What you need to know with Week 6 underway

With a Monday night game and a trip to London already under their belt, the Giants 4-1 have returned to a sense of normalcy this week in terms of the schedule. But nothing about their next opponent makes them feel comfortable.

Lamar Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, has the third-most rushing yards (374) by a quarterback in the first five games of a season since 1950 and is 10-2 in the month of October as Baltimore quarterback, including 5-0 on the road. The Ravens 3-2 have alternated wins and losses this season, most recently beating the Cincinnati Bengals 19-17 at home. The Giants, who picked up a win over the Green Bay Packers for their best start since 2009, will host the interconference haters at MetLife Stadium in Week 6.

Coach Brian Daboll spoke to the media ahead of training on Wednesday as his side began preparations on the pitch for their final home game until November 13.

Here’s everything you need to know:

🔹 Daboll spoke about facing Jackson a week after facing Aaron Rodgers, the league’s last two MVPs: “I would say another big challenge, just like he was last week. This guy is extremely talented in all areas. areas. His winning percentage since he was a starting quarterback is at 75%, which is one of the best. He plays with his arm and he plays with his legs. He is a dynamic player. He is one of the best in the league.

🔹 Battling an ankle injury last week, Daniel Jones came out of last week’s game well and did not appear on the first injury report of week 6.

🔹 RB Saquon Barkley suffered a shoulder injury in London and was one of eight players limited in training on Wednesday. The others were: CB Darnay Holmes (Quad), CB Adoree’ Jackson (Knee/Neck), FB Chris Myarick (Ankle), OLB Azeez Ojulari (Calf), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (Knee), QB Tyrod Taylor (Concussion ), and DL Leonard Williams (knee).

🔹 Six players did not participate in training to start the week: CB Cor’Dale Flott (Calf), P Jamie Gillan (Not Injury Related), WR Kenny Golladay (Knee), S Tony Jefferson (Foot), S Jason Pinnock (Kidle) and WR Kadarius Toney (hamstrings).

🔹 Daboll said Gillan was returning from London after having a problem with his passport, which the Giants had expected. “We knew all that. Everything that led to where it is today, we already knew. But we’ll see. Hopefully we’ll see tomorrow.”

🔹 Coaches always preach ‘next man’ in football, but the mantra has been more than words for the Giants in their first five games. “First, thanks to these guys for getting our system back as fast as they can,” Daboll said. “Two, I would say the positional coaches who work with them. For example, like (defensive backs coach) Jerome (Henderson) and (assistant defensive backs coach Michael) Treier, those two guys have done a great work. (Cornerback Justin) Layne and (Cornerback Nick) McCloud there who haven’t been with us for a while. Again, always give the player credit first, but then there’s a lot of meeting time extra on top of the big main team meetings to try to get these guys as comfortable and as ready as possible.”

🔹 Daboll said Taylor will move into “normal training after today hopefully”.

🔹 With Darius Slayton being the newest, the Giants have had a different player leading the team in receiving yards for the past four weeks. Is it sustainable? “I think the guys we put there did a really good job of where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there. They made plays on the football. (Wide receiver) Marcus (Johnson) is really came. I think Coach Groh (wide receivers coach Mike Groh) did a good job with him. He had some familiarity with him. He has good skills. And I was proud of the way which Slay competed and produced. So (wide receiver) Richie (James) has done a great job for us all year. So I have faith in those guys.”

🔹 Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger has “come a long way,” but “he’ll be the first to tell you, he still has to keep improving.” I would say he is a tough-minded individual. The tight end is a difficult position to move from college – usually – to the NFL. We ask him to do quite a bit; I was very happy with the way he approached things. I was on him pretty early, having trained tight ends for a little while. (Assistant General Manager) Brandon Brown, (Director of Player Personnel) Tim McDonnell did a great job scouting him out when he got out (of college). They were big supporters of him during the writing process, and as we got to know him, what he stood for, some of the intangibles that we’re looking for, he did a good job. And we asked him to do a variety of things. He’s just getting a little better every day. But again, it’s a difficult position. They all are, but it’s a tough position to go straight from college to the NFL. And also give credit to Brandon and Tim. They really stood on a table for him when they did their assessments.”

🔹 A major storyline this week will be defensive coordinator Wink Martindale facing his former team. How much can he tell the current Giants staff about Jackson and their offense? “You have conversations like, wherever I was, if there was someone on this team before. You always have conversations. Try to pick up as much as you can. But at the end of the day, you have to put a good plan together, and that comes down to executing it on the field. I could ask him anything I want about Lamar Jackson, but we have to do a good job. It’s hard to stop him. Few teams do.

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