New York Giants Don’t Show Much Of Daniel Jones In Debut

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Bennie Fowler

The first preseason game is past for the New York Giants and fans of the team were able to get a look at the number six overall pick in action – the decision to draft Jones was controversial but it looks like the Duke rookie may have won some people over with the performance that he put on against the New York Jets in the first week of the preseason.

However, despite the good performance, the Giants didn’t show Jones very much at all in the debut. The second series of the game was the only one that Jones played in, before being replaced by third stringer Alex Tanney, which seems a bit strange – why not let Jones get some more time in the game after throwing for a great corner touchdown at the end of his first preseason drive?

One possible answer is that the team is limited the amount of snaps Jones is getting, at least for now, to avoid stoking the fires of competition should Jones continue to play well – which isn’t completely certain, with only five passes to judge the player on a this point.

The Giants are committed to Eli Manning as the starter this season and they’ve reaffirmed that both before the season and after this very preseason game which greatly increased the amount of hype around Daniel Jones as a contender in the quarterback competition.

But the team’s coaching staff isn’t going to go down the road of taking unnecessary risks and throwing Jones into the competition based on just the preseason, so one possible explanation for Jones not getting much game time is that the team doesn’t want to raise fan expectations too much if Jones does put up a legitimate challenge for the starting job.

Of course, it’s only the first preseason game – there is the chance that the team simply didn’t believe Jones has enough experience to play extended time, even in the preseason. Only those within the organization can say with complete certainty.

New York Giants: Studs and Duds in Preseason Opener vs. Jets

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

The New York Giants opened up the 2019 campaign with a preseason 31-22 win vs. their cross-town rivals, The New York Jets. Here are the studs and duds for the Giants in their opener.

Stud: Daniel Jones

A debut that couldn’t have gone any better. I know it’s only preseason and he played against half the Jets first-team but Dave Gettleman must be smiling somewhere. Jones went a perfect 5/5 for 67 yards and a touchdown on his first and only series. His first touchdown pass was a perfectly dropped ball into the arms of Bennie Fowler in the back right corner of the end-zone. While it would have been nice to see Jones get more action, it was a great first game to build on for the highly debated draft pick.

Dud: Eli Manning

The offense heard boo’s on their first series of the preseason but that’s New York for you. It’s hard to judge Eli when he only threw the ball once but the offense just looked electric under Jones. One series won’t change him being the starter but if this becomes a pattern, uh oh.

Stud: Russell Shepard

Giants needed receivers to step up and Shepard answered the bell. The veteran took a slant from Alex Tanney 51 yards to the house. It was exactly what Pat Shurmur was hoping to see from a rattled wide receiver room. The receiving core isn’t a two-man show of Sterling Shepard and ex-Giant OBJ anymore, it’s going to be a committee.

Dud: Julian Love

The rookie DB had a tough first series; failing to communicate with Jabrill Peppers one play then getting caught in a pick play resulting in a touchdown. However, later on, he seemed to get more in a rhythm adjusting to the faster speed of the NFL. A Learning curve is going to be expected for this secondary considering Jenkins is the only returning starter.

Dud: Paul Perkins

This was Perkins opportunity to make Giants fans remember his promising rookie year but a fumble before halftime, struggling to run the ball, and add in a drop to the disappointing return. It’s surprising to see after an encouraging training camp but they play 4 preseason games for a reason.

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Stud: Alex Tanney

Tanney’s day was impressive further solidifying himself a spot on this roster. He completed 14/19 for 190 yards and 1 touchdown. He had unleashed a laser on a slant to Russell Shepard for a 51-yard touchdown and dropped a beautiful 40-yard pass to Alonzo Russell. The veteran is in the lead for the third and final QB spot behind Manning and Jones.

Stud: Alonzo Russell

Training camp stands out Alonzo Russell had a great release on a 39-yard completion from Tanney. He had another great route getting behind the Jets backups early in the third quarter what would have been a walk-in touchdown but Tanney decided to pick up the first down with his legs.

Stud: T.J. Jones

With opportunities open on the depth chart, T.J. Jones made a name for himself reeling in 6 receptions for 72 yards and an impressive one-handed back shoulder touchdown grab from Lauletta.

Other Game Notes:

-Corey Ballentine continues to impress as he made an incredible interception showing off his athleticism. He also looked like a natural returning the football. His first return was a botched catch in the end-zone as he took the touchback but followed it up with a 40-yard return on a kickoff. Ballentine returned kicks regularly at Washburn University. His stock continues to rise.

-Reggie White Jr. also contributed toward a great day for Giants wide receivers: 6 receptions for 40 yards.

-Ryan Connelly was all over the field. Bettcher loves the kid to begin with. Look for increased reps for the rookie linebacker out of Wisconsin.

-Long Island local and undrafted rookie Jake Carlock made a fantastic play batting down Jets QB Davis Webb’s pass and returning it for a 59-yard touchdown.

New York Giants: Stock Up, Stock Down After Preseason Week one

The New York Giants played their first preseason game of the 2019 season Thursday night. The Giants faced off against the little brother New York Jets in a so-called “Snoopy Bowl.” The Giants won the game 31-22.

The Giants looked good in their first preseason game, but of course, some players looked better than others. There were some surprises, some players who lived up to the hype, and some players who disappointed. Those who delivered will see their “stock” rise. Those who did not will see it fall.

Stock Up:

Daniel Jones

Tthe Giants’ sixth overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, Daniel Jones, made his highly anticipated debut in the first quarter of Thursday’s game. Daniel Jones absolutely lived up to the hype.

Jones only played one possession, but he impressed just about every fan and analyst he could with that one possession. Daniel threw five passes and completed all five of them for 67 yards and 1 touchdown.

The rookie capped off the impressive drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone to Bennie Fowler. Check out every pass from Daniel’s awesome debut below:

Daniel Jones’s impressive play gives Giants fans hope and is his first step at proving the doubters wrong. If he keeps this up, we could see a serious quarterback competition form. Major stock up for young Danielson.

Jake Carlock

The Long Island native outside linebacker Jake Carlock had an impressive first NFL game on Thursday. The undrafted rookie came away with one sack and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

Carlock was a longshot to make the roster, but after an electric performance against the Jets, it looks like Jake could be a darkhorse depth player to make the roset. Obviously, he will need to prove this was not just a fluke, but what an excellent performance from a little-known rookie! Stock up.

Stock Down

Paul Perkins

Paul Perkins was a player that many were excited to see prior to Thursday’s matchup. The forgotten running back has had a solid training camp and reminded people why he was once a starter on this team.

Unfortunately, this did not carry into Thursday’s preseason outing. Perkins carried the ball 4 times, gaining only 9 yards. To make matters worse, Paul Perkins fumbled after catching a short pass in the second quarter.

Perkins’s poor play hurts his chances of making the team. He will need to bounce back from this and have an impressive outing next week in order to secure a roster spot. Cuts are coming up so players need to get on their A-game as soon as possible. This is especially true for Perkins. He might have fumbled the second-string running back job away tonight.

Julian Love

The Giants’ secondary was completely rebuilt this offseason and this generated a lot of excitement heading into the first preseason game.

One rookie defensive back in particular that Giants fans were excited about was Julian Love. Unfortunately, Love did not have a great game on Thursday. Julian made some communication mistakes and got beat a couple of times early in the contest.

The Jets’ touchdown on their opening drive came against Julian Love and DeAndre Baker:

Granted, it is only the first preseason game. There is not too much to worry about with Julian Love. Just, maybe Giants fans should scale back their expectations a bit. These guys are rookies, they are still getting acclimated to the NFL. It takes time.

On a more encouraging note, Julian Love did bounce back later in the game with a nice pass breakup:

New York Yankees: The Embarrassment of Riches

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

The sensational year that the injury-riddled New York Yankees are having could not have been predicted by the organization.

Most of the credit has to go to the Yankees front office, principally General Manager Brian Cashman. Considered to be one of the best general managers of all time, Cashman has worked his magic yet again. He is famously known for turning unknowns into stars when they come to the Bronx. Looking back to last year, the trade for Luke Voit was just the beginning. His pure power and ability to hit to the opposite field turned him into a star, using the short porch in right field. 

Fast forward to this year, the Yankees add Mike Tauchman (from trade), DJ Lemahieu (free agent signing), Gio Urshela (free agent signing), Edwin Encarnacion (from trade), and Cameron Maybin (from trade). The big question is: with all of these guys producing, who is going to be left out? The notable Yankees Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks, Edwin Encarnacion, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez will all slowly make their way back in late August through late September. It will be tough benching players who have proven their worth at the MLB level. Players like: Mike Ford, Breyvic Valera, Kyle Higashioka, and Tyler Wade will most likely be optioned to Triple-AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre when everyone comes back. However, all of these players have contributed to the team at some point during the year. 

The Significant Contributions of the Yankees’ Newcomers

The stats for some of the newcomers to the Yankees are something that would be seen in a video game. Mike Tauchman has been a pleasant surprise while replacing Giancarlo Stanton. He is batting a career-high .299, with a .371 on-base percentage, and .934 OPS (Baseball Reference). DJ Lemahieu is having an MVP-caliber season for the Yankees. He is leading the American League in batting average at .336, a career-high in home runs with 18, and runs batted in with 76. He has also been able to play multiple positions at a high level, which makes him even more valuable.

Before his offensive surge, Gio Urshela was remembered for making a costly error for the Cleveland Indians in the 2017 ALDS. His numbers this year have made everyone forget that ever happened. He is slashing with a .314 batting average, .522 slugging, and a .882 OPS. Urshela is currently nursing a leg injury and is day-to-day (Baseball Reference). The Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with the Mariners. He was leading the AL in home runs until Mike Trout’s unreal July home run surge. He has 30 home runs, 76 RBIs, and 57 walks. A fractured bone in his right wrist led to his placement on the 10-day IL. Last but not least, Cameron Maybin, the veteran leader the Yankees needed, has been a clutch performer as well. He has shown speed on the bases as well with 10 stolen bases. 

Despite all of the production from the “next man up”, the Yankees have a good problem heading into the postseason. Cashman and Boone now know they can trust any of these hitters on the roster to fill their role, whether as a starter or off the bench. As long as the starting pitching can keep their earned run averages down to four, the Yankees should be fine with all of the “savages” in the box.

New York Giants: What is Expected From Daniel Jones?

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

With the sixth pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones. When a player is selected sixth overall, there will be plenty of expectations out of the gate. Remember when Odell Beckham Jr. missed the first four games of his rookie season with a hamstring injury? Fans and media were calling him a bust and that the Giants were dumb to have picked such a short wide receiver. Look how that turned out?

My point is this: Daniel Jones wasn’t drafted to start day one for the Giants. He was chosen to be the successor to the best QB in New York Giants franchise history, Eli Manning. He is going to have up and downs throughout training camp and in preseason games. This is completely normal especially for a rookie QB learning a new playbook and adjusting to NFL schemes that they’ve never seen before.

So if Jones struggles in-game/practices or throws a horrible interception, don’t call him a bust. The average fan and reporter must understand the this is all apart of the development of the next franchise QB.

It’s going to be a difficult task for Jones to win over the crowd as he has received the worst press a draft pick has gotten in recent memory. All I know is I will be rooting harder than ever for the kid to succeed and prove everyone wrong.

Remember, Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin were once on the hot seat in NY tabloids that begged them to get out of town. The Giants seem to have been the underdog in their last two Super Bowl runs, now they have the future of their franchise facing the same fate.

New York Yankees: Three Players That Need to Perform During the Playoffs

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

After falling just short of the ultimate end goal the past two years, it’s evident that the New York Yankees need everybody ready for the bright lights of the postseason. Players like Didi Gregorius and Masahiro Tanaka have performed quite well in the playoffs but there have also been guys that have struggled and they’re still on this 2019 team! Below are three guys that need to solidify their playoff status this October.

Aaron Judge

He is arguably one of the most recognizable figures in baseball and his ability to hit the long ball are the main reason why. In just 351 career games, Judge already has 95 regular-season home runs. That may not seem like a lot to some, but it must be noted that he’s missed a lot of this season with an injury as well as last season with a fractured wrist. Even with his regular-season accolades, Judge has simply not been as consistent when the games really mattered. Because his career is still young and he hasn’t had a large enough sample size to dud him as a player who “chokes” in the playoffs, it’s unfair to say that he will underperform come playoff time. One thing is for certain though, the New York Yankees need Aaron Judge to have a hot bat in a few months.

Gary Sanchez

We’ve seen it for decades, particularly in the Bronx; having a quality catcher behind the dish can change the course of an entire season. If fans look back into the Yankees storied history and some of the more memorable Yankee teams in the past 100+ years, each team has had a leader as a catcher. Berra, Munson, Posada, the list goes on. That’s who this year’s team needs in the playoffs and so far, Gary Sanchez has made huge strides in making himself a solid defender to add to his powerful bat. Although he’s gotten bit by the infamous injury bug a couple of times this season, the all-star still has 24 home runs and has a .979 fielding percentage. If this can translate to the postseason, Sanchez could be deadly.

Luis Severino

Fans who have tuned in every night to watch the Yanks play know that what’s holding them back from being a totally unstoppable force and that’s their starting pitching. The rotation has not lived up to expectations this year and Luis Severino could change the script dramatically once he comes back from injury. As of now, we don’t know what Sevy’s role will be once he returns to the staff. There’s no sense in rushing him back if he’s not ready, but it would be good for him to eat up some innings prior to playoff time. This would give him time to lock-in as well as determine how much fatigue his arm can take throughout the course of a game. His first two postseason appearances have not been too kind to the Dominican native, who has posted a 6.26 ERA in six games. We have all seen what he can do in the regular season, and if he’s healthy and dominant like we’re all hoping for, another weapon can be added to the Yankee arsenal.

New York Mets: The Biggest Home Series Since 2015

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

After a miraculous run to close within half a game of a wild card spot, the New York Mets start a very tough schedule. The Washington Nationals come into Citi Field for what is the most anticipated series since 2015, when they face these same Nationals.

How Did We Get Here?

The Mets pitching staff from top to bottom led the way throughout their hot stream. The hitting was hot and cold, but caught fire against the Miami Marlins. Their odds to make the playoffs were at single digits in July and now the odds are close to 50 percent.

The Mets seemed dead in the water and ready to sell at the trade deadline, but Brodie Van Wagenen had other plans. He added Marcus Stroman, traded Jason Vargas and kept the team in tact. The Mets took advantage of a relatively weak schedule, but the red hot Mets are no fluke.

Home Cooking Against the Nationals

The Mets swept the Nationals at home earlier this season and did the same during their magical 2015 run to move into first place in the NL East. Just like 2015 the Mets can pass the Nationals with a sweep, but their eyes are on the division not the wild card.

The Mets have Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom lined up to pitch. This give the Mets favorable matchups in all three games of the series. The Mets have been criticized for their weak schedule, but now they will truly be tested and they have the weapons to come out on top.

The New York Yankees Won’t Stop Breaking Records

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

With the New York Yankees win over the Baltimore Orioles last night, it was their third straight game where they’ve hit at least five home runs. As impressive as that is, that’s not the only jaw-dropping stat the was recorded by the New York Yankees this season.

Probably the most unbelievable stat that was realized this series against Baltimore was the following:

The Yankees have hit more home runs away at Camden Yards (40) than the Detriot Tigers (37) and San Francisco Giants (39) have hit in their own home stadium. Yes, you read that correctly.

Another incredible stat recorded by the Yankees this season is 17 individual Yankee players have hit a home run against the Orioles, while 14 teams in the MLB have fewer than 17 players who hit a home run. The Yankees have also hit a whopping total of 52 dingers again the Orioles which is the MLB record vs. any opponent. They’ve hit a total 43 home runs in away games which is an MLB record by a visiting team in any ballpark.

The Yankees are also very dominant away from home. They have a 15 road game winning streak which is tied for second in longest away winning streak in the American League vs. any opponent. Ten players have also hit multiple home run games which is the MLB record at any road ballpark. It’s clear that the 2019 Yankees don’t mind being away from home, which is something to compare to the 2017 Yankee team…

The Bombers are on pace to win about 105 or 106 games this season and with the way they’ve been swinging the bat, that is a very real possibility.

New York Giants: Things to Watch This Preseason

With the New York Giants training camp in full swing, it’s time to bring on the preseason games. Instead of the usual preseason schedule with the Giants taking on their cross rivals in their third game, this year the proclaimed “snoopy bowl” will be the opener. Here are some Giant things to watch for.

Daniel Jones First Real Test

Daniel Jones has been one of the most polarizing draft picks to put on a New York Giants jersey in quite some time. So far throughout spring OTA’s and training camp, he’s checked all the boxes and combated draft night criticism with strong throws. However, this is the first real test. Live football action is a whole different animal than sporting a red pinny with a clean pocket every play.

In a preseason opener, the Giants would like to see if the rookie can stay composed and command the huddle. Last year the Giants expected Davis Webb to make a big leap heading into his second year but failed to stay calm and threw inaccurate fastballs. The new regime was quick to dismiss Webb and move on. This won’t be the case for Jones being a #6 overall pick. An efficient game would be another great step for the promising rookie.

Who will step up at WR?

When the Giants traded OBJ they resigned productive wideout Sterling Shepard to a 4-year extension and brought in elusive receiver Golden Tate to make up for Odell’s loss. However, everything that could have gone wrong so far has for Giant’s wide receivers. Corey Coleman tore his ACL day one of camp, Sterling Shepard had fractured his thumb, and Golden Tate is facing a 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

With three down the Giants are praying for a Victor Cruz type of emergence in the preseason. Returning receivers Russell Shepard (10), Cody Latimer (11), and Bennie Fowler (16) all had less than 20 receptions last season.

One player who has stood out in training camp is Daniel Jones favorite target, Alonzo Russell. Something to keep an eye on.

Where will QB Pressure come from?

The Giants have high expectations for second-year man Lorenzo Carter to fill the big shoes of Olivier Vernon. Carter only had 4 sacks in his rookie season and will likely make a jump. Coaches around camp have noticed a bulked up Carter who added 10-12 pounds of muscles this offseason ( Alongside Carter is veteran Markus Golden and 3rd round draft pick, Oshane Ximines.

The Giants signed former Cardinal Markus Golden to a one-year prove-it deal. Back in 2016, Golden racked up 12.5 sacks on a Bettcher led defense (Sports Reference). Coming off knee surgery can he resemble anything of his former self?

Ximines was a division 3 standout from Old Dominion College. He has smooth moves to get to the QB. However, can he adjust to the faster speed of play in the NFL?

17th overall pick Dexter Lawrence has told the media he is more than just a run stopper. Can he be a dominant 3 down player in the NFL?

A lot of questions surround this defensive front as the season approaches.

A Young Secondary will be Tested

The Giants moved back into the first round to grab who they believed was the best corner in the draft, DeAndre Baker. Baker has not let up a touchdown in his last two years at Georgia (Pro Football Focus) and Pat Shurmur has been impressed with the rookie in training camp.

Other new faces in this secondary are Julian Love, Jabrill Peppers, Antione Bethea, and Corey Ballentine. Jenkins and Bethea have provided the veteran presence needed for this young secondary.

It will be interesting to see what type of role Peppers has not only on defense but other areas. He is a versatile player that was underutilized in Cleveland.

A player to watch here is 6th round pick Corey Ballentine who has the athletic ability to make some impressive plays. He has had to overcome extreme adversity so far in the NFL and everyone is rooting for him.

‘Hog Mollies’ are Rebuilt

Finally! An offensive line that the New York Giants can feel good about. The addition of top guard Kevin Zeitler and filling in Mike Remmers at right tackle will pay off big for Eli Manning. Joining Will Hernandez, Nate Soldier, and Jon Halapio, can this renovated line give Eli the time he hasn’t had in years?

New York Yankees: What’s Going on with Gleyber Torres?

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Just as it seemed that the New York Yankees’ star Gleyber Torres had fallen to the injury bug, he was back in the lineup. Then he was removed early from a game again, and Yankee fans are beginning to wonder – what’s going on with our prized possession Torres?

In Tuesday’s win over the Baltimore Orioles, Torres was removed early to what the Yankees called core pain. He said he had felt the same pain during last Sunday’s game. Following these games, Torres saw a doctor where he underwent an MRI. He was tested for any strains and a sports hernia, the same thing teammate Luke Voit is down with. All tests came back negative and so he was cleared.

Manager Aaron Boone said Torres would travel with the team to Toronto this week where they take on the Blue Jays. Since Torres is technically not on the injured list, he’ll most likely be day-to-day. Boone mentioned that he talked to Torres where the young star said, “I am all right, I feel like I am going to be fine.”

It was clear that Torres was being affected primarily at the plate. After going 3-5 on August 3rd against the Boston Red Sox, Torres has yet to get a hit where he’s currently 0-10 since then.

The New York Yankees will definitely keep a close watch on Torres. They’ll want to do anything they can to avoid him being the 26th man on the injured list. Maybe a few days off will do the trick but especially since Voit is facing surgery with abdominal pain, the Yankees will need to be cautious with Torres.