Bush-League Move By WR Jackson Highlights Win; Angers Cowboy Nation

Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson is a showboat. His actions last night while scoring on a 91-yard TD pass from Michael Vick were uncalled for and unprofessional.

He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and rightfully so. The Cowboys - and rest of the league - would love to put a lick on him. One problem: they have to catch him, first..

The Eagles stayed atop the NFC East by besting a game Cowboys team in Dallas, 30-27....

from USA Today:

Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson recorded 210 receiving yards in a 30-27 win at Dallas on Sunday night. But the indelible image he left during the game was his dramatic fall backwards into the end zone with his arm outstretched at the end of a 91-yard TD catch.

Jackson downplayed the showmanship -- for which he received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty -- and defended it as part of his game.

But the fall drew reactions from Cowboys players.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

Giants OT Nate Solder was a full participant in practice on Thursday, as he could be nearing a return from the concussion protocol.

Solder suffered a concussion during the team's Week 10 game against the Jets. He limped off the field and went into the medical tent on the sideline during the second quarter, while lineman Eric Smith made his NFL debut as Solder's replacement for the remainder of the game.

Solder was limited in participation in practice on Wednesday, and after fully practicing on Thursday, it's likely he'll be cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday. Thus, allowing him to play on Sunday when the Giants travel to play the Chicago Bears.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) avoids the tackle of New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu (50) 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 defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) avoids the tackle of New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu (50) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Coming into the season, sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine became a quick favorite, someone whom the fans wanted to see make an impact in his rookie year. Most of that stemmed from the tragedy he endured just after getting drafted, when he and his best friend Dwane Simmons were shot with Simmons' wound unfortunately becoming fatal. 

But there is also the fact that Ballentine was a Division II prospect that became the first player ever from Washburn University to be drafted into the NFL. He has had to battle many ups and downs to get to this point in the season, and the Giants are beginning to reward that hard work. 

On Monday Night Football against the Cowboys, Ballentine was placed in as slot corner for Grant Haley. They felt a switch was needed and Ballentine has been doing everything asked of him, going all the way back to the preseason where he was making plays at practice left and right. And that switch stayed the same against the Jets two weeks ago, where he played 44 defensive snaps compared to 53 against Dallas. 

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Golden Tate 1on1 00:01:52
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate explains why the Giants need to get star receiver Sterling Shepard back on the field.

If the Giants get Sterling Shepard back after multiple concussions, Golden Tate think the offense changes entirely.

Ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game against the Bears (4-6) at Solder Field in Chicago, Tate spoke Wednesday with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano about how much the Giants (2-8) could benefit from the fellow wide receiver's return.

Combined with weapons like star running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram, as well as emerging rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton, Tate previews the potential boost for the Giants and more in the 1-on-1 interview.

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Shurmur on Bears quarterbacks 00:00:47
Giants coach Pat Shurmur prepares for two different Bears QBs, and tight end Evan Engram hopes to return from his injury against Chicago.

The Giants have their own issues at 2-8 overall after they lost the past six games since Sept. 29's 24-3 home win over the Washington Redskins, but the Chicago Bears are reeling as well.

After the Bears' 17-7 road loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football, in which the team swapped quarterbacks late when backup Chase Daniel entered for starter Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago's situation is murky.

As the Bears (4-6) label Trubisky day-to-day with his hip injury -- he fully practiced Wednesday -- the Giants prepare for the both third-year starter and the veteran reserve ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff on FOX from Soldier Field in Chicago.

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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)

After Evan Engram already answered questions about his status Monday when he told reporters his return for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears was "definitely possible," he reiterated his thoughts two days later.

Sidelined for the past two weeks, sitting out the Giants' 34-27 loss to the Jets last Sunday as he nursed his mid-foot sprain, the third-year tight end remains out of practice through Wednesday.

As the 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Soldier Field in Chicago looms for Week 12, Engram expressed some optimism that he could still make his way back with the Giants (2-8) vs. the Bears (4-6).

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) reacts after a first down 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 Darius Slayton (86) reacts after a first down against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

What should you expect from the Giants coming out of the bye? Well, for one, expect more balls to be thrown WR Darius Slayton's way.

It's been a solid rookie connection between QB Daniel Jones and Slayton all season, and it took a big leap in the tough loss to the Jets two weeks ago. Slayton set a bunch of career highs in targets (14), receptions (10), and yards (121) while hauling in two touchdowns as well. 

This was the breakout performance many in the Giants facility believed this fifth-round pick was capable of. And because of it, Jones said that he'll be looking his way more often. 

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Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Coming off the bye week, the Giants will be traveling to Chicago to face the Bears, a team that has lost five of its last six contests. But most of the struggles with this squad is due to its offense sputtering. 

Their defense is a different story. 

The Bears own the eighth-best defense in the NFL at the moment, with many playmakers on that side of the ball. But there may be no better duo of pass rushers in the league than the ones the Giants will be facing on Sunday in Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd.

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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard practiced in full on Wednesday and could be cleared from concussion protocol before the end of the week, head coach Pat Shurmur said.

According to Shurmur, whether or not Shepard is cleared will be in the hands of the league's clearance process. 

Shepard had taken a big step forward on Monday, returning to practice for the first time since his concussion symptoms (stemming from his second concussion of the season) returned.

After suffering his second concussion of the season, Shepard was initially cleared and expected to return against the Jets last week. However, he began experiencing symptoms again in the days leading up to the game, informed the team and was placed back in concussion protocol.

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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on 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 head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After six straight losses, the Giants are in a rut. And they're coming off the bye week with three tough games ahead that could further that losing streak. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have taken the off week to look into what could turn things around, and give this team a boost heading into the homestretch of the season. And while those changes will reveal themselves this week against the Bears, Shurmur has already started a certain change during practice that he hopes will help. 

For those that have been to training camp or gotten to watch practice, you'll notice music playing. It keeps the players loose and the playlist has horns in between songs to trigger the next drill to be done. 

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's only Week 12 in the NFL, and yet the Giants can already potentially be eliminated from making the playoffs this Sunday, per Elias Sports Bureau.

If the Giants were to lose to the Bears, the Cowboys were to upset the Patriots, and assuming there are no ties across the league, the Giants would officially be eliminated.

Now, the Giants weren't exactly expected to make the playoffs anyway considering how this season has gone, but the fact that it can occur this early is still upsetting for an organization and for its fan base.

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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 are back from their bye week, and WR Golden Tate is hoping this reset for the team can help spark something moving forward. 

"It's good. I think we all needed to just kind of hit the reset button, refocus, kind of evaluate what we all individually can do better," he told reporters after practice on Monday. "Just try to go on a run."

Since Tate joined the Giants in Week 5 after serving his four-game suspension, Big Blue has found themselves in a six-game losing streak. It's a rut that Tate has never experienced in his 10-year career, so he isn't trying to keep this feeling alive. 

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Dave Gettleman
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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)
Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)

The Giants had their bye week, but they were still affected by the action that went down this weekend. And it wasn't in the NFL -- it was college football. 

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger. 

Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up. 

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Giants return from bye week 00:01:16
The Giants returned from their time off and look to put together a winning streak. Everyone agreed the energy was high at practice

Many players normally head home to see their families or simply get a change of scenery during the bye week. For Giants TE Evan Engram, he remained in East Rutherford so he could be ready to help his team this week.

Engram suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Cowboys two weeks ago, and has been working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. And that included work during the bye week. 

He's now out of his walking boot, and says he's feeling good.

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Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)
Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)

It's been well documented this season just how young this Giants defense is. They have the most amount of rookie snaps of any team in the NFL, and it's mainly because of their starters on defense. 

First-round cornerback DeAndre Baker has been starting since Day One, and so has DT Dexter Lawrence. Mix in players like LB Ryan Connelly (out for the season with torn ACL), OLB Oshane Ximines, and now CB Corey Ballentine and you can see why this unit has struggled facing top offenses this year. 

But this is what the Giants want: develop the young talent to set a foundation for next season and the foreseeable future. Rome wasn't built in a day, and GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the front office realizes there is a process to this. 

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) warms up before his game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) warms up before his game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With fewer than four regulation minutes to go before the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams on Sunday Night Football at LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Chicago made a quarterback change.

After the Bears suffered a three-and-out result on a last-chance drive in the fourth quarter as the Rams led by 10 points, second-year head coach Matt Nagy went with backup Chase Daniel for starter Mitchell Trubisky, who left the game but did not appear to suffer an injury.

The Bears announced that a hip injury was the cause for Trubisky's exit, not a benching. But either way, the Bears (4-6) could have a quarterback change carry over to next Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game against the New York Giants (2-8) at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Spencer Paysinger (54) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Giants 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Grabowski)
Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Spencer Paysinger (54) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Giants 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Grabowski)

Spencer Paysinger saw the peak of his NFL career very early on. In 2011 he went from undrafted rookie free agent signee to Super Bowl XLVI champion with the Giants.

But that memory is now tainted. 

Paysinger, who spent 2011-2014 with the Giants, before heading to the Dolphins and Panthers prior to his 2017 retirement, posted on Instagram on Saturday with some bad news. 

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Colin Kaepernick was set to hold a workout in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, and while it's still expected to take place, the time and location have been moved.

The stage was set for 24 NFL teams, including both the Jets and Giants, to get a look at Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

But shortly before the workout was set to take place, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported there was an issue.

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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)

With the regular season winding down and the Giants in no position to make the playoffs, Eli Manning's final days with the Giants are likely coming to a close...but could there be another start left in him?

Manning hasn't started -- let alone appeared in a game -- since Sept. 15, when the Giants fell to the Bills in MetLife Stadium's home opener. Later in the week, head coach Pat Shurmur named No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones as the team's new starting quarterback, benching the man who had been the leader of the team for essentially every game since the end of the 2004 season.

With some other big name players receiving "farewell" games or tours, it seems fitting that Manning could receive the same from the only team he's played for during his 16-year career.

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Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton

There wasn't a lot to pull out of the Giants' loss to the Jets on Sunday that could be chalked up as a positive. Saquon Barkley rushed for one total yard, the defense once again broke down and let up chunk plays throughout, and most importantly, the Giants lost to a 1-7 team that had just lost to the Dolphins -- a winless team prior to their matchup. 

However, Giants WR Darius Slayton had the best game of his rookie season. 

Slayton was targeted 14 times by rookie QB Daniel Jones, hauling in 10 for 121 yards and two touchdowns. It was Slayton's first 100-yard game, and now he has five touchdowns over his first eight games. 

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Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker
Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have many things to reflect on and review during this bye week, and what's been going on in the secondary is definitely at the top of the list. 

This very young group has struggled throughout the season. The Giants' pass defense is currently ranked 24th in the league, with 259 yards allowed per game. And they allow the sixth-worst quarterback rating at 103.5 on average. 

While every player in the secondary can share the blame for their bad moments this season, first-round pick DeAndre Baker has been the worst.

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Evaluating the Giants progress 00:01:12
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down how the Giants rebuilding progress is going in 2019 and where they need to go from here.

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The Giants haven't led the NFL in much recently, but they had a big lead in one category through the end of October. No team played rookies more often than they did. And they led in that category by about 500 total snaps.

That only counted rookies, like quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, linebacker Oshane Ximines and corners Corey Ballentine and DeAndre Baker. It didn't count all their second-year pros like guard Will Hernandez, running back Saquon Barkley, defensive end B.J. Hill, linebacker Lorenzo Carter, and cornerbacks Grant Haley and now Sam Beal.

The point is, the Giants are young. Very, very young. And that might be the biggest reason to be optimistic about their future, and to believe that GM Dave Gettleman could have them on the right path.

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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

All 32 NFL teams received notification Tuesday of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's private workout Saturday in Atlanta, and both franchises from New York are set to be on hand.

The Giants and Jets will each have a representative in attendance for Kaepernick's session, which the league helped set up, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday.

The two teams have their respective franchise signal in Giants rookie starter Daniel Jones and Jets second-year pro Sam Darnold, and they have at least one backup between the Giants' Eli Manning and Jets' Luke Falk.

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Saquon on team's focusing on him 00:01:08
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley had a rough game against the Jets but knows teams will always scheme for him.

If you read Giants RB Saquon Barkley's stat line from Sunday, you probably would've thought it was a joke. But the one yard he accumulated on 13 carries wasn't a joke in the slighest. 

The Jets were able to penetrate the Giants' offensive line to get to Barkley quickly before he could make his way upfield. However, many believe that Barkley is still not 100 percent healthy since returning from a high ankle sprain he sustained in Week 3 against the Bucs. 

Barkley has refuted it numerous times up until this point, but not as aggressively as he did on Tuesday when asked about those who believe he should be shut down for the rest of the season given the Giants' 2-8 record and playoff hopes nearly out of the cards. 

 

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New York Giants tight end Scott Simonson (82) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon (47) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants tight end Scott Simonson (82) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon (47) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Giants down to zero healthy reliable tight ends, the team has re-signed Scott Simonson, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Simonson, 27, signed a one-year contract extension with the Giants before the season, but was placed on IR on Aug. 31 due to an ankle injury before being released in September.

Starting tight end Evan Engram is dealing with a mid-foot sprain and missed this past Sunday's game against the Jets, and backup Rhett Ellison is in concussion protocol.

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The Giants have placed Rhett Ellison in the concussion protocol after Sunday's loss to the Jets and now have just one healthy tight end on the roster heading into their bye week.

Ellison joins Janoris Jenkins and Nate Solder in the protocol after the trio all left the game at different points. He caught all three of his targets against the Jets for 42 yards of offense before exiting the game.

Sterling Shepard has been in and out of the protocol all season and missed the big all-New York matchup on Sunday.

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It seems clear that something is not quite right with Saquon Barkley, who appears to be playing hurt. But on the day after his worst game in the NFL, Barkley was feeling "much better", according to Giants coach Pat Shurmur.

And the Giants have no plans at all to shut him down.

"Absolutely not," Shurmur said.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after losing to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Pat Shurmur was still the Giants head coach on Monday morning, which is how it will likely stay for at least the remainder of the season. And his assistant coaches will apparently remain on the job with him, too.

On the morning after what might have been the most humiliating loss of his Giants tenure, Shurmur said: "Having slept on it, no, I'm not going to make any coaching changes." He had said the same thing in the moments after the Giants' 34-27 loss to the Jets on Sunday afternoon, but that didn't stop speculation that he could change his mind -- or that ownership could change it for him.

A team source confirmed, though, that there were no immediate plans for ownership to either fire Shurmur or to force any staff shakeup in the wake of the Giants' 2-9 record -- at least until the end of the season.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter 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 Darius Slayton (86) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants came up short Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the 34-27 final score favored the Jets.

Perhaps the margin would have been much further apart if not for Giants rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton's career-best performance.

Slayton caught 10 passes on 14 targets and compiled 121 yards (12.1 per reception) and totaled two touchdowns, including a long of 39.

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Changes coming to Giants? 00:01:05
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on the state of the Giants after they suffered their 6th straight loss at the hands of the Jets 34-27

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It did not take long into his post-game press conference for Pat Shurmur to get a question about his job security, and for the Giants coach to again insist that he's not concerned. The man who insisted this week that "I'm built for this" wasn't going to flinch, even after a hideous loss to the Jets.

"My concern is putting a team on the field that's going to win a football game," Shurmur said. "That's my concern."

Of course, what's really concerning is that he hasn't done that very much in his tenure with the Giants. And he couldn't have picked a worse time to have added on another loss.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups 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 running back Saquon Barkley (26) during warm ups before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants star running back Saquon Barkley went into the X-ray room after the team's loss to the Jets, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Head coach Pat Shurmur said that Barkley got "banged up" during the game, and did not say anything else about it.

When asked if he got injured during the game, Barkley only said "next question."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In their first game against each other at their shared home in MetLife Stadium, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold put up some solid numbers for their respective teams. But Darnold got the last laugh as the Jets pulled out a 34-27 win over the Giants.

On paper, it seems that Jones got the best of Darnold based on individual statistics--Jones finished the game 26-of-40 for 308 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, compared to Darnold's not as eye popping performance of 230 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-30 passing--Darnold also ran in for a touchdown, as well.

But the glaring issues for Jones came at a familiar spot that's been hurting him all season: holding on to the football while in the pocket.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Giants fall to 2-8 00:02:15
Despite 4 TD passes from Daniel Jones the Giants came up short in their 34-27 loss to the cross-town rival Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The season has already been embarrassing for the Giants. On Sunday they managed to make it worse.

And that's a huge problem for Giants coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff after the Giants lost to the awful Jets, 34-27. Things were bad enough, but a loss to the crosstown rivals is a humiliating defeat that is sure to enrage owner John Mara. Even worse: They've now got two weeks to stew about it, thanks to an ill-timed bye.

To this point, Shurmur wasn't really on a hot seat and his coaching staff wasn't in much danger. The Giants underwent an uncharacteristic, in-season change just two years ago and don't really have an appetite to do that again. GM Dave Gettleman also genuinely seems to like Shurmur as a coach, and according to a team source has preached patience and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) rushes for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins exited Sunday's matchup with the Jets and headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.

Jenkins was shaken up after tackling tight end Trevon Wesco and walked to the locker room as the Jets kicked a field goal to take a 34-27 lead in the fourth quarter over the Giants. 

In his place, the Giants sent out Sam Beal to make his NFL debut.

The Giants already saw Nate Solder be ruled out for the remainder of the game after exiting with a concussion in the first half.

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Trevon Wesco
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks 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 offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Nate Solder left the field in the middle of the second quarter of the Giants-Jets matchup Sunday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

Solder limped off the field and went into the medical tent on the sideline with less than eight minutes to play in the half, missing the remainder of that drive--Eric Smith made his NFL debut at left tackle for the Giants in Solder's absence.

The Giants scored their second touchdown of the game on the drive, but a bad snap by Zak DeOssie resulted in the Riley Dixon missing on a throw into the end zone for a two-point conversion. As a result, the Giants were still down 14-13.

Tags: Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Zak DeOssie
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Why Jones turnovers the ball 00:02:54
Bart Scott and Ray Lucas demonstrate why Daniel Jones has turnover issues. They point out how the Jets can take advantage in their matchup.

Daniel Jones has showed some growing pains during his rookie season, specifically when it comes to turning the ball over.

Jones has thrown eight interceptions and fumbled the ball another eight times, now leading the league in turnovers.

SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas discussed why Jones turns the ball over so much, and pointed out how the Jets can take advantage of the quarterback in their upcoming matchup.

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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)

The Jets host the Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. as Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones face off for the first time in the regular season.

Click below to take a look at what the players are wearing as they arrive at MetLife Stadium...

 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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The 1-7 Jets host the 2-7 Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Jets vs Giants preview 00:01:34
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on the extreme pressure both the struggling Jets and Giants face as the teams go head to head on Sunday

With the Giants and Jets playing each other on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will be the first time that quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold face off in the regular season.

Both QBs are just 22-years-old -- in fact, Jones is nine days older than Darnold -- and are already leading their teams as starters since being drafted. The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, while the Jets took Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky and CBS analyst Rich Gannon, both former NFL quarterbacks, spoke with Steve Serby of the NY Post to debate which quarterback looks better so far in their young careers.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold
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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) participates in drills 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 defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) participates in drills during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants waived DL Olsen Pierre and promoted OL Evan Brown off their practice squad on Saturday morning, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The team needed some extra offensive line depth as C Jon Halapio is out with a hamstring injury and OT Mike Remmers is doubtful with a back injury for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Pierre, a third-year player out of Miami (FL), has played in nine games for the Giants this season and has eight tackles and two sacks. Pierre played 24 games for the Arizona Cardinals from 2017-2018, recording 42 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

Tags: Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Olsen Pierre
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Peppers knows Giants need to win 00:00:51
New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers doesn't like the Giants are 2-7 but knows they need to beat the Jets in order to turn things around.

Heading into Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium, there's been plenty of talk about the New York City bragging rights at stake between the Giants and Jets.

But players like Jabrill Peppers just want to get out there and play the game. 

"We're preparing like hell to beat the Jets, and that's really it. I'm not trying to talk too much until we start putting stuff on film," Peppers said. 

"It's not about who the best team is, it's about who executes best on that day. They went out and executed well against Dallas and got the win. Last week, they didn't execute so well and they didn't get the win. That's all it comes down to. We're not really paying attention to numbers."

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Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)
Evan Engram (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants will again be short handed on the offensive side of the ball this Sunday when they face the Jets, as Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard have been ruled out for the game.

Engram suffered a mid-foot sprain last Monday against the Cowboys and had pretty much expected not being able to suit up Sunday when he spoke to the media earlier in the week. 

"Not right n-, I mean, that's all [up to] trainers and coaches," Engram told reporters on Wednesday, cutting himself off when asked if he expects to be active. 

"Take it this week and got the bye week next week and we'll see where we are."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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There is a Quarterback Revolution going on in the NFL, with one generation taking the baton from the last. The days of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are either over already, or will be soon.

And the new kids are already on the block.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Leonard Williams on facing Jets 00:02:47
Leonard Williams talked with Ralph Vacchiano. Williams said it's not a revenge game per say but the trade definitely motivated him.

Leonard Williams has been a Giant for just over a week, but he's already getting set to face his former squad.

The former sixth overall pick of the Jets in the 2015 draft will suit up for his second game as a member of Big Blue on Sunday, with his former Jets teammates and coaches on the other sideline.

Speaking to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Williams explained that he's feeling more excitement than anything else when it comes to playing his former team.

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) 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 running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Every four years, the Giants and Jets face off at MetLife Stadium for city bragging rights. And this time around, both teams certainly want to come away with a win as they've struggled at this point in the season. 

For star RB Saquon Barkley, his focus is solely on giving his Giants team that win. But there's also some family bragging rights at stake as well. 

As a child, Barkley was a Jets fan, and that was due to his father, Alibay's, loyalty to the green and white. In fact, the man has a Jets tattoo on his forearm. 

Tags: Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

With the Giants facing off against the Jets on Sunday, Saquon Barkley finds himself in a little family predicament. 

Barkley's father, Alibay Barkley, grew up a diehard Jets fan, and that fandom found it's way to his son as well. Barkley has mentioned in the past that he grew up a Curtis Martin and Jets fan, but he found his way to the Giants last season. 

So that got us at SNY thinking: How would if your son or daughter was playing your favorite team? Who would you root for? 

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Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick
Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick

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Every New York sports fan has their one favorite player or coach, past or present, that they absolutely love. They've given years of service to help your favorite team win, and they've done so while playing or managing at the highest level. 

But not every marriage has come to a happy ending in the Big Apple. 

While this city has had its fair share of legends on every team, there have also been some pretty bad breakups throughout each league. And, as agents of chaos in this case, we're here to remind you of some of the ugliest divorces that your favorite teams have seen in recent years. 

Tags: John Tavares, Kristaps Porzingis, Matt Harvey, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Giants and Jets are a combined 3-14, one year after going a combined 9-23, one year after going a combined 8-24. That's a 20-61 record over the last 2 ½ seasons, for a "winning" percentage of .246.

So no, the Giants and Jets don't match up particularly well with the rest of the professional football world right now. But how do they match up with each other?

In advance of their big showdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands, let's take a look:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Avery Williamson, B.J. Hill, Chris Herndon, Cody Latimer, Dalvin Tomlinson, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Lorenzo Carter, Marcus Maye, Rhett Ellison, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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DeAndre Baker
DeAndre Baker

The Giants felt the need to trade back into the first round in the 2019 NFL Draft to get DeAndre Baker, who the team's highest-graded cornerback coming out of Georgia. 

It hasn't looked that way so far this season, though. 

Baker has certainly been going through rookie struggles, with a Pro Football Focus grade of 37.8 on the season thus far. He just seems to have a big miscue almost every contest, and that definitely goes for Monday Night Football against the Cowboys when -- on 3rd-and-12 for Dallas -- he played in zone coverage while everyone else was in man and Amari Cooper broke out a 45-yard touchdown run.

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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