New York Giants: Golden Tate fed up, can’t keep doing “knuckle-headed” things

The New York Giants couldn’t get out of their own way on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, failing to stop Dak Prescott on offense in the second half and succumbed to a superior defense. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones started the game strong, connecting with Cody Latimer on a touchdown in the first half.

However, Jones struggled in the second half, turning the ball over three times in the 37-18 loss. Big Blue had several decisive moments, including Golden Tate’s one-handed catch on third down, but the reality is, not even stellar catches like that can supplement bad overall play.

The Giants are still far away from being a good team, and it’s starting to get to some of the veteran players, who are fed up with watching the rookies make the same mistakes over and over again. Cornerback DeAndre Baker headlines the rookie mishaps, after stating his struggles with the playbook and defensive scheme.

Here’s what Baker had to say after the game:

“Just the plays and everything like that,” Baker said was what he needed to improve the most. “The playbook. Just knowing the plays. Knowing what I need to do. Knowing my assignment.”

Shurmur did mention that slot corner Corey Ballentine was partially at fault for Amari Cooper’s late-game touchdown to seal the victory. It also seemed like veteran Antoine Bethea was out of position and left his zone to help track a receiver who was already double covered, giving Cooper the room to run for the touchdown.

All of these struggles combined have gotten to some of the vets, including Golden Tate and safety, Michael Thomas.

Tate stated after the New York Giants loss to the Cowboys:

“We played extremely undisciplined football,” said Tate. “It’s hard enough to win in this league, but when you’re doing, I guess, knuckle-headed things, it certainly doesn’t work in your favor.”

Thomas commented:

“Got some young mistakes right now,” flustered safety Michael Thomas said, holding back details. “They want to get better. That does nothing for you right now, but in the long run it’ll pay off.”

Wanting to get better and being better are very different things. These hurdles were expected for the youngster on the Giants, and this year of experience will prove to be essential down the road. However, the product on the field is abysmal, and being mindful of a clear rebuild year is necessary.

New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson goes down with another injury

New York Knicks, Mitchell Robinson

The New York Knicks losing to the Detroit Pistons 122-102 on Wednesday night marked yet another defeat in what’s quickly becoming a lost season. However, the most significant loss on the night was center, Mitchell Robinson, who left the contest 7:55 minutes in due to a concussion.

Robinson caught an elbow to the head by Pistons forward Markieff Morris, sending him to the ground. The consensus is that the second-year man received a concussion and is now going through the league’s protocol.

The Knicks travel to Dallas in two days to face off against Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks, an enticing showdown that will feature the past and present for New York. They will need every player available if they’re to compete against Dallas on Friday night.

What will the New York Knicks do if Mitchell Robinson can’t play?

If Robinson is unable to play in the coming days, the Knicks will feature Bobby Portin in a starting role at center. Over seven games, Portis has earned a .435 field goal percentage and is hitting .333 from downtown, plastered by a fantastic comeback performance against the Chicago Bulls, as he hit three tres from beyond the arch.

Realistically, the Knicks are not prepared to face off against a team like Dallas in any sense of the word. They have struggled on both sides of the ball as head coach David Fizdale claws and scratches at the starting lineup to find the right mesh of players. His inability to find a consistent grouping who can play well together is becoming distraught. Eventually, the Knicks will have to settle on a core five with rotational players, but it seems Fizdale is not 100% certain he has the right guys to fit his mold.

While there is a lack of talent present at certain positions, the Knicks’ absence of competitiveness is not building any appeal for big-name free agents to take their talents to New York in 2020.

New York Giants news, 11/7 – Is Pat Shurmur done if Giants fall to lowly Jets? Evan Engram injury, more

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur, James Bettcher

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

There’s little data or promise that indicates any developmental success for the New York Giants at this state in the 2019 season. Sitting at 2-7 as one of the worst teams in the NFL, Big Blue is right where they started when Ben McAdoo was head coach, minus the carbon monoxide mixed into the atmosphere in the locker room.

The current head coach, Pat Shurmur, has struggled to rally his troops. Blame the lack of talent on both sides of the ball, his boneheaded mistakes, or lack of time management skills, the reality is, Shurmur isn’t getting the job done. The Giants will now face off against the New York Jets, an even worse team, next Sunday in week 10.

Ultimately, this game could result in much more than just a loss. It could be the determining game that costs one of the two coaches their jobs. Jets’ Adam Gase is already on the hot seat, and Shurmur’s lack of accountability and poor management style should be as well.

Shurmur was once a decorated offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, but those days are long gone. He has taken far too much responsibility in leading the team and calling offensive plays. The New York Giants’ offense has been dull, predictable, and unproductive over the past five weeks. At times they show glimpses of quality, but a majority of games are littered with mistakes and reduced utilization of the talent present on the field.

Losing to the Jets should be the end of Shurmur’s short reign, simply because numerous games have been decided at the hands of his disastrous play-calling and decision making.

What happened to Evan Engram?

Engram finished Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a sore foot. The injury is being monitored but an MRI scan is being sent to foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Engram could be in trouble in the short term.


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Will the Yankees bench Gio Urshela in favor of Miguel Andujar?

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

The hot corner for the New York Yankees was a question mark going into the 2019 season. Youth star Miguel Andujar was dealing with a supposed shoulder injury, but he was expected to play through it. Several games in, the Yanks elected to shut him down for the year due to a partially torn labrum.

Miguel’s departure to the IL gave a career-average player a chance to become the starting third baseman for the Bronx bombers. In comes Gio Urshela, who had previously played for Toronto Blue Jays and sported a .233 batting average over 43 at-bats. Believe it or not, that was his best season to date before joining the Yankees this past year.

Urshela blew the doors open in regards to his potential, logging a .314 BA with 21 homers and 74 RBIs (baseball-reference). His impressive season came on the back of a minor fundamental change in his batting stance and launch angle.

Who will earn the third base job for the New York Yankees in 2020?

There should be no question that Urshela is the man for the Bombers at the hot corner. His defensive abilities were fantastic, earning a .954 fielding percentage and committing 13 errors. At first glance, those numbers don’t scream efficiency, but his glove was often essential to the Yankees squeaking out close games.

In comparison, Andujar suffered a very different fate on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded three errors in his first four games, while Urshela tallied 13 in 109 appearances. He was on pace for a staggering amount of errors, which is noted. Based on his defensive prowess alone, Gio should earn the starting spot right out of the gate. Manager Aaron Boone can approach this position battle with confidence knowing both players are more than capable of playing at the MLB level.

Boone could also play the hot-hand on any given week, but Urshela’s fantastic 2019 campaign earns him the initial start.