Jones has been listed as suspect for the prime-time match with the Cleveland Browns due to hamstring and ankle injuries. The combination limited his mobility and his ability to move freely, even more than he had been the week before when he was dealing with a hamstring problem.
Jones was limited in practice this week. McCoy later dealt with the increased workload, including Friday when he took his first shot with a junior attacker. This is generally a good indication of who is starting that week’s match.
McCoy led the Giants to a surprise win two weeks ago over the Seattle Seahawks when he started in place of Jones. Now, he gets a chance to do it again on the national stage against his former team and with Freddy Kitchenins (former Brown coach) playing in place of offensive coordinator Jason Jarrett.
McCoy, who was picked by Cleveland in the third round from Texas in the 2010 NFL Draft, said: “I appreciated the time I spent with Brown. I hope we win more games.” There are some amazing people inside this organization. The fans and people in Cleveland are amazing. My wife and I really enjoyed our time there. We didn’t win enough. That’s all I will say about Cleveland. I think now our focus and the focus of our team is that we still have things to play for. They are a good football team. They won many games. We have our hands full with their comrades in the front. We know what we need to do to win this match. We have to be prepared, focused and ready to get out there and carry it out. “
McCoy went to a 13 of 22 for 105 yards with a landing and interception against the Seahawks.
This wasn’t a normal week for the giants, plus the uncertainty in the middle. They did not train Thursday after Garrett tested positive for COVID-19. They also put top back James Bradbury on the reserve / COVID-19 list after he was considered to be in high-risk close contact with a chiropractor who tested positive. Bradbury will miss Sunday night’s match. Outside back coach Brett Bellima took a new job as University of Illinois lead coach Stephen Brown and attacking assistant Stephen Brown tested positive for the virus on Saturday.
Giants coach Joe Judge said ahead of Friday’s training that Jones would get his “share” of first-team shots. The team deemed it difficult to go into a day if Jones would be ready to start this week, especially after an ankle swelling earlier in the week.
She was heading in McCoy’s direction by Saturday. The decision was made after the team played a round.
The judge needed Jones to prove that he was not only able to protect himself, but he was also able to be mobile in general. It wasn’t in last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, when he threw 127 yards without any touchdowns, interceptions and a loss. He was unable to escape from the pressure or out of a pocket and suffered an ankle injury early in the second half. Jones had no rushed first time in his young career and was fired six times.
Jones said his movement was limited in front of the cardinals and that his ankle was “sore” earlier this week. Listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Jones insisted he felt “fine” on Wednesday even though he appeared to falter during the open portion of practices. But the judge indicated that it was essential that he operate almost exclusively with his eyes, not his ears, when it comes to determining Jones’ health.
Quarterback has been adamant for the past few weeks that he wants to play and prepares again this week as if he were going to start.