SLID­ING GI­ANTS

Gi­ants rid­ing 7-game skid to another high draft pick

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. (AP) >> There’s some­thing hope­fully good com­ing out of the New York Gi­ants’ seven-game los­ing streak.

They seem­ingly are go­ing to get another head­liner in the NFL draft next spring to add to a man­tle that in­cludes half­back Saquon Barkley and quar­ter­back Daniel Jones.

The last two sea­sons (3-13 and 5-11) helped gen­eral man­ager Dave Get­tle­man find lead­ers for the of­fense and this sea­son’s 2-9 record has New York on the way to find­ing a play­mak­ing de­fender.

There are plenty of good ones. Ohio State de­fen­sive end Chase Young seem­ingly tops the list, with cor­ner­back and Buck­eyes team­mate Jeff Odu­dah highly rated. Safety/ line­backer Isa­iah Sim­mons of Clem­son is the top hy­brid, while Auburn de­fen­sive tackle Der­rick Brown is a mon­ster.

Whether Pat Shur­mur will be their head coach re­mains to be seen. He is 7-20 in less than two sea­sons with the Gi­ants,

and that’s not good.

“I see the young play­ers im­prov­ing. I see us com­pet­ing in games, we’re just fall­ing a lit­tle bit short,” Shur­mur said Mon­day. “Most of the games, un­for­tu­nately, are within a score for most of the game, or we’re ahead and some­how we just can’t find a way quite at the end. But I do think that there’s im­prove­ment be­hind the scenes. It seems like each week we add another young player to the mix of guys. Then they go out and do some good things, and then they do some things that re­mind you that they’re young.”

Shur­mur doesn’t want hav­ing so many young play­ers to be an ex­cuse.

“We need to do what we need to do to win the game,” he said.

WHAT’S WORK­ING: When los­ing, look at the lit­tle things. Punter Ri­ley Dixon is hav­ing a very good se­cond sea­son. He is av­er­ag­ing 47.0 yards with a net of 42.5. Twenty of his 45 punts have been inside the op­po­nent’s 20-yard line and 10 ended in fair catches. Last sea­son, he av­er­aged 45.6 yards with a net of 41.5, with 20 fin­ish­ing inside the 20. WHAT’S NEEDS HELP Place­kicker Aldrick Rosas. He missed two field goal (42, 43 yards) at­tempts in the se­cond quar­ter. The 2018 Pro Bowler has missed ei­ther a field goal at­tempt or PAT in five straight games. He is the first Gi­ants kicker to miss two field goals in a game since Lawrence Tynes in 2010. The Gi­ants may bring in a kicker to turn up the heat. STOCK UP DBs Sam Beal and Ju­lian Love. Beal held his own in shar­ing time at cor­ner­back with first-rounder DeAn­dre Baker. Love, a fourthroun­d draft pick, got his first ex­ten­sive play­ing time with safety Jabrill Pep­pers banged up and got an in­ter­cep­tion.

PAUL SAN­CYA - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York Gi­ants quar­ter­back Daniel Jones (8) walks off the field fol­low­ing an NFL foot­ball game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Sun­day, Nov. 24, 2019.

PAUL SAN­CYA - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Chicago Bears quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky (10) greets New York Gi­ants quar­ter­back Daniel Jones (8) fol­low­ing an NFL foot­ball game in Chicago, Sun­day, Nov. 24, 2019. The Bears de­feated the Gi­ants 19-14.

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New York Gi­ants run­ning back Saquon Barkley (26) flips over Chicago Bears cor­ner­back Kyle Fuller (23) dur­ing the se­cond half of an NFL foot­ball game in Chicago, Sun­day, Nov. 24, 2019.

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