Kyler Murray Joins List Of Players To Visit New York Giants

The New York Giants are definitely looking at all the options when it comes to the upcoming NFL Draft. The team’s most high profile visits have been with quarterbacks and it was news recently when they hosted West Virginia star Will Grier for a visit. Now, more information has come out and it looks like the team brought in Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray on the same day.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Giants had Murray for a visit on Thursday. Murray joins the ranks of others who have visited the Giants, which includes not just the aforementioned Grier but also local outlier Trace McSorley and non-quarterback players such as Rashan Gary and Clelin Ferrel.

Murray was one of the best players overall during the college season but has some question marks coming into the NFL such as his size, standing at only 5’9″ or so. But while the height is the most publicized trait of Murray’s, there’s also other question marks such as the offense that Murray is coming out of, which isn’t very similar to an NFL style offense, and the fact that Murray will not be able to rely on superior teammates in the NFL like at Oklahoma.

Despite those question marks existing, though, Murray has been linked with the number one overall pick by a number of mock drafts and there’s plenty of talks about the Arizona Cardinals trading Josh Rosen to acquire Murray as their new starter instead.

Until recently, the Giants were often named as a part of those trade rumors. Murray looks like an outlier in terms of draft options for the team. There’s not a guarantee Murray makes it past the first pick, and if he does, there’s a number of questions keeping Murray from becoming Eli Manning’s successor.

New York Giants Could Draft ‘Massive’ Impact Player At No. 6, With Some Luck

The New York Giants would be lucky to snag Quinnen Williams with the No. 6 overall pick.

Predicting the top 10 picks in the NFL Draft is nearly impossible. The top 2 options are usually clear-cut, but everything after is a toss-up. It will be no different in 2019 and the New York Giants are in a position to snag a true impact player.

With any luck, star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams will drop right into their laps, erasing the thought of drafting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick. A player of Williams’ caliber only comes around every few years, especially at the defensive tackle position.

Adding Williams to the Giants’ 3-4 scheme would be not only exciting but simply just what the doctor ordered. The unit has struggled to rush the passer in recent years, sitting at 31st in total sacks in 2018. While the Alabama product would line up on the interior, his presence is significant and he is a pile-driving force off the line.

Last season, he earned 18.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and a safety. Williams is a true impact player with the ability to change the game at any point.

What makes Quinnen Williams so great?

Leverage. His ability to work from a low stance and drive his assignment back onto their heals is impressive. In addition to his strength, his hands are quick and accurate, shedding blockers and moving quickly into the pocket. His instincts are elite, as he’s capable of spotting runners and slowing them down if not completely tackling them.

The negatives point towards his weight and lack of physical stature. If he can put some muscle mass on and maintain his weight, Williams could quickly climb the totem pole of best defensive lineman in the league.

Joining an already promising New York Giants line:

Adding him to a line consisting of B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson would immediately upgrade the unit to a point of optimism. Last season, the duo was effective but lacked consistency at times. Hill showed impressive athleticism and ability to get into the backfield. Williams’ presence would essentially make it impossible to block the three big men from wreaking havoc on the line.


New York Yankees: Late Rally Falls Short as Yankees Swept by Astros

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

With the New York Yankees trailing 7-2 entering the eighth, Luke Voit led a late game charge by hitting a two run home run, followed by an RBI double by DJ LeMahieu for his third hit of the game. Quickly after, Clint Frazier hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field that was just feet from leaving the yard. This brought the Yankees to within one.

But, the Yankee bullpen didn’t help any. Zack Britton gave up a run in the bottom of the inning, killing the rally. The Yankees came up with nothing in the ninth, losing to Houston 8-6.

Paxton roughed up

It didn’t take long for the Yankees to get on the board. Brett Gardner hit a leadoff home run off Collin McHugh, the Houston starter. But the bottom of the inning was all Houston, with a home run by Jose Altuve and an RBI triple by Yuli Gurriel. Then, Carlos Correa doubled in a run in the third, before the Astros pulled away.

The Yankees scored a run in the top of the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly by DJ LeMahieu, but come the fifth, Jose Altuve homered (again), as well as a home run by Carlos Correa. An infield single by Jake Marisnick would make it 7-2, and Paxton was pulled in the midst of it.

In 4+ innings, Paxton gave up eight hits, five runs, and struck out five while walking three. He threw 95 pitches and gave up two home runs. Paxton got first pitch strikes to 13 of his 21 batters faced. He got just one ground ball all night, meaning he was quite off.

LeMahieu is proving the haters wrong

A lot of people said that DJ LeMahieu can only hit in Colorado. So far, he’s told those people otherwise. He is hitting .410 so far with 16 hits in 39 at-bats.

He is currently second in AL average, only to Tim Anderson of the White Sox who comes in town on Friday.

Game one against the White Sox is at 7:05PM on YES Network and FOX Sports Go. JA Happ gets the ball for the Yankees against Lucas Giolito of the White Sox.

New York Giants Could be Looking to Add 2012 6th Overall Draft Pick – Cornerback

The New York Giants brought corner Morris Claiborne in for a visit.

The New York Giants are lacking true depth at the cornerback position, a spot that will likely be addressed in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, opposite Janoris Jenkins in the No. 2 role, there is also a need.

The Giants brought in form Cowboy and Jets corner, Morris Claiborne, for a visit. With the attention hovering around the offense and the upgrading of the quarterback position, the corners have been lost in the smoke and mirrors. Finding a solid No. 2 to compliment Jenkins should be a priority.

General manager Dave Gettleman has not allocated the necessary resources to produce a quality secondary in the past – with the Carolina Panthers. I anticipate him taking a similar approach this season as he continues to rebuild the defensive line and pass rushing efficiency.

It’s possible the Giants grab Claiborne on a team-friendly deal. The former Jet had a bit of a resurgence after struggling with the Cowboys in the earlier portion of his NFL career. Morris has had a difficult time establishing his presence as a former top-10 pick, but there’s plenty of potential and value to be extracted with the right coaching.

What would Morris Claiborne bring to the New York Giants?

While the former Jet did not grade particularly well in his two seasons with the Jets (62.9 in 2017 and 62.7 in 2018), he was consistent in regards to health and dependability. He started in 30 of 32 games. The Giants have had issues with health in recent years and having a resilient player that you can count on to be available every game is a huge plus. However, if they lack the talent to cover skilled wide receivers, their reliability becomes redundant.

Claiborne allows anywhere from 55-60% completions when the ball is thrown his way. Additionally, he’s also one of the more penalized corners in the league.

The bottom line, the Giants would be getting decent value from the veteran corner, but he’s by no means a top player at his position. He would theoretically be a stop-gap while the team develops a young option or switches over to Sam Beal later on in the year.

New York Yankees Receive Good News on the Miguel Andujar Injury Front

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The injury bug has torn through the New York Yankees like polio in the early 1900s, it’s unstoppable and there’s nobody to blame. While manager Aaron Boone attempts to quiet the noise and throw nonsensical positivity into the media, there has been a bit of good news on the injury front.

Starting third baseman and youth star Miguel Andujar has achieved the first hurdle in his rehab program – throwing lightly during a game of catch. This might not be breathtaking news but it indicates he will likely avoid major surgery and begin working his way back gradually.

“Definitely felt better than I thought I would feel,’’ Andujar said of the 25-toss session at 60 feet.

When Andujar asked about the rehab process, according to the NY Post:

“We have to take it one day at a time and follow up with the program that we have in place and keep doing my treatment. That’s what we have to keep doing,’’ Andujar said.

The program is only just beginning, which means Andujar has a long road ahead of him until he’s back on the starting team. In the meantime, the Yankees have utilized new acquisition DJ LeMahieu and Giovanny Urshela at third base.

Starting pitcher Luis Severino has been ruled out for an additional six weeks after straining his lat. He will be completely shut down and won’t throw another ball until after the waiting period. This indicates a potential June return, which is far off and puts the Yanks in a tough spot after struggling without their ace.

Moving forward, I would expect the Bombers to continue leaning on their youth with the hopes that they can maintain minimal success until the team is healthy and ready to make a playoff push.

New York Giants: Why Extending Sterling Shepard Was a Great Move

New York Giants receiver, Sterling Shepard.

The New York Giants seem to be valuing slot receivers much higher than the rest of the NFL, signing and extending two top options for the next four seasons. It seems as if the front office is keen on creating a dynamic duo featuring Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, two of the league’s top slot options.

Tate recently signed a four-year, $37 million contract with the Giants to theoretically replace Odell Beckham Jr., and Shepard was extended on a four-year, $41 million deal with $21.3 million guaranteed.

The production of both wideouts has been impressive, and Shepard showed his potential with Beckham sidelined in 2017. His unique ability to create separation and get into space in the middle of the field has been documented, but his diversity in regards to playing on the boundary also elevates his stock.

Both Tate and Shep are capable of playing as wideouts, which increases their ability to produce in games. I expect head coach and offensive play-caller Pat Shurmur to utilize them in many different ways, all while focusing on star running back, Saquon Barkley.

The New York Giants are getting a lot out of Sterling Shepard:

The Giants’ second-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft has enjoyed 2,286 yards with 14 touchdowns over 190 career receptions. Last season, he had career-highs in receptions (66) and yards (872).

In comparison to several other slot-receiver deals that occurred over the offseason, the contract extension for Shepard could be perceived as a huge win for the Giants. Injury prone receiver Jamison Crowder signed a three-year, $28.5 million from the Jets and Adam Humphries earned a four-year, $36 million deal from the Titans. Both of those options are less talented than Sterling, who brings more than just talent to the slot position.

Saquon Barkley was extremely happy for his fellow teammate and good friend, taking to Twitter to show his appreciation.