Coach Brian Daboll met with the media early Wednesday afternoon before his team ramped up on-field preparations for this Sunday's game in Dallas.
Here's what you need to know:
🔹 With Daniel Jones out for the year due to a torn ACL, Daboll said undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito will start this Sunday against the Cowboys. Matt Barkley, who joined the practice squad last week, will serve as the No. 2 quarterback.
🔹 Daboll was asked about the decision to go with DeVito. "I mean, he's been here for a long time. He has picked up our stuff so we're going to go with DeVito here. Barks only been here for a week. There's obviously nuances and things that he's learning but he'll be ready to go to back him up."
🔹 Outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari will be designated to return to practice. The third-year pro had been on injured reserve and has not played since Week 5 with an ankle injury. He also missed Weeks 2-3 with a hamstring issue. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go this week," Daboll said.
🔹 DeVito is "putting everything he has" into preparing for his first start. "He's looking forward to the opportunity and he'll be out there with the first group, we had a good walkthrough with him, so he's doing everything he can do to put himself in a good position to be ready to go."
🔹 Daboll's message to the team: "Look, obviously, we're not where we want to be, make no excuses about it. We have the right mindset. We'll go out there and have a good week of practice, get ready to go. That's what you do every week."
🔹 DeVito is a "competitive young man" and has "handled himself the right way in terms of being a young player in a room with two veteran guys and has done everything we've asked him to do."
🔹 Evan Neal, who returned from one ankle injury only to suffer one to the other, is in the "week-to-week" category. "Not going to say he's definitely not going to make it, but I'd say he's probably more week-to-week than day-to-day."
🔹 Cornerback Adoree' Jackson and running back Deon Jackson are in the concussion protocol.
🔹 On Tuesday, the Giants signed Jacob Eason, another quarterback and 2020 fourth-round draft choice, to the practice squad. "I'd say we had conversations about a lot of guys, but Jacob came in, he was with us one time for a quick stint before, had a good workout. Feel good about him."
🔹 On Matt Barkley: "I have some experience with Matt. Shea does as well. There's obviously some of the things that we do that are similar to what he's been used to. He's done this a long time. He's played on a lot of different teams. He's been through this part of the program, so he's a pro. He's picking it up. If he happened to play, we'd do the things that we think Matt can do well."
🔹 Inside linebacker Micah McFadden is "smart, is fast, is instinctive, has good toughness. I think (inside linebacker) Bobby (Okereke) coming in has really helped. I think Egs, John, Egs (Inside Linebackers Coach John Egorugwu) has done a great job with both those guys. He's a good, young player. I'm happy we drafted him and he's really earning the things that he's getting. He's been productive. He's got a nose for the football, can play sideline-to-sideline, makes some productive tackles. He's really developed the way you hope young players develop."
View photos of the Giants on the practice field ahead of the Week 10 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.