New York Giants: Alex Tanney Confident Going Into Position Battle With Lauletta

New York Giants, Eli Manning

It looks like the New York Giants are going to have a quarterback competition or two this season – but not at the number one spot. Rather, the battle this year is going to be between multiple backup quarterbacks trying to play behind Eli Manning and secure a spot on the roster for the season coming up.

Those quarterbacks include the rookie Daniel Jones, last season’s rookie Kyle Lauletta, and veteran Alex Tanney, who is often forgotten and not included in conversations about the position, as well as Syracuse rookie and multi position player Eric Dungey, who may or may not even enter the competition as a quarterback.

Despite being forgotten by many, however, Tanney isn’t panicking at the new competition being introduced this season. “The role of a backup quarterback is being as prepared, if not more prepared, than the guy who’s playing, never knowing if you’re going to play. I feel like I’ve gotten into good habits and a routine of studying and preparing and putting in the work like I’m going to play. You always have to be ready,” Tanney said to the Pantagraph.

“I feel like we have a great room. Obviously, Eli has so much knowledge and experience and has had so much success. Daniel has been a great addition to the room. I think we do a good job of competing and pushing each other to help our team win,” Tanney continued. “I’m excited for what we have going on in the building here [with the Giants].”

It’s not surprising that Tanney is confident even with Jones being brought in as another quarterback in the backup rotation. Both Lauletta and Davis Webb have been on the roster at the same time as Tanney and yet Tanney has still remained on the roster despite both players being higher rated in the eyes of the media. And depending on how things play out, Tanney could also outlast Lauletta after a poor showing from last year’s draft pick.

The number one spot has already been decided and Eli Manning is going to be the starter. But beyond that? The competition at quarterback is one of the most competitive on the roster right now.

New York Giants: Trusted NFL analyst says Daniel Jones can be great

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

Listening to the hundreds of armchair general managers giving their takes on players can often time skew a narrative or form one completely. For the New York Giants, a story of its own took shape in regard to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, and it wasn’t a good one.

Most fans were extremely disappointed with the No. 6 overall pick being spent on the Duke passer, a player most believed would be available later in the first round. However, if you have a conviction for a quarterback, you don’t hesitate to ensure he’s yours, and that’s what GM Dave Gettleman did in the 2019 NFL Draft.

While we’ve only seen Jones practice in a limited fashion during OTAs, he’s flashed the ability Gettleman found himself attracted to during the Senior Bowl. He’s Eli Manning reincarnated with a bit more athleticism. Jones makes the right reads, the right throws, and has solid touch. He has tangible and intangible skills to succeed at the next level, but most are worried that his supposed abilities won’t reach their potential.

Coming out of Duke, Jones didn’t have much talent around him, which limited his overall production. The jury is out on if he can elevate his game at the next level.

There’s hope for the New York Giants and Daniel Jones:

Former NFL offensive lineman and current analyst, Brian Baldinger, believes Jones was the right pick for Big Blue and the style of offense they’re trying to run.

“I think he’s going to play sometime this year,” Baldinger said of Jones, via Newsday. “The more I studied, the more I liked him.”

“Jones wasn’t playing with NFL players,” said Baldinger. “They’re all going to law school and business school and moving on with their lives, but they’re not going to the NFL. Show me a Division I program where you haven’t had a player drafted in four years. Not many.”

Duke receivers accounted for 33 dropped passes in 2018, an insanely high number that influenced his completion percentage significantly. If you factor out his drops, he finishes the season with a 68.9% completion percentage and more impressive statistics.

Baldinger went on to compare Jones to Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback out of Ohio State that clearly anticipated being drafted by the Giants via his reaction when they took Jones.

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“Every single receiver that Haskins threw to runs a 4.3, like [Johnnie] Dixon or [Parris] Campbell,” Baldinger said. “It’s a track team. They don’t have anybody like that at Duke. You could throw a 5-yard shallow cross to Parris Campbell, and he’s going to end up in the end zone.”

Brian makes a great point here – the talent differential was immense between the two. It’s hard to grade Jones with the players he had around him, but he carried the Blue Devils to an 8-5 record and a Bowl game win against Temple anyway. Personally, I believe Jones can be great for the Giants, and I’d rather consider the opinion of a trusted NFL analyst than the hoard of fans spewing a single-minded narrative on Twitter.

New York Giants: Rookie Corey Ballentine Will Quickly Make An Impact On Defense And Special Teams

The New York Giants made it a point of emphasis to improve the secondary in the 2019 offseason. Big Blue drafted 3 defensive backs in the 2019 NFL Draft (4 if you count Sam Beal).

One of the talented young cornerbacks that the Giants drafted was Corey Ballentine out of Washburn. The New York Giants drafted Ballentine in the 6th round with the 180th overall pick in the draft.

Corey Ballentine missed rookie minicamp as he recovered from a bullet wound suffered in a shooting on draft night and mourned the loss of his friend and former teammate. The Giants were fully supportive of Corey Ballentine during his time away.

Ballentine is now back and practicing at OTA’s.  Corey Ballentine is possibly the Giants’ most underrated 2019 draft pick. It is rare to see a 6th round rookie make an immediate impact on a team, but here is why we should expect to see Ballentine see a solid amount of playing time:

Corey Ballentine Defensive Stats And Highlights:

The New York Giants’ secondary is now light years ahead of where it was in 2018. Big Blue went from having little to no depth in their secondary to having an abundance of quality players in just one offseason.

Corey Ballentine is one of those quality players. Ballentine played at a small, Division II school, Washburn, for four seasons. He did not receive an abundance of playing time as a freshman, but once he got his opportunities, Corey Ballentine lit it up in his final three seasons.

Ballentine earned 6 starts in 12 games as a sophomore in 2016 and played his way to honorable mention All-MIAA honors. Corey recorded 65 tackles that season with 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups.

In Corey’s junior season, MIAA coaches named him first-team all-conference as the 12-game starter posted 54 tackles and seven pass breakups on the year.

As a senior, Corey Ballentine recorded 50 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions. He was a true playmaker in Washburn’s secondary and was a first-team all-conference defender.

Corey is a speedy corner with nice size. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and was one of the fastest players at the Senior Bowl, clocking in at 21.6 mph. which was the second fastest on the North Team. Ballentine is 5 feet 11 inches, 196 pounds and has lanky arms which NFL scouts loved.

Corey Ballentine used his size and athleticism to be an impact player for Washburn’s defense, but it does not end there. Ballentine was a defensive phenom, but also a special teams extraordinaire.

Corey Ballentine Special Teams Stats And Highlights:

Corey Ballentine’s presence on special teams was felt instantly during his sophomore season. He recorded a team-high 10 special teams tackles that year.

In 2017, Corey’s junior year, Washburn gave him the opportunity to return kicks. This paid dividends, as Ballentine ranked fifth in Division II by averaging 30.6 yards per kick return. The Giants have not had a serious threat returning kicks in years, so they will certainly hope that Ballentine can change that.

Ballentine was not just an impactful kick returner. In his senior season, Corey was a terror on special teams, recording 3 blocked kicks in one season. Giants fans should know how important it can be to have a talented special teams player that can block kicks.

Corey Ballentine was a do-it-all player at Washburn for 4 seasons. His impact on both defense and special teams was more than enough to make the Giants draft him in 2019, despite already addressing the cornerback position earlier in the draft. Ballentine is a talented defensive back who will make an impact on defense and special teams for the Giants for years to come.

New York Yankees: Domingo German With A Rare Bad Start

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees ended their seven game winning streak on Sunday with an 8-7 loss to the Royals. Why? Domingo German had his first bad start of the season.

But, trailing 7-1, the Yankees came back to tie it at seven before Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield walked it off with a chopper over Gio Urshela’s head.

Can’t keep it in the park

German had good stuff on Sunday, he just didn’t have enough control. He ended up with 13 swings and misses. Over his five innings of work, he gave up seven runs off of nine hits.

The main problem was that he allowed four home runs. Martin Maldonado opened the Royals scoring with a three run jack in the second.

Two innings later, Ryan O’Hearn added one on a solo shot. Then in the fifth, Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back solo home runs.

He must bounce back

For German, it’s so crucial that he bounces back in his next start.

It’s even more important since his next start will be against the Boston Red Sox. He will pitch on Friday or Saturday dependent on where and when James Paxton rejoins the Yankee rotation.

Overall, we shouldn’t complain about one bad start from Domingo. He’s been magnificent for the Yankees this year, and he will continue to be a force on the bump.

 

 

New York Jets: Adam Gase says what every Jets fan wants to hear

New York Jets head coach, Adam Gase.

The New York Jets were enjoying a stellar offseason before general manager Mike Maccagnan was fired surprisingly after a reported dispute between himself and new head coach, Adam Gase.

The signings of LeVeon Bell and CJ Mosely suddenly took a backseat after a successful free agent period, but there’s still hope on the horizon, because as we know, being a Jets fan can never be easy.

However, Gase has taken on the role of interim general manager and has activated his positivity to band together with the fan-base.

“I think our fans care if we win or lose,” Gase said. “If we win games, no one is going to remember this, I know that. Our job is to win. Our job is to win. That’s it.”

Gase was accused of fighting with Maccagnan over the signing of Bell, as the former Miami Dolphin coach apparently believed that premium running backs weren’t necessary. Although, Gases’ relationship with Bell has been great since the firing.

The New York Jets can erase the bad with the good in 2019:

The Jets desperately need to have a successful season if they wish to wash the criticism away after the transgressions that occurred this offseason. With Sam Darnold going into his second-season, Gase and his offensive prowess should help him reach his potential.

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Darnold threw 15 interceptions in 2018 – finding a way to lessen that number and utilize his playmakers efficiently will be the priority. Bell will certainly play a big part in the progression of the offense and the efficiency of the team as a whole.

Bell will act as a fantastic security blanket for Darnold in the passing game but will also give the Jets a quality at running back they haven’t experience in quite some time. Hopefully, Gase can bring out the best in Darnold and Bell individually.

New York Giants: B.J. Hill preparing for breakout season in 2019

New York Giants, BJ Hill

After an impressive 2018, New York Giants third-round pick B.J. Hill is looking to take his talents to the next level. Playing on the interior of a defensive front that will feature Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence, Hill has the potential to be the best of the three.

Last year, he tallied 5.5 sacks, 48 combined tackles, 8 quarterback hits, and 6 tackles for a loss. Hill was inconsistent at times but flashes serious potential over the course of his rookie season. Surprisingly, B.J. earned the accolade for most sacks by a rookie defensive lineman in Giants history. He was second on the team behind recently traded pass-rusher, Olivier Vernon.

Upon entering the NFL, Hill played in a 4-3 base set for North Carolina State but was moved to the 3-4 when drafted by the Giants. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher utilized him heavily early on in the season in an attempt to provide him with ample experience. That experience will surely translate over to his sophomore season in 2019.

The New York Giants could have a sneaky good defensive front this season:

I anticipate him being not only a force in the run game but in the pass-rush game as well. He has a fantastic motor that seems to always be pushing on the interior. With Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, and Markus Golden featuring as the outside linebackers and quarterbacks hunters, it will give Hill the opportunity to expose the pocket from the interior.

The success of the outside linebackers with ultimately help Hill reach his potential. Quarterbacks moving up in the pocket to avoid pressure is where Hill earns his paycheck, breaking through the trenches and swallowing up passers as they avoid incoming defenders.

General manager Dave Gettleman broke down what he liked about Hill when he was drafted and why he’s going to be a force in the NFL:

“B.J. is a powerful, tough son of a gun and sometimes as a defensive lineman at the college level, you’ll see them in these three-point stances and then you’ll see them in the four-point frog stance, and in the four-point frog stance they’re not going to get any pass rush,” Gettleman stated. “But when his hand is in the dirt in the three-point, he showed the ability to get upfield, flip his hips and track the guy down, so we’re really pretty pleased. Again, both those guys [Dexter Larwence] had second round value for us, so we’re really pleased for that.”

If Hill can reach his potential, he will be one of the more value-centric players on the team coming out of the third round. Gaining a quality starter from the spot in the draft only shows the success Gettleman had in 2018, and the most recent draft doesn’t look much worse. Gaining defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will aid in the completion of the front three tremendously.

 

New York Giants: Top News 5/27 – Rookie linebacker could secure starting job

New York Giants linebacker, B.J. Goodson.

Good Morning, New York Giants fans!

I have a feeling we are going to see some rookies emerge as starters in 2019, one of which is linebacker Ryan Connelly. He can be a great player for the New York Giants and replace B.J. Goodson, the oft-injured linebacker that has flashed potential at times.

Connelly is a quick defender that has immense natural instincts. Watching his film, you can see how quickly he diagnoses plays and shoots the gap, he just needs to work on finishing tackles and getting a bit stronger.

Check out the clip above – Connelly shows his skill-set against a solid Michigan team, bursting through the hole and literally jumping through a blocker to stop the runner in the backfield. One of the things I like most about the Wisconsin defender is his non-stop motor.

If you’re interested in seeing more plays from him, here’s his top 10 plays from last year.

A super underrated talent that can easily beat out Goodson if he shows the grit he maintained in college. Additionally, he’s been relatively healthy throughout his collegiate career.

Nonetheless–

New York Giants top articles of the day:

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Giants’ 90-man roster: Zak DeOssie just keeps on doing his job

Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – Evan Engram named Giants’ top ‘homegrown’ player

Anthony Rivardo (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: Could Ryan Connelly Become An Impact Player As A Rookie?

John Fennelly (Giants Wire) – Paul Perkins is back to ‘100 percent,’ but will it be enough to crack Giants’ roster?

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New York Giants: Sam Beal Still In The Competition At Cornerback

Cornerback is going to be a crowded position this season for the New York Giants, with a number of rookies joining veterans Janoris Jenkins at the position and breathing some fresh air into a secondary that wasn’t very deep last year. In one offseason the Giants went from thin to competitive in that area and most experts are still unsure who will win out and end up starting – with Jenkins being the only surefire starter out of the group.

One of the players in the hunt is Sam Beal, who was projected to play a role with the starters last season but suffered an early injury that would keep him out for the entire year. In the eyes of some, that might set Beal back as a potential starter on this year’s deeper roster. However, Beal has a bit more experience than the rookies coming in, and according to safety Michael Thomas, last season’s work as a scout will help Beal out with being competitive in 2019.

“That’s where it all started, and I have no doubt what we saw out there is happening because of how [Beal] learned to be a pro last year, I have no doubt about that,” Thomas said, following the Giants’ OTA practice last Monday.

“His scouting reports were pretty detailed, and he’d get right up there in a room full of vets with confidence, you could tell it meant something to him. He didn’t wait until he got on the field to become a better player, and that’s what we’re seeing,” Thomas also added.

Writing scouting reports might not be as good as playing in terms of experience, but at a position where reading coverages and knowing what to expect from the opposing team can offer a large advantage, scouting offers valuable skills. Furthermore, Beal has spent more time observing NFL offenses than any rookie on the team right now, which can’t be understated in terms of influence.

There will be three draft picks competing with Beal this season – Julian Love, Deandre Baker, and Corey Ballentine, and the competition gets deeper when you throw undrafted free agent turned regular first team player Grant Haley, who was one of the diamonds in the rough that the Giants found last year. Assuming that Janoris Jenkins starts with the top spot at corner, it looks like the competition for the spot opposite of him will be fierce.

It’s a good thing. It’s been awhile since the Giants were deep enough at a position to have a major position battle between a number of players, and it shows the team’s talent level is increasing in at least one area.  Just be sure not to count out Sam Beal just yet against the rookies coming for the same spot.