New York Giants: Markus Golden Joins Other Players In Injury Scare

Can Markus Golden be a great player for the New York Giants?

The New York Giants are not off to a good start in training camp. That’s not because of player performances but because it seems that something is wrong with the team’s conditioning – there’s no other way to explain it when a number of players immediately go home with injuries in the first couple days of training camp. Corey Coleman took the spotlight in that regard with an ACL tear that should throw a serious wrench into his season, but he wasn’t the only player to have to leave the field.

The Giants also had a pass rusher leave the field on Friday, particularly Markus Golden, who joins the team this season from the Arizona Cardinals.

Cramps might not sound like the most serious issue but it did result in Golden being carted off the field, which means it was a big enough problem to keep Golden from playing at the least. Golden signed for the team in March with a one year contract worth $3.75M, and the outside linebacker is expected to help fill in the hole left by the trade of Olivier Vernon to the Browns.

Golden isn’t the only player to receive an early injury – outside of the aforementioned Coleman, Grant Haley and Brittan Golden also left the field, the former also suffering from a possible cramp. This all comes after Sterling Shepard, who is likely the top receiver on the team following Odell Beckham Jr. being traded to the Browns, fractured his thumb, placing him out of commission for the time being during a time period that should be crucial for the Giants and their preparations for the 2019 season.

The source of the injuries could just be bad luck but it seems that with so many injuries in a short span, the Giants should really take a look at their conditioning program going forward… The last thing the team needs is injuries on the defensive line, an area that’s already dangerously thin.

New York Giants: Injuries start to pile up in 2nd practice, 7/26

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers

The second practice of the year has come to an end and New York Giants fans should be glad it’s over. Unfortunately, the biggest storyline from practice is the number of injuries that took place. While the amount of injuries that have happened in just 2 practices is concerning there are some silver linings to look at.

Players who stood out:

Lorenzo Carter continued to shine coming off the edge, his quickness is unmatched by the first-team offensive tackles so far. He got home against Eli multiple times today.

Daniel Jones had a very sharp practice, he barely had any incompletions. At one point he completed 8 consecutive passes and some of them were in tight coverage. His passes down the field continue to be on-point.

Michael Thomas showed off some versatility today by getting a would-be sack and deflecting a pass later on.

Oshane Ximines hasn’t done anything spectacular yet but his burst off the line is noticeable. He had a nice play in the backfield on Daniel Jones but was a beneficiary of Jones running toward him.

Alonzo Russell continues to make plays and seems to have a decent connection with Daniel Jones. The two of them were on the same page again today for a few more completions.

Any defensive back who’s blitzing – Whether it’s Jabrill Peppers, Julian Love, or Michael Thomas these defensive back blitz packages look good and all 3 of them have met Manning in the backfield so far.

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Camp Battles:

Tae Davis and BJ Goodson continue to have a pretty even rotation. This battle could take weeks to sort itself out.

Cody Latimer recently lost his main competition due to injuries at the wide receiver position. The team will most likely depend on him as a deep threat early on in 2019.

Grant Haley continued to be the primary nickel corner but it might be Julian Love’s job to lose if Haley misses time.

Markus Golden and Kareem Martin were rotating as well but Martin could be locked into a starting role for a while if Golden needs to miss any time.

Bumps and Bruises:

Markus Golden is the one to pay most attention to, he was carted off the field and has a history with ACL injuries.

Haley didn’t look good either as he limped off the field during practice.

Brittain Golden also got hurt after making a big play down the field.

On a positive note, Sterling Shepard was running through individual drills and was catching a tennis ball with his good hand. There are already hopes for him to be a full-go before camp ends.

Final Thoughts:

The injuries are probably the most impactful news from today’s practice but it’s a shame to have them overshadow Daniel Jones’ amazing performance. He didn’t look like a rookie today and thrived the way a top-shelf quarterback prospect should against backups. The next time the New York Giants practice they will be fully padded and there will be a lot more to see in the trenches, we can only hope they start to get lucky on the injury front.

New York Yankees: The Reason for Baseball’s Trade Deadline

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

It is one of the most anticipated dates on the baseball calendar; the July 31 trade deadline. That day when teams make the move they think will help them make it to the postseason. Why does such a deadline exist? Well, you can thank the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox for it. They made a trade that caused quite the hubbub because of the timing of it.

On July 23, 1922, the Yankees found themselves locked in a tight pennant race with the St. Louis Browns. So the Yankees acquired third baseman Joe Dugan from the Boston Red Sox for four players and $50,000. People throughout baseball complained deals like this should not be allowed to occur so late in the season.

American League President Ban Johnson called it a “regrettable transaction”. Washington Senators’ owner Clark Griffith wanted legislation against sales and trades after July 1st except for waiver deals. The Yankees’ owners successfully got him to withdraw his plan. Ultimately, Major League Baseball established June 15th as the official non-waiver trade deadline starting in 1923. That date served as the deadline until it was moved to July 31st.

Dugan wound up helping in two completely areas: getting the Yankees to their second straight World Series and establishing a deadline for trades in Major League Baseball.

New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson is the future of the franchise

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson

While drafting Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett in the first rounds of the past two NBA Drafts automatically puts more expectation on their shoulders, New York Knicks second-year center Mitchell Robinson is taking advantage of the lack of pressure.

With everyone so focused on how Barrett will perform in 2019 and if he can live up to his potential, Robinson has sat quietly in the background excelling at everything he does. In fact, he could very well break out next season after a solid rookie campaign. He was recently added to the USA Select Team along with 24-year-old teammate Julius Randle.

Having a center as your best player is a rarity in the modern-day NBA, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Eerily similar to Clint Capela, Robinson is raw in his abilities and focuses on the basics – jumping, running, and dunking with ferocity. Having quality footwork and different inside moves are all a work in progress, but he’s developing them and those new skills will play an important part in his future success.

The next step Robinson is looking to take is to add a three-point shot to his repertoire, something he utilized in high school ball. Aside from Mitchell’s tangible traits, his intangibles are excellent. A calming presence in the locker room and a good person off the court, he’s built for the New York media and handling the criticism that ultimately comes with it.

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The hope is that he can continue to improve and develop a positive relationship with the fan base. Confidence is an important thing in NY — as quickly as you gained it you can lose it overnight. The fans and analysts are vicious, but if you can excel, there isn’t a better place to play in the world.

The Knicks brought in 10-year veteran Taj Gibson to help mentor Robinson and teach him the intricacies of the game. The center is only going into his second season, which attests to the massive ceiling he theoretically has.

New York Giants: Training Camp From A Different Perspective

The New York Giants‘ first official day of training camp was yesterday, July 25th. I live in Florida, but am currently on vacation visiting family in New York, so I was able to make it to the opening day of New York Giants training camp.

I was born and raised in New York, but I have been living in Florida for almost ten years now. I always have been and always will be a die-hard New York Giants fan, so it was a really exciting opportunity for me to go to training camp.

This was my first time ever going to the New York Giants’ training camp, and it was fantastic. Rather than breaking down day one of practice today, I’ve decided that I’m going to share what this experience was like for me, a Floridian.

Feeling Giants Pride

There truly is no fan base in the world like Giants Nation. I live about an hour from the Miami Dolphins’ training camp, so I went to one practice last summer. Let me tell you, the fan representation was nothing compared to that of New York’s.

The line to get into the New York Giants’ training camp went out through the entire parking lot. It moved quickly, but I was still in line for about half an hour. Believe it or not, I showed up an hour early and the line was already that long.

Once I got inside the practice, I made my way to an already packed seating area and sat down to watch the Gmen get to work. Throughout the practice, Giants fans were loud and energetic and so excited to see their team back in action.

Giants fans received some unwarranted criticism last week from Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield subliminally said that Giants fans don’t show up to games, don’t care about the team, and don’t pack the stadium. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  This was not a game, it was training camp, and it was absolutely packed with fans happy to be there and full of care.

When Daniel Jones made a completion, you heard fans cheer like it was a touchdown pass on Sundays. When Lorenzo Carter made an incredible interception on a screen pass, Giants fans broke out into chants. As Saquon Barkley warmed up on the sideline, all you could hear was M-V-P chants for the best running back in the NFL.

Giants fans care. They care a lot. If you think any different, you are wrong. The Giants may not be one of the best teams in the league right now, but Giants Nation always has been and always will be absolutely filled with Giants Pride.

It Can Be Difficult To Interact With The Players

The players truly care about and appreciate all of the fans. The players are happy to wave at the fans and sign autographs. Unfortunately, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center does not make it too easy to do this.

This is the one area I would have to say that Miami does better than New York. Miami’s training camp allows you to get right up to the action with only one fence in the way. It gives fans the opportunity to chat with players and take selfies before and after practice. I was under the impression that New York would have a similar setup, but they, unfortunately, did not.

New York has the same type of single fence/gate around the practice field. But on top of that, they have a second set of fencing making it impossible for fans to get close enough to the players for a selfie. If you want to meet the players, you have to bring along a kid and head to the autograph zone.

They have an autograph zone in Miami, too, but not every player chose to go there or inside. Many of the players walked around the fencing and conversed with the fans. I wish that the Giants had the same opportunity, but the way that Quest Diagnostics is set up takes that opportunity away from the fans.

The Players Are Very Friendly

When you can finally manage to get near the players, they are so friendly. They are more than willing to sign autographs for every fan in the section. I managed to get into the autograph zone and meet multiple players who were all so appreciative of the fans.

Eli Manning must’ve signed 500 autographs today. He is a true class act. This is his 16th season in the league and he still takes the time to make sure every young fan has gotten his signature. Gotta love Eli.

His future successor, Daniel Jones, has continued to basically be a second-coming of Eli Manning. Daniel went through and signed autographs for every fan in the autograph section. He also took some time to chit chat with select fans and take pictures with whoever asked.

I was able to get a picture with Daniel Jones who was super kind and more than willing:

Overall, I had a great time at Giants’ training camp. It was a real treat for me, being that I live in Florida and only get to see the Giants every so often when they play in Tampa or Miami (luckily, they will be in Tampa this year, so I actually will get to see them again). It was great being surrounded by Giants fans and collectively watching our team sharpen iron with iron.

The team had a solid day of practice on both sides of the ball. I’m so happy that football is back and I can’t wait to watch Big Blue in action this season! Go, Giants!

New York Giants: Corey Coleman tears ACL in first training camp practice

New York Giants, Corey Coleman

Prior to New York Giants No. 1 receiver Sterling Shepard fracturing his thumb midway through the first training camp practice, it was thought that Corey Coleman and Cody Latimer were battling it out for the No. 3 spot on the team.

However, it has been revealed that Coleman tore his ACL as well, sending two promising pass catchers for the Giants to the sidelines. Sterling will likely return before the start of the regular season but Coleman will miss the entire 2019 season.

After making comments of breaking out, head coach Pat Shurmur must be disappointed:

“We are going to see the best of [Coleman],” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s the first one to tell you when he came in the league, he had a lot to learn. Now he’s got an opportunity to maybe be a front-line player.”

This injury dampens the mood for a receiving corps that’s extremely thin behind Shepard and Golden Tate. They do have Latimer still available, but it seems rookie Darius Slayton may get more reps after the injury to Corey.

On the bright side, Shepard will not require surgery and will be watched on a week-by-week basis. Unfortunately for both pass catchers, but the better of the two will be okay, so it seems.

New York Yankees: 3 Pitchers That Can Come in and Make an Impact

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

It is no question the New York Yankees need starting pitching. Every arm in the rotation currently holds an ERA above 4.00 and each starter has not gone past 4.0 innings in their last game started. None of them are going the distance which hurts the bullpen.

The staff has combined a total of 35 earned runs in their last respective starts. With ace Luis Severino still on the injured list, the Yankees need a consistent arm – maybe more than one.

Marcus Stroman

His record might not show it, but Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays is one of the league’s premier pitchers. He holds a 2.96 ERA this season in over 21 games pitches. The “Stro-Show” also consistently goes the distance – exactly what the Yankees need.

Stroman is not a swing-and-miss pitcher. He knows how to pitch and pitches to contact. He holds a 56% groundball rate. Throwing a fastball at around 93-94, Stroman also flashes a cutter, slider, sinker, changeup, and curveball. This arsenal of pitches keep hitters guessing and off-balance. Another thing to note, Stroman throws strikes. Take a look at this chart from FanGraphs, it shows how consistent he is within the zone.

I believe Marcus Stroman wants to come to New York. His intensity and fire will be loved in Yankee Stadium. Stroman even said this to New York reporters: “I love the bright lights. I was built for this.”

Madison Bumgarner

One of the best in postseason, the Yankees could use a guy like Madison Bumgarner. Last season in the playoffs it was evident that the Yankees struggled with their starters. Everyone remembers the embarrassing 16-1 loss to the Red Sox in the ALDS at Yankee Stadium last year…

Bumgarner holds a 8-3 record with a 2.11 ERA in the postseason. He is known for his dominance in the playoffs. The lanky left-hander played a big part in the Giants’ 2014 World Series championship. The guy knows how to handle big games and is someone who could fill in the missing pieces for the Yankees.

Noah Syndergaard

Many believe the New York Mets won’t trade away their prized Thor. However, many evaluators think differently. Noah Sydergaard will be eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, and that promises many teams two more years if he’s traded. Not only that, but the guy is one of the league’s best pitchers. His record doesn’t show, but triple digit fastball will play. In 126.2 innings pitched, he has fanned 126 while walking 36.

This trade fits perfectly for the Yankees. Syndergaard is a guy who can go the distance and sometimes flash a complete game. Behind the Yankee’s offense, Thor could be unstoppable in the Bronx.

New York Mets: Jacob deGrom is Back in the Cy Young Race

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets have to be pleased with the groove Jacob deGrom is in right now. The Mets ace hurled seven shutout innings in their 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. deGrom currently holds a streak of 17 consecutive innings without allowing a run. If the Mets want any chance to make a run at the Wild Card, they will need him to carry them through the next two months.

Can deGrom Repeat?

deGrom is battling a lot of the same factors he had to deal with in 2018.  He takes the mound with an offense that does not score for him and a below average defense. They only major difference between the two seasons are his slow start and the larger amount of Cy Young contenders.

His ERA in each month has decreased and he put together one of his best starts of the season on Thursday. deGrom had a career ERA under two during day games and the number decreased even more today. In his four daytime starts in 2019, deGrom has only allowed three runs and has struck out 34 batters.

Who is deGrom Battling For the Cy Young Award?

The usual candidates, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are in the mix. Kershaw has not skipped a beat after losing velocity on his fastball and has been a strong as ever. Scherzer has pitched the Washington Nationals back in the race for the NL East and leads the league in strikeouts.

The new comers to the conversation are youngsters Mike Soroka and Luis Castillo. Soroka’s biggest weapon is his hard sinker and his ability to limit the home run. He has only allowed five in 102.1 innings and to the old writers his 10-2 record also looks good as well.

The Man to Beat

Hyun-Jin Ryu has actually pitched as well as deGrom over the last two seasons, just with a smaller sample size. His 1.76 ERA leads baseball and has only walked 14 batters in 123 innings. He is currently the front runner for the Cy Young and as long as his ERA stays in “deGrom” territory, he will be the winner.

deGrom’s second half will have to top last year’s to put himself in the top three. Ryu will also have to regress at some point as well. deGrom’s first month of 2019 was proof of how hard it is to sustain that level of success. If the Mets are out of the race in September, at least we will have the Cy Young and batting title race.

New York Jets: Don’t sleep on new addition Ty Montgomery

New York Jets acquire Ty Montgomery.

Ty Montgomery was signed by the New York Jets after the addition of Le’Veon Bell. It was overlooked to a degree and some were even negative about it following his incident in Green Bay. The fact is, one play doesn’t define a player, but what defines Ty Montgomery is versatility.

When Montgomery was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 3rd Round of the 2015 Draft he was a wide receiver. His first year in the league he got some action seeing 19 targets and totaling up 136 yds and two scores. Then with the Packers needing a running back, Montgomery became the guy to fill the void.

Montgomery totaled up 457 rushing yards, 348 receiving yards and three total scores in his first season being a Swiss Army knife. Then he followed up his sophomore campaign with 273 rushing yards, 173 receiving yards and four scores. While he was serviceable at times, it was clear that Montgomery wasn’t the answer for the Packers ar running back.

Last season he totaled up 188 rushing yards, 235 receiving yards and one score. This was with both the Ravens and Packers following an incident with the Packers.

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The fact is, Montgomery brings versatility. Montgomery can be used as an overall asset for the Jets in both a backup RB situation and in a backup WR situation. He’s a good player looking to prove himself.

He reportedly shined in practices to this point and he’s beginning to earn favor within the organization. In a year where Le’Veon is fresh off a holdout and maybe a little rusty, this opens up an opportunity for Montgomery to shine and with a lot to prove he could provide more of an impact for the Jets this season than most expect.

Grading the New York Knicks offseason acquisitions

New York Knicks sign Julius Randle.

The New York Knicks certainly made a splash in free agency, all without signing a superstar player to help rebuild the franchise from the ground up. With the amount of youth featuring on the team, it was essential head coach David Fizdale injected some veteran leadership into the starting team and roster-depth.

Here are the grades for the New York Knicks signings:

Marcus Morris: B

Averaging 13.9 points per game last season, Morris puts up solid numbers on the offensive side of the ball, however, he’s a bully in the paint and can also drain threes (.375% in 2018). My concern with Morris is that he will burry Kevin Knox on the bench and will take essential playing time away from the second-year player.

Competition is part of the game, though, so Knox will have to stand up to the challenge and play his best basketball.

Julius Randle: B+

At just 24-years-old, Randle is an up and coming athlete that averaged 21.4 points per game and 8.7 total rebounds per game last year. He’s an above-average player and will likely be the most influential and impactful signing the Knicks make this year.

As a natural power forward, he will slot right into the starting role. The issue is his defense, as he seems to be lazy at times and will let offensive-minded players take advantage of that weakness. That’s a part of his game he must work on.

Wayne Ellington: C+

The Knicks needed to add shooters badly after an extremely rough offensive outing in 2018 as a whole. A solid shooter from three (.371% in 2018), Ellington can make an impact in a hurry on offense. He averaged a bit over 23 minutes per game last year, making him a capable rotational player.

He has value on offense, something the Knicks desperately needed to assist this offseason.

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Elfrid Payton: C

Payton is a decent player, but the Knicks are still looking to start Dennis Smith Jr. who’s been working tirelessly on his perimeter shot with shooting coach Keith Smart in Westchester. Elfrid can be a suitable backup for Smith Jr., but his presence pushes Frank Ntilikina back on the depth chart.

It seems as if the Frenchman has seen his last starting opportunity in the Big Apple. Averaging 10.6 points per game from Payton should be good for the offense.

Taj Gibson: B

I love this signing, as he will be the primary mentor for Mitchell Robinson. The 10-year veteran center can instill some important knowledge into the young player, something he will need to take his game to the next level.

Playing in 24 minutes per game last season, Gibson still has some juice left in the tank, but I imagine him playing a secondary role in 2019-20 while the Knicks stick with Bobby Portis and Robinson at the center spot.

Bobby Portis: B-

The Knicks brought in Portis to essentially compete with Robinson for the big-man spot. Portis played 77 percent of his minutes at center last season, which will give him the upper hand in securing the role. The only issue is his defense, which is utterly terrible.

He’s a solid scorer averaging 14.3 points per game last year, but he averaged less defensive rebounds than Julius Randle at 6.4. I anticipate Robinson earning more playing time, but we can’t rule out Portis as a potential starter.

Reggie Bullock: C

We likely won’t see Bullock for quite some time after having a cervical herniated disk operation. The recovery time is about six months before he can even participate in physical contact drills.

Being that he will likely make a very minimal impact at most on next season, the $4 million he will earn will have been an absolute waste. The Knicks struck out big time with Bullock who will have to fight the team option next year.