New York Giants: Lawrence Tynes proposes blockbuster deal for Deshaun Watson

The New York Giants are expected to make moves this offseason. It remains to be seen what those moves will be, but the team is on the brink of winning and some new additions could push them into a playoff campaign next year. And one of the biggest players that might be available on the market this offseason is Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

Obviously, the Giants already have a quarterback in Daniel Jones. The Giants have come out and said a number of times that Jones is their QB and that they plan on keeping him around for years to come. But words can be fleeting, and the staff also reaffirmed that Eli Manning would be the starting quarterback for weeks, before benching him in favor of Jones. Could they do a similar thing and make a surprise change at the position despite supporting Jones publicly?

Lawrence Tynes proposes a trade

Super Bowl winning kicker Lawrence Tynes has an interesting take on the idea. He proposed a trade where the Giants would give up a lot, but could get their quarterback of the future.

The Giants would have to give up Jones, plus starters Kevin Zeitler and Evan Engram. It’s a steep price to pay, but Engram has often left fans wanting for more performance wise and Zeitler was involved in trade rumors already earlier last season. In fact, Engram might be the largest one reason why the Giants aren’t in the playoffs right now after his crucial drop against the Eagles cost the team an extra win. Some would argue the Giants should move on from him now while he isn’t injured and his stock is still somewhat high.

Perhaps more concerning, the Giants would have to give up a first round pick for next year as well as two third round picks. Giving up a first round pick in addition to two players is a high price, but may be worth it in the long run if the Giants can advance to the point where they no longer need a high draft pick each year to further a rebuild.

What would the Giants get in return?

It’s looking increasingly like Deshaun Watson is going to move from the Texans, but what would the Giants get with him if they did make a deal?

From the looks of things, they would have an immediate step up at quarterback. Watson last season threw for 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, a huge increase over the poor ratio of touchdowns to turnovers that Daniel Jones had. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl, and while the Texans were far from a winning team last season, there’s other major reasons for that than just their quarterback play and offense.

After the Texans went 4-12, star defensive end J.J. Watt went as far as to apologize to Watson for how the defense wasted one of his seasons.

From 2014 to 2020, the Texans were under the leadership of Bill O’Brien – he became infamous to Texans fans for bad leadership and the move to trade Watson’s top receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for David Johnson and a pair of draft picks. That’s been called one of the worst trades ever, and it contributed further to Watson not being able to win in Houston.

Even under those circumstances, and other poor management decisions from the Texans, Watson had a successful season individually and would be a step up from what the Giants have now. It’s easy to imagine him leading the Giants to success when not surrounded with a dysfunctional organization and placed on an improving roster that nearly made the playoffs this year.

Should the Giants do the deal?

The Giants will likely have to give up a lot if they want to acquire Watson, but at some point, the team has to turn the corner and start winning. There’s multiple ways to turn the corner. Some teams draft big time players and other teams acquire them in free agency or in trades. But there’s only so many chances to do so, and the Giants might not have another chance for a while to acquire a quarterback of this caliber.

It’s not that the Giants need to immediately move on from Daniel Jones – but Jones sitting around the middle of the league statistically for years isn’t going to help the team reach new heights in the long run. A player like Watson, however, could.

They would have to give up a lot, yes. But any team looking to turn the corner with a big trade does. The Giants are going to start losing players to contracts and free agency anyway as Dave Gettleman’s rebuild drags on for more years. They may as well give up some talent preemptively and pick up the kind of player that there’s rarely a chance to get on the open market.

New York Giants need a Pro Bowl level performance from Evan Engram in Week 16

New York Giants, Giants, Evan Engram

The New York Giants will be playing a crucial, playoff-like matchup in Sunday’s Week 16 matchup. New York needs to win this game to stay alive in the playoff race. The Giants will travel to Baltimore to play the 9-5 Ravens who are coming off of a dominant Week 15 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Giants on the other hand are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Browns. New York scored a total of six points in their Week 15 loss, failing to reach the end zone even once in that game. With Daniel Jones out of the lineup, New York failed to put together any big, scoring plays.

This week, Daniel Jones will return as the Giants’ starting quarterback. New York needs a big game on offense to match Baltimore’s explosive offensive attack. The Giants will need to rely on their offensive playmakers to keep them in this game and give them an opportunity to win. Evan Engram is the Giants’ best playmaker on offense, being selected to the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl, and he needs to have a huge performance to keep New York’s offense afloat against the Baltimore Ravens.

Evan Engram vs the Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been slightly above average against tight ends this season. They have only conceded 5 touchdowns to the position this year but have allowed tight ends to gain an average of 51.6 yards per game. Evan Engram is averaging a career-low of 40.9 yards per game this season, so this could be an opportunity for him to have a big performance.

Last week against the Browns, Evan Engram had a decent performance. He was targeted 7 times and hauled in 4 receptions for a respectable 46 receiving yards. This was a solid bounce-back performance for Engram who totaled 40 receiving yards in Week 13 and Week 14 combined.

This week, it was announced that Evan Engram had been selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. Many Giants fans were confused as Engram is a polarizing player whose inconsistency frustrates fans. Having a clutch, Pro Bowl-level performance against the Ravens is a  good way for Engram to prove these disgruntled fans wrong.

New York Giants: Who was snubbed from the Pro Bowl and how did Evan Engram make it?

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

While the Pro Bowl won’t be played this year due to COVID-19, the meaning behind it still stands. Earning the right to be claimed a Pro Bowl level player is something most players desire, but winning games in the NFL still remains a priority. The New York Giants are currently 5-9 on the season, and making the Pro Bowl for some of their players might be a nice consolation prize.

Most thought linebacker Blake Martinez and safety Logan Ryan would be among the names chosen, but unfortunately, they were snubbed. Star corner James Bradberry made the cut, and surprisingly, so did TE Evan Engram.

Engram has 54 catches for 572 yards and two touchdowns this season but has dropped six passes and allowed multiple turnovers. This was an interesting selection, and one nobody imagined, based on the visual display of inadequacy at times and his inability to hold onto the football.

Nonetheless, is the first Pro Bowl appearance for Engram and something that holds value based on his reaction. He was extremely excited to have earned the right and the star next to his statistical output for the 2020 campaign. It seems as if team representatives and coaches from around the NFL held Engram in high regard, while he voted 4th in fan voting.

The New York Giants deserved more appearances:

One major snub for the Giants was interior defender Leonard Williams. Williams has been stellar this season, earning 8.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, and 24 QB hits. He has been considered one of the best interior defenders in the NFL up to this point, and with two weeks left in the season, he will break almost every personal record. The last time he earned a Pro Bowl selection was in 2016, and the only statistic he actually was better in was combined tackles. This season, he has been a monstrous pass rusher and done a solid job in run defense.

Blake Martinez is another player who should’ve been considered more realistically. He is fourth in the NFL with 128 tackles, five quarterback hits, and 2.0 sacks. He also has a career-low 6.6% missed tackle rate and has been solid in coverage, not allowing a touchdown for the first time in his career.

The Giants had multiple players who could’ve made the Pro Bowl, but it is nice for them to at least see two earn the accolade. The Giants haven’t had this quality of play in quite some time at specific positions, so seeing the latest free agency pool pay off and their homegrown tight end become recognized around the NFL is undoubtedly a positive.

New York Giants: One big play on offense and one big play on defense for week 12

New York Giants, Evan Engram

The New York Giants have a lot to worry about going into their game with the Seahawks, where they may be missing Daniel Jones. But for now, they can celebrate another consecutive win after taking down the Cincinnati Bengals by a narrow margin. Despite the low scoring nature of the game, the Giants had some big plays on both offense and defense. And now that it’s all said and done, it’s worth going back and taking a look at both.

Evan Engram’s 53 yard reception

Evan Engram has struggled in recent years, and even during this current season. He had a somewhat slower start and his most well known moment this season is likely the drop that cost the Giants their first game with the Eagles. However, Engram has started to pick his game up recently and had some of the biggest receptions for the Giants in their win against the Bengals.

The most notable one from this game, of course, is the 53 yard reception that came relatively early in the game during the first quarter. The Giants scored a touchdown on this drive to take the initial lead and that was in large part because of Engram helping them get down the field to make it possible.

Also, it’s worth noting that this wasn’t a completely uncontested catch either. Engram has had trouble over his entire career with catching the ball under pressure, so seeing him make the longest reception of the Giants season so far while also beating a defender is a nice moment worth recognizing after the fact.

Jabaal Sheard’s game ending sack

Jabaal Sheard isn’t the most used defensive lineman that the Giants have. He played on about half their defensive snaps against the Bengals and played in 28% of their defensive snaps in the game before that, against Philadelphia. However, Sheard picked up his first sack of the season in this game in addition to registering three tackles for the second time this year.

The sack was a rather significant one as it ended the game and secured the win for the Giants. Brandon Allen went down for a 13 yard loss and Leonard Williams picked up the forced fumble to ensure the Bengals wouldn’t have a chance at getting the field goal that they were looking for, which would have given them the win.

After the Giants have blown other games this season which they could have won, it’s good to see a play like this – a clutch defensive play coming at the end of the game and keeping the result in favor of the Giants rather than throwing out the lead and allowing the other team to jump ahead.

New York Giants’ players were shocked about the Marc Colombo firing

New York Giants, Marc Colombo

In the middle of the week, during the New York Giants’ bye week, Joe Judge’s team decided it was time to move on from offensive line coach Marc Colombo. When the news broke, it was a bit of a shock to the players in the locker room and players around the NFL.

The offensive line has been improving week after week during this season. Many players and coaches view Colombo as one of the league’s best offensive line coaches. It was not long until everyone found out what led up to the firing of Colombo.

Joe Judge spoke to the media

Judge finally spoke to the media about the Colombo firing. He decided to part ways with Colombo; it was the best for the Giants organization short term and long term.

“I spoke to the entire team last week. I spoke with the offensive line, I spoke with the captains, I spoke with people both individually and collectively based on the units,” Judge told reporters on Monday. “Again, we’re pretty transparent as an organization. If something happens with the team, we keep it in-house, but I speak very openly with the team about it.”

The Giants’ players have all bought into Judge as a head coach. The players were shocked, but at the end of the day, the player believes in what Judge has to do to keep the Giants’ culture.

What New York Giants’ players said to the media about the Colombo firing:

Evan Engram

“That entire situation is definitely above my pay grade,” tight end Evan Engram said. “As a player and as a team, we know that with Coach Judge, every decision he makes is in the best interest of the team. I know me personally and a lot of guys loved working with Coach Colombo and obviously wish him the best. But like I said, that’s the thing with Coach Judge. His best interest is always with the team.”

Leonard Williams

“Judge’s style of coaching is good for players who want to win and want to play hard, practice hard, and understand that your practice is reflective of how you play. Guys that are willing to buy into a program are going to do great under a system like that,” defensive end Leonard Williams stated.

“There’s obviously some guys who are a little bit harder to coach and a little bit harder to get to buy into systems. They might be a little bit harder to fall into line. At the same time, when you’re a part of this team, you kind of feel the atmosphere of everyone buying in. Even those guys that are a little bit harder to coach, once they see the rest of their teammates buying in, they will come along eventually, too. I think it’s a great way, the way we practice. I think it shows we have a tough team. I feel like after losses or wins we go right back to work. I think it’s a hard-hat type of team that wants to work and grind,” Williams added.

An outsider looking in, Colombo did not buy into Judge. He was an outlier. Judge wants players, coaches, trainers, everyone to be on the same wavelength. Judge wants everyone to buy into the Giants’ culture, and from what it sounds like, it’s either Judge’s way or the highway!

Giants vs. Eagles: The three major keys for the Giants to come up with the win

New York Giants, Evan Engram

This is the biggest game for both teams up to this point. The Philadelphia Eagles are in first place with a 3-4-1 record, and the New York Giants are in third place with a 2-7 record. The Giants can split the series against the Eagles if they can do a few things correctly. The three major keys for the Giants this weekend will include Daniel Jones, Evan Engram, and Isaac Yiadom.

Daniel Jones needs to protect the ball

The New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has to be on target this weekend. Jones can not afford to force a turnover against the Eagles. DJ was not perfect last week, but he did not force a turnover. DJ fumbled twice in the game. The first fumble ended up going out of bounds, and the second fumble DJ jumped on to retain possession.

If Daniel Jones can protect the ball and throw the ball away when he has to, then the Giants can control the game on offense and with field position.

Last week’s game against Washington was the first time this season that DJ did not turn the ball over, the Giants came out on top. DJ and the entire offense needs to do the same thing as they did last week to have the best chance to win this game.

Evan Engram needs to catch the ball

The New York Giants tight end Evan Engram has been consistently dropping passes week in and week out. The last time the Giants and the Eagles played each other this season, Engram dropped a ball on third down that would have sealed the game for the Giants. The Giants were forced to punt and gave the ball back to Carson Wentz and the Eagles. The Eagles ended up winning this game against the Giants. What is in the past is in the past. All Giants fans hope for is that Engram can hold on to the ball, especially on third down.

Engram is a miss-match for most linebackers in the NFL, and DJ knows that. DJ just needs to find ways to get the ball into Engram’s hands in open space.

Isaac Yiadom needs to step up

In last week’s game against Washington, Isaac Yiadom allowed a perfect passer rating to Alex Smith when passes were thrown to Yiadom’s side of the field. If the New York Giants want to beat the Eagles this weekend, this simply can not happen this weekend. Wentz will attack Yiadom every time he gets.

The way that James Bradberry has been playing this season, Yiadom is going to see a lot of attention week in and week out, which isn’t going to change this weekend.

Outcome if all goes well

This is a lot to ask for, but if the Giants are able to pull this off against the Eagles, they could find themselves in a rhythm. On offense, DJ has to play a clean game, and Engram needs to catch the catchable balls. On defense, Yiadom will see the ball thrown his way a bunch this weekend. He needs to play just good for the Giants to come out with a big win and compete in the NFC East once again!

New York Giants: Evan Engram will continue working on catching the ball

New York Giants, Evan Engram

Catches have been a big problem for New York Giants tight end Evan Engram. A missed catch blew the game against Philadelphia when the Giants should have had a game ending first down, but even beyond that, the problem of drops has remained throughout Engram’s career. In fact, it’s been called his biggest flaw other than his inability to stay healthy. This season, with a healthy Engram, his drops have some to the forefront more than his injury problems.

Engram managed to score his first touchdown since October of 2019 in the Giants’ win over Washington, but that game wasn’t without another signature drop from him. But he did have something to say about it after the fact, intending to continue working on it.

“Just really was a routine play and I got a little too excited and the ball went through my hands. I just have to keep working and stay at it all week and stay and catch balls and working on technique – keep eyes on the ball all the way to the tuck,” Engram said. “It was just a play that I wish I could get back and grab it and make play. Those things happen. You just have to overcome it.”

The Giants were urged by many to move on from Engram after the Philadelphia game, but the front office has stood by the tight end for now and the Giants turned down multiple trade offers before the deadline. That’s similar to last season, where the Giants also considered Engram an untouchable talent. But what does Engram himself think of the frequent trade talks?

“I don’t really pay that much attention to it. I just control what’s on my plate and what’s in front of me and whatever happens is whatever happens. Like I said, I’m blessed to be here as a Giant and it was a hell of a game that we played today and I’m just glad we got the win.”

Engram had 48 yards and caught half of the 10 targeted passes thrown his way. It’s hard to see him moving on from the Giants in the foreseeable future after they declined to trade him, but a high level of performance will certainly be expected going forward as the team has invested a lot of faith in Engram for the future.

New York Giants: James Bradberry lends encouraging words to Evan Engram

New York Giants, James Bradberry

It hasn’t been a good last week for Evan Engram after his drop cost the New York Giants their game against the Eagles, but the tight end received some words of support from the team’s top cornerback. James Bradberry came out in support of Engram when asked about him by reporters on Tuesday, in face of the demands from fans that the team moves on from Engram before the deadline.

“As a player, you see a phenomenal talent. Physical, big body guy that can run. That’s one thing that separates him from the rest of the tight ends in the league, that he can run. He’s very fast. Just as a teammate, what you would tell him, I’ve been there before,” Bradberry said about Engram.

“I missed out on plays here and there in my career over the past four years. You just have to fight back. You have to keep your head in the game, keep that confidence within you. There were several plays throughout that Philadelphia game that we should have made on defense that we let go. The game should have never been in that position in the first place.”

Some fans won’t share Bradberry’s sentiments and believe that Engram is past the point where the Giants should bet on his potential. On the other hand, it doesn’t look like the team is going to make a move to get rid of Engram before the deadline based on reports so far. The front office, more or less, seems to be on Bradberry’s side on the matter of Engram.

But it remains to be seen whether that will be the right move or a mistake, given Engram’s performance last time and the extensive problems that have plagued his career up until this point in time.

New York Giants unlikely to restart rebuilding before deadline

New York Giants, Kevin Zeitler

The current rebuild for the New York Giants isn’t going as planned, but it doesn’t look like the traditionally patient franchise is going to deviate from their usual trends and blow it all up after this season. Of course, with the trade deadline approaching around the league, this would be the time to start if the Giants were going to head in that direction. But we haven’t seen many moves coming from the team yet and according to a report from the New York Post, we might not see those moves at all.

“Insiders say there will be no fire sale,” the article from Paul Schwartz reports while acknowledging the team might have a couple moves in the near future. That would mean that speculated trades involving Kevin Zeitler or Evan Engram will probably remain in that realm of speculation for now.

It’s rather obvious why the Giants aren’t likely to move Zeitler even if they can get something in return for him. Most likely, they’d like the protection for Daniel Jones to not get even worse. It’s already been subpar with factors such as Andrew Thomas’ slow start playing into it. But without Zeitler, the situation would be worse. And Andrew Luck and his time with the Colts provided a good example of why it’s important to have actual protection for a young quarterback – even if that quarterback can take hits.

Evan Engram likely to be here for the future

On the other hand, the Giants still see a worth in Evan Engram and it appears they think his value is higher than what they can get on the market. According to the talent evaluator that spoke to the New York Post, the Giants could get a fourth or fifth round pick for Engram at most. If that at all.

The more meager potential haul probably won’t be enough to convince the Giants to move on from Engram. While some moves are possible before the trade deadline, the fans will probably be stuck watching Engram for further seasons to come regardless of what they think of him after losing the game against Philadelphia.

Whether this more conservative approach from the Giants leading up to the deadline benefits or hurts the team remains to be seen. We probably won’t know the answer until the future when the results of these moves or non-moves pan out.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones is not the problem

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants, once again, suffered a heart-breaking loss last night. The Giants fought valiantly on the road against Philadelphia but came up short to fall to 1-6 on the season. Meanwhile, the Eagles rise to the top of the division as the Giants fall off to the bottom.

The Giants were leading by 11 points last night with under five minutes left to play. The team had a quick meltdown that saw them blow their lead and lose the game 22-21.

It is easy to point fingers and play the blame game after losses like this. Often times, the quarterback gets the bulk of the blame when NFL teams lose close games. But for the Giants, the quarterback is not to blame this week. Daniel Jones is not the problem with the Giants. In fact, after last night, he looks like the solution.

Expanding the Offense

Daniel Jones is providing the Giants’ offense with a versatility that they have never had out of the quarterback position. New York spent the better part of the last twenty years scheming an offense around an immobile quarterback that could only make plays while standing in a clean pocket.

While Daniel Jones does his best work from a clean pocket, he can make plays happen elsewhere. The young quarterback has sneakily elite athleticism. Jones put his athletic ability on full display last night, ripping off an 80-yard run that put the Giants in scoring position.

That was the longest run by a quarterback in New York Giants history. That run was also longer than any rushing attempt by Saquon Barkley since 2018. Jones’s ability to make plays with his legs is special and allows the Giants to expand their offense and open up the playbook. Jones’s running ability should be treated as a real threat from now on and there should be far more designed quarterback-runs called on gamedays.

Coming Up In The Clutch

When the New York Giants needed their quarterback to mak a play last night, Daniel Jones delivered. Unofortunately, the same cannot be said for Jones’s teammates, which is ultimately why the Giants lost this game.

This season, we have seen Daniel Jones make the same mistake on multiple occasions. We have seen him put together long, 14+ play drives to get his team down in the red zone before throwing a heart-breaking interception. This happened in Week One against Pittsburgh, in Week Four against the Rams, and even in the Week Six win against Washington.

In Week Seven, the Giants put together one of those long drives to get in the red zone. This time, Daniel delivered, connecting  with Sterling Shepard on a touchdown pass to finish off a 15-play, 75-yard drivee.

So Daniel Jones passed one test; he proved he can put together long scoring drives. Check. But Jones was faced with a much more difficult and important test later in this game.

In the fourth quarter with a one possession lead with just over two minutes left in the game, the Giants are driving. Their running game is on point but stalls out. The Giants’ offense finds itself in a third and six, must-convert situation. Daniel Jones has to step up and make a play. Daniel Jones delivers with a perfect pass to Evan Engram down the left sideline.

Dropped. Evan Engram dropped it and the Giants had to punt the football. Philadelphia responds with a scoring drive and the Giants fall to 1-6.

This play changed the narrative of the entire game. If Evan Engram catches this football, fans are not talking about the upcoming “fire sale” at the trade deadline. Instead, fans would be talking about how their young, second-year quarterback marched into the belly of the beast and took down the Giants’ biggest division rival with one clutch play after another to thrust the Giants to the top of the NFC East.

Thursday night’s game should have been Daniel Jones’s coming of age. Not the reminder of the Giants’ impending doom. But if fans extract Daniel Jones’s performance from this game and analyze just the way their quarterback played, they might feel a lot more confident in the direction the team is heading. Daniel Jones had a breakout performance last night that will be forgotten due to the ineptitude of the rest of the New York Giants’ roster. The quarterback position is the lone bright spot, despite the contradictory narrative. Daniel Jones is not the problem. In fact, he just might be the solution.