Former New York Giants Receiver Cody Latimer Arrested For Assault

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

Another day has gone by and another story has popped up about the New York Giants and the off-the-field qualities of their players. Or in this case, a former player. Cody Latimer was a member of the Giants for the past two seasons, and while he never excelled, he managed to hang around the rotation at wide receiver. When Latimer left the team as a free agent for the Redskins, the departure didn’t make too much noise in the Giants fanbase.

Latimer and his 300 yards from 2019 could be easily replaced, after all – either through the Draft or with talent already on the team. But there’s a reason why, despite not being the most notable player as a Giant, Latimer is being spoken about in relation to the Giants once again.

On Saturday morning, Latimer was arrested in Colorado on charges which include second-degree assault and illegally discharging a firearm. Of course, the problem technically doesn’t belong to the Giants. Latimer is a current member of the Redskins, which saves the Giants from another embarrassing situation right after DeAndre Baker’s arrest.

However, the two incidents in the past couple of days does bring into question the commitment to high character players from General Manager Dave Gettleman. It’s not possible to see every incident before it happens, but players such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins were arguably moved on from for more minor things, while players brought in by the new regime haven’t had an entirely clean record.

With a couple of incidents already involving one current Giants player and one former player of the past two years this offseason, one can only hope that things are calmer from here on – before more doubt is cast on the organization and its decision making processes.

New York Giants: Cody Latimer To Move To Washington Redskins

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

The New York Giants may be looking for another receiver to go in the middle of their rotation, with news coming out that Cody Latimer has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins. Latimer wasn’t the biggest name in the Giants’ receiving corps last year, of course, but he did have 24 receptions for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns, which means he did leave somewhat of a mark on the team’s overall performance.

Statistically, Latimer was the team’s fourth receiver in 2019 and had the fourth most receptions of players at the position, but was outperformed by tight ends Evan Engram and Kaden Smith when it came to overall receptions. When looking at yards, Latimer passed Smith but not Engram.

Latimer didn’t make a huge splash for the Giants in his time with the team but his 2019 performance wasn’t the worst that it could be, after he spent much of the 2018 season on the injured reserve list while only appearing in 6 games and starting two of them – comparatively, his 15 games and 10 starts in 2019 was a big improvement, especially with his receptions more than doubling.

One player that might have contributed to Latimer leaving is Darius Slayton, who pushed others out of the way as the winner of the competition to be the top receiver behind Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. That’s a role that Slayton won easily, and depending on performances when things get going in training camp and the preseason, Slayton could even challenge those two – especially with Sterling Shepard coming off a season disrupted by concussions.

The Giants may sign another player to fill the rotation role that Latimer took up or it may present a chance for a draft pick to step in and compete with less competition – either way, the departures of Latimer and Russell Shepard this offseason show that the receivers room may look slightly different by the time the season starts.

Debate: Should the New York Giants take a WR at 4?

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

As the NFL season comes to a close, fans of the New York Giants have already begun speculating moves that their beloved team should do this offseason.  Something that has become all too familiar over the last few seasons.

One position of intrigue and debate is wide receiver.  After trading away Odell Beckham Jr. and being thin at the position, many wonders if the Giants will take an elite receiver at the top of this April’s NFL Draft.  Others, on the other hand, believe this would be a mistake. Which side are you on?

Making the case for a WR in Round 1

With the 4th overall pick in hand and considering the needs of Washington and Detroit in front of them, the New York Giants very likely could miss out on a premier defensive talent yet again.  Chase Young seems bound for Washington. Isaiah Simmons’ performance has made him a strong candidate to go 3rd overall. So, what does that mean for the Giants?

Popular options include trading back to a quarterback hungry team, taking a young offensive tackle or grabbing another cornerback.  However, many others think the New York Giants should be taking a wide receiver. 

Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb have been considered by some to be ideal selections for the Giants.  Jeudy has been compared to the Cowboys’ Amari Cooper and can be the outside receiver New York covets. His speed and agility make him a threat at all levels.  

Then there is CeeDee Lamb.  Lamb has incredible ball skills and control of his 6’2” frame.  Many compare Lamb to Houston’s Deandre Hopkins or even 6-time Pro Bowler, Reggie Wayne.  How could the New York Giants pass on that?

Even if the Giants were to trade down, the talent in this draft class at the receiver is very deep.  Clemon’s Tee Higgins, Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, and Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. are just some of the names that could be called in the 1st round.

Making the case against a WR in Round 1

The depth of this receiving class may be the strongest case against taking a receiver in the first round.  It is no secret that the New York Giants have needed all over, especially on the defense and offensive line.  Is taking a receiver in the Top 5 really the best use of draft capital?

Without trading out, the Giants are sitting in a great position to address many needs with premier talent.  Isaiah Simmons is an ideal fit, but may not be available. Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah is another top prospect that will be available with the 4th pick.  The tackle position is very top-heavy, with Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas all being considered as the best tackle prospect in the class. 

The Giants have a talented group of receivers already, but they are thin at the position.  With the injuries they suffered last season, having depth is critical. Taking a wide receiver later in the draft may be their best option.  Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, Southern Cal’s Michael Pittman Jr. and Ohio State’s K.J.Hill are just some of the names the Giants could call at any point in the later rounds.  Temple wide receiver Isaiah Wright has been impressing scouts this week at the Shrine Bowl and could very well be a breakout player in the NFL.

What about the free-agent market?

The New York Giants are going to have a ton of money available for free agency.  If they prioritize the offensive line and defense in the NFL Draft, they have some options in free agency in order to build out the depth at wide receiver.

New York can definitely bring back guys that WR Coach Tyke Tolbert is familiar with.  Cody Latimer, Cody Core, and even Da’Mari Scott would all be unsurprising returns to the Giants.  If the G-Men dip elsewhere in free agency, they do have options. They could look to add a veteran with a one year deal, much like Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas or Danny Amendola.  The veteran option giving them depth, talent, and experience as a stop-gap for the season.

What about a younger option that could be signed for a longer deal?  WR Amari Cooper hasn’t be resigned by Dallas… yet. The Jets Robby Anderson looks to be headed to the open market and will be sought after.  There are also options like Rashard Higgins, who showed flashes with his time in Cleveland before the Browns brought in Landry and Odell.

Whatever the case may be, the New York Giants will have to address the lack of depth at wide receiver.  The talent is there, especially with the emergence of Darius Slayton, but there is a longevity concern that will need to be taken into consideration.  

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Set To Face His Toughest Test Yet

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In week five, Daniel Jones will face his toughest test yet. Not the test of handling the New York media, which Daniel has done exceptionally well for a rookie quarterback. Not acclimating to the pro game after taking over for a franchise legend, which Daniel has also handled extraordinarily. This week, Jones faces an even more complex test.

This test is the test of taking on the New England Patriots led by Bill Belichick. It is against this team that former Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning cemented his legacy. And it is against this team that Daniel Jones can prove he has what it takes to survive in the NFL.

Daniel Jones ushers in a new era of New York Giants football. Jones faced a tough Minnesota defense last week and did not have his best game, understandably. But this week, Daniel will travel to Foxborough and compete against the best defense in the NFL. And Daniel will have to face this team short-handed.

An Offense Riddled With Injuries

The New York Giants have officially ruled out Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Wayne Gallman. Shepard will be out this week and maybe longer dealing with his second concussion of the season. Barkley is still dealing with an ankle injury and may have been advised by the doctors to continue nursing his ankle until next week. Evan Engram, who has been having a breakout season, is dealing with some sort of knee injury that will keep him out of this week’s contest, too. Lastly, Wayne Gallman also has a concussion, so the Giants are going into this game without their top two running backs.

This does not leave Daniel Jones with many healthy teammates on offense. Fortunately, his offensive line is healthy. Unfortunately, key pieces of the offensive line, like Nate Solder and Jon Halapio, have been underperforming.

The Giants’ offensive line will need to have a great game if it wants to give Daniel Jones a chance to make some plays. His top receivers will be Golden Tate and Cody Latimer and his top running back will be former practice squad member Jonathan Hilliman. All three of these playmakers need to exceed expectations in order to make things easier for Daniel Jones.

What Daniel Jones Has To Go Up Against:

The New England Patriots have the best secondary in the NFL and it is not even close. Through the first five weeks of the season, the Patriots have yet to allow an opposing team to score a passing touchdown. They are the seventh team to do this since 1940, and the first team to do it in the last thirty years.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones rank first and fourth, respectively, in overall grade among cornerbacks. The Patriots’ defense also features cornerback Stephon Gilmore, PFF’s highest-graded cornerback in 2018.

It is not only going to be difficult for Daniel Jones to get the ball in the end zone but for him to get the ball down the field will be a challenge of its own. The Pats’ current opposing passer rating of 44.0 is the lowest allowed through five games since 1996. Not to mention, Daniel will have to deal with a devastating New England pass-rush that has totaled 24 sacks, the most by any team through five games since 2000.

One area on offense that the Giants really struggled at in the first two weeks of the season was third-down conversions. The Giants improved on this once Daniel Jones was named the starter in week three. But now Daniel Jones is going to have to go up against a historically transcendent third-down defense. The Patriots (12.7 percent) are the first team since 1991 to allow a third-down conversion percentage lower than a 20.0.

The Patriots’ fierce pass-rush and air-tight pass coverage will make it arduous for Danny to toss any Dimes in week five.

New York Giants News, 9/29 – The offensive player we need to talk more about

New York Giants, Evane Engram

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

While New York Giants rookie passer Daniel Jones has been the talk of the town after a 336-yard, four score performance in his first NFL debut, most are overlooking out fantastic his tight end has been.

After years of hoping Evan Engram would blossom into a premier pass-catching tight end, his time has finally come, and the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. has aided that.

Through three games this season, Engram has tallied 277 yards and two scores, already cutting his 2018 totals in half. Last week, he helped the offense with 113 yards and a touchdown — his 75-yard catch and run sparked a change in momentum for the Giants in the second half.

With Cody Latimer missing time against the Buccaneers and Golden Tate missing the first four games of the season, Engram has been stellar in his third season as a professional. His numbers post-Beckham have been astronomically better, as he nearly doubled his production without the Giants top wideout in 2018.

Engram is not only playing at his peak performance, but he’s doing it at the perfect time with Jones taking over at the helm for Big Blue. He will continue to be an essential target for the new quarterback and act as a security blanket when pressure closes in on the pocket.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

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New York Giants: A Look At The Banged Up Receiving Corps Heading Into Week Two

New York Giants, Cody Latimer

The New York Giants will have their season home opener today against the Buffalo Bills. This is a crucial game for the Giants as they are coming off of a tough blowout loss to the division-rival Cowboys. New York is 0-1 and desperately needs to avoid an 0-2 start to the season (again).

Unfortunately, the Giants have been hit with the injury bug at their receiver position. Multiple receivers on the Giants’ roster are dealing with an injury.

Sterling Shepard OUT vs. Buffalo

The New York Giants will be without their best receiver in week two. Sterling Shepard has a concussion and will miss an unspecified amount of time healing. The Giants are also being investigated by the NFL for the way they dealt (or didn’t deal) with Shepard’s concussion.

Sterling took a hit to the head, wobbled, then collapsed during the week one game in Dallas. He seemed momentarily knocked out before getting up and staying in the game. Shepard sustained a concussion on this play and should not have been allowed to continue playing, but the Giants left him in the game.

The Giants might face some sort of punishment for this inaction. But, if not, they will at the very least be without their best receiver for a week or longer.

Who Is Filling In For Shep?

Upon ruling Shepard out for week two, the Giants made an important roster move. They signed preseason standout T.J. Jones to the active roster. Jones was impressive in the preseason, leading many fans to be disappointed when he was cut from the final roster.

In limited preseason playing time, Jones hauled in 12 catches for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. T.J. looked good in preseason, running crisp routes and making a few tough grabs. His most impressive moments were against the Bears, connecting with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

Fans are excited to see T.J. Jones making a return. Fans are lucky to see Cody Latimer still in the lineup.

A Hobbled Cody Latimer To Start

The Giants will be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday, but they will have Cody Latimer. Latimer was impressive in week one (one of only a few players to play to their potential). Cody racked up 74 receiving yards on 3 catches against the Cowboys, including one incredible one-handed grab.

Latimer is the Giants’ best deep threat option. When healthy, he has the speed and size to make plays deep on the outside. Unfortunately, the Giants will not be getting a fully healthy Cody Latimer against the Bills.

Latimer is dealing with a calf injury that will keep his abilities limited in week two. The Giants’ deep-play ability might suffer from this. New York has a couple of other receivers on the depth chart who might try to fill in here.

The other Giants receivers healthy and playing in week two are Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler, and Cody Core. Fowler and Shepard are much more likely to see game-action than Core. Eli Manning will be without a primary receiver again this week, so expect to see the Giants rely heavily on superstar running back Saquon Barkley.

New York Giants News, 9/15 – Giants vs Bills score prediction

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Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

After a rough start to the season for the Giants against the Dallas Cowboys, they will look to rebound against the Buffalo Bills in week two.

The matchup is favorable as Bills second-year quarterback Josh Allen struggled in his season debut against the Jets, turning the ball over four times. Buffalo’s offensive line is lackluster and should allow the Giants to have a successful day in the trenches. The pass rush needs to rebound in a big way after presenting themselves as a weakness.

Ultimately, stopping Allen from running the ball will be the priority. Also, he has a powerful arm and will look to beat the Giants downfield with speedy receivers like John Brown. Safety Antoine Bethea will play a big part in stopping Allen and his ability to throw the long ball.

On the offensive side of the ball for Big Blue, they might be without Cody Latimer, their de facto number one receiver after losing Sterling Shepard to a concussion this week. Without their top pass catcher, the Giants will be forced to utilize running back Saquon Barkley early and often. After earning just 11 touches last week against Dallas, Barkley will be the focal point and a necessity for the Giants offense to put points on the board.

The Giants offense of line and the best run grade out of any team in week one, and they must use that fact to their advantage against them Bills.

Score Prediction: Giants 27 – Bills 24

Nonetheless–

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New York Giants News, 9/13 – Another Giants receiver added to the injury list

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Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

With the Giants preparing to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, they will need all of their offensive firepower to overcome a solid defensive opponent.

Big Blue will potentially be without top pass-catcher Sterling Shepard with a concussion and new signing Golden Tate due to suspension. Add in the late injury to Cody Latimer, a calf ailment, and the Giants could be down to the bare bones of their wide receiver corps.

Signing T.J. Jones this week will help supplement the loss of their pass-catchers, but not to a level where they can expect to succeed at a high level. Latimer, who’s a steady No. 2/3 wideout, is expected to be the top option for quarterback Eli Manning, and without him, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard will be expected to elevate their games.

However, tight end Evan Engram will be the primary target for Manning and head coach Pat Shurmur will have no choice but to utilize Saquon Barkley early and often. Compared to week one against the Dallas Cowboys, Barkley’s workload will increase against the Bills. He was used sparingly due to a lack of offensive ball control, as the Cowboys led for a majority of the game and were scoring at will.

Despite the defensive woes, the Giants offense didn’t score until the third quarter after their first drive touchdown against the Cowboys and losing two receivers only hurts their chances of elevating their production in week two.

Nonetheless–

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New York Giants: Eli Manning Needs To Take More Risks

The New York Giants desperately need the old Eli Manning to take over the imposter who wears #10 for the Giants. The quarterback who would frustrate fans by forcing balls down the field, but also energize his team by taking risks to generate big plays down the field. They need the quarterback who took risks, hung in the pocket and let his receivers make plays down the field. The organization needs that guy back for them to salvage this season.

Eli has become too conservative. He reads the field looking for the safe throw first before looking at his deep read. The defense is going to be poor all year, he has to take shots for the Giants to compete in 2019. Last season, Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers all had a higher INT % than Eli Manning.

There has been a lot of scrutiny on the strength of Eli’s arm, but what good is it to have a healthy arm if you aren’t going to use it? On Sunday against the Cowboys, Eli attempted a deep pass (20+ yards down the field) on only 6.8% of his dropbacks, according to Profootballfocus metrics.

After rewatching every non-screen pass play called through the first three quarters, it became evident Eli left a lot of opportunities out there for the Giants. Let’s dive into the film.

Film Review

Q2 8:38 – 3rd and 12

The Giants struggled to convert third downs all game, converting only two out of eleven third-down opportunities. Midway through the second quarter, the Giants faced a third and 12 from their own 33. Dallas left the deep middle of the field exposed, if Eli holds the ball a half-second longer, he has the time to hit Russell Sheppard on a deep crossing route. Instead, he opts to check down to Ellison and the Giants punt.

Q2 1:13 – 1st and 10

The two-minute drill was unwatchable. The Giants gained 31 yards in the 1:04 they had the ball. The Cowboys played cover 3 on this play, which should have been advantageous to the Giants given they ran a flat curl combination to Eli’s left. The cornerback in the slot to Eli’s left should be Eli’s first read to dictate where he wants to go with the ball. As soon as the slot corner sprints to the flat, Eli knows he’ll have the curl route, which he did. Instead, the ball comes out quickly over the middle for a short gain.

Q2 0:54 – 2nd and 4

The Giants dial up the perfect play design against the Cowboys covers 2 defense. To Eli’s right, Engram sprints to the flat to occupy the corner, giving Sheppard room to make a play over top between the corner and the safety. This should have been Eli’s first read, but once again he gets rid of the ball too quickly and doesn’t take advantage of what the coverage is giving him.

Q2 0:30 – 1st and 10

This was one of Eli’s most egregious misses. He completes an accurate ball to Latimer on the sideline but misses a great opportunity to hit Engram up the seam matched against a linebacker. It’s possible he was spooked by the safety in the middle of the field, but given how much time was left in the half and where the Giants were on the field, this was a risk worth taking.

Q3 11:12 – 2nd and 9

On this play-action rollout to Eli’s right, it takes him too long to come off his first few reads along the sideline. If he had looked up, he would have seen a wide-open Rhett Ellison in the back of the end zone. These kind of misses are inexcusable.

Q3 8:39 – 2nd and 3

First, let’s give the Giants credit for actually sending Barkley on a wheel route and trying to free him up with a pick play. Eli has a fairly clean pocket to throw from, but seems to panic and get rid of the ball too early before Barkley was expecting it. If he tries to hit Barkley in stride further down the sideline, this is likely a touchdown.

Conclusion

The Giants desperately need Eli to elevate the offense. 2011 Eli wouldn’t have won Sunday against the Cowboys, but 2011 Eli can carry this team to a wild card birth. The offensive line looks strong, he finally has as running game and a few weapons among his receivers and tight ends. If Eli forces a pick downfield next Sunday you will hear a lot of groans from the fans in the stands, but that could also be a signal that Eli is back and ready to elevate this offense one last time.