What Does New York Giants QB Eli Manning Think About Benching?

It’s still hard to get over the news that the New York Giants benched Eli Manning – after more than fifteen years of Manning being the consistent starter for the team, it looks like the Giants are finally moving on after running out of patience and making the move to put in the younger rookie Daniel Jones as starter this Sunday against Tampa. The decision comes after only two games, neither of which were exactly lost just because of Manning and his play.

But with the team starting 0-2 and with things looking awfully similar to how they did last season before the wheels came off completely, it looks like the front office and coaching staff are willing to do anything to try sparking a change – or at the least, the staff are willing to let the rookie Daniel Jones get some regular season experience this year while there’s no expectations.

What did Eli Manning tell the press about the entire situation? Well, Manning gave a typical answer, not making too much of a big deal or causing a stir about the matter.

“In some ways I signed up for this, knowing when you draft a young quarterback, this can happen. And I gotta live with it and make the best of it,” Manning said.

Additionally, Manning pointed out that the season isn’t over yet. That of course, means that Jones might not be the starter for the entire year. It looks like Manning is on the way out, but if Jones performs poorly, there could once again be a competition.

“Who knows. Again, I’m not dying, and the season’s not over. So there’s a lot to be positive about, a lot to be grateful for, and so I just gotta accept my new role and make the best of it,” Manning continued.

There’s not too many bright spots from the first two games of the season but one thing that Giants fans can be glad for is having a classy quarterback – there’s not going to be a big locker room controversy over the change, even though it is possible to make the argument that Manning was benched too soon.

Will Manning get the starting job back this season? That will likely depend entirely on Jones in the next few weeks, and whether or not Jones repeats his brief but lackluster performance against the Dallas Cowboys in future games.

New York Yankees: Aaron Boone’s pitching plan for the postseason is “untraditional”

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said that the team will play by their own rules come October. Since the Yankees have been plagued with injuries all season, Boone plans to work many games being a little creative.

“We’re going to be a little untraditional,” said Boone. “The only one we might use as a traditional starter is (James) Paxton.

Paxton has been on fire recently for the Yankees after a hiccup earlier in the season. The left-hander has won his last nine consecutive starts and has a 14-6 record. The most dominant start he’s had this month came against the Texas Rangers where he went seven full frames allowing one hit and fanning 12.

The New York Yankees intend to utilize the “opener” strategy for the postseason. Their primary opener will most likely be Chad Green, who’s been overall dominate in that role.

Domingo German, who’s been a starter all season, is planned to follow the opener if they choose to go that route. He’s also expected to fill a variety of roles, potentially being used as a traditional starter as well.

Luis Severino will most likely do the same thing German is doing. He’s intended to work up his pitch count and innings during the month of September.

CC Sabathia is likely not going to return as a starter, but potentially in the bullpen. He clearly cannot go the distance consistently, which is key for the playoffs. However, Sabathia can still get guys out so the New YorkYankees will still look to get him innings.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Might Attend New York Knicks Training Camp

According to Forbes, New York Knicks, Head Coach David Fizdale invited Mike Krzyzewski to training camp. Knicks training camp starts October 1st, 2019 in Greenburgh, N.Y.

RJ Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and less than a steal per game under Duke head coach Mike Kryzewski. Coach K could possibly help Fizdale, RJ Barrett, and the rest of the roster mesh and build chemistry in training camp.

Mike Krzyzewski thinks highly of the New York Knicks potential starting shooting guard RJ Barrett. Coach K told basketball insider Adam Zagoria of Forbes the following statement.

“The main thing is he seems like he really loves New York. He’s acclimated himself, he hasn’t hidden. He’s been out there, shown how much he loves to be there and he’s embraced the city instead of being fearful. I think that puts him in a great place, that doesn’t surprise me. He’s going to be comfortable and Fiz will do a great job of getting him comfortable.”

Knicks coaching staff will be working tirelessly this offseason in order to acclimate the young players. Knick players including rookies RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis been working out together, honing in on their individual crafts, and learning each others game before the official starting date of training camp.

Offseason individual training and the official team training camp itself definitely is crucial for any rookie coming into the NBA. The speed of the game is what most rookies struggle with in the beginning of their NBA careers. Therefore, plenty of training and scrimmages will help build confidence and basketball IQ for a young talented player like former Duke Star RJ Barrett.

New York Knicks starting lineup is not decided yet

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

The New York Knicks starting lineup has not been determined yet.  Coach David Fizdale told his players just that, according to Kevin Knox.  The starting lineup is still up in the air, as it should be.

The only two players that ‘should be’ locks to start this season are Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson.  Training camp will then determine the other three starters, if Fizdale would give Randle and Robinson the nod.

According to Knox, the practices have been intense and the team is bonding.  They have been playing hard, making each other better while also growing as a family.  The team will have to fight for the spots and it appears they are already competing for such spots.

The point guard situation seems to lean towards Dennis Smith Jr.  Elfrid Payton has been working to take some of the minutes away from Smith Jr., but it is ultimately Smith Jr.’s job to lose.  He has the most potential out of all point guards.

Marcus Morris could start at the 3 position to provide a good balance on offense and defense.  He is not going to be a go-to scoring option, but he will provide solid points while being a ‘dog’ on defense.  Morris is an above average shooter in the grand scheme of things, 43% career field goal percentage.

With Smith Jr. at the 1, Morris at 3, Randle at 4 and Robinson at 5, who is the shooting guard?

This is a tricky one has the Knicks struggled having a reliable 2 guard since trading away Tim Hardaway Jr., despite questionable shots and a contract.

Rj Barrett is not good shooter to start for the Knicks yet.  In time, his shot will improve and he will become a starter for the Knicks.  Kevin Knox is too big to play the 2.  Morris could get the over nod him, depending on how he continues to improve and develop in training camp.

One viable scoring option at the 2 guard could be Daymean Dotson.  ‘Dot’ is one the Knicks best two-way players, despite Randle.  When Dotson finally got the start towards the end of the season, he was able to show his scoring capabilities.  That was in addition to providing good defensive skills on some of the opponents top play-makers.

The shooting guard will be the toughest position to determine.  That position will be played with a lot throughout the season until Fizdale finds the correct fit.  Except big battles in training with everyone pushing each other to be better and improve on the league’s worst record last season.

New York Giants: Thank you, Eli

An era has come to an end. The New York Giants have announced that they will be starting rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I hope Jones has an incredible game against the Bucs and an incredible career. But this article is not about Daniel Jones. This article is about the best quarterback in New York Giants history, Eli Manning.

An All-Time Great

It is no question, Eli Manning is an all-time great quarterback who will one day be in the Hall of Fame. Manning led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories in his career. Only twelve quarterbacks in NFL history have one two or more Super Bowls and only five players in Super Bowl history have been named Super Bowl MVP more than once.

Eli Manning, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, has been in the NFL since 2004. He has been with the Giants for a record sixteen seasons. Over those sixteen seasons, Manning accumulated 362 passing touchdowns (8th best in NFL history),  and 56,537 passing yards (7th in NFL history).

Manning has been to 4 Pro Bowls and has an impressive 8-4 playoff record. And of course, two of the most impressive Super Bowl victories in NFL history, defeating the New England Patriots twice. One time to keep New England from achieving a perfect season.

Fans will never forget those Eli Manning moments. “Eli Manning’s Great Escape,” and David Tyree’s “Helmet Catch” will never be forgotten. Manning’s perfect pass down the left sideline to Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI will always be an all-time great play. Eli Manning has etched his name into NFL history. New York’s sports icon will never be forgotten as the ultimate New York Giant. One can only hope the Giants are able to find another quarterback that is half the man and player that Eli is (and hopefully Daniel Jones is that quarterback).

The Definition Of Class

For all of Eli’s heroics on the field, he has always paralleled them with incredible moments off the field. Whether it’s his class and respect with the press during every single interview and press conference, or his witty humor on SNL, Manning was always a man to admire in the public eye.

The NFL’s 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year has been a true role model his entire career. A career of some of Eli’s biggest career achievements can be found below:

Thank you, Eli Manning, for being an even bigger inspiration off the field than you are on the field.

The Iron Mann

Eli Manning has never missed a game due to injury. I am 18 years old. Eli has been a Giant for 16 years. My entire life, I have been watching Eli Manning start at quarterback for the New York Giants. He has been my hero since childhood and I have stuck with 10 through all the ups and downs.

Yes, I was there rooting on Eli and still believing in him when he led the NFL in interceptions with 27 in 2013. Countless mistakes that year didn’t matter, that’s still my quarterback. He was my quarterback when he was hosting the Lombardi trophy, so he was my quarterback when he was sinking with the team to a 3-13 record in 2017.

Ben McAdoo is maybe my least favorite person ever associated with the New York Giants because of what he did to Eli Manning. Manning was going for a record- his 210 consecutive starts lead the league and were behind only NFL legend, Brett Favre. If it weren’t for Ben McAdoo, Manning might have eventually caught up with Favre.

My Childhood Hero

When I lived in New York, I was a Giants fan because of Eli Manning. When I moved to Florida, I was still a Giants fan because of Eli Manning. Through all the changes over the years, Eli Manning has been the one constant. The Iron Mann has stood strong through all the hard hits on the field and in the media. He has been a true role model of how to hand adversity and how to remain calm under pressure.

I have countless memories watching Eli Manning. I even met Eli Manning when I was 10 years old at Steiner Sports on Long Island. I was shellshocked, meeting my hero. I couldn’t even speak, but I will never forget the moment I walked up to Eli and saw him in person.

Moving to Florida was sad for me for a few reasons (as you might expect), one is because I was going to be far away from the New York Giants. But since the move, my mom and I have made every effort we can to see the Giants when they play in Florida. I was lucky enough to see Eli Manning torch the Dolphins defense on Monday night. I was lucky enough to watch Eli rush for a 14-yard touchdown right into the end zone I was seated in against the Buccaneers.

No sports figure ever has or ever will mean more to me than Eli Manning. Sure, there have been some moments of tough love over the years, but Eli always has been and always will be my favorite athlete of all time. I think back to the 2012 NFC Conference Championship Game, the game I think defines Eli most.

Eli got absolutely pummeled in that game by the 49ers’ tenacious defensive line. Eli was sacked 6 times, the 49ers totaled 12 quarterback hits. But after every single hit, Eli got right back up. He did not get up for himself. At any point, Eli could’ve saved his body and gone to the sideline and everyone would have understood. Instead, Eli simply got right back up and got right back into the next play. Hit after hit, Manning got up and moved on for the team, for the fans, and for New York.

Once again, Eli Manning, my quarterback, I say thank you for all the memories. All of the special memories I made from your magical football moments I watched on TV and in person, I thank you for all of them. I thank you, also, for being a role model for me during my childhood and teenage years. You will probably never read this or know that I exist, but still, I thank you for helping me become who I am today through the example you set as a man off the field. The impact you have had on my life and many others can never be undermined or understated. You are the definition of a New York Giant. Thank you, Eli.

New York Yankees: Luis Severino Toes the Slab with Electricity

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The king of the New York Yankees himself, known as Luis Severino, is the talk of the town. Severino performed sufficiently on Tuesday night against the Anaheim Angels, pitching 4 innings and allowing 2 hits, no runs and striking out 4 batters on 67 pitches. Sevy averaged 96.6 MPH and maxed out at 98.8 MPH with his fastball. His changeup and slider both had filthy movement and overall, Sevy was nothing short of dominant in his first game of the 2019 season.

The bullpen, which consisted of Chance Adams, Cory Gearrin, Jonathan Loaisiga and Stephen Tarpley pitched a combined 6 innings and allowed 4 hits, no runs and struck out 9 batters on 94 pitches.

As Sevy flexed his muscles and provided an electric outing, the offense exploded with ease. In the bottom of the 2nd, Gio Urshela started the offensive production by driving in an RBI single to left field. The magic wand was passed to Cameron Maybin, who drove in a towering RBI single to left field and extending the Yanks lead over the Angels, 2-0.

The Yanks tacked on a 6-run rally in the bottom of the 6th. DJ LeMahieu, or better known as “LeMachine,” utilized his scorching-hot bat by driving in an RBI single to left field. With the bases loaded later down the road, Sir Didi Gregorius lined a 2-run double to right field. Gleyber Torres released the floodgates immediately after, hammering a 3-run blast, which traveled 410-feet with an exit velocity of 106.9 MPH. Torres definitely broke Statcast, as there is absolutely no way in shape or form this mammoth shot only traveled 410-feet. You be the judge.

The Bronx Bombers were held to 8 runs and shutout the Angels through 9 innings, claiming the victory with a final score of 8-0. The Yanks possess a 99-53 (.651) record and are on pace to become the first organization to reach 100 wins this season. Their home record remains at a dominant 54-22. As far as October is concerned, the Yanks home record is more than ample evidence that the Houston Astros need to acquire home-field advantage. The last thing they desire is to play in the Bronx with their season on the line.

New York Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton Set To Return By Thursday

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees outfielder and former MVP Giancarlo Stanton will be returning to the lineup by Thursday. He has been out since June 25th with a PCL strain in his right knee.

Stanton returned from Tampa on Tuesday and was in the Yankee clubhouse for the game against the Angels. Aaron Boone said that they may activate him on Wednesday, but it will be Thursday at the latest.

Due to an early season injury, he’s only played in nine games. He’s batting .290 with a homerun and seven RBIs. If he can get back to his normal self, it could be very beneficial having a fresh bat in the postseason lineup.

Once he returns, the plan is to get him a lot of bats to try to make up for lost time. He would definitely play more than a guy like Edwin Encarnacion, who will return in a few days. Since Encarnacion hasn’t missed much time, the Yankees need to plug Stanton in more than him.

Giancarlo Stanton is the next Yankee to return from injury, and his impact should be instant. Following him will be Encarnacion and hopefully Gary Sanchez in their returns.

The team suffered a devastating blow when they discovered that Dellin Betances hurt himself in his return on Sunday. He has a partial achilles tear and will miss the rest of the season and at least a portion of next year.

Betances will end the year facing just two batters and throwing eight pitches. Hopefully, the Yankees will be able to rally and get a world series ring for him.

 

New York Knicks: RJ Barrett reveals who he plans to dunk on as a rookie

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

The New York Knicks are not short on athleticism, especially after adding 3rd overall pick RJ Barrett in the 2019 NBA draft. The rookie is prepared to leave his mark on the 2019-20 season, but when he was asked who he’d like to dunk on, his answer was a bit surprising.

Former Knick and currently enemy to the state, Kristaps Porzingis, was his player of choice.

Knicks fans should be excited and fired up about his response, as watching Barrett go over-top of Porzingis in live-action would be spectacular, or at the very least, a big win for New York.

Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks last season after demanding his release. The Knicks received point guard Dennis Smith Jr. in the deal, a young player with a plate-full of potential he’s working towards unleashing.

The Knicks are still an incredibly young team fighting for their respect in the NBA. Barrett, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Allonzo Trier and more make up the youth foundation for one of the youngest teams in basketball.

Barrett recently said it “felt right” to be drafted by the Knicks, considering his mother grew up in Brooklyn. The Knicks are gaining one of the college basketball’s top players — he would’ve been the No. 1 overall pick given Zion Williamson didn’t take over college’s basketball stage by storm.

RJ averaged a healthy 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. He also shot 30.8 percent from three-point land and 66.5 percent from the free-throw line. He’s refined in attacking the rim and utilizing his length to get past defenders in the paints, but he’s a lackluster shooter that will look to develop his jump shot this season.

Expecting him to be a productive scorer right off the bat might be too optimistic, but he’s certainly capable of getting to the rim and effecting games positively. His progression will take some time, but limit your expectation throughout his rookie campaign.

New York Giants: What Daniel Jones offers the offense over Eli Manning

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

Sitting at 0-2 on the season and last in the NFC East, the New York Giants are far from being a competitive team, which poses the question — What does Daniel Jones offer the offense over Eli Manning?

The rookie passer played in just one drive this season against the Dallas Cowboys in week one. He went 3-for-4 with 17 yards passing and a fumble. Factoring in the rookie jitters and playing in Jerry World, Jones was set up for failure in his debut, but he will now have the opportunity to change the narrative.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was asked about the status of his quarterbacks earlier on Monday:

“Obviously, Eli’s been our starter to this point,” Shurmur said at his Monday post-game news conference. “I’m not really ready to get into any of those conversations about any position.

“We’re going to talk about everything we’re doing moving forward. That’s fair at this point. We’re 0-2. There are areas where we have to get better. We’re going to address all areas and try to find ways to put a winning performance on the field.”

Shurmur was asked straight up: “Is Eli your starting quarterback this week?”

“He’s been our starter to this point,” Shurmur said with a hint of frustration. “I don’t want to talk about anything else moving forward from that standpoint. Not ready to discuss that.”

Asked again about the quarterback situation:

“I don’t want to be dishonest with anyone. Like I said, we’re evaluating everything moving forward, and I’m not ready to talk about all that right now.”

Just one day later on Tuesday morning, Shurmur took the conversation in a different direction:

“Eli and I spoke this morning, I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate and help prepare this team to win.”

Why the New York Giants made the switch:

Manning, who is dangerously close to falling below a career .500 record, simply isn’t helping the progression of the team at his age. Ultimately, replacing Manning isn’t a consequence of his performance, but rather the reality of the situation.

The Giants, who have been featuring a 15-year veteran at quarterback that hasn’t gotten the job done, are now 0-2 on the season and facing another disappointing campaign. Making the switch allows them to finally turn the page and commit to their rebuild.

The answer is simple — Jones needs to play and gain experience; otherwise, the Giants would just be wasting their own time in an attempt to make Manning happy once again. This team is far from being a contender, and a majority of the blame lands on the defense. If the Giants aren’t going to make any trades to sure up the secondary, they’re better off fielding Jones and hoping he can gain the necessary tools to succeed next season.