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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Perks up in second half of season

    McKinney ended the regular season with 116 tackles (78 solo), including a half-sack, along with 11 pass defenses (three interceptions) over 17 contests. McKinney didn't miss a defensive snap for New York this season after being limited to just nine games last year due to a hand injury. The fourth-year safety posted a modest 43 tackles without a pick over the first eight weeks of the campaign but picked up the pace considerably after that, tallying 73 stops and three interceptions across his final nine games. McKinney chose a good time to put up career-best totals in tackles and passes defended, as he'll be looking for a nice payday in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The Giants will likely look to bring him back, but the price could be steeper than they're willing to go.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Comes up big in Week 12 win

    McKinney totaled 10 tackles (four solo) and intercepted a pass in Sunday's 10-7 victory versus the Patriots. McKinney led New York in stops in the win, finishing with double-digit tackles for the fourth straight week. His biggest contribution, however, was a fourth-quarter interception of Bailey Zappe at midfield. McKinney returned the pickoff 18 yards, helping to set up a Randy Bullock field goal that provided the winning margin for the Giants. The interception was the first of the season for McKinney, and combined with his recent stellar production as a tackler, it gives him plenty of momentum heading into the team's Week 13 bye.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Logs double-digit tackles again

    McKinney recorded 12 tackles (eight solo) during the Giants' 31-19 win over the Commanders on Sunday. McKinney had another productive performance for the Giants, as he finished second on the team in tackles. The 2020 second-round pick has now logged double-digit tackles in three straight games, bringing his season total to 75 (57 solo).
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Limited with injury to ribs

    McKinney (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. McKinney likely hurt his ribs during Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Cowboys, though he played every snap in that contest, as he has for all 10 of New York's games this season. The extent of the fourth-year safety's injury, and his chances of playing this Sunday versus Washington, should become clearer as Week 11 prep progresses. McKinney has been a nice asset in IDP fantasy leagues of late, posting back-to-back weeks with 10 tackles.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Posts double-digit tackles again

    McKinney registered 10 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Cowboys. McKinney finished second on New York in stops in the blowout loss, reaching the double-digit tackle mark for the second straight week. That's a noticeable uptick in his output, as he totaled just eight stops over Weeks 7 and 8 combined. McKinney should be able to maintain a solid fantasy floor if he can continue to make an impact as a tackler, though he hasn't picked off a pass over his past 19 games after recording five interceptions in 2021.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Team's top tackler Week 9

    McKinney registered 10 tackles (seven solo) in a loss to Las Vegas on Sunday. McKinney led New York in stops on a day when the team fell behind early and never posed much of a threat. The safety finished with his first double-digit tackle total of the campaign and logged twice as many stops as he did last week versus the Jets. McKinney has yet to notch a pickoff this year, but he's been an every-down starter and has tallied at least five tackles in six of his nine games.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Logs limited action in preseason

    McKinney played in one of the Giants' three exhibition games, logging 21 snaps on defense against Carolina in Week 2. McKinney made one tackle in the exhibition Week 2 game while spending most of his time on the sideline. As is par for the course, New York elected to use the preseason slate primarily to evaluate players lower on the depth chart. McKinney is locked in as the Giants' starter at free safety for the coming campaign.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Plagued by injury in third campaign

    McKinney played in nine games during the regular season, totaling 45 tackles (29 solo), including one sack. He added five defended passes and a forced fumble. McKinney played every defensive snap for the Giants from Week 1 to Week 8 before injuring his left hand while on vacation in Mexico during New York's bye. The issue kept the third-year safety out of action until Week 17, when he played 83 percent of the team's defensive snaps and racked up seven tackles against the Colts. Despite the lengthy absence, McKinney's role as a starter upon his return was never in question, and as part of the Giants' young core, he will be looking for a contract extension with the final year of his rookie deal coming next season.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Likely to return Sunday

    The Giants activated McKinney (hand) from the reserve/non-football injury list ahead of Sunday's game against Indianapolis, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports. McKinney hurt his left hand in an ATV accident during the Giants' bye week and hasn't seen game action since Week 8. Coach Brian Daboll indicated earlier this week that McKinney wasn't likely to return to action against the Colts, but the safety was designated to return to practice Thursday and has now been activated just two days later. McKinney logged 100 percent of New York's defensive snaps in his eight games so far this season, but he could be on a snap count Sunday given the length of his absence.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Practice window begins

    The Giants announced Thursday that McKinney (hand) has been designated for a return to practice from the reserve/non-football injury list, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Coach Brian Daboll said Monday he doesn't expect McKinney to return in time for Sunday's contest against the Colts, but it's encouraging to see the safety at least resume practicing. New York will have a 21-day window to evaluate McKinney's health, and he can be fully activated at any point during that stretch.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Week 17 return unlikely

    Head coach Brian Daboll said Monday that McKinney's (hand) status hasn't changed, meaning he likely won't be activated from the reserve/non-football injury list prior to the Week 17 matchup against the Colts, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. McKinney is now in line to miss an eighth consecutive game come New Year's Day, as he's been working his way back from the hand injury he sustained in an ATV accident while vacationing back in November. Julian Love and Jason Pinnock should continue operating as the Giants' starting safeties for the time being, while Tony Jefferson is slated to handle rotational secondary snaps.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Won't be activated for Week 16

    McKinney (hand) is not expected to be activated for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. The Giants reportedly still hope McKinney plays again before the end of the regular season, though he will only have two such opportunities after the conclusion of Saturday's contest against Minnesota. The 23-year-old safety continues to work his way back from a hand injury suffered in an ATV action while vacationing back in November, and he remains on the reserve/non-football injury list.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Expected to return this season

    McKinney, who was originally expected to miss the season after injuring his hand in an ATV accident, is planning to return later this season, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports. McKinney was placed on the non-football injury list Nov. 7 and will be eligible to make his return following this week's game against the Commanders. However, the 23-year old safety is still expected to be out for at least a few more weeks. This still comes as good news since there was previously no timetable for the defensive signal caller's return. McKinney should instantly improve a secondary that has struggled recently due to injuries and will look to help the team make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Shifts to reserve/NFI

    The Giants placed McKinney (hand) on their reserve/non-football injury list Monday. It was previously reported that McKinney sustained a hand injury while on vacation and is expected to miss multiple weeks, per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus. The 23-year-old was off to a solid start to his 2022 campaign, which included 38 tackles, one sack, four passes defensed and one forced fumble across the team's first eight games. Dane Belton will be the expected beneficiary for added reps while McKinney remains sidelined.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Notches first career sack

    McKinney totaled two tackles, including one sack, against Seattle in a Week 8 loss. McKinney went untouched on a blitz and crushed Geno Smith late in the first half to record his first sack as a professional. However, he also finished with a season-low two tackles. McKinney has 38 tackles through eight games on the campaign, and he's yet to record an interception after leading New York with five last year.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Posts season-high nine tackles

    McKinney tallied nine tackles (five solo) in a Week 6 victory over the Ravens. McKinney recorded five or six tackles in four of the first five weeks of the campaign, and he stepped up his production with a campaign-high nine tackles in Week 6. He's yet to force a turnover this season but did pick off five passes in 2021. He has the potential to be an IDP asset but hasn't quite panned out that way so far this season.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Consistent production to start year

    McKinney recorded six tackles (five solo) and one pass defense during Monday's 23-16 loss to the Cowboys. McKinney has recorded at least five tackles in each of the first three games this season, giving him 16 total. Last year, the 2020 second-round pick broke out with 93 tackles and five interceptions, including one pick-six. He's yet to replicate that type of playmaking in 2022, but his consistent production to start the year has given him a solid fantasy floor moving forward.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Lands on COVID list

    The Giants placed McKinney on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday as an unvaccinated high-risk close contact. McKinney landed on the list in early November, but he was quickly restored to the roster when his test result was determined to be a false positive. Though his latest placement on the list isn't the result of a positive, league protocols call for unvaccinated players to remain away from the team for at least five days if they're deemed to be a high-risk close contact of an infected person. As such, McKinney won't be eligible to report back to the Giants' facility until Saturday, one day before the team plays the Cowboys. McKinney should be available for the Week 15 contest if he continues to test negative for the virus over the next few days.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Tests positive for COVID

    McKinney tested positive for COVID-19, and his status for Week 9 is uncertain, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. McKinney's vaccine status is unclear, but if he's vaccinated and able to return two negative tests within 24 hours, he will be able to play Sunday against the Raiders. Expect an update with the safety's vaccine status within the next couple of days. It's likely Logan Ryan will see an increased role Sunday if McKinney is unable to suit up.
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  • Giants' Xavier McKinney: Wraps rookie campaign with 25 stops

    McKinney notched 25 tackles (14 solo), one defended pass and one interception through six games in 2020. McKinney missed much of his rookie campaign while recovering from offseason foot surgery, but he managed to carve out a large defensive role (over 50 percent of snaps) during the Giants' final three regular-season games. The 2020 second-round pick stands to get every chance to compete for a starting role come 2021.
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