East Rutherford, NJ (NWN) — Joe Judge took a somewhat baseball approach to practice for his goodbye week with the New York Giants.
The second-year coach split the squads on Tuesday, one of two days the Giants (3-6) would serve before taking four days off to rest during the bye.
Due to the lack of a designation by the team, the A-team consisted mostly of players who get most of the day of the game, and some older people. They got to work with trainers and a powerful staff during an hour-long workout.
The rest of the team – backup and practice squad players – were on the field for development work. There were also some meetings and self-scout sessions but nothing too vigorous.
“There is a big focus right now on trying to get our team healthy and fresh,” said the judge, whose team has suffered injuries like the opponents this season. Well done for And there are some big guys that I want to make sure they get as much rest as possible this week.”
After a win over the Raiders (5-3) on Sunday, the Giants expect their ranks to rise during the bye week.
Star Saxon is trailing Barkley, who has missed the last four games, and left tackle Andrew Thomas is expected to come back from an ankle injury. Wide receiver Kenny Goladay (knee) and rookie Kadarius Toni (ankle, thumb) returned to the game on Sunday and saw limited action. The Giants still have 16 players in injured reserve.
Veteran safety Logan Ryan said everyone needed to be healthy for the final eight games.
“That’s what we can control right now. We can control getting healthy, resting, cleaning some things, watching a movie,” Ryan said. “But of course, we need to bring some people back , is a strong push and we have to continue to play some good balls on defense and get some of our playmates back on offense, and put it together.”
This is a very different by-week for the Giants as compared to last season. The COVID-19 outbreak forced him to work virtually during the goodbye week.
“We’ve done different things at different events,” the judge said. “I think it’s important to do what’s best for your team at the time and not try and follow some template of what’s going on.”
The one thing the judges have refused to do this season is to get the players into action as quickly as possible. While he said he followed the advice of the team’s medical personnel, he has been patient with injuries.
Quarterback Daniel Jones said, “You never know what’s going to happen, but I know people are working hard like we asked to go back, so you took advantage of the timing.”
Comments: The judge said running back coach Burton Burns and rookie halfback Gary Brightwell remain in COVID-19 protocol after testing positive twice last week. Burns and his wife are isolated in their apartment. Both men are virtually present with the team, the judge said. … Jones had plans to go to Madison Square Garden with his family on Tuesday night to watch Duke play Kentucky in men’s college basketball. Jones attended Duke.
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