Between waiting on injury updates for key NY Giants playmakers and trying to forget about the 30-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it's easy to forget about a key storyline heading into Week 4: the return of Julian Love to MetLife Stadium.
The stud safety was a fan-favorite for the Giants during his time in East Rutherford, but he left Big Blue this offseason to sign a new deal with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. On Monday night, Love will be back in East Rutherford and the expectation is he'll receive a warm welcome from the folks in the stands.
Head man Brian Daboll was asked about Love on Thursday and he of course had some great things to say about the veteran defensive back. Coach Dabes and Co. have nothing but respect for Love and that won't change just because he's no longer donning a Big Blue jersey:
The NY Giants will hope to ruin Julian Love's return to Jersey
Seeing Love leave during free agency hurt quite a bit of NY supporters this offseason. With Love now in the NFC West, the Giants replaced him with Jason Pinnock next to Xavier McKinney in the secondary. In total, Love spent four seasons with the Giants.
During that time, he posted 318 total tackles and five interceptions. Last fall, Love played a big role in the G-Men going 9-7-1 and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2016. No one has forgotten about his epic INT against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens:
That unreal play helped set up the go-ahead touchdown, powering the Giants to a thrilling 24-20 win over Baltimore. The crowd went wild after that turnover and rightfully so. Love meant a lot to the organization in recent years.
He's a stand-up dude who remains widely respected inside of the NY locker room. Like Coach Dabes said, here's to hoping he plays well this year, just not come MNF.