Jabrill Peppers Joins List Of New York Giants To Get Hurt This Year

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers

What’s wrong with the New York Giants this year? Well, one of the more critical problems is their inability to keep all of their best players on the field – there’re injuries every season. Still, this year’s Giants have struggled with the matter more than usual, and the offense has been affected in particular, with Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, and others missing time this year – sometimes at the same time.

This time, though, it’s the defense that’s being affected as one of the team’s most essential players in the secondary, Jabrill Peppers, could end up missing time. Peppers had to leave the Bears game in the third quarter due to hip injury, but more concerning, it looks like an extended time out may be on the cards. Peppers is heading in for an MRI on Monday, and according to Pat Leonard, was in a lot of pain from the injury.

The secondary this season has already been one of the more maligned areas of the team, so it’s easy to imagine things won’t improve too much with a starter at an already thin position going out, potentially for more than one week. Peppers has, after all, held down his job and played in almost every defensive snap for the Giants this year.

If Peppers does have to spend an extended time out, we may see a new competition between Michael Thomas and Julian Love to replace him during the duration of his injury. Both players have shown up on a much lower percentage of the Giants’ defensive snaps than Peppers has, but Thomas received more consistent playing time earlier in the season, and Love had his first NFL interception during the Bears game after spending the previous games riding the bench.

Both players have their own merits, so it’s hard to see where the competition might go from here, but regardless, it looks like the Giants might be in a spot where they have to prepare for life without Peppers for a while if Monday’s MRI results aren’t good.

New York Giants: A Look Ahead To The Week 16 Chase Young Bowl

Will the New York Giants draft Chase Young in 2020?

The New York Giants lost this Sunday again, officially making their record 2-9. New York has not won a game in over two months. This is the first time in the history of the franchise that the Giants did not win a single game in October and November.

The Giants hit a new low. In fact, they are now the lowest team in the division and the second-lowest team in the NFL. After Sunday’s loss against Chicago, the Giants are 4th in the NFC East and hold the 2nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Washington Redskins previously held the 2nd overall pick. But Washington’s win against Detroit and New York’s loss against Chicago swapped the two rivals’ picks. If the season ended today, the Giants would have the best chance to land Chase Young. But there are still 5 games left to play this season, including one pivotal Week 16 matchup against the Redskins.

Week 16 In Washington

The Week 16 matchup between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins could end up being the “Chase Young Bowl.” The loser of this game will likely separate themself from the other team as the leader in the Race for Chase Young.

The Giants and Redskins have the same 2-9 record right now. Both teams have challenging games remaining on their schedule while fighting for the second overall pick. Additionally, the Cincinnati Bengals’ loss today gives them a “near-insurmountable two-game lead” on the 1st overall pick.

Washington will play the 5-6 Panthers next week, then the 8-2 Packers, then the division rival 5-6 Eagles. After that tough stretch of games, the Redskins will face off against the Giants who will be coming off of a slightly more relaxed schedule.

The Giants will also play the Packers and Eagles within the next three weeks. Next week the Giants will host the Packers, then travel to Philadelphia the following week. The Giants’ schedule eases up after that, however, with a Week 15 home game against the 2-9 Miami Dolphins.

There is a good chance that the Redskins end up 2-12 by Week 16, and the Giants end up 3-11. This would make the loser of this game have a higher draft pick than the other and the right to draft Chase Young (assuming the Bengals draft a quarterback first overall).

The Loser’s Prize: Chase Young

Chase Young is the 2020 NFL Draft’s best prospect. Ohio State’s edge rusher has been nearly unstoppable this season. This Saturday, Chase Young set the Ohio State University single-season sack record.

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Young has totaled 16.5 sacks this season with 19.5 tackles for loss. Pro Football Focus notes that Chase Young has the highest pass-rush win rate in college football at 31.4%. He has spent much time this season in the face of the quarterback and has even forced 7 fumbles. Chase Young has done all of this in only 9 games.

Chase’s most dominant performance was this week’s record-setting performance against Penn State University. Against the Nittany Lions, Young 5 pressures, including 3 sacks and a forced fumble.

All eyes will be on Chase Young towards the final stretch of both the collegiate and NFL seasons. He will be one of the most highly-coveted defensive prospects in recent memory, and the loser of the Week 16 Chase Young Bowl might be better off in the long run throwing in the towel in that game.

Hensley Meulens a “Strong Front-runner” for New York Mets Bench Coach

The New York Mets seem to have zeroed in on former Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens for the same role.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, Hensley Meulens is a strong front-runner to fill the Mets bench coach opening.

Hensley Meulens has spent his entire major league coaching career with the San Francisco Giants. He took over as the team’s hitting coach in 2010 and held that position through 2017. He was the Giants hitting coach during Mets’ manager Carlos Beltran‘s short Giants’ tenure in 2011. Prior to the 2018 season, Meulens was given a promotion to bench coach and kept the job for the last two seasons. He was not asked to return for 2020.

Meulens does have some managerial experience. He was the manager of the Netherlands for the World Baseball Classic in both 2013 and 2017. Despite having just five major league players on his roster in 2013, Meulens squad reached the finals but lost to the Dominican Republic. His team showed similar grit in 2017 when they lost to Puerto Rico in 11 innings in the semi-finals.

Meulens is the first player or coach from the small nation of Curacao. He’s also the only coach in the majors who speaks five languages, English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Papiamento. He is often praised for his ability to communicate with every player he works with.

Meulens is an interesting choice for Beltran’s right hand man. He has no prior major league managerial experience, nor does he have experience with the managing a bullpen or double switching. The things that many NL managers often find difficult to manage, especially first time managers.

However, Meulens does have prior experience with Beltran and did work under future Hall-of-Fame manager Bruce Bochy for a decade. He won three World Series with the Giants as the team’s hitting coach.

What this role really comes down to is Beltran’s connection to the candidate. He needs a lieutenant who he connects with and feels comfortable with in every facet of the game. The manager and bench coach are a pair and need to work as such. If Beltran feels that connection with Meulens that’s all that really matters.

The New York Jets Demolish Oakland Raiders 34-3

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

The New York Jets have won their third game in a row with a dominant all-around victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Jets put up 34 points for a third straight week. They had everything working on offense, and that starts and ends with Sam Darnold. Despite a patchwork offensive line that only got more battered when Chuma Edoga went down early, Darnold and the Jets offense marched down the field with ease.

The Jets scored on all but two of their possessions in the first half. One of those possessions was a one-play kneel down, and the other was a missed 48-yard field goal.

It was complete domination. It only got better after the half. Darnold led the Jets down the field for an easy four-play 81-yard TD drive that was capped off with a Ryan Griffin TD. After the Raiders turned the ball over on downs the offense went right back to work. Darnold led another short 4-play possession that ended with a Robby Anderson TD.

The dagger came one play later. To start their next drive Derek Carr threw an interception that Brian Poole returned for a TD. With that, the Jets had a 31 point for the second straight week. It was the first time in franchise history that the Jets had a lead of at least 30 points in back-to-back games.

The defense’s role in this game should not be understated. They held the Raiders offense to just three points. The Raiders came into the game averaging 22.5 points per game. They were the seventh-ranked total offense in DVOA and the seventh-ranked passing offense in DVOA.

The Jets defense held that offense to zero TDs. The Jets CBs led by Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet gave up just 140 passing yards to a top 10 passing offense in the NFL. In the run game, the Jets held the Raiders to just 68 total yards and 3.1 yards per carry. Josh Jacobs was held to just 34 yards and 3.4 yards per carry, both are career-lows for the rookie RB.

This was as complete a win as the Jets have had this season. They are now on a three-game winning streak and they head to Cincinnati to play the win-less Bengals next Sunday.

The Yankees are preparing to throw Jacoby Ellsbury under the bus

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

If the Yankees can manage to find a way to void Jacoby Ellsbury’s $26 million in owed money for the 2020-21 season, it would open up a ton of cash-flow to sign a top-level free agent. $26 million is just short of the amount it would take to sign a player like Gerrit Cole to bolster the starting pitching rotation.

However, the Yanks have a plan for Ellsbury, a player who came from the Boston Red Sox to have one decent season over four active years. He missed the last two seasons with separate injuries, and with two years left on his deal, the Bombers are in a tough position. They’re unable to recoup any of the money lost in insurance, but they will exercise a different method of gaining the salary back.

The Yankees will claim that Ellsbury used unauthorized doctors during his treatment that would potentially compromise his health and make him more of a liability for the organization.

Multiple reports indicated that Ellsbury traveled to Atlanta and was traded by Dr. Viktor Bouquette of Progressive Medical Center without the team’s permission. This would make his contract non-guaranteed and allow the Yankees to recoup the massive amount of money they’re on the hook for.

“The players’ association will vigorously defend any action taken against Jacoby or his contract and is investigating potential contract violations by his employer,” the union said in a statement, per ESPN.

Jacoby, who’s now 36-years-old, is now considered one of the biggest busts in baseball history. His seven-year, $153 million deal is why the Yankees will be careful moving forward with monster contracts. However, it didn’t stop them from trading for Giancarlo Stanton, who is on a 13-year, $325 million deal.

Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 homers and 198 RBIs over 520 games in four seasons with the Yankees. His seven seasons with the Red Sox highlight his career, a daunting reality for the Bombers.

The Men Who Brought the Yankees to New York

New York Yankees

New York Yankee fans may know how the team came from Baltimore in 1903, and they may know the purchase price was $18,000, but not much is known about the two men who brought American League baseball to the Big Apple. Their names were Frank Farrell and Bill Devery, and they were quite interesting characters.

Farrell was born around 1866, and was a prominent figure in the gambling community, having owned several pool halls as well as a casino. Devery, meanwhile, was born in 1854. He joined the police force in 1878. By December of 1891, he rose to the rank of captain.

In 1897 however, he was tried and convicted of corruption and was summarily kicked off the force. He appealed his conviction, where it was overturned by the state Court of Appeals. He was then reinstated on the force, where he would become the last man to hold the title of Chief of Police, as in 1901 the N.Y.P.D. would be reorganized and the top job would be called commissioner.

In January of 1902, Devery was fired by the city’s new mayor. A year later, he would join forces with the gambling mogul Farrell and purchase the American League team in Baltimore for $18,000 and move the team to New York, where they would be dubbed the Highlanders. Unfortunately, the team was not very good under their stewardship. Outside of two-second place finishes, the Highlanders never won a pennant or a World Series.

In January of 1915, Farrell and Devery sold the team to Jacob Ruppert and T.L. Huston for $460,000. Devery died in 1925 of apoplexy, while Farrell died in 1926 of a heart attack while recovering from bronchitis. Their names may be just footnotes to some, but without these two men, baseball’s most storied franchise might have had a very different history.

3 key adjustments to make against Bears

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants will take on the Chicago Bears today hoping to get a much-needed victory on the road. Here are the most critical adjustments to make going into the matchup.

Tight Coverage

The New York Giants defense will be facing Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. He’s mostly known for throwing to his first read near the line of scrimmage. The third-year quarterback is continuing to struggle with downfield passing with only 5.6 yards per attempt in 2019. If James Bettcher continues to line defensive backs up nearly ten yards off the line of scrimmage this plays into Trubisky’s strength as a passer. Forcing Trubisky to hold the ball another second or two would also help the Giants pass-rushers.

If Saquon Barkley is healthy, Prove it

As most New York Giants fans recall, Saquon Barkley was a crucial factor in beating the Chicago Bears last year. He totaled 146 yards including a big-gain leading up to halftime resulting in an unexpected field goal. This Bears defense isn’t quite what it was last year, either. While they’ve been up and down in rushing yards allowed, they’ve allowed ten rushing touchdowns in ten games. The Giants have also been expected by many to involve Saquon Barkley as a pass-catcher more often. This would help Daniel Jones against a ball-hawking secondary featuring Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara.

Win the turnover battle

With Daniel Jones having 21 turnovers in 9 games protecting the football should be the top priority for the rookie. The Chicago Bears still have a dangerous defense, even if they’ve taken a step back from last year. The New York Giants defense is getting a break as far as opposing quarterback talent. Playing a clean game on offense would most likely be an advantage. In a game that is expected to be low-scoring, protecting the football and winning the field-position battle are crucial factors.

 

 

New York Knicks: Kevin Knox Must Improve His Defense

New York Knicks, Kevin Knox

New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II must improve overall. The 20-year-old seems to have a decent work effort, therefore his improvement will be inevitable. Defensively, Knox must begin applying everything he’s learned thus far.

The glaring issue with the development of Kevin Knox is the way he handles off nights on offense. When the jumper isn’t falling, Knox lets his poor offense negatively affect his defense. There are times when Knox is on the court and the opposing coach automatically chooses to go right at Knox hoping to draw a foul or score a basket. Facilitation must be an addition to Kevin Knox’s game. Sky would be the limit if he’s able to make his teammates better.

Fizdale hasn’t given Knox the amount of time needed due to the lack of trust on the defensive end. Knox is going to have to use his physical gift of height and wingspan. Will everything “click” for Knox and turn his poor defensive play around?

Unlike RJ Barrett, Knox doesn’t reflect the game positively when struggling with his jump-shot. Fans want him to play looser and with more heart. Fizdale says he’s still working on the overall development of Kevin Knox II.

The defense will continue getting drilled into young talented personnel. Consistent basis of tough yet smart defense will come from Knox in the future.

Overall, it’s important for a lottery pick like Knox to develop into a legit two-way threat on the basketball court. Both defensively and offensively the young man will improve. Patience is key with the 20-year-old. Definitely would like more passion from Knox, get a tech!. It’s important for Knox to recognize his shortcomings before it’s too late. Drastic improvement will be crucial for Knox.

The New York Knicks Are Consistently Inconsistent

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

The New York Knicks have been struggling so far this season. Slow starts against good teams that are putting the Knicks in early deficits. This scenario causes the Knicks to exert more energy on both ends of the court just to get back into the game. This usually ends in a losing effort like the loss against the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night, November 23rd.

There are few games where the Knicks come out and punch their opponent in the mouth early. Knicks would build a huge lead early in the game then fail to close the deal at the end. Similar to the game they lost in Philadelphia on November 20th. The New York Knicks are consistently inconsistent.

The New York Knicks are consistently inconsistent and nobody knows what will happen on a nightly basis. The Madison Square Garden crowd isn’t even sure whether they should cheer or not when the Knicks have the lead against a poor team. Is there hope? The fan base definitely is losing hope. Some chant “sell the team”, while others chant “fire Fizdale”. This is a very bleak first two months of the season for the Knicks and it’s a blessing they’re not televised during Christmas this year. The last thing anybody needs during Christmas dinner is indigestion due to the Knicks getting embarrassed on national television.

James Dolan must figure out a way to get his fans through these tough times, maybe discount the cable bill until the Knicks make the playoffs. Each loss gets tougher and tougher to swallow and the continuation of being the laughing stock of the NBA seems endless. Some say they wish they were never fans of the lowly Knicks. Some say they’d like Westchester Knicks to trade places with the New York Knicks for the rest of the season and tank for another lottery pick. My advice to those who are uttering those thoughts as they go off the deep end is to just be patient. I know this isn’t Philadelphia and the Knicks don’t have Embiid or Simmons, but the Knicks must also trust the process. Only because there really isn’t a choice.

New York Giants get huge offensive boost against Chicago Bears

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

The New York Giants have battled injuries on both sides of the ball this season, with essential players missing ample time with individual ailments. Rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly suffered a torn ACL in week four against the Washington Redskins in the waning moments, and wide receiver Sterling Shepard has suffered two concussions this season, forcing him out for multiple games.

While Connelly is out for the remainder of the year, Shepard has teased the injury report numerous times with full-participation statuses, despite not making it to the active roster on game-day. However, the BYE week did the Giants’ top receiver well, giving him enough time to heal correctly from concussion symptoms and practice fully for the entire week.

Shepard will finally be activated against the Bears, giving the Giants their best pass-catcher back and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones an essential weapon. Shepard’s return doesn’t come without bad news, though, as starting right end Evan Engram will miss Sunday’s game, along with backup, Rhett Ellison.

Engram’s inability to remain healthy has plagued his career, as he’s already missed time this season. A mid-foot sprain is the latest culprit, suffered in week ten against the Jets. Engram did state he was ahead of schedule in his 2-4 week timetable for return, but he did not practice this week.

In his absence, Scott Simonson, who was recently re-signed to the team, will get the start. Simonson suffered an ugly ankle sprain during the pre-season, which justified his release from the Giants, but the slew of injuries at the position gave them a reason to bring him back.

Having already been familiar with the offense, Simonson should slot right in as the primary tight end. He’s a capable blocker and pass-catcher.

The New York Giants need Daniel Jones to build a rapport with Sterling Shepard:

Shepard and Jones haven’t spent much time together on the field. In his three games active with Jones under center, he has recorded 195 yards and one score on a 70.4% catch-success rate (pro-football-reference). His chemistry with Jones is essential for the Giants’ offense to operate at a high level, especially considering Shepard’s ability to create separation, something the wide receivers have struggled with this season.

Getting him on the field and catching passes from Jones will only benefit the offense in the long-run.