New York Giants trade OLB Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals

New York Giants, Markus Golden

Well, with the New York Giants dropping to 1-6 on the season, management made the executive decision to sell at the November 3 trade deadline. They’ve already begun making moves, as the Giants traded outside linebacker Markus Golden to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick.

In fact, I am quite surprised at the Giants even managed to gain any value out of Golden, who signed his free-agent tender this past off-season with Big Blue. He was looking for a multi-year contract worth big money, but teams ultimately weren’t looking to sign him for his asking price. He stuck around with the Giants, and their intelligent move paid off in draft capital.

Golden had only played in 36% of defensive snaps this season, compiling 1.5 sacks, six quarterback hits, and 10 combined tackles. He was essentially put on the back burner in place of Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines, who are both now on injured reserve.

Golden only played in 33% of snaps against Philadelphia in week seven, which is quite surprising given the Giants don’t have a significant rotation at the moment.

Nonetheless, adding a sixth-round pick is essential, as the Giants previously only had five picks in the 2021 NFL draft. I expect they will make more moves in the coming days as we draw closer to November 3.

New York Jets trade OLB Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers

New York Jets, Jordan Willis

The fire sale continues! The New York Jets have now traded promising edge rusher Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers. The Jets will get back another 2022 6th Round Selection while parting ways with Wllis and a 7th this season.

Willis has only played 42 snaps this season, and was even in active the last three games. Despite that, he has displayed promise. Since being drafted to Cinncinati in 2017, Willis has displayed potential with a total of 52 tackles, 8 TFL’s and 3.0 sacks. This is a move that provides the 49era more depth at a position that has been decimated by injuries this season. As for the Jets, this is only a sign of more to come.

As I previously noted, with some veterans on cheap deals, teams that are willing to part with a mid rounder could entice Joe Douglas. Calling this a full-blown fire sale is still a stretch on my end, but a fire sale would not be an awful idea.

The team would have more draft flexibility and more cap room while also providing some younger players an opportunity to get in game reps. As for the veterans, this lets them out of the awful coaching staff’s grips and gives them a shot to rebuild their stock. With the team continuing to flounder and reportedly, ”Tanking for Trevor”, there is no end in sight to the roster upheaval coming.

BREAKING: Jets’ Steve McLendon traded to Tampa Bay

Steve McLendon has been a quality veteran piece for the New York Jets since 2016. Coming over from Pittsburgh, he had decently high expectations. Ranked by PFF as one of the most efficient nose tackles in the game, the Jets were looking to gain a reliable piece upfront.

Since then, McClendon has provided that and then some on the field, McClendon has been a formidable piece for the squad. With his last season totaling up 36 tackles, seven QB hits, 10 TFL’s, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Not only that, but McClendon has not missed a game since 2017. McClendon is also a vocal leader and someone, the coaching staff, has been immensely complimentary of.

Per Jim Stroud, McLendon has been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he reunites with former Jets had Coach Todd Bowles. In his last season with Bowles, McClendon had 3.5 sacks, 7TFL’s, a forced fumble, and 28 tackles. McClendon adds a veteran presents upfront to an already stout buccaneer defense.

As for the Jets, this is a sign of full-on rebuild mode. After releasing an offense of leader and playmaker and Le’Veon Bell earlier this week, they now followed it up by trading away a defensive captain in an eye-opening move. With the deadline just a few days away, you’d have to wonder if this is a signal of more to come. With the bulk of the Jets’ top players on short term deals and the team now sitting at 0-6, it would make more sense than not to begin the deconstruction now.

In terms of compensation, the Jets will send a 2023 7th Round selection along with him in order to gain a 2022 6th rounder. At 34 years old, yes, he does provide value, but he was likely not going to fetch anything more than a late rounder. Still, the Jets were able to shed cap, provide young guys opportunities to step up, and earn a role in the future, while also giving McClendon a much-deserved opportunity on a contender.

New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter suffers ruptured Achilles

New York Giants, Lorenzo Carter

New York Giants EDGE defender, Lorenzo Carter, suffered a ruptured Achilles on Sunday afternoon in Dallas, per Mike Garafolo.

This was a devastating injury for Big Blue and the Georgia alum as this projected to be the year where Carter broke out. After just 8.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and 23 QB hits in his first two years, Lorenzo Carter was slowly developing into his role as the premier edge threat for New York.

Carter had already posted one sack, two tackles for loss, eight pressures, and four QB hits in the first four games of the season. In three of these games, Carter played over 80-percent of snaps proving that he was a vital aspect of the team.

The third-year defender was really coming into his own as he had been a top 20 EDGE defender in the run with a Pro Football Focus (PFF) run-grade of 71.5. Carter also had an overall grade of 68.4 ranking him 34th in the league amongst EDGE defenders.

This season-ending injury adds to a laundry list of devastating injuries seen around the NFL this season. It has called into question the true preparedness that the players possessed coming into the season with a shortened prep period due to COVID-19.

BREAKING: Jets have presumptive positive COVID test per Adam Schefter

New York Jets, Adam Gase

Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic during this football season was never going to be an easy task. The NFL has now begun to see a spike in cases that is felt throughout the world. Yet,  the Tennessee Titans outbreak looks to be a little more contained as they had zero new positive cases. Along with the NFL seemingly getting a grip on the game schedule during a pandemic, the New York Jets have thrown a curveball into that premise.

Today, Adam Schefter has reported the New York Jets had a presumptive positive test.

What We Know

What is known is that the Jets had one of their routine tests come back positive today on One Jets Drive. Thus, all players and coaches were sent home, and the player who tested positive is awaiting the results of their retest, per Rich Cimini. The Arizona Cardinals were slated to fly out today for this Sunday’s contest, and that game now hinges on the results of this test. This positive test is considered presumptive as there have been false positives in the last week or so.

Still, the organization must act out of an abundance of caution to prevent a continued spread. One scenario that could come into play is reminiscent of this past Monday’s game between the Patriots and Chiefs. Despite a positive test, the Patriots kept the virus contained between Cam Newton and now All-Pro Corner Stephon Gilmore, and the team were still able to play their scheduled game.

Long Term Outlook

The Jets must now act with the same sense of fluidity that the entire league and country, for that matter, has operated under in order to prevent a larger spread. The players and coaches need to continue to take responsibility in order to finish the season. With that said, if cases continue to become more widespread nationally, the league may have to consider a bubble setup to finish out the season and the playoffs safely.

Hopefully, the Jets get everything in order within the organization, because no matter how critical you are of the team, I wish them nothing but the best in their health and potential COVID-19 recovery.

New York Giants set to sign Devonta Freeman pending physical

New York Giants, Devonta Freeman

The moment running back Saquon Barkley went down for the New York Giants, every fan held their breath. From Giants fans to fantasy owners across the country, Barkley’s injury is significant in many different ways.

Athletes all over the world have expressed their condolences for his injury, as it will take an entire season for him to recover and return to the field. However, with modern-day medical advancements, Barkley should return to full health, barring any complications with his rehabilitation. Considering the supernatural athlete that he is, Barkley’s chances of making a 100% recovery are promising.

Nonetheless, the Giants have to move forward without him and supplement his injury in different ways. Against the Chicago Bears in week two, they were forced to utilize Dion Lewis in a lead back style. Lewis ran for 20 yards on 10 attempts, having more productivity in the passing game. The Giants deactivated Wayne Gallman for the contest, which was seemingly a bad move.

On Tuesday, though, Mike Garafolo of NFL  Network stated that the Giants are expected to sign Devonta Freeman, former Atlanta Falcons running back.

What are the New York Giants getting in RB Devonta Freeman?

Freeman is a quality back, having earned two Pro Bowl appearances with the Falcons back in 2015 & 2016. He has struggled to remain healthy the past few seasons but is a more than capable option for Daniel Jones and the offense.

In 2019, he rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed 410 yards and four touchdowns through the air. From a statistical perspective, Freeman is an all-around back who can do many things for the Giants and the running game. He will likely sign a one-year deal that expires in 2021, clearing them of any cap implications.

Overall, this is a solid signing for the Giants who desperately needed help after Saquon’s injury.

New York Giants trade for Denver CB Isaac Yiadom

New York Giants, Isaac Yiadom

The New York Giants made a value trade on Wednesday evening, sending a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for former third-round pick, Isaac Yiadom.

Yiadom won’t become a Giant until he passes COVID-19 protocols and a physical, but if he evidently joins the team, the Giants will now have another player to compete at cornerback.

At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Isaac is going into his third season in the NFL. Formally a Boston College stand out, he has played in 29 games with nine starts over two seasons. He has a total of 55 tackles, one interception, and seven passes defended.

In 2019, he enjoyed eight starts and 16 appearances, earning 38 tackles, four passes defended, and five special teams tackles.

How will the New York Giants utilize the young corner?

Worst case scenario, he becomes a valuable special-teams player, but his ability to play cornerback fits well with the mold head coach Joe Judge is trying to implement.

The Giants are currently trying to supplement the loss of DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal at the CB2 position, so Yiadom will join the ranks and try to earn starting reps immediately.

Nonetheless, he has a tall task ahead of him as the Giants recently signed Logan Ryan to a one year, maximum $7.5 million deal.

MLB punishes Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman and Aaron Boone for no reason over Tampa incident

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone
Houston Astros’ players weren’t suspended a single game for cheating multiple seasons and winning a World Series because of it, but New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman throws one wayward pitch and things get out of hand.

Both Chapman and manager Aaron Boone were suspended due to the chaos that occurred after Tuesday evening’s game. Chapman threw a 101 MPH fastball at the head of Michael Brosseau, and the league suspended him three games for it.

The Tampa Bay Rays believe it was intentional, while a chart of Chapman’s four-seam fastballs this year would suggest that he has just been erratic with his pitches.

Boone, who played a very small part in this incident, was suspended one game, as was Tampa’s manager Kevin Cash.

Kevin Cash said in response to Chapman’s wayward high and tight pitch:

It’s ridiculous. Enough is enough. … It was mishandled by the Yankees.”

“Poor judgement. Poor coaching. Poor teaching.”

“I can assure you, other than three years ago, there hasn’t been one pitch thrown with intent from any of our guys. Somebody has to be accountable and the last thing I’ll say is I have a whole damn stable full of guys that throw 98 mph.”

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone followed stating:

“I think just some back and forth with obviously the ball coming close to Brossaeu there,” Boone said. “They’re upset with it. I understand that can be scary when you get it near your guy.”

“Those are pretty scary comments,” Boone said. “I don’t think that’s right at all.”

When asked if Boone would reach out to Cash in regard to the chaos that ensued, he stated:

“Cash and I have a good relationship and if we need to talk about things, we will.”

BREAKING: New York Giants sign CB Logan Ryan to fill massive void in secondary

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants signed former New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan on Monday afternoon. He will sign of one year, $7.5 million deal, according to Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network.

What does Logan Ryan bring to the New York Giants?

With the Giants losing DeAndre Baker to the commissioner’s exempt list for the 2020 season and Sam Beal opting out due to COVID-19, the secondary has been extremely thin. Relying on youth players like Corey Ballantine, Prince Smith, and a bevy of another unproven talent, signing Ryan provides much-needed support.

At 29 years old, the New Jersey native can play cornerback on the boundary, in the slot, and safety. He played in all 16 games in 2019 with the Titans, posting 113 combined tackles, eight quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks, 18 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and four interceptions. His production in all facets of the game was extravagant, despite allowing five touchdowns in coverage. He missed 11 of 124 possible tackle attempts and posted a 66.0 completion rate against.

Ultimately, he provides serious support at a voided number two corner position. Having an experienced veteran take over will help the secondary immensely, and give the pass rush more time to leave their mark. He will have two weeks with the Giants to learn the system and become a custom with their style before the start of the regular season. Luckily, he is familiar with new head coach Joe Judge.

New York Giants lose Xavier McKinney and David Mayo to injury

New York Giants, Xavier McKinney

It is 2020 after all. The New York Giants couldn’t escape the injury bug before the regular season even started, with second-round pick Xavier McKinney fracturing his left foot and reserve linebacker David Mayo picking up a torn meniscus.

McKinney, who is expected to be a focal point on defense in the secondary, will now miss significant time before making his debut. It is possible he will miss the entire 2020 season, as he will undergo surgery on Wednesday with foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley.

The Alabama product has looked stellar during training camp so far, forcing several turnovers and exciting the defense with his quality of play. In 2019 with the Crimson Tide, he racked up seven turnovers and displayed a keen ability to move up to the line of scrimmage and play well against the run as well as act as a ball hawk.

As for Mayo, he will undergo surgery on Thursday, after spending his first season with the Giants in 2019. The six-year veteran played in all 16 games for Big Blue, including 13 starts after rookie Ryan Connolly went down with a torn ACL. He had a career-best 80 tackles and earned 2.0 sacks.

The New York Giants are already thin on defense:

Losing these two players is a significant hit to an already thin defense. The secondary is missing a starter at the number two corner position and now free safety is up for grabs. However, young defender Julian Love will supplement the loss of McKinney at free safety, as he’s been working primarily there with the Giants during padded practices.

As for a middle linebacker, the Giants signed Blake Martinez with a three-year deal to act as one of their starters. With Mayo now scheduled to miss significant time, the hopes are that Connelly can regain his health and be ready for the start of the regular season in three weeks.