Eisen Giants.com: Newest Giants ready to make key impact on Big Blue
Duggan The Athletic: Analyzing Dave Gettleman’s first comments since the Odell Beckham Jr. trade
Traina Forbes.com: Why The Giants' Roster-Building Strategy Is A Risk
Leonard NYDN: Did Dave Gettleman even watch the Giants last season?
RV SNY: Dave Gettleman asks Giants fans for blind faith in his plan
Raanan ESPN NY: Gettleman: Giants can still win while building
Schwartz NYP: Dave Gettleman getting angry at Eli Manning doubts: ‘Crock’ to say he’s overpaid
Schwartz NYP: Finding ‘right guy’ to be Eli Manning’s understudy is Giants’ priority
Glauber Newsday: Eli Manning no sure thing at quarterback despite Giants GM Dave Gettleman's comments
Dunleavy NJ.com: If Giants consider Jabrill Peppers a 1st-round pick, can a Josh Rosen trade with Cardinals be far behind?
Stapleton The Record: Josh Rosen: Why he's best option for NY Giants as Eli Manning's successor ... if available
Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL)
3/18/19, 3:46 PM
The more I see of Dillard...the more I read of Dillard...the more I think he's the best fit at OT for the #Giants scheme. If he's there at No. 17, I think there's a good chance he'll be their top-rated player on the big board
Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL)
3/18/19, 3:53 PM
I like Dillard most for the #Giants scheme. PFF has Williams the highest FWIW, and I really like the work they do on OL. Risner also has strong grades. Really all of them grade out well. Athletic testing wise, Dillard was off the charts in key metrics: 3 cone and short shuttle
Lombardo NJ.com: NFL free agency: Giants interested in Vinny Curry | Is he an ideal fit?
Schwartz NYP: Jabrill Peppers ready to show Giants his untapped potential
Rock Newsday: Jabrill Peppers was key to Odell Beckham Jr. trade, but Giants GM Dave Gettleman doesn't want added pressure
Stapleton The Record: Jabrill Peppers not intimidated by challenge of NJ homecoming with Giants
Pflum BBV: An excited Jabrill Peppers will give the Giants his best
Breer MMQB: Teams Readying for Rosen, Peppers’s Fit for the Giants, Adrian Peterson’s Other Suitors
“1. Teams are still in the dark on the availability of Cardinals QB Josh Rosen. But I’m told that’s not stopping them from getting their ducks in a row, with guys who’ve worked with Rosen over the last few years fielding phone calls and having discussions with intrigued teams gathering background. If you want to see the real-life application of the perception that Kyler Murray is Arizona-bound, there you have it.
2. If you want the numbers on why Jabrill Peppers vs. Landon Collins worked for the Giants, consider this: They have Peppers for about $3.3 million for the next two years, and hold a 2021 option on him that will likely come in around $7 million. That adds up less than the $11.15 million it would’ve cost them to tag Collins for 2019 alone. It’s also worth mentioning that Peppers played in the “Viper” position in Michigan’s defense as a collegian, a kind of safety/linebacker hybrid that’s not unlike the role the Giants saw Collins in.”
Schefter ESPN: Discussing why the Odell Beckham Jr. trade and Golden Tate signing might not be the biggest WR stories of the week. (Audio)
McManaman AZ Central: Arizona Cardinals sign Josh Shaw to add potential secondary depth
Ledbetter AJC: Five things to know about the new Atlanta Falcons
Preston Baltimore Sun: Former Raven Haloti Ngata was the toughest of the tough guys
Maiorana Rochester Democrat: Houston's Ed Oliver could be Buffalo Bills target in first round of NFL Draft
David Newton (@DNewtonespn)
3/18/19, 7:00 PM
Much of the offseason focus on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been on his right shoulder that underwent arthroscopic surgery in late January. Newton is optimistic he will be ready for the season, but beyond his rehab he is focused on his second annual ‘'Un1ted as 1'' program for Charlotte Mecklenburg County kids. The program's focus is on diversity and how ‘'difference is OK.'' It is Newton's brainchild and his message goes back to the fiber of his upbringing without diversity.
Wiederer Chicago Tribune: Free-agency storylines: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s motivation, the Cordarrelle Patterson riddle and a reprimand on social media hype
Finley Chicago Sun Times: Bears bring back punter Pat O’Donnell for 2 years, $4 million
Page Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals cut linebacker Vontaze Burfict after seven seasons
Moore AZ Republic: Overlooking Vontaze Burfict's problems hasn't helped the former Arizona State linebacker
Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys host WR Randall Cobb, S Clayton Geathers on visits but sign DE Kerry Hyder
Todd Archer (@toddarcher)
3/18/19, 7:34 PM
The Cowboys are scheduled to meet with defensive end Malik McDowell on Tuesday, according to sources. A second-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017, McDowell did not play in a game after a serious ATV accident not long after he was drafted. The Seahawks released McDowell.
Todd Archer (@toddarcher)
3/18/19, 6:19 PM
The Cowboys will visit with free-agent safety Eric Berry on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs released the five-time Pro Bowler. The Cowboys did not get into the bidding for Earl Thomas, who opted to sign with the with the Baltimore Ravens on a four-year, $55 million deal that guaranteed him $32 million. Berry, 30, has played in just three games the last two seasons because of Achilles’ injuries. When healthy, Berry has been among the NFL’s best safeties and considered among the best leaders. The Cowboys met with free agent safety Clayton Geathers on Monday as well.
Legwold ESPN Denver: Joe Flacco says he understands what it is to be Broncos' quarterback
Edholm for the Denver Post: 5 quarterbacks the Broncos should consider in the NFL draft — and how they would work in Denver
Troy Renck (@TroyRenck)
3/18/19, 11:26 PM
Former #Broncos LB Brandon Marshall attracting interest from Raiders. And some interest from Ravens. He will land on his feet. I want to see him fully healthy again. His toughness underrated. Played through foot, hamstring, shoulder and knee issues last few seasons
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Since Detroit Lions filled needs in free agency, can target talent in draft
Lions.com: Lions re-sign free agent CB Marcus Cooper Sr.
Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein)
3/18/19, 6:56 PM
I'm starting to hear the Packers aren't in good salary cap shape as reported. Because of cap charges that weren't previously calculated, multiple sources say they are very tight after their most recent spending spree. One source estimated it was close to $5M under. We'll see.
Owaczarski Mil JS: Adrian Amos' accountability, high football IQ alluring to Packers
Silverstein Mil JS: No deal for former Giants safety Curtis Riley after visit with Packers
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Ex-Raiders QB A.J. McCarron visiting Texans
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans sign tight end Darren Fells
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans interested in ex-Raiders tackle Donald Penn
Barshop ESPN Houston: Texans buying time at cornerback with series of one-year deals
Erickson Indianapolis Star: Insider: Why the Colts' quiet free agency could change soon
Kaye NJ.com: NFL free agency rumors: Eagles’ Jay Ajayi to visit Indianapolis Colts | Will he reunite with Frank Reich?
DiRocco ESPN Jacksonville: Tom Coughlin and Jaguars not giving up on Leonard Fournette
Pryor KC Star: Chiefs address major free-agency need, sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland to 1-year deal
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Rams to sign former Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to one-year deal
Habib Palm Beach Post: Habib: Magic? Tragic? Who cares? Miami Dolphins far more interesting with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Salguero Miami Herald: Miami Dolphins QB search in 2019 or ’20 drafts filled with dilemmas
Beasley Miami Herald: The Miami Dolphins begin their offensive line rebuild by signing this ex-Jaguars bruiser
Salguero Miami Herald: Miami Dolphins willing to pay to help make Robert Quinn trade happen, source says
Tomasson Twincities.com: Vikings re-sign RB Ameer Abdullah; guard Tom Compton joins Jets
Rand Minn Star Tribune: Vikings clearly relying on coaching to improve offensive line
Daniels Providence Journal: A look at where Pats stand in Week 2 of free agency
Mahoney Boston Globe: A look at how the Patriots roster has changed — so far
Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
3/19/19, 6:33 AM
Patriots have spent some resources on the defensive line (Bennett, Pennel), added two core special teamers (Bolden, Brooks) and brought back Dorsett for another run. But their other two moves at WR (Ellington, Harris) are just a couple of long-shot camp bodies. Need more help
Walker NO Advocate: Saints' Max Unger on retirement: 'Didn't think I could make it through another season'
NEW YORK JETS
Mehta NYDN: The massive roster hole Jets whiffed on in free agency
Kawahara SF Chronicle: Reports: Raiders exploring free-agent options at linebacker
Raiders.com: Raiders re-sign wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris
Bowen Phil.com: Eagles add safety depth by signing Andrew Sendejo to one-year-deal
Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Steelers are suddenly spending more on defense than offense
AP SF Chronicle: 49ers re-sign DB Jimmie Ward to 1-year deal
710 ESPN Seattle: Salary cap expert Joel Corry: Why Seahawks would be better off extending Russell Wilson now
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Buccaneers sign safety Kentrell Brice, who visited Texans
Wyatt Titans.com: Titans GM Jon Robinson Discusses Free Agency Additions, QB Situation, and What's Next
Wyatt Titans.com: Former Titans CB Alterraun Verner Announces His Retirement From the NFL
Carpenter Washington Post: Redskins sign offensive lineman Ereck Flowers, a former Giants first-round pick
John Keim (@john_keim)
3/18/19, 6:12 PM
The Redskins signed Ereck Flowers, a former first-round pick and starting tackle -- but they plan to use him at guard. Flowers, who visited the facility Monday, will also be used at tackle as second-year Geron Christian recovers from a torn MCL suffered during the season. The Redskins need depth and a lot of options inside, especially at left guard. The Redskins went through numerous players at left guard last year because of injuries. They might draft one next month, but they needed healthy options and like Flowers' physical play and athleticism. Flowers struggled at tackle and was cut by the Giants, who drafted him in 2015. He has made 55 starts -- all at tackle.
Field Yates (@FieldYates)
3/18/19, 6:51 PM
Following the first week of free agency, how many 2019 draft picks each team has:
12: NE, NYG
10: BUF, ARI, GB, PIT
9: WAS, DET, ATL, IND
8: CLE, OAK, BAL, KC, DEN, MIN
7: JAC, HOU, PHI, CAR, TB, LAR, MIA, LAC
6: NYJ, NO, TEN, DAL, SF
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
3/19/19, 7:41 AM
Alabama’s Pro Day is today. Alabama is looking to get at least four players drafted in the 1st round for what would be its 5th time, breaking a tie with Miami for most by any college. This would be the third straight year Alabama has produced at least four first rounders
Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft: Yahoo Sports' top 2019 prospects, Nos. 71-80
Solak The Draft Network: SOLAK MOCK DRAFT 6.0
EDGE, Mississippi State
“Do I care about Montez Sweat's 4.41s 40-yard dash? Not too much -- but boy do I think it matters to Dave Gettleman, that swashbuckling scallywag of a general manager.
In reality, Sweat's 40 -- and total Combine -- does illustrate a high-ceiling athlete that I didn't see on film. But because of his size and length, as well as his testing numbers, he'll fit Gettleman thresholds and fill the immediate need created by Olivier Vernon's departure.”
“General groupthink holds that the Giants will draft a developmental QB in Round 1. They have two picks, for goodness' sakes. Eli Manning is 59 years old, gosh darn it. The Daniel Jones connection is clear, by golly.
You can never underestimate bad GMs, and I think Gettleman could really talk himself out of a Round 1 QB -- especially with Cody Ford, the future at RT, ripe and waiting at 17 overall. The Giants line is in Year 2 of a tremendous face life, and Ford all but finishes the job by sliding in next to newly-acquired Kevin Zeitler.
The Giants want to run the football. They got the RB; now they've finished the OL. Let's see what old-school can do.”
Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
3/18/19, 11:28 PM
Seen a whole lot of BS/hate on QB Dan Jones. Think some developmental aspects for sure, but the biggest concern I have is vs VT 8:59 2Q. Those that missed his SB Wed practice picks, it is this play(11 yard out to 2), extra hitches/drifts as he is late and safety undercuts for PBU
Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
3/18/19, 11:32 PM
in SB practice i may have been to 1 (and was picked), but either way it seems a play speed issue to timing/rhythm routes, and the drift rears its head from time to time(footwork iconsistent) Ironically this out is Murray's best anticipation throw.Point is I dont see massive holes
Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
3/18/19, 11:36 PM
that many are claiming. Not saying hes going near round 1, he just has traits that many wil like in development and will see a clear path to QB2 as a floor. This whole search for "FQB" misses the point a lot of good teams bolster their QB rooms' talent w/picks like Jones
Kaye NJ.com: Eagles, Giants, Jets set to work out talented Temple wide receiver
Kelly The Draft Network: THE BEST RECEIVER PROSPECT NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT
Juston Christian from Marist College is the best NFLDraft wide receiver prospect that nobody is talking about. I detailed his background, athleticism and film:
Trapasso CBS Sports: 2019 NFL Draft: Why Jonah Williams is like David Bakhtiari, Jawaan Taylor is like Trent Williams and other OL comparisons
Cover1.net: Scouting Report | Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Ledyard The Draft Network: 2019 NFL DRAFT EDGE DEFENDER RANKINGS
Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB)
3/17/19, 10:28 PM
Watching Rashan Gary tape...such a bummer Chase Winovich got hurt in the Peach Bowl and missed the Senior Bowl. Kind of a forgotten guy right now in draft media but he’s a darn good football player
Melo Draftwire USA Today: Meet Charles Omenihu, the Longhorn defender who can do it all
Pflum BBV: Houston CB Isaiah Johnson could be developmental prospect for Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw RB D7-Marshall 2007 NYG 2007-2012 3-19-1986
Barry Cofield LDT/NT D4-Northwestern 2006 NYG 2006-2010 3-19-1984
Nello Falaschi BB TR-WAS 1938 NYG 1938-1941 Born 3-19-1913 Died 7-29-1986
Nello Falaschi had been a QB at Santa Clara, leading his team to a stunning upset of LSU in the 1937 Sugar Bowl. He joined the Giants in 1938 where his primary role was as a blocking back on offense and a linebacker on defense. After the Giants loss in the 1941 Championship game, Falaschi and 25 other Giants joined the military. For Falaschi it would mark the end of his pro football career, after the war he became a contractor. He is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
College HOF: “According to all the experts, little Santa Clara was a decided underdog going against Louisiana State in the 1937 Sugar Bowl. However, Santa Clara was led by a genius quarterback, Nello "Flash" Falaschi. The Broncos took the lead against the undefeated LSU Tigers on a Falaschi TD pass. Falaschi later sealed the Bronco victory by recovering a fumble in the end zone for the final Santa Clara score in the 21-14 upset. The victory left Santa Clara with a final 8-1 record with the only loss coming against Sammy Baugh and Texas Christian. Falaschi received considerable All-America recognition following the 1936 season. The All-America Board of Football had this to say about Falaschi: "No coach in the world of football would dare pick another quarterback. Brill & Pinckert may rate with Falaschi in the art of blocking, but no modern player approaches his devastating performance. When needed, he can deliver yardage as a ball carrier, but his vicious blocking and generalship are the factors largely responsible for Santa Clara's season." Falaschi later played professionally with the New York Giants before establishing a construction company in Oakland, California.”
Frederick Maryland News 2-22-1938:
“Meanwhile. George Marshall was returning home today somewhat satisfied that he had gotten the better of the New York Giants, despite the fact that the latter would not talk trade for Tuffy Leemans. His feeling was the result of a straight player trade in which he secured the right to George Karamatic, described by Stanford's Tiny Thomhill as the "best player on the Pacific Coast last Fali." in exchange for Nello Falaschi. Santa Clara's quarterback of 1936.”
WASH TIMES: “Then there was the time Nello Falaschi decided to wipe his feet off on the Redskins' Willie Wilkin.
Falaschi, a rugged blocking back, had been Washington's No. 2 draft pick in 1937. But he decided to stay at Santa Clara to finish his degree, and the Redskins eventually traded him to the Giants for fullback George Karamatic, a first-rounder in '38. Karamatic played only one season in the NFL; "Flash" Falaschi, meanwhile, tormented the Redskins for the rest of his career.
"I could show you movies of games where Falaschi never missed a block or tackle," Giants coach Steve Owen said. "But he was the lousiest pass catcher I ever saw in my life."
Late in the '41 season, the Redskins were at the Polo Grounds again, trying to keep their title hopes alive. The game was tied 13-13 with less than five minutes left when the Giants' Jim Poole returned an interception for a touchdown, clinching the division crown for New York. On the ensuing kickoff, Falaschi, who sometimes tried to break up the wedge by going in knees-first, altered his technique ever so sadistically. This time, he went in feet-first, plunging his metal cleats into Wilkin's chest.
A player who inspected the damage years later said, "It looked like three white stripes on his chest, the scar tissue from the cleats."
The incident was far from over, however. "Falaschi had a bar out in Santa Clara," former Redskin Roy Zimmerman once told me, "and the story goes that Willie went into the bar and enticed Nello to come outside -- and just beat the living daylights out of him. Left him in the gutter. And nobody could do anything about it as far as football was concerned, because it was the offseason."
“While [Jim] Poole is the only one [Wellington] Mara saw, he mentioned what he knew of other Giants..."Nello Falaschi is doing a great job on some island in the South Pacific...”
Leon McQuay RB D5-Tampa 1973 NYG 1974 Born 3-19-1950 Died 11-29-1995
“Played on the football team for three seasons from 1968 to 1970. He was the first black athlete to receive a scholarship to UT. McQuay rushed for 3,039 yards, scored 37 touchdowns and was a two time small college All-American in three seasons at Tampa. He rushed for 1,362 yards and scored 22 TDs as a junior. He went on to sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1971. He took the CFL by storm, rushing for 977 yards and a 7.1 yard per carry average. He was an all-star and runner up for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award. He also played for the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints
of the National Football League.”
Gregg: The saga of Leon McQuay
1974 New York Giants Leon McQuay's best game in the NFL (Video)