Why the Mets Should Make a Run at Mike Moustakas

As the calendar quickly flips from January to February, many big free agents are left and one of those is third baseman Mike Moustakas.
The former Kansas City Royal, was originally thought to draw interest from many teams but has fallen victim to the very slow free agent market. Players may not show it, but going into February without an idea of where they are going to play can be extremely stressful. This leads players to accept deals below their original asking price and teams like the Mets are able to steal guys like this off the market.
The Mets have shied away from Moustakas because of his original asking price. Todd Frazier has emerged as the candidate to round out the Mets infield but the Mets can still do better. The signing of Jose Reyes to join third base and middle infield candidates Asdrubal Cabrera, Amed Rosario, Wilmer Flores and maybe David Wright does not show confidence to sign Frazier or confidence in having Frazier replace Wright.
In comparison over their last three seasons, Frazier has the lead in Homer Runs and RBIs but that is where it ends. Including his injury shortened 2016 season, Moustakas has a higher OBP, SLG% and a better batting average. Defensively the two are about the same and they both are above average defenders.
The upside on Moustakas is he is heading into his age-29 season and Frazier is heading into his age-32 season. Fans also rave about Frazier’s leadership but Moustakas is a leader in his own way as well. The 2015 World Series provided a perfect example when yelled profanities at Noah Syndergaard after he started Game 3 with a brush back pitch to Alcides Escobar.
Todd Frazier would not be the worst player the team can sign but the Mets should not have to downgrade in the free agent market if they do not have to. Moustakas would be a terrific fit for a Mets team who needs a healthy and younger third baseman. Unfortunately, every decision depends on the Mets ownership and they usually kill the team’s chances to bring in a player like Moustakas.

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Patriots Wide Receiver Thinks Odell Beckham Jr. Will Love Pat Shurmur

Odell Beckham Jr. will love Pat Shurmur:
The NFL’s assistant coach of the year is preparing his coaching staff and player personnel for the New York Giants, and one player currently in the Super Bowl thinks Odell Beckham Jr. is going to benefit significantly from him.
New head coach for the Giants, Pat Shurmur, has a way with players, and creates bonds with them in a way that brings out their potential on the football field.
Danny Amendola experienced this first hand:
“I feel like he relates well to the players,” Amendola said via the New York Post. “He has kids himself [Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur] that are football players. I remember Coach Shurmur had me over for dinner one afternoon with another couple of our players, and just real personable, family-oriented, and he’s a great guy. And I tell him that every time I see him.”
It’s hard to imagine Beckham Jr. enjoying dinner with Shurmur and his family, but we can assume that it may be the case sooner rather than later. As a head coach, it’s essential to have good relationships with the players and create a rapport with them to grow respect. For players like OBJ, having a sense of trust and respect is essential, as his passion often boils over into the game. If he trusts his coach and respects him, you can expect that he will listen and respect the image of the organization.
Beckham Jr. has expressed his approval of Shurmur over social media, which should be a good sign moving forward.

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Tom Brady Still Can't Stand Two Specific Super Bowl Losses

Brady still holding onto bad memories:
As the New England Patriots and Tom Brady prepare to strive for their 6th Super Bowl, the only team standing in their path is the Philadelphia Eagles.
Even if Brady can accomplish yet another win on the biggest stage of football, he will still be haunted by sour memories from years past, and it may make New York Giants fans quite happy.
Tom vs. Time," Brady expresses his regret and pain for losing two Super Bowl’s to the Giants.Winning five Super Bowls is more than any other player can say for themselves, but Brady has the competitive nature of an alien and still hangs onto the games he failed to win. On the Facebook Watch documentary "
“Oh man, this is painful, just clicking on it, just – the 2007 Super Bowl. This one’s still painful,” Brady stated as he scrolled through his Super Bowl archive. “When you lose on the biggest stage, and you know everyone’s watching, and you’ve committed so much of your life to what you’re doing, you’re becoming a failure in front of everybody else, it’s a talent show that you did when you were a kid and you were the failure.”
Super Bowl XLII stung the most for Brady, as he remembers one specific play that still haunts him to this day. It was a third-and-20 with 19 seconds remaining in the game when he sent a hail-mary down the field to Randy Moss. As Moss went up to secure the pass, Giants’ cornerback Corey Webster leaped to make what Brady said was "the freakin’ play of his life."
“And that was all she wrote. . . [expletive]. I’ll never let go of those losses. That scar tissue is too deep, it’s too thick," Brady said.
Putting a dent in Brady’s rather perfect career is a big win for the Giants and their fans, even if we’ve held onto it for far too long… But then again, when you have something over Brady, you use it as ammunition for as long as possible!

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Victor Cruz Took A Surprising Route With 1st Multi-Million Check

What Victor Cruz did with his first pay-check is impressive:
When you think of a professional athlete, the first thing that likely pops into your head is fame, fortune and a boat-load of cash.
Spending money for them is like drinking water for normal people, but is that sustainable? And is it smart that they are splurging on things that may not be necessities?
According to Sports Illustrated, 78% of NFL players that have been retired for two-years are facing financial crisis’s. That’s 78 of 100 players that’re mismanaging their money to the extent of bankruptcy.
What Victor Cruz did with his first pay-check is a tad different, and really highlights how smart of a player and a person he really is.
Cruz signed a three-year, $1.215 million contract with the New York Giants early in his career as an undrafted free-agent (2010). When his initial contract expired, Cruz had helped the Giants reach the super Bowl and was rewarded with $43 million over five-years.
Cruz took his first multi-million pay-check and invested every single dime of it.
Here’s what Cruz told CNBC:
"That first check was probably the largest check I’ve ever seen with my own eyes at that time," he said. "So I saved it. I wanted to make sure that this isn’t the last check that I receive. I wanted to make sure every check from here on out I saved and multiplied."
Cruz was given valuable advice by then Giants staff-member Charles Way:
"He was like, ‘Man, make sure you understand what your money is doing and understand what’s happening with your money. Don’t just give it to some accountant and just let him do whatever he wants with it,’" said Cruz.
"It’s not about the right now. It’s about the longevity and making sure that your finances are taking care of you not just right now, but forever," he says. "And making that money last for yourself, for your family and for the people that you care about."
This isn’t just advice to Cruz, but it should be essential advice to everybody. Even if you aren’t bringing home a million-dollar check every year, you can still invest a little bit at a time.
The rewards are grand, so do your homework everybody!

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New York Giants Pat Shurmur Bringing Back Essential Offensive Tool

Giants bringing back under-used tool on offense:
If there’s anything to love about New York Giants‘ new head coach Pat Shurmur, it’s his unique style of running an offense.
This past season, Shurmur was named the NFL’s assistant coach of the year, primarily for his un-predictable offensive scheme’s, something the Giants have lacked in recent years under Ben McAdoo.
Shurmur has promised to bring back one huge tool, and it promotes a balanced offensive attack that keeps the defense on their toes.
Utilizing the screen game opens up the middle of the field for receivers, especially under play-action. Shumur is known for his play-action, while McAdoo shy’d away from using Eli Manning’s strength. Luckily, Shurmur is keen on playing to players’ strengths and not stubbornly forcing them to carry out his plans.
If the Giants plan on taking a running back in the draft, we can expect it to be an all-around player — a guy that can be used as a work-horse on first and second down, as well as on third and in short-yardage situations. This closely describes Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, but there are other value picks in later rounds that can fill this role.
Nonetheless, adding diversity to the offense is essential moving forward, and with Shurmur’s discipline and creativity, we should see an entirely different unit in 2018.

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Here's What Justin Tuck Thinks Of Pat Shurmur For The Giants

Justin Tuck thinks highly of Pat Shurmur:
Watching the 2017 season unfold for New York Giants fans was tough, and it was equally as stressful for former NFL star Justin Tuck.
“It was definitely hard to watch,” Tuck expressed to NJ Advanced Media. “Not only the losing, but just how things kind of unraveled. A lot of things happened last year that wasn’t characteristic of Giants teams. That was the hardest part to sit back and watch.”
Can’t disagree with you on that one Justin, and I’m sure the rest of us are all nodding our heads in disbelief. Thanks Ben McAdoo!!
If there’s anybody who knows what it takes to succeed it’s Tuck, who won two Super-Bowls alongside Eli Manning and former head coach Tom Coughlin. The Giants let Coughlin walk two years ago, sending him into the path of the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he became general manager and VP. The Jaguars lost in the AFC Championship round this year.
Here’s what Tuck thinks about the Giants’ new hire in Shurmur:
“I think he fits the bill. From what I know about him, he seems like a real low-key, down-to-earth, hard-working guy."
“That kind of fits the bill of what the Giants are known for: A blue-collar guy with nothing flashy about him, but it seems like he is going to go in and work and build from the ground up — which I think we need.”
Tuck’s description of Shurmur is VERY similar of that of Coughlin — no-nonsense, disciplinary, and a succeed or walk attitude.
Shurmur was very serious in bringing in football players that want to win more than breathe, and he made it apparent that himself and Dave Gettleman wouldn’t deal with any shenanigans lightly.
“No nonsense, straight to the point, my way or the highway,” Tuck said. “That leadership system works in this league. I don’t know why people want to go to the flashy and flamboyant.”
The idea is that players that want to win will do anything that it takes, and will dedicate themselves to the process. Working with Bill Belichick is awful, because he’s so strict, but if you are dedicated to winning that’s where you will have your best shot.

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The No. 1 Player The New York Giants Need To Unload

The top player the Giants need to let go:
For the New York Giants, overhauling the coaching staff was the first step in taking the organization to new heights, but several players also need to hit the road to get the ball rolling.
In this article we will discuss one player in specific, and his name is Brandon Marshall.
The veteran receiver is only two-seasons removed from a 1,500-yards, 14 touchdown campaign, but struggled mightily with Eli Manning and the Giants in 2017. His purpose was to compete opposite Odell Beckham Jr. and give Manning a big-bodied target to utilize in the red-zone. Marshall finished 2017 as his only year without a single touchdown catch.
Marshall will take up $6.1 million in cap-space in 2018, a devastating amount considering the current state of the Giants’ financial situation. General manager Dave Gettleman could easily unload the former Jet and find a replacement for a fraction of the cost — likely a player that can perform just as good if not better.
Available Free Agents:
There are several free agents that could fit the bill opposite Beckham Jr., and provide Manning with additional quality to complement Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.
1.) Eric Decker
Decker has the frame (6-foot-3) to be a quality red-zone target for Manning. In the four seasons he was heavily used (2012-2015), Decker recorded 39 overall touchdowns. On the open market, he might only run the Giants $2-3 million, less than half of what they’re current;y paying for Marshall.
2.) Sammy Watkins
The once highly touted wide receiver has fallen off in recent years, struggling to maintain a starting role on any team due to injuries. His size and speed is still apparent, but taking a gamble on him might be worth the money.
The Giants could offer him a one-year prove-it deal of around $2-3 million, which would be a great price considering his talents.
3.) Jordan Matthews
The former Eagle has struggled to find his place in the NFL, even after recording 16 touchdowns in two-seasons. On the Bills in 2017, Matthews finished the year with 282-yards and a single score — underwhelming for a player of his talents.
The Giants could likely sign the 6-foot-3 receiver for cheap, and his upside is well worth the money.
4.) Terrelle Pryor
Standing at 6-foot-6, Terrelle Pryor is a very intriguing option for New York. His speed and size would be a solid complement to Beckham Jr. and he would give Manning a big-target to throw towards.
The problem with Pryor is that he’s inconsistent, but he wouldn’t be the featured wide receiver, which would take a majority of the pressure off his shoulders.
The Giants might be able to snag him on a one-year deal for $3 million.

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The Giants Should Grab This Running Back to Replace Shane Vereen

Credits: Mark J. Rebilas
Here’s a solid option at running back for the Giants:
The New York Giants are void of some key pieces on offense, specifically a third-down back that ‘actually’ moves the chains and doesn’t get injured every other game.
Shane Vereen used to be that man for the Giants, but after tearing his triceps twice, the former Patriot never looked the same.
New head coach for Big Blue Pat Shurmur, may have a solution at running back for the Giants, and no, this wouldn’t get in the way of potentially drafting Saquon Barkley.
Shurmur worked extensively with now free agent Jerick McKinnon on the Minnesota Vikings, and he could be a the perfect option to replace Vereen in the backfield.
McKinnon recorded 570-yards rushing and three touchdowns in 2017, in addition to 421 receiving-yards with two scores through the air. The specialized running back would be an upgrade from Vereen at this point in his career, and he would likely cost less as well.
The free agent would garner an estimated $2 million per-season on the open market, which is far less than Vereen’s $4 million he’s currently making with the Giants. Luckily for New York, 2017 was the last year of his three-year, $12.35 million contract, opening up a bit of cap space to sign another player.
Of course, the Giants could choose to save the money and promote Wayne Gallman to the third-down back. Gallman flashed serious potential in 2017, showing that he can break tackles and pick up extra yards with his agility.
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Personally, I like the value in McKinnon, as he’s a dangerous threat out of the backfield and very durable. McKinnon has only missed six games in four years, and only one in the last three. His health and skill alone are deserving of an opportunity with Big Blue.

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Top Takeaways From Pat Shurmur's First Press Conference

Top quotes and takeaways:
The New York Giants introduced their 18th head coach in the history of the franchise, Pat Shurmer. The NFL’s assistant coach of the year appeared professional and ready to take on the challenges of being the head coach of the men in blue.
Top quotes:
"I have zero tolerance for people that don’t compete, that don’t give effort, or that show a lack of respect."
Shurmur: (on Eli Manning) "He’s an outstanding football player and I can’t wait to get a chance to work with him."
"I do plan to call the plays."
"We need to have a tough, gritty team that knows how to compete. We want to put a group of ninety together that loves to play football."
"I think you start in the locker room by developing relationships."
Shurmur: (on Odell Beckham Jr.) "He is a tremendous player. He was high on our draft board in Philly. When you watch him on the field he’s outstanding."
"Everything starts with the offensive line."
"We’ll have an offense that we’ll consistently try to do things that our players do well. We’re going to play New York Giants offense."
Shurmur on the N.Y. market and turning around the Giants: “I’m not intimated.”
Shurmur said he saw Eli Manning throw last summer and thought he looked "really, really good." He thinks Manning has some "years left."
Shurmur also mentioned that Davis Webb is an outstanding player and deserved to be drafted. Also, he felt he could be a started someday. Something to consider moving forward towards the NFL draft.

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How Pat Shurmur Can Bring Out the Best In Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. should be ready for a monster season:
The New York Giants have been missing two essential tools in their tool box the past few seasons — a capable head coach and a real general manager.
Bringing Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur on board was exactly the shake-up the Giants needed to turn things around, and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is going to be the recipient of their strengths.
Gettleman is known for his ability to build the trenches with value and skill for a good price, while Shurmur is a quarterback mastermind that has brought out the best in Brandon Weeden and even Colt McCoy.
Big Blue is set to bring back Eli Manning for another season in 2018, and we can expect Shurmur to make Manning look like a player that actually earns $20 million per-season. If Shurmur can bring third-string quarterback Case Keenum to the AFC Championship game, just imagine what he can do with a two-time Super Bowl winning signal caller.
In the end, this all benefits Beckham Jr., who’s arguably the Giants’ best player and most dangerous threat on offense. The NFL’s assistant coach of the year (Shurmur) is prized in playing to players’ strengths, and ensuring that they reach their maximum potential.
According to sports-reference.com, Beckham Jr.’s best season was in 2015. He racked up 1450-yards on 96 receptions, in addition to 13 overall touchdowns. This was all with a Ben McAdoo led offense, and a half-decent offensive line.
With Gettleman’s knowledge in piecing together a solid line, and Shurmur’s ability to bring out the best in his offensive talent, OBJ could be set to break his own personal records. The game-plan will heavily involve Beckham Jr. as it normally does, but this time around it will be much more complex.
With McAdoo, the offense was stagnant and used a ton of crossing routes that defenses inevitably figured out. Shurmur will bring a much more unique scheme to the Giants, with a nice balance of run and pass plays. He will also utilize play-action significantly more.
Ultimately, the success of Beckham Jr. relies on the coaching strategies and how well they can get the ball into his hands. We can expect only improvements with the overhaul of the front-office and coaching staff.
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OBJ can be lined up all over the field, especially with Sterling Shepard getting reps on the outside in 2017. Exposing mismatches will be utilized early and often under Shurmur.

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