Toney was already out of action because of an oblique injury so even if he is vaccinated, tests negative twice in 24 hours, it's not clear if he'll play in Week 15. Slayton, Golladay and Shepard are the team's top-three WRs at this point, but Daniel Jones is out leaving Mike Glennon as the QB. The Giants take on the Cowboys in Week 15.
After the firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, interim Giants OC Freddie Kitchens wanted to make a point of emphasis going forward - get the ball to the best players on designed plays. "You need to get a sense, a feel for what they are comfortable with," Kitchens said. "Why would you call something -- and this is what our staff believes -- why would you call something if the player is not comfortable running it? It's your job to get them comfortable running it. ... If you can’t get them to that point, it's kind of diminishing returns."
"I think I realized it pretty early in the week as far as the game plan and what we were trying to do, getting the ball to certain guys, and plays were designed to get the ball to them," Daniel Jones said. "You're thinking about that throughout the game as plays are called and coming in. Obviously, there's a read and you've got to understand what the defense is doing. But I'd say I was pretty cognizant of what we were trying to do."
It sounds silly but saying that the best players need to get the ball can get lost on a coaching staff when an entire offense is struggling. Raanan's article listed Barkley, Golladay, Engram, Toney, and Shepard multiple times, a sign that the core is the focus going forward, especially when they are all healthy. The Giants offense is sketchy at best, but refocusing the offense with the entire coaching staff having input is a sign of life that needs to show on the field.
Golladay will be a risky play following three missed appearances but with Sterling Sheppard out there will be open targets to be vacuumed up by the Giants wide receiver. His status will take attention off Kadarius Toney who remained of the injury report for the first time in several weeks.