Shifty receiver Kadarius Toni is great at changing direction, but that’s not a good sign he’s going backwards on the Giants’ injury report.
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Tony (hamstrings) was downgraded from limited participant in practice on Thursday, to not practice on Friday, three days before the Giants will face the Cowboys.
Because the Giants only held one rehearsal, practice participation is a presumption, which makes it more unusual to see a change in the situation, especially as Tony first injured his hamstring in mid-August and he Played despite being on the report last week.
Tony recently when asked if he was in danger of not playing against the Panthers last week, he said, “I was on it, away from it, game played, we win, end of discussion.” “It’s a matter of mindset. It’s all about what you want to do, what you want to achieve.”
Nothing else changed in Friday’s reports of injuries, including DB Justin Layne (concussion), Nick McCloud (hamstring) and Aaron Robinson (Appendix), DL Leonard Williams (knee), and Tony and partner WR Van’Dell Robinson (knee). was listed. out of practice. DB Dane Belton (clavicle) and Jason Pinnock (shoulder), OLB Aziz Ozulari (calf) and Kayvan Thibodaux (knee) and C John Feliciano (shin) were introduced as limited participants.
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The Giants will practice on Saturday, when “doubtful” and “doubtful” positions will be assigned. Tony had a career high of 10 catches for 189 yards before being ejected in one of his career matchups against the Cowboys.
Defensive coordinator Vink Martindale, 59, makes no secret: He wants to be head coach as soon as possible.
But it seems these jobs nowadays mostly go to young, aggressive-minded candidates. So, Martindale, who interviewed to become Giants head coach in 2020 before the job was passed to Joe Judge, was perhaps expressing a bit of disappointment, as well as praising the Cowboys’ fill-in quarterback Cooper Rush, when he commented. How Rush’s command of the offense will probably lead him to coaching after his career is over.
“He would be one of those cats who would become an offensive coordinator and a head coach by the age of 38 or 39,” Martindale said. “That’s how it usually works.”
Saxon is 0-6 in six career games against the Barkley Cowboys. He averages 94.5 yards from scrimmage per matchup with two total touchdowns. Any extra motivation to get over the hump?
“No fire needed,” Barkley said. “I’ve had enough motivation for the season in general throughout the season. My mindset is to try to be the best player I can be to help this team win games. We’re just off to a good start, but we don’t need to be on the road to this thing.” have to continue.”
The Giants have scored just six points in the first half and have achieved one or zero first downs on eight of 11 in their first half in two matches.
“What we’re emphasizing is the communication part of it: player-to-player, coach-to-layer, coach-to-coach,” offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said. “We’ve taken a step back within ourselves and said, ‘Okay, how can we be clear on this plan? How can we be more clear about these types of situations?’ If we can start to build on that, I think that’s when we’ll start to see a sharp start for ourselves.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has noticed the Giants’ improvement.
“I see how the Giants got to 2-0, and they’ve played well enough to get there,” Jones said Friday on Audacity’s 105.3-FM The Fan. “They are a much better team than last year. The fact that they are 2-0 will motivate them to be better.”
The Giants have two takeaways in two games on special teams, which builds “speed,” coordinator Thomas McGaughey said.
“I always tell them,” McGaughey said, “the big plays, once they start, they come in heaps.”