EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – Joe Judge has taken a baseball approach to his week off with the New York Giants.
The sophomore coach split the teams on Tuesday, one of two days the Giants (3-6) will work before taking four days off to relax during the break.
Team A, for lack of a team designation, consisted mostly of the players who get the majority of the time on game day and some of the older guys. They worked with the coaches and strength training staff during the hour-long workout.
The rest of the squad – the substitutes and the players from the practice squad – were on the pitch for development work. There were also a few Self Scout meetings and sessions but nothing too strenuous.
“Right now we’re focusing a lot on the health and freshness of our team,” said Judge, whose team has suffered as much from injury as it has suffered from opponents this season. “We had a lot of guys who played a lot of snaps and they did a good job for us. And there are some older guys that I want to make sure they get as much rest as they can this week. “
After a victory over the Raiders (5-3) on Sunday, the Giants are hoping their ranks will grow during the week off.
Star running back Saquon Barkley, who has missed the last four games, and left tackle Andrew Thomas are expected to return from ankle injuries. Wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and rookie Kadarius Toney (ankle, thumb) just returned for the game on Sunday and saw limited action. The Giants still have 16 players on the injured reserve.
Veteran Safety Logan Ryan said everyone’s health is a must for the past eight games.
“That’s what we can control right now. We can control our health, rest, clean some things, watch a movie, ”Ryan said. “But of course we have to get some guys back, have a strong push and we have to keep playing a good ball in defense and get some of our playmakers back in attack, and put everything in place.”
It’s a very different week off for the Giants compared to last season. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced them to work virtually during the week off.
“We’ve done different things in the different programs I’ve been on,” Judge said. “I think it’s important to do what’s best for your team at the time and not try to follow a pattern of what’s going on.”
The only thing Judge has refused to do this season is rush the players into action. While he said he was following the advice of the team’s medical staff, he was patient with injuries.
“You never know what’s going to happen, but I know the guys are working hard like we said to come back so you have to take advantage of the time,” said quarterback Daniel Jones.
NOTES: The judge said running backs coach Burton Burns and rookie half-back Gary Brightwell remain on COVID-19 protocol after testing positive twice last week. Burns and his wife are isolated in their apartment. Both men virtually stay in touch with the squad, Judge said. … Jones had planned to go to Madison Square Garden with his family on Tuesday night to see Duke play Kentucky in men’s college basketball. Jones attended Duke.
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