Have the New York Giants Found Their Version of Taysom Hill?

The New York Giants have signed undrafted free agent, Eric Dungey.

The New York Giants signed undrafted quarterback out of Syracuse, Eric Dungey, who is looking to an opportunity to play at his natural position in the NFL. However, he might have to settle for something else, but that won’t stop him from competing.

The Giants have Dungey listed as a quarterback and a tight end, presenting an interesting theory. They might be looking to replicate the Taysom Hill effect that New Orleans utilized so well in 2018. Using Hill as a passer, tight end, blocker, and more, Dungey could play a similar role.

The four-year passer for Syracuse joins a talented group of rookies for the Giants including Daniel Jones, Dexter Lawrence, and Deandre Bakers, all first-rounders.

The New York Giants undrafted rookie stated:

“I just want to be able to compete, that’s what makes me the best,” Dungey said, via the Associated Press. “Daniel is a great quarterback but like I said, coach offered me an opportunity to play multiple positions and a chance to play quarterback. If I can do that and learn the offense to the best of my ability, I am looking forward to doing everything I can to help out.”

Having a player that’s willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, even if it means playing multiple positions, is beneficial. Dungey knows he isn’t the first choice quarterback, but he’s not against the idea of trying out new spots.

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Despite never having played tight end before, his 6’4″, 224-pound frame presents an opportunity for growth. For comparison’s sake, Evan Engram is 6’3″, 240 pounds. If Dungey can add a bit of muscle mass, he could develop into an experimental option.

“I’m just so happy for the opportunity,” Dungey told NJ Advance Media. “I’m just looking forward to making the most out of it.”

The Giants brought in a ton of talent to fill positions of need, whether it be at quarterback or in the secondary. There’s a good foundation of players looking to break into the starting squad come September.

New York Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury Likely to Miss Remainder of Season

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

Will the New York Yankees ever learn? Signing former Boston Red Sox players simply never works out, or rarely for all you sticklers. Johnny Damon was great in Pinstripes. The latest monster contract they dished out for a Red Sox, Jacoby Ellsbury, has turned into a nightmare for the team.

The Yankees are on the hook for $21 million in 2019 and 2020. Luckily, they can recoup some of that money back if he sits out for the remainder of the season.

How can the New York Yankees collect insurance on Jacoby Ellsbury?

The 35-year-old outfielder is owed $42 million in total over the next two seasons, and there’s a $5 million buyout of a $21 million option in 2021. The Yanks would be smart to keep injuring Ellsbury purposefully, as I simply don’t understand how he continues to pick up new ailments, in hopes of collecting $15,857,142 in insurance money.

Last week, manager Aaron Boone stated that Ellsbury is “dealing with different things” and that “a number of little things that continue to pop up.’’

If this quote doesn’t spell “insurance money,” I don’t know what does:

“He’s doing some things,” Boone on April 20th. “But he’s had different things that have popped up that haven’t allowed him to break through to get to that point to where we can start thinking about heavy baseball activity, heavy rehab games and stuff like that.

“He’s a little further off.”

Placing him on the 60-day injured list surely doesn’t bode well for the outfielder. Ellsbury had one impressive season with New York in 2014, hitting .271 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs. Since then, his average hasn’t broken .264 and age has surely taken its toll.

The last time he played in a professional game was in 2017, and the next time likely won’t be until 2019, if he doesn’t retire after a lengthy recovery from a procedure last August to repair a torn left hip labrum.

Ellsbury participated in light exercise this past spring after rehabbing for a majority of the winter in Pheonix. Plans to get him back into baseball shape have since fallen through.

 

 

New York Jets: Sam Darnold and LeVeon Bell Duo Can be Deadly

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

When LeVeon Bell lined up alongside veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger he was extremely effective. However, Big Ben wasn’t the most athletic quarterback out there, New York Jets passer Sam Darnold trumps him in that category.

Pairing Bell with Darnold will not only make the Jets’ offense that much better, but it will make the second-year passer more efficient and confident. Working with a less-than-adequate array of weapons in 2018, Darnold finished the year with 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions – not a noteworthy stat-line.

His top receiver, Robby Anderson, only had 752 total yards. Lacking a true No. 1 wideout hurt Darnold’s ability to throw, and it stripped him of any confidence in his playmakers. Adding options like Bell and Jamison Crowder will hopefully solve that issue.

Why LeVeon Bell is so important for the New York Jets:

Talented running backs bring much more to the field than just running ability – they present an outlet for their quarterback, a method of escape in the passing game as well.

Take a look at Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley. If Eli scans the field and is unable to find an open receiver, he knows Barkley will be there for the check-down. Bell will have a similar effect, giving Darnold that option out of the backfield.

Missing the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers does, in fact, pose a few physical hurdles for Bell. Is he in game shape? Will he need time to re-adjust to the NFL physicality?

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All legitimate questions that will be answered in September. Nonetheless, he brings a unique talent to an offense that has lacked skill at the running back position, or rather a dynamic player that can run with patience but also catch passes.

Bell earned 1,291 rushing and 655 receiving yards in 2017. If he can replicate that production with the Jets, the offense will be in pretty good shape moving forward.

New York Giants: Darius Slayton Can be Great if he Fixes Biggest Weakness

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

Dropping two of your first four targets on your first day of rookie minicamp surely isn’t the best way to convince coaches you have what it takes to succeed at the NFL level. However, if your New York Giants rookie Darius Slayton, that doesn’t stop you from bouncing back.

Slayton elevated his game after two early drops, securing several impressive catches, one of which was a full-body extension grab over the middle.

What did Shurmur think of the New York Giants rookie receiver?

“He ran good routes,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said. “He Had a couple of drops early. By the end of it, he made a couple of nice contested catches. That’s why you practice. There are a lot of new things to get used to. New routes. New ways of doing things. New places to line up. That’s just why you practice. I thought he finished the day real well.”

If you’re wondering what Slayton is capable of, check out this clip where he completely outmatches Greedy Williams for an impressive reception along the sideline.

Twisting and turning Slayton managed to hang on to the ball to pick up 20 yards. With Greedy’s hand on Slayton’s face-mask, he manages to adapt and find the ball in the air for the completion.

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Slayton’s gritty nature and 4.39 speed make him an all-around threat at the next level. While he’s not the most refined route runner and struggled in man-coverage at times, he has the tools to develop into a starting-caliber player.

Slayton’s drops seemed to be a consequence of poor technique. If he can refine that part of his game, he has the potential to be a quality target for Eli Manning and Daniel Jones in the future.

Overall, Slayton had a rocky start in his first day of practice, but he bounced back in a big way. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Pat Shurmur states all too often.

Gary Sanchez Goes Yard Twice and Paxton Injured as New York Yankees Win 6-3

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

James Paxton only pitched three innings due to an injury, but the bullpen stepped up, as well as the offense for the New York Yankees to beat the Twins 6-3.

The Yankees return home, and so does their offense

The Yankees got it going early in the first when Gleyber Torres singled home Brett Gardner. Luke Voit walked in the inning to extend his on-base streak to 42 games.

Voit also got a hit in the second, the ball staying in the infield, also registering an RBI.

The Yankees picked up two in the fourth off a wild pitch and a ground-ball to second off the bat of Gardner.

To conclude the offense, Gary Sanchez hit solo-home runs to left in the fifth and seventh for his ninth and tenth of the season.

Paxton’s brief evening

James Paxton was removed after the third inning with knee soreness, and will get an MRI on it Saturday.

He gave up two hits and a run, while walking three. It just looked like he was uncomfortable up there, and it showed in his performance. Now, the Yankees just have to hope that it isn’t too serious.

But luckily, the Yankees had a well rested bullpen.

Jonathan Holder pitched two perfect innings to continue his stretch of strong outings. Adam Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle each followed with perfect innings.

But, come the eighth, Zack Britton came in for an inning of work. After a walk, he served up a two-run homer to Nelson Cruz.

But it never amounted to anything, as Chapman shut it down for the save in the ninth.

Andujar is ready

Miguel Andujar will be in the line-up and be activated on Saturday. He will be the first of a few that are close to returning. Stanton and Hicks will be ready next.

To make room for Andujar, the Yankees sent Mike Ford down to AAA.

Game two of the series will take place on Saturday at 1:00PM on MLB Network, ESPN+, YES, and Fox Sports Go. JA Happ (1-2, 4.68 ERA) gets the ball for the Yankees against Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.34) of the Twins.

New York Yankees Receive Great News on the Injury Front

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees are getting reinforcements or rather a reinforcement. Youth star, Miguel Andujar, made the trip back to New York on Friday, making a return over the weekend probable. He will likely suit up on Saturday for the second game of a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins.

Getting back the AL Rookie of the Year runner-up will surely provide a boost to the Yankees offensive, a unit that only put up 3 total runs in a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite Andujar hitting just .231 on the season, he’s capable of being an explosive offensive weapon, and the Bombers need his abilities right now with several players on the injured list.

What has kept Miguel Andujar out of the starting lineup for the New York Yankees?

A small labrum tear in his right shoulder kept him off the field for several weeks, but a few minor league games and plenty of rehab has given the coaching staff enough reason to bring him back up to the starting team.

“He’s ready to go and I plan on him being on the team again tomorrow,” Boone said, according to the NY Post. “We feel comfortable he’s ready to go from a defensive standpoint.”

I imagine the Yankees will hold off on putting Andujar in the field, as he’s been worked back slowly in regard to throwing. While he has spent some time in the field, I anticipate him starting off as the designated hitter considering Gio Urushela’s recent success.

“I feel good, much better,” Andujar said. “Getting into a game and playing, seeing action on the field, was the most important thing for me. And I did that in Tampa, and everything felt good.”

If Andujar feels good performing in both the field and at the plate simultaneously, it’s possible the team features him in his regular role, however, I don’t believe they will in his first game back.


In addition to the third baseman, outfielder Clint Frazier will be reinstated from the injured list over the weekend making him available to play in left field over Cameron Maybin. He could also fill center field if they elect to give Brett Gardner a break.

Starting center fielder Aaron Hicks is also nearing a return, he’s finally playing live action games in center field. A stuff back has forced him out for quite some time, but manager Aaron Boone stated that Hicks has been healthy for quite some time, they were jus tproceeding with caution.