Both Janoris Jenkins (Giants) and Darius Slay (Lions) were injured in this game and did not come back. Should these injuries become serious (Around The NFL will have rolling updates all evening), they will have major ramifications down the stretch. Jenkins has arguably been the best cover corner in football this season and allows the Giants to station their defensive backfield exactly how they want. Jenkins’ play has elevated rookie Eli Apple and allowed Rodgers-Cromartie (who had a fantastic late-game interception) to play without too much responsibility.
While this isn’t news to the Lions — and it’s much easier said than done against the Giants — developing a running game is imperative down the stretch. With the division still very much in question and their schedule getting harder, Stafford won’t be able to shoulder the burden he attempted to on Sunday. Dwayne Washington led all rushers with 31 yards on 14 carries. Stafford (two carries, 13 yards) was second best.
Brown was placed on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List on Friday while the NFL looks into new information in the documents released last week. Brown did not travel with the Giants to their Week 7 game in London.
NFL Network Ian Rapoport said Brown may enter into a player contract with a new team but upon doing so the kicker will revert to the Commissioner’s Exempt List pending resolution of his matter under the personal conduct policy. While on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, Brown would not be able to practice or attend games.
In October 2016, the King County (Washington) Sheriff’s Office publicly announced it had closed its investigation in connection with the incident. As part of its report, the sheriff’s office released a volume of documents which previously had been withheld from the public and the NFL. The documents contained information regarding a series of other incidents involving Brown separate from the May 2015 incident that led to Brown’s arrest.
NFL.com obtained 165 pages of documents from the King County Sheriff’s Office in October regarding Brown’s arrest. It included a signed document in which he admitted to physically, verbally and emotionally abusing his then-wife, Molly Brown. Further documentation obtained by NFL.com included allegations of Brown violating a restraining order, three 911 calls made by Molly and the difficulty prosecutors encountered in trying to get her to cooperate with them in their investigation.
Julio Jones hit double-digit targets for the third time this season and posted a 2017-high 118 yards. He could have had a truly monster game but dropped a cake-walk touchdown where he was wide-open in the end zone. On the year, Jones averages 8.5 targets per game, which is making it harder to complain about his volume. The issue is just game-to-game consistency. Jones had three games with 13-plus targets but another three with less than seven.
Austin Hooper garnered six targets in back-to-back games from Week 8 to 9. Over his last five games he has target totals of seven, nine, one, six and six. That game against New England with the single digit adds worry to his streaming prospects, as does the fact that he has didn’t clear 50 receiving yards in any of those weeks.
Of late, the Giants have discussed Manning being on the “back nine” of his career. That has led to a fairly expedited search for a potential replacement. This is not unforeseen territory, though. The Giants have, through the years, also experimented with developmental prospects like Ryan Nassib and Rhett Bomar. None have been able to stick on the roster for long.
This cannot be welcome news for former second-round pick Geno Smith, who landed with the Giants in a rehabilitative effort to jump start his career. Now, he will need to hope that Big Blue keeps three passers on the roster this year.
It might be a tad early to get the Engram hype train rolling. Tight end is a notoriously difficult position for rookies to make an immediate impact. Highly selected tight ends have struggled to make the transition to such a nuanced position. First-round pick Eric Ebron earned just 25 catches for 248 yards as a rookie; Vernon Davis: 20 for 265 yards; Jimmy Graham: 31 for 356; Jermaine Gresham: 52 for 471; Rob Gronkowski: 42 for 546.
Tight ends taking time to mature is not a new phenomenon, either. Shannon Sharpe caught seven passes for 99 yards as a rookie and didn’t break 500 yards until his third season. Tony Gonzalez earned 33 catches for just 368 yards as a rookie.