Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

MetLife Stadium to allow 15 percent capacity for Jets, Giants

Dec 22, 2019; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive guard Mike Iupati (70) walks off the field with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) following a first quarter injury against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that MetLife Stadium can welcome fans back at 15 percent capacity starting March 1.

The East Rutherford, N.J., home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets holds 82,500 fans, meaning about 12,375 spectators would be allowed to attend.

The Giants and Jets played their 2020 home games without fans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the months go on, we are hopeful that the data will continue to be positive and the number of people allowed into MetLife Stadium will steadily increase,” read a joint statement issued by the Jets and Giants. “The health and safety of our fans, players, staff, and those in our communities remain our top priority and we will continue to follow the guidance of Governor Murphy and state health officials.”

The Giants finished 6-10 and the Jets were 2-14 during the 2020 campaign.

–Field Level Media

Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Corey Coleman suspended six games

Free-agent wide receiver Corey Coleman has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy, the NFL Network announced Tuesday.

Coleman, 26, was released by the New York Giants in September and sat out the entire season.

The Cleveland Browns selected Coleman with the 15th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft and traded him to Buffalo on Aug. 5, 2018, for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick. He was released less than a month later.

Coleman then signed with New England but was released after less than a week; the Patriots later re-signed him to the practice squad. He was released nine days later when they acquired another former Browns receiver in Josh Gordon.

The Giants signed him to the practice squad in 2018, and he wound up playing in eight games and catching just five passes for 71 yards. New York was counting on his contribution in 2019, but he tore an ACL on the first day of practice and missed the season.

Coleman has 61 receptions for 789 yards and five touchdowns in 27 career NFL games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) reacts after a fumble recovery against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ Brandon Graham to Giants: ‘Win your game’

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham had a few choice comments in the smoldering aftermath of his team’s loss to the Washington Football Team in the regular-season finale.

New York Giants coach Joe Judge publicly took issue with the Eagles’ decision to replace Jalen Hurts with third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld during the Sunday night game. In Judge’s view, that move went a long way toward guaranteeing that Washington — and not New York — would capture the NFC East title, and in doing so give the Eagles a better first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

“Some people just didn’t like the decision, because they want to see Hurts in there, but at the end of the day, this game didn’t mean anything for us. We were still going home, so why not see who else you got out there?” Graham told 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia on Wednesday. “And if people have a problem with it, don’t put yourself in that position. The Giants, don’t put yourself in that position. Win your game.”

Graham, 32, also took issue with the comments of teammate Miles Sanders, who said that “nobody liked the decision” to play Sudfeld. Graham also dismissed the notion of players getting bent out of shape over the decision.

“Miles, I don’t think he was on the sideline or anything,” Graham said. “He probably didn’t hear coach when he was talking about other guys getting the opportunity.

“People that were getting restrained, I didn’t see that all. That must’ve been fake news, what they call it. Like us as a defense, we went out there trying to win for Coach (Jim) Schwartz.”

The Eagles (4-11-1) ultimately dropped a 20-14 decision to Washington. As a result, they landed the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Giants to practice despite assistant coach’s positive test

The New York Giants expect to follow their planned schedule on Friday, despite a positive COVID-19 test on the coaching staff.

“The Giants have been informed that offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has tested positive for COVID-19,” a team statement said.

“He was immediately isolated, as were two potential close contacts, and we are currently working with the league’s chief medical officer. Quest Diagnostics Training Center remains open, and the team is following its normal practice and meeting schedule today.”

The team didn’t name the close contacts.

The news comes just two days before the biggest game of the season for the Giants. Despite their 5-10 record, they could win the NFC East and earn a playoff berth if they beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon and the Washington Football Team loses to the Philadelphia Eagles later in the day.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for the virus in mid-December but has returned to the team.

–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 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs as Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45) defends during the game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens host Giants in matchup of teams chasing playoff berths

The Baltimore Ravens look to continue their late-season charge toward a playoff spot when they host the New York Giants on Sunday.

The Ravens (9-5) are taking aim at a fourth straight victory as they navigate what is essentially a four-team derby to claim the three AFC wild-berths.

Baltimore sits outside the playoff race and will need some help over the final two weeks to land a spot. The Miami Dolphins are also 9-5 but hold the tiebreaker edge over Baltimore for the final spot.

“Being honest, we’re just going to let it take care of itself,” Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said. “We’re not focused on the outside, or other teams and stuff like that. We’re focused on ourselves, because we can’t peak too early and we can’t peak too soon at nothing right now.

“We’ve just got to focus on the Giants, because that’s a good team that we’re going to face on Sunday. It’s about finishing for us right now.”

Left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who was named a Pro Bowler for the second time earlier this week, doesn’t want to hear anything about scenarios or how oddsmakers rate Baltimore’s chances.

“My focus is on the Giants and going out there and playing the best game of my career,” Brown said. “We understand the playoffs are there, and getting there is important. But it’s important that we win the next game.”

No disputes there as a loss to the Giants (5-9) would leave the Ravens in a dire situation heading into the final week.

New York is one game behind the Washington Football Team in the NFC East but has scored just 13 total points while losing its last two games.

Colt McCoy filled in at quarterback in the 20-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 15, but the Giants are hopeful starter Daniel Jones will return Sunday.

Jones is dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Coach Joe Judge said he would like to see how Jones progresses before making a decision.

“Look, in a perfect world, I’d love to have an answer as soon as possible,” Judge said. “I’m not going to go ahead and set a time mark on this. But we’ll come out of Friday, Friday after practice, with some kind of an answer.”

Jones said he is itching to play after sitting out two of the past three weeks. He sees time running out on the season and feels the urgency.

“I’m doing everything I can to get back out there,” Jones said. “Every week you want to play. I did all I could last week, and that’s certainly my approach this week. I’m working as hard as I can. I really do want to be out there with the guys and go after a win on Sunday.”

Tight end Evan Engram (calf) also was limited on Wednesday. Engram, who has a team-leading 54 receptions, was named a Pro Bowler for the first time earlier this week.

Standout linebacker Blake Martinez (128 tackles) leads the New York defense, and the big question on his mind is how to stop Jackson, who has passed for 2,461 yards and 21 touchdowns while also rushing for 828 yards and seven scores.

“Oh yeah, he’s one of those special guys, and I think everyone knows it,” Martinez said. “It’s one of those things you obviously as a competitor, for me, you want to go against guys like that. But it just adds the extra heightened awareness to make sure that you’re extremely perfect in all fundamental aspects of your game going into that.”

Baltimore’s defensive stars include cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who leads the NFL with eight forced fumbles and was named a Pro Bowler for the second time.

Defensive end Calais Campbell (calf) and cornerback Marcus Peters (calf) are among the nine Ravens who missed practice on Wednesday.

No matter who is cleared to play, Baltimore’s focus will remain on itself as it looks to notch a pivotal victory.

“The focus really for us is going to be on taking care of our business,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else does if we don’t take care of our job. Our job is to win. We’ve got to find a way to win this week. We can control how we play.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mayfield, Browns continue playoff push, down Giants

Baker Mayfield passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 20-6 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

Nick Chubb rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries for the Browns (10-4), who bolstered their AFC playoff hopes and moved closer to ending a 17-season playoff drought. Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 61 yards and one touchdown and Austin Hooper also had a scoring reception as Cleveland won for the fifth time in the past six games.

Graham Gano’s two field goals represented all the points for the Giants (5-9), who have lost two straight games after winning their previous four contests. New York is one game behind first-place Washington Football Team in the NFC East.

New York’s Daniel Jones (hamstring, ankle) was inactive. Colt McCoy started in his place and completed 19 of 31 passes for 221 yards.

Mayfield was an efficient 27-of-32 passing for the Browns, who executed two 95-yard touchdown drives while controlling the clock for 34:03. Cleveland held a 392-288 edge in total offense and accumulated 24 first downs to New York’s 14.

Former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens called the plays for the Giants due to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett being sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19.

Cleveland’s second 95-yard excursion lasted 8:04 and all but put the game away. The 14-play drive was capped by Chubb’s 1-yard run to make it 20-3 with 12:53 left in the game.

Gano booted a 39-yard field goal with 4:07 remaining to pull the Giants within 14 but there was no final push at a comeback.

Mayfield was 17-of-19 passing for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Browns held a 13-3 lead at the break.

Gano kicked a 37-yard field goal with 4:12 left in the first quarter for the Giants, who failed to convert on fourth-down plays from the Browns’ 8- and 6-yard lines in the half.

Mayfield connected with Hooper for a 2-yard score with 12:31 remaining in the half to put Cleveland ahead. He later capped the first 95-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring pass with 21 seconds left to Landry, who was called for a 15-yard personal foul penalty for taunting and Cody Parkey’s ensuing 48-yard extra-point attempt clanked off the right upright.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Colt McCoy (12) warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

QB McCoy starts as Jones inactive for Giants

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was one of the team’s inactives for Sunday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns due to hamstring and ankle injuries.

Veteran quarterback Colt McCoy drew the start for New York. McCoy engineered a 17-12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago when Jones was sidelined with the hamstring injury.

Entering Sunday’s contest, the 34-year-old McCoy had completed 21 of 35 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown and one interception in three games (one start) this season.

Clayton Thorson, who was added to the roster Saturday, was New York’s backup quarterback against the Browns. Thorson, a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 from Northwestern, has never played in an NFL game.

The team also added versatile Joe Webb, who has thrown 159 career passes, to the roster on Saturday.

–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