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5 players to watch in Giants vs. Cowboys


Here are five players to watch in the New York Giants' Week 5 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys:

QB Daniel Jones

With a career-high 402 yards and two touchdowns, Jones led the Giants from an 11-point deficit with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to a 27-21 overtime triumph on the road against the Saints. For his performance, Jones was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

"I'm certainly grateful to be recognized and I appreciate it," Jones said. "I think it says a lot about our offense and our team. We talked about [left tackle] Andrew [Thomas] – the whole team has to play well to score points and to gain a lot of yards, so I think it's a credit to all those guys."

RB Saquon Barkley

Barkley is coming off his biggest game since the knee injury, and the Giants expect him only to get better. The dynamic running back racked up 126 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns last week, including the winner on a 6-yard run in overtime.

"I know that this is going to be an every week thing," Barkley said. "Everyone is going to ask me about my knee, but like I said, I just keep trusting people – the trainers and all the people I talk to knowing that every single day I got to keep going in there and keep working with it and that's something that I'm going to keep doing."

DB Logan Ryan

Ryan formed an unlikely bond with Dak Prescott after he unintentionally injured the Cowboys quarterback in last year's meeting in Dallas. Following the season-ending ankle fracture, Ryan sent books to Prescott to motivate him in his rehab. A year later, Prescott looks as good as ever with a 116.9 passer rating.

"I had some books to help me get through it and I sent him some books, and apparently it helped him get through it," Ryan said. "That was obviously my goal and intention, and just wanted him to come back a great quarterback and he is."

Ryan added: "He looks really good. He looks healthy, which is great, and he looks like he's operating as one of the best quarterbacks in football with just how they're moving the ball and the command he has – great command at the line of scrimmage. You've got to root for a guy that's a good guy and had a tough injury, obviously. You've got to root for stories like that. I just love playing against Dak because he's a competitor and I am, and we are. I think we have to lead our units."

WR Kadarius Toney

The Giants scratched the surface of the rookie first-round pick last week in New Orleans, where he had six catches for 78 yards after having just four for 14 yards over the first three weeks. Toney showed he is tough to bring down and can open up the offense alongside fellow speedster John Ross.

"The essence of offensive football is attacking different ways," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "Kadarius and John [have] proved they can be effective and make big plays down the field. That certainly gets the defense's attention. That opens up opportunities for other people."

LT Andrew Thomas

Last year's fourth overall pick is coming into his own as a sophomore, and his progression has clearly impacted his quarterback. Thomas appeared on the injury report this week with a foot issue, but Judge said it was more of a precaution.

"It has a huge impact on me and on everyone I think," Jones said of Thomas. "He's played great, [there's] no secret about it. When you turn on the tape, he's shut down pass rushers and whoever's he's gone up against, he's played really well – so big credit to him. It's huge. It's the ultimate team game, and that's an important position. He's played well.

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