New York Giants: New Blocking Back Signed After Dallas Disaster

It will likely only be a small boost, but the New York Giants might just get a bit better on the offensive line. Blocking is what the Giants need right now. It doesn’t even matter if it’s run blocking or pass blocking, they need both. Especially going into a game against the Houston Texans and their defensive line that is anchored by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

Giants address full-back position after disastrous Shane Smith performance:

They’ll have some help with that, however, in the form of a new fullback that was signed yesterday from the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals. This fullback is Elijhaa Penny, and if that last name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the brother of Seahawks draft pick Rashaad Penny.

While he plays the less glamorous position, Elijhaa is actually the older of the two brothers and has spent his entire career until now with the Cardinals, after starting his college football career at a community college and eventually making it to the University of Idaho.

He made it onto the Cardinals team as an undrafted free agent, but his rookie year wouldn’t see him escape the practice squad. He did, however, finish last season with two touchdowns, representing some progress. Penny, a fullback, isn’t being signed to rush the ball, though. His main job will be to block, and that’s an important task given the terrible performances of the offensive line through the first two weeks of the season.

The addition doesn’t seem like a big one at first glance, but having another blocking specialist who can buy some extra time for Eli Manning is something that can make a big difference in games like the upcoming one. Additionally, it seems that Penny will fill roster space left by recently injured center Jon Halapio, whose injury further decreases the performance of the offensive line and creates a need for more blocking players.

It’s an interesting move that, whether it ends up showing much of an impact or not, shows that the team is at least trying out different options to address the ongoing problems that have plagued the Giants from the start of the season.

The Inevitable Truth Of The State Of The New York Giants

New York Giants, Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley

The moment the New York Giants somberly walked off the field at AT&T Stadium to wrap up the week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, we all knew things were taking a turn for the worst.

What…were we supposed to expect the new regime to come in, draft a star running back, change schemes on both sides of the ball, attempt a resurrection of the offensive line, and see success immediately?

Let’s not forget the fact that the Giants have a 37 year-old immobile quarterback at the helm behind an offensive line that still features Ereck Flowers. This team was nowhere near being competitive in 2018, but we let the media tell us otherwise. We allowed our own biases to step in and sway our way of thinking because we wanted, no, needed this team to provide some sort of satisfaction on Sundays.

A well worn New York Giants narrative:

The narrative that drafting a quarterback was the better move might be correct, but the fact of the matter is that he would be sitting, or running for his life behind an offensive line that seems to be better at blocking people on Twitter rather than in games.

To get to the point, the season at hand is not only a rebuilding of the roster, but it’s a rebuilding of the coaching staff, scouting departments, scheme, and even the influence of the ownership. We will not see John Mara step in an influence the benching of a quarterback. The reigns to the franchise lies with a man that doesn’t believe in analytics, but bets his stake on his gut and his trusted advisers. This man is Dave Gettleman, the former general manager of the Carolina Panthers, a team that lacked serious talent in the secondary and had numerous holes on the offensive line. Gettleman managed to strike gold on undrafted guard, Andrew Norwell, but that happens once in a decade.

We must give the Giants brass time to develop ‘their’ team and not judge them for the mishaps of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo. Imagine trying to resurrect a team from the ashes after years of bad drafting and free agent signings in less than a single year. It’s impossible, and we are restless in New York, which is derived from our unfortunate competitiveness towards the Jets and just about every team we face. We want to be the ‘big brother’, the team everybody wants to mimic, but at this moment in time we are very far from that reality.

So, to wrap up this truth, we must take everything one week at a time. Evaluate the holes on the roster and what puzzle pieces are missing and need to be found for the future. The goal for any franchise is to win a Super Bowl, and the Giants are not going to achieve that goal this year, so we must sit back and analyze the roster, because one year of data can be worth years of success. Just ask the Patriots.

Highlights: Two Big Ten Teams Go Down In Big Upsets

Three weeks into the college football season, and we’ve already seen plenty of great close games and upsets that few would have predicted before they happened. Week three didn’t disappoint in that area, with teams around the country going down to unexpected foes. The Big Ten in specific had a couple of the most notable upsets, as both Wisconsin and Nebraska fell.

#6 Wisconsin vs BYU

Wisconsin probably needed to run the table to get into the College Football Playoff. They missed out last season, and it was directly because of their loss in the conference title game. It was a decision that was debated for months after it happened, but in the end, the strength of schedule just wasn’t good enough for Wisconsin to reach the playoff despite losing to the winner of the east.

This season, though, getting to the Playoff might just be a distant dream for the Badgers. Entering the game as the sixth ranked team in the country, they didn’t go down to a tough conference opponent. No, they went down against an unranked BYU team in a loss that won’t look good to the voters. Will they bounce back? Was the performance at least a good one, despite the loss?

Check out the highlights above and decide for yourself.

Nebraska vs Troy

The Scott Frost era isn’t off to a good start. First, the Huskers loss starting quarterback Adrian Martinez to injury and lost to their old rivals from Colorado. Now, replacement quarterback Andrew Bunch couldn’t do enough to win the game in Martinez’s absence, as Nebraska lost at home to Conference USA opponents Troy.

Really, Nebraska just handed Troy a decent amount of money to come to Lincoln and beat them in front of a stunned set of fans. Special teams made a difference as Troy returned a punt for a touchdown, one that would eventually ensure they had enough points to survive through the end of the game. Check it out above, and decide for yourself if it’s the biggest upset of the weekend.