New York Giants set for Injury Bowl against 49ers

New York giants, Jimmy G

No one likes injuries, but they’re a fact of life in the NFL. The New York Giants are experiencing that early on. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is out for their next game. Saquon Barkley is done for the season. David Mayo and Xavier McKinney were injured before a single down was played in the regular season. But the Giants aren’t even the most injured team in this week 3 game.

49ers come in with major injuries

Their opponent, the 49ers, is doing just as bad when it comes to luck and staying healthy. The Niners were able to beat the Jets at MetLife Stadium in the first game of their New York road trip, but they paid a heavy price to do it. Nick Bosa and Soloman Thomas? On the injured reserve and likely out for the season. Expensive tight end George Kittle? Marked as out, after picking up a knee injury in the same game.

Another one of the most expensive players on the Niners, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, is also out. He has an ankle injury, and it’s not hard to see why the 49ers blamed the turf following their cursed performance against the Jets.

That turf has since passed an evaluation by the league but even assuming nothing was wrong with it in week 2, the 49ers at the very least had some unusually bad luck. But the Giants shouldn’t expect to have a huge advantage because of it. Their own luck isn’t great, after all. And this is the first game that the Giants are playing with a committee of running backs, following Barkley’s injury.

Devonta Freeman may very well become a standout starter for the Giants and surpass Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman easily. But we don’t know if that will happen. We’ll have to wait and see, and if the bad luck of these two teams so far is anything to go by, another big injury for the Giants in week 3 wouldn’t be a surprise at this point.

The full list of San Francisco injuries

Tevin Coleman, RB (OUT)

Dee Ford, DL (OUT)

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB (OUT)

Dre Greenlaw, LB (OUT)

George Kittle, TE (OUT)

Raheem Mostert, RB (OUT)

Jason Verrett, CB

Ahkello Witherspoon, CB (QUESTIONABLE)

New York Jets call up two from practice squad in lead-up to Indy

New York Jets

The depleted New York Jets promoted two players from their practice squad prior to their Sunday showdown with the Colts.

Decimated by injuries, the New York Jets added two players from their practice squad as they prepare to battle the Indianapolis Colts on the road this Sunday (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS). Receiver Lawrence Cager and offensive lineman Jimmy Murray will each join the active roster, the team confirmed on Saturday night.

Cager, 23, earned positive reviews during his training camp stretch with the Jets over the summer. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. Cager had transferred to the Bulldogs after three seasons with Miami. Overall, he earned 1,157 yards on 78 receptions, 14 good for touchdowns, in his time in Athens and Coral Gables. Injuries limited him to only one full season, his junior campaign of 2018 when he scored a career-best six scores.

The Jets (0-2) are very much depleted on the receiving front. Second-round rookie Denzel Mims is on injured reserve while veterans Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder have already been ruled out due to injuries. Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios are expected to be the top options for quarterback Sam Darnold at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Meanwhile, Murray joins the team’s active roster for the first time since joining up with the practice squad in November. He was waived at the end of the summer’s training camp activities but was signed back to the squad the next day. An alum of Holy Cross (where he earned second-team All-Patriot League nominations in 2016 and 2017), the 25-year-old blocker has partaken in two regular season NFL games, each with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018.

Murray’s name was called during the offensive lineman portion of last fall’s XFL Draft. He was chosen in the eighth round by the St. Louis BattleHawks but opted not to sign with the team and remained with the Jets’ practice squad.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets Game Preview Week 3: Indianapolis Colts

The depleted New York Jets hit the road to take on an Indianapolis Colts squad looking to start a winning streak.

What: New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
When: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
Watch: CBS

“Next man up” has routinely been a mantra for NFL squads when a major contributor is lost to an injury. The New York Jets, however, may need a next team up entirely if current events keep pace.

The Jets (0-2) will be missing at least five representatives as they hit the road to battle the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday late afternoon (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS). That manifest includes two of their top receivers (Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder) and two members of the secondary (Quincy Wilson, Ashtyn Davis), as well as a starting offensive lineman (George Fant). Not counted are the numerous players on injured reserve, such as running back Le’Veon Bell.

Head coach Adam Gase remarked this week that “whoever’s got a pulse right now” should be ready for action in Circle City.

“I look at it as if we’re the only team going through this it would be one thing,” Gase said in an attempt to find a silver lining, through Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “You’re seeing guys going down left and right whether it be in practice or games. We’re having soft-tissue things happen to us. It seems a lot of these other teams are going through major, major season-ending type injuries.”

The Jets are coming off a one-sided loss to the San Francisco, falling 31-13 in their 2020 debut at MetLife Stadium. Strong points were hard to come by in the ugly defeat, but Quinnen Williams earned the first multi-sack game of his career. Pierre Desir also had the first interception of his New York tenure, while Sam Darnold found Braxton Berrios for a 30-yard score late in the game. Desir will make his

On the AFC South side of things, Indianapolis (1-1) earned their first win of the season with a 28-11 advantage over the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. The Colts took three interceptions from Kirk Cousins while rookie Jonathan Taylor earned the first triple-digit yardage game of his career, picking up 101 and a touchdown. Mo Allie-Cox led all receivers with 111 yards on five receptions.

The Series

This will be the 75th meeting between the Jets and Colts, former AFC East rivals prior to divisional realignment in 2002. Indianapolis leads the series 42-32, but the Jets have won five of the last seven get-togethers. The most recent meeting came in 2018 in East Rutherford, a matchup the Jets took by a 42-32 final. Andrew Luck threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns but it wasn’t enough to counter three interceptions, including one by Avery Williamson. Then-rookie Sam Darnold has a strong game as well, throwing for 280 yards and two scores.

History Happens: 2011

The Jets will return to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, the site of one of their most recent playoff victories. They topped the Colts 17-16 in the 2011 AFC Wild Card playoffs en route to the latter of back-to-back trips to the conference title game. Indianapolis took the lead on a 50-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining, but Antonio Cromartie set the Jets up with a strong return to the New York 46. Three Mark Sanchez throws later (two caught by Braylon Edwards), Nick Folk booted a 32-yard field goal that punched the Jets’ ticket to New England. LaDainian Tomlinson scored two one-yard touchdowns for the Jets in their victory.

They Said It

“We don’t do 3/4ths. We don’t do half-speed…That’s how we practice on defense…Those guys, whether it was misunderstood, they are taking ownership. Especially after a game, like we all do. Me first, then them. We practice very hard. It’s shocking when other people come into wherever this staff is, when they’ve been allowed to do certain things a certain way other places, that’s not what we do here.”Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on the Jets’ practices after several players spoke out against them this week, per SNY

“He’s a tough runner. He doesn’t quit, he’s not an out-of-bounds guy, he’s going to lower his shoulder. He reminds me a lot of Adrian Peterson and how they’re 17 years into the league, that’s when football was football where you’re going to run between the tackles, man on man, is my man stronger than you, is my will better than yours? And he still has that mentality. I think that’s what makes him who he is, because when he gets between those tackles he’s going to lower his shoulder, he’s going to try to run you over, and that’s what type of mentality you need playing at running back and not a lot of this other stuff you see at running back.”-Colts LB Darius Leonard on Frank Gore, per Andrew Walker

Matchup to Watch

Quinnen Williams vs. Colts offensive line

Williams put up his best New York performance to date during last Sunday’s loss, picking up seven tackles and two sacks while forcing a fumble against the Niners. It’s up to him to prove that won’t be a fluke. That challenge won’t be easy against a Colts line anchored by Quinton Nelson.

Nelson has an indirect, yet eternal, part in Jets history. In the 2018 draft proceedings, the Jets were originally slated to choose sixth. That pick was later shipped to Indianapolis for the right to select in the third slot, where Sam Darnold’s name was called. Nelson went in the rebranded sixth slot and has gone on to become one of the NFL’s top offensive linemen.

“You don’t really hear a ton of things about offensive linemen especially interior guys when you’re coming out of college,” Gase said of Nelson in a report from team writer Ethan Greenberg. “This guy was the talk of the combine. Everyone was talking about him leading up to the draft. Not only is he extremely smart, but he plays really physical. He’s mean. He sets the attitude of the entire room, but his technique and fundamentals are phenomenal. You can tell this guy takes a lot of pride in what he does.”

The Colts’ offensive line has done a solid job of protecting aging quarterback Phillip Rivers in the early going, allowing only two sacks over the first couple of weeks.

The Jets Will Win If…

Williams and the front seven can win the battle in the trenches.

With so many offensive contributors sidelined, the Jets will have to win the “ugly” way…low scoring, may multiple turnovers, and making the wary Rivers uncomfortable. The defense is missing key components as well, some of whom aren’t coming back (noted opt-out C.J. Mosley). If the defensive substitutes can rise to the occasion, they may stand a fighting chance in a low-scoring game, to the tune of a 16-13 or 13-10 final.

The Colts Will Win If…

Like many Jets games for the remainder of the season, the battle will be won if they take care of business.

The Colts are in an interesting spot in the AFC South. For example, the Houston Texans, division champions in four of the past five seasons, could well be winless in three games by the end of the weekend. The rebuilding Jacksonville Jaguars have been no slouches, as the Colts found out the hard way in Week 1. At the top, the Tennessee Titans are proving that their conference title game appearance was no fluke, at least so far. Simply put, this game very well may be a must-win for the 1-1 Colts.

Indianapolis will need substitutions of their own to step up on Sunday. Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin will be missing his second consecutive game, leading to the rise of T.J. Carrie. Several Colts are also looking to atone for slow starts, like former receiving yardage leader T.Y. Hilton (7 receptions, 81 yards). They could certainly benefit from a derailed Jets squad dealing with countless departures.

Prediction

The Jets have endured a brutal week, and it seems only right to end this with yet another tough defeat. If a depleted 49ers squad at home was too much to handle, it stands to reason that a slightly banged-up Colts squad that has everything to lose in front of their fans (Lucas Oil Stadium will admit 7,500 to Sunday’s game) would produce a similar result.

New York can keep things more respectable this time around. Wins, however, are far too tough to come by right now. A meeting with the equally famished Broncos on Thursday? That could be another story…

Colts 23, Jets 6

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Rangers trade D Marc Staal to Detroit

New York Rangers, Marc Staal

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has traded Marc Staal and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for future considerations.

Staal skated in 892 career games with the Rangers over 13 seasons (2007-08 – 2019-20), registering 43 goals and 145 assists for 188 points, along with a plus-46 rating and 432 penalty minutes. He ranks sixth on the franchise’s all-time games played list, trailing only Harry Howell (1,160), Brian Leetch (1,129), Rod Gilbert (1,065), Ron Greschner (981), and Walt Tkaczuk (945).

President John Davidson had the to say of the 13-year veteran, 

“Marc Staal has been an exemplary hockey player, teammate, and person from the moment he joined the New York Rangers organization,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor John Davidson said. “A consummate professional, Marc’s perseverance and dedication to the game made him such an integral part of our organization. Marc, his wife Lindsay, and his children Anna, Emily, and Jack will always be a part of the Rangers family, and we wish them all the best going forward.”

General manager Jeff Gorton also appreciated Staal’s time on Broadaway saying,

“I would like to thank Marc for everything he has given to the New York Rangers during his 13 seasons with the team,” Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton said. “The success we had throughout Marc’s tenure, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, would not have been possible without his tireless efforts on and off the ice. The respect we have for Marc is immeasurable, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Staal served as one of the Rangers’ alternate captains for 10 seasons (2010-11 – 2019-20). Since the Rangers/NHL began to have players wear an ‘A’ on their jersey as an alternate captain during the 1985-86 season and he was one of only three players who have either worn a ‘C’ or an ‘A’ as captain or an alternate captain with the Rangers for 10 or more seasons. The only other two Rangers who have done so over the span are Brian Leetch (13 seasons – alternate captain from 1991-92 – 1996-97; 2000-01 – 2003-04, and captain from 1997-98 – 1999-00) and Mark Messier (10 seasons – captain from 1991-92 – 1996-97; 2000-01 – 2003-04).

Staal was entering the final year of his contract and was slated to make $5.7 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

 

New York Giants: Blake Martinez One Of The Best LBs In The NFL Through Two Weeks

New York Giants, Blake Martinez

The New York Giants made a splash in free agency this offseason when they signed inside linebacker Blake Martinez. The former Packers linebacker signed a three-year contract worth more than $30 million. So far, Martinez has lived up to his lofty price tag and been worth every penny.

Through two weeks in the 2020 NFL season, Blake Martinez has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

Blake Martinez Stats and Highlights

According to Pro Football Focus, Blake Martinez is the second-highest graded linebacker in the NFL after two weeks. Martinez has earned an impressive grade of 87.4 overall with an elite 92.0 run-defense grade.

Martinez is an excellent run defender who has clogged holes and made plays for the Giants’ defense. Throughout his career, Martinez has struggled in coverage. But he has not been asked to drop back in coverage very much this year.

Blake Martinez reunited with Patrick Graham when he signed with the Giants this offseason. Graham was a former linebackers coach and run game coordinator for the Packers in 2018 when Blake Martinez had the best season of his career. Martinez said that his role changed in the Packers’ new defense in 2019, which led to some struggles in his performance.

Now, under Graham’s scheme once again, Martinez has been playing to his strengths and thriving in this run-defending and pass-rushing role. According to Pro Football Reference, Martinez has only been targeted in coverage 4 times in two games. He has also blitzed 10 times in two games. In 2019, Martinez only blitzed 24 times in 16 games.

Blake Martinez is thriving in Patrick Graham’s defensive scheme. He has already recorded 21 combined tackles and 7 tackles for loss in two weeks. If Martinez continues to perform at this high level, the Giants’ defense will continue to be a pleasant surprise for fans as the season wears on.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees turn it around with big 11-4 win over the Marlins

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees proved yesterday that one at-bat could completely change the complexion of a baseball game. In the last five games, the Yankees failed to score a home run, and the Yankees often lose when not hitting home runs. After sleepwalking through the first four innings, in the fifth, Tyler Wade came to the plate and hit a two-run homer, and the Yankee team, all of a sudden, came alive. They scored another in the inning and seven more runs in the sixth for a 10-3 Yankee lead.

Deivi Garcia, the Yankees starter, went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven Marlins using 103 pitches.  Adam Ottavino came in in relief allowed a Garcia hangover to score, making it 10-4 Yankees.

In the fifth inning, Tyler Wake woke up the Yankees, who hadn’t hit a home run in six games. He had a two-bagger into the second deck of right.  Aaron Judge got on base, and Giancarlo Stanton smacked a double as Judge motored all the way home from first base. The Yankees tied the game up at three apiece.

At the sixth inning, Aaron Hicks hit a 2 run shot to right-center. DJ followed with a hit to the left field wall, and two more Yankees scored for the Yankees 7-4 lead. Luke Voit followed that up later in the inning with a 3 run long ball to right center for his 22nd home run of the season, and the Yankee 10-3 lead. In the seventh, Hicks singled, DJ LeMahieu hit his fourth hit of the night, driving in Hicks from second, and it was 11-4 the final Yankee score.

At the eight inning rookie, Miguel Yajure came out to the mound and pitched two brilliant innings, striking out four Marlin batters. Deivi Garcia got the win and, ex-Yankee Stephen Tarpley took the loss for the Miami Marlins.

Some crucial takeaways in the game include Deivi Garcia using all of his pitches at will. Sanchez walked three times in the game, showing that he is being more careful at the plate. Tyler Wade, in addition to his two-run homer, also hit the first successful Yankee sac bunt since June of 2018, driving in a run. It was encouraging to see Aaron Hicks get his timing down and also hit a two-run banger. The two clean innings by Miguel Yujure gives manager Boone another arm that he can use in the postseason. Finally, DJ LeMahieu went 4 for 5, his fourth four-hit game of the season.

Tomorrow, the New York Yankees will again face the Miami Marlins, for the last game of the regular season. The 3:05 pm game will be important for several reasons for the Yankees; it will finally be decided who the Yankees will face in the playoffs, will determine if Luke Voit is the baseball home run leader, and might cement DJ LeMahieu as the hitting champ.

 

 

New York Knicks: PG whisperer Tom Thibodeau wants to build Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina’s confidence

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

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When Derrick Rose revived his NBA career, Tom Thibodeau was the biggest voice in his corner.

“He was the only coach that believed in me,” Rose said.

Two years since Thibodeau helped the former MVP regained his footing in the league, he now faces another reclamation project in New York with Dennis Smith, Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.

If Kenny Payne has built a reputation as a big man’s whisperer in Kentucky, Thibodeau had the same effect on point guards since he became a head coach in Chicago.

Thibodeau made Rose the youngest MVP in league history in 2011.  He was able to squeeze every ounce he can get from rental guards D.J. Augustin, Nate Robinson, John Lucas III, and C.J. Watson.

Augustin credited Thibodeau for reigniting his love for the game during his lone season in Chicago in 2013-14, where he averaged a career-high 14.9 points in 30.9 minutes.

“Not only did he give me the opportunity, he actually brought my love for the game back,” he said in 2014. “You kind of lose that a little bit, your passion for the game, throughout the years in the NBA depending on playing time and different situations you may be put in. Coach Thibs, I owe him a lot. I give him credit for bringing my passion for the game back and wanting to learn and play hard.”

Robinson, meanwhile, swore by Thibodeau in a July interview with Ian Begley of SNY.

“One of the best men, honestly. He’s a student of the game and he’s a teacher – he’s both. He’s like Yoda,” Robinson said. He knows his stuff, he really gets after it, he watches a lot of film. He preaches defense-first and if you play defense, you get offense. That’s the reward. I learned a lot from coach Tom Thibodeau over the years when I was in Boston with him for a year and when I was in Chicago for a year. If (there’s) anybody that can change the Knicks, it’s probably him.”

Robinson averaged 13.1 points in his one season in Chicago in 2012-13, the most since he posted a career-high 17.2 points in New York in the 2008-09 season.

The Knicks are hoping Thibodeau can have the same effect on Smith and Ntilikina.

Both young point guards are entering the final season of their rookie contracts, and no Knick rookie has been extended since Charlie Ward in 1999.

“I’m getting to know both guys. I like what they’ve done so far. They got to continue to work,” Thibodeau said in a zoom call with reporters on Friday. “There’s oftentimes ups and downs for young players there’s, you know — there’s a learning curve they have to go through. Some experiences will be better than others.”

Smith is on the same spot when Rose and Augustin were looking to regain their confidence.  After a promising start to his NBA career, Smith rammed into a wall last season while dealing with an assortment of injuries and coping up with the loss of his stepmother. He was in and out of the lineup.  With his confidence shattered, he averaged a career-low 5.5 points.

On the other hand, Ntilikina has never lived up to his billing as a lottery pick.  The French point guard showed flashes of brilliance on the defensive end, but his limited offensive skillset has made him ill-suited for a roster lacking in shooters and floor spacers.

Thibodeau has already plotted his bounce-back plan for both young guards.

“They both have had some good moments in the league. You want to build consistency. And how do you get there? You have to do it through your work, you have to learn from the experiences and you have to be disciplined. And so, hopefully, we can get there this is a very important offseason for both players,” Thibodeau said. 

The gift of Thibodeau is he’s a basketball lifer, a teacher.  He empowers his players by harnessing their strengths and covering up their weaknesses.

“You look at the things they do well and try to build off that and try to add things to their game,” Thibodeau said.  “That’s why I think offseason is important because you can zero in on those things and help build confidence.  I think that’s where your confidence comes from.  Your confidence comes from your preparation. Your willingness to work on those things and see that you can be successful in doing them.  But you never want to take a guy away from what his strengths are.”

Smith and Ntilikina are at a crossroads.  All they need to do is follow Thibodeau’s lead.

Yankees: Good news and bad news in cold-streak snapping win over Miami

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees were on a three-game losing streak before snapping out of it against the Miami Marlins on Saturday afternoon. Scoring just a total of five runs over three games, the Yankees bounced back and posted 11 to secure the victory in the second game of a three-game series.

With just one game left in the regular season, the Yankees are gearing up to enter the postseason. Ridding themselves of this nasty cold streak in the batter’s box was a necessity, and a Tyler Wade home run in the fifth inning sparked the offense in a big way.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

For the first time in a long time, there was nothing but good news for the Yankees on Saturday. They went 190 at-bat without hitting a homer, which is a severe problem for a team that relies on the long ball.

They hit three home runs on the afternoon, plastering an 11 spot on the Marlins. Leadoff man DJ LeMahieu currently has a .359 average and is in line to win the batting title. Three spots down in the order is slugger Luke Voit, who has 22 homers on the year, which leads the league.

With the offense sparking, the Yankees have a good opportunity to continue their momentum into the postseason. Only three batters didn’t record a hit on Saturday, but every single one of them made it on base.

Some notable positives:

-Gary Sanchez walked three times, showing an increase in patience

-LeMahieu had four hits over five at-bats and three RBIs

-Aaron Hicks got back into the swing of things, launching a two-run homer in the sixth inning

Aside from their offensive production, starting pitcher Deivi García had another solid outing, limiting the Marlins to four runs over 6.2 innings. While he would’ve preferred to keep them off the base paths, he struck out seven batters and threw 103 pitches. Garcia has worked his way into the rotation, and while I don’t expect him to be a primary option in the postseason, he has cemented himself a spot for 2021.

BAD NEWS:

Again, there wasn’t much bad news for the Yankees in the second game of the series against Miami. If we are nitpicking, Clint Frazier struck out three times and lowered his batting average to .267, but he remains a contributing player on an every-day basis.

Giants’ James Bradberry rated NFL’s second best CB by Pro Football Focus

New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry is off to roaring start here in 2020. The former second round pick of the Carolina Panthers who the Giants sign to a three-year, $45 million contract this offseason could be headed to his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Bradberry leads the NFL with six passes defensed after two weeks and is making his presence known on the Giants’ defense. He is currently the second highest ranked corner in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.

Bradberry also has one interception and a forced fumble. Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter was asked what in particular he sees in Bradberry’s game.

“Just his skill set, his ability to match up with the best receivers on the other team and actually matchup with them pretty well. He’s done a good job just coming in, accepting his role and doing well. We just need more of it. You saw he had that great play. He’s had a couple pass break ups. We just need that type of stuff to get where we want.”

New teammate Logan Ryan, who has never played on a losing season in his seven NFL seasons and knows a quality football player when he sees one. He was asked how much he knew about Bradberry before they both came to the Giants.

“No, he didn’t fly under the radar for me. I knew him in Carolina,” said Ryan. “He’s an extremely big corner, great patience, physical. This guy was the number one corner in a division where he matched up with Julio (Jones), he matched up with Mike Evans and (Chris) Godwin, and he matched up with Michael Thomas every week. That’s a tough job to play the number one corner in the NFC South, and he’s done a good job with that. I knew he was a good player. I knew he was a good player studying him, practicing against him, playing against him. He’s just a really good corner, and he’s playing like that. We need him to be that to be good on defense, and that’s what he’s doing. The name of the game at cornerback is consistency. Just doing it week in and week out, and he’s done a good job of that for two weeks. We all need to start playing like him, for him to be consistent and to be solid for us to allow me to move around and do what I do to allow our defense to be our defense. I think it’s building and the chemistry with the guys is building, but I think James has definitely done his job. We just need to translate it to wins.”

And that is coming. The Giants’ defense has been tightening up with each game. It won’t be long until the whole unit gets recognized like Bradberry has.

Manny Pacquiao confirms boxing match against UFC’s Conor McGregor

Yesterday, the world received some interesting news. Former UFC champion Conor McGregor made the claim that he would be boxing Manny Pacquiao for his next combat sport venture. It took a lot of people by surprise.

McGregor posted that tweet along with a few others including screenshots with UFC President Dana White. McGregor showed the fans that he was desperately trying to stay active when it comes to the UFC in 2020.

However, fights never materialized, and a frustrated McGregor said that he was walking away from the sport. However, recently, Dana White said that the UFC was working on something fun for McGregor. Although, he didn’t say what that something fun was.

It became increasingly clear that this potential boxing match with Pacquiao could be that something fun. This morning, Manny Pacquiao’s team confirmed the news with ESPN Ringside. His team said he would be taking on the former UFC champion next year.

Boxing’s Pacquiao vs UFC’s McGregor

The fight will mark the second time that Conor McGregor has made his way over from the UFC to the world of professional boxing. The first time was McGregor’s money fight against Floyd Mayweather back in 2018.

McGregor showed that he wasn’t just a UFC fighter that night, and even won some rounds against the great Floyd Mayweather. In the end, McGregor succumbed to a 10th round TKO, but he netted a massive payday for the fight.

McGregor returned to the UFC earlier in 2020 finishing Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC 246. However, it was the last time the promotion could book McGregor. Now, as McGregor has been waiting, a new opportunity has risen.

Pacquiao hasn’t boxed in over a year, but he’s the reigning WBA Super Welterweight Champion. He’s won three straight fights since dropping a controversial decision to Jeff Horn back in 2017. Pacquiao has long been known as one of the best in boxing.

This will be another massive event that will pair the UFC against Boxing. This fight will not be nearly as big as Mayweather/McGregor, but it will definitely be a big event that should generate a ton of money.