The excitement in New York has quickly dwindled down since the exhilarating last-second victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
Since then, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has averaged 203.5 yards passing per game while accounting for just two touchdowns to three interceptions. However, Jones’ struggles can be correlated to the plethora of injuries suffered to an already talent hungry skill group in New York.
Yet, with the most recent updates, the team will be more talent deprived in Week 6 than they’ve previously been at any point this season.
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Saquon Will NOT Play
Saquon Barkley had New York Giants fans’ ears perking over the weekend with a soundbite that he believed he could be back for Thursday night’s game vs. the Patriots. Head coach Pat Shurmur was quick to put an end to that to the excitement on Tuesday. While the Giants coach stated it is still a “possibility” that Saquon suits up vs. the Pats, it is perceived as a highly unlikely outcome within the Giants building.
Thursday will likely mark the third consecutive game with Barkley not at the Giants’ disposal.
New York will also be without backup Wayne Gallman as he is dealing with a concussion. That leaves undrafted rookie Jon Hilliman, and fullback Eli Penny, as the only healthy rostered running backs for the Giants as of today.
UPDATE: Saquon has been ruled OUT for Thursday Night’s contest.
Sterling Shepard Dealing with 2nd Concussion of the Season
Speaking of concussions, let’s move on to Sterling Shepard. For the second time in 2019 the New York Giants wideout has been placed in concussion protocol. Shepard’s first sustained head injury of the season came back in Week 1, causing the former Oklahoma Sooner to miss the following game, returning to action in Week 3.
Shepard’s most recent concussion seems destined to keep him out of the G-Men’s lineup for not only Week 6, but the foreseeable future.
A concussion is not an injury to play with, especially when it’s a player’s second in less than a month.
While the Giants have yet to officially rule out Shepard playing on Thursday night. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point. The fact that the Giants play on Thursday night makes it essentially impossible for Shepard to clear protocol in time for the New England matchup. Even if he did, it’s probably not in the best interest of Shepard, or the Giants franchise. Especially considering how they’ve dealt with Shepard’s concussion history to this point.
Expect Shepard to miss at least two games, as New York takes a careful approach to their number one wideout’s rehab.
UPDATE: Sterling Shepard has Been ruled OUT for Week 6.
Evan Engram Dealing With Knee Issue
Arguably the Giants best playmaker to date this season is also, you guessed it, dealing with an injury. Evan Engram has a knee injury that would have kept the tight end out of practice on Monday, had they held a practice. That’s not good news when you have a game on Thursday.
The initial prognosis of Engram’s knee issue was bleak. However, Tuesday gifted us with what we believed to be a positive viewpoint on the stud tight end’s potential availability for Thursday night.
Engram practiced without a brace, while also taking part in individual drills, and by all accounts moved without many, if any, limitations.
UPDATE: Engram will NOT play Thursday Night.
However, the Giants have decided to hold out their stud tight end this week. They were already behind the eight ball in terms of talent dwindling injuries throughout the roster, and they face off with arguably the best team in football on Thursday.
We won’t go as far as to say the Giants are waving the white flag for Week 6. But, sending Daniel Jones out to face off with a Bill Belichick-led Patriots team on a short week without the likes of Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram seems like a disservice to the rookie signal-caller. Yet it is one that he will ultimately have to face.
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