Shifty receiver Kadarius Toney is nice at altering instructions, but it surely’s not a superb signal that he’s headed backwards on the Giants’ damage report.
Toney (hamstring) was downgraded from a restricted participant in apply Thursday to not working towards Friday, three days earlier than the Giants will face the Cowboys.
As a result of the Giants solely held a walkthrough, apply participation is an estimation, which makes it all of the extra uncommon to see a change in standing, particularly contemplating Toney first injured his hamstring in mid-August and he played despite being on the report last week.
“I used to be on it, off it, recreation performed, we gained, finish of dialogue,” Toney stated lately when requested if he was in jeopardy of not taking part in towards the Panthers final week. “It’s a mindset factor. It’s all about what you wish to do, what you wish to get achieved.”
Nothing else modified on the damage report Friday, which listed DBs Justin Layne (concussion), Nick McCloud (hamstring) and Aaron Robinson (appendix), DL Leonard Williams (knee), and Toney and fellow WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) as out of form. DBs Dane Belton (clavicle) and Jason Pinnock (shoulder), OLBs Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and C Jon Feliciano (shin) had been projected as restricted contributors.
The Giants will apply Saturday, when “questionable” and “uncertain” statuses might be assigned. Toney had profession highs of 10 catches for 189 yards earlier than he was ejected in his one profession matchup towards the Cowboys.
Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, 59, makes no secret: He desires to be a head coach as quickly as doable.
But it surely appears these jobs largely go to youthful, offensive-minded candidates nowadays. So, Martindale, who interviewed to be the Giants’ head coach earlier than the job went to Joe Choose in 2020 might need been expressing a bit of frustration, in addition to paying a praise to Cowboys’ fill-in quarterback Cooper Rush, when he commented on how Rush’s command of the offense in all probability will lead him into teaching after his profession is over.
“He’ll be a type of cats that change into an offensive coordinator and a head coach by the point he’s 38 or 39,” Martindale stated. “That’s the way it normally works.”
Saquon Barkley is 0-6 in six profession video games towards the Cowboys. He’s averaging 94.5 yards from scrimmage per matchup with two complete touchdowns. Any additional motivation to recover from the hump?
“No fireplace wanted,” Barkley stated. “I had sufficient motivation all through the entire offseason only for the season typically. My mindset coming in to attempt to be one of the best participant that I will be, to assist this staff win video games. We’re off to a superb begin proper now, however we acquired to maintain this factor rolling.”
The Giants have scored simply six first-half factors and gained one or zero first downs on eight of their 11 first-half possessions over two video games.
“What we’re emphasizing is the communication a part of it on the line of scrimmage: player-to-player, coach-to-layer, coach-to-coach,” offensive coordinator Mike Kafka stated. “We’ve form of taken a step again inside ourselves and stated, ‘All proper, how can we be cleaner on this scheme? How can we be cleaner detailed on a majority of these conditions?’ If we will begin to construct on that, I feel that’s once we’ll begin seeing a sooner begin for us.”
Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones has observed the Giants’ enchancment.
“I have a look at how the Giants acquired to 2-0, and so they’ve performed nicely sufficient to get there,” Jones stated Friday on Audacy’s 105.3-FM The Fan. “They’re a significantly better staff than they had been final 12 months. The actual fact they’re 2-0 will embolden them to be higher.”
The Giants have two takeaways in two video games on particular groups, which creates “momentum,” coordinator Thomas McGaughey stated.
“I all the time inform them,” McGaughey added, “huge performs, as soon as they begin, they arrive in droves.”