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The New York Giants are signing free-agent safety Landon Collins, he told Josina Anderson of CBS Sports.

Collins will travel to London to be with the team ahead of its game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Giants plan to use Collins in more of a linebacker role, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Collins, 28, was a second-round pick by the Giants in 2015 and spent four seasons with New York. He was a first-team All-Pro in his second year.

He signed a six-year, $84-million contract with the Washington Commanders in March 2019 and spent three seasons with the Commanders, playing in 35 games. The team released him in June after placing him on injured reserve with a foot injury in December 2021.

The Giants have struggled to stop the run this season, ranking 28th in rushing yards allowed per game.

Collins has 676 career tackles.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is considered day-to-day with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jones is set for more tests but there’s some optimism he’ll be able to play in Week 5, Rapoport adds.

The signal-caller exited Sunday’s 20-12 victory with the ailment but was forced to re-enter the contest after backup Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion. The Giants didn’t attempt a pass following Jones’ return.

Head coach Brian Daboll said Monday that Jones is “feeling a little bit better,” but the team is likely to work out a few passers amid the injuries to the quarterback room, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

New York has stormed to a 3-1 record to begin the 2022 campaign. The team will take on the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

Daniel Jones ran for two touchdowns before injuring an ankle, Saquon Barkley had 146 yards rushing and ran the wildcat offense at times after both New York quarterbacks were hurt in leading the Giants to a 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Jones scored on runs of 21 and 8 yards, New York rushed for 262 yards and Graham Gano kicked field goals of 44 and 43 yards as the Giants improved to 3-1 under rookie coach Brian Daboll. It’s their best start since 2011, when they won the Super Bowl.

Michael Badgley kicked four goals for the Bears (2-2) while filling in for Cairo Santos, who missed the game for personal reasons.

Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor were injured a roughly 10-minute span in the second half. Jones (8 of 13 for 71 yards and 68 yards rushing) injured an ankle when he was sacked by Jaquan Brisker late the third quarter. Taylor went into the concussion protocol after scrambling for a first down with 8:35 to go.

Jones finished the series that Gano ended with a 44-yarder for a 17-12 lead and Barkley ran the direct-snap offense that Gano finished with his 43 yarder with 5:34 to go. Jones was on the field and lined up as a receiver on those plays and he took the snaps on some of the final series for handoffs.

Chicago had a chance late, but Velus Jones Jr. fumbled a punt at his own 35 and Gary Brightwell recovered 2:13 to play. The Bears got the ball back at their own 27 with 17 seconds to play, but the game ended with a final play that included about 10 laterals.

Justin Fields was 10 of 21 for 163 yards, ran for 52 yards and was sacked five times. Khalil Herbert had 77 yards rushing as the Bears lost to the Giants for the first time in four games.

Coming off an excellent game against the Cowboys, Jones had New York scored on runs of 21 and 8 yards to give the Giants a 14-6 halftime leads. The TDs were the teams first in the opening 30 minutes this season.

Badgley hit three field goals as the Bears failed to maximize on two red-zone opportunities.

STEPPING IN

With Santos out, Badgley was signed to the to the practice squad and then promoted to the active roster. Badgley hit from 29, 22, 40 and 35 yards.

Santos had made all four of his field goals attempts this season, including a winning 30-yarder against Houston last Sunday.

Badgley made 18 of 22 field goal attempts in 13 games with the Colts and Titans last season.

INJURIES

Bears: LG Cody Whitehair left in the first half with a knee injury.

Giants: Besides the quarterbacks, S Julian Love (concussion), OT Evan Neal (neck), DT Henry Mondeaux (ankle) and CB Aaron Robinson left the game.

UP NEXT

Bears: Face the Vikings in Minnesota in their second straight road game.

Giants: Cross the Atlantic Ocean to face the Packers in London.

Saquon Barkley not only looks like one of the NFL’s most dominant running backs again this season – he hasn’t felt this good in a long time.

The New York Giants star, who put on a show as a freshman in 2018 but wasn’t able to replicate that success in the following years, said Thursday the plays he’s made through this season’s first three games remind him of his best days in the NFL.

“Yeah, not to be arrogant but when you see plays like when I went back and watched film on the touchdown run I had on Monday, making that jump cut inside a hole, making those two guys miss and finding a way to score, those are plays where it just puts a smile on your face when you’re like, ‘That is the guy I know,'” Barkley said, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

Barkley took the league by storm after the Giants drafted him second overall in 2018. He rushed for 1,307 yards and caught 721 that year, good for an NFL-high 2,028 scrimmage yards. The Penn State product also amassed 15 total touchdowns while appearing in all 16 games en route to winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

But Barkley struggled to stay healthy the following years. He missed three games in 2019 with an ankle injury before being sidelined for most of the 2020 campaign due to a torn ACL. An ankle ailment then forced him to sit out four games last season.

However, Barkley is off to a hot start to the 2022 campaign. The 25-year-old leads all running backs in snaps played, and he’s racked up 317 yards (six per carry) as well as two touchdowns on the ground. His 408 scrimmage yards also top the league this year.

“That is the guy who was always there,” Barkley added. “He was there last year to be completely honest. I just had a hard time finding a way to bring him out. That is coming with a mental disconnect, loss in confidence, and just human nature. It happens. You’re going to have your ups and downs in life, but you have to find a way not to waver and trust yourself. Continue to trust the process and find belief in yourself again. I feel like I’m starting to do that.”

Barkley has a good opportunity to keep his momentum going in Week 4 as the 2-1 Giants host the Chicago Bears, who’ve allowed the second-most rushing yards in 2022.

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL in Monday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Brian Daboll announced Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

Shepard suffered the non-contact injury late in the fourth quarter, and initial tests prompted fears that the 29-year-old was facing a long-term absence.

It’s Shepard’s second straight season-ending injury; he tore his Achilles in Week 15 last year after playing in just seven games. He’s struggled to stay healthy throughout his NFL career, previously dealing with quad, hamstring, toe, and concussion injuries.

The loss of Shepard – who had 13 catches for a team-high 154 yards and a touchdown through three games – is a significant blow to a Giants receiving group that’s already faced injuries to Kadarius Toney and rookie Wan’Dale Robinson.

Richie James will likely assume a larger role in Shepard’s absence, while disgruntled veteran Kenny Golladay could see more playing time.

Shepard took a pay cut to return to the Giants this offseason. He’s scheduled to become a free agent in 2023.

CeeDee Lamb was angry with himself in the second quarter after dropping a wide-open pass and costing the Dallas Cowboys a possible touchdown. It was just embarrassing.

The star Cowboys receiver more than made up for it with the game on the line, making a one-handed TD catch with 8:30 to play to cap a go-ahead drive that gave the Cowboys a 23-13 win over the surprising New York Giants on Monday night.

“He’s CeeDee Lamb,” Dallas quarterback Cooper Rush said after hitting Lamb four times on the 89-yard drive. “Guy’s open a lot. Makes big-time catches. That fade catch was unbelievable. I’m sure he wants that other one back, but made tons of plays for us, like usual.”

Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 1-yard run to ignite a comeback from a seven-point deficit and Brett Maher kicked three field goals as the Cowboys (2-1) beat the Giants (2-1) for the 10th time in 11 games and handed coach Brian Daboll his first loss.

Rush threw for 210 yards, including the 1-yard touchdown to Lamb, in winning his second straight game filling in for the injured Dak Prescott (thumb).

Lamb finished with eight catches for 87 yards, but he also dropped the potential 52-yard TD throw. He paced the sideline after the play and teammates walked over to encourage him.

“It was situation I had to deal with on my own, obviously I’m the one that dropped the ball for the guys,” Lamb said. “So knowing that I had to make this up in the back end of the game, I just wanted to step up.”

Lamb actually made three plays at the end of the drive. He caught a 4-yard pass on fourth-and-4 from the Giants 41 with 10:27 to go. He added a 26 yard pass to the 1 and followed that with his great catch on the fade pattern for a 20-13 lead.

Saquon Barkley scored on a weaving 36-yard touchdown run that gave the Giants a brief 13-6 lead. Graham Gano added three field goal, including a 51-yarder with 3:37 to play to make it a one-score game.

The Giants got the ball back with 1:45 to play, but the series ended quickly with an interception by Trevon Diggs.

Dallas came into the game having allowed only one touchdown in each of its first two games, and the trend continued on Monday night. The defense hounded Daniel Jones, sacking him five times, with DeMarcus Lawrence tying his career high with three.

Maher sandwiched field goals of 26 and 28 yards around a 42-yarder by Gano to give Dallas a 6-3 halftime lead.

The Cowboys also got a big play on special teams as defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Gano on New York’s opening possession.

INJURIES:

Cowboys: Lawrence was injured early in the third quarter when he hurt a foot on a play that Jones was sacked by safety Donovan Wilson. … The Giants had Sterling Shepard seemingly hurt a leg on New York’s final offensive play and Daboll said after the game the initial report was not good.

UP NEXT: Cowboys: Return home to face the Washington Commanders on Sunday.

Giants: Complete three-game homestand with a game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

The New York Giants are signing veteran linebacker Jaylon Smith, his agent announced Monday.

Smith returns to the Giants after playing in four games and making two starts in 2021 for the team. He tallied 19 tackles, one sack, and one tackle for loss for New York last season.

The 27-year-old will join the team’s practice squad, according to The Record Sports’ Art Stapleton.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted the Notre Dame product in the second round in 2016. Smith played four seasons with the Cowboys before they released him last October. He signed with the Green Bay Packers shortly after but was released after two games and joined the Giants’ practice roster.

Smith has recorded 536 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks over his career.

With Brian Daboll as their coach, the New York Giants are doing something they haven’t done for more than five years: They’re finding ways to win consistently.

Graham Gano kicked a 56-yard field goal with 3:34 to play, and the Giants ignored being booed off the field at halftime and beat the Carolina Panthers 19-16 on Sunday.

New York improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2016 and sent the Panthers to their ninth straight loss.

“Whether you score a lot or not, it’s important to figure out ways to win games,” Daboll said. “You can win a game a variety of ways, and also lose it a lot of ways. Again, the object of the game is to have one more point and to give yourself a chance in the fourth quarter.”

That’s what the Giants have done the first two weeks in beating Tennessee and now Carolina.

The Panthers (0-2) are doing the opposite. They dropped a 26-24 decision to Cleveland on a late field goal last week. On Sunday, they spotted the Giants six points early and allowed New York to come through late.

“We prepare our (tails) off,” said Baker Mayfield, who was 14 of 29 for 145 yards and a touchdown. “We work during the week. There’s no question about that. We’re ready to go. We just have to come out and execute.”

Gano also hit from 52, 36 and 33 yards and Daniel Jones found rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger on a 16-yard touchdown pass as the Giants responded in the second half after the game was tied 6-6 at the break.

Mayfield hit DJ Moore for a 16-yard touchdown for a 13-6 lead early in the second half. Eddy Pineiro kicked field goals of 31, 32 and 38 yards for Carolina, the last one tying the game at 16-all with 10:40 to play.

Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 72 yards on 21 carries, had runs of 10 and 8 yards as the Giants responded with an 11-play, 37-yard drive to take the lead. It was much like New York’s late drive against Tennessee, which ended with a TD and 2-point conversion.

“It’s exciting, it’s hard to win in the league, but we got to treat it like a loss when we watch the film,” Barkley said. “We have to be our biggest critics and see what we can do better. These last two wins we didn’t come out fast. We can’t do that but our defense made plays for us.”

The Panthers got the ball back after Gano’s go-ahead kick, gained 12 yards and were forced to punt after Julian Love sacked Mayfield on third down.

The Giants took over and Jones (22 of 34 for 176 yards) closed out the game after he scrambled for a first down on third-and-6.

Christian McCaffrey led the Panthers with 15 carries for 102 yards.

The Panthers’ losing streak is the longest active skid in the NFL. Matt Rhule is 10-25 as Carolina’s coach and fans are losing patience.

“That’s two games in a row where we came down to the end with a chance to win the game and come up short both times,” Rhule said. “I take full responsibility for that. That’s my job. That falls on me. I have to help these guys find a way to make one more play and win the game.”

The Panthers tried to hand the game to the Giants early. Chuba Hubbard, replacing the injured Andre Roberts, fumbled the opening kickoff. Receiver Robbie Anderson coughed up the ball on the next series after a catch at his own 40.

Despite great field position, the Giants were shut down by Carolina’s defense — New York was held to 60 yards in the first half — and settled for two field goals.

INJURIES

Panthers CB Donte Jackson and backup DT Bravvion Roy were ruled out in the second half with hamstring injuries. … Leonard Williams, the Giants’ best defensive lineman, hurt a knee in the third quarter and left the game. … New York had four starters out: OLBs Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Azeez Ojulari (calf), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and CB Aaron Robinson (appendicitis).

GOLLADAY’S DAY

The Giants signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million contract in the spring of 2021. He failed to score a touchdown last season and he was one the field only a few plays on Sunday. Don’t be surprised if the Giants do something.

UP NEXT

The Panthers open a three-game homestand against the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.

The Giants play their second game in a three-game homestand when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, Sept. 26.

Brian Daboll nailed his first big decision as the Giants head coach.

After trailing 13-0 at the break, the Giants found the end zone three times in the second half. The last of those scores was a one-yard pass by Daniel Jones to Chris Myarick and it left the Giants down 20-19. Daboll chose to go for two rather than try to tie the game and Saquon Barkley converted to put the Giants up 21-20 with 1:06 left in the game.

A pair of defensive holding penalties helped the Titans drive the ball into Giants territory with 29 seconds left to play and Ryan Tannehill hit rookie Kyle Phillips for a 21-yard catch. That put the Titans well within Randy Bullock’s field goal range, but the veteran kicker missed wide left from 47 yards as time expired. That made Daboll a winner in his head coaching debut.

The two-point play capped a big day for Barkley. He opened a pivotal season by running 18 times for 164 yards and a touchdown. He broke off 68- and 33-yard runs that were reminiscent of the best parts of his first two seasons and it’s the kind of outing that will have a lot of Giants fans hoping that he’ll stay healthy enough to do the same kind of things all season.

Jones’ day was more uneven. He hit Sterling Shepard for a 65-yard touchdown, but threw a terrible interception in the end zone while staring Barkley down and also lost a fumble. Daboll could be seen giving Jones an earful on the sideline after the interception and the team will be looking for more consistency in the future.

The Titans will likely be looking for some more offensive consistency as well. They scored on three of their first four drives, but punted on five of the next six possessions and only converted 3-of-11 third down chances.

One of those failures came with just over five minutes to play on a third-and-1. The Titans gave ball to rookie tight end Chigs Okonkwo on a sweep that lost four yards while Derrick Henry was in the game. It was a curious call and the Titans will need to pull things together in a hurry because they’re set to be in Buffalo next Monday night.

The Giants will be heading home to take on the Panthers and this result means they’ll be getting a much warmer welcome than they’ve been accustomed to in recent years.

New York Giants rookie pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux is expected to miss three-to-four weeks after suffering an MCL sprain in Sunday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Giants are hopeful that he can recover on the short end of the expected timeline and be cleared to play in their regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 11, according to Schefter.

Thibodeaux was hurt on a low block from Bengals tight end Thaddeus Moss. He was able to walk off under his own power before being taken to the locker room and ruled out for the rest of the game.

Selected with the No. 5 overall pick after a stellar run at Oregon, the 21-year-old is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the Giants’ pass rush as a rookie.

Thibodeaux recorded 19 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss across three seasons in Eugene, capping off his college career with consensus All-American honors as a junior in 2021.