EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Daniel Jones will travel with the Giants to Seattle tomorrow but is unlikely to play Sunday when they clash with the Seahawks in Lumen Field.
The second-year quarterback was listed as doubtful today on the week's final injury report. Barring a rapid and substantial recovery, Jones will be replaced as the starter by veteran Colt McCoy.
Coach Joe Judge spoke to reporters prior to practice. Jones worked out for the coach and the team's medical staff prior to the full team workout yesterday. After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, Jones was listed as limited today.
"I thought he threw the ball well (yesterday)," Judge said. "Obviously, we didn't want to go ahead and open him up too much yesterday, really being just a couple of days into kind of moving around. But he threw the ball well. I saw a lot of good velocity and very good accuracy. We talked in terms of how he felt on different things, different movements. But look, I think this guy is doing everything he can to get on the field. Again, we're checking with the trainers, seeing how much progress he made on their end today. We'll see him a little bit on the grass today in terms of how he's with the team, and we'll make decisions really a little bit after the (practice), and we'll also see how he feels going out there after a long flight to Seattle."
Alex Tanney, a Giants backup quarterback in 2018-19 who was with them in training camp, is expected to be cleared to re-join tomorrow after clearing the NFL COVID-19 protocol.
"We'll take him to Seattle with us and keep him in the fold," Judge said. "In terms of if we needed him if something happened in the last minute, activate him."
View photos from Giants practice as they gear up for Week 13 vs. Seattle.
McCoy has taken the bulk of the first-team practice reps this week, with practice squad quarterback Clayton Thorson also getting some. An 11-year veteran, McCoy will make his 29th career start and first since Oct. 6, 2019 for Washington against New England.
"Colt's had a good week of practice," Judge said. "He's working hard. Colt's got a lot of experience. He doesn't really miss a beat. He gets in there, it's like riding a bike for this guy. He gets in there and he competes. Everything is very, very competitive with Colt. He goes in there, especially offense versus defensive period, we're making it competitive. He gets a lot of the juice flowing there throughout the team. He's not afraid to mix it up and talk a little smack with the guys. It's fun seeing him operate."
*The only player besides Jones on the injury report is linebacker David Mayo, who is questionable with a knee injury.
*Rookie linebacker Cam Brown returned to practice after missing the workout yesterday due to illness.
"We had to take precautions," Judge said. "Anyone at this point that comes up with any kind of (Covid-19) symptoms, we encourage our players and they've done a really good job. If they have symptoms they communicate with Ronnie (Barnes, the team's senior vice president of medical services) talk it through. They've gotten the rapid test back and then also they have to stay overnight to make sure before we bring them in the building, they've gotten the PCR test cleared as well. And he has been tested multiple times before coming in today. We made sure he wasn't really a threat as far as the Covid related stuff. He'll be in the building and practicing with us today."
*Judge appeared on his daily Zoom call with reporters wearing a University of Mississippi sweatshirt and bucket hat – not exactly standard attire for a Mississippi State alumnus.
"Before we get started, I guess I'll just explain this ridiculous outfit I'm wearing," Judge said. "This is the consequence of losing a bet in a rivalry game with Evan (Engram, who played at Ole Miss).
Engram then appeared next to Judge and said, "Hotty Toddy, baby."
"He showed up just in time," Judge said. "Otherwise, he was walking around with a cowbell all week. It was one or the other."
*Wide receiver Golden Tate was a second-round draft choice by Seattle in 2010 and played his first four NFL seasons with the Seahawks. He had three catches in his final game for them, the XLVIII victory vs. Denver.
"Definitely a huge appreciation for the organization for drafting me and giving me a chance," he said. "Also, letting me experience our first Super Bowl, actually here at MetLife. Forever grateful to be a part of that and make memories with some of those guys. Since being removed there, just trying to focus on where I am. It'll be good to see the guys, but we're going out there to do a job. We're going to go out there and try to get a win. We're preparing this week. I think we do have an advantage that the 12th man won't be there present, so hopefully we can take advantage of that.
*As they did on their trip to Los Angeles in October, the Giants will remain on the west coast after the game Sunday and fly home Monday.
"We talked to the captains and some of the older players when we got back from L.A.," Judge said. "I wanted immediate feedback on what they thought about it. The immediate feedback tied into also the next week. It really is a week-long process. We got back from L.A. on Monday. I talked to them on Wednesday morning on how they felt about it. I checked with them the following Monday and kind of saw if they thought it was beneficial, the way the previous week went. They all did, they liked it a lot. We're going to go back with the same mentality.
"We'll go out to Seattle early on Saturday morning. We'll land, we'll have a walk-thru at a local high school to get the guys up and moving. Get some blood pumping through their legs. We'll go to the hotel, we'll have some quick meetings. Get them off their feet and get them some sleep. After the game on Sunday, we'll go back to the hotel and stay overnight. We'll wake up on Monday morning and fly back. What we found last time that helped more than anything, instead of taking kind of almost that red eye type of flight coming back. You are worn down, you're tired. You get a short night of sleep Sunday into Monday. You're tired on Monday, and it catches up to you on Tuesday. All of the sudden, by the time you hit Thursday, you get that reciprocal wear and tear on your body where it sets you back a little bit. We saw with this, getting a good night's sleep on Sunday, waking up fresh on Monday. Everyone got home by call it 8 o'clock. We're actually going to get home a little bit earlier this time, we're going to leave a little earlier. We'll get everyone home, get a good night's sleep. Wake up fresh on Tuesday and get rolling forward. It worked out well for us last time, so we're going to use the same schedule for the most part."