New York Giants Could Lose Mike Remmers To Free Agency

It’s well known that the New York Giants are looking for a left tackle to take the spot of the troublesome Nate Solder this offseason, but the team could also end up in a position where they have to sign or draft a tackle on the other side of the offensive line or risk ending up with a gap in their depth chart.

That’s because according to Mike Floro from Pro Football Talk, the Giants could lose Mike Remmers to free agency after bringing him in last season on a one year deal, where he came over likely due to the influence of Pat Shurmur. Shurmur was Remmers’ offensive coordinator in Minnesota, and now that Shurmur is out in New York, it makes sense that Remmers could follow after him and depart as well.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Remmers likely will be heading to the open market, because it’s unlikely he’ll be re-signing with the Giants before free agency begins.

Remmers started most of the season for the Giants and was never a dominating player but on the other hand, was an improvement from what the Giants had at the spot previously in Ereck Flowers. Currently, the only names on the depth chart at right tackle behind Remmers are journeyman Eric Smith and second year player George Asafo-Adjei, neither of whom seem to be starting quality.

It means you can expect the Giants to potentially acquire not one but two tackles during this year’s free agency and draft – one to take Solder’s spot as the left tackle, and another one to replace the departing Remmers.

Which names the Giants do bring in, however, will likely depend largely on whether they use the number four overall pick or trade down.

New York Giants might have one darkhorse offensive lineman on the roster

One of the more tumultuous tasks ahead of New York Giants‘ head coach Joe Judge is building the offensive line into a powerhouse unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has allocated plenty of resources to the group over the past two seasons, starting with left tackle Nate Solder and ending with former right guard, Patrick Omameh.

While Gettleman has missed on several players, he has struck gold on guys like Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler. However, the left tackle positions remain worrisome, and they cannot commit to Mike Remmers for another year at right tackle.

This offseason will require Judge and Gettleman to spend more cap-space or use a draft pick on a new lineman, but they might already have a cheaper option on the roster.

Swing tackle Nick Gates presents a fantastic opportunity for the Giants to plug in a quality player who will earn just 660K in 2020. Gates has surfaced at guard and tackle, and while he’s expressed his comfort playing on the interior, he has shown quality at the tackle position.

The Giants can remain steady at guard, for now, with Hernandez and Zeitler both holding their own during a tough 2019 season. Daniel Jones’ protection remains a priority for the Giants, and Gettleman must finally solidify the line if he wishes to keep his job safely tucked under a fire blanket.

Plugging Gates into the starting RT position would open up a ton of mobility for the Giants in free agency. Still, the question is, can they be confident that the former undrafted free agent can hold down the fort during the regular season? Last year, Gates was great in a small sample size, but thrusting him into a starting role with a young quarterback under center might not be advisable.

I believe Big Blue will sign a right tackle, leaving Gates to act as a swing option again. His ability to move around the line makes him an asset, as injuries are a frequent occurrence in the trenches. While his value is increasing, I don’t believe he’s ready to handle the load of being a starter just yet.

 

How the New York Giants can shake up the offensive line this offseason

The New York Giants must prioritize several positions this offseason, especially with $80+ million in cap space and valuable draft capital. New head coach Joe Judge made it apparent that he will seek tough, disciplined players who go 100% on every play, even if they’re down by 30 points.

Finding mentally tough players isn’t an easy task in the NFL when your franchise has been scolded by a lack of effort and negative criticism for years on end. However, the Giants have an opportunity to re-write their legacy in the coming months, and it starts with protecting their franchise quarterback, Daniel Jones.

Jones, who endured his first season in the NFL in 2019, suffered at the likes of LT Nate Solder and center Jon Halapio (38 sacks in 12 games started). Both LG Will Hernandez and RT Mike Remmers struggled in their own ways, primarily due to a lack of cohesion on the line. Offensive line coach Hal Hunter did a poor job developing their chemistry and allowing them to play to the best of their ability. Judge will be on the lookout for a new OL coach, preferably Bill Callahan.

The journey forward will undoubtedly include the injection of better talent on the line. The draft offers ample options in the first two rounds, especially Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills Jr., and Tristan Wirfs. All three would cost GM Dave Gettleman a first-round selection, but it could also open up the idea of trading back and collecting more draft capital to use later on.

With the trading of Leonard Williams last season, Gettleman forfeited a third-round selection. If he elects to let him walk in free agency, he will recoup the pick through the compensatory algorithm. However, it will be a later third-round pick than the earlier selection he forfeited for Williams. This opens the door for trading back and adding value in the second round. With several quarterback hungry teams sitting being Big Blue, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Who can the New York Giants target in free agency?

Pending free agents include Jack Conklin, Andrew Whitworth, Anthony Castonzo, Bryan Baluga, and more. This offseason holds plenty of tackle targets for the Giants, but it boils down to price and need. Are the Giants keen on bringing on a cheap player via the draft, or are they confident in reserve OL Nick Gates?

One way or another, Gettleman will bring in an offensive lineman, the method he uses is the big question.

 

 

New York Giants should pursue Titans star tackle in free agency

As the analytical geniuses say, running the ball is becoming less critical in the NFL. However, everybody else is saying that the art of running the ball is as prevalent as ever, considering Derrick Henry and his stellar performance this season. The New York Giants haven’t enjoyed the same level of success with Saquon Barkley, who’s equally as talented if not more versatile.

The reason Barkley struggled in 2019 boils down to two factors — a high ankle sprain he suffered in week three, and a lackluster offensive line. At left tackle, Nate Solder graded out as one of the most inadequate in the NFL, and while right tackle Mike Remmers remained steady and serviceable, he’s nowhere near Tennessee tackle, Jack Conklin.

Conklin, who’s set to his the free agency market, earned a solid 78.0 overall grade, via PFF ( the analytics guys). Remmers landed at 64.3, which shows the difference in quality. At 6-foot-6, Conklin allowed just 9.5 total sacks in four years, which attests to his consistency on the line. This season, he allowed four total sacks, which is above his average, but he still contributed heavily towards one of the best rushing attacks in football.

The New York Giants will have to hand over the dough:

Coming off his rookie contract, Conklin is ready to cash in on a solid 2019 campaign. If the Giants want to content for his services, they will have to offer him a deal worth at least $15 million per season. At 25-years-old, he could be locked down by GM Dave Gettleman for the foreseeable future, giving the Giants a chance at an elite front five.

Factor in the potential release of Solder and the Giants could utilize their first-round pick on Andrew Thomas, top offensive tackle out of Georgia. While I don’t believe Solder is going anywhere, it ultimately comes down to Gettleman’s preference — building through the draft at OL or signing a proven free agent.

With $80+ million in cap-spae, I’m inclined to believe Gettleman will spend on a new tackle.

Spotrac’s market value indicator for Conklin:

Market Value

  • 6 yrs, $90,163,388
  • Avg. Salary: $15,027,231
  • NFL Rank: 55
  • RT Rank: 3

The New York Giants could pay their starting right tackle in 2020 only $660K

The New York Giants will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in what will be a pointless game in week 17, for some, but for others, it could be the difference between earning starting money in 2020 or falling into the reserves. For offensive lineman, Nick Gates, he’s fighting for an opportunity to earn a starting spot on the line as right tackle Mike Remmers will inventively depart after his one-year deal expires.

As an undrafted free agent in 2018, Gates was brought to East Rutherford to develop his skills with the hope he would become a contributor down the line.

For Nick, though, he’s only trying to help the team succeed in any way he can, stating:

“I’m an offensive lineman,” Gates told NorthJersey.com. “I’ll play wherever I fit in, whatever spot opens up, and I’ll make the most of it. I’ve learned so much having to adjust to playing in different positions. I came into the league having played exclusively at left tackle, and then I played a little left guard before getting hurt last summer as a rookie. Learning how to play on the right side was really a muscle memory sort of thing, training your mind and body to follow through on the steps, with technique, just everything.”

Injecting Gates into every spot on the offensive line except for center has helped him learn the necessities. He performed well in a limited sample size at right guard and right tackle this year, further proving he can be an asset moving forward for Big Blue.

The New York Giants could stick with their homegrown talent:

If GM Dave Gettleman is confident in his progression, the Giants could easily slide him into the right tackle position, where he would earn a whopping $660K in 2020. Having a quality lineman for that low of a price is incredible, and the Giants would be smart to extend him before he hits the open market, given he proves to be of quality next season. The week 17 matchup against the Eagles, in which Remmers will be inactive, will provide Gates with one more chance to further impress the coaching staff.

New York Giants Still Struggling With Injuries At Season’s End

The New York Giants have one game left and they have a chance to knock the Philadelphia Eagles out of the playoffs – however, it won’t be easy for them. Not just because they’re facing the top ranked team in the NFC East but because they’re coming into the game with some injuries on their own end, which will be familiar at this point for Giants fans after the team has spent most of the season banged up.

Some players might be back but the general trend of having multiple starters out with injuries will likely continue based on who was at practice on Wednesday – or rather, who was listed as participating and who wasn’t. The Giants didn’t practice on Wednesday but released an injury report regardless, showing who would have been kept out.

Corey Ballentine was marked out with a knee injury, Mike Remmers out with a concussion, Alec Ogletree with a back injury, and Lorenzo Carter with a knee injury.

These players aren’t exactly at unimportant positions, either – the offensive line hasn’t picked up a lot of praise this season and it’s debatable if Saquon Barkley will be able to repeat his big performance form last Sunday if the Giants have to deal with an injury at tackle.

Then again, the Giants were able to pull out the win despite Remmers having to leave the game last week with his concussion. Remmers only played in 17 snaps, or 24% for the game.

Ballentine is part of a secondary that would do good to not lose more players after its leader, Janoris Jenkins, was already waived earlier in the season. He had no insignificant part in the Giants’ win on Sunday as a member of the secondary who played 77% of the game’s snaps, making 5 combined tackles in the effort.

But with the Giants out of the playoffs and fighting to keep their high draft pick, a loss on Sunday likely wouldn’t bother too many people. And it’s definitely not any easier for the Giants to win this week, with a number of injuries to starters once again. That assumes, of course, that none of the players marked out on Wednesday bounce back in time for the game on Sunday.

New York Giants news, 12/22 – The Giants could keep Mike Remmers in 2020

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The New York Giants’ offensive line has ranked towards the bottom fo the league for consecutive years. After GM Dave Gettleman invested high-value assets into the front five, it was expected that they would take a big step forward in 2020. Establishing Nate Solder at left tackle, Will Hernandez at left guard, Jon Halapio at center, Kevin Zeitler at right guard, and Mike Remmers at right tackle.

Since this construction of this unit, Giants’ quarterbacks have once again resorted to running for their lives as a way to preserve plays and make the most of two seconds in the pocket. For those that are still wondering, this played a significant part in Eli Manning’s reliance on the dump-off game.

However, not many expected Remmers to be a force on the line this year, and while he’s far from great, he’s been serviceable despite undergoing back-surgery last offseason.

Offensive line coach, Hal Hunter, praised Remmers’ abilities on the field, but also his leadership:

“I think after missing all of that time and coming back from that back surgery and he missed all of spring, and then he didn’t practice. We had to hold him out a bunch at camp and everything. I think he’s practiced pretty solid, played pretty solid,” Hunter told reporters.

“I think last week his guy never touched the quarterback. It’s been a long time since he’s given up a sack. The thing that I like about Mike is he’s 303-304, he’s not a giant guy, but he plays with good leverage. What he is, he is so competitive and so tough and it’s so important for him, he just overachieves every time he’s in the game. He’s going to get his job done or die trying.

The Giants are likely going to move on from Remmers, who inked a one-year, $2.5 million deal to prove he could still play in the NFL. They may retain him as offensive line depth, but I can not imagine him earning a starting role in 2020, especially after seeing Nick Gates play the past few weeks.

Nonetheless–

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New York Giants: Who’s to blame for Saquon Barkley’s struggles?

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

When the New York Giants drafted Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, they saw a player with elite elusiveness and ungodly speed at the running back position.

His ability to make big-time plays out of nothing and use his strength to break tackles in the open field makes him one of the most dynamic backs in the NFL. However, some of the red flags that scouts noticed before entering the NFL have come to life in his second season.

The consistent zero or negative yard gains make him a liability at times in the running game. He tries too hard to bounce the ball outside and can’t run up the gut and follow his blockers. When he is healthy, however, Barkley is one of the best in the game, but after a high ankle sprain in week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his skill set has quickly diminished to a mere fraction of what we know he is capable of.

Against the Chicago Bears in week 12, Barkley picked up 59 yards on 17 carries. He hasn’t topped 72 rushing yards in five games since returning from a three-game hiatus after the high ankle sprain. Head coach Pat Shurmur has tried to get him more involved, but a costly drop on a third-down wheel route against the Bears could’ve picked up a good chunk of yardage, symbolizing his struggles this season.

Who is to blame for Saquon Barkley’s struggles this year for the New York Giants?

While Barkley has undoubtedly played a part in his lack of production, the offensive line hasn’t done him any favors either. Left tackle Nate Solder has been one of the worst in the game, allowing nine overall sacks, which ranks first in the league for offensive tackles. Mike Remmers, at right tackle, has allowed three total sacks with a 61.2 overall grade, according to PFF. He has also been a liability on the offensive front, along with center Jon Halapio, who was replaced by Spencer Pulley after suffering a hamstring injury before the BYE week.

The challenge for Barkley ultimately comes down to health. It is clear that his ankle is still bothering him and restricting him from planting his right foot entirely. His usual jump cuts and tree trunk-like legs have not been the same in his sophomore season.

Although, the first two weeks of the season before his injury were far more productive. In week one against the Dallas Cowboys, he ran for 120 yards on 11 attempts and caught four receptions for 19 yards. In week two against the Buffalo Bills, he managed 107 yards on 18 carries and 28 yards on three receptions. He also found his way into the end zone for a score. The production is certainly there when you look at his numbers pre-injury, which only tells us he’s still being bothered by the ankle.

New York Giants: 3 reasons Pat Shurmur should be fired after season

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur

After another loss to the Chicago Bears in week 12, the New York Giants sit at 2-9 on the season and are slotted into the 2nd overall spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. The silver lining is another top-pick, but the lack of execution across the board is consistent, especially in the form of head coach Pat Shurmur’s mistakes.

Here are five reasons the New York Giants should fire Pat Shurmur:

1.) His lack of creativity on offense

When the Giants needed a late score against the Bears in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Daniel Jones and the offense marched down the field and hit pay-dirt, utilizing an up-tempo offense.

Shurmur has seldom used the hurry-up offense to put the opposing defense on its heels. Alternatively, he has continued to operate a predictable scheme, running inside zone runs on first down and creating a second-and-long situation, just to find ways to get his receivers in a position to fall short of the first down marker on third down.

Continuing with this failing system will only hold the offense back. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has looked great at times but porous in others, mainly at the expense of the offensive line. Shurmur, though, has not found ways to get the ball into his receiver’s hands, let alone star running back, Saquon Barkley’s. The former 2nd overall pick in the draft was only targeted three times on Sunday.

2.) Time management

There have been countless times Shurmur has completely mismanaged the clock during the 2019 season, but on Sunday, he managed to spend all of his timeouts with four minutes left on the clock. Factor in his inability to run a hurry-up offense down two possessions with five minutes on the board, and you can continue to shake your head at his mishaps.

Shurmur had the offense huddling and running the ball late in the game, instead of increasing the tempo and confusing the Bears defense, which he should have been doing all game. Sunday’s loss is only one of the many examples you can use to break down Shurmur’s poor time management skills, and this should be a significant reason the Giants consider letting him go at the end of the year.

3.) The players aren’t buying into his ideology

The BYE week was full of a whole lot of nothing, as Shurmur didn’t make any coaching changes to supplement his team’s poor performances this season. He also failed to make several personnel changes, including at right tackle where Nick Gates should have been featured. Instead, he plugged Mike Remmers back into his starting role as if the Giants have a chance at competing for a playoff spot. Seeing what Gates has should be a priority at this point in the season.

Aside from his inability to consider the obvious, the players don’t seem to be interested in giving a full effort. Clips of DeAndre Baker and Janoris Jenkins giving up on numerous plays tells a story of zero accountability or discipline and a lack of respect for their head coach, who ultimately has to deal with the carelessness.

The only tough-guy moment Shurmur has during the BYE week was when he turned off the music at practice and stated the team needed to be in the moment, which clearly didn’t work as they were trampled by the Bears in the second half of the game, failing to put any points on the board until the waning moments of the defeat.

New York Giants news, 11/18 – Where will Eli Manning’s cap space go in 2020?

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The New York Giants won’t just be letting Eli Manning walk this upcoming offseason, but they will also be leaving his $23.2 million cap-hit behind. The money gained in free agency will give general manager Dave Gettleman a ton of cap space to work with in free agency.

A decent portion of the gained cap will likely go toward interior defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who’s in line to earn a nice contract from the Giants. He could make as much as $14 million per-season, and Gettleman has put himself in a spot where he needs to extend him. His leverage is minimal, especially after giving up multiple picks for the former Jets services.

There’s always the idea that Manning could be extended, but I would bet big money that he retires once this season comes to an end. Daniel Jones is in place, the Giants need to invest heavily in the defense and offensive line, and Gettleman is running out of time to prove he was the right hire.

Finding a suitable right tackle is a priority for Gettleman, who filled the position with Mike Remmers, a familiar face for head coach, Pat Shurmur. Remmers has been average at best during 2019, but they also have Nick Gates who played a solid game against the Jets last weekend. Seeing of Gates should be a priority for Shurmur moving forward, considering his minimal cap hit as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

If Gates can emerge as a capable starter at right tackle, the center position will be a priority, and finding a potential replacement for Nate Solder is necessary. Andrew Thomas of Georgia would fit the bill perfectly if Chase Young is already off the board for Big Blue.

At this rate, the New York Giants will land in the top-5 picks of the draft, and with a 2-8 record, settling in the top-3 is also possible. The closer they can get to Young, the better, as he’s one of the most athletically gifted pass-rushers college has seen in quite some time. Bringing him on to a porous defense would immediately improve the quality of the unit.

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