New York Giants about to have hands full against Tampa Bay’s linebackers

The New York Giants will be playing on primetime once again this week. After their devastating primetime loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night, the Giants will be on primetime again this Monday night to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers are red hot and have established themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender in recent weeks. Tampa Bay’s offense has exploded with Tom Brady playing at an MVP level. But the true key to the Bucs’ success is their fearsome defense.

The heart and soul of Tampa Bay’s defense lines up right in the middle of the formation. Long-time starting inside linebacker Lavonte David has been his usual dominant self. But now, a new force to be reckoned with has emerged beside David. Second-year linebacker Devin White is a rising star that the Giants need to keep an eye on this Monday.

Lavonte David & Devin White Stats and Highlights

Lavonte David has been the face of the Buccaneers’ defense for years. This year he has been excellent as usual. Lavonte has already racked up 55 combined tackles through 7 games. He has also forced two turnovers, one fumble and one interception. David is as consistent as it gets at the inside linebacker position. But the Buccaneers’ defense has truly benefited from the emergence of David’s inside linebacker companion.

Devin White is having a breakout second season in 2020. White has been making an impact as a pass-rusher from the inside linebacker position. According to Pro Football Focus, Devin White has totaled 17 pressures and 4 sacks this season, both ranking first at the inside linebacker position.

White has freakish athletic ability. He ran an insane 4.42s 40-yard dash (99th percentile) at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine combined with a 39.5-inch vertical leap (98th percentile). He is an explosive young defender that flies around the field making plays.

When the Giants take on the Buccaneers on Monday, they will be facing up against the NFL’s Week 7 Defensive Player of the Week in Devin White. Devin totaled 11 combined tackles and 3 sacks against the Las Vegas Raiders in Tampa Bay’s blowout victory.

Facing off against Lavonte David and Devin White is no easy task for any NFL offense. The New York Giants will need to come up with a clever offensive gameplan to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ linebackers from suffocating the Giants’ offense in Week 8.

New York Giants: Evan Engram Primed For A Big Game In Tampa

New York Giants, Evan Engram

The New York Giants will be on the road in Tampa Bay this weekend to take on the Buccaneers. The Giants are off to a disappointing 0-2 start. These back to back losses prompted the Giants to make a huge change, starting rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in place of franchise legend Eli Manning.

This week three game will be crucial for the Giants as they evaluate their new franchise quarterback in his first regular season action. Luckily for Daniel, the Giants’ offense is getting back its best receiver, Sterling Shepard. On top of that, Jones will be able to lean off of Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.

Evan Engram could be the Giants’ X-Factor in this game. Engram has been performing at the top of his game so far this season and the Buccaneers are a favorable matchup for him.

The Bucs Have Struggled To Defend Tight Ends So Far

The Buccaneers are 1-1 and coming off of an impressive Thursday night victory. Tampa Bay beat their division-rival Carolina Panthers 20-14 thanks in part to their strong defense. The Bucs defense locked up Panthers’ star running back Christian McCaffery, but they did not fare well against tight end Greg Olsen.

The veteran tight end was the most productive player on the Panthers’ offense that night. Olsen caught 6 passes on 9 targets and totaled 110 yards.

This was nothing new though. The Buccaneers also struggled to defend the 49ers’ tight end, George Kittle, in week one. Kittle is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, so it was no surprise to see him play like it. Kittle had 8 receptions for 54 yards. Not the most impressive stat-line, but when considering he had 2 touchdowns called back, it makes his individual performance a little more impressive.

The Buccaneers have had no one to match up with these tight ends as their  athletic rookie linebacker Devin White has been dealing with an injury.

The Giants will need to take advantage of this on Sunday. Evan Engram is one of the most athletic and versatile tight ends in the NFL. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and will be set to have a huge game in week three.

Evan Engram Has Been On Top Of His Game

Evan Engram has been on fire since the end of last season. After the Giants lost Odell Beckham Jr. to injury last season, Evan Engram became an impressive piece of the offense. Engram averaged only 36.7 yards per game prior to Beckham’s injury. After Odell went down, Evan’s average jumped all the way to 80 yards per game.

This led many to believe Evan would be much improved in 2019. So far, he has been. In week one, Engram had a career day. Engram torched the Cowboys’ defense with 11 receptions on 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown.

Engram looked unstoppable. He could finally be reaching his full potential now that he is a healthy and in an offense that makes him a focal point.

Engram took a step backwards statistically in week two, but so did the rest of the Giants’ offense. Engram is still one of the highest graded tight ends in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. Evan Engram is primed for a breakout season in 2019, and with Daniel Jones as his new quarterback, the future is as bright as ever for the Giants’ offense. A favorable matchup against the Buccaneers’ defense could lead to a strong chemistry between Engram and the Giants’ new signal-caller.

New York Giants Could End Up With An Elite Defender And Quarterback In 2019 Draft

Could the New York Giants find a way to secure Quinnen Williams?

The New York Giants face a dilemma in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants have decided to completely rebuild the team. They allowed their starting safety, Landon Collins, to walk in free agency and traded away superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

This leaves the Giants with holes all over their roster that they will need to fill in the 2019 NFL Draft. Some fans want to see the Giants draft the next franchise quarterback. Other fans want to see the team take an elite defensive prospect. There is a way the Giants could end up with both.

How The Giants Could Get An Elite Defender

The 2019 NFL Draft class is filled with defensive talent. The top defensive prospects in this class are elite, potentially future all-pro players. Players like Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, and Quinnen Williams are being looked at as elite prospects.

These players should all go in the top 5. However, there is a way the Giants could get one of these players with the 6th pick.

One of these players will have to fall due to a team trading up for a quarterback, or a team in the top 3 reaching on a player at a position of need. The Jets have been consistently brought up in trade rumors. If they trade their pick to a quarterback-needy team, such as the Dolphins, that would mean one of these players will fall.

In addition, if a team like the 49ers decide to skip out on one of these prospects, that would cause a defender to fall. The 49ers traded for Dee Ford recently, so it would not be a surprise if they decide they are fine on defense. The 49ers could take wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. They need a receiver, so it would not be surprising if they reached on one.

Assuming the Cardinals draft Kyler Murray 1st overall, the 49ers draft D.K. Metcalf, and the Jets trade away the 3rd pick, the Giants will be able to draft one of Bosa, Allen, or Williams. The top 3 picks will be crucial for the Giants and there quest to draft a top 3 defensive prospect.

The Raiders, more likely than not, will draft one of the elite defenders with the 4th pick. The Buccanneers will probably draft the best player available, however, it is possible they do not take Bosa, Allen, or Williams. The Buccaneers have been linked to linebacker Devin White.

If these possible outcomes happen, the Giants can end up with either Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, or Josh Allen. At the very least, they will be able to draft Devin White. These players would be instant-impact starters on the Giants defense and could change the course of the franchise for the next decade.

If the Giants draft a defender with the 6th pick, how will they be able to draft a quarterback, too?

How The Giants Could Get A Franchise Quarterback

By trading Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants were able to acquire the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Additionally, this trade might also allow the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback. The 17th overall pick will be a key selection for the Giants’ future.

The Giants have plenty of options with the 17th pick. If they want to use it to draft a quarterback, they could stay put and draft the best one available. Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, or Will Grier will be names to watch at 17.

However, if the Giants do not want to stay at 17, they could potentially trade their way back into the top 10 and draft a quarterback. In this scenario, the Giants could end up with Dwayne Haskins and an elite defender- this would be most Giants fans’ dream draft.

If a team does not trade up with the Jets to draft Dwayne Haskins, and the Giants draft an elite defender, Haskins will most likely fall all the way to the 10th pick before a team considers drafting him. The Giants will be at 17 and could potentially trade up to the 9th pick to keep Haskins away from Denver. The Bills hold the 9th pick and drafted their franchise quarterback last year.

According to the Walter Football NFL Draft Value Chart, the 17th overall pick is worth 950 points. If the Giants are looking to trade back into the top 10, it will cost them their 17th pick (950) and their 2nd round pick (530). The 9th pick is worth 1,350 points, so the Giants’ 17th and a 2nd round pick could get the deal done. However, the Bills will have all the leverage, so the Giants might have to throw in a future pick or maybe even a player.

The Giants have a rare opportunity here. They could acquire the face of the franchise’s defense and offense in the same draft. The 17th pick is only 8 spots behind the 9th, so the Bills would not lose out on too much if they traded back with the Giants. If the Bills intend to draft a receiver, the 17th pick will still get them a top 3 receiver in this draft class, and load up on extra draft picks from the Giants. It is a win-win situation.

Imagine a New York Giants roster that features Dwayne Haskins AND Quinnen Williams/Nick Bosa/Josh Allen

What If The New York Giants Do Not Acquire A Quarterback In The 2019 Offseason?

New York Giants, Justin Herbert

The 2019 offseason has been an interesting one for the New York Giants. So far they have traded away their star receiver in an attempt to rebuild the offense. However, they also decided to keep 38-year-old Eli Manning as their starting quarterback. This has left fans and analysts confused as to what direction the team is going.

General manager Dave Gettleman claims to have a plan. Not many people see a clear and concise plan being executed at this moment in time. One thing seemingly everyone (except Gettleman, for some reason) can agree on is that the Giants need to find a quarterback in the 2019 offseason.

Eli Manning’s age and expiring contract lead many to believe he will retire after the 2019 NFL season. This is why fans and analysts think the Giants should find a quarterback this offseason. However, some reports seem to indicate that the Giants are considering not getting a quarterback this offseason.

If the New York Giants do not obtain a quarterback in the 2019 offseason, they will have plenty of other options in the 2019 NFL Draft and they will also need to look ahead to their quarterback options in 2020 and beyond.

How This Would Affect The 2019 NFL Draft

Fans and analysts are expecting the Giants to take a quarterback with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, or at least some point in this draft. However, if they do not draft a quarterback, the Giants will be able to address a lot of other positions of need.

The 2019 NFL Draft class is loaded with defensive talent. With the 6th pick in the draft, the Giants could potentially take a defensive superstar. Teams might trade up ahead of the Giants to select a quarterback. This would cause the elite defenders to fall right into the Giants’ lap.

If the Giants have the opportunity to draft Quinnen Williams, Devin White, Josh Allen, or Nick Bosa, they need to do it (if they are choosing to wait on a quarterback). If any of those defenders are available, the Giants cannot waste their pick on an offensive lineman or any other position. Those players are elite prospects who have all-pro potential.

The Giants had one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2018. Any of those players would be able to step in and make an immediate impact.

The Giants Could Make A Run At An NFL Veteran

The 2020 offseason is set to be filled with quarterback talent. In the NFL, a few veteran signal-callers are set to become free agents in 2020, barring any mid-season contract extensions. One name to pay extra attention to is Russell Wilson.

Russell Wilson has spent 7 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He has won a Super Bowl and thrown for at least 30 touchdowns in 3 of his 7 seasons. He has never had a season with less than 20 touchdown passes. Wilson is an elite quarterback. His next contract, whether it is with Seattle, New York, or another team, will likely make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Wilson has not ruled out the possibility of playing in New York. He was rumored in February to have interest in joining the Giants. However, when asked about it, Russell Wilson admitted he does not think Seattle will let him go. If he manages to become a free agent, expect the Giants to make a serious run at the future hall-of-fame quarterback.

Quarterback Options Through The Draft

Outside of free agency, the 2020 NFL Draft will have great options at football’s most important position. The Giants were heavily scouting Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert in 2018 before he decided to stay at school for another year. He will be in the 2020 NFL Draft and if the Giants do not have a young quarterback by then, they will be more than interested in Justin Herbert.

Justin Herbert threw 29 touchdown passes in 2018 to only 8 interceptions. He also threw for 3,151 passing yards. Herbert decided to stay in college for one more year, but he will be a highly-ranked prospect in 2020.

Two more quarterback prospects are worth keeping an eye on for the 2020 NFL Draft. Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa could be in next year’s draft class.

Both of these quarterbacks will be juniors next season, so it is possible that neither of them declares for the draft next offseason. However, if they do, they will both draw top-10 interest, just like Justin Herbert.

In 2018, Jake Fromm threw for 2,761 passing yards with 30 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions. Fromm helped lead the Georgia Bulldogs to an outstanding 11-3 record in 2018. Georgia made it to the SEC Championship and lost to Alabama.

Alabama’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa lead his team to a 14-1 record. Tua was able to throw for 3,966 yards and 43 passing touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018. Alabama made it all the way to the College Football Championship before losing to Clemson.

Clemson’s football team features the crown-jewel of quarterback prospects: Trevor Lawrence. Trevor Lawrence stepped in as a true freshman and threw for 3,280 passing yards with 30 passing touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Lawrence was so impressive in 2018 that he drew comparisons to Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, and John Elway. Some analysts think Trevor Lawrence could succeed in the NFL if he were able to play in it today.

Trevor Lawrence would be an awesome player for the Giants to draft, however, waiting until 2021 to draft a quarterback seems dangerous. Waiting until 2021 could potentially waste two years of Saquon Barkley’s career and rookie contract.

The Giants have plenty of future options at quarterback. Fans everywhere should hope that they pick the right one and do so as soon as possible.

New York Giants: Monster Linebacker Would Be Fantastic Pick In 2019 NFL Draft

If the New York Giants decide they want to wait until 2020 for a quarterback or prefer to pursue Josh Rosen, the 2019 NFL draft opens up like a flood gate. With a ton of offensive and defensive talent, there is plenty of the Giants can choose from to address positions of weakness.

While offensive or defensive line would make the most sense, they could choose to go after one of the most physically gifted linebackers in the last decade. LSU backer Devin White has emerged as one of the most intriguing prospects as he represents a major upgrade over the oft-injured BJ Goodson.

White formally met with the New York Giants at the NFL combine, stating:

“We watched straight film,’’ White said Saturday. “They didn’t tell me nothing, we watched straight film. ‘What were you doing right here? Oh, that was a good play. What was this? …. Tell me what was going on. Draw this up.’ It was straight football, strictly business and I know they were picking my brain to see was I the linebacker that can go out there and control everybody. Did I know what I was doing at LSU? And I think I put on a show for ’em.’’

That’s the type of confidence you want in your defensive leader, and having a player with his skill-set to learn behind Alec Ogletree is an ideal situation on the defensive side of the ball. This would make the idea of retaining Landon Collins that much more attractive, as White and Collins would make for one of the best run-stopping duos in the league.

How did Devin White look at the NFL combine?

White ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the combine, leading the linebackers in that category.

The sideline-to-sideline speed that the LSU product possesses is generational. Additionally, he’s extremely intelligent in the middle of the field and can feel out run plays. He’s phenomenal at not just plugging holes, but picking the right ones to shoot to stop runners behind the line of scrimmage.

In his final two seasons of college, he amassed 25.5 tackles for a loss – 12 in 2018. He had an astounding 123 total tackles last season.

There’s no question that he would provide major value to a below-average Giants defense. Pairing him with Ogletree would immediately make the duo one of the best in football.

New York Giants: Options On Defense With The 6th Pick In The 2019 NFL Draft

Should the New York Giants consider taking Clemson pass rusher, Clelin Ferrell?

The New York Giants are picking in the top 10 for the 3rd time in the last 4 years. After picking 2nd overall in 2018, the Giants showed minimal improvement as their record went from 3-13 to 5-11. In 2019, the Giants hold the 6th overall pick.

Many fans and analysts predict the Giants will draft a quarterback in 2019. Some believe that the Giants will need to trade up in order to do that. But there is no evidence to confirm that the Giants are definitely planning on drafting a quarterback. There are a lot of rumors and a lot of speculation, but nothing will be set in stone until the pick is made.

The Giants may not select a quarterback in 2019, and if they do not, there are plenty of options on defense for the Giants to draft.

Drafting A Defensive Playmaker:

The 2019 NFL Draft Class is absolutely loaded with defensive talent. The Giants’ defense was one of the worst in the NFL in 2018. General Manager Dave Gettleman has pointed this fact out and vowed to improve the defense in 2019.

A great way to improve the defense is through the draft. Obtaining quality young talent on defense to progress at the next level is key to building a contending roster. CBS Sport’s 2019 NFL Draft Prospect rankings include 13 defenders in the top 15 best prospects this year.

Arguably the two most important positions on defense are two of the Giants’ weakest: edge defender and cornerback. Luckily for the Giants, edge defenders and cornerbacks are both near the top of the draft board.

Cornerbacks:

A pair of playmaking cornerbacks have been mocked consistently in the top 10. Byron Murphy out of Washington and Greedy Williams out of LSU.

Byron Murphy was Pro Football Focus’s top graded cornerback in 2018 with a 91.9 overall grade. Murphy only played two seasons of college football as he was redshirted his freshman year. However, those two years were enough for Byron to prove himself worthy of being in the NFL. In 2018, Murphy was a true playmaker, as he had 4 interception (1 for a touchdown) and 13 passes defended.

Greedy Williams is a lengthy cornerback who also played only two seasons in college. Greedy is listed at 6′ 2″, 182 pounds. His build is reminiscent of another great LSU cornerback who has made his mark in the NFL: Patrick Peterson. At LSU, Williams had 8 interceptions and 19 pass breakups in his two seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, Williams allowed only a 39.7% catch rate while targeted in coverage. If Williams can be as shut down in the pros as he was in college, then he is well deserving of a top 10 pick.

Edge Defenders:

The top of the draft will certainly feature multiple edge defenders being selected. The top edge prospects, such as Nick Bosa and Josh Allen, probably will not be available by the time the Giants are on the clock at 6. However, a couple of other top prospects should be.

Clelin Ferrell was a key piece on Clemson’s National Championship-winning defense. PFF recorded Ferrell gaining 52 total pressures in 2018, being an absolute force to be reckoned with. He showed consistent growth in college, improving in tackles, sacks, and tackles for loss in each year he played. He capped it off with a dominant junior year in 2018 that featured 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Check out Clelin Ferrell powering through the draft’s top lineman prospect in the National Championship game:

Another edge rusher who has seen an increase of interest in recent months is Jachai Polite out of the University of Florida. Polite has elite speed and finesse off the edge that allows him to blow past offensive tackles and get to the quarterback. He posted a 91.4 Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade in 2018. Jachai’s 42 total pressures proved he was a consistent and effective rusher at the college level. Translating his skills to the NFL could lead Polite to be the next best edge rusher in the league.

Linebacker:

One other player that could be in play at the 6th pick is not an edge rusher nor a cornerback. Another LSU product, linebacker Devin White has potential to be an elite talent at the next level. White has all the physical tools he needs. He has the perfect build to be an NFL linebacker and the speed to go sideline to sideline. On top of that, Devin is an effective pass-rusher. He totaled 30 pressures on 86 pass-rush attempts. White totaled 120+ tackles in each of his final two seasons at LSU. The Giants have not had elite production from the linebacker position in years, and 2019 could be the year that changes.