Giants sign cornerback Gavin Heslop

The Giants signed defensive back Gavin Heslop, the team announced Friday.

In a corresponding move, tackle Korey Cunningham was terminated with a non-football injury.

The 24-year-old Heslop, who started three games for the Seahawks last season, made his NFL debut for the Seahawks last November 21 vs. Arizona. Heslop participated in four defensive and 30 special teams snaps and had one special teams tackle (vs. the Texans). He broke his tibia and fibula on December 12 and missed the rest of the season

Heslop joined Seattle as an undrafted rookie out of Stony Brook University in 2020 and spent almost that entire season on the team’s practice squad. He was elevated to the roster for one game (at Miami on Oct. 4) but did not play.

The 27-year-old Cunningham was signed to the Giants’ practice squad on September 7, 2021 and to the active roster on October 10. He played in 12 games as a reserve lineman (113 snaps) and on special teams (34). Cunningham played a season-high 67 snaps at right tackle at Philadelphia on Dec. 26 after starter Matt Peart suffered a first-quarter knee injury.

NFL reveals the 21 players that will be in attendance at 2022 Draft

Twenty-one prospects are confirmed to attend the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NFL announced today.

Georgia leads all colleges with three players in attendance while Alabama and Ohio State will each have two players on-site. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend, followed by the Big Ten (four players), Pac-12 (four) and Atlantic Coast Conference (three).

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 28, and continues Friday, April 29, with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 30, with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which was held in Cleveland last year, will be hosted in the state of Nevada for the first time.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1)

Matt Corral

QB

Mississippi

2)

Charles Cross

OL

Mississippi State

3)

Jordan Davis

DL

Georgia

4)

Nakobe Dean

LB

Georgia

5)

Ikem Ekwonu

OL

North Carolina State

6)

Sauce Gardner

CB

Cincinnati

7)

Kyler Gordon

CB

Washington

8)

Kyle Hamilton

S

Notre Dame

9)

Aidan Hutchinson

DE

Michigan

10)

Zion Johnson

OL

Boston College

11)

Jermaine Johnson

DE

Florida State

12)

George Karlaftis

DE

Purdue

13)

Devin Lloyd

LB

Utah

14)

Drake London

WR

Southern California

15)

Evan Neal

OL

Alabama

16)

Chris Olave

WR

Ohio State

17)

Kayvon Thibodeaux

DE

Oregon

18)

Jameson Williams

WR

Alabama

19)

Malik Willis

QB

Liberty

20)

Garrett Wilson

WR

Ohio State

21)

Devonte Wyatt

DL

Georgia

2022 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES

WHAT:

87th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE:

Las Vegas, Nevada.

WHEN:

5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 28 (Round 1).

4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3).

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 8:30 PM PT (11:30 PM ET). In 2021, the first round consumed three hours and 44 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 8:00 PM PT (11:00 PM ET). The second and third rounds took a combined four hours and 26 minutes in 2021. The draft will conclude by approximately 3:30 PM PT (6:30 PM ET) on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 42 minutes in 2021.

ROUNDS:

Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 28; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 30.

There will be 262 selections, including 39 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that either experienced a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year or received special selections under a 2020 amendment to the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA to promote equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workforce within NFL clubs.

The following 39 compensatory choices will supplement the 223 regular choices in the seven rounds:

Round 3: Detroit, 33; New Orleans, 34; Cleveland, 35; Baltimore, 36; Philadelphia (from New Orleans), 37; Miami (from San Francisco), 38; Kansas City, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; San Francisco, 41.

Round 4: Pittsburgh, 33; Baltimore, 34; Green Bay, 35; Baltimore, 36; Los Angeles Rams, 37; Tennessee, 38.

Round 5: Dallas, 33; Detroit, 34; Dallas, 35; Indianapolis, 36.

Round 6: Los Angeles Rams, 33; Los Angeles Rams, 34; Atlanta, 35; Los Angeles Chargers, 36; Arizona, 37; Indianapolis, 38; Detroit, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; Tennessee, 41; San Francisco, 42; San Francisco, 43.

Round 7: Los Angeles Chargers, 33; Los Angeles Chargers, 34; Arizona, 35; Arizona, 36; Green Bay, 37; Kansas City, 38; Los Angeles Chargers, 39; Tampa Bay, 40; San Francisco, 41.

TIME LIMITS:

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection.

TELEVISION & RADIO:

The 2022 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio and ESPN Radio.

INTERNET:

On Thursday, April 28Draft Today airs on NFL.com, the NFL app and YouTube immediately following the conclusion of NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with Matt “Money” SmithCynthia Frelund and Lance Zierlein.

Draft Today continues Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 following each day of the 2022 NFL Draft.

On Sunday, May 1Draft Today recaps the 2022 NFL Draft and passes out Draft Grades for each team with Smith, Zierlein and Bucky Brooks. This edition streams at 5:00 PM ET on NFL.com, the NFL app and YouTube, and airs at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Additionally, NFL.com’s Draft Tracker has live coverage of every selection in the draft, including video and analysis of the picks as they happen.

MOBILE:

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

2022 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

(as of April 14, 2022)

#

Team

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2.

Detroit Lions

3.

Houston Texans

4.

New York Jets

5.

New York Giants

6.

Carolina Panthers

7.

New York Giants (from Chicago)

8.

Atlanta Falcons

9.

Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

10.

New York Jets (from Seattle)

11.

Washington Commanders

12.

Minnesota Vikings

13.

Houston Texans (from Cleveland)

14.

Baltimore Ravens

15.

Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami)

16.

New Orleans Saints (from Indianapolis via Philadelphia)

17.

Los Angeles Chargers

18.

Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)

19.

New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia)

20.

Pittsburgh Steelers

21.

New England Patriots

22.

Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas)

23

Arizona Cardinals

24.

Dallas Cowboys

25.

Buffalo Bills

26.

Tennessee Titans

27.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28.

Green Bay Packers

29.

Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco via Miami)

30.

Kansas City Chiefs

31.

Cincinnati Bengals

32.

Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)

2022 opponents for all 32 NFL teams

A complete list of home and away matchups for the 2022 regular season was issued Thursday by the NFL.

Each team will play 17 regular-season games (and three preseason games) as follows:

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).

  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating, three-year cycle (four games).

  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating, four-year cycle (four games).

  • Two intraconference opponents based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

  • One interconference opponent based on the prior year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite-conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year.

    The home conference for this game will rotate each season, with the NFC teams hosting the game in 2022.

    The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

    The 2022 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.

The following are the 2022 scheduling rotation and team-by-team opponents.

2022 SCHEDULING ROTATION BY DIVISION

AFC

EAST

Intraconference

AFC NORTH

Interconference

NFC NORTH

17th game

NFC WEST

 

AFC

NORTH

Intraconference

AFC EAST

Interconference

NFC SOUTH

17th game

NFC EAST

AFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

AFC WEST

Interconference

NFC EAST

17th game

NFC NORTH

AFC

WEST

Intraconference

AFC SOUTH

Interconference

NFC WEST

17th game

NFC SOUTH

 

NFC

EAST

Intraconference

NFC NORTH

Interconference

AFC SOUTH

17th game

AFC NORTH

NFC

NORTH

Intraconference

NFC EAST

Interconference

AFC EAST

17th game

AFC SOUTH

NFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

NFC WEST

Interconference

AFC NORTH

17th game

AFC WEST

NFC

WEST

Intraconference

NFC SOUTH

Interconference

AFC WEST

17th game

AFC EAST

2022 OPPONENTS

AFC EAST

  1. Buffalo Bills: Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets,Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

       Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago  Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams

  1.  New England Patriots: Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts

   Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns,          Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

  1.  Miami Dolphins Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers

      Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears,         Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  New York Jets Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars

   Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Denver       Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

                                                                                               

AFC NORTH:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals Home:  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins

   Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New  England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers  Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Cleveland Browns Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team

  1. Baltimore Ravens  Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins

 Away:  Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH 

  1.  Tennessee Titans Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

 Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  1.  Indianapolis Colts Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team

   Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New England Patriots

  1. Houston Texans Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  Away:  Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Home:  Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

 Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

AFC WEST

  1. Kansas City Chiefs Home: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  Away: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1.  Las Vegas Raiders  Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  1.  Los Angeles Chargers Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  Denver Broncos. Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

NFC EAST

  1.  Dallas Cowboys Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

        Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

  1.  Philadelphia Eagles Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

  Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

  1.  Washington Football Team Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

       Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  New York Giants Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

    Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

NFC NORTH

  1.  Green Bay Packers Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans

      Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins,           Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

  1. Minnesota Vikings Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

    Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  1.  Chicago Bears Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, San Francisco 49ers

   Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

  1. Detroit Lions  Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team

   Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

NFC SOUTH

  1.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

   Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

  1. New Orleans Saints  Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

    Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

  1. Atlanta Falcons  Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team

  1.  Carolina Panthers Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks

NFC WEST

  1.  Los Angeles Rams Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

 Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Arizona Cardinals Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings

  1.  San Francisco 49ers  Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

  1. Seattle Seahawks Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, New York Jets

 Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eagles’ Hurts: ‘I’ve always admired, from day one, the fight of this team’

The Philadelphia Eagles got off to another slow start against the New York Giants(4-11). Philadelphia trailed 3-0 for most of the first half before tying the score at three at the break. 

Last week against Washington, Philadelphia trailed 10-0 after one quarter but scored 20 consecutive points to take control, and they did the same thing against New York on Sunday.

The Eagles scored 34 straight points, including 17 in the third quarter as Philadelphia routed the Giants 34-10 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia improved to 8-7, and if the season ended today, they would be the third wild card team in NFC. If they win their final two games, the Eagles will make the playoffs. The Eagles, who own a 6-2 record dating back to Week 8, have won a season-high three consecutive games.

In the first half, Eagles QB Jalen Hurts struggled. He was 7/17 for 94 yards, including a fumble recovered by Philadelphia. However, in the second half, Hurts got hot, especially in the third quarter, where he was 8/9 for 90 yards, touchdown. The second-year QB finished the game 17/29 for 199 yards, two touchdowns.

After the game, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni discussed Hurts’ struggles in the first half and his ability to rebound in the second half.

“I think that’s a combination of just how our entire offense played,” Sirianni said. “He definitely missed some throws in the first half that he’s going to want back. I thought he went to the right place with the ball…

“Again, he didn’t play his best first half, and when he plays good, the offense rolls, and he did a great job bouncing back that second half. Again, it’s just not on Jalen. We didn’t play good in the skill positions. We didn’t play as good as we played on the offensive line. We didn’t coach as good as we needed to coach in the first half.

“But, again, just a credit to Jalen to rebound and play a good second half because that’s what good teams do; they find ways to win.”

Hurts added on the first half struggles: “It just starts with me. It starts with me. We just didn’t execute, but we put it together and made some big plays and put up some points…

“I’ve always admired, from day one, the fight of this team, the resiliency of this team, the grit, and perseverance of this team. You look at this football team right now, and I just think we have so much character. So much character in how we do things, how we operate, what we strive for, how we work every day, and how we’re able to overcome. I was very happy about that today.”

At one point, the Eagles were 3-6 and seemingly had no shot at the playoffs, but that has all changed, and now they’re two weeks away from possibly making the postseason. 

“I think, again, it just speaks to the leaders we have on this team and the fact that we knew adversity was going to come,” Sirianni said about the Eagles being in the playoffs if the season ended today. “That’s just the way this league is. Adversity hits, whether it’s a two and five start, a postponement of a game and having to play a game off a 13-day rest or whatever it was and then play a game off — I mean, that’s what happens in this league, so you try to prepare yourself for adversity and be able to handle it.

“So, it all comes back to the types of guys that we have in that locker room. A ton of credit obviously to [Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager] Howie [Roseman] and his staff of how they assembled this team. I said to Howie in there — Howie said, ‘Great job coming back from a two and five start.’ I said, ‘Howie, great job. Like what other first-year head coaches are in the position I’m in?”

The final two games of the season should be interesting. Philly goes on the road to play the Washington Football Team next week. That won’t be easy. Washington plays hard, and it’s a division game. Plus, the Eagles just beat Washington on Tuesday, so it could be challenging to beat a team twice in a short time frame. After Washington, they host the Cowboys, who could be playing for the top spot in the NFC or nothing. Hopefully, for the Eagles, the Cowboys are playing for nothing. 

Both games are winnable for the Eagles, but they have to get off to better starts.

Giants’ Judge on Glennon: ‘I’m pleased with the way he’s managing the offense’

New York Giants backup quarterback Mike Glennon will get the start for the team in their preseason opener against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.

Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones was given the night off and will not play against the Jets.

The 31-year-old Glennon, who signed with the Giants in the offseason after spending the 2020 season in Jacksonville, will be suiting up for his sixth team in six years.

On Thursday, Giants head coach Joe Judge discussed what he wants to see from the nine-year veteran on Saturday night.

“I want him to go out there and function, see the efficiency of the offense,” Judge said. “To me, the quarterback’s role is always to make sure the offense operates the way it should, that’s they’re on the same page and just consistently improve. One thing I’ve seen in Mike is consistently taking a step forward every day.

“I’m pleased with the way he’s managing the offense and the more experience he has with (Offensive Coordinator) Jason (Garrett) calling plays for a year and playing with our players. — obviously, he’s had a short-term window for that being in spring and being in training camp for three weeks now. So, more experience we can get together on the field.”

As a backup in the NFL, Glennon, who started five games for the Jaguars last season, knows he has to be ready at all times.

“The number one job is you have to be ready to play and to go if need be,” said Glennon via giants.com. “But there’s a lot of work behind the scenes. There’s a lot of dialogue in the quarterback room. Me asking questions that pertain to me, but maybe I’m also asking it in hopes that it might be something that is good for Daniel to hear. Also, just being his support system and having his back. I think that goes a long way because it’s inevitable in the NFL that you’re going to throw an interception or have a bad play here and there, and the crowd could be against you. I always want to be the guy that’s there, and that has his back when things are going bad, too. I want to let him know that we’re all behind that. Just have that presence of like, ‘Man, the whole stadium might be against me right now, but there’s someone in your corner.'”

Glennon and Clayton Thorson will be the two quarterbacks that will play for the Giants on Saturday night.

 

Giants activate Saquon Barkley from PUP list

The New York Giants have activated RB Saquon Barkley and LB Oshane Ximines from the physically unable to perform(PUP) list, the team announced on Monday.

Both were expected to participate in practice for the first time in training camp on Monday afternoon.

Barkley and Ximines have been on the physically unable to perform/active list since camp began last month.

Barkley, 24, tore his right ACL in Chicago on September 20. The fourth-year running back underwent surgery on October 30.

Once fully healthy, Barkley will step to the front of a running backs group that includes Devontae Booker, Corey Clement, rookie Gary Brightwell, and Alfred Morris.

Ximines, 24, injured his shoulder on October 4 against the Rams. The third-year linebacker was placed on injured reserve five days later. Ximines returned to practice on November 23, but the shoulder continued to be an issue, and he underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on November 30.

Six players were placed on the PUP/active list when camp began, and two remain there: tight end Kyle Rudolph and rookie cornerback Aaron Robinson, the team’s fifth-round draft choice.

The Giants open their preseason schedule Saturday night against the Jets.

Giants’ Judge: ‘We are paid to win games’

After losing to the Buccaneers in Week 8, the Giants were 1-7, and many thought they would be in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. Then, the team went on a four-game winning streak, including going into Seattle and beating the NFC West champion Seahawks, and at that point, the Giants were in first place in the NFC East, but since that win, New York is on a three-game losing streak after losing on the road to Baltimore 27-13 on Sunday.

However, even in a loss, the Giants still have an opportunity to win the NFC East. If New York(5-10) defeats the Cowboys and The Washington Football Team loses to the Eagles next Sunday night, the Giants win the division.

No one expected the Giants to have much success this season, but after the Ravens’ loss, Giants head coach Joe Judge believes the team needs to do more. 

“I am not trying to take shortcuts, but we are trying to do it the right way,” Judge said after the game. “The results of the last three games are what they are. We are paid to win games. That is what it is, professional football. We have to do a better job coaching, better job playing, we have to do more things to help us win the games. Ultimately, in terms of the character of the team, the work ethic of the team, the toughness of the team, we have the right start to who we are working with, and the direction we are going right now. We just need to make sure we do more on the field to get the tangible results.”

What will happen next week? Washington is clearly struggling at the quarterback position after Alex Smith went down with a calf injury. Washington QB Dwayne Haskins struggled mightily in the team’s loss against Carolina on Sunday. The second-year quarterback threw for only 154 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and was benched in the fourth quarter, but they will play an Eagles team that will have nothing to play for, so it should be interesting to see how Philadelphia handles this game.

The Cowboys are playing well offensively and have been over 30 points in the past three weeks, but defensively the Cowboys(31st in points allowed) are not the best. However, the Giants are having a hard time scoring(31st in points), so we’ll see if they can take advantage of the Cowboys’ defense.

No matter what happens next Sunday, a very mediocre football team will be representing the NFC East in the playoffs.

Giants’ Judge on starting Jones against Arizona: ‘There is no regrets, there’s no second-guessing’

After missing a game due to a hamstring injury, Giants QB Daniel Jones returned on Sunday against the Cardinals, and unfortunately for him, it was a struggle.

Jones and Colt McCoy were under pressure all day against Arizona and were sacked eight times, including five by Cardinals LB Haason Reddick. Jones finished the game 11/21 for 127 yards with no touchdowns and three fumbles, one of which was lost. Ultimately, New York(5-8) would fall to Arizona 26-7 at MetLife Stadium.

New York totaled 159 offensive yards, their lowest total since they gained 150 yards in a 38-0 loss at Carolina on Sept. 22, 2013. In addition, New York’s seven points are their lowest total since they were shut out by the Tennessee Titans, 17-0, on Dec. 16, 2018.

Jones seemed limited on Sunday and finished the game without a rushing attempt for the first time in his career.

On Monday, Giants head Joe Judge was still comfortable with his decision to start Jones against Arizona.

“I just go back to we saw he could protect himself in the pocket and move fluidly through the pocket,” Judge said. “He could get rid of the ball if he needed. If he had to eat a sack at some point, that was something we were going to go into the game plan, knowing it could happen. Obviously, there are some things that come up in the game. You get hit in the pocket at certain points. He is no different than the other 31 quarterbacks in the NFL. They all deal with the same risks every time they drop back in the pocket. To answer you directly, he was able to protect himself yesterday. No, there is no regrets, there’s no second-guessing. We took a lot of time discussing a lot of things, scenarios with doctors, coaches, making sure it was the best position for the team. That’s the decision we went with and move forward.”

If Judge feels Jones is healthy and looks the way he did in practice last week, Jones will start next Sunday night against Cleveland.

“Yeah, if Daniel is healthy to play and he looked the way he did in practice last week, I’d have no hesitation of playing Daniel at all,” Judge said. “We made a calculation. We have a lot of confidence in Colt (McCoy). This has nothing to do with Colt. But there’s also a commitment we’ve made to Daniel as our quarterback and how we’re running this offense. We have confidence in all of our players. But if he’s healthy enough to go out there and protect himself, and we don’t feel he’s putting himself in greater danger to be injured worse, and he’s going to give the team a competitive advantage of going out there, then we’re going to play him.

If Jones looks the way he did against Arizona, McCoy gives New York the best chance to defeat Cleveland. Jones needs to be able to move and use his legs. He did not have that against Arizona, and it showed. The Giants are fighting for supremacy in the NFC East, and after the loss to Arizona, they are a game behind the first-place Washington Football Team(6-7), so these final three games are huge for the Giants, and they need Jones to be at his best for them to win those games. 

Giants’ Jones: ‘I think those were costly mistakes for us that I have to continue to work on and improve’

The Giants concluded the first half of their season just as they started it, facing one of the NFL’s best teams in MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football.

On Sept. 14, they hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in Joe Judge’s first game as head coach. The Giants jumped to a 10-3 lead in the second quarter but were eventually worn down by a team that won by 10 points and almost two months later still hasn’t lost a game.

But the promise of that night devolved into an unfulfilling half-season. The Giants have lost leads, close games and, far too often, the ball. Those recurring elements were on display again Monday night in a 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants might have pulled the game out had it not been for a questionable non-call on a late two-point conversion attempt (more on that later).

The Giants’ last three losses – to Dallas, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay – have been by a total of six points. And they held a fourth-quarter lead in each of them. In earlier defeats to Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams, they had a chance to win or tie the game in the final moments but came up short.

“I think any competitor that’s playing in this league wants to win and wants to improve and show that by results,” linebacker Blake Martinez said. “It’s a results business. So yeah, it’s definitely tough, and you want to go out there, after all the hard work, and come out with a win.”

“You talk about closing out the games. To me, closing out the games starts at the opening kickoff,” Judge said. “It’s a culmination of everything you’ve done for 60 minutes. Again, it’s never one player’s mistake, it’s everything collectively. There’s a lot of things that go into it, it’s a coach’s call, it’s how everything operates together on the offense or defense. It’s never one play that eliminates you in a game. It’s the effect of different plays throughout the game that add up.”

On Monday, the Giants owned an 11-point lead in the second quarter and an eight-point advantage at halftime. But Daniel Jones threw interceptions on the second play of the third quarter (leading to a Bucs field goal) and early in the fourth (setting up Tampa Bay’s go-ahead touchdown on Tom Brady’s eight-yard pass to Mike Evans).

“I think those were costly mistakes for us that I have to continue to work on and improve,” Jones said.

The second-year quarterback also overthrew Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton when they were open down the field.

On each of the picks, Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett had a fistful of Jones’ jersey in his hand and the throws were short. The first was picked off by Carlton Davis, the second by Sean Murphy-Bunting. Jones was asked if it would have been wise to hold onto the ball and go onto the next play.

“I think that’s certainly what I have to do is those situations,” he said. “When you’re out there competing and playing hard, you have to be able to understand that part of the game and understand when (the play) is over. I have to do a lot better job there.”

Jones has thrown nine interceptions this season. In every one of his 20 starts, he has thrown an interception or fumbled or both and his 36 turnovers since the start of the 2019 season lead the NFL.

“We’re just going to keep on coaching hard,” Judge said. “We’ve got to find inventive ways coaching it and drilling it. Then, as the player keeps on working, he’ll experience it through play, but there’s a lot of things we have to improve on collectively as coaches and as an entire team to help take him out of some of those situations right there, and it starts with me and we’ve got to keep making sure we put him in the best position possible.”

Of course, Jones has had his share of inspiring and uplifting moments and he was at his best on the Giants’ final drive, when he put them in position to tie the game and perhaps pull out a thrilling victory.

Ryan Succop’s fourth field goal of the game, a 38-yarder, stretched Tampa Bay’s lead to 25-17. The Giants took possession at their own 30-yard line with 3:34 remaining and no timeouts. Jones twice converted fourth downs, including a fourth-and-16 on a 20-yard pass to Shepard. With 28 seconds remaining, he connected with Golden Tate for a 19-yard touchdown to lift the Giants to within 25-23.

A successful two-point conversion likely would have sent the game into overtime. Jones took the snap and threw to his right for Dion Lewis, who had caught his first touchdown pass of the night. Rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. seemed to collide with Lewis just as the ball was bouncing off his right arm.

An official threw his flag. But after a long discussion, referee Brad Rogers announced that no penalty had been committed. The Giants were two still two points shy of their second victory.

“I thought it was pass interference and was surprised when they picked it up,” Jones said. “So, we’ll watch it and learn from it and see what they say. Tough break.”

“I thought (the official) made the right call when he threw the flag,” Judge said. “I’m not sure why it got picked up, we had a pretty good view, I know they can’t use the jumbotron to replay. We had a pretty clear view of that as well. I thought (the official) made the right call the first time, and I thought normally your first instinct is right. That’s all I’m going to say about the officiating.”

Rogers spoke to a pool reporter after the game.

“The side judge (Eugene Hall) had the flag thrown on the play and came to the down judge (Jerod Phillips) who was on that side of the goal line,” Rogers said. “The communication between the side judge and the down judge was that the defender contacted the receiver simultaneously as the ball came in. And in order to have defensive pass interference, it has to be clearly early and hinder the receiver’s ability to make the catch.

“You want to make sure that it meets the qualifications for pass interference. And in our communication on the field, the down judge and the side judge communicated about the action and believed that it was appropriate to pick that flag up.”

The Giants got several solid performances, including Wayne Gallman’s 62 yards from scrimmage, Shepard’s eight catches for 74 yards and Jabrill Peppers’ 10 tackles and two pass breakups.

But in the end, turnovers contributed to another lost lead and another close defeat.

“We were able to make some big plays tonight down the stretch,” Judge said. “Ultimately, we have to overcome some mistakes, and we have to improve collectively as a coaching staff and as a team to give ourselves the best chance to be successful. We’re not asking for moral victories. We understand the people of New York deserve better, so we got to keep working to be better for them.”

They get their next chance Sunday in Washington.

Via: giants.com

Giants’ Judge: ‘I have a ton of memories with Logan(Ryan)’

Joe Judge deviated from his norm today and spoke at length about a player who is not yet eligible to participate in a Giants practice.

But Logan Ryan is no ordinary player.

Judge and the Giants’ newest acquisition were together in New England for the first four years of Ryan’s career after the Patriots selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The eight-year pro is a talented, versatile and experienced defensive back who will upgrade the Giants’ secondary the instant he steps on the field.

Though Ryan agreed to contract terms yesterday, that moment will have to wait until Ryan fulfills his testing obligations mandated by the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.

“With the protocols in place, we won’t see him before Thursday (when the Giants will hold their second scrimmage in MetLife Stadium),” Judge said.

Judge knows exactly what he’ll be getting when Ryan does begin practicing.

“I think Logan’s a guy who comes to work every day with the right demeanor,” Judge said today. “He’s a smart guy that plays tough on the field. He’s a player that I noticed through my time with him and then also my time away competing against him that he’s a guy that really improves from year to year. He really works on his craft. He’s not just a guy who’s out there kind of ‘this is what I am.’ He’s always looking to work on maybe something that hurt him the year before and he’s looking to always go ahead and improve on his strengths.

“Look, he brings a lot of versatility. He’s a smart, tough football player. We’re glad to have him. We have a lot of guys in the defensive backfield make a lot of improvements every day. It’ll be good to get him in the mix with all of those guys.”

When asked if Ryan will be a corner or safety, Judge again stressed the player’s flexibility.

“He’s going to play a variety of roles for us, so if I gave you one answer right there, I’d be lying,” Judge said. “Logan, one of his strengths really is versatility. We’re going to play him in different packages all over the field. Really, having a guy like that allows you to play other guys in fewer positions because he can handle a lot of the multiples while these guys are learning the system.”

Ryan has an impressive resume. In 109 regular season games, including 85 starts, he has 522 tackles (374 solo), 17 interceptions and 11.0 sacks. Ryan also has 89 tackles (70 solo), 1.0 sack and two interceptions in 15 postseason games, including two Super Bowl victories.

In 2019, Ryan started all 19 games for the Tennessee Titans and led the team in tackles in both the regular season (when he had career-high totals of 113 stops, 4.5 sacks, plus four interceptions) and the postseason 25 tackles (18 solo) and added one pick.

At 29, Ryan is the Giants’ second-oldest defensive back after 31-year-old Nate Ebner, who was also on those Patriots teams and plays almost exclusively on special teams.

“To me, it’s valuable to bring in good football players, no matter what age they are,” Judge said. “I’ve referenced before, it doesn’t matter what year you are in the league. If you’re a good player, you’ll help us. It’s our job as coaches to make sure everyone knows how to play, what their responsibilities are, and make sure they know what the expectations and the culture are. We’re excited to have Logan on his way.”

The two men have previously shared success. The Patriots won the AFC East title in each of their four seasons they were together in New England and defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX and Atlanta in Super Bowl LI. Ryan played every game during that time and intercepted 13 passes, including a career-high five as a rookie.

“I have a ton of memories with Logan,” Judge said. “It was only my second year in the league when we drafted Logan. We kind of learned a lot of stuff together, to be honest with you. As you get working, I was working with him as a gunner, a vice player and a core special teamer for us, and obviously, he was growing within his defensive role.

“I think the thing that stands out to me the most about Logan is the improvement I watched him make from year one to year two. The thing you noticed was he was a guy when the season was over, he hung behind. He wasn’t in a hurry to get out of there. Him and Duron Harmon were actually two Rutgers teammates. They hung around the building the entire offseason and you could physically see the transformation in their bodies. You could see the work and evidence in how they changed how they looked, and it transferred over on to the field in how they played.”

And beginning next week, the Giants will be the beneficiaries of that dedication.

Courtesy: Giants.com