Arco NJ.com: Giants, Jets can likely play without fans amid coronavirus outbreak, Murphy says
Traina SI.com: What Would a Successful Giants Season Look Like?
Jordan Raanan ESPN NY: Daniel Jones was asked during SiriusXMNFL interview Monday about DeAndre Baker. “Yeah, I’m not in a position to comment on any ongoing legal investigations," he said. "But that is how we have been instructed. And I won’t do that.” The Patriots Way is now The Giants Way.
Gwizdala The Saratogian: Giants running back Dion Lewis helping Albany County teens keep active
Schwartz NYP: Sterling Shepard staying concussion free a must for Giants’ receiver group
Adams 247 Sports: WATCH: Jamaree Salyer and Andrew Thomas continue offseason grind
Lombardo NJ.com: Dalvin Tomlinson knew Patrick Graham would become a defensive coordinator | What to expect from Giants’ new scheme
Giants.com: Blake Martinez explains decision to choose Giants in free agency
New York Giants LB Blake Martinez joins "Good Morning Football" and discusses his decision to choose the Giants in free agency
Vincent Rapisardi: Ryan Connelly’s sample size as a rookie was small, but he showed potential.
2 interceptions, 2 passes defended and just 19 yards allowed on 7 targets.
0% missed tackle percentage on 20 tackles.
Even if he only becomes an average starter, that’s solid value for a 5th rounder.
Blamowicz NYP: Giants’ DeAndre Baker is already working out following arrest
Rosenblatt NJ.com: This Giants rookie is mastering chess — and he could be just the piece the team needs right now
Volin Boston Globe: The NFL on Tuesday instituted several changes to its hiring practices to provide more mobility for coaches and opportunities for minorities and women
NFL.com: Grappling [with lack of diversity among NFL coaches, GMs
Breech CBS Sports: 2020 NFL schedule: Ranking the five easiest stretches that any team will face during the upcoming season
1. Baltimore Ravens (Weeks 15 thru 17)
Opponents:Jaguars, Giants, at Bengals
4. Seattle Seahawks (Weeks 13 thru 15)
Opponents: Giants, Jets, at Redskins
5. Washington Redskins (Weeks 8 thru 11)
Opponents: BYE, Giants, at Lions, Bengals
Galina PFF: The new NFL offense is an old NFL offense: How the 49ers, Titans, Vikings and others are evolving Mike Shanahan's offensive scheme
“A season ago, the Minnesota Vikings brought in Gary Kubiak — Mike Shanahan’s quarterbacks’ coach in Denver — to help Kevin Stefanski run the offense. Arthur Smith, the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator, spent a year under Matt Lafleur. The Raiders’ offensive line coach is Tom Cable, who spent a season coaching the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line in 2006 with Alex Gibbs, who was Mike Shanahan’s offensive line coach with the Broncos. The Los Angeles Rams are coached by Sean McVay, who was Mike Shanahan’s tight ends coach in Washington. The San Francisco 49ers are led by Kyle Shanahan, who, at one point, was just a twinkle in Mike Shanahan’s eye. The Packers are coached by the aforementioned Matt Lafleur, who was Sean McVay’s offensive coordinator in Los Angeles and worked under both Shanahans — it’s the seven degrees of wide zone.
And those seven teams accounted for 37% of the outside zone runs in the NFL in 2019.”
Monson PFF: Ranking all 32 NFL quarterbacks by deep passing performance: Dak Prescott makes the top-five, Josh Allen slips to the bottom
“24. DANIEL JONES, NEW YORK GIANTS
29.6% completion percentage, 9.2 yards per attempt, 74.2 Passer Rating
The narrative surrounding Daniel Jones was so concentrated on his high mistake rate that I didn’t realize quite how bad his deep passing numbers were. He was the first player on the list to complete under 30% of his deep pass attempts and had one of the lowest yards per attempt figures in the league. Jones has plenty to work on this offseason, but deep passing should absolutely be part of the equation. The Giants will be hoping that having his receiving corps healthy and together will help in Year 2.”
Matt Bowen ESPN: 2019 RBs — Yards after first contact per rush (minimum 100 carries)
• Derrick Henry — 2.39
• Nick Chubb — 2.27
• Josh Jacobs — 2.25
• Chris Carson — 2.23
• Damien Williams — 2.23
Henry rushed for 723 yards after first contact (No.1 in the NFL)
2019 RBs — Yards per rush vs. 8+ defenders in the box (minimum 40 carries)
1. Raheem Mostert — 6.21
2. Aaron Jones — 5.60
3. Derrick Henry — 5.40
4. Adrian Peterson — 5.31
5. Dalvin Cook — 4.28
• QB Lamar Jackson — 6.36 yards per rush vs. 8+ defenders
McClure ESPN: Atlanta Falcons' Alex Mack takes on coaching role in virtual offseason
Karpovich SI.com: Are There Enough Carries for Ravens Talented Running Backs?
Lieser Chicago Sun Times: Bears undrafted rookie Ledarius Mack out to prove he’s more than Khalil’s brother
Zagura Browns.com: Wyatt Teller focused on improving 'consistency of technique and fundamentals' to earn Browns starting RG spot
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns’ JC Tretter on the NFL’s return: Don’t expect the coronavirus 'to kneel down to almighty football’
Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: Constructing the Browns defensive depth chart for 2020: Mixing short-term deals with longterm plans
Moore Dallas Morning News: 'We’ll do it the right way’: Donning a mask and gloves, Jerry Jones, limited group of employees return to Cowboys’ offices
Dallas Morning News: Jaylon Smith views potential role change with Cowboys as a chance to showcase his versatility
Legwold ESPN Denver: Broncos believe KJ Hamler can fix drops if he's willing to 'do the work'
Wood Mil JS: Packers finding time for fun during virtual offseason install sessions
Dougherty Mil JS: Matt LaFleur must walk tightrope with approach to Aaron Rodgers after Jordan Love pick
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans reopen facility on limited basis under NFL guidelines
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' Bill O'Brien convinced Kahale Warring has bright future
Walker Colts.com: Frank Reich On Philip Rivers Playing Beyond 2020, Offseason Program Updates, Nyheim Hines' Role
Oehsner Jaguars.com: Offseason Update: Gruden "will line guys up in different places"
Franklin SI.com: Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo Identifies Areas of Improvement For Defense
Field Yates ESPN: Prince Amukamara's contract with the Raiders: $50K signing bonus, $1.05M base salary, $87,500 Week 1 roster bonus and a cap charge of $887,500 (veteran salary benefit).
Excellent value for the Raiders and a chance for Amukamara to play a prominent role in their secondary
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Krasovic UTSD: Chargers LB Kenneth Murray’s Oklahoma past makes him no ordinary NFL rookie
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Farmer LA Times: NFL owners unanimously approve more financing for Rams, a landlord with big bills
Salguero Miami Herald: Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘excited’ about Tua Tagovailoa addition but still wants to start ahead of rookie
Jackson Miami Herald: NFL evaluators assess how the Miami Dolphins stack up, by position, on defense
Pride Boston Globe: A dozen players on the 2004 Patriots team became coaches. What was it about that squad?
Perry NBC Sports Boston: NFL Draft spotlight: Why Devin Asiasi will be most impactful Patriots rookie in 2020
Dussault Patriots.com: Jonathan Jones hopes experienced secondary puts Pats a step ahead
NEW YORK JETS
Mehta NYDN: Jets 2020 undrafted free agent contract details reveal which players are valued most
Costello NYP: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims bring speed to Jets receiving group
Cimini ESPN NY: Jets rookie Mekhi Becton hopes to kill two droughts with one season
McManus ESPN Phil: How will the Eagles use Jalen Hurts this season? Think Lamar Jackson
McLane Phil Inquirer: Eagles’ WR picture further muddied by absence of offseason workouts
Duffy Eagles.com: Want to learn more about the run game?
I caught up with Eagles Run Game Coordinator and OL Coach Jeff Stoutland to break down the differences between zone blocking and gap blocking on the latest Eagle Eye In The Sky Podcast! (Audio)
Short-Parks 94WIP Radio Phil: Doug Pederson says Eagles' plan is to start Andre Dillard
Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: ‘I’m Pittsburgh through and through’ — James Conner says it would be hard to leave Steelers
Branch SF Chronicle: NFL change could make it harder for 49ers to keep key offensive coaches
Madson Ninerswire USA Today: 49ers depth chart: Is change coming behind Jimmy Garoppolo?
Kleinschmidt NBC Bay Area: How 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk was recruited by Alabama to play cornerback
Bair NBC Sports Bay Area: Jauan Jennings’ dad hopes 49ers rookie can build NFL career he couldn't
Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks roster analysis: Breaking down which offensive players could make the 53-man roster
Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar formally pleads not guilty to armed-robbery charges
Jim Nagy Senior Bowl: Northwestern LT Rashawn Slater is a name you’ll be hearing a lot between now and next April’s draft. The 4-year starter is an easy Day 2 projection. Instinctive LB Paddy Fisher is another Wildcats prospect that seniorbowl scouts liked on tape.
Fran Duffy Eagles.com: Talked with Northwestern DL Joe Gaziano in January and he told me Slater jumped out the moment he got on campus. “Guys that young typically don’t have the punch he did at that age”. Said it’s the strongest punch he’s ever seen & called him a leader on that offense
Mazelka SJ Mercury News: Oldest 49er, ex-Serra football coach Jesse Freitas Sr. dies at 99
“Jesse Freitas Sr., a quarterback on the inaugural San Francisco 49ers squad and longtime football coach at Serra High in San Mateo, died Monday morning at his home in San Diego at the age of 99...
Freitas, a veteran of the U.S. Army, earned a Bronze Star during World War II and commanded an artillery unit at the Battle of the Bulge.
The native of Red Bluff played quarterback and defensive back at Santa Clara University.
His professional career began with a two-season stretch on the 49ers, who were founded in 1946 as members of the All-America Football Conference before joining the NFL in 1949. Freitas also played for the Chicago Rockets and the Buffalo Bills...”
Football Outsiders: FO Dynasty Rankings Part III: Teams 31-40. Come read about:
1982-1987 #HTTR Redskins
“No. 38: 1938-1946 New York Giants
Peak Dynasty Points: 14
Average DVOA: 10.2%.
Top-Five DVOA: 17.7%
Record: 60-28-8 (.667)
Head Coach: Steve Owen
Key Players: FB Tuffy Leemans, WB Ward Cuff, E Jim Lee Howell, T John Mellus, T Frank Cope, C Mel Hein
It's the return of Steve Owen and Mel Hein, who we last saw down at No. 51. After making three straight title games, the Giants went just 11-9-3 in 1936 and 1937, thanks in part to the departure of Harry Newman. They certainly weren't talentless in those years, with rookie Tuffy Leemans leading the league in rushing yardage and Ed Danowski taking over from Newman as the primary passer, but the results didn't quite match what they had managed to do earlier in the decade.
So in 1937, Owen's tinkering kicks into high gear with three major changes that would set up this run. On offense, Owen finalized his offensive tinkering into the A-formation, a scheme designed to spread the defense. Nowadays, when we say "spread the defense," we're talking about going with five wideouts and stretching the opponent from sideline to sideline. Football was a little different in 1938. The A-formation uses an unbalanced line -- four linemen to the right of the center, with just a tackle and an end on the left. The backs then unbalanced to the other side, with the center being able to snap to the fullback, quarterback, or blocking back. This takes away some potential for power rushing in exchange for greater flexibility -- both the quarterback and fullback can throw the ball, and the opportunity for fakes and deception kind of balloons. A typical play might see wingback Ward Cuff running a wide sweep back across the formation, fullback Leemans plowing forward with a dive behind blocking back Lee Shaffer, and tailback Ed Danowski running a bootleg to the opposite side of the sweep, with the option to throw.
So opposing defenses wouldn't know where the ball had been snapped to, or which play to cover. The Giants would also frequently use pre-snap shifts, lining up in one set and moving into the A-formation, single wing, double wing, or punt-formation as they desired. Add in the fact that no other team in the era ran the A-formation, as they didn't have Mel Hein at center (he remains the only lineman to win an MVP award), and how do you prepare for that? The answer for most teams is "you don't."
The A-formation wasn't the only new offensive formation in the league at the time -- this was when George Halas and the Bears were beginning to run roughshod with the T-formation. In response, Owen moved the Giants to a 5-3-3 formation full-time, away from the six- and seven-man lines that were the norm of the era. Owen's defense was filled with novelties that have since become standard -- stunting linemen, blitzes from the linebackers and safety, players moving around to match up with motion in the backfield. Unlike the A-formation, this was widely copied, but the Giants did it better than anyone. In 1944, they allowed their opponents to score just 7.5 points per game; still the NFL record. And it's not just because of old-timey football being offensively challenged; it's still an NFL-record 2.56 times better than the rest of the league's average of 19.2 points allowed.
Part of New York's success came from the third major innovation: a platoon system. Free substitution wasn't put into place until 1943, so we're not talking about dedicated offensive and defensive players yet. Instead, Owen would bring in 10 new players at the start of the second half, replacing everyone but Hein to keep everyone fresh. Really, there's no end to the innovations Owen brought to the game.
The Giants won the NFL Championship Game in 1938 and lost it in 1939, 1941, 1944, and 1946, so they ended up often being the bridesmaids in this era. Part of the problem was that the A-formation ended up being no match for the T-formation; George Halas and the Bears took the Giants out in 1941 and 1946. When Heim retired after 1945, Owen struggled to find a center of his caliber to run the offense, and the Giants gave in and joined the T world in 1949.
If you smashed the two Steve Owen eras together, ignoring the two-year interregnum, the Giants would jump all the way into the top 15, so you could make an argument that the system is arbitrarily ranking them too low; eight championship appearances in 14 years is impressive even in a 10-team league. On the other hand, losing the title game six times and being clearly inferior to the Halas Bears and Lambeau Packers does reduce how high you can really place them on a list. There's an alternate universe out there where we're all still running variants on the A-formation and fighting for the Owen Trophy, but Owen's Giants just weren't quite dominant enough to have that level of historical impact.”
Stuart Football Perspective: Was The AFL More Accommodating To Black Players Than The NFL?
Stuart Football Perspective: Vikings/Chiefs: The Back Story Of The Super Bowl IV Mismatch
“The Chiefs had an incredible 12 players on the team9 from HBCUs, and 8 of them were starters both in 1969 generally and in Super Bowl IV specifically. And the four backups (Richardson, Sellers, Belser, and Mitchell) would all see action in Super Bowl IV. With four other starters (Bell, Culp and Brown on defense, and Garrett in the backfield) from major college programs, that means — for the first time ever — over half of a pro football team’s starting lineup was black.
We can see from the Vikings that having a few black players, especially stars, was not uncommon at the time. But the Vikings had zero black players who did not come from major college football programs, which stood in stark contrast to the Chiefs scouting success.10 One of the reasons that the Chiefs had been so successful in bringing on players from HBCUs was “The Judge”, Lloyd Wells, pro football’s first black scout. Wells went to Texas Southern and had a huge hand in bringing in Buchanan and the other players that followed.”
Frye Football Perspective: The Grand List, part 9
766. Eli Manning (2004-2019)
New York Giants
“Manning is an interesting case because he seems to be overrated by a segment of the population who (rightly) value championships and give an outsized share of credit to single players for those titles. Simultaneously, he is underrated by those who only look at stats, don’t value longevity at a position where an average level of play is both valuable and hard to sustain, and reflexively dig their heels in when presented with “count the rings” type arguments. While Manning only had about five years in which he was a legitimately great quarterback, the fact that he provided stability and above replacement level play for 222 straight games (including playoffs) shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. He played long enough to retire seventh all time in passing yards and touchdowns, and he did it in a cold and windy stadium and in an archaic scheme. His Giants didn’t make the playoffs often, and the never won a playoff game in years they didn’t win the Super Bowl, but… they won the Super Bowl twice. The upset over the undefeated Patriots was fluky, including a dropped interception and miracle catch in Manning’s favor, but the rematch was a masterpiece from Eli. His completion to Tyree was legendary, but the pass to Manningham was divine.”
“Among qualifying quarterbacks, Manning ranks 103rd in VAL (555) and 122nd in TAYP+ (100).”
Giants Birthdays 5-20
Tramain Jacobs CB W-BAL 2015 NYG 2015 5-20-1992
Chris Ogbonnaya RB W-CAR 2014 NYG 2014 5-20-1986