New York Knicks: Obi Toppin, Mitchell Robinson front court more compatible than Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

New York Knicks, Obi Toppin

On November 18th, 2020, during an unprecedented virtual NBA draft, the New York Knicks selected a sniper who happens to be a high-flying power forward by the name of Obi Toppin. The ferocious dunking Obi Toppin is the son of a New York City streetball legend known as “Dunkers Delight.”

Toppin is an efficient scorer, excellent passer, and an effortless floor spacer, which is why he’ll be a very compatible piece next to Mitchell Robinson in the Knicks frontcourt. The former Dayton Flyer is a shooting guard trapped in a 6’9” 220lbs athletic body. Blake Griffin is a power forward who can occasionally stretch the floor after 11years in the NBA. Griffin’s compatibility with DeAndre Jordan worked half a decade ago due to Blake’s reliance on athleticism, however, Toppin’s natural shooting ability already makes the fit more seamless than Blake and DeAndre’s frontcourt pairing during their Clipper days.

Many were surprised Obi Toppin fell to the 8th pick. Some mock scouting reports had the former Dayton high flyer getting picked top three in the draft. Leon Rose celebrated the pick with two fists in the air during the early stages of a wild virtual NBA draft night.

The Knicks went on to select Immanuel Quickley, a sharpshooting guard from Kentucky. Quickley is another seamless fit at shooting guard for the Knicks. Quickley may be slightly undersized at 6’3”, however, he possesses a 6’8” wingspan and shoots a scorching 90% from the free-throw line. The 2020 NBA draft was similar to the “Wild Wild West,” yet Leon Rose and company managed to work under pressure and gain valuable assets for the Knicks.

Overall, Obi Toppin will be able to help the Knicks immediately. Many are concerned with Toppin’s defensive liability, however, Tom Thibodeau, Kenny Payne, and Mike Woodson will help the 22-year-old rookie on the defensive end of the court. Fans, grab your popcorn and get ready for free agency.

UFC 255 Preview: Katlyn Chookagian – Cynthia Calvillo

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 255, there is a flyweight matchup which is pivotal for the division. Two of the top four ranked contenders in the division go head to head as Katlyn Chookagian (14-4) takes on Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1).

Calvillo made her UFC flyweight debut back in the summer. She originally competed the in strawweight division, however, she struggled with making the weight. After missing weight a couple of times, Calvillo was forced to move up to flyweight.

In her divisional debut, she was tasked with taking on former title challenger, Jessica Eye. Eye was the UFC‘s top flyweight contender at the time so Calvillo jumped right in to the deep end in her debut at 125.

Calvillo and Eye headlined the card and Calvillo was able to grind out a decision over five rounds. She used her superior grappling and strength to take the decision from the former title challenger. A win tomorrow night could make Calvillo one of the next in line for the title.

Katlyn Chookagian is standing in her way. Chookagian was the top ranked contender in the flyweight division a month ago. That is until she ran into former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade.

Andrade was also moving up from 115 pounds and stopped Chookagian in the first round. Chookagian is still ranked second in the division, however, if she loses tomorrow night, she would just be 1-3 in her last four fights.

UFC 255 Prediction

When it comes to UFC 255, I think a lot of it is going to come down to how the fight takes place. I think if Chookagian wants to get back on track, she’s got to do it with her distance striking. Chookagian is very long for the flyweight division.

If she can keep the fight standing, I think she has a good chance to outpoint Calvillo. However, keeping the fight standing is easier said that done. Jessica Andrade was able to slam Chookagian down to the ground a couple of times within a round last month.

Calvillo might not be as strong as Andrade, but she has tremendous wrestling skills. She has to get the fight to the mat and use her top control to win this one. I think Chookagian will have success on the feet, but I think Calvillo’s wrestling gives her the edge tomorrow night.

Prediction: Cynthia Calvillo by Unanimous Decision

Agents have heard from the Mets ‘a lot’ despite the fact they haven’t hired a president of baseball operations

Simeon Woods-Richardson

The New York Mets are in for an active offseason. New owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson have a lot of work to do, and they already started. They cleaned house with the old ‘regime’, firing former general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and all his collaborators. Now, the next step is adding a president of baseball operations and a GM.

Once they do those two things, they will start focusing on the roster with all of their energy. After all, the new president of baseball operations and GM would like to have a word in the roster construction process, as they should.

However, and despite the New York Mets still having those two executive positions vacant, they have been in constant contact with agents regarding the availability of several players around the league.

The Mets are getting busy

Andy Martino of SNY reports that players’ agents have been hearing from the Mets a lot despite the fact that the Queens’ club hasn’t yet filled its front office positions. That means Cohen and Alderson have, at least, been testing the market and inquiring about specific players to upgrade the roster. They have been ‘paving the way’ for potential signings in the not so distant future.

So far, the Mets have been linked with several top-tier names in free agency. Trevor Bauer, a starting pitcher, is one of them, and the interest appears to be mutual. The Mets need an ace to complement Jacob deGrom and fill the rotation, as well as other starters for depth.

The bullpen is also in need of a couple of reinforcements, but it is unlikely that the Mets pursue Liam Hendriks, the best reliever available. J.T. Realmuto, on the other hand, could be a hot name during the whole offseason. He’s, by far, the best catcher available, and the team is in need of a backstop since deciding against picking up Wilson Ramos’ club option.

As far as position players go, the Mets have one of the best and deepest groups in the major leagues. However, they just lost Robinson Cano for the year and could entertain the idea of stealing DJ LeMahieu from the Yankees.

New York Yankees Top 10s: Looking at the Yankees worst acquisitions ever

New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury

With the New York Yankees looking to improve their team for the upcoming 2021 season, they will likely make many moves this offseason with acquisitions and trades to accomplish their goals. That makes this the perfect time to look at some of the worst Yankee acquisitions ever. The Yankees- in their glorious history, have had some of the greatest players to play the game of baseball. Players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, Derek Jeter, etc.  Some were farm-raised, and some were acquired.

For some franchises paying too much for a player that doesn’t work out can be financially devastating. And it can take a club a long time to recover from that purchase.  For teams more flush-like the New York Yankees, those poor choices usually can be recovered from in a short time. In other cases, a club gives up a prime prospect in a trade to get that player while significantly weakening their farm system when that player turns out to be a bomb.

When acquiring a player, the New York Yankees either have to spend money or trade players or a combination of both to get the player they want.  Some have been amazingly successful, like Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez, El Duque, Roger Clemens, Roger Maris, Ricky Henderson, and many more.  But they also have had some bummers. Today we examine my picks for the Yankee’s worst acquisitions.  I based my picks on how the Yankees performed and how much they had to pay to get the performance or lack thereof.  Picks are only from the modern era.

10. Kevin Youkilis

The Yankees paid Youkilis $13 million for a one year contract for the ex-Red Sox star in 2013.  What they thought they were getting was an impeccable defender at the hot corner and an All-Star that still had horsepower under the hood.  What they got was very different.  The Youkilis that showed up in 2013 was an older man that was out of gas. He hit .219 in 28 games played before the Yankees dumped him.

9. A. J. Burnett

When A. J. Burnett came to the Yankees in 2009 from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he had an 18 win season.  The Yankee contract with Burnett was for $85.5 million over five years. Burnett was one of those players like Kenny Rogers and, more recently, Sonny Gray that couldn’t adjust to the bright lights of New York Yankee Stadium.  In his three years before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was 34-35 with an ERA of .493.

8. Pedro Feliciano

Pedro Feliciano was a two-year $8 million disaster with the Yankees. There is little to say here.  He required two shoulder surgeries after leading the AL with the most starts in the previous three years.  For the Yankees, he never pitched a game.  End of story.

7. Spike Owen

Owen was coming off a career year with the Expos, where he won a gold glove, hit .269, and racked up 24 extra-base hits.  He came to the Yankees from the Expos and was so bad at short that he didn’t even complete a year with the Yankees.  In 1993 the Yankees were in dire need of a shortstop with Prospect Derek Jeter not yet ready.  So they paid $7 million or a three-year contract.  He hit .234 with a stinking .300 OBP.  The Yankees dealt him to the Angels to playout the contract.

6. Ed Whitson

If you thought Pavano and Igawa and were bad, Ed Whitson was worse.  The New York Yankees acquired Whitson in a five year deal for $4.5 million from the Padres. For most of his career, he was a near ace pitcher but not for the Yankees.  What followed? Fifteen wins and a 5.38 earned run average over two years with the team. They dealt him back to the Padres in 1986, where they’d fork 90% of his contract the remainder of the deal.

5. Hideki Irabu

The big problem with the Irabu acquisition is that he was supposed to be the next great Yankee ace pitcher. He never even came close to being anything more than a 4th or 5th pitcher in the rotation. In his four years starting in 1997, he went 29-20, 4.80 ERA, 64 starts, 74 games, 395 2/3 IP. For this, the Yankees had to pay the San Diego Padres $3 million to acquire him and give Irabu $12.8 million over four years.

4. Kei Igawa

Wow-what a mistake this was.  Kei Igawa was a miserable pitcher.  The Yankees signed him to a 5 year $20 million contract and paid a $26 million Japanese posting fee to get him in the first place.  In 2006 Igawa started for the Yankees at the major league level.  He was 2-4, 6.66 ERA, 13 starts, 16 games, and 71 2/3 innings for his first two years.  He was then demoted to Scranton Wilkes/Barre for two years and a third-year with AA Trenton. While in the minors, Brian Cashman tried several times to send Igawa back to Japan, but Igawa refused to go.

3. Jason Giambi

Some may wonder why I have Giambi so high on this worst deal list. It’s not because he wasn’t a decent player because the Yankees paid far too much for a declining player.  There is no question that he was a star player for the Oakland Athletics.  His 40 points lower batting average with the Yankee was not deserving of his $120 million seven-year contracts.

While with the Yankees, the first baseman never was a Gold Glover, Silver Slugger, while only being an All-Star once and begin nominated for MVP twice in which he received few votes.  In 2004 due to injuries, he missed half the season.  Giambi was often a liability at first, leading him to play a lot of games as DH.  Oh, and then there was the whole doping thing.  After initially denying doing drugs, he admitted to having injected himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 season with the Yankees.

2. Carl Pavano

Carl Pavano is a pitcher that many Yankee fans don’t even remember, as he was seldom on the mound during his four years $40 million deal. Pavano was a pretty average pitcher for the Florida Marlins until 2004; he had an 18-8 year, came in 6th in the Cy Young voting, and was an All-Star.  Based on this, the Yankees decided to take a chance on this break out pitcher during the offseason. In his first year with the Yankees, he managed to pitch in only 17 games for a 4-6 record and an ERA of 4.77.

His lackluster performance in 2005 was just the beginning things were about to get worse, much worse.  In 2006 he didn’t pitch at all due to injuries.  In his last two years with the Yankees, he pitched in only nine games between injuries.  His record was a dismal 5-2 with an ERA of 5.15. The Yankees were happy to be rid of him.

1. Jacoby Ellsbury

Without a doubt, in recent memory or Yankee history, the acquisition of Jacoby Ellsbury from the Boston Red Sox was the worst ever buy.  And that’s not only in how he performed. It’s what they had to pay for him to be away from the team the majority of his Yankee contract.  General Manager Brain Cashman is undoubtedly one of the smartest traders and purchasers in the business. But in this case, he missed the mark by a mile, not only in the original contract but how this player turned out.

Ellsbury was a good player for the Red Sox, but his best years were early in his centerfield career.  In 2011 he hit .321 with 32 home runs, and the guy could steal bases.  But he would never hit those figures again.  On December 3, 2013, Ellsbury and the New York Yankees agreed in principle to a seven-year, $153 million deal, including an option for an eighth year that could increase the contract’s value to $169 million. Mistake number one was that he was never worth this gargantuan contract, to begin with.

Ellsbury never enjoyed the fan praise that Red Sox acquisition Jonny Damon received mostly due to his performance, which never reached the level that the money spent demanded.  In his Yankee employment in the first four years, he only managed less than 10 home runs a year while hitting a league average .264 batting average. That’s when a deplorable trade turned into a disaster.  In 2018 and 2019, Ellsbury never set foot on the field due to continued injuries, which led many Yankee fans to think he was faking it and just wanted to collect the money and not play.

With the 2021 season in the headlights, Jacoby Ellsbury is finally off the payroll. Many wonder in the future if Giancarlo Stanton will be on this list. He has never been the player he was in his 2017 season with the Marlins, he is often injured, and his huge contract limits what the Yankees can do with new acquisitions.

Dishonorable mentions go to Jose Contreras: 4-Years, $32 Million, paid too much for his 1 1/2 years, Kenny Rogers 4-Years, $20 million, ERA 5.12, Pascual Perez: 3-Years, $5.7 Million, drugs only won 3 games, Mel Hall: 4-Years, $4 Million, he kept the Yankees from the 1991 postseason due to his constant arguments with Don Mattingly, and finally Jaret Wright: 3-Years, $21-Million, when he became a Yankee his body fell apart.

Most of the Yankee bomb acquisitions have been pitchers strangely, but luckily for the Yankees, they have had far more successful acquisitions, and being a rich franchise has been able to handle those that weren’t.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

New York Giants: Bill Parcells raves about Joe Judge’s impact on Big Blue

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The past few weeks for the New York Giants have told us one thing, they are getting better. Coming off two consecutive victories without turning the ball over, some might say the page has turned for Daniel Jones and his turnover problems.

However, there is still a long way to go before the Giants are considered an above-average team in the NFL, but they are playing far better than their 3-7 record indicates. With a bye week this upcoming weekend, the Giants have an opportunity to rest their bodies and prepare for the second half of the season. They are making a strong push in the NFC East and are just one game out of first place behind the Philadelphia Eagles, whom they just overcame last weekend.

According to one infamous former Giants coach, they are making big strides, and there is reason for excitement.

“I’m fired up about them,” Bill Parcells told Newsday. “They’re getting better. They’re improving. I like their coach. I just know he has established some law and order, and I think that’s a good thing.”

Judge has catapulted himself into the realm of disciplinarian. He’s one of the toughest coaches in the NFL and in his first year, while many Talking Heads were skeptical of his methods. Former players and coaches all indicated that his style might rub players the wrong way, but through 10 weeks, they are in far better shape than they would’ve been.

Their offense is finally starting to click, the defense has been playing above their weight class, and Judge has the team on his mind, not the individual. In fact, he’s taking that mentality to such great lengths, he elected to fire offensive line coach Mark Colombo after a heated exchange. Judge informed Colombo that he would be bringing in a specialist to help improve the line, which Colombo took poorly.

However, the progression of quarterback Daniel Jones is what everyone has been waiting for. After starting the season making boneheaded plays and turning the ball over at an astronomical rate, Jones has gone two games without turning the ball over.

That is a major success for the Giants and their hopes that DJ can be a franchise quarterback. Staying safe with the ball has been a factor that Jones has evaded, but an improvement in the trenches and an understanding of the scheme has helped him avoid those tendencies.

Parcells has a soft spot for Daniel Jones:

Parcells. “I like [Jones] athletically,” Parcells said. “Big son of a gun runs around there. I like him.”

When the offense was struggling the first seven weeks, the defense picked up the slack. They currently rank sixth in points allowed per game and are one of the best run-stopping teams in the NFL. This unit, led by Patrick Graham, has been the team’s identity, but the offense is trying to catch up and balance out the scale.

“Defense is improving,” he said. “That’s good coaching. They seem like they know what to do. They’re certainly behaving better and they’re getting more things done and they’re playing with confidence. That’s all good. I like what I’ve been seeing.”

UFC 255 Preview: Valentina Shevchenko – Jennifer Maia

Tomorrow night in the UFC 255 co-main event, we will see one of the best pure martial artists in the world. Valentina Shevchenko (19-3) will take center stage as she defends her UFC flyweight title against top contender, Jennifer Maia (18-6-1).

When you think of the best fighters in the UFC man or woman, you have to think of Valentina Shevchenko. The UFC champion from Kyrgyzstan has no holes in her game. Her striking is world class and her grappling is world class.

Not too mention that she has a killer instinct that is only rivaled by Amanda Nunes. Nunes is widely considered to be the greatest female fighter of all time. The only two true losses Shevchenko has had in her career were to Nunes who is much bigger than she is.

That being said, both of their fights were close and a lot of people thought Shevchenko won the second fight. After the second loss to Nunes, the UFC started the flyweight division which is perfect for Shevchenko. The rest is simply history.

She has stormed through and dominated every opponent in her way at 125 pounds. Whether it’s striking or grappling, Shevchenko hasn’t really been challenged in her flyweight career. Jennifer Maia is looking to be the first person to do that.

Jennifer Maia earned this title shot by defeating top contender JoJo Calderwood. Calderwood was supposed to get the next shot at the title, but Shevchenko was injured. Maia stepped up and submitted Calderwood in the first round to take her UFC title shot.

Maia has improving striking skills, but she really shines on the mat. The Jiu Jitsu blackbelt has a very good top game, and in her last fight, she showed just how good she is off of her back.

UFC 255 Prediction

You can’t get more lopsided than the odds of tomorrow night’s UFC flyweight title fight. Shevchenko is closing at nearly -1700 on the current betting lines. There’s a good reason why she’s such a big favorite tomorrow.

The only area of the fight that Maia might have the advantage is on pure Jiu Jitsu skills. That’s not saying that she’s better when you factor in all of the other aspects of grappling like wrestling and clinch work.

In reality, I can’t see any scenario where Jennifer Maia walks out tomorrow night the UFC flyweight champion. The only way it happens is if somehow Shevchenko makes a giant mistake and gets caught in a submission.

Maia has improved striking skills, but I think she’s going to get lit up on the feet. I also don’t believe she has the wrestling skills to get the fight to the ground. I think this is going to be a one-sided beating for however long it lasts.

Prediction: Valentina Shevchenko by TKO – Round 3

New York Giants: 3 more players test positive for COVID-19, isolations commence

New York Giants, Graham Gano

At the start of the bye week, New York Giants kicker Graham Gano tested positive for COVID-19, which forced him into isolation, long snapper Casey Kreiter, and punter Riley Dixon. However, the positive cases didn’t end there, as the Giants updated us on three new players who have contracted the virus.

Luckily, the Giants are currently on their BYE week and have time to test negative and hopefully return to play against the Arizona Cardinals in week 13. However, there is a long road and they could be without a number of players.

An official statement from the New York Giants:

Over the course of last night, we were notified that three players have tested positive for COVID-19. The players were immediately notified to self-isolate, and the contact tracing process is underway. Because of the bye week, the office is closed today.

Players & coaches will resume work Mon. with adjusted schedule. Giants & all teams are operating under the NFL’s intensive protocol for remainder of the season. In all matters relating to positive results & close contacts we’re working with the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer.

New York Yankees could get ravaged in Rule 5 draft

New York Yankees, Jonathan Loaisiga

The New York Yankees have to be extremely careful in the coming hours, as their current active roster is at 36 players and have four spots left to protect from the rule five draft.

If you are unaware of what the Rule 5 draft is, here’s the MLB’s explanation:

Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season. Players signed at age 18 or younger need to be added to their club’s 40-Man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players who signed at age 19 or older need to be protected within four seasons.

Essentially, the Yankees are in line to lose multiple players who signed with the organization at a young age and have yet to reach the active roster. There are a few names that you might not recognize but could be stolen by alternative clubs looking to bolster their team with young talent.

Of course, you can never predict the future for a player and how they will develop, but the Yankees did just that with Jonathan Loáisiga, who was signed to the 40-man roster this past season and will escape the Rule 5 draft because of it.

Loáisiga finished the 2020 season with a 3.52 ERA, forcing a 50.8% ground ball rate and striking out 8.61 batters per nine innings. He won all three games he pitched in over 23 innings. Overall, he has proved to be a solid option for the Yankees in the bullpen, and he is capable of starting if need be.

Luckily, with Jonathan off the board, the Yankees have a bit more room to work with when it comes to retaining some promising talent. Several players who could be lost include Alexander Vizcaino, Osvaldo Peraza, and Roansy Contreras.

It is no surprise that two of them are pitchers, while Peraza is a shortstop. Alexander might be the most promising of the three, standing at 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds. He has a very similar build and frame to Domingo German, who is expected to return to the Yankees next season.

Ultimately, the retention of these youngsters is important, especially for the Yankees in the future. As one of the best clubs regarding youth talent and development, losing some of these players always hurts, and they will have to make decisions that result in departures. Hopefully, they can select the right players to keep around for the long term.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Yankees have until 6 pm to protect players from the rule 5 draft, who will they protect? (video)

Major League baseball dictates that the New York Yankees have until 6 pm on Friday to protect prospects and put them on the 40 man roster. Any team can claim those that are not protected. The Yankees have some huge decisions to make with little information available to them due to the 2020 minor league season being canceled.

The Yankees and their scouts diligently watch players so that they can know those players they plan to protect, the Yankees and the other 29 MLB teams don’t have that luxury today. The Rule 5 draft will be held virtually on Dec. 10 since the Winter Meetings have been canceled.

According to the New York Yankee website, their 40 man roster presently sits at 36. That means that they have to pick the 4 players they most want to protect. They also could take someone off the 40, giving them another pic, although that is remote. Here are some of the players, most pitchers that they might want to protect and move to the 40 man roster.

Roansy Contreras, a 21-year-old right-handed starter from Venezuela. The 6-foot, 160-pounder went 12-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts for Charleston in 2019. He is a righty that the Yankees drafted in 2017. He worked his way up from the Gulf League. He moved on to the Staten Island Yankees and then the River Dogs in 2018 and 2019. He is known for his cutter-like fastball and reminds scouts of Luis Severino.

Alexander Vizcaino, a 23-year old that reminds scouts of a young Domingo German, may be the pitcher the New York Yankees may most want to protect.

“He reminds me of [Domingo] German,” a scout said of the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder from the Dominican Republic, who went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 21 games for High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston in 2019, and struck out 128 in 115 innings. Vizcaino worked out at the alternate site at the Yankees’ Triple-A complex this past season.

Oswaldo Cabrera, who can also play third and second base. The 21-year-old from Venezuela hit .260 with eight homers, 56 RBIs, and posted a .687 OPS in 120 games for Tampa in 2019. He is a shortstop that the Yankees might want to protect because he will be on the other teams’ radar. He s also a switch-hitter.

Yoendrys Gomez, is a 6-foot-3, a 175-pound right-handed starter from Venezuela, who is 21, went 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA for Charleston and Pulaski (Rookie League) in 2019. Baseball America says, “I think he is a guy who, when it clicks, is going to fly through their system like Deivi Garcia.”

Lastly is Oswald Peraza, a 20-year-old right-handed hitting shortstop from Venezuela who is 6-foot, 176 pounds, batted .263 with four homers, 20 RBIs, and stole 23 bases in 30 attempts for Charleston in 2019.

Peraza and Cabrera stand out in those the Yankees might want to protect because they are shortstop deficient in their minor league system.  The Yankees are always interested in protecting up can coming pitcher prospects. These are the most likely to be protected, but other dark horses could emerge.

 

 

New York Giants: Assessing Daniel Jones over the past two weeks

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

If we travel all the way back to Week 8 when the New York Giants played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New York. The Giants’ defense played very well, and the offensive line had their best game of the season. There was just a significant piece the Giants needed to win, and he did not perform up to par, Daniel Jones. After that loss to the Buccaneers, Giants fans and analysts were hopping off the Daniel Jones train.

The last two weeks of football from Jones have given Giants hope to make the playoffs and hope they have found their franchise quarterback. In the past two weeks, Jones hasn’t thrown an interception or fumbled the ball. These were the two major factors holding Jones back from being a successful quarterback in the NFL. Jones still has tons of more work to be done to become one of the league’s best quarterbacks, but he’s only trending up.

What does the film say?

After watching every professional game for Jones as a Giant, he’s improving. I will make it simple for everyone understands. Jones needed a good running game. I am not saying Saquon Barkley is a bad running back at all, but when you have Barkley as your running back, teams out eight in the box. It is very hard for a running back to be consistent when you have eight in the box. Recently, with Barkley going down due to injury, teams have not been putting eight in the box. Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris have been able to run the ball effectively for Big Blue. Guess what? When you have a good running game, it opens up the passing game.

The fumbling

The film also shows in the past couple of weeks, Jones has been getting the ball out of his hand very quickly. Jones is learning to throw the under route or the check down to his tight end/ running back. If your first or second read is not there, stuff like that is okay. Doing that too much could get you in some trouble. Jones before had a tendency to hold the ball in the pocket and wait and wait for his receiver to get open, to make the big play. When you hold the ball in the pocket too long, what happens? You get sacked. When you get sacked, what has a chance to happen? You fumble.

The interceptions

The film shows that Jones is not forcing the ball to his receivers as much. The biggest reason why the Giants lost the game to the Buccaneers was Jones forced two passes to his receivers, both of those passes were intercepted. In the past two weeks, Jones has been able to get the ball out of his hand quickly to his receivers, and if not, he has thrown the ball away, or he has checked down to his running back/tight end.

Jones has taken a few massive leaps these past couple of weeks by taking care of the football. If Jones can consistently have success as he has recently has done, the Giants have found their franchise quarterback