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Defenderdawg : 11/8/2018 10:29 am
Giants

Duggan The Athletic: Giants midseason report: Assessing the first half for all 53 players, Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman
https://theathletic.com/640575/2018/11/08/giants-midseason-report-assessing-the-first-half-for-all-53-players-pat-shurmur-and-dave-gettleman/

Schneier 247Sports: 10 changes Pat Shurmur needs to make after the Giants bye week
https://247sports.com/nfl/new-york-giants/LongFormArticle/New-York-Giants-Pat-Shurmur-coaching-changes-to-be-made-124308492/Amp/oa

Dunleavy NJ.com: Giants rookie class: 7 undrafted have played and more to come? How they've contributed
https://www.nj.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/e6a2ba44908154/giants-rookie-class-7-undrafte.html

Raanan Breaking Big Blue Podcast:
ESPN's Jordan Raanan takes a look at where the Giants are midseason, with the help of 98.7FM New York host and die-hard Giants fan Dave Rothenberg. Hint: It's not pretty(Audio)
http://m.espn.com/general/cast?id=21067231& src=desktop

Schneier/Turchyn; Episode 21: Giants Blueprint for the Second Half of 2018 (Audio)
https://www.spreaker.com/user/10669505/episode-21-giants-blueprint-for-the-seco

Offense

Leonard NYDN: Unlike Falcons, Eli Manning & Giants offense have shown few signs of being able to turn things around
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sports-eli-manning-offense-leonard-20181107-story.html

QB

Glauber Newsday: Kyle Lauletta's arrest may have given Eli Manning a temporary reprieve
https://www.newsday.com/amp/sports/columnists/bob-glauber/eli-manning-kyle-lauletta-1.23075528

RB

Stapleton The Record: NY Giants: Saquon Barkley's most important bye-week film session: studying his own game
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2018/11/07/ny-giants-saquon-barkleys-bye-week-film-session-studying-himself/1914512002/

Schwartz NYP: The Giants’ only bright spot isn’t happy with his play
https://nypost.com/2018/11/07/the-giants-only-bright-spot-isnt-happy-with-his-play/amp/

Schwartz NYP: Saquon Barkley eager for intel from former Todd Gurley blocker
https://nypost.com/2018/11/07/saquon-barkley-eager-for-intel-from-former-todd-gurley-blocker/amp/

Rock Newsday: Saquon Barkley wants to improve on his performance 
https://www.newsday.com/amp/sports/football/giants/saquon-barkley-wants-to-improve-on-his-performance-so-far-for-giants-1.23039832

WR

Leonard NYDN: Sources: Giants re-sign Quadree Henderson day after questionably waiving return man
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sports-quadree-henderson-special-teams-waivers-20181107-story.html

RG

Traina BBV: Pat’s perspectives: Did the Giants get a steal in OL Jamon Brown?
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/11/7/18072946/pats-perspectives-did-the-giants-get-a-steal-in-ol-jamon-brown

DT

Raanan ESPN NY: Giants' fifth-round draft pick on verge of debut after medical condition
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/58043/giants-fifth-round-draft-pick-on-verge-of-debut-after-medical-condition?

CB

Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21)
11/8/18, 7:23 AM
Here's another fun fact, per & #8294;& #8234;PFF& #8236;& #8297;: Janoris Jenkins allowed six TDs in the first eight games. He allowed five TDs in his first two seasons with the Giants. QBs have a passer rating of 129.4 against Jenkins this season. Rating was 65.2 in 2016

NFL

Schein NFL.com: My NFL midterm picks: Top rookie? Best trade?
https://amp.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000985522/article/nfl-midterms-most-exciting-player-top-rookie-best-trade?

Benoit MMQB: The NFL MVP Race (Minus the Quarterbacks)
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/11/07/midseason-mvp-race-non-quarterbacks-gurley-watt-donald-thielen

Renner PFF: 2018 NFL Offensive Line Rankings: All 32 teams' units after Week 9

“27. NYG

To be quite honest, this might be one of the least surprising groups in the NFL in terms of their performance so far. The fact that free agent Patrick Omameh has already been benched, though, can at least qualify. He’s never graded out well for us at PFF, but his 51.5 overall grade this season has been a career low.”

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-2018-nfl-offensive-line-rankings-all-32-teams-units-after-week-9

ARIZONA
Odegard Cardinals.com: Young Quarterbacks Like Josh Rosen, Patrick Mahomes Stoke Optimism
https://www.azcardinals.com/news/young-quarterbacks-like-josh-rosen-patrick-mahomes-stoke-optimism

Baum AZ Central: Motivated by critics, WR Kirk off to good start in NFL
https://apnews.com/9fa081975ad84538b89d50c784d3920d

ATLANTA
Ledbetter AJC: Falcons plan to rush Irvin, Beasley and McKinley at same time
https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/falcons-plan-unleash-nascar-package-with-addition-irvin/psodrBcLxi73bRJxeMHEqN/

BALTIMORE
Lee Baltimore Sun: Breaking down the Ravens' rookie class: Tight end Mark Andrews giving offense a boost
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-rookie-class-review-bye-week-20181107-story.html

Lee Baltimore Sun: Once NFL leader in sacks, Ravens lately having trouble getting to quarterbacks
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-pass-rush-absent-20181107-story.html

BUFFALO
Parrino NY Upstate: Bills' Josh Allen ready to jump-start offense and 6 more things he said at first practice back
https://www.newyorkupstate.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/361fe7f2e96c4/bills-josh-allen-ready-to-jump.html

CAROLINA
Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Carolina Panthers take you inside Norv Turner’s explosive offense
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article221130220.html

CHICAGO
Finley Chicago Sun Times: Bears’ Adam Shaheen excited for ‘chance to play in the back half of the season’
https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-adam-shaheen-injured-reserve-excited-play-back-half-season/amp/

Wiederer Chicago Tribune: Bears expect Khalil Mack to play against the Lions on Sunday
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-khalil-mack-ankle-lions-20181107-story.html

CINCINNATI
Dehner Cin Enquirer: Offensive line feeds off negativity to help keep Bengals afloat
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/11/07/offensive-line-feeds-off-negativity-help-keep-bengals-afloat/1921793002/

Page Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals notes: What the defense can't do against the New Orleans Saints
https://amp.cincinnati.com/amp/1922842002

CLEVELAND
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Haslams have officially put GM John Dorsey in charge of the Browns coaching search, source says
https://www.cleveland.com//browns/2018/11/the-haslams-have-put-john-dorsey-in-charge-of-the-browns-coaching-search-source-says.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Baker Mayfield on helmet-to-helmet non-calls, support for Greg Robinson, the losing streak and more
https://www.cleveland.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/7033709f93237/baker-mayfield-on-helmettohelm.html

McManaman ESPN Cleveland: The Browns& #8288;& #8288; claimed defensive back Phillip Gaines from the Bills and safety Jermaine Whitehead from the Packers, both via waivers. The team waived Denzel Rice, who saw his most extensive playing time of the season against the Chiefs after E.J. Gaines was injured

DALLAS
Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: What Ezekiel Elliott thinks the must-win Cowboys need to do to turn the season around
http://amp.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article221312260.html

Archer ESPN Dallas: Cowboys' Connor Williams to have knee surgery, but may return quickly
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25205387/connor-williams-dallas-cowboys-arthroscopic-surgery-right-knee?

DENVER
O’Halloran Denver Post: Broncos coach Vance Joseph on Demaryius Thomas’ comments: “We have to move on”
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/11/07/broncos-coach-vance-joseph-demaryius-thomas-comments/

DETROIT
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions mailbag: How will Bob Quinn explain this disastrous year?
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/11/07/detroit-lions-mailbag-bob-quinn-jim-bob-cooter/1918110002/

Rogers Detroit News: Jacked Zenner rejoins Lions after breaking two bones in back
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/11/07/jacked-zach-zenner-rejoins-detroit-lions-after-breaking-two-bones-back/1925027002/

Monarrez Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia defends offensive line after 10-sack game
https://amp.freep.com/amp/1921734002

GREEN BAY
Owczarski Mil JS: Green Bay Packers' revamped secondary an ongoing juggling act
https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/11/07/green-bay-packers-revamped-secondary-ongoing-juggling-act/1923212002/

HOUSTON
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans see leadership from DeAndre Hopkins
https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/amp/Texans-see-leadership-from-DeAndre-Hopkins-13370809.php

INDIANAPOLIS
Erickson Indianapolis Star: Insider: Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines forming new-wave tandem for Colts running game
https://amp.indystar.com/amp/1918307002

JACKSONVILLE
Long AP: Struggling Jaguars take ‘must-win' approach against Colts
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/jacksonville-jaguars/os-sp-jaguars-1108-story.html

DiRocco ESPN Jacksonville: Injury status of Jags CB A.J. Bouye 'news' to coach Doug Marrone
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25209840/status-jacksonville-jaguars-aj-bouye-unclear-talk-injury

KANSAS CITY
Kerkhoff KC Star: The Chiefs have been good at nearly everything this season, including the coin toss
https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article221300790.html

Pryor KC Star; Chiefs hold five out of practice Wednesday, including Watkins, Hitchens
http://amp.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article221297765.html

Worthy KC Star: Chiefs welcome back a familiar face in safety Daniel Sorensen
http://amp.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article221307410.html

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Miller LA Times: Chargers' Michael Badgley is back and aiming to kick-start the offense
http://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/la-sp-chargers-report-20181107-story.html

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Jared Goff has helped the Rams get a leg up on offense with more than just his arm
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-report-20181107-story.html

MIAMI
Salguero Miami Herald: Ryan Tannehill points toward Indy game for return. Here’s why that’s ambitious
https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article221288525.html

Jackson Miami Herald: Here’s an update on two of the Miami Dolphins’ most indispensable players
http://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article220961405.html

Deen Sun Sentinel: Reshad Jones has no regrets, says he didn't quit on Dolphins during Jets game
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-dolphins-reshad-jones-20181107-story.html

MINNESOTA
Coller ESPN 1500 Minn: Grading every Vikings position (and journeyman QBs) (ep 400) (Audio)
http://www.1500espn.com/podcast/2018/11/grading-every-vikings-position-journeyman-qbs-ep-400/

Vikings.com: Vikings Claim Former Lions RB Ameer Abdullah Off Waivers
https://www.vikings.com/news/vikings-claim-former-lions-rb-ameer-abdullah-off-waivers

NEW ENGLAND
Guregian Boston Herald: James White off the charts for Patriots
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/11/james_white_off_the_charts_for_patriots?

Volin Boston Globe: For the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski is more of a luxury than a necessity at this point
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/11/07/for-patriots-rob-gronkowski-more-luxury-than-necessity-this-point/PNiSW8QCqldu3sbiAHzmFM/story.html

Gasper Boston Globe: Bill Belichick’s decision on Malcolm Butler appears prescient now
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/11/07/bill-belichick-decision-malcolm-butler-appears-prescient-now/9UgbbrqzbPhcZIpzGfr8OJ/amp.html

NEW ORLEANS
Katzenstein Nola.com: Dez Bryant to sign with New Orleans Saints
https://www.nola.com/saints/2018/11/dez-bryant-to-sign-with-new-orleans-saints.html

Johnson Nola.com: Every Saints offensive line starter on injury report
https://www.nola.com/saints/2018/11/every-member-of-the-saints-starting-offensive-line-landed-on-wednesdays-injury-report.html

Katzenstein Nola.com: Saints' Marcus Davenport still wearing walking boot, but feeling better
https://www.nola.com//saints/2018/11/saints-marcus-davenport-still-wearing-walking-boot-but-feeling-better.html

NEW YORK JETS
Costello NYP: Surprise Sam Darnold foot injury puts him on the bench
https://nypost.com/2018/11/07/surprise-sam-darnold-foot-injury-could-keep-him-sidelined/

OAKLAND
Kawahara SF Chronicle: Under pressure: Raiders QB Derek Carr taking sacks at higher rate
https://www.sfchronicle.com/raiders/amp/Under-pressure-Raiders-QB-Derek-Carr-taking-13372536.php

Schneidman SJ Mercury News:
How much are Raiders risking with Derek Carr behind this offensive line in lost season?
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/11/07/how-much-are-raiders-risking-with-derek-carr-behind-this-offensive-line-in-lost-season/amp/

Gehlken LV Review Journal: Raiders reserve Jon Feliciano continues to show worth
https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/raiders-nfl/raiders-reserve-jon-feliciano-continues-to-show-worth-1522075/amp/

PHILADELPHIA
Berman Phil.com: Marked by Darren Sproles’ return, Eagles roster is healthier post-bye week just in time for Cowboys
http://www2.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-healthy-roster-darren-sproles-tim-jernigan-corey-graham-nate-gerry-lane-johnson-20181107.html

Kaye NJ.com: Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott will test Eagles' sturdy run defense
http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2018/11/eagles_dominant_run_defense_to_face_major_test_against_cowbo.html

Bowen Phil.com: New Eagle Cre’Von LeBlanc hopes to learn at least a nickel’s worth of the playbook quickly
http://www2.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/new-eagle-crevon-leblanc-hopes-to-learn-at-least-a-nickels-worth-of-the-playbook-quickly-20181107.html

PITTSBURGH
Starkey Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Steelers’ first half had a little bit of everything
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/joe-starkey/2018/11/07/Joe-Starkey-Steelers-first-half-had-a-little-bit-of-everything/stories/201811070176

Dulac Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Steelers and NFL defenses have designs on stopping long splash plays
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/11/08/Steelers-and-NFL-defenses-have-designs-on-stopping-long-splash-plays/stories/201811070126

SAN FRANCISCO
Maiocco NBC Bay Area: Nick Mullens' impatience with Kyle Shanahan led to 49ers laughs in huddle
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/nick-mullens-impatience-kyle-shanahan-led-49ers-laughs-huddle

Clayton Football: 49ers’ Star Tight End George Kittle Goes One-on-One
https://claytonfootball.redescribe.com/2018/11/49ers-star-tight-end-george-kittle-goes-one-on-one/

Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones)
11/7/18, 12:32 PM
Mike McGlinchey
-No.1 rated run-blocking Tackle, per PFF
-No. 7 Tackle overall, per PFF
-Saquon Barkley & Calvin Ridley are only rookies making a bigger impact on offense
-If SF was winning, he'd have Pro Bowl consideration
-Kyle/JL's gamble of trading Trent Brown is paying off

Inman SJ Mercury News: Dekoda Watson’s vegetarian diet helps 49ers pass rushers feast
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/11/07/dekoda-watsons-vegetarian-diet-helps-49ers-pass-rushers-feast/amp/

Chain NBC Bay Area: 49ers DB Ahkello Witherspoon 'very excited' to face Odell Beckham Jr.
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/49ers-db-ahkello-witherspoon-very-excited-face-odell-beckham-jr

SEATTLE
Bell News Tribune: Four key Seahawks missing from practice because of injuries four days before big test at Rams
http://amp.thenewstribune.com/sports/nfl/seattle-seahawks/article221324140.html

Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold)
11/7/18, 12:38 PM
Every single week Solari + Schottenheimer add a new wrinkle to the Seahawks running scheme. This week features:

- Outside Zone w/ Sift Blocker
- First week they've run this play
- Watch Germain Ifedi's awesome block & #128064;& #128064;
- Baldwin has a great block too

Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL)
11/7/18, 12:53 PM
Absolutely painful for any Giants fan or reporter to watch. This franchise had Solari employed, and he did an excellent job when you consider the FRINGE talent and no competition on the O-line when he was there, and yet they moved him for Hal Hunter who was out of football

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin got burned deep against the Chargers, but he vows it won’t happen again
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/shaquill-griffin-on-giving-up-long-pass-play-against-chargers-im-making-sure-it-wont-ever-happen-again/?

TAMPA BAY
Bassinger TB Times: Buccaneers-Panthers All-22: Loss exposes a fatal flaw in Tampa Bay’s offense
http://www.tampabay.com/data/2018/11/08/tampa-bay-buccaneers-carolina-panthers-cam-newton-christian-mccaffrey-ryan-fitzpatrick-dirk-koetter-mike-evans-all-2/

Laine ESPN TB: Bucs' DeSean Jackson mum on trade talk, but unhappy with role
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25206884/desean-jackson-tampa-bay-buccaneers-unhappy-current-role-offense

TENNESSEE
Bacharach The Tennessean: Malcolm Butler’s struggles overshadowing matchup vs. former team
https://amp.tennessean.com/amp/1917581002

WASHINGTON
Carpenter Washington Post: The Washington Redskins’ guide to cobbling together an offensive line in six days
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2018/11/07/washington-redskins-guide-cobbling-together-an-offensive-line-six-days/

Colleges/Draft

QB
Axson MMQB: The 10 College Quarterbacks NFL Fans Dreaming of the 2019 Draft Need to See
https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/11/07/nfl-draft-quarterbacks-rankings-scouting-reports-2019

Hayes B/R: West Virginia's Will Grier and the Decision That Transformed His Career
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2804706-west-virginias-will-grier-and-the-decision-that-transformed-his-career

TE
Lesmerises Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Ohio State tight end Luke Farrell has learned to become a battering ram
https://www.cleveland.com/sports/2018/11/ohio-state-tight-end-luke-farrell-has-learned-to-become-a-battering-ram-doug-lesmerises.html

Media

Clark The Ringer: How Mike Pereira Changed the Way We Watch Football
https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2018/11/7/18069164/mike-pereira-dean-blandino-explain-nfl-rules

History

Giants Birthdays 11-08

Charlie Killett HB/KR D16-Memphis 1963 NYG 1963 11-08-1940

Rocky Thompson RB/KR D1-West Texas A& M 1971 NYG 1971-1973
11-08-19

In Memoriam

Henry Davis MLB/LLB D11-Grambling 1968 NYG 1968-1969 Born 11-08-1942 Died 6-11-2000

Billy Lott FB D6-Mississippi 1958 NYG 1958 Born 11-08-1934 Died 5-15-1995

Roy Simmons LG D Georgia Tech NYG 1979-1981 Born 11-08-1956 Died 2-20-2014
Rocky Thompson’s birthday  
Defenderdawg : 11/8/2018 10:31 am : link
11-08-1947
I thought we had something in Henry Davis  
Big Blue '56 : 11/8/2018 11:47 am : link
at the Mike, a perfect Vince Costello replacement. Or, so I thought.
The Giants thought they did too  
Defenderdawg : 11/8/2018 6:28 pm : link
After a trial at DE he was moved to MLB when Vince Costello was injured and there was a magical afternoon in Dallas in 1968:

Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - AUie Sherman said it all when Fran Tarkenton embraced him in the clubhouse after the New York Giants* upset of Dallas. “That was the greatest game any man could have played,”
“You were just great.” For his work in the victory over the Cowboys Sunday. 27-21 Tarkenton threw scoring passes of five yards to Joe Morrison and 60 yards to Homer Jones while completing 16 of 24 for
187 yards. He also scrambled 22 yards for one touchdown. “The key play was when we caught the Cowboys in the dog (linebacker blitz) and hit Homer with the bomb.”
said Tarkenton of the 60-yard play that put the Giants out front 21-14 in the third period.

Although Giant defenders did a rather noble job throughout, one fellow caught many eyes and Dallas ball-carriers. He was Henry Davis, the rookie from Grambling College and a prize draft pick. Intentions had been to bring him along slowly this year but the injury to Vince Costello at middle linebacker dumped him into the snake pit without warning. Henry was bitten often in the early going, but with his
lateral movement that he keeps arriving at spots where he has no right to be. By next season he'll have the same poundage as Nitschke of the Packers, 240, and may almost be in his class, too. "Some says Swede Svare, Giant line coach, "Henry will be the best linebacker in the game."

With the win the Giants went to 6-3 and had a shot at the playoffs

Capital Division

Dallas 7-2
Giants 6-3
Washington 4-5
Philadelphia 0-9

However in 1969 the Giants shuffled the deck at the LB group, Ken Avery was released; Tommy Crutcher moved from LLB to RLB and Davis was moved
to LLB with newly acquired Ralph Heck in the middle.

The Giants with changing defensive coaches and philosophies seemed to swap out linebackers annually, several let go by the Giants...Olen Underwood; Jerry Hillebrand, Ed Weisacosky, Avery and Davis all had solid careers elsewhere.

Davis went to Pittsburgh with John (Frenchy) Fuqua for QB Dick Shiner in 1970 and became a important part of the early Chuck Noll defenses.
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