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Defenderdawg : 2/17/2020 10:18 am


Slater How does Giants’ Daniel Jones stack up against QBs he’ll face in 2020? How many is he already better than?

WR Should Giants cut Golden Tate? Sign Demarcus Robinson? What to do at wide receiver | Beat writer breakdown


Have the giants had any talks with Leonard Williams,Markus Golden? And who are the giants possibly interested in that’s a free agents based on your understanding

Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy)
2/16/20, 2:04 PM
Yes with LW


Valentine BBV: NFL free agency 2020: Vic Beasley worth the money as a pass rusher?


Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy)
2/16/20, 1:35 PM
One Giants free agency note, per source: Long snapper Colin Holba -- who replaced injured Zak DeOssie during the season -- is not a free agent. He signed a 2-year contract in Nov. and will be a restricted free agent after the 2020 season. He did a nice job taking over.


King FMIA: Ten Educated Guesses On All The 2020 Offseason QB Movement

Breer MMQB: Nick Saban Discusses Tua Tagovailoa’s Injury, Rehab and Special Makeup
Nick Saban says Tua Tagovailoa helped him get through the injury more than the coach helped his player. Plus, some free agents who will make more than you expect, Mike McCoy thinks Philip Rivers has more in him and a critical stretch for CBA negotiations

“This week, Leonard Williams pushed back on the notion that he’s asking for $15 million from the Giants. But maybe he shouldn’t? Given that the team forked over a third-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder to get him, and his franchise tag number would be around $16 million (not happening), Williams has considerable leverage here.”

Field Yates (@FieldYates)
2/17/20, 8:03 AM
The 5 teams with the most cap commitments currently for 2020:
1. Jaguars: $216.9M
2. Chiefs: $210.1M
3. Steelers: $206.8M
4. Bears: $202.3M
5. Falcons: $199.1M

All teams must be cap compliant by March 18, which means plenty of activity between now and then

Kasinitz Penn Live: How Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line depth shapes up after James Hurst’s suspension


Jason OTC: Here is a bit of a closer look at Matt Stafford's dead money if he is traded and hopefully clearing up why some numbers read as they did on the site

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Richard Sherman: Darius Slay 'doesn't get enough credit' because he plays for Lions

Sims Indianapolis Star: Philip Rivers to the Colts? Chargers teammate Melvin Gordon thinks so

Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL)
2/17/20, 8:12 AM
FieldYates - Jags traded their best player, haven't yet been able to resign arguably their second best player who is a free agent, don't appear to have a franchise QB on the roster, yet still are way over the cap & by far more $ committed than any other team?

That's so bad.

Kelly Sun Sentinel: Will Dolphins be ready to take advantage of life after Tom Brady?

Salguero Miami Herald: Miami Dolphins’ current view of Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert might surprise you

“Firstly, the club’s view of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is not of a slam-dunk pick near the top the draft. At least not yet. The Dolphins will go through the process of vetting Tagovailoa at the Combine and beyond, as other teams will, before deciding if he??s worth the No. 5 overall selection, which Miami holds in the first round of the April draft.
Secondly, the club has an increasingly positive view of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.”

Mullin Phillyvoice: What they're saying: A five-step plan for Eagles' offseason, trade proposals and free agent options

Hayes Phil Inquirer: Eagles missed DeSean Jackson less than Malik Jackson

Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: 2020 NFL combine: These 10 prospects would fill specific needs for the Steelers

Branch SF Chronicle: At the end, 49ers’ Garrett Celek finally felt all the love

Condotta Seattle Times: What are the Seahawks’ top areas of need? Here’s our ranking as the offseason gets set to heat up

McCartney Washington Post: Where will Redskins build new stadium? Early signs point to current FedEx site

Finlay NBC Sports Washington: Ron Rivera sees releasing Josh Norman as an opportunity for Redskins to get younger

“The big thing is it's an opportunity for us to get younger. Josh is a veteran guy and again, just looking at the young guys that we have, we got to get these guys on the football field and more exposed," Rivera said. 
Rivera spoke to reporters at a charity event in Charlotte, and while everything he said is true, it's also not the full story. Yes, Norman just turned 32 in December, but Washington's decision to cut him was not solely about age. 
Norman was set to make $15 million in 2020, and the team will save $12.5 million on the salary cap by letting him go. And his level of play no longer validated the hefty price tag and probably hasn't for the last two seasons. Norman finished the 2019 season on the bench and only played in rare situations when the other active cornerbacks were hurt. 
As for a youth movement at cornerback, it's coming, ready or not. Quinton Dunbar is in the last year of his deal and will be 28 when the season starts. Fabian Moreau will be in the last year of his rookie deal and will be 26 when the season starts. Jimmy Moreland had an up and down rookie year in 2019 and will be 25 when the season starts this fall. 
Some NFL sources also expect the Redskins to be quite active in free agency, particularly at the cornerback spot. Two names to watch are unrestricted free agents James Bradberry and Bashaud Breeland. Bradberry played for Rivera in Carolina while Breeland nearly signed with the Panthers as a free agent in 2018 before a foot injury voided his contract...”


Schwartz SB Nation: 4 questions about the XFL’s relationship to both the NFL and college football
Now that the XFL is in full swing, Geoff Schwartz takes a look at how it fits in with the NFL and college football.

Hill Houston Chronicle: Roughnecks' hot start continues with win over BattleHawks


Dellinger 'We Were Hoodwinked': Inside the Final Hours of Mel Tucker as Colorado's Head Coach

Solak The Draft Network: SOLAK'S 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT 5.0

“4. Giants Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama
It’s a sexy top of the first round in this mock draft, and Jedrick Wills may not feel like he fits that vibe — he does. Wills is a potential franchise-changer at the position, who brings elite athleticism, high-quality technique with powerful mitts and infectious energy for the game.
Obviously, two QBs in the top three is an ideal situation for the New York Giants, who have a ton of flexibility at their spot. We knew general manager Dave Gettleman is unlikely to entertain a trade down, so he’ll go after his highest-graded player — there’s a good shot that ends up being Wills.”

36. Giants Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma The Giants need a captain for their defense, and Gettlemen will like Murray's tone-setting hit strength in between the tackles. Can you keep him on the field for all three downs without blitzing him overtly?”

Dellenger All Eyes on Arch Manning to Extend Family's QB Dynasty

Edholm Yahoo Sports: 2020 NFL scouting combine preview: Tight ends

Pflum BBV: 2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Netane Muti, G, Fresno State

Trapasso CBS 2020 NFL Draft defensive line rankings: Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw headline top-heavy group


Farrar Touchdownwire USA Today: Like father, like son: How Antoine Winfield Jr. echoes the play style of his Pro Bowl dad


Giants Birthdays 2-17

Reggie Carr DE UDFA-Jackson State 1987 NYG 1987 2-17-1963

Scott Laidlaw RB W-DAL 1989 NYG 1980 2-17-1953

Robert Massey CB FA-JAC 1997 NYG 1997 2-17-1967

Josh Mauro DE FA-AZ 2018 NYG 2018 2-17-1991

In Memoriam

Eddie Miller HB UDFA-New Mexico State 1939 NYG 1939-1940 Born 2-17-1916 Died 11-09-2000

UPI 10-27-1939

“Only a year ago Davey O'Brien was the toast of collogiate fandom, but with the weak Philadelphia Eagles his passing has been anything but professional this year . . . against the Giants Sunday he had aerials intercepted and was thrown for 25 yards on three other successive attempts to get the ball off to a receiver. . .The Giants uncovered a new passing threat from the southwest in Eddie Miller, 165-pounder from New Mexico State. He completed three out of six against the Eagles, one of them good for a touchdown.”

10-20-1940 Giants 12 Steelers 0

Cuff 60 yard receiving TD; 23 yard FG; XP


“The New York Giants scoring by all knowm methods, a touchdown, extra point, field goal and a safety, the New York Giants overpowered the Pittsburgh Steelers, 12 to 0, today in the Polo grounds to stay within striking distance of the eastern division leaders of the National Pro Football league. Little Eddie Miller, the aerial artist from New Mexico State, and the veteran Ward Cuff,
Marquette star, shared the glory.

Miller completed seven out of nine tossed passes for 117 yards including one for a 61-yard gain to Cuff for a touchdown in the first five minutes of the game. Cuff, besides scoring the only touchdown, place-kicked the extra point and in the second stanza booted a 3-yard field goal. The Giants got their other two points on the third play of the last chapter when the New York line swarmed through and blocked Boyd Brumbaugh's punt in the Pittsburgh end zone. Rocco Pirro of the Steelers recovered for a safety.”
Part 2,  
Defenderdawg : 2/17/2020 12:15 pm : link

Monson PFF: The 100 best available NFL free agents in 2020

Clowney put up an 88.0 overall grade in 2018 — the highest mark of his career — and he followed up with an 87.3 grade after a trade to the Seahawks despite seeing his sack total drop from nine to three. Clowney has the 11th-best overall grade among all edge defenders since 2017, including the third-best mark against the run (91.3), but his pass-rush grade of 83.9 ranks just 25th among that same group. Pass-rushers earn massive contracts for their ability to get after the quarterback, but Clowney has always been good, not great, in that department. The price tag may be too high for many teams, but Clowney brings top run defense and solid pass-rush to the table, though his game has never really lived up to his draft hype and he’s never matched the production of other dominant edge defenders.

Littleton has quietly become one of the best coverage linebackers in the league, capable of running the seam with tight ends and closing quickly on running backs underneath. He has 18 pass breakups and six interceptions over the last two seasons, and he's posted a 90.6 coverage grade that ranks third-best in the league. However, while potential suitors are going to love Littleton’s ability to affect the passing game, he has had his struggles against the run. His 50.8 run-defense grade ranks just 103rd out of 126 qualifiers over the last two years, so that could hurt his value for teams looking for an all-around three-down linebacker.

Conklin is the best right tackle on the market, and he’s coming off a regular season which he finished 12th overall among tackles in PFF grade (78.3) and fifth in run-blocking grade (81.0). Conklin has some issues in pass protection, as his pass-blocking grade ranks just 49th on true pass sets over the last two seasons, and he’s on the higher end among offensive tackles receiving help (double teams, chip blocks, etc). Still, Conklin is a versatile run blocker who finished with the No. 6 grade on zone runs and the No. 14 mark on gap runs.  He’s been one of the better right tackles in the league since being drafted in the first round in 2016.

The only thing keeping McCourty from being higher on the list is age, as he enters the 2020 season at 33 years old. McCourty exemplifies what you want in a “safe” safety, as he’s rarely out of position in the passing game and is a sure tackler in space with just 71 career misses on 890 tackle attempts. While McCourty has dabbled in multiple roles playing closer to the line of scrimmage or covering tight ends, he’s at his best as a deep free safety where he will rarely bust coverages and frequently take advantage of quarterback mistakes when presented.

Ngakoue has followed his collegiate profile as a good pass-rusher and below-average run defender (career-high grade of 60.0 in 2018). His best season came in 2017, as he graded at 81.0 overall to go with an 88.2 pass-rush grade and 82 total pressures (14 sacks, 15 QB hits, 53 hurries). Over the last two years, he’s posted pass-rush grades of 76.8 in 2018 and 77.5 this season, both solid numbers but not at the 2017 level that had Ngakoue looking like the next great pass-rusher in the NFL. At just 25 years old, he looks like a strong presence off the edge for the foreseeable future, but his questionable run defense coupled with the fact that more valuable positions are hitting the open market has us lower on him than most.

Some of the gloss on Leonard Williams' career has faded, as he never became the dominant force along the defensive line that he was once pegged as. In his second year, he notched 55 total pressures and earned an overall PFF grade of 81.4, but that grade has slipped to barely above 70.0 this past season. The draw of Williams is that he has shown high-level play in the past, and will enter the 2020 season just 26 years old, but he needs to prove he can be a significant factor rushing the passer again or his value has a very defined cap to it.

After a slow start to his career in Detroit, Van Noy found a home in New England, and his versatility was an asset to the team as they made multiple Super Bowl runs. Van Noy is a true hybrid linebacker with pass-rushing skills, a coveted skillset by the Patriots and one that has him hitting free agency with many potential suitors given the recent growth of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. The 2019 season was the first year that we saw Van Noy used almost exclusively as a pass-rusher, and he picked up 60 pressures (eight sacks, nine QB hits, 43 hurries) on 464 rushes.

There’s been a distinct line between Schobert’s play in the run game (where he’s graded at 55.0 or below over the last two years) and in coverage (where he graded at an excellent 87.7 in 2018 and a solid 67.6 last year). He finished 2019 with four interceptions and four pass breakups, and he’s transitioned nicely from college pass-rusher to valuable coverage linebacker. In a new system, that pass-rushing ability could come in handy, as he only rushed the passer 62 times last season after rushing over 100 times in his previous two years as a starter.

Unless I missed him (and he's got a hard name to miss)...  
Klaatu : 2/17/2020 1:00 pm : link
I didn't see Nick Kwiatkosi's name in their top 100, yet his overall PFF grade is higher than some other LB's on their list such as Schobert and Martinez.

And I'm going to add another blurb in this thread:

One of the league’s most underrated players, Harris has been a playmaker on the back end of the Minnesota defense since seeing extended playing time in 2018. Harris has the top regular-season coverage grade among safeties at 91.6 after ranking sixth last season. He’s played the majority of his snaps at free safety, but this season has seen him play about 40% of his snaps in the box or over the slot, showing that he can play a more versatile role in a defense. Harris has nine interceptions and seven pass breakups over the last two years, all while missing just four of his 100 tackle attempts. Playmaking, sure-tackling safeties are of immense value in the NFL, and Harris has shown both traits as much as any safety in the league over the last two seasons.
Bears beat writer two weeks ago  
Defenderdawg : 2/17/2020 1:07 pm : link
“ That’s a good question and a somewhat complicated one when you consider that he is one of three inside linebackers set to become unrestricted free agents on March 18. Danny Trevathan and Kevin Pierre-Louis are also coming out out of contract and the Bears could lose all three of them. Last season some wondered if it was wise for the Bears to bring Kwiatkowski back for the fourth year of his contract when the proven-performance escalator bumped up his base salary north of $2 million, a lot to pay a reserve inside linebacker. He proved to be worth it when he filled in for Roquan Smith and later Trevathan. Kwiatkowski likely has his sights set on a starting spot and a significant pay increase. How much the Bears are willing to invest in a starter alongside Smith remains to be seen. The Bears could choose a cheaper option and perhaps look at Pierre-Louis, who runs a little better, on a short-term deal, maybe a two-year contract. Let’s see how this plays out. All three should have options. Keep in mind if Trevathan and Kwiatkowski leave via free agency and the team opts to re-sign Pierre-Louis, it could potentially benefit in 2021 with compensatory draft picks.”

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Thanks, Dawg.  
Klaatu : 2/17/2020 1:15 pm : link
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