It looks like the Giants will have Jason Garrett feeding plays to Daniel Jones with their season on the line.
One week after backup offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens and backup quarterback Colt McCoy teamed up to produce six points in a loss to the Browns, Garrett and Jones are expected to return to their regular roles Sunday against the Ravens, barring any setbacks.
Jones was first up in the reps during Thursday’s practice and moved around the pocket in drills without the noticeable limp he previously had shown.
“I think some of the moves we made last week with him, although it was kind of hard for him to sit with double injuries, that helped resolve some of those situations,” coach Joe Judge said. “All the feedback we’ve gotten medically is that he’s continued to improve and he’s at a lesser risk of being injured.”
The Giants upped the practice intensity for Jones from Wednesday – when Judge was “really encouraged” with how his quarterback moved – to Thursday when the plan was for him to “jump right into his normal role and go forward.” They will be back on the field Friday as part of a shortened three-hour day to make room for family time on Christmas.
“If he’s able to play, we intend to play him,” Judge said. “We came through [Wednesday’s] practice feeling like we’re on the right track.”
Garrett has been in quarantine since he tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 16. Because he participated in all Zoom meetings even while missing practices, Judge is comfortable handing play-calling back to Garrett on Sunday.
It is unclear if Garrett will be out of the NFL protocol to travel with the team on Saturday or if he will have to travel on his own and join the team on game day.
“We’re still waiting on a couple points of clarity,” Judge said, “but we are expecting to have him at the game calling plays and being on the sideline. Jason has done a really good job of adjusting how he’s had to work, of staying connected with the players, of staying connected with the coaching staff. Freddie has done a really good job of running everything at practice.”
Even the full-strength Giants will have their hands full with the Ravens. It’s the No. 31 scoring offense against the No. 4 scoring defense — and the Giants (5-9) are eliminated from playoff contention with a loss and a Washington win against the Panthers.
“Through a multitude of reasons, we have to finish drives better,” Judge said. “When we’ve down there [to the red zone] we need to come away with points. That’s not something we’re overlooking internally.”
Asked if the Giants need Santa Claus to bring more offense for Christmas, Kitchens put it best: “If you know him and want to get him to send us some whatever you were talking about, please feel free. That, Elf on the Shelf, Mrs. Clause. Anything.”
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