The overtime win in New Orleans is officially in the rearview mirror. It's Cowboys Week.
The New York Giants began on-field preparations for the NFC East leaders on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. They will travel to Dallas in Week 5 in search of their second consecutive victory after starting the season with three losses. The division rivals split the 2020 season series, with both teams defending home turf.
Coach Joe Judge spoke before Wednesday's practice. Here is everything you need to know:
🔹 Judge said Dallas is talented and playing at a very high level. The Cowboys' run game is efficient and effective on early downs, which helps them stay ahead of the sticks. They know how and when to tie in shots downfield.
🔹 On the Cowboys' offense, Judge said, "Spin a wheel; there's a weapon at every turn." Judge praised quarterback Dak Prescott as one of the most productive players in the NFL. "He's still a threat with his legs, he's not afraid to run it, but this guy really keeps his eyes downfield, looks to extend plays really more for the pass than anything else."
🔹 Judge said you see defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's influence on the team right away. "This team plays fast, they play aggressive, they're very high-effort and they're having a lot of results with turnovers. It's a turnover-driven defenses, they're having a lot of production and that really stems from up front with the pass rush and the disruption they're getting there. They're able to pin their ears back and really get you if they get you behind the sticks."
🔹 The Giants need to know where Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs is at all times. The second-year pro and former second-round draft choice from Alabama leads the NFL with five interceptions. The closest player to him is Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson, who has three. "You don't have the results that he's had by accident," Judge said about Diggs.
🔹 Judge said Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, the 12th overall pick, is "going to be one of the elite players in the league for a long time."
🔹 Coming off a breakout game in New Orleans, Judge was asked about the identity of the offense. It starts with protecting up front. Despite starting their fourth left guard in as many games, the Giants allowed no sacks against an opportunistic Saints defense. From there, Judge said they have been doing a good job of getting the ball to playmakers in space and taking what the defense gives them.
🔹 Daniel Jones, who threw for a career-high 402 yards, was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Judge was asked what it does for the psyche of the third-year quarterback, to which he responded they don't need "outside confirmation" or national awards to tell them what they're doing. Judge added that Jones doesn't get too high or too low, regardless of what awards he wins.
🔹 On the injury front, Judge said wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who both missed Week 4 with hamstring injuries, are pushing to get back on the field. Judge is "optimistic" about them. Wide receiver C.J. Board, who suffered a clavicle injury in New Orleans, is expected to be full-go this week. They will also see how safety Jabrill Peppers (hamstring) is progressing.
🔹 Judge was asked what he thought about Bill Belichick, a former mentor of his, meeting with Tom Brady privately following last week's Patriots-Buccaneers game. "I think when you know the guy, I don't think you see anything like that as out of character. There's a lot of things you kind of see publicly and lot of things you kind of see privately. I've worked for a lot of guys whose maybe public perception doesn't come off great, but privately you know them as some of the best human beings you've ever met."
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