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Presser Points: Brian Daboll talks quarterback decision

Brian Daboll met with the media Wednesday morning at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, where the first question was about the starting quarterback for Week 17 against the Rams.

The head coach answered that and more as he previewed the week ahead. Here's what you need to know:

🔹 Tyrod Taylor will start for the Giants on Sunday after he "did some good things in the second half" in Philadelphia, where he relieved starter Tommy DeVito heading into the third quarter.

🔹 Taylor completed seven of 16 passes for 133 yards, including a 69-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to Darius Slayton that is the Giants' longest play of the season. He also gained 21 yards on two rushes. "He earned the right to start this game. Let's get ready for the Rams, really have nothing else to add on it. That's where we're at."

🔹 Daboll said they were "good" in terms of health on the short week after the game on Christmas Day. The Giants held a walk-through on Wednesday, "so everybody will be participating."

🔹 The staff will see how tomorrow's practice goes, but punter Jamie Gillan is "trending in the right direction." Daboll said Tuesday that the left-footed Gillan, who was already limited in practice last week with a left groin injury, was going to make a tackle on the first punt return by the Eagles and "landed on his knee and that's what's bothering him right now."

🔹 Second-year offensive tackle Evan Neal, who was recently placed on injured reserve because of an ankle, will have surgery "fairly soon."

🔹 On Rams wide receivers Puka Nacua, who is fourth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,327) as a rookie fifth-round draft choice, and Cooper Kupp, a Super Bowl MVP and former third-round pick: "They're two really good players, tremendous run after catch. Strong, physical, I mean, they do stuff that tight ends do in the run game, both of them. Got a lot of respect for (Rams Head Coach) Sean (McVay). They've played really well. You know, they were 5-12 last year, started out 3-6 (this) year. (Rams quarterback Matthew) Stafford is as good a quarterback as there is in the league right now, has been for a long time but 5-1, scoring a ton of points, on point, does a great job of getting those guys the ball. He's an exceptional, exceptional player, they do a great job and they're playing really well."

🔹 Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald is "one of the best to ever do it. He's always a problem when you play him. As much as you try to gameplan for him, he always finds ways to make plays. He's one of the best defensive players, he's unbelievable."

🔹 Is Dexter Lawrence on a similar path in terms of opposing coaches needing to prepare for him? "I don't want to speak for other coaches. I'm glad Dexter is on our team, he's a heck of a player. Hard to block, great teammate, puts the team first, powerful, athletic. Certainly glad we have him."

🔹 After a 3-6 start to the season, the Rams have won five of their six games after the bye week. Why is that? "Stafford's thrown 15 touchdowns, two interceptions. I mean, he's one of the top quarterbacks in the league, been that way for a long time. Playing good team football, don't have a lot of negative runs, five-plus runs are tops in the league, explosive pass plays. They're playing good football and he's – competed against him, watched him from afar, remember him coming out of Georgia. Great dude, he's one of the top quarterbacks in the league."

🔹 Since he had his first and only 100-yard game in Week 12 against the Patriots, rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt has been targeted just six times in three games. None came in Philadelphia. "Jalin is doing everything we've asked him to do. We got to do a good job with that, too. … I mean, look, there was three, four, five shots dialed up. Either they stayed high on it, they had a safety over it, but you're always trying to improve in that area."

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