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Defenderdawg : 8/13/2019 8:36 am

Raanan ESPN NY: Competitions on Giants' overhauled roster coming into focus

Schmeelk Practice Report: Jones throws 3 TDs in red zone

Salomone CB Jenkins among Monday's camp standouts

Schwartz NYP: Highlights from Giants practice on Monday:
Injury bug now haunting Giants’ depth receivers

Dunleavy Giants QBs practice report: Who lit up the red zone? Who went 0-fer? Daniel Jones or Eli Manning?

Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN)
8/12/19, 12:23 PM
Daniel Jones had encouraging red zone period today w the 2s. After Eli Manning 1st-string O struggled to put ball in end zone outside of a Wayne Gallman run, Jones threw 3 TDs to Russell Shepard (slant), T.J. Jones (fade) & Garrett Dickerson. GD also made 1-handed catch earlier

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/12/19, 2:49 PM
Your Daily Jonesing: Solid day. He looked composed while completing 10-of-12 passes. T.J. Jones his favorite target with four catches. Only regret for DJ might be that one of his misses was a wide open deep ball to Alex Wesley. Regardless, a good day for the rookie QB

Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/12/19, 4:17 PM
WR T.J. Jones has done nothing but impress since arriving. Big plays in preseason game. Four catches at Monday’s practice including nice TD from Jones on fade. Watch out!

Nick Gates putting together solid practices at LT after struggles vs Jets. Had been playing guard

Other practice nuggets:
CB Antonio Hamilton got first-team reps w/Baker + Beal out

Giants FB could factor into passing game. Saw Eli Penny catch ball vs Jets. Has done it all summer. Again on Monday w/screen pass from Daniel Jones that had chance for 60-yd TD

Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21)
8/12/19, 1:56 PM
Practice notes:
-Eli completed a few passes in the first-team period that definitely would have been sacks, which is why I try not to get hung up on stats. He was pretty good today, but had a rough red-zone period at the end of practice.
-Jones was much better than yesterday...

Nate Stupar dropped an INT on a bad pass by Jones, but otherwise he was accurate. He had a really nice fade to TJ Jones in the red zone.
-TJ Jones continues to open eyes.
-Janoris Jenkins had a slow start to camp but he's starting to turn it up. Had a few break-ups/good coverage


Willis NYP: Eli Manning can’t lose in this Giants madness

Myers The Athletic: ‘I don’t think anyone who tells you they want to sit and wait is really being completely honest’: The Athletic Q& A with Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones

PFF Sam discusses Jones' impressive preseason debut and why there is reason for optimism moving forward in New York (Audio)


Rock Newsday: Giants' Saquon Barkley hopes to learn from Jets' Le'Veon Bell

Schwartz NYP: Saquon Barkley has no problem with Giants’ quiet preseason plan

Pflum BBV: Will we see Saquon Barkley before September?
When will the Giants’ star running back get his first game action?

Lombardo Why Giants’ Saquon Barkley is choosing his brain over his heart

Canavan AP: Giants' Saquon Barkley cool with sitting out preseason, but ready if asked


Rock Newsday: Giants’ Cody Latimer puts football into perspective after recent personal matters

Rock Newsday: Suite life not for Darius Slayton as receiver hopes to play Friday

Lombardo Giants WR Amba Etta-Tawo out for the season with torn Achilles


Lombardo Why Giants will avoid repeating a specific offensive line mess | What it means for Saquon Barkley


Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
8/12/19, 12:28 PM
Know its the preseason, but this is Inside Zone to the right vs an Over front... Zeitler is uncovered, climbs and neutralizes the play side LB threat. This simple execution did NOT occur nearly enough to the right side last year, and will keep theO efficient


Stapleton The Record: Ryan Connelly: How NY Giants rookie linebacker is having success in quest to be everywhere


Stapleton The Record: DeAndre Baker: NY Giants exhale in relief as rookie cornerback avoids serious knee injury

Schwartz NYP: Giants dodge injury scare with rookie DeAndre Baker

Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
8/12/19, 10:40 PM
Cool point from Bettch after the TD that Love gave up where he was picked "You (Baker) gotta wash him more, and you (Love) gotta align with leverage, and slide over the top, make the hit and knock _ back"...

Another look at it here, you can see Love slowly moving inside as the ball is snapped and Baker's physicality does not move the WR off his pick path enough. Ultimately these 2 need to square this away, bc I have not seen as many "Banjo" calls as other teams...

Banjo being where the outside CB reads the release and takes the outside route, inside DB reads and takes the inside route. I bet as the season goes on, Love will align a half/full step deeper to vary the depths, etc

Can see Love read the release of WR2 as he shuffles, then in a solid peddle and see him transition from the Half-Zone Turn to good closing speed for the PBU. He played mostly BC at ND and was not asked to do this is space but that does not mean he CAN'T do it


Busbee Yahoo Sports: Read and React: Best-case, worst-case scenarios for all NFC teams

“New York Giants
Best case: Either Eli Manning or Daniel Jones comes through at quarterback for New York, giving the team some measure of competence as they transition out of one era and into another. That's still not enough to get them to the playoffs. Seven wins are your ceiling here.
Worst case: How tough is your stomach? If Manning struggles, and then Jones struggles after that, this is going to be one of the nastiest seasons in recent Giants history. Not even Saquon Barkley churning through lines like they were crčme brűlée could make up for an entirely possible QB meltdown.”

Rubin CBS Sports: 2019 NFL Rule Changes: Pass interference, blindside blocks among major shifts and revisions

Rosenthal Preseason Week 1 winners and losers

Farrar Touchdownwire USA Today: 11 things we learned from the first week of the 2019 NFL preseason

Williamson Touchdownwire USA Today: 11 secret stars of the preseason: Week 1 edition

Clark The Ringer: Move Over, Rookies: Midlevel Veterans Are Having a Moment

“According to a study from Over the Cap, a whopping 62 percent of NFL players were on their rookie deals last season. The study also found that the average cost of a player on his first contract was $1.06 million, compared with $5.85 million for players beyond their first contract, which means a veteran team will always be a relative term. Even the Patriots’ relatively ancient roster (made older by Tom Brady) had an average age of 27.9 years, oldest in the league...

A young, cheap player who still runs a 4.3 40-yard dash is probably the best building block to stopping the NFL’s ever-improving offenses, but there are more ways to slow those units. I asked 35-year-old New York Giants safety Antoine Bethea, a three-time Pro Bowler, about experiencing the NFL’s offensive boom throughout his career. He started his career in 2006, a year before the Patriots shattered offensive records and has witnessed firsthand nearly every offensive trend over the past 13 years. But what I’m interested in is how veterans might be better equipped to fight back against modern NFL offenses, particularly the play-action-heavy offenses that are now en vogue across the league. “Veteran guys, older guys might get slower in their steps, but the one thing about them is they have great eyes and great technique. The veteran will be faster because he knows what he’s looking at,” said Bethea. “Obviously you have the politics of football, the business of football, but guys who have seen different things are going to be successful. That stuff is priceless.”

Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher tells me that training a player’s eyes is perhaps the most important thing when defending against innovative offenses—not just on play-action, but with nearly any deceptive wrinkle that a modern offense can throw at a defense. “All that stuff: Play-action, naked bootleg, it’s all eyes,” he said. “I think you can train eyes. Some guys have dirty eyes and can see ghosts, but you can train them.”

Reed The Athletic: ‘I am who I am’: The evolution of diva receivers from Michael Irvin to Antonio Brown and OBJ

Urban After Practice: When It Doesn't Count, Kyler Murray Shrugs Off Picks

Urban From All (Arm) Angles, Kyler Murray Accurately Attacks NFL

Odegard Patrick Peterson’s Role Will Dwindle As Regular Season Approaches

Ledbetter AJC: Zaccheaus turning heads with play-making ability

Shaffer Baltimore Sun: An undrafted rookie enters the Ravens’ mix at left guard; another pick-six for Lamar Jackson


Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
8/12/19, 1:48 PM
Five takeaways from the 17th team I've seen, the Carolina Panthers ...
1) The team's been pleasantly surprised with the progress of the left side of its OL, with Daryl Williams and Greg Van Noten manning those spots. Obviously, having those two spots taken care of would go a long way towards getting line fixed
2) Curtis Samuel might be the player who's taken the biggest step forward, as he continues to evolve from athlete into receiver. The staff's noticed all the extra work he's done, and him primed for a breakout third year in the league
3) Finding a backup RB is a focus, with Jordan Scarlett, Reggie Bonnafon and Cameron Artis-Payne vying for the job. The hope is they can take some of the mileage -- but not touches -- off Christian McCaffrey. Ideally, they'd delegate a lot of his short-yardage and goal-line work
4) Second-year OLB Marquis Haynes is poised to make a big jump on the other side of the ball, as a great fit for Ron Rivera's new 3-4 front. And that would give the team real good depth at those edge spots (with Bruce Irvin, Mario Addison, and Brian Burns there)
5) Eric Reid has emerged as a real leader for the secondary, and the hope is his presence helps Tre Boston be the playmaker at FS the Panthers think he can be in his return to Carolina. Forcing turnovers was a weak spot last year, and the hope is Boston addresses that

Wiederer Chicago Tribune: 5 questions as Bears training camp ends: Has the defense adjusted to Chuck Pagano? Is Mitch Trubisky progressing? And how healthy is this team?

Kane Chicago Tribune: Roquan Smith’s attitude and drive ‘to be an elite player’ have Bears coaches excited for Year 2

Gershon CincyJungle: Andy Dalton already feels comfortable in Bengals’ new offense

Shipgel NYT: For the Cleveland Browns, the Biggest Win Is Stability

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Freddie Kitchens says his camp is ‘a culture shock’ for Browns, but they’re ‘willing to pay the price’

Jones The Athletic: ‘I want to be the best player in the league’: Catching up with Browns defensive end Myles Garrett

Epstein USA Today: Team-friendly deal? Dak Prescott explains why Cowboys shouldn’t need to go that way

Moore Dallas Morning News: Numbers matter. But what really matters is that Cowboys and Dak Prescott are further apart at this point than they hoped

Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks)
8/12/19, 8:07 PM

I wonder if the same people who are appalled at the prospect of No.4 asking for $40M per year but likely getting $32-34M are upset about Derek Carr, Jimmy G., Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins making $25-$28M when that was viewed as the top of the market.. Check their resumes..

NFL Research (@NFLResearch)
8/12/19, 6:32 PM

dak - 32 wins since 2016 (2nd in NFL)

Largest QB Contracts
Per/Yr Wins Since '16
R. Wilson $35M 29
B. Roethlisberger $34M 31
A. Rodgers $33.5M 20
C. Wentz $32M 23
M. Ryan $30M 28

I’m so confused. If QB wins aren’t a stat, how are we supposed to judge QBs?
Passing yards? Those can be inflated with garbage yards in the 4Q when trailing
Passer Rating? TD:INT ratio? Rings (Kinda like QB wins, right?)?

Just looking for a criteria:

Moore Dallas Morning News: A frazzled Mike White knows he has to be better to win job with the Cowboys

Owning Dallas Morning News: Film Room: Breaking down how Connor Williams thwarted Trysten Hill in 1-on-1s during Cowboys training camp

Klis 9News Denver: In return to field, Sanders overcomes not just Achilles injury, but 'tightrope' surgery to other ankle

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Why NFL coaches are having no luck challenging pass interference

Paylor Yahoo Sports: Lions rookie doesn't have to be Rob Gronkowski clone to justify high draft selection

Silverstein Mil JS: Packers bolster depth with former Jaguars fullback Tommy Bohanon

Wilson Houston Chronicle: How Texans are adapting offense to Deshaun Watson

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' J.J. Watt, Jordan Thomas return to practice after injuries

Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)
8/12/19, 5:19 PM
As the trade market picks up, one team to watch is the Colts, who have numbers at CB, WR, OL and are getting calls. They’re not shopping anyone, but could be active in the coming weeks if the offer’s right

Erickson Indianapolis Star: Colts camp observations: Rock Ya-Sin, Deon Cain light up shortened practice

Erickson Indianapolis Star: Insider: Nearly perfect, Colts star T.Y. Hilton is having the best camp of his career

Baldinger Sports: Analyzing Jacksonville Jaguars rookie defensive end Josh Allen's NFL debut | Baldy's Breakdowns (Audio)

Pryor KC Star: Mo Claiborne welcomes opportunity to return to the football field with the Chiefs

Miller LA Times: Philip Rivers and the Chargers are staying cautious when it comes to season predictions

Klein LA Times: Sean McVay and Rams have ‘a positive problem’ with cornerbacks in camp

Salguero Miami Herald: Dolphins insights: Team may have a starting left guard, a tale of two first-rounders, and what about Jadeveon Clowney?

Wilson Miami Herald: Where does Andrew Van Ginkel fit in the Miami Dolphins’ post-Cameron Wake defense?

Kelly Sun Sentinel: Dolphins sign former FSU linebacker Terrance Smith; waive/injured DE Jonathan Woodard

Tomasson New position, new energy, same number: Vikings’ Hercules Mata’afa has eye on roster spot

Cronin ESPN Minn: Zimmer open to punter/kicker Vedvik doing both

“The NFL hasn't seen a full-time combo kicker since Frank Corral handled all aspects of kicking and punting for the Los Angeles Rams in 1981.”

Duffy Boston Herald: Patriots practice observations: Big day for Isaiah Wynn

Guregian Boston Herald: Patriots haven’t forgotten sting of rout by Titans last year

Curran NBC Sports Boston: Sunday Notes: The Tom Brady endgame clashes with Bill Belichick's football philosophy

Kelly Boston Globe: Tom Brady thinks people shouldn’t read into his house being on the market

Trapasso CBS Sports: Inside Tom Brady's offense: Here's how the Patriots fared using motion versus going without it

McBride Boston Globe: Patriots trade for Atlanta tight end Eric Saubert

Duffy Boston Herald: Patriots TE Ryan Izzo looking to emerge after ‘two-year offseason’

Reiss ESPN Boston: Pats LT Wynn ups workload, now closer to return

Stuart Football Prespective: 2019 Team Records (Coach, Quarterback, Rushers, Receivers) – Saints

Teope Saints training camp observations (Aug. 12): Butler strikes again, feisty Hendrickson, and more

Barnwell ESPN: Has the inevitable Drew Brees decline already begun?

Just Weekend trip home gets extended for new Saints lineman Chris Clark: 'It’s a dream come true'

Costello NYP: Adam Gase, Gregg Williams taking Jets battles to new extreme

Cimini ESPN NY: How Jamison Crowder can be Jets' slot machine, help Sam Darnold

Costello NYP: Jets’ cornerback horrors just keep getting worse

Mehta NYDN: Jets GM Joe Douglas needs to make a trade to upgrade at cornerback

Kawahara SF Chronicle: Raiders’ Antonio Brown loses helmet grievance, says he’ll rejoin team

Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL)
8/12/19, 5:51 PM
Raiders are scouring waiver wire and have begun contacting other clubs to gauge which guards will become available as Aug. 31 roster cutdown nears, source said. Team open to a trade before Aug. 31, which would allow it to circumvent the waiver system and address position of need

Last year, Raiders acquired a 2019 seventh-round pick when trading safety Shalom Luani to Seahawks. They could be on opposite end of similar move at guard. Gabe Jackson (knee) and Denzelle Good (back) are injured. Richie Incognito is suspended for first two games

Baldinger Sports: Analyzing Oakland Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell's and safety Johnathan Abram's preseason debuts | Baldy's Breakdowns (Video)

McLane Eagles practice observations: Rookie Andre Dillard, Derek Barnett tussle as dog days heat up

Kempski Phillyvoice: Mailbag: Why are the Eagles seemingly content with their quarterback situation, as is?

Ford Phil Inquirer: Not playing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in preseason is risky, too

Narducci Phil Inquirer: Josh Adams battling for spot in crowded Eagles backfield

Smith Phil Inquirer: Eagles tight end Alex Ellis, a Delaware native, proving to be a quick study

Bowen Phil Inquirer: For Eagles’ Isaac Seumalo, outlook no longer seems guarded isaac-seumalo-eagles-offensive-line-depth-chart-20190812.html

Baldinger Sports: Analyzing Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Devin Bush's NFL debut | Baldy's Breakdowns (Video)

Branch SF Chronicle: Mullens or Beathard? 49ers’ Shanahan not saying, but choice appears obvious

Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers sign OT Sam Young; place Coleman on IR

Chan NBC Bay Area: Dre Greenlaw demonstrates nose for football in 49ers preseason debut

Chan NBC Bay Area: 49ers rookie Mitch Wishnowsky withstands Levi's Stadium winds in debut

Condotta Seattle Times: What we learned from Seahawks training camp Day 13: Back on field, Lano Hill still believes in himself

Bell News Tribune: Why Seahawks Russell Wilson may play more than usual Sunday, how Gary Jennings impressed him

Condotta Seattle Times: Just in nick of time, rookie receiver Gary Jennings reminds Seahawks why they drafted him

Stroud TB Times: Bucs cornerback Mazzi Wilkins chasing receivers, NFL dream

Stroud TB Times: Injuries pile up at safety as Bucs work out Marcus Gilchrist

Keim ESPN Washington: John Keim Report: John has a deep discussion with second year RB Derrius Guice about overcoming his knee injury from last summer and tragedy in his family. 
Plus, rookie WR Terry McLaurin takes us into how Colt McCoy is helping him adjust to the NFL and how he is hoping to help speed up Dwayne Haskins process to become the Redskins starter. 
And John gives his impressions of the first pre-season game in Cleveland (Audio)

Keim ESPN Washington: Dwayne Haskins showing talent, how much he still must learn

Paras Washington Times: Rookie receiver Harmon turns to Norman in effort to excel

Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
8/12/19, 9:37 PM
Washington has told multiple teams this summer it is not trading 7-time Pro Bowl OT Trent Williams, per sources. Williams has held out of camp, but Washington hasn’t flinched. Teams repeatedly have called about Williams, teams have inquired, and so far, teams have been rebuffed.

Kurz AP: Diminutive cornerback Moreland standing tall for Redskins


Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft: The college programs with the most 2020 draft talent

Easterling Draftwire USA Today: 2020 NFL draft: Top 50 prospects to watch this college football season

Renner PFF: 2020 NFL Mock Draft: PFF's Mike Renner's first preseason mock draft

The Giants’ rebuild of their offensive line continues. Wirfs topped Bruce Feldman’s freaks list over the offseason, and he simply doesn’t get overpowered on the football field. The only concern is if he can hold up at tackle in the NFL or if his future is at guard.”

Davison Fort Worth Star Telegram: TCU continues fight with NCAA over Ohio State transfer Baldwin’s immediate eligibility

Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft: Colorado's Mustafa Johnson trying to take Aaron Donald path to success


Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday)
8/12/19, 8:52 AM
Joe Namath on WFAN660 saying his physical after signing first contract with the Jets took place in the men’s room at Toots Shor’s pretty much makes my day

Giants Birthdays 8-13

Joe Koontz WR D9-San Francisco State 1968 NYG 1968 8-13-1945

1969 Giants Preview:

“Homer Jones provides the Giants' aerial game with his electricity. His catches are the talk of the league, and his speed the despair of any cornerback who's had to chase him. Jones may line up at split end a few pounds lighter this year, after having a few sluggish bouts with dropped passes last year. Joe Morrison is listed as the starting flanker, but Allie Sherman probably realized that his versatile offensive captain was slowing down when the coach traded for Pete Gent of the Cowboys. Gent is tall and fast - and injury-prone - but if he stays healthy, he could be just the man to run those deep patterns and take some of the double-coverage pressure off Jones. Morrison can better serve the cause by coming in as a troubleshooter wherever Allie needs him at the moment. If Gent shows he can handle the job, Aaron Thomas will stay at tight end where he, too, can draw attention. Butch Wilson and Freeman White are the extras at tight end, and second-year man Joe Koontz and rookie Rich Houston from East Texas State will be trying to catch on as deep receivers.”

Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969

Troy Kyles WR UDFA-Howard 1990 NYG 1990 8-13-1968

Kyles Giants career and ultimate Super Bowl performance was saved by the advent of practice squads. gt;

Doug Nettles CB W-BAL 1980 NYG 1980 8-13-1951

Tim Watson CB W-KC 1995 NYG 1995 8-13-1970

In Memoriam

Ward Cuff WB/K D4-Marquette 1937NYG 1937-1945 Born 8-13–1912 Died 12-24-2002

Talk of Fame: Ward Cuff:

“Never heard of him? Get in line. Cuff played 11 seasons, from 1937 through 1947, and he played with the Giants, Cardinals and Packers, with all but two years spent in New York. The guy was durable, versatile and invaluable – capable of playing a variety of positions.
On offense, he served mostly as a wingback in coach Steve Owen’s “A-formation” offense, which was a variation of the single wing, Cuff was called on to run, catch and, of course, kick … and the results speak for themselves. Playing in over 100 games, he averaged 5.4 yards a carry for his career, once carried 80 times in a season and produced 3,410 yards from scrimmage.
Oh, yeah, he twice led the Giants in pass receptions, too.

But why stop there? A former heavyweight boxing champion at Marquette University where he was the school’s record-holder in the javelin, Cuff’s considerable athletic abilities allowed him to play almost anywhere.
And everywhere.
So Owen lined him up as a defensive back, and Cuff responded by setting a Giants’ record in 1938 with a 96-yard interception return. Then, three years later, he led the NFL in interception return yards. The guy was so adroit that when former Giants’ owner Wellington Mara in 1976 picked his all-time Giants; team, Cuff was one of his four defensive backs.

“Ward was outstanding as a runner, a receiver and a defensive back,” said Owen. “Above all, he was an Iron Man who could play with so many injuries that he often seemed to be taped from head to toe before he put on his uniform.”
But it was special teams where he excelled, with Cuff returning kicks (he averaged 12 yards per punt return) as well as converting them. The guy was a multi-skilled handyman, but the truth is: He was more … much more … than that.
Pure and simple, he was the premier placekicker of his era, leading or sharing the NFL in field goals four times and finishing in the top five eight times. He set a Giants’ career scoring record, was named All-Pro five times (including three first-team selections) and had his number 14 jersey retired by the Giants (it was later given to Y.A., then re-retired after he left the game).

Decades later, league historian and Pro Football Journal's Chris Willis, head of the Research Library at NFL Films, named Cuff the first-team kicker on his list of pre-World War II all-stars.
Willis admits that Cuff is a borderline Hall of Famer, and I’d agree. The guy was an indispensable piece of a Giants team that won the 1938 NFL championship and four times was a division king. Yet his value lay in his versatility, not his productivity, with Cuff able to play so many positions that when the Giants lost leading rusher and scorer Bill Paschal for the 1944 league championship game, Cuff moved from wingback to running back to replace him.
Result: He carried 12 times for 76 yards and a score in a 14-7 Giants’ loss.

Cuff played in four league championship games with New York, winning one (1938), and while his versatility was remarkable it was his contributions as a kicker that gains your attention. Because if, as Willis contends, Ward Cuff was the best of the pre-World War II era, he deserves to have his candidacy heard by Hall-of-Fame voters.
No, I don’t think it happens … not even with the Hall expected to endorse 10 seniors for the Centennial Class of 2020. And you already know why: The Hall is … and has been … blind to kickers. So it almost certainly will be blind to Ward Cuff, too.
“I have a lot of fond memories of him,” Wellington Mara once said.” Old Interview:

“On losing to the Packers, 27-0, in the 1939 NFL Championship Game played in Milwaukee: “(Giants coach) Steve Owen wasn’t with us that week. His mother died and he went home. The team was kind of down in the dumps. It was windy and stormy. It was a terrible day to play football. I remember I had a bad week before that. I split my hip-pointer open. I had about seven stitches in that thing. They kicked off to us and I caught that (darn) kickoff and went up through there and Baby Ray hit me just as we opened the wedge. He hit me right on the hip and took out every one of those stitches. We went back into the huddle and while they were calling the play, I was throwing up. But I kept playing.”

.”A product of Marquette University where he was one of the stars of its 1937 Cotton Bowl team, Cuff was a back and a kicker. He played with the Giants from 1937 to 1945, winning an NFL championship in 1938 and losing in three other title games. Two of the losses came against the Packers in 1939 and 1944. Cuff also was the Giants’ career scoring leader when he left. Before the 1946 season, he requested a trade because he had kids in grade school and no longer wanted to move his family from his home in Milwaukee to New York just for the football season. In April 1947, the Packers purchased Cuff from the Cardinals. At the end of the season, Cuff retired as a player and became football coach at Green Bay Central Catholic High School. He held the post for four seasons and compiled a 23-4-2 record before becoming an assistant coach at Oregon State. In 1976, former owner Wellington Mara picked Cuff as one of four defensive backs on his all-time Giants team.”

Kayo Lunday LG/C/LB UDFA Arkansas NYG 1937-1941, 1946-1947 Born 8-13-1912 Died 7-13-2005

Obituary: “He held off college for a couple of years to help take care of his dad, who had cancer, then attended Northeastern Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanics college for two years, winning state championships in '33 and '34 transferring to the University of Arkansas in 1935 where he continued to dominate the football field. In 1937, he was signed by the New York Giants where he played from 1937-1941 and 1946-1947, playing in 3 NFL championships and winning one in 1938. In 1942, Lunday enlisted into World War II joining the Air Corps, serving as an aircraft engineer until 1946”

He had a key interception to hold off the Redskins in the 1938 Championship Game:

“Heading into the fourth quarter, the Redskins advanced to the New York 26, but Leemans intercepted a pass to end the threat. The Giants pinned the Redskins back at their five with a punt. Washington moved to the 40 before LB Kayo Lunday intercepted a pass for the Giants.”
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Wogenrich Allentown Morning Call: Saquon Barkley, NFL MVP? ‘Anything’s possible,' the Giants running back says

“He’s the NFL’s spokesperson for humility, the guy who can make a quiet visit to a teen in a Lehigh Valley hospital two days after attending the Met Gala with Tom Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. And Barkley still takes classes toward his journalism degree at Penn State while conducting a brand campaign that includes a Chunky Soup commercial with his mother, Tonya Johnson.”


One 53-man roster, under the NFL's $188.2 million salary cap. The third annual perfect team is unbeatable. And we can prove it

Carucci Buffalo News: New Bills CB Captain Munnerlyn eager to show Panthers they made a mistake

O’Halloran Denver Post: Broncos training camp rewind, Day 16: Fangio says WR Emmanuel Sanders will play in preseason

Mike Klis (@MikeKlis)
8/12/19, 7:17 PM
Fangio on what undrafted rookie OLB Malik Reed has done to impress: “Played good. He likes to hit people, which is job description number one for an NFL linebacker and he’s got good instincts and good feel. He doesn’t know everything yet. ... We’re glad we have him.”

Monnarez Detroit Free Press: How Detroit Lions' Joe Dahl and the O-line is rebounding from allowing 9 sacks

Mays The Ringer: Matt LaFleur Is Here to Modernize the Packers Offense—and Maximize Aaron Rodgers’s Prime

John Granato (@johngranato)
8/12/19, 5:26 PM
Got it from a very reliable source that Clowney met with Texans last week and is now threatening to stay out entire preseason. He also refused to sign a long term contract with Miami so they backed out of a possible deal

Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein)
8/13/19, 7:38 AM
This morning on The Bench, I am going to double down on ⁦‪Granato reporting that Clowney not only being shopped, but source tells me they will do everything in their power to move him this year

Hayes Nick Foles was the hero the Eagles had. Now, he’s the hero the Jaguars need

Bowen Brandon Brooks hopes to get the OK this week to practice fully with the Eagles

Greg Auman (@gregauman)
8/13/19, 8:22 AM
New Bucs safety Darian Stewart checks a lot of boxes -- first with experience, but also a grinder who entered the league undrafted, only started one year in first four in the NFL. Won a Super Bowl ring with Broncos in 2015, getting a sack and forced fumble in win over Panthers

ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson)
8/13/19, 8:38 AM
Adrian Peterson to me on Trent Williams' ongoing absence: "Since Day 1 of camp you notice his absence is impacting us tremendously. You go from not having to worry about the blind-side at all, to having to chip on that side, add a TE there which changes what you do”

[Peterson on Trent Cont.] I think it it's making Dwayne Haskins have to think more, not process things as calmly. Matter of fact, I think it's impacting all of our QBs. Guys r coming off the edge in prax right there on the QB & the RB. It's been a struggle."

When I asked Adrian Peterson if Trent Williams' mind can be changed once it's made up about his future with the Skins, he said, "no." Adding, "He's the best & most athletic LT in the game, and I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back, & I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't."
Joe Morrison would have been as big a fan favorite (or more so)  
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as he was when he was playing during his time as a Giant.
Iirc, Morrison played or was prepared to play  
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TE, WR, Flanker, RB, emergency QB, S, CB..
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Schneier/Turchyn Big Blue Banter Podcast: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Shurmurs system in relation to QBs, Tanney, Conrad!, and a lot more breakdowns on both sides (Audio)

NY Giants Preseason Breakdown (Daniel Jones/Starting Defense) (Video)

The Ragazzo Report (@ragazzoreport)
8/12/19, 11:41 PM
Nice breakdown of the Giants starting D from preseason game 1.

Gave up big plays as a result of miscommunication in a young and inexperienced secondary playing in a new system.

These are growing pains that can be cleaned up in the film room

Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
8/13/19, 9:33 AM
⁦‪ragazzoreport‬⁩ just a heads miscom was def the issue for the D, but the Hearndon bust was most likely 3 Buzz w/ Love responsible for that vertical. The Jets/Gase run a lot of crossers in variations of Mesh that stress young DB's ability to pass things off (if its not straight man)


Traina Football Maven: Will Hernandez: How experience in O-line room is making the unit a team strength


Joel Corry (@corryjoel)
8/13/19, 9:09 AM
Players with unsigned tenders, like Jadeveon Clowney, can't be traded until under contract. This effectively gives Clowney a no trade clause. Clowney could refuse to sign his franchise tender if the Texans tried to trade to an undesirable team

Joel Corry (@corryjoel)
8/13/19, 9:06 AM
Franchise players who don’t sign long term by the 7/15 deadline are prohibited from signing a multi-year contract until after the 2019 regular season, which ends on 12/29. This prohibition on signing a long term deal also applies to any team acquiring Jadeveon Clowney in a trade
This Clowney situations is very intriguing and deserves its own thread  
robbieballs2003 : 8/13/2019 10:03 am : link
You have to look at 2 things right off the bat. One, I would assume if he is traded it would be an NFC team. I am not saying O'Brien will bd fired but I feel he is on the hot seat and isn't he the GM? He made the playoffs in 3 or the last 4 years but expectations are high and everybody seems to want more. Two, what team has the cap space to take on that amount of money? I'd assume the options are pretty low.
Just doing a quick search of team that fit the criteria I see  
robbieballs2003 : 8/13/2019 10:14 am : link

Now, Dallas isn't making a move because they are having their own issues with Dak, Zeke, and Cooper. So, I think that the 49ers, Eagles, and Seahawks are the best fits. The Lions and Bears could be but they'd have almost no cap space left and they'd have to rework other contracts or cut players to give them more wiggle room.

Would the 49ers really do it? They just spent valuable resources building up their front 7.

The Eagles are always in play.

The Seahawks seem like they would make a move like this as well. They have traded for offensive guys before like Flynn, Harvin, and Graham. Not sure about the defensive side off the top of my head but they could make a splash.
Defenderdawg : 8/13/2019 10:21 am : link
Morrison is in the Giants Ring of Honor not just due to longevity and loyalty but also do to his versatility, a factor so important in the 40 man roster or less days...

Allie Sherman thought Morrison would not be able to take the pounding that a full-time HB/FB gets but Morrison may have been too valuable to risk the 1961 Championship game he started at SS due to injuries to others.

In 1964 with the drafting of Joe Don Looney the Giants wanted to make Morrison a full-time FL knowing that Frank Gifford’s career would be ending. It’s a tribute to Morrison’s intelligence and skill-set that the Giants thought he would be up to filling Frank’s shoes.

However the Giants could never keep Morrison totally out of the backfield. With injuries decimating the Giants backfield as late as 1971 it was Morrison along with Rocky Thompson that got the key carries in a fourth quarter win at Atlanta. Norm Van Brocklin said the Giants had the deepest backfield in the league.

As to secondary depth:

The secondary was essentially a four-man operation for many years...

In the early 1960’s, when the Giants were short handed the Giants had to play Morrison and Del Shofner in a exhibition game as depth.

CFL running back/kick returner Allan Webb became the Giants secondary depth. Before that it was kick returners Bill Stits and Lee Riley.

In 1963 the Giants had to use QB Glynn Griffing as secondary depth which hindered his development. That situation was alleviated when the Giants in-season acquired Eddie Dove from SF. But Dove’s retirement in 1964 led the Giants to search again for depth.

Versatile college QB’s such as Gary Wood (1964) and Bobby Duhon (1968) were looked upon as DB’s initially when drafted.

As the roster expanded to 40 the depth situation began to alleviate 1966 veterans Dick Lynch (when healthy) and Jimmy Patton among with rookie Phil Harris were secondary depth.

In 1967 the Giants acquired Dave Hathcovk from Green Bay, when he was injured the Giants re-signed Willie Williams who had played out his option to sign with the Raiders and was cut.

By 1968-1969 the Giants had a surplus they though they could trade from as young DB’s Jimmy Holifiejd, Kenny Parker, Al Brenner and Tom Longo were thought to be promising behind Lockhart, Maher, Eaton, and Williams.
Great stuff on Joe, Dawg. Thanks.  
Big Blue '56 : 8/13/2019 10:25 am : link
Allan Webb was a pretty good CB as I recall
Coach Red Beaulieu : 8/13/2019 11:11 am : link
At Snyder and the Skins. Such good schadenfreude.
Nice write up on Ward Cuff.  
truebluelarry : 8/13/2019 11:28 am : link
Very underappreciated player.
From Rosenthal's week 1 winners & losers article...  
Dan in the Springs : 8/13/2019 3:42 pm : link
this might bother some here...

The Cowboys' defensive line: Projected starter Robert Quinn will be suspended for the first two games of the season, which gives him time to recover from a broken hand. The Cowboys have displayed a lot of confidence that DeMarcus Lawrence will be back for Week 1, but the reality is, no one knows for sure when he'll be back from shoulder surgery. Another starting lineman, Tyrone Crawford, is also on the PUP list. This should be the time that the Cowboys' youth steps up, but 2017 first-rounder Taco Charlton hasn't earned the team's trust yet, and it appears 2019 second-round pick Trysten Hill is coming along slowly. With cornerback Byron Jones also on the PUP list coming off hip surgery, the Cowboys' defense is unlikely to be at full strength early in September.

Count me as happy if we get to face the Cowboys D in the opener at less than full strength. I'd prefer a win over any other scenario, and if Dallas fans want to take solace in their roster being weak that's okay with me.
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