Dwayne Haskins Jr. Showed Interest In New York Giants In December

The New York Giants could look to draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick.

You probably already know by now that Dwayne Haskins Jr. has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, but what some may have missed is that the former Ohio State quarterback has already shown interest in being drafted by the New York Giants. That interest isn’t much, and is only a few sentences. Those sentences, however, are in line with earlier quotes from Haskins about being a fan of the Giants.

“I’m hoping for that too,” Haskins said in early December, to the Chicago Tribune. The subject was about the chance of playing for the Giants, and it seems like Haskins is fully on board with the idea of joining the team. However, for it to happen, Haskins would also have to last until the sixth overall pick, when the Giants make their selection.

Haskins is no stranger to playing for the teams that he’s cheered for growing up. He rather famously decided as a young child that he wanted to play for Ohio State, and years later, would become the starter there and lead them to a Rose Bowl victory. But could the same thing even reasonably happen for Haskins and the Giants?

Many consider him the best quarterback in the draft and before the Giants pick, the Raiders and the Buccaneers make their selections. Either team could realistically take a quarterback. It’s also not guaranteed that the Giants are out for a quarterback this year rather than a player at another position of need such as pass rusher or offensive lineman.

If they do draft a quarterback, though, Haskins has been the favorite prediction of many since the college season wrapped up with Haskins as one of the top offensive players in the country. One thing is certain, though, in a draft where a lot of questions exist going into it: if the Giants do land Haskins, they don’t have to worry about their first round pick lacking enthusiasm for being part of the franchise.

New York Yankees: What Does Troy Tulowitzki Have Left In The Tank?

A flood of memories and “what ifs” came to mind when the New York Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki to a one-year veteran minimum deal last week. The former Blue Jay and Colorado Rockies shortstop was once a prime target for the Yankees with GM Brian Cashman favoring his skill-set. Unfortunately, a Yankees legend in Derek Jeter stood in the way of any potential deal – it was for the best at the end of the day.

But, several years later with Troy going into his 13th season in the MLB, the men in Pinstripes decided it was time to make his dream comes true. Tulo will be coming to the Bronx to fill the shortstop position while Didi Gregorius heals from Tommy John surgery.

Moving forward, the Yanks will hope Tulo has some gas left in the tank to be at least serviceable while Didi recovers. The question is:

What does Troy Tulowitski have left in the tank? And can the Yankees extract value from him?

Tulowitzki missed the entire 2018 season due to injury, which forces us to revert back to 2017 to find his most recent stats. In his most recent campaign, the once illustrious infielder stepped up to the plate 241 times, batting .249 with seven homers and 26 RBIs.

His hitting wasn’t anything to write home about, and to be quite frank, it hasn’t been since 2015. It’s fair to say he’s well past his prime and into grandfather years, but he does provide value for a team trying to fill a hole for the time being.

How was his defense?

His defense has fallen off a bit as well, recording eight errors in just 64 games in 2017. As a comparison to his prime, he only allowed six errors in 140 games in 2011. His numbers are far from what they once were, but the Yankees knew he wouldn’t be the same player at 34 years-old. Nonetheless, he’s always dreamed of playing for the Yankees which might bring the best out of the aging star.

To conclude, it’s to be determined as to how much gas he has left in the tank, but at the end of the day, the Yankees will receive a solid defender with average hitting abilities. Being that he missed the entire 2018 season, he’s a complete wild card heading into 2019.

EXTRA:

“There’s some extra motivation, with what I’ve been through,” Tulowitzki said on Monday. “I think a lot of people have written me off and said at times that I was done. I think all this has really made me stronger, made me appreciate the game more than ever. I’ve put in a lot of work to put myself into a position to have this opportunity. There’s a chip on my shoulder.”

 

New York Giants: Top Quarterback Prospect Declares For The 2019 Draft

Could the New York Giants draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick?

New York Giants fans have been debating all season long what their team should do this off season. The offseason is finally here and the 2019 NFL Draft will soon be here too. The Giants have a big decision to make: should they draft a quarterback or address another position of need?

Fans want the Giants to draft a quarterback because of current quarterback Eli Manning’s age and regression. Eli turned 38 years old this month, so how much longer he can play in the NFL is unclear. The Giants could choose to move on from Manning and draft his successor this offseason. If the Giants do decide to draft a quarterback, they now officially have a top quarterback prospect to pay attention to.

Dwayne Haskins Jr. Declares for the 2019 NFL Draft

On January 7th, 2019, the top quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dwayne Haskins Jr., officially declared for the draft.

The red-shirt junior out of Ohio State University has quickly soared to the top of the draft board for most analysts. Haskins is the best quarterback in the draft. The talent at that position in this class drops off significantly after Haskins. If the Giants want to draft a quarterback this year, Haskins is by far their best option.

Statistics And Records:

2018 was Haskins’s first year as a starter. In 2018, Haskins broke plenty of college football records. Dwayne threw 50 touchdown passes this season which is the most ever by a quarterback in the Big-Ten in a single season. He even surpassed all-pro quarterback Drew Brees to break this record. He also broke the Big-Ten record for single-season passing yards with 4,831 yards. On top of all that, Haskins completed 70% of his passes this season, a record for Ohio State quarterbacks. Haskins’s amazing play in 2018 lead him to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Connection To The Giants:

Dwayne Haskins Jr. is a New Jersey native who grew up a big Giants fan. In an interview at the Heisman ceremony, Haskins discussed his life-long love for the Giants. He recalled childhood memories of Giants’ training camp and watching legends such as Jeremy Shockey, Amani Toomer, and more.

When asked about the Giants’ current quarterback Eli Manning, Haskins referred to him as a “legend.” He added that he would love to sit behind Eli and learn from him if the Giants do draft him.

Haskins also has a friendship with Giants’ pro bowl running back Saquon Barkley. Him and Barkley have been friend since high school. Haskins would love to have the opportunity to play alongside his friend Saquon and within the prestigious franchise that is the New York Giants.

Check out the full interview below:

New York Yankees Might Have To Wait Until 2020 For First-Base Support

New York Yankees, Greg Bird

The New York Yankees will enter the 2019 season with two first-baseman on the roster, both of which have had inconsistent careers but represent optimism.

The New York Yankees might have stuck with Greg Bird for too long:

Greg Bird has been general manager Brian Cashman’s passion project, but a troublesome foot injury has derailed his career and damaged his hitting stats significantly. In 2018, Bird hit .199. His 2017 season wasn’t any better as he finished with a BA of .190 on 147 at-bats. He will return for a third-season with the Bombers in hopes of improving his hitting abilities and offering more value to the starting unit.

The expected starter will be Luke Voit, who was phenomenal for the Yankees last season smacking 14 home-runs in 39 games. He finished with an impressive .333 batting average in Pinstripes. The allure and atmosphere of New York surely helped the first-baseman achieve career milestones.

Voit to be the regular season starter in 2019:

Voit certainly earned the first-crack at the starting job for 2019, despite earning two errors (2018) and being a less effective defenseman. His defense isn’t up to par with what the Yankees expect, as Bird represents the better option. Unfortunately, they can’t mesh both Voit’s hitting and Bird’s fielding together.

If these options don’t work this season the Yanks might look to 2020 free agent Mitch Moreland next season – yes, this is far down the line and premature, but something the Bombers might have issues with in the season ahead.

Moreland is a solid hitter with a career BA of .251 and in 2018 – .245. He did have two errors at first last season but a much larger sample size than Voit or Bird. He played in 116 games at first compared to Voit’s 32 and Bird’s 69. Moreland represents a veteran leader and an exceptional defender with quality hitting ability. He would be a fantastic target for the Yankees next offseason in the unfortunate circumstance that neither Bird or Voit can improve to the point of job security.

New York Yankees: The Honest Truth About Manny Machado

When it comes to a player that publicly states he’s no “Charlie Hustle,” arrogant and self-absorbed might be two descriptive words that comes to mind. For the New York Yankees, this would be in reference to superstar free agent Manny Machado.

The two-time Gold Glove winner has made it known that he will not change his style of play for any team, and given the expectations that Yankee fans place on players, that’s not the ideal thing to say. Wearing the Pinstripes comes with a sense of entitlement, yes, but it also demands success and quality. Those are two things Machado brings to his club every year, boasting a career .282 batting average.

His defensive capabilities are also top-echelon, making him an even more attractive target. Despite his lack of hustle, there’s not much you can say bad about him. Even relief pitcher Zach Britton said Manny was a great teammate while on the Baltimore Orioles.

Are the New York Yankees willing to spend the money on Manny Machado?

My other concern with bringing in the generational talent is his price-tag. Machado and his representatives are seeking a deal in the 10-year, $300 million range, well outside the offer-sheet the Yankees intend on proposing. Both the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have also fallen short of that number, which would indicate his market value is below what he wants.

The kind of money the Yankees would have to spend to secure his signature would be hefty, but if they can lure him to the Bronx on a 7-year deal worth around $200 million, that could be justified. Another concern would be the length of the contract.

Signing players to such long contracts can back-fire, as with age comes injury and inconsistency. Building a team around youth players and veteran leadership is the ideal method, but occasionally a star-player is necessary to take the club to the next level.

The bottom line, signing Machado would benefit the team undoubtedly, but his monetary investment and personality flaws might be enough to force the Yankees to look elsewhere for top-talent.