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5 players to watch in Giants vs. Eagles


The New York Giants will look to get back on track against the rival Philadelphia Eagles, who have won three of their past four games. Here are five players to watch:

QB Daniel Jones

All eyes will be on the offense after the Giants relieved Jason Garrett of his duties as offensive coordinator this week. The Giants scored a season-low 10 points in Tampa Bay and have failed to score more than 17 points in half their games.

"I feel responsibility for our lack of production as an offense," Jones said. "I feel that. I think we all should feel that, and I don't think that's changed today. I still feel like that. Coach Judge is going to make the decisions as the head coach, that's his job, but I don't think that should change how we feel about how we've played, the points we've scored, how we've done at times. I think we know we've got to do better. That falls on each one of us, on players and certainly me."

LB Tae Crowder

Last week, the Eagles rushed 50 times for the first time since 1997. Philadelphia has won three of its past four games while averaging 43.5 carries for 217.5 yards in that span. Crowder, who has become the Giants' leading tackler after Blake Martinez suffered a season-ending injury, will be busy in Sunday's rivalry game against the run-heavy Eagles.

"I have a lot of faith in Tae," assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said recently. "Blake pointed it out first last year before I even saw it. I remember Blake came up to me one day and he said, 'I like this dude.' It was after the Rams game, he said, 'I like this dude.' I've been around Blake in different tandems of 'backers and it's not a knock on anybody else, but he said, 'I like this guy. He helps me out there.' So, to hear Blake and the relationship I have with Blake, for him to say that that's when I was like, 'Okay,' and you start paying attention more. Tae is really attentive, he's smart, he has leadership skills. I don't know if he's the most boisterous or vocal guy, but his leadership skills remind me (and are) similar to guys I've coached before. Like (Patriots Linebacker) Jamie Collins might not say anything, but he was one of the leaders of the team because everybody follows suit with him."

LB Azeez Ojulari

Since having a season-high six sacks in Week 7, the Giants have just four in their last four games combined. Ojulari currently holds a share of the franchise rookie sacks record as the Giants are the only team in the NFL this year to have at least three rookies with a sack (Raymond Johnson III and Quincy Roche).

RB Saquon Barkley

Barkley has 555 scrimmage yards (138.8 per game) and four touchdowns (three rush, one receiving) in four career games against the Eagles. He also has 1,704 scrimmage yards (131.1 per game) in 13 career games vs. NFC East opponents. He will look for a similar performance in his second game back from an ankle injury, which caused him to miss a month of the season.

"It's just getting my feet caught back up again," said Barkley, who also rehabbed a serious knee injury all offseason. "It's a little frustrating to have to sit out again and come back and feel like how I was Week 1 and getting my feet caught back up. That just comes with missing a little time and just getting my body back. I'm going to do whatever it takes to continue to get my body back, to get my brain and my feet and my legs caught up together. That starts with this week. Obviously, we've got a short week. We've got a big game coming up against the Eagles and just take it one day at a time and get better."

WR Kenny Golladay

The shakeup on offense could lead to more opportunities for Golladay, who has yet to find the end zone in a Giants uniform and was targeted just twice in the Monday night loss to the Buccaneers.

"I think it's just finding those opportunities when he is in a matchup we like or running a route that we like, and he's got to do a good job of getting open and winning in those situations," Jones said. "I think it's just finding those opportunities throughout the game and maybe calling some plays where he does have those chances. He's got to do a good job winning, and I've got to do a good job throwing him the ball."

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