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Defenderdawg : 2/12/2019 10:42 am
Giants

Eisen Giants.com: Giants add Mike Dawson and Henry Baker to coaching staff
https://www.giants.com/news/giants-add-mike-dawson-and-henry-baker-to-coaching-staff

Leonard NYDN: Giants add pair of defensive minds to coaching staff
https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sports-giants-coaching-staff-pat-shurmur-20190211-story.html

Schwartz NYP: Giants fill out coaching staff with hires from Eagles, Rutgers
https://nypost.com/2019/02/11/giants-fill-out-coaching-staff-with-hires-from-eagles-rutgers/amp/

KLKN TV: Husker coaching assistant takes job with New York Giants

“Coach Dawson informed me late last week he had chosen to accept a coaching position with the New York Giants. Mike has been a key part of our staff the past three seasons at Nebraska and UCF. He is a man of great character, an outstanding teacher, relates well to players and is a tremendous asset for any coaching staff.”

http://www.klkntv.com/story/39943654/husker-coaching-assistant-takes-job-with-new-york-giants

Leonard NYDN: Giants may get first crack at knocking off Patriots next season
https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sports-giants-patriots-nfl-season-20190211-story.html

Stapleton The Record: Here's why NY Giants could open 2019 NFL season against Super Bowl champion Patriots
https://amp.northjersey.com/amp/2836686002

Dunleavy NJ.com: NFL schedule 2019: Giants vs. Patriots in Week 1 primetime? NFL could bump Super Bowl champs for Packer vs. Bears
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/02/nfl-schedule-2019-giants-vs-patriots-in-week-1-primetime-nfl-could-bump-super-bowl-champs-for-packer-vs-bears.html

QB

Leonard NYDN: Kyler Murray's decision to play football is good news for the Giants, even if they don't draft him
https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-sports-kyler-murray-giants-20190211-story.html

RV SNY: Here's why Giants are unlikely to draft QB Kyler Murray
https://www.sny.tv/giants/news/heres-why-giants-are-unlikely-to-draft-qb-kyler-murray/303795526

Stapleton The Record: NFL Draft: How Kyler Murray's commitment to quarterback affects NY Giants' plans
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2019/02/11/how-kyler-murrays-commitment-nfl-affects-ny-giants-draft-plans/2838591002/

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
2/11/19, 5:57 PM
From a Giants perspective, Kyler Murray in the draft is a positive. Increased the pool of QBs. To each their own though. Have a hard time seeing DG + scouts fall in love w/Murray at top of draft. Size matters to the org.

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
2/11/19, 6:01 PM
My understanding is Giants changed the way they graded last year. Don't know to what extent but there were recent adjustments to their way of business

Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL)
2/11/19, 4:24 PM
The Giants have used the same grading system since George Young took over and in that system, they would have a hard time giving Murray a high grade. the system is designed to prevent the team from being small--its all about size and speed

Russell Lande (@RUSSLANDE)
2/11/19, 4:54 PM
@mlombardiNFL: I first learned the Alpha / Numerical grading scale from Charley Armey at Rams and thought it did a very good job of protecting teams from making mistakes by falling in love with too many exception type players

Schwartz NYP: Dave Gettleman is blowing up how the Giants draft (1-20-2008)

“We’re changing everything around in the department, from how we operate to the grading scale, everything,’’ a Giants source familiar with Gettleman’s thinking told The Post. “Everything. Nothing’s going to stay the same

“We’re gonna have what I call a philosophical and method shift on how we operate, yes,’’ Gettleman told The Post. “The philosophy is the way of looking at players, and the method is how we set up the draft board

. Under Reese and Ross, the Giants were often drawn to height-weight-speed prospects who too frequently went bust rather than boom. It is believed Gettleman will bring the emphasis back to production on the field — stressing passion, desire and mechanics rather than raw talent.

This will be reflected in how players are actually placed on the Giants’ draft board. Gettleman took a look at how the Panthers graded players, preferred that system to what he knew with the Giants, and retained it in Charlotte. Now he is bringing it to the Giants.

“Putting your focus on different things, the board is gonna look very different,’’ Gettleman said. “It’s actually something I learned in Carolina. There’s an old saying: Every man is my equal, in that I may learn from him. These guys taught me a different way of looking at it — not how to evaluate, not how to do it philosophically, but just a different way of setting up a board, and I think it’s terrific.’’

Gettleman would not get into specifics, but agreed the new draft board will more accurately display how an individual players’ grade relates to others on the board.

“It gives you not only a vertical view but also a horizontal view as well,’’ he said. “It allows you to really see the board, without giving anything up.’’
All NFL teams — other than the Patriots, not surprisingly — hire one of two scouting services, National Football Scouting or Blesto, to get a better handle on college juniors. The Giants are with Blesto. Teams usually assign one of their young, inexperienced scouts to these services, and one of Gettleman’s first jobs was as the Blesto scout for the Bills. When Gettleman got to Carolina, one of his first moves was to switch the Panthers from National to Blesto.

“You got to realize we’re all gonna go back to our roots,’’ he said.

https://nypost.com/2018/01/20/dave-gettleman-is-changing-everything-about-the-giants-draft-process/amp/

OLB

Giants.com: Giants Mobile: Inside the Film Room: Kareem Martin
https://www.giants.com/video/inside-the-film-room-kareem-martin

NFL

Benoit MMQB: The NFL’s Most Important Coordinator Hires for 2019
https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/02/11/offensive-defensive-coordinator-hires-steve-spagnuolo-chiefs-jets-gregg-williams

Bergman NFL.com: NFC East rookie grades; biggest offseason needs

“The tri-state debate over whether the Giants should have drafted Barkley or Sam Darnold with the second pick in 2018, knowing that Eli Manning was on the wrong side of 37, will continue incessantly for years to come, single-handedly keeping drive-time sportstalk radio alive past its deserved expiration date. That is until New York picks the right QB of the future, which could happen as early as this spring. HOWEVAH, there is no denying the outstanding achievement that was Saquon's first year as a pro. He lived up to all expectations, making the Pro Bowl while racking up a league-high 2,028 scrimmage yards and 15 scores behind an improving (but still bottom-tier) O-line. Anchoring that line's late-season resurgence was Hernandez, who, along with Barkley, made the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Hill was an unheralded but solid selection, leading all Big Blue D-linemen in snaps, and Carter was a consistent contributor off the bench and the edge. Lauletta, meanwhile, spent more time in the news in 2018 for reckless drives than touchdown drives. The grade stands at A- for now, BUT it self-demotes to a B if NYG doesn't find a QB of the future within 15 months.

Combine/free agency focus: The Giants have a top-10 pick for the fourth time in five seasons, and it appears they are finally primed to use it on Manning's successor. Their evaluation process already began at the Senior Bowl and will continue in earnest (and under more scrutiny) at the NFL Scouting Combine, where Dave Gettleman should have an up-close look at Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones and apparently Kyler Murray. Assuming the Giants retain Manning, they will not seek out a short-term vet in free agency. However, they will be eyeing tackles and guards for the right side of the line, as well as secondary help to mitigate the loss of Eli Apple (trade) and potential free-agent departure of Landon Collins. Also, the linebacker position on this team is always ripe for upgrading. There's not a lot of money to go around, but with lame-duck Elisha under center, there's also no rush.”

https://amp.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001017552/article/nfc-east-rookie-grades-pro-bowl-returns-for-giants-cowboys?

Barnwell ESPN: NFL’S OFFSEASON DOMINOES
One signing or trade this offseason can dictate a half-dozen more moves. Let's lay out some plausible destinations for free agents and see how that move might spur other teams into action.

“The Giants sign Bridgewater to a two-year, $20 million deal
An injured Teddy Bridgewater threw only two regular-season passes from 2016 to 2017, but he was at the facility working with then-Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is now the Giants' coach. This deal gives the Giants time to evaluate Bridgewater while retaining the flexibility to draft a passer if they fall in love.

The Jaguars sign Eli Manning and draft Dwayne Haskins
With New York moving on from Eli Manning, the oft-rumored reunion between Manning and former Giants coach Tom Coughlin is consummated with a one-year, $8 million contract, while the Jaguars also add their quarterback of the future by using the No. 7 pick on the Ohio State star

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/25901330/predicting-2019-nfl-offseason-dominoes-free-agents-trades-cause-ripples

ARIZONA
Odegard Cardinals.com: NFL Rules Could Help Cardinals Turn Around
https://www.azcardinals.com/news/nfl-rules-could-help-cardinals-turn-around

Urban Cardinals.com: Amid Kyler Murray Speculation, Michael Bidwill Says Cardinals To "Build Around Foundation We Have"
https://www.azcardinals.com/news/amid-kyler-murray-speculation-michael-bidwill-says-cardinals-to-build-around-fou

ATLANTA
Ledbetter AJC: Falcons’ 2018 unit-by-unit analysis: The quarterbacks
https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/2018-unit-unit-analysis-the-quarterbacks/dXLWU778xnqx09Qr6HL9DJ/

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
2/11/19, 10:04 AM
The Falcons will have Dan Quinn calling the defense and serving as the de facto coordinator this year, but they just hired former Chiefs DC Bob Sutton as a Senior Assistant to help

McFadden Falcons.com: Falcons hire former Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton as a senior assistant
https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-hire-former-chiefs-defensive-coordinator-bob-sutton-as-a-senior-assistan

CAROLINA
Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Will re-signing Eric Reid significantly change Panthers’ plan for free agency, draft?
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article226098025.html

Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC)
2/11/19, 1:54 PM
Reid at 22m+ pretty much puts the safety market back on track after last year. should bode well for this years free agent

CHICAGO
Biggs Chicago Tribune: Kareem Hunt signing with the Browns saves the Bears a potential headache as they seek help at running back
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-kareem-hunt-mitch-trubisky-biggs-20190211-story.html

Vrentas MMQB: Kareem Hunt Could Have Earned His Way Back Into the NFL—But Not This Quickly
https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/02/11/kareem-hunt-cleveland-browns-signing-john-dorsey-criticism-rehabilitation-second-chance

CINCINNATI
Page Cincinnati Enquirer: 2019 Cincinnati Bengals: Zac Taylor adds three more to staff
https://amp.cincinnati.com/amp/2841100002

CLEVELAND
Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: How will Todd Monken's Air Raid concepts mesh with Freddie Kitchens? Monday Browns takeaways
https://www.cleveland.com/expo/sports/g66l-2019/02/5a2bc6ae463829/how-will-todd-monkens-air-raid-concepts-mesh-with-freddie-kitchens-monday-browns-takeaways.html

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Kareem Hunt will be on a zero tolerance policy with the Browns, GM John Dorsey says
https://www.cleveland.com/browns/2019/02/kareem-hunt-will-be-on-a-zero-tolerance-policy-with-the-browns-gm-john-dorsey-says.html

DALLAS
Hairopolous Dallas Morning News: Cowboys free agents most likely to depart: Dallas values Cole Beasley, but to what extent may determine if he returns
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2019/02/11/5-free-agents-likely-depart-2019-cowboys-value-cole-beasley-extent-may-determine-sticks-around

Owning Dallas Morning News: Film room: Why Cowboys DE Randy Gregory has double-digit sack potential in 2019
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2019/02/11/film-room-cowboys-de-randy-gregory-double-digit-sack-potential-2019

DENVER
O’Halloran Denver Post: Is Kyler Murray right for the Broncos? Pros and cons to the idea of the Heisman Trophy winner in Denver
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/11/kyler-murray-nfl-commitment-analysis/amp/#click=https://t.co/TQI24xA29L

DETROIT
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Why Kyler Murray giving up baseball is good news for Detroit Lions
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2019/02/11/kyler-murray-detroit-lions-nfl-draft/2838298002/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions had no interest in Kareem Hunt, 'want good people'
https://amp.freep.com/amp/2843667002

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions re-sign LB Steve Longa, DE Mitchell Loewen
https://amp.freep.com/amp/2840837002

GREEN BAY
Owaczarski Mil JS: Packers grades: Look for an infusion of new blood at linebacker
https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2019/02/11/packers-grades-look-infusion-new-blood-linebacker/2782698002/

HOUSTON
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' DeAndre Hopkins on new OC Tim Kelly: 'Great guy, great coach'
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texans/amp/Texans-DeAndre-Hopkins-on-new-OC-Tim-Kelly-13606938.php

Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL)
2/12/19, 9:43 AM
Texans are cutting wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, sources confirm. Was due a $14 million base salary in 2019 and is recovering and doing his rehab in Houston from a torn Achilles’ tendon

INDIANAPOLIS
Keefer Indianapolis Star: The backup, the pastor, the coach: Frank Reich's road to the Colts
https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2018/02/16/backup-pastor-coach-frank-reichs-road-colts/344105002/

MIAMI
Beasley Miami Herald: Kyler Murray makes his choice. Now the Dolphins must make theirs
https://amp.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/miami-dolphins/article226093270.html

NEW ENGLAND
McBride Boston Globe: NFL reportedly leaning against Patriots on opening night
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/02/11/nfl-reportedly-leaning-against-patriots-opening-night/6ld4ximaNgR8nMbN1XBcjJ/amp.html

Scalavino Patriots.com: Analysis: Patriots coaching vacancies and potential changes
https://www.patriots.com/news/analysis-patriots-coaching-vacancies-and-potential-changes

NEW ORLEANS
Underhill NO Advocate: Saints hire former Dolphins assistant Darren Rizzi for special teams
https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_71b8329a-2e59-11e9-a544-e3dc05e13a5d.html

OAKLAND
Bair NBC Bay Area: How Mike Mayock plans to approach his first NFL Draft as Raiders GM
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/raiders/how-mike-mayock-plans-approach-his-first-nfl-draft-raiders-gm?

PHILADELPHIA
Rosenblatt NJ.com: NFL rumors: Is Eagles’ Nelson Agholor a potential cap casualty this offseason?
https://www.nj.com/eagles/2019/02/nfl-rumors-is-eagles-nelson-agholor-a-potential-cap-casualty-this-offseason.html

Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles Pro Bowl OG Brandon Brooks tweets progress of surgically repaired Achilles
https://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-pro-bowl-og-brandon-brooks-tweets-progress-surgically-repaired-achilles/amp/

SAN FRANCISCO
Johnson NBC Bay Area: 2019 NFL Draft: How Kyler Murray can help 49ers at scouting combine
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/2019-nfl-draft-how-kyler-murray-can-help-49ers-scouting-combine?

SEATTLE
Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks mailbag: Is Seattle scouting the Alliance of American Football?
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/seahawks-mailbag-is-seattle-scouting-the-alliance-league-what-could-the-tailback-situation-look-like-in-2019-and-more/?

TAMPA BAY
Bassinger TB Times: NFL Mock Draft Monday: A lesson from the Buccaneers’ 1995 draft
https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/02/11/nfl-mock-draft-monday-a-lesson-from-the-buccaneers-1995-draft/?

Greg Auman (@gregauman)
2/12/19, 10:09 AM
I can confirm that Bucs are releasing defensive end Vinny Curry. Move frees up $8 million in salary cap room. Had 2.5 sacks last year, less of a scheme fit if Bucs go to 3-4 as primary fron

WASHINGTON
Fowler Redskins.com: Tyler Catalina 'Five Times Stronger' After Missing Last Season To Shoulder Injury 
https://www.redskins.com/news/tyler-catalina-five-times-stronger-after-missing-last-season-to-shoulder-injury

CFL

Dabe Nola.com: Delvin Breaux signs new contract with former (and current) team
https://www.nola.com//saints/2019/02/delvin-breaux-signs-new-contract-with-former-and-current-team.html

Colleges/Draft

Salomone Giants.com: Cover 3: Who will be the talk of the NFL Combine
https://www.giants.com/news/cover-3-who-will-be-the-talk-of-the-nfl-combine

QB
Duffy Eagles.com: Fran Duffy's Combine Preview: Quarterback
https://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/fran-duffy-s-combine-preview-quarterbacks

Orr MMQB: Kyler Murray Gets His Official Draft Season Welcome
https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/02/12/kyler-murray-nfl-draft-height-new-york-giants

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
2/11/19, 7:14 PM
From NFLTotalAcces. In December, I talked to 5 GMs and none had Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray as a 1st-round pick. Today, I polled 10 GMs or top decision-makers... nearly all said "first round" with some saying Top 10

Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
2/12/19, 10:01 AM
What's so interesting about Murray is if he was 6-4, 225, he'd absolutely be the first pick. Same thing everyone said about Baker Mayfield last year. Then Mayfield went first. But ... Kyler REALLY stretches the limits when it comes to size -- "a really, really small person.

Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks)
2/11/19, 10:30 AM
Dwayne Haskins last 3 CFB games- rivalry game, conference champ game & Rose Bowl. 79-109 (72.5%) 1,146 yards, 14 TD, 1 INT. That’s one heck of a closing argument

WR
Pflum BBV: 2019 NFL Draft prospect profile: Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
https://www.bigblueview.com/2019/2/12/18221725/2019-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-antoine-wesley-wr-texas-tech-scouting-report-ny-giants

The Draft Network: 2019 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE: DAMARKUS LODGE
https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/10/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-damarkus-lodge/

DT
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
2/12/19, 10:04 AM
From mortreport and me: Mississippi St. DT Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a top 15-pick in April, suffered a knee injury during training that is thought to be a torn ACL, per league sources. A statement to offer clarity on Simmons' injury is expected to be released today

CB
The Draft Network: 2019 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE: BYRON MURPHY
https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/11/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-byron-murphy/

History

Curry Burns FS 2004 W-HOU 2004 NYG 2004 2-12-1981

Maurice Douglass DB FA-CHI 1995 NYG 1995-1996 2-12-1964

John McDowell T TR-GB 1965 NYG 1965 2-12-1942

Kerry Wynn DE UDFA-Richmond 2014 NYG 2014-2018 2-12-1991

In Memoriam

Johnny Dell Isola LG/RG NYG 1934-1940 Born 2-12-1912 Died 10-21-1986
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