New York Giants: Could Daniel Jones End Up With Contract Drama?

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

Many fans thought that the New York Giants were done with offseason contract drama when they signed a new deal for Odell Beckham Jr. that would have kept him with the team long term, and when they moved on from Landon Collins, who was one of the other largest sources of contract anxiety for a Giants front office that seemed to not want to deal with the back and forth of such negotiations.

However, going into training camp, the Giant still have a couple of rookie players unsigned – one of them is quarterback Daniel Jones and the other one is pass rusher Oshane Ximines, both of whom are expected to make an impact for the team in differing ways. But before that can happen, the players need to get on the field, and neither one of them has agreed to terms yet for a rookie contract.

As unlikely as it would have seemed when the Giants first made the decision to take Jones with the sixth overall pick in the draft earlier this year, could they end up in a tough spot potentially if Jones doesn’t sign a contract by the time training camp starts?

The Giants have an interest in getting Jones signed because, with a lot of pressure riding on the rookie quarterback, both the fans and media and likely the team staff itself would like to see Jones on the practice field in pads as early as possible, to have more time to evaluate the player before the regular season begins and the focus shifts away from young prospects and more towards the first team.

It seems Jones and his camp may be using this to their advantage, knowing that the Giants would like to avoid a holdout and using it to attempt to secure a better deal.

One thing is certain, however, as time marches on and training camp grows closer and closer: both the Giants front office and their fans have shown that they’re tired of hearing about contract holdouts and the like, and this likely won’t end well for Jones if it does turn into that.

New York Giants: Just How Good Is Golden Tate After The Catch?

The New York Giants‘ offense has undergone some serious changes in the 2019 NFL offseason. New York traded away arguably their best player, superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

This left a major hole in the Giants’ receiving corps. Big Blue attempted to plug that hole with the signing of veteran receiver Golden Tate. The Giants signed the former Philadelphia Eagle to a four-year deal, despite the fact that he is 30 years old.

The length and price of this contract created controversy amongst some Giants fans. However, Tate is fully deserving of this contract. His consistency and elite playmaking ability after-the-catch will make his contract worth it.

Golden Tate Stats And Highlights After The Catch

Golden Tate is a great route runner with sound hands but he does his best work after he has already secured the reception. Tate is a tackle-breaking machine.

In 2017 and 2018 both, Golden Tate forced the most missed tackles after the catch out of all receivers in the NFL. He forced 22 missed tackles in 2017 and 23 missed tackles in 2018. Golden Tate has consistently been the best in the league at making plays after the catch over the past 6 seasons. The Giants’ offense will benefit greatly from this (Pro Football Focus).

Golden Tate not only breaks tons of tackles after the catch, but he also picks up tons of yardage. Over the past ten years, Golden Tate has ranked 4th in the NFL in yards after the catch per reception with an average of 7.9 yards.

According to Pro Football Focus, among all 165 receivers to see at least 100 targets since 2012, Tate ranks first in missed tackles forced per reception and third (behind only Tyrell Williams and Josh Gordon) in yards after the catch per reception.

Golden Tate has been a consistent killer after the catch for years now and there is no reason to believe that will change as a member of the Giants in 2019. The New York Giants’ offense will benefit tremendously from Golden Tate’s elite tackle-breaking ability for the next four seasons.

New York Yankees: Taking a look at the mid-season MVPs of 2019

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees continue to be one of the best teams in baseball despite being faced with injuries galore. A ton of players have stepped up but these four guys in the running for the midseason team MVP have stood out above the rest.

The top 4 mid-season New York Yankees MVPs of 2019:

4th place: Gleyber Torres 

Torres has been one of the best players on the Bombers this season. With guys like Didi and Judge normally taking a lot of the headlines in the past, their injuries and slow returns have allowed for breakout players. Gleyber has been one of the best hitters on the team this season and is deserving of consideration for best player.

With a .292 average and a .360 OBP with 19 HRs and 50 RBIs, his sophomore season has been, to this point a huge success. He has been vital to the Yankees success and will continue to be essential throughout the remainder of the season. 

3rd place: Aroldis Chapman

The Cuban Missile is on fire this year. Having easily his best season in pinstripes and one of his best seasons ever. Chapman has a 1.82 ERA and 24 saves (1st in AL). Chapman has been clutch with 24/27 save opportunities seeing success. Chapman continues to show his dominance and as he heads back from another all-star appearance, big things are coming for Chapman as the season wears on. 

2nd Place: Gary Sanchez

Gary Sanchez was written off by many last season, including myself. He’s won Yankees nation back over this season with a dominant year to this point. Slashing .245 with 24 HRs and 57 RBIs and a .315 OBP. He appeared in his second career all-star game and has been the true definition of a cleanup hitter this season. He’s enjoying one of his best seasons and his success is encouraging for the upcoming and long term future. 

WINNER: DJ LeMahieu

A guy who seemed like the odd man out for the lineup early in the season was called upon to step up in the wake of injuries. LeMahieu has since then stepped up and become one of the best players in all of baseball. With a .336 average (1st in AL, 3rd in MLB), 113 hits (2nd in MLB), 65 runs scored (5th in AL), 63 RBIs (4th in AL) and a .383 OBP (8th in AL) LeMahieu is having a phenomenal year. On the field, LeMahieu has been spectacular, but his presence in the locker room is unmatched as well. LeMahieu has been unequivocally the best player in all of baseball and is easily the most deserving of Yankees MVP at the halfway point.

New York Jets: What will Robby Anderson’s role be in 2019?

New York Jets, Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson has been a key asset for the New York Jets since his addition in 2016. During his rookie campaign, he burst onto the scene with 587 yards and two scores.

Anderson proved he had a boatload of potential with his dynamic skills, his breakaway speed, and his big play ability. The dynamic receiver followed that up with a near 1000 yard season in 2017 finishing with 941 yards and seven receptions (Sports Reference).

Then with all the eyes on Anderson now having to take a bulk of the targets, he struggled early but eventually found a rhythm with Sam Darnold. He finished his 3rd season with 752 yards and 6 scores. Now coming off an offseason overhaul within the organization and entering a contract year, this will be the biggest season of Robby Anderson’s career. 

The New York Jets are in a decent place:

A lot of people make the argument that quality is better than quantity, but I strongly disagree with the Jets case. The Jets have their main group of Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder and the second tier of Deontay Burnett and Greg Dortch.

The main group is essentially made up of three guys that are well respected but none as a clear cut #1 guy. The second tier is made up of two high potential guys who will see their fair share of reps this season. Anderson, however, has the most riding on this season. 

If the fourth-year pro can establish himself this season he can put himself in line for a big deal and also prove to the Jets he can be their main guy. He’s only missed two games in three seasons in the league and despite some minor off the field issues in the past, he continues to be one of the teams most reliable and productive weapons.

Anderson even has some pressure taken off of him with the addition of Crowder and re-signing of Enunwa. In an organization where consistency is, well, inconsistent, a year where he is reliable as the number one option for a budding star QB should be heavily rewarded.

The fact is, a bulk of the Jets’ offensive success rides on the shoulders of Anderson. If the pass-catcher steps up and produces then it allows the rest of the Jets offense to run smoother. This season will be crucial not only for Anderson but his play will be crucial for the franchise. 

New York Knicks: Don’t listen to the RJ Barrett nonsense

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

There’s a simple fact to keep in mind when considering the NBA Summer league, especially when it comes to New York Knicks first-round draft pick, RJ Barrett.

The Summer League doesn’t foresee the future for any players featured. If you can recall how awful Trae Young looked, Atlanta Hawks star, in the summer of 2018, you can make the obvious observation that, just maybe, we shouldn’t overthink a few bad performances.

Young, who’s now one of the league’s top scorers, thrived after his porous Summer League period. There’s nothing that says Barrett can’t do the same as he develops his game and adapts to the speed and physicality of the NBA.

At just 19-years-old, we must give him the benefit of the doubt. According to Clutch Points, one NBA scout stated:

“When you pick [at No.] 3, you’re trying to get an All-Star, and he definitely doesn’t look like that,’’ one NBA scout said. “But he looked like he’ll be an NBA player for a long time.’’

While it’s impossible to predict whether the Canadian native will be an All-Stat down the line, he certainly endured his fair share of struggles in Las Vegas. However, he did finish off the league with a near triple-double against the Washington Wizards.

Barrett finished the day with 21 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds. His assist numbers really jump off the page, showing his versatility and desire to move the ball. His ability to push the court downhill and break aggressively on offense has been exciting. That’s a trait he will need to maintain once the regular season comes around.

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The pressure of being an early draft pick in New York isn’t easy for any player, especially when the struggles set in right off the bat. We must be patient with the young forward — he has a long career ahead and plenty of time to prove his worth in the Big Apple, so take a deep breath and think positively.

New York Giants: 3 keys to a successful season in 2019

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants are headed into the 2019 season with plenty of question marks remaining, especially with the influx of youth from what seems to be a solid NFL Draft.

Building out the secondary with DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine will prove to be extremely beneficial after only having B.W. Webb behind Janoris Jenkins last season. Baker is the assumed starter opposite Jenkins, but expect to see the coaching staff push Sam Beal to create more competition between the rookies (Beal is essentially considered a rookie).

Aside from the secondary, multiple units are in need of assistance while others have been allocated resources.

Here are the 3 keys to a successful season for the New York Giants:

1.) The offensive line

First and foremost is the offensive front, a group that general manager Dave Gettleman bolstered the past two offseasons. In 2018, the left side of the line built chemistry to excel in the season ahead. Nate Solder and Will Hernandez were both featured on a new team with different schemes, and the year they spent together will prove to be influential.

Gettleman recently traded for star right guard Kevin Zeitler, the league’s No. 1 pass protector in 2018. He will be a force on the line where Patrick Omameh and Jamon Brown once stood.

Considering how much better Brown made the team, Zeitler is going to be an excellent addition. Mike Remmers at right tackle should also provide a boost over Chad Wheeler. It ultimately comes down to Eli Manning and his efficiency in the pocket. Giving him ample time to operate will likely see his production increase.

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2.) The secondary

With a plethora of youth in the defensive backfield, it’s unproven whether or not they will perform at a high level in their rookie seasons. Baker has looked fantastic this offseason so far, but playing on an NFL field is far different. Training camp should give us a good idea as to where the youngsters are with their development and if they succeed in the secondary.

It will be interesting to see how Julian Love competes with second-year man Grant Haley at the slot corner position — Love is a talented corner with solid speed and coverage skills. While Haley has a year of experience under his belt, he was undrafted and lacks in certain areas. Love could steal the job right out from under him.

Jenkins will play a role as a mentor this season, hopefully playing at a high enough level to give the offense some support.

3.) The defensive line

One thing the Giants have been lacking in recent years is an effective pass rush. Trading Olivier Vernon certainly didn’t help that situation, but his constant injuries were a deterrent at this point in the rebuild.

The Giants also managed to secure Zeitler in the trade that sent Vernon to Cleveland. Bringing in free agent Markus Golden, a player who hasn’t had a successful season in three years, and a rookie in Oshane Ximines can’t be the cure to a defense lacking a true pass-rush, but Gettleman simply didn’t have enough resources to allocate.

I anticipate the position will see more growth next free agency period and draft. However, the Giants are relying on Ximines and Golden to make an impact this season as they are lacking proven talent at the position. Drafting Dexter Lawrence, though, should provide a boost given his pass-rushing skills live up to the expectations provided for him.

A lack of a pass-rush not only affects the efficiency of the defense as a whole, but it also puts the offense at a disadvantage — lower turnover numbers, less time of possession on offense, less pressure on opposing quarterbacks…the list goes on.

New York Giants: Saquon Barkley is better than Ezekiel Elliott in every way

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

From pulling down the top of a girl at a parade to getting in a confrontation with a security worker at a music festival, the negative publicity doesn’t end for Dallas Cowboys running back, Ezekiel Elliott. The New York Giants have the opposite problem, or rather the solution in Saquon Barkley.

The second-year player and 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year has shown more positive traits than Ghandi…too far! In all seriousness, the 2nd overall pick from last year’s draft has proven himself in more than on-the-field play. His likeness off the field and with the fans has catapulted him into international stardom.

Barkley didn’t need “the catch” to make him an overnight sensation, he just simply is one. The positivity he brings to the game and leadership he bleeds from his teammates to young fans is inspiring.

Just take a look at the video from his latest football camp:

Being a part of the community and enjoying it is something a lot of players struggle with, but there are a ton that do the right thing and give back. Barkley is one of them, and as we inch closer to training camp, we can reflect on just how much better he is that Elliott.

Why New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley trumps Elliott:

To start, in his first season, Barkley amassed more yards from scrimmage than Elliott in his entire career. Throw in his intangibles and you have a player that has the potential to be a Hall of Famer in just three years. Factor in how much better Elliott’s offensive line is and you can really see the golden gates start to open in Saquon’s favor.

The Giants’ line ranked 21st in the league last season while the Cowboys’ ranked 14th (PFF), a significant difference. Did we mention the fumbles yet? I guess not.

Elliott fumbled six times in 2018, while Barkley didn’t fumble once. Turnovers can be the difference between winning and losing, and Barkley did his part in keeping the ball off the turf. If that hasn’t convinced you of the Giants’ running backs’ dominance just yet, refer back to my opening statement.

Barkley hasn’t gotten into legal trouble or acted like an immature child at any point in his NFL career. I imagine it will stay like that for the foreseeable future.

New York Yankees inching closer to Marcus Stroman deal

Are the New York Yankees interested in trading for Blue Jays pitcher, Marcus Stroman?

As the July 31st trade deadline quickly approaches, the New York Yankees are looking feverishly for a starting pitcher to supplement the number of injuries piling up.

With Luis Severino expected to be out for another six weeks minimum, and James Paxton, CC Sabathia, and more struggling with minor injuries, it’s only right the Bombers look to add to the rotation.

The rumor mill has been hot and heavy and will continue to be leading up to the deadline, but Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman is beginning to make more season, despite some fan’s desire to stay away from him.

“Stroman is a New Yorker,” Sun columnist Steve Simmons wrote. “He wants to be a Yankee. He thinks he’s meant for this stage and this place and he hopes to convince Yankees general manager Brian Cashman that he’s worth pursuing.”

One of the more inconsistent pitchers in the league, Stroman has had a solid season so far in 2019. Earning a 3.25 ERA with 88 strikeouts and a 1.274 WHIP (the second lowest in his career with a minimum of 18 games starter), the Blue Jays pitcher is ripe for a deal that would send him to the Bronx.

If his words match up with his abilities, he could be a fantastic addition for the Yanks and a catalyst in helping them succeed during the playoffs.

The primary issue is his cost, as the Jays are looking for a big return. The 28-year-old righty won’t be a free agent until 2021, which gives the team that deals for him two years of security (more like 1-1/2).

While Stroman is having a great season, he’s no ace. The Yanks will wait patiently for the return of their top pitcher, Severino, but having Marcus come in and fit into the rotation is a good idea given the price isn’t astronomical. It’s possible Clint Frazier emerges as a trading piece, but GM Brian Cashman would prefer to keep the offensive maestro.

New York Giants News, 7/15 – Giants could trade for Houston linebacker

Could the New York Giants trade for Whitney Mercilus?

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Having Oshane Ximines, Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter, and Kareem Martin doesn’t necessarily make opposing offenses shake in their shoes. Trading Olivier Vernon will set the unit back, as the Giants will have to rely on their youth to excel in 2019.

There isn’t a proven option at the OLB position, which could call for a potential trade this offseason. Bringing in a veteran that has enjoyed success in the past and can get to the quarterback isn’t a bad idea.

Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus could fit the bill.

Robert Mays of The Ringer believes Mercilus could be on the market:

Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Texans

Mercilus missed most of the 2017 season with a torn pectoral muscle and was slowed during the early part of last season by a lingering hamstring issue. From Week 9 on, though, he tallied 27 disrupted dropbacks (according to Pro Football Focus) and was among the most effective pass rushers in the league on a per-snap basis. Even in the back half of his career, Mercilus is a versatile piece who’s just as comfortable rushing on the interior as the edge—and he’ll make only $5.8 million in 2019, the final year of his deal.

 

The soon-to-be 29-year-old pass rusher is a holdover from Rick Smith’s time as general manager, and he arrived in Houston before head coach Bill O’Brien’s tenure began. The Texans will likely prioritize bringing Jadeveon Clowney (who’s currently on the franchise tag) back on a long-term deal next spring, and with Clowney and J.J. Watt on the roster, the Texans are loaded with pass rushers. Rather than watch Mercilus walk in free agency next year, O’Brien and the team’s makeshift front office could look to recoup some value from one of the league’s many pass-rush-needy teams.

 

Possible landing spot: Giants. After dealing Olivier Vernon to the Browns earlier this offseason, the Giants are desperate for pass-rushing help. Mercilus fits the outside linebacker role in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s scheme, and he’d represent a massive improvement on New York’s current edge-rushing options.

Nonetheless–

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