Oct 7,, 2022; Thundridge, United Kingdom; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll (left) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) react during practice at Hanbury Manor. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants coach on QB Daniel Jones: ‘He’s making progress’

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll said Thursday that he is encouraged by what he has seen from Daniel Jones as the quarterback works his way back from a torn ACL.

Daboll, however, noted that they plan to take it slow with Jones, who has participated in 7-on-7 drills and individual assignments this week.

“He looks good,” Daboll said. “We’re not putting him in some team stuff, but he’s making progress so that’s why we got him in 7-on-7.”

When asked if Jones is on target to be ready for training camp, Daboll opted to focus on the present as opposed to looking toward the future.

“We’ll take it day by day and when he can do more, we’ll put him in more,” Daboll said.

Jones, who turns 27 on Monday, had season-ending surgery on his right knee in late November after sustaining the injury in New York’s 30-6 loss at Las Vegas on Nov. 5.

“I think to continue day by day with the process,” Jones said. “I think I’m in a good spot. Obviously the goal is to be ready to go by the first day of training camp. I’m gonna push to be ready as soon as possible. I think we have a good plan. I have a lot of trust and faith in our trainers and coaches.”

Jones, who signed a four-year, $160 million contract last offseason, finished with two touchdown passes and six interceptions in six games in 2023. He also missed three games with a neck injury.

Jones is 22-36-1 as a starter with 62 touchdown passes and 40 picks in 60 games (59 starts) since being selected by the Giants with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019 NFL Draft.

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Dec 11, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito (15) reacts before the game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Brian Daboll: QB Tommy DeVito’s personality big factor

In the month since Tommy DeVito took over as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants, his personality has gotten a lot of attention from adoring fans — and coach Brian Daboll says that personality is one reason he’s sticking with “Tommy Cutlets.”

“He has a good way about him, I’d say, one, as a leader, which I think is important. He can connect with all of his teammates,” Daboll said Tuesday.

“Some of the relationships he has and the things he does during practice with a guy like (defensive lineman) A’Shawn (Robinson), or then he’s over there talking to the offensive linemen, or then he comes back… He’s a pretty personable guy that I think keeps his head down. He did what he was supposed to do. … But I think the players respect how he handles himself as a person, too, and his personality.”

A native of New Jersey who brought a state championship to powerhouse Don Bosco Prep High School, DeVito, 25, has quickly become a favorite of local fans who can’t seem to get enough of the kid whose Italian mom still cooks him “Tommy Cutlets” in his childhood home before he suits up for the Giants.

DeVito entered back-to-back games in late October after injuries to Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor before starting against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 12. That was a 49-17 road loss, but Daboll saw enough good to keep DeVito in the starting QB slot since then.

DeVito has completed 65.9 percent of his passes (83 of 126) for 697 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions in six appearances this season. He was 17-for-21 for 158 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 71 yards on 10 carries in the Giants’ late win over the Green Bay Packers, 24-22, on Monday night.

“It’s not always going to be perfect, but when people see him in here and working, he’s really just done what we’ve asked him to do, and it’s really important to him. He loves the game of football,” Daboll said.

“I think when you deal with the guy, I don’t think he makes it bigger than it is, either. It’s football. Obviously, it’s the highest level, and there’s different things and coverages and he’s going to get tested, and one week you could be up, one week you could be down.

At 5-8, the Giants have not been ruled out of the playoffs yet but they visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday needing to keep DeVito’s momentum and team-building going.

“But what I do appreciate is the players and the coaches sticking together, working through things, having a strong commitment to improve, being good teammates,” Daboll said. “Those are all important things for all of us, regardless of what position you’re at, to be able to do those things.”

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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll gestures to quarterback Daniel Jones (8) after Jones throws an interception in the second half. The Seahawks defeat the Giants, 24-3, at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, in East Rutherford.

Giants coach downplays issue with QB Daniel Jones

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll downplayed any additional frustration with Daniel Jones on Tuesday morning, mere hours after the quarterback struggled mightily in the team’s 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Daboll was seen talking to Jones in an animated fashion after the fifth-year quarterback returned to the sideline following a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Daboll also was seen showing Jones an image on a tablet before the QB continued walking, and the frustrated coach threw it down and turned away.

That image, however, was caught on camera — and prompted plenty of discussion from the team’s fanbase. So much so that several hours later Daboll was asked if the tablet was thrown at Jones or just in his direction.

“No, I wouldn’t throw a tablet there,” Daboll said. “I just tossed it to the side because obviously it was a little bit of frustration but no, I wouldn’t throw a tablet at him.”

It didn’t end there, as reporters questioned whether there is a disconnect between Daboll and Jones after the quarterback appeared to just walk past his coach following the interception.

“No, Daniel is a coachable person,” Daboll said. “Again, things aren’t going great. Again, I’m not exactly sure what the cameras did or did not show, but Daniel is a coachable guy. I like working with Daniel and we’ve got some things we’ve got to do better.”

Jones threw for just 203 yards and two interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked 10 times on Monday for the Giants (1-3). They will look to rebound on Sunday against host Miami Dolphins (3-1).

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sept. 17, 2023.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) to be game-time call on Thursday

There’s a chance Giants running back Saquon Barkley could play Thursday night when New York visits the San Francisco 49ers, despite spraining his right ankle on Sunday.

ESPN reported Monday that Barkley would miss three weeks. Coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday that Barkley will be a game-time decision against the 49ers (2-0).

“He’s a quick healer. I’m not saying he’s in, he’s out. We’re going to take it all the way up with him to Thursday. He feels a lot better today. I just talked to him. We’ll see where we’re at,” Daboll said.

Barkley, 26, hurt his right ankle during the Giants’ game-winning drive in a 31-28 road win over the Arizona Cardinals. He took a 2-yard carry up the middle and appeared to get his ankle caught under Arizona linebacker Krys Barnes with 1:08 left in the game.

Through two games, Barkley has rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries and caught nine passes for 41 yards and another score for the Giants (1-1).

Barkley missed time with ankle injuries in 2019 and 2021. His 2020 season was also cut short due to a torn ACL in Week 2.

If Barkley can’t play Thursday, running back Matt Breida would receive increased playing time. Breida, 28, carried the ball 54 times for 220 yards (4.1 yards per carry) in 17 games with the Giants last season.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sept. 17, 2023.

Giants’ Daboll ‘hopeful’ Saquon Barkley avoided major injury

The New York Giants did not have an update just yet on the health of star running back Saquon Barkley when coach Brian Daboll spoke with reporters Monday afternoon.

But there is optimism after multiple reports said that Barkley’s X-rays were negative after the Giants’ 31-28 road win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.

Barkley hurt his right ankle during the Giants’ game-winning drive. He took a 2-yard carry up the middle and appeared to get his ankle caught under Arizona linebacker Krys Barnes with 1:08 left in the game.

“He’s literally getting looked at as we speak so I don’t have the update on it because he’s still being evaluated,” Daboll said Monday.

“I’m hopeful. Haven’t talked to him this morning before he went to get further tests, but I don’t want to speculate until I have the full information.”

Barkley was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday.

Through two games, Barkley has rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries and caught nine passes for 41 yards and another score.

Barkley has missed time with ankle injuries in 2019 and 2021. His 2020 season was also cut short due to a torn ACL in Week 2.

Matt Breida would be the next man up in the Giants’ running back room should Barkley miss time.

“Whatever it is, we’ll have a plan ready to go,” Daboll said. “If (Barkley) can play, he can play. And if he can’t, then we’ll have the other guys prepared and ready to go.”

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Feb 9, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, US; Saquon Barkley poses for a photo on the red carpet before the NFL Honors award show at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants coach tight-lipped on Saquon Barkley’s status

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll attempted to get ahead of the game on Thursday when addressing reporters about the status of running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley has yet to sign a franchise-tag tender the team placed on him on March 8. That came immediately after the Giants completed a four-year, $160 contract with quarterback Daniel Jones that includes $82 million guaranteed.

“I would say with Saquon, that situation is going to be between Saquon and the organization,” Daboll said as part of his introduction. “I’m not going to get into detail of any of the discussions we’ve had.”

When asked if he was working under the impression that Barkley would be in camp in the summer, Daboll was quick with a response.

“I respect the question, but I’m not going to get into any talks about contracts, what could happen, about what could not happen, out of respect for the situation,” Daboll said.

Barkley and the Giants have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal. Barring a new contract, Barkley would either have to sign the tender for 2023 or, if he chooses not to, sit out the season.

Barkley, 26, finished fourth in the NFL in rushing in 2022, made his second Pro Bowl and was a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year. New York drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2018.

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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, left, on the field for warmups before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022, in East Rutherford.

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Brian Daboll: Giants OC will call plays to start season

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll announced Monday that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will call the plays in Week 1.

Kafka called plays during the preseason.

Daboll has been a longtime offensive coordinator for several teams, including the last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and had left the door open on who would handle those duties.

Daboll also told reporters that outside linebackers Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) are “day-to-day.” Thibodeaux is not expected to play after suffering an MCL injury in the preseason.

The Giants open the season Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) points to the crowd after the Giants' 23-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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WR Kadarius Toney absent as Giants open voluntary minicamp

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney was not in attendance during the start of the team’s voluntary offseason minicamp on Wednesday.

While it’s hardly considered breaking news for a player to skip offseason workouts, it should be noted that Toney — the team’s first-round pick in 2021 — spent a considerable amount of time on the sideline last season.

Toney dealt with bouts of COVID-19 as well as injuries to his ankle, hamstring, hand, oblique and shoulder in his first year with the Giants.

New coach Brian Daboll, however, wasn’t willing to overreact publicly to Toney’s absence on Wednesday.

“This is a voluntary camp,” Daboll said. “The guys that are here, we’re going to work with. The guys that aren’t, they’re going to miss out on some things but it’s voluntary for the reason. That’s the nature of the rules. I’ve had good talks with KT.”

Toney, 23, had 39 catches for 420 yards and zero touchdowns in 10 games last season, with 10 receptions for 189 yards coming in New York’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 10. He was selected by the Giants with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Florida.

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Dec 12, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; A detailed view of  a New York Giants helmet at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants set to hire Laura Young as coaching director

Less than a week into Brian Daboll’s tenure as the New York Giants’ head coach, one of his first moves would make team history.

According to multiple reports Wednesday, Daboll is hiring Laura Young to be the team’s director of coaching operations. It is believed that Young would be the first woman on the coaching staff in team history.

Young is hardly a newcomer to NFL coaching staffs, however, and her previous experience helped land her the role with the Giants. She comes to the Giants from the Buffalo Bills, with whom she was the player services coordinator. Prior to joining the Giants, Daboll was the Bills’ offensive coordinator for four seasons.

Among Young’s duties with the Bills was co-coordinating the club’s COVID-19 protocol the past two seasons. She previously worked with the Baltimore Ravens in client services and went with Rex Ryan to the New York Jets to serve as his assistant.

The Giants hired Hannah Burnett as their first full-time female scout in 2020.

The Giants earlier this month fired head coach Joe Judge after the club went 10-23 in his two seasons. New York hired Daboll, 46, last week.

While with Buffalo, Daboll was praised for his work developing Josh Allen into one of the game’s premier quarterbacks. In 2021, the Bills ranked third in the league in scoring offense (28.4 points per game) and fifth in total offense (381.9 yards per game).

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Aug 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll gestures during warmups before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Buffalo Bills won 41-15. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Daboll’s mission: Bring out ‘best version’ of Giants QB Daniel Jones

Brian Daboll said his priority as the new coach of the New York Giants will be to help quarterback Daniel Jones reach his potential.

Daboll, 46, met the media for the first time since he was hired on Friday and said it’s time for Jones to have some coaching stability. Entering his fourth NFL season, Jones will be learning from his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator.

“There’s a lot of things to like about Daniel, and we’ll just take it one day at a time, we’ll work with him, we’ll help him get better,” Daboll said of Jones, 24. “We’ll help him be a better leader, we’ll help him be everything. That’s our job as a coaching staff and as an organization. It takes everybody. It’s not just me. It’s the rest of the coaches on our staff, it’s the scouts, it’s the support staff, it’s the ownership group. It takes a lot to raise a quarterback, if you will. He’s been around the block these last three years with some different pieces. We’re going to try to give him some stability and just take it from there.”

Jones was the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019. In his most recent position as offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, Daboll worked with the No. 7 pick of the 2018 draft — Josh Allen.

Allen threw for 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns this season, but Daboll said he doesn’t expect Jones to turn into the eastern New York version of Allen.

“We’re going to take it day by day,” Daboll said. “We’re not going to make any predictions, and I wouldn’t do that to Daniel or really any player. I don’t think that’s fair to compare him to another guy that I was working with. He’s himself. We’re going to find out what he does well, we’re going to try to implement a system that suits him, and then it’s our job to bring pieces in that help him to be the best version of himself and the best quarterback for us.”

New general manager Joe Schoen, who worked with Daboll in Buffalo, also committed to Jones as quarterback in his introductory news conference last week.

Jones, 24, was limited to 11 games in 2021 because of a neck injury sustained in a Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles that ended his season. Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, completed 232 passes for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.

Since taking over from two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning in 2019, Jones is 12-25 as the starting quarterback, throwing for 8,398 total yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

–Field Level Media