Even though the Giants added Saquon Barkley to their injury report on Friday with a neck injury and labeled him as questionable to play, there is no genuine uncertainty about his availability for Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the Eagles.
The greater issue is Barkley’s effectiveness and whether the soreness in his neck will worsen if he is hit in the area or if he has lower his helmet to fight for extra yards or block in pass protection. Barkley has been suffering with a shoulder ailment for some weeks, resulting in a decline in production in the second half of the season.
The Giants decided not promote Jashaun Corbin from the practice squad, so Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell are the only two running backs available if Saquon Barkley cannot play or is limited. Ryder Anderson and Zyon Gilbert were activated from the practice squad for the game.
There is an 80% chance of precipitation during the game, and temperatures will barely exceed 40 degrees. Wednesday’s Giants practice was moved indoors to avoid working on the damp outdoor grass.
Saquon Barkley hopes to demonstrate his effectiveness before returning from a neck ailment.
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“We must obviously have a plan for rain, sleet, a little bit of snow, and wind,” stated head coach Brian Daboll. “Being from the Northeast, Buffalo to be precise, and then coming out here, this is comparable to Florida. Again, we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it and discuss it pregame to determine its status. In my experience, these occurrences typically undergo significant alteration. Definitely aware of that.
In Week 12 of the 2017 season, Jalen Hurts threw three interceptions in a 13-7 loss against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles’ facility features a photograph of tackle Jordan Mailata with his hand on the back of his young quarterback. Following the final play of the game, Hurts was on his knees in defeat.
Nick Sirianni, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, remarked, “You might argue that the photos in the facility commemorate the plays made by players in this building.” “I thought, ‘What an incredible image of teammates being there for one other in a very difficult situation!’ That occurred following the incomplete pass on the final play of last year’s game in New York.
To blitz or not to blitz? Wink Martindale, the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, calls for pressure as frequently, if not more frequently, than anyone else in the NFL. Hurts’ inexperience may have been used against him last season. Not this summer. Hurts has torn apart defenders that dared to blitz him.
The offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, Shane Steiche, remarked, “He’s been phenomenal.” “The more you see, the more you play, and the more experiences you have, the faster your accelerated vision will develop, and that’s exactly what he’s been doing.”
DL Leonard Williams (neck) will likely miss his second consecutive game… Daniel Jones has already established a career high in rushing yards with 522. He is sixth in the league among quarterbacks in rushing yards, trailing only Justin Fields (905), Lamar Jackson (764), Hurts (609) and Josh Allen (581).