NFC Notes: Eagles, Giants, Washington

     

Eagles

Giants

Giants QB Daniel Jones started 12 games as a rookie and finished the year with 24 touchdown passes, averaging two per start. But so far in 2020, Jones has just eight touchdown passes in nine starts. Giants HC Joe Judge acknowledged that new OC Jason Garrett has a different philosophic approach than Jones’ play-caller last year, Pat Shurmur did, saying the team wants to be “a little bit more calculated about how we want to systematically move the ball down the field.” But he doesn’t pin any lack of aggressiveness on Jones.

“I would disagree with that — I think he’s doing a lot of things aggressively,” Judge said via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I think the way this guy stands in the pocket when the rush is collapsing on him at certain times or makes plays with his feet extending outside the pocket, the way he’s willing to pull the ball in some of the zone reads and run downfield and take a big hit. I see a lot of aggressiveness in Daniel, and I like the way he plays.”

  • NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero highlights Giants assistant HC/DC Patrick Graham on his list of young, up-and-coming coaches who could get interest for a head coaching job this offseason. 
  • Giants WR Golden Tate injured his knee at the end of practice and is being evaluated by the medical staff. (Kim Jones)
  • While the exact severity of the injury is unknown, it doesn’t appear to be anything obviously catastrophic. (Jordan Raanan)
  • Giants RB Devonta Freeman had a minor aggravation of his ankle injury in practice Thursday but he hopes to still be able to play Sunday. (Ian Rapoport)

Washington

Washington third-round RB Antonio Gibson is clearly the team’s most talented back and arguably one of their most dynamic playmakers on offense as evidenced by his broken tackle rate. But Gibson is transitioning from college wide receiver to running back and it shows, particularly in pass protection where Gibson was responsible for the sack that ended QB Kyle Allen‘s season.

“When you’re a young player, especially with a guy like Antonio … you’ve got to balance the physical with the mental,” OC Scott Turner said via the Athletic’s Ben Standig. “Physically, he can do everything. We know that. Then, it’s just mentally. How much do we give him before it just overloads? … It was a tough game for him on Sunday.”

  • Standig points out Washington veteran LB Thomas Davis appears to be healthy but still isn’t playing, adding that a release might be best for both sides at this point. 
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