New York Jets ink versatile offensive lineman Corey Levin

The New York Jets have added more depth to the offensive line in the form of 26-year-old Corey Levin. Levin, a former sixth-rounder from Chattanooga, was a competent lineman for the Chattanooga squad before staying in Tennessee with the Titans. Levin now joins the Jets as a depth piece for next season.

How Does Levin Fit?

Levin has become somewhat of a journeyman in his brief career. After being waved by Tennessee, he’s found homes in Chicago, New England, and Denver all briefly. Now he finds a home in New York as a versatile depth piece moving forward.

Levin has yet to register a substantial amount of playing time in any of his last three spots, but he did dress for all 16 games his rookie year, playing snaps on special teams and rotating in at center and guard for one game.

Although there is not a lot to go off with Levin, one preseason evaluation from 2019 was encouraging as the Titan-sized site on SB Nation reported, “Offensive lineman Corey Levin was also a standout player. Levin could get some run at center this season, and he has the versatility to play elsewhere on the offensive line.” For a team that needs more bodies in the room, the addition of the young lineman is intriguing as the team fills out the roster before the draft.

New York Giants: OC Jason Garrett expected to return to the Giants

New York Giants, Jason Garrett

New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was interviewing for the Los Angeles Chargers head coach vacancy several weeks ago. The Chargers went with Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley over Garrett. The Chargers were the only team that asked to interview Garrett this offseason. Garrett is expected to come back and be the New York Giants offensive coordinator for the second straight year.

Giants’ OC Jason Garrett is expected to return after a shaky season in which the team finished 31st in total offense and points scored, per Jordan Raanan, ESPN Giants beat writer.

Raanan also stated, “although Garrett will stay, there will be some changes to the Giants’ offensive staff, among them the possibility of internal alterations when it comes to the responsibilities of those currently on staff. Increased responsibility for quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert and tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens is possible.”

If you remember when Garrett got Covid-19 during the season, Kitchens was called upon to call plays for New York against his former team, the Cleveland Browns. Tolbert, meanwhile, is a solid option for some power-sharing, but he’s beginning to draw interest for other roles throughout the league. Currently, the Minnesota Vikings have their eye on him to become their offensive coordinator.

However things ultimately shake out, it would appear as if Garrett will make his way back to East Rutherford next season and resume his role as the team’s offensive coordinator for the 2021 season.

New York Giants: Should the Giants purse J.J. Watt this offseason?

New York Giants, JJ Watt

There is a new player in Houston that wants out, and his name is not Deshaun Watson. J.J. Watt seems to be on the move this offseason if it’s a trade or if the Houston Texans decided to release him. If the Texans decided to put Watt on the trading block or flat out release him, should the New York Giants make the move to bring Watt in New York?

The 31-year-old Watt is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million deal and is scheduled to make $17.5 million in 2021. So if the Giants were to be interested in taking Watt on, along with trying to re-sign Leonard Williams, they may have to get creative with the salary situation.

If the Giants would like to wait if Watt gets released, they could be in a bidding war with some other teams. One team that stands out to me would be the Pittsburgh Steelers. How awesome would it be if J.J. has a chance to play football with his two brothers, T.J. and Derek Watt?

What would the Giants have to give up to acquire Watt from Houston?

It honestly depends on what Houston wants. They currently do not have a first or second-round pick in the 2021 Draft. They may ask for a player-maker on offense if they decide to Watson long-term. Maybe tight end Evan Engram and no less than a fifth-round pick to Watt would be interesting.

Besides Watt’s play, what would Watt bring to the Giants?

What Watt would bring to the Giants is that missing voice they need in the locker room and on the field. He’s an on-field general who would lead by example, someone they haven’t really had since Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck. The Giants finally have a voice in the secondary in Logan Ryan, the linebackers have Blake Martinez, and now the defensive line can have Watt now as their voice.

What Watt also brings is his experiences. Watt has played in eight playoff games in his career, has been a 5x Pro Bowler, and a 5x All-Pro at the age of 31. Watt has also been a 3x DPOY winner. He brings a lot of impressive accolades with him to New York, many of the young guys will have a chance to listen and play with Watt would turn this team around.

Watt does so much more to a team than just perform on the field. He is a difference-maker on and off the field. Watt also won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award back in 2017. Watt would be a player that I personally would be very excited to see in Blue and White!

New York Giants: Former Tennessee Vol’s HC Jeremy Pruitt joining Giants staff

Jeremy Pruitt, New York Giants

According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, recently fired University of Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt will be joining the New York Giants’ staff in a role that’s yet to be revealed. Duggan reported the news Wednesday evening. Pruitt was let go from Tennessee earlier this month after recruiting violation evidence was discovered.

It was previously reported that Pruitt was working on a deal to join Robert Saleh’s Jets staff, but that ended up not coming to fruition, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic. Pruitt would not have gone far from the Jets to the Giants.

While the role hasn’t been revealed yet, there’s a chance Pruitt could be working as a defensive backs coach, whether it’s as an assistant or in the lead role. With Patrick Graham getting some head coaching talks, Pruitt could be the next defensive coordinator if Graham would leave New York for a head coaching job.

What does Pruitt bring to the New York Giants?

Pruitt not only would be a great fit for New York, but he also has connections with head coach Joe Judge. Pruitt and Judge both coached at Alabama together during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Pruitt was the defensive backs coach, while Judge was the special team’s coordinator.

At the moment, the New York Giants employ Jerome Henderson as their defensive backs coach and Anthony Blevins as their assistant defensive backs coach. Will, the Giants, let one of them go to make room for Pruitt, or will he coach the linebacker?

Yes, Pruitt was also the linebackers coach for a few seasons (2016-2017) at Bama. That could be a potential role for Pruitt.

New York Giants: Early free-agents contracts Gettleman should be pro-active with

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

The 2020 NFL season did not go as planned for the New York Giants, but the franchised showed promise. Big Blue managed just a 6-10 record and was one game away from playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wildcard. Giants’ head coach Joe Judge seems to have his team on the right track for the future.

The Giants are a player or two away from being a force in a wide-open NFC East. The first chance the G-Men will be able to build the roster will come on March 17th. New York is projected to have more than $13 million over the salary cap, but the team should have their eye on a few top targets this offseason.

Here are three players the New York Giants should consider signing or re-signing this offseason:

DE Leonard Williams

If there is one player Dave Gettleman needs to re-sign this offseason, it has to be Leonard Williams. Gettleman is so invested in Williams, but that is not the main reason why he deserves a big deal.

Williams deserves an extension for being one of the best players on the Giants last season. Big Will proved to be the game-wrecker the Giants’ defense needed. He appeared in all 16 games for New York, finishing with 57 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 14 tackles for losses. Not only did Williams have a monster season, but he is also a scheme fit for Patrick Graham.

“We love him in the building, he’s a great teammate, he’s fun to coach,” Judge said, per Steve Serby of the New York Post. “He makes your job a lot easier in terms of coming to work and enjoying your job, but then also making plays on the field, ’cause really, players make coaches good or not.”

If the New York Giants re-sign LW, they will probably not have enough money for Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants have to choose if they want a dominant run stopper in Tomlinson or if they want a premier 3-4 pass rusher in Williams. The Giants should take the pass rusher, no questions asked.

Williams will likely earn in the $18-20 million per-season range. It would be wise of the Giants to get a deal done before the start of free agency.

WR Curtis Samuel

If the New York Giants want to bring the most out of quarterback Daniel Jones, they need to prove the pieces they have around him. Receiver/RB Curtis Samuel could be that sneaky piece the Giants’ offense needs.

Samuel had an impressive 200 rushing yards, 851 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns in the 2020 season. With Samuel’s production, he will not be a budget option. He is projected to make $12.4 million annually, according to Spotrac.

However, Samuel will not command money like Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay would in free agency. He will be a bit of a cheaper option and way younger. If the Giants are able to add the 24-year old to their roster, the Giants could boost both their rushing and passing game in 2021.

LB Matt Milano

Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham forged an impressive defensive unit in 2020, and with a few additional pieces, it could be championship-caliber. Adding a rangy, run-stuffing linebacker like Matt Milano to pair up with Blake Martinez could take this defense where it wants to go in 2021.

Milano dealt with injuries in 2020, only was limited to 10 games. But in 2019, he was healthy. He played in all but one game in 2019 and produced. He finished with 101 total tackles, nine passes defended, and 1.5 sacks.

Something most people do not know about Milano, he played safety in college. For a linebacker, he has elite pass coverage skills. He could pair up beautifully right next to Martinez.

Signing the 26-year-old could be difficult given New York’s cap situation. He’s projected to have a market value of a little under $14 million annually, according to Spotrac. But if the Giants wanted to sign an elite edge rusher or cornerback this offseason, this option would be a bit cheaper as well.

 

New York Giants: What are the odds the Giants get Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford?

Deshaun Watson, New York Giants

Will the New York Giants be trading for a quarterback this offseason? It’s highly unlikely after head coach Joe Judge firmly committed to Daniel Jones, but not impossible. General Manager Dave Gettleman can be unpredictable at times.

Gettelman traded away the face of the Giants’ franchise just a few seasons ago. It is not crazy to think Gettleman makes a move to acquire a player like Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford.

On Monday, BetOnline released odds on the potential destinations for both Watson and Stafford. The Giants were a 28/1 for Watson and 35/1 for Stafford. Vegas oddsmakers are not sold the G-Men will sit this one out.

The Giants are not the favorites to acquire one of these two quarterbacks. New York would have to give up valuable assets to acquire one of these quarterbacks, especially Watson.

What are the favorites?

The New York Jets are considered favorites to land Watson at 15/4, while the Indianapolis Colts are considered favorites to land Stafford at 3/1.

Watson came out publicly saying his preferred landing spot would be the New York Jets. Why not go to a team that has a more built-up roster, and there are still in New York, the Giants?

Ultimately, do not expect the Giants to be serious players for either Watson or Stafford. However, it would be foolish if Gettleman didn’t at least put a call in to see what the asking price is on both.

The New York Giants will have $4.8 million in salary cap rollover in 2021

New York Giants, John Mara, Dave Gettleman

The New York Giants will have an additional $4.8 million in salary-cap space this year as a result of a surplus from 2020. Space gets rolled over to this year’s cap, giving the Giants a cap ceiling of $179.8 million for the 2021 season. That rollover figure helps a great deal but the Giants are still over the cap by a sliver over $2 million in the 2021 season.

Due to lost revenues as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the league, which had been raising the salary cap by approximately $10 million per season the past decade, needed to contract the cap from $198 million in 2020 to what could be as little as $175 million this year.

In his year-end address to the media, Giants CEO John Mara felt confident the team’s finances would not be an issue.

“We’ll be ok. We’re not ready to put a padlock on the door just yet,” Mara said. “I think we’ll survive just fine. It’s been a tough year from that point of view. But listen, there are people all over this country that are suffering. I’m not out here complaining or anything. We’ll be fine as an organization going forward.”

The biggest test this offseason will be retaining defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson or defensive end Leonard Williams or if the New York Giants decided to keep both.

4 running backs the New York Giants could consider in free agency

New York Giants, Mike Davis

When New York Giants‘ star running back Saquon Barkley went down with a torn ACL in Week 2, reserve back, Wayne Gallman was forced to take a larger role. This was after Devonta Freeman was signed off the street and picked up a few injuries that held him out for the remainder of the season.

For the most part, the Wayne Train took a few games to get going, but when he was on, he was on. Gallman had some help from Morris as well, but the former Clemson star was the lead back when Barkley and Freeman went down with injuries. They ripped off eight 100-yard performances over the next nine games. They even put together a four-game winning streak.

The Giants know now, Barkley is not immortal. They need to get more of a solid plan at the running back. Gallman, Morris, and Lewis are free agents come in March, and the Giants will be seeking some veteran running back help behind Barkley this offseason.

Here are four veterans the New York Giants should consider signing this offseason:

Mike Davis

With the Carolina Panthers’ star running back Christian McCaffrey dealing with injuries this past season, Mike Davis was the top back for Carolina this past season. The 27-year-old is a versatile back who can catch passes out of the backfield as well as running through the tackles. Davis ran for 642 yards and had 373 receiving yards on 59 catches. Davis could be a solid and cheap running back for Barkley next season.

Jamaal Williams

The Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams is strictly a complimentary back to Aaron Jones, that is exactly what the Giants need for Barkley. Williams is a reliable runner, averaging 4.2 yards per carry on the ground. He could also be used in the passing game as well if needed. With Green Bay drafting A.J Dillon in the second-round this past draft, they will have to part ways with Williams this offseason.

James White

Logan Ryan did he say he would try to recruit players to New York — could James White be one of them? White has been a productive back, through the air or on the ground. White would be the perfect third-down back and compliment Barkley really well. White could help New York in the red zone for the fact he is an excellent receiver. He would be a fine addition for whatever team he chooses to play for next season.

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown reminds me of Jamaal Williams, a complimentary back to Cam Akers. Brown is a very effective runner through the tackles. This past season, he became more effective through the air, which he has not been through the years. That will expand his value this offseason, with teams knowing he can be used in the passing game.

 

New York Giants: 3 wide receivers Dave Gettleman could target during the 2021 offseason

New York Giants, Kenny Golladay

The New York Giants were the second-worst team in the league in passing. The Giants averaged only 189.1 yards per game through the air. Quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Colt McCoy combined only threw for 12 touchdowns. The G-Men need to get another weapon or two on the offensive side of the ball.

The injuries with Jones this season a lot to do with the Giants’ lack of air attack combined with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s short passing scheme, which did not fit with Jones’ skill set.

Big Blue has some talented skill players on offense in Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, and Evan Engram, but the Giants need to get another weapon. The Giants need to get Jones an No.1 receiver if the Giants want to see Jones’ full potential.

Here are three wide receivers the New York Giants need to consider in free agency:

Allen Robinson:

The 28-year-old wide receiver Allen Robinson will be the most highly looked receiver on the open market in March, that’s if the Chicago Bears let Robinson walk.

Robinson has been one of the most reliable receivers over the past two seasons with the Bears. Robinson has caught nearly 200 passes for 2,400 yards over the last two seasons. Robinson also racked up 13 total touchdowns with the Bears.

Robinson would come in and instantly become the New York Giants No.1 receiver and will instantly make Jones a better quarterback. This signing could be one of the biggest reasons why the Giants find themselves in the playoffs in 2021.

Kenny Golladay:

The same issue with Robinson is with Kenny Golladay. Golladay will be one of the most highly looked at receivers on the open market in March, that’s if the Detriot Lions let me walk.

The 6-foot-4 receiver has been hurt all season long, and with the NFL cap space decreasing by $20 million, it will be very difficult for the Lions to retain Golladay long term. If Lions could franchise tag him, but if not, Golladay will hit the open market.

Golladay has the sort of size and athleticism the New York Giants will want to give Jones. He will provide Jones with a big red zone and end zone target.

If Golladay hits the open market, he will not be cheap.

Curtis Samuel:

The Carolina Panthers have a surplus of wide receivers, there is no need for them to retain Samuel long term. Samuel and Dave Gettleman both have ties with each other as well.

Gettleman drafted Samuel in his last draft in Carolina. Gettleman signed James Bradberry last offseason, and Gettleman drafted him as well. Maybe, we could see Gettleman re-unite with another former draft selection.

Samuel will be a little cheaper than Robinson and Golladay but is not a true No.1. But getting Samuel and maybe drafting a receiver will significantly help this offense.

Samuel is coming off his best year as a pro with 851 receiving yards and over 200 yards on the ground. He is a playmaker, which the Giants need on this offense.

New York Giants: 3 wide receivers to keep an eye on during the National Championship

New York Giants, Devonta Smith

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes are playing on Monday night in the National Championship Game. This is the last time NFL teams will see these players play in a live game before they go through the NFL Draft process. The New York Giants need a No.1 wideout to be paired up with Daniel Jones. All Giants players and fan’s eyes will be glued to the T.V., watching hopefully one of their future playmakers on the outside.

Here are three WRs, the New York Giants could be interested in:

DeVonta Smith, Alabama

DeVonta Smith is arguably the best wideout in college football and will easily be the best wideout you see on Monday. Most draft analysts expect Smith to be off the board when the Giants pick, but what happens if Smith falls or if the New York Giants trade up?

The 6-foot-1 wideout out of Alabama has incredible hands but would need to bulk up some at the NFL level. He needs to balance his height with the cornerback’s strength to get off press coverage. Besides Smith’s weight, Smith is a perfect prospect. Smith excels at creating separation, which the Giants need the most on offense. Smith is also a fantastic route runner with perfect footwork.

This is the player that all Giants fans would be thrilled to get in April.

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Jaylen Waddle is a name you might not have heard of, but he is in that DeVonta Smith tier of wide receiver. Waddle has been hurt for most of the season, which is why you have not heard his name much.

Waddle is not a big body receiver (5-foot-10), which the New York Giants are looking for, but he is lightning fast. The Giants lack separation on the outside, Waddle best attribute is his speed. Waddle can stretch the field or catch one short and take it to the house. Defense’s have to be aware of Waddle at all times; he reminds me a lot of Odell Beckham Jr.

Waddle is expected to be drafted in the top 15 in April, maybe to the New York Giants.

Chris Olave, Ohio State

Alabama has been breeding wide receiver talent, but Ohio State has a receiver that can find his way in the first round.

After Ja’Marr Chase, Waddle, and Smith, there is a drop off of wideout talent, but Olave is in that next tier. The Giants could trade down in the draft and get Olave later, but should they?

Olave is 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, the perfect size for an outside receiver. The biggest issue with Olave is his route running, which the Giants’ biggest need is for the wideouts to get separation. Olave has the speed, strength, and athleticism to get a consistent receiver at the next level in the NFL.

Olave is expected to go in the late first round or top of the second round.