New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. Era Put To Rest Completely

The Odell Beckham Jr. trade was hard to take in for many, but now, there’s no doubt about it. Beckham is a Cleveland Brown rather than a New York Giant, and that point was driven home by Beckham being introduced to the media yesterday for the first time with the Browns. The deal went down more than a week ago, but seeing Beckham in Browns colors helps to finally cement that it’s a real thing that happened.

And of course, Beckham spoke about his departure from the Giants wile meeting with the media alongside quarterback Baker Mayfield and former college teammate Jarvis Landry.

“It’s such a sudden change. You build relationships with your teammates and those other guys on that team and that’s really the hardest thing. Like seeing Saquon and Shep the other night and like we were all like, ‘Damn, it’s just different.’ It’s really the guys in the locker room, the people you go to war with and you wake up in training camp and go through all those things with,” said Beckham, while praising the opportunity to make new friends on a new team.

“I don’t know how else to describe it. It just was a lot of emotions and a lot of thoughts that run through your mind. They’re all life-changing. They’re all the same, in theory, but it’s changing,” Beckham also said, while speaking about finding out about the trade via phone call from Dave Gettleman.

This is yet another reminder of what could have been, for the Giants. Before last season, the team was praised not just by fans but by analysts in the media for having offensive depth. It was believed that the combination of Beckham, Barkley, and Sterling Shepard could dominate early on and drag the Giants to a better season than the one that led to them drafting Barkley in the first place.

Instead, the team was mediocre at best and the Giants are once again picking in the top ten. The ideas of a one-two punch in the passing and running game with Beckham in Barkley will never be realized, and it remains to be seen how much of Beckham’s production can be replaced by Golden Tate.

Ideal or not, though, it’s the situation the Giants have to live with. Seeing Beckham at a Browns press conference in the flesh just helps to hammer home the point. The Beckham era with the Giants is over. And now, we can see it with our own eyes.

New York Yankees: Another Player Heads to Injured List, Possibly For Entire Season

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

Monday evening before the New York Yankees took on the Detroit Tigers, it was announced that Miguel Andujar will now be on the injured list along with Giancarlo Stanton and many others.

It was announced after Monday’s 3-1 win over the Tigers that Andujar his a small labrum tear in his shoulder and that he will basically be shut down for two weeks. If no improvement come two weeks, season ending surgery may be an option.

Who will the third baseman be?

Our best guess would be that DJ LeMahieu would get the majority of the time at third base, with Tyler Wade getting a few starts. The Yankees called up Wade to counter Andujar on the IL.

So far, LeMahieu has played in three games and has gone 4-for-8 from the plate as well as playing stellar defense, but threw a ball away on Saturday.

Tyler Wade had a strong Spring Training for the Yankees, but hasn’t played any Minor League baseball yet, as Scranton begins play on Thursday (4/4).

We will keep you updated when we know more. This is a developing story.

New York Giants Could Land Top Graded Pass Rusher With Some Luck

The New York Giants could be targeting Josh Allen at No. 6.

The NFL Draft is ‘unpredictable’ in every sense of the word – we’ve seen top five players drop out of the top 10 and vise versa, so guaranteeing a prospect won’t be on the board is simply impossible. The New York Giants could be scouring the draft for a top-tier pass rusher, and there’s one option that would immediately upgrade the defensive line.

Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen could fall to the Giants at No. 6 with players like Quinnen Willians, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Devin White, Nick Bosa, etc. all graded as top five picks.

Allen offers immense value alongside B.J. Hill, Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, and Dalvin Tomlinson. With 88 total tackles and 21.5 for a loss, Allen is a premium addition to any team. With 17 total sacks and a 4.63 40-yard-dash, the Kentucky product is certainly prepared to take the leap to the next level.

Josh Allen’s strengths:

One of the more enticing aspects of Allen is his ability to play linebacker. Utilizing his length and speed, he would be a perfect fit at OLB opposite Carter on the Giants’ defensive front. He has all of the traits to physically challenge tackles and use his speed to beat them with ease.

Josh’s ability to swing around tackles and come from behind would force quarterbacks to move up into the pocket where Hill and Tomlinson can apply pressure. This is a part of the 3-4 scheme where linebackers act as a pass rusher and allow the three interior linemen to break through the line.

Corralling running backs is another positive tool in Allen’s box. He’s a superb open-field tackler and can contain runners on the edge. A combination of elite speed and agility will help him at the professional level.

Weaknesses:

Allen will need to develop his usage of hands in the NFL. He often catches opposing arms instead of turning them into leverage to work around tackles and tight ends.

Recognizing misdirections is also a flaw of Allen’s. He sometimes gets caught dissecting the play as it unfolds and loses his place. He can get sucked into the inside at times sealing him off. As an outside linebacker, he should be able to avoid getting stuck on the interior as he will start with more leverage on the opposing tackle.

The bottom line, if the Giants can come away with this type of pass rush quality at No. 6, they shouldn’t hesitate. Quarterback or not, Allen is an impact player that will only improve over time.

 

New York Yankees Place Slugger on 10-Day Injury List

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

There was a point over the offseason that the New York Yankees outfield was littered with talent, in fact, there was too much to pick from. Now, they’re down several starters and are being forced to dig into their reserves to fill positions.

Veteran Brett Gardner is filling in for the injured Aaron Hicks, hitting 1-13 with a mere single and two walks. Losing Hicks has influenced the offense significantly and now the team is down slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The second-year Yankee will join the 10-day injured list with a left bicep strain.

Stanton is 2-for-8 at the plate with two singles, seven walks, and four strikeouts. While he hasn’t gone yard just yet, he’s been earning a ton of walks to get on base. Losing him for the next week and a half will hurt the Yankees as they try to rebound from a 2-3 series loss to the historically bad Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees call on their fast bat:

Clint Frazier will fill Stanton’s position in left field. This spring, Frazier went 7-for-49 with 16 strikeouts. A dismal performance from Red Lightning, but his start in Triple-A ball has been better.

The Yankees lineup now looks something like this:

1. Brett Gardner, CF

2. Aaron Judge, RF

3. Luke Voit, DH

4. Miguel Andujar, 3B

5. Greg Bird, 1B

6. Gary Sanchez, C

7. Gleyber Torres, 2B

8. Troy Tulowitzki, SS

9. Clint Frazier, LF

Clearly missing several influential players, but this is what general manager Brian Cashman planned for – putting the pieces in place to withstand this type of injury concern.

New York Giants: Giants Could Create A Monstrous Backfield In The 2019 NFL Draft

Could the New York Giants take a flier on Miles Sanders?

If there is one position the New York Giants are set at, it is at running back. After lacking a true workhorse for almost a decade, the Giants changed that last year. The Giants drafted the running back out of Penn State Saquon Barkley with the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Saquon Barkley was sensational in his rookie season. Barkley ran for 1,307 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He was also efficient in the passing game totaling 721 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. This incredible season earned Saquon the honors of Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Giants struck gold by selecting Saquon Barkley. They also have a decent running back playing behind Saquon, Wayne Gallman. It is common for NFL teams nowadays to have multiple versatile running backs on the roster to add depth and constant danger to defenses. If the Giants want to create a three-headed monster in their backfield, they might be able to do so in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants could look to reunite Saquon Barkley with a former teammate.

What Miles Sanders Could Bring To The Giants

Miles Sanders is a shifty running back in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Saquon’s alma mater, Penn State. After Saquon moved on to the NFL in 2018, Sanders took over as Penn State’s full time running back. In 2018, Miles Sanders was incredible for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In 2018, Miles Sanders ran for an impeccable 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns. Miles averaged 5.8 yards per carry. He was a pure runner as he did not contribute much in the passing game with only 139 receiving yards. However, this could be exactly what the Giants need.

Saquon Barkley is a do-it-all running back. He can play every single down and do whatever he is asked at a better level than anyone else. But the last thing the Giants want is for Saquon Barkley to get worn down. It would be beneficiary for the Giants to add another running back to take some of the workloads from Barkley.

Miles Sanders would be perfect for this. Look at the New Orleans Saints in 2018: Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. Kamara is a do-it-all running back who is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. Ingram is a strong, downhill runner. This combination was a perfect balance in New Orleans’ backfield.

If the Giants were to draft Miles Sanders, he could go in when Saquon is fatigued and be a solid rusher. Saquon would of course still be used on third downs and all receiving situations, but it would no longer be necessary for him to play every snap in every situation. If the Giants can land Miles Sanders in the middle rounds of the draft, he could be exactly what they need to elevate the offense and maximize Saquon Barkley’s talented career.

Yankees can’t recover from Happ’s poor start in another loss to Orioles

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

JA Happ gave up a three run homerun to Orioles third baseman Renato Nunez in the first inning, and the Yankees weren’t able to recover as they dropped the rubber match to the Orioles, 7-5.

Happ’s struggles

In his first start of the season, JA Happ did not come out with his best stuff. After more than a three hour rain delay, Happ opened the game by striking out Jonathan Villar. It spiraled downward after that.

Dwight Smith Jr. hit a double to right-center field, then Trey Mancini hit a dumb little chopper down the third base line that Andujar couldn’t get to in time, putting runners on the corners.

Then, Nunez crushed a 2-2 fastball into the bleachers in left field, giving the Orioles a 3-0 lead.

After a 1-2-3 second inning, Trey Mancini launched another fastball, this time into monument park to give Baltimore a 4-0 lead.

Happ worked a 1-2-3 fourth, but the Yankees decided to pull him and put in long reliever Luis Cessa, who gave up one earned run in 3 1/3 innings.

Happ just couldn’t throw the fastball well on Sunday. Both home runs came from it, as well as the double in the first inning by Smith Jr. Happ struck out three while issuing just one walk in his four innings of work, throwing 75 pitches.

Hitting like it’s still 2018

It may be a new season, but the Yankees offensive tendencies are just the same. Too many chased pitches while having a poor average with runners in scoring position. The Yankees were 2-of-12 with runners in scoring position on Sunday, Judge knocking in two on a single in the fourth, and a LeMahieu RBI single in the ninth.

The Yankees were down 7-4 going to the bottom of the ninth after Tommy Kahnle walked the bases loaded, but managed to work out of it.

Bird walked and then Gleyber Torres just inched out an infield single before LeMahieu had his RBI single. Troy Tulowitzki pinch-hit for Brett Gardner, but struck out on a 1-2 slider that he check-swung at.

14 of the Yankees 27 outs were strikeouts, but four of them came from Judge and three came from Sanchez. However, in addition to Judge’s RBI single, Sanchez went yard for the first time in 2019, lining a 1-2 change-up down the left field line in the seventh.

The Yankees will now take on the Detroit Tigers in a three game series to wrap-up a six game homestand. The Tigers split a four game series with the Toronto Blue Jays to open their season. Tyson Ross is expected to start for the Tigers, while the Yankees are expected to have a “bullpen game”. Domingo German is expected to pitch a few innings for the Yankees, but it is unknown if he will be the starter.

Game time is at 6:35PM on YES Network and Fox Sports Go.

New York Giants Could Grab Polished Wide Receiver in Second Round of 2019 NFL Draft

With one more college season under his belt Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley likely would have been a sure-fire first-round pick, but due to a three-headed monster running game, his services weren’t needed as much as expected. The New York Giants could target the wideout in the second round of the draft, providing value to a receiving corps that just lost Odell Beckham Jr.

The Giants signed Golden Tate to act as another slot receiver, but he is also capable of playing on the outside as well. Ridley is purely a wideout, which is exactly what Big Blue needs.

Looking into Riley Ridley and why he could make sense for the New York Giants:

At 6’1″, 200-pounds, Ridley is a speed pass catcher with trustworthy hands. His 4.58 40-time at the NFL Combine was slower than expected, but he has a diverse skill set. His toughness and competitive nature only break the surface on his intangible attributes – Ridley is mentally superb, but his physical traits lack at some points.

One of the more impressive characteristics is his body control. Ridley’s catch radius is also above-average, snagging balls out of the air with ease and calmness.

Take a look at this clip:

A simple fade route to the corner of the endzone, Ridley uses his body control to snag the ball at its highest point, ensuring that the cornerback can’t make a play. He also manages to get his feet in bounds to complete the catch and score the touchdown. This is the type of balance that translates to the next level.

This next clip of Ridley shows a middle post route, which appears in head coach Pat Shurmur’s offense frequently. Shurmur loves crossing routes over the middle of the field to confuse defenders and put the ball in space, this increases chances of extra yards.

The cons:

The primary con associated with Ridley is his less than average quickness of the line. He will be jammed by better corners at the NFL level if he doesn’t improve his footwork and initial wiggle off the snap. He lacks the run-after-catch ability at times due to his inability to create ample separation – he makes up for this with his great catch radius but allows corners to catch up and stop him before exposing open field.

The Giants could utilize him in 2019 if they are willing to spend their second-rounder on him (No. 37). The fact is, Ridley was likely going to be a first-round selection in 2020, but giving him time to develop and become the top option for the Giants’ next quarterback might not be a bad idea.

Are the New York Giants Preparing to Extend Eli Manning Beyond 2019?

New York Giants, Eli Manning

With statements like, “this narrative that Eli’s [Manning] overpaid and can’t play is a crock,” most would assume the New York Giants are committed to their veteran quarterback. Eli Manning is scheduled to remain the starting option for the 2019 season, but indications of drafting a passer have bubbled to the surface.

Head coach Pat Shurmur has stated that the team needs to begin searching for Manning’s successor, while Gettleman continues to inject confidence into the play quality of Manning. The front office isn’t the only people supporting Eli, as rookie sensation Saquon Barkley has also instilled hope into his signal caller, stating:

“Yeah, it bothers me. I’m not going to lie because it’s not his fault,” Barkley told Bleacher Report. “He’s not the reason why (the Giants are losing). We love to put the blame on one person, but it takes 11 men, a team and an organization all together to win.”

These comments would indicate that the Giants aren’t in need of another quarterback, but simply need more support around him. With a rebuilt offensive line and a young nucleus on defense, the organization feels good about the future. In addition, the Giants have two first-round picks to work with in April, which could completely upgrade the defense.

New York Giants: Some believe Manning could stick around beyond 2019

Now, most believe that the upcoming season will be Manning’s final year with Big Blue, but some are convinced he could be re-signed for 2020.

Ralph Vacchiano recently reported:

Yes, really. The key people in the organization don’t think he’s done, and they feel they saw a ton of positive signs in the second half last year. Ideally, they’ll have his successor ready to go next season. But if not, barring a disaster of a season, they won’t hesitate to extend Manning’s contract by a year. They really do want him around to rub off on the next Giants franchise quarterback, if they can make it work.

So, we can assume that the Giants will, in fact, address the quarterback position this offseason in case age catches up with their iron man. The downside – by the time they are ready to separate from Manning, a rookie passer could be going into his third-year. This makes a Josh Rosen trade less enticing and alternatives like Daniel Jones and Will Grier more attractive.

Arguments for and against retaining Manning for additional years:

In 2018, Manning earned his highest completion percentage – 66%. He also had the lowest amount of interceptions (11) since 2008, the year they won the Super Bowl. There’s no question that Shurmur has helped Manning become more efficient in multiple categories, and the fact that the Giants were the highest scoring NFC East team attests to that.

We could make the argument, though, that Saquon Barkley was far more impactful than Manning, and he played a huge part in elevating his completion rate and touchdown total (21).

If you minus Barkley’s receiving stats from Manning’s overall numbers, they look something like this:

289 completions, 3,578 yards, 17 passing touchdowns, and that doesn’t include the unwritten influence Barkley had in the play-action game.

Those stats go from “ehh,” to “yikes” really quickly. We can assume that Manning’s numbers would be even more questionable without Barkley’s presence on the field – teams planned for him alone and stacked the box opening up the field in the passing game.

It’s fair to say that the offense centers around Barkley more than Manning, which makes the quarterback position less significant. Having a guy that can simply operate at an average level is enough, which makes me think that the Giants might opt to go after a secondary QB option. Factor in Shurmur’s ability to train quarterback’s and suddenly you have an argument that moves away from a first-round QB selection and centers around a second round player.

That fact alone makes Rosen a possibility again, but it all comes down to how dedicated they are to Manning and his legacy.