Coach Joe Judge addressed the media before Wednesday's practice as the Giants turn the page to Sunday's home matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders. Here is everything you need to know:
🔹 Before the scheduled presser Wednesday morning, the Giants announced the following: In light of some positive COVID test results yesterday and today, including running backs coach Burton Burns, and as a precaution, Giants players and Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel have been required to re-test today. All players have been scheduled to be tested before practice today.
🔹 Judge said the team had 13 positive tests on Tuesday, with only one remaining positive on a re-test (Burns) at the time he spoke. Judge said there are players involved, but they will know more later as they follow the protocols.
🔹 Offensive assistant Jody Wright and senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens will help in the running backs room. Judge said they always have contingency plans for every role on the team.
🔹 Judge did not have any definite news on wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who suffered a quad injury during Monday night's loss in Kansas City and did not return. Shepard had missed three of the previous four games with a hamstring injury.
🔹 Judge would not rule out running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), who have missed three consecutive games with injuries. "Both guys have made a lot of progress." Wednesday is a walk-through day.
🔹 As he does every Wednesday, Judge gave his scouting report on the upcoming opponent. He said the Raiders are very balanced, well-coached, and explosive. They have a lot of weapons on offense and playmakers on defense.
🔹 Judge said he has known Rich Bisaccia, the Raiders' interim head coach, for quite some time. Bisaccia is in his 38th year of coaching and fourth with the Raiders. He became the interim head coach on October 11, 2021. "He's done a terrific job. He's very situationally aware. He is very fundamentally sound in terms of how he coaches. He believes in a good balanced offensive attack, good complementary football, and that's showing up in games he's been in charge. There's good carryover from what Jon [Gruden] was doing systematically in terms of who they are as a team." They use their backs and tight ends as weapons, Judge said.
🔹 Defensively, it starts up front. The Raiders have a front four that "really gets after you."
🔹 Judge said he thought Daniel Jones and the offense responded well throughout Monday night's game. He likes the way Jones has responded to everything throughout his career. "He's built himself into a leader." Players respond to him because they see how he works.
🔹 UPDATE: The Giants had eight players who did not practice on Wednesday - RB Saquon Barkley (Ankle/COVID Protocol), LB Lorenzo Carter (Ankle), DB Nate Ebner (Ankle), WR Kenny Golladay (Knee), DB Xavier McKinney (COVID Protocol), WR Dante Pettis (Shoulder), WR Sterling Shepard (Quad), OL Matt Skura (COVID Protocol). TE Kaden Smith (Knee) and WR Kadarius Toney (Thumb) were limited.