Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants sign QB Mike Glennon to back up Daniel Jones

Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells (87) against the Kansas City Chiefs in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are signing veteran quarterback Mike Glennon to back up starter Daniel Jones, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Glennon replaces Colt McCoy, who is a free agent.

The Giants will be Glennon’s sixth team since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Glennon, 31, has appeared in 34 games (27 starts), including five last season in Jacksonville when Gardner Minshew was sidelined by injury. Glennon is 6-21 as a starter. He has thrown for 6,235 yards with 43 touchdowns against 25 interceptions in his career.

In Tampa, Glennon started 13 games as a rookie, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards, with 19 touchdowns against nine interceptions — all career highs.

He also played a season each with the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants injured quarterback Daniel Jones (8) on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants QB Jones to start vs. Ravens

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is expected to start the team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday.

Jones, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Baltimore, sat out the Giants’ 20-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns last week with ankle and hamstring injuries.

The Giants’ offense is in need of a jolt. The team has been outscored 46-13 in the past two weeks — both losses.

Jones, 23, has thrown for 2,462 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games this season. He also has rushed for 403 yards and a score.

Colt McCoy, 34, completed 19 of 31 passes for 221 yards last week for the Giants (5-9), who are tied for second place with Dallas in the NFC East. Both clubs trail the Washington Football Team (6-8) in the division.

Washington is scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers (4-10) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Giants quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: McCoy to start at QB for Giants

Colt McCoy will start at quarterback for the New York Giants on Sunday night, filling in for the injured Daniel Jones, multiple outlets reported.

The Giants (5-8) are hosting the Cleveland Browns (9-4) in a game crucial to both teams. New York is still in the mix to win the NFC East title, and the Browns are looking to bolster their playoff position.

Jones has hamstring and ankle injuries.

McCoy, 34, entered the NFL in 2010 as a third-round draft pick of the Browns and appeared in 24 games (21 starts) with the franchise over three seasons. He also played for San Francisco (2013) and Washington (2014-19) before joining the Giants.

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens will be calling the plays for the Giants in the absence of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who is away from the team because of COVID-19.

Jones initially injured his hamstring in Week 12, and McCoy led a come-from-behind victory at Seattle the following week. Jones returned for last week’s loss at Arizona, where he played at less than 100 percent.

McCoy has completed 21 of 35 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception in three games this season. He has been sacked four times.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones questionable to face Browns

Quarterback Daniel Jones might join the list of players — and coaches — unavailable for the New York Giants’ critical home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.

Jones was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report with ankle and hamstring injuries.

He initially injured his hamstring in Week 12, and backup Colt McCoy led a come-from-behind victory at Seattle the following week. Jones returned for last week’s loss at Arizona, where he played at less than 100 percent.

With offensive coordinator Jason Garrett testing positive for COVID-19 and cornerback James Bradberry being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, the Giants held a walkthrough on Wednesday and did not practice Thursday.

McCoy said Jones “looked good to me” during Friday’s practice, but it was McCoy who took the first-team snaps.

“We’ll see how DJ is feeling. I don’t know,” said McCoy, who acknowledged it has been a different week due to the team’s COVID-19 issues. “We’ve just been at home and studying and watching a lot of tape.”

McCoy was a third-round pick by Cleveland in 2010 and could start against his former team in a critical game. Freddie Kitchens, who was fired as the Browns’ head coach after last season, will call the plays in Garrett’s place.

The Giants (5-8) are a game behind the Washington Football Team (6-7), who play host to the 9-4 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

New York will also be without cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee), while tight ends Evan Engram (calf) and Kaden Smith (knee) are also listed as questionable.

The Giants are 6.5-point underdogs by 888Sport.com, with the sportsbook listing the over/under at 44 points.

It is also an important game for the 9-4 Browns, who currently hold a wild-card spot while still trying to chase down the 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North.

The Browns will be without safety Andrew Sendejo (concussion) and guard Wyatt Teller (ankle). Their list of questionable players includes tight ends Austin Hooper (neck) and David Njoku (knee) and cornerbacks Kevin Johnson (groin) and Denzel Ward (calf).

McCoy said it would be “great” to know sooner than later if he will be starting Sunday night, but said his focus is on preparing for the Browns either way.

“They’re a good football team, they’ve won a lot of games,” McCoy said. “We have our hands full with their guys up front. We know what we need to do to win this game.

“We have to prepare and focus and be ready to go out there and execute.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) drops back to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Judge: QB Jones’ status in question vs. Browns

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is nursing a second “lower leg issue” heading into this weekend’s home game against the Cleveland Browns, coach Joe Judge said on Wednesday.

Jones sustained a right hamstring injury in New York’s 19-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 29. He returned from a one-game absence on Sunday before injuring his ankle in the second quarter of the 26-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, multiple outlets reported.

Judge said he hasn’t decided whether Jones or Colt McCoy would get the nod for the Giants (5-8) on Sunday night against the Browns (9-4).

“I haven’t decided either way with Daniel,” Judge said. “I’ll go ahead and answer that right now. He came out, there’s really nothing worse for the wear with the previous injury. He did come out with some bumps and bruises. There’s another lower leg issue we’re dealing with right now. We’re going to go ahead and move him around in practice today, see where he’s at. I’m going to give him an opportunity this week to work through practice and see how he moves and how he reacts to things.”

Judge wants to see how Jones “can defend himself” in the pocket.

“As I’ve said before on how I’ll handle it, if he’s not at risk beyond any normal game, then we’ll go ahead and give him the opportunity to play. If we think that’s an issue, that he can’t go out there and defend himself, then we’ll make the best decision for him long-term and the team as well.”

Jones, 23, completed 11 of 21 passes for 127 yards against the Cardinals. He also had three fumbles, losing one.

The second-year quarterback has thrown for 2,462 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 games this season. He has also rushed for 403 yards and a score.

McCoy, 34, has completed 21 of 35 passes for one touchdown and one interception this season. He has appeared in 43 career games (29 starts) and thrown for 6,234 yards with 30 touchdowns and 28 interceptions since being selected by the Browns in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) huddles with the team during warmups before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Jones (hamstring) doubtful for Sunday

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Seattle due to a hamstring injury.

Colt McCoy is expected to make his first start for the Giants (4-7) against the Seahawks (8-3).

Jones was injured during the third quarter last Sunday in Cincinnati. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned in a limited role on Friday..

McCoy made his Giants debut and finished off a 19-17 win over the Bengals that moved New York into first place in the NFC East. He completed 6 of 10 passes for 31 yards.

McCoy, 34, has started 28 games since entering the NFL in 2010, most recently with Washington in a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 6, 2019.

His last win as an NFL starter came in Washington’s 20-17 victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 27, 2014. Overall, he is 7-21 as a starter.

McCoy has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 6,111 yards, 29 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 41 games with the Cleveland Browns (2010-12), San Francisco 49ers (2013), Washington (2014-15, 2017-19) and the Giants.

Jones, 23, has connected on 63.2 percent of his throws for 2,335 yards with eight touchdowns and nine picks in 11 starts in his second NFL season. He is also the Giants’ leading rusher with 403 yards and one score.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) rolls out against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Jones (hamstring) exits game vs. Bengals

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is questionable to return to Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a right hamstring injury.

Jones was injured at the end of a 7-yard gain with 10:45 remaining in the third quarter after being tackled by Cincinnati lineman Amani Bledsoe. Jones took the next snap and awkwardly completed a 2-yard pass to Wayne Gallman Jr. to convert the first down.

Jones then headed to the medical tent and was replaced by Colt McCoy. Jones came back for two plays on New York’s next series and then was replaced by McCoy again.

Jones completed 16 of 27 passes for 213 yards. He also rushed six times for 19 yards.

–FIeld Level Media

Oct 22, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) attempts a pass in front of the rush of Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Turnover-plagued teams meet as Eagles visit Giants

Much has been made of Daniel Jones’ tendency to turn the ball over, and with good reason.

Even with a mistake-free game last week in a win at Washington, the New York Giants’ second-year quarterback has committed a whopping 36 turnovers in 21 career starts. The only NFL quarterback with a worse ratio to start his career was Ryan Leaf.

However, when Jones and the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in a key NFC East encounter, he actually will be the steadiest signal-caller on the field. Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz has tossed an NFL-high 12 interceptions and lost four fumbles in his team’s first eight games, a prime reason why the Eagles’ record is 3-4-1.

Yet thanks to the division being arguably the worst in NFL history, the first-place Eagles own a 1 1/2-game lead over Washington and a two-game edge on New York and Dallas. But with a tougher schedule over the last eight games, they need Wentz to tighten up his act sooner instead of later.

“It’s obviously disappointing that that’s happened,” quarterbacks coach Press Taylor said. “That’s something he’s well aware of is not acceptable around here. It’s something we’re very confident that he’ll be able to clean up as we go into these next eight games, the second half of the season.

“That’s not what we expect around here. It’s not what we preach around here and it’s something we are excited to see going forward how we play the second half of the season.”

Philadelphia is probably just as excited to see how it plays with a bevy of players returning from injuries after a bye week. The Eagles should regain mainstays such as running back Miles Sanders, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, defensive tackle Malik Jackson and cornerback Darius Slay. None of the four finished a 23-9 win over Dallas two weeks ago, before Philadelphia’s bye week.

Meanwhile, the Giants (2-7) are coming off a 23-20 victory over Washington in which they led 20-3 at the half and then needed two fourth-quarter interceptions to hold on.

Jones’ stat line wasn’t great — 23 of 34, 212 yards and a touchdown — but it had zeros in interceptions and fumbles lost. New York forced five turnovers and got a combined 135 rushing yards from Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris.

First-year coach Joe Judge has been encouraged by the offense’s recent play. The Giants have averaged 24.2 points in the past five games after scoring only 47 points in their first four contests.

“I think there’s a lot of aggressiveness with how we’re calling plays right now,” Judge said. “There’s a lot of aggressiveness in terms of how we’re playing and executing on the field, starting up front with the run blocking and the pass protection from the offensive line.

“When Daniel has a nice clean pocket, he’s been very productive. He’s been able to make plays in scramble situations as well.”

Recent form notwithstanding, the Giants remain 31st in points per game and yards per game. They are 30th in passing yards per game and 21st in rushing yards per game, the latter stat not a surprise considering they lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the season in Week 2.

The teams met on Oct. 22 in Philadelphia, where New York controlled most of the first 3 1/2 quarters and led 21-10 with less than five minutes left. However, Wentz threw 3- and 18-yard touchdown passes to Greg Ward and Boston Scott, respectively, to steal a 22-21 win.

–Field Level Media

Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Judge: Giants COVID-19 violations addressed internally

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge vowed to keep things internal when dealing with the fallout of an incident this past weekend when multiple players were caught on video without masks at a Manhattan bar.

Among those that could be seen in a collection of video snippets were quarterback Daniel Jones, who was sharing a drink with an unidentified woman. Running back Saquon Barkley appeared to be dancing in the street while holding the front wheel of a bicycle off the ground. Barkley is set to have knee surgery this week.

The Giants were off over the weekend after losing 22-21 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

“I’m not going to go into all of the different things of the optics and all,” Judge said Tuesday. “I’m just going to say these guys, look, we have to make the right decisions. I think what they try to do as a team on a night off, kind of assimilate a bye week if you would, go out to dinner and try to hang together as a team, that’s something they were looking to do, kind of stay tight with each other.”

The camaraderie is what Judge is after multiple players reportedly had dinner in an area of a restaurant of limits to the public. But gathering in the bar area and violating NFL COVID-19 protocols is troublesome for the 1-6 Giants.

“I’ve had a lot of in-depth conversations with the guys involved, as well as the rest of the team,” Judge said. “They understand kind of the consequences of anything you do right now in this COVID environment, as well as the public eye, of how they’re looked at and how we have to be careful. We have to make sure we make the right decisions.”

Giants players figure to get more than an internal scolding.

The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly were put under investigation last week by the NFL after violating COVID-19 restrictions. Multiple players were fined earlier this season, including quarterback Derek Carr, for attending a local fundraiser without masks.

Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown tested positive last week, forcing the entire starting offensive line into quarantine leading up to a 45-20 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

An earlier COVID-19 outbreak within the Tennessee Titans organization led to 24 positive cases. The organization was fined $350,000 last week with reports the Raiders could be facing an even steeper fine. The possible forfeiture of Raiders draft picks reportedly is in play.

According to an ESPN report, the NFL was looking into the video.

“We’re just going to deal with everything internally right now in terms of that part of the situation,” Judge reiterated.

–Field Level Media