Giants News, 11/11: Game Preview, Thomas, Roster Signing, More Headlines

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The 2022 NFL Midseason All-Pro Team by PFF | PFF

Andrew Thomas’ transformation is complete. He’s gone from a struggling novice to being the best left tackle in the game, virtually unassailable. He has allowed nine total pressures in eight games this season.

The 33rd Team’s Midseason All-Pro Team | The 33rd team

LT Andrew Thomas is the starter and receives five votes. Trent Williams of San Francisco received the other two votes.

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Giants sign former Rams DB Terrell Burgess to practice team | Giants.com

Burgess, originally a third-round pick by the Rams in the 2020 NFL Draft, played in 30 three-start regular season games for the team until his release two days ago. The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder played in four postseason games during the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI championship run last season, starting in the wildcard and divisional rounds.

Wink Martindale is still awaiting a head coaching shot | New York Post

If there’s one NFL coach who had every right to feel offended by Jim Irsay’s shocking hiring of Jeff Saturday as interim head coach for the Colts, it’s Wink Martindale.

When asked how long he felt qualified to be a head coach, he thought for a moment and said: “Probably eight years. The last eight years.”

New York Giants Roster: Midseason Strengths and Weaknesses| ESPN

Kayvon Thibodeaux missed the first two games but has been substituted on in recent weeks. His 17 presses is second on the team according to Next Gen Stats. The No. 5 overall didn’t disappoint despite picking up just one sack.

“Everyone’s thrilled with how they’re getting better week by week, and part of that was health,” said outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins.

Giants’ Wink Martindale thinks highly of Texan RB Dameon Pierce | United States today

“I don’t know who said anything to him or did anything to him to make him that angry, but this might be the angriest runner in the league,” Martindale told reporters. “He’s, I’ll give you my comparisons again: Old, Old School, Earl Campbell, Jamal Lewis. He’s one of those big power backs that has great balance. Runs insane every time he touches it. Has fast feet. That will be (a) hard task.”

Giants need Dane Belton to be loud and clear as he takes on the role of Xavier McKinney | nj.com

Don’t think. Just play. That’s the advice Julian Love is giving to Dane Belton this week as the safety freshman prepares to fill in Xavier McKinney’s shoes on Sunday when the Giants play the Houston Texans.

Giants second-half predictions: Daniel Jones leads NY into playoffs, complicates looming decision | the athlete

Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said this week they will look to develop more explosive plays in both the running and passing games. If Jones manages to generate them, the decision to keep him will only be that much tougher on Schoen and Gesellschaft considering how many other things he does well. Time will tell, but Jones has shown that any decision that will ultimately be made will be much more difficult than he initially expected to come into the season.

5 Things We Learned (11/9): Kafka on Jones | Giants.com

It’s clear the coaching staff has confidence in Jones and his abilities, thanks in part to the constant communication between the quarterback and the offensive play-caller.

“There is definitely a lot of trust between me and Daniel,” Kafka told the media. “We talk about the installation several times a week. At the end of the week, we’ll go through every single game on the call log, rank it, talk about it, and see how we’ll use it in a game. If a game goes one way, we go that way. If a game goes the other way, we go that way. We definitely talk about it a lot. He’s doing a great job with it, he’s a pro and he’s been here a few years now and seen a few things. It was good to lean on him and get acquainted with the offense.

Mr. Jones and I are going to be big stars

1st Round Rookie Report Card Scores at NFL’s Midseason Mark | Bleacher report

We’re halfway through the 2022 NFL season, which of course means it’s time to declare fairly and definitively whether this year’s top 32 picks are stalwarts or total boobs, jokes B/R’s Kristopher Knox. For the two Giants selected in the first round, Knox gives Kayvon Thibodeaux a C and RT Evan Neal a C-.

Surprising Giants have playoffs in sight as they wrap up bye week | FOX sports

“The margin for error is certainly narrow,” said Giants safety man Julian Love. “But I always go back to what Wink is [Martindale, the Giants defensive coordinator] said to us shortly before the start of the season: In moments, like moments of sudden change [where] There’s a shift and usually people are like, ‘Oh man, we gotta get back on the field.’ He said, ‘You should be excited to get back on the field and show who you are.'”

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Texas running back Dameon Pierce was on the training report for the second straight day, capped with shoulder and chest injuries.

Brandin Cooks: I’m frustrated; I want to win now | ProFootballTalk

Texas receiver Brandin Cooks is back on the team, but is he fully committed? Cooks spoke to the media for the first time since leaving the team and missing last Thursday’s game against the Eagles. On Thursday, Cooks admitted his frustration at not being traded before the Nov. 1 deadline.

“How I’m feeling right now, take a day-to-day process,” Cooks said. “I’m here for now. As for everything else, we will keep that internally.”

Houston Texans OL Laremy Tunsil’s lead was recognized throughout the dressing room | HoustonTexans.com

Against one of the NFL’s best defenses, Tunsil was part of an O-line that paved the way for a season-high 168 yards and 32 carries, averaging 5.8 yards per attempt. According to Pro Football Focus, Tunsil has an 86.4 grade, the fourth-highest among tackles between weeks 1-9.

Texans trying to fix worst run defense as Giants, Barkley loom | ESPN.com

If you look up a team’s two greatest rushing performances this season, the Houston Texans will come up twice, but not for the right reasons.

The Texans’ defense has been on the receiving end of these performances: once in a week 8 loss to the Tennessee Titans (314 yards) and again in a week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears (284 yards). If you’re looking for the fastest yards by a player in a single game this season, the Texans have the answer, as Titans running back Derrick Henry finished Week 8 with 219 yards and 32 carries.

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Jeff Saturday Vows Not To Back Down As He Passionately Defends His Qualifications CBSSports.com

“I spent 14 years in a dressing room. I was in the playoffs 12 times. I have five guys in the Hall of Fame that I’ve played with. You don’t think I’ve seen greatness you don’t think I’ve seen how people prepare, how they coach, how they GM, how they work? I mean, won Super Bowls, been to two. Here’s the deal man. None of us are promised a good job. I might be terrible at it. And after eight games I’ll say God bless you. I’m not good. I might be really good. I have no idea, but I certainly won’t back down. I can tell you.

Bills’ Josh Allen doesn’t practice; Game status uncertain | ESPN.com

Josh Allen again missed practice Thursday with a right elbow injury, leaving his status up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

DC Attorney General targets cover-up of NFL and Commanders investigation | ProFootballTalk

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday that his office would file a civil lawsuit against the commanders, owner Daniel Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. The lawsuit, which arises from Racine’s jurisdiction over consumer protection matters, will allege that the defendants “colluded[ed] to deceive residents of the District of Columbia” about the investigation being conducted by the NFL.

NFL expands partnership to measure upside impact on the field | NFL.com

The National Football League announced an expansion of its partnership with leading research universities to collect data from on-field headbutts — through novel mouthguard sensors — to inform efforts to reduce injuries at the professional and collegiate levels, including through rule changes and the Development of higher-performing equipment such as position-specific helmets. This year, the University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt University are participating in the program, as well as University of Alabama, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Washington, and University ofWisconsin.

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