Giants riding 7-game skid to another high draft pick
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.
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.
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.
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.