It’s not exactly a rebellion, but after a 20-20 game with the Commanders, there was a riot with Giants players unhappy with their use, or lack thereof.
Starting the first eight games before seeing the cut in Week 10, quarterback Tae Crowder had 26 snaps — all on special teams. The defense did not have a single hit. Later, he took to Twitter to post a message“Release me.”
On Monday morning, second-year cornerback Rodarius Williams also took to Twitter to express his frustration after being the only other player in a uniform other than backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor without a snap. “Ima jus bu off Bcus rn,” Williams wrote with a heart emoji. Not long after, he tweeted: “I’m trying to stay afloat, no lie, I’ve swallowed the heaviest pill of my life!”
“Personal conversations,” coach Brian Daboll said when asked how he would handle it.
Crowder’s lack of playing time was no surprise, but Williams was on the rise. On Thanksgiving, he went 50 of 67 on defense and had his first NFL sack. when he chose Dak Prescott. Still, he was benched the next game, Zion Gilbert played 56 of 85 defensive snaps, all 85 snaps, in his NFL debut against Nick McCloud.
“Every week we sit down, we talk — the defensive guys and I and we figure out who we want out there that week,” Daboll said. “The guys that were there this week were the guys that we wanted.”
Daboll said it’s too early to tell if CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee) or safety Xavier McKinney (hand) will be available this week. Daboll said there is no way McKinney will be able to wrap the broken fingers on his left hand in a crutch to allow him to play. … Daboll said it’s “painful” when DT Leonard Williams, who entered the game with a neck problem and played just 35 snaps before leaving, aggravated the problem.
Daboll was quick to respond when asked if he was considering taking over the game from offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.
“No, I have a lot of faith in Mike Kafka,” Daboll said.
The Giants are 22nd in the league with 22.4 points per game. Kafka is in his first year calling the plays, coming to the Giants after serving as the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach and play-by-play coordinator.
The extra salary goes to safety Julian Love. He played all 85 snaps on defense and also had 20 snaps on special teams for a total of 105 tackles.
“It’s kind of crazy,” said Love, who felt minor pain while lifting the day after the game.
Not surprisingly, Daboll announced on Wednesday that Love would take a “vet day,” meaning he would be held out of practice. Dexter Lawrence (85 total snaps) and right tackle Mike Glowinski (all 66 snaps, despite being added to the injury report the day before with a back problem) will also be rested, according to Daboll. they get the day.
So much for relieving Daniel Bellinger return to action. The rookie tight end had missed the previous four games following eye surgery, so his lower body was ready to roll. And then some. He was on 64 of 66 offensive snaps and caught all five passes thrown his way, but only for 24 yards.
“Took a couple of big hits, didn’t feel anything, which is good,” Bellinger said.