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Defenderdawg : 5/19/2019 9:23 am
Giants

Moraitis Giantswire USA Today: 11 things to watch as Giants open OTAs
https://giantswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/19/new-york-giants-11-things-watch-open-otas/amp/

Traina BBV: BBV Mailbag Outtakes: Expectations for the ground game and run defense
https://www.bigblueview.com/platform/amp/2019/5/17/18624774/bbv-mailbag-outtakes-expectations-for-the-ground-game-and-run-defense#click=https://t.co/rfUyEdn9Iw

Raanan ESPN NY: Breaking Big Blue Podcast
Jordan gives his State of the Giants. Big fanatic and 98.7FM host Dave Rothenberg joins to pick between the state of the Giants or the Jets (Audio)
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-big-blue-with-jordan-raanan/id1300714083?i=1000438283064

QB

Lombardo NJ.com: Phil Simms: Giants’ Daniel Jones ‘fits what Pat Shurmur wants’ in a quarterback
https://www.nj.com/giants/2019/05/phil-simms-giants-daniel-jones-fits-what-pat-shurmur-wants-in-a-quarterback.html

RB

McGonigal Allentown Morning Call: ‘Where it all started’: Why Saquon Barkley returned to Penn State to host youth football camp
https://www.mcall.com/sports/penn-state/mc-spt-barkley-pro-camp-20190519-hpehnxohwrcbxe727gnebxmosm-story.html

Mandarino Onward State: Saquon Barkley Comes Home For Youth Football Camp In Happy Valley
https://onwardstate.com/2019/05/18/saquon-barkley-comes-home-for-youth-football-camp-in-happy-valley/amp/

NFL

Volin Boston Globe: Sunday Football Notes: Uneasy time for some high priced NFL veterans
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2019/05/18/uneasy-time-for-some-high-priced-nfl-veterans/6vmeDNz2A6hq3sFIVPMxVN/story.html

ARIZONA
Somers AZ Central: Arizona Cardinals learning from receiver guru Jerry Sullivan
https://amp.azcentral.com/amp/3708676002#click=https://t.co/97rNtT9eOM

ATLANTA
Ledbetter AJC: 2019 Falcons preview: A look at the offense
https://www.ajc.com/sports/football/2019-preview-offense-look-the-man-roster-the-start-otas/UaTdr1bSokvqKoEI45zzQL/

BALTIMORE
Eisenberg Ravens.com: A Multitude of Pass Rush Candidates, But No Answers Yet
https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/eisenberg-a-multitude-of-pass-rush-candidates-but-no-answers-yet

BUFFALO
Skurski Buffalo News: Bills receiver Cole Beasley used to proving critics wrong
https://buffalonews.com/2019/05/19/buffalo-bills-cole-beasley-dallas-cowboys-2019/

CHICAGO
Finley Chicago Sun Times: Kickernomics: Answers don’t come easy in plotting Bears’ best course
https://chicago.suntimes.com/platform/amp/bears/2019/5/18/18630174/bears-kicker-cody-parkey-eddy-pineiro-chris-blewitt-elliott-fry-kickernomics

CLEVELAND
Lesmerises Cleveland Plain Dealer: Hype won't ruin the Browns like it did these other Cleveland teams
https://expo.cleveland.com/sports/g66l-2019/05/7800120487742/hype-wont-ruin-the-browns-like-it-did-these-other-cleveland-teams-doug-lesmerises-3rd-short.html

DALLAS
Hill Fort Worth Star Telegram: A promise fulfilled to his mom: Cowboys’ Smith will graduate from Notre Dame Sunday
https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article230518949.html

DETROIT
O’Hara Lions.com: Okwara focused on getting better this offseason
https://www.detroitlions.com/news/o-hara-okwara-focused-on-getting-better-this-offseason

GREEN BAY
Wood Mil JS: Green Bay Packers: Four key questions entering Matt LaFleur's OTA practices
https://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2019/05/19/packers-four-key-questions-entering-matt-lafleurs-ota-practices/3706900002/

Wilde Madison.com: After challenging college career, Manny Wilkins gets to work behind his former ‘coach,’ Aaron Rodgers
https://madison.com/sports/football/professional/after-challenging-college-career-manny-wilkins-gets-to-work-behind/article_3a63a0a6-5d9d-5ed4-a1db-ebd4ebb00878.amp.html

Demovsky ESPN GB: Packers' Rashan Gary: First-round pick, aspiring sports business mogul
http://www.espn.com/blog/green-bay-packers/post/_/id/47169/packers-rashan-gary-first-round-pick-aspiring-sports-business-mogul?platform=amp#click=https://t.co/lrX33tppcZ

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Manzano OC Register: Chargers’ Super Bowl hopes might hinge on third-year offensive linemen
https://www.ocregister.com/2019/05/18/chargers-super-bowl-hopes-might-hinge-on-third-year-offensive-linemen/amp/

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Markazi LA Times: For Rams’ Darrell Henderson and Chargers’ Easton Stick, the future is now
https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-darrell-henderson-easton-stick-rookies-20190518-story.html

MIAMI
Habib Palm Beach Post: Will Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen continue Miami Dolphins' long tradition of mentoring?
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/20190518/will-ryan-fitzpatrick-josh-rosen-continue-miami-dolphins-long-tradition-of-mentoring?

NEW ENGLAND
Reiss ESPN Boston: Quick-hit thoughts/notes around the Patriots and NFL (McCourty twins redefining success as commencement speakers; Jamie Collins’ return; blank helmets for rookies; Jerod Mayo’s leadership; Dontrelle Inman’s quick grasp; James Develin’s unique ring etc.)
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4817560/devin-and-jason-mccourtys-message-how-do-you-redefine-success

Duffy Boston Herald: Patriots RB Damien Harris has skill set to flourish in NFL
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/19/patriots-rb-damien-harris-has-skill-set-to-flourish-in-nfl/amp/

Guregian Boston Herald: Gronk-less Pats offense projects better than dire early forecasts
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/05/18/gronk-less-pats-offense-looks-better-than-dire-early-forecasts/amp/#click=https://t.co/2RjLjqP3PG

Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss)
5/18/19, 7:28 AM
Benjamin Watson contract: 1 year, $3 million

Signing bonus: $600k
Base salary: $1.45 million
Roster bonus: $300k ($18,750 per game on 46-man roster)
Incentives: $650k
Salary cap charge: $3 million

ANALYSIS: Watson at No. 1 financial spot on TE depth chart. Projects to top role

Field Yates (@FieldYates)
5/17/19, 9:26 AM
Source: Jamie Collins’ deal with the Patriots is for one year, including a $150K signing bonus, $900 base salary and bonuses that bring his cap charge to $3M for 2019

Grenham NESN: Stephon Gilmore Shares Thoughts On NFL’s Best Cornerback Debate
https://nesn.com/2019/05/stephon-gilmore-shares-thoughts-on-nfls-best-cornerback-debate/amp/

NEW ORLEANS
Walker NO Advocate: In Jared Cook, Saints get another freakish athlete that could put them 'over the top' at tight end
https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_46beef8a-79a3-11e9-9f8a-47084cb974a4.amp.html

NEW YORK JETS
Cimini ESPN NY: A look at what's happening around the New York Jets:
Will Jets stars Le'Veon Bell, Leonard Williams remain part of Adam's family?
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/79973/will-jets-stars-leveon-bell-leonard-williams-remain-part-of-adams-family?

OAKLAND
Bair NBC Bay Area: Coaching Senior Bowl helped Raiders land key members of rookie class
https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/raiders/coaching-senior-bowl-helped-raiders-land-key-members-rookie-class

PHILADELPHIA
Kempski Phillyvoice: 5 Eagles camp battles to watch heading into OTAs
https://www.phillyvoice.com/eagles-5-best-camp-battles-heading-otas/amp/

McLane Phil.com: Eagles Chris Long announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons
https://www.philly.com/eagles/chris-long-retirement-eagles-nfl-20190519.html

Zach Berman (@ZBerm)
5/18/19, 10:33 PM
Eagles planned on reducing Long's role this season, and he didn't want to play with different role. Long is best when he can rush on 3rd down, and he's been able to do that the past 2 yrs because a DE moved inside to DT. Malik Jackson will now be on field on third downs, though.

Zach Berman (@ZBerm)
5/18/19, 10:43 PM
Eagles DE depth is a question going into 2019 season. Top three are Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Vinny Curry. They’ll need Josh Sweat or Shareef Miller (or someone like Ostman/Daeshon Hall) to emerge as DE4. But on paper, it’s not as strong as last season

PITTSBURGH
Rutter Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Steelers OTA preview: With Brown gone, change comes to WR room
https://triblive.com/sports/steelers-ota-preview-with-brown-gone-change-comes-to-wr-room/

SEATTLE
Henderson ESPN Seattle: Gas station burritos and one stoplight: Seahawks rookie rises from tiny hometown
http://www.espn.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/32788/gas-station-burritos-and-one-stoplight-l-j-colliers-humble-hometown?

TAMPA BAY
Greg Auman (@gregauman)
5/18/19, 10:26 AM
When we wrote a few weeks back on Bucs rookie Kahzin Daniels, who dominated in college football despite being blind in one eye since age 5, we researched players who had been able to do the same with success

Greg Auman (@gregauman)
5/18/19, 10:26 AM
The closest parallel was Wesley Walker, who was a great receiver with the Jets from 1977-89 and was kind enough to speak with us. We also referenced Tommy Thompson, who helped the Eagles to NFL championships in 1948 and 1949.

Greg Auman (@gregauman)
5/18/19, 10:26 AM
We also mentioned Bob Schloredt, who never played in the NFL but was an All-American QB at Washington, a two-time Rose Bowl MVP. I had reached out to him, and his daughter Keri was gracious enough to share some of his stories

Greg Auman (@gregauman)
5/18/19, 10:26 AM
Her father died this week at age 79. He once got a letter from John F. Kennedy, honoring him as the U.S. handicapped person of the year. He had never thought of himself as being handicapped before that letter, and didn’t let anything stop him from playing college football

Greg Auman (@gregauman)
5/18/19, 10:26 AM
Many writers back in Washington have written great stories on Schloredt, and just wanted to share. In Daniels, we have another young man eager to show he has no limitations to fulfilling his dreams

WASHINGTON
Keim Podcast ESPN Washington: John catches up with Ryan Kerrigan at his charity golf tournament and discusses new edge rusher Montez Sweat. Plus ESPN's Sal Paolontonio joins John to talk about the state of the NFC east, his view on Dwayne Haskins and some breaking NFL news with the Jets.. Bram Weinstein also make a cameo to talk about rookie camp impression (Audio)

https://www.podcastrepublic.net/podcast/1455645619

Stackpole Redskins.com: As Fellow Rookies Gear Up For OTAs, Bryce Love Works Back To Full Strength
https://www.redskins.com/news/as-fellow-rookies-gear-up-for-otas-bryce-love-works-back-to-full-strength

Keim ESPN Washington: Jay Gruden: 'We're looking for superstar status from Josh Norman'
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/295661/jay-gruden-were-looking-for-superstar-status-from-josh-norman?platform=amp#click=https://t.co/mIu70BpmTp

Colleges/Draft

Miller B/R: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Top NFL GM Candidates, 2020 Big Board and More

“1. Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
2. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
3. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
4. A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
5. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
6. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
7. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
9. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
10. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
11. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
12. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
13. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
14. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
15. Walker Little, OT, Stanford
16. Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
17. D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
18. K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
19. CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
20. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
21. Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
22. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
23. Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
24. Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
25. Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
26. Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
27. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
28. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
29. Trey Adams, OT, Washington
30. Nick Coe, DL, Auburn
31. Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
32. Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford”

https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2836745-matt-millers-scouting-notebook-top-nfl-gm-candidates-2020-big-board-and-more.amp.html

QB
Fischer NYP: Eli and Peyton Manning’s teenage nephew is tearing it up
https://nypost.com/2019/05/18/eli-and-peyton-mannings-teenage-nephew-is-tearing-it-up/amp/#click=https://t.co/ztmk55kjAk

History

Richmond Pigskin Books: Top five: NFL history books
https://pigskinbooks.com/2019/02/03/top-five-nfl-history-books/

Crippen National Football Post: THE FIRST NFL DRAFT
https://nationalfootballpost.com/the-first-nfl-draft/

AP LA Times: Bob Schloredt, the first two-time Rose Bowl MVP, dies at 79

“Schloredt led Washington to consecutive Rose Bowl victories following the 1959 and 1960 seasons. Schloredt shared MVP honors with George Fleming in first Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. A year later, the Huskies beat No. 1 Minnesota 17-7 and Schloredt had one touchdown rushing and one passing to earn MVP honors again.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-bob-schloredt-rose-bowl-washington-hall-of-fame-20190516-story.html

Christl Packers.com: Lombardi on Hornung: “The best all-around back ever”
https://www.packers.com/news/lombardi-on-hornung-the-best-all-around-back-ever

Saccomano Broncos.com: Floyd Little still leading after more than 50 years
https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/sacco-sez-floyd-little-still-leading-after-more-than-50-years

Turney PFJ: The Best Tight Ends of All-Time

15. Mark Bavaro
“A complete tight end. He could catch, and when featured he put up impressive numbers, but his best skill was blocking. He had a few good offensive seasons but his lack of sustaining that has hurt his Hall of Fame chances.
He had a "nasty, physical style" and "learned to uncover, caught the ball out front and shields defenders from the ball".
He was All-Pro twice and a Pro Bowler twice and has two rings. We named him to our 1985-95 All-Mid Decade Team, based on his overall play (receiving and blocking).
Stat-wise his career is front-loaded, but blocking wise he was still a factor through the end of his career.”

29. Jeremy Shockey
“Almost the pre- or poor man's Gronk. 6-5, over 250 pounds and could run. Began his career on fire, but the fire died. He was All-Pro once and went to four Pro Bowls. In his first five seasons, per 16 games he averaged 73 catches for 837 yards and 6 touchdowns. The last five seasons those figures are: 56-605-3. Definitely a 'front-loaded' career.”

38. Bob Schnelker
“Similar to Mutscheller's career, but he played long. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and a Second-team All-Pro in 1959. Though they didn't do it as much as the Colts, the Giants flanked out Frank Gifford and that gave Schnelker a size advantage over safeties and a quickness advantage over linebackers assigned to cover him. he had a career yards per catch average of 17.4 and 15.6% of his catches resulted in touchdowns.”

38. Bob Tucker
“A receiver, but according to Fran Tarkenton, Tucker was a good blocker as well. Tucker played 11 seasons and was All-Pro in 1972 and from 1970-73 he averaged 60 catches per 16 games for 832 yards and 5 touchdowns.”

http://nflfootballjournal.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-best-tight-ends-of-all-time.html

Miller PFJ: AFL Defensive Players of the Week – 1960
http://nflfootballjournal.blogspot.com/2019/05/afl-defensive-players-of-week-1960.html

Giants Birthdays 5-19

Leon Bright RB FA-CFL BC Lions 1981 NYG 1981-1983 5-19-1955

CFLapedia:

“Leon "The Neon" Bright was a speedy and exciting receiver with the BC Lions from 1977 to 1980.  Bright broke in with the Lions in 1977 with 45 catches for 816 yards while also excelling on punt and kickoff returns. Bright ran back one punt 108 yards for a TD and one kickoff 100 yards for a TD.  Bright upped his receptions to 52 in 1978.  In 1979, his receptions dipped to 36, but he had two punt returns for touchdowns, with one going 101 yards.  He also had a pass reception for 106 yards.  In 1980, Bright was switched mainly to defense and his speed and big play ability continued as he had 3 interceptions including one for 59 yards and a TD to go with a 93 yard punt return for a TD.”

NYT: BRIGHT TO ALTER FAIR-CATCH POLICY
(11-20-1983)

“Bright's first four years in professional football were played in the Canadian League, where there is no fair catch. However, the punting team must stay at least 5 yards from the returner until he touches the ball, so he is not subject to the beating Bright has often taken here.
Bright knows what a fair catch is. Giants' coaches have talked to him about calling for it when it is appropriate. But he is a journeyman who must fight for a job every year, and he is so intent on making a good play that even when he decides to make a fair catch he talks himself out of it. A Protective Jacket
In 1981, Anthony Dickerson of the Dallas Cowboys flattened him when he declined to make a fair catch. Bright missed no games, but he started wearing a protective jacket over his sternum.

Last year, on Thanksgiving Day, Leonard Thompson of the Lions flattened Bright and sent him to a Detroit hospital overnight for nine hours of tests and X-rays. Bright missed the next game. Thompson hit Bright before he had a chance to make the catch and was penalized 15 yards. Other players have incurred similar penalties, though last Sunday Bright clearly had a chance to catch the ball before the two Redskins hit him.
Bright is not one of those undersized kick returners who seem about to break in half every time they are hit. At 5 feet 9 inches and 190 pounds, he is solid and strong, but his no-fair- catch policy has been detrimental to his health.
After last year's incident against the Lions, he said:
''I did a lot of soul searching in the hospital. I was thinking about Leon. My father called me and said, 'You're just like me. You've got the same blood. You're crazy.' But I don't plan to stay crazy. I will probably fair catch some now.''

But this season has provided more frustrations. Bright missed four games with tendinitis in an Achilles heel. That made him more eager to play and more eager to make something happen on a kick return. So far, his main accomplishment has been survival.
''When I saw the films of the hit by the Redskins,'' he said, ''I stood up and got cold. I've learned my lesson, and I'm not just talking this time. I've got to play more team ball. I've gotten up after those hits at least four times. That's enough.
''The one last year at Detroit was the worst. You lose your memory, and you don't know what's going on. You can't think of anything. You lay in a hospital, and every hour someone is jerking your arm taking your blood pressure or doing something to you. It isn't worth it. But this one was bad enough. This is it. I've got to think of myself, too. If I keep going like this, my career will be shortened.''
Teammates have encouraged Bright to fair catch the next time he fields a punt and get it over with.
''I've thought about that,'' he said. ''But the next punt I get might be 10 yards ahead of the guys chasing it, and I'm not going to fair catch that. But the next fair-catch situation, then I'll do it.
''I almost did it on the one I got hurt on last week. I guess I should have, but at the last second I told myself, 'Let's go for it.' So I did, and I paid for it.
''All teams say, 'Let's hang it up there because we know he won't fair catch.' I'm not worried about getting killed. I know someone might slip through our blocks. But if I fair catch, I'll take a lot of pressure off our blockers. And maybe I'll live a little longer.''

https://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/20/sports/bright-to-alter-fair-catch-policy.html

Odis McKinney SS D2-Colorado 1978 NYG 1978-1979 5-19-1957

In Memoriam

Ted Bucklin FB FA-1931 NYG 1931 Born 5-19-1903 Died 10-20-1945

Allen Jacobs FB TR-GB 1966 NYG 1966-1967 NYG IR 1968 Born 5-19-1941 Died 4-22-2014

1967 Giants Previews:

ALLEN JACOBS
Fullback
No. 30
Utah
"A product of the Vince Lombardi school of football, Allen Jacobs bears the unmistakable stamp of the Green Bay maestro and carries more than a striking resemblance to the fullback he understudied, Jim Taylor. Built along the same lines as Taylor at 6-1 and 215 pounds, Jacobs is a grit-and-grunt runner and a devastating blocker.
He joined the Giants from Green Bay during the 1966 season and got his chance to play after injuries cut down the first-liners. Then he began to look like one himself, as he piled up better than 90 yards against the Browns; he wound up the year gaining 273 yards on 77 carries for a 3.5 average and one touchdown.
A 25-year-old in his third NFL season, Allen played college ball at Utah."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1967

"Allen was obtained from the Packers before the season and saw limited action until injuries gave him his chance. He became the Giants' tough yardage runner, picking up 273 yards on 77 carries, and scored a touchdown.
He is a strong blocker."

-1967 Philadelphia Cards, No. 112
Part 2  
Defenderdawg : 5/19/2019 10:24 am : link
Giants

OLB

Traina BBV: Giants’ 90-man roster: Is Lorenzo Carter ready for the next step?
https://www.bigblueview.com/2019/5/19/18564546/ny-giants-90-man-roster-is-lorenzo-carter-ready-for-the-next-step

NFL

DENVER
O’Halloran Denver Post: NFL Journal: Success with tight ends should continue for Joe Flacco with Broncos
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/05/19/joe-flacco-broncos-success-tight-ends/

MIAMI
Deen Sun Sentinel: Dolphins will wear a new throwback jersey during the 2019 season; here are the details
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-dolphins-throwback-jersey-20190518-pdnh3ndhuzc6zmnpqex44kkumm-story.html

NEW YORK JETS
Chad Forbes (@NFLDraftBites)
5/18/19, 4:44 PM
Spoke to rival GM today on #Jets. Said a lot of players are available via trade...

QB Davis Webb
OT Brandon Shell
DT Nathan Shepherd / Fatukusi
LB Jordan Jenkins

‘They won’t give away Marcus Maye and we’re mixed on if he’s a good player... but he could be had for a 3rd.’
That Boston Globe article was a real eye-opener.  
Klaatu : 5/19/2019 12:02 pm : link
I didn't realize there were so many well-regarded (though high-priced) players on the trading block. Is it just me, or does it seem like it's more than usual?
RE: That Boston Globe article was a real eye-opener.  
Percy : 5/20/2019 10:48 am : link
In comment 14448659 Klaatu said:
Quote:
I didn't realize there were so many well-regarded (though high-priced) players on the trading block. Is it just me, or does it seem like it's more than usual?

Unlikely. Who isn't on it might be the better question. My bet: identifying a few who are on it can't be expected to tell us the full story of what's going on over the phones and in back rooms.
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