How the Giants have called on Patrick Mahomes to help install the new offense

The New York Giants are receiving help from an unlikely ally: Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. In a recent interview with ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Giants backup quarterback Davis Webb revealed that he has been receiving help from Mahomes this offseason. The two have known each other since their collegiate playing days together at Texas Tech. Now, many years later, Webb is reaching out to Mahomes for help understanding new offensive coordinator Mike Kafka’s offense.

Davis Webb has been FaceTiming Patrick Mahomes with fellow quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor. They have been doing this to go over concepts of some different plays that have been run in Kansas City. This indicates that the Giants’ offense should feature many concepts and plays that were run by the Chiefs during Mike Kafka’s tenure as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

What will the Giants’ offense look like in 2022?

This offseason, the New York Giants have loaded up their offensive coaching staff with bright minds. New head coach Brian Daboll comes to New York after serving as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator from 2018 to 2021. Mike Kafka as well has been involved with one of the NFL’s best offenses, serving as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach from 2018 to 2021. Both the Bills and Chiefs’ offenses have ranked top-five in the NFL in each of the past two seasons.

Many fans and analysts have speculated what the Giants’ offensive scheme will look like in 2022. Will it look a lot like the Bills’ offense? Or will it maybe look more like the Chiefs? The reality is, Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka will collaborate to create a scheme tailored to the talents of the Giants’ roster, combining principles that each coach has learned in their previous endeveours.

Mike Kafka has been praised by Patrick Mahomes many times in the past. Mahomes feels he would not be the player he is today if not for the lessons he learned from his former quarterbacks coach. Daniel Jones and the Giants’ offense are in good hands. It is no surprise to see Patrick Mahomes returning a favor back to KDaniel Jones and the Giants’ offense are in good hands.

“He came in at the same time as I came into this locker room. Even before he came in as quarterbacks coach, he already had a big imprint on what I did in developing me to be the player that I am. He continues that. He stays on me.” – Patrick Mahomes on Mike Kafka via Chicago SunTimes

Update on New York Jets offensive tackle competition

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The left tackle job for the New York Jets has been a key talking point since roughly November. Between George Fant and Mekhi Becton, there have been many questions from Jets fans and the media.

The Jets have a big decision to make at left tackle:

Fant made this a discussion around last November. His level of play was consistently great in the year-long absence of Becton. Pair that with the potential Becton showed as a rookie in 2020 at left tackle. As a result, this topic has been a difficult one to come to a resolution on. Finally, it seems like we may start to get an idea of who will be the blindside blocker for Zach Wilson in a few weeks.

In his press conference this morning, Jets head coach Robert Saleh was asked by the media about the left tackle competition. Saleh essentially stated they want Becton in-house to discuss everything. So once he gets to the facility for mandatory minicamp in two weeks, they will be able to come to a decision with him and Fant. This approach is an ideal one to take. In the end, it is best to communicate the situation together before anything is known publicly.

Mandatory minicamp for the Jets is scheduled for three days, from Tuesday, June 14th to Thursday, June 16th. By then, we should get an initial idea of who the coaching staff might be leaning toward at left tackle?

From there, who will make the move to the right? Both players probably are better as left tackles. It will be fascinating to see if they prefer the proven consistency in Fant. Or if they look to go with the tremendous potential Becton has.

Jets News: Takeaways from Robert Saleh’s press conference

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This morning, New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh met with the media before practice. He went over a few of the hottest topics currently surrounding the Jets.

How have Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols handled new additions?

As young players, last season, Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols gave the Jets good contributions. There has been speculation on how the two would approach this offseason with prime additions in Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. Saleh was asked how they have handled the situation. He stated they have “been professionals.”

He spoke on Hall, saying, “Bryce is attacking every moment,” and stated that Echols looks bigger. Saleh concluded with “both have been awesome” about two new starters being acquired.

Quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese had OC opportunity

The continuity surrounding Zach Wilson entering year two was mentioned in the press conference. Mike LaFleur is going into year two with Wilson as his offensive coordinator. So is quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese, who Saleh went on to speak highly of.

Saleh stated he’s “definitely got coordinator potential. He was courted this offseason in terms of job opportunities and coordinator opportunities,” and Calabrese ultimately elected to stay with the Jets. He finished by saying Calabrese is a “very talented young man,” speaking on his knowledge and experience from playing the quarterback position.

It seems like the Jets have another young offensive coach with potential to go along with LaFleur.

D.J. Reed’s early impact on the Jets

Saleh was with D.J. Reed from 2018-19 when they were with the San Francisco 49ers. He discussed the tremendous work ethic Reed has brought to the Jets so far.

Saleh started by calling Reed “one of the hardest playing” and “how important every single rep is to him.” In the meeting room, “you see him in meetings just the laser focus, there’s no dozing off, there’s no slouching, he is completely locked in.” Lastly, Saleh highlighted his character with “he’s an unbelievable person” and “he’s been awesome and really excited that we have him.”

Denzel Mims progress

Regarding third-year wide receiver Denzel Mims, Coach Saleh was asked how far along he understanding the offensive scheme. Saleh gave some glowing reviews on where Mims is currently at.

He stated, “Denzel’s doing better. Second time around, he’s in fantastic shape”. He spoke about his explosiveness being much more noticeable. Saleh elaborated on the work Mims has put in, “he’s working on the things that we’ve asked him to work on,” with a few things in particular highlighted like contested catches at the point and confidence with the playbook. He also went on to say, “he’s a lot further along today than he was a year ago.”

Deandre Ayton’s plans could impact Knicks free agent Mitchell Robinson’s future

The rebuilding Detroit Pistons remain the greatest threat to lure away Knicks center Mitchell Robinson from New York.

The Knicks’ chances to re-sign their starting center to a reasonable deal will likely depend on Deandre Ayton’s next destination.

The Pistons are linked to the disgruntled Phoenix Suns’ center owing to their massive hole at the center and the most cap space this offseason.

Ayton is a restricted free agent and the Suns could match any offer. But their reluctance to pay him max money and the ugly dynamic between him and Suns coach Monty Williams in their second-round flameout are troubling signs they’re headed for a divorce.

 

Pistons forward Jerami Grant figures to be the best return the Suns could get for Ayton in a sign-and-trade.

While the Suns could match any offer, they could move on from Ayton while receiving something back in a sign-and-trade.

Phoenix will be limited in most of those deals.

If the Pistons go this route, then the Knicks are likely to retain Robinson unless the Charlotte Hornets — the other team with cap space in need of a starting center — blow him away with a massive overpay.

Robinson and the Knicks have until the end of the month to agree to a fair deal for both sides. And there are signs that both parties are amenable to continuing their partnership.

The Knicks reportedly sent team personnel to work out with Robinson in Louisiana, per Ian Begley’s earlier report. It’s a sign that the Knicks organization is still invested in the big man.

Robinson, a polarizing figure on social media, also posted a photo of him wearing “New York or Nowhere.”“New York or Nowhere.” More recently, he posted a picture of him returning to New York and calling it “home.”

It will be a big blow if Robinson walks away without the Knicks getting something back.

The Pistons, who have deep ties with the Wasserman Group, which represents Robinson, could throw a wrench in the Knicks’ summer plans.

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Yankees: Positive injury news as slugger nears a return

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The New York Yankees have struggled offensively the past few weeks ever since a myriad of injuries hit the squad. One of those injuries was top slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore ankle.

Prior to going down, Stanton was hitting .285 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs this season. He also hosted a 34% on base rate and a .523 slugging percentage. Overall, his offensive contributions were a significant part of the Yankees’ production, and they’ve been trying to supplement his loss ever since.

However, manager Aaron Boone stated earlier this week that Stanton was nearing a return.

“I haven’t talked to him today yet about it. I was out there shagging for him and his early (batting practice)  and stuff. But my understanding and just in my conversations with him in the days leading up to today,  and getting the training report, is that he’s doing really well. And, I would imagine he’d be close. If not, I think he’s eligible Saturday,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “So, we’ll see. I don’t want to speak too soon. But I know he’s doing really well.”

The Yankees will get reinforcements soon:

Thankfully, Giancarlo is swinging the bat again and moving around seamlessly. The Yankees have been looking to players like Miguel Andujar and newly acquired veteran Matt Carpenter to supplement his power, but there aren’t many players in baseball that can hit like Stanton.

Andujar has served valiantly in his absence in the cleanup spot. Over eight plate appearances, Andujar is hitting .250 with two hits and an RBI. He’s been a bit more effective in the five-hole, hitting .357 with five hits and an RBI over 14 at-bats.

The hope is that Stanton could return this upcoming weekend as the Yankees prepare to face off against the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series.

PFL announces sixth event with Kayla Harrison taking on Julia Budd

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Earlier today, the PFL announced their sixth event of the season which will be the final regular season event of 2022. Arguably the biggest star in the promotion and two-time defending lightweight champion Kayla Harrison (13-0) will be headlining the event.

Harrison will be facing her toughest challenge yet as she takes on former Bellator champion Julia Budd (16-4). PFL signed Budd hoping to provide Harrison with some stiffer competition in the 2o22 season.

Prior to her PFL debut, Budd was 16-3 and had only ever lost to Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes, and Ronda Rousey. However, she wasn’t able to get the win in her promotional debut. Genah Fabian played spoiler and defeated Budd by decision.

However, the PFL still wanted to book Budd against Harrison and that’s exactly what they did. Kayla Harrison began her 2022 season with a dominant decision win over Marina Mokhnatkina. Harrison wasn’t thrilled with the performance, but it was still a one-sided victory.

Rest of PFL 6

Another women’s lightweight matchup to keep your eyes on is Larissa Pacheco (16-4) and Genah Fabian (5-2). As mentioned, Fabian played spoiler to Julia Budd and Larissa Pacheco has been the second most dominant lightweight in the PFL.

Dating back to last year, Pacheco has won three straight by first round stoppage. However, she missed weight last year and was forced out of the playoffs. Now, she’s hoping to make another run at Kayla Harrison’s crown.

The welterweights will also be on display at PFL 6. In the co-main, Rory MacDonald (23-8-1) will be taking on Sadibou Sy (10-6-2). MacDonald got his 2022 season off to a great start with a first round submission over Brett Cooper.

Ray Cooper III will also be the card as he looks to bounce back. Former champion Magomed Magomedkerimov is also making his 2022 PFL debut after having to miss the first event of the season.

It’s a tremendous card and it can be viewed in it’s entirety below.

Yankees: Aaron Judge begged to play center, and it paid off

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During last night’s game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels in Yankee Stadium, the visiting team was this close to getting a quick 1-0 lead over the hosts. Shohei Ohtani, the second batter of the night, hit a long, high drive to center field, a position Aaron Judge was covering.

Everybody thought it was a long ball that would put the Angels ahead. “I turned and said, “That’s a homer,’” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

But Judge tracked it down and leaped over the wall to get the important out. That play set the tone for the Yankees’ 9-1 victory: who knows what kind of impact that homer would have had in the game, or in Jordan Montgomery’s confidence.

Instead, Judge grabbed it and Monty threw seven solid innings of just one run allowed to lift the Yankees.

“It’s a complete momentum swing,” Yankees designated hitter Matt Carpenter said, per NJ Advance Media. “When you can do something like that, it just changes the game. Being in the other dugout, it’s a gut punch when you take a swing like that and you’re looking to score some runs and a guy makes a play like that. It can take the wind out of your sails.”

The most important play of the game for the Yankees

After the Angels went down 1-2-3 in that first inning, the Yankees scored four runs in the bottom of that frame to set the tone of the evening.

“Ohtani hit it to the moon I feel like and I was able to get to it,” Judge said. “I feel like the tougher play was the first pitch of the game, Joey Gallo is running down the (right-field) line in that tricky little corner and made a play. I was just trying to do my job.”

Judge could be required to play a lot of center field innings with the Yankees’ starter there, Aaron Hicks, struggling. Hicks is hitting .200/.326/.233 and has been unable to get going.

Having Judge play center more often could result in slightly increased injury risk, but it may be their only choice. The soon-to-be free agent is having the season of his life, slashing .303/.371/.657 with 18 long balls. 

Judge was able to track the ball and time his jump because it was so high. But he looked like a natural there.

“I liked how Aaron moved to it,” Boone said. “He got himself in a real easy position. There was no rush. There was no panic. There was just, ‘Get myself there under control.’ And obviously because (Ohtani) hit it so high, (Judge) had time to kind of slow things down a little bit and get himself in a good position to make that play.”

Ranking the Yankees’ starting rotation 49 games into the 2022 regular season

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The New York Yankees starting rotation has been phenomenal to open the 2022 season. Over 49 games, the highest ERA is hosted by Luis Severino at 3.38, which is good enough to be an ace for some teams.

With the Yankees offense struggling at times and injuries plaguing the team the past few weeks, the rotation has had to pick up the slack, which they’ve done admirably.

Ranking the Yankees’ starting rotation 49 games into the season:

1.) Nestor Cortes

Nestor Cortes has been the Yankees’ top starter right off the bat this season. He hosts a 1.70 ERA, 2.56 FIP, and 10.36 strikeouts per nine. His 7.4% home-run/fly-ball ratio is the best in his career, and he’s generating a 35.2% ground ball rate.

At this point, we can make the claim that Cortes is the team’s ace, overtaking the top spot from Gerrit Cole. Opposing batters are simply making weak contact since Cortes has now incorporated a lethal cutter into his arsenal. He’s utilizing his fastball at 41.2%, cutter at 39.7%, and mixing in a slider at 15.5%. However, the vast differentiation between his pitch velocity has kept hitters on edge. He’s throwing his fastball at 90.8 mph and slider at 76.9 mph.

If Cortes continues to pitch like this, he could be in the conversation for a Cy Young Award.

2.) Gerrit Cole

This season, Gerrit Cole has had his ups and downs but still hosts a 3.12 ERA. Over 57.2 innings, he’s generating 11.24 strikeouts per nine and a four-year low of 0.94 home runs per nine. After the MLB cracked down on spider tack last season, Cole had to find ways to supplement a loss of velocity and spin rate.

However, he’s averaging 97.6 mph on his fastball, but it’s also incorporating a cutter at 13.2%. The Yankees rotation has adopted a cutter across the board. Adding another pitch to the sequence has been extremely beneficial.

3.) Jordan Montgomery

Jordan Montgomery finally picked up his first win of the season on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. He hosts a 3.04 ERA this season with 6.92 strikeouts per nine and a 46.2% ground ball rate. Montgomery hasn’t gotten proper run support from the offense, but he’s been lights out for the most part featuring as the team’s lone lefty starter.

The 29-year-old veteran is curating a 4.4% barrel percentage, the lowest since 2018. Interestingly, his numbers seem to be quite consistent across-the-board compared to previous years. Opposing batters are simply not making great contact. He also hosts a career-best 80.6% left on base rate, contributing to his success.

4.) Jameson Taillon

When the Yankees acquired Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were hoping he could overcome a few injury struggles. So far, he’s looked solid this season, featuring a 2.49 ERA over 50.2 innings. His strikeouts have lessened a bit, but he’s not walking as many batters this season by a significant margin. In addition, he also posts a career-best 82.3% left on base rate. His 45.1% ground ball rate is 12% higher compared to last season. Jameson isn’t known for his strikeout prowess, but rather his great accuracy and weak contact from opposing batters.

Taillon has also seen an increase in pitches that are swung at outside the strike zone, elevating to 37% from 33.7% last year. He’s generating a bit more break on his pitches, which is directly correlated to consistency and a good bill of health.

5.) Luis Severino

Nobody knew what Luis Severino would accomplish coming off two Tommy John surgeries. He had only pitched 18 innings between 2019 and 2021. However, he’s earned a 3.38 ERA this season over 48 innings. While his strikeouts are down from his prime years back in 2017–18, he has done a good job bouncing back from significant injury. His fastball velocity sits at 96.3 mph, down about 1.3 mph from 2018 but above average nonetheless.  He’s also incorporated a cutter, using it on 9.4% of his pitches.

The return of Severino has been a fantastic addition to the Yankees rotation, and considering he’s locking down the final spot in the group, the team can be extremely optimistic about the rest of the 2022 season.

Giants’ Brian Daboll breaks down how they will use rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson

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There were mixed reactions when the New York Giants drafted Kentucky stand-out Wan’Dale Robinson in the 2nd round of the 2022 NFL draft. At face value, Robinson was a tiny offensive playmaker with the shortest arm length in the entire draft class and some of the smallest hands to boot.

Robinson ranked in the 0th percentile in arm length and 31st percentile with 9-inch hands. However, he stood out with his 40-yard dash time, 20-yard shuttle, and impressive 19 reps on the bench press.

Featuring elite elusiveness and open-field capabilities, the Giants are excited to incorporate him into their offensive scheme. He wins in man coverage, breaking loose from defensive backs with a shifty style. However, he can make an impact in both the deep passing game and screen game.

For Kentucky last season, he ranked 6th with 16 deep catches and 3rd with 35 screen catches. In addition, he added 22 missed tackles forced, which ranked 6th in all of college football last year among receivers.

Head coach Brian Daboll gave some insight into how the Giants plan to use Wan’Dale:

“We have a very clear vision for the player and look forward to utilizing him,” coach Brian Daboll said after the draft.

“I think he can play inside, and I think he’s strong enough and fast enough, even though he’s a smaller, shorter guy, that he can contribute outside, too. Again, what we’re trying to do is put as many generating pieces out there to create pace and stretch the field, whether it be vertical or horizontally, and this is another good guy that has ability to run after the catch, which is an important aspect of it.” – Head Coach Brian Daboll on Wan’Dale Robinson via Giants.com

Robinson will have to diversify his route running to help him expose the deeper concepts downfield. With faster and athletic safeties at the next level, he will need to find an extra gear. His strength at the point of attack will need to stand out. Given he’s only 5’8″, it’s going to be difficult for him to win 50/50 balls.

The best way the Giants can utilize him is on short route concepts, getting him into open space and letting him work from there. Quarterback Daniel Jones threw just 49 passes behind the line of scrimmage last season compared to over 150 from Patrick Mahomes. That comparison is important to mention because the Giants hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive assistant Mike Kafka to serve as their new coordinator.

Kafka and Daboll will be looking to execute a West Coast/spread-offense blend. This will get their playmakers into open space with quicker concepts but spread the football out to all portions of the field. Last season, Jason Garrett had a tendency to shorten the field and roll Jones out to his right, taking massive portions of his vision away.

Good offensive coordinators can manipulate production with short passes but get blockers out in front. That is how the Kansas City Chiefs managed to execute such a potent offense. They are lethal around the line of scrimmage, which forces opposing defenses to creep up, which opens up deeper concepts downfield.

Robinson will play an integral role in helping to diversify the offense.

Yankees V Angels game in jeopardy with inclement weather, 6/1/22

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The New York Yankees are gearing up to face off against the Los Angeles Angels in the second game of a three-game series on Wednesday evening. After the Bombers pummeled LA on Tuesday by a score of 9–1, they will feature Nestor Cortes on the mound to help overcome them once again.

Cortes has been phenomenal this season for the Yankees, featuring as their Ace. He currently hosts a 1.70 ERA over 53 innings pitched. He’s earned 10.36 strikeouts per nine with an 86.6% left on base rate and 35.2% ground ball rate. His xFIP sits at 3.01 and a 2.90 SIERA.

Yankees V Angels could be rained out:

However, the Yankees’ top starter may not have an opportunity to pitch on Wednesday due to the inclement weather expected in the area. According to the forecast, it is expected to start raining at 8 PM with showers and scattered thunderstorms after 9 PM.

The teams may be able to get through the first few innings of the contest, but with showers likely between 8 PM and 2 AM, it’s unlikely they’re able to finish the game on time. The chance of precipitation hovers around 60%, but it is possible they could play through it if no lightning is detected and the rain is light.

The Yanks have had several games postponed this year due to weather, forcing them into multiple doubleheaders, which have put a strain on the starting rotation.

If the teams do have to reschedule the rest of the game, they could push the remainder to Thursday at 1 PM and then start the next game at 7:05 PM.