Daniel Jones adapts a ‘different’ approach with Freddie Kitchens calling Giants acting – Boston Herald

Daniel Jones said the Giants offense used some new “verbiage,” sent in their plays differently, and incorporated fresh “wrinkles” with Freddie Kitchens calling plays on the sidelines Sunday.

The first game since offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s firing frustratedly yielded several of the same results from the attack: a measly touchdown and poor offensive line play.

“Can’t be happy with 13 points,” Saquon Barkley said, shaking his head.

“We just have to make plays,” Jones said. “It simply came to our notice then when we were asked those questions. We have to play and it comes down to players in those situations. We have to give the boys a chance and we will look to do that. ”

There were still encouraging signs. The offense generated eight wins of 17 yards or more compared to one in last Monday’s loss at Tampa Bay. Jones and Kitchens even shook hands and shared a one-armed embrace after Jones’ 1-yard TD pass to tight-end Chris Myarick in the third quarter.

But the Giants were just 1-on-3 scoring red zone touchdowns. They were 3-for-12 on third downs. They lost a total of 21 yards on three of their second-half drives, all of which ended in three-and-out.

And while Jones said “overall, communication was pretty good,” there were some notable changes with Kitchens in his ear.

Jones wore a bracelet with a list of plays for the first time in his college or NFL career. He said he referred to it “a good bit” because of “the way we called it.” That probably meant Kitchens dialed in game numbers that corresponded to entire calls on Jones’ wrist.

This did not change the whole offense. Joe Judge and his staff actually requested feedback on favorite game calls from players, including Jones, during the week.

Jones also said he thought the wrist-calling system “went well” and there was “no problem with it” thanks to using it all week in practice. He confirmed that Kitchens was the coach who communicated with Jones inside his helmet.

But QB acknowledged that “there were a few different things here and there”, including “the wording of what we were doing” and “a few wrinkles.” It is obviously still an ongoing work.

“Not all games were perfect,” the referee said. “But in terms of how those guys work together operationally with it, I was very happy with it. I was very happy with it.”

The referee emphatically emphasized that the Giants’ offensive focus was to try to get the ball to their playmakers in space.

“That was the weight, period,” he said. “I see the game through players. For me, it’s important that we make sure we involve all of our guys. Sometimes we were able to put them in positions today to play.”

In particular, Kenny Golladay was a player the referee wanted to get more involved in. NFL Networks Kim Jones reported before the game that Judge had assured Golladay on the team’s flight home from Tampa last week that he would provide him with more goals.

Golladay caught three 50-yard catches on seven goals on Sunday, after making a 28-yard catch on two goals against the Bucs.

Jones twice threw bouncy balls to Golladay in the red zone, something the Giants have not done enough to give the big receiver a chance to win. None of the throws were higher or deep enough, and Golladay did not win against Darius Slay and Steven Nelson in the pieces.

So the intention was there, but the execution was not.

Kitchen’s debut increased the Giants’ amount of explosive play. Barkley (32 yards), Evan Engram (20 yards), John Ross (19 yards), Darius Slayton (18, 17 yards), Golladay (18 yards, twice) and Devontae Booker (17 yards) all got big bites. Engram’s came on a flea-flicker dense screen.

Referee mentioned Kitchens, quarterback coach Jerry Schuplinski, wide receiver coach Tyke Tolbert and tight-ends coach Derek Dooley as part of the collaborative process discussing the plan in the game. Offensive line coach Rob Sale also stood close to Kitchens on the sideline.

The biggest obstacle to progress, however, was the same problem that Garrett ran into as the Giants’ OC: their offensive line is poor.

Left guard Matt Skura and right tackle Nate Solder had particularly bad days. Skura killed a drive with a false start and was beaten to cause an almost Jones interception from Engram’s hands.

Despite an explosive run of 32 yards in the second quarter, Barkley managed just 40 total rushing yards on 11 carries. It was the first time in a long time that the often injured running back had shown a glimpse of his old self.

“I already know I can do it,” Barkley said defiantly. “It’s not like this is ‘Space Jam’ where the monsters came and took everything from me. I still have it. I just have to do it more. I have to be more productive.”

Graham Gano missed a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter, which did not help the case either. But the attack’s inability to close out the match after Dexter Lawrence’s forced fumble on Boston Scott was the most frustrating moment of all.

They bled just 15 seconds from the clock, with Jones and Barkley together getting zero yards on two runs, and Jones deliberately took a sack of inbounds to force the Eagles to use their final timeout. Then player Riley Dixon fluttered a 39-yard duck to give Philly a good field position.

The Giants were lucky to escape with a victory, but the attack ended the game with a sour taste in their mouths.

“You want to be able to shut those situations out,” Jones said. “We need to do better in that situation.”

Barkley said, “Did we get bored? Yes, and I think that’s a good thing. I’ve never seen that before. We were really angry and frustrated with ourselves because we know what we have and we know , what we are capable of. ”


The Giants’ offense was short four starters or big contributors on Sunday: wide receivers Sterling Shepard (quad) and Kadarius Toney (quad), and tight-ends Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and TE Kaden Smith (knee). Safety Logan Ryan (COVID-19 reserve list) and back Cullen Gillaspia (calf) were also out and guard Wes Martin was a healthy scratch.

The Eagles played without running back Jordan Howard (knee) and corner Tay Gowan (quad). Philly’s other scratches were QB Reid Sinnett, DB Kary Vincent, CB Mac McCain and DT Marlon Tuipulotu.


The highlight of Michael Strahan’s break speech, in addition to scolding Giant fans for buh about ownership, was how he described the overdue retirement of his No. 92.

“That does not mean my journey is over,” Strahan said. “But my journey in uniform is complete.”

Strahan ended up jumping up in the air and making his trademark promise that the Giants will “trample you out!”

Tom Coughlin and former Giants linebacker Jessie Armstead were on stage with John Mara, Steve Tisch, Strahan’s mother and his two daughters.

Armstead wore a No. 64 jersey because it was the first number Strahan received as a rookie. Strahan remembered that when he looked in the mirror, he said, “that’s an ugly number,” and chose 92 instead.

Hans is the 13th jersey number retired by the Giants.

“I want to thank all my teammates,” he told the group of players in attendance to support him. “I’m standing up here, but I’m standing on your shoulders.”

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