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Defenderdawg : 7/14/2017 7:22 am
Giants

QB

Giants.com: 30 Questions in 30 Days: Backup QB debate
http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/30-Questions-in-30-Days-Who-will-back-up-Eli/b62b5838-c274-469f-9bdf-cbafde0c9b76

WR

Slater NJ.com: Giants' Brandon Marshall says he couldn't have tolerated 2017 with rebuilding Jets
http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2017/07/brandon_marshall_eric_decker_jets_giants.html

RG

Duggan NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 43: Can former 1st-round pick D.J. Fluker salvage his career?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_43_can_former_1st-round.html

DE

Kratch NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 44: Will DE Devin Taylor boost pass rush?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_44_will_devin_taylor_bo.html

NFL

Klemko MMQB: WHERE HAVE ALL THE DEIONS GONE?
How the last of the dual-sports stars did it, why we haven’t seen one since, and why we might never see one again
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/07/13/nfl-mlb-football-baseball-two-sports-stars-deion-sanders-bo-jackson-matt-szczur-jordyn-adams

Mays The Ringer: The NFL’s Pass-Catching Arms Race
Teams like the Titans, Bucs, Patriots, and Giants spent this spring adding to their playmaking arsenal. Will the moves lift their offenses to another level?
https://theringer.com/nfl-pass-catching-arms-race-patriots-titans-panthers-bucs-cdccc926efa6

Davis USA Today: Ranking NFL special teams: Punter Johnny Hekker, Rams don't get enough credit
26. New York Giants: Dwayne Harris is one of the league's standout special teamers, whether he's asked to return kicks or cover them. Rookie Aldrick Rosas is currently the only kicker on the roster.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2017/07/13/ranking-nfl-special-teams-kickers-punters-returners-rams-chiefs/469321001/

Bielik Cleveland Plain Dealer: NFL free agents 2018: The top 25 players in the last year of their contract
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2017/07/nfl_free_agents_2018_the_top_2.html

ARIZONA
Urban Cardinals.com: Cardinals still blitz-happy under Arians
http://blog.azcardinals.com/2017/07/13/cardinals-still-blitz-happy-under-arians/

CAROLINA
Person Charlotte Observer: Was the signing of $55.5 million OT Matt Kalil a gamble for Carolina Panthers?
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article161160218.html

Newton ESPN Charlotte: Michael Oher planning on reporting to Panthers training camp
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20001046/michael-oher-plans-report-training-camp-carolina-panthers

CINCINNATI
Orr NFL.com: Lewis: A lot of time and research behind Mixon pick
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000819799/article/lewis-a-lot-of-time-and-research-behind-mixon-pick

Toback Cincy Jungle: How does Josh Malone fit into the Bengals’ offensive gameplan?
https://www.cincyjungle.com/2017/7/13/15963282/josh-malone-fit-bengals-offensive-gameplan

Hoard Bengals.com: Elliott Aims To Kick Start NFL Career
http://bengals.com/news/article-1/Elliott-Aims-To-Kick-Start-NFL-Career/48cc954f-6cfa-46d6-83d2-b8a25e7841c9

DALLAS
Archer ESPN Dallas: On Cowboys' staff, Matt Eberflus, Scott Linehan deserve first, second look
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/240590/on-cowboys-staff-matt-eberflus-scott-linehan-deserve-first-second-look

Hairopolous Dallas Morning News: Cowboys player profiles: Slimmer Charles Tapper eager to contribute, can he stay healthy?
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/07/13/cowboys-player-profiles-slimmer-charles-tapper-eager-contribute-can-de-stay-healthy

DENVER
Jhabalva Denver Post: Why haven’t the Broncos re-signed John Elway yet? It’s complicated.
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/13/john-elway-contract-talks-broncos/

INDIANAPOLIS
Bowen Colts.com: Offensive Line Burning Questions Heading Into Colts Training Camp
http://colts.com/news/article-burningquestions/Offensive-Line-Burning-Questions-Heading-Into-Colts-Training-Camp/14efe997-34e0-4147-8863-03c38064bcaa

JACKSONVILLE
Silverman CBS Radio NY: Ex-Giants Boss Coughlin Storms Into Jacksonville On A Mission
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/07/14/tom-coughlin-jacksonville-jaguars-blake-bortles-leonard-fournette/

Kaye WTLV Jacksonville: Jaguars 90-man roster breakdown: Interior offensive line
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/mb/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/jaguars-90-man-roster-breakdown-offensive-guard-center-aj-cann-brandon-linder-tyler-shatley-patrick-omameh-/454324811

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Kahler MMQB: A ‘Nothing’ Season for Rams Turns Into Compelling TV
What’s interesting about an NFL team losing 75 percent of its games and firing its head coach before the end of the season? Plenty, as the NFL Films creators behind the Amazon Original series ‘All or Nothing’ learned
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/07/14/los-angeles-rams-all-or-nothing-amazon-nfl-films-series

MIAMI
Jackson Miami Herald: Dolphins being disregarded; Doughty makes change; Dolphins notes
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article161263278.html

MINNESOTA
Murphy Twincities.com: Vikings’ Mike Zimmer to Michael Floyd: If you’re lying, I’ll cut you
http://www.twincities.com/2017/07/13/vikings-mike-zimmer-to-michael-floyd-youd-better-not-be-lying/

NEW ENGLAND
Reiss ESPN Boston: Keeping three QBs on roster tied to Patriots' future planning
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/240625/keeping-three-qbs-on-roster-tied-to-patriots-future-planning

OAKLAND
Williams NBC Bay Area: Former Raider Ronnie Lott Sees Karl Joseph as an Impact Player
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Former-Raider-Lott-Sees-Joseph-as-an-Impact-Player-434282073.html

PHILADELPHIA
Fierro Allentown Morning Call: Follow the money: Eagles taking a different approach this year
http://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/blog/mc-follow-the-money-eagles-taking-a-different-approach-this-year-20170713-story.html

Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles training camp preview: Tight end
http://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-training-camp-preview-tight-end/

PITTSBURGH
Fittipaldo Pitt Post Gazette: If Le'Veon Bell misses time, which running back will pick up the Steelers?
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2017/07/13/Steelers-backup-running-back-training-camp-battle-LeVeon-Bell-James-Conner-Knile-Davis-DeAngelo-Williams/stories/201707130132

Madden Timesonline: Le'Veon Bell should look out for himself because the NFL cheats stars
http://www.timesonline.com/columnists/sports/mark_madden/mark-madden-steelers-le-veon-bell-should-look-out-for/article_84115540-6815-11e7-904d-cfa1f5163472.html

Graziano ESPN: Martavis Bryant wants talk with Ben Roethlisberger over critical remarks
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20015892/martavis-bryant-pittsburgh-steelers-wants-talk-ben-roethlisberger-critical-remarks

SEATTLE
Clayton My Northwest: Clayton: Seahawks' pass-rush could be among NFL's best in 2017
https://sports.mynorthwest.com/309381/clayton-seahawks-pass-rush-could-be-among-nfls-best-in-2017/

TENNESSEE
Wyatt Titans.com: Sly Williams Hopes to Make Difference Alongside Jurrell Casey
http://titansonline.com/news/article-4/Sly-Williams-Hopes-to-Make-Difference-Alongside-Jurrell-Casey/b408dae4-2d23-40ab-855f-1e7e7124c951

Wyatt Titans.com: Former MTSU Defensive Lineman Aims to Stick with Titans
http://titansonline.com/news/article-4/Former-MTSU-Defensive-Lineman-Aims-to-Stick-with-Titans/bd3128fc-fd34-4187-86cc-aebc09af9c5f

Draft

Wagner McGough CBS Sports: 2018 NFL Draft: Ranking the 10 teams with the best chance to get the No. 1 pick
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/2018-nfl-draft-ranking-the-10-teams-with-the-best-chance-to-get-the-no-1-pick/

Miller B/R: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Alex Smith Not Relinquishing Throne Just Yet...Here's what else is going on this week:
* Five names to know for 2018's draft
* The best positional units on defense in college
* Early scouting on Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph
* Where will Kirk Cousins play in 2018?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2721216-matt-millers-scouting-notebook-alex-smith-not-relinquishing-throne-just-yet?

TE
Zierlein NFL.com: Top 8 college football TEs to watch in 2017
http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000819616

CB
Jeremiah NFL.com: First Look: Scouting Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000819700/article/first-look-scouting-florida-state-cb-tarvarus-mcfadden

History

Apstein MMQB: Elway and Marino Could Have Been Baseball Royalty
In 1979, the Kansas City Royals had the only draft class in major league history to contain two Hall of Famers. Unfortunately for them, they turned out to be football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway
http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/07/13/john-elway-dan-marino-kansas-city-royals-1979-major-league-draft

Owczarski Cin Enquirer: Bengals 50: Greg Cook, the greatest Bengal that never was
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2017/07/13/cincinnati-bengals-50-greg-cook/366485001/

Giants Birthdays 7-14

Rosey Grier DT D3-Penn State 1955 NYG 1955-1962 3-14-1932
From Life Magazine 6-2-2015
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"Grier was 6& #8242; 5& #8243; and played at close to 300 pounds — but moved like a smaller man. “When I played in high school,” he told LIFE, “I patterned my movements on the little guys. They were so fast, and I learned to watch how they moved, how they worked their feet. So after a while, the instant the ball moved at the line of scrimmage, I would just explode off the line. My quickness came from watching little guys. I penetrated so quickly because I beat everyone off the line, always.
“It was an exciting time for me,” Grier recalled of his early days with the Giants. “Here we were, out of college — most of the guys, anyway, had all graduated from college — and to be with these players from all over the country was fun, a thrill … and, at first, a little nervous-making. I mean, when I first came to the Giants, a lot of the guys were from the South — the head coach, Jim Lee Howell, was from Arkansas — and I assumed that there was no way we’d get along. With me being black, and knowing that there were only going to be so many black ball players on a team — well, long story short, I could not have been more wrong. The camaraderie I found there was unbelievable.
“It was an an incredible thing,” Grier said, “coming from the South, playing college ball at Penn State, to end up in New York playing for a franchise with a history like the Giants. I enjoyed it so much, and became good friends with guys like Charlie Conerly, [halfback and receiver] Kyle Rote … oh, so many of them. The team felt like a family then. It really did.”

http://amp.timeinc.net/time/3870595/new-york-giants-rosey-grier-1960/?source=dam

Tavarres King WR W-TB 2015 NYG OSQ 2015 NYG 2016 3-14-1990

Ben Talley LB D4-Tennessee 1995 NYG 1995 3-14-1972
Short and Simple reads on Giants this morning  
SGMen : 7/14/2017 8:00 am : link
My reactions are the same as those noted on past threads:

-QB's will be Eli Manning, Geno Smith & D. Webb (inactive 16)
-DE D. Taylor will make the final 53 despite 108th ranking
-OG Fluker will be the backup RG & RT
-OL 6th Rd Pick Bisnotoway will get reps at RT & LT (swing)
-WR Brandon Marshall will have a superb campaign, motivated

The only thing that could derail this team is injuries, an abundant long term amount of them.
I think the OL, overall, will be improved due to year #2 under Solari & continuity; due to youth (Flowers, Hart, Richburg) improving; and, because we have TE Ellison and 2nd year TE Adams/LaCosse who can block far better than W. Tye, L. Donnell ever could and those TE's will help our OT's a whole lot.

If we can rotate our DL's (and we really should) with success this team should be sick good right out of the gates, no issues.

I've said if we can somehow start 5-0, we'll be in great shape for the division crown.
Dallas will be a tough road game but due to suspensions and young secondary, I have to believe we prevail.
Detroit has an offense, sure, but their defense doesn't seem to be all that.
Philly will be a dogfight, hard to say how good Philly is now with 2nd year QB Wentz.
Tampa may be our toughest game to date - they will compete all year, even for a SB run. I believe that.
San Diego is hard to grade this early too but we are home, they are cross country.

Start 5-0, get on a roll where you have confidence that you can beat anyone, and good things will happen for us this year. Oh, a healthy 5-0 rather than a lucky 5-0 would be better. Go Giants!
RE: Short and Simple reads on Giants this morning  
AcidTest : 7/14/2017 10:40 am : link
In comment 13527987 SGMen said:
Quote:
My reactions are the same as those noted on past threads:

-QB's will be Eli Manning, Geno Smith & D. Webb (inactive 16)
-DE D. Taylor will make the final 53 despite 108th ranking
-OG Fluker will be the backup RG & RT
-OL 6th Rd Pick Bisnotoway will get reps at RT & LT (swing)
-WR Brandon Marshall will have a superb campaign, motivated

The only thing that could derail this team is injuries, an abundant long term amount of them.
I think the OL, overall, will be improved due to year #2 under Solari & continuity; due to youth (Flowers, Hart, Richburg) improving; and, because we have TE Ellison and 2nd year TE Adams/LaCosse who can block far better than W. Tye, L. Donnell ever could and those TE's will help our OT's a whole lot.

If we can rotate our DL's (and we really should) with success this team should be sick good right out of the gates, no issues.

I've said if we can somehow start 5-0, we'll be in great shape for the division crown.
Dallas will be a tough road game but due to suspensions and young secondary, I have to believe we prevail.
Detroit has an offense, sure, but their defense doesn't seem to be all that.
Philly will be a dogfight, hard to say how good Philly is now with 2nd year QB Wentz.
Tampa may be our toughest game to date - they will compete all year, even for a SB run. I believe that.
San Diego is hard to grade this early too but we are home, they are cross country.

Start 5-0, get on a roll where you have confidence that you can beat anyone, and good things will happen for us this year. Oh, a healthy 5-0 rather than a lucky 5-0 would be better. Go Giants!


Great post.
Part 2  
Defenderdawg : 7/14/2017 11:12 am : link
Giants

LB

Kratch NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 42: LB J.T. Thomas
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_42_will_jt_thomas_still.html

S

Duggan NJ.com: Giants roster countdown, No. 41: Will veteran Duke Ihenacho earn a safety spot?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/07/giants_roster_countdown_no_41_will_veteran_duke_ih.html

NFL

Freeman B/R: How the NFL Is Cheating Rookies out of Millions of Dollars
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2721012-how-the-nfl-is-cheating-rookies-out-of-millions-of-dollars

Davis USA Today: Ranking NFL offensive lines by team: Cowboys have new challenger
"21. New York Giants: They've endured slings- and arrows, and there's no sugarcoating the offense's inability to run. But did you know the Giants' 22 sacks allowed in 2016 were fewest in the NFC? As far as guards go, Justin Pugh's a pretty good one. But the organization is taking a leap of faith that young Ts Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart, who too often look overmatched, will rise to the occasion."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2017/07/14/nfl-team-offensive-line-rankings-cowboys-titans-raiders/474298001/

History

Giants Birthdays where it says 3-17, it should say 7-17.
I liked Kratch's comparison...  
Dan in the Springs : 7/14/2017 12:49 pm : link
Taylor compared to Randle. Isn't it a bit weird that Randle is completely out of football? I mean, not really weird because he was obviously no star here, but he's relatively young and was a pretty high pick overall. He basically played out his rookie contract and that was it.

Pretty much the definition of a bust I guess. His receiving yards were decent while here for a 2nd receiver, but nobody liked what they saw in him.

Anyway - is that the thinking on Taylor? Had some decent production at times, a starter last year, but little/no interest around the league for his services. Is it possible that he will also be out of football come September?
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