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Getty Lawrence Tynes, a two-time Super Bowl champion, believes the Giants should bench running back Saquon Barkley.
Following the 4-11 New York Giants’ 34-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 26, one former two-time Super Bowl Champion had a message for head coach Joe Judge.
On The New York Post’s Blue Rush podcast, retired kicker and ex-Giant Lawrence Tynes stated, “He has to make a message Sunday in Chicago, and put Saquon Barkley on the bench.” “I don’t care if he doesn’t dress, but (Devontae) Booker should be your starting running back.” Any man, woman, or kid with any sense understands that he is the superior player, and I really believe that once Booker begins that game, it will be a whole different game.”
Barkley is coming off yet another lackluster effort in Week 16, when he carried for just 32 yards on 15 rushes, with his biggest carry of the day going for six yards.
Barkley tore his ACL in September 2020, and after returning to the field in Week 1 of the regular season this year, he still doesn’t appear like the great tailback he once was.
To be fair, Barkley, 24, scored five touchdowns in the first four games of the season and was beginning to look like his old self in the early going. However, on October 10, he hurt his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys, throwing him off pace and forcing him to miss the next four games.
Barkley has only run for 266 yards on 76 rushes with zero touchdowns in six games since returning to the lineup. Barkley has ran for 461 yards on 130 rushes (3.5 yards per carry) and two rushing touchdowns in 11 games this season.
Booker, Barkley’s backup, has ran for 533 yards on 119 attempts this season, with two rushing touchdowns. Although Booker’s stats aren’t very impressive, the Giants went 2-2 with him as their starter, and Tynes prefers him over Barkley because of his rushing style.
“The way he goes through the gaps and runs the ball hard sets the tone,” Tynes said. “He’s a fantastic out-of-the-backfield receiver.” He’s got to be your man, and Saquon has to know that this isn’t a case of nepotism.”
Despite the fact that Booker provides the Giants the greatest opportunity to win in the last two games of the 2021 regular season, when they face the Bears and the Washington Football Team, the team will still hope that Barkley can remain healthy and reclaim his former superstar form next year. Barkley’s $7.2 million fifth-year option was also picked up by the Giants last summer, giving him two more seasons with the team to show he was worth a No. 2 overall choice in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Changes to the Roster
On Tuesday, December 28, the Giants made several roster changes.
Sam Beal and Darqueze Dennard, both defensive backs on the practice squad, have been dismissed by the organization.
Beal was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft by the Giants in 2018, foregoing a third-round choice in the 2019 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, Beal had a series of ailments throughout his four seasons in East Rutherford, and he only played in nine games.
Beal was released on November 9, but was then re-added to the Giants’ practice squad as an emergency defensive back on December 18 due to the team’s Covid-19 outbreak. After New York’s defeat to Philadelphia, he was dismissed from the practice squad and is now a free agent.
Dennard saw action as a gunner against the Eagles in his only game with the Giants, but was harshly chastised for allowing a punt to bounce into the end zone for a touchback. Fortunately, Dennard stepped out of bounds on his journey down the field, so if he had touched the ball, he would have been penalized. Dennard, despite the first unfavorable response to the play, made the correct option in the end.
The Giants signed tight end Jake Hausmann to the practice squad after dismissing these two defensive backs.
Hanlon responds with a clap of his hands.
The Giants have received a lot of flak recently, particularly from Steve Verderosa, a former Giants scout who now works for the Pro Football Network.
After 31 years with the company, Verderosa was let go during the 2019-2020 offseason. And during the last week, he hasn’t been hesitant about criticizing the team’s recent gaffes on Twitter, including why they shouldn’t elevate assistant general manager Kevin Abrams to take over for Dave Gettleman after the season ends.
@lt4kicks Kevin has been in charge of negotiating the poor contracts ( Solder, Golladay,etc.) He has never played, coached, or scouted football. A FOOTBALL PLAYER IS REQUIRED!
December 23, 2021 — Steven E Verderosa (@SteveV PFN)
Now fast forward to Tuesday evening, and it seems that the Giants had had enough of Verderosa’s criticisms of them. Pat Hanlon, the head of public relations for Verderosa, retaliated with a series of tweets.
@SteveV PFN, you have a lot of ideas about our operation for someone with a track record that only we know about. There’s a reason you’re no longer here, and each of your attempts to correct your/our past proves it. Continue to speak.
December 29, 2021 — pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon)
Except when everyone knows you have a grudge against someone and you’ve been waiting for this opportunity to slam the man who wrongfully dismissed you. New Year’s greetings! https://t.co/hi15TYRldd
December 29, 2021 — pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon)
Finally, Hanlon’s reaction to Verderosa seems to be unpleasant. Verderosa wasn’t too critical of the organization, and he had some nice things to say about Daniel Jones, whom he scouted during his time with the Giants, as well as recommending a prospective replacement for GM.
Regardless, the Giants seem to be irritated by their ex-public employee’s exposure of family matters. Verderosa, on the other hand, is now a member of the media, and whatever information or expertise he gained during his 33 years as an NFL scout is fair game.