New York Giants: Landon Collins Claims Gettleman Doesn’t Want Vocal Players

New York Giants, Landon Collins

The New York Giants may have moved on from safety Landon Collins, but it’s not quite clear if Collins has moved on from the Giants yet. Since joining the Washington Redskins, Collins has become something of a source for inside information on what the Giants organization was like during his time there. Collins has spoken in the past weeks about feeling heartbroken that the team let him go, and also claims that the locker room loved fellow departed player Odell Beckham Jr.

More recently, Collins spoke to ESPN and talked about the departure of both players, as well as others who were sent away following Dave Gettleman’s appointment as General Manager.

According to Collins, the reasons why he and others were traded or allowed to leave in free agency weren’t just on the field ones. Rather, it may have had something to do with certain players being too outspoken for the front office’s tastes.

“I know with myself, [Harrison], Odell, [Vernon], all we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us. We had to get them to get us winning pieces to help us at least be contenders. I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants, you know, and our words stood out more,” Collins told ESPN.

Collins claimed that the team didn’t want them to bring media attention to the Giants’ situation because it wasn’t ‘good media.’

“I wish he’d say something. Try to. I mean, he had come around, shake your hand, say ‘Good job, big fella,’ or something like that. But honestly, talking to him, or saying anything, having a full conversation or anything with him, nothing,” Collins said about GM Dave Gettleman.

“I mean, he basically … I don’t know him, he don’t know me, that’s kind of how it just kind of was.”

Gettleman definitely didn’t take much time to start cleaning house after getting the job with the Giants, but it remains to be seen whether much has been cleaned up at all. Players such as Beckham, Collins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon are now gone, and some of those trades can be considered better than others, but the fact of the matter is that the Giants are now left with an entirely unproven group and have removed many of the cornerstones from the team’s most recent playoffs appearance.

Gettleman will look good if the Giants can bounce back to that standard within the next couple of years, but if the results continue as they have for the past two seasons, it might just end up looking like having more vocal players is a better alternative to the current state of things.

 

New York Knicks: Conflicting Frank Ntilikina Reports

New York Knicks, Frank Ntilikina

Over the past two days, reports have surfaced that New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina wants out of New York.

According to Stefan Bondy, Ntilikina ‘desires a relocation’ from New York after switching agents to French agent Bouna Ndiaye.  Empire Sports Media also reported yesterday.

Last night, New York Posts Marc Berman and SNYs Ian Begley, both tweeted that despite all of the trade rumors, Ntilikina is happy and wants to be in New York.

Bondy simply got dooped into believing wrong information and tried to break the news first.  It appears like he misinterpreted information or simply blamed the twitter account, French Knicks Pod. 

All of this news about Ntilikina requesting a trade seems to false, for now.  To be honest, Ntilikina do not seem like the person that would do that anyway.  So, hearing the report that he wants a trade was a little odd.

The Knicks might still be looking to move Ntilikina for the another pick in this upcoming draft.  But for now, Ntilikina is still a New York Knick.

Also, why would the Knicks want to move Ntilikina anyway, despite saving an extra 5 mil.  Ntilikina has underperformed, but only because he is between positions.  His value is low and he is still 20-years-old.  No need to give up on a young player who can be your lockdown defender in the future.

Should the New York Knicks Keep Emmanuel Mudiay?

New York Knicks point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay.

With the worst record in the NBA the past season, the New York Knicks will try to improve there roster. One position where the Knicks will have to make tough decisions is the point guard spot.

They already have Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Kadeem Allen. And with all the rumors of Kyrie Irving possibly coming home, somebody is going to have to pack there bags. It makes the most sense that, that should be Mudiay.

Smith Jr. was acquired in the Porzingis blockbuster, and if Irving does actually comes to New York, Smith Jr. is riding the bench.

Someone that could be good of the bench is Ntilikina. On a team that will hopefully be full of superstars that can score, somebody will have to play defense.

That somebody could be Ntilikina. However, recent reports that he wants to be traded, that sadly won’t happen. The Knicks have misused Ntilikina for the past 2 years.

Who’s left on the New York Knicks’ roster?

That leaves the inconsistent Mudiay. Mudiay at times can act as an NBA player, and at other times acts like a player traded for a half season of Doug McDermott (oh wait he was). Mudiay is a restricted free agent, meaning the Knicks can match any offer, should they want to.

Would the Knicks be willing to spend cap space on a player who doesn’t play defense? Who isn’t the most effective offensive player, at a position where they have an abundance of players.

If I was the general manager of the Knicks, I would let Mudiay go, or try and sign and trade him for a future second-round pick.

New York Giants: Why Sterling Shepard Might Struggle in 2019

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

The New York Giants will be without Odell Beckham Jr. in 2019 and the offense will look completely different. The Giants will no longer have their superstar wide receiver for Eli Manning to force the ball too.

Instead, the Giants will have a couple of dependable slot receivers in 2019. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are the new primary receivers in the Giants’ passing attack.

Many believe that the subtraction of Odell will lead to the addition of increased performance by Sterling Shepard. Unfortunately, that might not be true.

Shepard’s Stats Without Beckham

It would be easy to assume that without the Giants’ primary receiver on the field, the secondary receiver’s stats would improve. Sterling Shepard’s stats did not improve when Beckham was off the field.

The New York Giants made a serious commitment to Sterling Shepard in the 2019 offseason. They signed him to a four-year, $41 million extension. This extension solidifies Shepard as the Giants’ primary receiver for the foreseeable future.

However, there is an argument to be made that Shepard has not proven himself entirely worthy of this extension. In the 11 games that Shepard played in 2017 and 2018 without Odell Beckham Jr. on the field, his stats were underwhelming.

Shep hauled in 58 receptions for 746 yards and only 2 touchdowns in those 11 games. That is only an average of 67 yards per game, and just barely over 5 receptions per game. Shepard has not been a highly productive receiver without Odell Beckham being double covered on the outside.

Why He Might Succeed:

Sterling Shepard did struggle when he was the primary receiver in 2017 and 2018. But there could be reason for him not to have the same struggles in 2019.

The Giants traded away Odell, but they replaced him with Golden Tate. Tate is a yards-after-catch monster. The receiving duo of Shepard and Tate could be among the league’s best if Shepard can reach his full potential.

Sterling clearly struggled when there was not another primary receiver on the field alongside him. But that should not happen in 2019. Golden Tate will play alongside Sterling Shepard and this should keep Shepard from struggling too much.

Whenever Odell Beckham Jr. is on the field, he requires extra defensive help and pressure. Golden Tate might not require the same assistance, but he still needs to be held in check more than Bennie Fowler or Russell Shepard. This could give Sterling Shepard the opportunity to flourish in the Giants’ new offense.

A Comeback Only Capable By The 2019 New York Yankees

Entering the top of the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, things were looking bleak for the New York Yankees. JA Happ struggled again, giving up six runs in less than four complete innings.

Trailing 6-1, a new life emerged in the Yankees. By the ninth inning, the Yankees had taken a 10-7 lead.

How it happened

Starting with first and second with nobody out in the sixth, Gary Sanchez picked up an RBI single and Kendrys Morales scored a run on a grounder to short.

Luis Cessa would give up a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Yankees came back with two more in the seventh. DJ LeMahieu had an RBI single and Hicks brought in a run on a flyball.

The Yankees only scored one in the eighth, but it was a big one, putting them within one. Gleyber Torres hit his second solo-shot of the game, the other coming in the second.

Trailing 7-6 entering the ninth, the Yankees needed a final push, and they scored four to take a three run lead. They took advantage of a few defensive miscues, including a misread pop-up to Baltimore catcher Pedro Severino that landed in foul territory.

After Aaron Hicks hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, Luke Voit was walked before Gary Sanchez teed off on an inside fastball for a three-run homerun.

Only 2019

What a comeback! This is something only capable of the 2019 New York Yankees. With the amount of injuries sustained, they Yankees are using it as motivation to keep winning.

It’s also a great way to start off the road trip. Starting out a road trip with a win builds momentum, especially in a tight division. The Red Sox won on Monday, and the Rays were off.

With three games left against the Orioles, the Yankees have a one game division lead that they will try to increase. The more breathing room the better.

Go Yankees!

 

New York Giants Might Have a Serious Cornerback Position Battle

New York Giants cornerback, DeAndre Baker.

One of the more underrated position battles of the 2019 offseason might come at the cornerback position for the New York Giants. If the first day of OTAs had any indication of what the Giants’ mindset is going into the start of full-team practices, it’s that second-year corner Sam Beal has claim to the first-team reps.

Beal was a Supplemental Draft selected in 2018, finishing the year on injured reserve after succumbing to season-ending surgery before the regular-season even began. An unfortunate circumstance for Beal, despite the team, knowing about the ailment prior to drafting him.

However, Beal is a feisty corner with solid instincts. He’s not the fastest defender on the field, but he’s pesky and will play tight in man-coverage. He had a solid first day of OTAs on Monday, securing an interception and nearly coming up with a second off Eli Manning.

New York Giants: An exciting position battle is forming

First-round pick, DeAndre Baker, started OTAs with the 2nd-string team. This was surprising as Beal and Baker theoretically have the same amount of NFL experience given the former’s injury.

Nonetheless, Beal performed well, and head coach Pat Shurmur noticed, stating:

“Beal looked pretty good, he has to get his seas legs a bit, but he looked good.”

This is very good news for the second-year player, given he’s coming off a significant injury and surgery. This presents a big challenge for Baker, one that some did not anticipate given his quality at Georgia and tenacity in coverage.

What does DeAndre Baker bring to the Giants?

Big Blue is getting a potentially premium corner in Baker, the top-ranked player at his position from the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants moved up into the first-round from the 37th pick to grab him.

Last season, he tallied nine passes defended, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. He’s a physical corner that can match up with any wide receiver. He has elite speed and man-coverage capabilities. The expectation is that he will secure the No. 2 corner spot opposite Janoris Jenkins, but Beal has certainly shown he can provide competition in a limited sample size.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Comeback Player of the Year – So Far

New York Yankees, Phil Nevin

If you watched the New York Yankees come back from a 6-1 deficit on Monday night, you might already know who this article is about. If you didn’t you should really check out the highlights, it was a thriller. However, the man in the spotlight is catcher Gary Sanchez, who slammed home a three-run bullet to close out the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Sanchez has had a solid campaign up to this point, but it comes after a very disappointing 2018 season where fans were calling for his head and never imagined he could succeed at the professional level. Well, he proved those fans wrong. His offense has picked back up to a respectable level — hitting .259 on the season with 12 homers over 29 games.

His defense has also been much improved. Last year, he averaged a passed ball every 4.2 games, this season he’s averaging just one every six games, a near 50% improvement. Injuries did hold him back in a campaign where he batted .186 and allowed 18 passed balls.

The fact of the matter is, Sanchez is back to his efficient self, proving his worth on the baseball field and giving the Yankees justification for sticking with him through the bad times.

He certainly showed his worth on a two-out rocket to left field that propelled the Yankees to a  3-run lead in the final inning of a game that looked lost from the start.

How did the New York Yankees dig themselves into a hole?

J.A. Happ, the pitcher who went 7-0 in 2018, once again performed underwhelmingly. He plunged the Yanks into a 5-run deficit early on and made an embarrassingly bad Baltimore Orioles team look like a bunch of All-Stars.

The Orioles have lost 10 of 12 games recently, and Happ once again looked porous. He currently boasts a 4.44 ERA, and lucky for him, his catcher had to save the day. Hopefully, Sanchez can maintain his health and continue to improve as the Yankees march forward into 2019.

 

New York Knicks ‘Secretly’ Met With Kevin Durant?

Are the New York Knicks in a good spot to land Kevin Durant?

The New York Knicks might have had a ‘secret’ meeting with Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

In a report from Newsday Steve Popper, Durant and the Knicks “had already held a secret meeting, that a handshake deal was already in place and that endorsement deals were already ironed out.”

Durant being linked to the Knicks is the talk of ‘The Town’.  See what I did there.    All of these rumors are still up for debate.  However, how can fans not get excited when they hear something to his magnitude.

NBA executives all over the league have said that Durant to the Knicks is happening.  Again, all up for interpretation at this point.

Reports came out a while ago that the MSG Networks could offer Durant his own television show if he signs with New York.  Could this have been something that was talked about during the meeting?  Could the meeting have taken place  while the Knicks were in Oakland in January?  Twitter sources tell us.

Durant and his business company, Thirty-Fives Ventures, moved their headquarters to New York a few months ago.  Could this have been another telltale sign of Durant coming to New York?

More rumors will continue to trickle into the media limelight once the season concludes.  One thing is for sure, Durant to the Knicks will constantly be front and center for fans to debate.

New York Giants Top News 5/21: Sam Beal Looks Sharp

Eli Manning, New York Giants

Despite the New York Giants going through just one full-team practice, there’s analysis to be made and optimism to be had. Some of that optimism belongs to cornerback Sam Beal, who had a fantastic day with the first-string team while DeAndre Baker hung back with the 2s.

Beal, a 2018 supplemental draft pick, made a case for him to legitimately compete with Baker for the No. 2 corner job opposite Janoris Jenkins. A surgically repaired right shoulder didn’t hold him back from making an impressive jumping swat that Jabrill Peppers intercepted and ran back for the score (so to speak).

Oh, did I mention that quarterback Daniel Jones did his best impression of Patrick Mahomes, throwing a strike of a no-look pass that rookie WR Darius Slayton dropped into the arms of corner, Tony Lippett.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxs_WSHHLZP/

This is actually quite impressive from the rookie passer. All around, Jones and Eli Manning had rocky first-days, but it can only go up from here. Both signal callers through interceptions and were delayed on throws – Jones had the rookie jitters, but he had solid zip on his passes and looked poised. However, he held onto the ball a bit long at times showing his inexperience.

Nonetheless —

Here is your New York Giants news and coverage:

Paul Schwartz (NY Post) – Jabrill Peppers is already making ‘impact’ Giants hoped for

Dan Salomone (Giants.com) -5 things we learned at Giants OTAs (5/20)

Paul Schwartz (NY Post) – Giants’ revamped offensive line is Eli Manning’s last hope
Anthony Rivardo (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: Alec Ogletree needs to improve in 2019

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