Former Net Vince Carter Officially Retires: One of the Greatest Athletes to ever put on an NBA Uniform

Brooklyn Nets, Vince Carter

In the history of the NBA, how many players can say that their career spanned over 4 decades? The answer is only one: Vince Carter. The 8 time All-Star officially retired earlier today on The Ringer’s “Winging It” podcast. The decision did not come as a surprise, as Carter has been hinting at his retirement all season and the Atlanta Hawks were not invited to participate in Orlando when the NBA resumes in late July. You can see his official retirement statement in the tweet below:

Recapping Vince Carter’s Prolific NBA Career

Vince Carter was selected #5 overall in the 1998 draft by the Golden State Warriors, but was instantly traded to the Raptors for his teammate and the #4 pick in the draft, Antawn Jamison. Carter bust onto the scene with Toronto, averaging 18.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg in his rookie season, and quickly became known for his high flying, earth-shattering finishes at the rim. These finishes would usually result in a highlight-reel dunk but occasionally, Carter would opt for the acrobatic layup instead. Carter instantly became one of the most popular players in the league among young fans and garnered the nickname “Air Canada.” He was responsible for one of the greatest Slam Dunk contest performances of all time and also delivered one of the most disrespectful in-game dunks of all time during the 2000 Olympics, both videos can be seen below:

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In Carter’s second year, his ppg ballooned up to 25.7 and alongside his cousin Tracy McGrady, and the two brought the Raptors to their first ever playoff appearance. After McGrady was dealt in the following season, Carter established himself among the top #2 guards in the league, averaging a career best 27.6 ppg in just his 3rd season. Carter even had a cameo as himself in the movie Like Mike (2002), as the player Calvin Cambridge (main character in Like Mike) had to make a play against in order to send his fictional team, the LA Knights, to the playoffs, despite losing his ability to play basketball “like Michael Jordan.” Like Michael Jordan, Carter had played his college ball at North Carolina, and the two (at their peaks) shared an elite athleticism trait rivaled by few in the NBA. In 2003, Carter gave up his all-star spot so Michael Jordan could play in the final all-star game of his career.

After 6 stellar seasons in Toronto, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets in the after 20 games into the 2004 season. The Nets, coming off back to back Finals appearances the two years prior, needed to fill a scoring void after losing Kenyon Martin to the Nuggets, and believed Carter was the man to do so. While the Nets never returned to an NBA Finals with Vince Carter, the combination of Carter/Kidd/Jefferson proved to be a dominant force in the East. VC benefited substantially from Kidd’s play-making ability and the two connected on so many beautiful ally-oops, as seen below:

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Nets fans fell in love with “Vinsanity” since they had never been witness to such an athletic monster on their team. In other words, Carter was the closest thing to MJ that Nets fans would ever have the privilege of watching. Carter would go on to play 5 seasons with the Nets, averaging 23.6 ppg over that span. The Nets made the playoffs 3 out of the 5 seasons Carter was there, but unfortunately the team fell apart after the 2006-2007 season, as Jason Kidd was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007-2008 season and Carter was dealt to the Magic in the summer of 2009.

While many believed Carter’s career to be over after his tenure with the Nets, VC continued to defy the odds. Carter was able to be a great complement to Dwight Howard and in two seasons with Orlando, managed to average 16.3 ppg. In the 2009-2010 playoffs, Carter helped the Magic reach the Eastern Conference Finals, before losing 4 games to 2 against the Boston Celtics. It was the only time in Carter’s career he would reach conference finals series.  After his stint in Orlando, Carter would go on to play for 5 more teams, including the Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings, and Hawks.

While he never won a championship, he was always viewed as a great teammate and an overall positive contributor to every team he’s ever been a part of. Carter was able to last as long as he did in the NBA due to his ability to adjust his role according to whatever the team he was playing for at that time needed. Even in the last several years, he developed into a great 3 and D player, mixing in the occasional highlight reel dunk/layup. He is no doubt a 1st ballot Hall-of-Famer and will be go down as one of the greatest athletes to ever play the sport of basketball.

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Is the New York Yankees’ starting pitching rotation in trouble ahead of 2020 regular season?

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole, James Paxton

The New York Yankees simply can’t catch a break, considering the injuries that have occurred to limit their overall production and efficiency in 2020. Before spring training even began, the Yankees lost Luis Severino to Tommy John surgery and James Paxton to a cyst in his lower back. Severino will miss the entire year, but Paxton is reportedly healthy and ready to go for a 2020 regular season.

The last update on Paxton stated that he was throwing from 60-feet, and all went well for the lefty pitcher. While he threw just 25 balls, it’s a good start, and he should be well on his way toward starting the regular season in full capacity (March 11).

Nonetheless, Paxton has a troublesome injury history, dealing with ailments in five of the last six seasons. The only year he escaped injury was in 2016, but this upcoming season could offer him an opportunity to pitch fewer games and mitigate concern. Of course, predicting what might happen is impossible, but limiting his sample size of games to a minimum should keep him healthy, especially coming off surgery on his lower back.

The projected starting rotation for the New York Yankees:

Gerrit Cole – RHP
James Paxton – LHP
Masahiro Tanaka – RHP
J.A. Happ – LHP
Jordan Montgomery – LHP

Aside from Paxton, the Yankees are still relying on Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ, and Jordan Montgomery has their three backend starters. In front of them, will be Gerrit Cole and Paxton.

Tanaka is a reliable pitcher, having pitched in no less than 136 innings over the past six years in the Bronx. Last year, he pitched 182 innings, securing 11 wins and logging a 4.45 ERA. Tanaka was stellar in the first half of the 2019 campaign (was an All-Star), but fell off in the second half and struggle to retain his production. In the postseason, he posted a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA over 11.0 innings.

The Japanese native has proven capable in the postseason, and the Yankees will likely rely on him if they can earn a spot in a revised playoff situation. They are currently on top of the list regarding World Series favorites, so anything less than a playoff appearance would be disappointing for a stacked roster. I believe Tanaka is one of the pitchers the Yankees can feel confident in and rely on this season.

As for Cole, who joined the Yankees on a nine-year, $324 million deal, things could be a bit rocky for him to begin his tenure in New York. Cole was thrashed during spring ball against the Detroit Tigers, allowing four homers and six runs in two innings. While this is abnormal for the dominant righty, Yankee Stadium can be a bit problematic for new faces. I believe he will rise above the pressure, given his track record and experience in big games.

The final two pitchers on the roster consist of Jordan Montgomery and Happ. Happ earned a 4.91 ERA in 2019 at 36 years old, allowing a career-high 34 home runs and 88 earned runs. General manager Brian Cashman instilled his faith in Happ this offseason by retaining him rather than trading or releasing him to save money. 2019 was clearly an exception for J.A., based on his past production. I predict that he will bounce back and help solidify the starting rotation this upcoming campaign.

Montgomery is a player I’m excited about, as he logged two consecutive seasons of sub-4.00 ERA baseball. Last season, he pitched in just four innings, which is too small of a sample size to make any judgments off of. Nonetheless, he is a quality arm who will fill the final spot on the starting rotation. I expect him to perform well as he looked good in spring training, aside from the home runs he allowed. He struck out 16 batters and allowed just one walk over 11.0 innings pitched.

Overall, I believe the Yankees have a solid starting rotation, but injuries and lack of action have hurt specific players in the recent past. If they can bounce back, the Yankees will be in good shape, but luckily they have young arms like Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt to supplement any deficiencies.

New York Yankees: Some players are prioritizing health and will leave families behind during season

New York Yankees, Zack Britton

For MLB players, baseball is a way of life. They only imagine themselves playing, and so far, it has been enough not only to have fun in the process, but also, to put food on their families’ table. They don’t want to do anything else other than play the game, but they also want to protect their loved ones. That’s why some New York Yankees‘ players will leave their families behind as they rejoin the team for the short season.

After months of failed negotiations between the MLB and the players association, the league had to mandate a 60-game season that will start in late July. However, the common enemy still isn’t going away: coronavirus is actually spiking in some crucial states where baseball will be played this year.

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com explained how several members of the New York Yankees team will opt to travel to New York without the support and love of their families to protect them from the virus. For example, relief pitcher Zack Britton and his wife Courtney decided that it would be best if she and the kids stayed home in Texas when the lefty reports to the Yankees.

“It could be three months before I see my kids,” he said to NJ.com.

Yankees’ backup catcher feels the same way

Catcher Kyle Higashioka is in a similar situation. His wife Alyse will stay home in Oregon for a while, then fly to “join me at the at some point down the line. But I’m heading out alone first.”

Training camps will open next week, on July 1st.

“A lot of players feel the same way,” Britton said. “A lot of guys are going to go for an extremely long time without seeing their kids and obviously it’s not fun. A lot of people in other professions are in the same boat as us, but it doesn’t make it any easier.”

On Wednesday, some states, including New York, issued a travel advisory saying that if they come from states with high rates of COVID-19, they should quarantine for two weeks. The New York Yankees and Mets would be exempt, per Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York Yankees: Jeff Nelson thinks players will cheat new COVID-19 wet rag rule

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Baseball is back, sort of. MLB and the Players Association (MLBPA) will play a shortened 60-game season starting in late July, with teams opening their training camps on July 1st. After months of negotiations about salary and number of games, the Commissioner Rob Manfred had to mandate a season according to the March agreement between all parties. Therefore, we will see the New York Yankees seek their 28th championship this season.

One of the new rules for the season is that pitchers will be allowed to keep a wet rag in their back pocket. The purpose of this is for hurlers to touch it against their fingers and improving grip. That would mean that they won’t be licking their fingers, like they have always done, thus decreasing the chance of covering the ball with the dreaded coronavirus.

However, according to a former New York Yankees relief pitcher, the allowance of the wet rag will likely result in hurlers using it to cheat during games. He seems to believe that they will put banned substances on the rag instead of just water.

The former Yankees pitcher wishes hitters good luck

“Love the wet rag rule for 2020,” Nelson tweeted. “Pitchers are allowed to carry a wet rag in their back pocket instead of licking their fingers. Good luck hitters, water won’t be the only thing on that rag.”

Nelson was a mainstay in the late 90s Yankees franchise as a relief pitcher paving the way for the great Mariano Rivera. He pitched for years in the majors, and he knows how pitchers think and act.

In 798 games, Nelson pitched 784.2 frames and had a 3.41 career ERA, with a 3.73 FIP and 9.3 fWAR. He had a 24.4 K% and a 12.6 BB%. His career lasted 15 seasons, five with the New York Yankees (with four rings.)

Umpires will have the right to inspect the pitchers’ rag whenever they want in games, so it won’t be that easy to cheat and put some other substances.

New York Giants: Why Daniel Jones will have improved arm strength and ball security in 2020

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The New York Giants should expect a more productive Daniel Jones in 2020:

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is going into the second year of his NFL career, and there are a few witnesses he has been working on this off-season to refine and improve.

During his rookie campaign, Jones posted 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a 61.9% completion rate. However, he was sacked 38 times, and fumbled 18 times, losing 11 of them. This outrageously high number shows us one deficiency, Jones has poor awareness and bar security in the pocket.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post spoke with QB Country coach Anthony Boone. He has worked this off-season extensively with the young passer, looking to build mass to improve upon the weaknesses mentioned above.

“He’s done a good job of putting together a good physique,’’ Boone said. “At the end of the day he wanted to get stronger and get a little more meat on his bones but still maintain being able to run and move around and being on the field the whole time. Not ‘I’ve put on too much weight and I get short-winded now.’ His thing was make sure he could stay mobile, agile and be out on the field the whole time.’’

The more prominent Jones added about eight pounds of muscle mass, which puts him close to 230 pounds. As Boone mentioned, weight can be good and bad, but the bulk that Jones put on is healthy and should help him protect the ball more efficiently and put more velocity behind his throws. These are two concerns that Jones can fix in one off-season, a remarkable feat.

“When he’s out there and he takes his shirt off or he’s wearing a cut-off or wearing whatever, you can tell physically he’s gotten better,’’ Boone said. “He’s taking care of his body, for sure.

“He really put some work in to make sure he’s a professional athlete and he’s taking care of his body. He’s doing all the right things.’’

Jones showed off his athleticism in year one, running for 279 yards and recording two rushing touchdowns. Former head coach Pat Shurmur began to shy away from utilizing him as a runner, but he showed the ability to do so on read-option plays.

I believe Jason Garrett will get him more involved in unpredictable sets, specifically on bootlegs and moving him around the pocket to open up throws. Then again, the Giants have committed to bolstering the offensive line and giving Daniel all the time he needs in the pocket. His new physique should give him more strength to sit in the pocket and throw with velocity from his legs.

“For one, as a quarterback, being able to take hits a little bit better – you have a little bit more muscle so you’re a little heavier,’’ Boone said. “You put that muscle mass on means you’re looking at a little bit more leg-drive on some throws. More velocity. Or being able to push the ball down the field a little bit further.

 

Brock Nelson’s ten years in the Islanders organization has never had a dull moment

While the New York Islanders continue to prep for the playoffs, it’s an anniversary for one of the team’s biggest names.

Today marks ten years that Brock Nelson has been a part of the organization. And for many that have followed him, including myself, his Isles tenure has never lacked intrigue.

Nelson, now 28, came to the franchise as a baby-faced teenager out of Warroad, Minnesota. The Islanders drafted him 30th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft with the hopes he can become a top-two center for the future behind the face of the franchise and the player they drafted number-one overall a year earlier, John Tavares.

Being from a hockey hotbed — Warroad had produced Stanley Cup winner T.J. Oshie, and the Christian’s (USA Hockey royalty) for whom Nelson calls family — there were expectations for Nelson.

“Coming from Warroad, a small town, there’s a lot of people that have sacrificed [for you],” Nelson told to the Islanders’ team website as he reminisced about his draft day experience. “You get free ice and everybody up there, they live and die by the game. Obviously, your family puts in a lot of time. You start to realize that as you get older and when you have kids, how hard everything is to make things for your kids and to provide them opportunities to succeed. Just to have your family there with you is pretty surreal together and share that moment after everything they’ve done to help you get there.”

Nelson would go on to play two seasons at the University of North Dakota before going pro. There, he starred for the Fighting Sioux and was named All-WCHA Third Team in 2011-12 and WCHA All-Tournament Team in 2012. In his one full season in the AHL — 2012-13 — Nelson showed top-six potential with 52 points in 66 games.

Nelson produced enough to get the call to the Isles. He made his NHL debut in game six of the team’s first round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders would lose the game and the series that evening, but that was the start for Nelson.

When the next season began, Nelson was expected to make the varsity; he did. With 14 goals and 26 points in 72 games, Nelson made his presence felt. But he also proved he had 20-25 goal potential and looked like he was living up to his draft status.

Nelson notched the first of his five 20-goal seasons in 2014-15 as the Isles surprised in the East. Another part of his game though began to creep in, and it would become a hot button over the next several seasons — inconsistency.

Starting that year, despite a career-best 42 points, Nelson would go games and sometimes weeks without producing points. This trend started to allow fans to question Nelson’s drive and effort. That theory followed into the next year even when Nelson tallied his most goals, 26.

There was a moment late in that ‘15-‘16 season where former head coach Jack Capuano singled out Nelson — and two others — and said they needed to “pick their shit up!” It was another hint that Nelson wasn’t playing up to the level he needed to be.

The Islanders would win their first playoff series in 23 years that spring before falling in five games in the semifinals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nelson played in all 11 games, yet had only one goal to show for.

Heading into 2016-17, Nelson was being tabbed as the club’s number-two center behind Tavares following Frans Nielsen’s departure in unrestricted free agency in July. This was going to be a huge opportunity for the then 25-year-old, and while he again recorded another 40-plus point season, Nelson never elevated to that next level. What’s worse, along with the inconsistency, Nelson had gained the reputation of being a “soft” player. All this even with his 6’3, 200-plus pound frame.

A lot of fans had soured on Nelson at this point and believed maybe a change of scenery was needed. He was never dealt and went into a contract year, 2017-18, needing a huge year. Again, those old habits came back and Nelson had his worst statistical season to date, 19 goals and 35 points.

Everything pointed to Nelson finally leaving the organization.

Enter Barry Trotz.

When Trotz became head coach in the summer of 2018, he made it a point to have Nelson be the team’s full-time number-two center. He challenged Nelson to elevate his game too in the wake of John Tavares leaving the organization to sign with his hometown Leafs.

All that offseason, and even when he signed a one-year qualifying offer, the question remained whether Nelson would find that next gear.

It was evident early on last season, Nelson had finally got the message. He surprised everyone, getting off to a great start and solidified himself as one of the Isles’ most efficient forwards.

“The first conversation was I thought he was a better player than just from afar,” Trotz told Newsday early on last year. “I didn’t see a lot of warts on Nellie when we had him and we got to know him. I thought they were missing out on what he could bring to the group. He knows how important he is to the group and he has embraced the responsibility of being a good player on a pretty decent team.”

A career-high 53 points and an excellent performance in the playoffs got a Nelson a brand new six-year, $6 million contract.

Nelson has once again progressed this past season before the coronavirus pandemic shutdown the shocker season in March. He was four goals shy of cracking 30 and just five shy of the 60-point plateau, which would have made it the best season of his career.

Now a father of two, Nelson has come a long way in his ten years with the Islanders. He’s now one of their cornerstones who can hopefully bring a Stanley Cup back to Long Island.

His path to get to this point and the hurdles he overcame has made his years with the franchise anything but boring.

 

 

New York Yankees: Answers to where some of your favorite ex-Yankees have gone

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Many of us have favorite New York Yankees players that are no longer with the team. We frequently think of them and wonder what they are doing now. Here’s a summary of where some of those recently departed players are now and how they are doing.
Joe Girardi: Joe, after being replaced by present Yankee Manager Aaron Boone, he spent two years as a broadcaster the MLB.com. During this postseason, Joe was selected as the new manager for the Philadelphia Phillies.

“It means a lot to me that the fans are behind me,” Girardi said. “I’m well aware of the passion for the great game of baseball here. I’ve lived it as a player and as a manager. I know the importance of winning here. I had a chance to compete against a great team with Charlie Manuel here in 2009, and it was a great place to come watch a game. The passionate fans of the Phillies were great — they were not easy to play against — and I want it to be that way for many years to come.”

We wish Joe all the success in the world in his new job, just as long as he is not facing the Yankees which will happen in two series in this shortened season.
Ronald Torreyes: In his short time with the New York Yankees, “Toe” became a dugout and fan favorite with his excellent play and antics. He was the first to congratulate another player and always had a big smile. Torreyes, after he left the Yankees, he went to the Minnesota Twins where he was a utility player. This year he is back with Joe Girardi with the Phillies as a non-invitee at spring training. So far at camp, he has a .692 OPS and hopes to make the team.
Todd Frazier: Todd endeared himself to New York Yankees fans. In a run against the Mets in response to a three-run jack, I had hit to extend our lead from one run to four. He has this blank stare on his face and is completely emotionless. All he’s doing is standing there and giving me a thumbs-down. The thumbs-down guy was a Mets fan named Gary who’d just happened to show up that night. I guess he wasn’t too happy about the Yankees playing in his team’s home park, or the fact that we were winning. So anyway, the next afternoon, I get to the clubhouse at Citi, and Aaron Judge comes right up to me before I can even put down my bag.
“Dude, you need to do the thumbs-down if you get a hit tonight. You have to. For real.” For the rest of that year, the thumbs-down signal was given on every great play. Todd spent two years with the Mets and is now at the age of 34, is with the Texas Rangers.
Greg Bird: Greg, while with the Yankees, showed great promise and was rooted on my all Yankees fans as the future first baseman for the Yankees. But as time went on and he played less and less due to multiple injuries, many fans began to sour on him. After missing all but ten games last season, the Yankees cut ties with him during this offseason. Greg, not receiving major league offers, accepted a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. He is presently at spring training as a non-invitee. He is turning heads by not swinging at balls. Yankee fans know that he can play with Greg it’s all about staying healthy. With the minor league season canceled, it’s unknown if he will play at all this year.
Austin Romine: Romine was the main back up catcher to Gary Sanchez for two years. He was with the New York Yankees for eight years. Romine has his fans, but he was an all-business guy and just did his job until he became one of the best backup catchers in baseball. When the Yankees didn’t take up any of the player options, Romines decided to become a free agent, mostly because he wanted to be an everyday catcher in the major leagues, something he knew he would not get with the Yankees favoring Gary Sanchez. Romine was picked up by the Detroit Tigers. So far in spring training, he has caught in four games as he fights for that starting day catcher position.  With spring training 2.0 about to start, he will continue to fight for that starting position.
Dellin Betances: Dellin was a dependable relief pitcher for the Yankees for eight years. His career ERA with the Yankees was 2.36. Last year, he was out due to injury for the entire year, and like Austine Romine, the Yankees did not offer him a job. Unlike Romine, Betances made it clear that he wanted to remain a Yankee. Dellin signed a contract with the crosstown New York Mets. His torn Achilles tendon is still keeping his velocity down as he conditions in spring training. Many Yankee fans were very sorry to see the big man go.  With the new regional set up the Yankees will be seeing him in two series.
Cameron Maybin: Many fans were surprised that the Yankees didn’t keep Cameron Maybin on the team after all his did to help the injured squad last season. They may still be dismayed with the injuries to all the outfield Yankee players in spring training. Maybin played last year in all the outfield positions and his contributions at the plate. Maybe not a power hitter had 118 reached bases in 239 plate appearances. During the offseason, Maybin floundered, hoping for a place to play. Just as spring training started, he was picked up by the Tigers, joining Austin Romine. So far in spring training, he’s had 13 at-bats with only one hit. When interviewed, he said:

“Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to come in here and just be tearing it up,” he said Monday morning. “But I’ve seen a lot of guys make the team out of camp and then get released in a month. I’d like to start off great, but I always say, when that red dot comes on March 26, I’m ready to go.”

We wish all of our ex-Yankees players the best of luck in the upcoming season and their careers.
EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow him on Twitter. @parleewilliam.

New York Giants: Can Binjimen Victor be the next Plaxico Burress?

New York Giants, Binjimen Victor

The New York Giants‘ offense needs a top tier receiver to bring the unit to the next level. Back in my day, Plaxico Burress was that guy. He was the go-to guy for all big-time plays. Sadly, all Giants’ fans know the downfall of Burress; he arguably cost the team another Super Bowl run in 2008.

This offseason, the Giants didn’t use any of their drafts picks on receivers, they focused on fixing the offensive line and the secondary. As all fans know, these are the two biggest concerns for the Giants. The offensive line has been bad for too long. However, the Giants added some depth to the receiver depth chart during the undrafted free agency period.

The Giants signed Binjimen Victor, a big body wideout who can be the next Burress. After watching his highlights, I realized he has the skillset and body frame, just like Burress. It gives me chills just thinking about it.

In his first three seasons at Ohio State, Victor never started a game. However, his senior year was a different story, he saw more snaps, and his production grew tremendously. In his senior season, Victor played in 12 games and recorded 573 yards and six touchdowns. This was a breakout season for him, he averaged 16.4 yards per reception. This is why I get goosebumps thinking about him because Victor and Burress are very similar in a lot of areas. In 2007, Burress averaged 14.6 yards per reception.

I think Binjimen Victor can be the next Plaxico Burress.

Standing at 6’4″ and 199 pounds, Victor is a big body receiver just like Burress, who was 6’5″. He may not be the fastest receiver on the field, but is capable of going over the top of defenders for a jump ball and can use his length to layout for overthrown passes. This could be what Daniel Jones needs, a big receiver who can make big-time plays deep downfield.

The Giants’ offense has great slot receivers, but they’re missing a deep threat like Victor. At the combine, he ran a 4.60 40 yard-dash. He has extremely long strides, very similar to Burress. I can see the Giants trying to bulk Victor up a little bit and get him around 215 pounds. I think it would be a huge factor in his game, and he could be a great blocking receiver too at that size.

Currently, Victor will have to battle to make one of the last spots on the team. If the Giants are smart, they sign him and work with him throughout 2020. However, if he doesn’t make the team, he can earn his way up from the practice squad. I can easily see him on the field this season if Engram doesn’t make the move to receiver.

The Giants’ offense will need a big body wideout to complement the slot receivers. For a guy his size, Victor is agile and can beat a cornerback out of his break. He can blow by defenders or just go over the top of them; this is what the Giants need.

His success depends on how he does in the summer training camp and preseason. The only problem for Victor is whether or not this will all go down. There has been an increase of NFL players testing positive for COVID-19. Hopefully, he gets a shot to prove himself.

UFC: Jorge Masvidal is expecting to fight in 2020

The MMA world is wondering what is next for the UFC‘s BMF. Jorge Masvidal has been sitting on the sidelines since last November after winning the BMF title at UFC 244 capping off his incredible 2019. He was originally scheduled to fight for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 251, but contract negotiations saw the fight get scrapped. Earlier this week, I wrote about what could be next for Masvidal. However, I stated in that article that the one question that is still unanswered is whether or not Gamebred will fight this year. He took to his YouTube page to give his answer on the question.

UFC’s BMF is planning on a fight in 2020

Masvidal stated that he is fully planning on fighting at some point this year. In his video, he talks about the fact that his management team has come up with a formula for what he’s worth, and he won’t fight for less. The UFC has been keeping the show rolling with fights almost every week since early May. However, Masvidal has expressed his frustrations with the UFC‘s lack of interest in giving him the money he deserves to fight for the title. The offer that was on the table to fight Kamaru Usman for the title was not enough which is why Gilbert Burns is fighting on July 11th and not Masvidal

Gamebred responds to Dana White

In another video, Masvidal talked about UFC president, Dana White. He talked about how White’s job is to make the most money for the UFC while Masvidal’s job is to make the most money for himself. With that in mind, the two, “Won’t always see eye to eye.” Masvidal sounded more optimistic about fighting in these videos than his tweets over the past few weeks. I think the two sides are still far away from any form of an agreement, but I do think one will come together. The UFC has shown over the years that they can strike a deal with the most difficult fighters. The Diaz brothers and Tito Ortiz are prime examples. I think the two sides will meet in the middle, and we will see Gamebred near the end of 2020 perhaps getting the winner of Usman/Burns.

UFC: Mike Perry’s interesting corner choice for UFC on ESPN 12

The UFC‘s Mike Perry (13-6) is definitely an interesting character. Whether it’s faking out opponents at the weigh in hand shakes or just saying outlandish stuff, Perry is always fascinating to watch. In addition to being a very unique person, Perry is as tough as they come. He doesn’t shy away from any fight, and if you need more proof of his toughness, just take a look at the picture for this article. Perry has been in there with some of the best guys in the world. He’s got great skills overall, and he always puts on a show. However, there is something outside of his fighting that a lot of people are talking about leading into Saturday’s fight against Mickey Gall (6-2). That’s Mike Perry’s corner choice. He went on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to discuss his choice for UFC on ESPN 12.

Perry’s Girlfriend will corner him for UFC on ESPN 12

That’s right, “Platinum” will only have one corner member for Saturday, and it will be his girlfriend. Now to his credit, he does say that she has boxing and wrestling experience which helps her, but her job is not to give him advice. Perry told Helwani that he doesn’t need any coaching for his UFC fights. Perry claims to have envisioned every scenario, and a coaches input can only throw him off. Perry has trained with some of the best trainers in the world, but he’s out to prove that he doesn’t need coaching to win in the UFC. Perry did clarify his coaching future to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto later in the day:

As you can see, the plan in the future is to bring coaches back into the fold. Perry is out to prove a point at UFC on ESPN 12. It’s going to be extremely fascinating to watch a main card fighter essentially have no one in his corner. Yes, his girlfriend will be there, but she’s been instructed to only cheer him on when he wins. I’ll give Perry this, he’s always entertaining.