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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes:

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

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

Giants’ Gano wins NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

New York Giants kicker Graham Gano was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his four-field goal performance in the 19-16 triumph vs. the Panthers on Sunday, the league announced Wednesday.

The 13-year veteran, scored 13 of New York’s 19 points against Carolina, adding an extra point to his field goals.

Last Wednesday, Saquon Barkley was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. The Giants last received Player of the Week awards after consecutive games in Weeks 14 and 15 of the 2016 season, when punter Brad Wing earned the special teams honor

Gano hit field goals from 36, 33, 51, and 56 yards, and the game-deciding kick(56) is tied for the second-longest field goal in Giants history.

Sunday was the second game in which Gano kicked two 50-plus yard field goals in the fourth quarter or overtime. He is the only kicker in Giants history to accomplish that feat. He first did it in Washington on Sept. 16, 2021, when he kicked 52 and 55-yarders – plus a 35-yarder – in the fourth quarter.

The current Player of the Week award is the fifth of Gano’s career and this third in three seasons with the Giants.

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Giants’ Barkley: ‘Culture’s different’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barkley on winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week: ‘It’s great, but any individual award is really a team award’

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The fifth-year running back rushed for 164 yards on 18 carries (9.1-yard avg.), including a 68-yard run that set up his four-yarder for the Giants’ first touchdown of the season. He added a team-high six receptions for 30 yards. Barkley caught a pass from Daniel Jones for the two-point conversion that accounted for the game-deciding points in the Giants’ season-opening 21-20 victory against the Tennessee Titans in Nissan Stadium.

Barkley’s 164 rushing yards and 194 yards from scrimmage both topped all NFL players on Kickoff Weekend.

“It’s great, but any individual award is really a team award,” he said about winning the award. “I don’t get that without the help of my offensive linemen, wide receivers blocking down the field, (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones) making great calls, and (Offensive Coordinator Mike) Kafka making great calls. At the end of the day, the most important thing last week was getting the win, and we’ve got to shift to Carolina.”

The 164 rushing yards was the third-highest total of his career and the most he’s had in a game outside FedExField. Barkley ran for a career-high 189 yards on Dec. 22, 2019, and 170 yards on Dec. 9, 2018. Both of those games were in Washington.

Barkley’s 68-yard run was on the first play of the third quarter. It is his fourth 68-yard run, tied for the second-longest of his career. 

This is Barkley’s third Player of the Week award; he is the only Giants running back to be honored since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2011.

Barkley and the Giants are hoping to get win number two as New York(1-0) battles the Panthers on Sunday in their home-opener.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jones:

(On how the offense ran operationally)

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

Barkley:

(On the offense)

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

(On how he personally felt)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giants’ Barkley: ‘I want to be special here’

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley is completely healthy as he enters his fifth season in the NFL, which is a good thing.

Barkley came into last season working his way back from a torn ACL that he suffered in 2020. The former Offensive Rookie of the Year had a down year in 2021. He rushed for 593 yards, with only two touchdowns on the ground. He added 41 catches and two touchdown receptions. 

It was a struggle for Barkley, and he feels he has a lot to prove.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove,” he said following the second day of voluntary mini-camp Wednesday. “I feel like there’s a lot of guys in the running back room, the wide receiver room, the quarterback room, who’ve got a lot to prove. We’re very talented. We believe in each other, and we believe in the system that’s in place.”

The 2018 Pro Bowler’s play was heavily criticized, and he acknowledged on Wednesday that he was bothered by what has been written about him.

“My mindset from just the last two years, to be honest, I kind of just want to kill, go crazy,” he said. “I’m not even focused on that,” Barkley said. “The best thing that I can do is just focus on what I can control. That’s showing up, being healthy, going out there at OTAs, camp, and in season and performing, work hard, keep my mind right, study the playbook.”

The Giants have lost 10 games or more in the last five years, so it’s been a struggle, but the 25-year-old Barkley, the subject of trade talks, has no desire to leave New York. In fact, playing at MetLife Stadium is a dream come true. 

“I don’t want to look back on my career and say, ‘Dang, when I was in New York with the Giants, I was part of the down years,'” he said. “I know the talent we have in our locker room. I know what we’re able to do as a team. We’ve just got to continue to stick to the little things, continue to buy-in and continue to believe in each other. To be honest, when I was a kid, I was a Jets fan. I used to drive to New York and pass the stadium, the old stadium. I always told my dad I wanted to play in that stadium. I’m playing in MetLife; obviously, I’m playing for the Giants. Something I wanted to do as a kid. I want to be special here.”

Barkley, who can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has not always had the luxury of a great offensive line during his time in New York. However, he’s still young, a new coach in Brian Daboll, and a lot of ability, but he is right; in the end, he does have a lot to prove in 2022.

Giants’ Judge: ‘You’re not going to win a lot of games in this league with four turnovers’

For the fifth straight season, the New York Giants(4-10) have lost 10 or more games as they fell to the Dallas Cowboys 21-6 at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

With the loss, the Giants have lost three straight and four out of their last five.

The Cowboys(10-4) forced four turnovers, which led to 15 points.

“You’re not going to win a lot of games in this league with four turnovers,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said after the game. “That’s obviously something we preach and work on consistently. We’ve got to make sure that we eliminate the turnovers. Too many penalties today. Obviously, a lot of things we have to improve on as a team. The focus and the goal is the same as it always is; make adjustments now, come back in and be a better team than we were today to have success this week.”

Giants QB Mike Glennon was not very good Sunday. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 99 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. Ultimately, he would get pulled in the fourth quarter.

Judge explained why he pulled Glennon and went with Jake Fromm.

“We got to a point in the game where I wanted to see what Jake(Fromm) could do, point blank,” Judge said. “We weren’t doing enough moving the ball otherwise, so I wanted to make sure I had the chance to see Jake, and that will obviously open up a conversation about what we’re going to do this week. We’ll talk about it as a staff, and we’ll make the best decision for the team.”

Fromm, who made his NFL debut Sunday, gave New York a spark, and if Jones is still out, the New York should probably go with Fromm. 

The Giants got more bad news on the injury front as they lost wideout Sterling Shepard to a torn Achilles late in the fourth. Saquon Barkley, who finished with 50 yards rushing Sunday but lost a fumble, discussed Shepard’s injury.

“It’s definitely tough,” Barkley said. “He’s a spark to this team; he’s a leader of this team. Just the energy that he brings every single day on the field and off the field. Anytime you see a guy go down, it’s a sad thing. One thing I know about Shep, he’s a fighter, so it’s a setback, but I know he’s going to attack this rehab.”

Next week, New York heads to Philadelphia to battle the Eagles. 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giants’ Barkley: ‘I’m sick of losing; everyone is sick of losing’

In the last two weeks, the New York Giants had leads in the fourth quarter, and both times, they could not hold it, including on Sunday against the Falcons when they had a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter. However, the Falcons(1-2) would tie the score at 14 and defeat the Giants 17-14 at MetLife Stadium as Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo made a 40-yard field with no time left on the clock.

The Giants are now 0-3.

Last Thursday, the Giants led Washington in the fourth quarter, and just like on Sunday, they would lose by a field goal with no time left on the clock.

On the day the Giants retired former quarterback Eli Manning’s number 10, New York got another solid performance from quarterback Daniel Jones, who was 24/35 for 266 yards. While he did not throw a touchdown pass, Jones did not turn the ball over. What made the performance even more impressive was Jones lost wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton to hamstring injuries. 

At 0-3, the Giants have put themselves in a hole, and according to Jones, the team is frustrated with the losing.

“I think guys are frustrated and certainly disappointed with the results,” Jones said postgame. “We’re all competitors, and we want to win, and we expect to win, so that’s frustrating, and we’ve got to understand that and feel that today. But as we move forward, we’ve got to use that to motivate us to look at what we’ve done well and what we need to correct and how we need to attack this week going forward.”

Saquon Barkley, who ran for 51 yards and had his first rushing touchdown of the season on Sunday, has experienced a lot of losing since joining the Giants, and the fourth-year running back is tired of it.

 “I’m sick of losing; everyone is sick of losing,” he said. “No one wants to lose, but I wouldn’t consider us a bad team. We just have to figure it out, and that’s the difference.”

Despite being winless, Giants head coach Joe Judge believes the team will continue to work to turn things around.

“I think the DNA of our team is a team that comes back and goes to work,” Judge said. “Look, no one is going to be happy after a loss; that’s the reality of what it is. The element of what we do as professionals (is) we’ve got to come back and go to work. We’ve got to watch the tape, we’ve got key on it, and we’ve got to prepare for a tough opponent coming up next week.”

New York’s next few games won’t be easy as they head on the road for the next two games against the Saints and Cowboys and then come home for two against the undefeated Rams and Panthers before going on the road to battle the Chiefs, so things could be challenging for the Giants going forward.

Barkley reacts to team’s loss to Falcons: