New York Giants Predicted By BR To Win Six Games In 2020

New York Giants, David Mayo

The New York Giants have had a lot of things going for them this offseason, but that hasn’t helped them in the eyes of many of their critics who believe the team will be near the bottom of the league in 2020. Predictions from around the league haven’t been optimistic ever since the end of last season, and while things such as the hiring of Joe Judge and the team’s draft class have brought some hope to the fanbase, or at the least, less apathy, the same feelings haven’t spread around the league as a whole just yet.

Make no mistake about it, if the Giants win many games in 2020 it will be as an underdog rather than the preseason dark horse. However, following the Draft, the narrative isn’t one hundred percent negative at least.

According to Bleacher Report’s predictions following the release of the 2020 schedule, the Giants are set to have a 6-10 record. Not a winning record, but not at the bottom of the league either… And an improvement over where the Giants were in 2019, though perhaps only a nominal one.

The Giants’ schedule could help Judge get off to a fast start. Among the NFL’s eight divisions, only the AFC North has an easier draw this year than the NFC East, and New York’s opponents were a combined nine games under .500 last season.

However, a Giants team trying to upgrade its offense and piece together a pass rush will face some stiff tests. Beyond their four games against the Cowboys and Eagles, the Giants will play host to the 49ers in Week 3 and travel to face the 14-win Ravens in Week 16.

Of course, in reality, the Giants are something of an unknown this season. Unlike teams that haven’t changed much since 2019, the Giants are adding a new head coach, revamping the offensive line once again, have made big changes in the secondary since last year, and have new offensive and defensive coordinators. It’s not even known yet how the Giants will line up on defense, or offense for that matter.

With this in mind, it’s safe to say that a chance at least exists for the team to defy expectations – or for things to backfire and for them to underperform. 6-10 isn’t a pretty prediction, but there may be some merit to it. After all, it is somewhere in the middle between the worst predictions and the most optimistic.

MLB: Progress is being made on a deal for the 2020 season

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

According to reports, the MLB is beginning to work out the final details for the 2020 season. On Monday, the league will be on a conference call with representatives from all 30 teams, and the proposal could be sent to the players union as early as Tuesday. From there, a vote will decide whether the league goes forward with the plan.

From what we are hearing, the season will be about 80 games, so about half a regular season. If the league starts in early July, that will end the regular season around the same time as usual. From there, a 14 team playoff format would be adapted.

The regular season will feature three divisions; the East, Central, and West. The AL and NL teams of each division will combine to form the divisions. For example, the Yankees would be in the same division as usual but combined with the NL East. Regular season games would be against division teams only, and in as many home ballparks as possible. If the Postseason is indeed in October, home stadiums should still be feasible in terms of weather.

Also, ending the season around when it would end usually will be good in the fact that it won’t shorten the offseason and push back 2021 Opening Day more. Opening Day in 2021 will likely be pushed back anyway, with it being a World Baseball Classic year (WBC).

Something that Dr. Anthony Fauci has mentioned before is the possibility of limited attendance at games. Fans would have to space out around the ballpark to social distance, but it may be a way for teams to make some revenue and allow people to see a game.

It’s great to hear that the MLB is nearing a plan, and hopefully, it’s a plan that the players association will approve.

Breaking News: MLB has come up with a plan to start baseball

New York Yankees

For the New York Yankees and baseball fans everywhere, it’s good news.  MLB has finalized a plan to start the baseball season.  The plan will be discussed in a conference call on Monday with the 30 major league owners.  If the owners agree to the plan, it will then be presented to the Players Association.  If they agree there will be baseball in 2020.

The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.  All aspects of the plan are subject to change due to the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic.  The hope is that regular-season games will be able to be held in home fields, but not in front of fans.  Unlike the previously floated plan, the games may be played within the typical National and American League format.

According to Rosenthal as an example, in a 78-game season, the Mets would play their NL East rivals — the Phillies, Braves, Nationals, and Marlins — in four three-game series. They would then play American League East sides — the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, and Orioles — in two three-game series.

The shortened season will be between 75 and 85 games and will have an expanded postseason that will be announced later.  There most likely will be no All-Star break, and the formula will feature several doubleheaders for all teams.  For the New York Yankees, Old Timer’s Day will likely not take place this season.   For more information on the details as they are released, stay with EmpireSportsMedia.com.

 

New York Giants: 3 breakout candidates for the 2020 season

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

Taking a look at three New York Giants players that can break out in 2020:

The New York Giants made it a priority to boost both sides of the ball this off-season through the NFL draft and free agency. However, the success of the team moving forward heavily relies on the 2019 draft class and their development.

The Giants added quarterback Daniel Jones, interior defender Dexter Lawrence, and cornerback DeAndre baker all in the first round. While Jones and Lawrence had successful rookie campaigns, Baker struggled significantly and failed to leave his mark on the field.

In 2020, the defense, which is the youngest of the units, must step up in a big way and show progress from last season.

Here are three breakout candidates for the Giants in 2020:

1. DeAndre Baker

Baker played in 16 games last season, and at just 22 years old, he still has plenty of time to reach his potential. Compiling 61 tackles, two for a loss, and eight passes offended, he was a bit all over the place in terms of production. He didn’t record an interception and was quite poor in the tackling department. He missed 9% of his tackles and allowed a 61.4% completion rate. The most troublesome statistic is the number of touchdowns he allowed, which was six. He allowed it 116.2 passer rating against opposing quarterbacks.

His struggles primarily landed on James Bettcher, who inefficiently utilized him. Baker was known to be a more refined man/press cover corner coming out of Georgia, but Bettcher employed him as an off-ball player in a heavy zone scheme. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will utilize him in mostly man coverage, which he used 50% of the time in 2019. That should benefit Baker significantly.

2. Oshane Ximines

Ximines is one of my favorite breakout candidates for 2020. On 45% of defense of snaps in 2019, the 23-year-old posted 4.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits. He didn’t miss a single tackle and earned five tackles for loss on top of it all. He was quite efficient for a rookie third-round selection, and he has the potential to be a staple for the Giants at outside linebacker. Patrick Graham will likely utilize him as a starter alongside Markus Golden if he ends up staying with the Giants.

If the Giants can extract the most out of Ximines in 2020, he can resurrect a pass rush that has been quite inadequate the past few seasons. An improved secondary should also allow him more time to get after the quarterback.

3. Darius Slayton

Jumping over to the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver Darius Slayton is the third breakout candidate. Having posted 740 yards and 8 touchdowns in his rookie season, leading the team in both categories, he is set to make a sizable developmental jump next season.

While he had shaky hands at some points, posting a 57.1% catch rate, he developed nicely after starting rookie minicamp, dropping everything in sight. He played on just 66% of offensive snaps, and seeing an uptick in that category and remaining healthy should allow him to cement himself as Daniel Jones’s top option. As a fifth-round pick, most expected him to be more of a project, but he has defied all odds and established himself as a starter moving forward.

New York Jets: C.J. Mosley would not be happy if Jamal Adams was on the trade block

New York Jets, C.J. Mosley

The New York Jets trading Jamal Adams would be ludicrous according to one other stud playmaker:

The pairing of Jamal Adams and CJ Mosley is one of the more dynamic in the NFL, despite the latter of the two missing nearly the entire 2019 campaign due to injury. After spending his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Mosley fell ill to the injury bug, which was a surprise given his stellar health over the course of his career to that point.

In 2018 with the Ravens, Mosley played at an elite level, posting 105 combined tackles, five passes defended, and a 6.3% missed tackle rate. His elite status was exactly what the Jets needed at the inside linebacker position, and they are hoping to get that quality of player in 2020 and beyond.

However, Adams is a significant part of the defense and has been demanding an extension for quite some time. He has skipped out on voluntary virtual workouts to advocate for GM Joe Douglas’ proactive spirit in extending his contract. Nonetheless, reports have indicated that Adams could be on the trade-block in recent weeks. Mosley, though, has not been phased by those talks.

“To me, I wasn’t too worried about that,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “That would be a crazy move.”

He further commented:

“First of all, he’s one of the leaders on the team,” Mosley said. “That’s first and foremost. He brings that extra energy whether guys want it or not. Sometimes you might be tired or not feeling good, but as soon as he steps on the field, you’re going to hear that voice and he’ll be flying around. To have that presence in the secondary, a guy that can make plays in the passing game and also plays in the backfield — in the box — that’s always exciting.”

As Mosley stated, Adams’ influence on the team is significant, from his leadership to his athleticism. The former first-round selection is the Jets’ primary playmaker, and they cannot afford to lose him in a trade or free agency. Douglas has stated that he normally doesn’t entertain extensions in the fourth year of a rookie contract, but in this specific scenario, he might be willing to bend the rules.

New York Yankees History: Casey Stengel, the greatest Yankee Manager?

For the New York Yankees, the question of who was the greatest manager of all time is a fun question with so many great managers.  You have Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Billy Martin, and Joe Torres, an addition to a list that includes Casey Stengel.

Charles Dillion Stengel was born in 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri. Stengel would grow up to be a mediocre baseball player but excel as the winning-est Yankee Manager of all time. Charlie Stengel played sandlot baseball as a child, and also played football and basketball at Kansas City’s Central High School. While there his baseball team won the state championship

During his teen years, he played for several semi-pro baseball teams even though he was underage. During that time, he was paid a dollar a day. When he was offered a contract by the Kansas City Blues, his father had to sign the contract. Even at a young age, Sengel was cantankerous and stubborn, his Father said the young “Charlie” wanted to play ball and there was no way I was going to change his mind.

He reported to spring training for the Blues, but failed to make the team and took a job with a lower Kankakee Kays team. He finished the 1910 season batting .237. During the off-seasons of 1910-11, not being sure he would make it as a baseball player, he attended dental school. He didn’t do well at that either as he was left-handed, and dental equipment of the time was only right-handed. Stangel would later say, “want to thank my parents for letting me play baseball, and I’m thankful I had baseball knuckles and couldn’t become a dentist”.

After hitting .357 with the Aurora Blues, Stengel would be purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1912 an older player would take Stengel under his tutelage and get him a locker next to his. This association would lead to him learning to play the outfield.

Throughout Stengel’s career, he would fight with his bosses over pay. When the Dodgers opened their new stadium, Ebbets Field, Stengel would hit the first home run in the new stadium. Stengel continued to play well, finishing the season with a .316 batting average, though hitting .351 when right-handers started against Brooklyn and only .250 when left-handers started. After holding out for better pay, Stengel signed with the Dodgers for 1913. He won the starting center fielder job. In 1913, he hit an inside the park home run against the Yankees.

It was in 1913 that Charlie would become “Casey” as teammates noticed he had K.C. stenciled on his bags. All of this time, Stengel continued to fight about his pay. As the Dodgers looked to cut payroll, they wanted to reduce Casey’s as well. He eventually signed a contract, but shortly afterword was traded to the Pirates. During those years until 1925, Stengel would play for the Pirates, the Phillies, the Giants, and the Braves. Stengel started 1925 on the active roster of the Braves, but when the Braves owner purchased the Worcester Panthers, he made Casey the player-manager of the team.

This began a coaching career that would take Casey to Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame to which he was named in 1966. In 1932 he would take the job of managing the Brooklyn Dodgers. From 1938 to 1943, he headed the Braves. Being relatively unsuccessful in both jobs, he returned to manage in the minors. He was more successful there and was named manager of the year in 1948.

That year was also the year he met up with Billy Martin, a shortstop that the Case was very found off. As early as 1940, Casey was always mentioned as a possible manager for the Yankees, but he never got the job. After winning a minor league championship on the west coast, Yankee scouts on the West Coast recommended Stengel. Casey became manager of the Yankees in the offseason in 1948, and he brought his shortstop Billy Martin with him.

The glory days of Casey’s management would begin along with the future dynasty of the New York Yankees. Stengel tried to keep a low profile during the 1949 Yankee spring training. Still, there was considerable media attention as Stengel shuttled rookies from one position on the field to another and endlessly shuffled his lineup. He had the advantage of diminished expectations, as DiMaggio, the Yankee superstar, was injured with a bone spur in his heel, and few picked New York to win the pennant. Gaining media attention and not wanting the media to know what he was doing, he started his “Stangleaze,” the ability to talk to the media, answer questions and leave the media wondering what he said.

In the 1949 World Series, Stengel’s first as a participant since 1923, the Yankees faced the Brooklyn Dodgers; The Yankees would win the series in five games. In 1949 he was Manager of the Year, and his low key days were over. In the years to follow, the New York Yankees would win the Series in 1950-51-52-53, a five-time World Series win that would not be repeated ever in baseball. After not winning in 54 or 55, the Yankees would again win in 1956. In 1958 the World Series was again against the Dodgers, who won the first two games at Ebbets Field. Stengel lectured the team before Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, and the team responded with a victory then and in Game 4. For Game 5, Stengel pitched Don Larsen, who had been knocked out of Game 2, and who responded with a perfect game, the only one in major league postseason history. The Yankees took the series in seven games, their seventh World Series win under Stengel, making him the all-time winner of the most World Series to this day in New York Yankee history.

The Yankees finished 79–75 in 1959, in third place, their worst record since 1925, as the White Sox, managed by Lopez, won the pennant. There was considerable criticism of Stengel, who was viewed as too old and out of touch with the players. The Yankee improved in 1960 but lost the World Series to the Pirates. Soon after, Stengel was advised that his contract would not be renewed, Stengel requested that the termination is announced at a press conference; it was granted, and on October 18, 1960, Topping and Stengel appeared before the microphones.

After Yankee executive Topping evaded questions from the press about whether Stengel had been fired, Stengel took the microphone, and when asked if he had been fired, he stated, “Quit, fired, whatever you please, I don’t care.” Topping said that Stengel was being terminated because of his age, 70, and alleged that this would have happened even had the Yankees won the World Series. Thus ended the Yankee career of Casey Stengel.

Casey would continue to manage as he was hired by the crosstown New York Mets. In his four years with the Mets, they would go 175-404. Stengel was invited to an Old-Timers’ Game. Sometime during that evening, Stengel fell and broke his hip. The circumstances of his fall are not known with certainty, as he did not realize he had been severely injured until the following day. Stengel spent his 75th birthday in the hospital. Recognizing that considerable rehabilitation would be required, he retired as manager of the Mets on August 30, replaced by Wes Westrum, one of his coaches. The Mets would again finish in the last place.

Suffering from mild Alzheimer’s, in the last year of his life, Stengel cut back on his travel schedule and was too ill to attend the Yankees’ Old-Timers Day game in August 1975. That same year it was announced that “Casey’s boy” Billy Martin would be the new team manager.  For Stengel, diagnosis of cancer of the lymph glands had been made, and Stengel realized he was dying. In mid-September, he was admitted to Glendale Memorial Hospital, but the tumor was inoperable. He died there on September 29, 1975. Upon his death, Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote: “God is certainly getting an earful tonight.”

Casey Stengel once said that running a baseball team was easy: “The secret of success as a manager is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the five guys who are undecided.”

Many New York Yankees fans remember Joe Torre’s dynasty of the late ’90s and 2000s and deem him the best Yankee Manager.  This writer feels that title should go to Casey, and his most ever World Series wins speaks for itself.

How the Dallas Cowboys Landed in the NFC East

51 years ago today that the NFL-AFL merger took form when the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers of the 16-team NFL agreed to join the AFL to form the 13-team American Football Conference. It was also the same day in which the new NFL agreed on a playoff format that introduced some crazy concept of a wild-card entrant from each conference.

The following 1970 season, the two leagues would operate under the NFL shield and its commissioner, Pete Rozelle. The league would be divided into two 13-team conferences with three divisions isn each conference.

How the league would allocate the teams into which divisions was a crapshoot. In the new NFC, There was an abundance of east coast teams and not enough in the western time zones. Five proposed breakdowns were devised, and legend has it, written on a pieces of paper and put into a flower vase. Rozelle’s secretary reached into the vase and randomly chose the breakdown that would be the framework of the modern NFC as we know it.

Going in, there were several constants. The New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins were in the NFC East in each of the five proposals as were the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in the Central and the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers in the West. The other six teams were all over the map in the other four proposals.

Four of the five proposals had the Minnesota Vikings in the East and the Dallas Cowboys in either the Central or the West.

So, when you question how the NFL stuck the Dallas Cowboys in the East, it was a random thing – a one in five shot. The proposal that was picked ended them up in the East along with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the first decade after the merger, the Cowboys won the division seven times and Cardinals won it twice. The Redskins broke up the party in 1972 with George Allen’s Over-the-Hill gang made their Super Bowl run, losing to Don Shula’s perfect Miami Dolphins.

Between 1970 and 1980, the Cowboys beat the Giants 18 of 22 games.

Dallas has won the NFC East 23 times since Rozelle’s secretary made that fateful draw. Hence the hatred from the other four teams. What would have happened if she picked one of the other four pieces of paper?

One had the NFC as a four team set (NYG, WAS, PHI, MIN). The other three had combinations of Minnesota with Atlanta, St. Louis and Detroit – three teams that were nowhere near the juggernaut that Tom Landry’s Cowboys were in the 70s or Jimmy Johnson’s teams of the 90s would become.

For the record, the Eagles won their first NFC East title in 1980 under head coach Dick Vermeil. They have gone on to win the division 10 more times.

The Giants were the only team in the East without a division title until they finally broke through in 1986. They have eight total division titles as do the Redskins.

The Cardinals stayed in the division even after they moved from St. Louis to Phoenix in 1988. They were finally moved to the NFC West in 2002 when the NFL expanded to 32 teams with four divisions of four teams in each conference. They only won the East those two years (1974-75) in the 70s.

 

The New York Jets Schedule Will Be Their Demise

New York Jets

The New York Jets are coming off of an okay 7-9 campaign where their young QB Sam Darnold ended up going 7-6 and showing some growth as a starter in the NFL. They added to their offensive line and were able to give Sam Darnold some offensive help so he isn’t throwing to practice squad players. Mekhi Beckton could give Darnold more time in the pocket in order for him to be able to lob it up and throw some bombs to players like Denzel Mims. They’ll have CJ Mosely back for a full season hopefully, but the issue isn’t the talent, it’s how their schedule was worked.

Slow Start Is Imminent

The Jets start out against the 10-6 Bills with Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen leading that offense and Devin Singletary in the backfield, and it isn’t even a home game. They play in Buffalo for that one, which is a tough way to start out a season for a team with a lot of new faces and young talent. The defenses they play in their first 8 games are Buffalo, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Denver, Arizona, Chargers, Buffalo again, then Kansas City. They have 5 games against teams who were top 10 in preventing yards, with the Chargers being at 14, the Colts now having DeForest Buckner, and their only break being Arizona. If we’re being generous, they’ll be able to win 2-3 games out of those 8. a 2-6 or 3-5 start is not what this team needed.

NFC West and AFC West

They’re playing the best division in the NFC and then a tough division in the AFC West, with every team in each of those divisions having playoff hopes. Those are already 8 games that will be tough, and then add 2 against Buffalo, 2 against the Patriots who while a lot weaker will still try to be good, and then their other 2 games are against the Colts and Browns, who are also playoff-caliber teams in terms of talent. They won’t be abysmal in 2020 but having to play two of the NFL’s toughest divisions, in the West Coast which is a lot of traveling, then on top of that be a team with a lot of new faces? This spells disaster.

Is There Any Hope?

As someone who isn’t a New York Jets fan (Go Browns!), I don’t see much optimism for this team. It isn’t the talent or the QB or the Head Coach, it’s that tough schedule. They have to travel to LA twice, Kansas City, and Seattle. Those aren’t just away games, they’re away games against good teams. They can’t handle a 49ers squad who just won the NFC, or a Super Bowl winner in the Chiefs, or the division favorite Bills more than once, and especially not when you play such tough games every single week. I don’t think there are many teams in the NFL who could survive this schedule, and I don’t see much more than 6-8 wins for the Jets.

The NFL really couldn’t change their schedule because the divisions they play are predetermined by a cycle, but man, did they get the short end of the stick in 2020.

Aaron Judge is Objectively a Top 10 Player in the MLB

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees are a team stacked with talent up and down their roster. They have players like Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole, Gleyber Torres, and Aroldis Chapman who are all some of the best in their position. Leading the pack on the Yankees is the tall and powerful Aaron Judge, who should have been the 2017 MVP. The former ROY winner has had injury issues that still prolong to this day, he is still an elite talent. Even without accounting for the time he missed, he is one of baseball’s most valuable players, and with fans leaving him off top 10s of the best players in the MLB, they’ve awoken the sleeping giant, and the Judge will bring order to his court.

As Valuable As It Gets

Aaron Judge since 2017 has the 6th best fWAR amongst hitters in the MLB, only behind Alex Bregman, Anthony Rendon, Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts, and the legend himself Mike Trout. The kicker is that Aaron Judge has at least 60 fewer games played than everyone above him except for Mike Trout. Even though Judge is injured a lot, in terms of value since 2017, there are only 5 players who have contributed to their team in terms of offense/defense than Judge. Out of those 5, the only 2  better from an adjusted per 150 games standpoint are Mookie Betts and Mike Trout, however, fWAR isn’t the only stat in baseball, and for other statistical reasons, I’d put Yelich above Judge as 2017 weighs Yelich’s stats down quite a bit. Speaking of other stats, how does Judge do in those?

Numbers Don’t Lie

Since 2017 Aaron Judge has been statistically on a tear. In terms of wOBA and wRC+ Judge is 3rd, in terms of longballs he’s 8th (despite the games missed), SLG% he’s 4th, Defensive Runs Saved he’s 5th, and 3rd in UZR/150.

People will point out a .279 batting average and declare that he needs to have a higher batting average to be better but to that, I say batting average is pointless in terms of player evaluation as Mike Trout in 2019 was 32nd in batting average but was better than literally every single baseball player by a substantial margin in 2019 at hitting the baseball. Use OBP, or SLG, or wOBA, or wRC+, not batting average, because if batting average was so great then Hanser Alberto would be one hell of a hitter because he hit .300 in 2019, but had a below-average wRC+.

Rant over, the main point was the Judge has gaudy numbers and is nearly top 5 in almost every crucial non-counting stat in terms of offense, and is one of the premier defenders in baseball

Postseason Monster

I can already hear the people getting ready to type things like:

“But Ryan he struck out at a historic rate in October!”
“He’s not ‘clutch’ like Jeter!”

“But he has no rings with the Yankees!”

When things like that are said, I roll my eyes and defer to numbers that show that in almost every aspect of the word, Judge is absolutely fantastic in October. He has a 144 wRC+, a .535 SLG, and a .375 OBP in October, with a 12.63 At-Bat to Home Run ratio, as he clubbed 8 homers in 101 at-bats. For context, Derek Jeter who’s considered to be the greatest postseason player in Yankees history in the modern era is worse than Judge in October in all of those stats. Aaron Judge absolutely destroys baseballs on the brightest stage, and it’s time that the baseball fans start referring to him as a superstar injury and all.

Yankee fans, let’s brag about our superstar and get him the respect he deserves, with ESPN calling him merely the 15th best player for 2020. If you’re a Judge hater reading this, I want you to know, that your days of putting down the Judge are over, because he’s arguably one of baseball’s 5 best players.

Do the New York Giants’ global acquisitions have a chance to stick?

New York Giants, Spencer Pulley, Jon Halapio, Nick Gates

The New York Giants made a lot of moves this off season, bringing in a whole host of new players. They even went outside of the country to gather some of those guys, with the post-draft additions of Canadian WR/TE Rysen John and Austrian RB Sandro Platzgummer. Both players show promise, but will they be able to make the roster? I think they have a chance.

Let’s start off with Rysen John, who stands at a towering 6’7” and about 227 lbs. No, that isn’t a typo. He also runs a 4.6 forty yard dash as well, which is very impressive for a player of his size.

He played wide receiver at Simon Fraser College in British Columbia, and finished with 10 touchdowns and almost 900 receiving yards as a senior last year.

John will most likely transition to tight end with the New York Giants, but I think he can be used similarly to Evan Engram in that WR/TE hybrid role. We know how much Judge loves versatility after all.

It may look like a long shot for John to make the final roster, but it certainly isn’t impossible. He’s got unbelievable physical tools and has put together solid production that shows he’s only scratching the surface of his potential. The Giants could also really use a big-bodied weapon in the passing game, especially in the red zone, and John can obviously provide that for Daniel Jones.

Now on to Sandro Platzgummer, who was awarded to the Giants as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program. Platzgummer is considered to be one of the best running backs in all of Europe, as he lit up strong competition while playing for the Swarco Raiders Tyrol of the Austrian Football League. He totaled over 1,000 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019.

Platzgummer possesses some elite traits and has good size for the position, standing at just over 6’0” and about 200 lbs. I think he has a real shot to carve out a role on this roster and even earn some playing time.

The Giants have solid depth behind Saquon Barkley, but Dion Lewis is only on a one year deal and Wayne Gallman might not even make the roster, so there is definitely room for Platzgummer to step in and make some noise.

Joe Judge has preached from the beginning that all players will get a clean slate and the best players will play. For John and Platzgummer, that is music to their ears and gives them a good chance to stick around with the Giants beyond this offseason. Don’t be surprised if either one of them ends up finding success and possibly making the roster.