New York Giants: What Happens If The Giants Pass On A Quarterback This Year?

New York Giants, Eli Manning

The New York Giants hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Much speculation has been made over whether or not the Giants will draft a quarterback. Recent rumors regarding Eli Manning’s future seem to indicate that the Giants are not going to draft a quarterback.

If the Giants do not draft a quarterback, they have one other option. The Giants could try to trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. However, Rosen has a fairly competitive market, and it is unclear how interested in Rosen the Giants truly are.

We know the Giants do have interest in Josh Rosen, but that does not mean they are interested enough to win a bidding war for Josh. If the Giants do not draft a quarterback and they do not trade for Josh Rosen, then what will be left for them to do at quarterback?

Stick With Eli Manning

Some fans may think this is crazy, but sticking with Eli Manning for another year has its benefits. Eli is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career. Regardless of how fans and analysts dissect and interpret Eli’s play, there is no denying he is a beloved teammate and leader for the Giants.

In 2018, Eli Manning had the lowest interception total of his career with only 11. He also threw 21 touchdown passes with 4,299 yards. His 66% completion percentage was also a career high.

The Giants’ owners have not committed to Eli past 2019. However, there have not committed to letting him walk, either. The team is 100% committed to him this year and will once again try to put the right pieces around him to give him the chance to make a playoff run. If he plays well, expect to see him back in 2020.

Eli Manning has always brought one key thing to the table: availability. Manning has never missed a game and is always ready to suit up for Big Blue. With Eli, the Giants know what they’re getting and that provides them with a level of confidence.

Many fans and analysts seem to think that 2019 needs to be Eli’s last year, but it does not. If the Giants show improvement in 2019 and Eli plays well, they will keep him and worry about finding the next quarterback later on down the road.

However, if 2019 does not go as planned for Eli Manning, the Giants have other options at quarterback if they do not acquire one this year.

The 2020 Draft Class

Much has been made about the Giants and the 2019 NFL Draft class. There has been plenty of speculation about the Giants drafting quarterbacks in 2019 such as Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, or Drew Lock.

But if the Giants do not love any of these prospects, they will not force themselves to take one. They can always wait until next year. It just so happens that 2020 has some intriguing quarterback prospects.

One name that Giants fans might be familiar with is Justin Herbert. Herbert looked primed to be the 2019 NFL Draft’s top quarterback early in the NFL season. The Giants were also known to have a lot of interest in Herbert. Unfortunately for Big Blue, Justin decided to stay at Oregon for one more season of college football. He will be in the 2020 NFL Draft and he will be a highly-coveted prospect.

Justin Herbert is not the only quarterback prospect set to be taken in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama and Jake Fromm from Georgia are also receiving a lot of buzz as they head into their junior seasons. One problem with each of these players is actually the fact that they will be juniors in 2019, meaning they could choose to not declare for the draft in 2020.

It would be incredibly unfortunate for the Giants if they passed on a quarterback this year and were left with few options next year. This is why many will say they should just find their guy this year. For now, fans will wait and anticipate the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants are at a crossroads with many different options to choose from. The question is, where will they go from here?

New York Giants Looking to Promote Sterling Shepard to No. 1 Option in 2019

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

The signing of slot receiver Golden Tate by the New York Giants puts Sterling Shepard’s role in jeopardy, especially if the front office is looking to extract some sort of value from him before he becomes a free agent in 2020.

Rumors of a potential trade proposition including Shepard have bubbled to the surface, as the Giants could be looking to move him to add draft capital – something they failed to do with safety Landon Collins before he eventually signed a massive deal with the Washington Redskins.

Shepard has a great skill set and is expected to earn a hefty contract in free agency next season. His statistics have fluctuated throughout his career, but his abilities haven’t. He has been mostly healthy with the exception of five missed games in 2017.

Last season, he racked up 66 catches for 872 yards and four touchdowns. Alongside Tate, the duo could have significant success operating on an offense that focuses on short/intermediate routes. With Saquon Barkley the focal point of the offense, it allows premium slot receivers to excel. Tate offers great value in terms of yards-after-catch, and Sterling has trustworthy hands and can make the tough grabs in big moments.

The New York Giants could take a different approach with Shepard:

In previous years, a clear trend was visible when Beckham missed time. Shepard earned more reps but struggled to make the most of them as teams knew that shutting him down was all they needed to do. Barkley offers a distraction.

Shepard has worked on diversifying his skill set and can now function as a wideout if need be. Rotating Tate and the home-grown Giants talent could result in unexpected success.

Utilizing tight end Evan Engram in the passing game should open up the field and allow Shurmur to spread the ball around. At times, Beckham dictated the offense and required more opportunities, but it seems that the ball will find its way all around the field in 2019. After all, the Giants did average more points last season in the four games Beckham missed than when he was present.

 

Same Old New York Knicks

New York Knicks

It’s that time of year again New York Knicks fans!  It’s the end of the season wear the Knicks win meaningless games.  For example, last night.  The Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 113-105.  The marks their 15th victory of the season.

The Knicks own the worst record in the league at 15-62.  Next is the Phoenix Suns at 18-60 then the Cleveland Calivers at 19-59.  This now secures the Knicks with a chance at the number one overall pick in the draft.  Each of the top 3 worst records teams have a 14% chance at getting the top pick.

Like Why?

Despite the Knicks winning a meaningless game, I still find myself asking, “Why?”  Fans have been telling me that “who cares about winning a game down the stretch.  They still secured a top 3 chance at the first pick.”  Rightfully so.  But, we have seen this story before.

How can fans forget the last two seasons when the Knicks, where the Knicks ending the season with a win and ruined their lottery chance.  2016-2017, they beat the Sixers in the final game 114-113, then 2017-2018 agains the Cavaliers 110-98.

Some will look at that situation and have a different vision.  The Knicks didn’t have a chance at a top 3 pick, but they had a chance to improve their pick and they decided to win.  Not saying that winning is bad, but in certain situations it’s meaningless.

I’d like to continue pilling up the losses, despite have the same odds at the top pick as the Suns and Cavaliers.  No point to win now.  I don’t want to here that stuff, “well it’ll be good juju or a good start going into next season.”  Stop.

With 5 games remaining in the season, the Knicks play 2 teams currently with a winning record, Pistons and Rockets.  Do not be surprised when the Knicks squeak out one of two more games, especially the last game of the season.  There seems to be a trend the last two seasons.

With all that, the Knicks need to continue losing games.  Some will say that it doesn’t mean anything, since we secured a top 3 chance at Zion Williamson.  But, having the worst record in the league as to give the Knicks some good juju at landing the number one pick, right?

The New York Yankees Beat The Tigers as Gardner and Sanchez Homer

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

In a low scoring affair, New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German threw five solid innings and Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner each hit solo home runs to beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-1.

Seven combined hits

The Tigers and the Yankees combined for just seven hits all game, and just two came from the Tigers. Both of them happened to come off the bat of Jordy Mercer, who went 2-of-4.

The Yankees had five hits, two of which left the yard. Sanchez and Gardner each had solo shots, and Gardner also added a single in the first.

Greg Bird had a single to left field, but Tigers outfielder Christin Stewart bobbled it and Luke Voit put the wheels on and scored from first after a walk in the third inning.

Judge doubled in the seventh inning, but was stranded there, unable to build on the lead.

Aroldis Chapman came in to lock it down in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout to end it.

The Yankees four big relievers that are healthy right now pitched on Monday, and each did a great job. Chad Green, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Aroldis Chapman were each scoreless in one inning of work, and Britton was the only one that allowed a hit.

German did what was asked of him

Domingo German went out there on Monday with relatively low expectations, but pitched a solid game. In five innings, he only gave up a hit and a run, the run being charged on another Gary Sanchez throwing error. It did look like Gleyber Torres just missed the catch and Sanchez was just stuck with the error, so it’s not really his fault.

German only threw 77 pitches, but struck out seven while throwing first-pitch strikes 62 percent of the time. He got three of his seven strikeouts on curveballs, two of his seven on sliders, and two of his seven on fastballs. So basically, there was a lot that was working for German.

Though his pitches worked well, his accuracy and composure were poor. He walked five batters on Monday, and a 7:5 strikeout to walk ratio is really bad. He needs to keep practicing his accuracy and find more strategies with Gary Sanchez to get the ball to spots he can hit and the batters can’t.

Game two of the series against the Tigers continues on Tuesday at 6:35PM on YES Network and Fox Sports Go.

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season, while Jordan Zimmerman will do the same for Detroit. Zimmerman was dominant last time out against the Blue Jays, allowing just one hit in seven innings.

 

 

New York Yankees: DJ LeMahieu Proving to be Great Addition

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

Despite the New York Yankees losing the first two out of three games to the Baltimore Orioles, one player started the season on a high note. Infielder DJ LeMahieu went 4-for-6 in his first at-bats as a Yankee.

LeMahieu went 0-for-2 against the Tigers but walked once on Monday. He’s hitting .500 on the year with one double and two RBIs. His on-base percentage of .778 leads the team and will likely earn him more playing time in the weeks ahead.

The Yankees are in injury trouble:

With slugger Giancarlo Stanton and third baseman Miguel Andujar being placed on the 10-day injury list, LeMahieu’s role will only increase. Injuries are piling up at an astronomical rate as pitchers and fielders are being added almost daily at this point.

It almost seems as if GM Brian Cashman’s plan is coming to a halt, but his veteran signings this offseason are expected to fill in as stop gaps while the regular starters heal. Meanwhile, DJ is making a case for himself to become a regular starter once the injured players return.

Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki commented on LeMahieu’s influence so far this season:

“The guy’s a baseball player,’’ said Tulowitzki.“You put him anywhere, he’s gonna impact the game offensively and defensively. He’ll give you everything he’s got. He was all over the place and made some good plays.’’


The Yankees lineup now looks something like this:

1. Brett Gardner, CF

2. Aaron Judge, RF

3. Luke Voit, DH

4. DJ LeMahieu, 3B

5. Greg Bird, 1B

6. Gary Sanchez, C

7. Gleyber Torres, 2B

8. Troy Tulowitzki, SS

9. Clint Frazier, LF

The starting lineup is now without four starting players in Stanton, Andujar, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks. Not only is the defense a liability but the offense is in dire need of assistance.

Essentially, the Yankees must now rely on their pitching to get through the next few weeks, as we simply cannot expect them to put up significant run support.

Should the New York Giants go Quarterback or Pass Rusher at No. 6?

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

The decision to draft a quarterback for the New York Giants is being complicated by a potential trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Josh Rosen. The thought is that a team could snag the 2018 top 10 draft pick for a second rounder, putting the lucky team in a position to walk away with a franchise signal caller and their first round pick.

The Giants have two first rounders, one of which (No. 17) was acquired in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. If Rosen is available, the 37th pick could be enough to snag him, allowing the Giants to draft two defenders in the first round.

The question is – should the Giants draft a QB or a pass rusher?

If the front office is keen on getting ‘their’ guy and molding them from the very beginning, they shouldn’t hesitate to draft a quarterback at No. 6. Dwayne Haskins is the premier option at the point that offers the most value outside of wild card Kyler Murray.

Rosen is the roadblock, as he represents a potential dream offseason if acquired. On the other hand, head coach Pat Shurmur has had success with passers outside of the first round before which could indicate a defenseman being selected at the top of the draft.

Options like linebacker Devin White, interior defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, and pass rushers Josh Allen, Montez Sweat and more, offer immense value. They’re impact players that would instantly upgrade their specific unit.

The Giants could make a mistake if they don’t take their chance now:

Last year, we saw Big Blue pass on a quarterback entirely in favor of Saquon Barkley, which didn’t turn out so bad, but with Eli Manning on his last leg, the team simply can’t wait any longer. I believe that a passer will be found this offseason, it’s just a matter of who. Rosen offers the most value in terms of draft capital, but he suffered through a tough 2018 campaign being sacked 55 times.

Rosen would still have an additional three years on his rookie deal if he was traded to New York and sat behind Manning for a season. This gives the Giants plenty of room to develop their team on the rookie deal of a QB – the offensive pieces are in place and the defense is steadily being built.

The upcoming draft as a great crop of defensive talent in the top 15 picks, which is why the decision to ‘draft’ a QB becomes even more difficult.