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Defenderdawg : 1/31/2019 7:54 am
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QB

Dunleavy NJ.com: Phil Simms still bitter about sad end with Giants, who treat Eli Manning with kid’s gloves | ‘We bow and kiss’ franchise QBs
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/01/phil-simms-still-bitter-about-sad-end-with-giants-who-treat-eli-manning-with-kids-gloves-we-bow-and-kiss-franchise-qbs.html

Joyce NYP: Eagles star Chris Long hates the idea of Giants swiping Nick Foles
https://nypost.com/2019/01/30/eagles-star-chris-long-hates-the-idea-of-giants-swiping-nick-foles/amp/

RB

Stapleton The Record: Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson: Saquon Barkley runs like Barry Sanders and me
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2019/01/30/ladainian-tomlinson-offers-hall-fame-praise-saquon-barkley/2720966002/

Rock Newsday: If Giants draft Dwayne Haskins, they will be in the Super Bowl soon, Saquon Barkley's dad says
https://www.newsday.com/amp/sports/football/giants/saquon-barkley-dad-dwayne-haskins-1.26619081

CB

Lombardo NJ.com: Inside Giants rookie Grant Haley's surreal football journey that might just save his mother's life
https://www.nj.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/01/cb58c3f0e35092/inside-giants-rookie-grant-haleys-surreal-football-journey-that-might-just-save-his-mothers-life.html

NFL

Barnwell ESPN: 2018 NFL trade grades: The 30 most impactful of the past 365 days
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25864947/2018-nfl-trade-grades-30-most-impactful-365-days

Barnwell ESPN: Barnwell's Super Bowl LIII preview: What you need to know for Patriots-Rams
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25877288/barnwell-super-bowl-liii-preview-need-know-patriots-rams-2019

Wiener SB Nation: How the Rams and Patriots built the most consistent offensive lines in the NFL
https://www.sbnation.com/2019/1/29/18202151/super-bowl-2019-nfl-rams-patriots-consistent-offensive-lines

Schefter ESPN: NFL likely to consider judgment challenge with penalty disincentive
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25884090/nfl-likely-consider-judgment-challenge-penalty-disincentive

ARIZONA
Odegard Cardinals.com: After Trade Demand, Patrick Peterson “Here To Stay” With Cardinals
https://www.azcardinals.com/news/after-trade-demand-patrick-peterson-here-to-stay-with-cardinals

ATLANTA
Cunningham AJC: The Falcons didn’t make a mistake by not drafting Todd Gurley
https://www.ajc.com/blog/mike-check/for-moment-todd-gurley-thought-the-falcons-were-drafting-him-they-didn-make-mistake-not-doing/tt7l1cNvtClvtJwmk1ecRO/

BALTIMORE
Shaffer Baltimore Sun: After decades under Ozzie Newsome's wing, Eric DeCosta happy he never left Ravens' nest
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-eric-decosta-20190130-story.html

Shaffer Baltimore Sun: Ravens notes: DeCosta calls reports of rift with Harbaugh 'not true'; Newsome's new title unclear
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-john-harbaugh-eric-decosta-20190130-story.html

Shaffer Baltimore Sun: Why the Ravens' approach to handling Joe Flacco's exit is 'like playing chess'
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-joe-flacco-cut-trade-offseason-20190130-story.html

BUFFALO
Parrino NY Upstate: Bills' Heath Farwell will lean on Lorenzo Alexander in 1st season as ST coordinator
https://www.newyorkupstate.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/01/066f25eb29b34/bills-heath-farwell-will-lean-on-lorenzo-alexander-in-1st-season-as-st-coordinator.html

CAROLINA
Newton ESPN Charlotte: Panthers' Cam Newton says shoulder 'is good' after surgery
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25885041/panthers-cam-newton-says-shoulder-good-surgery?

CHICAGO
Biggs Chicago Tribune: Bears Q& A: Could Cody Parkey be a post-June 1 cut? Would Ryan Pace trade into the 1st round of the draft?
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-mailbag-special-teams-cody-parkey-brad-biggs-20190130-story.html

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Rams-Bears comparisons go beyond the hotshot coaches and young QBs. Just look at the daring general managers
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-rams-comparisons-ryan-pace-les-snead-biggs-20190130-story.html

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Rookie Roquan Smith's speed and production gave the Bears defense just what it needed
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-roquan-smith-season-review-inside-linebackers-20190129-story.html

CINCINNATI
Dehner Cincinnati Enquirer: What does tapping Sean McVay tree get you?
https://amp.cincinnati.com/amp/2724951002

CLEVELAND
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Baker Mayfield aiming for Super Bowl LIV, pleased with Kitchens promotion and more
https://www.cleveland.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/01/c511cf525a2621/browns-baker-mayfield-aiming-for-super-bowl-54-making-a-huge-jump-in-19-freddie-was-his-choice-and-more-from-radio-row.html

Burns Cleveland Plain Dealer: Why Larry Ogunjobi is important to the Cleveland Browns' defense, and how he can be even better -- Film Room
https://www.cleveland.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/01/745fbf7ef96536/why-larry-ogunjobi-is-important-to-the-cleveland-browns-defense-and-how-he-can-be-even-better-film-room.html

DALLAS
Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is having a Super Bowl impact making money with LA Rams
https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article225302320.html

DETROIT
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia had rough season, ex-player preaches patience
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2019/01/30/detroit-lions-matt-patricia-a-great-coach-says-belichick/2716019002/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: LaDainian Tomlinson: Lions Kerryon Johnson reminds me of Curtis Martin
https://amp.freep.com/amp/2726086002

GREEN BAY
Dougherty Mil JS: Packers no longer can neglect backup QB position
https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2019/01/29/dougherty-packers-no-longer-can-neglect-backup-qb-position/2711877002/

HOUSTON
McClain Houston Chronicle: Rams’ two-year ascendance encouraging for Texans
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/mcclain/amp/Rams-two-year-ascendance-encouraging-for-Texans-13575452.php

Wilson Houston Chronicle: How QB coach Sean Ryan's departure affects Texans' Deshaun Watson
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/texans/amp/How-QB-coach-Sean-Ryan-s-departure-affects-13574986.php

INDIANAPOLIS
Wells ESPN Indianapolis: Andrew Luck, Colts will be scary after securing O-line stability
http://www.espn.com/blog/indianapolis-colts/post/_/id/24274/andrew-luck-colts-will-be-scary-after-securing-o-line-stability?

Erickson Indianapolis Star: Reggie Wayne open to returning to coach Colts, thinks team nearly has 'everybody in place'
https://amp.indystar.com/amp/2722035002

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Rivers/Farmer LA Times: Philip Rivers on Super Bowl: Rams must keep it close early, make Tom Brady double-clutch
https://www.latimes.com/sports/super-bowl/la-sp-super-bowl-rivers-20190130-story.html

Williams ESPN LA: Chargers' free agent Tyrell Williams says he's a No. 1 receiver
http://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles-chargers/post/_/id/25969/chargers-free-agent-tyrell-williams-says-hes-a-no-1-receiver?

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Plaschke LA Times: Rams are acting like they haven’t been to the Super Bowl before
https://www.latimes.com/sports/super-bowl/la-sp-super-bowl-patriots-rams-plaschke-20190129-story.html

Dennis Rams.com: Rams offense readying for Belichick's in-game adjustments
https://www.therams.com/news/rams-offense-readying-for-belichick-s-in-game-adjustments

Klein LA Times: Rams' Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald are hoping to make a signature Super Bowl play
https://www.latimes.com/sports/super-bowl/la-sp-super-bowl-rams-20190130-story.html

DiGiovanna LA Times: Robert Woods’ valuable role for Rams driven by inspiration from his late sister
https://www.latimes.com/sports/super-bowl/la-sp-super-bowl-rams-woods-20190130-story.html

Mays The Ringer: The Essential Stories of Wade Phillips
https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/1/30/18203269/wade-phillips-career-stories-earl-campbell-bruce-smith-super-bowl

Stapleton The Record: Super Bowl LIII: Aaron Donald will look to follow NY Giants' blueprint to beat Tom Brady
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2019/01/31/aaron-donald-rams-look-follow-giants-blueprint-beat-tom-brady-in-super-bowl/2715307002/

Trotter NFL.com: Heel to veteran: The maturing legacy of Suh
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001014315/article/nfl-heel-to-veteran-the-maturing-legacy-of-ndamukong-suh

Klein LA Times: Aqib Talib: Sean McVay, Bill Belichick are ‘totally different’ but share ability to lead
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-super-bowl-aqib-talib-20190129-story.html

MIAMI
Jackson Miami Herald: As Dolphins’ plan comes into focus, this is why their fans must change the way they think
https://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article224977825.html

Salguero Miami Herald: These are some ways the Miami Dolphins plan to tank in 2019
https://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article225285760.html

Beasley Miami Herald: Dolphins’ next play-caller talks offensive philosophy, what he wants in a QB and more
https://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article225310845.html

NEW ENGLAND
Kilgore Washington Post: Bill Belichick makes Tom Brady study punt coverages. It helps explain the Patriots’ reign
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/01/30/bill-belichick-makes-tom-brady-study-punt-coverages-it-helps-explain-patriots-reign/

Reiss ESPN Boston: Patriots owner Robert Kraft open to extension for Tom Brady
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25886671/new-england-patriots-owner-robert-kraft-open-extension-tom-brady?

Hewitt Boston Herald: Sony Michel makes strong impression on former NFL running backs
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/30/sony-michel-makes-strong-impression-on-former-nfl-running-backs/amp/

Daniels Providence Journal: Phillip Dorsett stepped up when needed for Patriots
https://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20190130/phillip-dorsett-stepped-up-when-needed-for-patriots

Reiss ESPN Boston: After 10 surgeries, Malcolm Mitchell still hopes to return to NFL
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4816718/after-10-surgeries-malcolm-mitchell-still-hopes-to-return-to-nfl?

Princiotti Boston Globe: Rob Gronkowski details the physical toll his body takes
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/01/30/rob-gronkowski-details-physical-toll-his-body-takes/tWIC59154pt8VVlNWYcyeJ/amp.html

McBride Boston Globe: Dante Scarnecchia is one of the best assistant coaches in the NFL. Here’s why
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/01/29/venerable-volatile-dante-scarnecchia-keeps-patriots-line-straight/laCX2ZLrepcMiZDKSZ7n9N/story.html

Duffy Boston Herald: Trent Brown’s Super Bowl appearance with Pats part performance, part destiny
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/30/trent-browns-super-bowl-appearance-with-pats-part-performance-part-destiny/

McBride Boston Globe: Patriots foursome works to keep fun in the game
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/01/30/patriots-foursome-works-keep-fun-game/ZyBB58GLoc0RhSFvNQtElL/amp.html

Duffy Boston Herald: Devin McCourty’s uncertain future adds to Super Bowl drama
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/29/devin-mccourtys-uncertain-future-adds-to-super-bowl-drama/amp/

NEW ORLEANS
Duncan Nola.com: Roger Goodell’s comments too little, too late for Saints fans
https://www.nola.com/saints/2019/01/roger-goodells-comments-too-little-too-late-for-saints-fans.html

OAKLAND
Kawahara SF Chronicle: Roger Goodell, NFL hope to have Raiders’ stadium resolution ‘soon’
https://www.sfchronicle.com/raiders/amp/Goodell-NFL-hope-to-have-Raiders-stadium-13574087.php

Schneidman SJ Mercury News: How Raiders GM Mike Mayock will approach free agency, draft
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/30/how-raiders-gm-mike-mayock-will-approach-free-agency-draft/amp/

Gehlken LV Review Journal: Raiders part with pro personnel director Dane Vandernat
https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/raiders-nfl/raiders-part-with-pro-personnel-director-dane-vandernat-1586006/

Williams NBC Bay Area: Defense Will Be Priority for Raiders in First Round of Draft
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Defense-Will-be-Priority-for-Raiders-in-First-Round-of-Draft-505085531.html?amp=y

PHILADELPHIA
McLane Phil.com: Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith take exception with recent anti-Carson Wentz story
http://www.philly.com/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-malcolm-jenkins-carson-wentz-torrey-smith-rams-patriots-20190131.html

Domowitch Phil.com: Nick Foles' one season with the Rams is something he’d like to forget
http://www.philly.com/eagles/superbowl-philadelphia-eagles-nick-foles-rams-jeff-fisher-jared-goff-20190131.html

Fierro Allentown Morning Call: Evaluating the Eagles: New running back plan will help
https://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/mc-spt-eagles-running-back-evaluations-20190130-story.html

PITTSBURGH
Bittner Pittsburgh Post Gazette: JuJu Smith-Schuster thinks Antonio Brown will retire with the Steelers
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2019/01/30/antonio-brown-trade-rumors-super-bowl-juju-smith-schuster/stories/201901300150

SAN FRANCISCO
Johnson NBC Bay Area: 49ers tight end George Kittle ready to learn from Tony Gonzalez's advice
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/49ers-tight-end-george-kittle-ready-learn-tony-gonzalezs-advice?amp

Williams NBC Bay Area: It's Almost Decision Time for 49ers on Armstead
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Its-Almost-Decision-Time-for-49ers-on-Armstead-505082591.html

SEATTLE
John Clayton ESPN 710 Seattle: Clayton: How Seahawks’ effort to re-sign Fluker, Sweezy impacted by Glowinski extension with Colts
http://sports.mynorthwest.com/596433/glowinski-extension-impacts-seahawks-resign-fluker-sweezy/amp/

TAMPA BAY
Romano TB Times: Why the Bucs can’t afford Kareem Hunt
https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/01/30/why-the-bucs-cant-afford-kareem-hunt/?

WASHINGTON
Copeland Washington Post: Redskins hire Rob Ryan to coach inside linebackers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/sports/2019/01/30/redskins-hire-rob-ryan-coach-inside-linebackers/

Colleges/Draft

QB
GBN: To QB or not to QB
https://gbnreport.com/to-qb-or-not-to-qb-3/

WR
Dortch The Draft Network: 2019 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE: GREG DORTCH
https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/01/29/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-greg-dortch/

C
Pflum BBV: 2019 NFL Draft prospect profile: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
https://www.bigblueview.com/platform/amp/2019/1/30/18199275/2019-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-garrett-bradbury-c-north-carolina-state-scouting-report-ny-giants

History

DiGiovanna LA Times: LaDainian Tomlinson felt the sting of Chargers' playoff loss to Patriots
https://www.latimes.com/sports/super-bowl/la-sp-super-bowl-patriots-20190130-story.html

Stolle Post Bulletin: Duane Benson, NFL player and legislator, dies

“His football career was long by NFL standards. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders, Benson was a linebacker during a nine-year career in the NFL and has the distinction of making the first tackle in Super Bowl II in 1968, on the kickoff.

“I was awed by it,” Benson told the Post-Bulletin about his experience playing in the Super Bowl. “Of course, I was awed by the notion of just getting to play in the NFL.”

https://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/duane-benson-nfl-player-and-legislator-dies/article_017aa74a-235c-11e9-8d56-8bb5f086fc20.html

Giants Birthdays 1-31

Bill Kimber E/DE UDFA-FSU 1959 NYG 1959-1960 1-31-1936

Kimber was on and off the Giants roster for two seasons. After being waived in 1959 to make room for DT Art Hauser, he signed with the LA Chargers of the new AFL. Fleer even issued a football card with him as a Charger.
He was released then re-signed by the Giants.

Giants Place Katcavage, Gifford On Injured List NEW YORK (AP)-“The New York Giants of the National Football League yesterday placed halfback Frank Gifford and defensive end Jim Katcavage on the injured reserve list and reactivated offensive end Bill Kimber and offensive guaro Bill Crawford. the action requires both Gifford and Katcavage to miss the last. four games of the regular season. Both were announced as out for the season last Monday, Gifford after suffering a deep concussion and Katcavage a broken collarbone in the Giants' 17-0 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday. Gifford, however, had said he hoped to be ready again in time for the Giants' final game, against Cleveland, Dec. 18. Kimber, former Florida State star, has been on the inactive list since halfback Alex Webster was reinstated to the roster after recovering from a leg injury a month ago. Crawford, a rookie from British Columbia University in Canada, has been on the club's taxi squad all season. The Giants went through a long workout at Yankee Stadium yesterday in preparation for Sunday's return battle with the Eagles v at Philadelphia. Injured quarterback Charley Conerly tested his ailing knee again and still could not pivot properly on hand-offs. Coach Jim Lee Howell said there was a chance the 39-year-old quarterback could play some against the Eagles. George Shaw will start at quarterback with Joe Morrison moving to left half in Gifford's place and Alex Webster starting at Morrison's right half post, Howell said.”

In 1960 the first of what world be two back to back losses to the eventual champion Eagles would leave the Giants battered and broken.

Two weeks later after the second loss to the Eagles the Giants took on the winless expansion Cowboys. Kimber have the Giants a good early start:

“New York, coached by Jim Lee Howell, had won the Eastern Conference the previous two years, but the aging and injury-riddled club was 5-3-1 and coming off of back-to-back losses to the Philadelphia Eagles that had assured they would not finish first a third time. 39-year-old QB Charlie Conerly was one of the injured players, and backup George Shaw was behind center against the Cowboys. HB Alex Webster was also out, as was star HB Frank Gifford, who had been finished for the year – and the whole next season – after a noteworthy tackle by LB Chuck Bednarik in the first loss to Philadelphia.

There were 55,033 fans at Yankee Stadium, the smallest home crowd of the year for the Giants on a sunny afternoon. New York scored quickly on its first possession, taking just four plays with Shaw completing a 41-yard pass to end Bill Kimber and then throwing 10 yards to FB Mel Triplett for the touchdown. HB Joe Morrison followed up with a one-yard scoring plunge and the Giants had a 14-0 lead...”

However Dallas rallied:

“However, before the first quarter was over, HB L.G. Dupre (pictured at left) ran in for a five-yard TD to get the Cowboys on the board. Still, Shaw extended New York’s margin in the second quarter as he connected with end Kyle Rote on a 28-yard scoring play.

Dallas continued to fight back. LeBaron, who nearly sat the game out with a rib injury, tossed a pass to Dupre for a 21-yard TD and Fred Cone kicked an 11-yard field goal to narrow the score to 21-17 at halftime.

Pat Summerall posted the only points of the third quarter with a 26-yard field goal that gave the Giants a seven-point lead. The Cowboys knotted things up in the fourth quarter thanks to a 56-yard drive capped by LeBaron throwing again to Dupre for a 23-yard touchdown, followed by Cone’s extra point.

First-year backup QB Lee Grosscup put the Giants back ahead 5:45 into the final period with a 26-yard touchdown pass to end Bob Schnelker. With five minutes to go, Dallas DT Bill Herchman recovered a fumble by Morrison. LeBaron passed to Doran for 32 yards to the New York nine and two plays later connected with Howton for an 11-yard TD. Cone kicked the tying extra point, and that was it. The game ended in a 31-31 draw, the first non-losing game in Dallas franchise history...”

https://fs64sports.blogspot.com/2011/12/1960-cowboys-tie-giants-for-only-non.html

Kimber would return to the AFL, this time to play the the Patriots in 1961..



I don’t agree with this from Colin at all:  
The_Boss : 1/31/2019 8:18 am : link
“Interestingly, the sense one gets talking to NFL people is that Haskins would actually have been the first player off the board at the 2018 draft had been eligible this past spring. At the same time, though, there is also a sense that Haskins would only have been the 4th or 5th rated passer in the loaded 2020 draft if he had stayed in school for his junior campaign next fall.”

In my opinion, the 2018 QB class was better than the projected 2020 class. I don’t think Haskins is a better talent/prospect than Mayfield, Darnold, Rosen, or Allen, as this quote suggests (and I’ve seen plenty of media opinions agreeing). On the flip side, if he decided to wait until 2020, I think Haskins would probably be QB#3 at the very worst.
RE: I don’t agree with this from Colin at all:  
Jarvis : 1/31/2019 10:00 am : link
In comment 14281769 The_Boss said:
Quote:
“Interestingly, the sense one gets talking to NFL people is that Haskins would actually have been the first player off the board at the 2018 draft had been eligible this past spring. At the same time, though, there is also a sense that Haskins would only have been the 4th or 5th rated passer in the loaded 2020 draft if he had stayed in school for his junior campaign next fall.”

In my opinion, the 2018 QB class was better than the projected 2020 class. I don’t think Haskins is a better talent/prospect than Mayfield, Darnold, Rosen, or Allen, as this quote suggests (and I’ve seen plenty of media opinions agreeing). On the flip side, if he decided to wait until 2020, I think Haskins would probably be QB#3 at the very worst.



I agree with you. There is always the natural obsession with “potential”. The fact is last years class has been overly dissected. Plus we have seen some of their deficiencies because they have played in the NFL for a year now and we have seen them take there lumps. Next years class hasn’t been dissected at all. It is easier to make the assumption that they will be great, but my gut tells me a lot will change between now and next years draft. Haskins would likely fall in the middle of both groups, however until the combine we still won’t really know.
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