New York Giants Release Veteran Wide Receiver, Save Ton Of Cap-Space

The New York Giants seem to be ridding themselves of all the aging talent taking up too much cap-space on the team. Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been cut by the Giants, saving the team $6.15 million in cap space.

What does this mean?

By cutting both Marshall and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team will save about $11 million in cap.

Marshall played only one season in New York, but failed to reach his potential as Odell Beckham Jr’s. complement. The former New York Jet was injured early on in the season with an ankle ailment, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.

Marshall dropped two passes late in games that could have turned the season around for the Giants early on, but those drops will now live forever in the depths of the lost 2017 season.

For the Giants, becoming younger and hungrier was the main goal when they brought on general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur. It seems as if their goal is becoming more apparent now that they have cut two costly contracts from the salary-cap.

Dave Gettleman Will Not Shy Away From Taking RB At No. 2 – Here’s The Proof

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The New York Giants hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, but the big question is what will they do with it? The answers are only one week away, and it all lies behind the smokescreen that new GM Dave Gettleman has cast into the air.

But, there’s one thing that we can be sure of, Gettleman will ‘not’ shy away from taking a running back just because he’s in the top five prospects in the draft. If the Giants believe that second-year quarterback Davis Webb is their man, Penn State running back Saquon Barley could be a Giant within the first hour of the draft.

The primary question fans ask is: Why would a team spend a top two pick on a running back, and is Gettleman smart enough to realize that there’s more value in a quarterback?

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Well, Gettleman’s strength is seeing value, which in his words, certainly doesn’t rule out taking  a RB at the No. 2 spot.

“The bottom line is: Is this guy a football player?” Gettleman said at the NFL combine a few months ago. “This whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical. At the end of the day, if he’s a great player, he’s a great player.It doesn’t matter what position he is.”

This quote attests to his comments that he will be selecting the player most capable of wearing a gold jacket at the end of his career.

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A 234-pound linebacker framed running back with 4.4 speed and a superior skill-set over Ezekiel Elliot, fits the bill. Taking Barkley might be the safest bet to grab an uber talented player with generation potential. Gettleman previously drafted Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, which has seemingly worked out well for the Panthers.

The stud Texas A&M running back provided Cam Newton with a legitimate running back that can also flank out as a wide receiver, and provided the team with kick returning ability. Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur would ultimately have a field day with Barkely at his disposal, but is it better to be safe than sorry?

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Passing on a quarterback could be potentially catastrophic for the Giants, who are in need of Eli Manning’s potential heir. The question of Davis Webb remains, and he could ultimately be the deciding factor when the Giants are on the clock.

 

Here’s Why The Giants Shouldn’t Rule Out Baker Mayfield As Their QB Selection

The NFL Draft is only days away, and it is still a huge mystery what the New York Giants are going to do with the second overall pick. Saquon Barkley seems like the favorite, but they could take Bradley Chubb, a quarterback, or trade back and acquire more picks.

Running with the narrative that they will take a quarterback, Baker Mayfield is one they shouldn’t rule out just yet.

Heres why:

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Baker Mayfield ranks at or near the top in nearly every category, according to Pro Football Focus. He has the best adjusted completion percentage of all quarterbacks in this draft, handles himself under pressure with the best, and ranks as the best deep passer in the draft as well. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner had the highest passer rating of any quarterback in this draft when blitzed as well as when he is not.

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Some say that the system he played in is what helped his success because his receivers were often wide open. But if you narrow it down to just NFL type throws, Mayfield is still the best, and he has shown tremendous ability to make those tight window throws. His natural instinct gives him the ability to make plays with his arm or legs when the play breaks down.

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The one main concern about Baker Mayfield is his height, officially measuring at 6’0″. Most scouts prefer quarterbacks to be taller than that, but let us not forget about two of the shortest quarterbacks in the NFL right now, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. Believe it or not, Mayfield has comparable traits as Brees and it’s not just height that they have in common.

 

 

CC Sabathia and the Yankees make good news with video and other Yankee notes for April 19

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When 10 year old Cassidy Slater from Scranton, PA posted a two and a half minute video on Facebook detailing the bullying she experienced at school, she might not have imagined that 25 men in pinstripes and their manager would respond with such strong, compassionate support for her.

The Yankees responded with a video clip of their own addressed to Cassidy with each man on the roster holding up words of support that clearly showed her they “have her back.” At the end of the video, manager Aaron Boone suggests an invite to the stadium.

There’s rumblings around the Yankees’ clubhouse that Giancarlo Stanton should be moved down in the lineup tonight. Brendan Kuty reports what Aaron Boone had to say about moving Stanton:

“I might flirt with splitting different guys up (in the lineup) and stuff,” Boone said, “but not moving him down too far because he’s one at-bat away from getting it locked back in but the last thing you want is him down in the order, getting pitched around.”

It will be interesting to see when Boone posts the lineup today if he makes a change and perhaps drops Stanton to fifth or sixth from the number three spot.

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The Yankees re-acquired first baseman Adam Lind, 34, who had been released at his own request during spring training.

Lind, who hit .301 with 14 homers for the Nationals last year, was signed as insurance at first base, and perhaps, to man the bag while Tyler Austin serves his five-game suspension beginning on Thursday. Neil Walker, who has shared duties at first base with Greg Bird on the disabled list, has had a slow start to the season batting only .173.

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When the 8-8 Yankees take on the 12-5 Toronto Blue Jays tonight, CC Sabathia returns to the mound against RHP Aaron Sanchez. Sabathia last pitched on April 6 against the Orioles and was removed from the game with hip soreness.

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In 2017, Sabathia was 2-2 with one no-decision against the Blue Jays with a 4.22 ERA. Yankee fans are hoping he returns with a strong performance tonight at home against the Jays.

New York Mets Series Preview: Atlanta Braves (4/19-4/22)

After their first series loss of 2018, the New York Mets will head to Suntrust Park to take on the Atlanta Braves. In 2017, the Mets won the season series 12-7 and will have to do the same with the Braves within an arm’s distance of first place. This year’s Braves team features a lot of young and new players to go along with Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

(4/19 7:35 PM) Matt Harvey (0-1, 4.80) vs. Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 1.29)

(4/20, 7:35 PM) Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 2.95) vs. Sean Newcomb (1-1, 4.02)

(4/21, 7:10 PM) Jacob deGrom (2-0, 3.24) vs. Julio Teheran (1-1, 5.40)

(4/22, 1:35 PM) Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.77) vs. TBA

The Mets sit in first place after what has been a surprising start for most people. What can be a cause for concern is Manager Mickey Callaway has used more relievers in a 16 game span than any manager has before. His move to pull Jacob deGrom with 103 pitches in the eight sparked a comeback for the Nationals, which eventually won them the game. deGrom and Syndergaard are the only two pitchers that can consistently go deep into games and hopefully Callaway will trust his aces more.

The Braves have a very respectable 10-7 record to start the season. The Braves lineup has a real nice punch to it this season, lead by upstarts Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies. The acquisition of Preston Tucker has worked out so far this season as he leads the team with 13 RBIs. Mike Foltynewicz has started to come into his own and Anibal Sanchez has started the season strong with a 1.29 ERA in three games. This team is certainly on its way up after years of losing seasons.

Matt Harvey struggled his last two times out after a dominant first start of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. With Jason Vargas on his way back, there is no guarantee that Harvey will keep his spot upon his return. The end of Spring Training does not mean pitchers stop earning their turn in the rotation. If a pitcher struggles, there will be someone who is ready to replace him.

Julio Teheran had a rough season in 2017 and still has not rebounded this year. He struggled in his first start against the Nationals, allowing six runs, but put together two quality starts after. The biggest concern is that Teheran has not walked less three batters in any of those starts. His strikeout numbers are good but the walks hurt how deep he can go for the Braves.

Matchups to Lookout For

In a small sample size, Asdrubal Cabrera has hit .556 (5-9) against Sean Newcomb and a lot had to do with the strong 2017 he had batting right handed. In another small sample size matchup, Nick Markakis has hit .333 (3-9) against Noah Syndergaard. All the hits have been singles means Syndergaard has done a good job of not allowing Markakis to drive the ball.

Todd Frazier has struggled against Anibal Sanchez, hitting a measly .063 (1-16) against the veteran right hander. Throughout Matt Harvey’s many phases of his career, his dominance of Freddie Freeman has remained consistent. Freeman is hitting .192 (5-26) against Harvey, but all of his hits have gone for extra bases.

Interesting Stats

Zack Wheeler has had a lot of success in his career when he has face the Braves. He is 4-2 with a 2.94 in 49 innings against Atlanta. In a larger sample size, Julio Teheran has dominated the Mets since he broke into the big leagues. In 122 innings he has a 2.58 ERA with one shutout against the Mets.