TUCSON, Arizona – After the Giants lost to the Dolphins last week, security Logan Ryan made a joke that appeared to be at the expense of Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa – and the joke went viral.
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Ryan joked about how he played quarterback in high school and that he would be ready to be an emergency QB if the Giants needed him with injuries to Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon. The quote: “Like Tua, I was left-handed, I could throw two-yard passes to the left.”
Dolphins recipient DeVante Parker pushed the quote back on social media, and Ryan opened his media coverage at the University of Arizona on Thursday, apologizing for his comments.
“I’ll just start clearing it all up,” Ryan said. “I want to apologize to Tua. I didn’t mean disrespect. I made a light hearted comment about playing quarterback. I think he’s a good player. He is humble. He’s approaching the game the right way and he’s made winning games to beat us and they won the game.
“I’m not a bad loser. I don’t hate players in the league. I have a lot of respect for players in this league. I’ve been in that league and he’s doing it right. I wish him the best and I want him to know that there is no disrespect or bad beef there. Just one comment that was going in the wrong direction and I was trying to be funny and it wasn’t funny. “
Tagovailoa completed 30 of 41 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Giants last week, but Ryan and his defense teammates have an even tougher task ahead of them in Week 14: Chargers star quarterback Justin Herbert.
Big compliments to Herbert
Giants defense coordinator Patrick Graham had watched the film of the Dolphins game on Sunday in the team bus. As he got on the plane that was flying from Miami to Tucson, he took a few pictures of Herbert.
He watched as Herbert threw a pass 25 meters across the field on a rope at the start of the Chargers’ win against the Bengals last week. Graham quickly decided that he had had enough.
“I said, ‘I’ll get to it tomorrow,'” said Graham, laughing.
Herbert has the talent that keeps defensive coordinators up at night. The sophomore quarterback quickly earned his position among the top players in the game. He has already thrown 3,547 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and completed 66.6% of his passes with a score of 98.2 passers-by.
This season, Graham has done an impressive job taking on some of the league’s top quarterbacks, including Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr. He sees defending Herbert as one of the biggest challenges of the season, especially since Herbert has the arm strength to throw him anywhere on the field anytime, no matter where he is.
“I’m hard because you’re trying to make the guys aware – take, for example, they’re plus 50 when they cross the 50-yard line,” said Graham. “He can do it from the drop-back. He can do it from the weapon, that is, from the middle. He can roll in one direction and throw back in the other end zone. It is a challenge.”
Then Graham provided him with a sublime comparison, a kind of cross between Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger.
“He’s a big guy (6-6, 237). I would say about size, probably about size and such, it’s like Ben (Roethlisberger) when you’re up against Ben. In terms of arm talent, probably like him, Mahomes, these guys who can just throw the ball a mile. He throws it on a rope and pretty much. “
In a practice Thursday, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had it thrown at the Giants’ defensive backs in various parts of the field to prepare them for Herbert’s tendencies.
“Herbert has one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen on tape,” said Ryan. “His poor talent is ridiculous. He does field outs, field corner routes, he rolls right and throws the ball across the field. Not many quarterbacks do that in the league. We don’t see that week after week so we definitely have to get the job and Daniel did us well. “
Latest injury updates
A brief overview of the Giants’ health situation:
– CB Adoree ‘Jackson (Quad) missed training on Thursday. RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), QB Mike Glennon (concussion), WR Kenny Golladay (ribs), QB Daniel Jones (neck), WR Sterling Shepard (quad) and WR Kadarius Toney (oblique) were all limited.
– Of this group, Jackson is a surefire choice not to play. Jones (not yet released for contact) is likely to miss Sunday’s game. And Toney doesn’t seem close to returning yet. The rookie receiver seemed to aggravate his skew when running a route at the beginning of the workout and then moved cautiously afterwards.
– Glennon participated in most of the exercises but was not cleared of the concussion protocol. The judge seems optimistic that this will be done by Friday so that Glennon can start on Sunday instead of Jake Fromm.
– Shepard said he did more training on Thursday than since his quad injury in Week 8. He has missed four games and appears to be on track to return on Sunday. “When I first did it, I thought it would be something like the hamstring and be back pretty quickly within two weeks,” Shepard admitted. But it stayed “just like that”. He added that he was “optimistic” about playing against the Chargers.
– Golladay was an active participant in the beginning of the training, open to the media, a step forward after barely practicing during the walkthrough on Wednesday. He seems to be inclined not to miss any games with the rib injury he sustained against the Dolphins.
Giants QB trainer Jerry Schuplinski tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Tucson and had to be quarantined at the team’s hotel for the whole week. If he doesn’t test the protocol, Schuplinski won’t be able to travel to Los Angeles with the team on Sunday.
Instead, the Giants are considering contingencies to get Schuplinski back to New Jersey. Options being explored include: bringing him home in a private plane, or even driving across the country in a rental car. Offensive lineman Wes Martin is also still on the reserve / COVID-19 list and could not travel with the team either.
Without Schuplinski, Quality Control Trainer Nick Williams was the Giants’ QB trainer, while Schuplinski works virtually.
“Nick is great,” said quarterback Jake Fromm on Wednesday. “He helped me a lot and I learn a lot about football from him. I couldn’t thank him enough. “
– Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey raved about the rookie bringing Gary Brightwell back after practice, calling him “not your typical rookie” and saying that he has “special skills” in his important role on special teams.
“We haven’t seen a guy who covers kicks like him since (ex-Giants RB) Ahmad Bradshaw,” said McGaughey. “He’s a different animal in that regard, and he’s going that way. Not quite the monster Ahmad was, Ahmad was just clumsy and so physical, but Gary is so adept and just really, really slippery and it’s hard to get his hands on him and he can play with power too. He is developing well. “
– Tight ends coach Derek Dooley endorsed Jason Garrett, who has been sacked as Giants offensive coordinator, as a candidate for Duke head coaching.
“Jason is incredibly intelligent and if you put him in charge of something he would find out quickly and be successful,” said Dooley. “I have no doubt. Of course there is a different learning curve in college, but you just go in, learn, and do a lot of things that you’ve used as a head coach over the past few years. “
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