Giants’ Barkley: ‘Culture’s different’

Again, it wasn’t pretty, but again, the New York Giants got another victory on Sunday at MetLife Stadium as they defeated the visiting Carolina Panthers 19-16.

With the victory, the Giants have won two games by a combined four points to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2016.

The Giants trailed 13-6 in the third, and the offense immediately responded. Jones led the team on an eight-play, 75-yard drive, which ended with Jones connecting with rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger on a 16-yard touchdown pass that tied things up at 13. 

In the fourth, it was the Graham Gano show as he connected from 51 yards to put New York up 16-13 and hit from 56 yards to give New the lead for good at 19-16. Gano finished the game with four field goals.

Finally, Jones ended the game on a beautiful 11-yard scramble on third and long to put the game away for the undefeated Giants. 

Giants head coach Brian Daboll knows the team has to play better, but that’s something to worry about for next week when they host the Cowboys on Monday night.

‘There’s certainly a lot of things we need to do better, but I’m happy for the guys,” Daboll said after the win. “(Kicker) Graham (Gano) made all his kicks. (There were) some big kicks there at the end for us, and (Quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ led the team down to get some extra points there, which was a huge difference. (I) thought the defense played well; started out fast. Wish we could’ve gotten more points on the board early on after those two turnovers, but all-in-all a good team win. And (we’ll) get ready for next week.”

Jones was not great, but he was solid(22/34, 176 yards, touchdown) and made the right play time after time, including the game-clinching first down on the team’s final drive, which he discussed postgame.

“Situation (where) we got in the perimeter there,” he said. “Want to keep the clock moving with a completion or a run. Getting out of the pocket on that movement gives you the options to do both. I thought they matched (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley), and I saw a lane to get up and get the first down. I thought it was a good call on the situation and just tried to execute it the best we could.”

Saquon Barkley, who ran for 72 yards on 21 carries, like Daboll, is happy to be 2-0 but knows New York has to be better.

“It feels good to be 2-0,” Barkley said. “It’s not easy to win in this league. This is my first time in five years being 2-0. The team played great all three phases. Offense, we have to execute a little bit better, but at the end of the day, we were able to grind out a win.”

Things are a little livelier in the Giants locker room, unlike the previous two seasons under Joe Judge. Winning games helps, but Barkley thinks the culture is different in New York overall.

Culture’s different,” Barkley said. “Coming here, music playing before the game, playing after the game, you’ve got your Head Coach coming in and rapping Biggie. It’s fun. It’s fun. And it all starts with winning. That’s what really breeds fun. You come out here and win games, and we’ve got to continue to do that, but we can’t get too caught up in the hype. We’ve just got to continue to keep the mindset within this locker room, continue to trust the guys, the men, and women in our facility, and just keep getting better.”

A win is a win; fortunately for the Giants, it does not always have to be pretty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Giants’ Jones on offense: ‘I thought it was good’

On Thursday night, in their preseason opener on the road against the Patriots, the New York Giants starting offense was on the field for two series and scored three points. On their first drive, the Giants drove 68 yards on 13 plays, and the drive stalled at the New England 7. Graham Gano would hit a 25-yard field to give the first unit their only points. 

The Giants would get one first down on the second drive, but they would have to punt. New York drove 19 yards on six plays.

Quarterback Daniel Jones would finish the night 6/10 for 69 yards; RB Saquon Barkley had 13 yards on four carries.

New York would win 23-21 on a Gano 24-yard field goal at the buzzer.

After the game, Giants head coach Brian Daboll, Jones, and Barkley talked about the first-team offense’s performance Thursday night. 

“Yeah, there was some good and some things we could have back,” Daboll said about the offense. “What was he(Daniel Jones)? 6 of 10. We threw a couple of vertical plays there. They had a couple of free runners relative to the protection, but I thought he operated the offense well. He let them down on the first drive. We stalled there in the Red Zone. Good first start, but certainly things to clean up.

Jones:

(On how the offense ran operationally)

“I thought it was good, and I thought it was clean. We moved the ball and converted some third downs. The second drive, we got in a tough situation with third and long, but I thought it was clean just from an operational standpoint. There were certainly some plays we can look at and do better and clean up, but overall I thought it was good.”

Barkley:

(On the offense)

“I think there was good and bad. We have to go back and watch film and learn from it. But that’s what preseason is for, to try to sharpen up the tools, sharpen up the game. Whatever we didn’t execute well, we have to make sure we do it in practice.”

(On how he personally felt)

“I felt good. I think our offensive line did a great job. We were able to move the ball. I was able to get a catch on a third and five to keep the sticks moving. It was a great throw by DJ [Daniel Jones] great read by DJ. My body just feels really good. So like I said, taking it one day at a time and improve off this.”

New York plays their second preseason game next Sunday on the road against the Bengals.

Giants’ Taylor: ‘I came in here ready to compete’

Late in the 2021 season, New York Giants QB Daniel Jones injured his neck and missed the season’s final six games. In those six games, the Giants struggled mightily on offense as quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Mike Glennon were not very good.

After that situation, the Giants knew they had to get a better backup going forward, and they did. In the offseason, Giants GM Joe Schoen, who was in the Bills’ organization when QB Tyrod Taylor was in Buffalo, signed Taylor to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The 33-year-old has been a starter in this league, been a Pro Bowler, and started six games for the Texans last season. He’s definitely an upgrade for the Giants.

The 12-year veteran has been around many situations in the NFL As a backup, it’s hard to be one of the leaders on the team, but he’s a vet, and he can help the younger players on the Giants.

On Wednesday, Taylor discussed his leadership style.

“It’s been different,” Taylor said about his leadership style. “If you would’ve asked me earlier in my career, I was always a lead by example. I think the older you get, the more experience you have you become more comfortable being vocal. Ultimately, how you play and how you execute is what guys are going to respond to the most. For me, go out and do your job each and every day, uplift guys and make the guys better, and trust them. Don’t go out there and try to be Superman. There are 11 guys on the field playing for one goal, and that’s to win the rep and ultimately win the game. Each and every play, like I said, just be detailed in your focus and execution.”

Also, as a backup, Taylor is there to support starter Daniel Jones, who Taylor believes has been impressive.

“Great competitor, friendly, southern,” Taylor said about Jones. “Me and my friends go back and forth on whether Virginia is southern or not. It kind of reminds me of people I grew up with, Virginia and North Carolina. Much respect for Daniel. The way he approaches his job each and every day and the way he goes out and leads. I think just the quarterback room as a whole, we all bring out the best in one another. Whether it’s in competitions, whether it’s in the weight room, whether it’s on the field, we tally up who has the best throws for the day. If you see our board of tallies, it can get crazy, but much respect to Daniel. He’s doing a great job throughout camp.”

Again, Taylor has been a starter numerous times in this league. He’s a competitor, but barring injury or abysmal play from Jones, he’s not going to get many snaps; according to Taylor, he’s just going to stay ready.

“I came in here ready to compete, and that’s what the nature of this game is,” Taylor said. “There is only one quarterback that can play, and you have to be ready at any time when that opportunity presents itself. I’m working each and every day just trying to get better and ready for the opportunity that presents itself.”

Giants’ Golladay on offense: ‘I feel like we can do some things’

When the New York Giants signed WR Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million deal last offseason, they were expecting to get the guy who led the league in receiving touchdowns in 2019 and had two one-thousand-yard seasons with the Lions.

In four seasons with the Lions, Golladay scored 21 touchdowns, and In 2018-19, he had 135 receptions for 2,253 yards and 16 touchdowns.

However, in 2021, Golladay battled injuries and finished the season with 37 receptions and a team-leading 521 yards but no touchdowns. It was a frustrating season for Golladay. However, fortunately for him, that’s the past.

“Last year, there were a lot of injuries involved,” Golladay said on Monday. “I think this year is a little bit better as far as just the training staff, strength staff, and then coaching staff taking care of our bodies and then us as players doing the right things on and off the field, and extremely well on the field.”

The six-year veteran also discussed not reaching the endzone for the first time in his career.

“It was disappointing, but like I said, a lot played a role in that,” he said.

The 28-year-old is excited to play in Brian Daboll’s system, which according to Golladay, is “receiver friendly.”

“First off, the offense is totally different,” he said. “A lot of moving parts, as you can see. (Head Coach Brian Daboll) Coach is putting people in different positions at all times, keeping the defense guessing. (It’s) very receiver friendly. Now, we are just working on getting on the same page as far as receivers, running backs, and then (Quarterback Daniel Jones) DJ. Right now, we are having fun out there.”

This season, if healthy, New York will have Kadarius Toney, rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley. With that talent, Golladay believes New York could be solid on offense.

“You’ve got KT (Kadarius Toney), you have Wan’Dale, you have myself, you have some tight ends that are going to step up and make some plays for us, you’ve got Saquon coming out of the backfield, whenever (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard) Shep is ready to get back out there,” he said. “I feel like we can do some things.”

The Giants are banking on Golladay to have a better season in 2022, and clearly, you don’t give him a big contract without that belief. However, it won’t solely be on Golladay; it could depend on the play of Daniel Jones, who will have one more year to prove he can be the Giants’ franchise quarterback. If Jones is better, Golladay will undoubtedly be better.

Giants’ Jones: ‘I’m certainly confident in myself’

The moment the New York Giants decided not to pick up his fifth-year option, the pressure was on quarterback Daniel Jones to prove to new head coach Brian Daboll and the Giants organization that he can be the team’s franchise quarterback. 

At season’s end, the 24-year-old Jones can become an unrestricted free agent.

New York began voluntary OTAs this week. According to the fourth-year quarterback, he can’t worry about the contract.

“Yeah, you know, that was certainly out of my control, out of my hands, and that’s the business part of it,” Jones said about not getting his fifth-year option picked up. “I understand that. My job is to prepare to play as well as I can, help the team win games, and that’s certainly what I’m focused on.”

During his time with the Giants, Jones, who is returning after missing the final six games last season due to a neck injury, has been up and down. He has shown flashes, but he’s also turned the ball over at a high rate. Despite all that, the sixth overall pick in 2019 draft, remains confident.

“Yeah, I’m certainly confident in myself,’ he said. “I’m confident in the team we have and the coaches and the system. I think we’re all learning it, and we’re improving daily with it. There’s a lot of reasons to be confident; I think when you look at all those pieces. We’ve got to focus on what we’re doing now. We can’t focus on results and the season. That’s a long way away.

“We’re focused on preparing now, practicing well, improving every day, and making progress.”

Daboll is okay with Jones throwing interceptions in practice, and the first-year coach wants Jones to protect the football, but also, not be afraid to let it rip.

 “Yeah, look, we want to make sure we protect the ball,” Daboll said. “But again, you can’t go out there and play afraid. Be smart, not reckless, if you will. If he’s got a shot on the right read, let it go.

“There’s going to be things that happen in every game. The defense is going to make a good play; there might be a tipped ball. We’re going to have to do a good job of taking care of the football, but I want him to turn it loose.”

This is it for Jones. The people who drafted him are no longer with the organization. Therefore, if he does not perform at a high level this season, his time in New York will be over, but based on what’s being said now, Jones will have every opportunity to succeed.

 

 

Giants’ Jones: ‘I think as we go forward and into next year, we’ve all got to do a better job’

The New York Giants have shut down quarterback Daniel Jones for the rest of the season after placing the quarterback on IR due to a neck injury.

Jones finished the season completing 232 of 361 passes (a career-high 64.3%) for 2,428 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for a passer rating of 84.8. Jones also rushed for 298 yards and two touchdowns. 

The third-year quarterback was decent this season, and at this point, New York has to decide about Jones’ future going forward. New York will have to determine if they will pick up his fifth-year option after the draft, which would guarantee him $21.3 million.

According to Giants head coach Joe Judge, Jones has done enough, but the front office has to decide what’s best in terms of the contract.

“Yeah, I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us that he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with,” Judge said earlier this week. “In terms of the business aspect of it and different things, I’ll let different departments of this organization handle that stuff. I’ll coach the players.”

New York will lose 10 or more games for the fifth straight season, and Jones knows next season the Giants have to be better.

“Well, I think as we go forward and into next year, we’ve all got to do a better job,” Jones said. “Like I said, we didn’t win enough games… I’ve spoken to Joe, and we’ve had conversations about that, but like I said, I think there’s things that I need to improve on. There’s things he expects me to improve on going forward. I understand that and obviously take that very seriously. That’s kind of my approach.”

Injuries have been an issue for Jones. Plus, when healthy, his play has been up and down. In addition, the front office will probably look a little different next season as it is expected that Senior VP and GM Dave Gettleman will likely be replaced, so a new GM could mean a new direction at the quarterback position, which could make this situation very interesting.

If you pick up the fifth-year option, you guarantee Jones’s contract for the next two seasons, and that’s a gamble. Jones is 12-25 as a starter and has thrown 45 touchdowns with 29 interceptions and 20 lost fumbles, so that’s a lot of turnovers. 

In fairness to Jones, New York has never fixed their offensive line issues, and they have struggled with injuries on the offensive side of the ball this season, so it’s not all his fault.

It might be in New York’s best interest not to pick up the fifth-year option and let Jones play out the rest of the contract and see where he stands after next season.

Giants lose winnable game against Chiefs

On Monday night in Kansas City(4-4), the New York Giants(2-6) battled hard and almost defeated the Chiefs, but they fell just short and would lose to Kansas City(4-4) 20-17.

The Giants are 0-6 under Joe Judge, and Daniel Jones is 0-8 in primetime. The Giants have one more scheduled night game on Monday, November 22, at Tampa Bay.

After trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, New York would have an eight-play, 57-yard drive, which Evan Engram finished off with a five-yard touchdown reception to take a 17-14 lead. Kansas City would tie the game with a field goal midway through the fourth. 

Late in the fourth, the New York Giants appeared to have gotten a big turnover when corner Darnay Holmes intercepted Patrick Mahomes, but unfortunately for the Giants, LB Oshane Ximines jumped offsides. Kansas City would finish off the drive with a Harrison Butker 34-yard game-winning field goal. 

“You just can’t have penalties like that. Point blank,” Judge said. “Or any penalties we had. That comes down to how we execute on the field and make sure we coach it better, so that doesn’t happen again. We have to do a better job all the way around. There were some situations that came up throughout the game that we have to make sure to eliminate to give ourselves a better chance of success.”

Ximines added: “I’m not making no excuses or anything, but I thought they had some movement on the offensive side of the ball, but my opinion doesn’t matter. It’s what the ref sees. I was offsides; I’m accountable for that. It’s never acceptable to do that. And it goes against everything we’re building as a team. We’re a team that doesn’t like to make mistakes. That’s something we really harp on. I’m looking to make up for that.”

The Giants had 10 penalties against the Chiefs, which marked their second-highest total of the season.

Unfortunately, the Giants did what many bad teams do, find ways to lose. This was a very winnable game for New York, but the Giants could not win a second straight game.

The Giants host the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday in the final game before their bye.

 

 

Giants’ Daniel Jones named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Daniel Jones’ passing and running helped the Giants earn a come-from-behind victory on Sunday in New Orleans and today he walked off with the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award.

The third-year quarterback led the Giants from an 11-point deficit with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to a 27-21 overtime triumph against the Saints in the Caesars Superdome.  Jones completed 28 of 40 passes for a career-high 402 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 108.5. Jones’ 28 completions tied the career-high he set three times and he hit 70% of his passes, the third-highest figure of his career.

The Giants scored 17 unanswered points on their final three possessions as Jones completed 11 of 15 passes for 176 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley and a 23-yard, third-down throw to Kenny Golladay immediately preceding Barkley’s game-winning six-yard touchdown run in overtime.

This was the third time in his career that Jones led the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to a victory.

Jones’ previous career-best was 352 passing yards at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019. It was Jones’ – and the Giants’ – first 300-yard game since he threw for 301 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 29, 2019. The 400-yard game was the first by a Giants quarterback since Eli Manning threw for 434 yards vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 17, 2017.

In addition to the long touchdown throw to Barkley, Jones threw a 52-yard scoring pass to John Ross. It was the first game in which the Giants threw two touchdown passes of 50+ yards since Dec. 17, 2017, when Manning had scoring throws of 67 yards to Sterling Shepard and 57 yards to Tavarres King.

Jones’ only interception was on a deep pass on the final play of the first half. The pick by safety Marcus Williams ended Jones’ streak of consecutive passes without throwing a pick at 124. Jones has thrown just two interceptions in his last 331 attempts, covering more than 10 games.

Jones also rushed for 27 yards to increase his team-leading total to 188 yards. His two-point conversion run after Barkley’s long touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted the Giants to within 21-18.

 

 

 

Giants’ Jones: ‘We needed a win, and there was a high sense of urgency to do that”

Down 21-10 to the Saints(2-2) in the fourth quarter, it appeared the New York Giants were about to fall to 0-4. However, Daniel Jones connected with Saquon Barkley on a 54-yard touchdown pass, and Jones led the Giants on a drive that ended with a 48-yard Graham Gano field goal to send the game to overtime.

In OT, Jones would lead New York on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a six-yard Barkley touchdown run to give New York(1-3) their first victory of the season 27-21 at Caesars Superdome.

“We needed a win, and there was a high sense of urgency to do that,”  Jones said after the game. “We treated it as one week at a time. We focus throughout the week preparing and playing our best on Sunday. That was our focus this week. We have to continue to work and continue to sharpen things up. It was a big win.”

The Giants gained 485 yards against New Orleans, their highest total since they finished with 552 in the overtime victory in Washington two years ago.

Both Jones and Barkley had big-time performances on Sunday. The third-year quarterback completed 28 of 40 passes for 402 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The 402 yards is a career-high. 

“Look, I love Daniel(Jones),” Giants head coach Joe Judge said. “He had a heck of a game today. “I am going to leave that right there… Daniel Jones is our quarterback… I am very proud of how he came down here and prepared throughout the week and performed in that environment against that defense.”

Regarding Barkley, he rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries and caught five passes for 74 yards. This was the fourth time Barkley scored rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game. Barkley’s 126 yards from scrimmage marked his 21st game with more than 100 yards.

Barkley, who’s coming back from a torn ACL, was excited to get the win and feels his knee is getting stronger.

“We haven’t won a game all year, so for us to come out here and win a game in a tough environment against a great defense and a great team is great,” Barkley said. “We have been in a lot of close game. We have to keep going. We have to keep working every day. We have to keep believing in each other and get ready for next week. Personally, it helps with your confidence to make plays out there, especially late in the game. It feels good to get the win. It definitely builds my confidence up. Each week I keep feeling my knee getting better and better. I just have to keep trusting the process and keep going.”

Giants head coach Joe Judge added about Barkley: “He’s gone through a lot of things, but he’s always kept the team first in everything he’s done, and they see that There’s a reason he was selected as a captain by his teammates and to represent them with how he works and performs on the field. In terms of seeing him have success, it’s collective success. It is everyone’s win. Saquon obviously punched the ball in at the end to close it out. That’s what we wanted, to get the ball back and finish the game out right there. That’s what we were able to do.”

This was a must-win for New York, who had lost two straight games on the final play. Now, they have an opportunity to make a move in the NFC East as they go on the road to battle the 3-1 Cowboys next Sunday.

Watch as Barkley discusses New York’s first victory of the season: