The New York Giants Are Getting An Anchor Player With Will Hernandez

You need locker room leaders to win in the NFL. They aren’t always easy to come by, and time and time again we’ve seen teams that are talented on paper fail due to lack of leadership. The New York Giants, however, recently acquired a player that can make an impact both on the field and in the locker room. That player is Will Hernandez, the Giants’ second round draft pick and their probable starter at left guard.

It’s easy to be a positive figure for the team when games are being won, but harder to remain a leader once the losses start. The Giants experienced that last season, when losses started building up quickly and hope was seemingly lost early in the season. For most of the players on the Giants team, the 3-13 season was the worst of their career in terms of team record.

A man of pride, respect, and grit:

Hernandez has been through a season that was worse than the Giants’ 2017. His UTEP team went winless during his last college season, and despite that, he didn’t give up on them and quit putting in effort. “Even though it was the worst feeling ever, I could never live with myself knowing that I just gave up. If you’re gonna do that, you might as well not even be there,” he said during the NFL Combine.

That’s the kind of attitude that the Giants could use during the team’s rebuilding process, especially if the wins don’t come early. Will Hernandez can be an anchor for the team, and not just because of his athleticism and power in blocking. Whether the Giants are a winning or a losing team, the staff and the fans can expect the same level of effort from their new guard.

That’s not to say that Hernandez is just a hustle player and that it’s his only trait. During OTAs, he was rated highly enough by Dave Gettleman to earn a comparison to two-time Super Bowl champion guard Chris Snee. “Will is a natural 320-pound guy. What made Chris unique is he had great quickness and he was strong as an ox and he was a very good athlete. Comparing Will to him, he is just a bigger guy but, again, strong as an ox and a really good athlete.”

We don’t know where Hernandez will play yet, but we can expect him to start at either left guard or right guard. When the season does begin, though, his impact will go deeper than just his play on the field. And with changes happening across the board and with high fan expectations after an awful season, that’s just what the Giants need right now.

What Giants’ Saquon Barkley’s Workload Might Look Like In 2018

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in week one of the regular season, offering up a tough test for a team coming off a 3-13 campaign. The addition of running back Saquon Barkley provides the Giants with the fire-power they need to take advantage of an above-average Jags defense.

Barkley brings a heightened sense of elusiveness for an offense that lacked spunk and unpredictability in 2017. Last season, Orleans Darkwa held the reigns to the backfield with a healthy dose of Wayne Gallman. Darkwa performance valiantly, racking up 751 yards with 4.4 yards per carry. Behind a lackluster offensive line Darkwa managed finish the year strong with a 72 yard run against the Redskins in week 17.

General manager Dave Gettleman made it a priority to address the offensive line this offseason, drafting Will Hernandez and signing left tackle Nate Solder and guard Patrick Omameh.

What will Barkley’s workload look like?

We should expect to see the Giants’ first-round pick take on a massive role right from the get-go. Being that Barkley is an all-around back capable of running, catching, and blocking, his usage will likely start off at 15-17 touches per game and anywhere from 3-5 receptions.

His ability to deliver a block and bounce outside for a screen pass might be one of the Giants’ go-to plays in the coming season. Especially against the Jags in week one, he will be the featured player in their offensive scheme.

Having wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and tight end Evan Engram to help keep the defense on their heels will force opposing linebackers to stick with Barkley, who will ultimately leave them in his dust every time. We have already witnessed Barkley face off against B.J. Goodson and Alec Ogletree in the short passing game in which both were unable to keep up with his agility and speed.

Mets Lose Their Second Straight Slugfest With the Rockies

After a promising three game win streak, the New York Mets have comeback to lose consecutive games against the Colorado Rockies. Both nights they lost 10-8 and did not receive any length from their starting pitchers. Even thought the Mets scored more than five runs in their fifth straight game, they left 12 men on base which came back to haunt them.

Struggles For Lugo

Seth Lugo failed to find any consistency on any of his pitches which led to six runs allowed in three innings. Pitchers seem to have trouble throwing their curveball in the Colorado altitude. Lugo fell victim to this trend and was unable to find the handle on his best pitch. It was clear when Nolan Arenado launched his 15th home run way back in left field.

Robert Gsellman also struggled in his outing last night as he allowed a three run home run to Ryan McMahon. The homer put the Rockies back in front and the rally came with two men already out in the fifth. Ian Desmond walked on an extremely close 3-2 pitch that could have easily been called strike three. His walk was followed up by a Tom Murphy single which set up the McMahon home run.

Mets Inability to Capitalize

The Mets had a chance to tie and take the lead in the following half of game. They loaded the bases with one out and Mickey Callaway decided to send up Kevin Plawecki to pinch hit for Gsellman instead of Amed Rosario. Plawecki ended up grounding into an inning ending double play and killed all of the Mets momentum for the rest of the game. Rosario does not have the patience Plawecki has, but is faster and does not hit groundballs to the left side of infield at a high rate. A fly ball or a groundball would still get a run in with the speed Rosario possesses.

On a positive note, Dom Smith had a breakout game. The new left fielder came within a home run of the cycle and seems very comfortable in his new position. Smith showed his ability to drive the ball to all fields and will continue to play everyday until Jay Bruce or Yoenis Cespedes return. The Mets hope to win the final game and get a split of the series. Steven Matz will get the “getaway day” start and hopefully give the Mets some much needed innings.