Odds stacked against Daniel Jones after canceled Giants practice
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The odds are stacked against Daniel Jones.
An ongoing strained right hamstring. A newly sprained left ankle. And now a delayed practice evaluation.
The Giants canceled Thursday’s practice out of “an abundance of caution” after offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19. The collateral impact is a missed opportunity to see Jones’ mobility on the field with his two injuries ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
“The evaluation obviously has been put off a day as far as him moving around,” coach Joe Judge said of his starting quarterback. “I was encouraged with how he moved around [Wednesday] in practice, how he threw the ball, how he was in the pocket. That being said, we’ll have to see him really at a faster tempo.”
Jones was one of the few players allowed in the Giants facility, which was open Thursday for medical treatments. He was listed as “limited” on the injury report projecting availability had there been practice.
“With two injuries, it’s a little different than it was just last week,” Judge said. “But he’s making progress, doing everything the trainers ask him and working hard.”
Judge refuted the idea that the canceled practice – Thursday is a critical day of the typical week for testing injuries – makes it less likely that Jones will play.
The Giants’ revised practice plan adds a one-hour Saturday morning walk-through to the schedule. Because Giants-Browns was flexed from a 1 p.m. kickoff into primetime, it allows extra time for Saturday meetings in the hotel and last-minute adjustments Sunday morning.
So, Friday’s practice becomes a hybrid of responsibilities the Giants typically spread over multiple days.
“Saturday will probably be the day that we ultimately want to have a decision [on the quarterback] and kind of go through that final walk-through with those guys on the grass,” Judge said.
If Jones cannot start, Colt McCoy will take his place. McCoy led the Giants to an upset victory against the Seahawks two weeks ago and played the final minutes of last week’s loss to the Cardinals after an ineffective Jones hobbled to the sideline.
Joe Webb, who has thrown 159 passes in his versatile NFL career, was signed to the practice squad last week but is not ready to supplant Clayton Thorson as McCoy’s backup.
“He’s meeting right now in three different meeting rooms – two on offense and special teams,” Jones said. “We’ll use Joe wherever available. We’re trying to manage reps right now between Daniel, Colt and Thorson. There hasn’t been a lot right now for Webb. That probably would be strictly in an emergency role.”
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