New York Giants: Chad Wheeler To Have Fair Shot At Keeping Spot

New York Giants, JJ Watt

With the New York Giants bringing in reinforcements in the form of veteran right tackle Mike Remmers, it might look like the offensive line battle is already decided. Right tackle has been a position of need ever since things failed to work out with former first round draft pick Ereck Flowers, who is now on the Jacksonville Jaguars, and last season it looked like Chad Wheeler would be a stopgap until a real solution can be found.

That solution could be Mike Remmers, who is only on a one year deal but still seems like the best option at this point for the Giants going froward. Remmers is more experienced, having played for the Vikings most recently and starting 64 games for multiple teams over a career that began as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and overall has a much better resume than the still very new and very raw Wheeler.

However, the starting job isn’t going to go to Remmers just by virtue of resume.

Last week when the Giants were still looking into signing Remmers, Wheeler was the one named the starter at right tackle. According to offensive line coach Hal Hunter, if someone wants to take the spot for themselves, they’ll have to dethrone Wheeler.

“If you’re the best player at that position at anytime, we owe it to the organization, the team, for you to be in that lineup. We all compete. They know, they understand they’re competing every single day. Chad, right now, is starting off as the first right tackle, and it’s up to him to hold the position. It’s up to everybody else to beat him out,” Hunter said.

‘Everybody else’ includes both Remmers and George Asafo-Adjei, the latter of which was drafted in the seventh round this year and was believed to be good competition for Wheeler before the Remmers signing shifted the balance on the offensive line a bit more.

Of course, it’s something of a long shot for Wheeler to win the job over the more experienced veteran, especially since Wheeler’s play during the 2018 season was only considered acceptable because it was better than worse alternatives. More options, however, is always a good thing – and so far, it looks like the Giants organization does consider Wheeler to be a legitimate option on the list of players competing for the right tackle position.

New York Giants: Best Articles From Around the Web 5/12/19

The New York Giants have finally completed the rebuild of the offensive line, what a journey that has been. Through the Jerry Reese abysmal decisions to the near overthrow of the oligarch that’s the Mara family, we’ve been through a lot, haven’t we, folks.

I think we deserve a bit of, I don’t know, winning? Success doesn’t seem like too much to ask when you’re one of the league’s most illustrious franchises. Maybe Daniel Jones is the next Messiah, if he can bring us even one Super Bowl it will be a success. But, I always forget we have Saquon Barkel prowling the field on Sunday’s. His influence alone is something to be excited about.

Anyway —

Here are the top New York Giants articles from around the web!

Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – Ex-GM: Giants got it right with Daniel Jones at No. 6

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – The New York Giants Secondary Before and After the 2019 NFL Draft

Ralph Vacchiano (SNY) – How will Giants’ Eli Manning handle his mentorship of Daniel Jones?

John Fennelly (Giants Wire) – Eli Manning’s Giants career comes full circle with presence of Daniel Jones

Post Wire Reports (New York Post) – Dwayne Haskins is turning heads at Redskins camp after Giants passed

La Semana Yankee

New York Yankees, Yankees, CC Sabathia

Hoy los Yankees de Nueva York perdieron 7-2 contra los Rayos de Tampa Bay. Lanzador CC Sabatia tiro 5 entradas antes de gerente Aaron Boone lo saco del juego.  Los bates no aparecieron hoy y los Yankees no pudieron montar una ofensa para poder ganar el juego de hoy. En los ultimos 8 juegos los Yankees han ganado 6 juegos de 8.

Durante ese tiempo los lanzadores primarios han tirado 40 entradas dejándose anotar 17 carreras. El nativo de la Republica Dominicana Domingo German en su ultimo dos juegos ha tirado 11.2 entradas dejando anotar 4 carreras mientras ponchando a 12. JA Happ ha tirado 9.2 entradas mientras ponchando a 10.

Los lideres de la ofensa en ese tiempo han sido receptedor Gary Sánchez otro nativo de Santo Domingo bateando 8 de 25 con 3 carreras empujadas Gio Urshela  8 de 21 con 7 carreras empujadas Venezolano Gleyber Torres 8 de 25 con 2 carreras empujadas y DJ Lemahieu 11 de 25 con 4 carreras empujadas.

Luke Voit el que comienzo la temporada caliente se ha congelado un poco bateando 2 de su ultimo 26 con 4 carreras empujadas. Dos Yankees que reactivaron de la lista de heridos Dominicano Miguel Andujar y Clint Frazier todavía no han encontrado sus ritmos con el bate bateando respectamente 7 de 46 con 0 carreras empujados combinados.

Mientras el nuevo Yankee Maybin ha resusetado su carrera desde llegando a Nueva York bateando 11 de 34 con 6 carreras 3 carreras empujadas 7bases robadas mientras bateando 324.

The New York Giants Secondary Before and After the 2019 NFL Draft

The narrative pointed at the New York Giants’ secondary prior to the 2019 NFL draft was certainly a bad one. Featuring just Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal, and Grant Haley in the defensive backfield, the Giants needed to make several major moves to upgrade the unit.

Beal, a third-round supplemental draft pick from 2018, missed all of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The Giants knew about the ailment but saw the upside in his talent electing to take him anyway. He will now compete with two new corners that present a fantastic value in the first and fourth-round round specifically.

Deandre Baker, coined the best corner in the draft, and Julian Love, an absolute steal in the fourth, will now battle it out for starting jobs alongside Beal and Haley.

The Penn State undrafted free agent from 2018 will compete with Love in the slot position playing primarily in nickel packages. The unit turned over completely after the draft — here’s a look at a before and after the draft:

BEFORE:

Outside: Janoris Jenkins/Sam Beal               Inside: Grant Haley

AFTER:

Outside: Janoris Jenkins/Sam Beal/ Deandre Baker/Julian Love           Inside: Grant Haley/Julian Love

Adding two new immediate starters to the unit will help in extracting the most value out of the players they have. Beal’s value is unknown, but his lack of experience will not help when it comes to earning a starting role. However, I do believe that the plan is to provide Beal with a year’s worth of experience in a reserve role.

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What the New York Giants’ plan could look like:

With Jenkins’ contract expiring at the end of 2020, the plan could be to provide Beal and Baker with plenty of experience to take over upon his departure. Baker will likely emerge as the No. 1 option on the team with Love featuring in the slot. This would provide the supplemental draft pick, Beal, with a chance to earn the No. 2 corner spot.

This plan would not only be the ideal scenario, but it would provide the Giants with a young core in the secondary for years to come. Of course, we cannot forget about Corey Ballentine either. The sixth-round pick was recently shot in a terrible incident, but he’s expected to make a full recovery and join the Giants for mini-camp. He’s a long shot to compete for a starting role, but I wouldn’t rule him out as his size and speed are impressive.

Ballentine still has some room for growth in regards to his instincts and awareness, but a year of development will do wonders for his future success.

The Safety position:

Moving on to the safeties, the Giants are betting big on former Arizona Cardinal, Antoine Bethea. His relationship with DC James Bettcher played a big part in bringing him over to New York. I do like this move as he still has some gas left in the tank and will be a fantastic mentor for the new members in the secondary.

In addition to Bethea, the Giants now have Jabrill Peppers prowling the secondary. He’s realistically Landon Collins’ replacement, but he’s far less of talent against the run. Peppers can cover well and line up all over the field like a Swiss Army knife. Bettcher will get the most value out of him playing him in coverage and close to the line of scrimmage. I’m extremely excited to see what he can do in the secondary this season. Bethea should be a fantastic mentor for Peppers as well.

 

 

The New York Giants’ Offensive Line Rebuild Is Complete

New York Giants, Mike Remmers, Minnesota Vikings

The New York Giants have had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL for years. Former Giants general manager Jerry Reese did not have an eye for offensive line talent.

A prime example of this is the Giants 10th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Ereck Flowers. Flowers let up 180 pressures from 2015 to 2018 before being cut midseason by the new general manager, Dave Gettleman.

Dave Gettleman came to the Giants in 2018 and his mission was to rebuild the offensive line. In his second year with the Giants, the offensive line rebuild seems to be complete.

The New Offensive Line:

Left Tackle: Nate Solder

The Giants had issues with Ereck Flowers at left tackle from 2015 to 2017. Finally, during the last offseason, the Giants made a change at the offensive line’s most important position. Dave Gettleman signed Nate Solder to be the highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL in 2018, Gettleman’s first season as general manager of the Giants.

Nate Solder struggled mightily in the first half of the 2018 NFL season. Fortunately, Solder turned it around in the second half of the season. Over the second half of the year, Solder allowed only one sack and 13 total pressures. Solder is the captain on the offensive line. The 31-year-old veteran will need to contribute a few more seasons of the level of play he demonstrated in the second half of 2018 in order to live up to that historic contract.

Left Guard: Will Hernandez

Will Hernandez is one of the most promising young players on the Giants’ roster. The Giants drafted Big Will in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He already looks like a steal of a draft pick who should’ve been selected in the first round.

He made the Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team for his dependable play. Hernandez earned the league’s second-highest grade for a rookie interior offensive linemen and was only penalized two times across 1,027 snaps.

Center: Jon Halapio

In week two of the 2018 NFL season, the Giants, unfortunately, lost center Jon Halapio to a season-ending leg injury. Halapio was playing solid football at the time he went down. Dave Gettleman himself said that Halapio was playing the best out of anyone on the offensive line before he got injured.

In week one, Jon Halapio had Pro Football Focus’s third-best pass blocking grade (85.2) among centers with at least 50 offensive snaps.

Jon Halapio will likely be the starter in 2019 unless Spencer Pulley is able to outperform him in camp. If Halapio can show that his first week and a half of the 2018 season was not a fluke, he will win the starting job.

Right Guard: Kevin Zeitler

The Giants acquired guard Kevin Zeitler via trade with the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 NFL offseason. The Giants traded their best pass-rusher Olivier Vernon in order to acquire Zeitler. It is never easy to trade away your best pass-rusher, but the Giants got arguably the best offensive lineman on their team in exchange for Vernon.

Kevin Zeitler is one of the best guards in the NFL. He is a highly efficient pass-blocker, allowing only 11 total pressures in 2018. The Giants’ starting right guards in 2018, Patrick Omameh and Jamon Brown, combined for 39 total pressures. Zeitler will be a huge improvement for the Giants in 2019.

Right Tackle: Mike Remmers

After much speculation, the Giants finally signed Mike Remmers on Saturday. Remmers agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants worth $2.5 million, with $1 million fully guaranteed and a max value of $4 million through play-time incentives, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.

Remmers has a strong connection with the Giants’ front office. He used to play for the Panthers when Dave Gettleman was their general manager and he used to play for head coach Pat Shurmur when he was the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings went to the NFC Championship game in 2017 with Mike Remmers at right tackle. He was switched to guard in 2018, suffered an injury and struggled, but returning to his natural position of right tackle with the Giants should lead to better performance.

Poor Bullpen Management Finally Bites New York Yankees Against Tampa

New York Yankees, Zack BRitton

On Saturday, the New York Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 7-2.

However, the score was close for most of the game. A few decisions regarding the bullpen over the last few days may of been the reason for the lopsided loss.

A fresh-ish Kahnle

A lot of people were left asking why Tommy Kahnle didn’t pitch on Saturday. His ERA has been one of the best in baseball, sitting at 1.13.

Kahnle was used on Thursday and Friday, but got it done so efficiently that he threw just 18 total pitches over an inning each outing. He would of likely been fine to pitch a third day in a row.

Green was available

The Yankees also mentioned before the Tampa series began that reliever Chad Green was about ready to rejoin the team from Scranton during the weekend. The plan is that Green would not appear in anymore AAA games, and his next outing would be an MLB outing.

If the Yankees needed a fresh arm, I don’t understand why you don’t just call him up. He could potentially give you two innings with his revamped stuff.

Why inning-by-inning doesn’t always work.

With guys pitching an inning a night, it allows them to pitch multiple nights in a row. If a pitcher throws multiple innings in an outing, they likely become unavailable the next night.

Well, the Yankees threw all of their big guys on Thursday and Friday, those being Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Aroldis Chapman.

You know that if you have several close games in a row, you will want to have you best pitchers throw, right?

In the Yankees mindset, if there would be three close games in a row, it would be on the low-leverage guys to get the job done.

Instead of throwing all four big guys for two nights in a row, plan so you have say Kahnle and Chapman throw one night, and have throw Britton and Ottavino the next, each pitcher throwing two innings. So each pitcher would throw two innings, then get a night off. Then, stick a low-leverage guy in there if you get a short start or are forced to do so in a long game. But, extra innings games often see all of your high leverage pitchers anyway.

Since the Yankees had none of their good arms ready on Saturday, Jonathan Holder and Nestor Cortes Jr. came in and combined to give up five runs over three innings.

Maybe if Aaron Boone had better bullpen management, the Yankees would be able to win a few more games. The management of his bullpen is one of the two things holding the team back, the other obviously being injuries.

New York Jets: Chris Herndon Preparing to Take his Game to the Next Level

New York Jets, Chris Herndon

The 2018 season opened up various doors and provided answers for the New York Jets. From quarterback Sam Darnold to a leaky offensive and defensive front, multiple issues were in need of support heading into the NFL Draft.

However, one position that looked solidified was tight end. Second-year man Chris Herndon is primed for a successful season in 2019. After putting up 502 yards and four scores last year, Herndon is preparing to take his game to the next level.

Just check out this catch from the former third-rounder, one of the snags of the year and a testament to his talent:

Herndon is not only a solid receiver, but he’s a quality blocker as well. A solid frame — 6-foot-4, 253-pounds helps him excel in multiple facets of the game.

What the New York Jets offense looks like now:

With several influential signings being made this offseason, the offense now has plenty of talent to operate at a high level. Bringing on star running back Le’Veon Bell and slot receiver Jamison Crowder should immediately increase Darnold’s efficiency.

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Last season, the Jets’ offense ranked #23 in points scored with 20.8 per game, according to NFL.com. Bell’s influence will surely provide more points and the experience of Darnold and Herndon will aid in its elevation as well.

The Jets also drafted West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco this offseason to provide even more support at the position. Wesco is considered the top blocking tight end out of the 2019 prospects, which should provide the Jets with the opportunity to utilize two tight end sets effectively.

 

 

 

New York Giants: Solid Linebacker Still Available in Free Agency

Should the New York Giants pursue Josh Bynes in free agency?

The fact of the matter is, the New York Giants simply cannot put all their chips in on middle linebacker B.J. Goodson any longer. Missing 10 games over the past two seasons does not help the overall success of the defense, and when on the field, Goodson was never elite.

In 2018, he played in 15 games starting 13 of them. He earned 61 combined tackles, four for a loss, and 0.5 sacks. To be quite honest, I cannot recall a moment or game that he stood out. Maybe the week one gem he enjoyed against the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, but he quickly found his way on to injured reserve.

However, there’s still one option remaining in free agency that could make sense for the Giants.

New York Giants: Could Josh Bynes be a solid pickup at linebacker?

Former Arizona Cardinal, Josh Bynes, featured at the inside linebacker position for a majority of his career before moving over to middle linebacker. Last season, he played his more natural position racking up impressive numbers, or at least ones that trump Goodson’s.

Earning 75 combined tackles, 52 solo, 5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and five passes defended was Bynes, according to Pro Football Reference. These are impressive stats, despite the linebacker turning 30-years-old in 2019. He could provide short-term value alongside Alec Ogletree for a low cost.

Last year, Bynes ranked in the top five at his specific position and was the #14 ranked linebacker in all of football, according to PFF. Adding him to a relatively weak and unreliable Giants unit would immediately provide an upgrade and see more value to the defense. He’s a seasoned veteran that can fill in valiantly or even start — a one/two-year deal might be worth exploring, especially if the team intends to bring in several younger players to work their way through the system. He can help in a leadership role as well.

A two-year, $2.5M deal would be more than enough to secure him.