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.

BREAKING: New York Yankees Acquire C Rob Brantly

New York Yankees, Rob Brantly

The New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants have struck a small deal for journeyman catcher Rob Brantly. He was picked 100th overall in the MLB 2010 draft by the Tigers. In his MLB career so far, he’s spent time with the White Sox, Marlins, Phillies, and Giants. He was added to the Yankees’ 60 man roster and was sent to their alternative site.

Adding Catching Depth

While Gary Sanchez and Erik Kratz have held the fort down, for doubleheaders, if there are any prominent injuries, it makes sense to have a 4th in-house option. In his career, Brantly has a 72 wRC+ and -2.2 fWAR, so while he hasn’t had a very successful career, the Yankees still need the depth. He’s also the only left-handed hitting catcher on this MLB roster, so he can perhaps find some success in an MLB friendly park. He has shown signs of being able to hit in the minor leagues, as in his last AAA stint, he had an above .400 OBP.

So far, in 2020, Brantly has only one game played where he went 0-3.

Classic Sneaky Solid Move

This move doesn’t catch your eye and doesn’t blow you away, but it does work as a sound baseball move. You give up small cash considerations and get a 3rd catcher as Higashioka has been hurt. It makes sense, and it’s a position that just needs guys to play as depth. I don’t expect Brantly to be a mainstay in the lineup, but I do expect him to be waiting in the wing if the injury bug strikes again. This is just Cashman making sure he has guys to bring up if there’s an emergency.

People may not appreciate the move, but it’s a logical move. Welcome to the Bronx Rob Brantly, we hope to see you do well in pinstripes!

New York Yankees trade for right handed relief pitcher

New York Yankees, Addison Russ

The New York Yankees have been looking for pitching after a devastating sweep at the hand of the Tampa Bay Rays. Big names and trade ideas have been thrown around, yet this isn’t the big move people would think of. The New York Yankees acquired minor league RHP Addison Russ from the Philadelphia Phillies, and he is in the Yankees alternative site. This deal does not seem like an important move to most, but it has the potential to be a great pickup for the Yankees pitching depth.

Hard Thrower From the Bullpen

Addison Russ can sit in the 94-96 MPH range for his fastball, and it’s got life. He’s got a good fastball and changeup combo, and he can be a replacement in the bullpen for the injured arms. So far in his minor league career, he has a 2.46 ERA and has never had a season with an xFIP above 3.22, where he only pitched 3.1 innings as it was his first year. He commands an 11.8 K/9 with a solid 2.6 BB/9 with a 1.087 WHIP. These are great numbers for a reliever, and he can prove to be a great asset for the Yankees bullpen.

Another Diamond in the Rough

The New York Yankees honestly just fleeced the Phillies, because they just landed a player, who in over 150 innings as a reliever, has never really be bad with a good sample size to stand behind. The Yankees only gave up the DFA’d David Hale, who has had a 4.51 SIERA and 4.56 xFIP since 2018.

He has a 3.45 ERA since 2018, but his peripherals show it’s not at all sustainable, so the Yankees aren’t giving up much at all. Brian Cashman might have just gotten his diamond in the rough with Russ, as he can turn into a big pitcher for the Yankees if given innings.

Overall, this deal makes a ton of sense for the Yankees, and they get away with a reliever with gobs of potential. The price? A guy they DFA’d and were planning to get rid of anyways, so it’s a HUGE win for the Yankees.

New York Yankees lose another star player to supposed leg injury

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

The New York Yankees simply can’t get out of the way when it comes to the injury bug. After losing Zack Britton to a hamstring injury last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday afternoon’s game didn’t provide any more positive news.

On a routine ground ball, Gleyber Torres was running to first base when he stumbled and supposedly hurt his leg. He walked off under his own power but was taken out of the game as a precaution.

While there’s no answer to the severity of the injury, this is another massive blow to a Yankees team that is already without Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and DJ LeMahieu.

So far on the year, Torres is hitting .237 with one homer and five RBIs. While he is not playing to his potential, Torres was finally getting back into the groove of things.

It seems as if the baseball gods simply have it out for the Yankees, considering the injury carryover from 2019. They already lost starting pitcher Luis Severino to Tommy John surgery and relief arm Tommy Kahnle to the same injury.

Hopefully, Gleyber’s issue isn’t a long-term thing and he can return tomorrow or in the next few days. The Yankees don’t have an off day until Monday, August 24.