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Kenny Golladay harkens back to Giants' victory in New Orleans

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 Kenny Golladay #19 of the Giants is tackled by Demario Davis #56 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at Caesars Superdome on October 03, 2021 in New Orleans. Credit: Getty Images/Jonathan Bachman

Kenny Golladay finds himself thinking about the Week 4 win over the Saints a lot these days.

It’s not that he’s living in the past with those recollections. If anything, he’s thinking about the future. The immediate future. That game in New Orleans was the only time in this injury-ravaged season the Giants’ offense was at something close to resembling full strength… and they showed it.

"Everybody touched the ball," he said of that contest just about seven weeks ago. "DJ threw for like 400. Saquon had a long touchdown reception, then he capped it off with the winning rushing touchdown. That’s a pretty damn good game."

They could be that way on Monday night.

Barkley appears ready to return from the ankle sprain that has sidelined him since Week 5 (he was limited in Thursday’s practice), Kadarius Toney is coming back from the ankle injury that clearly slowed him down for a few games. They may be getting left tackle Andrew Thomas back. And Golladay himself, who missed three games with a knee sprain, said he feels the best he has since, well, that Saints game.

"The bye week was definitely clutch," he said of the time off for him and everyone else to recover. "When we’re at full strength it’s very exciting I feel like. We’ve just got to see how it all shakes out Monday."

All of which has the Giants thinking their offense can return to the form it flashed ever so quickly and brightly in Week 4 when it scored 27 points and racked up a season-high 487 yards. Hopefully for longer. Maybe even with more brilliance.

"We left some plays out there as well [against the Saints], so I feel like it can get better," Golladay said. "That’s one of those good games when you come back and you’re smiling the whole time you’re watching the film. Of course you make some mistakes during that game, but that’s one of those games you feel great about the next day."

Or, in the case of these Giants returning to health, the next month.

Notes & quotes: Thomas practiced with the team but has yet to be activated from injured reserve. Joe Judge said he would consider playing Thomas in a rotation with Matt Peart and Nate Solder if Thomas is not healthy enough to play an entire game on Monday … Barkley (ankle) and fellow running back Devontae Booker (hip) were both listed as limited. WR Sterling Shepard (quad) did not practice … The Bucs are getting healthier too. TE Rob Gronkowski (back) and LB Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) were full participants in practice.

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