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

Giants’ Beal opts out of 2020 NFL season

New York Giants CB Sam Beal has become the third Giants player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, the team announced on Tuesday.

He joins starting left tackle Nate Solder and wide receiver Da’Mari Scott in choosing not to play this year.

Under the agreement reached between the NFL and the Players Association, players can choose not to play in the upcoming season without penalty. The deadline is 4 p.m. tomorrow and the opt-out is irrevocable.

Beal was expected to compete for increased playing time this season. A third-round selection in the 2018 supplemental draft, he missed his entire rookie year with a shoulder injury he originally sustained at Central Michigan.

In 2019, Beal spent the first nine games of the season on injured reserve with a pulled hamstring and missed the season finale vs. Philadelphia with a shoulder injury. He played in six games with three starts and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo) and one pass defensed.

Free agent acquisition James Bradberry will almost certainly start at one corner. With DeAndre Baker on the Commissioner Exempt List and Beal opting out, the corners competing for jobs and reps are Corey Ballentine, Grant Haley, Montre Hartage, 2020 draft choices Darnay Holmes (fourth round) and Chris Williamson (seventh) and perhaps second-year pro Julian Love.

*Linebacker Josiah Tauaefa was activated off the reserve/COVID list, one day after he was placed on it.

Giants’ Judge: ‘I’ll tell you what, when you get the schedule, it definitely does give you a little surge of energy’

Two Monday night home games – the season-opener against Pittsburgh and another vs. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and a visit by the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers highlight the Giants’ 2020 regular-season schedule, which was announced today.

It is the first time the Giants will host two Monday night games in the same season in the 51-year history of Monday Night Football.

The Giants will play their first road game in Chicago, the first time since 2014 that their first road contest won’t be in Dallas. They will play their Thursday night game in Philadelphia, twice travel to the west coast (to face the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks) and end the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

“I’ll tell you what, when you get the schedule, it definitely does give you a little surge of energy,” first-year head coach Joe Judge said. “It stimulates a lot of conversation between all areas of the organization – support staff, coaching staff — and you start preparing immediately for it.

“The number one positive is we’re getting ready to play football, so that’s the biggest thing. Once you get the schedule, it starts moving a little bit faster in your mind in terms of preparing for what’s in front of you. The thing we were waiting to see a little bit on was how some of the cross-country games played out. That ties in a little bit to how you plan out a lot of your travel for the year, which is tied to how you practice those weeks. You start mapping out how you’re going to go about each week by week through the season.

“We can start working on hotels and you start having more conversations that are going to tie into how you’re going to plan and prepare throughout the flow of the season. You look at the bye week, you look at how shortly before that is the Thursday night game, which leads into a Monday night game. How can you use some of the breaks in the season to help your players? How can we structure practice accordingly? You’re also tying in the new rules with our limited number of padded practices. You just start calculating as you look on down the list of opponents.”

Since Tom Coughlin became head coach in 2004, the Giants have traditionally traveled to the west coach the day prior to a game. Based on his eight seasons with New England, when will Judge take the Giants to L.A. and Seattle?

“I’d say for the most part, historically, we’ve gone out on Fridays and given them an extra day to get out there and get acclimated to a few things,” he said. “But that’s nothing that’s locked in concrete. We’ll talk as a coaching staff and make sure we hammer what we think is best for this team. To be honest with you, we’ll have a game plan to go out there early and be prepared to cancel the extra day if we need to as we get a feel for how our team goes throughout the season.”

Judge will make his head coaching debut on Monday, Sept. 14 in MetLife Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:15 p.m. It will be the Giants’ first Monday night season opener since 2014, when they lost in Detroit (which is also the last time their first road game was somewhere other than Dallas); their first Monday night home opener since 1995, when they lost to Dallas; and the first time their opening home game will be played on a Monday night since 2011, when they defeated the St. Louis Rams in Week 2.

Judge was asked if his first game will be particularly special because it will be showcased on a Monday night.

“For me, any game is going to have the same amount of juice,” he said. “I think everyone is going to have a lot of energy for the opener, us and Pittsburgh. It’s going to be a situation where look, you get to play under the lights, you get to play at home. But it’s the opening game for both teams. Both teams will be coming out of training camp sick of beating up on each other and ready to see an opponent.”

On Sunday, Sept. 20, the Giants will begin their road schedule when they visit the Chicago Bears for the second consecutive year. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Last Nov. 24, the Giants lost in Soldier Field, 19-14.

One week later, also at 1 p.m., the Giants host the 49ers, who lost Super Bowl LIV to the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-20. San Francisco will visit MetLife for the first time since 2015.

The Giants begin a two-game road trip when they face the Rams in brand new SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 4:05 p.m. The following week, the Giants play their first NFC East game when they visit the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas at 4:25 p.m. That will be the first of five division matchups in a six-game span.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re in a row or spaced out, division games are obviously big for you,” Judge said. “Those are key opponents. It definitely jumps out at you that you have five of those in six weeks and only having a couple of weeks in between each of the opponents with the Redskins and Philly. That’s sometimes a different flavor in terms of how much change can happen within those couple of weeks. How much the opponent’s done differently, how much have you adjusted. That plays more into it than just having a string of division opponents.”

The Giants return home on Sunday, Oct. 18, when they host the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. Four days later, they will be in Lincoln Financial Field to face the defending NFC East champion Eagles at 8:20 p.m.

After an 11-day break, Brady and the Buccaneers provide the opposition for the Giants’ second Monday night home game of the season on Nov. 2 at 8:15 p.m. Judge, of course, spent the previous eight seasons working with Brady as a member of the Patriots staff.

“I think we’ll be very aware of Tom being on the other team,” Judge said. “At that point of the year, I’m sure everyone is going to get used to him wearing a different color jersey. I’m in a different jersey myself. We’re more conscious of the opponents we’ll be playing. The Buccaneers have a very good defense, they have tons of receivers, tons of weapons, and they made some great additions in the offseason with Tom and Rob (Gronkowski). Seeing those guys over there, no matter where our paths may have crossed in the past, all that’s going to matter is that Monday night.”

The Giants will travel on a short week for the third time for their next game, a rematch with the Redskins in FedExField on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. The following week, they again face a division foe for the second time in four games when they host the Eagles at 1 o’clock.

“Whether it’s a short week or a long week, we’re going to do everything we can to just line it up and get prepared for our opponents regardless of if you play them on a short week or you play them home or away,” Judge said. “I don’t think we really want to make too much of the length of the weeks. It is what it is. You’re fortunate to be able to play in some primetime games. You’re lucky to be able to be under the lights. We’ll just make sure we prepare for those teams a little bit more on the front end to account for a day or so after the game.”

In Week 11 – which includes Sunday, Nov. 22 – the Giants will have their bye. It is the third consecutive season the Giants’ bye is in November.

“Look, it’s a long season,” Judge said. “Wherever you fit that bye in, you’re going to have to find ways to structure your team and how you practice and prepare to account for guys through attrition, through injuries, your guys getting worn down. You have to find ways throughout the year, regardless of when your bye comes, of managing your team. You look at it more in terms of just when it falls and what the stretch looks like afterwards. I’ve had very, very early byes. We’ve had late byes. I think where our bye is right now is a good spot for it. But at the same time, you have a long stretch of games before and you have a lot of tough opponents after it. That bye week is not going to do a whole lot for you when the whistles blow on Sundays.”

When they return to action, it will be to start another two-game trip. On Sunday, Nov. 29, the Giants visit the Bengals in Cincinnati at 1 p.m. The following week, they return to the west coast to play the Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field at 4:05 p.m.

The kickoff for each of the Giants’ final four games, including three at home, is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“I don’t think too much about if it’s a home or away game,” Judge said. “I look at it more as the opponent we have to play. They are all teams that have a lot of explosive qualities on their offense and tough defenses. I’m looking more at who the team is as opposed to where we’re playing them.”

The final quarter of the season begins on Sunday, Dec. 13, when the Arizona Cardinals visit MetLife for the second straight year. Last Oct. 20, the Giants dropped a 27-21 decision to the Cards.

One week later, former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. and the Cleveland Browns play in MetLife.

The Giants play their final road game of the season on Sunday, Dec. 27, against the defending AFC North champion Ravens in Baltimore.

Dallas provides the opposition for the final regular-season game on Jan. 3 in MetLife.

Some highlights from the Giants’ 2020 schedule:

*The Giants twice play back-to-back road games: Oct. 4 and 11 at the Rams and Dallas; and Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at Cincinnati and Seattle. They play consecutive home games just once, Dec. 13 and 20 vs. Arizona and Cleveland.

*Five of the Giants’ first 10 games are against NFC East opponents and they are within a six-week span. They finish their season series against both Washington and Philadelphia by Nov. 15, the first time they will conclude their seasonal rivalry with two division foes so early since 1998, when they were finished with the Redskins and Cowboys by Nov. 8.

*In 2020, the NFC East plays the NFC West and the AFC North. Because they finished third in the NFC East, the Giants host the third-place team from the NFC South (Tampa Bay) and visit the third-place team from the NFC North (Chicago). Last season, the NFC West had two playoff teams (conference champion San Francisco and Seattle) and the AFC North had one (Baltimore, the conference’s top seed, which lost in the divisional round to Tennessee).

*The NFC West was the only one of the league’s eight divisions that had three teams over .500. The 49ers were 13-3, the Seahawks finished 11-5 and the Los Angeles Rams were 9-7. The four teams were a combined 38-25-1, a .602 percentage that made it the NFL’s winningest division last year. The four AFC North teams were 30-34. a .469 winning percentage that was the second-lowest in the league (to the NFC East’s .375) and the lowest in the AFC.

*The Giants play five games against 2018 playoff teams: Philadelphia twice, plus San Francisco, Seattle, and Baltimore.

*The Giants play three teams with new head coaches, including two in the NFC East: Dallas (Mike McCarthy), Washington (Ron Rivera) and Cleveland (Kevin Stefanski).

*When the Giants visit the Rams on Oct. 4 in SoFi Stadium, they will play their first game in Los Angeles since Oct. 16, 1994, when they lost, 17-10, a year before the Rams began their 21-year stay in St. Louis.

*The Giants are 25-41-1 on Monday nights, including 9-11 at home.

*This is the third consecutive season the Giants play two Monday night games. In 2019, they lost to Dallas at home and Philadelphia on the road. Two years ago, they lost to Atlanta and defeated the 49ers, both on the road.

*The Giants will face Brady, the six-time Super Bowl winner, in prime time for the second year in a row. Last Oct. 10, they lost a Thursday night game in New England, 35-14, in Brady’s last of 20 seasons with the Patriots.

*The Giants are 4-6 in Thursday night games since 2009, including 2-5 on the road.

*The Giants will play their final regular-season game at home for the fourth consecutive season and the eighth time in nine years.

*“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. The Giants will have their bye in the first of those weeks. Under flex scheduling, game times can be changed, and games currently scheduled to be played on Sunday afternoon can be moved to Sunday night on NBC. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games that are played on Thursday or Monday nights.

Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the NFL schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot.  Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 and Week 16 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day.

*The Giants also revealed their preseason opponents – the Jets, Tennessee, Green Bay and New England. Specific dates and times will be announced at a later date.

This year, the Giants do not play any of their preseason opponents in the regular season.

“I think we have four great opponents to go against in the preseason,” said Judge. “They’re all going to show you something different you have to adjust to and get the team ready for.”

In Preseason Week 1 (Aug. 13-17), the Giants visit the Jets. It will be the second consecutive August – and just the fourth time in their preseason rivalry – the teams will square off in the opener. They also did so in 1983 and 2010, the latter in the first NFL game in MetLife Stadium.

This will be the 52nd consecutive summer in which the Giants and Jets will meet since the series began in 1969. The Giants have won the four previous preseason meetings, including 31-22 last year, to tie the annual series, 25-25-1. The tie was in 1972.

The Giants are 37-30-3 in preseason openers since 1950.

The Giants are on the road in Preseason Week 2 (Aug. 20-24), when they visit the Tennessee Titans. The franchises met four times in the preseason from 1971-90, when the Titans played in Houston and were called the Houston Oilers. The Giants won that 1990 meeting in the Astrodome, 13-10. The teams met in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, in 1985, a 21-20 Giants victory. The Oilers won the first two games in the preseason series.

The Giants play in MetLife Stadium as the home team for the first time in Preseason Week 3 (Aug. 27-30) when they host the Green Bay Packers. It will be the teams’ first preseason matchup since Aug. 22, 1997, when the Packers defeated the Giants in Madison, Wis., 22-17.

The Giants and Packers met every preseason from 1952-66 in cities as varied as Milwaukee, Boston, Bangor and Spokane. This will be their second preseason meeting in New Jersey; on Aug. 22, 1960, the Packers defeated the Giants, 16-7, in Jersey City. Green Bay leads the preseason series, 15-8-1.

For the 16th consecutive summer, the Giants face the New England Patriots in their preseason finale (on Sept. 3 or 4 in MetLife). Last year, Kyle Lauletta threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Alonzo Russell on the game’s final play to give the Giants a 31-29 victory.

The Giants lead the preseason series, 19-10. The two teams first met in the preseason in 1971.

In 2019, the Giants were 4-0 in preseason play, defeating the Jets, Bears, Bengals and Patriots.

Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers
MetLife Stadium
Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

Pittsburgh’s 2019 record: 8-8, AFC North second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 44-30-3
Pittsburgh won the last two and three of the last four games in the series, which began in 1933. The teams will meet for the first time since Dec. 4, 2016, when the Steelers raced out to a 14-0 halftime lead on their way to a 24-14 victory. They last faced each other in MetLife on Nov. 4, 2012, when Pittsburgh scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 24-20 triumph. The teams met every season from 1933 through 1969, except when the series was interrupted by World War II in 1943 and 44. Since the Steelers moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger they have played only 10 times, six in New Jersey and four in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lead in those games, 6-4.

Week 2
Chicago Bears
Soldier Field
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., CBS

Chicago’s 2019 record: 8-8, NFC North third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 29-21-2; Postseason: Giants trail, 5-3
The Giants and Bears will face each other for the third consecutive season and the second year in a row in Chicago. Last Nov. 24, the Giants led at halftime, 7-3, but allowed 16 unanswered points in the third quarter and lost, 19-14. On Dec. 2, 2018, the Giants earned a 30-27 overtime triumph in MetLife Stadium. The Bears scored 10 points in the final 1:13 of the fourth quarter to tie the game. Saquon Barkley’s 29-yard run on the first play of overtime set up Aldrick Rosas’ game-winning 44-yard field goal. These teams first played each other in 1925, making this the Giants’ oldest active series (the Giants’ first-ever road victory was in Chicago on Dec. 13, 1925).

Week 3
San Francisco 49ers
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m., FOX

San Francisco’s 2019 record: 13-3, NFC West first place, NFC champions
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 17-16; Postseason: Tied, 4-4
The Giants and 49ers have split their last four games dating back to 2014, with each team winning once at home and once on the road. They last faced each other on Monday night, Nov. 12, 2018 in Santa Clara, where Eli Manning’s three-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining in the game capped a 75-yard drive and gave the Giants a 27-23 victory. The touchdown pass was the 350th of Manning’s career. The 49ers beat the Giants the previous season in Levi’s Stadium, 31-21. The teams split two games in MetLife in 2014 and 2015. How close is this series? The teams have met 41 times combined in the regular season and postseason. The Giants have 21 victories, the 49ers have 20. In those 41 games, they are separated by only five points (Giants 843, 49ers 838).

Week 4
Los Angeles Rams
SoFi Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 4, 4:05 p.m., FOX

Los Angeles’ 2019 record: 9-7, NFC West third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 26-16; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants visit brand new SoFi Stadium for the first time and play their first game in Los Angeles in 26 years when they face the Rams. The teams last met Nov. 5, 2017, when the Rams led by as many as 38 points on their way to a 51-17 victory. That ended the Giants’ seven-game winning streak in the series; they had defeated the Rams in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2016, a stretch of success that immediately followed five consecutive Rams victories in the series. The Giants were 3-10 in regular-season games and 1-0 in the playoffs in Los Angeles when they Rams were based there from 1946-94.

Week 5
Dallas Cowboys
AT&T Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 11, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Week 17
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m., FOX*

Dallas’ 2019 record: 8-8, NFC East second place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 68-45-2; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
In 2019, the Cowboys swept the Giants for the third consecutive season. The Giants opened their season on Sept. 8 in Dallas, the fifth year in a row their first road game was in AT&T Stadium. After taking an early 7-0 lead, the Giants didn’t score another touchdown until 2:49 remained in the game and lost, 35-17. Saquon Barkley rushed for 120 yards and Eli Manning threw for 306 yards and a touchdown. In the Monday night rematch on Nov. 4, the Giants trailed by a single point after three quarters, but were outscored in the fourth, 21-3 and lost in MetLife, 37-18. It was the most points they allowed all season. The Giants have swept the season series 13 times, while Dallas has 23 series sweeps. The Giants are 20-37-1 in Dallas (5-6 in AT&T Stadium), while the Cowboys are 5-5 vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium.

Week 6
Washington Redskins
MetLife Stadium
Sunday Oct. 18, 1 p.m., FOX
Week 9
FedExField
Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m., FOX

Washington’s 2019 record: 3-13, NFC East fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 102-68-4; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants last year swept the season series for the first time since 2014, ending a four-year streak which saw the teams split their two games. On Sept. 29, Daniel Jones threw for 225 yards and a touchdown in his first start in MetLife Stadium and the Giants allowed a season-low point total in a 24-3 victory. Jones threw a franchise rookie-record five touchdown passes in the rematch in FedExField on Dec. 22, when the Giants held three separate 14-point leads before winning in overtime, 41-35. The Giants have faced the Redskins 174 times in the regular season since their first game in 1932, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry. They are 7-3 vs. Washington in MetLife and 13-9-1 in FedExField. The Giants have swept the season series 33 times.

Week 7
Philadelphia Eagles
Lincoln Financial Field
Thursday, Oct. 22, 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 10
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., FOX

Philadelphia’s 2019 record: 9-7, NFC East first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 85-83-2; Postseason: Tied, 2-2
The Eagles swept the season series in 2019 for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons to take the lead in the all-time series. Philadelphia has won its last seven games vs. the Giants. On Monday night, Dec. 9, the Giants jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead, but the Eagles scored one touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters before Zach Ertz’s second two-yard touchdown reception with 4:50 elapsed in overtime gave the home team a 23-17 victory. The teams met again in the season finale in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 29. Saquon Barkley’s 68-yard touchdown run tied the score late in the third quarter, but the Eagles got a pair of two-yard scoring runs by Boston Scott and scored 17 unanswered points in the final quarter to win, 34-17. The Giants are 2-8 against the Eagles in MetLife (plus 0-1 in the postseason). They have lost their last six games in The Linc, where they are 6-11 in the regular season and 0-1 in postseason play.

Week 8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MetLife Stadium
Monday, Nov. 2, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Tampa Bay’s 2019 record: 7-9, NFC South third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 15-7; Postseason: Giants lead, 1-0
The Giants and Buccaneers will meet for the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons. The last three games between the teams were decided by a total of six points. On Sept. 22, 2019, the Giants edged the Bucs in Raymond James Stadium, 32-31. Daniel Jones started his first game at quarterback and threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, including the seven-yard game-winner with 1:16 remaining in the game. The previous game was Nov. 18 in MetLife Stadium, the Giants held a 17-point third-quarter lead before holding on for a 38-35 victory. And on Oct. 1, 2017 in Tampa, Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bucs a 25-23 victory.

Week 11: Bye

Week 12
Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium
Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m., FOX*

Cincinnati’s 2019 record: 2-14, AFC North fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 6-4
The home team has won all 10 games in this series and the teams have alternated victories in their last five meetings dating back to 1997. The Giants won that season and in 2008 and 2016, and the Bengals won in 2004 and 2012. They most recently met on Monday night, Nov. 14, 2016, when Eli Manning’s third touchdown pass of the game, a three-yarder to Sterling Shepard early in the fourth quarter, held up for a 21-20 victory. The Giants didn’t fare as well in their last road game vs. the Bengals, losing 31-13 on Nov. 11, 2012, a defeat that left them 0-6 in Cincinnati.

Week 13
Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:05 p.m., FOX*

Seattle’s 2019 record: 11-5, NFC West second place
Series Record: Regular season: Series tied, 9-9
The Seahawks have a four-game winning streak in the series, with victories in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017, with only the 2014 game in Seattle. The teams last met on Oct. 22, 2017, when the Giants’ early seven-point lead dissolved as Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns to secure a 24-7 victory. The Giants and Seahawks last faced each other in Seattle on Nov. 9, 2014, a 38-17 victory for the home team. Marshawn Lynch ran for four touchdowns in that game. The Giants are 3-5 in Seattle, including 1-3 since CenturyLink opened in 2002.

Week 14
Arizona Cardinals
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m., FOX*

Arizona’s 2019 record: 5-10-1, NFC West fourth place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants lead, 80-45-2
The Cardinals will meet the Giants in MetLife for the second year in a row. Arizona has won the last three games in the series, and in each of its last three visits to East Rutherford. On Oct. 20, 2019, the Cardinals earned a 27-21 victory behind Chase Edmonds’ three rushing touchdowns – a pair of 20-yarders in the first quarter and a 22-yarder in the third. Arizona jumped out to a 17-0 lead that the Giants cut to three points by halftime. But the visitors outscored the Giants in the second half, 10-7, to secure the victory. The Cardinals also beat the Giants in Arizona in 2017 and in New Jersey in 2009 and 2014. The Giants’ most recent victory in the series was in State Farm Stadium in 2011. From 1970-2002, the Giants and Cardinals were both members of the NFC East.

Week 15
Cleveland Browns
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m., CBS*

Cleveland’s 2019 record: 6-10, AFC North third place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 26-21-2; Postseason: Tied, 1-1
The Giants won their last two and six of their last seven games against the Browns dating back to 1991. The teams last met on Nov. 27, 2016, when three Eli Manning touchdown passes, including two to Odell Beckham, Jr., keyed a 27-13 victory. The Giants and Browns most recently met in New Jersey on Oct. 7, 2012, when the home team overcame an early 14-0 deficit and rallied to win, 41-27. Manning threw three touchdown passes, all to Victor Cruz. From 1950-69, the Giants and Browns had one of the NFL’s greatest rivalries, playing each other twice each season (except for 1968). Since the Browns moved to the AFC in the 1970 merger, they have played each other only 10 times (the Giants own a 6-4 advantage).

Week 16
Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium
Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m., FOX*

Baltimore’s 2019 record: 14-2, AFC North first place
Series Record: Regular season: Giants trail, 3-2; Postseason: Giants trail, 1-0
The Giants haven’t won in Baltimore since Sept. 15, 1963, when they defeated the Colts, 37-28. Of course, they’ve since played there just twice, losing to the Ravens in 2004 and 2012. The teams last met on Oct. 16, 2016, when Eli Manning threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Odell Beckham, Jr. with 1:24 remaining to give the Giants a 27-23 victory. In their most recent meeting in Baltimore, on Dec. 23, 2012, the Giants lost, 33-14, as the Ravens gained 533 yards (309 passing, 224 on the ground), and owned the ball for more than 39 minutes. Baltimore also defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV on Jan. 28, 2001 in Tampa. The teams met in the preseason every year from 1996-2007 and again in 2010. The Ravens lead that series, 7-5.

*Game subject to flex scheduling.

Preseason

Pre 1 – Aug. 13-17 at N.Y. Jets TBD TBD

Pre 2 – Aug. 20-24 at Tennessee TBD TBD

Pre 3 – Aug. 27-30 Green Bay TBD TBD

Pre 4 – Sep. 3-4 New England TBD TBD

Regular Season

Weel 1 – Sep. 14 Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 7:15 PM ESPN

Week 2 – Sep. 20 at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM CBS

Week 3 – Sep. 27 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM FOX

Week 4 – Oct. 4 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM FOX

Week 5 – Oct. 11 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM CBS

Week 6 – Oct. 18 Washington Redskins 1:00 PM FOX

Week 7 – Oct. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon**

Week 8 – Nov. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN

Week 9 – Nov. 8 at Washington Redskins 1:00 PM FOX

Week 10 – Nov. 15 Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM FOX

Week 11 BYE

Week 12 – Nov. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM FOX

Week 13 – Dec. 6 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM FOX

Week 14 – Dec. 13 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM FOX

Week 15 – Dec. 20 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS

Week 16 – Dec. 27 at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM FOX

Week 17 – Jan. 3 Dallas Cowboys 1:00 PM FOX

Giants claim former Cowboys QB Cooper Rush off waivers

The Giants today added a fourth quarterback to their roster when they were awarded Cooper Rush off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys.

The transaction is contingent on Rush passing a physical after travel restrictions are lifted.

In a corresponding move, the Giants waived wide receiver Reggie White to remain at the NFL-maximum 90 players on their roster.

Rush, 6-3 and 225 pounds, will join starter Daniel Jones and veteran reserves Colt McCoy and Alex Tanney in the Giants’ quarterback room.

Rush spent the previous three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he worked under coach Jason Garrett, now the Giants’ offensive coordinator. He appeared in five games, including two last year. Rush threw three passes – all in 2017 – and completed one, a two-yarder at San Francisco on Oct. 22. That year, he joined the Cowboys as a rookie free agent from Central Michigan.

White was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2019, from Monmouth University. He was waived on August 30 and was on the Giants’ practice squad from Sept. 1-Nov. 12 and again from Nov. 27 through the end of the season. White signed a reserve/futures contract with the Giants on Dec. 30.

Michael Eisen/NY Giants

Giants’ Gettleman on Day 3 of draft: ‘The theme of the day for defense was speed’

Six of the seven players the Giants acquired on the final day of the NFL Draft play defense, but the team’s primary goal went deeper than simply replenishing one unit.

“The theme of the day for defense was speed,” general manager Dave Gettleman said after the seven-hour marathon that was the final four rounds. “We really feel like we improved our team’s speed and that was what we were trying to do.”

“Dave hit this off the bat, the theme of the day was speed,” coach Joe Judge said.

The Giants believe they significantly upgraded theirs, which is vital in today’s up-tempo, no-huddle, let’s-score-quickly NFL.

Another theme is versatility, as many of the players selected will get a look at multiple positions.

The Giants’ third-day selections were defensive backs Darnay Holmes of UCLA and Chris Williamson of Minnesota; guard Shane Lemieux of Oregon; outside linebackers Cam Brown of Penn State and Carter Coughlin of Minnesota; and inside linebackers TJ Brunson of South Carolina and Tae Crowder of Georgia.

“We had a good day today,” Gettleman said. “I’m very pleased with what happened.”

The players secured on Saturday joined the threesome selected in the draft’s first three rounds: tackle Andrew Thomas from Georgia, taken with the fourth overall selection; safety Xavier McKinney of Alabama, chosen fourth in the second round and 36th overall; and tackle Matt Peart of Connecticut, picked in the third round, 99th overall.

By position, the Giants chose three offensive linemen, one safety, two defensive backs, two outside linebackers and two inside linebackers. The Giants drafted 10 players for the second straight year.

This is believed to be the first draft ever in which the Giants selected four linebackers. They chose three offensive linemen in one draft for the first time since 1989 – when the draft was 12 rounds. That year, the Giants chose center Brian Williams from Minnesota in the first round, guard Bob Kratch from Iowa in the third and tackle Dave Popp from Eastern Illinois in the seventh.

A look at the Giants’ third-day selections:

*Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA, 5-10, 198, fourth round, No. 110 overall

Holmes was a three-year starter for the Bruins, for whom he played in 35 games with 33 starts. His career totals included 121 tackles (89 solo), eight interceptions, 28 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also averaged 23.1 yards on 38 kickoff returns, including a 93-yard touchdown in 2018.

Like many of the Giants’ young defensive backs, Holmes will initially work at several spots.

“He’s a corner, he plays the nickel,” Gettleman said. “He will come in and compete for that spot right away. He’s a tough kid, he can run. We’re excited we were able to get him.”

“Darnay is definitely a guy that jumps out at you,” Judge said. “He’s got good speed, he’s got real good short area quickness. He’s contributed on the defensive side of the ball, he’s had impact in the kicking game. He plays with a good edge, shows some nasty. You can see he definitely plays bigger than his size. He’s a guy that jumped out at us at the Senior Bowl. His tape backed up what we saw down there. I’m really happy we were able to add him today.”

Holmes earned a degree in African-American studies in three years. His father, Darick Holmes, rushed for 1,769 yards and 11 touchdowns for Buffalo, Green Bay and Indianapolis from 1995-99. His older brother (Darick Jr.) played wide receiver at Arizona from 2015-18.

“I’m going to be an asset, I’m not going to be a liability,” Holmes said. “I’m just going to play my part and maximize my role, for sure. … I can’t tell you where I’m going to play, I’m just ready to contribute. Wherever they put me, I’m going to maximize that role and I’m going to make sure that I understand that role. That’s my main thing is understanding it and grasping all the concepts.”

*Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon, 6-4, 310, fifth round, No. 150 overall

Lemieux was an iron man who started 52 consecutive games for the Ducks at left guard. He was a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 selection by the Associated Press and second team by the league’s coaches. In 2019, he was selected as a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and second team by the AP. Lemieux helped Oregon finish as one of seven FBS teams with at least 35 passing touchdowns and 25 rushing touchdowns. He was also a team captain.

“This is a tough kid who plays mad,” Gettleman said. “He’s big, he’s powerful, he’s a pretty good athlete. We’re excited to add him to the mix.”

“He plays with nasty,” Judge said. “You turn the Auburn game on and right from the first snap, he’s tossing bodies around. You can’t help but watch him. In a lot of crossover tape he jumps out at you as well. He’s a guy that’s going to have interior swing value. We’re going to cross train him at guard and center. It’s something he has been working on out at Oregon and we’re going to keep on building with that as well.”

*Cam Brown, OLB, Penn State, 6-5, 233, sixth round, No. 183 overall

Brown played in 51 games with 26 starts at Penn State, including starts in 12 of 13 games in each of his final two seasons. He concluded his career with 199 tackles (99 solo), including 15 stops for loss; 5.0 sacks; 11 passes defensed; four forced fumbles; and two fumble recoveries. Brown had a career-high 72 tackles (28 solo) as a senior and a career-best 41 unassisted stops in his junior season.

“(He is) a big, long kid out of Penn State,” Gettleman said. “He’s 6-5 and change, he’s 230, he runs well. Cam and all the young men we took in the seventh round, we think they are players with good developmental qualities and tools. They all can run, every one of these guys can run. We’re excited about that.”

“Physically, he’s got good length,” Judge said of Brown. “He’s got a frame to fill out and play. He plays with good energy. He plays aggressive and downhill. He’s going to be bring versatility on the edge as well as a little bit of stack backer value. He brings impact in the kicking game with us.”
Sean Spencer, the Giants’ defensive line coach, spent the previous six seasons at Penn State.

“(Spencer) has spoken very highly of Cam since he got here,” Judge said “He’s also a guy that when you talk to other guys on Penn State and you hit them with who the leader on the defense is, without hesitation they all said Cam Brown. That stuck out to us. He’s been an alpha dog in the locker room and that brings the attitude we really look for on the field.”

*Carter Coughlin, OLB, Minnesota, 6-3, 236, seventh round, No. 218 overall

Coughlin played in 49 games with 39 starts – including starts in each of his final 38 games – in four seasons with the Golden Gophers. He was selected second-team All-Big Ten as a junior and senior and was an academic all-conference selection in each of his last three years. Coughlin finished his career with 159 tackles (107 solo). He is third in school history with 22.5 sacks and fourth with 40 tackles for loss. Coughlin also forced seven fumbles and recovered one. He is part of an athletic Minnesota family. His father, grandfather, uncle and cousin played football, and his mother played tennis for the state university. In addition, he grew up a few doors down from Ryan Connelly, a linebacker the Giants drafted last year, and they were teammates at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota.

“He’s a guy that gives us more speed on the edge,” Judge said. “He brings some length with him. He plays with a high motor and a lot of aggressiveness. He was productive in Minnesota’s scheme and with the way we are going to play guys on the edge in different packages, he’s someone with a lot of value. He will come in here and compete.”

 *TJ Brunson, ILB, South Carolina, 6-1, 220, seventh round, No. 238 overall (choice obtained from New Orleans)

Brunson played in 49 games, including starts in each of his last 38 contests for the Gamecocks. He totaled 283 tackles (164 solo), including 21.0 for loss and 6.0 sacks. Brunson also had one interception, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2019, he finished second on the team with 77 tackles (44 solo), including 6.0 tackles for loss and was a team captain. Brunson graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.

“He’s fast, he’s really athletic, he’s got good instincts,” Gettleman said. “He’s just a little bit on the small side, but he plays at about 230. We feel like he will be a really good fit and also has a lot of special teams value.”

“He’s a guy you see making tackles sideline to sideline,” Judge said. “He’s also a guy in South Carolina’s scheme, and (coach Will) Mushchamp’s scheme down there isn’t the simplest. Guys have been challenged mentally being down there. They’ve been coached hard. It’s very similar to the guys we talked about playing at Georgia and Alabama. Very similar schemes, very similar cultures. He’s a guy that was out there making a lot of calls, so you can see the communication element with him on the field as well as the productivity on the field.”

*Chris Williamson, CB Minnesota, 6-0, 200, seventh round, No. 247 overall (compensatory selection)

Williamson began his collegiate career at the University of Florida, where he played in 14 games in 2015-16. He transferred to Minnesota and after sitting out the 2017 season, he played in 24 games for the Gophers, including nine as a starter last season. He recorded 57 tackles (37 solo), including four for loss and 2.5 sacks, broke up three passes and intercepted one pass that he returned 43 yards for a touchdown against South Dakota State.

“Good-sized kid,” Gettleman said. “He’s long, he can run, and he’ll hit you.”
“This is a guy who’s going to have some combination corner to safety,” Judge said. “We call it the star position, that nickel position as well. He’ll bring some position flexibility in the defensive backfield. He’s got a good size and speed combination. We look for him to compete at multiple positions this year.”
*Tae Crowder, ILB, Georgia, 6-1, 240, seventh round, No. 255 overall (compensatory selection, final pick in the draft)

Crowder began his collegiate career as a running back before moving to linebacker midway through his redshirt freshman season in 2016.  After playing in just one game that year, Crowder appeared in 43 contests in his final three seasons. His career totals include 122 tackles (50 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

“He’s a 245-pound kid that runs 4.6 and plays 4.6,” Gettleman said. “He’s got some versatility and some value and definitely has some special teams value.”
“This is a guy that’s only played a couple years at linebacker,” Judge said. “We see a lot of upside with him, both in his physical skills as well as his emerging defensive understanding. He’ll come in and compete for positions at that Will linebacker spot as well as give impact to the kicking game. We think we added a very competitive group over these last few days. We think today we brought in a lot of guys with versatility and speed.”

(Michael Eisen/NY Giants)