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Giants sign veteran OT Will Holden

The New York Giants added veteran offensive tackle Will Holden to the roster on Friday.

The 6-foot-7, 312-pound lineman replaces tackle Matt Gono, who was placed on the left squad/exempt list on Wednesday.

Holden, 28, has played in 27 games (nine starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2017-18), Indianapolis Colts (2020), Baltimore Ravens (2020) and Detroit Lions (2021).

Arizona drafted him in the fifth round in 2017 and he played in a career-high 14 games last season with Detroit.

The Giants waived defensive tackle Niko Lalos to make room for Holden on the 90-man roster.

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Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Justin Hilliard (47) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants LB Justin Hilliard suspended two games

New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard was suspended for the first two games of the 2022 season, NFL Network reported Friday, after he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hilliard, who went undrafted out of Ohio State, made his NFL debut last season and played in two games with the Giants. He played on 15 special-teams snaps.

Hilliard, 25, was waived by the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 31 of last year and signed by the Giants a day later. He was placed on injured reserve in mid-October due to an ankle injury.

He will be eligible to join the Giants on Sept. 19, one day following their Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) on the field for organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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Report: Giants WR Kadarius Toney had knee procedure

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney reportedly is recovering from a minor knee procedure.

Toney was wearing a red no-contact jersey during organized team activities this week following arthroscopic surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Toney, 23, was the Giants’ first-round pick (20th overall) in 2021. He caught 39 passes for 420 yards and no scores in 10 games (four starts) during his rookie season.

He got off to a slow start last season after a July stint on the COVID-19 list and missed six of the last seven games due to an ankle injury.

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Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins (88) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Giants agree to terms with TE Jordan Akins

The New York Giants agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent tight end Jordan Akins, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Financial details were not available for the contract, which is pending the results of a physical.

Akins, who turned 30 on Tuesday, caught 24 passes for 214 yards in 13 games (three starts) in his fourth season with the Houston Texans in 2021.

He has 114 career receptions for 1,260 yards and three touchdowns in 58 games (23 starts) since Houston drafted him in the third round in 2018.

Akins joins a tight end depth chart in New York that includes Ricky Seals-Jones, Jake Hausmann and Chris Myarick.

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Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale  during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The  Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants hiring Wink Martindale as DC

The New York Giants plan to hire former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to fill the same position, NFL Network said Tuesday.

Martindale, 58, and former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai reportedly were the finalists to replace Patrick Graham, now the defensive coordinator of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Martindale oversaw the defense in Baltimore for the past four seasons. Starting in 2004, he spent five seasons as the Raiders’ linebackers coach before serving as the Denver Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and their defensive coordinator the following year.

Martindale also was Baltimore’s linebackers coach from 2012-17. The Ravens fired Martindale on Jan. 21.

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Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale  during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The  Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants to interview Don Martindale, Sean Desai for DC job

The New York Giants are interviewing longtime NFL assistants Don “Wink” Martindale and Sean Desai among “four or so others” for their defensive coordinator opening on Saturday, the NFL Network reported.

The Giants are seeking to replace defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who reportedly has accepted the same role with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Martindale, 58, had been the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens for the last four seasons. Starting in 2004, he spent five seasons as the Raiders’ linebackers coach before serving as the Denver Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and their defensive coordinator the following year.

Martindale also was the Ravens’ linebackers coach from 2012-17. The Ravens fired Martindale on Jan. 21.

Desai, 38, has spent the last nine seasons with the Chicago Bears, including 2021 as their defensive coordinator. He was Chicago’s defensive quality control coach from 2013-18 before serving as the Bears safeties coach the next two seasons.

The Bears confirmed Desai’s departure from the team on Tuesday. He was not retained by new head coach Matt Eberflus.

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Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) runs for a 1st down against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Gibson helps Washington hand Giants sixth straight loss

Antonio Gibson rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Washington Football Team closed the season with a 22-7 win over the New York Giants on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

In a defensive struggle, Washington’s Bobby McCain scored the game’s first touchdown late in the third quarter, returning an interception 30 yards as his team (7-10) snapped a four-game losing streak. McCain added another interception on the game’s final play.

It was the sixth straight loss for New York (4-13), each by double-digit margins. The Giants had hope when Jake Fromm threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton, cutting Washington’s lead to 12-7 with 11:24 left.

But Washington responded on the ensuing possession. Gibson accounted for 57 of the drive’s 78 yards, the final 18 coming on his touchdown run with 6:28 left.

Gibson averaged nearly 7.0 yards on his 21 carries as he became Washington’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Adrian Peterson in 2018. Gibson’s 21 touchdowns in his first two seasons are a franchise record, as he topped Albert Morris’ mark of 20.

Washington controlled possession much of the afternoon as it outgained New York 325-177. WFT quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 9 of 18 passes for 120 yards. Terry McLaurin caught four passes for 93 yards.

Washington limited Fromm to 15 completions on 31 attempts for 103 yards and held Saquon Barkley to 11 yards on 30 rushes. New York’s most effective weapon was Fromm’s legs as he scrambled five times for 53 yards.

In a static first half, Washington scored field goals on its first and final possessions to take a 6-0 lead. Heinicke scrambled away from pressure and threw a 30-yard pass to McLaurin to set up the first score, a 23-yard field goal by Joey Slye.

Late in the half, McLaurin made an over-the-shoulder catch near the sideline for 40 yards to set up a 43-yard field goal by Slye.

Late in the game, after Tim Settle recovered a fumble by Fromm, Slye made another field goal — from 23 yards — as he finished 12-for-12 on 3-pointers after he was picked up by Washington in November.

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Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hands the ball off to Cowboys running back Corey Clement (32) against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys can move closer to clinching NFC East vs. Giants

The Dallas Cowboys routinely have taken the New York Giants to task in their recent encounters.

Should the Cowboys (9-4) record their ninth win in the last 10 meetings with the Giants (4-9) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., they’ll give themselves a chance to wrap up the NFC East title.

Dallas, which posted a 44-20 victory over New York on Oct. 10, can clinch the division title with a win on Sunday and a tie between the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys can also capture the NFC East with a win and a loss by Washington as well as a strength-of-victory tiebreaker over the Eagles.

While the strength-of-victory tiebreaker involves a complicated formula, the more pressing math for the Cowboys involves the health of their two primary running backs. Ezekiel Elliott said he had no issue with his ailing knee after rushing 12 times for 45 yards in Dallas’ 27-20 victory over Washington on Sunday, a game in which fellow running back Tony Pollard sat out with a foot injury.

“I thought Zeke came out of that game good. His communication has been that he’s ready to go,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of Elliott. “If we were having a full-blown Wednesday practice, I would say he’d be in a full capacity.”

Elliott rushed for 110 yards with two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the previous meeting with New York, while Pollard rolled up 103 scrimmage yards (75 rushing, 28 receiving) on that day. McCarthy initially said that Pollard would be limited in practice on Wednesday, however the latter joined left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) in failing to participate.

Smith is expected to miss his fourth game of the season on Sunday.

The lingering question of the health of Dak Prescott continues to circle around the Cowboys. Prescott has been limited to just two touchdown passes and three interceptions during Dallas’ two-game winning streak.

Taken a step further, Prescott is averaging 261.3 passing yards per game with eight touchdowns and six picks in his last six games since returning from a calf injury after averaging 302.2 yards with 16 TDs and four interceptions in his previous six. Included in the earlier stretch is a 302-yard performance with three touchdowns in the encounter with the Giants.

“I don’t want to say (it’s a) slump, but that’s probably fair,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Prescott’s recent play on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “But it’s such a multifaceted evaluation that I would say our offense is definitely away from where we were playing five and six games ago from the standpoint of production. … Yes, he is (healthy). He’ll figure it out.”

The Giants likely will figure on Mike Glennon starting a third straight game with fellow quarterback Daniel Jones nursing a neck injury. Glennon threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in New York’s 37-21 setback to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday.

“Mike is going to start the game for us,” Giants coach Joe Judge said Wednesday. “This isn’t being coy or anything. Every player who’s at the game can play, and we have plans for every player within a role of what they would do. Do we have anything bracketed out at this point in terms of is (backup Jake Fromm) going to play certain plays or anything? We do not. We do not, so we’re getting Mike ready to play the game, but Jake will also be getting ready and preparing to play the game.”

The availability of running back Saquon Barkley is in question after he missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. Cornerback Adoree Jackson (quadriceps), guard Ben Bredeson (ankle), kicker Graham Gano (illness) and defensive lineman Austin Johnson (foot) also did not practice Wednesday.

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Logan Ryan of the Giants at the end of the game as the Carolina Panthers faced the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on October 24, 2021.

The Carolina Panthers Faced The New York Giants At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On October 24 2021

Giants S Logan Ryan tests positive for COVID-19

New York Giants safety Logan Ryan missed practice Friday due to COVID-19 protocols.

Head coach Joe Judge said Ryan, who is vaccinated, tested positive on Thursday but has not yet been ruled out for Monday night’s game at Tampa Bay.

Judge said the Giants’ medical staff is checking out possible close contacts to Ryan. As a precaution, the team’s unvaccinated players participated via video chat in Friday morning’s meetings.

Ryan, 30, is the Giants’ leading tackler with 72 stops in nine starts this season.

If Ryan can’t go, Julian Love likely will take his place opposite safety Xavier McKinney.

Linebacker Lorenzo Carter also missed Friday’s practice due to a non-COVID illness.

The Giants (3-6) have won two of their past three games entering Monday’s clash with the Buccaneers (6-3).

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