To steal a hockey term, Brian Daboll stood on his head today.
During his Wednesday press conference, reporters once again fired off questions about the magnitude of the win-and-in scenario for his team heading into the Week 17 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. The Canadian-born head coach blocked them all.
"I'd say there's pressure every week in this league," Daboll said. "There's only 17 games. You've got to play well each week, do everything you can do to win and get ready to play the next week. It's competitive."
Here is everything else you need to know:
🔹 Cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Knee), outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (Ankle), and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (Neck) were limited in Wednesday's practice. Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence got a veteran rest day.
🔹 The Giants today signed linebacker Jarrad Davis, a former first-round draft choice, off the Detroit Lions' practice squad and placed guard Shane Lemieux on injured reserve.
🔹 Safety Xavier McKinney (hand) is "getting there" and Daboll "would assume he would have to wear a club" whenever he returns.
🔹 Daboll on what he saw from the Colts playing on Monday night: "I think their defense has been playing really well. The quarterback (Nick Foles), it was really his first game coming back. So, I think there were some chances there to be had. Defense has played well all season. The last six games, they've been up at the end of the third quarter. They're only down by two to Dallas, 21-19. That's the NFL; every team's good."
🔹 Daboll said they'll see how it goes this week in regard to the rotation at left guard between Ben Bredeson and Nick Gates. "I think both of them have done a good job with things we've asked them to do."
🔹 Daboll was asked if it's important for the team's identity to resemble the head coach. "I want everybody to be themselves. (I want) all our guys to come in here, be the best version of themselves. Come in and compete. I think we have a good group of people in our building that work extremely hard. I certainly don't want anybody to be just like me or me to be like anybody else. I want them to be themselves."
🔹 Daniel Jones has improved in making throws on the run, evidenced by his touchdown to Isaiah Hodgins last week. "I think (quarterbacks coach) Shea (Tierney) works with him a bunch on that. We practice it. We do it at the start of practice. We do it in the middle of practice. But ultimately, the credit goes to DJ."
Daboll added: "I've had guys that can really move around and make loose plays, run the ball some and run different RPOs (run pass options) where he can use his legs and then do drills that help him. But it's also the skill guys. You got to teach those guys. I think there's an art to the scramble drill. Certainly, when you have players that a quarterback feels comfortable with where they're going to be, you can work on it every day in practice until you get it in the game. I think he's improved, but I think the guys around him have helped him, too."
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