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Defenderdawg : 5/21/2020 12:15 pm

Schneier CBS Giants 2020 schedule: Predicting every game, week-by-week odds, matchups, projections


Lombardo Giants have one of NFL’s most improved offensive lines | How Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will benefit


Schwartz NYP: Eli Manning turns ‘awkward’ Giants moment into Class of 2020 lesson

Trapasso CBS Daniel Jones' 2020 outlook: How Giants QB has improved already, and what he needs to do to take next step


Schwartz NYP: It’s make-or-break time for Giants’ Evan Engram


Traina Why the Giants Are Not Likely to Move on from Nate Solder Inside the Film Room: David Diehl analyzes OT Matt Peart
David Diehl, a two-time Super Bowl champion offensive lineman, breaks down the tape of Giants third-round pick Matt Peart (Video)


Valentine BBV: Will Giants’ Lorenzo Carter ever reach his potential?


Vincent Rapisardi: Grant Haley has struggled in coverage but he’s a really strong tackler.
He has a career missed tackle percentage of just 5.3%.
An in-the-box safety role is something that I think he’s better suited for.
Especially with the Giants having a crowded young CB group.


Schmeelk Film Study: Xavier McKinney is an X-Factor


Volin Boston Globe: Just how feasible is it for the NFL to play this fall?

Several infectious disease experts say it is likely feasible to play football this fall. But it’s going to take a lot — A LOT — of work from everyone in the NFL

Barnwell ESPN: Ranking 2020 NFL offseasons from worst to first: Barnwell on the Bucs, Browns, Broncos, Cowboys, more (8-1)

Barnwell ESPN: Ranking 2020 NFL offseasons from worst to first: Barnwell on the Bucs, Browns, Broncos, Cowboys, more

14. New York Giants
“What went right: The Giants needed a lot this offseason, and general manager Dave Gettleman addressed many of the biggest concerns. Help in the secondary? They signed corner James Bradberry from Carolina. A fix for the rotating void at inside linebacker? Blake Martinez came over from Green Bay. Protection for Daniel Jones? They used the No. 4 overall pick on tackle Andrew Thomas, who should start his career at right tackle before replacing Nate Solder on the left side.
It remains to be seen whether Joe Judge will be up to the task as a first-time head coach, and his name didn't exactly excite Giants fans, but new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was once one of the league's most promising playcallers. (Remember that Garrett was the Ravens' first choice to replace Brian Billick in 2008.) Recent league history is littered with guys like Pat Shurmur, Gary Kubiak and Todd Bowles, each of whom looked behind the times and overwhelmed as head coaches before revitalizing their careers when moved back into a coordinator role. Garrett could do the same in New York.
What went wrong: Bradberry and Martinez both signed expensive deals, with Martinez's three-year, $30.8 million contract sticking out at a typically low-cost position for a player some Packers fans were happy to see leave town. The Giants also didn't address what might be their biggest position of need by adding an edge rusher; they haven't been able to re-sign Markus Golden and only added Kyler Fackrell, whose 10.5-sack season in 2018 sticks out like a sore thumb, given that he had six sacks across his three other seasons combined.
Gettleman also placed the franchise tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams, doubling down on the inexplicable trade he made to acquire Williams for a going-nowhere Giants team last season. Williams will make $16.2 million and attempt to have his long-awaited breakout season in 2020, while New York will send a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Jets to go with the third-rounder it shipped this past draft. Williams proceeded to file a grievance in the hopes of being repositioned as a defensive end, which would earn the former USC star an additional $1.7 million. Cornerback DeAndre Baker, a first-round pick last year, was charged with armed robbery last week.

What they could have done differently: Letting Williams leave would have been embarrassing given the original trade, but given the circumstances, the Giants should have treated Gettleman's folly like a sunk cost and moved on accordingly. (Contrary to Gettleman's expectations in December, they would not have earned a third-round compensatory pick for letting Williams leave, because he wasn't likely to net the sort of offer that would have resulted in such a significant return. They also would have netted that pick only if they sat out the top end of free agency, which would have kept them from signing Bradberry.) They could have used the money they saved to sign Jadeveon Clowney, a more talented player at their most obvious weakness.

What's left to do: Bring back Golden. New York applied the rarely used unrestricted free agent tender to Golden, which would ensure that the team is eligible for a compensatory pick if Golden signs elsewhere. If he doesn't join another team before July 22, the Giants would be the only team eligible to sign him for the upcoming season. The tag offers Golden a one-year, $5.3 million deal, which is a good from the team's perspective, given that he racked up 10.5 sacks and 27 knockdowns in a bounce-back 2019 campaign.”

Prisco CBS Pete Prisco's Top 100 NFL Players of 2020: Patrick Mahomes takes top spot, Lamar Jackson cracks top 10

35. Saquon Barkley- @He was limited to 13 games last season because of injuries, which hurt his numbers. He still rushed for 1,003 yards and caught 52 passes. With an improved line in front of him, his numbers will go up this season.

Miller B/R: Ranking the NFL's Top Backfield Duos for 2020

8. New York Giants

“RB1: Saquon Barkley (91)
RB2: Dion Lewis (75)
Total: 166
This is largely thanks to Saquon Barkley, who should only be better in 2020 if the Giants can stay healthy up front and if second-year quarterback Daniel Jones becomes enough of a threat to keep defenses from loading the box. On pure talent, there is no better back than Barkley in the NFL, but he has to put it together in terms of production. A 2,000-total-yard season should be the expectation for him.”

Ledbetter AJC: Isaiah Oliver, other Falcons going to the park to work on their games

Brown Fast Learner Ben Bredeson Hopes to Start Quickly

Jacques ESPN Buffalo: Bills keep Carolina network flowing with Eric Washington, free agents

Mays The Ringer: Can Stefon Diggs Emerge as a Superstar in Buffalo?

QB Data Mine: On Third-and-10+, Mitchell Trubisky was 63.6% accurate throwing to the first down line last season. That was the second-best rate in the NFL

Mayer Bears rookie Gipson comes from athletic family

Baby ESPN Cincinnati: From draft to free agency, Bengals focus on adding culture changers

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Jarvis Landry ‘ahead of schedule’ in his rehab from hip surgery and Odell Beckham’s process ‘has motivated me’

Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: Jarvis Landry had an awkward moment with new Browns teammate Donovan Peoples-Jones, but he’s happy to have him

Trotter ESPN Cleveland: Projecting Browns' defensive depth chart: DL gets boost around Myles Garrett

Epstein USA Today: ‘100 miles per hour’: Five looming questions for Mike McCarthy in Year 1 with Cowboys

Jori Epstein USA Today: How different will Cowboys 2020 offense be with Mike McCarthy, Kellen Moore?
RG Zack Martin says they'll keep a lot of the same plays they’ve run in past. Just change up terminology on how they call it.

QB Data Mine: Dak Prescott threw the ball to the first down line 16 times on Third-and-10+ last year. He was accurate on 11 of those throws, making him the most accurate passer in the NFL

Moore Dallas Morning News: Aldon Smith received his long-awaited NFL reinstatement. Will Cowboys DE Randy Gregory be next?

Owning Dallas Morning News: Film room: What can the Dallas Cowboys hope to get out of Aldon Smith?

Todd Archer ESPN Dallas: With Aldon Smith reinstated, Randy Gregory remains in the return process, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer. Gregory, who applied for reinstatement after Smith, has had multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy since 2015. “We are very happy for Alden and wish him all the luck in the world and a successful resumption of his career,” Schaffer said. “It’s refreshing to see the NFL following through on their stated goal to focus more on rehabbing players than punishing players.”

Fredrickson Denver Post: Why Broncos’ rookie offensive lineman Netane Muti might be steal of the NFL draft — if he stays healthy

Klis 9News Denver: Broncos positional outlook: Outside linebacker

Rothstein ESPN Detroit: Danny Amendola, Trey Flowers laud Matt Patricia's tone, tactics as Lions move past departures

Monarrez Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions' Trey Flowers explains why he has no hesitation to return once NFL gives OK

Corry CBS Agent's Take: Here's when the Packers should trade Aaron Rodgers, based on how his contract is structured

Owaczarski Mil JS: Running routes and learning piano: Packers receiver Allen Lazard on mission to self-improve

Wilde State Journal: After ‘humbling’ year, Mike Daniels says he has ‘so much more to offer’ if Packers bring him back

McClain Houston Chronicle: Tim Kelly has potential heroes on offense

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans set high expectations for Laremy Tunsil, line with continuity

Erickson Indianapolis Star: Colts have had preliminary talks about contract extension with their 'alpha dog,' Ryan Kelly

Reid Florida Times Union: Jaguars RB Chris Thompson expects to be a good fit in Jay Gruden’s offense again

Thiry ESPN LA: With Todd Gurley gone, how will the Rams distribute running back snaps?

Miami Herald: The backstory on why the Dolphins changed offensive coordinators and how it went down

Reiss ESPN Boston: Bill Murray making roster would be Patriots' latest Cinderella story

Callahan Boston Herald: Patriots sign top 2020 draft pick S Kyle Dugger

Mehta NYDN: Jets Mailbag: Is Logan Ryan joining Gang Green?

Costello NYP: Jets hoping Chris Herndon can regain rookie season form

Kempski Phillyvoice: Eagles 2019 dropped passes tally, with analysis

Rutter Pittsburgh Tribune Review: From a distance, T.J. Watt taking Steelers rookie LB Alex Highsmith under his wing

Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers discuss returning to work during coronavirus pandemic

Madson Ninerswire USA Today: Tom Rathman: People who think Frank Gore's not Hall of Famer don't know football

Bair NBC Sports: 49ers' Dre Greenlaw confident Seahawks tackle won't be last iconic play

John Clayton ESPN 710 Seattle: Seahawks may still add more offensive firepower like Wilson wanted

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks said to be pursuing free agent running backs Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde

Condotta Seattle News: Even if Jadeveon Clowney returns, Seahawks need another career year from Bruce Irvin

Keim ESPN Washington: Trent Williams, Chase Young decisions reflect Redskins' focus on future

John Keim ESPN Washington: Rivera was asked what he wanted the Redskins to be in December. “On a roll,” he said. Pointed out success in that month in Carolina. Indeed, the Panthers were 25-14 in reg season games in Dec/Jan from 2011-18. That’s fifth best in the NFL during that time

Keim ESPN Washington: John Keim Report: QB guru Qunicy Avery weighs in on Dwayne Haskins improvement this offseason and Les Carpenter of the Washington Post discusses the plan of action for Ron Rivera in this unusual year one (Audio)

Fortier Washington Post: Redskins’ defensive leaders like what they’re seeing from Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio

John Keim ESPN Washington: As Jonathan Allen noted on the call: the switch to the 4-3 won’t be a huge one considering how much they played nickel in the past. There will be some change/transition of course in base. But he said a big change will be in the technique they’re being asked to use

John Keim ESPN Washington: Landon Collins is part of the Jimmy Moreland fan club. Loves his potential. Felt he could have had 4 pick-6s last year. Feels high on him because he has that experience now. Can trust himself more


Eager PFF: PFF's Too-Early 2020 Top 25 College Football Power Rankings: Ohio State takes the No. 2 spot, Mississippi State rounds out the list

Thamel Yahoo Sports: Searching for the next Trevor Lawrence: A peek inside college football’s future

PFF College: Ja'Marr Chase when targeted on throws 20+ yards downfield:

24 catches (1st)
860 yards (1st)
14 TDs (1st)

PFF College: Highest graded returning Big Ten DTs:

1. Haskell Garrett, Ohio State - 80.5
2. Jerome Johnson, Indiana - 76.5
3. PJ Mustipher, Penn State - 74.6
4. Michael Dwumfour, Rutgers transfer - 74.2


Cash Louisville Courier Journal: Former Raiders player, Kentucky football legend Rodger Bird dies at 76

“The Kentucky football great was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame and is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned those accolades after a decorated career that included becoming a two-time All-SEC selection in 1964 and 1965 and a Time Magazine All-American in 1965. 
Bird, who rushed for 1,699 yards and 21 touchdowns in his UK career and played safety on defense, was a first-round draft pick of the AFL's Oakland Raiders, where he was a safety and punt returner.”

Former Swoyersville, NFL player Chuck Sieminski dies

“Chuck played football for Penn State from 1958 to 1962, and was a two-time All-East and All-American. He played in three Liberty and Gator Bowls; beat "Bear" Bryant for the school's first Liberty Bowl victory (1959) and was invited to the White House to meet JFK (1962 Gator Bowl). In 1963, he helped lead the College All-Star Team to beat the Green Bay Packers (20-17) for Vince Lombardi's worst defeat.

Drafted by the AFL and NFL, Chuck played in the NFL (1963 to 1969) for seven seasons with San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and Philadelphia Eagles (retired 1970). He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.”

Citak Giants Now (5/21): Lawrence Taylor discusses friendship with Michael Jordan; Giants fans around the world unite for message of hope

Vaccaro NYP: It’s not Odell Beckham: Giants’ only NFL receiving leader is long retired

Schwab Yahoo Sports: Moment of Glory: Dub Jones, 95 years old, still proud of his place in exclusive 6 TD club

Judge Here's a chance to give former AFL stars the recognition they deserve
There are so many AFL stars not in Canton that we decided to do something about it. With your help, here's the plan

Giants Birthdays 5-21

Dorset Levens RB FA-PHI 2003 NYG 2003 5-21-1970

Johnny Roland FB W-STL 1973 NYG 1973 5-21-1943

College Football HOF: “Johnny Roland's career at Missouri had two dimensions. As a sophomore in 1962, he was a running back. He rushed for 830 yards, seventh best total in the nation, and scored 78 points, ninth in the nation. He rushed for 155 yards against Oklahoma State, 104 against Iowa State. When he returned for his junior year in 1964, Coach Dan Devine moved him to defensive back. He made All-America at this position in 1965. Roland stood 6-2, weighed 198, and was a power runner. Even in the years he was a defensive back, Devine occasionally moved him into the game on offense. He always picked times when Missouri had the ball inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In 1965, Roland also returned 42 punts and kickoffs for 690 yards, averaging 16.4 yards on each. He was Missouri co-captain in 1965. He helped the team to an 8-2-1 record, including victory over Florida 20-18 in the Sugar Bowl. Missouri retired his jersey, No. 23. He made All-Big Eight as a runner in 1962 and as a defensive back in 1964 and 1965. In 1965 he had six pass interceptions. He had an 8-year playing career in the pros with St. Louis and the New York Giants. Then came a career as assistant coach -- with the Green Bay Packers 1974, Notre Dame 1975, and various pro teams after that. He bought a radio station, KIRL, in St. Louis. Roland was born May 21, 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas.”

Guy Whimper T D4 East Carolina 2006 NYG 2006-2009 5-21-1983

In Memoriam

Leo Miles DB UDFA-Virginia State 1953 NYG 1953 Born 5-21-1931 Died 9-21-1995

Wash Post:

“He attended Virginia State University, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees. Twice he was an all-America running back, and he became the first man to receive all-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors on both offense and defense. He also lettered in basketball and baseball.

In 1953, after graduation from college, Mr. Miles was a running back for the New York Giants of the NFL. Then he became a teacher and coach in the District public schools, guiding highly successful football and track teams at Bell Vocational High School. His Bell football teams won three consecutive DCIAA championships from 1964 to 1966.
Mr. Miles is enshrined in the halls of fame of Virginia State University, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Eastern Board of Officials and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

Mr. Miles was a game official in the NFL for 22 years, from 1969 to 1990. He worked 15 playoff games and three Super Bowls, becoming in 1974 the first African American official to work a Super Bowl game. Since 1990, he had served as a supervisor, evaluating the performance of on-field officials.
Mr. Miles, a native of Washington, spent 16 years directing the men's and women's sports programs at Howard. He came in on the ground floor in 1970 as the school's first full-time athletic director, moving the school into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as a charter member and eventually guiding it into Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He supervised the establishment of the first athletic scholarships at Howard, then built a strong women's program to go with men's sports...”

Floyd Peters NYG DL Coach 1974-1975 Born 5-21-1936 Died 8-18-2008

Dick Powell E 1932 NYG 1932 Born 5-21-1904 Died 4-29-1986

Mil JS 9-29-1932) “In addition to the all-star trio of Ray Flaherty, Morris Badgro andTurtle Campbell on the wings, the Giants have six foot, three inch Tiny Powell, who last season did not report because he was too busy in the ring.”
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