New York Giants Preseason Schedule Officially Revealed

The preseason will be the first chance for the New York Giants to evaluate new rookies and free agency additions in an actual game situation, as well as a chance to evaluate how returning players have improved or regressed, and we now know which opponents they’ll face and when. Of course, two of those opponents were already a given, as the Giants playing the Jets and the Patriots in the preseason is something of a tradition.

However, the new information is the dates and the order that the games will be played in. The Jets are the first opponent and the Giants will open the preseason with a two game home stand starting with that matchup. They’ll face the Chicago Bears in the second week before going on the road for back to back games for the second half of the preseason.

One of those games will be in Cincinnati, against the Bengals. The other one will be in New England, and will take place at the very end of August, the last month before the regular season begins.

The preseason is ignored by many more casual fans but things could get very interesting if the Giants do draft a quarterback such as Dwayne Haskins Jr. or Drew Lock, as this would be the first time when a new quarterback would get playing time.

Additionally, it looks like Eli Manning will start this entire season, meaning the preseason is most likely the only time when a rookie would get time to command the offense as a starter.

Still, while there’s no guarantee the Giants will have a new quarterback waiting in the wings by the time the preseason rolls around, there is a guarantee that they’ll have some new players from both trades and the draft, and the period of signing undrafted free agents following it. These games may not be that important to the average viewer, but for players, they can determine just who makes the roster.

New York Giants: Is Dwayne Haskins a Possibility With the No. 17 Overall Pick?

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

Recent reports have indicated that Ohio State star passer Dwayne Haskins’ stock could be dropping after Drew Lock entered the spot light. The offseason is generally full of ups and downs, including the elevation and dropping of players throughout the course, but this could be another media driven narrative. The New York Giants are in play to grab the 50 TD pass quarterback in the 2019 NFL draft, but it ultimately comes down to his draft spot.

The question is, will Haskins potentially drop to the No. 17 overall pick? If the Giants could snag the passer with the mid-round first they acquired in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, they would walk away looking like geniuses.

Peter King in his “Football Morning in America” column stated:

“In fact, I keep hearing Dwayne Haskins is sinking, and may be the fourth passer picked in this draft.”

If this is true, the Giants would be wise to wait until the 17th pick to snag Eli Manning’s successor. Haskins has the physical tools to be a premium quarterback in the NFL, but his lack of mobility and athleticism strikes a negative chord in the hearts of Giants fans.

Only a month ago Haskins was regarded as the No. 2 option in the draft behind Kyler Murray, which makes the timeliness and credibility of this statement rather interesting. After all, it’s three weeks before the draft and the smoke has been deployed.

The New York Giants have a difficult decision ahead of them:

The other two players that could pull ahead in the QB race are Drew Lock and Daniel Jones. Both of these alternatives have solid attributes but lack the consistency Haskins enjoyed in a record-breaking season behind center. Out of the three, the Giants would likely be better off with Dwayne – a true professional with high-level football intelligence translating into elite progressions and vision.

In addition to his intangibles, Haskins has great arm strength and accuracy. The primary knocks on him are his slower throwing motion and lack of movement. It’s certainly possible the Giants wait until their second first-round pick to grab a QB, hoping that Lock or Haskins remain on the board. This would be a best-case scenario given the Josh Rosen rumors are false.

New York Giants: How The Defense Could Go From Worst To First In The 2019 NFL Draft

The New York Giants could go after Ed Oliver in the 2019 NFL draft.

In 2018, the New York Giants‘ defense was one of the worst in the NFL. They allowed 25.8 points per game which ranked 23rd in the league. They were poor against both the run and the pass. Against the run, the Giants ranked 20th with 118.6 yards per game. And against the pass, the Giants ranked 23rd with 252.8 yards per game.

The Giants’ only two Pro Bowlers on defense from 2018 are no longer with the team. Landon Collins left for Washington in free agency and Olivier Vernon was traded to Cleveland. This left the Giants’ defense filled with holes and lacking any star talent.

Despite this, the Giants still have the opportunity to vastly improve on defense in 2019 through the NFL Draft.

Defensive Options In The Draft

The Giants hold two 1st round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. This opens up plenty of defensive options for the Giants. Luckily for the Giants, the 2019 draft class is absolutely loaded with defensive talent.

With the 6th pick, the Giants have a good chance of drafting an elite defensive prospect. With the 17th pick, the prospect might not be “elite,” but he will be good enough to start and make an immediate impact for Big Blue.

On Monday, the Giants met with two defensive prospects who both have the chance to be drafted by the Giants in the 1st round. The two defensive prospects the Giants met with are Ed Oliver and Clelin Ferrell. Oliver is an option for the Giants with the 6th pick and Ferrell is an option for the Giants with the 17th pick.

Ed Oliver:

Ed Oliver is an interior defensive lineman who has extreme athleticism and the ability to defend the run, as well as rush the passer. Oliver has drawn some comparisons to the NFL’s best player, Aaron Donald. This is because both Donald and Oliver possess rare athleticism for their size and position. Oliver is only 6 feet 2 inches and 287 pounds. This is undersized for his position, but it allows him to be an extraordinary athlete.

At his Pro Day, Oliver ran a speedy 4.71s 40-yard dash. This is certainly comparable to Donald’s 4.68s. Oliver showed off elite quickness, running a quicker short shuttle than Donald with a time of 4.22s. That time is quicker than Saquon Barkley’s!

In his collegiate career at Houston, Ed Oliver was a little bit up and down. Many analysts attribute this to Oliver being used incorrectly in Houston’s new defensive scheme in 2018. Prior to 2018, Oliver was looked at as a lock for the top 3 picks in the draft. His 2017 season was impressive, as he recorded 73 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. Ed Oliver would instantly make the Giants’ defense better for years to come.

Clelin Ferrell:

Clelin Ferrell is an edge defender out of Clemson’s loaded defense. Ferrell played a big part in Clemson’s 2018 National Championship season. In 2018, Clelin had 55 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks. Outstanding production by the junior edge defender.

The Giants have a need at edge since they traded away Olivier Vernon. Ferrell has the ability to rush the passer off tackle, something the Giants need desperately. Ferrell is a strong, bull-rusher who can knock tackles off balance and get in the backfield. Check out Clelin Ferrell powering through top offensive tackle Jonah Williams:

If the Giants could combine Ferrell’s pass-rushing ability off the edge with Oliver’s all-around dominance on the inside, they could create a scary defensive duo for years to come. Adding this pair in a mix that already features Lorenzo Carter, Dalvin Tomlinson, and B.J. Hill gives the Giants potential to have one of the best, young defensive fronts in the NFL.

New York Giants: Breakout Player of the Year Candidate at Wide Receiver

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

One of the more forgotten about wide receivers in the league is 2016 first-round selection, Corey Coleman. The former Brown pass-catcher signed with the New York Giants after two injury-riddled seasons. After a broken hand derailed his career, he was never able to bounce back and make an impact in the NFL.

With the Giants in 2018, he racked up just 71 yards in eight games with five total receptions. While his influence wasn’t overwhelming, he did play a significant role on special teams as a return man. He averaged 26 yards per return and had a long of 51 yards.

I expect Coleman to make more of an impression in 2019 with the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. By no means do I think he will replace Beckham or even slightly replicate his production, but he does have the talent and skill set to perform at a high level.

Did the Giants take a step in the wrong direction by trading OBJ?

Getting rid of Beckham wasn’t the best move in regard to offensive efficiency, but head coach Pat Shurmur didn’t seem too worried about the unit.

“I think when you play offense, you try and get the most out of the players you have,” Shurmur at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “You have to use their skillsets. I do believe that it takes a village to spread the ball around. The quarterback gets the ball out. We have a lot of fine players on offense. We will spread the ball. We will find a way.”

The Giants’ offense without their star wideout, due to a strained groin, averaged three points more per game (25.5 points and 373.8 yards per game). The unit also averaged 25 more yards per game without Beckham.

What makes me think the New York Giants are betting on Coleman?

Big Blue invested a second-round tender on Coleman, tying up $2.025 in cap-space to the receiver. This is an extremely bold move considering his 71 total yards last season. Clearly, this a confidence instilling action by the front office.

At just 24-years-old, the Giants must believe that there’s untapped potential in Coleman. His career-best stat-line is 33-413-3. I expect Corey to slot in as the No. 3 receiver behind Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard, both of which can play as outside options.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Will Always Love The New York Knicks

The New York Knicks season is coming to an end.  Many fans can have momentary sigh of relief, until the stress is at an all-time high this off-season.  The Knicks end on back-to-back, in Chicago tonight then home for Detroit tomorrow.

Despite all of the stress, anxiety, sleepless nights and countless rumors that will be coming our way one thing is certain.  The city of New York is still in love with their New York Knicks.

The team recently won their 16th game of the season this past Sunday against the Washington Wizards.  And for all the fans that are still watching and grinding with the rest of us, you would have thought the Garden was hosting a playoff series.

The Mecca was rocking.  Madison Square Garden was the loudest it has been all season.  The countless videos on the social media of how insane the Garden faithful were reacting was something out of a movie, and the Knicks are the leagues worst team.

The Garden fans were losing their minds for the teams 16th win of the season.  Can you just imagine what that crowd will be like if the team lands the number 1 pick plus big named free agents?  Every game would be straight pandemonium.  I do not want to get ahead of myself, but that is all I can think of when seeing the videos of the fans react the way they did.

This just goes a to show that the Knicks are still the Kings of New York.  Yes, the Nets made the playoffs, good for them.  However, they will never live up to the magnitude and excitement the New York Knicks bring to the city.  That is why the big stage of the Garden, the Mecca will always remain supreme.  And the New York Knicks will always be number one in the state of New York.  New York Forever.

New York Yankees Blow Late Lead in Loss to Astros

New York Yankees, Zach Britton

The New York Yankees led 3-1 while going into the seventh inning against the Houston Astros, but a two-run double from Robinson Chirinos tied it up at three. The runs came off Zack Britton, but the loss was charged to Adam Ottavino who gave up a run in the eighth. The Yankees had one last chance in the ninth, but lineouts to right by Aaron judge and Giovanny Urshela and a pop out by Brett Gardner sealed the loss for the Bronx Bombers.

Judge getting his power

Aaron Judge hit a line drive home run to right for his third homerun in as many days. He went 2-for-3 as he also added a single. He hasn’t struck out since Saturday, which is a huge positive.

Clint Frazier kept up his hot bat on Monday, going 2-for-4 and clanking a line drive off the wall in left for an RBI. Since being called up, he is 9-for-21 and that includes going 0-for-3 and 1-for-3 in his first two games.

The other RBI came from Luke Voit on an RBI single. Despite under .200, he has been very productive at third in the order with two home runs and nine RBIs.

Masahiro Tanaka isn’t a pitcher; he’s an artist

For the third straight game, Masahiro Tanaka was fantastic. Tanaka threw six innings and just 78 pitches, 50 of which were strikes. He only struck out three, and gave up just three hits and one run. He was also able to get nine groundouts, something that the splitter and the slider make you do.

Tanaka’s one run given up was a 448-foot bomb by Jose Altuve who used all 5’6, 165 lbs of him to get that one as far as it went.  That was just the first home run given up by Tanaka this season.

The bullpen wasn’t great on Monday, Britton gave up two and Ottavino gave up one. The run off of Ottavino was on an infield single, and Carlos Correa beat it out with his lightning speed. The two runs off of Britton was from a deep double, which unsurprisingly Britton was unhappy about.

Game two of the series will take place on Tuesday at 8:00PM (ET) with Jonathan Loaisiga taking the ball for New York against Gerrit Cole of the Astros. The game will be on ESPN, YES Network, and FOX Sports Go.

New York Giants: The ‘Perfect’ Draft Scenario – Fixing the Most Holes

New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley

Filling positions of weakness with talent is far more difficult than it seems. Every Twitter manager on the planet could comprise a plan to fix the New York Giants, but the reality is, no player represents guaranteed success, no matter the level of talent.

Injuries and failure to translate makeup two of the primary factors that mitigate success at the NFL level. A subsequent ‘perfect’ draft can be broken down by the amount of draft capital spent to fill positions of need, and how that position is valued.

For example, the quarterback position is valued higher than the wide receiver, making a player like Arizona Cardinals passer Josh Rosen very precious. The Giants will look towards the 2019 draft with three things in mind – finding the succor for Eli Manning, solving the right tackle predicament, and adding a premium pass-rusher.

How can the New York Giants carry out this challenge?

It’s not very often that a top-10 draft pick from the year before becomes available for a second-round pick, especially one with as much talent as Rosen. It’s generally unknown if the Cardinals are looking to shop Rosen or if they plan to keep him and fill the media with smoke as they target a pass-rusher.

However, if Rosen is available for trade, the Giants shouldn’t hesitate to give up the No. 37 (second round) pick for him. He’s a top-tier pocket passer with the ability to make all the throws and move the ball down the field. He’s also more athletic than most give him credit for.

Essentially, grabbing Rosen would allow the Giants to utilize the 6th and 17th pick on the remaining positions of weakness. General manager Dave Gettleman could go ahead and draft the top edge defender available and proceed to fill the right tackle position with premium talent. Options like Jawaan Taylor and Andre Dillard could be on the board in the middle of the first round.

This would put them in a great position going into 2020 – nearly $100 million in cap-space and lesser value positions to fill. Linebacker, safety, cornerback, and wideout would be the expected soft spots. Those are position money can certainly fill while they build around costly positions filled with young players on their rookie deals.