The University of Arizona is the Giants' headquarters for the week.
Following Sunday's loss in Miami, the team traveled to Tucson ahead of their Week 14 matchup with the Chargers in Los Angeles. It is part of five-week stretch that includes four road games with a visit from the Cowboys sandwiched in between them.
Coach Joe Judge spoke to the media on site before Wednesday's practice. Here's what you need to know:
🔹 The quarterbacks room has seen its share of twists recently. Daniel Jones suffered a neck injury in the Week 12 home win vs. Philadelphia and missed the following game. Mike Glennon started in his place but was diagnosed with a concussion coming out of the game, leaving the possibility of Jake Fromm, who was signed from the Bills' practice squad last week, to make his NFL debut in Los Angeles. Judge said they are confident Glennon will clear the concussion protocol in time for this week's game, and should that be the case, he will make his second consecutive start and 29th of his career.
🔹 Judge said Jones has not been cleared for contact and visited a specialist in Los Angeles about his neck. "There's nothing at this point that we've been told that would indicate this would be season-ending."
🔹 Judge is optimistic about Jones considering he has been able to work with them on the field. If he wasn't cleared to throw, that might be a different story. It's about waiting for the green light for contact. "He's trying to be as patient as he can be." They won't take any risks with injuries, especially when it comes to necks.
🔹 Fromm will take first-team reps on Wednesday, Judge said. The University of Georgia product has not played in a regular-season game since the Bills selected him in the fifth round of the 2020 draft. "At this moment, if Mike was healthy and cleared, we would expect Mike to start," Judge said. "In terms of Jake, again, this is a really good opportunity this week to see him practice and prepare and get a further look at him."
🔹 The Giants also announced Monday that quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski and offensive lineman Wes Martin tested positive for COVID-19. Judge said Wednesday there have been no new positives.
🔹 As a precaution, quarterback Clayton Thorson, who re-signed with the team's practice squad on Tuesday, will participate remotely in meetings but be in person for practice.
🔹 Judge said Wednesday's injury report won't rule anyone in or out. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who left Sunday's game momentarily with a rib injury, is expected to go through the week and make it to the game.
🔹 Judge gave his usual Wednesday scouting report of the upcoming opponent. He said the Chargers are an "explosive team" and quarterback Justin Herbert really "fuels" the entire offense. He praised his accuracy and also his receivers' ability to make contested catches. They're not afraid to go for it on fourth down. "Every time you think they're covered, between the accuracy of the quarterback and the ability to make contested catches, these guys come up with big play after big play. Definitely something our defense is going to have to do a good job in terms of being a balanced team – stop the run, stop the pass, situational football will be huge for us."
🔹 On defense, the Chargers are all about disruption and turnovers. They can put pressure on your quarterback as well as your receivers. They can force fumbles and create extra opportunities for the offense.
🔹 Judge said the structure to the week will be similar to what they would do back in New Jersey. Wednesday is about getting the bodies moving around again.
🔹 Judge thanked the University of Arizona athletic department. "They've done a great job hosting us. They couldn't be more hospitable. The facilities are great. The people are friendly. The food is really good. So no complaints. The players are being well taken care of." He said it's been great for the team to be away together for bonding and also cut down on the wear and tear of long flights.