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Aaron Robinson, New York Giants (November 28, 2021)

Defensive backs react to Jalen Reagor’s dropped game-winning touchdown

NEW YORK GIANTS 13 – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7…
The New York Giants prevailed in an ugly 13-7 win over Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 4-7.

The Eagles out-gained the Giants in first downs (19 to 17), total net yards (332 to 264), and net yards rushing (208 to 70). The Giants held advantages in net passing yards (194 to 124), time of possession (32:02 to 27:58), and most importantly, forced turnovers (4-0). Yet despite the huge turnover margin, New York only sealed the win when Eagles wideout Jalen Reagor dropped two game-winning touchdown passes on Philadelphia’s final, desperate drive.

Both teams exchanged three-and-outs to start the game. New York moved the ball 47 yards on 11 plays on their second drive, setting up a 35-yard field goal by place kicker Graham Gano. Philadelphia too moved the ball their second drive, gaining 54 yards and reaching the New York 20-yard line. However, on 3rd-and-5, cornerback Darnay Holmes intercepted quarterback Jalen Hurts at the 5-yard line, ending the scoring threat.

After picking up 47 yards on eight plays, the Giants’ attempt to extend their 3-0 lead failed when Gano missed a 51-yard yard field goal. Both teams then exchanged punts again.

Philadelphia’s final drive of the half began at their own 7-yard line and reached the New York 1-yard line after 14 plays. On the 15th play, facing 3rd-and-goal, Hurts was chased out of the pocket and he threw a pass towards the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Tae Crowder at the goal line. Crowder returned the ball nine yards before fumbling it out-of-bounds with no time on the clock.

At the half, the Giants led 3-0.

The Eagles received the ball to start the second half. After gaining 35 yards on their first three plays, the drive stalled at the New York 40-yard line. Philadelphia went for it on 4th-and-2, but Hurts’ pass fell incomplete with cornerback Aaron Robinson in coverage. The Giants followed this up with their only touchdown of the game as New York drove 59 yards in 10 plays. On 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, quarterback Daniel Jones found tight end Chris Myarick for the score, despite the ball coming close to touching the ground as Myarick bobbled the catch. It was Myarick’s first career reception. Giants were now up 10-0.

It got worse for the Eagles on their second possession. On 1st-and-18 from the 9-yard line, Hurts’ deep pass intended for Reagor was intercepted by safety Xavier McKinney at the New York 46-yard line. Unfortunately, the Giants’ offense failed miserably to take advantage of the field position, as the unit actually lost 14 yards, forcing a punt.

Momentum then switched in Philadelphia’s favor as they easily drove 66 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. After an incomplete pass to start this possession, the next nine plays were all runs with Giant-killer running back Boston Scott scoring to cut the score to 13-7 early in the 4th quarter.

Both teams exchanged punts again. Starting at their own 9-yard line with 10:16 left in the game, the Giants managed to put together a 12-play, 70-yard drive that took 7:22 off of the clock. Unfortunately, the drive resulted in a field goal rather than a touchdown as New York’s red zone woes continued. With just under three minutes to play, the Giants were up 13-7.

Starting at their own 30-yard line, the Eagles gained 21 yards on their first three plays. On 1st-and-10 from the New York 49-yard line, Scott picked up four yards on a run to the right. However, pursuing defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive back Julian Love at the 37-yard line.

The Giants had the ball with just 1:34 left in the game. The Eagles had all three of their timeouts so New York needed one first down to seal the win. The Giants netted no yards on their first two plays. On 3rd-and-10, Jones was sacked for an 8-yard loss. Worse, punter Riley Dixon only managed a 39-yard punt that was returned nine yards. Unbelievably, the Eagles had the ball back at their own 41-yard line with 1:11 left on the clock. The Giants had only burned 23 seconds off of the clock and the Eagles were nearly back right where they had started before turning the ball over.

After picking up 21 yards on two passing plays, Hurts threw a perfect deep pass down the left sideline to Reagor that should have resulted in a 38-yard game-winning touchdown against rookie corner Aaron Robinson (who also looked like he interfered on the play but wasn’t called for it). However, Reagor dropped the the ball, as did Love, who should have intercepted it off of the deflection. Hurts then completed an 11-yard pass to the New York 27-yard line with 38 seconds left in the game. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Hurts’ next two passes were contested and fell incomplete. On 4th-and-10, with 25 seconds left, Hurts, with far too much time, threw another deep pass that could have resulted in the game-winning touchdown, but Reagor dropped the ball near the 1-yard line. Eagles turned the ball over on downs. Game over.

Jones finished the game 19-of-30 for 202 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. None of his targets caught more than four passes or accrued more than 50 yards. Running back Saquon Barkley had a 32-yard run in the game but his 12 other carries only picked up eight yards.

Defensively, the Giants allowed over 200 yards rushing to the #1 rushing team in the NFL. Hurts was held to 129 yards passing, but he did rush the ball 77 yards on eight carries. Aside from the four forced turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble recovery), the Giants only had one sack, shared between Love and nose tackle Austin Johnson. Hurts was only officially hit three times. However, the Giants were credited with 10 pass defenses.

Video highlights are available at Giants.com.

ROSTER MOVES, PRACTICE SQUAD ACTIVATIONS, INACTIVES, AND INJURY REPORT…
On Thursday, the Giants signed TE Deon Yelder to the Practice Squad. The 26-year old, 6’4”, 255-pound Yelder was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2018 NFL Draft. Yelder has spent time with the Saints (2018), Kansas City Chiefs (2018–2021), Washington Football Team (2021), Tennessee Titans (2021), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021). Yelder has played in 29 regular-season games with two starts. He has 11 career receptions for 86 yards.

On Saturday, the Giants elevated S Steven Parker to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. In addition, WR/returner Pharoh Cooper was activated from the Practice Squad as a COVID-19 replacement for S Logan Ryan (Reserve/COVID-19 List).

Inactive for the game were FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Kadarius Toney (quad), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), TE Kaden Smith (knee), and OG/OC Wes Martin.

CB Adoree’ Jackson (quad), CB Darnay Holmes (chest), and LB Trent Harris (ankle) left the game with injuries.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Joe Judge and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
The Giants won their third consecutive home game for the first time since they won their last six games in MetLife in 2016. The Giants are 3-3 at home. They have matched their home victory total for the entire 2020 season.

The Giants are 4-0 in division home games under Joe Judge.

The Giants have won two consecutive games against the Eagles after suffering losses in the previous eight meetings.

The Giants have a takeaway in each of their first 11 games for the first time since 2005.

The Giants committed a season-low two accepted penalties for just 15 yards.

Daniel Jones did not throw an interception for the seventh time in 11 games.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will address the media by conference call on Monday.

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NOVEMBER 24, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants practiced on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Not practicing were FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Kadarius Toney (quad), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), TE Kaden Smith (knee), and DB Nate Ebner (knee).

Limited in practice were RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), WR John Ross (quad), LB Lorenzo Carter (ankle), and CB Adoree’ Jackson (quad).

GIANTS ONE TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The Giants have re-signed TE Jake Hausmann to the Practice Squad. This is the third time Hausmann had been added to the Practice Squad this year. The 6’4”, 255-pound Hausmann was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions after the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants claimed Hausmann off of waivers from the Lions in early August 2021.

MICHAEL STRAHAN ADDRESSES THE MEDIA…
Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning addressed the media on Wednesday in advance of his jersey being retired. The transcript is available in The Corner Forum.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Because of Thanksgiving, there is no media availability to the Giants on Thursday.

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NEW YORK GIANTS FIRE JASON GARRETT…
The New York Giants have fired Jason Garrett, who was hired by the team in January 2020 to serve as offensive coordinator. The Giants finished 31st in yardage and scoring in 2020; they are currently 23rd in in yardage and 25th in scoring in 2021. On Monday, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Garrett’s offense scored just 10 points and gained only 215 net yards.

Head Coach Joe Judge did not promote anyone currently on the staff to Garrett’s position and did not publicly designate one person to take over play-calling duties.

NOVEMBER 23, 2021 JOE JUDGE PRESS CONFERENCE…
New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge addressed the media on Tuesday to discuss the firing of Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett:

Opening Statement: I want to start off and address the staff move we made. We made a decision to move on from Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. I have a lot of respect for Jason as a person and as a coach. He’s been a tremendous asset to me as a young head coach. He’s helped our development here. He’s built very strong relationships in the building with the players, along with other support staff members. He’s done a good job putting the team first. I have a lot of respect and appreciation for everything he’s done for us. With that being said, ultimately, I’ll make every decision based on what’s best for the team long-term. I feel we have to be more productive as an offense. Generally speaking, the offense’s job is to score points. I don’t believe we’re scoring enough points. It’s my job as the head coach to make sure I give our players an opportunity to go out there and make plays. With that being said, I’ll open it up to any questions you may have.

Q: Just as a point of clarification, did you give Jason a chance to stay on in any other role, like demote him from play-calling, or was it just a straight relieve him of his duties?

A: I’m going to keep a lot of the conversations that happen in-house between me and Jason and the other coaches just between us. I respect the question and understand what you’re asking. I’ll keep that all between us in-house, but we’ve made the decision to move on from him as the offensive coordinator.

Q: What made now the right time versus – obviously, in an ideal world I assume you would’ve liked to do this in the bye week. Why now after the bye week with a short turnaround to the next game?

A: First off, I don’t think there’s ever an ideal time to make a change like this in a season, but you have to go ahead and you have to be prepared to roll with it. Talking in terms of – we make adjustments all the time with players. When we lose significant players to injury or a loss in the game plan or whatever it may be, we have to make adjustments and keep on moving. I explain to the coaches all the time, I expect everyone to approach the game planning from a coordinator’s mindset so they understand the big-picture and they can greater contribute to what’s going on within the game plan. In terms of entering the bye week, we had played a stretch of three games leading into it where I thought as a team we were making some progress overall. There were some things we had to address and change and improve on, but ultimately, I thought going into the bye week giving it a little bit more time going forward. I just want to make sure that we continue to make progress in the right direction. Again, this is not a snap decision or anything in terms of a reflection of last night, but we’ve got to make some moves to give our offense an opportunity to change some things up, be more productive and ultimately score more points.

Q: The feeling from a lot of people was that this was sort of an arranged marriage, that ownership wanted you to hire Jason. What’s your belief or your story on that and why don’t you think it worked in the end?

A: I’ll keep this really short and to the point. In terms of the answer of why it didn’t work in the end, I’m not going to break down every adjustment I think we have to make or what we need to do. Ultimately, like I said, we need to be more productive and score more points, and that’s the focus going forward obviously. Just very simply on the staff, I hire the staff.

Q: I don’t know if it was officially announced, but is (Senior Offensive Assistant) Freddie (Kitchens) going to be the interim OC?

A: We’re going to handle things collaboratively in-house with the offense and we’ll kind of go on as the week goes in terms of specific roles on a game day.

Q: How much would you anticipate the offense looking different than when Jason was calling plays?

A: We’ll have to see as we put the plan together going forward. Obviously, we’re going to do some things and the goal is to score more points, be more productive, so we’ll talk in terms of game planning tonight specifically for the Eagles at this point and see how that looks when we get the call sheet together.

Q: Because you have a history on special teams, how much involvement did you have with Jason during the week setting up the game plan? Were there times this season when you really specifically asked him, ‘Why are we doing this? Why are we doing that? Why is this not happening?’ Was he resistant to some of your suggestions? Did it kind of reach a boiling point yesterday?

A: First off, I’d like to address the first thing you said. In terms of my history, I’ve coached on all three sides of the ball for an extended period of years. In terms of my involvement, on offense for a lot of years, my involvement on special teams for a lot of years and my involvement on defense for a few years. So, in terms of my involvement in football, I look at the game from a big-picture standpoint on all three sides of the ball. I make sure that I build up a strong knowledge base in all three phases, that I can have insight, input, and assess and evaluate what we’re doing on all three sides of the ball. With that being said, I communicate with all the coaches, especially the coordinators, on a daily basis in terms of what’s going into the game plan and what I see on offense, defense or special teams and things that I think need to be addressed. All that being said, I have nothing but respect for Jason and appreciation for what he did. There was no boiling point. It’s just a move we feel that we had to make at this point to help the team go further.

Q: I assume you’re going to have the same players out there, the same quarterback, same offensive line, most of the same playbook I would think. What makes you think that changing the coordinator is going to fix the scoring problems that you’ve had?

A: Real simple, it’s my job as a head coach to make sure that I give our players the best opportunity to go out there and be successful. There’s going to be a lot of the same players out there and it’ll still be elements of the playbook that we’ll have out there. We’ll see as new wrinkles develop and new schemes and concepts that may be included. Ultimately, we have to put the players in position to execute, but we’ve got to find something to go ahead and give us an opportunity to change things up a little bit. Obviously, at this point, what we’re doing, we’re not scoring enough points.

Q: Were the players in today? Did you address them on this decision yet or did they find out through social media? How did that work?

A: I spoke to a couple of captains in person. We don’t have any meetings today. Today is the players’ day off for recovery, so I was not able to address every player directly face to face. I’ll do so tomorrow when we meet as a squad.

Q: Besides coaching, you’re obviously also in the business of talent acquisition and to some of the peers, you’re effectively making the decision here to side with players over coaches or a coach in solving a problem. Are you cognizant on how that could positively impact the way players around the league perceive you? Could that ultimately be a good thing for your program?

A: I don’t know. That’s layers that I don’t really consider making this decision. To be honest with you, just really simple, to me when you get into coaching, it’s about the players. That’s just the way I’ve been brought up in this business and the way I look at the game. It’s about the players, it’s the players’ game. Our job as coaches is to give players opportunities to be successful, help develop them and put them in a position of strengths and go out there and they compete. The fun of coaching is to see someone you’ve worked with on something specific have success in that area. That’s the reward, to see somebody else have success. In terms of siding with player over coach, I evaluate everyone the same. I talk to our players openly all the time that before I get to evaluate any players, I evaluate the coaches and make sure that before I hold the player accountable, that I make sure they’ve been in a position of strength to have an opportunity to be successful. With that being said, players are held accountable for everything they do, as well, how they practice, how they prepare and how they produce and how they execute. Everyone’s held accountable for everything they do. No one’s exempt from that right there. Not trying to make any kind of statements in terms of players versus coach. The way I see the game, you have to have coaches who are completely in line with players, who want to see them succeed and you have to have players who trust the coaches (and) that they have their best interest at heart. With that being said, I don’t always worry about perception on the outside. In fact, I hardly ever worry about perception on the outside. I make moves that I think are in the team’s best interest and when you’re in a leadership position, you can’t really ever worry about if it’s a popular decision or not. You have to make the right decision.

Q: What do you like about Freddie as an offensive coach? What do you think conceptually he does well and how can that help the offense, like his voice being a strong one in that room?

A: I’d like to emphasize again, the offense will do this collaboratively as a group and will work through it. If you’re asking specifically about Freddie, what I like about Freddie, is Freddie has a very aggressive approach to the game. I think Freddie’s done a good job in terms of using his players and creating matchups and situations where they can have success and he calls it with a degree of multiples and variables, which present problems to opponents. He sees it through the lens of the player, if that makes sense, in terms of creating plays for the player. I think that’s a valuable asset. There are different ways of seeing the game and different ways of formulating game plans. I trust all of our coaches here – I value all their input. We talk extensively in terms of how we want to put the game plan together. Specifically, on Freddie, as you asked, Freddie brings a game of – he has a very good collection of knowledge. He’s been in a variety of systems, all of which he’s been successful. He sees the game with the right lens.

Q: As far as your players go, are there more drastic changes coming after you watch this film to starters or personnel based on what you saw on the Buccaneers film that you’ve reviewed?

A: I think there are a number of things we have to correct and improve on. You watch the tape, there’s always some good things you can build on and there’s a number of things you have to look at and just identify and say, ‘Okay, this is something that we have to correct and correct fast because Philadelphia is watching that same tape today and they’re going to look to exploit weaknesses.’ That’s their job. Our job is to fix it and make sure that we don’t get exploited. On the same note, in terms of personnel, we compete every week going through in terms of playing time. I talk all the time about taking guys to the game and giving them an opportunity to play. We’ll kind of see how the week of practice goes in terms of who goes ahead and plays throughout the game, but I want everyone to have an opportunity to compete for playing time.

Q: Even if let’s say you blame everything on Jason and take that out of it, your defense didn’t exactly have its finest moment in primetime last night either in getting pressure on Brady, which was very, very small or when they double-teamed the wrong player in the end zone. I’m just wondering how you account for that on the defensive side? It should have been a rested group, you had the bye, you had some time and they frankly didn’t really look like it.

A: I’ll address the first part first. This isn’t a blame game. That’s not what this is at all. I’m not looking for a head to roll. I’m not worried about external opinions or perception, I’ve said that a number of times. This is not a blame game and I’m very appreciative of Jason for a lot of things he’s done for us. In terms of defensive performance, there are a lot of things we have to do better. There were a lot of guys on that field that played very well. A lot of guys made plays. In situational football, we’ve got to do a better job of getting off the field and they did a good job last night of finding some matchups. They did a good job last night in terms of getting the ball out very quickly, having answers before the snap and isolating some positions that negated the pass rush. We obviously have to do a better job of that. We’ve seen a lot of improvement with that throughout the season and our situational football, and we’re getting productive pass rushes in key situations. We’ve got to continue on with that track right there. Every opponent’s a different opponent. When you play against a team like Tampa Bay, who’s very talented and very well-coached and executes at a very high level and a player like Tom, who’s going to go ahead and find the matchups, you’ve got to go ahead, and you’ve got to make sure that you’re on spot every single time. Obviously, we didn’t do that well enough as a whole throughout the game. There were some adjustments made in the game that helped at certain points, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

Q: I’m just looking for a quick clarification, who will call plays on Sunday?

A: I’m not going to go ahead and get into that just yet. We’re going to talk as a staff and we’re going to go through a number of things with the offensive staff tonight and throughout the week. We’ll make those decisions and get everything ironed out before the game.

Q: The second question I had is, is this an admission the season is not going the way you want it and something has to be done?

A: No, this is simply a move to make sure that I make the best decision for the team. Right now, we have to do things to be more productive on offense and score more points. We have to do something to change it up and this is the time we decided to make it.

Q: I have a two-part question here, will you be more involved with the offense during the week and on gamedays and could that include you calling plays? And then number two, this is an offense that you rubber stamped, and you hired Jason, so how much do the failures fall on you?

A: I’ve said all along, I’m responsible for everything on this team. I’m the head coach. I’ve never shied away from that. I don’t point fingers, so I always start with evaluating myself before anything else. In terms of the involvement. I’m involved with all three phases of the game on a weekly basis consistently throughout. I don’t bury myself in one meeting room. I don’t sit back in my office and just go out to the field and be surprised at what’s going on, so I stay involved with all three phases consistently throughout the week. In terms of play-calling, we’ll talk with the offense and I’d say everything’s on the table.

Q: I’m sorry, you’ll say what?

A: Everything’s on the table in terms of the offense and how we collectively do things.

Q: So, you might call plays?

A: Everything’s on the table.

Q: With seven games to go, what’s your message to a frustrated fan base?

A: I was asked this last night and as I said last night, I don’t see this as the fans’ responsibility to be patient for anything. It’s our job to work hard and put a product out there that they can be entertained and proud of. Our focus right now as a team is getting ready for Philadelphia and going out there and play a good, clean football game and compete on Sunday.

Q: I’m just curious, do you have any regrets that you were too patient with the offense at all? Looking back, do you think there was another point where you could have made a move like this to kind of jumpstart the group? Why is this the right time?

A: I think there were different times within the season – you’re referring specifically to just this season?

Q: Yeah.

A: I think there are different times that – we’ve talked about it a number of things of changing things up and looking into whether it’s game planning or things we’re doing within a game. We’ve used a number of different factors and tried a couple of different things within the game plans. Ultimately, I just think when you have to do something to help the team, it doesn’t matter when it happens, you just have to go ahead and do it. Ultimately, we felt this was the best time. As I explained, there’s not really ever an ideal time to make a change like this in a season. You don’t ever really want to have to do this, but you’ve got to be willing to make whatever decision is best for the team.

Q: You know the personnel that you have, you know what they’re capable of. How do you envision the offense playing for the rest of the season?

A: As I said last night, I expect to see an increased level of production. That’s what I expect. Ultimately, the job of the offense is to score points and, like I’ve said a number of times, we haven’t scored enough points offensively and that’s something we have to do a better job of. It sounds very to the point, basic and generic, but just kind of keeping it big-picture, that’s the job of the offense.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday.

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 30 – NEW YORK GIANTS 10…
The once-proud New York Giants franchise was humiliated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-10 on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Giants are now 3-7 and all alone in the cellar of the NFC East.

In a game that was misleadingly close at halftime (Buccaneers 17 – Giants 10), Tampa Bay simply dominated in all facets of the contest:

  • Total offensive plays: Bucs 76 – Giants 54
  • Total net yards: Bucs 402 – Giants 215
  • Net yards rushing: Bucs 94 – Giants 66
  • Net yard passing: Bucs 308 – Giants 149
  • Total first downs: Bucs 28 – Giants 15
  • 3rd-down efficiency: Bucs 6-13 (46 percent) – Giants 1-9 (11 percent)
  • 4th-down efficiency: Bucs 1-1 (100 percent) – Giants 1-3 (33 percent)
  • Turnovers: Bucs 1 – Giants 3
  • Time of possession: Bucs 35:39 – Giants 24:21

The Buccaneers received the ball to start the game and cut right through the New York defense, driving 73 yards in eight plays to take a quick 7-0 lead. The Giants responded with their “best” drive of the night, picking up 56 yards in 13 plays but having to settle for a 37-yard field goal. On their second possession, Tampa Bay put together a marathon, 18-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter. Tampa Bay 10 – Giants 3.

After a three-and-out by the Giants on their second possession, New York got the ball right back when quarterback Tom Brady’s pass was deflected and intercepted by cornerback Adoree’ Jackson at the Tampa Bay 15-yard line and returned to their five yard line. Two plays later, left tackle Andrew Thomas caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones. The 5-yard drive was New York’s last scoring possession of the night. It was all downhill for the Giants after that.

With the score tied at 10-10, Tampa Bay easily drove the field again. The 8-play, 71-yard drive resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run that gave the Buccaneers the lead for good. Neither team scored for the remainder of the half.

The tone for the second half was set on each team’s initial possession after the break. The Giants’ second most productive drive of the evening gained 50 yards and reached the Tampa Bay 25-yard line. But Jones’ 4th-and-1 pass fell incomplete and the Giants turned the ball over on downs. The Buccaneers responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass. The rout was on.

New York’s final five possessions resulted in two punts, two bad interceptions by Jones, and a final turnover on downs. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay added two more field goals to extend the lead to eventual final score of 30-10.

Daniel Jones finished the game 23-of-38 for 167 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. No Giants’ receiving target gained more than 40 yards. The team’s leading rusher was running back Saquon Barkley with just 25 yards on six carries.

Defensively, the Giants rarely pressured Tom Brady as he orchestrated six scoring drives with over 400 yards of offense.

Video lowlights are available at Giants.com.

ROSTER MOVES, PRACTICE SQUAD ACTIVATIONS, INACTIVES, AND INJURY REPORT…
On Monday, the Giants activated LT Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle)  to the 53-man roster from Injured Reserve. LB Trent Harris was signed to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad.

The Giants also elevated TE Chris Myarick and S Steven Parker to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. In addition, WR/returner Pharoh Cooper was activated from the Practice Squad as a COVID-19 replacement for S Logan Ryan (Reserve/COVID-19 List).

Inactive for the game were FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kaden Smith (knee), LB Lorenzo Carter (illness/ankle), S Nate Ebner (knee), OG/OC Wes Martin, and LB Oshane Ximines.

TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and WR Kadarius Toney (quad contusion) were injured in the game and did not return.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Joe Judge and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Joe Judge (Video)
  • QB Daniel Jones (Video)
  • RB Saquon Barkley (Video)
  • LT Andrew Thomas (Video)
  • DL Leonard Williams (Video)

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will address the media by conference call on Tuesday.

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NOVEMBER 20, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants practiced on Saturday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Not practicing were WR Sterling Shepard (quad), LB Lorenzo Carter (illness/ankle), S Logan Ryan (COVID protocols), and S Nate Ebner (knee). Ryan was officially placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List on Saturday. All four players have officially been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Oddly, although the Giants have officially ruled Ryan out, the team’s press release says there is a chance Ryan could still play. “I’d say when you’re on that (COVID list), obviously you can’t play,” Head Coach Joe Judge said. “Is there a small chance that he could still test out and be available? There is. We’re preparing for all the situations of him not being available, as well as if he turns around for the last minute and he is. We’ll prepare for that, as well… So, if he clears as late as Monday morning, we’ll get him down there and have him ready to play.”

Ryan needs two consecutive negative tests within a span of 24 hours apart to be eligible to play.

Limited in practice were RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), RB Devontae Booker (hip), FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), and TE Kaden Smith (knee). All four players are officially listed as “questionable” for the game.

Judge also revealed that WR Dante Pettis, who is currently on Injured Reserve, underwent shoulder surgery and will most likely miss the rest of the 2021 season.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Saturday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the Giants on Sunday. The team plays the Buccaneers in Tampa on Monday night.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants practiced on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Not practicing were WR Sterling Shepard (quad), LB Lorenzo Carter (illness/ankle), S Logan Ryan (COVID protocols), and S Nate Ebner (knee).

According to press reports, the asymptomatic Ryan tested negative for COVID on Thursday, but tested positive on Friday. He will be tested again in order to determine if today’s test was a false positive.

“(Ryan) wouldn’t be completely ruled out at this point for the game,” Head Coach Joe Judge said. “We’ve got to wait and see in terms of the test results coming up… There’s still another test, we’re waiting on the results coming back.”

Limited in practice were RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), RB Devontae Booker (hip), FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), and TE Kaden Smith (knee).

Feel pretty good,” Barkley said after practice. “Getting better every day. Just continue to get acclimated and take it one day at a time, listen to the training staff, listen to the coaches.”

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Saturday. Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Nov 172021
 
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NOVEMBER 17, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a light, walk-thru practice on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, since the team does not play until next Monday, the Giants are not required to issue an injury report until Thursday.

Absent from practice, working on the side with trainers, or appearing limited to stretching activities were RB Devontae Booker (hip), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kaden Smith (knee), LT Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle), OLB Lorenzo Carter (ankle/illness), S Nate Ebner (ankle), and PK Graham Gano (illness).

Gano will not be in the building today,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “Him and Lorenzo Carter have a stomach bug type of thing, so we kept them out of the building to keep it away from everybody else.”

Thomas was officially designated to return to practice from Injured Reserve, initiating the three-week window where he will either have to be activated to the 53-man roster or remain on Injured Reserve.

RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) participated in today’s walk-thru practice.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Thursday. The coordinators, position coaches, and select players will also address the media.

Nov 152021
 
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NOVEMBER 15, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a light practice on Monday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, since the team does not play until next Monday, the Giants are not required to issue an injury report until Thursday.

“Returning off the bye, today’s focus will continue to remain on us,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “Today will be a lighter day in terms of getting out there and getting the guys’ bodies moving. Lot of fundamentals, couple different things we’ll work as a team in terms of leading into some schematics going through the back-end stretch of the season, we’ll kind of introduce today. Other than that, biggest thing right now is getting the guys back and moving, back out of vacation mode and back into football.”

Working with trainers on the side were WR Sterling Shepard (quad), LT Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle), OLB Lorenzo Carter (ankle), and S Nate Ebner (ankle).

“Andrew (Thomas) will move around a little bit with the trainers today,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “We’ll kind of see him over the next couple of days in terms of progress he’s making. It’s been moving in the right direction. In terms of Saquon (Barkley), he’ll be out here today doing some stuff with us and we’ll see how that kind of builds in throughout the rest of the week. He lost a lot last week not having the availability with the COVID stuff. That set him back a little bit – I wouldn’t say set him back physically, but in terms of his timetable and not having him ready for that game. But, optimistic we’ll have him out there today and see how he moves.”

Excused for personal reasons were RB Devontae Booker, FB Eli Penny, and PK Graham Gano.

RB Gary Brightwell was activated off of the Reserve/COVID-19 List.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Monday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Tuesday and return to practice on Wednesday.

Nov 102021
 
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NEW YORK GIANTS HOLD FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE BYE WEEK…
The New York Giants held a light practice on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This was their final practice for the rest of the week as the team is on its bye week.

XAVIER McKINNEY NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday. In that game, McKinney intercepted two passes, including one that he returned 41 yards for a defensive touchdown in the 23-16 victory. McKinney was also credited with seven tackles in the game.

McKinney now joins quarterback Daniel Graham and place kicker Graham Gano as Giants players who have won “Player of the Week” honors in 2021.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no scheduled availability to the team until next Monday.

Nov 092021
 
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NEW YORK GIANTS HOLD LIGHT PRACTICES BEFORE BYE WEEK…
The New York Giants held a light practice on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team will hold another light practice on Wednesday before breaking until next week. The Giants have a bye this weekend.

The Giants split their roster into two groups on Tuesday. Veterans and player with a lot of snaps on the season went with the strength and conditioning staff. The remaining players went with the coaches for on-field drills.

Bye week-wise, we got the guys in today, reviewed the game tape, talked through a few self-scout things,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “We’re going to get the guys on the field today. We’re going to split the team based a little bit on where some of the guys’ bodies are at, so we’re going to have the majority of the older guys who played a lot of volume in last week’s game, they’re going to work a lot with the trainers, the strength staff after our walk-through today. We’ll keep a lot of the younger guys out for some developmental work and we’ll do something very similar tomorrow, as well. So, we’ll be on the field a little bit over an hour today total with different plans and then we’ll regroup on the backend for some meetings, continue some self-scout and build in some things going into future opponents.”

RB Devontae Booker (hip), RB Gary Brightwell (COVID-19), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), and TE Kaden Smith (knee) did not practice. Smith did not suffer a concussion as feared in Sunday’s game; he has officially passed the concussion protocol.

RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) and LT Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle) both did very light work with trainers.

GIANTS CUT SAM BEAL…
The Giants have waived CB Sam Beal. The Giants selected Beal in the 3rd round of the Supplemental Draft in July 2018. He missed all of his rookie season when he was placed on Injured Reserve in July 2018 with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The Giants placed Beal on Injured Reserve again in September 2019 with hamstring and groin injuries, but added him to the 53-man roster in early November. He played in six games with three starts that season. Beal opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 issue. He played in three games this year, but only played a couple of defensive snaps. Overall, Beal only played in nine games as a Giant.

The team also terminated the Practice Squad contract of RB Dexter Williams, who was signed by the team last week.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Wednesday. Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.