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Defenderdawg : 2/13/2020 9:24 am

Schmeelk Cover 3: What defines Coach Judge's staff?

Slater NFL Combine 2020: Here are most important things for Giants to watch, as they prepare for NFL Draft | Schedule breakdown

RV SNY: 4 scenarios where Giants could trade back in the 2020 NFL Draft

Leonard NYDN: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa’s recovery is good news for the Giants (if they can handle the draft correctly)

Schwartz NYP: Ben McAdoo’s reemergence is dark reminder of Giants blunder

Offense Mailbag: Giants Offense Under Jason Garrett?

Can we expect to see a close version of the Cowboys offense in New York next season with Jason Garrett taking over as their offensive coordinator?– ROBERT TERRY / CLINTON, MD

David: “I would assume it will look familiar, but you also have to remember that it's been a long time since Jason Garrett put an offense together. He hasn't been a play caller since 2013, and Scott Linehan and Kellen Moore each put their stamp on things over that period of time. But yes, if I had to guess, he'll probably lean on a lot of concepts we've grown familiar with over the years.

Lindsay: It's fascinating how this league is just a continual rotation of coaches who mesh together what they have known, mastered and learned. If you arrived to a new team, you're going to bring what you thought were your best and most successful concepts. I see Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley being the most mirrored pieces to the Cowboys and Giants offenses, so it's probably safe to start there.”


Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_)
2/12/20, 4:00 PM
Eli Manning was sacked 5 times in 4 starts (1.25 per game) while Daniel Jones was sacked 38 times in 12 starts (3.16 per game).

I’d say there’s multiple factors for this from willingness to go down field, Saquon having 3 out of 4 100 yards games w/ Eli, and audible freedom.

Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_)
2/11/20, 1:02 PM
I had to go back to some of my Daniel Jones college stuff & the Duke WR’s aggravated me all over again.

14 dropped balls on deep throws. 15 dropped on 3rd down. 37 drops in total. When factoring drops...

Deep passes: 27% 59%
3rd down: 53% 70%
All throws: 61% 70%

Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_)
2/11/20, 11:37 AM
Daniel Jones deep passes
(20+ air yards from LOS)

2019 w/ Giants
16/49 33% 500 yards
10 TD 3 INT
11% of all attempts

2018 w/ Duke
12/44 27% 483 yards
7 TD 2 INT
11% of all attempts

Another stat for Daniel Jones that improved in the NFL due to 14 drops on deep throws at Duke

Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_)
2/11/20, 9:23 AM
Daniel Jones deep passing splits

First 6 games
6/25 223 yards 5 TD

Last 6 games
10/24 277 yards 5 TD 3 INT

His completion percentage jumped from 24% to 42% but also had the 3 INT’s in the second half of his season.


Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_)
2/12/20, 10:18 AM
WR Demarcus Robinson
6’1” 203 lbs. 25 y/o

32 catches 449 yards 4 TD
14 yards per catch
58% Catch per Target Rate

Never played more than 60% of the snaps in the playoffs the passed two seasons. Need to watch him but I wouldn’t start him over Tate/Shepard/Slayton.

TE Sign Jason Witten? Draft Evan Engram’s replacement? What Giants should do at tight end | Beat writer breakdown


Valentine BBV: NFL free agency 2020: Patriots’ Ted Karras Giants’ answer at center?


Raanan ESPN NY: Keeping DL Leonard Williams would be costly for Giants

“They all but have to sign him now after dealing valuable assets for immediate help during a lost 4-12 season.

“He has the leverage,” one executive explained.
“Good, solid player,” a second executive said. “Just doesn’t have the splash or dominating plays.”
That is the tricky part. Williams was second on the Giants with 14 hurries after joining mid-season. Only edge rusher Markus Golden was more disruptive. Williams was also third on the team behind Golden and Lorenzo Carter with 20 QB pressures, according to NFL NextGen Stats.
But it took Williams 12 games to record a tackle for a loss. He didn’t get a piece of a sack until Week 17, and has 17.5 sacks in five seasons since being selected sixth overall in the 2015 NFL draft out of USC.
This makes determining Williams’ value difficult. On the precipice of free agency, good players often get paid like great players.
The Giants have held preliminary discussions with most of their top free agents, according to sources. They just don’t appear to be in any rush as their coaching staff gets settled. They have time, considering the free-agency period doesn't begin for another month.
What the Giants do have at their disposal for Williams is the franchise or transition tag. The franchise tag -- if Williams is considered a defensive tackle -- could marry him to the Giants for one season at $16 million, which would be a rather exorbitant price for a player with his production.
The transition tag is expected to be in the $13 million range, but would allow teams to make an offer for Williams and, if the Giants opted not to match, would bring back no compensation. However, it seems unlikely another team would submit an offer knowing the Giants would be inclined to match anything reasonable.
That's why Williams has incredible leverage. Agents often build their demands around these numbers knowing the tags are the fallback options. It makes sense for Williams’ demands to begin in the $16 million-a-year range (and not dip below $13 million), even if it’s beyond what his play dictates.
Two executives believe Williams will get in the $8 million to $12 million range. That’s less than either tag would bring. A third source believes his deal will land in the $12 million to $16 million neighborhood, because the tags are the alternative options if Williams’ representation decides to play hardball.”

Rosenblatt Overpay Leonard Williams? Sign Shelby Harris? What Giants should do on the defensive line this offseason | Beat writer breakdown

RV SNY: Giants have these 4 options in trying to sign Leonard Williams before free agency

Traina Giantsmaven Why the Giants Should Use the Transition Tag on Leonard Williams

Leonard NYDN: Giants and Leonard Williams may make sense for each other … eventually


Traina Giantsmaven SI: How Far Financially Should the Giants Go to Keep OLB Markus Golden?

Vincent Rapisardi (@VinceRapisardi)
2/12/20, 12:12 AM
Oshane Ximines proved his worth as a good pass rusher and run stopper during his rookie season.

Snap Percentage Played: 45%
Missed Tackle Percentage: 0%
Sacks: 4.5
Pressures: 12
QB Hits: 9

I would trust starting him next season opposite a big-name free agent edge rusher.


Schwab Yahoo Sports: The top 10 storylines for what could be a wild, weird, historic NFL offseason

Kapadia The Athletic: The top 100 pending unrestricted NFL free agents

La Canfora CBS Here is my latest NFL notebook including why the Bucs need to keep Jameis, how the Ravens are building their defense, and why the market for edge rushers won't be what you think

Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL)
2/12/20, 11:02 AM
As JasonLaCanfora makes clear, don't expect the #Giants to find that EDGE they've been searching for in free agency. The market won't be what you might expect.

Barnwell ESPN: Five 2020 offseason moves for NFC South teams: Bill Barnwell predicts trades, free agency, cuts

Barnwell ESPN: Five 2020 offseason moves for NFC North teams: Bill Barnwell predicts trades, free agency, cuts

Barnwell ESPN: Five 2020 offseason moves for NFC West teams: Bill Barnwell predicts trades, free agency, cuts

Cole PFF: Hitting the Sweet Spot in Cap Allocation: Offense

Treash PFF: The Rams and Cardinals showed why NFL teams should never invest in running backs

Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Offseason blitz: Ravens stress it's time to restock their defense

Shaffer Baltimore Sun: As a late-round pick, Ravens safety Chuck Clark knows how rare his path to a contract extension is

Carucci Buffalo News: Bills restructure contract of DT Star Lotulelei, create more cap room

Newton ESPN Charlotte: Cam Newton's future with Panthers dependent on health, David Tepper reiterates

“Tepper was also asked about the assistant coaches Matt Rhule brought in to fill out his first staff, specifically offensive coordinator Joe Brady.
"With Rhule and Brady, we got people who really develop talent, OK?" Tepper said. "I don't want to give too much credit to anybody, but you can see what happened with (quarterback Joe) Burrow down there (at LSU). Whether it was (Brady) or something else, it's a heck of a coincidence. When you look at Matt and what he's done at other places, I think with this staff now we have some of the best developers of talent in the league.”

Ruiz For the Win USA Today: If the Panthers do trade Cam Newton, these 5 NFL teams should be interested

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Bears Q& A: Does pursuing Vic Beasley make sense? Was the Khalil Mack trade worth it? Is Taysom Hill an option at QB?

Rapoport Bengals exec: Andy Dalton 'certainly not done’

Dragon Cincinnati Enquirer: Free-agent safety George Iloka 'absolutely' wants to continue playing in the NFL

Patsko Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ranking Browns roster needs ahead of free agency and the draft

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Myles Garrett reinstated by the NFL from his indefinite suspension for striking Mason Rudolph with QB’s helmet

Williams Cleveland Plain Dealer: Myles Garrett’s return brings life back to a defense that crumbled in his absence: Browns Take

Williams Cleveland Plain Dealer: NFL Draft 2020: Top linebackers who could help the interior of the Cleveland Browns defense -- Film Review

“Isaiah Simmons, 6-4, 230 pounds, Clemson, junior
When discussing Clemson’s do-it-all defender, it is important to first understand how he was deployed by the Tigers this season.
Check these numbers out:
* Of his 822 snaps this season, Simmons lined up in the box as a traditional linebacker 299 times (36 percent), according to Pro Football Focus.
* He served as Clemson’s deep free safety 132 times (16 percent), and as a defensive end or edge rusher on 116 snaps (14 percent).
* Most impressively, Simmons lined up in the slot as a souped-up nickel corner 262 times (32 percent), proving more than capable of defending the nation’s best tight ends and slot receivers in space.
As the numbers show, Simmons can play anywhere. Which is why defining him as a linebacker or safety is pointless. Pro Football Focus gave Simmons a 92 coverage grade this season, meaning he locked up the nation’s best tight ends and slot receivers. He scored 85 overall or higher in pass rushing, run defense and tackling. Simply, he doesn’t have a weakness.

There isn’t much to dislike. As a safety, he is the best in his class. The same can be said as a linebacker. At his size, he projects as an every-down player who can do it all.
In the first play above, Simmons plays a spy or robber position as the Tigers drop seven defenders for the Cardinals’ four routes. With no real threat to his assignment, Simmons lets the play develop before crushing Louisville for a third-and-long sack.
The next three plays are examples of Simmons’s athleticism. Often he was just more talented than the linemen or running backs blocking him and faster than the quarterbacks. Finally, against South Carolina on a first-and-10, Simmons stuffed the Gamecocks back in the A-gap before pushing him back.
Usually, Simmons spent his Saturday afternoons overpowering blockers and proving too fast and too big for ball carriers to juke him. Simmons is as much a “can’t miss” prospect as there is in this class.”

Walker CBS Cowboys free agency 2020: Dallas aims for more years on Dak Prescott deal; prepared to tag Amari Cooper

Watkins Dallas Morning News: Cowboys free agents most likely to depart: Several factors could leave productive Robert Quinn on the outs

Watkins Dallas Morning News: Cowboys free agents most likely to depart: Why Dallas could part ways with Maliek Collins, despite DT having his best season

Watkins Dallas Morning News: Cowboys free agents most likely to depart.Jeff Heath isn’t bad, but upgrading at safety is a must for Dallas

Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala)
2/11/20, 4:58 PM
Per source, new Broncos OC Pat Shurmur was on Michigan State's radar for its head-coaching job, but he is not pursuing it and is fully focused on the Broncos. He's been entrenched in meetings with the rest of his offensive coaching staff here

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions are 'two good pieces away' from contending: Here's why that's not crazy

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions' Bob Quinn shoots down Matthew Stafford trade rumors: '100% False!!'

Dave Birkett (@davebirkett)
2/13/20, 9:00 AM
Just so we’re clear, Bob said trading Stafford is “100% false.” I don’t believe they take Tua, but nowhere has he said yet they won’t take Tua if he’s there at 3. Lions still will do all their diligence on the QBs

Spotrac (@spotrac)
2/13/20, 6:52 AM
Trading Matthew Stafford would leave behind $32M of dead cap to the Lions, a loss of $10.7M of space. Detroit has already restructured and paid out a $6M bonus for the season. He’s staying put in 2020.

Reid Florida Times Union: Analysis: Jaguars owner Shad Khan still pushing merits of second London game

DiRocco ESPN Jacksonville: Jaguars hire Ben McAdoo as quarterbacks coach, source says

Teope KC Star: ‘I’d definitely like to stay here,’ Chiefs’ Mike Pennel says of looming free agency

Goldman Chiefswire USA Today: Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland on media tour ahead of free agency

Jackson Brandon Staley sees the field from a unique perspective

Hyde Sun Sentinel: Joe Burrow must act rude like us to elude Cincinnati, become Dolphin

Craig Minn Star Tribune: With Dom Capers, Vikings defensive minds don't lack for experience

Volin Boston Globe: Patriots, Nick Caserio agree to contract extension

Daniels Providence Journal: Nick Caserio reportedly agrees to new contract with Patriots

Volin Boston Globe: Have you heard the latest news? All this pointless Tom Brady speculation is bound to go down to the wire

Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
2/10/20, 3:38 PM
And Gruden runs a summer camp compared to Belichick. Raiders are my No. 1 target for Brady should he leave

Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
2/12/20, 10:07 AM
Can't shake the thought that the Panthers are a dark-horse team for Brady. It's hard seeing him want to play in Charlotte, but Panthers could use a QB, they could use some buzz, and mega-billionaire owner David Tepper gets what he wants (big $$$ for Matt Rhule and OC Joe Brady)

Cox NESN: Patriots Offseason Outlook: How New England Backfield Could Change In 2020

Ben Volin (@BenVolin)
2/10/20, 4:19 PM
Pats don't need major fixes. Sign Emmanuel Sanders, draft two TEs, get David Andrews back healthy, and the offense will be much better

Ruiz For the Win USA Today: Let's just put an end to this Taysom Hill nonsense right now Teddy Bridgewater publishes an emotional message for kids struggling: 'I believe in you'

Mehta NYDN: Jets Mailbag: The top two players to pursue in free agency

Domowitch Phil Inquirer: Eagles scouts will pay close attention to their stopwatches at NFL scouting combine

Maiocco NBC Bay Area: 49ers' Fred Warner focused on making big improvements for 2020 season

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks position overview: Safety seems set heading into 2020 with addition of Quandre Diggs

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks position overview: Kicking appears set, but could the return game get some competition?

Florio PFT: Titans quarterback, G.M. are now represented by the same agency

Wyatt What's Next for QB Ryan Tannehill, and the Titans? Former NFL QBs, Head Coaches Weigh In

Davenport ESPN Nashville: Re-signing Derrick Henry offers more pros than cons for Titans

Carpenter Washington Post: Trent Williams and Ron Rivera have talked, as new coach tries to lure star back to Redskins

Paras Washington Times: Trent Williams return complicated for Redskins


Encina Tampa Bay Times: Vipers defensive coordinator Jerry Glanville explains his two-headset look


Pickel Allentown Morning Call: Penn State football: Grading the new coaches on James Franklin’s staff

Defensive line coach
Out: Sean Spencer, who took the same title with the New York Giants
In: John Scott Jr., who joins the Lions after a season at South Carolina

“Is it an upgrade?: Initially, we’ll say no, but it’s not really Scott Jr.’s fault. The 44-year-old from Greer, S.C., has huge shoes to fill, as Spencer was not only a great developer of elite and mid-tier high school talent alike, but also good on the recruiting trail, and not just with his position group.”

Trapasso CBS 2020 NFL Draft: Lessons learned from scouting hits and misses from past draft classes

Brooks Tua top QB on Bucky's prospects by position 1.0

Treash PFF: PFF's top 10 true freshman classes of 2019

Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)
2/11/20, 5:42 PM
Trying to appreciate how fun it is to write about Joe Burrow because I know no other QB in this class will match it, or even come close.

Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)
12/20/19, 4:47 PM
Burrow is such a flexible player. Pulls his arm back to throw as soon as he climbs past the pass-rusher. Doesn't like the look, so he pulls the ball down to reset and quickly get the ball out to a different receiver. Always ready for the next throw.

Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)
12/20/19, 11:07 PM
Here is where Burrow's middling arm strength can hurt him. Difficult for him to come back to deep routes late in downs. Baker Mayfield had a similar issue at Oklahoma. Very accurate down the field when throwing on schedule, but on plays like this, he comes up short

Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass)
12/21/19, 2:57 PM
Burrow sees blitz from his left, responds by getting the ball out to Chase as quickly as possible. Leaves this one a bit high to let Chase go and get it -- Burrow had a few passes in the EZ earlier this game that got swatted/defended when left chest level

Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks)
2/11/20, 10:48 AM
OU QB Jalen Hurts is a fun player to study. He’s a playmaker. His feet don’t always follow his eyes in the pocket & he needs to improve his anticipation. However, he does some incredibly athletic things in every game.

Pflum BBV: 2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Zack Moss, RB, Utah

Pflum BBV: 2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota

Goodbread Far from the homeless streets of his youth, Javon Kinlaw hasn't forgotten where he came from, thanks to the kindness and patience of those he met on his path to stardom

Giants Birthdays 2-13

Preston Parker WR W-NO 2014 NYG 2014-2015 2-13-1987

Giants Birthdays 2-12

Curry Burns FS FA NE PSQ-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

St. Cloud Times: Looking Back: Ex-SJU star made transition 50 years ago (2014)

“"Lombardi, on the other hand, if he said nothing to you, you knew you were playing well. But even if the team won a game 50-6, if you made a mistake, he'd make you feel like your wife was leaving you and God hated you all at once. He knew how to be effective from the negative side. Gags knew how to be effective from the positive side. They both got you where you needed to be. It was just different approaches."
McDowell was a ninth round draft pick of the Packers in 1964 and saw action in 12 games that season despite battling an ankle sprain.

He was traded to the New York Giants in 1965 and was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966. Three years with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League followed before he went on to a career in the furniture business and later as the designer of a course on buying and selling businesses.

"I was pretty scared when I first got to Green Bay," McDowell said. "I didn't think I had a chance at making the team. This was the Packers with all those great players. We didn't have the Vikings when I was growing up. So the Packers were the only team I saw. I couldn't believe I was actually there."
McDowell said he learned a lot during his one season under Lombardi's tutelage.
"I sprained my ankle and I came into practice the next Monday thinking they'd tell me to take like 10 days or two weeks off," McDowell said. "I remember my locker was next to Elijah Pitts' and Lombardi walks by, looks at me and said 'I don't like gimps.'
I asked Elijah what that meant and he said 'I think it means you'd better tape up and get out there.' So I did and I could barely run on it at first. But by a week or so later, I was fine. And I think he was showing me that if you couldn't play through injuries to some extent, you weren't going to make it in the NFL. It was a valuable lesson.
"I think between Gags and Lombardi, they trained me a lot of things in life. That's for sure. I was pretty lucky to have gotten the chance to play for both of them."

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

In Memoriam

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

Willis PFJ: The NFL's Best-ever Pre-WWII Guards

17)  John Del Isola (1934-1940) Built like a bowling ball, the 5-11, 200-pound Del Isola played 7 years (66 games) with the New York Giants under Steve Owen….played center at Fordham but because of All-Pro Mel Hein, moved to guard, forming a great tandem…he was a member of 2 NFL Championship teams with the Giants, 1934, 1938…First-team All-Pro twice by Collyers (1937, 1939)…in 1939 had his best year, named First-team All-Pro by the NFL, New York Daily News and the Pro Football Writers…Second-team All-Pro by Collyers in 1938; by the NFL in 1937; UP in 1939; and the New York Daily News in 1937-1938.

“Johnny Del Isola was a jewel of a player, the type who needs no handling, one who suffers when he isn’t in the game, and one who just naturally plays with the best when he is in action.”—Steve Owen, Giants Hall of Fame coach.

AP: “The Everett native played all 11 positions for the Everett High School football team between 1927 and 1929. He went to Fordham University where he was fullback during as a freshman and for one game as a sophomore. He was switched to center when all three regular centers were injured, and became one of Fordham’s & #8243;seven blocks of granite,& #8243; the offensive line.

He won All American honors as a senior and was inducted into the university’s Football Hall of Fame.

Dell Isola played for the Giants in the National Football League from 1934 to 1940, most of the time with a separated shoulder. He won All League guard honors in 1939 and was named to five All Pro teams.

He retired as a player in 1941, served on the coaching staff at Dartmouth College, and in 1943 became coach of the old Boston Yanks. He moved with the team to Baltimore where it became the Colts.

He later became assistant coach of the Giants and went on to coach the New York Titans, now the New York Jets, in the American Football League.”
Re: Pat Leonard Article  
Aaron Thomas : 2/13/2020 10:22 am : link
Does Leonard ever write an article about the Giants without including a negative dig at them? His headline (If they can handle the draft correctly).
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