In case you didn't know, the New York Giants are a terrible football team. The G-Men suffered a demoralizing collapse on Sunday, failing 13-10 to the Jets in a MetLife Bowl that was painful for fans of both teams to watch.
Tyrod Taylor suffered a nasty rib injury early in the game, forcing undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito into action. The Giants coaching staff did not trust DeVito, allowing him to attempt just seven passes. The two Giants quarterbacks combined for -9 passing yards. That is an actual stat.
With the loss, the Giants are now at 2-6 on the season, which is depressing. Throughout the year, injuries have totally haunted this team, preventing them from being in a competitive spot right now. These four injuries in particular are a major concern moving forward:
4. QB Daniel Jones
In the NFL, everything starts with the quarterback, especially a rich quarterback. The Giants paid Jones handsomely this offseason, giving him a four-year, $160 million contract extension. The extension was suspect itself, given Jones' on-field performance, but also his extensive injury record.
During his rookie season (2019), Jones missed two games due to a high-ankle sprain. In 2020, Danny Dimes missed two games with a thigh injury and then missed the final six of 2021 with a neck injury similar to the one he currently has. Jones did not miss a game last year, but did suffer an ankle sprain.
Jones suffered a neck injury in the Giant's Week 5 loss to Miami and has missed the last three games. In his absence, New York has averaged just 11 points per game. Now, by no means was New York's offense good with Jones, but they have been equally bad, if not worse, without him.
New York spent their entire offseason building their offense with Jones as the focal point, which makes an extended absence challenging. Due to his contract situation, Danny Dimes will likely be the quarterback through next season, or at least to start next season. Not only has his absence hurt the Giants in the present but also the future.
Danny Dimes has been cleared for contact and the expectation is that he'll be ready to start on Sunday vs. the Las Vegas Raiders. Despite that, Jones' neck injury is going to be something to keep a close eye on moving forward. He can't miss any additional action, period.