New York Giants Preparing For Jones vs Murray QB Battle

Should the New York Giants draft Oklahoma star, Kyler Murray?

It’s not every season that some of the top quarterbacks drafted in the same class get to meet each other early on in their rookie seasons, with scheduling and roster decisions often making us wait to see these matchups, but that’s not the case this time as the New York Giants take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

There was plenty of speculation around this year’s NFL Draft about whether Kyle Murray or Daniel Jones would be the higher drafted player – obviously, we know how that turned out now. The Giants drafted Jones, while the Cardinals spent their top pick on Murray despite the question marks around him.

Now, Murray is starting for the Cardinals and has thrown for seven touchdowns this season, while Jones surprised everyone by also claiming the starting job after the Giants began the year with back to back losses. Both players are set to meet on Sunday during their rookie seasons.

But it’s not the offense and Daniel Jones that will have to deal with Murray, at least directly. That job falls to the Giants’ defense, and in the buildup to the game, and multiple players have taken note of the difficulties that may be experienced tying to contain the dual threat quarterback.

“He’s a real elusive guy. He’s quick. He can make plays outside of the pocket down the field. We have to be aware of that and keep him in the pocket. We have to rush him aggressively,” pass rusher Oshane Ximines told NJ Advance Media about Murray. 

“You’ve got to be aware of where you are in relation to him,” Ximines added. “So you don’t want to get too high on him or get underneath too quickly which allows him to escape outside. He uses his legs to create even more opportunity for his arm. We have to just get him on the ground.”

According to defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, patience will be one of the keys in handling Murray’s threatening ability on the ground. “The biggest thing is that you have to be disciplined. You have to be gap-disciplined, and you can’t just run around and get unbalanced in your rush because he’ll find a gap and just take off on you and capitalize on it.”

Sunday will show just how disciplined the Giants’ defense really is, after a poor showing in the later stages of the game against the Patriots. Will the Giants be able to bounce back? The answer might just depend on how well they handle the threat of Kyler Murray.

Jets Win Their First Game Of The Season

New York Jets

The New York Jets won a football game on Sunday. The Jets beat the Cowboys 24-22 Sunday and capped off a perfect return for Sam Darnold. Darnold battled mono and his return set the stage for an upset by the Jets.

Darnold Fires On All Cylinders

The only mistake Sam made in this game was an interception. Darnold finished the game with a line of 23/32 338 yds, 2 TDs and an INT with a QB rating of 113.8. Darnold had a gorgeous BOMB to Robby Anderson and was able to hit him a few other times throughout the game. Darnold was able to spread the wealth and hit multiple receivers having over 200 combined yards between Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson. Darnold looked like the player who finished last season and like a confident and calm QB playing damn good football. That is the kind of guy the Jets need on that field next Monday night against the Pats. If that guy is out in that field than mono will be in the past and a serious run could be in this team’s future.

Defense Did Their Thing

An underrated aspect of this squad has been their defense. I’ve highlighted how talented this defense truly is but, yesterday with offensive assistance they performed phenomenally. I said the keys to the game were bottling up Zeke, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Dak. Zeke had 134 total yards and played pretty well but Dak significantly underperformed. He was faced with pressure and when he was he didn’t react as well. The Jets defense played great and Gregg Williams is an absolute mastermind.

Jamal Adams Is That Damn Good

It’s almost a routine at this point that he is included in these things. Jamal had 9 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a PD and a few key breakups and big hits. Jamal continuously impresses and gives this team a fire that nobody else can. He’s one of the best defensive backs in football and he constantly improves. Jamal is a special talent.

Robby Anderson Made His Presence Felt

For the first few games, it felt like Anderson was getting open but Luke Falk couldn’t hit him. Now Sam returned and Robby was the WR everyone expected. He was able to get separation and also find ways to get open on short routes. He played like a true number one WR. He finished the game with 5 receptions for 125 yards. Anderson and Darnold is a connection that makes the Jets a better team.

The fact is I could nitpick and dive into every detail that was slightly bad from the game or I could celebrate the team having some momentum for a change. C.J. Mosley and Chris Herndon will hopefully return against the Pats and the Jets will have a HUGE Monday night football game. The Jets won but now it’s time to ride this momentum and see how far it can take them.

The New York Yankees Drop An Ugly ALCS Game Three

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees were hoping to face Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole on a night when he didn’t have his best stuff. The Yankees got their wish, but never capitalized in their 4-1 game three loss. That, plus a few questionable decisions by Aaron Boone led to the loss.

Cole Struggled Early

Luis Severino made a huge mess in the first, but managed to give up just one run. But, the Yankees came out swinging to start the bottom of the inning as DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge opened with back-to-back singles.

Brett Gardner and Edwin Encarnacion were retired, Gleyber Torres walked, then Didi Gregorius grounded out on the first pitch he saw with the bases loaded.

The Yankees also had things going in the second, fourth, and fifth but failed to score each time. Cole got into a groove late, retiring his final seven batters.

He went seven innings, struck out seven, and walked five. Cole usually sits around 12 strikeouts a game, and has never walked that many guys. The Yankees kept getting on base but couldn’t deliver with RISP, something they did well all season.

The Yankees had just five hits and one run. The run came on a solo-shot by Gleyber Torres in the eighth, and opposite field blast.

Luis Severino wasn’t great for the Yankees, but gave up just two runs in 4 and 1/3 innings. He threw nearly 100 pitches and booted an easy grounder that would of gotten him out of a big jam in the second inning.

Boone’s Part

Aaron Boone yet again managed a poor game.

First of all, why on earth is Brett Gardner batting third and Gleyber Torres batting fifth? Gardner is batting .154 this series while Gleyber has been scorching hot all postseason.

He also ate up his high leverage relievers very quickly. Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle threw no more than eight pitches each before being removed, and both were throwing good. After those two guys, he went to Adam Ottavino who yet again made a mess. Two runs would score from his mess.

Another topic of discussion is the effort of Gary Sanchez. There were two consecutive pitches thrown by Zack Britton who came in to bail out Ottavino that were thrown inside and in the dirt, and he made no effort to block the pitches. He was lucky because the first one drilled the umpire and stayed in front, but the second went to the backstop and a run scored.

Sanchez continus to dog it down the line, and in my opinion, Austin Romine should be starting. He hit better later in the season, hustles all the time, and calls great games behind the plate.

Also, the Yankees need to make a decision on Giancarlo Stanton. He says that he is healthy enough to DH, so DH HIM! Edwin Encarnacion has one hit since game two of the ALDS, and needs to sit. If Stanton isn’t healthy enough to play, they need to drop him from the roster. Mike Tauchman is healthy and ready to go if need be, and I’m sure that he would love to be on the roster, as would Clint Frazier.

The Yankees struggled all night in game three, and along with some poor decisions from Aaron Boone, the Yankees now trail in the ALCS 2-1. The team is hoping for a rainout on Wednesday to push game four to Thursday where Masahiro Tanaka could start the game. And as we know, playoff Tanaka is on a whole nother level.

This team needs to figure something out or they won’t be playing come next Tuesday.

New York Giants: Ranking Daniel Jones’s Top Five Plays Of The Season So Far

The New York Giants‘ rookie Daniel Jones is off to an impressive start to his career. After being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Daniel Jones was named the starter in week three. Since then, he has led the Giants to two victories.

Daniel has made a lot of big-time plays, mixed in with many rookie mistakes. But overall, it has been a nice start to the signal-caller’s career. In this article, I am ranking the five best plays of Daniel Jones’s rookie season so far, including breakdowns of the play and why I consider them to be so great.

Here is the ranking, followed by a breakdown underneath:

1. Game-winning touchdown run v. Tampa Bay

This might not be his most impressive play of the season, but it is his most important. In Daniel Jones’s first career start, he led an 18 point comeback victory capped off with a touchdown run on 4th and 5 with a minute to go in the fourth quarter. The touchdown and the victory was enough to give Giants fans hope and trust in Daniel as the next franchise quarterback after proving he is a cold-blooded winner in his first game as a Giant.

2. Deep dime to Golden Tate for a 64-yard touchdown v. New England

Daniel Jones struggled mightily against the New England Patriots in week six, understandably so. This defense is record-breaking and led by the greatest coach of all-time in Bill Belichick. However, Jones still flashed greatness in the middle of a forgettable performance.

In the second quarter, Daniel Jones cut the deficit to a one-score game with a perfect pass deep downfield to Golden Tate. The ball was dropped right over the defender and into Tate’s hands in stride so he could take it home for a touchdown. A true Danny Dime.

3. Touchdown pass to Darius Slayton v. Minnesota

According to Next Gen Stats, Daniel Jones’ 35-yard TD pass to Darius Slayton had just a 22.7% completion probability, the most improbable completion of Jones’ young career. Jones’ pass traveled 47.4 yards of air distance, and Slayton had just 1.3 yard of target separation.

4. Deep Completion to Darius Slayton v.  Tampa Bay

On this play, Daniel Jones demonstrated excellent pocket presence and arm talent. Sliding to the left to avoid the pressure, Daniel Jones tossed a bomb downfield to Darius Slayton, off-balance, and to the right side of the field, the opposite side of which he was sliding towards. The ball landed perfectly in stride for Darius Slayton, a huge downfield completion by Danny Dimes.

The video clip of this play by Daniel Jones comes with a great breakdown:

5. Touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard v. Tampa Bay

This was Daniel Jones’s second dime of the day in Tampa Bay. In the red zone, the Giants needed a score and Daniel delivered with an insanely difficult touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone to Sterling Shepard. Shepard was double covered and needed the ball out in front of him in order to keep it away from the defenders. Jones delivered with a perfect pass where only his receiver could get it.

Below is a video of the play and a great breakdown of the play by Bobby Skinner, host of the Talkin’ Giants Podcast. Check him out:

Honorable Mentions: 

  • 16 yard run on 3rd and 13 v. Washington

  • Touchdown pass to Wayne Gallman v. Washington

These are my personal rankings of Daniel’s best plays so far this season. If you agree, disagree, or want to discuss Daniel Jones or anything else relating to the New York Giants, come after me on Twitter @Anthony_Rivardo. I will be posting a poll so Giants fans can vote on what they think is Danny Dimes’s best play of the season so far. Follow me for more great New York Giants content!

New York Mets: Mike Bell and Eduardo Perez Interviews

Simeon Woods-Richardson

Mike Bell and Eduardo Perez are two of the lesser publicized candidates for the New York Mets managerial position, but have managed to get their foot in the door. Both candidates completed in person interviews on Monday and remain dark horse candidates for the job.

It would be first time either will manage in the big leagues, should they get the job. Each would also come from different situations. Bell has been the vice president of player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is one of the most respected executives in baseball and interviewed for the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers jobs last offseason.

He comes from a baseball family that has spanned three generations. His father and brother have both have managed in the big leagues, with David currently managing the Cincinnati Reds. Mike is a calmer personality, unlike his brother,  which is better suited for the chaos that occurs in Flushing.

Perez Back in the Big Leagues?

Much like Aaron Boone, Perez is looking to make the quantum leap from ESPN to the dugout. Like Bell, he comes from a baseball family, the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez. Perez has ties to Brodie Van Wagenen through Mets special advisor and ESPN collegaue Jessica Mendoza. Van Wagenen is a fan of managers who connects with their players and Perez has done just that through his career playing, coaching and covering the game.

Perez spent 13 years in the big leagues and managed Team Columbia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. His only major league coaching experience has come from spending time as a hitting coach and a bench coach.

The Mets list of candidates keeps growing and the amount with actual managerial experience is shrinking. The Mets should aim to hire someone with the much needed experience, after the Mickey Callaway hire was a failure.

 

The New York Knicks are Searching for Cohesion

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

The New York Knicks got defeated by the Washington Wizards 115-99 on Friday, October 11th at MSG. The Knicks started out the gate fast, however, the Knicks became complacent with the lead which allowed the Wizards to get hot from the three-point line.

Lack of cohesion and a very poor shooting night from Elfrid Payton led the Knicks to a steep deficit. Bad turnovers by the Knicks allowed the Wizards to gain momentum and confidence. Wizards played with more intensity and they also had a great three-point shooting night, which always helps.

Almost everybody was up in arms after the dreadful loss suffered by the Knicks. However, ladies and gentlemen, please let’s not forget it’s still preseason and there’s a plethora of newly acquired young players on the Knick roster. It will take time for the Knicks to learn each other, and there’ll definitely be growing pains along the way.

After the loss, New York Knicks coach David Fizdale allegedly made the team watch 75 clips of pure defense. Fizdale wasn’t happy with the three-point defensive close-out efforts. This team is being molded into a defensive and physical team with depth.

Overall, it will take some time and games together for this unit to show signs of cohesion. With the mental make up of players on this current Knick roster, I wouldn’t worry about anybody not putting in the necessary effort for team success in the win and loss column. The players have respect for Fizdale and that shall continue to be tested as the season progresses. Hopefully injuries will stay at a minimum for this young and deep roster.

New York Knicks: Trading Frank Ntilikina is just another rumor

New York Knicks, Frank Ntilikina

This New York Knicks rumor has picked up a lot of steam the past couple days.  The Detroit Pistons are, allegedly, having interest in Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina.

Rumors about NBA players on the move seem to pop up out of nowhere these days.  Trading Ntilikina has always been subject to rumor for the past couple seasons.  The one rumor last season was him being traded to the Orlando Magic.  Then, the rumor resurfaced again before and on this past draft night.  But, those obviously didn’t happen.

Just because one reporter in Detroit tweets this rumor, doesn’t mean it’s actually happening.

Ntilikina is still only 21-years-old and coming off a strong performance for his home country of France in the FIBA World Cup.  He is showing that hard work pays off and that he has the potential to be something for the Knicks.  However, the Knicks need to have the same confidence in him like France did.

In the World Cup, Ntilikina shown that he can handle the ball, make shots and, of course, be a lock down defender.  Coach David Fizdale said that he watched 90% of Ntilikina’s games.  He hoped to utilize him the same way that France did, but that has been inconsistent already.

The New York Knicks back court always is crowded.  Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton and Ntilikina all will be competing for minutes this season.  Lets not forget about Allonzo Trier either.

Trading away Ntilikina would not be a smart move on the Knicks part.  The Knicks need to continue to invest in Ntilikina and give him the confidence that France did.  If they do, it is apparent that he can perform.  Also, it’s always the Knicks luck that if they did trade away Ntilikina, he would become a very good rotational player or starter, if given the opportunity.

The Knicks need to continue to work with Ntilikina and give him the minutes to succeed.  With the amount of quality bench players the Knicks have, he will have his moment to prove his worth.  Fizdale has to have confidence in Ntilikina this season for the Knicks to pick up his next season option before the end of October.

New York Knicks preparing to inject offensive spark into team

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

The New York Knicks can finally begin the point guard position battle with youth player Dennis Smith Jr. returning to the lineup. The former Dallas Maverick suffered a lower back strain which kept him out of the first two preseason games for the Knicks, but he was a full participant during Sunday’s practice and will feature in his first game on Wednesday night against the Hawks at Madison Square Garden.

“He’s doing what he left off doing, which is really competing defensively, pushing the pace, attacking, organizing us,” coach David Fizdale said. “He had a really good practice.”

Head coach David Fizdale is hoping that Smith can add a spark to an offense that scored 99 points in a loss to the Washington Wizards last Friday.

Smith’s athleticism and work ethic to improve his jumpshot this off-season should increase the efficiency of the unit and help the offense put more points on the board. Fizdale has all of the confidence in the third-year guard’s first full season with the Knicks.

“Everything I asked him to be better at, I felt like he was showing signs of being better at,” Fizdale said of Smith’s training camp. “Whether it was his conditioning, his shooting or getting us organized and making plays for other people. Hopefully we can keep that going and pick up where he left off.”

He will compete against veteran Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina this off-season for the starting point guard job. Payton has been featuring as the starter in the absence of Smith, but he hasn’t produced much with his opportunity.

Peyton scored just five points over two games and didn’t leave a significant mark on either. Fizdale likes his work rate and defensive abilities, but scoring is not his strong suit.

The New York Knicks need to help Dennis Smith Jr. help himself:

Smith has been working tirelessly on his efficiency from the field and making the most out of his athleticism will be the priority for the 2019-20 season. If Dennis can reach his potential, the Knicks will be set at the point guard position and will lean on Smith to contribute in a big way moving forward.

One aspect of Smith that has increased during his time with New York is his assist rate. He averaged 5.4 assists per game over 21 contest last season after being traded to the Knicks — the highest in his career. Spreading the ball around and being efficient on the floor needs to be a focus for the point guard. Assists have always been a struggle for him and that is half the battle at his position.

 

 

New York Giants to gain back three major playmakers way sooner than expected

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants will have had nine days to heal from last Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots to next Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals.

Big Blue has been down three impactful playmakers in Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. They managed to put up a competitive fight against New England but ultimately lacked the offensive firepower to score when most needed in the fourth quarter.

The New York Giants need to bring the same fight into week six:

Against the Cardinals, they will have a much easier time finding the end zone, but they must gain back their weapons; otherwise, it will be another tough day moving the chains. Barkley, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three weeks ago, is expected to return against Arizona at home.

He has made a miraculous recovery despite the Giants being cautious with his workload and ensuring he is 100% ready to return to lie to action. Running and cutting during practice only indicates so much, as being hit and wrapped around the ankle is an entirely different intensity. Playing it safe with their best player is ultimately the right thing to do.

When head coach Pat Shurmur was asked of his return next week, he stated:

“We will see.”

As for shepherd, who suffered a second concussion two weeks ago, he has been practicing fully with the Giants as well. Most considered his return improbable against the Cardinals, considering the problems that accompany concussions, but his return is pending a timetable.

He may miss next week’s game and return in week seven against the Detroit Lions. Sheperd has been solid this year, racking up 267 yards and one touchdown over three games. He has been rookie quarterbacks Daniel Jones’ top receiver, and his absence has undoubtedly hurt the efficiency of the team.

The third playmaker is tight end, Evan Engram, who is having a career-year and has been Jones’ top security blanket in the passing game. After going down with a sprained MCL, Engram missed last Thursday’s game against New England as well.

His 373 yards over five games has been the most in that period during his career. He has a 68.8% catch rate, which is also solid for the tight end. In 2018, Engram averaged 52.5 yards per game, and the season he’s posting a 74.6 average. The departure of Odell Beckham Jr. undoubtedly helped increase his statistical totals, and he will continue to be a focal point for the offense and head coach Pat Shurmur. We can expect him to return against the Cardinals as well.

 

New York Giants news, 10/15 – Giants interested in veteran linebacker, injury update, more

New York Giants

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

As we crawl ever-so-slowly towards the New York Giants week seven matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, we have good news and bad news.

On the positive side of things, running back Saquon Barkley is preparing to return next Sunday against the Cardinals at home in MetLife. His injection into the offense will not only give rookie quarterback Daniel Jones some breathing room, but also the team as a whole a better grasp on the reigns of victory.

Time management, unpredictability, efficiency, and more play into extracting wins from games and Barkley is a crucial cog in all of those factors. Three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saquon is cutting and running full speed with no withdrawal. An impressive bout of Super Human recovery, but he’s not out of the clear just yet.

Eagles waive talented linebacker:

The Giants are certainly in the market for a new linebacker, and Zack Brown, formerly of the Eagles, could be a reliable option. As a tradition linebacker, Brown has 29 combined tackle, 16 solo, and two tackles for a loss. He has recorded at least one sack in every season he’s played in the NFL (8 seasons, including 2019).

Reports of several teams being interest in his services have bubbled to the surface, and the New York Giants should undoubtedly be one of them, considering his knowledge of the Philly defensive schemes and his success in past seasons. However, the Giants are running dangerously low on cap-space, and alternative Deon Bucannon could make far more sense for a James Bettcher run unit.

Giants sign one player and cut another:

Big Blue re-signed Bennie Fowler over the weekend to help supplement Sterling Shepard picking up a second concussion this season in week five. He likely won’t earn much playing time, but having an insurance policy who’s familiar with the playbook is valuable.

The Giants also cut linebacker Nate Stupar, who famously was hit in the head with a punt last week against New England. That play resulted in a special-teams score for the Pats, putting them on the board in what was a defensive stalemate.

Nonetheless–

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