New York Giants & Other NY Teams Pen Letter About Sports Gambling

The legality of sports gambling in the state of New York has been an ongoing debate that doesn’t look like it’s going to go away anytime soon. The NFL, of course, is one of the leagues that would be affected by the decision, regardless of what the final outcome on the issue is.

Because of this, the NFL teams in the state of New York have gotten involved in the conversation in recent days. Both the Jets and the Giants, as well as the Buffalo Bills, shared in creating the letter, which is titled “NFL Letter Regarding Sports Betting in New York State.” You can read the entire thing here, but the core idea of the letter was expressed in four points that the teams would like the New York State Senate Committee on Racing, Gambling, and Wagering to consider.

The first is a legal and regulated betting environment with protections for the consumer, the second is protection for each team’s intellectual property, the third is fan access to official league data, and the final one is adequate resources for law enforcement to eliminate illegal sports betting.

This Monday, the committee voted to advance an online and mobile sports betting bill. This is what the summary of the bill has to say about its contents and effects:

Provides for regulation of sports betting and mobile sports wagering; defines terms; implements a tax equivalent to eight and one-half percent of sports wagering gross revenue; requires reporting;  provides for civil penalties for violations; makes related provisions.

Perhaps the most obvious effect that this bill would have is allowing FanDuel and DraftKings, and other similar daily fantasy football sites to operate in New York.

It could be a good thing for Giants fans. We don’t know how the 2019 season will go yet, but if it starts anything like last year’s first half, winning in daily fantasy just might be a good distraction from the on the field results.

BREAKING: Miguel Andujar Out For Season For New York Yankees

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

During game two of the New York Yankees doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, it was announced that Miguel Andujar will undergo season ending surgery on his right shoulder labrum. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad of New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Monday.

Andujar, bat .128 over 47 at-bats and drove in just one run in 2019. He only had three hits since he was previously activated from the IL on May 4th.

The Yankees will be able to recover from the blow. Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu have had spectacular seasons thus far and provide way better defense than Andujar. If they keep playing like they have been, it will be hard to notice that Andujar is out of the lineup.

Best wishes to the young fella, and we hope to see you on the field soon.

New York Knicks Daymean Dotson Out Until Training Camp

New York Knicks, Damyean Dotson

New York Knicks shooting guard Daymean Dotson underwent surgery today to repair a torn labrum.  This reports comes via Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Dotson is still expected to be ready for training camp next season.  The team does not expect ‘Dot’ to miss any other time.

SNY’s Ian Begley report that the Knicks guard to be sidelined for ‘roughly two months’.

This could explain while Dotson was up and down towards the end of the season.  However, the New York Knicks are still looking to get even more out of the Houston product as he can be a valuable team asset.

New York Giants: Ranking the Offensive Play Makers

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants have plenty of playmakers to spread the ball around to, but which ones will be prioritized?

The rebuild of the offensive line is complete for the New York Giants after the signing of former Minnesota Vikings right tackle, Mike Remmers. Despite the expected upgrade, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chad Wheeler give him a run for his money, head coach Pat Shurmur did state that the position is Wheeler’s to lose.

The strengthening of the offensive front will ultimately benefit the entire team, especially veteran quarterback Eli Manning and his inability to function without ample time in the pocket. But, while one group of players strengthens, another weakens. The Giants lost star wideout Odell Beckham Jr.’s talents in the electrifying play-making department, but I believe they have plenty of talent to make up for his departure.

Ranking the New York Giants playmakers:

1.) Saquon Barkley

Yes, this is the easiest one of them all. Barkley amassed over 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2018 – his rookie season. There’s no question he will be even more impactful in his second-year behind an offensive front that’s more experienced. Bringing in Kevin Zeitler should do wonders in the run game, especially considering the influence of Jamon Brown midway through last season.

Barkley is always one play away from a game-changing run…or catch. He’s a multi-faceted player that can carve up an opposing defense in many different ways. His talent stretches far beyond running the football, but he will surely utilize that attribute the most in the season ahead.

2.) Eli Manning

You might be wondering, why’s Manning ranked No. 2 here? The reason — without him, the receivers don’t matter. He’s the facilitator for the offense and if he’s playing well, everybody else excels. Manning had the best completion percentage in his entire career last year (66%), according to Pro Football Reference.

While garbage time and Barkley dump offs accounted for a ton of his yardage and statistical efficiencies, it’s part of the game plan. Barkley will be utilized in that fashion frequently. Nobody questions Tom Brady’s success when he racks up yards on short passes in the flat.

I anticipate Manning having a better season compared to the past two seasons, simply due to the offensive line.

3.) Sterling Shepard

This is the year Shepard really comes into his own. He has lived in the shadow of Odell Beckham Jr. his entire career, but now is his time to emerge as the Giants’ No. 1 receiver. He has shown the ability to produce when featuring in the top role, but this season should be his to command.

The attention will be focused around Barkley, which opens up the field for Shep and his quick twitch abilities. Lining him up in the interior and exterior should cause issues for opposing defenses — I’m expecting him to elevate his game after earning a four-year deal worth $41 million.

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4. Evan Engram

The Giants’ third-year tight end is primed for a breakout campaign. He average nearly double the yardage when OBJ was off the field in 2018, but the fact of the matter is he’s a single-dimension tight end. The Giants don’t use him as a primary blocker, but rather a receiver off the line of scrimmage.

Engram has the ability to be a premium pass catcher and red-zone target, but it ultimately comes down to his catch rate that jumped from 55.7% to 70.3% in his two years as a professional. His hands are clearly improving, but Engrams biggest hurdle is his health. If he can remain on the field and maintain consistency, he can emerge as one of the better receiving tight ends in the league.

5. Golden Tate

I don’t want to call Tate, Beckham’s replacement, but that’s exactly what he is. He’s a bit more experienced than Shepard, but he lacks in familiarity with Manning and Shurmur’s scheme. He is the No. 1 receiver in the NFL when it comes to yards after the catch, but he lands in the 5 spot because of his age.

The one thing I do love is how he can line up in the slot and on the outside, similar to Shepard. Opposing defenses will have a very hard time managing both as they flip-flop around the field.

 

Could the New York Knicks Still Land Anthony Davis?

Should the New York Knicks prioritize Anthony Davis after Kevin Durant injury?

WOW! What just happened at the NBA Draft lottery was unexpected, and changed all of the Anthony Davis rumors. The rumor that the team with the number one overall pick would get Anthony Davis is impossible now. Can the New York Knicks still land Anthony Davis now that they have the third pick in the draft?

One month out from the draft, many experts are quickly saying that Ja Morant will go second overall, many experts are quickly predicting RJ Barrett will go to the Knicks. What if the Pelicans want to pair Zion with Barrett?

How can the New York Knicks find a way to trade for Anthony Davis?

The Pelicans might be intrigued by pairing the former Duke players, to spear there rebuild. The Knicks should be interested in seeing if the Pelicans would accept a package of the #3 pick, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, and maybe a future pick or another young player.

If I’m the Knicks, I’m getting on the phone immediately with the Pelicans, to see if Anthony Davis still wants out, and seeing what it would take to make sure the Pelicans have picks #1 and #3.

 

New York Yankees: Putting a Positive Spin on the Injury Bug

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

How can we possibly put a positive spin on the injury bug plaguing the New York Yankees right now? Let’s see if we can try.

A major league baseball team plays 162 games per season, which is a great deal of time for players. Teams who make the postseason could end up playing 20 extra games (given that each series went to the final game). In an attempt to avoid fatigue, managers will often give a player a day off to allow them to rest.

Key players for the New York Yankees like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, are all rehabbing and resting on the injured list. These players who are taking time off to care for themselves could benefit the team greatly when they come off the IL.

After the All-Star break, the races for division winners and wildcard contenders will begin. The Yankees will have these key players fully rested and healthy, ready to go. In the last 50 games of the year when other team’s players are fatigued, our guys that are off the IL will hopefully be feeling fresh and new. Fully rested players that are starting their seasons 40-50 games in could potentially add to the Yankees’ World Series hopes.

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Where have the Yankees seen this before?

2019 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, played an extra 14 games for the postseason. This brought their season into late October. Since their season went so long, the Red Sox didn’t pitch their starting rotation a ton during spring training to allow them to savor the health of their arms. This is possibly why the Red Sox’s start to the season was so lousy.

 

What Kendrys Morales Brings to the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have traded for Kendrys Morales.

After Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was postponed, the New York Yankees announced that they traded for Kendrys Morales from the Athletics. In exchange, the Yankees will send a player to be named later or cash.

What we’re working with

Morales, 35, is a switch-hitting first baseman and DH, but primarily a DH. After a .203 start to the season over 109 at-bats, the Athletics had DFA’d him on Monday.

Morales is generally a power hitter that can accumulate a lot of home runs and doubles. Power hitters’ averages usually rise once they become a Yankee because of the short porches down the lines at Yankee Stadium.

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What the New York Yankees expect out of him

The Yankees are hoping that they can plug Morales into the six or seven spot in the order to drive in runs. They don’t need him to hit for a great average, just get run production via extra base hits and home runs.

With Andujar now on the IL again, that secures Giovanny Urshela’s spot at third for the meantime. Because of that, it will leave some time at the DH spot open for Morales. Hopefully, he shouldn’t be needed in the field at all. Luke Voit is in a little rut right now, but should soon recover from it. Plus, Morales isn’t really known to be a gold-glover.

Hopefully, the acquisition of Kendrys Morales should help boost the lineup and cover up some of the injuries.

 

New York Jets: Most Impactful Acquisition Might Not be Le’Veon Bell

The New York Jets acquired CJ Mosely this offseason.

The New York Jets acquired several free agents this offseason – Le’Veon Bell headlined the group, but he might not be the most impactful player in 2019.

After New York Jets first-round pick from 2018 Sam Darnold went through growing pains last season, there was no question the team needed to bring in more talent.

Providing Darnold with Jermaine Kearse as his No. 1 receiving option and Robby Anderson as his most productive target just didn’t cut it. Going out and securing star running back Le’Veon Bell was a priority, and his presence instantly makes the team much better.

Darnold will have a serious threat out of the backfield, and he will have a security blanket in the passing game. Bell is a generational talent and the Jets second-year passer will reap the rewards.

The Jets might get even more value from a different signing:

However, I’m not convinced Bell will be the most impactful acquisition this upcoming season. A year away from football will require Bell to regain his form and condition his body to the brutality of the NFL. The player who I believe will excel is linebacker, CJ Mosely.

In five season, Mosely has earned Pro Bowl credentials in four. He’s an elite defender that rarely gets injured and perform consistently throughout the season. He’s the perfect fit for the Jets in the middle of the field.

Tallying 106 total tackles, six for a loss, and five passes defended, Mosely has proven he’s more than just a tackling machine. He can play in coverage and dominate in all facets of the game, and coming off another successful season makes me believe he will be extremely influential for the Jets in 2019.

A tough player like CJ in the AFC East will pay dividends. Finally! The Jets have a team worthy of standing up tall to the New England Patriots and coming away victorious. The light at the end of the tunnel is nearly there, all we have to do is reach.

 

New York Knicks & NBA Lottery Recap

So… RJ Barrett anyone? Getting the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is certainly not what us Knicks fans wanted, and to see the Pelicans end up with Duke’s Zion Williamson is incredibly irritating. However, all is not lost, and here are some takeaways from Tuesday’s drama-filled night.

It’s Okay to be Upset

First and foremost, it is completely okay to be upset. The Knicks were the worst team in the league and are now picking third. Logically, that does not add up. I have said it before, and I will say it again: the one year the Knicks tanked properly, the NBA screwed the lottery odds. Tuesday night proved that statement to be true. As Stephen A. Smith said last night, “TYPICAL KNICKS!”

But it’s Not the End of the World

All that said, it is going to be okay. Keep in mind, the Knicks beat the odds tonight. They had a 49% chance at the fifth pick, and ended up picking third. That, by definition, is a win. Duke’s RJ Barrett, who is the presumptive third best player in the draft, is still a good prospect. There is still at least a greater-than-fifty percent chance that Kevin Durant is wearing the orange and blue next season. The Knicks are simply adding a highly-talented player, and that is something to be happy about.

It’s also important to keep things in perspective. While these odds seem unfair now, in last year’s draft, we would have been ecstatic. It is not the league’s fault that this draft is weak. In this draft, the top three is where you want to be. Barrett, Murray State’s Ja Morant, and Williamson are all a tier above everyone else in most people’s minds, and to be able to get one of those first two is a good thing.

Where Do We Go From Here?

The first thing I think Scott Perry should do is to get on the phone with David Griffin, general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. While they seem confident that they can keep star Anthony Davis, he may want out no matter what, and a package centered around RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox may still be enticing. Would the ‘Pels be interested in a reunion of the two former Dukies?

If New York is unable to swing a deal for Davis, and it seems unlikely that Griffin would want to part ways with AD, then they should turn to the second-tier star market. Players such as Jrue Holiday or Bradley Beal may be available for the right price. And Barrett, who was considered to be the top prospect before this season, may rank higher on some teams’ boards than all of us realize. Could a team like Washington, that wants to shake things up, bite? It’s worth a shot.

If all else fails, the Knicks would just make the pick at number three. Barrett and Morant, to me, or both solid prospects that very clearly are benefitting from being in a weak draft. That doesn’t make them bad, and it should not preclude the Knicks from taking one of them at three. It doesn’t seem like many fans would be excited with Barrett, but given the chance to develop without shouldering a heavy load, he can be a really solid player.

This wasn’t the outcome most of us hoped for, but it is, in a word, fine. Let’s move on to bigger and better things (Hello, KD). Keep your heads up, Knicks fans, and please, no more tattoos.

What the New York Giants can do With Evan Engram in 2019

New York Giants, Evan Engram

The New York Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in return for several draft picks and safety Jabrill Peppers. Will OBJ’s absence benefit third-year tight end, Evan Engram?

The New York Giants will begin the 2019 season down one generation talent, but the quality remaining should see a boost in production. Their stats tell a story of elevation in the absence of Beckham Jr., and while his influence was impactful and will be missed, options like Evan Engram will benefit.

In 2018, OBJ missed the last four games of the season, and that small sample size offers some interesting data that can either be considered or brushed under the rug. Now, 4 games don’t scream accuracy, but when nearly every player saw an uptick in production and the team averaged more points per game, it’s worth looking into.

Over the first 12 games of the season, Engram racked up a mere 36.7 yards per game receiving. In the remaining four games, he averaged 80 yards — that’s a significant difference in production. More than double to be precise. Does this mean he will explode onto the scene in 2019? Certainly not, but it surely provides optimism that his impact will be more apparent.

How can the New York Giants diversify Engram’s play?

One of the things I love about Engram is that he’s multi-faceted. He can play as a natural tight end, blocking from the interior, or he can be motioned out into the slot and run solid routes. He’s a natural-born seam route exposer — his fantastic speed and physicality as a receiver allows him to open up the middle of the field and draw coverage away from Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate (in the future). It also takes attention away from Saquon Barkley, the Giants’ premier play-maker.

However, I see the Giants taking a different approach with Engram in 2019. I get the sense they will use him more-so as a receiver than a blocking tight end. With Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson, two blocking tight ends, featuring on the team, it opens the door for Engram to finally reach his potential.

Looking at the former first-round pick’s catch rate — it skyrocketed from 2017 to 2018. In his rookie season, Engram caught just 55.7% of passes throws his way. One year later he earned a 70.3% catch rate. Improving the offensive line which allows Eli Manning to be more accurate with his passes should directly influence Engram’s efficiency in the passing game.