56° Good Morning
56° Good Morning

So far, Giants beating Jets in the battle of New Jersey

Damon Harrison of the Giants sacks Jets quarterback

Damon Harrison of the Giants sacks Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during NFL preseason action on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Credit: George McNish

The Giants (2-3) have lost three straight games and are alone at the bottom of the NFC East.

Yet defensive tackle Damon Harrison knows that things could be worse. Though his Giants have the worst record in their division, they don’t have the worst record in New Jersey.

That honor goes to the Jets, Harrison’s former team. And though he said he is concentrating on righting the ship on his current team, he admits to keeping tabs on what is going on in Florham Park.

“The guys around here, they do a pretty good job of letting me know what the guys on the other side of town are doing,” Harrison said after practice Friday, calling out a few of his more vocal Giants teammates, including Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul. “I don’t want to go into the details on it, but yes, they do a pretty good job of reminding me how the Jets are doing.”

The Jets (1-4) are tied with the Dolphins for last in the AFC East.

Before joining the Giants as a free agent this season, Harrison played four seasons with the Jets, establishing himself as one of the league’s premier run-stopping interior linemen. He refused to comment on the Jets’ misfortunes but indicated he still pulls for them from time to time.

“I have some really good friends on the team,” Harrison said. “I wish them the very best.”

The Giants have a favorable schedule ahead. They opened the season with arguably their toughest stretch of the season, facing five opponents that currently have a combined 16-7 record. Beginning with Sunday’s game against the Ravens, the Giants’ next six opponents have a combined 12-17 record.

(Maybe Harrison’s former team will improve, too. The Jets’ first five opponents have gone 14-9; their next nine are 17-28).

The mood at the Giants’ facility this week was relatively upbeat for a team that has lost three straight.

“Confident, belief,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said when asked about the mentality of the team. “Yesterday was a great practice out here with full pads on. Today was a good mental day for us . . . Positive vibe in here.”

Notes & quotes: Safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot) and tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) are out for the Ravens game . . . Six players are questionable: cornerbacks Eli Apple (hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), Pierre-Paul (groin), linebacker Devon Kennard (concussion) and wide receiver Dwayne Harris (toe).


We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

New York Sports