Giants’ Barkley after loss to Lions: ‘We’re not going to panic’

The New York Giants(7-3) played their worst game of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions(4-6), which cost them.

New York was thoroughly beaten by Detroit 31-18 at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants allowed a season-high 31 points, and the defense had neither a sack nor a takeaway for the second time this season.

Not only did the defense struggle, but the offense was not much better as New York turned the ball over three times, including two Daniel Jones interceptions. The three turnovers led to 14 points for the Lions. Jones, who had been protecting the ball this season, had a streak of 153 passes without an interception, which was the NFL’s longest active streak.

Jones completed 27 of 44 passes for 341 yards, all season highs, but he had to throw the ball maybe more than the team wanted him to because of New York’s inability to run the ball. Running back Saquon Barkley came into this game leading the league in rushing, but on Sunday, he was held to 22 yards on 15 carries.

“They did a good job up front,’ Giants head coach Brian Daboll said after the loss. “They won up front. (They) made tackles in space. You know, bottled up the run game pretty good. That’s obviously a big part of what we do. We had some plays. We executed in the red zone some; third down probably wasn’t good enough – five of 13. (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones) threw for a lot of yards, but that doesn’t really matter relative to (the fact that) we had two interceptions there. What was it, 17 points off of turnovers? If you have three turnovers and the other team has zero, you’re probably going to lose every game.”

Barkley added: “If you’re not running the ball well, you’re going to pass the ball. I guess that’s just the answer there. If the run game is not going, you’re kind of tied with one hand behind your back; you’ve got to pass the ball, so that’s why it’s important for myself to get this run game back on track and the best way to do that is moving on and getting ready for Thursday.”

Fortunately for New York, they get back at it on Thanksgiving(Thursday) when they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys, and Jones hopes to get back to winning against Dallas.

“I think we’re all already anxious to get this taste out of our mouths and come back and play a much better football game,” he said.

Despite the bad loss to the Lions, Barkley is not going to panic.

“I mean, at the end of the day, it’s the NFL; every team is a great team,” he said. “They came out here; they played great. We’re not going to panic. We’re not going to worry. We’re not going to waver at all. That’s for you guys to go out there and say what you want to say about us. At the end of the day, the only focus we have is the men and women in the locker room and the facility.”

New York came out of this game banged up as several Giants left the game with injuries, including wide receiver Wan’dale Robinson (knee), and starting cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson (knee), and Fabian Moreau (ribs). With a short week, that could be a problem. 

Furthermore, the next four games(Commanders twice), all against NFC East opponents, may tell us a lot about the Giants. Philly is 9-1, Dallas(7-3) just routed the Vikings, and the Commanders have won five of their last six, so it won’t be easy for New York to get right.

Giants’ Jones: ‘I want to improve every week and continue to put this team in a position to win games’

In the offseason, the New York Giants had the opportunity to pick up the fifth-year option for their quarterback Daniel Jones, but the team decided against it, and now Jones can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

After eight games, Jones is playing some decent football for the Giants. First, he has this team off to a very surprising 6-2 start. Next, Jones has thrown for 1399 yards and six touchdowns. Also, he’s getting it done on the ground with 363 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Finally, the thing that has plagued Jones in his career, the turnovers, has been limited this season. He has thrown only two interceptions and lost only two fumbles. 

During the bye week, Giants GM Joe Schoen said that he might discuss contracts with some players, but according to Jones, he was not one of them. 

In addition, the fourth-year quarterback says he has yet to speak much to his agent about a new deal.

“I’m focused on playing the best I can, and that’s kind of been my outlook the whole time,” Jones said Tuesday. “I play the best I can and let the other stuff work itself out.”

When asked if he had more to prove, the 25-year-old Jones said the following; 

 “I think there’s always more to do. I think just for me. Personally, I think I have expectations of myself and goals for myself to continue to improve week to week. How that’s seen by other people is really out of my control. So, for myself and personally, I want to improve every week and continue to put this team in a position to win games.” 

Look, Jones has been solid this season. He is doing it with both his arm and legs, but he’s not Schoen or Brian Daboll’s guy, and while Jones has been solid, he has benefitted from a great running game and an opportunistic defense, but his receivers have been very average.

The Giants will probably make the playoffs unless they fall off a cliff. However, New York still has to upgrade the quarterback position. Again, Jones is solid, but New York can do better.

Photos: Deontay Wilder meets the Giants

Former WBC Heavyweight World Champion and boxing superstar Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder visited the New York Giants facility on Wednesday, as he prepares to take on top-rated Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius in a WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator on Saturday, October 15 topping a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The pay-per-view telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will see Wilder look to make his first step toward becoming a two-time heavyweight champion with an emphatic victory over the hard-hitting Helenius. Wilder’s first title reign saw him rack up an astounding 10 consecutive successful defenses and a staggering 91.1% knockout rate, combining to make him one of the biggest stars in the sport today.

On Wilder’s tour of the Giants facility, he met with General Manager Joe Schoen, Head Coach Brian Daboll, star running back Saquon Barkley and other members of the team, as the 4-1 Giants look to continue their surprising early-season success against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.

Here is what Wilder had to say about his time with the New York Giants:

Deontay Wilder:

 Standing (L-R): Adoree’ Jackson, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Deontay Wilder, Saquon Barkley, Xavier McKinney, Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence Sitting (L-R): Darnay Holmes, Nick McCloud

“I’m here in New York and it’s only right that I stop by this great facility and visit the New York Giants. A lot of people doubted them this season and they’re 4-1. It’s a big blessing. We’ve got one of my guys here, Xavier [McKinney] representing Alabama, so we know him very well. And Coach Daboll too so there are a lot of Alabama ties here.

“Saquon is a great player. A great guy with great spirit when you get to know him. I have a battle on Saturday and they have one on Sunday. I came here to check out the facility, see what their regimen is, how their practice goes and it’s been a great time.

“Growing up, I played football, basketball, baseball and if I had time for soccer, I would have played that as well. But once I got into boxing, it just took over my life. It’s a year-round business so you can’t take it easy. But I used to play everything from wide receiver to quarterback. That was one of my big things. I was always tall as a quarterback so I could see over everyone. At wide receiver, I’d run a hitch route and they would just throw it up in the air. Today made me reminisce a little bit.

“I plan to come in at my happy weight. Meaning, whatever I weigh, I’ll be happy. I came up here looking for sparring partners, looked at the players and told Coach Daboll, ‘Coach what are you feeding these guys? They’re so huge.’ These guys are so huge, I’d have to be the quarterback where it’s safer. I don’t want to get fed to these guys, they’ll eat me up alive.

“I’m not sure how long my fight against Robert Helenius will be. This second reign is going to be about having fun. I don’t have anything to prove, I’ve gained so much success, and everything I have done inside the ring has been set in stone with my statue in my hometown of Tuscaloosa. So, at this point in time, whatever comes my way is a blessing. But you already know I don’t get paid for overtime so we’re going for the knockout.”

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

Giants’ Daboll on Jones: ‘I’m glad he’s our quarterback’

The New York Giants(4-1) got their best win of the season on Sunday when they defeated the Green Bays Packers(3-2) 27-22 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

New York won their second straight game and improved to 4-1, their best five-game start since they were 5-0 in 2009.

The Giants have done a great job of fighting back when they’re down this season. In their Week 1 win over the Titans, New York battled back from a 13-0 deficit at halftime to beat Tennessee. In Week 2, they trailed the Panthers 13-6 in the third and came back to defeat Carolina, and on Sunday, New York trailed the Packers 17-3 in the second quarter and 20-10 at the break, but again, New York fought back and got the job done.

“I think they play hard,” Daboll said about his team. “They do what we ask them to do. They trust in the things we ask them to do. They work extremely, extremely hard. These guys, we practice hard. Practice really hard, but we try to practice smart. They played good situational football.”

Defensively, as they did against the Bears last week, the Giants did not let the the Packers score a touchdown in the second half. They held Chicago to one field goal in the final two quarters, and on Sunday, they gave the Packers two points on a safety late in the game. 

Daboll was happy with the adjustments New York made defensively in the second half.

“In the first half, they got down there, big DPI(Defensive pass interference), and scored on one,” Daboll said. “I think it was on the eight or something where they got down and had the little play to (Green Bay tight end) Marcedes (Lewis). They made a couple good plays. I don’t think you panic and make wholesale adjustments. There’s certain things you talk about. Again, I think Wink did a great job of that along with the rest of the coaches.”

Giants QB Daniel Jones, who looked completely healthy after an ankle injury sidelined him for parts of the game against the Bears last week, completed 21 of 27 passes for 217 yards and ran for another 37 yards. Jones led the Giants on a 15-play, 91-yard drive to tie the game at 20 and led New York on a 6-play, 60-yard game-winning drive to give the Giants the lead for good in the fourth.

Jones is playing well, and Daboll is happy he’s the quarterback for the Giants.

“I just say that he comes in ready to go each week,” Daboll said about Jones. “He’s very humble. I think it’s very, very important to him. He has very good leadership amongst the team. Players got a lot of respect for him, and I know the coaches do too. We have confidence in him. He’s done a really good job for our football team, and the things that we have asked him to do, he’s done them well. I’m glad he’s our quarterback.”

Don’t look now, but the Giants could for real. It’s still early, but it appears New York could be a factor in the NFC.

Giants’ Daboll on Jones: ‘I think he’s made a lot or progress since after the game’

The New York Giants head to London on Sunday to face the Green Bay Packers, hoping to have the services of their quarterback Daniel Jones, who left Sunday’s win over the Bears with an ankle injury. Jones would return to the game against Chicago but was limited. 

According to the team’s injury report, Jones was limited during Wednesday’s practice. In addition, Jones’ backup, Tyrod Taylor, who also left Sunday’s win, is still in concussion protocol. 

Just in case their quarterbacks can’t go, New York reportedly worked out quarterbacks Jake Fromm and A.J. McCarron this week. Fromm played three games for the Giants last season.

New York head coach Brian Daboll said on Wednesday that if Taylor can’t go, the team will bring up Davis Webb, and it appears if both Jones and Taylor can’t go, Webb would be the starter.

However, Daboll says Jones has made progress since Sunday.

“I think he’s made a lot or progress since after the game, and he’s been in the treatment room pretty consistently throughout these last couple of days,” Daboll said. “So, we’ll put him out there, give him some reps and see where he’s at.”

Jones also believes he has made progress since Sunday.

Yeah, felt good. Felt good out there,” he said. “I’ve been working with the trainers, and I’ve made a lot of progress the last couple of days. I’ll continue to listen to them and continue to do what I can to be back out there.

Regarding playing against Packers, Jones says it’s still early, but again, he feels better.

“It’s early in the week, so I’m just trying to do everything that I can day-by-day to get back there,” he said. “Like I said, I’m feeling good. I’m feeling a lot better today.

The fourth-year quarterback loves to use his legs and had touchdown runs of 21 and eight yards against the Bears. After four games, Jones has 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns, but he is confident in his ability to work from the pocket if limited.

“I think, for one, Sunday is a little bit away,” he said. “I think I’ll continue to progress throughout the week and see how I feel. I’m confident in my ability to throw from the pocket, throw outside the pocket, and make plays from both.”

At this point, all New York can do is hope for the best.

Giants’ Daboll: ‘I think the players played good when it counted the most’

The New York Giants are now 3-1 after defeating the Chicago Bears(2-2) 20-12 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Giants used a stout defense; Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones did the job on the ground. In addition, New York overcame injuries to Jones and backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Jones, who ended the game 8/13 for 71 yards, left with an ankle injury late in the third quarter after being sacked by Jaquan Brisker, while Taylor left in the fourth quarter with a concussion. However, the man that has been doing it all for the Giants, Barkley, became the wildcat quarterback and continued his strong rushing performance. Jones did return, but Barkley did some heavy lifting.

“It’s something that we practiced,” Barkley said about the wildcat formation after the win. “I think we did it; we showed it against Carolina. It was a package that we had in. You don’t want to be in that situation, but the way that the coaches reacted, brought us all in and started drawing it up. It felt like you’re back again as a little kid in the backyard playing football. But like I said, we had some of those packages already. We worked at it, and we have some really talented (running) backs and a great offensive line, and we were able to have a little bit of success on it.”

Giants head coach Brian Daboll added: “I just thought those were the right thing to use at that particular time based on where (quarterback) Daniel (Jones) was, limping around a little bit. And then we put a couple of other ones in on the sideline – ones that (offensive line coach) Bobby (Johnson) and I have run in the past. So I didn’t have to get to all of them but got to a couple of them that I thought helped us, particularly the edge plays with (running back Matt) Breida there at the end. And Barkley’s been ballhandling since training camp, not for this necessary (reason that) both quarterbacks go down – just because it’s part of our package that we have. Just thought that was the best thing to do.” 

Barkley had his second 100-yard game of the season as he finished with a career-high 31 carries for 146 yards. Jones also carried the load as he had 68 yards on the ground, including rushing touchdowns of 21 and eight yards. New York rushed for 262 yards on 44 carries. It was their highest rushing yardage total since 2008.

“I thought our line did a good job,’ Daboll said. “We ran the ball inside; we ran the ball outside; had a couple of scheme runs in there that we liked this particular week. And then 26 (Saquon Barkley) – I’ve said it since OTAs – is a really good football player. So, that along with Daniel’s, what did he have – about 70 or something around there? That’s the way we wanted to play this game, and it worked out.”

New York is now 3-1 for the first time since 2011, and “Big Blue” is winning with defense and a strong running game; Daboll gave all the credit to the players.

“I think the players played good when it counted the most,” Daboll said. “Give all the credit to the players. I think the assistant coaches and coordinators are doing a good job of putting them in position, and those guys are playing hard for 60 minutes. So, I’d say give the players, first-and-foremost, all the credit. And give the assistant coaches and coordinators the second part of it.”

New York will have to see if Jones will be healthy next week as they travel to London to face the Packers. Jones did say he was feeling good following the game.

“I feel good. I feel good,” he said. “A little sore but all good. Listen to the trainers and doctors and go from there but feeling good.”

Notes:

-In addition to Jones and Taylor, several Giants left the game with injuries. Cornerback Aaron Robinson (knee), safety Julian Love (concussion), tackle Evan Neal (neck), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux (ankle) did not return. Guard Mark Glowinski (ankle) did.

-Love and fellow safety Xavier McKinney were the only players on the Giants’ defense to play every snap in the first three games.

Giants’ Daboll on Shepard: ‘It kind of looked like a freaky accident there’

The New York Giants(2-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night as they fell to the Dallas Cowboys 23-16 at MetLife Stadium, and unfortunately, they lost a key piece on offense.

On Tuesday, Giants head coach Brian Daboll announced that WR Sterling Shepard would miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL.

Shepard, who is coming off a torn Achilles last season, injured his ACL late in the game against the Cowboys.

“ACL. Got that news just about 15 minutes ago in the doctors’ meeting,” Daboll said. “And again, to reiterate what I said yesterday, he’s a tremendous person. He worked so diligently to get back, and (I) feel terrible for him that he had that injury. He’s a big part of our team, and we’ll miss him out on the field.

It was a non-contact injury, and it appeared that Shepard was jogging along when it happened. According to Daboll, it was a “freak accident.”

“He’s just slowing down,” Daboll said. “It could have happened; I’m not saying it happened; you see a couple of plays before where he turns when he’s running an in-cut, and he’s extended. He went out there on the next play and did something. Again, it kind of looked like a freaky accident there.”

It was a big blow for Shepard, who put in the work to get back on the field and a big blow for the Giants as they’ve battled injuries at the wide receiver position(Wan’Dale Robinson, Kadarius Toney). 

Neal struggles

Giants rookie RT Evan Neal struggled to block Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence, who had three of Dallas’ five sacks. Despite the struggles, Daboll is not worried about Neal.  

“We just keep on building the technique,” Daboll said. “There’s growing pains. I would say it’s not just Ev (Evan Neal), which he got beat a couple times on the edge by a pretty good player. There was a lot of things we could have done better. And protection-wise, after going through it, whether it’s the chips, the (running) backs, one-one-ones against the blitzers, the inside movement, the games inside. There was quite a bit of things. But Evan’s a diligent guy. We’ll work on improving him and try to be better next week.

New York will have a short week as the Bears(2-1) come to town on Sunday.

Giants’ Daboll talks dance in locker room following big win against Titans

After the Giants defeated the Titans in comeback fashion 21-20 in Tennessee on Sunday, Giants head coach Brian Daboll, who got his first career win following a gutsy two-point conversion try that gave New York the lead late, was seen on television dancing in the locker room. 

On Monday, Daboll, who snapped New York’s five-game opening day losing streak, revealed what song he was dancing to and celebrating with the team.

“It was a Biggie(Smalls) song, and it was a good win,” he said.” These guys worked hard. They were dancing before I got in there. So, I don’t know if I was really dancing very much, if you want to call it that. But it’s good to celebrate with your guys. They put a lot of work (in). And again, credit to the guys that are out there playing. They had a lot of juice after that game, and rightfully so. They played a tough 60-minute game and had some good plays and had some bad plays that you had to bounce back from. They brought me in the circle there; I don’t think I’d call it dancing.”

Conventional wisdom says after you score a touchdown late in the game with an opportunity to tie, you kick the extra point, but Daboll rolled the dice and went for two, and of course, it worked. According to Daboll, he used analytics and other things to make his decision.

“I think analytics always plays a role in key decision makings,” he said. “I know what we do is we talk about that during the week, myself and (Director of Football Operations & Innovation Ty Siam) Ty and (Offensive Assistant/Game Manager) Cade (Knox), two of the guys that run that department on gameday with myself. And we go through tons of different situations; I mean, there were times on fourth down when I was deciding whether or not to go for it, just thought at the point in the game, regardless of what it said, it was a wise thing to punt. It just felt comfortable. We had conversation with it; defense stopped them. I just felt that the momentum of the game and the way we were playing in the second half, if we got down there to score again, we were going to do that regardless. But you certainly take into factor the three timeouts; we would probably have had an on-side kick if we didn’t get it, bring the three timeouts, and then have a really long field. But those are conversations that are happening during timeouts or in between series. But I lean heavily on those guys. One of them went to Cornell; another one went to Harvard. So, they’re pretty good guys to have.”

It was a bold call for sure by Daboll. Fortunately for the Giants, Tennessee’s Randy Bullock missed a field goal from 47 yards at the buzzer, and fortunately for New York, they were able to escape with a victory.

Giants’ Daboll: OC Kafka to call the plays for team

In the preseason, Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka was calling the plays for the team, and according to head coach Brian Daboll, that will continue into the regular season.

Daboll announced Monday that Kafka would call the plays for the team in the season-opener against the Titans in Tennessee this Sunday. 

I talked to Mike over the weekend. We were working yesterday; talked to him today,” Daboll said via Zoom. “I have a lot of confidence in Mike. We’ll stay with how we did things in the preseason.”

Daboll was the offensive coordinator for the Bills from 2018-21, and he says for him, not calling plays felt strange at times.

“I tell you when it was strange was before the game and the night before,” Daboll said. “You’re going through so many things in your head and thinking about situations. Whether it’s the preseason, regular season, or the playoff game, whatever it may be. You know, it’s a tough job to call plays, and you got to really put a lot of time and effort and energy into it, and Mike has done a good job with it.”

Kafka was around a great offensive mind in Andy Reid with the Chiefs as he was the quarterbacks coach in Kansas and passing game coordinator from 2018-21, so he has the experience, and Daboll is confident in his ability to get the job done. 

Jets QB Joe Flacco talks Daniel Jones

Football is a game of continuity. The coaching staff and everyone on the field must know the assignment and what they’re doing at all times. However, coaches change, personnel change and players must learn new things.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is learning a new offensive system for the third time in four seasons as New York hired former Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as their head coach in the offseason.

According to Jones, learning a new offense takes time.

“I think I do have some experience with it now, so that’s helped in the process in learning it,” Jones said after the joint practice with the Jets on Thursday. “I think the toughest part is that it takes time, it takes the reps, it takes practice, it takes meetings, having the conversations, correcting things, getting on the same page, moving guys around. All that takes time; there’s a process to it. That’s what we’ve been doing, and I think we’ve done a good job up to this point. Like I said, the next couple of weeks are important for us before we kickoff in Nashville.

Jets QB Joe Flacco is with his fourth team in four seasons, and like Jones, had to learn new offenses. According to the 15-year veteran, if Jones plays well, he and Daboll can be together for many years.

“You would obviously like to get in with a good guy that you really like and gain a rapport with,” Flacco said. “When you’re back there playing quarterback, you’re not having to think about all the little details because you’ve just done it for long enough that it just comes naturally, so I can relate to that a little bit, and for him at this point, it is what it is. I would say to him; hopefully, he has as much success as possible this year so that it doesn’t have to happen anymore, and I think the good thing with him is this offense is created by the head coach, so if they can do well together, then they can be in it together for a long time.”

Flacco had some praise for the 25-year-old Jones:

“I think he’s a hell of an athlete and a great young quarterback, so I wish him the best of luck.’

The time is now for Jones to make it happen if he wants to stick around in New York after this season. He’s not Daboll’s guy, which could make things challenging, but if he wants to be Daboll’s guy, Jones is going to have to show him and the organization a lot in 2022.