Judge was on the Patriots’ staff when they won Super Bowls XLIX, LI, and LIII. New England reached the playoffs in every one of Judge’s eight seasons and played in the AFC Championship Game in each his first seven seasons with the team.
“Obviously, there’s a great deal of football that I learned in New England, a great deal of success and memories that I’ve had, but to be honest with you, that’s things for later down the line to sit back and reflect on,” Judge said earlier in the week from New England. “That’s not something right now that’s very important to me, and to be honest with you, we don’t have time to do that. For me, the history that’s important to me to know is the history of the New York Giants.”
As promised, the third and final preseason game will feature quarterback Daniel Jones’ 2021 debut as the majority of starters are set to play “a minimum of one half.” Because of the high volume of reps they took in joint practices, Judge felt comfortable enough to rest the top-line players last week against the Browns.
Simultaneously, the Giants have to evaluate their depth. All NFL clubs must reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“There’s a number of positions that are still up for grabs,” Judge said. “As we’ll go into every game in every season, the best players will play. So whoever is practicing better will get the nod that week in the game. In terms of the majority of the team at this point, we have a pretty clear picture on a lot of these positions. We’ve had a number of exposures of these guys, whether it’s preseason games, competitive practices, practices here at training camp, as well as our knowledge of them and some of the things they’ve done in the past here or elsewhere. But they’ve got to go out there and they’ve got to play and they’ve got to play with consistency. So, there’s a clear picture of the majority of the roster, but there’s still a lot of positions up for grabs.”
There will be a handful of significant contributors who do not play on Sunday night. That list includes running back Saquon Barkley, who this week participated in his first full-team drills since suffering a knee injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season, and tight end Kyle Rudolph, who passed his physical this week and returned to practice. Judge also ruled out wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
“In terms of Saquon, he had a good productive week last week,” Judge said. “He did a good job when he got up to New England with us. The volume we were looking for yesterday with him is exactly what we hit. Jason did a good job mixing him in as controlled as we could early in the drives where we could really predict and call the plays to get him out and really get him into space and use him for some things. Going forward into the season, the focus will be really gearing him up to as much 11-on-11 as we can get with our own team, controlling the situation, and then also putting him in some situations where he’s got to go out there and just react. And that’s really the biggest test physically coming off an injury. When you’re on the field, it’s the reactionary quickness and the suddenness you have to play with.”
And the clock is ticking. Two weeks after they wrap up the preseason, the Denver Broncos come to MetLife Stadium to kick off the regular season.
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