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Defenderdawg : 4/20/2017 8:05 am
Giants

Kratch NJ.com: Giants to play at Redskins on Thanksgiving, report says
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/04/giants_to_play_at_redskins_on_thanksgiving_report.html

Testfatsion Wash Post: Redskins to host first Thanksgiving game in franchise history
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2017/04/20/redskins-to-host-first-thanksgiving-game-in-franchise-history/?utm_term=.9509a50f4403

Salomone Giants.com: Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Giants' pick in new mock draft
http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Mel-Kiper-Jr-predicts-Giants-pick-in-new-mock-draft/d3692fa4-63bc-4c0b-b4d9-ac1e649f15f1

Traina B/R: Deep Sleepers New York Giants Should Target in 2017 NFL Draft
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2704154-deep-sleepers-new-york-giants-should-target-in-2017-nfl-draft

RB

Giants.com: Giants Insider: RB Paul Perkins
http://www.giants.com/videos/videos/Giants-Insider-RB-Paul-Perkins/2cb66f2b-712c-4c6d-8cf3-c281dd1e5738

Dyer Metro US: Giants work out fastest running back in NFL Draft: Source
Cal product visited Big Blue earlier this week
http://www.metro.us/sports/new-york/giants-work-out-fastest-running-back-nfl-draft

LT
Schwartz NYP: This is the wrong draft for Giants to save their offensive line
http://nypost.com/2017/04/19/this-is-the-wrong-draft-for-giants-to-save-their-offensive-line/

NFL

Benoit MMQB: Every NFL Team’s Biggest Draft Need
"23. New York Giants
Biggest Need: Offensive Tackle
Andy: It’s only a matter of time before the Giants meet left tackle Ereck Flowers at a diner and begin the conversation with, “Look, you’re a great guy, but….” Yes, the 2015 first-round pick has just 31 NFL starts, but he’s made few strides with his grossly flawed fundamentals. At best, Flowers can survive, not thrive. Maybe a move to right tackle would help—not because it’s an easier position (in many ways, it’s more difficult) but because it would give Flowers a chance to overhaul his mechanics. In the Giants’ quick-strike passing game, high-priced offensive linemen shouldn’t be a priority. But in their very basic north/south ground game, which wasn’t close to good enough last year, they should be.
Emily: Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk is generally regarded as the draft’s top left tackle. The downside? He’s still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on a torn labrum in his hip. If New York opts to be risk-averse, Alabama’s Cam Robinson was a five-star high school recruit who lived up to the billing. Utah’s Garett Bolles is one of the best stories of the draft; he was suspended or kicked out of five different schools growing up, briefly sent to jail for vandalizing another school, and kicked out of his home by his father, after which he was taken in by his lacrosse coach. He’ll turn 25 next month, but scouts say he’s the most athletic offensive lineman available."
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/04/19/nfl-draft-needs

Breer MMQB: Aaron Hernandez Saga Won’t Affect How NFL Sees Players
In the wake of the convicted murderer’s suicide, team personnel execs explain the impact it will have on how they do their jobs. Plus items on Andrew Luck’s surgery, NFL draft happenings, a potential trade and more
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/04/20/aaron-hernandez-suicide-nfl-impact-notebook

Skretta AP: NFL teams weigh when to draft replacements for veterans
http://www.myajc.com/sports/football/nfl-teams-weigh-when-draft-replacements-for-veterans/d6iWXuhoaSjwr9RUti0vZM/

Judge Talk of Fame: WHY CAN’T ADRIAN PETERSON FIND A HOME? TRY STARTING HERE
http://www.talkoffamenetwork.com/why-cant-adrian-peterson-find-a-home-try-starting-here/

ARIZONA
Weinfuss ESPN AZ: Cardinals brass heads to workout, reportedly with QB DeShone Kizer
http://www.espn.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/125930/cardinals-brass-heads-to-workout-reportedly-with-qb-deshone-kizer

ATLANTA
Winklejohn AJC: Falcons re-juvenated by “Camp Brotherhood”
http://www.ajc.com/sports/football/falcons-juvenated-camp-brotherhood/SNwZNDVSwr1b2ULTN5Cu5I/

Winklejohn AJC: Falcons take a flyer on UGA decathlete Scantling
http://www.ajc.com/sports/football/falcons-take-flyer-uga-decathlete-scantling/0ayqEqbStSEIuOIV2SsSMK/

Ledbetter AJC: Falcons can find offensive line help in draft
http://www.ajc.com/sports/football/falcons-can-find-offensive-line-help-draft/eXd02LxdhigRB3k5J0mBXM/

BALTIMORE
Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Now healthy for offseason workouts, Ravens' Joe Flacco confident 'everything will be better' 
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-offseason-workouts-0420-20170419-story.html

Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Mike Wallace on Ravens picking up $5.75M option: 'Smart decision'
http://www.espn.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/91047/mike-wallace-on-ravens-picking-up-5-75m-option-smart-decision-by-them

Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Ravens draft position-by-position breakdown: Tight end
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bal-ravens-draft-position-by-position-breakdown-tight-ends-20170417-story.html

BUFFALO
Carucci Buffalo News: Embarrassment over more Patriot pilfering real issue in possible loss of Gillislee
http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/19/vic-caruccis-bills-wake-call-embarrassment-patriot-pilfering-real-issue-possible-loss-gillislee/

Skurski Buffalo News: Analysis: Mike Gillislee dilemma starts with Jim Overdorf's mismanagement of salary cap
http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/19/analysis-mike-gillislee-dilemma-starts-jim-overdorfs-mismanagement-salary-cap/

CAROLINA
Sorensen Charlotte Observer: As the NFL draft draws near, here’s how I know I’m an outlier, and what happens next
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/tom-sorensen-blog/article145430054.html

CHICAGO
Biggs Chicago Tribune: Q& A: Will the Bears draft a QB — Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes or Mitch Trubisky?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-nfl-draft-bears-draft-qb-mailbag-20170419-story.html

Jahns Chicago Sun Times: With draft approaching, Bears remain believers in WR Kevin White
http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/with-draft-approaching-bears-remain-believers-in-wr-kevin-white/

CINCINNATI
Owczarski Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals starters Eifert, Iloka, Boling expected to be ready for training camp
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2017/04/19/cincinnati-bengals-starters-tyler-eifert-clint-boling-george-iloka-expected-to-be-ready-for-training-camp/100652162/

CLEVELAND
Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns focus on adding talent, not assets, is right approach to 2017 NFL Draft
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/04/browns_focus_on_adding_talent.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns open to trade up from No. 12, with Mitch Trubisky the presumed target
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/04/browns_open_to_trading_up_from.html

DALLAS
Taylor ESPN Dallas: Dez Bryant's health makes WR an option for Cowboys in NFL draft
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/235561/dez-bryants-health-makes-wr-an-option-for-cowboys-in-nfl-draft

DENVER
Wolfe Denver Post: Broncos CB Aqib Talib won’t face discipline for shooting as NFL closes investigation
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/18/aqib-talib-wont-face-discipline-for-shooting-nfl-broncos/

Jhablava Denver Post: The Broncos have been in “the dungeon” for months now. T.J. Ward would rather be at the White House.
Vance Joseph said the energy of the Broncos’ secondary starts with safeties T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/19/tj-ward-darian-stewart-broncos-safeties-white-house-dungeon/

DETROIT
Monarrez Detroit Free Press: Paying Matthew Stafford top money could cripple Detroit Lions
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/04/19/matthew-stafford-detroit-lions/100648708/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Golden Tate: Lions WR Jace Billingsley reminds me of me
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/04/19/detroit-lions-jace-billingsley/100638708/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Speedy San Diego cornerback Jamal Agnew visits Detroit Lions
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/04/19/who-made-predraft-visits-detroit-lions/100639630/

GREEN BAY
Dougherty Mil JS: Thompson needs 'A' game on defense
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2017/04/19/dougherty-thompson-needs-game-defense/100663408/

HOUSTON
McClain Houston Chronicle: Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya visits Texans
http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Miami-quarterback-Brad-Kaaya-visits-Texans-11084352.php

McClain Houston Chronicle: Emotional Andre Johnson officially retires as a Texan
http://chron.com/sports/texans/article/Emotional-Andre-Johnson-officially-retires-as-a-11084331.php

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Jacksonville linebacker Justin Horton draws Texans' interest
http://chron.com/sports/texans/article/Jacksonville-linebacker-Justin-Horton-draws-11083698.php

INDIANAPOLIS
Keefer Ind Star: Insider: How Chris Ballard is approaching his first draft
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2017/04/19/insider-how-chris-ballard-approaching-his-first-draft/100658924/

Holder Ind Star: 1-on-1 with Andrew Luck on Kobe, leadership and his sense of urgency
http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2017/04/19/1--1-andrew-luck-kobe-leadership-and-his-sense-urgency/100662982/

JACKSONVILLE
Kaye WTLV Jacksonville: Following trends: Looking for clues into the Jaguars' mindset heading into the draft
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/mb/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/following-trends-looking-for-clues-into-the-jaguars-mindset-heading-into-the-draft/432465759

KANSAS CITY
Paylor KC Star: Rating the top defensive linemen in the NFL Draft with an eye on Chiefs’ needs
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article145635124.html

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Williams ESPN LA: Anthony Lynn back in comfort zone on practice field for Chargers
http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles-chargers/post/_/id/20119/anthony-lynn-back-in-comfort-zone-on-practice-field-for-chargers

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Gonzalez ESPN LA: Rams hoping for that rare find at 37th overall
http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles-rams/post/_/id/33548/rams-hoping-for-that-rare-find-at-37th-overall

Klein LA Times: Rams claim former Patriots offensive lineman Tre' Jackson off waivers
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-tre-jackson-patriots-20170419-story.html

MIAMI
Beasley Miami Herald: How could the Dolphins go from good to great? Start hitting on second-day picks
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article145528454.html

Kelly Sun Sentinel: Dolphins open to trade talks if it will lead to more draft picks
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-dolphins-notes-20170419-story.html

Perkins Sun Sentinel: Dolphins have 140 players on draft board, won't commit to defense-heavy draft
[url]http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-dolphins-20170419-story.html

Beasley Miami Herald: Dolphins bolster analytics department, add in-game strategist
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article145507919.html

NEW ENGLAND
King MMQB: Aaron Hernandez: A Waste in Every Sense
Spare no sympathy for Aaron Hernandez, who was blessed with rare ability and promise but left a swath of ruined lives, from his victims and their families to his now-fatherless daughter—and of course, himself
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/04/19/aaron-hernandez-wasted-life-peter-king

Reiss ESPN Boston: Patriots' decisiveness stands out after flurry of activity on Tuesday
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4802649/patriots-decisiveness-stands-out-after-flurry-of-activity-on-tuesday

Reiss ESPN Boston: Florida CBs have traits that could appeal to the Patriots in draft
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4802666/florida-cbs-have-traits-that-could-appeal-to-the-patriots-in-draft?utm_source=dlvr.it& utm_medium=twitter

NEW ORLEANS
Holder Nola.com: Offensive line could sneak into Saints' NFL Draft strategy
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2017/04/new_orleans_saints_ol_nfl_draf.html

NEW YORK JETS
Costello NYP: This is where the Jets have blown the draft year after year
http://nypost.com/2017/04/19/this-is-where-the-jets-have-blown-the-draft-year-after-year/

OAKLAND
Bair CSN Bay Area: KHALIL MACK'S THREE-WORD MANTRA DURING RAIDERS' LIMBO PERIOD IN OAKLAND
http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders/khalil-macks-three-word-mantra-during-raiders-limbo-period-oakland

PHILADELPHIA
McLane Phil.com: Howie Roseman's 2014 Eagles draft picks began with a reach
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/Philadelphia_Eagles_Howie_Roseman_NFL_draft_Marcus_Smith_2014.html

Fierro Allentown Morning Call: Eagles get closer, but secretive, looks at local prospects
http://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/mc-eagles-pro-day-0419-20170419-story.html

PITTSBURGH
Bouchette Pitt Post Gazette: Do the Steelers draft a QB now or wait one more year?
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/04/20/steelers-nfl-draft-quarterbacks-mitch-trubisky-deshaun-watson-desone-kizer-patrick-mahomes/stories/201704200036

SAN FRANCISCO
Barrows Sac Bee: Fournette, Peppers among 49ers’ visitors on Wednesday
http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article145523784.html

SEATTLE
Condotta Seattle Times: NFL draft: Seahawks appear set at running back, but possibilities are out there
http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/nfl-draft-seahawks-appear-set-at-running-back-but-possibilities-are-out-there/

TAMPA BAY
Bassinger TB Times: Buccaneers and HBO's Hard Knocks: Who has control over what you see?
http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/buccaneers-and-hbos-hard-knocks-who-has-control-over-what-you-see/2320918

Stroud TB Times: It's official: Bucs and 'charismatic' roster set for 'Hard Knocks'
http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/its-official-bucs-and-charismatic-roster-set-for-hard-knocks/2320890

Laine ESPN TB: Jameis Winston's weapons on offense won't work unless he does in Year 3
http://www.espn.com/blog/tampa-bay-buccaneers/post/_/id/16744/jameis-winstons-weapons-wont-work-unless-he-does

TENNESSEE
Wyatt Titans.com: Former NFL Personnel Men: Look for Titans GM to Make Move
http://titansonline.com/news/article-4/Former-NFL-Personnel-Men-Look-for-Titans-GM-to-Make-Move/aa520938-118a-4931-979e-3558f87f9a04

WASHINGTON
Steinberg Wash Post: Kirk Cousins: If Redskins are committed, ‘then why would I want to be anywhere else?’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2017/04/19/kirk-cousins-if-redskins-are-committed-then-why-would-i-want-to-be-anywhere-else/?utm_term=.860e62d942f9

Czarda Redskins.com: To Improve Game, Mack Brown Worked Out With LeSean McCoy In Offseason
http://redskins.com/news/article-1/To-Improve-Game-Mack-Brown-Worked-Out-With-LeSean-McCoy-In-Offseason/0d1b8d61-cac2-4ed6-81bf-fbc35d296633

Clarke Wash Post: 2017 NFL draft: Redskins upgraded the defensive line in free agency. But is that enough?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/football-insider/wp/2017/04/19/2017-nfl-draft-redskins-upgraded-the-defensive-line-in-free-agency-but-is-that-enough/?utm_term=.1afa14d3d5dd

Draft

Rang CBS Sports.com: 2017 NFL Draft Big Board: Here are the top 100 prospects -- and who's up, down
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2017-nfl-draft-big-board-here-are-the-top-100-prospects-and-whos-up-down/

RV NYDN: Ralph Vacchiano's Mock Draft. 2.0
23. GIANTS - Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The conversation seems to be much like it was last year - OT or LB. Zack Cunningham or Florida's Jarrad Davis could be a thought if they go linebacker. I still think they'll go big and address their biggest need. (Mock 1.0 pick: Ramczyk)
https://www.sny.tv/giants/news/ralph-vacchianos-mock-draft-20/225251622

QB
Birkett Detroit Free Press: In down QB draft, CMU's Cooper Rush 'can be a starter in the league'
http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2017/04/19/cooper-rush-nfl-draft/100662754/

Kaye WTLV Jacksonville: Bartram Trail grad Nate Peterman received advice from Jaguars legend during his draft process
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/mb/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/bartram-trail-grad-nate-peterman-received-advice-from-jaguars-legend-during-his-draft-process/432549878

RB
McGinn Mil JS: Ranking the NFL draft prospects: Running backs
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/draft/2017/04/19/ranking-nfl-draft-prospects-running-back/100608826/

McClain Houston Chronicle: This year's NFL draft features an abundance of quality running backs
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texans/article/This-year-s-NFL-draft-features-an-abundance-of-11085273.php

Williams Fort Worth Star Telegram: Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey is a running back ... and more
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/cowboys-corner-blog/article145522274.html

Klopsis Newsday: LI’s Dalton Crossan hopes to catch eye of NFL team during draft
http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/li-s-dalton-crossan-hopes-to-catch-eye-of-nfl-team-during-draft-1.13492275

G
Beasley Miami Herald: Pre-Draft Film Breakdown: A closer look at Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article145593034.html

DT
Kirk SB Nation: NFL draft big man Vincent Taylor is a versatile athlete, as he showed on this one play
http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/4/19/15359508/vincent-taylor-nfl-draft-2017-piesman-trophy

DE
Mays The Ringer: Solomon Thomas Wants Your Attention
The draft appeal of the former Stanford star goes beyond his backfield-wrecking tendencies. He also has the personality to seize his platform& #8202;—& #8202;and perhaps become the face of a franchise.
https://theringer.com/solomon-thomas-nfl-draft-prospect-stanford-cardinal-b5129fe387b0

CB
Zierlein NFL.com: 2017 NFL Draft: Marshon Lattimore atop deep CB class
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000800958/article/2017-nfl-draft-marshon-lattimore-atop-deep-cb-class

Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft Cornerback rankings: One of the best talent collections in recent memory
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl-draft-cornerback-rankings-one-best-talent-collections-recent-memory-201032262.html

Raanan ESPN NY: Scouting reports on Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley from ex-teammate
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/51488/scouting-reports-on-marshon-lattimore-and-gareon-conley-from-their-ex-ohio-state-teammate

History

Packers.com: Former Packer Bill Anderson dies
Played on Green Bay’s 1965-66 title teams
http://packers.com/news/article/former-packer-bill-anderson-dies-f34198f2-ed82-4948-afcd-32c5583415a9

Tucker Lansing State Journal: Finding Charles Rogers
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/sports/college/msu/football/2017/04/19/charles-rogers-michigan-state-lions/100577018/

Giants Birthdays 4-20

John Carney PK FA-KC 2008 NYG 2008 4-20-1964
Ron Carpenter FB TR- HOUSTON 1981 NYG 1981-1985 4-20-1955

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