Rock: Unlike Jets' Wilson, Texans' Stroud a star No. 2 pick

Sunday's game pits the two most recent QBs taken second overall, and their career trajectories could not be more different.

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Rock: Jets' running game has been the real disappointment

The ground game, rather than Zach Wilson, should have been what the Jets leaned on after Aaron Rodgers got hurt.

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Rock: Saleh may lose job over QB indecision

Saleh's job is not only to lead the team but to be the public face and voice of it. That used to be one of his strengths.

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Rock: Seems the  Wilson fiasco has hit an all-time low

The mere plausibility of the report from The Athletic should be more damning to Zach Wilson's future prospects than any torn tendon or lacerated ligament would be.

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Rock: 49ers' takedown of Eagles shows how far off Giants are

Wait, Big Blue is supposed to compete with these heavyweights?

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Rock: Saleh, Douglas will get pass thanks to Rodgers

Coach and GM should be fired for this mess, but having star QB on your side gets you another chance.

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Rock: Namath votes no on Rodgers comeback in 2023

The greatest QB in Jets history implored ownership not to allow Rodgers to return and risk reinjuring his Achilles.

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Rock: Rodgers' saga made Jets' season inconsequential from start

Rodgers has accomplished what he set out to do and made the Jets afterthoughts in their own season

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Rock: Schoen, Giants need to be ready to alter their 'expectations'

The Giants would be foolish to pass on a potential franchise-changing player to justify the contract they gave Daniel Jones.

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Rock: DeVito has made Giants football fun to watch again

He is quickly rising to the same folk hero status that another undrafted Jersey kid (Victor Cruz) achieved more than a decade ago.

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Rock: Jets' past now part of present, not good for future

So much for Robert Saleh thinking the franchise's culture has changed.

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Rock: Giants-Patriots sure isn't what it used to be

Super Bowl rivalry days are long gone; on Sunday, it's 3-8 vs. 2-8 for draft positioning.

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Rock: For Jets fans, add Fail Mary to list of miserable failures

Gang Green's "greatest hits" often land right in the collective solar plexus of the organization and its supporters.

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Rock: Jets' defense needs to bring its 'A' game

Strength of their roster must show up at 100% in NFL's first Black Friday game. 

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Rock: Bobby Okereke leads Giants by example

Giants teammates missed linebacker in practice, but he's never missing in action on game day.

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Rock: Jets had their chances to avoid this moment

The switch from Zach Wilson to Tim Boyle really should have been to a  QB whom the Jets never acquired.

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Rock: Daboll & Co. show they can mold Giants' next QB

If they're still at the top of the draft, or even if they trade up, they have right coach, staff to make it work. 

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Rock: Will Saleh be able to make QB change?

If Zach Wilson again struggles this week, coach can't hesitate to replace him and save season.

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Grading the Class of '23 for Jets, Giants

Breaking down the rookies' contributions into four categories: Overachieving, Progressing, Disappointing and Invisible.

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Rock: Xavier McKinney isn't doing himself any favors

Doing his best Marshawn Lynch impersonation with media another sign that he's probably on his way out with Giants. 

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Rock: To get Rodgers back, Jets have to show they can win without him

If they can score some wins these next few weeks, it makes Aaron Rodgers' return  — and a potential playoff berth — that much more likely.

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Rock: Giants bicker on sideline in midst of another soul-crushing loss

Saquon Barkley: 'It's definitely tough right now losing like that, getting embarrassed week after week'

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Rock: Giants' mess not ineffective Tommy DeVito's responsibility

The third-stringer actually leads the team in touchdown passes 10 games into the season.

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Tom Rock's NFL Midseason Awards

From MVP and Coach of the Year to rookie awards, let's start our list with . . . "Best Story."

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Rock: DeVito has a winning attitude

Third-string-QB-turned-starter doesn't need one of those fancy lockers to show he belongs.

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Rock: Davante Adams-Aaron Rodgers reunion? Do it, Jets!

Raiders receiver would surely sign off on being back with his favorite quarterback.

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Rock: Jones unfazed by torn ACL and uncertain Giants future

He's attacking this latest physical setback and all the ancillary scenarios that will arise from it in the most Daniel Jones ways possible: Clinically, unemotionally, unbothered by outside thoughts.

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Rock: Jones' injury should jump-start Giants' rebuilding process

The quarterback's knee injury — feared to be significant — opens a door to let GM Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll change the Giants, starting with the most important position.

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Rock: Jones again fighting for his Giants future

As quarterback returns from neck injury, he needs to show franchise he's worth sticking with going forward. 

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Rock: Older, wiser Barkley understands business side of NFL now

He's still a Big Blue optimist, but the state of pay for running backs has taught him a valuable lesson. 

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Rock: The ever-changing job description for Zach Wilson

We're heading into the vortex of this unique quarterback dynamic the Jets are concocting on the fly.

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Rock: Williams trade first move in Giants' overdue rebuild

The 2-6 Giants sent the defensive lineman to Seattle for a second-round pick in 2024 and a fifth-rounder in 2025.

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Rock: 64 minutes of garbage time for Jets and Giants

Giants threw this "W" back in the lake in late fourth quarter and overtime.

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Rock: When Giants and Jets get together, it's on 'D' v. 'D'

Giants and Jets defenders say that in this case, they are matching up not just against the other team's offense.

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Rock: Giants' Barkley, Jets' Hall bond over similar injury

Why did Barkley reach out to Hall? "It was because I'm a fan of his," he told Newsday. 

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Rock: Jets-Giants is shaping up to be the Backup Bowl

After investing heavily in their starting QBs in the offseason, both the Jets and Giants will look to their backups on Sunday.

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Rock: Leonard Williams knows both sides of Jets-Giants rivalry

He considers himself more a Giant and says of the Jets: "I kind of just see them as another opponent on the schedule."

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Rock: Giants defense looks back to glory days to give hope for future

It was a turn-back-the-clock day at MetLife, where the Giants donned old-school uniforms, then played like the powerhouse defenses of Big Blue's championship seasons.

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Rock: Welcome to the biggest game of the Giants' season

If they beat Washington, it's cause for optimism; 1-6 means changes likely on way.

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Rock: Giants' 205-minute TD-less streak is offensive!

When told of the streak, Saquon Barkley said, "Two hundred minutes? Dang."

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Rock: Daboll has a problem (no Joshing around)

The Giants' coach didn't suddenly get stupid; he doesn't have Josh Allen on his side anymore.

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Rock: Most entertaining player on the field? QB Tyrod Taylor

On a day when two backup quarterbacks already had managed to beat the only two previously unbeaten teams in the league, Tyrod Taylor nearly had the most improbable upset of them all.

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Rock: Thomas' absence is among biggest injuries of all for Giants

The rest of the Giants' issues, both in terms of their football and their lengthy injury report, seem to stem from their big offensive lineman's injury on the first drive of the season.

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Rock: How Daboll can make sure he stays around longer than predecessors

Some advice from former Giants coach Tom Coughlin: "Tough times don't last, tough people do. He'll get it done."

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Rock: Jets having Hackett's back could be spark to carry them

After rallying behind their offensive coordinator to win last week's grudge match in Denver, the Jets may have found something they can tap into this week against the Eagles on Sunday and beyond.

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Rock: Not-so-distant past confronts Giants coach Brian Daboll

Daboll crawls back for the class reunion, the reigning NFL Coach of the Year, sure, but with a non-competitive 1-4 team barely hanging on to any possibility of turning their season around as his date.

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Rock: Even if Jones can play, the Giants' problems aren't solved

Even with his health unquestioned, Daniel Jones hasn't been able to infuse this mess of a Giants offense with any life at all. Is it really cause to pump fists and exhale in relief that he appears on track to return?

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Rock: Breece Hall brings the pain in return to Denver

Runs for 177 yards and long touchdown a year after tearing ACL at same stadium. 

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Rock: It's prove-it time for Jones

He needs to have a strong game and show doubters Giants were right to sign him to four-year, $160M contract. 

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Rock: As captain, Giants coach Brian Daboll needs to maintain even keel

It was fun to see Daboll going berserk on referees and fighting for his team when they were winning. Now that the Giants are failing, though, his outbursts feel more like flailing.

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Rock: Back to future for Giants' woeful O-line

Welcoming Justin Pugh back at this point is an illustration of just how awful the Giants have been at rebuilding their line over the past decade. 

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