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5 players to watch in Giants vs. Cowboys


Here are five players to watch when the Giants host the Cowboys this Sunday at MetLife Stadium:

DB Julian Love

With multiple defensive backs on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Love's versatility will be especially valuable against a dangerous Cowboys offense. Adoree' Jackson, Aaron Robinson, and J.R. Reed have all tested positive while Xavier McKinney is a high-risk close contact.

"The thing about Julian, the benefit of having Julian, aside from being a great person, a good worker and generally a good football player, is the fact that he can play a bunch of different spots and he's a jack of all trades," assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said. "He's played safety, he's played corner, he's played sub linebacker. Really it's about using today's practice to kind of figure it out. Kind of got an idea as we go into it for practice today, but you never know what curveball you're going to be thrown. We've got to adjust and luckily, we've been trained to do that. I can see some more adjustments coming about."

LB Azeez Ojulari

Ojulari recorded sacks in back-to-back games to set the rookie franchise record with 7.5 on the season. And he still has four games to play. The 50th overall selection in the 2021 draft currently ranks third among all NFL rookies. The rookie sack leader is Dallas' Micah Parsons with 12.0, followed by Miami's Jaelen Phillips, who has 8.5 sacks.

TE Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph's 60-yard catch-and-run last week was the longest of the Giants' season as well as Rudolph's 11-year career. His previous long was a 47-yard touchdown for Minnesota against Green Bay on Nov. 22, 2015. Rudolph's longest reception this season had been a 28-yarder at Tampa Bay on Nov 22. Rudolph's 60-yard gain was the longest by a Giants tight end since Evan Engram's 75-yard touchdown – a Giants tight end record – at Tampa Bay on Sept 22, 2019, in Daniel Jones' first start.

QB Mike Glennon/QB Jake Fromm

Glennon will start for the third consecutive week in place of Daniel Jones, who has not been cleared for contact with a neck injury. Meanwhile, the Giants are getting Jake Fromm up to speed after signing him at the beginning of the month.

"I think he's inching closer and closer," quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski said of Fromm. "He's done a nice job. I've been really impressed with him. He's a great kid. He's really mature. I think we knew that coming out in the draft with him, really smart. Again, I think early on a couple weeks ago when I was talking to you guys, he was really just learning the terminology of everything. It helps a little bit that I have some familiarity, I think, with how he's used to in that system and so I could relate a few things to him. But he's done a great job picking everything up. He's growing by the week and getting better and better."

RB Saquon Barkley

Barkley suffered an ankle injury in the first game of the season series with the Cowboys, causing him to miss four games. He racked up 95 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown last week in his fourth game back from the injury. Meanwhile, Devontae Booker, who scored two touchdowns in Dallas in Week 5, added eight carries for 56 yards his last time out.

View photos from practice as the Giants prepare for their NFC East matchup against the Cowboys.


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