It’s anyone’s guess what the Giants wide receiver corps will look like on Sunday against the Cowboys.
Perhaps this is the same unit that helped Daniel Jones set a career high with 402 passing yards in an overtime win over the Saints last week. After all, the CJ board (clavicle) has been cleared to return to practice.
Or maybe it was a full-strength group that was boosted by the early returns of Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who both went out with a hamstring injury last week. During a practice watch on Wednesday, when Shepard was jogging and cutting, Slayton passed the catch to the side.
“Those two guys are forcing us to come back as soon as we can,” head coach Joe Judge said. “Really, we need to see them [Thursday] When it comes to some speed in practice. I am optimistic. “
One option the Giants do not want to explore is to play without Kenny Golladay, who has been battling a groin problem to go with the hip injury he has battled over the past two weeks. Golladay is catching the best six catches for 117 yards.
Because the Giants conducted walk-throughs, Wednesday’s injury report estimates participation is a real practice. Participants were Shepard, Slayton, S Jabriel Peppers (hamstring), LT Andrew Thomas (foot), TE Kaden Smith (knee) and DL Leonard Williams (knee). Williams and Thomas are new additions to the injury report.
RB Saquon Barkley (knee), LG Ben Bredeson (hand), S Nate Ebner (quad) and Golladay are limited participants. Bredeson played in the first three games and started one before losing the last game.
The Cowboys’ two biggest stars, WR Amari Cooper and RB Ezekiel Elliott, didn’t practice.
Sources said that despite the season-ending injury to LB Blake Martinez, the Giants have shown little interest in free agent LB Jilan Smith, who was released by the Counts and signed with the Packers on Thursday. … Giants DB Steven Parker re-signed the practice squad a day after his release.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent about 20 minutes in the Buccaneers locker room with Tom Brady after their reunion game last Sunday. Some see this as an exception to Belichick’s character, but the jury witnessed the final eight Brady-Belichick years.
“When you know that person, I think you don’t see anything like that out of character,” the judge said. “There’s a lot of things you see in public and a lot of things you see in private. I’ve worked for a lot of guys. Their public perception doesn’t come off well, but in private you know them like some of the best men you’ve ever met.”
– With Paul Schwartz