Not a factor.
Daniel Jones has little so as to add relating to the video displaying him and teammates socializing in Manhattan final Friday night time whereas not sporting masks, in a doable violation of COVID-19 protocols.
“Actually [I] respect the query and acknowledge the significance of it, however coach [Joe Judge] spoke about it the opposite day and we now have a manner of dealing with these issues so we’re gonna deal with it internally right here and our focus is on the Bucs this week,’’ Jones mentioned Thursday.
The since-deleted video confirmed Jones, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and different teammates out in a Manhattan bar. The group had gone to dinner within the metropolis, consuming in a non-public room, after which have been invited to a bar (which was closed to the general public) by somebody recognized by the gamers. Jones was proven taking a drink from an unidentified lady. The video additionally confirmed Barkley, on season-ending injured reserve awaiting knee surgical procedure, using on a bicycle open air.
The Giants and the NFL will decide if these actions are a violation of the league’s COVID-19 restrictions, which restrict socializing exterior of the staff surroundings.
As for not wearing a mask in the video, Jones mentioned, “I had PPE and positively have to verify I’m sporting it.’’
Decide praised his gamers for hanging out collectively and simulating a mini-bye week — the staff was off final weekend following its Thursday night time loss to the Eagles.
“This group of men has been very accountable from the very starting,’’ Decide mentioned. “They’ve tried to do the appropriate factor the whole time. Based mostly on the conversations and the data I’ve gathered from our gamers, I consider they have been making an attempt to do the appropriate factor as teammates, with going out and having dinner collectively. We’ve got to verify we’re acutely aware as a company in something we do.”
Shepard was restricted in apply with shoulder and toe points, which bears watching. Shepard missed 4 video games with a turf toe harm earlier than returning for the 22-21 loss to the Eagles. Shepard made an influence, with six receptions for 59 yards and a landing.
Additionally restricted: CB Darnay Holmes (neck), S Adrian Colbert (shoulder), WR C.J. Board (concussion).
The Giants donned masks, and in some circumstances face shields, throughout Thursday’s apply after G Will Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19.
“As comfy as you’ll suppose,’’ security Logan Ryan mentioned. “Not too comfy, however that is 2020. A whole lot of issues we now have to regulate for, lots of curveballs. I’m not complaining, bought the very best job on the planet. I bought used to it fairly rapidly.’’
Down a guard with Hernandez out, the Giants labored out Kenny Wiggins, most lately with the Lions earlier this season. Wiggins, 32, beforehand performed for the Chargers and has been in 79 NFL video games in his profession. … On Monday night time towards the Buccaneers, the Giants will put on the all-white uniforms much like these they wore from 1980-99. The “GIANTS’’ helmet decal will exchange the lower-case “NY’’ and white face masks will exchange the customary grey face masks.