The New York Mets have built a Tactically Diverse Coaching Staff

New York Mets to interview Carlos Beltran.

The New York Mets have done a phenomenal job of filling their coaching staff with diverse skill sets.

When the New York Mets fired Mickey Callaway fans were desperate for an experienced manager who would know how to lead this team into the future. Instead, the Mets hired Carlos Beltran, a person with no coaching experience whatsoever.

That has some fans scared that Beltran won’t be any better than Callaway. Specifically, they worry about his understanding of in-game tactics and his ability to take control of a locker room, not a leader among his peers but as a boss.

Mets’ fans should feel at ease knowing that the Mets built a strong staff that should help aid Beltran in every weakness he has. They have done a terrific job of bringing in coaches from a variety of different backgrounds, all of whom have different strengths. Some of whom have completely opposite opinions of how to help their players.

Those diverse ideas and strengths should only help the team grow this season. Hopefully, it helps them get where they should have been in 2019, the Playoffs.

The Natural Talent – Carlos Beltran, Manager

Carlos Beltran was considered one of the rising star managerial prospects in baseball for a reason. His natural baseball IQ and his leadership abilities have been on display for years now.

It started with the Yankees where Beltran took on a veteran leadership role and helped mentor the Yankees young players, like fellow outfielder Aaron Judge who made his debut at the end of 2016.

Beltran continued that role in Houston with the Astros where the players referred to him as another coach in the building. Carlos Correa in particular, loved Carlos Beltran and believed that he would be a fantastic manager one day.

Beltran spent the last two years with the Yankees and learned the craft from a front office and coach role. While there he learned analytics and he developed his skills as an evaluator and communicator. For example, he helped James Paxton stop tipping pitches and fix his mechanics.

This is all to say that Beltran is a natural fit as a manager. His natural connection and understanding of the game makes him a perfect fit for this young New York Mets’ team.

The Communicator – Hensley Meulens, Bench Coach

Hensley Meulens is known for his communication skills. He has been praised for it every place he has been in his career. A large reason for that is the effort Meulens goes to making himself available to speak to his players. He is the only coach in all of baseball who can speak five languages, English, Japanese, Spanish, Papiamento, and Dutch.

Being able to speak to players in their native tongue goes a long way for them. It helps build trust and a connection between the players and the staff.

Meulens will likely take the role of the clubhouse communicator for Beltran early on. Beltran still has to learn how to communicate as a boss, not as a peer or mentor. It’s a different kind of communication. Something that Meulens has experience with.

He was the Giants bench coach for two years and was the Netherlands manager for the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and 2017. He has the experience and knowledge that Beltran will need on how to run a clubhouse.

Bringing in Meulens to fill that role is a strong choice for the Mets and their coaching staff. It should make Beltran’s transition to manager easier from a clubhouse leader standpoint.

The Old-School Hitter – Chili Davis, Hitting Coach

Chili Davis will be returning to the Mets in 2020. After a successful run with the team in 2019, the Mets were able to reach a multi-year agreement with Davis.

This should be a good thing. Something about his approach seemed to resonate with the Mets last season as many players had career years, like Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and JD Davis.

Davis comes with an old-school approach. He dislikes the launch angle swing and he preaches putting the ball in play. For Davis a single is better than a walk. He thinks putting the ball on the ground is a sound strategy, and he wants his player to hit the other way as much as possible.

It’s an antiquated thought process, but one that seems to have resonated with the Mets. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened either. While with the Cubs Davis made a strong connection with Javy Baez who had an MVP caliber season, however his message didn’t mesh with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant so Davis was fired.

With the league so focused on analytics it could be nice to have a guy who is focused on finding ways to beat analytical pitchers and shifting, rather than try to out-smart them with numbers.

The Analytic Pitcher – Jeremy Hefner, Pitching Coach

Jeremy Hefner is returning to the New York Mets, and he brings his analytic approach with him. Jeremy Hefner was considered a rising star for his unbelievable understand and implementation of analytics. With the Twins, Hefner did a fantastic job of translating analytics into real strategies for their pitchers.

It led to elite results. The Twins went from a bottom-five team in the AL in pitching WAR in 2018 to a top-5 in the AL in pitching WAR in 2019. A lot of that has to do with Hefner and his ability to help his pitchers game plan around hitters.

For example, the Twins found a way to beat Pete Alonso in 2019. Alonso hit just .188/.316/.750 against the Twins. They couldn’t keep Alonso from hitting the ball loud when he hit it, but they counteracted that by making it so he only got three hits in two series. They shut down Jeff McNeil as well in 2019. McNeil hit .235/.278/.294 against the Twins.

The Mets may have won the season series against the Twins 3-1, but the Twins shut down the Mets’ big hitters. They forced everyone else in the lineup to beat them. That’s what Hefner brings to the table. The ability to help his pitchers figure out how to attack the most dangerous hitters in the opponents’ lineups and shut them down.

For a guy like Noah Syndergaard who has dominant stuff  but lacks in the mental parts of pitching, a guy like Hefner should be ideal. He can help Syndergaard build a gameplan and help him  attack batters in a smarter fashion.

Adding one of the leading analytic coaches in all of baseball is certainly a way to help your team in 2020. It should also help the New York Mets franchise in general catch up to the rest of the league in analytics. Something they have lacked for years.

New York Mets: Rene Rivera Year in Review

Rene Rivera was the starting catcher during the last time the New York Mets were in the postseason, and in 2019 he found his way back to Flushing. While in Triple-A, the juiced baseball’s played an enormous in his inflated power numbers.

The Mets brought in Rivera on a minor league deal right near the end of the season and started the year with the Syracuse Mets. He put up prospect caliber numbers with a .254 average, 25 home runs, and 73 RBIs. This was coming from a guy who only had 41 home runs in his entire big league career.

Gold Glove Defense

Rivera’s calling has always been his top tier defense. He shined by throwing out 52 percent of baserunners in 58 attempts in Syracuse. Rivera only made one error in just under 700 innings played, which made it surprising that the Mets continued to keep him in the minors with Tomas Nido struggling.

Rivera is also the preferred catcher for Noah Syndergaard, along with many other members of the Mets pitching staff. Syndergaard’s struggles with Wilson Ramos was a big story through the end of the season, and Rivera was his catcher during the Wild Card game in 2016. At the end of that season, he moved into the primary catcher role.

Limited Opportunities

Rivera received his chance to return to the Mets in late August and only played in nine games through the last part of the season. He hit .235 (4-for-17) and had a home run with three RBIs. Uncharacteristically, he did not throw out a single baserunner out of the seven who attempted to run on him. Most of it had to do with the fact the Mets pitchers do not hold runners on very well. This has made throwing out runners nearly impossible for all of the Mets catchers.

It will be interesting to see if the Mets choose to bring back Rivera as their backup catcher for next season. Robinson Chirinos is a reliable option, but the Mets would be able to save money to spend on their bullpen should they bring back Rivera. He already knows the staff well, and they love working with him.

Grades:

Hitting for Average: C, About what you would expect from him.

Hitting for Power: D, Hard to judge with such a small sample size, but there has always been some pop in his bat.

Defense: C-, His defense is tainted due to the Mets’ inability to hold runners on, but still called a solid game.

Speed/Baserunning: N/A, even if he was not on base more, you will not catch him stealing bases

Intangibles: A, Veteran who knows the clubhouse well and jumped in immediately to work with all the pitchers

Overall: C-, I would like him to come back for next season. He is an excellent catcher.

New York Jets’ CB Darryl Roberts is Healthy, but Shouldn’t be Playing

The New York Jets‘ pass defense is playing better than any time in the past two years. They can’t allow Darryl Roberts to ruin that.

The Jets’ pass defense has been on a tear since Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet took over as a tandem. The two first played together as the primary outside CBs at the beginning of the second half of the New York Giants game. Since then the Jets have allowed just 228 passing yards per game, on 57.6% completion, for four passing TDs. The Jets’ pass defense has also forced two INTs and eight fumbles, only two of which were recovered by the Jets. Meaning the Jets have forced as turnovers in pass defense as TDs allowed.  If that was extrapolated over the full 11 game season the Jets would have allowed 15 TDs and 15 turnovers.

To put into perspective how dominant those numbers are here’s how they would rank league-wide if the Jets played this well over the course of the full season:

11th in passing yards per game
2nd in completion percentage allowed
T10th in Passing TDs allowed
The Jets would join the other nine teams in the NFL who have at least as many takeaways as passing TDs allowed. Those teams have a combined record of 72-29.

Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet have been a revelation. They have helped turn the Jets from one of the worst pass defense teams in the NFL into one of the ten best in the league, that’s a huge deal. There isn’t any reason to replace either in the lineup right now. Especially when the guy coming back is Darryl Roberts.

Robert had been a career backup before playing relatively well in place of an injured Trumaine Johnson in 2018. He was quickly moved to safety when Johnson came back and performed very poorly. Still, former Jets’ GM Mike Maccagnan decided to give Roberts a three-year $18 million contract. Thankfully the deal only had $4 million guaranteed so the Jets can cut him at the end of the season at no cost.

Which is exactly what the Jets will do after Roberts’ performance this season. Roberts is allowing 6.9 receptions per game and 74.4 yards per game this season, those rank 74th and 65th in the league respectively.  He’s also allowed six TDs this season, which is 74th in the NFL. Roberts’ 117.5 passer rating allowed is 71st in the NFL.

He’s been absolutely dreadful. Putting him back into the lineup shouldn’t even be a discussion for the rest of the season. He has been thoroughly outplayed by the young tandem of Bless Austin and Arthur Maulet. Those two have left the New York Jets with only one option, bench Darryl Roberts.

Any other decision would be unacceptable based on every measurable metric.

New York Yankees target Houston Astros for additional cheating methods

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve

As if banging on trash cans and whistling in an attempt to steal signs wasn’t enough for the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees are also claiming strange blinking lights in centerfield during the ALCS the season gave them an advantage. As the MLB continues to investigate their alleged cheating scheme used during the 2017 regular season, more reports have been emerging from different teams to indicate that the Astros had committed numerous offenses regarding the scandal.

Here is how the athletic described their initial scheme in 2017:

The Astros’ set-up in 2017 was not overly complicated. A feed from a camera in center field, fixed on the opposing catcher’s signs, was hooked up to a television monitor that was placed on a wall steps from the team’s home dugout at Minute Maid Park, in the tunnel that runs between the dugout and the clubhouse. Team employees and players would watch the screen during the game and try to decode signs — sitting opposite the screen on massage tables in a wide hallway.

When the onlookers believed they had decoded the signs, the expected pitch would be communicated via a loud noise — specifically, banging on a trash can, which sat in the tunnel. Normally, the bangs would mean a breaking ball or off-speed pitch was coming.

According to one report from SNY’s Andy Martino, the Yankees have now engaged in allegations regarding the blinking lights.

SNY has learned that the Yankees also complained to the league about blinking lights in center field early on in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park — just days after Hinch responded angrily to SNY’s report about the whistling.

The Yankees also suspected that Houston was alternating whistling and hand signs, depending on the inning, and that the type of whistling varied depending on the pitch.

It only makes logical sense that the Astros would begin to change their methods as time progressed, considering the trends that are now being unearthed from video and audio feeds. Twitter sensation, Jomboy, has done a fantastic job of piecing together a convincing argument that the Astros are indeed guilty of these allegations.

I estimate that the league will determine the punishment in the coming weeks before teams begin to engage heavily in free agency and players report to training.

How did the New York Yankees suffer?

The Yankees complaint centers around the ALCS matchup. A three-run first inning seemed abnormal, considering the Astros were blanked for the remainder of the game until a Jose Altuve walk-off homer to end the series in the ninth inning.

Phil Simms: Giants Can Fix Daniel Jones’ Fumbling Issues

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Pat Shurmur

If there’s anyone who can relate to New York Giants’ rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’ fumbling problems it’s former Giant  great Phil Simms. Also a first round pick (No. 7 overall in 1979), Simms was under the microscope as a young player who the franchise was putting their hopes on.

Simms was also known for his fumbles. His 93 fumbles over his 14-year Giants career was a record until Eli Manning reset it with 124 of his own. Jones is off to a roaring start in the category, fumbling 14 times (losing 10) this season which put him atop the league in the infamous category.

Simms believes that the Giants can fix Jones’ fumbling issue. Not that his own was ever really fixed. At age 30 in 1985, Simms fumbled 16 times, which was a Giants single-season record until Kerry Collins broke it with 23 in 2001.

But still, as an analyst and soothsayer Simms had these words of advice for his old team during a radio interview on WFAN earlier this week. 

“A lot of things have disappointed me about the New York Giants’ season this year, one of them is definitely not the quarterback,” Simms said. Of the many things that have disappointed Simms about the Giants this season, sophomore running back Saquon Barkley topped the list.

 

Turnovers continue to be a concern for the Giants young quarterback, but Simms believes his fumbling issue can be corrected, calling Jones a silver lining for Big Blue.

 

“I know he’s fumbled a lot, but that we can fix. We can fix how to make him get rid of the ball a little quicker and quit trying to make the play so perfect. But you can’t give him a quick release, you can’t give him the size, you can’t give him the speed he has, and he has a good arm. Those things we know we have, now we just have to keep him from fumbling the football.”

It’s true, Jones has forced things and his habit to hold onto the football longer than he should had led to many positive plays but it also has resulted in him turning the football over. Simms believes that Jones will learn to give up on certain plays over time and either run out of bounds or throw the football away.

He was asked if Pat Shurmur was the right head coach to take the team – and Jones’ development – into the future.

“If the Giants make a change at coach, even if they don’t win another game this year I think it would be a huge mistake,” Simms said. “For no other reason than the quarterback. The quarterback has done enough, they’ve handled him well enough where we can see that he can get this done if given the chance.”

The Giants are 2-9 and headed for no more than four wins and that is being optimistic. With the team in disarray, it may not be feasible to keep this coaching staff on after this season.

 

 

A Successful 2020 Yankees Lineup Must Include Urshela and Andujar

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

Much is being made of the New York Yankees needing help to bolster their starting rotation. And it’s all merited. Our starting rotation, as it stands, going into 2020 is Masahiro Tanka (coming off of one of his worst regular seasons in professional American baseball), James Paxton, Luis Severino (after missing all but a handful of starts in September and a few playoff starts), JA Happ (after an absolutely dreadful season), and Jordan Montgomery (who has pitched a combined 31.1 innings since 2018). This is a rotation that needs help. We can’t ride our bullpen like we’ve been doing the last few years, because they’ll get exhausted by October, and we’ll have another year of missing the World Series. To put it in perspective, Chapman, Green, Ottavino, Britton, and Kahnle threw for 312 innings combined in 2019. Tanaka and Paxton threw for 332.2 innings combined.

Our offense needs to improve as well. We were one of the most feared lineups in baseball in 2019. But we struck out over 1,400 times in the regular season and striking out over 90 times throughout the postseason. Strikeouts are a liability that plague every team, and if we didn’t strike out as much as we did against Houston, it would have been us playing Washington in the World Series.

Our Murderers Row is Our Greatest Strength AND Weakness

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, these are guys with power that can take you deep in an instant. But good lord are they strikeout prone. Using Stanton’s strikeout totals from 2018 (the dude did miss practically all of 2019 after all) and add it up to the other 4’s strikeout totals from this year, you have 748 strikeouts throughout a given season. Edwin Encarnacion, who struck out 103 times during the regular season, struck out an appalling 13 times in October. The strikeouts have to come down, across the board if we want meaningful games played deep into October.

Why You Have to Include Andujar and Urshela in the 2020 Lineup

Gio Urshela has a lot to prove in 2020, namely that 2019 wasn’t a fluke year offensively. He also needs to show he can bounce back from playing a full season as, up till last year, he was a career backup third baseman/bench player. But he struck out 87 times last year, which was 3 fewer times than our offensive stalwart DJ LeMahieu.

Miguel Andujar has quite a bit riding on him too. It’s not easy coming back from surgically repairing a torn labrum after having a breakout first season performance as he did. The last Yankee in recent memory who did this was Greg Bird (remember his 2015 and how he never was the same again?). But there is far less riding on his shoulders as the main two things he has to prove are 1) That he’s healthy, and 2) That his defense improved since 2018.

I’ve used the comparison metric for these two men of “the first full season they played”, but I’ll expand to their full careers. Andujar has struck out 108 times in his career (97 times in 2018), with a career .318 OBP and a .819 OPS.  Gio Urshela has struck out 177 times in his career, with a career .313 OBP and a .735 (.889 in 2019) OPS. Gleyber Torres has a .338/.849 OBP/OPS, but has struck out over 200 times in his career. Aaron Judge is .394/.952 but has struck out over 500 times in his 4-year career.

This shows that Urshela and Andujar are capable of getting on base, SLUGGING their ways on base (on par with what Gleyber Torres can do) but are far less likely to strikeout in the key at-bat of the game. Torres and Judge are more adept at getting on base and slugging their ways on, but we’ve seen how strikeout happy they are.

The answer is clear. Both guys have to be in the lineup if you want to offset the K machine that is the New York Yankees Murderer’s Row. Otherwise, you’re in for another disappointing finish to a great season.

Four Mets on 2019 All-MLB Team Ballot; FanFest to be Held in January

Four New York Mets players are on the ballot for the first-ever All-MLB Team presented by Scott’s.

First baseman Pete Alonso (260 AVG, 53 HR, 120 RBI, 1 SB .941 OPS), outfielder Jeff McNeil (.318 AVG, 23 HR, 75 RBI, 5 SB, .916 OPS), relief pitcher Seth Lugo (6 SV, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 11.7 K/9) and starter Jacob deGrom (11-8, 2.43 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 255 K) are all on the ballot for fans to select from.

Fans can vote once every 24 hours for the best players at each position during the regular season to help determine this year’s honors. First and second teams will be announced at the 2019 Winter Meetings in San Diego. Voting ends at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Alonso led the majors in home runs in 2019 and was named the NL Rookie of the Year. deGrom won his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award. McNeil dabbled with the NL batting crown for a good portion of the season and belted a career-high 23 homers. Lugo was a stalwart out of the Mets’ leaky bullpen and excelled as both a long and a short reliever.

deGrom, McNeil and Alonso all represented the Mets at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland in July in which Alonso won the Home Run Derby in record fashion.

The Mets announced this week they will be holding their inaugural FanFest at CitiField on January 25th.

According to the club there will be a slew of activities for the fans of the blue and orange to indulge themselves with including appearances by new manager Carlos Beltran and many current and former players.

“We are excited to be providing our fans and their families the opportunity to attend the very first Mets FANFEST on Jan. 25,” said executive vice president Lou DePaoli. “The day will be filled with fun activities for fans of all ages, including the opportunity to interact with our players, coaches, alumni, and broadcasters.”

The Mets are expecting the even to be popular and urge fans to get their tickets ASAP.

“Tickets for Mets FANFEST will go on sale for Mets’ season ticket holders at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, and to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Tickets for Mets FANFEST are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and are available at mets.com/fanfest. Parking will be complimentary (spaces will be limited). There are a limited number of tickets available for this exclusive event, so fans are encouraged to act quickly.”

Cornerback far from settled for the New York Giants

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants have attacked the cornerback position in the draft the past several seasons but have no clearer a picture of what their secondary will look like in the coming seasons.

With veteran Janoris Jenkins retained this season as a mentor to the many young players they’ve brought in, the Giants’ secondary has been one of the NFL’s worst, allowing wide receivers and tight ends huge chunks of yardage. They have given up 45 passing plays of over 20 yard and a league-leading 13 plays over 40 yards.

The plan going into the season was the Giants would anchor their secondary with Jenkins, 35 year-old safety Antoine Bethea and former first round pick Jabrill Peppers, who they got in the Odell Beckham, Jr. trade with Cleveland.

The Giants were going to let Sam Beal – who they selected in the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft – and one their three first round picks in this year’s draft, Georgia’s DeAndre Baker battle it out for the other starting corner clot.

The thinking was that they could get away with several options at slot corner. Grant Haley had a promising rookie season in 2018 and the Giants were also bringing two other rookies (Julian Love and Corey Ballentine) to compete for roster spots.

But as fate would have it, Beal would get injured for the second consecutive year and spent the first half off this season on injured reserve with a hamstring. Baker got off to a slow start due to a knee injury. That left the Giants with a tender of Ballentine and veteran Antonio Hamilton on the outside. Baker returned to become a starter but his performance has been extremely disappointing.

Unfortunately, Jenkins has not played up to snuff, either which has compounded the Giants’ issues. Beal has retuned and Baker’s performance has evened out but teams are still picking the Giants apart.

Bethea has liked every bit of 35 as the season has wore on and Peppers fractured a bone in his lower back ad could be out for the rest of the year. The Giants will play the remainder of the season with a combination of Love and veteran Michael Thomas in his place.

But slot corner is still unsettled. Haley has not played as well as hoped. The Giants are trying several players in the role to no avail. Ballentine is not a slot corner by trade was picked on exclusively at the position in the Giants’ loss to the Chicago Bears last week.

Several mock drafts I’ve seen are not sold on the Giants’ secondary and have them taking a corner very early in next year’s NFL Draft. The position general manager Dave Gettleman thought he was set at for years apparently is still in need of an influx of talent.

Coaching has been partly to blame for the poor performance in the secondary. Baker, Beal and Ballentine are are press corners and have been positioned 8-10 yards off the line of scrimmage on most plays, not giving them much of chance against speed receivers.

New York Giants need to shut down Jabrill Peppers for rest of season

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers

After New York Giants, strong safety Jabrill Peppers forced his way onto the field to return a punt, he popped up gingerly immediately after landing hard on his hip. Peppers was pulled from the game and was seen in a tremendous amount of pain in the locker room after the game.

Since being knocked out of the week 12 loss to the Chicago Bears, Peppers was diagnosed with a broken bone in his back, hindering him significantly from playing further this season. The Giants stated that he could return and that the injury was based on his pain tolerance. The broken bone shouldn’t put his long-term health in danger, making a potential return possible.

However, Big Blue would be smart to shut Peppers down for the remainder of the season to allow him to heal properly. At 2-9, the Giants will now feature a 27th ranked defense without one of their best playmakers, which will force Antoine Bethea into a strong safety role and rookie Julian Love into the free safety position.

The New York Giants will trust their youth:

This will provide Love with ample opportunity to prove his worth in the defensive backfield, and at a position of weakness since the signing of Bethea. Veteran Michael Thomas could also play a role in the secondary if Love struggles.

“We’ll have a combination with Love back there, Michael Thomas,” head coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday. “We’ll fill in. I thought Love did a good job with his first extended action last week. He’s displayed a lot of the things that we thought he might have. We’ll just try to build on that if for some reason Jabrill can’t make it.”

The transverse process injury is generally healed from rest and inactivity. I don’t expect to see Peppers fo the remainder of the season, which should inadvertently give the Giants a better look at the resiliency of their youth.

New York Giants news, 11/29 – Giants preparing to let go of two longest tenured players

New York Giants, Zak DeOssie

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The New York Giants saw numerous players take Wednesday’s practice off due to injuries, including Evan Engram (foot), Rhett Ellison (concussion), Jabrill Peppers (back), Golden Tate (concussion), and veteran long-snapper, Zak DeOssie (wrist/knee).

DeOssie, who’s the longest-tenured player on the Giants alongside Eli Manning, could be in the final year of his career with the Giants. That would leave Janoris Jenkins as the most tenured player.

The Giants will likely put DeOssie on injured reserve, ending his season at 2-9. This would finalize his tenure in New York and guarantee his retirement from the NFL. Last weekend against the Chicago Bears in week 12, DeOssie had a disastrous snap, rolling the ball back to the place-holder and forcing a missed kick by Aldrick Rosas.

Other injury news:

Evan Engram, who has a mid-foot sprained, stated last week he was ahead of his 2-4 week recovery timetable, but will likely miss more time. Considering the New York Giants are in a lost season with little to prove, they can begin to take precautions with their more influential players.

I expect to see more action from Kaden Smith, who secured a touchdown pass in his first action in the NFL against the Bears.

Golden Tate, who smashed his head on the turf after a touchdown pass from Daniel Jones on 4th-and-18 during the second half of the loss to Chicago, sat out at well this week. His availability against the Green Bay Packers is questionable, which would designate more targets to Darius Slayton, rookie out of Auburn.

The New York Giants re-signed Da’Mari Scott to the roster to supplement the waiving of Bennie Fowler and the injury to Tate.

Nonetheless–

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