New York Giants: Will Hernandez Speaks On Current State Of The Team

When Dave Gettleman took over as the GM of the New York Giants and started his revamp of the team during the NFL Draft last year, one of the first players to join the new regime was UTEP offensive lineman Will Hernandez – a player that the Giants were able to draft in the second round despite being projected by some to be a starter for a decade or more in the NFL.

There’s also few players that can speak about the team’s rebuild than Hernandez, as Hernandez was not only one of the first players on board but one of the ones to spend the most time on the field after joining Gettleman’s team. The current state of the Giants is one of the multiple subjects that Hernandez talked about recently while appearing on MSG 150.

Specifically, Hernandez said that the chemistry is already better than it was last year.

“That definitely helps you get ahead of the game. Because we did create that chemistry during the season last year. And it carried over to all of these offseason workouts and practices that we’ve been having. And throughout OTAs as well. We feel that we’re already way ahead of where we were last year. We picked it right back up where we left off and we just want to build off of that,” said Hernandez.

Of course, the Giants will attempt another look on the offensive line this season and the chemistry around Hernandez might just have to be rebuilt with the addition of Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, and outlier right tackle prospect George Asafo-Adjei. The new additions should certainly help the team, but it doesn’t mean that the team will start out in week one with perfect chemistry. If anything, chemistry might be one of the biggest challenges this year.

Hernandez, though, is already warming up to Zeitler and praised the guard who he will likely spend the season playing opposite of.

“He’s a great person to learn from. Awesome guy. And great player. When I found out we traded for him, I looked him up. I tried to find out as many things as I could. I watched some film on him. And he’s definitely legit. I’m very excited to be able to learn from him as much as I can.”

With Eli Manning arguably on the decline, it’s up to the offensive line including Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler to provide the best protection and give Manning the best chance to win in what could be one of his last seasons. The level of success they can achieve – and the overall chemistry that Hernandez spoke about – will be a major factor in determining if the team wins or fails.

 

New York Yankees Rained Out Against Royals

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

Game one of a three game set with the Kansas City Royals has been rained out for the New York Yankees, and the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

The game was called due to rain in the forecast. The Yankees were actually taking batting practice with no rain when the game was called.

Saturday’s games will be on a day-night doubleheader schedule. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05PM (ET) for game one, and 8:05PM (ET) for game two. Reminder, Kansas City is in the central time zone, throwing off start times in the east coast.

Who will pitch this weekend?

JA Happ will be pitching the afternoon game Saturday, while Domingo German will pitch on Sunday.

Saturday evening’s starting pitcher has not yet been released. There is speculation that it could potentially be Chance Adams. Adams was scheduled to start Friday night for the Railriders, and was scratched minutes prior to first pitch. He would be the 26th man.

The other option would be doing a bullpen game. Since Thursday’s game was in the afternoon, the bullpen will be fully rested and could do the bullpen game if needed. The only fatigue would be from the afternoon game, unless you pitch Happ in the evening and do the bullpen game in the afternoon.

If a bullpen game would be in order, it would likely still be Chad Green opening. Luis Cessa would likely follow, or Adams if it indeed is him that is the 26th man.

No matter who ends up pitching, the Yankees need to escape Kansas City with a sweep before a big homestand that includes the Boston Red Sox.

New York Yankees: Aaron Boone sets timetable for Didi Gregorius return

New York Yankees, Didi Gregorius

With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton out of the lineup, the New York Yankees have been forced to muscle on without their sluggers. However, they’ve managed to crawl to a 32-17 record, an impressive bout of execution for a team battling the injury plague.

Another influential player that has been missing for the Bombers is starting shortstop Didi Gregorius. After tearing a ligament in his arm and having Tommy John surgery, Didi has been spending his days rehabbing. Luckily, he has made significant and efficient progress and will see the starting team sooner than expected.

What did New York Yankees manager Boone have to say about Didi?

Before the Yankees were rained out against the Kansas City Royals, in which they will play a doubleheader on Saturday, manager Aaron Boone updated us on the shortstop’s timetable for return.

Boone stated, “there’s a good chance” Gregorius return in fewer than 20 days, according to Bryan Hoch. He will likely beat out Judge and Stanton who are both battling significant injuries, the latter suffering a strained calf in a rehab game down in Tampa.

Gaining Didi back will not only provide the Yankees with a seasoned veteran, but he will also offer leadership and direction for the younger players on the team. A solid player that is loved in the clubhouse will certainly benefit the organization as a whole.

His return will likely force Gleyber Torres back to second base, his normal position, and DJ LeMahieu to a reserve or DH role. I wonder if the Yankees will feature Didi as the DH upon his return in an attempt to ease him back into baseball shape. They don’t want to rush his progress in fear of causing inflammation or any bi-product of over-usage.

Nonetheless, he will be a huge addition for a team succeeding with minimal talent on the roster. The roster is slowly gaining back their every-day starters.

 

New York Giants: Darius Slayton needs to fix one major issue

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

The New York Giants drafted Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. A speedy pass-catcher with the ability to take any given reception to the house is what the Giants will gain in Slayton, however, he will face an uphill battle in the NFL if he doesn’t correct his fundamentals.

Slayton has a bad habit of trying to catch passes with his body and not his hands. This will be fatal to his career if he cannot be coached out of this issue.

The New York Giants are giving Darius Slayton plenty of opportunities:

The rookie’s number was called a lot in day three of OTAs, as the coaching staff certainly sees the potential in the sub 4.4 40-yard dash receiver. He hauled in the most passes lined up alongside Alex Tanney and Daniel Jones, earning half a dozen quality catches over the course of the practice.

Per CBS Sports:

“Slayton has good size and is one of the fastest receivers in this class. His hands are shaky at times. Get him the ball on screens and go routes, and he’ll run by a lot of NFL players. The Giants clearly value YAC ability in the short passing game.”

At Auburn, Slayton averaged more than 20-yards-per-reception, which indicates he will be a serious deep threat and wide-receiver screen frequent flier. Being one of just seven receivers to run a sub 4.4 at the NFL Combine, Darius can be the option the Giants call upon to blow the lid off of defenses in the secondary, but again, he will need to refine his technique when the ball is in the air.

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The Giants’ scheme doesn’t focus on the deep game, and trading away Odell Beckham Jr. certainly attests to that statement. It’s good to have the option to do so, and HC Pat Shurmur will certainly look to take shots, but signing Golden Tate and extending Sterling Shepard promotes a possession offense that runs down the clock and moves the chains incrementally.

At 6’1″, 190-pounds, Slayton isn’t the biggest player on the field, and he might even be a little light for a wideout. I anticipate he will add a few pounds of muscle and look to improve his foot/hand work in press-coverage.

 

New York Yankees: Stanton Suffers Another Setback

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Just as things were starting to look positive for Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees’ slugger suffered another setback. Stanton was with the Tampa Tarpons for rehab games when he was hit by a pitch in live batting practice, causing his calf to tighten up and place him farther back on the IL.

Yesterday the Yankees announced that said Stanton returned from his rehab assignment and will be reevaluated in 7-10 days.

Manager Aaron Boone commented on the situation saying, “He’s got a mild strain in the calf, he kinda thinks its a result from that pitch he was hit within the game the other day.” Boone continued to say that they are just being cautious and are going to shut him down for 7-10 days and hopefully from there Stanton can get back to baseball activities.

Despite Stanton’s absence along with other Yankee stars on the IL, the Yankees hold a 31-17 record and are currently in first place for the AL East. Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin, and Clint Frazier have taken over the outfield spots in the place of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton’s 2019 Injuries

Stanton is one of several Yankees to be on the IL. The injury count began with a bicep strain which then led to a shoulder injury. Stanton believes that the two led from one another. The calf strain is his third injury this season, causing him to miss over two months of the season.

New York Yankees: The Circumstances that Landed Mel Allen in the Bronx

New York Yankees

He is one of the greatest names in baseball broadcasting. He was one of the first two men inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. But did you know that Mel Allen almost never became “The Voice of the New York Yankees“?

Allen’s career began in 1933 as the announcer for University of Alabama football, doing this while studying law there. Shortly after graduating in 1937, he went to New York City for a week’s vacation. While there, he auditioned for a staff announcer’s job at CBS.

The network knew about him, as their lead announcer Ted Husing had heard his work doing Alabama football. He was hired for $45 per week, the equal to $796 per week in today’s money. The network then suggested to Melvin Israel that change his name. So he decided to go by Mel Allen, as Allen was his middle name. Melvin Allen would become his legal name in 1943.

Allen was tapped to do a color commentary of CBS’s coverage of the 1938 World Series. Wheaties was so impressed with his work, that they wanted him to be the new announcer for the Washington Senators to succeed Arch McDonald, who left to become the announcer for the New York Yankees’ and Giants’ home games in 1939. In those days, the sponsor hired the announcer subject to team approval. Clark Griffith, the owner of the Senators, wanted former pitching great Walter Johnson instead, and Wheaties ended up relenting.

In June of 1939 Garnett Marks, Arch McDonald’s partner read a LIVE on-air ad for Ivory Soap, the sponsor for the Yankees and Giants. Instead of IVORY, Marks said OVARY. Twice. Remember that this was 1939. You didn’t say words like that on the radio. Needless to say, Marks was fired and replaced by Allen. Following the season, McDonald went back to Washington to return as the voice of the Senators.

Just think about it. Were it not for one man’s insistence on hiring a team icon and another man’s case of foot in mouth disease, Yankee fans would not have enjoyed the work of a great announcer, and Mel Allen never would have become “The Voice of the New York Yankees.

 

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge weeks away from returning

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

With the progress being made by New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, might one think he could return in the next week or two, but the reality is, he will likely be out for three weeks or more.

Why? Because the Yankees do not want to rush their best player back from a serious oblique injury too soon. Ensuring he’s completely healthy and ready to make a playoff push later in the season is essential. Judge hasn’t begun exercising his muscles to a degree that would be considered “difficult.” However, he has begun his rehab process lightly.

Facing off against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Aaron took dry swings and tossed the ball in the outfield barely utilizing his injured oblique.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone commented on Judge’s rehab:

“Starting to feel he is getting closer. A couple of days of throwing, he is starting to ramp up a little,’’ said Boone.

“I don’t even want to speculate on it yet until he’s really full go on baseball activities and swinging a bat and stuff,” Boone said before a game against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday. “I would say, I think he’s doing really well. It’s improving how we’d have hoped.”

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The Yankees have enjoyed a successful season thus far without some of their best players — Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks (he’s back now), Didi Gregorius, and Dellin Betances. The injury bug has continued to strike – James Paxton and CC Sabathia are both on the injured list.

Nonetheless, the Bombers are sitting at 31-17 on the year playing with a glorified minor league team. Thanks to Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez’s production as of late, the Yanks have been offensively unstoppable.

Gaining Judge back in a few weeks will certainly help the team as a whole, he was hitting .288 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 20 games before leaving on April 20 with the strained oblique. Hopefully, he can return without limitations and pick things up right where he left off.

 

New York Giants: How has Daniel Jones looked so far in OTAs?

New York Giants rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones during voluntary OTAs.

With several team practices under New York Giants top pick Daniel Jones’ belt, it’s time to take a look at how he has performed in such a limited sample size. Jones has shown flashes of ability alongside Eli Manning, primarily playing with the second team.

The 6th overall pick has put his best foot forward in an attempt to not only prove general manager Dave Gettleman right but to prove a majority of the Giants fan-base wrong. He’s a quality passer with solid NFL attributes, including an accurate arm, good progression reads, and athleticism. Other than his mobility, he’s a near replica of Manning.

The New York Giants need to manage Daniel Jones’ growth:

It will take time for Jones to get used to the speed and physicality of the NFL, but he’s looked poised and controlled so far, despite a bit of hesitancy from the expected jitters. Throwing the ball to talented pass-catchers like Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Evan Engram should help build his confidence and show what premium receivers look like.

At Duke, Jones didn’t play with a single NFL-bound player — his receivers dropped 33 passes in 2018 all-the-while carrying his squad to an 8-5 record including a Bowl game win against Temple.

There’s no shot for Jones to earn the starting job over Manning in 2019, but he’s working diligently towards succeeding him in 2020. Learning and understanding the preparation required to succeed at the NFL level will be the priority for the young passer this season. There’s no reason for the Giants to throw him into the fire with Eli still capable. A rebuilt offensive line should tell us whether Manning can still operate at a high level, but if he struggles, this will certainly be his final year with Big Blue.

However, if Jones needed to play week 1 for the Giants, OC Mike Shula believes he could fit right in:

“I think he’d be ready to go [Week 1],” Mike Shula—Giants offensive coordinator—said recently. “That’s my personal opinion. I do.”

New York Knicks Should Have Let Porzingis Go Back To Europe

new york knicks, kristaps porzingis

Former New York Knicks superstar Kristaps Porzingis is still making headlines for the Knicks.  A new report, but old news, has come out about Porzingis wanting out of New York.

Knicks President Steve Mills spoke on behalf of trading Porzingis.  Mills was speaking at Fan Forum event hosted by JPMorgan Chase.

Brad Botkin of CBS Sports reported that Porzingis told the Knicks that he ‘didn’t want to be here’.  He also threatened the Knicks to go back to Europe if not traded within 7 days.

New York Post’s Marc Berman confirmed that this was old news, however, it was not made relevant to the public until now.  He also confirmed Porzingis’ brother, Janis, made the threat to the Knicks.

It appears that Janis was behind all of this and always has been.  He is the one that was telling Porzingis what to say.

The New York Knicks should have let Porzingis return to Europe.  The team has a big off-season looming and plenty of cap space to get some big players.

Why wouldn’t Porzingis want to stay around and see what happens?  He did not have much leverage coming off of a ACL injury, while also not being even close to returning to the court.

If he wasn’t traded, let him go back to Europe and see all news players that may come to revitalize the franchise.  Then, let him see how the team as turned around, for the better, and let him come back on his own accord.

However, that is not the case.  It will be different story when the New York Knicks will turn out a more positive product on the court in the next coming years.  Despite the Mavericks the best player in last years draft, Luka Dončić.

New York Giants Top News 5/24: Landon Collins won’t stop talking

New York Giants' Landon Collins

Happy Friday New York Giants fans! One day until an extended Memorial Day weekend, enjoy the good weather and extra day off, you deserve it. Something that has been bothering me lately is the way Landon Collins seems to circle back to the Giants every week.

We understand GM Dave Gettleman didn’t interact much with Collins, as he allowed him to walk in free agency apparently due to his lack of fit in the locker room and culture change. The strong safety was also asking for a massive contract, which Gettleman was never going to give him considering his lack of ability in coverage.

Instead, he traded Odell Beckham Jr. and acquired Jabrill Peppers to sure up the position with a more athletic player. Clearly, Collins isn’t happy with how the entire process went down, continuously belittling Gettleman and his approach towards dealing with players.

Personally, I don’t find it interesting or appealing to hear what Landon has to say, which is why it baffles me that other networks continue to harp on the situation.

Nonetheless —

Here is your New York Giants news and coverage:

John Schmeelk (Giants.com) – Sideline Notes

Michael Eisen (Giants.com) – Giants’ revamped O-line building camaraderie

Matt Lombardo (NJ.com) – Can Daniel Jones be the Giants’ next franchise quarterback? Don’t bet on it, the analytics say
Chris Pflum (Giants Wire) – Summer School: Dissecting an exotic blitz scheme

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