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Giants Now (1/31): Eli and Peyton star in new Madden commercial, Saquon excited about Joe Judge, and Tiki talks Garrett as OC


We are now a month into the offseason, but things have not quieted down around the New York Giants. Here are a few of the big stories surrounding the Giants from Friday, January 31.

Eli and Peyton Manning star in new Madden commercial

Eli Manning may have called it a career last week, but that does not mean we have seen the last of the all-time Giants great. In fact, Manning has already found his next role, as he and Peyton Manning are the stars of the newest Madden NFL 20 commercial.

This is far from the first commercial the Manning brothers have done together. The pair have starred in commercials for SportsCenter, Direct TV, and Gatorade, among others.

Saquon excited to get to work with Joe Judge

Saquon Barkley is fresh off his second consecutive 1,000-yard season, the first Giant to ever accomplish the feat in his first two NFL seasons. What makes this milestone even more impressive is that he was able to top the 1K plateau in 2019 despite missing three and a half games due to a high ankle sprain. Barkley will have a new head coach this year after Joe Judge was introduced as the Giants head coach a little over three weeks ago.

Judge, Barkley and the rest of the Giants will not be able to begin organized team activities for a few more months. However, the star running back acknowledged that it did not take long for the franchise's new head coach to win him over.

"I first called him on the phone and we had a great conversation," Barkley told Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post while down in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. "Then I got to meet him in person and I love what I see so far. Even though we are in January, you can see that look in his eye that he wishes it was August already and we're going out to the field. Really excited about the hire."

Tiki Barber encouraged by the Jason Garrett hire

At 38 years old, Joe Judge is one of the youngest head coaches in the National Football League. While he has spent the last decade on the coaching staff of both Alabama's Nick Saban and New England's Bill Belichick, this will be his first opportunity to serve as a head coach. Many people believed that because of this, it would be important for Judge to surround himself with experienced coaches, which is exactly what he did with the hire of Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator.

Bob Glauber of Newsday caught up with former Giants running back Tiki Barber, who expressed his support of Judge's OC hire. As Glauber wrote, "Add Tiki Barber to the list of folks giving their stamp of approval to newly hired coach Joe Judge, especially when it comes to Judge's hiring of Jason Garrett as his offensive coordinator.

'One of the hardest things to do for young coaches is to find staff,' Barber said of the 38-year-old Judge, who was hired earlier this month to replace Pat Shurmur. 'I remember when coach [Jim] Fassel lost a couple of his coordinators – John Fox and Sean Payton – and replacing them was hard. It was one of the reasons that we started to falter. To have the ability to staff the way that [Judge] has done is encouraging.'

Barber said the hiring of Garrett, the former head coach of the Cowboys, is one of Judge's best early moves. Barber and Garrett were Giants teammates when Barber was the team's starting running back and Garrett was a backup to Kerry Collins.

'I love Jason,' Barber said. 'He was the only other guy who lived in the city [during their Giants playing days]. I'm biased because he's a friend of mine, but I think he's going to do a good job.'"

View photos of new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who previously served as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Ernie Accorsi gives full endorsement of Daniel Jones

Former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi knows a thing or two about finding a franchise quarterback. It was Accorsi who back in 2004, traded the fourth overall pick (Philip Rivers) and three other draft picks to the Chargers in exchange for Eli Manning. 16 years and two Super Bowl championships later, Manning retired as one of the greatest players to ever put on a Giants uniform.

Accorsi has spoken many times about just how confident he was in Manning when he decided to complete the trade for the young quarterback all those years ago. And despite just meeting Daniel Jones for the first time following Manning's retirement ceremony last week, Accorsi sounds just as optimistic about the team's new franchise quarterback.

"I like all the physical attributes," Accorsi told Steve Serby of the New York Post about the young QB. "I loved his poise, I like his arm, love his accuracy, I loved his composure in the pocket, his ability to run, his size, his competitiveness, his toughness — he took some tremendous shots this year. There's nothing I don't like. And he seems to have — ultimately to be a great one, you have to be a good teammate, and he seems, just watching the games, teammates respond to him…. Everything I see of Daniel Jones I like. I think they got a quarterback."

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