Ranking the injured Giants (like Saquon Barkley, Xavier McKinney) that this team misses the most 0-5

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Another one that bites the dust.

the giants lost another key player to a major injury in Week 5 when the linebacker Lorenzo Carter broke his Achilles. He will miss the rest of the season, and it’s an unfortunate loss for a defense that was already facing its share of injuries on a squad already lacking in talent and depth.

The Giants entered the season with a bit of flair but enough depth to withstand the losses of more than a few key players. So, of course, the Giants lost more than a few key players.

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Some will return this season, others will not.

But who do they miss the most?

Here’s a ranking of the nine absent players that the Giants (0-5) could really use right now ahead of a Week 6 game against the Washington soccer team:

9. WR David Sills

Injury: fracture of the right foot

Replacement: N / A (he was not a lock to make the squad)

Status: Reserve injured, out of season

What they lack:

He had a good chance of being one of the Giants’ 53 players after an impressive training camp. The Giants’ wide receivers (outside of Darius Slayton) were bad enough that even Sills could have been an upgrade, if at the simplest level he could open up and help Daniel Jones. In reality, he might not have made a huge difference.

8. T Nate Solder

Injury: N / A (disabled)

Replacement: Andrew Thomas

Status: Disabled from the 2020 season for personal reasons related to COVID-19[female[feminine

What They Miss: The weld was horrible in 2019, allowing 11 bags. But he’s a veteran who has performed well in the past, and that would at least give the Giants options in tackling, as Andrew Thomas and Cam Fleming remain inconsistent.

7. OLB Oshane Ximines

Injury: shoulder, sustained in week 4

Replacement: Kyler fackrell

Status: Eligible to return to Week 8. Head Coach Joe judge says there is a “hope” that he will return soon.

What they’re missing: He wasn’t playing particularly well – three presses in four games – before being placed on injured reserve last week, but the Giants could really use him right now for depth with Carter lost to the season. Now, behind the starters, the Giants will have to be right with a sixth round pick (Cam Brown) and a seventh round pick (Carter Coughlin).

6. LB David Mayo

Injury: knee

Replacement: Devante Downs / Tae Crowder

Status: Eligible to be activated off reserve injured, 21 day window. The judge said he would be tested this week to see if he was still ready to return.

What They Miss: Mayo isn’t exactly Ray Lewis, but he’s a solid runstopper (90.1 points of defense Focus on professional football) and certainly an improvement over the players the Giants rode with in his place in rookie Tae Crowder and Devante Downs. Crowder is talented but has struggled against the Cowboys. Downs was a career special teams player prior to this year and was a handicap when playing defensive snaps.

5. CB Sam Beal

Injury: N / A (disabled)

Replacement: Ryan Lewis / Isaac Yiadom / Corey Ballentine

Status: Disabled for the 2020 season

What they’re missing: It’s not like Beal played like a closed corner last season, and it was only playing six games due to injury. Still, the Giants need options in place of a cornerback to James Bradberry, and it doesn’t look like Lewis, Yiadom or Ballentine are the answer. Maybe Beal wouldn’t have been either, but the Giants used a third-round pick on him because, clearly, they thought he had the talent to be a starter.

4. OLB Lorenzo Carter

Injury: ankle

Replacement: Markus Golden

Status: Placed on the injured reserve, absent for the season

What they’re missing: This injury just happened in Week 5, so it’s more of a glimpse of what the Giants are losing to Carter. Good to know: He’s the Giants’ most talented, and was finally starting to live up to his potential this season after two disappointing first years in the NFL. Now his season ends with eight presses, three hits and one sack in five games.

For some reason, the Giants weren’t playing Markus Golden much until Carter fell, but he’s perfectly capable of being a productive passer. Last year he led the Giants with 10 sacks, and against the Cowboys he had four presses and a half sack.

Also: Expect rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown to see more playing time.

3. S Xavier McKinney

Injury: Foot (suffered at training camp)

Replacement: Julian Love /Logan ryan

Status: still on the injured reserve, we do not know if he will return this season

What They Miss: The Giants never really got to see what their second-round pick could do, but they had high hopes and he was ready to play a big role right away. In Alabama, he’s lined up throughout the roster – safety, cornerback, linebacker – and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham would have used him creatively. His injury led the Giants to sign Ryan, who quickly became a team manager and was a solid player as well.

In McKinney’s absence, however, the Giants overplayed Nate Ebner in defense (over 20 shots) and Adrian Colbert – claimed waivers just before Week 1 – started back-to-back games. Julian Love was a disappointment and didn’t play a single defensive game in Week 5.

The Giants really could have used McKinney, with or without Ryan in the fold.

2. WR Sterling Shepard

Injury: toe (suffered in week 2)

Replacement: Damion Ratley

Status: Eligible to return off the injured reserve this week. The judge said Shepard will test his toe and see how it feels before activating it. His return is imminent.

What they lack: simply talent and openness. Shepard has been injury prone, but he tends to be productive when playing and he’s a reliable option at a position where the Giants desperately need reliability. Golden Tate was a disappointment, and Ratley has four catches in 126 offensive shots.

Daniel Jones has its flaws, but it’s hard to expect much when the receptors just won’t open.

1. RB Saquon Barkley

Injury: knee (torn ACL at week 2)

Replacement: Devonta Freeman

Status: Off season

What they lack: their best and most dynamic player. The Giants offense was built around the idea that Barkley would be the centerpiece. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has struggled to adjust to life without him. Freeman showed signs of life – 87 yards total, one touchdown – in Week 5, but he’s not as versatile as Barkley. You won’t find Freeman breaking up, or having defenses that build their entire game plan around stopping him.

The Giants’ rushed offense is better with Freeman than Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis, admittedly, but it’s a clear downgrade.

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