Daniel Jones did not wear a bracelet with a list of playcalls, as Pat Shurmur or Jason Garrett were the Giants’ offensive coordinator, but Jones has one now.
“All of our quarterbacks will be wearing bracelets this week,” head coach Joe Judge said Friday.
The referee makes several changes to the offense in the wake of Garrett’s firing on Tuesday, and they all appear to be focusing on player-centered initiatives to help operations in the wake of an abrupt transition.
Presumably, the new play-caller Freddie Kitchens has installed new plays and wrinkles this week that Jones has not yet memorized. So the natural move would be to add Kitchen’s plays to Jones’ new bracelet and incorporate those calls into the well-known base offensive.
The referee said the Giants retain the same terminology and that “through communication with players and coaches in meetings” the bracelets are “something we found that we thought could help in some ways” and “can be helpful with our players.”
The second-year coach can also see some value in adding more to Jones’ fingertips, literally, and giving him more freedom on the field.
Saquon Barkley said the coaching staff has actually requested a ton of player feedback for Sunday’s game plan against the Eagles, and it sounds like it will be a big part of their process the rest of the way.
“They told us a little bit that as we go through the week, we also need to start figuring out and knowing what we like, because we want to be the ones on the field,” Barkley said Friday. “We have to be the ones driving the pieces. So [coaches say] if you have your top five races, come and tell me your top five races.
“Dj [Daniel Jones], do you like these five plays that you think will work? Tell me the plays that you think will work, “Barkley added.” Be open, be honest with the plays we like, we do not like. ”
One player who no doubt deserves to take advantage of this player-focused approach is wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
The signing of a free agent with big money was clearly not thrilled with his two goals in Monday’s loss in Tampa. Asked four days later Friday if he was frustrated, Golladay said with a smile, “I just want to keep that comment to myself.”
Golladay said he was looking for “just more opportunities, period. Any way I can help the team is the only thing I really want, so of course I want more opportunities.”
He said he did not think the offense needed “big changes”, just that they should start “getting the right guys in the right place.”
Golladay still hasn’t caught a touchdown pass like Giant, while Eagles cornerback Darius Slay, his former Lions teammate, already has a pick-six TD for Philly.
“It’s messy, huh?” said Golladay with a smile Friday.
Jones said Wednesday that Golladay needs to win on its routes to get the ball more, too. Golladay admitted that he has won and lost some, but he is convinced of his ability to take controversial catches.
So he still thinks he deserves the confidence of a throw-in in key positions, and he does not agree with the prevailing view of his game: that he does not often create separation.
“At the end of the day, the ball gets caught,” he said. “So I really do not care what other people think so much. A catch is a catch. When the ball gets to 19, I just have to play. Of course I hope for more opportunities, but when the ball comes to me, I have to make it. ”
Golladay also took responsibility for his own shortcomings in the Buccaneers crash. He missed a block badly that would have shot Kadarius Toney to a big win.
“It was all on me,” Golladay said. “The nickel was blowing and it was a perfect place for KT to be right there on safety and I take full responsibility for that game.”
Despite the players’ enthusiasm for new opportunities on the offensive, Barkley and Golladay repeated theirs quarterbacks attitude to Garrett: They feel bad about his firing and they hate that he’s gone.
“It stinks,” Barkley said. “Built a relationship with coach Garrett. He’s a great coordinator, and apart from football he’s a great guy. I learned a lot from him.”
Golladay added: “I love Jason Garrett. Things I guess did not work and we had to make a change, but Jason Garrett in my book, as a guy, I love the guy to be honest.”
It sounds like Judge and Kitchens will add and change some of the offensive terminology as the season progresses. Judge said the language is “something you do not want to change in a short week”, suggesting they could tinker with more along the way.
For now, the head coach and his offensive staff are getting creative to mix the old with the new and make their players feel part of a new offensive attack that they hope will yield more points and victories.
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Safety Logan Ryan (COVID-19 reserve list), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad), back Cullen Gillaspia (calf) and tight-end Kaden Smith (knee) are out Sunday. Tight-end Kyle Rudolph (right ankle) and wide receiver Kadarius Toney (left guard) are doubtful and also unlikely to play.
Ryan has a bit of a chance to play, but he would have to test negative twice between Friday and Sunday morning to be eligible. So he’s running out of time. The referee acknowledged that the Giants were preparing as if he would be out for another game in a row.
Running back Saquon Barkley (left ankle) and wide receiver John Ross (quad) meanwhile are questionable and Barkley said he expects to play. He left Friday’s workout early and raised questions about his health, but he said it had nothing to do with his ankle.
“I had a really good Thanksgiving meal and I had to use the bathroom,” Barkley said with a smile.
Barkley, however, admitted he will have to deal with his ankle injury for the rest of the season, which is a bad sign.
The Eagles’ injury list is much shorter. Philly will be without running back Jordan Howard (knee), and corner Tay Gowan (quad) is questionable.
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