The Giants’ 2018 Season Will Depend on One Player’s Performance

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There has recently been a lot of optimism for the New York Giants since the draft. New General Manager, Dave Gettleman, has completely revamped the entire roster. The defense has several playmakers while the Giants continue to add depth. The offense, on paper, looks like one of the best in the league.

It has been years since Eli Manning has an offensive line capable of protecting him, it looks like that may change in 2018. Dave Gettleman revamped and upgraded the entire line. The Giants’ 2018 season will depend on one players’ performance.

It is up to Eli:

A lot of blame has been put on the shoulders of Eli, especially after a 3-13 season. But many people around him say he can still play at a high level. Now he will have a legitimate chance to prove it.

For too long, Eli Manning has had to deal with far more pressure than he should have. In 2017, Eli’s snap to throw time was 2.5 seconds. This was in the bottom five in the NFL. This shows truly how quickly Eli had to find his receiver and get rid of the ball before he gets hit.

Let us not forget, the Giants led the league in dropped passes, with 45. The next closest teams were the Cardinals and the Raiders, which each had 38 drops. It wasn’t even close.

With an improved offensive line, and Saquon Barkley to keep the defense honest, Eli will have the time he needs to make more plays. With improved weapons, the offense should see fewer drops. Good protection and explosive weapons is a recipe for a great offense. The rest will be up to Eli.

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Was New York Giants GM David Gettleman Being Selfish By Taking Barkley At 2?

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Did the 2018 NFL Draft turn out to be a selfish one for New York Giants’ GM David Gettleman?

Finally, after months of speculation and mock drafts, we finally know who the New York Giants landed with the no. 2 overall pick. And as most fans and experts predicted, Big Blue selected Penn State standout, Saquon Barkley.

Was this the right pick? If you look at the actual facts, we may not be able to tell if they made the correct choice, however, Gettleman and the Giants are definitely telling us something.

Right off the bat, Saquon Barkley is projected to get a whopping $31 Million, which is top 5 running back money, which is hefty for someone who has never played an NFL snap. Spending the pick on Barkley means you aren’t trading OBJ anytime soon and he will project to get at least $18 million per-year.

Gettleman will presumably allocate well over $40 million to Nate Solder, Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley, which is close to 25% of the salary cap on just three players. Not to mention the $21 million that aging quarterback Eli Manning earns.

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But maybe the Giant’s can compete for Superbowl?

The Eagles, Cowboys, Saints, Falcons, Panthers, Packers, Vikings and the Rams are all significantly better suited for a deep playoff run for not only the upcoming season, but the future as well. The Lions and Seahawks have younger and more talented QB’s, and the 49er’s and Bears have young talented signal callers who may take them to the next level. This is the toughest a conference is projected to be from top to bottom in years.

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The Giants are not a great running back away from being a contender. Eli Manning will be in Canton one day but he has not been good as of late, let alone great in recent history. They have an aging defense with a revamped yet unproven offensive-line.

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Will Hernendez is a first round talent that fell to the second round, Lorenzo Carter fell in their laps in the third — props to the new GM for making the smart and obvious choice, however, drafting them was the obvious choice with or without Barkley.

Who should the Giants have drafted at 2?

Sam Darnold is the often mentioned name that has surfaced the last three months. He is only 20 years old! Darnold could be the starting QB for the next 15 years and still be younger than Eli is today! He has the highest floor and quite possibly the highest ceiling.

Say, both Gettleman and new head coach Pat Schurmur didn’t truly value any of these QB’s as a future franchise quarterback, then simply trade down. Accumulate current and future assets. This was a very deep running back draft and they could’ve gotten good value in the later rounds.

Dave Gettleman, 67, is no spring chicken and he wants to see Big Blue raise that banner again. However, the likelihood of them achieving that goal with this roster is low. He didn’t even field any potential offers. That, to me, is both selfish and arrogant.

Barkley drawing 7 up front, leaving Odell one on one vs. some poor CB who has the improbable task of guarding him alone, will be extremely exciting to watch. Catching the ball out of the flat and making players miss – it’ll be a ton of fun to experience, but will that be enough to surpass Dallas or Philly?

Only time will tell.



According to Ernie Accorsi Eli Manning Has Plenty Of Football Left In Him

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As the New York Giants contemplate taking a quarterback with their No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft, some people think it might be a tad premature given Eli Manning’s current state of health.

A good chunk of fans and analysts think Manning is degrading at an astronomical rate after last season’s melt down, which was primarily due to the offensive line and a stripped wide receiver corps. Manning has shown that his arm strength has not dwindled and his decision making is as controversial as always.

Former Giants’ GM Ernie Accorsi is still a believer in Manning, who will undoubtedly be suiting up to start the 2018 season:

“I wouldn’t want to put an endline on him, but I do agree with them that he can play winning, championship football for two years,” Accorsi said via the New York Daily News. “Now, it may be more. I’m not saying that he can’t do more. But I don’t think there’s any question: What I saw last year in the Philadelphia game with what he had to play with, I definitely think he could still take a team to a title. I mean, obviously he has to be surrounded with a pretty good team. But I do.”

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Accorsi played a big role in orchestrating the trade that brought the Ole Miss quarterback to New York and Philip Rivers to the San Diego Chargers. Manning has gone on to win two Super Bowls (Rivers has 0) and was named MVP in both of them. In both years, Manning brought his game to another level once the post-season came around, taking a Wild Card team to the big game.

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That same level of play doesn’t seem to have dwindled, and it’s impossible to say it has, given the lack of talent he endured last season.

The question is: How long will it take for the Giants to build a solid team around him? And can he deliver within the next two seasons?

“I don’t think it’s gonna take that long. I think there’s some talent there,” Accorsi said. “They’ve got to rush the passer. They have to protect Eli. And obviously the offensive line’s gotta run block. They have receivers — the tight end’s gonna be a terrific receiver, they’ve got tremendous wide receivers. They have good running backs and — who knows? — they may get another one. And if they can rush the passer and protect Eli, I think they have a chance to be good rather quickly.”

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The Giants need to improve in all facets of the game. They overhauled the coaching staff, which in turn provided talent at the linebacker and offensive line position. The Giants have a high draft pick which gives them the ability to address a position of need, and ultimately begin to build a winning team around Manning.

Gettleman made it clear in his introductory press conference that the Giants need to improve in rushing the passer, stopping the run, and running the ball.

All of those points refer to improving the offensive line, defensive line, and running back position.



What Should We Expect From Eli Manning In 2018?

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For Eli Manning, starting off the season strong will be at the forefront of his priorities, and it all starts with building chemistry with his offense.

The New York Giants added several weapons to the offense, including left tackle Nate Solder and left guard Patrick Omameh. Rebuilding the offensive line has been an unfinished puzzle for the past few years. Fitting the pieces together was not the strength of former general manager Jerry Reese, and it’s not for his lack of trying (Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, etc.).

Reese struggled to put together a formidable line for his franchise quarterback, and the consequences were apparent. Last year’s disastrous campaign started and ended on the offensive line.

The Giants began their season on Monday; Eli Manning was in attendance to voluntary OTA’s. The only player that was absent was former left tackle and current right tackle, Ereck Flowers.

GM Dave Gettleman will likely address the offensive line in the upcoming NFL draft, which will only aid the success of Manning and Co.

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Previous stats:

The offensive scheme plays a large part in the statistical achievements for any quarterback, and Eli Manning is no different. With Odell Beckham Jr. playing an integral part in the offense, Manning enjoyed inflated numbers due to his electrifying skill set.

In 2017: 61.6% completion, 3,468 passing yards, 19-13 TD-INT ratio, 31 sacks and 11 fumbles.

In 2016: 63% completion, 4,027 passing yards, 26-16 TD-INT ratio, 21 sacks and 7 fumbles.

In 2011: 61% completion, 4,933 passing yards, 29-16 TD-INT ratio, 28 sacks, 8 fumbles

These three years represent good examples for the difference in offensive line quality and systematic approaches.

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In 2017, the line was awful, resulting in one of Manning’s worst statistical seasons. The only season he was sacked more times was in 2013 (39 sacks). His 11 fumbles was the most in the past eight years as the Giants’ quarterback.

The 2016 season was interesting, because it was Ben McAdoo’s most successful year with the Giants. Manning improved his completion percentage to 63%. The scheme he implemented was heavy on short passes and crossing routes, similar to the 2017 season but more daring. McAdoo became complacent after becoming the head coach for the Giants and ultimately dug his own grave with his conservative play calling.

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When comparing these two years to 2011, the year the Giants won the Super Bowl, you’ll see that Manning had his most explosive year, netting nearly 5,000 yards for the only time in his career. But why was he so successful?

The offensive line consisted of Will Beatty, David Diehl, David Baas, Chris Snee, and Kareem McKenzie. A solid front four, which gave Manning ample time to set up his passes.

But the main factors that contributed to Manning being successful was also the same reason that the Giants won the Super Bowl. Those factors represented balance and unpredictability.

They had a tight end (Jake Ballard), running backs (Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs), wide receivers (Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz), and a quality offensive line. Provide Manning with the necessary tools and success is on the horizon.

The Giants have lacked a true running game, tight end, offensive line, and base of receivers for years, and they have lacked success all the while. I wonder why…

Well, now that Eli Manning has a serviceable offensive line, a tight end in Evan Engram, receivers in Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall, and a head coach that has a history with successful quarterbacks, we can anticipate an instantaneous improvement.

The factors and pieces are in place to put together a winning team, and with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Giants have the ability to add an immediate play-maker to the team. With this logic, Saquon Barkley would be the prioritized selection for New York, but the question is: Are they playing to win now, or planning for the future?

Eli Manning 2018 predictions:

62.5% completion, 4,759 yards, 28-14 TD-INT ratio, 22 sacks, 6 fumbles




Here’s What Davis Webb Has Learned In One Season Under Eli Manning

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The New York Giants have a quarterback dilemma, and all Davis Webb-haters tend to refer back to the days of Ryan Nassib. Let’s get this out of the way… that’s ridiculous. You can’t compare any player in the NFL, since later-round picks often emerge as starters at all different positions.

Nassib didn’t have the work ethic Webb currently has, and his chances at starting a game in the NFL were next to none. How do I know that? Eli Manning was in his prime, so Nassib wasn’t going to be playing any games as a Giant; he was a backup QB for life. Webb has the chance to be Manning’s successor, which explains his ‘want’ to prove himself to the organization.

Here’s what Webb had to say about his year under Manning:

“How to handle adversity would be No. 1,” Webb told NJ Advance Media during an exclusive interview. “We lost 13 games. We have to swallow that. But he never flinched. Every day he had the biggest smile on his face and was ready to work and compete with his teammates. He loves playing the game of football. That’s something I really admire.”

The Giants battled through a 3-13 season and even went as far as to bench Manning and end his infamous streak. Manning nearly cried due to the emotion of not starting a game after 14-season of doing so. Damn you Ben McAdoo!

Moving forward, the Giants are staying with Manning as their starting quarterback in 2018. At 37-years old, his time is quickly coming to an end, but he has our support until his final day!

“We believe Eli has years left as a starting quarterback in this league,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’re excited that he’s there. I’m looking forward to developing Davis Webb to see where he can go.”

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When comparing himself (Webb) to Manning, he was very open with how different both of their personalities really are, and why their receivers gel with both of them equally.

“We have two different personalities,” Webb said, “but that’s why I think all the receivers gel with us: Because it’s easy to talk to him and I.”

“He’s the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Webb said. “He pushed through some adversity this year: Receivers went down, (offensive) linemen got hurt. We had some adversity and he didn’t flinch. He had to sit out one game, and he was the best teammate in the world. I know it was hard on him. I really respected that.”

Webb is spending the offseason working diligently to impress the new regime for the Giants, and he may just earn his opportunity to showcase his skills.

“He [Manning] said, ‘The biggest thing I’ve got going for me is my work ethic. I’m going to outwork people. That’s how you get better. Every day you find something. You never stay the same.”

Well, we can surely say Webb is giving his opportunity everything he’s got, and if he wins the starting job, it will be based on his work ethic alone.




Davis Webb Continues To Improve, Videos Show Improved Footwork From Under Center

The New York Giants have a potential quarterback problem that will arise after Eli Manning is told to hit the road. But for now, all we can do is speculate.

So, let’s look at some actual film of the quarterback that’s already on the Giants’ roster… Davis Webb. Many Mock drafts have GM Dave Gettleman taking Josh Rosen at no. 2 overall, but that consensus could drastically change if Webb can show his abilities from under center. Luckily for us, we have some tape of him taking snaps and dropping back to deliver perfect strikes.

The process:

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The odds are stacked against the former third-round pick, but his constant want to improve and willingness to work diligently on the offseason is apparent. He wants that starting job, and it’s fair to say he’s doing everything to earn it.

Let’s break down the video below:

On the first throw, Webb drops back from under center with solid footwork, simulates moving up into the pocket to avoid pressure, and delivers a solid pass to his receiver over the middle. It’s nice to see his movement looking so fluid and fundamentally solid. Webb worked from the shotgun primarily in college, causing him to lose some stock from teams that use a pro-style offense.

On the second throw in the video, Webb drops back and resets just before the receiver makes his break. He proceeds to deliver a perfect strike to his receiver in stride. There’s no doubt his footwork has improved and his accuracy looks solid from the practice field.

The big question is: Can he deliver on an NFL field?

Reminder, we can say the same thing about any quarterback being drafted in the upcoming NFL draft… Can they reproduce their college success on a professional field?


New York Giants: Davis Webb Releases Encouraging Workout Videos

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The New York Giants may want to re-consider their draft plans after seeing Davis Webb’s new workout videos; especially if they were planning on taking a quarterback.

The consensus that the Giants are looking at UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with their No. 2 overall pick has been apparent within the media and fan-base, but we must consider that Eli Manning’s successor might already be on the team.

Webb drew rave reviews from teammates and staff within the organization, which bodes well for his stock as we head towards the draft. With another guaranteed season under Manning, we can assume he will only continue to grow and progress into a potential future quarterback.

Here are some of his workout videos:

On the second video, Webb rolled out to his right on a play-action pass, showing extreme precision and placement with tight end Evan Engram. There’s no doubt that Webb is showing his work-ethic on the offseason and what he’s willing to do to become the Giants’ future quarterback.

In addition to his work-ethic, he’s building chemistry with current starters on the offense and saying all the right things to management.

Here’s what Webb said about his meetings with Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan:

“I had a conversation with Mr. Gettleman and kind of told him how I felt and my abilities as a quarterback,” Webb said last week after a throwing session with a group of college players preparing for the draft. “I think there are enough people around the facility that believe in me and believe in my work ethic and believe in my ability to play quarterback one day for this franchise.”

“I want them to know that I’m here to be the best teammate possible and work very hard. I know we have a high pick in the draft. But nobody really knows but two people — that is coach Shurmur and Mr. Gettleman. So there can be a lot of guessing and stuff like that.”

“I’m preparing myself for whenever my opportunity comes,” Webb stated. “I get to work out with Eli Manning and NFL guys daily, couldn’t ask for anything more. I am working just for whenever an opportunity arrives. I am ready to play and play well.”

As long as the Cal product continues to show his discpline and loyalty to the franchise, there’s no doubt that he will receive is fair share of the opportunities moving forward. And if the Giants decide to pass on a quarterback in the upcoming draft, that would be a major indication of how the current regime feels about Webb.