New York Giants Defensive Backs Coach Gets DC Job With Bengals

It looks like there will be one more change this offseason on the New York Giants staff, but not because of a firing. Rather, the Giants will need a new defensive backs coach after their current one, Lou Anarumo, has received the defensive coordinator job with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals made the announcement on Thursday after the move was speculated upon during the past week.

Anarumo will be working under new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who previously served as the Rams quarterback coach and is replacing the long-tenured Marvin Lewis, who mutually parted ways with the team despite having one year left on his contract. After making Anarumo one of the first hires for his new staff, Taylor already had some good things to say about the coach.

“Tremendous energy. I always thought he got the best out of his players. His messaging and what he wanted to do on defense was always crystal clear to those guys. I just like the way he communicated with his coaches when he was the coordinator and with his players, through the years I was with him.”

The Giants are now left without a defensive backs coach, and will have to fill that role before the season starts. Henry Baker was hired from Rutgers as the assistant defensive backs coach already during this offseason, but because of a lack of high-level experience, it looks highly unlikely that Baker will replace Anarumo as the main coach for the position. Will the new coach be an improvement? We’ll just have to wait and see.

New York Giants: Why Dwayne Haskins Makes The Most Sense For Big Blue

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

The New York Giants are currently in a situation where they need to find a suitable successor for veteran quarterback Eli Manning. Whether it be a free agent or draft pick is yet to be seen, but Ohio State star signal-caller Dwayne Haskins currently leads the pack.

Haskins has been mocked to the Giants over and over, but why? And what makes him so special?

The 2019 NFL draft class is rather slim in regards to quality/proven talent. Haskins realistically only had one stellar season, which is his primary red flag – a lack of consistency is worrisome, but the 6-3, 220-pound quarterback improved in every game as the season progressed last year.

He’s arguably the best passer option on the board, and it’s expected that he will go in the top 10 picks with ease. Only starting 14 games at Ohio State only provides so much data to work off of, but what he did in those games was nothing short of jaw-dropping.

The New York Giants could run into problems on draft day:

The star passer tossed 50 touchdown passes and threw only eight interceptions. A concern heading into the draft will be the potential for a team to jump in front of the Giants to grab the best QB on the board. General manager Dave Gettleman spent the team’s third-rounder on a supplemental draft pick Sam Beal in 2018. This restricts what the Giants can do to potentially move up a spot to ensure they grab their guy.

If the Giants are forced to move up, they will need to part with their second-round, which will keep the Giants out of the draft until day 3.

At the end of the day, the probability that Haskins falls into the Giants’ lap naturally is unlikely. With the future of the team in question at the most important position on the field, it’s essential the Giants do whatever it takes to land Haskins. Waiting until 2020 seems to be too much of a liability at this point.

Comparing the two situations — they can either refine Haskins behind Manning for a year, which makes the most sense in terms of readiness and development, or they can hedge their bets on another bad season and draft an NFL ready option.

I pick the first option, what do you think? Leave a comment below!

What Would It Take For The New York Giants To Land Russell Wilson?

Could the New York Giants find a way to acquire Russell Wilson in a potential trade?

The chances of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson coming to the New York Giants are slim, but the fact of the matter is that it’s a dream I’m not yet willing to cough up as a dozy. The trading of Wilson would make the Giants an immediate Super Bowl contender, but it would require the team to cut Eli Manning and give up their first-round pick.

Just imagine Wilson and Saquon Barkley running the read-option…my, oh my, wouldn’t that be a sight to see. The offense would be potent, and virtually unstoppable on paper.

What would it theoretically take to secure Wilson for the Seahawks?

Securing a perennial Pro Bowler would not come cheap, but the Giants have the draft picks to offer in a potential deal. He’s in the final year of his contract and will take up $25.286 million in cap space, just a bit more than Manning believe it or not.

To trade and then sign Wilson to a long-term deal would cost the Giants a fortune, but if you look closely, fortune kind of looks like Super Bowl when Wilson is involved.

A potential deal would likely include the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and a few players. Seattle has a lot of issues on the offensive side of the ball and their defense is quickly falling apart after several dominant seasons. Earl Thomas is on his way out and a once-dominant front-four has seen their stock decline.

Acquiring two additional first-rounders could change the course of a franchise. It would get rid of Wilson’s massive cap-hit and allow them to hit the restart button with a cheap QB and a top edge rusher. It really all comes down to Seattle’s management and what direction they want to take the team.

Colin Cowherd heard a rumor that Wilson’s famous wife, Ciara, prefers to live in the Big Apple. Here’s his direct quote on the matter:

“Wilson’s wife is Ciara. She is a singer and an entertainer. She would prefer to live in New York. The Giants need a quarterback, and there’s nobody in the draft they love. So, just remember this. A lot of things add up: Last year of Russell’s contract. His wife would prefer New York. Seattle is not an entertainment mecca. … The Giants need a star quarterback to replace Eli [Manning].”

A deal that mutually promotes the improvement of both squads could make sense, but from my perspective, I see the Giants choosing to draft their next quarterback so they can keep the salary cap open to sign other quality players. Wilson’s payout would heavily restrict them, and the defense is in dire need of support.

 

New York Yankees: What Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton Can Accomplish In 2019

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

The amount of power New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton produces alone could shatter record books, but when you add 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge to the mix, things begin to get overwhelming.

In 2016, Stanton smacked a 504-foot home run, and with the Yankees last season he hit a ball 121.7 mph, the fastest exit velocity in the MLB and the Statcast era. Judge was close behind at 121.

The duo has the potential to hit over 100 homers all together, and it’s more than possible now that Stanton is acclimated with Yankee Stadium and Judge is back to full health. If they can remain healthy the potential is more than any other duo in the league.

In their best statistical seasons, Stanton hit 59 homers and Judge 52, which proves that this could, in fact, be the year the Yankees batters set several historical records.

Could injuries be affecting Aaron Judge?

Judge was struck by a pitch last season fracturing his wrist. This ailment forced him to miss nearly three months (50 games).

He stated in regard to his current health:

“I feel nothing,” Judge said Tuesday, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “That was the thing that I was surprised about, especially during the season…that pain lasted a little longer than three weeks. In the offseason, I was a little worried about it, but it’s 100 percent. It feels like nothing even happened, which is a good thing. Nothing to worry about there.”

That’s the best possible response from Judge, who will play an integral part in a potential World Series campaign this year. While Judge returned from the injury later in the 2018 season, it was clearly still bothering him. His average exit velocity dropped from 95.7 mph to 90.8 mph. That’s a significant difference that could have affected his efficiency at the plate, especially in regard to hitting home runs.

Both batters need to improve in one important area:

Both Judge and Stanton struggle mightily with strikeouts. The former saw 152 in 112 games, and the latter 211 in 158 games. Bringing that number down will be an important task for the duo in 2019, but hitting for contact is much different than hitting for power.

The slugger’s strikeout a lot because they swing so hard and are betting on making good contact. As we’ve seen, even ‘okay’ contact can result in a home run, and that’s exactly why sacrificing strikeout rate for home-run efficiency makes sense in their case. The Yankees have also promoted a power-first mantra since the signing of Stanton, and I don’t expect that to change in the season head.

 

 

 

New York Giants: What The Giants Will Be Looking For From Quarterbacks At The Combine

The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine will begin on February 26 and last until March 4. On Saturday, March 2, the quarterback prospects will participate in their workouts.

Much has been made of the New York Giants’ quarterback position. Eli Manning’s future with the team has been a controversial topic for a couple of years now. After the Giants passed on a quarterback with the number 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, fans are eager to see if the Giants will make up for it in 2019.

After all, Eli Manning is not going to get any younger. He is 38 years old and cannot play forever. Reports indicate the Giants are considering drafting his successor in the 2019 NFL Draft. If that is the case, the Giants will need to pay close attention to the quarterback prospects at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

Complete List Of Quarterback Prospects

  1. Dwayne Haskins Jr., Ohio State
  2. Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  3. Drew Lock, Missouri
  4. Will Grier, West Virginia
  5. Daniel Jones, Duke
  6. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
  7. Ryan Finley, N.C. State
  8. Jake Browning, Washington
  9. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
  10. Trace McSorley, Penn State
  11. Gardner Minshew, Washington State
  12. Brett Rypien, Boise State
  13. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt
  14. Easton Stick, North Dakota State
  15. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
  16. Jordan Ta’amu, Mississippi
  17. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

The complete list of prospects participating in the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, from every position, can be found here.

During the NFL Combine, prospects will go through measurements, weigh-ins, drills, workouts, and interviews. It is an important week for the prospects trying to cement their draft status.

Weigh-Ins And Measurements

At the NFL Combine, teams take measurements of all the prospects. That includes their height, their weight, their hand size, and their arm length. Some teams look at these measurements as an important part of projecting a quarterback’s professional strengths and limitations. Others consider that to be an outdated form of evaluation.

The Giants are one of the teams that puts emphasis on the quarterbacks’ measurements. They will be looking for a quarterback with the prototypical NFL build. A tall, strong-arm quarterback with big hands is what the Giants like to see.

One quarterback to pay attention to in the weigh-ins and measurements is the 2019 Senior Bowl MVP, Daniel Jones. Daniel is coming out of Duke and is known for having the prototypical NFL body. It is possibly his best trait. Jones is expected to measure about 6’4″. His hands were measured at about 9 3/4″ and he weighed in at 215 pounds.

To put this into perspective: Eli Manning is 6’4″, weighs 218 pounds, and a hand size of 9 3/4″. Daniel Jones basically has the exact body of Eli Manning. Jones was even coached by Eli’s former college coach.

There are clear connections between Jones, Manning, and the Giants. However, talent is more important than body, so Jones will have to prove himself as the most talented quarterback in the draft if he wants the Giants to draft him with the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Drills And Workouts

The fan favorite 40 yard-dash does not mean as much for the quarterback position as other drills do. However, in select prospects, the 40 time is a special drill to keep an eye on.

In 2018, that special case was Lamar Jackson. However, Jackson decided not to run the 40 at the Combine.

In 2019, that special case is Kyler Murray. Murray is expected to run about a 4.40 40 yard-dash. He could set a record time for his position.

The quarterbacks have their own drills, the throwing drills. Last year, Sam Darnold went number 3 overall without throwing at the Combine. So, throwing at the Combine is not extremely important, but it gives prospects a chance to make scouts look again when evaluating their accuracy.

Will Grier out of West Virginia is a prospect to keep an eye on in the throwing drills. He struggled with his accuracy during the Senior Bowl, but the Combine could be a chance to redeem himself.

The Giants likely will not be looking for a speedy quarterback. The 40 yard-dash is not something the Giants will be paying close attention to. For example, Eli Manning ran a 4.92 40 yard dash, and he has been the Giants’ quarterback for 15 years. The Giants prefer an accurate, strong-arm, pocket quarterback who can read defenses and make all the throws necessary. The Giants will watch closely to make sure the prospects they like are accurate and have an “NFL-arm” at the Combine.

Interviews

While these players will be evaluated during their workouts and drills, that is not the most important aspect of the Combine for them. The Giants and all other teams will put great importance on the quarterbacks’ interviews.

Teams like to use the combine as a way to get to know the players. Since quarterback is such an important and complex position, the interview looks to dissect many important traits for quarterbacks.

Teams will ask them questions to see how they can handle the media. They will ask them about their relationships with teammates and coaches, along with their work ethic. Most importantly, the teams will be testing the quarterbacks on their football IQ.

The football IQ they will be testing for in a quarterback is their ability to read defenses, call protections, and understand play concepts. Many teams even give the prospects markers and a white board and pop quiz them on plays and concepts.

A prospect who will need a great interview to secure his spot as a top ten pick is Dwayne Haskins Jr. out of Ohio State University. Possibly Haskins’s best trait is his football IQ. Teams will try to figure out if Dwayne is the real deal in the interview room at the Combine.

Here are a couple of videos where Dwayne Haskins shows off his football IQ and has his throwing abilities analyzed:

New York Yankees’ Miguel Andujar Responds To Manny Machado Deal

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees were rumored to have an interest in superstar free agent Manny Machado this offseason, before he signed with the San Diego Padres on a 10-year, $300 million deal with a 5th-year option.

Machado would have instantly improved the Yankees’ infield, but it would have forced the team to relocate youth phenom, Miguel Andujar. The 23-year-old is coming off a stellar offensive season, hitting .297 with 47 doubles and 27 homers. Replacing him, or rather moving him from the only position he’s ever played would be devastating to his development.

Letting Machado walk in free agency was the best thing the Bombers could have done in regard to instilling confidence in their potential cornerstone piece in the infield.

There’s no question Andujar heard the rumors of a potential Manny deal, but as always, he responded with pure class and respect:

“First of all, I want to congratulate Manny, $300 million, wow,’’ Andujar said Wednesday during spring training. “I always stay positive and focus on my responsibilities.’’

I’ve always loved the way Andujar carries himself in public and the way he bleeds professionalism at such a young age. He’s always positive in the midst of adversity.

What had Miguel Andujar done to improve his defense?

This offseason, the third baseman has spent time refining his defensive abilities. His issues stemmed primarily from his throwing and lapse in judgment. His glove was solid throughout the season, but a majority of the 15 errors he committed were results of the factors listed.

Moving forward, I would expect Andujar to see an improvement with his defense but level out on offense. He simply was hitting out of his mind in 2018, and him enjoying a similar season could be a stretch.