Giants could catch big break against New Orleans in Week 4

michael thomas, giants

The New York Giants start the 2021 regular season against the Denver Broncos, a competitive match-up that will feature two of the league’s best secondaries. Big Blue will then take on Washington, Atlanta, and then a big game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, but this time Drew Brees won’t be featuring at quarterback for the opposition. Brees retired this off-season, leaving Jameis Winston to be the team’s starting quarterback, but Brees may not be the only player missing from this contest.

The Giants might avoid having to face off against Michael Thomas in their Week 4 matchup against New Orleans:

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that star receiver Michael Thomas is expected to miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery to repair the ligaments in his ankle in June, per sources informed of the situation.

Thomas is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season with an ankle injury that recently commanded surgery. Thomas only played in seven games last year, starting in five. He posted 438 yards and zero touchdowns after coming off his best season to date, logging 1,725 yards and nine scores in an All-Pro caliber season.
With Thomas expected to miss the game, the Saints will have to rely heavily on Alvin Kamara to get the job done. In terms of their wide receivers, they will look to Tre’Quan Smith and a bevy of depth pieces to supplement the loss. Ultimately, their WR unit is rather thin, so without Thomas, they could struggle mightily if Kamara is locked down.
Big Blue has one of the best run-stopping games in the NFL, and after signing Adoree Jackson to a three-year, $39 million deal, the secondary also has top-5 potential. If the defense can stay healthy, they should give the offense plenty of opportunities and time of possession to work with next season.

Giants Michael Thomas: A Year full of Philanthrophy

Kind, caring, generous, selfless, genuine, giving, charitable, altruistic-these are just some of the words that describe New York Giants Michael Thomas.

Here is a look at all of the truly wonderful things Thomas did in 2019 for the community:

  • Deservedly made the Pro Bowl and participated in Pro Bowl Community Day, serving meals along fellow players and doing other great deeds
  • Was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the NFL Honors for his extensive and substantial work in the community.  Thomas’ work has helped countless individuals in so many areas.  Thomas is truly the classiest, kindest most incredibly giving and this is truly the perfect way to honor all of the absolutely wonderful work he does for all!
  • Visited the Warren Boys and Girls Club, spending time with the kids and teaching them valuable lessons
  • Spent the off-season with congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee (and will again this year), learning and engaging with others to create change and make a difference in the world, proving he is a total game-changer and leader in every sense of the word
  • Along with former New York Giants running back Paul Perkins, attended the Food Bank for New York City’s #CanDoNYC event to eradicate hunger and help those in need
  • Was honored as a Hometown Hero at this year’s Gridiron Gala.  Thomas’s philanthropy and kindness most certainly should not go unrecognized!  Thomas used this award to rally others to continue to make real change
  • Visited East Middle School in Binghamton with Antoine Bethea, having a day full of fun with the kids as part of the NFL’s Play60 Initiative
  • Hosted a FREE football camp,  teaching kids the game of football as well as leadership both on and off the field, equipping kids with the skills needed in education, financial literacy, and philanthropy
  • With long snapper, Zak DeOssie, attended the Newark Mentoring charity gala to help empower, teach, lead, enlighten and educate the youth
  • With Antoine Bethea, gave a $10,000 grant to Binghamton Youth Football program, so that they have the equipment they need to excel in the game of football
  • Taught kids in Staten Island, New York about how we can be more in tune with our emotions and properly handle them
  • Raised awareness about bail reform in New York State
  • Honored his absolutely beautiful sister and carried on her legacy.   On his Aldine Sports Association Youth Shop, people can purchase gear that honors his lovely sister and raises awareness for breast cancer, something she dealt with.  NnZinga wanted to provide housing for other women who were diagnosed with breast cancer traveling to Houston, Texas to receive treatment so she created Pink Hope Homes LLC. to do so.  Thomas created this wonderful apparel to keep her dreams alive and help achieve her goal of helping women stricken with breast cancer.  All of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.  Thomas also honored her on his cleats in the Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Not to mention, posed for countless photographs, autographed gear, chatted with fans via social media and in-person and a slew of other kind things with a smile adorning his face the whole time!
  • Encouraged others to give back and help others

These are just some of the remarkably amazing things Thomas did in 2019.  Thomas is an absolute angel and truly the epitome of a hero!  Full of class, grace, and kindness and so modest, not to mention a great husband to his beautiful wife Gloria and a fantastic father to his adorable children!  Thomas is a great role model and an inspiration to all and 2020 will certainly see more change and brighter thanks to Thomas!

New York Giants news, 11/27 – 3 defenders to stay and 3 to hit the road in 2020

New York Giants, Alec Ogletree

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The 2020 offseason will be full of turnover for the New York Giants, again. The defense is in dire need of support at numerous positions, especially at the inside and outside linebacker positions.

Let’s take a look at three players that will stay, and three that will go:

1.) Markus Golden – STAY

The only productive pass-rusher for the Giants this season has been Markus Golden, who has logged 7.5 sacks through 12 weeks. The Giants are still in need of a premium pass-rusher, but Golden is more than capable and should be retained. He won’t be paid like one of the best in the league, but he will garner a healthy contract nonetheless. The Giants have the money to invest, and if they’re keen on pairing him with another top-end outside linebacker, retaining him should be an easy decision.

2.) Alec Ogletree – GO

Ogletree’s contract takes a significant dip in dead-cap next season ($3.5 million), making him expendable. If Big Blue keeps him on the roster, he will count a whopping $11.75 million in dead-cap, an amount they shouldn’t be willing to pay for his incapable services.

Not only has Ogletree been absent against the run for a majority of his tenure with the Giants, but his coverage skills are abysmal. The $8.25 million in cap-space the Giants save can be allocated towards a variety of different positions, which seems to be the likely scenario.

3.) Michael Thomas – STAY

Thomas, who’s a special team maestro, will be a free agent after this season. The New York Giants must make it a priority to re-sign him and retain his stellar abilities. Thomas isn’t a defensive threat by any means, but his value on special teams is worth the investment 100x over.

4.) Leonard Williams – GO

In three games with the Giants, Williams has been mostly absent. Against the Bears, he finished with one total tackle and one QB hit. Against the Jets, he logged four QB hits and three combined tackles. For the most part, Williams hasn’t earned the 3rd round value GM Dave Gettleman placed on his head when he traded for him.

The Jets were begging to get rid of him, and Gettleman gave up far too much value, dropping a fifth and third-round pick (if he re-signs before the new league year). Considering the valuable players Gettleman has hit on later in the draft; he might have missed big on this deal.

5.)  Janoris Jenkins – STAY

Jenkins is the only trustworthy cornerback on the team, and his contract is relatively friendly considering the market-value of top corners in the NFL. If the Giants were keen on getting rid of Jenkins, they would have traded him before the deadline, which indicates he will likely remain with the team for at least one more season.

The veteran corner has displayed a lack of effort at times, but can you blame him for the lack of quality the Giants have surrounded him with in recent years? Big Blue needs a top corner, and Jenkins fits the bill perfectly for one more season.

6.) Antoine Bethea – GO

Bethea was signed to supplement the free safety position with Curtis Riley, leaving in free agency. So far, I miss Riley, who was known for taking bad angles at ball-carriers. Bethea is an absolute liability in the secondary but is solid closer to the line of scrimmage in a strong safety role.

The Giants don’t have a use for him as Julian Love secured an interception in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, seeing his highest snap-count this season. The Giants seem him as a potential long-term solution at the position.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

Chris Pflum – Carl Banks named semi-finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

John Fennelly – Dave Gettleman has one more offseason to turn Giants around

John Fennelly – Lawrence Tynes is right: There’s nothing exciting about these Giants

Mike Vaccaro – Pat Shurmur can’t keep testing John’s Mara’s patience

Matt Lombardo – Was DeAndre Baker benched vs. Chicago Bears? Why Giants switched to Sam Beal at outside CB

New York Giants: Golden Tate fed up, can’t keep doing “knuckle-headed” things

The New York Giants couldn’t get out of their own way on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, failing to stop Dak Prescott on offense in the second half and succumbed to a superior defense. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones started the game strong, connecting with Cody Latimer on a touchdown in the first half.

However, Jones struggled in the second half, turning the ball over three times in the 37-18 loss. Big Blue had several decisive moments, including Golden Tate’s one-handed catch on third down, but the reality is, not even stellar catches like that can supplement bad overall play.

The Giants are still far away from being a good team, and it’s starting to get to some of the veteran players, who are fed up with watching the rookies make the same mistakes over and over again. Cornerback DeAndre Baker headlines the rookie mishaps, after stating his struggles with the playbook and defensive scheme.

Here’s what Baker had to say after the game:

“Just the plays and everything like that,” Baker said was what he needed to improve the most. “The playbook. Just knowing the plays. Knowing what I need to do. Knowing my assignment.”

Shurmur did mention that slot corner Corey Ballentine was partially at fault for Amari Cooper’s late-game touchdown to seal the victory. It also seemed like veteran Antoine Bethea was out of position and left his zone to help track a receiver who was already double covered, giving Cooper the room to run for the touchdown.

All of these struggles combined have gotten to some of the vets, including Golden Tate and safety, Michael Thomas.

Tate stated after the New York Giants loss to the Cowboys:

“We played extremely undisciplined football,” said Tate. “It’s hard enough to win in this league, but when you’re doing, I guess, knuckle-headed things, it certainly doesn’t work in your favor.”

Thomas commented:

“Got some young mistakes right now,” flustered safety Michael Thomas said, holding back details. “They want to get better. That does nothing for you right now, but in the long run it’ll pay off.”

Wanting to get better and being better are very different things. These hurdles were expected for the youngster on the Giants, and this year of experience will prove to be essential down the road. However, the product on the field is abysmal, and being mindful of a clear rebuild year is necessary.

New York Giants news, 10/27 – Antoine Bethea to the bench? offensive line, more

New York Giants, Antoine Bethea

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

The New York Giants signed veteran safety Antoine Bethea to hold down the deep portion of the secondary, and he’s done all but that in his first season with Big Blue. Logging 55 combined tackles through five weeks, Bethea has just one pass defended, an astounding number for a player whose primary job is to defend the deep-ball.

Bethea has been playing more of a strong safety role after further investigation, running up to stop the run, and clean up missed tackles. Jabrill Peppers leads the team with 11. However, the Giants have been torched deep down the field on numerous occasions; just ask Janoris Jenkins, who allowed Mike Evans to trample the secondary for 190 yards and three scores in week three.

The New York Giants could look to move on from Bethea and star Michael Thomas instead. Thomas is a physical player that has an unstoppable motor. He’s a special team maestro which has forced the Giants to utilize him less on defense. He blocked a punt against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, swinging the momentum in favor of the Giants for a portion of the game.

I would love to see more of Thomas in the secondary moving forward, as Bethea has been a none factor. Making a change is necessary, especially since the defense has given up 90 points in the past three weeks.

What unit needs to step up against the Detroit Lions:

The offensive line needs to come together and produce a solid game against a weak Detroit Lions team. With one of the worst defenses in the NFL, the Giants offensive should theoretically be unstoppable, but we said the same thing against the Cardinals.

Left tackle Nate Solder must elevate his game, and Mike Remmers has to lock down Jones’ vision side. Giving him ample time in the pocket will see Jones’ production sky-rocket, considering his tendency to hold onto the ball for too long. This will be a statement game for the New York Giants offensive front, who’s in dire need of a firm/confidence-inducing performance.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

John Fennelly – Giants’ B.J. Hill experiencing a sophomore slump in 2019

Paul Schwartz – Giants’ painful rookie woes go well beyond Daniel Jones

Charles Vitolo – New York Giants: Is the Antoine Bethea experiment finally over?
Mark Schofield – Fixing an ailing Daniel Jones: A prescription for helping the Giants’ rookie quarterback
Alexander Wilson – New York Giants: What must happen for Janoris Jenkins to be traded

New York Giants: Michael Thomas Tackles Even More off the Field

New York Giants defensive back Michael Thomas is certainly a leader in every sense of the word.  On the field, he dominates and wins, loses or tie, he has his head held high and encourages his teammates. Thomas rallies his teammates and brings a sense of energy and fire to the defense, no matter what the score may be. Thomas is the epitome of class. He is always giving back to others in any and every way he can. 

Through his own foundation, The Michael Thomas Dreambuilders Foundation and beyond, he has helped countless people.  Each year, Thomas holds a free youth camp for young, aspiring athletes. He also gives scholarships to kids to help them further their education.  Thomas not only donated nearly 500 backpacks filled with school supplies but also provided these kids with other necessary essentials. He never forgets where he came from and always shows gratitude and appreciation for those that have helped him by serving as a beacon of light for others.   Thomas jumps at any opportunity to give back and does so in the most modest and thoughtful way.

Thomas is also a wonderful husband and father.  He is dedicated to being the best possible man he could be and a true role model.  He handles himself with nothing but class and grace, which is why we all have nothing but the utmost respect for him!  Thomas is truly an inspiration to all and is the kindest guy you will ever find! He is truly a good sport for the New York Giants!

New York Giants: 2019 Team Captains Announced

The New York Giants wrapped up the preseason this week and are on to preparing for regular season week one. The Giants will head to Dallas on Sunday to take on the division-rival Cowboys. Part of the preparation for the regular season is selecting team captains.

The Giants typically have six total captains, two captains for each phase of the game: two on offense, two on defense, and two on special teams. This year, the Giants have seven team captains.

Offense:

Eli Manning:

Of course, Eli Manning is once again a team captain. This will be Eli Manning’s thirteenth consecutive season as a team captain. It is well deserved as Eli has been the face of the franchise for over a decade. Eli has always been a leader on and off the field and he fully deserves to be a team captain every year until he retires.

Nate Solder:

Nate Solder is entering his second season with the Giants and his eighth season in the NFL. The Giants’ starting left tackle was selected as a captain last year, too. Solder will continue to bring his veteran leadership to the Giants’ offense.

Saquon Barkley:

The best running back in the NFL heading into his second season, Saquon Barkley has earned himself a captain’s patch. Saquon Barkley is a leader on and off the field and a transcendent talent. It is rare to see a player earn the patch after only one season, but Saquon Barkley is fully deserving of this honor.

Defense:

Alec Ogletree:

The Giants’ starting middle linebacker was acquired via trade last offseason. Alec Ogletree stepped in as a captain from day one with the New York Giants and he has earned that patch again this season. Ogletree is another veteran that the Giants have made a captain. Alec will be entering his sixth season in the NFL.

Antoine Bethea:

Like Alec Ogletree last year, Antoine Bethea will be a defensive captain before he ever plays for the Giants. Antoine Bethea is entering his fourteenth season in the NFL and his first with the Giants. Bethea has taken on a mentorship role in the secondary, aiding in the training efforts for the youthful Giants defensive backs.

Special Teams:

Zak DeOssie:

Zak DeOssie has been the Giants’ long snapper for over a decade now. He is the second-longest tenured player on the Giants behind only Eli Manning. The two-time Super Bowl champion has been a stalwart player for the Giants special teams and has earned the right to don this patch until he is no longer a member of Big Blue.

Michael Thomas:

The Giants’ second special teams captain is safety/special teamer, Michael Thomas. Last year was Michael Thomas’s first year with the Giants and he was also named a captain then. Michael Thomas was even selected for the Pro Bowl last year, so he was an easy captain choice this season.

New York Giants: Antoine Bethea is becoming everything the Giants need him to be

The New York Giants need to extract value from Antoine Bethea.

A veteran, a leader, a teacher, a producer…all of these things ultimately make up New York Giants safety Antoine Bethea, or at least we hope they do.

General manager Dave Gettleman brought in another veteran with experience in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s defense this offseason. The installment of these players will help the younger options adapt to the scheme and the play-style in the NFL. Rookies like DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine and more will all benefit from having guys like Bethea on the field and in the locker room.

The one player that I think will seriously gain is Jabrill Peppers, who was acquired in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. With the level of athleticism and skill Peppers contains, there’s no question he should be a Pro Bowl-level player, and Bethea might be able to help him get there.

Aside from Bethea and Peppers, the Giants also have Special Teams phenom Michael Thomas, a productive player that makes his money on the punt team. Coming off a Pro Bowl appearance in 2018, Thomas knows what it takes to be the best at a specific position.

[su_posts template=”templates/teaser-loop.php” posts_per_page=”3″ tax_term=”151323″ order=”desc”]

With so many new faces in the secondary, Thomas surely can’t help teach them all, which is why he’s excited to have Bethea join the group (Giants.com):

“With us bringing in Bethea, that brings a whole lot of leadership in the room,” Thomas said. “I’m going into Year 8, but I’m still learning from him. I have a long way to catch him going into Year 14. He’s a general out there. He’s vocal. When he speaks, everybody listens.”

The second-year Giant also praised Peppers for his diversity:

“He played linebacker in college, but he’s probably one of the fastest guys in the room with a track background,” Thomas said. “He played at a big-time school (Michigan) and was a first-round pick. That’s a guy right there who can step in from Day 1 and knows he can play any position on the field, regardless of the secondary or the front seven.

In Jabrill’s rookie season, the Browns played him at free safety, well out of his natural spot. He struggled but gained essential skills that will now transfer over the Giants and the way they plan to utilize him. Seeing a jump of 22 combines tackles from year 1-to-2 is a significant difference (Sports Reference). Hopefully, Bethea, who racked up 121 combined tackles last season, will help elevate his game.

The influence of veteran experience can’t be overblown.

New York Giants: Sam Beal Still In The Competition At Cornerback

Cornerback is going to be a crowded position this season for the New York Giants, with a number of rookies joining veterans Janoris Jenkins at the position and breathing some fresh air into a secondary that wasn’t very deep last year. In one offseason the Giants went from thin to competitive in that area and most experts are still unsure who will win out and end up starting – with Jenkins being the only surefire starter out of the group.

One of the players in the hunt is Sam Beal, who was projected to play a role with the starters last season but suffered an early injury that would keep him out for the entire year. In the eyes of some, that might set Beal back as a potential starter on this year’s deeper roster. However, Beal has a bit more experience than the rookies coming in, and according to safety Michael Thomas, last season’s work as a scout will help Beal out with being competitive in 2019.

“That’s where it all started, and I have no doubt what we saw out there is happening because of how [Beal] learned to be a pro last year, I have no doubt about that,” Thomas said, following the Giants’ OTA practice last Monday.

“His scouting reports were pretty detailed, and he’d get right up there in a room full of vets with confidence, you could tell it meant something to him. He didn’t wait until he got on the field to become a better player, and that’s what we’re seeing,” Thomas also added.

Writing scouting reports might not be as good as playing in terms of experience, but at a position where reading coverages and knowing what to expect from the opposing team can offer a large advantage, scouting offers valuable skills. Furthermore, Beal has spent more time observing NFL offenses than any rookie on the team right now, which can’t be understated in terms of influence.

There will be three draft picks competing with Beal this season – Julian Love, Deandre Baker, and Corey Ballentine, and the competition gets deeper when you throw undrafted free agent turned regular first team player Grant Haley, who was one of the diamonds in the rough that the Giants found last year. Assuming that Janoris Jenkins starts with the top spot at corner, it looks like the competition for the spot opposite of him will be fierce.

It’s a good thing. It’s been awhile since the Giants were deep enough at a position to have a major position battle between a number of players, and it shows the team’s talent level is increasing in at least one area.  Just be sure not to count out Sam Beal just yet against the rookies coming for the same spot.

New York Giants: Safety/Special Teamer Michael Thomas To Play In Pro Bowl

The NFC and AFC Conference Championship games took place this past weekend, setting the matchup for Super Bowl 53. With the Rams and Patriots set to face off in the Super Bowl, their players will not be able to play in the 2019 Pro Bowl. Because of this, alternate players will take their place. One of those alternates is the New York Giants‘ own Michael Thomas.

Highlights From Michael Thomas’s 2018 Season

Michael Thomas will be participating in the Pro Bowl as a special teamer. He is replacing the Los Angles Rams’ special teamer Cory Littleton. Littleton will be playing in Super Bowl LIII, so he cannot participate in the Pro Bowl.

Michael Thomas is a player that new GM Dave Gettleman signed in the 2018 offseason. Thomas spent his previous five seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Michael was Pro Football Focus’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2017. He came to the Giants to don a captain’s patch and be the leader of the special teams unit.

Michael Thomas spent 2018 making key tackles on returns and downing punts near the goal line for the Giants. However, Thomas’s excellent play was not limited to just special teams.

Serving as a rotational defensive back, and filling in at safety for the injured Landon Collins, Michael Thomas played quality snaps on defense in 2018. Thomas totaled 58 tackles, a forced fumble, and a sack in 2018. In coverage, Michael Thomas was disruptive. He had 6 passes defended and two interceptions for the Giants this season.

The Giants now have four players set to play in the Pro Bowl in 2018. Michael Thomas will join kicker Aldrick Rosas, edge defender Olivier Vernon, and running back Saquon Barkley in Orlando on Sunday.