Wayne Gallman The Man For New York Giants Without Barkley

The New York Giants will have to weather the next weeks without their best player. Ever since Saquon Barkley was helped off the field against Tampa with a high ankle sprain, there’s been talk of how the team is going to step up – obviously, it helps that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has had a quick rise, but the team still needs a running game. They can’t rely on Jones to do all the work, and there’s been a lot of speculation about the Giants signing another running back like Jay Ajayi to fill in for Barkley.

However, the team seems to prefer going with an in house option, and all signs point to the team leaning heavily on Wayne Gallman in the running game. Gallman, a third year player, suffered a decline in use during his second season – which happened to be Barkley’s first season in the league. But with Barkley out of the picture until midseason, Gallman has a chance to prove himself as more than just an afterthought.

“We put Wayne Gallman in there, then we get ready to go and get the offense ready to play. That’s the reality in this league. It’s not cliché, it’s not coach speak. But it really is next man up. You don’t cancel the games because one of your guys is not there,” head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday about the team’s preparation leading up to the next game, against the Washington Redskins.

“He’s kind of a twitchy guy. He does a good job of getting it up in the hole. He has good collision balance. He’s improved catching the football. He’s pretty good with our pass protection. He’s a good all-around player, and he’s going to be asked to do more,” Shurmur said further about Gallman.

Gallman had 176 yards and a rushing touchdown last season but already has a chance to surpass that, coming into this game with one touchdown in 2019 already. This will, however, be the most high pressure stretch of Gallman’s career. Barkley isn’t just out for one game but a number of weeks, after all. How the former backup responds in this situation may just decide whether or not Gallman is the long term answer for the time that Barkley is injured.

New York Yankees: Domingo German officially ruled out for the postseason

New York Yankees, Domingo German

Domingo German has been off the New York Yankees’ roster since last Thursday when he was placed on administrative leave due to domestic violence allegations. The MLB announced today that they are extending the leave through the World Series so they could complete an investigation which ends German’s season.

The police are not investigating the situation. There are very little details, to begin with. First reported by The New York Times, German had allegedly slapped his girlfriend in the public setting, where a Major League Baseball officials had seen this happen. It’s rumored that the public argument could have taken place following CC Sabathia’s LegaCCy Gala dinner, where most of the team attended with their wives/girlfriends.

“This is something that, baseball aside, this is a bigger issue, obviously,” said manager Aaron Boone. “When you hear the words ‘domestic violence,’ it’s one of those things that stops you in your tracks. I give Major League Baseball and the players’ association credit for doing their part in, several years ago, trying to be ahead of this and putting disciplinary action in place, hopefully being part of the solution to what is a problem in our society.”

The New York Yankees have only released one statement following the news:

“We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence. We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner.”

Why The New York Giants Should Not Involve Themselves In Big Name Trade Talks

Should the New York Giants pursue Jalen Ramsey?

The NFL has been swirling with trade rumors lately. Numerous big name players have been confirmed or rumored to have requested a trade. Plenty of fans want the New York Giants to try to trade for these players, but that might not be in the team’s best long-term interest.

The Giants Cannot Afford These Trades

The New York Giants have only $4,015,873 in cap space. Additionally, the Giants have $35 million in dead cap. They cannot afford to acquire these players. These players are big name stars that will require big contracts to satisfy. The Giants cannot provide them with those contracts at this moment.

The Giants also need to start saving money. Pretty soon, the Giants’ in-house talent will be ready for their own pay days. Players like Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, and Will Hernandez will need a lot of cap space allocated towards their second contracts. Albeit, the day they sign their second deals is somewhat far into the future, but the Giants still need to prepare financially.

These Players Do Not Fit Gettleman’s Profile

The Giants just got rid of multiple big name star players. Odell Beckham Jr. was traded away for three defensive players and Olivier Vernon was traded away for an offensive guard. These two players account for $24 million in dead cap.

The players involved in trade talks to do not fit what Dave Gettleman is looking to do with this rebuild. These players have strong personalities and do a good job of grabbing headlines. Gettleman has been on a mission to get rid of any and all distractions that might surround this franchise.

The Giants Should Not Sacrifice Their Future For The Present

The Giants are coming off of an incredible and improbable win against the Buccaneers. But they are still a 1-2 team coming off of a 5-11 season. The Giants should be more concerned with their future than their present. New York has been a losing franchise for the past few years, and that is not going to change by trading for one star player.

The Giants will change their losing ways by keeping their draft picks. In order to trade for players such as Jalen Ramsey, Jamal Adams, or Stefon Diggs, the Giants will need to give up significant draft capital. In the case of Jalen Ramsey, the Giants would need to sacrifice at least one first-round pick.

As phenomenal as Jalen Ramsey is as a player, the Giants might need to use their future first-round picks on different positions.

The Giants have had a need for a pass-rusher over the years and their next first-round pick could be the one to get the team their pass-rushing prospect they so desperately need.

The Giants have drafted arguably the best running back in the NFL and a franchise quarterback in a two-year span. The potential in first-round draft picks is too great for the Giants to give away, especially when they could potentially be picking in the top ten again.

It makes more sense for a team that is one star away from a championship to trade away a high draft pick for one of these players. The Giants are not one of those teams. The Giants are a team that still needs to draft multiple key pieces to build around the rest of their youthful talent and prepare themselves for a brighter future.

Way-too-early New York Knicks 2020 draft

The New York Knicks and the rest of the NBA have not started training camp.  But, sports networks can’t help themselves by getting out mock drafts for the 2020 draft.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony put out his mock draft of the top NBA prospects via their Intsagram.  He had the Knicks in the top 3, again, and selecting LaMelo Ball.  Ball currently is the point guard for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL).

Before fans overreact, which some may already done, it is just a mock.  A way-too-early mock.  Ball is getting a lot of hype from his play in the NBL.  Their league is currently still in the pre-season and he had 14 points in their debut.

Some even believe that Ball can potentially be the number one overall pick.

The skill set and talent is there, but with that comes extra baggage.  His father.  LaVar Ball will bring a lot of unwanted attention and distractions to whatever team his youngest son goes to.  We all saw how he acted and all the comments he had when LaMelo’s brother, Lonzo, was a Los Angeles Laker.  What makes you think it would be any different if LaMelo landed in New York, the other biggest basketball market.

However, lets not jump the gun here.  It only a mock and one to not be taken seriously before the latest NBA season has even begun.  But, basketball heads love it and can’t get enough of it.

In reality, even if the Knicks did have another top 3 pick and LaMelo was available, they would not select him.  His a 6’7″ point guard and the Knicks do not need anymore point guards.

The Knicks will be juggling 3-4 point guards this season as it is.  Why add another one?  But the main reason is the Knicks do not need anymore unwanted, outside distractions.  Especially, when they are finally moving in the right direction to turn around the franchises identity.

New York Yankees: Encarnacion and Sanchez to return for last series

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

New York Yankees’ sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez are expected to return to the lineup for the last series of the regular season against the Texas Rangers.

“Everything I did, nothing bothered me,” said Gary Sanchez. “The plan is to get back before the season ends.” When asked about a timetable Sanchez added, “Hopefully in the next few days, with all I have to do, and after working with the trainers, I can feel the way I feel now.”

Sanchez was dealing with the same groin injury that he had earlier in the season. He’s been sidelined ever since the doubleheader against the Detriot Tigers on September 12th. Encarnacion has also been sidelined since that doubleheader against the Tigers with an oblique strain.

Both players took batting practice Tuesday before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sanchez also completed some agility and condition drills where he responded with no problem. “I’m optimistic that there’s a chance that he could be back at some point in that Texas series,” said manager Aaron Boone.

Encarnacion has also been taking consistent swings and completing running drills. “I feel like (Encarnacion) is probably ready and certainly he’s pushing to get in there tomorrow,” said manager Aaron Boone.

Encarnacion who was traded to the New York Yankees earlier this year has been a dependable bat in the lineup where he’s batting .244 with 34 home runs on the season. Sanchez whos signed to a 1 year/$669,800 deal is batting .233 on the year with 34 home runs as well.

 

New York Yankees: Luis Severino should be a starter in the postseason

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

NEW YORK YANKEES – With the looming starting pitching issues that have been apparent all season, the Yankees should consider utilizing Luis Severino in his primary role as a starter for the postseason.

Granted Severino hasn’t pitched against the most dominating lineups in his first two starts of the year, but he’s still getting the job done. In both starts, he’s looked like the same pitcher from the beginning of last season. Another thing to note is that Severino’s arm is fresh and new, there’s no fatigue since he had just begun his season.

In two outings, Severino has allowed no runs on five hits through nine full frames. He’s fanned 13 respectively while only walking two.

There could be an argument that Severino should be coming out of the bullpen if he had struggled recently, but he hasn’t. His velocity is at the normal range and his off-speed pitches have been devasting.

The decision will ultimately be decided based on his last start of the regular season. If he’s able to continue this way, manager Aaron Boone will most likely have Severino starting games.

It’s believed that Masahiro Tanaka will be in the rotation, who is credited to an 11-8 record and a 4.47 ERA. Tanaka is known for his consistent dominance in the postseason where he holds a 1.50 ERA. James Paxton who has won his last 10 starts is being considered as the game one starter, is credited to a 15-6 record and a 3.73 ERA.

With Masahiro Tanaka and James Paxton believed to already to be locked in the postseason rotation, adding Severino would be monumental for the New York Yankees.

CC Sabathia and JA Happ who have been starters their whole career will be coming out of the bullpen for October. They are lined up to be relieving starters this week to get them ready for their postseason role.

New York Giants: 3 veteran running backs the Giants could sign

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

With the New York Giants losing Saquon Barkley for at least the next six weeks, they will have to find a capable replacement to supplement his loss. Barkley was averaging 6.4 yards per attempt before going down with a high ankle sprain.

The one glimpse of optimism is that Barkley returned from a high ankle sprain at Penn State in two weeks several years ago. While the Giants will likely take precaution and not risk his health any further, we should expect to see him sit for quite a while. This is ultimately the right thing to do, as compromising his future health is not worth the risk, especially in the second year of a rebuild with a rookie quarterback.

However, the Giants do you need to find somebody to replace him. Number two running back Wayne Gallman is a capable runner but is not starting material.

Here are three runningbacks the New York Giants could sign:

1.) CJ Anderson

Anderson is a five year veteran with one Pro Bowl and one Super Bowl championship under his belt. In 2018, he averaged 6.0 yards per carry with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams. In two games with the Detroit Lions this season, he is rushed 16 times for 43 yards.

Anderson is a powerful runner they can also block well at the line of scrimmage. The Giants would be smart to kick the tires on CJ and see if he has any value left in his legs. At the very least, Anderson brings veteran leadership and experience to a young Giants team. He could be a trustworthy security blanket for Daniel Jones in the passing game as well.

2.) Orleans Darkwa

Darkwa is no stranger to the New York Giants, having played with them from 2014-2017. In his latest outing with New York, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry and five scores in 15 games. He was a big part of the lousy 2017 season, despite it not being his fault.

Darkwa is a keen runner that can break tackles well; he’s also a capable blocker. He’s not going to light up any games and create magical moments like Saquon Barkley has in just one year, but he can fill the gap while the Giants star running back recovers from his ankle injury. He would be an excellent complement to Wayne Gallman.

3.) Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi is another option that has one Super Bowl and one Pro Bowl appearance under his belt. In 2018, he averaged 4.1 yards per carry and recorded three touchdowns before going down with a significant injury. He did not stick with a team this season but offers value in the running game if given the opportunity. He is a capable player that average 5.8 yards per carry with Philadelphia in their Super Bowl-winning season.

While taking a chance on him is a risk considering his injury concerns, he has proven in the past that he is capable of carrying the load. Ajayi might be a cheaper option than CJ Anderson.

Standing at six-feet-tall and weighing 228 pounds, Jay has powerful strides and is dangerous in the open field. I wouldn’t expect him to be the same runner he was in 2017 before his injury, but it can’t hurt to work him out in the coming days.

New York Knicks are worried about their defense in 2019, offense seems to be easy

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

The New York Knicks will enter the 2019-20 season with heightened expectations on offense and defense. Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will be the focal point of the offense this year despite having lackluster numbers over two seasons.

Smith has averaged just 14.5 points per game since hi inception in 2017, but he will look to increase his production and efficiency from the floor.

The third-year player has plenty of goals entering next season, but one of them is to help New York Knicks’ RJ Barrett when the Rookie of the Year award.

“I’m treating that as one of my focal points just to help him win Rookie of the Year. And whatever I can do, I’m willing to do it,” Smith Jr. said in an interview with Chris Henderson. “It’s important for us and it’s important for our team and it’s important for our morale moving forward, so I think it would be major if he won that.”

The success of Barrett will be indicative of the Knicks’ potential this season and overall achievements. Smith will be a catalyst in getting him the ball and helping him develop quickly in the NBA. However, it is a team sport, and both will be incredibly important and elevating each other’s play and allowing them to reach their potential.

Smith was very confident about the offensive capabilities of the Knicks, though. He stated that the offense would take care of itself with players like Julius Randle and Marcus Morris featuring as newly signed veterans. He knows that the team will put up points but stopping the opposition from doing so will be where they hang their hat. Having Mitchell Robinson, one of the best shot blockers in the league certainly helps their efficiency in that category. By being in elite shape and taking care of their bodies, the Knicks should be in good shape to compete in the upcoming season.

There are still plenty of challenges for them to overcome, and the proof has to be in the putting.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones’ Poise Under Pressure is Impactful

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

There are plenty of positives to take away from the New York Giants‘ first win of the season under rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Not gone unnoticed, but perhaps overlooked, was Jones’ poise under pressure, and it will be impactful going forward.

The Daniel Jones era began in arguably the most exciting manner possible as the sixth overall pick delivered the first win of the season for the New York Giants. Down at one point by 18 points, and with star running back Saquon Barkley regulated to the sideline, Jones led the Giants’ largest comeback victory in 49 years.

How did Jones accomplish such a feat? Well, he carved up the Tampa Buccaneers through the air (336 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions) and on the ground (four rushes for 28 yards and two touchdowns). But most importantly, he accomplished all this while under pressure, demonstrating the poise of a veteran quarterback.

And yet, Jones is just 22 years old and accomplished all the above in his first regular-season start, on the road, and with limited weapons around him. Truth be told, it really blows your mind (doesn’t it Baker Mayfield?)

That is the takeaway that perhaps is not garnering as much attention but absolutely cannot be overlooked: that Jones demonstrated veteran poise under pressure.

The numbers back up the statement as well, as Daniel Jones had a perfect passer rating while under pressure in Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay (EstablishTheRun.com). Jones is also the first quarterback to record a perfect passer rating with at least 12 pressured pass attempts since the creation of Pro Football Focus back in 2007 (The Athletic).

Daniel Jones is still a rookie quarterback, so he’s expected to make mistakes and go through the growing pains this season. Of course, the magic could continue on a weekly basis, but more often than not he’ll have a few bad games to along with what we witnessed on Sunday.

But if he continues to show that veteran poise with opposing defenses in his face, then that’s a very good sign for the Giants going forward. To express that self-assurance this early in his career, well, it really does blow your mind.

That bodes well for New York going forward this season, and it will prove to be impactful in making this year a positive one.

New York Giants News, 9/24 – A realistic timetable for Saquon Barkley’s return

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The initial consensus was that New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley would miss 6 to 8 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Suffered in the victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barkley was forced out in the second quarter and has since visited two specialists to seek their opinions on his rehabilitation process.

High ankle sprains typically take about a month to heal and can linger for several more weeks. Barkley returned from a similar injury at Penn State in just two weeks numerous years ago, being that he is somewhat of a superhuman.

A reasonable time table for his return ultimately relies on how cautious the Giants want to take the injury. I imagine they will proceed with serious caution given the nature of the ailment and how influential Barkley is to the team.

Realistically, Barkley could return before the bye week. However, I believe the Giants will keep them out until week 12 against the Chicago Bears. That gives him nine weeks to fully recover and ensure that the injury doesn’t resurface. Over that span, the Giants face off against the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Jets.

By no means is this an easy schedule and the Giants will need to be at peak performance to overcome teams like the Patriots and Cowboys.

There is hope they can reach week 12 with a winning record, but it is unlikely in the second year of a rebuild and with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones at the helm. Struggles will be inevitable for Jones, and the Giants should be looking towards next year as their competitive season. Barkley’s health should be a priority and not rushing him back in hopes of contending this season is essential.

Nonetheless–

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