Haskins-Jones Rivalry Highlights Giants-Skins Battle for NFC Cellar

The New York Giants could draft Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

If you don’t think the front offices of the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins will be on the edge of their seats during this Sunday’s game between the two teams, think again. This game may be a bottom-of-the-slate game to most, but to two of the oldest franchises in the NFL, it has a ton of meaning.

The winner is actually a loser in this game. If the Giants win, they clinch third place in the NFC East and in the process will likely have played themselves out of a chance to select Ohio State edge rusher in next April’s NFL Draft. They also will draw a third-place schedule rather than the last-place one they’ve enjoyed (lol) these past two seasons.

Washington would love nothing more than to win this game as it will reaffirm owner Dan Snyder’s decision to put the football in rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ hands, which was a bone of contention he had with former head coach Jay Gruden. Snyder fired Gruden after an 0-5 start this season and replaced him with assistant Bill Callahan but it is widely suspected that it was Gruden’s handling of Haskins that got him fired.

But if the Redskins lose, it won’t be the worst thing in the world. They’d end up with the second overall pick and would live to stick it to the Giants by selecting Young themselves.

Giants’ rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and Haskins will be facing each other for the the second time, but this game will be the first time they will do so as starters. In Week 4, the Giants defeated the Redskins, 24-3. Jones started for the Giants and completed 21 of 33 passes for 225 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Haskins received starter Case Keenum in that game and was naturally not ready. He went 9-of-17 for 107 yards but tossed three interceptions, one of them a pick-six to Jabrill Peppers.

Haskins didn’t get his first start until Week 9 but has started every game since. He lost his first two starts then won the next two. His last two starts were both winnable games against Green Bay and Philadelphia in which he showed increasing poise and confidence.

This week, he’ll face Jones – a player he’ll eternally be connected with – and the Giants, who are as beatable as an NFL team can be these days. Haskins will undoubtedly love to show the Giants’ brass that they should have taken him with the 6th overall selection last April instead of Jones. He’d also like to clear the air in his own building as it was rumored that the reason why the Giants took Jones so high was that they felt the Redskins wanted Jones, too, and would have selected him with the 15th pick, acing out the Giants – who also had the 17th pick.

The Giants surely would love to see Jones get the better the play on Sunday. They pushed all of their chips into the middle of the table on Jones and need to hit on that pick if the current regime is to remain intact. One game this early int he process should not determine that, but the Giants’ brass needs some kind of sign that they are headed in the right direction.

Jones coming out an laying an egg in Washington and getting outdueled by Haskins could cause John Mara to decide to flip the switch on his floundering organization.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Proving He Was the Right Choice

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

When the New York Giants drafted Quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick last April, many questioned the selection. The majority of fans wanted a different QB, Dwayne Haskins, a 6’4″ gun-slinger from Ohio State. Haskins, who started 14 games for the Buckeyes in 2018, was the clear-cut No. 2 QB in the draft according to many. So when the Giants took Daniel Jones, a player who threw only two more touchdowns in three seasons than Haskins threw in one, it looked as though Big Blue had made a mistake. But through week seven of this season, it looks as though the Giants actually made the correct selection. Haskins’ struggles and Jones’ success are proving that the Giants made the right choice at QB, and here’s why:

How Dwayne Haskins’ Struggles and Daniel Jones’ Success have Proved the Giants Made the Right Choice:

Dwayne Haskins’ struggles

Haskins has appeared in two games this season, neither of them being starts. In those two games, he has thrown for 140 yards, completed 54.5% of his passes, and tossed four interceptions. He has a passer rating of 36.4, the lowest of any player with at least 20 pass attempts. He is yet to throw or run for his first NFL touchdown. Nothing has been going well for the No. 15 overall pick in last year’s draft.

As mentioned above, Haskins has not made a start for Washington yet. This is another red flag, as it brings to question if he was even ready to make the jump to the NFL. On a team that boasts Case Keenum as the starting QB, it doesn’t take much to earn the keys to the offense. It is clear Haskins still has a great amount of work to do before he is ready to be a starting QB in the NFL.

Daniel Jones’ Success

Jones took over the offense in week three when he was named the starter. Since that day, he has shown flashes that the Giants might have chosen the best QB in the 2019 draft. Through five games, he has thrown for 1,144 yards, completed 61.1% of his passes, and has accounted for eight total touchdowns.  He has also made a number of mistakes though, including seven interceptions and six fumbles. Yet during every game, he makes multiple plays that prove he is on the path to being a franchise quarterback.

The Giants were under fire when they selected Jones before Haskins last April. But to this point in their respective careers, it is clear that not only Jones is the better player, but that the Giants made the right choice by taking him over Haskins.

Did the New York Giants find a game changing defender on defense?

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers

When it comes to defense, the film doesn’t lie, and for the New York Giants, they have had plenty of lousy tape this season. However, over the last six quarters of professional play, they have not allowed a single touchdown. Head coach Pat Shurmur stated that his team made numerous minor adjustments to fit the play-style of their defenders better and to help them mesh.

One name I did not hear on Sunday was “DeAndre Baker,” who dominated his matchups and showed why the Giants were willing to trade up into the first round to acquire him. The less you hear a cornerbacks name, the better. Sometimes, though, it’s good to always to be mindful of a player’s actions, primarily when it revolves around success and game-changing plays.

That’s what leads us to safety, Jabrill Peppers — an athletic freak who was included in a package deal that sent star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. The Giants also acquired a first-round pick in the agreement, which they ultimately spent on an interior defender, Dexter Lawrence.

How has Jabrill Peppers performed for the New York Giants so far?

After two inconsistent seasons with the Browns, Peppers made his way back home to New York. In four games, the safety has had his ups and downs, but Sunday was undoubtedly an up. He totaled three tackles, three assists, and one interception, which he took to the house for a touchdown. Throw in one impressive pass breakup to the mix.

Take a look at how well Jabrill plays this fade route to the back of the endzone. Without turning his head to look at QB Dwayne Haskins, he locates the ball watching the eyes of the receiver and disrupts the catch process forcing an incompletion. This play spurred an impressive goal-line stand that held Washington to a field goal in the second quarter.

Later on in the game, he recorded his pick-six, where he blanketed the intended target and took full advantage of a back-foot throw from Haskins. Interestingly enough, it resulted in Haskins’ first career touchdown. Check it out below!

Through three games he has 21 combined tackles, 15 solo tackles, and one pass defended. He’s on pace for 111 combined tackles, 80 solo tackles, six interceptions, and six passes defended (Sports Reference). While these numbers will fluctuate and likely never come to fruition, it’s a testament to how he’s performed thus far in 2019.

The Giants have found themselves a real playmaker at the safety position, and the best part is, he’s costing the team just $1.4 million against the cap this season and $1.875 in 2020. This gives the team plenty of room to work with during free agency next season.

New York Giants: How Does The New Offense Compare To The Rest Of The Division

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants have come in dead last in their division in each of the last two seasons. They have become the least threatening team in the NFC East and have not won the division since 2011.

The rest of the teams in the NFC East have been accumulating young talent for years. The Cowboys have made the playoffs and won the division in two of the last three seasons. Their young core of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot make them an annual playoff contender.

The Eagles have also been far more successful than the Giants recently. It is painful to say or think about this, but the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017 and made the playoffs again in 2018.

The Redskins have placed 3rd in the division for three straight years. But even they have won the division more recently than in 2011. They have won it twice since then (2012 and 2015).

Our beloved New York Giants have fallen behind in recent years and it is time for them to get back on track. The Giants made moves to improve their offense in 2019. Let’s see how their new offense compares to the rest of the division:

Offensive Lines:

The Giants’ offensive line has been bad for years. The Giants finally got rid of Ereck Flowers in 2018, but the unit still struggled as a whole, despite bringing in veteran left tackle Nate Solder.

The other three teams in the division all have above-average or excellent offensive lines (when completely healthy). The Dallas Cowboys had two Pro Bowlers on their offensive line in 2018 with left tackle Tyron Smith and right guard Zack Martin. Left tackle Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins also made the Pro Bowl in 2018. The Eagles also had a Pro Bowler in right guard Brandon Brooks. The Giants are the only team in the division to not have a Pro Bowler on their offensive line.

The Giants are trying to buck that trend. In 2018, they drafted left guard Will Hernandez in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Hernandez showed lots of promise in his rookie year and looks like he can be a Pro Bowl-caliber player in the future.

In the 2019 offseason, the Giants acquired a talented offensive guard via trade with the Cleveland Browns. Kevin Zeitler is one of the NFL’s best pass-blocking guards, allowing only 11 total pressures in 2018.

The Giants’ offensive line is the worst in the division. However, it has the potential to improve mightily in 2019 with the addition of Zeitler, Hernandez progressing in his second year, and center Jon Halapio returning from injury.

Running Backs:

Fortunately, the Giants still have the best running back in the division, though it is a close race. Saquon Barkley racked up more total yards from scrimmage in 2018 (2,028 yards) than any other running back. But Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot was not far behind with 2,001 yards and he also lead the NFL in rushing yards with 1,434 yards.

The Eagles also have a solid group in the backfield. They traded for former Bears running back Jordan Howard this offseason and also drafted Miles Sanders out of Penn State. Howard has racked up 3,370 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns over the past 3 seasons. In 2018, Sanders ran for 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns at Penn State.

Technically, the Washington Redskins have the “best” running back on their roster, but that is if you are going off of total careers. Barkley, Elliot, and Howard are all young, promising players. But Washington Redskskins running back Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs of all time.

Peterson is 33 years old now and is well past his prime. However, he was still solid for the Redskins in 2018 with 1,042 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. The Redskins also have a young, unproven back named Derrius Guice. Guice was electric in college at LSU with 2,638 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in his final two collegiate seasons. Guice tore his ACL in the 2018 preseason but will look to prove himself as a quality NFL running back in 2019.

The Giants have the best running back in the division and even in the NFL. Saquon Barkley will only get better in 2019. However, the team would be wise to add some more talent behind Saquon to keep him from wearing and tearing.

Receivers And Tight Ends:

The Giants easily had the best receiver in the division over the last 5 years. That changed in the 2019 offseason when the Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr.

Now the Giants are left with pass-catchers like Sterling Shepard, the newly acquired Golden Tate, and Evan Engram. Still a solid group despite losing their best player.

No one on the Giants’ roster was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2018. Shepard, Tate, and Engram all have the potential to be 1,000-yard receivers in 2019, but there is also a good chance none of them eclipse 1,000 yards, too.

The Eagles have one of the best tight ends in the NFL with Zach Ertz. Ertz had the third most receiving yards out of all tight ends last season with 1,113. He is their best skill player on offense and will remain a consistent player for Philadelphia in 2019.

The Dallas Cowboys struggled to find a receiving threat, post-Dez Bryant until they traded for former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper in 2019. In only 9 games with the Cowboys, Cooper totaled 725 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. The Cowboys could use some help at tight end, but Cooper is the best receiver in the division now that Odell is in the AFC North.

The Washington Redskins seriously lack playmakers on the outside. Their leading receiver in 2018 was tight end Jordan Reed with only 558 receiving yards. The Redskins did draft a couple of receivers in 2019 with Kelvin Harmon and Terry McLaurin, but it is hard to imagine these two players will make such a vast improvement to the Redskins’ receiving corps in 2019.

The Giants might not have the best receiver or tight end in the division, but they could have arguably the best group of these positions in the division. If Engram, Shepard, and Tate all reach their full potential in 2019, the Giants’ offense could be electric.

Quarterbacks:

Every team in the division has a young, franchise of future franchise quarterback on the roster. The Giants and Redskins were the last teams to acquire theirs but finally did so in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys and Eagles have their franchise quarterback starting and winning games for them, but the Redskins and Giants have not seen their young signal-callers in action yet. It is too soon to tell who has the best young quarterback in the division, but right now Carson Wentz is the best quarterback in the division.

Carson Wentz had an MVP-caliber season prior to injuring his knee in 2017. In the 13 games he played in 2017, Wentz threw for 3,296 and 33 touchdowns. This lead the Eagles to an 11-2 record. Carson made the Pro Bowl in 2017 but suffered another injury in 2018. If he can stay healthy, he is the best quarterback in the division.

The other young quarterback in action is the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott. Prescott has lead Dallas to the playoffs twice in three years and has thrown for 3,000 yards and 22 or 23 touchdown passes in all three of his seasons in the NFL. He has been to the Pro Bowl twice and is set to receive a big contract extension from Dallas soon.

The Redskins had a problem at the quarterback position but found their answer in the Draft. Their quarterback, Alex Smith, suffered a gruesome leg injury in 2018 that will probably keep him sidelined for all of 2019. So the Redskins drafted Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in 2019. Haskins threw 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in 2018 at Ohio State. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain a high production level in the NFL.

While the rest of the division will all be starting quarterbacks age 27 or younger in 2019, the Giants will be kicking off the season with 38-year-old Eli Manning at the helm. Manning has been underperforming for the past two seasons, failing to top 21 touchdown passes. Regardless, the Giants are committed to him as their starter in 2019. However, if Eli struggles, it could mean the Giants will move on from him as soon as possible.

The Redskins were not the only team to address the quarterback position in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants made the controversial decision to draft Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the draft. It can be debated whether or not Jones was worthy of that high selection, never topping 22 touchdown passes in 3 years as a collegiate starter. The Giants will be hoping that Jones proves any doubters wrong when he gets his chance.

The Giants’ quarterback position is probably the worst in the division. Their young soon-to-be franchise guy is far from a can’t-miss-prospect, and their current starter is a legend well past his prime. Giants fans need to hope and pray that Daniel Jones shocks the world and proves all his doubters wrong in the future.

New York Giants: Why Dave Gettleman Is Going To Crush The 2019 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The 2019 NFL Draft is less than one week away. On Thursday, April 25, the New York Giants will be on the clock with the 6th pick in the draft. But their Thursday night will not end there. The Giants also hold the 17th overall pick in the draft.

Many fans are skeptical of Dave Gettleman and his ability to evaluate talent. Gettleman’s main critique is that he does not understand or emphasize positional value. Despite this, there are reasons to believe Dave Gettleman will crush the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gettleman Crushed The 2018 NFL Draft

In 2018, the Giants fired their former general manager Jerry Reese. This was a long-time coming. Many fans were anticipating this moment. Reese’s biggest problem was his inability to draft starting players. So when the Giants fired Jerry Reese, fans were happy.

That was until Dave Gettleman came along. He was not exactly the fan’s choice, but he was the owner’s choice, so here we are one year later praying that they made the right choice.

Dave Gettleman and the Giants had a rocky 2018. They finished a disappointing 5-11 and traded away multiple key players. But with the downside came some strong upside, too.

The Giants had an incredible 2018 NFL Draft. Their 2018 draft class produced three instant starters with the potential for at least one more starter down the road. Gettleman managed this with only 6 total draft picks. Their first selection, Saquon Barkley, won AP Offensive Rookie Of The Year and looks to already be one of the best players in the NFL.

Fans were skeptical of Dave Gettleman prior to the 2018 NFL Draft, but he delivered. Giants fans should be confident that Dave Gettleman will deliver again in the 2019 NFL Draft.

No One Knows The Giants’ Plans

A lot of talk in the media surrounding the Giants has been about Dave Gettleman’s “plans.” No one has any clue what his plan is. Sometimes this can be greatly frustrating and detrimental to the team and fanbase. However, with the NFL Draft, this is a strong positive to pull away from Gettleman.

Over the past week, every single day, a new rumor pops up regarding the Giants’ draft plans. Each new report contradicts the last report. The Giants have done more homework on quarterbacks than any other NFL team, but no one actually knows who their favorite quarterback prospect is.

According to Matt Miller, their favorite quarterback is Dwayne Haskins. According to Charles Robinson, it is Daniel Jones. According to Adam Schefter, it is Josh Rosen. According to Jordan Raanan, it is Drew Lock. And finally, according to Ian Rappoport, it is between Haskins and Jones. No one knows the Giants’ plans and this is exactly the way it should be.

Last year at this time, everyone knew what the Giants were going to do in the draft. We all knew they would draft Saquon Barkley with the 2nd overall pick and we all knew they would go offensive lineman in round 2. This year, we have no clue what they are going to do.

This means that no other team in the NFL knows what the Giants will do either. The Giants are a complete wildcard in this year’s draft. They could go so many different ways with their picks because they have so many of them. The Giants have all of the leverage in the world with teams looking to trade picks or players.

Last year, the Giants had no leverage because everyone knew who they wanted. This year, the Giants could take advantage of other teams. And, most importantly, no one knows who the Giants want, so they will not be desperately trying to trade up ahead of the Giants and take their guy.

New York Giants: Why The Giants Should Trade Up With The Broncos In The Draft

The New York Giants could draft Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The New York Giants are heading into a crucial NFL Draft for the franchise’s future. After passing on a quarterback in 2018, the question is whether or not the Giants draft one in the 2019 NFL Draft. With two 1st-round picks and 12 total picks, the Giants have plenty of options at quarterback.

However, some recent reports seem to suggest that the Giants do not plan on drafting a quarterback with their first draft pick. Rumor has it the Giants will look to get the best defensive player available with the 6th overall pick. Fortunately for the Giants, they also have the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This gives the Giants the ability to draft a defender and try to draft their franchise quarterback, too. The only issue is whether or not a quality quarterback will be available for the Giants with the 17th pick. One possibility for the Giants is a potential trade up in the draft to secure their future franchise signal-caller.

The Broncos Are Reportedly Interested In Trading Back

The Denver Broncos hold the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Broncos seem to be in full rebuild mode and are looking to stockpile draft picks for the future. This could be the reason for the Broncos to move back in the draft.

According to multiple reports, there is a “growing sense” that the Broncos want to trade back. The Broncos love linebacker prospect Devin White but he is unlikely to still be available when the Broncos are on the clock. Because of this, it might be wise for the Giants to trade back in the NFL Draft.

The Broncos also need a quarterback, but they do not seem to find the need to be as pressing as the Giants do. The Broncos have been mostly linked to Missouri quarterback prospect Drew Lock. If they trade back, there is a chance the Broncos will still be able to draft Lock. Additionally, the Broncos have also reportedly shown interest in Ohio State quarterback prospect Dwayne Haskins.

But if the Broncos decide they prefer Drew Lock to Dwayne Haskins, it might be wise for them to trade back and let someone else have Haskins. Could that someone else be the Giants?

Why The Giants Should Consider Trading Up With The Broncos

The Giants do have a starting quarterback in Eli Manning. However, Manning is a 16-year veteran quarterback nearing the end of his career. The Giants need to prepare themselves for the post-Manning era. This is why they should take a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

If the Giants have identified Dwayne Haskins as their next franchise quarterback, they will need to trade up for him (if they choose to go defense with the 6th pick). After the 6th pick, there are not any suitors for Haskins until the Broncos at 10.

The Jaguars at 7 have Nick Foles on a massive contract. The Lions at 8 are pleased with Matthew Stafford. And the Bills at 9 drafted their quarterback, Josh Allen, just last year. But, at the 10th pick, the Broncos sit with an aging Joe Flacco at quarterback. Not the ideal situation in 2019.

Despite this, the Broncos are considering trading back. Maybe they do not identify any quarterbacks in this draft class as franchise guys. It is possible they will be looking towards the 2020 NFL Draft or that they will try to trade for Josh Rosen.

Regardless of their reasoning for wanting to trade back, the Giants should pounce on the opportunity to trade up. The Giants will only need to give up their 2nd round pick (and the 17th pick, obviously) in order to move up 7 spots. But, if doing this would allow the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback, it will be well worth it.

Why The Giants Might Want To Trade Up For Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins could potentially be that next franchise quarterback for the Giants. In just one year as a starter in college, Haskins broke multiple records on his way to finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Dwayne Haskins finished his 2018 season with 4831 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, and only 8 interceptions. His willingness to sit behind Eli Manning will make him an attractive draft target to the Giants. Haskins is a pure, pocket-passing quarterback.

If Dwayne Haskins is able to take some time, learn, and develop, Haskins could be exactly what the Giants are looking for in their next franchise quarterback.

Check out my draft profile on Dwayne Haskins here.

New York Giants: Is Dwayne Haskins a Possibility With the No. 17 Overall Pick?

Could the New York Giants draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick?

Recent reports have indicated that Ohio State star passer Dwayne Haskins’ stock could be dropping after Drew Lock entered the spot light. The offseason is generally full of ups and downs, including the elevation and dropping of players throughout the course, but this could be another media driven narrative. The New York Giants are in play to grab the 50 TD pass quarterback in the 2019 NFL draft, but it ultimately comes down to his draft spot.

The question is, will Haskins potentially drop to the No. 17 overall pick? If the Giants could snag the passer with the mid-round first they acquired in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, they would walk away looking like geniuses.

Peter King in his “Football Morning in America” column stated:

“In fact, I keep hearing Dwayne Haskins is sinking, and may be the fourth passer picked in this draft.”

If this is true, the Giants would be wise to wait until the 17th pick to snag Eli Manning’s successor. Haskins has the physical tools to be a premium quarterback in the NFL, but his lack of mobility and athleticism strikes a negative chord in the hearts of Giants fans.

Only a month ago Haskins was regarded as the No. 2 option in the draft behind Kyler Murray, which makes the timeliness and credibility of this statement rather interesting. After all, it’s three weeks before the draft and the smoke has been deployed.

The New York Giants have a difficult decision ahead of them:

The other two players that could pull ahead in the QB race are Drew Lock and Daniel Jones. Both of these alternatives have solid attributes but lack the consistency Haskins enjoyed in a record-breaking season behind center. Out of the three, the Giants would likely be better off with Dwayne – a true professional with high-level football intelligence translating into elite progressions and vision.

In addition to his intangibles, Haskins has great arm strength and accuracy. The primary knocks on him are his slower throwing motion and lack of movement. It’s certainly possible the Giants wait until their second first-round pick to grab a QB, hoping that Lock or Haskins remain on the board. This would be a best-case scenario given the Josh Rosen rumors are false.

New York Giants: What Happens If The Giants Pass On A Quarterback This Year?

New York Giants, Eli Manning

The New York Giants hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Much speculation has been made over whether or not the Giants will draft a quarterback. Recent rumors regarding Eli Manning’s future seem to indicate that the Giants are not going to draft a quarterback.

If the Giants do not draft a quarterback, they have one other option. The Giants could try to trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. However, Rosen has a fairly competitive market, and it is unclear how interested in Rosen the Giants truly are.

We know the Giants do have interest in Josh Rosen, but that does not mean they are interested enough to win a bidding war for Josh. If the Giants do not draft a quarterback and they do not trade for Josh Rosen, then what will be left for them to do at quarterback?

Stick With Eli Manning

Some fans may think this is crazy, but sticking with Eli Manning for another year has its benefits. Eli is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career. Regardless of how fans and analysts dissect and interpret Eli’s play, there is no denying he is a beloved teammate and leader for the Giants.

In 2018, Eli Manning had the lowest interception total of his career with only 11. He also threw 21 touchdown passes with 4,299 yards. His 66% completion percentage was also a career high.

The Giants’ owners have not committed to Eli past 2019. However, there have not committed to letting him walk, either. The team is 100% committed to him this year and will once again try to put the right pieces around him to give him the chance to make a playoff run. If he plays well, expect to see him back in 2020.

Eli Manning has always brought one key thing to the table: availability. Manning has never missed a game and is always ready to suit up for Big Blue. With Eli, the Giants know what they’re getting and that provides them with a level of confidence.

Many fans and analysts seem to think that 2019 needs to be Eli’s last year, but it does not. If the Giants show improvement in 2019 and Eli plays well, they will keep him and worry about finding the next quarterback later on down the road.

However, if 2019 does not go as planned for Eli Manning, the Giants have other options at quarterback if they do not acquire one this year.

The 2020 Draft Class

Much has been made about the Giants and the 2019 NFL Draft class. There has been plenty of speculation about the Giants drafting quarterbacks in 2019 such as Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, or Drew Lock.

But if the Giants do not love any of these prospects, they will not force themselves to take one. They can always wait until next year. It just so happens that 2020 has some intriguing quarterback prospects.

One name that Giants fans might be familiar with is Justin Herbert. Herbert looked primed to be the 2019 NFL Draft’s top quarterback early in the NFL season. The Giants were also known to have a lot of interest in Herbert. Unfortunately for Big Blue, Justin decided to stay at Oregon for one more season of college football. He will be in the 2020 NFL Draft and he will be a highly-coveted prospect.

Justin Herbert is not the only quarterback prospect set to be taken in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama and Jake Fromm from Georgia are also receiving a lot of buzz as they head into their junior seasons. One problem with each of these players is actually the fact that they will be juniors in 2019, meaning they could choose to not declare for the draft in 2020.

It would be incredibly unfortunate for the Giants if they passed on a quarterback this year and were left with few options next year. This is why many will say they should just find their guy this year. For now, fans will wait and anticipate the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants are at a crossroads with many different options to choose from. The question is, where will they go from here?

New York Giants Draft Profile: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins

The New York Giants are in the market for a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft. The team has not tried to hide that at all. Like the fans, the Giants are aware that Eli Manning is not getting any younger and finding his successor sooner is better than later.

The 2019 NFL Draft class has multiple 1st round talents in it. One name that keeps getting associated with the Giants is Dwayne Haskins. Haskins is an impressive, young quarterback from Ohio State.

On Monday, I officially finished my two-week project in which I attempted to put myself in the shoes of an NFL scout. I went through and watched the game-tape from Dwayne Haskins’s entire (one-season) career. Just like Pat Shurmur, I watched every Dwayne Haskins game. After taking extensive notes on Haskins’s 2018 season, here is what I found:

Production

Dwayne Haskins is one of the most productive quarterbacks in Big Ten college football history. In his one and only season as a starter, Dwayne Haskins shattered all the records. Dwayne threw for a Big Ten record 50 touchdown passes in 2018. His 4,831 passing yards were also a Big Ten record.

Haskins had five games of 400 or more passing yards. Ohio State University ran its offense through The talented passer and he delivered way more often than not. He was truly impressive in 2018, coming in third for the Heisman Trophy voting. He was also named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

Signature Games:

Ohio State v. Northwestern:

If there is one game to point out to sell someone on Dwayne Haskins, it is his game against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. In this game, Dwayne Haskins looked like an elite quarterback prospect. He made one jaw-dropping throw after another.

In this game, Dwayne Haskins threw for 499 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns with an 80% completion percentage. This was a big game for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Haskins stepped up and delivered in the clutch. Each and every touchdown pass Haskins threw in this game was utterly spectacular. I highly recommend watching Dwayne Haskins’s highlights against Northwestern. You will be impressed.

Ohio State v. Indiana:

Ohio State v. Indiana is an important game while evaluating Haskins for a different reason. This game shows everything there is to love about Dwayne Haskins, but also everything there is to scare someone away.

Statistically, Haskins played a great game. He threw 6 touchdown passes with 455 yards and 2 interceptions. However, after watching the film, Haskins was far from perfect in this game.

In the 1st quarter, with 9:28 remaining, Haskins had a receiver wide open downfield for a walk-in touchdown and missed him. This showed that Haskins needs time to settle down into games. It is one of his biggest weaknesses, which I will touch on later.

It is important to dissect the bad plays as much as the good plays because it shows a player’s limits and what he needs to work on.

With 8:43 left in the 2nd quarter, Haskins threw his first interception. On this play, the cornerback blitzed off the edge, and Haskins got smacked. He got the ball out but due to the hit, the throw was high and inaccurate. Haskins panicked to get the ball out. He should’ve held it, or obviously delivered a more accurate throw. A decrease in accuracy under pressure happened pretty often for Haskins. If he had more time, he could have hit the deep seam for a TD. Haskins needs to recognize blitzes pre-snap, and he usually does, but this one he did not see coming.

His second interception occurred in the 3rd quarter with 3:03 remaining. Again, Haskins was hit as he was throwing, resulting in an interception. Bad things happen when Haskins is under pressure. Time and time again, Haskins’s accuracy and decision making got worse under pressure. These two interceptions also show that Haskins needs to work on increasing the strength of his body so that the ball does not float out of his hand like a wounded duck when he gets hit.

On the flip side, Haskins did have 6 touchdowns in this game. It was not all bad. This was a streaky game from Haskins, but he did flash his high potential.

With 6:55 second left in the 4th quarter, Haskins threw an absolutely perfect pass for a touchdown. The ball traveled about 45 yards through the air before landing perfectly in the receiver’s hands in the back of the end zone. Haskins placed this pass where only his receiver could get it, over his shoulder, right over the defender in a tight window. It was a spectacular play that makes you forget about the miscues in the game and flashes superstar potential.

Top Strengths:

Ohio State adjusted their offense to fit Dwayne Haskins’s play-style in 2018. Haskins is a pro-style quarterback who operates best from within the pocket. Ohio State recognized this and capitalized on it with their style of offense in 2018. In the NFL, a team will be able to do the same.

1. High Football IQ:

Dwayne Haskins reads defenses extremely well. He always knows where to go with the ball. Haskins reads coverages and knows who will be open and where the ball needs to go. He is also impressive pre-snap, calling protections, reading coverages and communicating with his teammates. Every now and then he blows a protection call, but for the most part, he does a consistently good job recognizing blitzes.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Haskins’s football IQ is his ability to manipulate defenses. Dwayne is so advanced in this part of his game. He moves safeties with his eyes and head fakes like he is an NFL quarterback already. Against Washington in the Rose Bowl, Haskins secured 2 big touchdowns by manipulating the defense’s coverage.

On his first touchdown against Washington, Dwayne stared left to move the single high safety that way, then turned and fired to a wide open wide receiver in the middle. Haskins knew the receiver would get open if he could move the safety over, so he sold the left to the safety and got his wide receiver wide open. On this play, Dwayne Haskins demonstrated great anticipation, field vision, and accuracy on this play, as well as an obviously impressive football IQ.

Here is a breakdown of one impressive, high-IQ play against Washington:

2. Short-To-Intermediate Accuracy:

The short-to-intermediate range is where Dwayne Haskins makes his money. He is consistently accurate in this area. Haskins gets great zip on the ball and always hits his wide receivers in stride for yards after the catch in the short-to-intermediate range.

Ohio State ran a lot of shallow crossers in 2018 to maximize Haskins’s talents. The Giants also run a lot of shallow crossers and quick slants. These are the routes that Haskins is most accurate on.

3. Big-Time Throws:

While my definition of a big-time throw might not be the exact same as Pro Football Focus’s, it is worth noting that a high-ranking, reputable source for player evaluation sees the same thing I see. Dwayne Haskins has the ability to make the clutch, deep passes.

Admittedly, Dwayne Haskins’s deep balls can be quite inconsistent at times, which I will touch on this later. However, he made numerous jaw-dropping passes in 2018. When Haskins is in rhythm and on his game, he makes some incredible throws. Dwayne proved he can go DEEP (60+ yards) in 2018.

Against Northwestern, Haskins threw a deep ball that traveled 60 yards through the air perfectly in stride to a receiver. The accuracy was incredible considering the length of the pass. Haskins had plenty of passes like this in 2018. Again, he could be more consistent, but when Haskins connects on one of his deep balls, it is a thing of beauty.

Top Weaknesses:

1. Rhythm:

Dwayne Haskins has shown that he needs to take time to settle into games and get into a rhythm. Sometime Haskins gets flustered in big games or when he has not thrown the ball in a while. When Ohio State is milking the clock for a while, then Haskins needs to throw, he is not as sharp as when he was running the offense.

This also happens coming out of halves or starting the game. Dwayne has shown he needs time to settle in. It would be beneficiary for Haskins if he could come into the game as sharp as possible and not have to work out the inaccuracies and misreads before he reaches his highest playing level.

2. Play Under Pressure:

Dwayne Haskins sometimes loses it under pressure. His accuracy, decision making, and field vision all get worse when pressure comes. Sometimes, Dwayne Haskins get panicky when under pressure, resulting in a forced pass that is way off the mark.

When Haskins has a clean pocket and is in rhythm, he is incredible. According to Pro Football Focus, when not faced with pressure, Haskins threw 43 touchdowns to just five interceptions and had a passer rating of 134.4.

However, when he faces pressure, Haskins does not play nearly as well. Often times, when Haskins is under pressure, the play results in a sack or an errant pass. This is something he will need to work on at the next level.

3. Consistency:

As detailed up above, Haskins has flashed incredible arm strength and deep accuracy. However, this is not the most consistent part of his game. There were plenty of moments in 2018 where Haskins left deep passes under or overthrown.

This is due in part to Haskins’s mechanics. His footwork is not consistent. Sometimes, his feet are offset, causing the ball to come out awkwardly and inaccurately.

This consistency problem can also be attributed to Haskins’s issues with settling into games. Haskins should not need to settle into games as often as he does. While he is still trying to get settled, Haskins misses passes he would usually hit on target.

In the same game where Haskins threw a perfect 60-yard deep ball (against Northwestern), he also severely underthrew a downfield shot only one possession later. The receiver had no chance of making a play on the ball and Haskins was lucky that the pass was not intercepted.

In 2018, Dwayne Haskins went through a bit of a mid-season slump. After an incredible first 4 weeks, Haskins had his first below-average game in week 5 against Penn State. Haskins seemed shaken by the big-game atmosphere (something he did get better with later on in the season) and played well below the expectations he had set for himself in the first 4 weeks of the season. From week 5 to week 11, Haskins was inconsistent and played below his previously-set standard.

Ohio State clearly recognized that Haskins was in a slump. Against Maryland in week 11, Ohio State switched up its game plan. The team went with a more run-heavy approach in order to take pressure off of Dwayne Haskins. This approach worked and helped get Haskins playing back at his high level. Haskins then went on to have arguably his 3 best games of his career to close out the season, solidifying himself as a 1st round talent.

Draft Stock:

Dwayne Haskins will be a top 10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants do have the 6th overall pick and they do have the draft capital to move into the top 3 if they so desire. The rumors linking the Giants to Haskins have been cloudy.

Some reports say the Giants have no interest in Haskins and are not even scouting him. Others say they are extremely interested and have done a ton of work on him. It is hard to decipher what is true and what is not at this point.

The Giants might end up drafting a quarterback at 17, but it will not be Dwayne Haskins. Haskins will probably go within in the top 3 picks, and if not, there is no way he makes it out of the top 10. If the Giants love Dwayne Haskins, they will need to be aggressive and go after him in the top 10.

New York Giants: How The Giants Could Construct The Kansas City Model

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The New York Giants are officially in the market for a quarterback. Both general manager Dave Gettleman and co-owner John Mara have admitted that the team will be looking for a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This has been speculated for quite some time now. Eli Manning is 38 years old and heading into his 6th season. Statistically, Manning has been solid in recent years. However, no one can play forever.

As head coach Pat Shurmur said, Eli is closer to 40 than he is to 20. The clock has officially begun ticking; the Giants need to find the next franchise quarterback.

Eli Manning will be around in 2019. The Giants already paid him his roster bonus and assured the press that he is the starting quarterback in 2019. However, Dave Gettleman has also floated around the idea of keeping Eli on the team in order to mentor a rookie quarterback. Dave Gettleman calls this the “Kansas City Model.”

What Is The Kansas City Model?

When Dave Gettleman uses the phrase “Kansas City Model,” he is referring to how the Kansas City Chiefs groomed quarterback Patrick Mahomes to success in his second season. The Chiefs had Alex Smith in 2017, who was a solid starting quarterback. Despite this, the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs then went on with Alex Smith as the starting quarterback during the 2017 NFL season. In 2018, the Chiefs decided it was time to let “Showtime” Patrick Mahomes take over. They traded away Alex Smith and committed to Patrick Mahomes as the full-time starting quarterback. Mahomes went on to have a historic 2018 season.

In 2018, Patrick Mahomes was phenomenal. Mahomes brought the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game and won NFL MVP. Patrick’s stats were insane in 2018. He threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions in his first season as a starter. With production like this, it is easy to see why Dave Gettleman is so fond of the “Kansas City Model.”

Which Quarterbacks Fit The Kansas City Model?

The 2019 NFL Draft has 4 quarterback prospects who could potentially be drafted in the 1st round. The Giants will need to decide if they want to go through with the “Kansas City Model,” then figure out which quarterback prospect is the best fit.

A quarterback who is not fit for the “Kansas City Model” is Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. Murray is going to start from day one in the NFL. He is a special talent whose only true flaw is his small size.

Despite this, Murray is a talented, dual-threat quarterback who will have an offense completely built around him due to his special running and passing abilities. This is why he will need to start. With Murray, there is no time to waste. The offense will be built around him, so it would be a waste of time to have another quarterback play in Murray’s personalized offense.

Dwayne Haskins is the quarterback most analysts think the Giants will end up with after the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins had an impressive junior season at Ohio State University. He was extremely efficient, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions in his only season as a starter.

Since Haskins only played one year as a starter in college, he would benefit from a year of learning in the NFL. Dwayne Haskins has also publicly said he would love the opportunity to learn behind Manning. Haskins grew up a Giants fan and has a lot of respect for the franchise legend, Eli Manning.

Another quarterback who could fit the “Kansas City Model” is Daniel Jones. Daniel played 3 seasons as a starter at Duke. However, he still has a lot of room to grow as a quarterback. Jones has been linked to the recently because of his connection to Eli Manning.

Jones and Manning had the same head coach in college, David Cutcliffe. Jones also knows Manning personally from workouts on Duke’s campus. Daniel Jones is also open to sitting and learning for a year behind Eli.

Daniel Jones threw 22 touchdown passes in 2018 with 9 interceptions and only 2,674 yards. He has the ideal body type for an NFL quarterback and is a smart young man. However, his lack of elite production and accuracy at the collegiate level are the reasons Jones is looked at as a project quarterback. If he is groomed properly, Daniel Jones could be the next Eli Manning.