden Tate was cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday afternoon, the team announced.

Tate suffered the concussion in Week 12's loss to the Chicago Bears, and missed Week 13's game against the Green Bay Packers.

In his first season with the Giants, Tate has 36 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. He has seen at least six targets in each game this season, with a 63.2 percent catch percentage.

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In his return as Giants QB1, how will Eli Manning play against the Eagles on Monday? SNY simulates the game in Madden to tell you today!

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Daniel Jones was seen at Giants practice on Friday without a boot on his foot, showing progress regarding his sprained ankle, but the rookie quarterback did not practice and is unlikely to play against the Eagles on Monday night.

Veteran QB Eli Manning is expected get the start against Philadelphia in his place, as the Giants look to halt an eight-game skid.

With Jones' ankle already improving and him no longer in need of a protective boot, the idea of Jones returning to the field again this season is certainly trending upward.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nine games into his rookie season, Sam Darnold looked absolutely lost. All the promise he previously showed was gone in a downward spiral. His head was spinning and his play was getting worse.

That's when fate stepped in and left the Jets' newest franchise quarterback with a sprained foot that would keep him sidelined for a month - an injury that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field for warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field for warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Currently in his first season with the Cleveland Browns, former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is having arguably the most disappointing season of his career.

On Thursday, Beckham was unclear on his desire to be back with the Browns next season.

"No one knows what the future holds tomorrow,'' Beckham said. "I couldn't tell you what's going to happen. My locker is right beside one of the men (Jarvis Landry) that means the most to me in the world. I think about just being able to come to work and see him every single day and how special this could be. I couldn't sit here and tell you whether I'm going to be here, want to be here, don't want to be here."

 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back too pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back too pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is "getting better" after suffering a high ankle sprain, according to head coach Pat Shurmur. Though, "the chances are very slim" that he'd be able to play on Monday night when the team travels to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Eli Manning will likely be the starting quarterback against the Eagles in Week 14.

Shurmur is "optimistic" that Jones will play again this season, as the team has four more games left.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur reacts as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur reacts as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could find himself on the hot seat this offseason depending on the result of these final four games. In fact, with a 2-10 record and a 7-21 record overall through his short tenure with New York, it's hard to say it's not hot as we speak. 

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch added to that heat on Tuesday at the 36th annual sports luncheon for the March of Dimes when he wouldn't commit to Shurmur or GM Dave Gettleman as being the men to lead the team in the future.

"Those decisions aren't going to be made today, so respectfully I'm going to wait until after the season and start those conversations with my partner," Tisch told SNY.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Fast forward to the end of the 2019 season and make a big assumption: That Eli Manning plays well for at least a few games in December, and the Giants win a game or two, too.

That's what it would take to give the soon-to-be-39-year-old a shot at an NFL quarterbacking job next season. But if that happens, where would he even find an open job?

There are only a few possibilities with so many franchises set with young quarterbacks for their future, and none of them seem very likely. Manning could go anywhere as a clipboard-holding backup, of course, but that's not something someone who spent 15 years as a starter is likely to do. If he continues his career, he's going to want to play -- or at the very least he'll want a chance to play.

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Giants QB Eli Manning (Treated Image by SNY)
Giants QB Eli Manning (Treated Image by SNY)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning has never once even hinted about his plans for 2020, and those close to him have sworn they either don't know his plans, or that the Giants quarterback really hasn't made up his mind. Everyone, though, seemed to think his NFL career was likely over.

Until now.

Now, of course, the Giants' long-time franchise quarterback is back for one last hurrah, thanks to the "moderate" high ankle sprain to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones that will likely force Manning to start again for the Giants in Philadelphia on Monday night.

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While the Giants do not release their latest injury report until Thursday, second-year head coach Pat Shurmur shared one optimistic update as they prepare for Monday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Shurmur said the Giants' chances of getting third-year tight end Evan Engram back were "trending up" with five days to go before Week 14 kicks off at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Engram added to Shurmur's update, telling Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com, "Yes, sir," when asked if he expected to make his return for the 8:15 p.m. start on ESPN.

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The Giants revealed Wednesday that QB Daniel Jones suffered a high ankle sprain against the Packers on Sunday, and though Pat Shurmur won't say it definitively, Eli Manning should be getting the start against the Eagles on Monday night. 

So the veteran signal caller that spent 15 years leading the Giants offense will return after taking a back seat these past 10 games for Jones' rookie progression. It was in that moment leading up to Week 3 that many believed it was the official end of Manning's time with the Giants -- and that still might be what happens when the regular season is over at the end of the month. 

But Manning hasn't been viewing things that way, especially not now with a start -- and maybe more -- in his sights. It's time to get down to business.

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Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones said on Monday he should be good to go this week after twisting his ankle against the Packers. 

Now it's the exact opposite. 

According to head coach Pat Shurmur, Jones suffered a moderate high ankle sprain and will need to sit out the Giants' Monday Night Football game against the Eagles this week. In turn, veteran QB Eli Manning will likely be back in his starting role. 

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As the Giants continue to plummet this season, the prospect of Pat Shurmur being let go as head coach has begun to come up lately. Even GM Dave Gettleman may be on the hot seat. 

But that's a conversation the Giants will be having after the season -- not with four games still left to play. 

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was present at the March of Dimes' 36th annual Sports Luncheon to accept the Sports Leadership Award. During a short media availability, he was asked whether or not he believes Shurmur and Gettleman are the right men to lead this team back to greatness. 

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Ron Rivera (Chuck Cook)
Ron Rivera (Chuck Cook)

With four games left in the season, the Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. 

"I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community," Panthers owner David Tepper said in an official statement via ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers."

It has been a rough year for the Panthers, with the biggest issue being Cam Newton sidelined for the rest of the year. Kyle Allen has taken over, and hasn't been bad in the slightest. In fact, Carolina may move on from Newton after the season, which means Allen would be the No. 1 quarterback for the 2020 season. 

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Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones (Chuck Cook)

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a way of making headlines virtually every week, and he did so again on Tuesday with a very interesting comment regarding his head coach Jason Garrett

There has been speculation that Garrett's days are numbers in Dallas, and Jones didn't necessarily help reverse that narrative much during his daily spot on 105.3 The Fan. Here's what he said about Garrett:

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Giants have played 28 games under head coach Pat Shurmur and have only won seven of those since the start of the 2018 season. 

At 2-10, the final four games for the Giants this season will be all about letting young players get playing time, guys such as rookie Daniel Jones. 

But those final four games could be about Shurmur's job security, too. 

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Matt Rhule (Kirby Lee)
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Pat Shurmur's fate has not been sealed, but every loss brings him closer to unemployment. Not long ago it was unthinkable that the Giants would go into 2020 with their fourth head coach in six seasons. But eight losses (and counting) later, they might.

But who would that be? That's a tough question, if John Mara and Steve Tisch decide to go that route. There's no obvious successor on Shurmur's staff, and really none from the recent staffs of Ben McAdoo or Tom Coughlin either. The field of available candidates is generally the same as it was two years ago when they decided to hire Shurmur - and that field wasn't considered great.

Given the need for "an adult in the room," as GM Dave Gettleman once called Shurmur, it seems unlikely they'd take a chance on a hot, young, unproven assistant. Head coaching experience mattered in the end last time, and it likely will be a preference again, since this franchise has no time for on-the-job training. NFL experience always matters to the Giants. And they'll need someone who has shown to have a thick skin to handle the New York heat -- something they really haven't had since Coughlin was pushed out.

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After a frustrating eighth straight loss for the Giants, CB Janoris Jenkins wasn't afraid to speak his mind about the team's defensive scheme. 

"You've got to use your weapons. I'm the only one in the league that doesn't travel (with the opponents top wide receiver). I don't understand why," Jenkins said. "It's common sense. I'm on the left side of the field all game. I get two passes thrown my way. All the top corners in the league travel. Rabbit doesn't travel anymore."

What Jenkins said was true. The Giants left him on the left side of the defense, and the Packers only looked his way on two passes, both of which went incomplete. 

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After taking the ball up the middle on fourth down to pick up a first down on Sunday against the Packers, Giants QB Daniel Jones was noticeably grimacing in pain. And that pain stemmed from his ankle getting twisted up underneath a pile of players. 

Though he was seen limping throughout the rest of the game, Jones played through the pain in the Giants' 31-13 loss on Sunday. But that injury doesn't have head coach Pat Shurmur worried in the slightest. 

Speaking on Monday, Shurmur said that Jones didn't need to go for an MRI or have any further tests done on his ankle. It was a normal evaluation that had a positive result.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Saquon Barkley wasn't in a positive mindset after the Giants suffered their eighth straight loss on Sunday against the Packers. However, his play was something to at least smirk about. 

Barkley has repeated that it wasn't his high ankle sprain hindering his production on the field the past few weeks, and he may have confirmed that with his first 100+ yards from scrimmage game since Week 8 against the Lions. 

His 83 yards rushing on 19 attempts was the most yardage since Week 2 against the Bills when he had 107 yards on 18 carries. Barkley also hauled in three receptions for 32 yards from Daniel Jones as well. 

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New England Patriots defensive end Shaun Ellis (94) tries to stop New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)
New England Patriots defensive end Shaun Ellis (94) tries to stop New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (Paul Sancya)

Brandon Jacobs attended Sunday's game between the Giants and the Packers and came away greatly disappointed in his former team after he watched New York's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.

The former Giants running back, who played for the franchise from 2005-11 and 2013 with Super Bowls won on the 2007 (10-6) and 2011 (9-7) teams, told Bob Glauber of Newsday that the current locker room has more talent than either of his championship squads.

"If you ask me, talent-wise in this locker room, they're better than we were," Jacobs said. "Player for player, they have more talent. You have to understand, when we won Super Bowls, we didn't have these amazing seasons."

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		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) under pressure from the Packers in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) under pressure from the Packers in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones played through an ankle injury in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

On 4th-and-1 near midfield from the Giants' 49 near the nine-minute mark of the second quarter, Jones ran up the middle for two yards to the Packers' 49 for the first down.

But on the way down, Packers linebacker Preston Smith landed on Jones' right ankle as linebacker Blake Martinez recorded the tackle, which left Jones hobbled for more than two quarters.

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Pat Shurmur has been through this before, so he's "well aware" of what is happening. He can trumpet all the "behind the scenes" progress he wants, remind everyone he's coaching an "historically young team,' and be impressed with how hard they practice. But all that matters is this:

Eight straight losses. A record of 2-10 this year, and 7-21 in his two years as the Giants' head coach. That's bad. It's really bad. And unless you look through Shurmur's glasses it's hard to see how it's going to get any better.

So he knows the fans judge him harshly. And in a few weeks his bosses may judge him harshly, too.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Another Giants loss saw another up and down performance by rookie QB Daniel Jones. And his performance wasn't enough to match up with one of the best in the game in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

But the established veteran had some nice words to say to the young gunslinger after the game. 

Meeting when the final whistle blew and the score read 31-13 in a Packers win, Rodgers found Jones on the field to tell him this:

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Janoris Jenkins (Kim Klement)
Janoris Jenkins (Kim Klement)

After the Giants 31-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday, veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins expressed his frustration with defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

"You've got to use your weapons. I'm the only one in the league that doesn't travel (w/the opponents top WR). I don't understand why," Jenkins said. "It's common sense. I'm on the left side of the field all game. I get two passes thrown my way. All the top corners in the league travel. Rabbit doesn't travel anymore."

Jenkins had one tackle and one pass defended in the game, while going up against a good Green Bay receiving corp. WR Allen Lazard had three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, while WR Davante Adams had six catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Mara is going to have to do something after this season is over, assuming it keeps heading in its current direction. But if he doesn't want to fire Pat Shurmur - and so far all indications are that's not a move he wants to make - an easy scapegoat is emerging.

So defensive coordinator James Bettcher shouldn't feel too comfortable right now.

His defense is atrocious and it wasn't all that better last year, and it was bad again on Sunday in the Giants' 31-13 loss to the Packers. The coach with the supposedly aggressive scheme can't seem to find a pass rush, and his secondary has become a mess of blown coverages. The defense is far from the sole reason why the Giants are 2-10 and riding a miserable streak of eight straight losses.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Antoine Bethea, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Jabril Peppers, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was bound to happen, but Giants QB Daniel Jones set a new franchise record in style on Sunday against the Packers. 

During the team's opening drive, Jones was throwing well to lead the offense down the field. And on a sweet 18-yard touchdown pass to the Sterling Shepard, Jones broke the Giants rookie record for passing yards in a single season. 

The record was previously held by Charlie Conerly, who had 2,175 yards in his rookie season back in 1948. Eli Manning wasn't able to break that record after throwing for 1,043 yards in nine games his rookie season. 

Jones continues to progress throughout the season, and though he's had his ups and downs, he has been stringing together good performances that has led to this rookie record being rewrote. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) makes a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Buster Skrine (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) makes a catch against Chicago Bears cornerback Buster Skrine (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

As the Packers come to town on Sunday, the Giants will be without a few playmakers once again in this Week 13 matchup. 

Highlighting the group is WR Golden Tate, who suffered a concussion in the loss to the Bears last week. Since he returned to the Giants after his suspension for the first four games of the season, Tate has been a consistent target for Daniel Jones

The veteran receiver has seen at least six targets in each game this season, with a 63.2 percent catch percentage. He has 36 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns over seven games. 

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The 2-9 Giants face off against a tough opponent in the 8-3 Packers on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Dec. 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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As the Giants prepare for their Week 13 matchup against the Packers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, head coach Pat Shurmur knows the on-field results haven't been there. Since a 24-3 victory over the Redskins in Week 4, the team has dropped seven straight games and Big Blue's record sits at 2-9.

Still, Shurmur is trying to find the positives where he can.

"We just need to keep fighting through it," Shurmur said. "I love the way our guys train. I love the way they work. There are many things that happen in the ball game that is really good football."

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) warms up during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) warms up during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have officially placed long snapper Zak DeOssie on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. They have signed Colin Holba off the practice squad to take DeOssie's roster spot.

It was previously reported that the move was possible on Thursday when DeOssie was listed on the Giants' injury report with both knee and wrist issues. The Post reported on Friday that he had suffered a torn meniscus. 

DeOssie, a 13-year veteran, is not eligible to return in 2019 and is a free agent at the end of the season.

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Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Zak DeOssie was not at Giants practice Friday because he reportedly got his knee examined.

The result appears to have revealed the worst-case scenario for the veteran long snapper.

DeOssie suffered a torn meniscus and is set to be placed Saturday on season-ending Injured Reserve, according to Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants will continue their trend of missing keys pieces of their team against the Packers this week, as Golden Tate, Jabrill Peppers, Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison and Zak DeOssie have been ruled out for Sunday's matchup.

DeOssie did not practice this week with knee/wrist injuries and was believed to potentially be heading to the injured reserve, but head coach Pat Shurmer said nothing was official yet and that DeOssie was held out of practice Friday to be evaluated--DeOssie was ruled out for Sunday's game later in the day than the rest of the players.

Tate and Peppers were both injured in last week's loss to the Bears. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

While the wins do not necessarily support the narrative, Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has gotten better with each NFL start.

In his past four games, Jones has completed 101 of 158 passes (63.9 percent) for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns to one interception.

Despite the Giants' seven-game skid, the No. 6 overall pick in April's 2019 NFL draft has taken the losses hard, but is keeping an eye on the bigger picture.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

After the Giants listed Zak DeOssie in Thursday's injury report with knee and wrist issues, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network subsequently reported that the long snapper is expected to be placed on Injured Reserve.

Tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion), safety Jabrill Peppers (back), wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) and DeOssie did not practice Thursday morning.

If the Giants do in fact place DeOssie on Injured Reserve, the season-ending move could mark the end of the veteran long snapper's career with Big Blue.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith (82) congratulates New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) for his touchdown in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants tight end Kaden Smith (82) congratulates New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) for his touchdown in the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Pat Shurmur is unsure of whether or not three top playmakers will be available for Week 13, but the second-year head coach and the Giants know what boost they would get if their banged-up trio could give it a go.

Ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3), the reeling Giants (2-9) -- who have lost their past seven games -- could see tight end Evan Engram and wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate all back on the field together.

While he did not present too much of an update in his Wednesday media availability, Shurmur said that the return of Engram -- absent since Nov. 4's 37-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys (6-5) with a mid-foot sprain -- remains a possibility.

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Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur watches a play against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur watches a play against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

If the Giants are without strong safety Jabrill Peppers, head coach Pat Shurmur has an idea of how the defense will look Sunday when New York (2-9) hosts the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3).

Ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Shurmur said Wednesday that the Giants are prepared to enter rookie Julian Love and veteran Michael Thomas into the safety rotation.

"We'll have a combination with Love back there and Michael Thomas, so we'll fill in," Shurmur said. "I thought Love did a good job, first extended action last week and so he displayed a lot of the things that we thought he might have. So we'll just try to build on that if, for some reason, Jabrill can't make it."

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Saquon Barkley's sophomore season has not gone how he envisioned it would, but the second-year running back refuses to make excuses about the dip in his -- and the Giants' -- performance.

With the Giants (2-9) losers in their past seven games as they host the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3) Sunday at 1 p.m. from MetLife Stadium, Barkley set the record straight after recent outings conjured questions about his health.

Barkley, who missed the Giants' three games from Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 after he suffered a highly sprained right ankle Sept. 22, was emphatic when asked Wednesday about a play from last Sunday's 19-14 loss at the Chicago Bears.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Since those two wins that Daniel Jones put together in his first two career starts, it has been an up-and-down ride to their Week 13 matchup with the Packers this week. 

But that is expected from a rookie quarterback. Jones was never going to come in and take over without facing a few tribulations. The turnovers have certainly been there, and ball security and decision making needs improvement for sure. 

In the Giants locker room, though, Jones is well respected and his running back in Saquon Barkley gave more than just his stamp of approval when speaking to the media on Wednesday. He applauded his work ethic and want to get better in every aspect of the game. 

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Da'Mari Scott (Vincent Carchietta)
Da'Mari Scott (Vincent Carchietta)

With an extra roster spot due to the Giants waiving Bennie Fowler, the team has promoted WR Da'Mari Scott from the practice squad. 

Scott's arrival could be due to the need for a punt returner given Jabrill Peppers and Golden Tate are both injured. Tate suffered a concussion in the loss to the Bears, while Peppers left the game early with a transverse process fracture. 

There are other options already on the roster, though, depending on who head coach Pat Shurmur wants out for punts against the Packers on Sunday. Corey Ballentine and Darius Slayton have both been used for kick returns, and Ballentine especially has the prowess to return punts given his time at Wasburn University doing just that. 

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With Aldrick Rosas struggling as of late, the Giants brought in four kickers for work outs on Tuesday, as first reported by ESPN's Field Yates.

Rosas has missed three extra points and four field goals this season, including missed FG's in Sunday's loss to the Bears--the Giants lose by five, clearly missing those six missed points.

Based on the 2018 Pro Bowler's performance, the Giants decided to work out Blair Walsh, Giorgio Tavecchio, Cole Hedlund and Austin MacGinnis.

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