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Giants Now (2/7): Saquon surprises 6th-grader

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Saquon surprises 6th-grader with shout-out and signed ball

Danny Speski, a 10-year-old from Chicago, tried out for a spot in the "NFL Next 100" Super Bowl commercial with the help of his dad. After he didn't make it, Danny wrote a letter to the NFL, thanking the league for holding the contest and also the opportunity to grow closer with his dad. Giants running back Saquon Barkley, one of Danny's favorite players, heard about the letter and had a special message for him.

Via video chat, Barkley said, "I think it's dope that you and your dad became a lot closer from football. When I go back to when I was in sixth grade, fifth grade, that's how me and my dad became close too. So even though you didn't make it to the contest, keep dreaming and keep working hard and great things are going to come in your life." Barkley then signed a football and sent it to Danny. Here's to the next 100.

PFF: Julian Love primed to make big jump

Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus recently listed 10 rookies most likely to make a big jump in 2020 and included defensive back Julian Love. The fourth-round draft pick from Notre Dame came on strong down the stretch of his rookie campaign and recorded his first career interception after the Giants returned from their bye in Week 12. He started the final five games of the season, a stretch in which he ranked fourth among all NFL defensive backs in solo tackles (27).

"At Notre Dame, Love played the vast majority of his snaps at wide cornerback, and he played well there, too, earning a 92.6 coverage grade across the 2017 and 2018 seasons," Linsey wrote. "His transition to the NFL came with a position change, though, as the Giants asked Love to play safety as a rookie. This season, he split his time between playing in the box (176 snaps), slot corner (129 snaps) and even a little bit of free safety (77 snaps). As the table of his snaps by alignment below shows, that was new territory for the rookie.

"Love didn't see significant playing time until Week 12, but he made a good first impression to close out his rookie season by earning an overall grade of 70.5. The versatility to play safety, slot corner and wide corner — like he showed he was able to in college — serves the Giants well as they head into 2020. At the very least, Love showed that he deserves more playing time next season."

OTD: Super Bowl XLVI parade up Canyon of Heroes

On this day in 2012, the Super Bowl XLVI champions held their traditional ticker-tape parade in Manhattan. It began at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11 a.m. and continued northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade was followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, where then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the Giants with Keys to the City. After that, the Giants boarded buses to celebrate the title in the team's home, MetLife Stadium.

View photos from the Super Bowl XLVI parade.

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