Giants Parting Ways With DeAndre Baker Per Report

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants will be releasing 2019 first round selection DeAndre Baker this week as per a report by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Giants’ co-owner John Mara hinted last week that the team was ready to move on from Baker “sooner rather than later” in his remarks to the media and here it is. The Giants have already reassigned Baker’s uniform number (27) to recently acquired cornerback Isaac Yiadom and appear to be ready to put the whole sordid Baker affair behind them.

Baker’s case in Florida will not be heard until January, meaning he’s going to be on the Commissioner’s Exempt List all season unless the case against him is dropped. That isn’t likely to happen, even though there are inconsistencies in the evidence and the testimony of witnesses. Another NFL player, Seahawks defensive back Quinton Dunbar, was originally implicated in the alleged crime, but no case was brought forward against him.

Last week, both Mara and Giants general manager Dave Gettleman both told reporters that there were no prior ‘red flags’ in Baker’s past pointing to such criminal behavior.

The Giants will now have nothing to show for the draft day deal that resulted the selection of Baker. They traded the 37th, 132nd and 142nd selections last year to Seattle in exchange for the 30th overall pick they used on the former Georgia star.

Baker took all season to get his sea legs under him, giving up huge chunks of yardage and several easy touchdowns in the process. It wasn’t until late in the season that he began to show the form he had at the college level.

 

New York Giants: Report Says DeAndre Baker Set For Release

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The DeAndre Baker era for the New York Giants secondary might just be over. There were high expectations for the first round draft pick coming out of college, especially after the Giants traded up for him, but this current legal case will almost certainly see Baker’s exit from the franchise.

That’s because there’s been a delay in the proceedings and it won’t be resolved until at least January. Probably, things will get dragged out even longer than that. And the Giants, having brought in Logan Ryan and Isaac Yiadom as alternatives, don’t have time to sit around and wait.

Report claims Giants are moving on from Baker

It’s not just random speculation saying the Giants will move on from DeAndre Baker.

Once the media learns that a team is planning on cutting a player, it’s oftentimes true that the player’s days with the team are numbered. And Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that the Giants are finally going to pull the plug and release Baker.

The Giants will try to recoup some of Baker’s guaranteed salary and bonus money on a four-year, $10.5 million contract after he is released because of personal conduct clauses, but that is a complicated process, league sources say.

Getting into a legal case centered around armed robbery is certainly the kind of personal conduct the Giants would like their players to avoid. However, that’s exactly what happened to Baker. Also, with at least two new replacements at the position, there’s no need for the Giants to wait for Baker to sort things out.

At this pint, it looks for sure based on the team’s moves that his time with the Giants is over. The only question is whether or not the Giants get their money back as they close the disappointing chapter of DeAndre Baker’s career that was spent with the team.

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman drops legendary line, more in press conference

General manager Dave Gettleman spoke with the media in a virtual press conference today to discuss his team, the New York Giants, or as he likes to call them, “The Fighting Joe Judges.” This is one of the highlight quotes from Gettleman’s press conference today.

The regular season kicks off in just under two weeks now. New York, along with the other NFL teams, has an important week of practices ahead of them as they trim down their rosters. Final rosters are due at the end of this week.

It has been a while since the media has met with Dave Gettleman, so they asked him questions on a variety of topics.

Dave Gettleman on Daniel Jones

Dave Gettleman’s defining draft pick of his career will be the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft: Daniel Jones. Gettleman had never been tasked with finding a team’s franchise quarterback until last year’s offseason. So far, Gettleman is “confident” in the decision he made, selecting Daniel Jones out of Duke.

Dave Gettleman said “I’m comfortable and confident with him right now,” referring to Jones. Gettleman thinks Jones is “Gonna be a fine NFL QB,” and showed real excitement when discussing his regular season. The general manager did mention Daniel’s fumbling issues in his rookie season, but Gettleman thinks the fumbles are “overshadowing” a season where Daniel Jones “did things no other rookie quarterback has ever done.”

Dave Gettleman on Aldrick Rosas and DeAndre Baker

The Giants had two key players get into serious legal trouble this offseason. Starting kicker Aldrick Rosas and starting cornerback DeAndre Baker were both arrested for different incidents. Gettleman was asked about these players today.

“There was nothing in Aldrick’s background, nothing in DeAndre’s background that would suggest these things would happen. It’s disappointing.” – Dave Gettleman on Aldrick Rosas and DeAndre Baker

For Gettleman to say there was nothing to suggest that these things would happen is a bit controversial. Aldrick Rosas was arrested in the past for driving under the influence, which seems like a good indicator that he could have problems driving again in the future. Gettleman responded to that, saying he “didn’t know [about Rosas’s previous arres] because I wasn’t here.”

DeAndre Baker is now on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list. This means he is on the Giants’ roster but he is not allowed to join their team activities. Gettleman said the Giants are “still in conversations” about whether or not they will cut DeAndre Baker.

Dave Gettleman on the Offensive Line

Since Dave Gettleman joined the New York Giants in 2018, he has made it a priority to rebuild the offensive line. When asked about his progress on that, Dave sounded pretty hopeful for the line’s future. Gettleman said this is the “closest we’ve ever been” to obtaining the offensive line that he envisioned for this team.

Dave Gettleman is confident that the Giants have “the right guys” on the offensive line. Gettleman said “they just gotta learn to play together,” but he is confident in his new offensive line.

Dave Gettleman on Logan Ryan

The New York Giants made a splash this week signing free agent cornerback Logan Ryan to a one-year deal worth $7.5 million. Ryan is a huge addition to the Giants’ secondary and will step in as one of the best players on the team instantly. When asked about his role in the Giants’ defense, Gettleman said he expects Ryan to play “well above 75-80 percent” of the team’s defensive snaps.

Dave Gettleman on the Future of the New York Giants

The Giants have lost a lot of games since Dave Gettleman took over in 2018. New York is 9-23 over the last two seasons. But Gettleman is now hopeful for the future and the direction of this team. He thinks they are headed in the right direction, thanks to three years of roster development. Gettleman also cited the team’s quarterback, “a heck of an RB,” and some pieces on both the offensive and defensive lines as reasons for optimism.

We’re getting there. – Dave Gettleman on the state of the 2020 New York Giants

New York Giants, Logan Ryan have mutual interest (Report)

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the New York Giants and free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan have mutual interest.

Ryan, 29, spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Last season he compiled four interceptions, four and a half sacks, and 113 combined tackles. Across the Titans’ three 2019 AFC playoff games, Ryan compiled one interception and 25 combined tackles.

Across his seven seasons in the NFL, the cornerback has compiled 17 interceptions, 11 sacks, and 494 combined tackles. He was selected with the 83rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, where he played from 2013-16.

The Rutgers product recently changed his agent, and his former representation pitched to teams that Ryan can play safety, too.

Ryan is one of several high-profile free agents still unsigned. Defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney, Clay Matthews, and Jabaal Sheard, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Damon Harrison are free agents.

The Giants secondary has taken a hit in recent weeks. Would-be second-year corner DeAndre Baker has been prosecuted on four counts of robbery with a firearm; corner Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 season; rookie safety Xavier McKinney fractured his foot, likely sidelining him for the first half of the regular season. Linebacker David Mayo recently tore his meniscus, likely sidelining him for a month.

The team’s active defensive backfield includes free-agent signee James Bradberry, Jabrill Peppers, Grant Haley, second-year players Julian Love and Corey Ballentine, and rookies Darnay Holmes and Chris Williamson, among others.

Holmes left the Giants’ Friday night intrasquad scrimmage at MetLife Stadium with a “lower” injury, and Blake Martinez missed some time with an undisclosed injury. Both players have returned to practice.

The Giants are learning a new defense under new head coach Joe Judge, administered by defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

The Giants open the 2020 NFL season on Monday, September 14 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York Giants: Positions To Keep An Eye On With Cuts Around The Corner

New York Giants

The New York Giants will set their fifty-three man roster in a week from today. Over this next week, the team will be determining who will stay and who will go. The Giants do have a few positions of need, and they also have few positions of strength. Ahead of camp cuts, which positions are worth keeping a close eye on?

UDFA Wide Receivers

Behind Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate, the Giants have a positional battle at the wide receiver position. Corey Coleman will be competing with a number of rookie wide receivers to win the fourth wide receiver position.

New York has four undrafted free agent wide receivers currently on the roster. Derrick Dillon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, and Cody White were all signed by the Giants this offseason. They have all had their fair share of ups and downs in camp, but Victor and Mack have had a few more standout plays.

There are also two other receivers making their names known in camp: David Stills and Alex Bachman. Both players have impressed in practice and could earn themselves a spot on the final roster. For all of these wide receivers, this next week of practice is crucial.

New York Giants: Why James Bradberry Is Essential In The Giants’ New Defense

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants made a splash signing in free agency this offseason. New York inked a deal with former Carolina Panther cornerback James Bradberry. Bradberry was one of the top cornerbacks on the market and the Giants paid him like it. Bradberry and the Giants came to terms on a three-year contract worth $43.5 million ($14.5 million on average annually).

Cornerback was certainly a weakness for the Giants entering this offseason. New York’s pass defense struggled throughout the 2019 season and the team cut long-time primary cornerback Janoris Jenkins. This left the Giants with a huge hole on the outside. Entering 2020, the Giants have filled that hole with the addition of James Bradberry. However, a new hole has opened up on the opposite side of the field.

The Giants signed Bradberry, hoping he would be the team’s primary cornerback with DeAndre Baker playing the second cornerback position. Baker is now facing serious legal charges and has been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. Baker will not be ready for the start of the NFL season and his backup, Sam Beal, has opted out of this season. The Giants are going to have a position battle at cornerback two during training camp, but James Bradberry’s performance at the primary cornerback position will hold the team together.

What Makes James Bradberry So Essential?

Newly-signed cornerback James Bradberry is the only real veteran presence in the Giants’ secondary. Darnay Holmes, Julian Love, and Xavier McKinney are all second and first-year players that will play significant roles in the team’s pass defense. Having a reliable cover-man like Bradberry will help stabilize this group of young and growing players.

At twenty-seven years old, James Bradberry is still a relatively young player. But he is still older than the rest of the players in the secondary. Jabrill Peppers will turn twenty-five this season, making him one of the older players on the Giants’ youthful defense.

With age comes experience. James has spent four years in the NFL, more specifically with the Panthers in the NFC South. The NFC South has the hardest competition at the wide receiver position out of any division in the NFL. Twice a year, Bradberry had to line up against star receivers like Mike Evans, Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley. Here is how he fared in these tough matchups:

For the most part, Bradberry shut down all of these star wide receivers he faced off against in 2019. The Giants are implementing a brand new man-coverage-heavy defensive scheme under Patrick Graham in 2020. Bradberry thrives in press-man coverage and will be able to shadow opposing team’s top receivers with the Giants. As long as Bradberry does his job and eliminates the offenses’ top threats, the young bucks in the Giants’ secondary have the talent to put together a solid season.

New York Giants: Rookie DB Darnay Holmes Standing Out At Practice

New York Giants, Darnay Holmes

The New York Giants had their first intra-squad scrimmage today. This was the first opportunity for the Giants’ offense to matchup against the team’s defense. There were a few highlight plays as the New Jersey beat writers live-tweeted the practice game.

The reporters tweeted after the scrimmage had ended any stats or highlights they recorded during the game. One name that kept popping up: Darnay Holmes. In fact, this rookie’s name has popped up a number of times since training camp started.

Darnay Holmes Practice Highlights

Darnay Holmes turned heads today at practice. The fourth-round rookie out of UCLA put together an impressive performance during the Giants’ first scrimmage of training camp. And this was not the first impressive day that Holmes has had during training camp.

Holmes was seen making an impressive pass breakup just a few days ago:

In today’s scrimmage, Darnay Holmes made a spectacular interception down the sideline in coverage against Golden Tate. Holmes stuck with Tate step for step, then lunged to make a full-extension interception. Check it out:

This was also not Darnay’s first interception of training camp, according to reports. Holmes has been balling out in every practice. He was listed as a standout player in each of the first three practice reports on Giants.com.

The Giants’ secondary had some major question marks heading into training camp. The absence of DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal was worrying. The Giants did not appear to have a capable outside cornerback to play opposite of James Bradberry.

Many fans were too quick to pen Darnay Holmes down as a pure slot cornerback. Darnay has been cross-training with the Giants at both inside and outside cornerback. The interception he made today was from the outside position. Darnay played outside cornerback throughout his entire collegiate career. He played slot cornerback at the Senior Bowl this year and was very impressive, which is why many expected him to make the transition to slot in the NFL. So far, though, it seems like Darnay will be able to make an impact from either cornerback position. If he continues to play like this, Darnay Holmes could see himself starting on the outside opposite of James Bradberry in the regular season.

New York Giants: DeAndre Baker’s legal issues will force management’s hand in 2021

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

When New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, most knew the probability of him returning to the NFL was slim. Head coach Joe Judge was asked about his legal issue several weeks ago during his first press conference, stating that he would let the front office deal with him.

Judge hasn’t had an easy time acclimating to the head coaching position for the Giants, being dealt blow after blow with COVID-19 and several criminal charges being pressed against his players. Luckily, he does have plenty of bright faces in the building, including Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Xavier McKinney, and more. When it comes to Baker, though, the likelihood of him playing with the Giants again is dwindling. Ultimately, the team will need to find a supplement for him moving forward.

The Giants were close to signing Ross Cockrell over the weekend, who last played with the team in 2017. He’s a solid starting corner and would have upgraded the position, but negotiations fell through in the final moments. The Giants elected to sign undrafted free agent Prince Smith out of New Hampshire instead. While it will be difficult for him to earn a starting spot on defense, he will be a development player with high upside.

Smith is extremely committed and is a fighter. His willingness to stop the run and physical approach to the corner position could make him valuable in the future. However, the Giants are relying on Julian Love, Darnay Holmes, Chris Williamson, and Corey Ballantine to make the jump to CB2. I can’t imagine any of these options play at a premium level, but holding their own is all we can hope for in 2020.

Baker is setting the New York Giants’ defense back:

Baker’s mistakes will force the Giants to look elsewhere in 2021 for a supplement. The Draft Networks 2021 mock draft has the Giants selecting quarterback Caleb Farley in the first round. The Virginia Tech corner is impressive, despite not having much experience at the position. While he is raw for a top 10 pick, the Giants are being forced into allocating draft capital toward the position.

Alternatively, they could look to free agency next off-season to find another corner. Current Cincinnati Bengals corner Mackensie Alexander fits the bill well at 27 years old. In 2019, he played in 13 games, allowing a 65.5% completion rate with two scores. He didn’t have his best campaign, but his youth and likely affordability would make him a decent option for the Giants if they are willing to splash the cash. There are plenty of options to look for free agency, but not breaking the bank would be a bonus.

New York Giants: DeAndre Baker Defended On Instagram By Quinton Dunbar

New York Giants, Julian Love, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love

New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker is in hot water right now, but it looks like he has the support of fellow NFL cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Dunbar is the other player that was accused in the armed robbery case that both players were involved in. However, no charges were filed against Dunbar while Baker will have to fight four counts of armed robbery with a gun.

Charges being filed against Baker but not Dunbar makes it seem like the prosecutors have something on Baker. However, Dunbar made a post on Instagram indicating his own belief in Baker’s innocence. Baker’s legal team is additionally claiming that the charges were made based on false testimonies.

The latest takes on the case

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“I won’t sleep right till these alleged victims get what they deserved…” Dunbar wrote in the post. The ‘alleged victims’ refers to the ones accusing Baker of armed robbery. The narrative from Baker’s camp so far has been that the accusers are untrustworthy and have changed their statements multiple times.

But the prosecutors see enough of a case regardless to go ahead with the charges.

“We will now expose the hypocrisy at the case filing level, the way the office of the state attorney “teamed up” with these convicted felons and offered them to come in and explain why they changed their stories multiple times without fear of prosecution,” said Bradford Cohen, one of the attorneys on Baker’s legal team, in a different Instagram post.

Neither side has revealed their evidence yet. If we want to find out the outcome, we’ll have to wait and see. However, for Baker, the current case may just spell the end of his season before it can even begin.

New York Giants could pursue Dre Kirkpatrick as a DeAndre Baker supplement

New York Giants, Dre Kirkpatrick

Things only seem to get worse for the New York Giants after DeAndre Baker was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List and reserve corner Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 season. Supplementing the loss of two potential starting players is never an easy thing, and head coach Joe Judge will likely have to make a move.

While it is possible the Giants stick with their youth players like Julian Love, Darnay Holmes, and Chris Williamson, there’s also a good chance they look to a free agent.

Here’s one free agent, the New York Giants, should consider:

Reports have indicated that the Giants could supplement the CB2 spot with a free agent. The name Logan Ryan, Ross Cockrell, and Dre Kirkpatrick have all entered the fold following Baker’s increasingly problematic legal issues. While Ryan’s statistics are extremely enticing and Cockrell played well for the Giants back in 2017 (3 INTs), a cheaper, more reliable option would be Kirkpatrick.

Dre has spent the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, playing as a boundary corner and starting consistently throughout his career. A six-year span between 2013 and 2018 saw him miss just eight games. Last season in 2019, Kirkpatrick missed ten contests, playing in just 31% of defensive snaps. Injury significantly limited his production last season, but that might open the door for a cheap contract with the Giants.

How much cap space do the Giants have?

The Giants currently have about $21 million in cap space available, and the smart would move would be to roll over as much as possible into the 2021 campaign. Signing a veteran on a cheaper deal is the most efficient transit, and Kirkpatrick would fit the bill nicely with his experience in the NFL.

At 31 years old, he’s no spring chicken, but two years ago, in 2018, he recorded a 50% completion rate against an allowed two touchdowns over 774 snaps. He would pair nicely with James Bradberry, the Giants’ high-priced free-agent signing. On a one-year deal, it would give the Giants some time to work out the CB2 spot and not put their defense in danger.

The secondary has been extremely volatile the past few seasons with rookies and inexperienced players manning key positions, and adding an established veteran to compete would be a positive move. An incentive-laden deal with Kirkpatrick makes the most sense, paying him more if he starts a specific number of games for Big Blue. It would be a win-win for both sides, and the New York Giants would feel more comfortable going into the regular season without a preseason to iron out the position.