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Defenderdawg : 3/17/2017 7:21 am
Giants

Traina B/R: GRADING NEW YORK GIANTS' FREE-AGENCY PLAN SO FAR
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2697843-grading-new-york-giants-free-agency-plan-so-far

Raanan ESPN NY: Giants banking on Brandon Marshall to be their free-agent savior
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/51143/giants-banking-on-brandon-marshall-to-be-their-free-agent-savior

Cohen Giants.com: Latest Mock Draft predicts Giants' first 3 rounds
http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Latest-Mock-Draft-predicts-Giants-first-3-rounds/2933e627-a5fc-4d92-9af4-6d0a3a234a8f

RB

Keidel CBS NY: If Giants Want To Fix Backfield, They Should Look Northeast
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/03/17/new-york-giants-legarrette-blount-deangelo-williams-nfl-free-agency/

TE

Duggan NJ.com: How a hit by a Giant helped new H-back Rhett Ellison's knee heal
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/03/how_a_hit_by_a_giant_helped_new_h-back_rhett_ellis.html

DT

RV SNY: What happened to the market for Johnathan Hankins?
https://www.sny.tv/giants/news/what-happened-to-the-market-for-johnathan-hankins/219590086

Costello NYP: Giants' last big free agent making delusional demands
http://nypost.com/2017/03/16/giants-last-big-free-agent-making-delusional-demands/

Duggan NJ.com: Dontari Poe signs with Falcons; Is Giants' Johnathan Hankins next?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/03/dontari_poe_signs_with_falcons_is_johnathan_hankin.html

LB

Raanan ESPN NY: Giants GM Jerry Reese checks out Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/51154/giants-gm-jerry-reese-checks-out-vanderbilt-lb-zach-cunningham-at-pro-day

Kratch NJ.com: Giants NFL Draft 2017 buzz: Which top prospect did Jerry Reese check out?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/03/giants_nfl_draft_2017_buzz_which_top_prospect_did.html

NFL

Corry CBS Sports: Agent's Take: Here's what teams will really pay for top deals in NFL free agency
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/agents-take-heres-what-teams-will-really-pay-for-top-deals-in-nfl-free-agency/

Kahler MMQB: Richard Berman: ‘Deflategate Is Finally Put to Rest’
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/03/17/nfl-judge-richard-berman-deflategate-tom-brady-super-bowl-51-ted-wells-wells-report-roger-goodell

ARIZONA
Urban Cardinals.com: Wait and see with Cardinals and FA CB
http://blog.azcardinals.com/2017/03/16/wait-and-see-with-cardinals-and-fa-cb/

ATLANTA
McClure ESPN Atl: Dan Quinn still waiting on word from veteran guard Chris Chester
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/233889/dan-quinn-still-waiting-on-word-from-veteran-guard-chris-chester

McClure ESPN Atl: Falcons make big splash after all with addition of Dontari Poe
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/233914/falcons-make-big-splash-after-all-with-addition-of-dontari-poe

Burke SI.com: Dontari Poe should help Falcons' deep D-line continue its ascent
http://www.si.com/nfl/2017/03/16/dontari-poe-falcons-free-agency-contract?xid=socialflow_twitter_si

McClure ESPN Atl: Ex-Cowboy Jack Crawford could be pleasant surprise for Falcons
http://www.espn.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/67381/ex-cowboy-jack-crawford-could-be-pleasant-surprise-for-falcons

BALTIMORE
Jeremiah/Brooks NFL.com: Perfect Pairs: Ideal top two draft picks for Baltimore Ravens
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000793510/article/perfect-pairs-ideal-top-two-draft-picks-for-baltimore-ravens

Zrebiec Bal Sun: Ravens sign veteran cornerback Brandon Carr, not Morris Claiborne
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-sign-veteran-cornerback-brandon-carr-not-morris-claiborne-20170316-story.html

Hensley ESPN Bal: Brandon Carr brings much-needed stability at CB for Ravens
http://www.espn.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/90903/brandon-carr-brings-much-needed-stability-at-cb-for-ravens

BUFFALO
Carucci Buffalo News: Mills on the scent of an instant connection with Bills' coaches
http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/16/mills-finds-instant-connection-bills-coaches/

Carucci Buffalo News: Bills match offer sheet for Groy
http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/16/report-bills-match-offer-sheet-groy/

CAROLINA
Person Charlotte Observer: Private meetings with 2 Clemson Tigers show Panthers’ interest. Here’s what we know.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article138958743.html

CHICAGO
Campbell Chicago Tribune: Lovie Smith: Mike Glennon 'should help bring the Bears back'
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-lovie-smith-mike-glennon-bears-spt-0317-20170316-story.html

Wiederer Chicago Tribune: Bears send cavalcade to take closer look at Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-deshaun-watson-bears-pro-day-spt-0317-20170316-story.html

CINCINNATI
Jeremiah/Brooks NFL.com: Perfect Pairs: Ideal top two draft picks for Cincinnati Bengals
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000793505/article/perfect-pairs-ideal-top-two-draft-picks-for-cincinnati-bengals

CLEVELAND
Labbe Cleve Plain Dealer: Grading the Browns in free agency
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/03/grading_the_browns_in_free_age.html

Cabot Cleve Plain Dealer: Browns' Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown skip Deshaun Watson's Pro Day but will conduct private workout with him
https://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/03/browns_hue_jackson_and_sashi_b.html

DALLAS
Klemko MMQB: The Real Issue With Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott’s St. Patrick’s Day behavior provoked strong response, much of it misdirected towards race not misogny
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/03/16/ezekiel-elliott-tmz-tape-st-patricks-day

Davison Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys re-sign running back Darren McFadden
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/cowboys-corner-blog/article138842843.html

Archer ESPN Dallas: Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim has foot surgery after workout injury
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18921779/dallas-cowboys-te-geoff-swaim-foot-surgery-likely-training-camp

Moore Dallas Morning News: What mass exodus of DBs means for Cowboys; what Dallas will need to do to improve secondary
http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/03/16/mass-exodus-dbs-means-cowboys-dallas-will-need-improve-secondary

Archer ESPN Dallas: Cowboys now in must-have mode at cornerback in the draft
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/233918/cowboys-now-in-must-have-mode-at-cornerback-in-the-draft

DENVER
Renck The Denver Channel: Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon visits with Broncos
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/broncos/oklahoma-rb-joe-mixon-visits-with-broncos

Paige The Denver Channel: Broncos should stay away from Mixon in the draft
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/broncos/woody-paige-broncos-should-stay-away-from-mixon-in-the-draft

DETROIT
Rogers Detroit News: Lions have cap space but limiting factors remain
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/03/16/lions-have-cap-space-but-limiting-factors-remain/99267458/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: New Detroit Lions DE Cornelius Washington a big fan of DL coach
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/03/16/cornelius-washington-detroit-lions/99249992/

GREEN BAY
Nagler Mil JS: Lang reflects on leaving Rodgers, Packers
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2017/03/16/lang-reflects-leaving-rodgers-packers/99266632/

INDIANAPOLIS
Holder Ind Star: Insider: Early look at Colts' 2-deep lineup
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2017/03/16/insider-early-look-colts-2-deep-lineup/99246508/

Holder Ind Star: Colts sign backup defensive lineman Al Woods
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2017/03/16/colts-sign-backup-defensive-lineman-al-woods/99251210/

JACKSONVILLE
Kaye WLTV Jack: Jaguars sign former Colts linebacker Josh McNary
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/jaguars-sign-former-colts-linebacker-josh-mcnary/423076852

KANSAS CITY
Paylor KC Star: Chiefs sign former Ravens and Titans safety Marqueston Huff
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article138974598.html

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Henne Chargers.com: Damion Square Relishes Doing Dirty Work Up Front
http://www.chargers.com/news/2017/03/16/damion-square-relishes-doing-dirty-work-front

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Rams agree to terms with running back Lance Dunbar
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-lance-dunbar-20170316-story.html

Klein LA Times: Free-agent linebacker Connor Barwin agrees to deal with Rams
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-sign-barwin-20170316-story.html

MIAMI
Beasley Miami Herald: How the league’s performance-based pay system shorts young stars like Jay Ajayi
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article138864903.html

Beasley Miami Herald: Jermon Bushrod picks Dolphins over retirement, re-signs with Miami
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article138963363.html

Schad Palm Beach Post: Why Miami Dolphins are constantly linked to Vandy LB Zach Cunningham
http://dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/03/16/why-miami-dolphins-are-constantly-linked-to-vandy-lb-zach-cunningham/

MINNESOTA
Tomasson Twincities.com: Vikings GM Rick Spielman not worried about losing eight free agents
http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/16/vikings-gm-rick-spielman-not-worried-about-losing-eight-free-agents/

Vensel Minn Star Tribune: As Latavius Murray moves in, Vikings and Adrian Peterson will move on
http://www.startribune.com/as-latavius-murray-moves-in-vikings-and-adrian-peterson-will-move-on/416394363/

Tomasson Twincities.com: Adrian Peterson won’t return to Vikings, and replacement Latavius Murray won’t wear No. 28
http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/16/adrian-peterson-wont-return-to-vikings-and-replacement-latavius-murray-wont-wear-no-28/

Goessling ESPN Minn: As Adrian Peterson leaves Vikings, he joins list of Minnesota MVPs without a ring
http://www.espn.com/blog/minnesota-vikings/post/_/id/22294/as-adrian-peterson-leaves-vikings-he-joins-list-of-minnesota-mvps-without-a-ring

Tomasson Twincities.com: Ageless Terence Newman returns to Vikings ‘to win a ring’
http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/16/cb-terence-newman-returns-to-vikings-to-win-a-ring/

NEW ENGLAND
Reiss ESPN Boston: Ranking Patriots' top positions of need after initial personnel flurry
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4801962/ranking-patriots-top-positions-of-need-after-initial-personnel-flurry?utm_source=dlvr.it& utm_medium=twitter

Reiss ESPN Boston: Bill Belichick's scouting trip leads him to Vanderbilt
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4801950/bill-belichicks-scouting-trip-leads-him-to-vanderbilt

Reiss ESPN Boston: Kony Ealy looks forward to teaming up with Trey Flowers with Patriots
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4801956/kony-ealy-looks-forward-to-teaming-up-with-trey-flowers-with-patriots

Howe Boston Herald: Patriots D-line takes new shape with Kony Ealy, Lawrence Guy in tow
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2017/03/patriots_d_line_takes_new_shape_with_kony_ealy_lawrence_guy_in_tow

Boston Globe: Lawrence Guy hopes to add versatility to Patriots' defensive front
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2017/03/16/lawrence-guy-hopes-add-versatility-patriots-defensive-front/161QnWhK3CxmPULiRHJxvK/story.html

Hammerman Pats Pulpit: 17 years of Patriots: Analyzing LB trends under Bill Belichick
http://www.patspulpit.com/2017/3/16/14942970/17-years-of-patriots-analyzing-lb-trends-under-bill-belichick[/url]

Boston Globe: Malcolm Butler's visit with Saints reportedly ends with no deal
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2017/03/16/malcolm-butler-new-orleans-saints-visit/hEX2EqlDMBHbBTKysBQuPP/story.html

NEW ORLEANS
Underhill NO Advocate: Sean Payton: Trading Brandin Cooks was about improving the defense
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_32c0a1d6-0a9c-11e7-8a26-f724e0c09e17.html?utm_medium=social& utm_source=twitter& utm_campaign=user-share

Underhill NO Advocate: Malcolm Butler's Saints visit ends, but a long, complicated transaction could be just beginning
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_81625896-0a8f-11e7-a406-9fbe084ea715.html

Katzenstein Nola.com: Malcolm Butler, Saints motivated to get deal done: report
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2017/03/malcolm_butler_saints_motivate.html

OAKLAND
McDonald SJ Mercury News: Report: Raiders ‘likely’ to sign Bills QB E.J. Manuel
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/report-raiders-likely-to-sign-buffalo-qb-e-j-manuel/

Mano SJ Mercury News: Are Raiders talking to Marshawn Lynch about return to NFL?
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/are-raiders-talking-to-marshawn-lynch/

Durkin SJ Mercury News: What’s next for the Raiders after the departure of Latavius Murray?
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/whats-next-for-the-raiders-after-the-departure-of-latavius-murray/

McDonald SJ Mercury News: Latavius Murray's departure from Raiders proves RBs are expendable
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/latavius-murrays-departure-from-raiders-proves-rbs-are-expendable/

McDonald SJ Mercury News: Raiders TE Jared Cook looks forward to playing with Derek Carr
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/raiders-te-jared-cook-looks-forward-to-playing-with-derek-carr/

Gutierrez ESPN LA: Derek Carr recruits, lands new TE target for Raiders in Jared Cook
http://www.espn.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/77667/derek-carr-recruits-lands-new-te-target-for-raiders-in-jared-cook

Durkin SJ Mercury News: Raiders’ Gabe Jackson among the league’s biggest bargains
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/16/raiders-gabe-jackson-among-the-leagues-biggest-bargains/

PHILADELPHIA
Domowitch Phil.com: Eagles' Nick Foles says he's 'content' being Wentz's backup
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20170317_Domowitch__Eagles__Foles_says_he_s__content__being_Wentz_s_backup.html

McLane Phil.com: Nick Foles glad to be back in town that sometimes booed him
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/416385904.html

Shorr-Parks NJ.com: 2017 NFL Draft: Dalvin Cook visits Eagles, per report
http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2017/03/2017_nfl_draft_dalvin_cook_visits_eagles_per_repor.html

PITTSBURGH
Jeremiah/Brooks NFL.com: Perfect Pairs: Ideal top two draft picks for Pittsburgh Steelers
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000793515/article/perfect-pairs-ideal-top-two-draft-picks-for-pittsburgh-steelers

Bouchette Pitt Post Gazette: Alejandro Villanueva nearly doubles salary with performance bonus
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/03/16/alejandro-villanueva-contract-ross-cockrell-bonus-steelers-free-agency-rumors/stories/201703160136?pgpageversion=pgevoke

SAN FRANCISCO
Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers sign DT Chris Jones to one-year deal
http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article138869058.html

SEATTLE
Kapadia ESPN Seattle: Eddie Lacy can make $55K for each successful weigh-in, source says
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18927478/eddie-lacy-weight-clause-seattle-seahawks-deal

Kapadia ESPN Seattle: Seahawks to host Ricky Jean-Francois on a free-agent visit
http://www.espn.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/24905/seahawks-to-host-ricky-jean-francois-on-a-free-agent-visit

Condotta Seattle Times: Exploring the rumor about the Seahawks being open to trading Richard Sherman:
http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/exploring-a-rumor-about-the-seahawks-being-open-to-trading-richard-sherman/

TENNESSEE
Wyatt The Tennessean: Titans GM Jon Robinson: All Positions Still in Play in Draft
http://www.titansonline.com/news/article-4/Titans-GM-Jon-Robinson-All-Positions-Still-in-Play-in-Draft/331f6c24-75b5-4225-9c81-0731cece6af9

WASHINGTON
Breer MMQB: An Examination of What Went Wrong in Washington
A closer look into GM Scot McCloughan’s firing reveals three incidents involving players that led to strained relationships and the return of organizational chaos in D.C. Plus items on labor peace, Vegas and more
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/03/16/washington-redskins-nfl-dysfunction-scot-mccloughan-dan-snyder-bruce-allen

Clarke Wash Post: Despite tumult, Redskins will find ‘no shortage’ of GM job-seekers, one analyst says
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2017/03/16/despite-tumult-redskins-will-find-no-shortage-of-gm-job-seekers-one-analyst-says/?utm_term=.0db3835b236a

AP Wash Post: Redskins sign LB Chris Carter
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/redskins-sign-lb-chris-carter/2017/03/16/507e2ed8-0a7d-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html?utm_term=.eeefe9248ba2

Keim ESPN Wash: Redskins want DeAngelo Hall back, but youngsters are future at safety
http://www.espn.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/30578/redskins-want-deangelo-hall-back-but-youngsters-are-future-at-safety

Draft

Goodbread NFL.com: What we learned: Watson impresses Mayock at Clemson pro day
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000793412/article/what-we-learned-watson-impresses-mayock-at-clemson-pro-day

Brugler CBS Sports: Did Deshaun Watson or Mike Williams change any minds at Clemson pro day?
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/did-deshaun-watson-or-mike-williams-change-any-minds-at-clemson-pro-day/

Brugler CBS Sports: 2017 NFL Draft: Youngstown State pass rushers attract 25 NFL teams at pro day
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2017-nfl-draft-youngstown-state-pass-rushers-attract-25-nfl-teams-at-pro-day/

Olsen Michigan Live: NFL scouts test Western Michigan players at pro day
http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2017/03/nfl_scouts_test_limits_of_west.html

Burke SI.com: 2017 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: QB, or not QB? That is the question for the top 10 picks
http://www.si.com/nfl/2017/03/15/nfl-mock-draft-order-picks-quarterbacks-needs?xid=socialflow_twitter_si

Brinson CVS Sports.com: 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Browns take Myles Garrett, trade 4 picks to Pats for Garoppolo
"23. New York Giants Cam Robinson, OT, Auburn: Eli Manning was under siege for a lot of the 2016 season and the Giants need to get more protection for him up front. That can start with the draft."
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2017-nfl-mock-draft-browns-take-myles-garrett-trade-4-picks-to-pats-for-garoppolo/

QB
Sessler NFL.com: 2017 NFL Draft: Who will take a QB in the first round?
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000793304/article/2017-nfl-draft-who-will-take-a-qb-in-the-first-round

Person Charlotte Observer: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney doubles down on Michael Jordan-Deshaun Watson comparison
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article138904758.html

Ledbetter AJC: Watson dazzles NFL scouts at Clemson’s Pro Day
http://www.myajc.com/sports/football/watson-dazzles-nfl-scouts-clemson-pro-day/biLJyHsqRkwAF20v0XL0gJ/

RB
Leonard Fournette vs. Dalvin Cook: Who Should You Build Your Franchise Around?
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein joins ‘The Ringer NFL Show’ to discuss the best running backs in the 2017 NFL draft
https://theringer.com/nfl-show-leonard-fournette-dalvin-cook-lance-zierlein-dd584269d5#.1zh9k51c4

Demo Mile High Sports: Though he gets the criticism, agent Peter Schaffer defends client Joe Mixon
http://milehighsports.com/though-gets-criticism-agent-peter-schaffer-defends-client-joe-mixon/

WR
Person Charlotte Observer: Clemson WR Mike Williams solidifies top-10 NFL draft status with fast 40 at pro day
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article138909278.html

TE
Auman TB Times: NFL Draft Q& A: Missouri tight end Sean Culkin
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/nfl-draft-qa-missouri-tight-end-sean-culkin/2316778

C
PFF: PFF SCOUTING REPORT: ETHAN POCIC, C, LSU
https://www.profootballfocus.com/draft-pff-scouting-report-ethan-pocic-c-lsu/?utm_content=buffer70bf5& utm_medium=social& utm_source=twitter.com& utm_campaign=college

DT

Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft profile: No. 42 — Florida DT Caleb Brantley, quick rusher with concerns
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl-draft-profile-no-42-florida-dt-caleb-brantley-quick-rusher-with-concerns-172707345.html

DE
Walter Football: 2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Derek Barnett
http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2017dbarnett.php

Pickel Penn Live: Garrett Sickels didn't consult NFL Draft Advisory board before leaving Penn State, and doesn't regret it
http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2017/03/garrett_sickels_didnt_consult.html

History

Grossi ESPN Cleve: Bill Parcells speaks on Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, evaluating quarterbacks and the role of analytics in pro football
http://www.espn.com/blog/cleveland//post/_/id/3078

Giants Birthdays 3-17

Dan Fox LB UDFA-Notre Dame 2014 NYG 2014 3-17-1991
Dwayne Hendricks DT UDFA-Miami NYG PSQ 2010-2011 NYG 2011 3-17-1986
Eric Lane RB UDFA-Tennessee 1997 NYG 1997 3-17-1974

Re: Raanan's piece- I made a similar statement last week  
The_Boss : 3/17/2017 8:59 am : link
Taking a snapshot right now (3/17) of the landscape in the NFC, I don't see how the NYG have made themselves appreciably better, as Raanan concurs. In my opinion, they haven't closed the gap on or surpassed the top 4 teams in the conference: Atlanta, GB, Dallas, or Seattle. Yes, Dallas is losing players, but they still have 3 All Pros on that OL and their strategy is still going to be play keep away with Elliott (if he's not suspended) and their game managing QB, Dak. Right now, the NYG are pretty much what they were last year: the top WC contender. With them are Tampa and (perhaps) a rebounding Carolina. Yes, there's still a draft to be held and some leftovers to be had in FA, but I think all this talk about Super Bowl might be a little premature at this point.
Boss  
ryanmkeane : 3/17/2017 9:19 am : link
the Giants didn't make themselves better by signing one of the best veteran receivers in the NFL?
RE: Boss  
The_Boss : 3/17/2017 9:26 am : link
In comment 13396123 ryanmkeane said:
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the Giants didn't make themselves better by signing one of the best veteran receivers in the NFL?


In my opinion, and Raanan concurrs, they are not much better today than when they walked off the field in Lambeau.
The tenor will change  
GiantTuff1 : 3/17/2017 12:18 pm : link
if we can secure 1-2 O-line in draft or one of top TE's.
RE: RE: Boss  
Klaatu : 3/17/2017 1:17 pm : link
In comment 13396132 The_Boss said:
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In comment 13396123 ryanmkeane said:


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the Giants didn't make themselves better by signing one of the best veteran receivers in the NFL?



In my opinion, and Raanan concurrs, they are not much better today than when they walked off the field in Lambeau.


Talk about your negative spin.

Barring catastrophic injuries, of course, the Giants defense should be just as formidable in 2017 as it was in 2016, even if they're without Hankins and Robinson, who are both eminently upgradeable (sic). In the draft, I expect the Giants to address both the DT and OLB spots, as well as add to what is already a very stout secondary.

As for the offense, while the O-Line may still have its troubles, Marshall is a huge upgrade from Cruz, and will no doubt prove his worth on 3rd down and in the red zone. Ellison, as a FB, will pave the way for Perkins and whomever else the Giants line up at RB, and assist the OTs in pass-protection much like he did in Minnesota.

In the draft, I expect a pass-catcher to be on the Giants' radar, either a WR or a TE, as well as a good complimentary RB. Another O-Lineman is always a possibility. Sure, the Giants won't be able to solve all of their problems in one draft, but if the FO plays their cards right (as they did last year) they should emerge with another infusion of young talent on both sides of the ball.

In my view, things are looking up.
I dispute the notion that the Giants aren't improved  
gidiefor : Mod : 3/17/2017 2:44 pm : link
on Offense with the Ellis and Marshall signings

you can argue that the Oline may not be improved - but just having an accomplished blocker in Ellis added will improve the trench battle and lead blocking - which was virtually nil last year - not to mention that he is a better receiver than Tye or Donnell - which improves the TE situation

Marshall can play the outside - and is a tall experienced end-zone target -- Cruz doesn't play the outside receiver spot well - nor is he a tall end zone target - hence Marshall represents an improvement

Those are two significant upgrades that the Giants had equivalents for in 2015 - with essentially the same line -- main difference being Fluker replacing Newhouse - I don't see a huge difference there
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The_Boss : 3/17/2017 4:00 pm : link
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the Giants didn't make themselves better by signing one of the best veteran receivers in the NFL?



In my opinion, and Raanan concurrs, they are not much better today than when they walked off the field in Lambeau.



Talk about your negative spin.

Barring catastrophic injuries, of course, the Giants defense should be just as formidable in 2017 as it was in 2016, even if they're without Hankins and Robinson, who are both eminently upgradeable (sic). In the draft, I expect the Giants to address both the DT and OLB spots, as well as add to what is already a very stout secondary.

As for the offense, while the O-Line may still have its troubles, Marshall is a huge upgrade from Cruz, and will no doubt prove his worth on 3rd down and in the red zone. Ellison, as a FB, will pave the way for Perkins and whomever else the Giants line up at RB, and assist the OTs in pass-protection much like he did in Minnesota.

In the draft, I expect a pass-catcher to be on the Giants' radar, either a WR or a TE, as well as a good complimentary RB. Another O-Lineman is always a possibility. Sure, the Giants won't be able to solve all of their problems in one draft, but if the FO plays their cards right (as they did last year) they should emerge with another infusion of young talent on both sides of the ball.

In my view, things are looking up.


It's possible I may be wrong, but when it comes to my opinions regarding this team, I am right far more than the rare occasions I am wrong. We shall see. At the same time, I am stressing that RIGHT NOW we likely have not surpassed any of the 4 teams that participated in the conference divisional playoffs.
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The_Boss : 3/17/2017 4:04 pm : link
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the Giants didn't make themselves better by signing one of the best veteran receivers in the NFL?



In my opinion, and Raanan concurrs, they are not much better today than when they walked off the field in Lambeau.



Talk about your negative spin.

Barring catastrophic injuries, of course, the Giants defense should be just as formidable in 2017 as it was in 2016, even if they're without Hankins and Robinson, who are both eminently upgradeable (sic). In the draft, I expect the Giants to address both the DT and OLB spots, as well as add to what is already a very stout secondary.

As for the offense, while the O-Line may still have its troubles, Marshall is a huge upgrade from Cruz, and will no doubt prove his worth on 3rd down and in the red zone. Ellison, as a FB, will pave the way for Perkins and whomever else the Giants line up at RB, and assist the OTs in pass-protection much like he did in Minnesota.

In the draft, I expect a pass-catcher to be on the Giants' radar, either a WR or a TE, as well as a good complimentary RB. Another O-Lineman is always a possibility. Sure, the Giants won't be able to solve all of their problems in one draft, but if the FO plays their cards right (as they did last year) they should emerge with another infusion of young talent on both sides of the ball.

In my view, things are looking up.



It's possible I may be wrong, but when it comes to my opinions regarding this team, I am right far more than the rare occasions I am wrong. We shall see. At the same time, I am stressing that RIGHT NOW we likely have not surpassed any of the 4 teams that participated in the conference divisional playoffs.


And, for what it's worth, not that I needed validation but the guy we view as the best beat writer for the team happens to agree with my assessment, which I first made on this site last week.
Oh, puh-leeze.  
Klaatu : 3/17/2017 5:16 pm : link
Go back to fellating the Eagles.
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The_Boss : 3/17/2017 5:18 pm : link
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Go back to fellating the Eagles.



Fake news.
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