The New York Giants (4-12) wrap up the season with a visit from the Washington Football Team (6-10) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Coach Joe Judge addressed the media Wednesday morning before his team began on-field preparations for the finale.
Here is everything you need to know:
*With both teams eliminated from the postseason, Judge said he expects the "absolute same thing" he did in Week 1. "Expect to see them in the practices going out there and practicing with intensity, energy and urgency working on fundamentals, making sure we correct any mistakes as we go through the week from the film study and the next day corrections. And I expect to see the effort from the opening kickoff to the final whistle from our team. That's how we play around here."
*Judge opened the Wednesday presser with his scouting report of the upcoming opponent. "They have a lot of talent on this defensive front. (Washington Defensive Coordinator) Jack (Del Rio) and (Washington Head Coach) Ron (Rivera) do a great job of getting these guys after the passer. You talk about the inside pressure they give, obviously the speed off the edge. Their 'backers are playing very productive right now, playing downhill behind that front, and the secondary is doing a really good job of playing that off-quarters coverage and man coverage and really taking opportunities to jump the ball."
On offense, Judge said, "I think (Washington Quarterback Taylor) Heinicke has done a really good job of extending plays, improvising on his feet. (Washington Running Back Antonio) Gibson is obviously one of their top targets as a runner, a screen catcher and then also a receiver out of the backfield. Then, you watch obviously (Washington Running Back J.D.) McKissic being gone from the lineup is a change for them, but (Washington Wide Receiver Terry) McLaurin is obviously still an explosive player for them in terms of how he plays."
*The Giants conducted a walk-through on Wednesday, so participation was an estimation on the first injury report of the week.
Did not participate:
- FB Cullen Gillaspia (Knee)
- QB Mike Glennon (Wrist)
- DL Austin Johnson (Foot)
- WR Collin Johnson (Hamstring)
- DL Dexter Lawrence (Personal/COVID Ramp Up)
- WR John Ross (Knee)
- LB Elerson Smith (Neck)
- RB Saquon Barkley (Ankle)
- OL Korey Cunningham (COVID Ramp Up)
- OL Will Hernandez (Ankle)
- TE Kyle Rudolph (Ankle)
- DL Danny Shelton (COVID Ramp Up)
- WR Darius Slayton (Shoulder/COVID Ramp Up)
- OL Andrew Thomas (Shoulder)
- WR Kadarius Toney (Shoulder)
*Practice squad defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton will be placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Judge said. "Other than that, all the players are back in, ramping up and getting ready to go ahead and return," Judge said. "We'll see where they are physically as far as their return. They were in the building yesterday with the trainers as far as moving along that path. They'll continue with the ramp-up today and then get them back on the field as soon as we can."
*On Tuesday, the Giants released offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, a former first-round draft choice, from the practice squad. "We make roster moves all the time," Judge said when asked about it. "I don't go into every specific individual move. I appreciate what Isaiah did for us, wish him the best of luck. I think he has an opportunity to be a professional football player and I wish him the best wherever he goes. Obviously, for all the players that play here, any help that you may need down the road, we'd be available for."
*Saquon Barkley rushed for 100 yards last week for the first time since coming back from his season-ending knee injury in 2020. Judge was asked if it's a sign of things to come as Barkley keeps getting further removed from the injury. "I think it's dangerous to go ahead and group anybody under one category with any injury. Everybody's different, every body is different, every injury is different. I can tell you from experience being a much lesser athlete than Saquon of having a very similar injury to my knee that there is a length of time that it takes to get back to a certain feel and movement. I can't speak directly for Saquon, so I can't tell you exactly how his body feels. I know this guy has worked through a lot of things. He has dealt with different injuries throughout the year. He's played hard through a lot of things. I've seen a lot of toughness and grit from him this year. In terms of what next year brings, we'll have to see when it comes, but I know he's going to work, train and put himself in the position to have the best year possible."
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