Julian Love didn’t nail down his contract extension during the bye week, but the safety said Tuesday that he hopes circumstances work out so that he can be a Giant for life.
General manager Joe Schoen said he hoped to use the bye week to begin talks for a number of key contract extensions, though it appears that things didn’t get further than the talking stage for Love, who’s a free agent next year and whose role has grown this season.
“I love playing here,” said Love, who will take over defensive playcalling duty after Xavier McKinnon had surgery on multiple broken fingers. “I really enjoy the people here. It’s been a blast these past few years and I respect the hell out of Schoen and everybody upstairs. So yeah, if something can get done, I’d love to get it done, but the bye week was that time to figure things out and be involved in it. Right now, I’m letting them handle it, my agent handle it, and focusing on now this bigger role for me and do my thing.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Jones said there were no talks between his representation and Schoen during the bye week. The Giants declined to pick up the quarterback’s fifth-year option and it’s unclear whether they view him as the future of the franchise.
Jones said he doesn’t discuss the situation with his agents much, even as he’s led the team to a 6-2 record. The Giants have a number of options beyond inking him to a long-term deal — like applying the franchise tag on him (though they could use that on Saquon Barkley instead) or the transition tag.
Bellinger still ailing
TE Daniel Bellinger said he is still experiencing some double vision because of the swelling in his surgically-repaired fractured left eye socket but doctors told him that should go away soon. Once it does, Bellinger said he expects to return to the field. He was running on the side at practice. The Giants did not put him on injured reserve after he suffered the injury on Oct. 23, indicating they expect him back for next week's game against the Lions.
Notes & quotes: WR Kenny Golladay (knee) was back at practice and is expected to play against the Texans for the first time since Week 4 . . . CB Aaron Robinson is “doubtful” to return this season after hurting his knee last month, Brian Daboll said . . . DT Nick Williams (biceps) is out for the year. with Tom Rock