New York Giants are getting brutally honest DC in Wink Martindale

Don Martindale

In spite of many being happy with Patrick Graham at defensive coordinator, the New York Giants are welcoming a new name to the position. They didn’t have a choice in the matter, as Graham chose to leave for the Raiders. However, from the early looks of things it appears the Giants scored a capable replacement in Don “Wink” Martindale.

Martindale is far from an unknown in the NFL. He was the defensive cooridnator of the Ravens from 2018 until this year, and gained a popular reputation with players as well as a reputation around the league for blitzing. It’s not just recent players that will give Martindale a good review, though. According to some who have worked with him, many of his traits date back to much earlier when Martindale was an assistant in various roles.

Martindale has reputation for brutal honesty

“A lot of people want to please Al Davis or your head coach, but [not] Don,” said Jeff Weeks to NJ Advance Media, who worked with Martindale on the Raiders staff at that time. “That’s how he is. You’re going to get the straight truth. Whatever his opinion is, you’re going to get the truth out of him. That’s what’s great.”

“You need that on a staff. You need people not to be a bunch of yes men, especially in this business. If you want someone to sit in a staff meeting and just call somebody out, you won’t have to, because if it’s going on, Don Martindale will call them out,” Weeks continued. “He’s just brutally honest.”

That trait is especially good for the Giants right now, given the organization’s reputation for higher-ups pushing decisions on the front office and coaching staff.

That’s a reputation the Giants are, apparently, trying to move away from. They made outside hires, after all, for the GM and head coaching openings rather than bringing in company men.

To get better, it takes an honest assessment of what’s wrong in the first place. At the defensive coordinator spot, it looks like there is now someone in place who will help with that.

And with a new front office, the chances look much better for the roster to improve based on that feedback.

Jared Cannonier knocks out Derek Brunson at UFC 271

On the main card of UFC 271, we saw a potential title elimination bout in the middleweight division. Top contenders battled it out as “The Killa Gorilla” Jared Cannonier (14-5) took on Derek Brunson (23-7).

Brunson made headlines earlier this week when he announced that win, lose, or draw, UFC 271 will be one of his final two fights. With that, there was a ton of pressure on him to get the job done. He came into tonight riding a five-fight win streak.

Since moving down to the middleweight division, Jared Cannonier has been sensational. He’s 4-1 with the lone loss coming to Robert Whittaker at UFC 254. In his last fight, he won a decision over Kelvin Gastelum. Cannonier was looking to make a statement at UFC 271 and earn himself a shot at the middleweight title.

UFC 271 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 271 middleweight contest kicked off with immediate pressure from Cannonier. Both men try to land kicks but they both miss. Body kick lands for Brunson. Pressure here from Cannonier and Brunson gets a body lock. However, Cannonier shrugs him off.

Brunson tries shooting in for another takedown and he gets deep on a single leg. Cannonier showing good defense, but Brunson gets him down to the ground. However, it doesn’t last long as Cannonier pops right back up. Desperate shot from Brunson and Cannonier defends.

Low kick lands for Cannonier. Body kick and a straight shot lands for Brunson. Brunson once again charges forward looking for the takedown. However, Cannonier shrugs him off once again. Both men trade straight shots in the center. Nice left hand lands for Brunson and he immediately shoots again.

Once again, Cannonier defends. Left hand for Brunson and another takedown attempt for Brunson. Brunson jumps right to mount but Cannonier gets him back to half guard. Cannonier uses th fence to get back to his feet and pushes Brunson off.

Cannonier pushes forward and gets dropped by Brunson. Brunson jumps on a rear naked choke and locks it in. However, the round ends and Cannonier is saved. 1-0 Brunson after one at UFC 271.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 271 and Cannonier needs to try and answer Brunson’s big first round. Brunson shoots for a takedown within seconds of the second round and gets Cannonier down. He settles right into half guard.

Cannonier does a good job of exploding out of it and they’re back to striking. Big uppercut lands for Cannonier and Brunson might be hurt. Immediately the body language changed from Brunson, however, he’s hanging in there. Nice left hand from Brunson.

Good right straight lands for Cannonier. Brunson still looks like he’s trying to get his footing back. Takedown attempt from Brunson, but Cannonier shrugs him off. Big right hook from Cannonier lands. Another right hand lands for Cannonier and Brunson is getting sloppy here.

Jab lands for Cannonier. Another big jab from Cannonier snaps Brunson’s head back. Right hand from Cannonier and Brunson shoots for another takedown. Once again, Cannonier defends well. Big shots from Cannonier on the inside and Brunson is hurt badly.

Cannonier is all over Brunson here. Brunson goes down and Cannonier lands vicious elbows. This one is over and Jared Cannonier might’ve just earned himself a UFC title shot.

Jared Cannonier def. Derek Brunson by KO – Round 2

Bobby Green outclasses Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 271

On the main card of UFC 271, we saw a fun matchup in the lightweight division. One of the more charismatic fighters in the lightweight division, Bobby Green (28-12-1), was back to test himself against the tough Nasrat Haqparast (13-4).

The last time we saw Haqparast was back in September at UFC 266. That night, he was taking on his toughest test to date in Dan Hooker. Ultimately, Haqparast was outclassed by Hooker and lost a decision.

After losing his UFC debut, Haqparast is 5-2 in his last seven. He was looking to rebound tonight and he was looking to have a good performance against Bobby Green. Unlike Haqparast, the last time we saw Bobby Green, he had his hand raised in victory.

That victory came back at UFC 268 when he knocked out Al Iaquinta. That win snapped a two-fight losing streak for Green. However, both of Green’s losses were to solid opponents and he had good showings in both fights. He was looking to pickup his second straight at UFC 271.

UFC 271 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 271 lightweight contest started with immediate trash talk from Green. Green lands two jabs to start and Haqparast circles on the outside. Hands low for Bobby Green. Wild overhand left just misses for Haqparast. Jab lands for Green and more words for Haqparast.

Big right straight lands for Green. Another stiff jab from Green. Left straight lands for Green and he eats an eye poke on the exchange. Brief break and they’re back at it. Haqparast opens with a combination that just misses. Green just stalking him here and now it’s Haqparast who eats an eye poke.

Another brief pause and they’re back at it. Big jab from Bobby Green and he lands a body kick behind it. Haqparast throws big shots but Green rolls beautifully. Powerful low kick lands for Haqparast. Right straight lands for Green and then he lands a left straight.

Haqparast just misses on a right hand. Green’s defense looking sharp early. Double jab for Green. Another powerful jab from Green. Haqparast storms in with hooks but nothing lands. Green bloodying up the nose of Haqparast with his jabs.

Another nice combination from Green lands. Jab to the body then a 1-2 up top from Green lands. Another nice combination from Green ends the round and it’s 1-0 Green at UFC 271.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 271 and Haqparast is going to need to get some momentum. Pressure from Haqparast to open the round but he eats three straight jabs from Green. Another nice 1-2 from Green but Haqparast is heavy on the pressure.

Huge combination lands for Bobby Green and Haqparast tries to answer. Big left hand lands over the top for Haqparast and he’s really pressuring here . Wild miss from Haqparast as he’s trying to make Green uncomfortable. However, Green lands six straight shots on Haqparast.

Jab to the body from Haqparast. Double jab from Green and he just misses on a uppercut. Both men exchange big shots against the fence. Powerful left straight from Green. Check right hook lands for Green. Nice left hook lands for Haqparast. However, Green answers right back.

Green is catching Haqparast down the middle every time Haqparast throws big hooks. Nice right straight lands for Haqparast. Four straight punches land for Green and then he catches Haqparast again coming in. Check right hook for Green lands.

Big right and left lands for Haqparast and that got Green’s attention. Beautiful right hand lands for Green. Heavy pressure from Haqparast. Double jab from Green and then they exchange big at the end of the round. 2-0 Green at UFC 271 on my scorecard.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC 271 and I think Haqparast needs a finish here. Haqparast comes forward and eats a jab from Green. Low kick lands for Haqparast. Straight left lands for Green. Check right hook for Green. Big right hand lands for Green and Green is turning it on here.

Huge 1-2 from Bobby Green and the power is turning up here in the third for Green. Counter hook lands flush on Haqparast as he rushes in. Green looks absolutely sensational right now. Jab to the body and then a nice 1-2 lands for Green.

Another 1-2 lands for Green. Pressure from Haqparast and he eats a check hook from Green. Jab from Green but he eats a leg kick from Haqparast. Double jab from Bobby Green and then he throws a nice body kick. 1-2 from Green and then he catches Haqparast as he rushes in. Three straight right hands land for Green.

Haqparast gets Green along the fence briefly, but Green lands a combination to get him off of him. Jab to the body then a beautiful left hook lands for Green. Haqparast tries to come forward at the end of the round, but Green lights him up again. Complete domination from Bobby Green at UFC 271.

Bobby Green def. Nasrat Haqparast by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Casey O’Neill spoils Roxanne Modafferi’s retirement fight at UFC 271

Casey O’Neil

One of the featured prelims tonight at UFC 271 was a battle between two ranked flyweights. One of the brightest prospects in the division, Casey O’Neill (8-0), was looking to remain unbeaten as she took on “The Happy Warrior” Roxanne Modafferi (25-19).

Modafferi made her MMA debut all the way back in 2003. She’s had a career that has taken her all over the place from Invicta to Strikeforce and to the UFC. She’s challenged for a UFC title and she was retiring after tonight’s fight. She was looking to go out on top at UFC 271.

However, that was going to be a very tall order. Casey O’Neill is a savage and she’s been perfect inside the octagon. Since making her UFC debut, not only has Casey O’Neill been good, but she’s been sensational and she’s stopped all three of her opponents.

In her last fight, she took on Antonina Shevchenko in October at a UFC Fight Night. She brutalized the older sister of the flyweight champion and stopped her in the second round. A win over Roxanne Modafferi would show everyone that O’Neill has truly arrived.

UFC 271 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 271 flyweight contest kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Modafferi comes forward immediately and lands a couple of shots. O’Neill lands a couple of counters as Modafferi continues to pressure. Head kick attempt from O’Neill just misses but she catches Modafferi with a nice right hook.

More pressure from Modafferi but she continues to eat clean shots from O’Neill. A beautiful 1-2 lands for O’Neill then she lands a right hook behind it. Another 1-2 lands for O’Neill. Check left hook lands for Modafferi. O’Neill pressure but she eats a nice shot from Modafferi.

Another nice left from Modafferi then she lands a right hand behind it. 1-2 from O’Neill and then she doubles it up. Modafferi is getting hit but she’s walking through everything. Powerful right hand lands for Casey O’Neill.

Body kick lands for O’Neill. Both ladies exchange right hands and a little blood is coming out of the nose of O’Neill. O’Neill comes forward but she eats a right from Modafferi. Nice right hook from O’Neill finds the mark. The round comes to a close and Modafferi looked good, but the first goes to Casey O’Neill at UFC 271.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 271 and this fight is a lot closer than the odds makers had it. Modafferi runs at O’Neill to start the second round but she eats a couple of clean counters. Double jab lands for Modafferi but O’Neill lands a big right hand after.

Powerful leg kick lands for O’Neill. Modafferi continues forward and O’Neill is showing some damage but she’s getting the better of these exchanges. Both fighters land big shots in the center. Jab from Casey O’Neill then she follows up with a right hook.

Huge right hand lands flush for O’Neill but Modafferi just eats it. Pressure from O’Neill but Modafferi meets her in the center and backs her up. O’Neill circles on the outside and she lands three straight shots. Beautiful right straight lands for O’Neill as Modafferi rushes in.

Left and a left hook behind it for O’Neill. 1-2 lands for Modafferi but not much on it. Two straight jabs land for O’Neill and she’s really found a groove here in the second round. 1-2 lands big for O’Neill. A loud scream from O’Neill and she ramps up the big shots. Takedown attempt from Modafferi and she gets it. The round ends and it’s 2-0 O’Neill at UFC 271.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC 271 and The Happy Warrior is going to need a finish here. Modafferi takes the center to start the final frame and O’Neill immediately lands two straight. Big shots from Modafferi counter the O’Neill attack.

Right to the body and a left hook up top lands for Casey O’Neill. Running attack from Modafferi and she lands one shot but eats two from O’Neill. Another good combination lands for Casey O’Neill. Beautiful knee to the body lands for Modafferi and O’Neill might’ve been hurt by that.

However, Modafferi can’t follow up. Halfway through the round and Modafferi needs to really pull off a miracle here. The two come together and Modafferi lands a nice knee to the body in the clinch. Big right hand lands for O’Neill.

Modafferi gets a clinch and lands two nice knees to the body. O’Neill breaks and immediately lands a combination. Modafferi takedown attempt is stuffed easily by O’Neill. However, Modafferi catches a kick from O’Neill and takes her down briefly. However, O’Neill bounces right back up.

Modafferi keeps O’Neill against the fence and works for a takedown as the round ends. Very competitive final round, but Casey O’Neill should get the nod at UFC 271.

Casey O’Neill def. Roxanne Modafferi by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Yankees News: Great update on Luis Severino’s starting pitching plans for 2022

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees still have a long way to go before they have the team situation for the 2022 season, but they are getting back several starting pitchers who can make an impact moving forward.

Last season, both Domingo German and Luis Severino failed to make a significant impact, but the expectation is that both will be vying for starting rotation slots.

German pitched just 98.1 innings, recording a 4.58 ERA with 8.97 strikeouts per 9. His 42.2% ground ball rate with the highest it’s been in his career, indicating a minor shift in strategy on the mound.

German used his fastball 29%, the lowest in his career, but saw a big increase in change-up percentage at 22.4%, up from 18.9% in 2019.

However, German will likely take over a slot at the back end of the rotation, but the Yankees are expecting Luis Severino to have a far more prominent role in their future success.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Yankees should have Luis Severino back to full strength in 2022.

Luis Severino says he is already throwing bullpens and expecting to be ready to be a starting pitcher whenever spring training starts, by the way.

With Severino pitching regularly and preparing for the season, this could finally be the year he returns to full strength after dealing with multiple Tommy John surgeries.

In 2021, Severino pitched just six innings at the end of the season, working his way back from a number of setbacks, including a groin injury unrelated to his Tommy John surgery.

The last time Severino has pitched a full season was back in 2018, when he earned an All-Star appearance. Severino finished with a 3.39 ERA and 10.35 strikeouts per 9. He also featured a 3.26 SIERA and 3.10 xFIP.

If he can return to those quality numbers, the Yankees will be in good shape in the middle of the rotation. However, it would be advisable to bring in another solid arm to complement Gerrit Cole in the number two slot after losing Corey Kluber this off-season.

Travis Kelce drops great review of Giants’ new offensive coordinator Mike Kafka

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After moving on from Jason Garrett as their coordinator last season, theNew York Giants have been working diligently to piece together a new offensive staff. The hiring of Brian Daboll to take over at head coach undoubtedly puts the Giants in the more advantageous spot regarding modern offensive schemes and strategies.

Considering the Buffalo Bills had the 3rd ranked offense in points per game last season under Daboll’s control, the Giants should feel confident moving forward. Building around Daniel Jones in 2022 seems to be the course of action, and Daboll has already begun curating a relationship with the 4th year QB.

“One of the things that I asked him to do,” Daboll said during his introductory press conference. “Give me some things you really like in your last three years, or if you did them at Duke, that’s where [the system] is going to start. With some foundational pieces that he feels comfortable with.”

The Giants didn’t stop at Daboll on offense, bringing former Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Mike Kafka to serve as the team’s new OC.

Kafka is well regarded for his play in helping Patrick Mahomes develop into an elite quarterback. However, there are some concerns that his success with Mahomes is the reason he was highly touted coming out of Kansas City.

His lack of experience as an offensive play collar is something to be cautious about, but his résumé speaks for itself, and given he played an instrumental part in developing the passing game for the Chiefs, we can expect him to be at the cutting edge of modern offense.

At just 34 years old, Kafka is extremely young to be in his position, and one star Chiefs player had nothing but great things to say about his former coach.

“The New York Giants got an absolute stud,” Kelce said of Brian Daboll’s new offensive coordinator, per Pat Leonard of The Daily News. “You’re gonna be prepared. You’re never gonna feel like you don’t have an upper hand against the opponent, and that’s something you don’t get throughout the league with every offensive coordinator.”

Combining Daboll and Kafka’s styles should be tremendous for the development of the Giants’ new scheme. A healthy blend of Buffalo and Kansas City passing and rushing attacks will put Big Blue in a great spot, as Kelce mentions.

“The schemes are gonna be difficult for defenses to understand,” Kelce added, “and it’s gonna make the jobs for the guys on the field that much easier because of his hard work.”

As stated previously, developing Daniel Jones and building a solid scheme around him is essential. However, it is all for naught if they don’t build the offensive line into a competent unit.

Should the Knicks extend Mitchell Robinson before free agency?

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The New York Knicks are seeing the best of center Mitchell Robinson to start 2022. The veteran big man is preparing to finish his rookie contract with the Knicks after the season concludes, making him a free agent and available to sign with other teams on the open market.

However, over four games, Robinson is averaging 11 points, 13.5 rebounds, and shooting 64.5% from the field this month. In January, Robinson averaged 10.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and an 82.6% success rate from the field. Based on his astronomical growth, the Knicks may be heavily considering extending him before he hits free agency.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau is a huge advocate for Robinson, who recently stated that he wasn’t even full strength yet, still working on his stamina after missing the majority of the 2020 campaign due to numerous injuries.

Teammate RJ Barrett raves about Mitchell’s performance lately:

“He’s just healthy,’’ RJ Barrett said. “Now you’re seeing a guy getting in a groove. He’s such a gift offensively and defensively. Eight blocks is incredible and all the offensive rebounds.… Sometimes I just shoot it because I know he’s going to get it.’’

The Knicks haven’t given Robinson the freedom to take shots and utilize his underrated ball skills, but he still manages to produce adequate scoring performances around the rim on dunks.

Mitchell is considered an old-school center with his physical mentality around the rim. He’s exactly the type of player that Thibodeau loves to have inside, making him valuable if the Knicks plan to continue on with Thibs as their head coach for the foreseeable future.

Robinson drew significant interest at the deadline from teams like the Detroit Pistons, but the Knicks elected to stay put and settled for Cam Reddish as their only acquisition. Coming off the deadline, the Knicks overcame the Golden State Warriors at their arena on Thursday night, with Randle producing seven points and 11 rebounds.

The 23-year-old center will look to continue his impressive streak of games to start the new year, and if he’s able to, it will be incredibly difficult for the front office not to retain him on a multi-year deal.

Rejuvenated Randle pushes Knicks pace in race to make play-in

This season, the New York Knicks are logging dead last in pace (95.96). But they have made quite a big jump to 13th (99.17) in pace over their last four games.

At the center of their quicker pace is Julius Randle’s resurgent play. Randle has been playing with a different verve in the Knicks’ daunting West Coast trip. He’s putting up monster numbers — 29.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the arc. The Knicks are 1-3 during that stretch, but they’ve been competitive in three of those four games.

“You know, we can easily be 3-1 in this trip. We know that. We let games slip away,” Randle told Mike Breen, referring to their close losses in Los Angeles and Utah.

Randle felt they finally put together a complete game after taking down the Golden State Warriors, 116-114, Thursday night in San Francisco.

“Hopefully, we can see that this is what we can do. We can compete with the best in the league — we can beat anybody, but we can also lose to anybody. It’s just our focus and mindset,” Randle said after dropping 28 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists against the Warriors.

The Warriors (41-15) are the second-best team in the league behind the red-hot Phoenix Suns (45-10).

So what changed?

“Just playing at a faster pace and continuous energy, and then my natural basketball instincts take over after that,” Randle said. “Just energy and pace. From there, I just make the read. Make it with confidence and just be quick in everything that I’m doing.”

For the most part, the poor body language and jogging back to defense and iso-ball on offense are gone. Randle revealed that he made a conscious effort to watch the game, watch the other teams play, and make that adjustment himself.

“You know I think that can be said for the whole team. He drives it. When he plays like that, and we’ve said it all along, it drives the team if we play with pace in transition but also pace in the halfcourt,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said of Randle. “But I loved the unselfishness of the team today, they did a lot of switching, and I thought we drove the ball and weren’t trying to shoot it over their size, and just try to make the right play, and when you play like that, you’re going to get good shots.”

Randle’s return to All-Star form has rejuvenated the Knicks, who are playing arguably their best stretch of the season since a 5-1 start. While the results do not reflect yet in the standings, the process has been encouraging for the Knicks, who improved to 25-31 and only 1.5 games behind the last play-in spot currently occupied by the Atlanta Hawks (26-29).

Randle’s adjustment has also helped Evan Fournier, who has been red-hot, averaging 20.8 points on 45.3 percent from downtown over 10.6 attempts in February. Fournier argued that Randle has been playing with pace ever since the start of the season.

“I think he just does it more consistently. The one thing he did change, though, it’s when they switch, especially with me; when they switch with my shot, the bigs are up and the guys trailing because otherwise I’m just popping up for a three, so I have both guys up, and he’s rolling. He’s rolling, so I can always hit him with like a little hoop pass, and that opens up the whole court for him to either shoot or just drive-and-kick or make a play,” Fournier said.

“We always see that play with Draymond (Green) and Steph (Curry) when Steph throws it up to Draymond. So we try to get our two-man game like weapons, and you know that’s something he’s starting to do really well, and that adds offense, man, you know. So it’s good for us.”

After Thibodeau was fired in Minnesota, the Warriors were one of the teams he visited during his sabbatical. He took some of their championship DNA with him when he took on the challenging job of reviving the Knicks franchise. More than just jacking up the Knicks’ three-point numbers and analytics, Thibodeau has been encouraging them to play selfless basketball like the Warriors.

“It was a really a solid team win. To win here, it takes a whole team playing as hard as you can on every possession,” Thibodeau said.

The Warriors had 27 assists on 42 field goals which the Knicks tried to match (24 assists on 39 field goals). They made up for the difference by crashing the boards (51-38) and having more free throws (24-33 against the Warriors’ 15-17).

It was just one win. But it’s a blueprint of how they should play. And Randle must lead the way.

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Giants could strike gold with Ohio State tight end in mid-rounds of 2022 NFL Draft

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The New York Giants have a long way to go before they have a competent scheme, starting with building around the quarterback position and solving the offensive line through the draft. However, one position that needs to be addressed this off-season is tight end, with Evan Engram hitting free agency and Kyle Rudolph expected to be cut.

Releasing Rudolph would save the Giants $5 million, making him a prime candidate. That money would cover a significant amount of the Giants’ draft picks salaries, but with two first-round picks, Big Blue could look to trade back and lessen the 2022 cap hit from their top selections.

This year’s tight end class is interesting, not featuring a player like Kyle Pitts but a few high upside talents who could develop nicely at the NFL level. One prospect who would fit perfectly with the Giants is Jeremy Ruckert out of Ohio State.

Per The Draft Network, Ruckert is a legitimate threat as a receiver but was never given a big role in the passing game:

Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert projects as a viable threat in an NFL passing game. Ruckert’s development as the primary tight end for the Buckeyes has spanned over several seasons—he’s been an enticing complementary piece of the puzzle but never someone who was asked to serve in a starring role as a pass-catcher.

In 2021, Ruckert finished with 309 yards and three scores, nothing to write home about but film to digest. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in football regarding red-zone efficiency. Jason Garrett’s unit produced touchdowns on just 44.74% of their trips to the red-zone last season, good for worst in the NFL. Ruckert would help smooth over that number, providing Daniel Jones a big target with some of the best hands at the position in the draft class.

In addition to Jeremy’s receiving qualities, he’s also a willing blocker who goes 100% on every play. With a non-stop motor, solid hands, and plenty of upside, new TE coach Andy Bischoff would have the perfect prospect to mold. He has similar traits to Marc Andrews entering the NFL, and Bischoff played an instrumental role in developing Andrews into one of the league’s best TEs.

Ruckert and Andrews have almost identical frames, making the two extremely comparable as prospects. Of course, there’s no guarantee Ruckert will become as lethal. Nonetheless, Ruckert’s frame and reliable hands would be a blessing after years of Engram’s inconsistencies and failure to take his game to the next level. Whether that be a result of poor coaching, scheme, or athletic limitations, going back to the Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard type of tight end would do the Giants well in the future.