Giants’ Joe Judge warns team to avoid poor bye week decisions

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As the New York Giants head into their bye week this weekend, head coach Joe Judge took the time to remind his players to be careful during their time off. The team broke for a mini-vacation after Wednesday’s workout and won’t reconvene until Monday.

“We talked about it this morning,” Judge said of the idle time. “Just make the right decisions.”

Players usually utilize this time to reconnect with family and friends both in the Metropolitan area and across the country at their respective homes. Sometimes temptation comes knocking and players slip up.

Judge’s message to the players hopefully will prevent any of that from happening.

“We talked about a few of the instances that happened this year and last year around the league,” Judge said. “Look, it’s natural for a lot of guys to kind of let their hair down this time of year. You get a few days off, you step away from a stressful situation for a couple of days, you kick back. You’ve got to make sure that you put yourself in the right surroundings and you make the right decisions.

“We talk very openly with our players about making the right decision. Before they get out of here again today, I’ll remind them of the same thing. It’s good for guys to refresh physically, refresh mentally and come back ready to go. Within that time, we’re not exempt to consequences and we’re not exempt from tragedies, so we have to understand that and make the right decisions.”

The Giants have had few off-the-field incidents since Judge took over as head coach in January of 2020, and he’s hoping to avoid more over the next week.

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