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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Giants’ Sterling Shepard done for season after tearing left Achilles against Dallas Cowboys

Sterling Shepard is done for the rest of this season.

The Giants’ receiver tore his left Achilles at MetLife Stadium in Sunday’s fourth quarter, a non-contact injury at the start of the red-zone route.

He exited the Giants’ locker room on crutches with his left foot in the boot. Head coach Joe Judge followed him down the hallway and hugged him.

“It’s definitely tough,” Saxon Barkley said of Shepard’s injury. “He’s a spark to this team, he’s the leader of this team. Whenever you see a guy go down, it’s sad. One thing I know about Shep is that he’s a fighter.” I know he’s going to attack this rehab.”

Shepard, 28, is a key player for the Giants when he is healthy, but he is rarely on the field.

He would play only seven of his 17 games in his sixth NFL season. At the end of the season, he would have missed 28 out of a possible 97 regular season games (28.8%).

Shepard is under contract for two more seasons. His salary cap increased from $5 million this season to $12.4 million in 2022 and $13.4 million in 2023. There is no guarantee of salary left in their deal.

He has eight months to recover for next season, but given his fragile history, Shepard’s future on the field cannot be predicted.

Barkley blew the ball

Barkley lost a fumble for the first time in his NFL career on his 598th career carry and 791st career touch. The Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence punched the ball, and Carlos Watkins retrieved it to give Dallas possession of the Giants’ 46-yard line with 41 seconds left in the first half. He scored another field goal for a 15-3 halftime lead.

“I have to better myself,” Barkley said. “Two minutes, a rumble. It can’t happen. It’s unacceptable. You can’t do that at all.”

Barkley was credited with only two career blunders in the first 790 touches of his career, both of which were corrected by the Giants. He achieved 50 rush yards in 15 carries on Sunday and took only four catches on eight goals for 24 yards. At least one of the imperfections was a Barkley drop.

The judge goes to IT

Judge converted 4 and 1 twice inside the Giants’ own 40-yard line once in the third quarter. He was going to go for it for the third time in the fourth quarter until Matt Pert’s right tackle turned out to be a wrong-start.

Devonte Booker first gained 31 yards on the pitch to the left in the 4th and made 1 of 34 attempts, then earned an additional 15 yards for the Demonte Cazi horse-collar tackle.

Mike Glennon failed to get the first down on 4 and 1 from the Giants’ 29 yard line, a turnover on the down that the Cowboys converted into a late touchdown.

Then Judge was about to go for it from his 28-yard line, which had 8:41 left before Pert’s false start.

The judge, usually conservative in those situations, clearly recognized that his offense needed a leap.

“We had exactly what we wanted on both of us,” he said. “We had the big game with Book, that crack. Then we had the opportunity to sneak in. We have to convert it there and execute. It’s a look we wanted. We just have to go out and make sure that Let us take advantage of it.”

Jumping

New Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith was credited with making four tackles in 17 defensive snaps. He talked trash with several of his former Cowboys teammates as well as exchanged handshakes and hugs during and after games. He did not speak to the media postgame. The Giants had limited virtual media availability, while the Cowboys did their jobs in person.

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book it

According to one source, the veteran Giants running back Devonte Booker added a $125,000 starting bonus to his contract with a 28-yard run up right sideline. He was encouraged to reach 450 rush yards. That run gave him 460. He finished the day with 74, including a 31-yard rip on the fourth and the Giants’ 34 to 1 in the third quarter. Booker leads the Giants in the season with 506 rushing yards. He’s the Giants’ best of 2021 free agency signing.

No Coke, Pepsi

The Giants were evicted on social media this week after a fan revealed that the team was only offering a free medium soda through its Pepsi sponsor as part of Fan Appreciation Day. It gets worse: One fan told News Sunday that the deal wasn’t even one free drink per ticket. It was only for the one whose name was in the account. One season-ticket holder also shared that the Giants offered free Dunkin’ Hot Chocolates to the first 4,000 fans, and discounted pre-game Bubba burgers and all-day T-shirt purchases (40%). But the fan base is fed up with everything here these days, and it was just another disappointment in a season full of them.

to empty

The Giants were bowled out 65-0 in the last two minutes of the first half of this season. The Cowboys scored six points on two field goals from Greg Zuerlen at the end of Sunday’s half. He got the ball back thanks to Barkley’s rumble. In the first six weeks of the season, the Giants were bowled out 42-0 in the last two minutes of the first half. He had stopped bleeding for a period of five weeks, only to be dismissed 3–0. But in the last three matches it has now become 20-0.

big ben comes back

Sunday was Ben McAdoo’s first at MetLife Stadium since he was fired by John Mara in December 2017 after benching Eli Manning. McAdoo is a consultant on Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys staff.

Two games earlier, in the Cowboys’ win over the Saints, McAdoo also served as assistant offensive line coach as several coaches were sidelined by COVID-19. He was assisting Lunda Wells, the Cowboys’ tight end coach, to that victory was promoted to the O-Line.

It was a role reversal from their time together in New York, when Wells was McAdoo’s legendary assistant offensive line coach in 2016-17. McAdoo asked him to keep an eye on Wells as a rising star.

still a chance

The Giants still haven’t been officially kicked out of the playoff race. The only scenario in Week 15 required the Niners and Falcons to tie, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and San Fran beat Atlanta.

Injuries and inactivity

Giants special teammate Gary Brightwell was suspected to have returned with a neck injury during the second quarter…. QB Daniel Jones (neck) and G Ben Bradson (ankle) were the only Giants listed inactive. The rest of the players who were absent were on the COVID-19 reserve list: WR Kadarius Toni, WR John Ross, CB Adoree Jackson, CB Aaron Robinson, S JR Reid, CB Natrell Jamerson, LB Cam Brown and LB Oshane Ximines … none new on game day Not a positive COVID test, at least, per source.

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