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Defenderdawg : 2/7/2019 8:07 am
Giants

Leonard NYDN: The 10 key Giants storylines on heels of Super Bowl LIII
https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sports-giants-offseason-plans-nick-foles-20190206-story.html

QB

RV SNY: NFL source will be surprised if Giants don't take quarterback early in Draft

"It's still early, but obviously they're looking hard at the quarterbacks in the draft," said one NFL source familiar with the Giants' plans. "At this point, it would be a surprise if they didn't take one in the first two rounds”

https://www.sny.tv/giants/news/nfl-source-will-be-surprised-if-giants-dont-take-quarterback-early-in-draft/303603074

RV SNY: The Pros and Cons of the QBs the Giants could take in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft
https://www.sny.tv/giants/news/weighing-pros-and-cons-of-potential-giants-qb-targets-in-nfl-draft/303611030

Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21)
2/6/19, 1:30 PM
Foles had 40 TD and 12 INT in 18 starts over two seasons in Philly with Pat Shurmur as his OC (obviously running Chip Kelly's system). A reunion would make some football sense, but I can't see it happening

RB

Schwartz NYP: Giants say goodbye to Saquon Barkley’s RB mentor
https://nypost.com/2019/02/06/giants-say-goodbye-to-saquon-barkleys-rb-mentor/

Lombardo NJ.com: Giants decline Jonathan Stewart’s contract option, moving on from RB after 1 disappointing season
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/02/giants-decline-jonathan-stewarts-contract-option-moving-on-from-rb-after-1-disappointing-season.html

C

Jon Halapio (@Jhalapio67)
2/6/19, 4:06 PM
Heading back to FL after a quick trip to NY for a medical check-up.

My body is healthy, my heart is humble & my mind is hungry.

I wish OTA’s started next week. I’m working hard, Giants Nation.

I can’t wait to be back on the field with Big Blue

Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy)
2/6/19, 10:10 PM
I fully expect Jon will be the starting center next season. giants can renew his contract on the cheap but I’d like to see a multi-year deal to benefit both sides in the long run

DE

Giants.com: Inside the Film Room: Josh Mauro
https://www.giants.com/video/inside-the-film-room-josh-mauro

SS

Giants.com: Inside the Film Room: Landon Collins (Video)
https://www.giants.com/video/inside-the-film-room-landon-collins

NFL

Benoit MMQB: The Super Bowl 53 Tale of the Tape: Two Dominant Defenses, Gurley’s Disappearance, and the Real MVP
https://amp.si.com/nfl/2019/02/06/super-bowl-lii-53-film-study-breakdown-patriots-rams-defenses-real-mvp-belichick-goff-mcvay

Freeman B/R: Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Perfect Fins Offer Path out of Despair for Rams
https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2819429-mike-freemans-10-point-stance-perfect-fins-offer-path-out-of-despair-for-rams.amp.html

Brandt MMQB: From Le’Veon and Foles to Free Agency and Cap Games: 10 Business of Football Offseason Storylines
https://amp.si.com/nfl/2019/02/05/leveon-bell-antonio-brown-nick-foles-nfl-free-agency-offseason-storylines

Corry CBS Sports: Agent's Take: The NFL's crucial 2019 offseason dates and what they mean for your team
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/agents-take-the-nfls-crucial-2019-offseason-dates-and-what-they-mean-for-your-team/

La Canfora CBS Sports: 2019 NFL free agency: Here's an early look at six who'll provide the most bang for the buck
https://www.cbssportfree-agency-heres-an-early-look-at-six-s.com/nfl/news/2019-nfl-wholl-provide-the-most-bang-for-the-buck/amp/

ATLANTA
Ledbetter AJC: Falcons cut defensive end Brooks Reed 
https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/falcons-cut-defensive-end-brooks-reed/nwWP2rhNRW1kf4KMCA9iZP/amp.html

CAROLINA
Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Panthers owner casually drops idea of a roof over BofA Stadium. Is it realistic?
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article225599205.html

CHICAGO
Biggs Chicago Tribune: Bears Q& A: Will Ryan Pace be aggressive entering free agency? What are the chances Adrian Amos is re-signed? One position that could be a surprise for upgrades?
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-mailbag-ryan-pace-aggressive-free-agency-biggs-20190206-story.html

CLEVELAND
Patsko Cleveland Plain Dealer: Grading the 2018 Browns draft class and GM John Dorsey
https://www.cleveland.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/02/29a59ad6792070/grading-the-2018-browns-draft-class-and-gm-john-dorsey.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Baker Mayfield on being motivated by NFL ROY snub, starring with Tom Brady, dining with Odell Beckham and Von Miller, and more
https://www.cleveland.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/02/ee592a1f284714/baker-mayfield-on-being-motivated-by-nfl-roy-snub-starring-with-tom-brady-dining-with-odell-beckham-and-von-miller-and-more.html

DALLAS
Owning Dallas Morning News: Film room: Earl Thomas and the art of playmaking – how the safety would improve the Cowboys defense
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2019/02/06/film-room-earl-thomas-art-playmaking-improve-cowboys-defense

DENVER
O’Halloran Denver Post: Broncos QB Case Keenum “excited” after initial meetings with Fangio, Scangarello
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/06/case-keenum-meets-vic-fangio-rich-scangarello-broncos/amp/

DETROIT
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions sign former Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams
https://amp.freep.com/amp/2792044002

GREEN BAY
Owaczarski Mil JS: Packers grades: Davante Adams dazzles, but difference-maker lacking at tight end
https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2019/02/06/packers-grades-davante-adams-dazzles-but-te-difference-maker-lacking/2780712002/

HOUSTON
Sidhu Texans.com: What does new QB coach Carl Smith bring to the Texans?
https://www.houstontexans.com/news/what-does-new-qb-coach-carl-smith-bring-to-the-texans

INDIANAPOLIS
Erickson Indianapolis Star: Colts offensive lineman Matt Slauson announces retirement
https://amp.indystar.com/amp/2792535002

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Simmons Rams.com: Rams sign four players to free agent contracts

“Los Angeles signed defensive back Donte Deayon, linebacker Travin Howard, offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, and wide receiver Austin Proehl to deals.”

https://www.therams.com/news/rams-sign-four-players-to-free-agent-contracts

Orr MMQB: The Todd Gurley Mystery Remains Unsolved
https://amp.si.com/nfl/2019/02/06/todd-gurley-los-angeles-rams-super-bowl-performance-playing-time-injury

Klein LA Times: Aaron Donald isn't satisfied: 'I’m definitely going to come back better'
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-aaron-donald-20190206-story.html

MIAMI
Salguero Miami Herald: No one buys Dolphins keeping Tannehill while Chris Grier might have hurt QB’s trade value
https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article225548250.html

Salguero Miami Herald: Brian Flores arms self with powerful weapon other Dolphins coaches didn’t utilize
https://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article225643750.html

NEW ENGLAND
Gasper Boston Globe: ‘We figured it out. We found our identity’: The Patriot Way is to always find a way
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/02/05/whatever-they-needed-how-they-earned-everything-they-got/fyL9BJLCIEmhGo8eWKHKGP/story.html

Kimes ESPN: Will Rob Gronkowski retire? Why the Patriots star's decision isn't easy
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25933118/will-rob-gronkowski-retire-why-patriots-star-decision-easy?

McBride Boston Globe: Patriots will name Greg Schiano their new defensive coordinator
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/02/06/patriots-will-name-greg-schiano-their-new-defensive-coordinator/jgh95x7dT5pvD8dNg5o6tO/amp.html

Sullivan Boston Globe: What kind of coach are the Patriots getting in Greg Schiano? Just ask Eric LeGrand
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/02/06/what-kind-coach-are-patriots-getting-greg-schiano-just-ask-eric-legrand/Pc0hHncE1uG1mNcuUlTFRK/story.html

NEW ORLEANS
Underhill NO Advocate: Saints rookie review: For Marcus Davenport, a solid first season despite tough injury
https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_595bbea6-2a35-11e9-a837-a7fc8136990c.amp.html

NEW YORK JETS
Mehta NYDN: Jets Mailbag: Is Jamal Adams recruiting Le'Veon Bell hurting the Jets?
https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/ny-sports-jets-mailbag-jamal-adams-20190206-story.html

OAKLAND
Kawahara SF Chronicle: Raiders playing in Oracle Park remains a possibility
https://www.sfchronicle.com/raiders/amp/Raiders-playing-in-Oracle-Park-remains-a-13595411.php

PHILADELPHIA
Kempski Phillyvoice: What's next in the Nick Foles contract saga?
https://www.phillyvoice.com/whats-next-nick-foles-contract-saga/

Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane)
2/6/19, 1:14 PM
Eagles are promoting Carson Walch to replace Gunter Brewer (let go) as WRs coach, per source. He was assistant WRs coach. Walch previously worked in the CFL before coming to the NFL last season

PITTSBURGH
Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: It's time for Steelers to cut ties with Antonio Brown
https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2019/02/06/pittsburgh-steelers-antonio-brown-trade-rumors-cut-nfl-offseason/stories/201902060113

Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Steelers' Matt Feiler awaits role after establishing himself as a viable starte
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/14584164-74/steelers-matt-feiler-awaits-2019-role-after-establishing-himself-as-starter-capable-in

SEATTLE
Condotta Seattle Times: Will Seahawks make a move with Kam Chancellor? And what might happen with Frank Clark and Russell Wilson?
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/will-seahawks-make-a-move-with-kam-chancellor-and-what-might-happen-with-frank-clark-and-russell-wilson/?

TAMPA BAY
Laine ESPN TB: Get to know Bruce Arians, the Bucs coach who is '66 and sexy
http://www.espn.com/blog/tampa-bay-buccaneers/post/_/id/22186/get-to-know-bruce-arians-the-bucs-coach-who-is-66-and-sexy?

TENNESSEE
Davenport ESPN Nashville: Titans plan to feed Derrick Henry, are not afraid to win ugly
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/293726/titans-oc-plans-to-feed-derrick-henry-not-afraid-to-win-ugly?

WASHINGTON
Paras Washington Times: Daron Payne a high point, but jury still out on rest of Redskins' rookie class
http://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/5/daron-payne-high-point-jury-still-out-rest-redskin/

Colleges/Draft

Traina Locked on Giants Podcast: ! @Ourlads_Shonka of Ourlad’s scouting service joins today’s LockedOn Giants podcast. Dan offers an insight into the Ourlad’s team’s draft evaluations and gives a few names he would suggest Giants fans keep an eye on (Audio)
http://dcs.megaphone.fm/LKN8365645943.mp3?key=0e61594f53377d6eade20c429b9f2294& listener=2027f5e4-b3eb-4eb2-b4cc-17e55107777c

QB
Lindsay GBN: Reading the QB tea leaves
https://gbnreport.com/reading-the-qb-tea-leaves/

WR
Sikkema The Draft Network: 5-PLAY PROSPECT: TEXAS TECH WR ANTOINE WESLEY
https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/06/5-play-prospect-texas-tech-wr-antoine-wesley/

TE
The Draft Network: ISAAC NAUTA: THE RARE HIGH FLOOR, HIGH CEILING PROSPECT
https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/06/isaac-nauta/

The Draft Network: 2019 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE: IRV SMITH
https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/07/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-irv-smith/

T
Pflum BBV: 2019 NFL Draft prospect profile: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
https://www.bigblueview.com/platform/amp/2019/2/6/18213538/2019-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-greg-little-ot-ole-miss-scouting-report-ny-giants

History

Giants Birthdays 2-07

Gus Coppens LT/RT W-LA Rams 1979 NYG 1979 2-07-1955

DiTrani The Bergen Record: COSELL, ABC HIT FOR GIANT MISTAKE 9-20-1979

     EAST RUTHERFORD---The Giants offense didn't fool too many people Monday night, as the 27-0 final score indicated.  But at least three in attendance at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., were befuddled by one segment of the offensive unit: the left tackle position.
     And Gordon Gravelle is considering a suit against Howard Cosell, one of the three who jam the ABC booths for the Monday night games, for blaming him for sins committed by Gus Coppens.
     The mix-up occurred in the second half when Redskins end Coy Bacon rolled past Coppens, who was identified as Gravelle by play-by-play man Frank Gifford.
     "Frank knew Gravelle wasn't on the roster and asked the Redskins' PR department to find out the number he'd be wearing," said an ABC spokesman.  "They told him he was wearing No. 78."
     The broadcasting team took it for gospel even though No. 78 already was assigned to Coppens.  "And besides, what do they put the names on the back of the uniforms for?" asked Gravelle.
     So as the nation watched a player with "Coppens 78" on his back have trouble with Bacon, Cosell said, "I tell you the Giant linemen look like statues."
     "There they go around Gravelle again," said Gifford.
     "He may take another fine and go home now," added Cosell, referring to the $15,300 Gravelle was docked for missing training camp and the first week of the season.
     "I called my wife after the game and she was in hysterics," said Gravelle.  "It was slanderous.  I'm talking to my attorney about it and we're considering filing a suit against Cosell.
     "He is a disgrace to the broadcasting profession, the epitome of an arrogant egotist.  He is degrading to football."
     The ABC spokesman declined any comment on the proposed suit, but said, "As far as any blasting of Gravelle by Cosell, it wasn't there."
     "I understand he was referring to my staying out of camp," said Gravelle, who ended his retirement two weeks ago.  "A man of his caliber shouldn't be allowed to broadcast.  He takes away from the integrity of the football and allowed himself to be swayed into a false sense of importance with the American public.  The man doesn't know what he's talking about."
     This isn't the first case of mistaken identity that has shown up on Monday night telecasts.  The ABC broadcasting crew is notorius for mixing up names and numbers. 
     But neither Gravelle nor Coppens nor any of the other Giants' offensive linemen have grounds for any action against the announcers' critique of their performance.  Joe Pisarcik's battered body and the club's No. 14 rank in NFC rushing and total offense attest to that.

Kelvin Davis G UDFA-Johnson C. Smith 1987 NYG 1987 2-07-1963

Ryan Phillips ROLB D3-Idaho NYG 1997-2000
2-07-1974

Idaho Hall of Fame

“Ryan Phillips terrorized quarterbacks for four season from 1993-96 on the gridiron. He was a three-time First Team All-Conference defensive end and was the 1995 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. He was a two-time All-American, with second-team honors in 1994 and first-team honors in 1995, and earned invites to the Blue-Gray All-Star Game and Senior Bowl in 1996. He was the team’s Most Valuable Player as well as the Defensive MVP in 1995 and 1996. His 39.5 career sacks rank second all-time at Idaho, while his 91 tackles for loss are the most all-time. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft and compiled 130 tackles in 71 games over five seasons with the Giants and Colts.”

In a 2012 article Phillips described his professional experience:

“People usually know," Phillips said of his former career as a linebacker in the National Football League. "They're always interested in what it was like."

“There's no real way to prepare for it," said Phillips, whose five-year career left him with 3.5 pro sacks, 44 tackles, four interceptions, a torn MCL and a bulging disc in his neck. "You just have to be thrown into the fire."

When Phillips sits down for the game Sunday, he'll watch his old team, the New York Giants, square off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

He doesn't watch a lot of football since his playing days ended in 2002, but he always pulls for the G-Men - the team that drafted him in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft out of the University of Idaho, and the one Phillips helped take to Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.

People tend to want to talk about that too; Phillips played in the big one.

An experience, like the league, that was all intense, all the time, he said. Even during the regular season, every practice, every drill was videotaped and scrutinized by coaches.

"There's media day and that's about as light as it gets," he said of the Super Bowl's weeklong limelight of cameras, microphones, practice drills and walkthroughs.

"You go back to the hotel room to try and get away from it and watch TV but there's nothing but Super Bowl coverage on every channel.

"By the end, you just want to play the game," the 6-foot 4-inch, 250-pounder said.

The Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7, which still stings Phillips, and at the end of the game an opposing player came down on the linebacker's leg and he tore his MCL.

That was the picture that made rounds after the game: The dejected, injured player crumpled in defeat.

"I was the shot that year," he said of the captured moment.”

In Memoriam

John Weiss E NYG 1944-1947 Born 2-07-1922 Died 8-1976
Since when are we ok just handing the starting center job to Halapio?  
The_Boss : 2/7/2019 8:20 am : link
I must have missed him actually being good along that OL when he did play. The NYG should look to get appreciably better there.
I agree with you The Boss  
Dnew15 : 2/7/2019 9:37 am : link
that's exactly what I thought when I read those tweets...and extending him? Really? No NFL team in their right mind is giving that guy a multi-year deal...he's a JAG coming off a leg injury!
There's no way Halapio should be given the  
Simms11 : 2/7/2019 10:43 am : link
starting job at center. He wasn't that great to begin with. The Giants can't take the cheap way out here. If they're going to fix this line, they have to get better from the middle to the right side. At a minimum draft a Center in the 4th round and let him compete. If Halapio wins the job so be it.
Don't be surprised if Halapio is your starting center next season.  
Brown Recluse : 2/7/2019 1:30 pm : link
They may bring in a rookie to compete but the Giants like him.
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