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:

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:

 

Giants’ Golladay: ‘I let the emotions get the best of me’

Last Thursday, the New York Giants(0-2) fell to the Washington Football Team in heartbreaking fashion 30-29. New York was on the verge of winning after Dustin Hopkins missed a 48-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. However, New York’s Dexter Lawrence was offsides, and Hopkins got another shot. This time, from 43 yards, and he would make it!

Before those issues, Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay was seen shouting at his quarterback Daniel Jones on the sidelines. Many thought Golladay was shouting at Jones, but on Monday, he clarified what happened. 

According to Golladay, he was talking to OC Jason Garrett, not Jones.

“Pretty much just me talking to JG (Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett) a little bit, and that’s two competitive guys right there,” Golladay said. “Moreso, just me wanting to do anything I can. Not so much, ‘Give me the ball more,’ though…

“Division game. Wanted to leave that spot with a win if anything.”

Golladay, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal with New York in free agency, said he never reacted like that before in his career.

“Really, I’ve never done anything like that either – but really just passionate, just being a competitor,” he said. “I love just doing anything I can to help the team. I let the emotions get the best of me.”

In two games, Golladay has seven catches for 102 yards. Despite what we saw against Washington, Golladay is happy with his role with New York.

“I’m happy with the role,” he said. “I’d say I’m happy with the role. I’m getting put in some tough situations and (I’ve) got to make some tough catches, and that’s all I could ask for.”

Football is a game full of passion, and sometimes that passion gets the best of players, and it got the best of Golladay last Thursday. 

At this point, New York has to put this behind them. Maybe, this incident brings the Giants together, and hopefully for them, they can get right at home against the Falcons.

Watch as Golladay talks incident with Jones, Garrett:

 

Giants’ Jones: ‘We’ve got to do a good job of taking care of the ball’

Many people call Giants quarterback Daniel Jones’s 2021 season a make-or-break year, and yesterday epitomized what we have seen out of Jones in his short career.

We saw some decent moments from Jones, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard that gave the Giants an early 7-3 lead. However, in the third quarter, with New York trailing 17-7 and driving deep into Broncos’ territory, Jones fumbled after a 15-yard scramble, which Denver recovered. 

After the fumble, the Broncos would add a field goal to take a commanding 20-7 lead.

“Yeah, turnovers are always going to hurt you at any point in the game, and they’re big plays,” the third-year quarterback said. “We’ve got to do a good job of taking care of the ball, and you’ve gotta do a good job. But we’ll keep moving forward and keep improving.”

Giants head coach Joe Judge added: “We’ve got to do a better job as a team eliminating the penalties and turnovers. That’s a team focus right there, so this isn’t about any one player. It’s about a team improving and, look; good teams improve week to week. As I talked to the team, that’s what our focus has to be, to be a better team in Week 2 and a better team in Week 3. It’s a long season. We literally have an entire season ahead of us, okay. Any other year, it was 16 games; we have 16 games ahead of us that we have to improve week by week and keep climbing and make sure we’re the best team we can be.”

This loss is not all on Jones. The Broncos were able to move the ball against the Giants effectively. Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 28/36 for 264 yards with two touchdowns, and Melvin Gordon had 101 yards rushing, including a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. 

Denver converted 10 of 18 third and fourth-down opportunities, and according to Giants safety Logan Ryan, the defense did not play well on Sunday.

“It wasn’t our standard,” Ryan said. “We were terrible early last year in a similar way on third and fourth downs. We have to be better.”

Disappointing game for the Jones and the Giants’ defense, but fortunately for them, they get back at it on Thursday night in D.C against the Washington Football Team.

Giants’ Jones on offense: ‘We can attack a lot of different ways’

On Sunday, Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones got his first action of the preseason. Jones played the whole first half for New York against the Patriots, and there was some bad and some good. 

The third-year quarterback threw a bad red zone interception as he attempted a pass across his body early in the second quarter. Later in that quarter, Jones made it right by throwing a beautiful 23-yard touchdown pass to TE Kaden Smith.

All summer long, Jones did not get hit, and he was happy for that to happen on Sunday.

“Yeah, it was good to be back out there on the field and feel the game, feel the pass rush and get hit a couple times,” Jones said on Wednesday. “Felt good to be back out there.”

At this point, Jones has been without many of his weapons. Some are old in Saquon Barkley, who is recovering from ACL surgery; some are new in WR Kenny Golladay and TE Kyle Rudolph. Jones is happy to have all those guys on the practice field together.

“It’s been good,” Jones said. “Like we’ve said, they’ve worked so hard to get back and are continuing to work hard with the trainers. It’s been good to have them on the field, and I know those guys are ready to work.”

As they enter the regular season, Jones believes the Giants’ offense will be able to do a lot different things in 2021.

“I think versatility,” Jones said about the offense. “First and foremost, it’s a tough, smart group. I think it starts up front; all those guys are tough, physical football players, and from there, we can attack a lot of different ways – downhill running the ball, vertically stretching the field, and getting the ball in space. I think that’s what we want to be as an offense is first, physical and tough, smart and an offense that’s versatile and can attack a lot of ways.”

If the weapons are healthy, and the offensive line, which looked shaky against New England, can be better, the Giants could have an explosive offense in 2021, but Jones has to protect the football. If he does that, New York could win the very winnable NFC East.

 

 

Giants TE Kyle Rudolph returns to practice, excited to play with Jones

New York Giants tight end Kyle Rudolph passed his physical and returned to practice on Wednesday. The 31-year Rudolph had been on the physically unable to perform/active list since training camp after undergoing foot surgery in the spring.

Rudolph, who spent the first ten years of his career in Minnesota, signed with the Giants in March after being released by the Vikings.

I feel good,” Rudolph said after his first practice. “It was exciting to be back out there with my teammates. For me, this was the first football I’ve gotten to play since December. I’ve still got a long way to go, a lot of work left ahead, but this is what I love to do. The last few months have been tough just watching each and every day, but I’ve got to give a ton of credit to our medical staff, our trainers, our doctors. Here I am today back at practice, and it felt damn good.”

The two-time Pro Bowler was a big fan of Giants QB Daniel Jones from a distance and can’t wait to play with the third-year quarterback.

“It’s been awesome to watch him,” Rudolph said of Jones. “I was a huge fan of his from afar. Obviously, we came up with the Vikings a couple years ago, and our defensive guys just raved about his talent. Now, getting to know him as a player and as an individual, his leadership ability, guys gravitate towards him, and that goes a long way, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Continuity is huge, and we all rally behind Daniel.”

Rudolph worked on individual drills on Wednesday, and Giants head coach Joe Judge expects Rudolph to do increasingly more.

When asked if he is confident that he will be ready for Week 1, Rudolph said the following:

“I’m just going to keep working each and every day to make sure that I’m continuing to progress the way I have for the last five months,” he said. “Like I said, two weeks from now, we’ll look up and see where we’re at.

The Giants continue their second day of joint practices with the New England Patriots on Thursday.

Giants’ Judge expects Daniel Jones to play against New England

Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones and many other of New York’s starters are expected to make their preseason debuts on Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the New England Patriots in the final game before the regular season for New York.

Many of the Giant reserves started the first two preseason games, including backup QB Mike Glennon, who started the first two preseason games for New York, including Sunday’s loss to the Browns.

According to Giants head coach Joe Judge, the plan all along was to get Glennon some work and play Jones and many of the starters in the preseason finale.

“The plan all along was to make sure (QB) Mike (Glennon) got as much time as he could in the first game when we played against the Jets, along with a lot of other guys that were in the game,” Judge said on Monday. “Mike meshed with some of our older offensive linemen, got out there, got some chemistry together with those guys. In terms of not playing this last week, it truly came down to what we thought we accomplished in practice with both the volume and intensity as a unit, along with some of the things that the Browns were doing in the game themselves. To me, him not playing, we initially thought about playing those guys for about a quarter or so. We made the decision based on what they had gone through from a physical load standpoint and intensity…

“This week, we’ll treat more as a dress rehearsal for the regular season,” Judge said. My expectation at this point would be for Daniel(Jones) to play at least the first half, and we’ll decide on what we’re going to do in terms of coming out of halftime later in the week.”

Judge was unsure if RB Saquon Barkley, who is trying to return after tearing in his ACL last September, would play against New England, 

“That’s not decided yet,” Judge said about Barkley playing against New England. “We’re going to talk a little bit later today with the medical team. The priority will be to continue ramping him up and doing more and more. Last week in Cleveland, he did some one-on-ones, some pass drills with our guys, and against our defense early in practice. We were keeping him out of competitive periods last week; that was by design. We’ll see where he is. He keeps advancing in his rehab. His foot is tapping every day, wanting to do more and more, and physically he keeps progressing and showing us he can do more and more.

“Once we talk to the doctors today, we’ll formulate a plan for what he’s going to do in Foxborough through the practices and the game, but I would expect it to be more than what we saw last week. Now, I can’t say that means 11-on-11 or seven-on-seven; I can’t give that answer right now.”

The Giants will travel to Foxboro on Tuesday as they will have joint practices with the Patriots on Wednesday and Thursday.