Giants’ Barkley: ‘I’m sick of losing; everyone is sick of losing’

In the last two weeks, the New York Giants had leads in the fourth quarter, and both times, they could not hold it, including on Sunday against the Falcons when they had a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter. However, the Falcons(1-2) would tie the score at 14 and defeat the Giants 17-14 at MetLife Stadium as Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo made a 40-yard field with no time left on the clock.

The Giants are now 0-3.

Last Thursday, the Giants led Washington in the fourth quarter, and just like on Sunday, they would lose by a field goal with no time left on the clock.

On the day the Giants retired former quarterback Eli Manning’s number 10, New York got another solid performance from quarterback Daniel Jones, who was 24/35 for 266 yards. While he did not throw a touchdown pass, Jones did not turn the ball over. What made the performance even more impressive was Jones lost wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton to hamstring injuries. 

At 0-3, the Giants have put themselves in a hole, and according to Jones, the team is frustrated with the losing.

“I think guys are frustrated and certainly disappointed with the results,” Jones said postgame. “We’re all competitors, and we want to win, and we expect to win, so that’s frustrating, and we’ve got to understand that and feel that today. But as we move forward, we’ve got to use that to motivate us to look at what we’ve done well and what we need to correct and how we need to attack this week going forward.”

Saquon Barkley, who ran for 51 yards and had his first rushing touchdown of the season on Sunday, has experienced a lot of losing since joining the Giants, and the fourth-year running back is tired of it.

 “I’m sick of losing; everyone is sick of losing,” he said. “No one wants to lose, but I wouldn’t consider us a bad team. We just have to figure it out, and that’s the difference.”

Despite being winless, Giants head coach Joe Judge believes the team will continue to work to turn things around.

“I think the DNA of our team is a team that comes back and goes to work,” Judge said. “Look, no one is going to be happy after a loss; that’s the reality of what it is. The element of what we do as professionals (is) we’ve got to come back and go to work. We’ve got to watch the tape, we’ve got key on it, and we’ve got to prepare for a tough opponent coming up next week.”

New York’s next few games won’t be easy as they head on the road for the next two games against the Saints and Cowboys and then come home for two against the undefeated Rams and Panthers before going on the road to battle the Chiefs, so things could be challenging for the Giants going forward.

Barkley reacts to team’s loss to Falcons:

 

Eagles’ Sirianni on win over Falcons: ‘I’m really pleased with the way we played as a football team’

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles(1-0) had a complete performance in their 32-6 road victory against the Atlanta Falcons(0-1).

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game 27/35 for 264 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 62 yards on the ground.

Hurts got a lot of players involved in the passing game, including rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who had six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown. Also, Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert each caught six passes, and both had a touchdown reception.

“It’s me going out there and doing what I’m coached to do,” Hurts said. “We prepare, we hit it every day. I always talk about executing. I want to execute at a high level running the ball, throwing the ball, alignment things, situation things, I just want to execute at a high level.”

Defensively, Philadelphia kept Atlanta out of the endzone. They allowed 260 yards of total offense(102 total yards in the second half) and sacked Matt Ryan three times. The Eagles also allowed only 114 yards after the Falcons’ first two offensive drives, both of which resulted in field goals.

Eagles’ head coach Nick Sirianni got a victory in his head coaching debut, and he was happy with how well the Eagles played in all three phases of the game.

“Offense played really well,” Sirianni said after the game. “Defense played lights out, special teams — it was a good team win. It felt like the guys played together, for each other, with each other, so I’m really pleased with the way we played as a football team.”

The Eagles dominated the Falcons in the trenches. Hurts had plenty of time to throw, and Philadelphia was able to run the ball effectively with Miles Sanders(74 yards) and Kenneth Gainwell(39 yards, TD). On defense, Philadelphia put pressure on Ryan throughout the game.

Philadelphia hopes to keep the momentum going as they host the 49ers(1-0) in their home-opener next Sunday, which won’t be easy. However, there seems to be some hope in Philadelphia after defeating the Falcons in Week 1.

 

 

Giants’ Judge on Freeman: ‘I think he’s got some juice left in the tank’

The New York Giants have signed former Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, the team announced on Wednesday..

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a one-year deal worth up to $3 million. After they lost RB Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, the Giants turned to Freeman.

Last season, Freeman, 28, rushed for 656 yards and two rushing touchdowns for the Falcons. The two-time Pro Bowler was pretty good outside the backfield in 2019. Freeman had career-highs in receptions(70) and receiving touchdowns(4). 

On Wednesday, Giants head coach Joe Judge discussed the signing of Freeman.

“He had a good workout for us yesterday,” Judge said via a video call. “We watched his tape from the past few years. Obviously, we have familiarity, Jerome Henderson was in Atlanta with him. He really spoke highly of the character he brings to the team, the kind of teammate he is in the locker room. I think he’s got some juice left in the tank. We’ll give him the opportunity to prove that.”

The six-year veteran did practice with the team today, and according to Judge, New York hopes to have him on the field this Sunday against the 49ers.

“We just got him in the building, so today will be a day of trying to catch him up and build him into the game plan,” Judge said. “Obviously, he has a lot to learn going into Sunday. But we’re going to do our best to get him ready for Sunday if we can do that.

While he is not Barkley, Freeman could be a good option for the Giants.  It should be interesting to see how much he does have in the tank, and if you listen to what Judge had to say on Wednesday, it’s clear, they will give him every opportunity to show he can still play at a high level. 

To make room for Freeman, the Giants placed wide receiver Sterling Shepard on injured reserve with turf toe. Like Barkley, Shepard was hurt in the second quarter of the Giants’ 17-13 loss in Chicago on Sunday. He is eligible to be reinstated to the roster after missing three games.

 

Ex-NFL WR Andre Rison believes he is a Hall of Famer

When you talk about former NFL star WR Andre Rison, you tend to talk about all the other things instead what he did on the field. You talk about his relationship with the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from the group TLC and her burning down his house, you talk about some of the times he got in trouble off the field, but in reality, Rison was an outstanding player.

He won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 1996, he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns(15) in 1993, Rison was a five-time Pro Bowler, and became only the 5th wide receiver in NFL history to notch 60 touchdowns in his first six seasons in the league, but he moved around a lot. Rison played for seven teams in his 13-year career and did not always have the best reputation in the locker room.

With all that being said, Rison believes he belongs in the Hall of Fame:

“Do I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Yeah, I scored double figures in touchdowns about four or five straight years(1990-93) and went to four or five Pro Bowls (in) straight years,”(1990-93) Rison told TMZ Sports. “I proved I can play when I was 30. I played in AFC championship games, NFC championship games; I won Super Bowls.”(Won Super Bowl with Packers in 1996)

Rison has borderline Hall of Fame numbers. He is 42nd in receiving yards(10,205). His numbers, in terms of yards, are better than Hall of Famer wide receivers like Raymond Berry, Fred Biletnikoff, Charley Taylor, Lynn Swann, Tommy McDonald and John Stallworth, but those guys played in a different era, so their numbers are not going to be the same. In terms of receiving touchdowns, Rison is 18th in receiving touchdowns(84), which is the same as Tommy McDonald, but it’s better than Biletnikoff, Taylor, Berry, Swann and Stallworth. Also, Rison has more touchdowns than Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, but Irvin did win three Super Bowls with the Cowboys.

In the end, I think Rison’s reputation is going to hurt his chances. Recently inducted Hall of Famer Terrell Owens had first ballot Hall of Fame numbers. However, Owens’ reputation was the reason he had to wait. Rison does not have T.O. numbers. Therefore, I think Rison misses the cut.

In my mind, Rison makes the Hall of Very Good.