New York Giants lack of pass-rush doomed defense against Cleveland Browns in Week 15

The New York Giants lost a crucial Week 15 matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield put together a dominant performance that saw him complete 27 of his 32 passing attempts for 297 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 turnovers.

For the near entirety of the game, Mayfield stood upright in a clean pocket with all day to throw. The Giants just failed to generate pressure against the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line that was dealing with the absence of stud offensive guard Wyatt Teller. New York was doomed from the start due to their lack of a pass-rush in Week 15.

Baker rarely pressured in Week 15

Baker Mayfield was able to have an elite Week 15 performance against the New York Giants. Baker won Pro Football Focus’s Week 15 Offensive Player of the Week award after earning an overall grade of 92.2 against the Giants. This was his third 90+ overall PFF-graded performance of the season.

Baker was deadly off of play-action against the Giants, as he has been all season. The Browns have run play action on 34.1% of their passing plays this season (sixth-most in the NFL). On play-action passes, Baker has had a 121.3 passer rating (PFF).

The Giants pressured Baker Mayfield only three times on Sunday night, per Next Gen Stats. Baker was kept clean and able to complete 84% of his passes against the Giants.

The Browns were able to call plenty of deep passing plays for Baker in this game because he had so much time in the pocket. Mayfield took advantage of this opportunity. On throws that traveled 10+ yards in Week 15, Baker Mayfield had a perfect 158.3 passer rating. According to Pro Football Focus, Mayfield completed 12-of-14 10-plus-yard attempts for 189 yards and two scores, with four big-time throws and zero turnover-worthy plays.

The New York Giants have another tough AFC North matchup on the schedule this week. In Week 16, the Giants will travel to play the Baltimore Ravens. If New York wants to win this game, they will need to apply pressure to reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. The Giants cannot win games with no pass-rush.

New York Jets: Monday Night Predictions VS Cleveland Browns

New York Jets, LeVeon Bell

The New York Jets play the Cleveland Browns on primetime television Monday night. It’ll be the second time in two seasons the Jets face off against the former No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield. The Jets are off to a rough start this season as they are dealing with injuries to key players.

The Browns are off to slow start as well after losing 43-13 against the Titans. This matchup will end with one of these teams getting their first win of the season.

Cleveland Browns:

On paper the Cleveland Browns have one of the best rosters in the league, boasting talent like Baker Mayfield, OBJ, Jarvis Landry and more. The Cleveland Browns are entering this game with a chip on their shoulder after getting embarrassed at home last week. If the Browns plan on winning against the New York Jets, they better be prepared to air it out against a weak Jets secondary.

New York Jets:

The Jets have been dealt a rough hand this season suffering injuries to key players like Sam Darnold and C.J Mosely. The Jets will have to trot out Trevor Siemian against Cleveland which might not be such a bad thing. The last time Trevor Siemian started a game was back in 2017 when he was still on the Broncos. The Jets can use the lack of new tape on Siemian to their advantage. If the Jets want to win, they must be aggressive and play to win. If the Jets come out airing out the football, it might catch Cleveland by surprise.

Prediction

This game shouldn’t be close I believe the Cleveland Browns will come away with a comfortable win if they’re prepared for anything to happen. Unfortunately for Jets fans winning this game became a fantasy after losing Darnold earlier in the week to Mono. This game will end in a Browns win 33-10.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Has What it Takes to Succeed In New York

New York Giants rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones.

When the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft they weren’t just selecting a QB, but the face of a franchise. Jones hasn’t surprised anyone within the Giants facility with his impressive preseason play but it’s the thick skin of the rookie that’s unteachable. 

It is more than just looking at a guy’s physical talent. It is about his makeup – Dave Gettleman Pre-Draft. 

Dave Gettleman knew that whoever he chose to replace the greatest quarterback in franchise history would forever be linked to his fate. Draft analysts are quick to value arm talent, statistics, big-time schools, competition…etc. 

But what about the DNA of a potential franchise quarterback? 

Jones has possessed a rare trait to brush off criticism focusing on his play and the players/coaches within the facility. Sound familiar? This is something that two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has preached throughout his 16-year career.

At the beginning of the 2007 NFL season, Eli Manning was about to get run out of town by New York tabloids with even Tiki Barber (all-time franchise leader in rushing yards) questioning Eli’s leadership skills. 

We all know how that turned out with Eli Manning. The franchise legend tuned out the critics and went on to win two Super Bowls. 

Today, Jones faces a similar feat and has handled it exactly as Gettleman and Mara expected him to. 

In an interview with GQ back in April that was recently released, Baker Mayfield said he “cannot believe” the Giants took Jones and that it “blew my mind.” 

In response, Jones shrugged off the comments and reiterated his focus on the New York Giants: 

“I try not to listen to much that’s said,” said Jones. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that. I heard that before, I kind of have the same mindset, I certainly have a lot to focus on here, I have a lot to worry about here and I’m focused on that. It’s been good but just focused on what I’m doing here” (CBS Sports).

When the interview broke Baker clarified on the comments and how they were completely taken out of context. He later on texted Jones to clarify the air to which Jones responded, “no worries.”

Regardless of the context, the Giants front office must be sleeping nicely knowing their franchise QB resembles a culture that owner John Mara has coined: The Giants Way.

New York Giants News, 8/21 – The truth about Baker Mayfield’s comments

New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones called a "loser" by Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns.

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

Believe it or not, the Giants are more popular in Ohio than the Cleveland Browns. Probably because there’s not enough good food and Baker Mayfield/Odell Beckham Jr. seem to be more concerned with a random team like the Giants than their own.

The football gods blessed us by not putting them on “Hard Knocks…” just imagine the drama that would have ensued. However, in an interview with GQ magazine:

Near our booth, a SportsCenter segment about the New York Giants catches Mayfield’s eye. “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield says, about New York’s much-maligned draft-day decision to spend the sixth pick on the quarterback from Duke (whose college record was a measly 17–19). “Blows my mind.”

Sometimes, keeping your mouth shut is the best way to stay out of trouble. Evading police and going to jail should have taught him a little more self-control. However, his response seemed to shed a different light on the situation.

A nice thing to say after the fact, but who knows what really happened and if Baker truly feels that way. He should have peaked at Jones’ receiver’s numbers before making any comments — 33 dropped passes last season and yet Duke still managed to win a Bowl Game. They can thank Jones the “loser” for that.

Nonetheless, his comments made waves on Tuesday, even sparking further negative attention from Beckham Jr., who made sure to stab his old team once more. He stated that the Giants trading him wasn’t a business move and that they essentially tried to kill his career by sending him to Cleveland. Can somebody please explain to me how having Mayfield, Myles Garrett, David Njoku and plenty of other talented players puts him in a worse position than on the Giants.

I’m convinced OBJ is simply either unintelligent or on psychedelics.

Anyway–

Your top Giants news of the day!

John Fennelly (Giants Wire) – Giants’ Dexter Lawrence bothered by relentless Daniel Jones criticism

Kevin Patra (NFL.com) – Odell Beckham: Giants traded me to Cleveland ‘to die’

Zach Braziller (NY POST) – Alec Ogletree’s transformation could make him Giants threat

Chris Pflum (Big Blue View) – Evan Engram: “It’s crazy how much better I’ve gotten at blocking”

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: How veteran defender Markus Golden can leave his mark

New York Giants Fans Actually Care, Show Up, And Pack The Stadium At One Of The Highest Rates

The New York Giants‘ fan base has received a shot from one of the NFL’s brightest young stars. 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up Baker Mayfield decided to criticize Giants Nation on Wednesday while discussing his new receiver, Odell Beckham Jr.

Baker Mayfield had this to say about the New York Giants fan base:

“He’s here to play in front of fans who actually care, who will actually show up to every game and pack the stadium and love him for who he is.” – Baker Mayfield

Mayfield seemed to heavily imply that Giants fans do not care, do not show up to every game, and do not pack the stadium. This is not true at all. In fact, the exact opposite is true.

New York Giants Fans Near The Top Of The Attendance Rankings

It is a well-documented fact that the Giants consistently rank near the top of the league in attendance every year. Even over the past two seasons, Giants fans have made their way out to the games, despite their team being well below-average.

In 2017 the Giants went 3-13 and saw multiple star players miss the majority of the season with an injury. Despite this, the Giants still had the third-highest attendance total in 2017. 2018 features more of the same.

The Giants finished the 2018 season a measly 5-11. Still, Giants Nation was strong. New York had the second-highest attendance total in 2018. Through the toughest of times, the Giants play in full stadiums.

Outside of total attendance, the Giants still ranked high in average attendance. 2017 Giants games averaged 77,179 fans per game (4th in the NFL) and 2018 Giants games averaged 76,940 fans per game (4th in the NFL again).

Giants fans show up to every game AND every practice. Weekend practice training camp tickets sold out in less than 3 hours upon release and every ticket was sold out in only three days. This is in 2019, while football fans around the country are trying to claim that the Giants are losing fans and have no future.

There will be plenty of Giants fans excitedly attending training camp next week, showing up, caring, and packing the practice fields. Just like Giants Nations will show up, care, and pack MetLife Stadium this season. Just like they did last season, the season before that, and every season before that.

The Giants are not a premier football team right now. But this does not matter to Giants Nation. Through thick and thin, our Giants Pride stands strong and losing one player will not change that. Giants fans record high attendance rates every season, and that will not change in 2019.

New York Giants News, 7/18 – Baker Mayfield has no idea

Baker Mayfield goes after New York Giants fans.

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

Before we get started, let’s get one thing clear, Baker Mayfield has less of a clue about Giants fans that Browns fans do about winning.

If you haven’t seen what Baker said about us, check it out. Fans who actually care…yes, New Yorkers expect production and a winning team, but when you’re in the biggest sports market in the world and have more people per capita than a small farming ranch in Ohio, it starts to make sense.

What Mayfield would have done to enjoy the spotlight of New York — but that’s not what I want to talk about, I want to talk about what we’ve been through with Odell Beckham Jr., and still stood by him. While some voiced their concern, many, including myself, rooted for Beckham despite his madness.

The kicking net, the peeing like a dog celebration, the drugs and girls in Paris, the fighting with Josh Norman, the temper tantrums, the mid-game IVs…we can go on all day. There hasn’t been a lick of drama with the Giants in weeks, I wonder why?

The latest development, Kam Moore, a safety for Big Blue, was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with a woman. He was immediately suspended by the team and will likely be released upon confirmation of the incident. It was one-day news, nothing more. What GM Dave Gettleman has done to turn the organization from a laughing stock to a respectable franchise has been nothing short of impressive.

Again, Giants fans are some of the most loyal fans in the world. Even if we all hate each other for no reason, we all just want our team to be successful at the end of the day. That’s a simple reality, and Mayfield will never be able to experience the love we have to offer. Fortunately for us, Saquon Barkley will.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day!

Steve Servy (New York Post) – Welcome to Eli Manning’s last stand

Mike Moraitis (Giants Wire) – 2019 Giants training camp preview: Safeties

Matt Cohen (Giants.com) – Secondary coming together under veteran Bethea

Patricia Traina (Big Blue View) – Value of tight ends keeps increasing for Giants

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants linebacker could steal playing time from BJ Goodson

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New York Giants News, 7/17 – Where’s the Giants’ primary weakness?

New York Giants: Saquon Barkley Wins Offensive Rookie Of The Year

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

After winning the 2018 Pepsi Rookie of the Year on Thursday, Saquon Barkley was awarded twice more on Saturday. Early Saturday afternoon, it was announced that Barkley won the 2018 FedEx Ground Player of the Year award. Saturday evening, the 2019 NFL Honors took place, and Saquon took home an award there, too.

The AP Offensive Rookie of the Year is Saquon Barkley. It was a battle between the number one and number two overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Saquon beat out Baker Mayfield to take home the prestigious Offensive Rookie of the Year award. To win the FedEx award, Barkley beat out fellow running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Todd Gurley.

Baker Mayfield created good competition in the voting for Barkley. But in the end, Saquon won the voting with 26.5 votes, compared to Baker’s 21.5, and Quenton Nelson‘s 2.

Saquon Barkley’s Statistics

Saquon got it done on the ground this year with 1,307 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. This included an average of 5.0 yards per carry on 261 rushing attempts.

Not only did Saquon get it done on the ground, but he got it done through the air, too. Barkley totaled 2,028 scrimmage yards. His 91 receptions were a rookie running back record, and they amounted to 721 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.

A Piece Of New York Giants History

Saquon is the second New York Giant to win this award in the last five years. He is the third Giants player to be awarded with a rookie of the year award. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won the award in 2014. Odell and Saquon are the only two players in New York Giants franchise history to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Lawrence Taylor won defensive rookie of the year for the Giants in 1981.

Highlights From The NFL Honors

The NFL Honors even had Beckham Jr. present Barkley the award (along with the beautiful actress Vanessa Hudgens):

Saquon’s rookie year was full of highlights. To commemorate his historic rookie season, the NFL broke down his top 10 plays of the season:

 

New York Giants: Saquon Barkley Wins 2018 Pepsi Rookie Of The Year

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

After already winning the PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year award, New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley has added another trophy to his collection. Fans across the country voted for the Pepsi Rookie Of The Year, and the Giants’ rookie won the voting. Saquon beat out other great talents, such as Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Darius Leonard, and Phillip Lindsay.

It should come as no surprise the Saquon won this award. Barkley was the third running back in NFL history to total 2,000 scrimmage yards as a rookie. With this feat, the rookie from Penn State joined the elite company of Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James.

Barkley proved to be well worth the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Along with his league leading 2,028 yards from scrimmage, Saquon scored 15 total touchdowns. He totaled 15 with 11 rushing and 4 receiving. His 91 receptions were also a rookie running back record. Saquon was a true force in both the rushing and receiving game.

Barkley was also voted to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl. Saquon is greatly respected by his peers and coaches. Of course, the Pro Bowl is an event for the fans, so this is another testament to how much the fans love Barkley.

Saquon was excited to receive the award, and eager to bring it back to the Big Apple:

Giants fans should take a moment to reflect and appreciate Saquon Barkley’s incredible rookie season. Not only was Saquon a stat-sheet stuffer, he was also a human-highlight reel. Barkley proved he could take any play and turn it into a highlight.

A simple screen pass:

A speedy handoff from 78 yards out:

An everyday 9 yard gain:

And of course, an ordinary handoff from the 1 yard line:

New York Giants Reportedly Planning On Drafting Eli’s Successor In 2019

New York Giants, Eli Manning

In his post-season press conference, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman revealed he had a “very honest” conversation with quarterback Eli Manning. The topics discussed in this conversation were never officially revealed as it was private between Manning and Gettleman. However, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post recently reported on what was discussed during that conversation.

According to Schwartz, “The ‘brutally honest’ assessment Gettleman promised will not result in parting with Manning, but it will lead to a high-alert effort to find his successor.”

The Giants’ Plan To Replicate The Chiefs’ And Other Teams’ Successes

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs took the NFL by storm in 2018. In his second NFL season, his first as a starter, Mahomes threw 50 touchdown passes. Patrick spent his entire 2017 rookie season sitting behind Alex Smith, learning from the veteran, and preparing to take over as a starter in 2018. The Giants are reportedly looking to replicate the Chiefs’ formula and success this year.

The Giants did something similar to this in 2004. After making a draft day trade to acquire Eli Manning, they sat him behind veteran Kurt Warner to start the 2004 NFL season. However, in week 11, the Giants put Warner on the bench and let Manning take over. Manning had a rough 7 games in his rookie season, but he gained valuable experience.

Eli was much more ready to face NFL defenses in his sophomore season. In his second season, Manning finished among the top five quarterbacks in both passing yards and touchdown passes, while leading an offense that finished third in the NFL in scoring with a total of 422 points. It was the most points the Giants scored in a single season since 1963. The Giants won the NFC East with an 11–5 record, and advanced to the postseason as the #4-seed.

Sitting back and learning to begin their first season has proven to be very effective for NFL quarterbacks. In 2018, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson started the season as the second-string quarterback. However, when each of them got their chance to play, they proved to be the best quarterbacks on the roster. Both quarterbacks would attribute much of their success to the help they received from the other quarterbacks on their rosters. Mayfield and Jackson were not perfect and struggled at times, but they will likely progress in their sophomore seasons.

Eli Manning has never had to mentor a quarterback before. However, in 2019, it seems like he will play a major role in grooming the successor:

Gettleman has not divulged the details of the “great conversation’’ he had with Manning after the season. It appears as if Manning was told of the plan to bring in a youngster to take his job down the road. No one is asking Manning to be a quarterbacks coach, but the Giants need to know their veteran will embrace the newcomer. By all indications, Manning is fine with that scenario, as he realizes too much losing has gone on and he cannot play forever.

Gettleman’s Quarterback Draft Search

Paul Schwartz’s report came with this valuable piece of information: “The search for the next franchise quarterback will be undertaken in the draft, not free agency.” The 2019 free agent class of quarterbacks is nothing special. Nick Foles is not a young quarterback that Eli could groom and Teddy Bridgewater is not looked at as a franchise quarterback due to injury history. However, there are plenty of quarterback options in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State fits Dave Gettleman’s mold. It is early in the draft process, but based on what we know about Gettleman, Haskins is likely to be the Giants’ top-ranked quarterback on their big board. With the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins could be an option. “The Giants have yet to determine if Haskins should be taken that high and will study him relentlessly in the coming weeks, trying to pick apart every aspect of his game and personality.”

Other top quarterback prospects include Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, and Daniel Jones. Kyler Murray is supposedly not an option for Gettleman, due to his lack of size and his inexperience in a pro style system. Lock and Jones have typically not been looked at as top ten quarterbacks by most analysts. However, that could change with the NFL Scouting Combine coming up in March. The Giants will definitely be evaluating and meeting with the top quarterback prospects.

Here’s Why The Giants Shouldn’t Rule Out Baker Mayfield As Their QB Selection

The NFL Draft is only days away, and it is still a huge mystery what the New York Giants are going to do with the second overall pick. Saquon Barkley seems like the favorite, but they could take Bradley Chubb, a quarterback, or trade back and acquire more picks.

Running with the narrative that they will take a quarterback, Baker Mayfield is one they shouldn’t rule out just yet.

Heres why:

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Baker Mayfield ranks at or near the top in nearly every category, according to Pro Football Focus. He has the best adjusted completion percentage of all quarterbacks in this draft, handles himself under pressure with the best, and ranks as the best deep passer in the draft as well. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner had the highest passer rating of any quarterback in this draft when blitzed as well as when he is not.

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Some say that the system he played in is what helped his success because his receivers were often wide open. But if you narrow it down to just NFL type throws, Mayfield is still the best, and he has shown tremendous ability to make those tight window throws. His natural instinct gives him the ability to make plays with his arm or legs when the play breaks down.

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The one main concern about Baker Mayfield is his height, officially measuring at 6’0″. Most scouts prefer quarterbacks to be taller than that, but let us not forget about two of the shortest quarterbacks in the NFL right now, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. Believe it or not, Mayfield has comparable traits as Brees and it’s not just height that they have in common.