Fansided: New York Giants: 5 things to watch the rest of the way
Not many people were expecting the New York Giants to be a real factor in 2019, and that certainly has turned out to be the case. While Giant fans are divided on whether or not the current regime has this young team trending in the right direction (that's an understatement), there is no denying that there are some young, talented players on this squad.With little left to play for, it's important for fans to focus on the positives while attempting to get through these last six games.
Here are five positive things to watch out for the rest of the way.
Pro Football Focus: NFL Week 11 Team of the Week
Calvin Ridley and Mark Andrews both turned in outstanding performances in Week 11, joining several other NFL standouts on PFF's Week 11 Team of the Week in the process.PFF's NFL Team of the Week series features game grades and advanced statistics for the NFL's top players at every position in a given week. All of PFF's ELITE subscribers have access to game grades, advanced statistics, positional snap counts and more in Premium Stats. All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this week and every other week this upcoming NFL season are made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.
Empire Sports Media: New York Giants news, 11/17 - Dave Gettleman silence is a non-story, here's why
There's no rule in the books that force general manager's in the NFL to speak publicly about their plans. There's no exception for New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman, and expecting him to talk to the fans is a non-story.Would we like to hear his plans for the future, and what's going through his mind? Of course, but that could be revealing for other teams. Any factoid can be used against Gettleman if he doesn't keep his mouth shut. Remember, Leonard Floyd? Jerry Reese went sputtering his name about, and the Chicago Bears traded up to snag him one pick for Big Blue.
Empire Sports Media: New York Giants news, 11/18 - Where will Eli Manning's cap space go in 2020?
The New York Giants won't just be letting Eli Manning walk this upcoming offseason, but they will also be leaving his $23.2 million cap-hit behind. The money gained in free agency will give general manager Dave Gettleman a ton of cap space to work with in free agency.A decent portion of the gained cap will likely go toward interior defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who's in line to earn a nice contract from the Giants. He could make as much as $14 million per-season, and Gettleman has put himself in a spot where he needs to extend him.
Empire Sports Media: New York Giants: Why we should give Dave Gettleman the benefit of the doubt
Free agency isn't the be-all of any NFL team, as finding the right players to fill specific roles is challenging to do. Often, free agents will never be as efficient as home-grown players coming out of the NFL Draft, why? Because grooming a player to fit a scheme and building around them is a much more efficient process than trying to force a veteran to adapt to a new system and coaching style. For the New York Giants, general manager Dave Gettleman has been fantastic in the NFL Draft and average in free agency. This latest round of free agents includes Antoine Bethea, Markus Golden, Golden Tate, and Mike Remmers.
Fansided: New York Giants 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
It's the most wonderful time of the year, Arizona Cardinals fans! But before you start chugging egg nog and filling up on cookies, you need to take care of your holiday shopping. But don't worry, because we've compiled a list of some of the coolest items out there.But before we get into it, we've got some important information to share. You can save 10% on every purchase from FOCO the entire month of November by using the code FanSided10 at checkout. So make sure the fan cave isn't ignored and pick up some awesome collectibles.
NY Post: Saquon Barkley is biggest disappointment of lost Giants season
When the schedule was released and the Giants learned their bye week would come so late -- after 10 games -- there was a sense the break would serve as a welcome respite before the stretch run.As it turns out, there is no stretch run forthcoming for the Giants. They are 2-8 and carry a six-game losing streak into their next game, Sunday in Chicago. The development of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is ongoing and of great importance, and could lay the groundwork for him making a quantum leap forward in year No. 2. This season, though, is not only about Jones -- who replaced Eli Manning after only two games -- as there are glaring deficiencies in so many areas.
Empire Sports Media: Saquon Barkley Ruled Biggest Disappointment For 2019 New York Giants
There's been a lot of disappointments this season for the New York Giants. The team was expected to make progress from last year, and to possibly compete for the division, but instead the results have been about the same as they were last year and some areas such as the secondary appear to have taken a step back.Daniel Jones has performed well for a rookie quarterback, but his potential has been limited by injuries to major players on offense as well as lackluster playcalling and an offensive line incapable of doing an above average job protecting him.
Empire Sports Media: Do the New York Giants have a No. 1 receiver in Darius Slayton?
When the New York Giants drafted Auburn product, Darius Slayton, in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft, nobody expected him to be as effective as he's been this season. Slayton began his career with Big Blue dropping passes at an astronomical rate, but he quickly alleviated that concern and shot up the depth chart.Since his poor rookie training camp, Slayton has racked up 394 yards and five scores, putting out several impressive performances despite missing the first two weeks of the season. Slayton's straight-away speed and growing route tree have made him a reliable option for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Empire Sports Media: New York Giants: Will Eli Manning Get His Final Farewell?
The New York Giants are once again in the middle of a lost season at 2-8. Eli Manning has been the quarterback for the Giants the past 16 years and has been there to guide the Giants through every high point and every low point for the past decade and a half.But this time, it's a little different. Daniel Jones is now the Giants' starting quarterback. Franchise hero and New York sports legend Eli Manning now sits on the bench as the Giants' backup quarterback.
There has been a discussion about a potential final farewell for Eli Manning.
Empire Sports Media: New York Giants: Alec Ogletree to Make Thanksgiving Special
New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree has been in the league since 2013 and in that span of time has been nothing short of a leader both on and off the field.Ogletree got his start with the St. Louis/ Los Angeles Rams after being drafted in the 2013 NFL. Since then he has earned many accolades and awards due to his career highlights. What makes Ogletree really stupendous are not just his stellar plays, but also the work he does off of the field.
This upcoming Thanksgiving Ogletree will be holding an event in which he will aim to help others during this holiday season.
Empire Sports Media: Giants skip Colin Kaepernick's workout after location change
The New York Giants had planned on scouting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's open workout in Atlanta on Saturday but ended up skipping it after the location was changed.The workout, which was originally set to take place at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility in Flowery Branch, which is about an hour northeast of downtown Atlanta but was moved to a high school field south of the city due to several conflicts between Kaepernick and the NFL.
As NJ Advance Media first reported last week, the Giants were among 24 teams planning to scout the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback before a chaotic Saturday changed those plans.
Fansided: New York Giants Football: The reasons behind Deandre Baker's struggles
The New York Giants traded up in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to select cornerback Deandre Baker, out of the University of Georgia, with the 30th-overall pick. The rookie's performance has been disastrous considering where he was selected in the draft and the amount of draft capital that the Giants spent to move up to get him. Currently, His Pro Football Focus grade of 37.8 stunningly ranks as the 115th best cornerback out of 116 eligible players.Baker has been questioned about his struggles so far and he surprisingly admitted that he was having issues understanding the defensive scheme.
Elite Sports NY: New York Giants: The pros and cons of an Eli Manning farewell start
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn't started a game (or played in a game, for that matter) since Week 2. In that Sept. 15 matchup, the Giants fell to the Buffalo Bills 28-14. A few short days later, the coaching staff made the ultimate decision to hand the starting duties over to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.To be realistic, it wasn't because Manning was statistically bad. In his two starts this year, he completed 62.9% of his throws for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Over 16 starts in 2018, he achieved a 66% completion percentage (career-high) with 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 picks.
Newsday: Giants' Shurmer needs turnabout or he might be out
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur's future beyond the final six games of this season took a hit when his team lost to the Jets, 34-27, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at MetLife Stadium. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van DykeAt this point, Pat Shurmur is willing to consider anything to help his mistake-prone team get a win. Even a sportswriter's suggestion that Daniel Jones might want to consider wearing a glove to improve his ball security.
Newsday's Giants beat writer Tom Rock asked Shurmur on a conference call Monday if Jones could benefit from using a glove on one -- or even both -- hands to address a continuing problem with fumbles.
Russell Shepard (Foot) IR
Scott Simonson (Ankle) IR
Mike Remmers (Back) is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
Sterling Shepard (Concussion) is out indefinitely
Jon Halapio (Hamstring) is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
Evan Engram (Foot) is questionable Sunday vs Chicago
Sam Beal (Hamstring) IR
Ryan Connelly (ACL) is out for season