I just wrote at length about B.J. Goodson, but it's worth noting that of his fellow 2016 draftees, he's not the only one who's earned a starting gig.
CB Eli Apple, WR Sterling Shepard (in the slot), FS Darian Thompson, and RB Paul Perkins are all at the top of the depth chart, and if TE Jerrell Adams isn't starting (hell, he may not even be active tonight), he's shown himself to be an excellent blocker as well as a decent receiver, and I have no doubt that he's capable of making a significant contribution to the offense if called upon.
I'd like to say that the future of the Giants looks to be very bright, but that might be a bit premature. We'll see if these second-year guys are all up to their respective tasks. Still, you have to feel good about this team and its young cast of characters.
Just, please...no sophomore slumps!
were good enough as rookies to have sophomore slumps.
that term is more appropriate (IMO) for someone like Beckham or Shockey who had great rookie years.
I guess Shepard is the closest, but when Goodson barely played as a rookie, is it really a sophomore slump if he only plays a little better or not better at all? Thompson didn't see the field as a rookie due to injury, it's almost impossible for him to have a sophomore slump.
however, my semantics aside, I agree that the team would be better if the 2nd year players improve.
affecting Ben. Everyone wants to heap the accolades for the team's 11-5 record. Spags handles his unit and had them ready last year. From the preseason, it looks like they are primed to pick up where they left off. Last year's offense was deficient to say the least. The reasons have rehashed over and over in the off-season. With the personnel improvements on the offensive side of the ball, Ben will have no excuses if that unit continues to falter.
this would apply to a couple of Cowboys, more than the Giants.
dak prescott needs to worry more about sophomore slump
teams have a whole year of tape on him now ..
his tendencies have been under the microscope all off season
i doubt he has the year he had last year ..
The emphasis really was on the second-year guys playing major roles this year, almost all of them. That's something we haven't seen around here in a long time.
We got a lot of contribution from rookies last year but would like to see more than simply contributing in y2. I'd like to see a difference maker emerge.
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Yup. Looking at you Dak.
The only thing harder to a QB than success, is sustained success.
who said it but when asked if he was excited about the new crop of rookies on the team he responded by saying he was more excited by the second year guys because they are now acclimated to the NFL and can begin to realize their full potential. We obviously saw that with Collins last year.
that Collins did, especially the offensive guys, it would be awesome.
Between Engram and Marshall I think he won't see the targets needed to match or beat last years numbers