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Defenderdawg : 7/8/2017 3:07 pm
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RB

Kratch NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 58: What will RB Shaun Draughn's role be?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_58_shaun_draughn.html

WR

Cohen Giants.com: Do Giants have best one-two punch in football?
http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Do-Giants-have-best-one-two-punch-in-football/97f0d0d1-3a4c-4476-8330-e74b8f9f548d

Bodner NYDN: SEE IT: Odell Beckham impresses UCLA students with summer workout
http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/sports/football/giants/odell-beckham-impresses-ucla-students-summer-workout-article-1.3309021

Kratch NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 60: WR Darius Powe
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_60_wr_darius_powe_pushi.html

LG

Hughes NJ.com: Jets' Mo Wilkerson calls out Giants' Justin Pugh
http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2017/07/jets_mo_wilkerson_calls_out_giants_justin_pugh_ove.html

Duggan NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 59: OL Adam Gettis
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_59_ol_adam_gettis.html

OLB

Duggan NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 61: LB Deontae Skinner
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_61_lb_deontae_skinner.html

NFL

Brooks NFL.com: Star or system guy? Judging Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, more
In the wake of NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2017," I thought I would take a closer look at some notable players who made the cut:

STARS
"Janoris Jenkins, CB, New York Giants Age: 28 Top 100 rank: 54
Remember when everyone snickered at the Giants for signing Jenkins to a five-year, $62 million deal last offseason? I don't think anyone is laughing now, after seeing the fifth-year pro emerge as one of the league's top CB1s in his first season with the G-Men.
The 5-11, 198-pound cover corner held his own against premier receivers while showcasing a diverse game that allows him to fit into any scheme. As one of the few corners in the league who's equally effective in bump-and-run tactics and "off" coverage, Jenkins is capable of matching up with big or small receivers on the perimeter. He can offset big-bodied wideouts with his quickness, yet suffocate smaller receivers with his aggressive tactics at the line. In addition, Jenkins can also play as a "clue" corner and lean on his instincts to become a playmaker in zone coverage.
Given his diverse skills, disciplined approach and competitive spirit, Jenkins is quietly emerging as one of the elite playmakers on the island and opponents are starting to notice his impact potential as a CB1. I had an NFC scout tell me that Jenkins has always shown flashes of being a premier player, but "he finally took his game up a notch" in New York to cement his status as a lockdown corner. With three interceptions and 18 pass defenses against a who's who of wide receivers on the island (Dez Bryant, A.J. Greenand Antonio Brown, to name a few), Jenkins must be included in the discussion of the game's top cornerbacks."
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000818640/article/star-or-system-guy-judging-ezekiel-elliott-dak-prescott-more

ATLANTA
Ledbetter AJC: 12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason
http://www.myajc.com/sports/football/things-learned-about-the-falcons-this-offseason/1ycx8geVoA1cWCeawU3kCK/amp.html

BALTIMORE
Doon Bal Sun: Five for Friday: Stats the Ravens need to improve next season
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-five-for-friday-stats-the-ravens-need-to-improve-next-season-20170706-story.html

Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Ravens feel lucky to get help from run-game doctor Greg Roman
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/240390/ravens-feel-lucky-to-get-help-from-run-game-doctor-greg-roman

CAROLINA
Person Charlotte Observer: Panthers position analysis: Can linebacker Luke Kuechly stay healthy?
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article159917369.html

CINCINNATI
Phelps Cincy Jungle: Bengalsí youth movement points to plan for success
https://www.cincyjungle.com/platform/amp/2017/7/8/15936710/bengals-youth-movement-plan-for-success

CLEVELAND
Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Browns 2016 draft class: What should we expect in their second year?
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/07/cleveland_browns_2016_draft_cl.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: How is Myles Garrett's sprained foot coming along? See for yourself
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/07/how_is_myles_garretts_foot_com.html

DALLAS
Machota Dallas Morning News: How will Cowboys capitalize on new TD celebration rules? Witten loves it, WRs have secret stuff planned
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/07/07/will-cowboys-capitalize-new-td-celebration-rules-witten-loves-wrs-secret-stuff-planned

Casas Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys rookie Jordan Carrell trying to stay a step ahead
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article160073644.html

DENVER
Klis 9News Denver: Demaryius Thomas hopes starting QB resolved 'before San Francisco'
http://www.9news.com/mb/sports/demaryius-thomas-hopes-starting-qb-resolved-before-san-francisco/454986668

GREEN BAY
Packers.com: Max McCaffrey looks to blaze his own NFL path
http://packers.com/news/article/max-mccaffrey-looks-to-blaze-his-own-nfl-path-581d1d30-0ce3-4caf-b2a0-48b81c912880

HOUSTON
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' Jadeveon Clowney: 'They move me all over'
http://chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-Jadeveon-Clowney-They-move-me-all-over-11272845.php

INDIANAPOLIS
Bowen Colts.com: Colts 3-4 Defense Will Look Much Different Up Front This Season
http://colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-3-4-Defense-Will-Look-Much-Different-Up-Front-This-Season/3c7ccd22-1a4b-4bbf-a018-c0ca74a15000

JACKSONVILLE
Kaye WTLV Jacksonville: Jaguars 90-man roster breakdown: Fullbacks
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/mb/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/jaguars-90-man-roster-breakdown-fullbacks-tommy-bohanon-marquez-williams/452433455

MINNESOTA
Link Knoxville News Sentinel: Knoxville's Harrison Smith at home with Minnesota Vikings
http://www.knoxnews.com/story/sports/local/2017/07/07/knoxvilles-harrison-smith-home-minnesota-vikings/451742001/

NEW ENGLAND
Reiss ESPN Boston: Are Patriots scheduled for more 1 p.m. ET games than the norm?
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4804019/are-patriots-scheduled-for-more-1-p-m-et-games-than-the-norm

OAKLAND
Gehlken LV Review Journal: Neiron Ball one of 3 Raiders waived
https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/raiders-nfl/neiron-ball-one-of-3-raiders-waived/

TAMPA BAY
Bassinger TB Times: Ranking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offseason moves
http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/tampa-bay-buccaneers-offseason-desean-jackson-jameis-owinston/2329658

WASHINGTON
Brewer Wash Post: A Kirk Cousins deal would represent stability. Is that something the Redskins want?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/a-kirk-cousins-deal-would-represent-stability-is-that-something-the-redskins-want/2017/07/07/79df9bdc-6332-11e7-8adc-fea80e32bf47_story.html

Phillips Richmond Times Dispatch: Redskins wide receivers coach sees big potential in retooled unit
http://www.richmond.com/redskins-xtra/redskins-wide-receivers-coach-sees-big-potential-in-retooled-unit/article_2c9a5174-c711-5ada-bdfc-e7509e6ea56b.html

History

Kraetzer B/R: West Point Football: Former Army QB, Chase Prasnicki, Dies in Afghanistan
https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/1241871-west-point-football-former-army-qb-chase-prasnicki-dies-in-afghanistan.amp.html

Owaczarski Cin Enquirer: Dave Shula: 'You can't blame everything on me'
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2017/07/07/cincinnati-bengals-50-dave-shula/366662001/

Owaczarski Cin Enquirer: How the Bengals went from last place to AFC champs
http://www.cincinnati.com/videos/sports/nfl/bengals/2017/07/07/how-bengals-went-last-place-afc-champs/103493786/

Giants Birthdays 7-8

Andy Headen LOLB D8-Clemson 1983 NYG 1983-1988 7-8-1960

Bill Mackrides QB FA-CFL Hamilton NYG 1953 7-8-1925
" His professional career included five years as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, a year with the Hamilton Tiger Cats in Canada, and split of the final season in 1953 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants."
http://www.delconewsnetwork.com/mediatowntalk/news/profile-william-bill-mackrides/article_54d4b72b-4212-5332-9e65-6dd99ada8de3.html
You would think Shaun Draughn  
bLiTz 2k : 7/8/2017 3:26 pm : link
is the odd man out when looking at the Running Back stable at face value...However, the Giants have to be a bit concerned about Shane Vereen's potential durability going into 2017.

The deal with Rainey was outright stated that he was signed as insurance for Vereen, and unfortunately they had to cash in on the investment.

Depending on what Gallman shows in camp, this could leave Darkwa as the odd man out. I thought Running Back was the biggest surprise in regards to the roster makeup week 1 last year...this year may prove to be just as interesting.
Andy Headen, Byron Hunt, Robbie Jones,  
Big Blue '56 : 7/8/2017 3:27 pm : link
could have started on most if not all teams, imv
RB Draughn, good basic article and comparison to Rainey  
SGMen : 7/8/2017 3:29 pm : link
It is Draughn or Dawkra as the 4th RB and special teams play is the difference maker.

I have no clue who will win out. I just know that special teams play will be the difference maker.
RE: RB Draughn, good basic article and comparison to Rainey  
robbieballs2003 : 7/8/2017 3:48 pm : link
In comment 13523170 SGMen said:
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It is Draughn or Dawkra as the 4th RB and special teams play is the difference maker.

I have no clue who will win out. I just know that special teams play will be the difference maker.


If either are needed.
RE: RE: RB Draughn, good basic article and comparison to Rainey  
SGMen : 7/8/2017 3:53 pm : link
In comment 13523188 robbieballs2003 said:
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In comment 13523170 SGMen said:


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It is Draughn or Dawkra as the 4th RB and special teams play is the difference maker.

I have no clue who will win out. I just know that special teams play will be the difference maker.



If either are needed.
Sure, I've read the posts on the merits of carrying just 3 RB's this year. Maybe just 3 RB's, 3 TE's, and (gulp) FB Smith. Many possiblities, but it boils down to special teams ability AND possibly the diversity of formations that MaCaddoo may desire now that he has bodies that can block.

If Darkwa, Draugh were cut and LaCosse put on the PS, well whose going to work to pick them up? They could be Giants in quick order should injuries hit. I love this year's competition.
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