New York Jets Who Could Be Two-Sport Stars: Breshard Perriman

As my series highlighting two sport Jets continues, I continued with a speedy new Jet. Breshard Perriman may be a new Jet, but he’s primed to be an impact player early. He’s being brought in to fill the role of former number one wideout Robby Anderson. His freak athletic ability made him a first rounder just a few years ago. That athletic ability is what the Jets are counting on can make up for the loss of Robby. One aspect of that athletic ability that makes Perriman stand out is his straight line speed. His ability to be a dangerous deep threat will make him a big weapon, but it also could’ve made him a big track star.

Breshard Perriman: Track and Field

Perriman was always insanely fast and he turned heads at a young age. Although, he  focused primarily on football throughout high school, he made noise in track. He used most of his time and athleticism on the gridiron, where his father, former NFL receiver Brett Perriman tutored him to bring him up to the highest level. In his free time though, Breshard lit up the AAU Track and Field. Perriman parlayed his speed into a U.S. Junior Olympic bid. Perriman was able to turn heads and gain even more notoriety with his speed. Perriman ran a 4.4 40 yard dash coming out of high school, had a 36 inch vertical and at 6’2 his stride length was impressive. With such freakish speed and athleticism, Perriman could’ve made a lot of noice in track at the highest level.

Perriman chose the right sport. Although he had his struggles early, last season was a breakout season for Perriman. When Perriman was struggling though, one has to think his mind wandered to what could’ve been with track. Who knows, although he’s a quality pro receiver, Breshard Perriman could’ve been a potential Olympian or even better, an Olympic medalist. 

New Orleans Saints Demario Davis P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls a Gem of an Event

Demario Davis

Just recently, New Orleans Saints superstar Demario Davis hosted a free event called P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls #SocialSummer as part of his Devoted Dreamers Foundation which kicked off on Saturday, June 6th.  The event hosted an array of strong, powerful, accomplished women in a plethora of different fields.

Women at the top of their game from the beauty, fashion, fitness, entrepreneurship, and a whole lot more participated in the month-long event to serve as role models and pillars of inspiration to young girls everywhere.

Some of the amazing leaders of the month-long event included the Gleaux Factory a beauty spa, founded by Kyla Hayes, who shared tips on how to achieve a glowing complexion, the House of MJ, celebrity makeup artist, started by Malika James, who showcased different makeup looks, Latania Franklin a licensed clinical social worker, who works for Sista Afaya, which provides low-cost mental health services to African American women, promoted mental well being.

It also includes celebrity chef Amaris Jones, who showed how to make a delicious, hearty dinner of Cajun fish tacos, celebrity chef Lauren Von Der Pool, who made nutritious vegan cucumber cups, The Buttercreamery, a cupcake shop created by Shayla Barnes Holloway, who showed participants how to make a stunning beach-inspired cake, Sisterhood of Strong, a gym established by Theresa Horne, who taught viewers how to get a good workout, TaNe’Shea Howell, an American Sign Language certified interpreter, to showcase sign language basics,   Trina Powell-Cross, who enlightened the girls on living a holistic lifestyle, Microsoft who stressed the importance of entrepreneurship through a road trip and museum visit via online and so many more wonderful guests, followed and a special visit by founder of P.E.A.R.L.S. for Girls Sue Magee discussed loving oneself.  They truly pulled together a once in a lifetime event.

The empowering event also included fun giveaways and concluded with an awards ceremony.  This event was truly special as it provided young girls with women who are consummate professionals, class acts and role models for all, pillars in their community who promote and enact positive change for this society and lead the next generation,  something this society needs to not only see but follow in their own lives!

NFL set to remove two games from the preseason schedule (Report)

As the NFL continues to prepare for an uncertain 2020, the already-maligned preseason slate has seen two weeks erased from its ledger.

Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the National Football League is ready to do away with half of its preseason slate as it prepares to potentially navigate a season through the COVID-19 pandemic. The PFT report says that the first and final weeks of summer’s exhibition summer quartet are on the chopping block.

The league is set to make a formal announcement regarding the decision on Thursday, one week after the cancellation of the preseason-opening Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between Dallas and Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio.

Trimming the preseason has long been discussed and appeared to be a certainty when the new collective bargaining agreement left open the possibility of a 17-game regular-season slate in 2021. The league’s squads have played four preseason games ever since 1978

If Weeks 1 and 4 are eliminated from the preseason picture, the annual meeting between the local New York Jets and New York Giants would be eliminated, having been scheduled for the opening week for the second consecutive season. Starters rarely play past the first quarter in the opener, and often sit out the finale entirely. The Jets and Giants have respectively played interconference rivals from Philadelphia and New England in the final week of summer games since the turn of the century. It’s possible these games could be rescheduled to cut down on travel. If the cancellations are kept, the Jets would have a visit to Detroit and an East Rutherford tilt with Pittsburgh (the former being nationally televised on ESPN). The Giants have a road game against Tennessee and a visit from Green Bay left on their docket.

Many teams are planning to open training camp on July 28 with the first games scheduled for the week of August 20-24.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

 

New England Patriots Sign QB Cam Newton

The New England Patriots have signed former NFL MVP quarterback Cam Newton, per Adam Schefter. Newton and the Patriots agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden deal worth up to $7.5 million. According to Ian Rapoport, this deal “has been in the works.”

Cam Newton is 31 years old and ready for a new beginning. The former first-overall draft pick spent the last nine years as a member of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers released Newton in March after he missed the majority of the 2019 NFL season with a shoulder injury.

Cam Newton acknowledged the news on his Instagram Story Sunday night:

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For the New England Patriots, this signing is a huge victory. If Cam Newton returns to form in 2020, the Patriots could once again make the playoffs, despite the departure of all-time great quarterback Tom Brady this offseason. Cam Newton was playing at a high level prior to his injury in 2018. If the former Panthers quarterback is fully healthy in 2020, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will look to continue their dominance over the AFC East.

However, Cam Newton might not be a long-term solution for the Patriots at quarterback. If Newton plays well in 2020 and leaves New England in the 2021 free agency period, the Patriots could get back a compensatory 2022 third-round pick. This is even more crucial now that the Patriots’ 2021 third-round pick has been stripped away as punishment for the team’s videotape violation. But at only 31 years old, there is always a chance Cam Newton earns a second, long-term contract with the team next offseason.

 

VIDEO: Virtual New York Giants legends battle Dallas in Madden NFL 20 simulation

RADIO.COM hosted a virtual showdown between New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys legends at a pixelated version of MetLife Stadium.

The ongoing pandemic has eliminated a lot of the norms of daily life that we take for granted. Close games between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have apparently managed to become an exception. RADIO.COM hosted a virtual showdown between legends of the Giants and Cowboys in a simulation presented on EA Sports’ Madden NFL 20 video game. The internet radio platform and music recommender is a property of Entercom, which owns both WFAN and 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), the respective flagship radio stations of New York and Dallas respectively.

Replicas of players from each of the respective teams’ history, spanning over 150 combined seasons of football, partook in the simulation, which Dallas won by a 23-20 final thanks to a Dan Bailey field goal with 18 seconds to go.

The Giants, dressed in their home unforms worn from 1976 through 1998, jumped out to an early lead that they held for a majority of the first half. Emlen Tunnell intercepted a Roger Staubach pass on Dallas’ first play from scrimmage. Eli Manning needed only three plays to capitalize, finding Odell Beckham Jr. for an eight-yard score. Between Bailey field goals, Manning threw his second touchdown pass on the end of an 11-play, 75-yard drive, this one going to Jeremy Shockey from seven yards out. Manning was bought some time in the pocket by an offensive that consisted of Rosey Brown, Shaun O’Hara, Mel Hein, Chris Snee, and David Diehl before finding Shockey for a score that brought digital MetLife Stadium to its feet.

Dallas ventured into the Giants’ red zone, but Corey Webster’s interception took a touchdown reception from Michael Irvin. However, the expected momentum solidification never came. Manning found Beckham on the Giants’ next offensive play, but a fumble forced by DeMarcus Ware was picked up by fellow linebacker Sean Lee for a touchdown. Lawrence Tynes booted a 47-yard field goal to slightly inflate the Giants’ lead, but Emmitt Smith gave the Cowboys their first lead on a 75-yard scoring rush just as the two-minute warning commenced.

The Giants got back to the Dallas red zone with no timeouts, but Shockey’s attempt to score a last-second touchdown after breaking several tackles was thwarted by Byron Jones, who stopped the tight end just short of the goal line as time expired.

Both team’s defensive stars rose to the occasion in the second half. Tunnell, Mark Collins (who was wearing No. 24 in contrast to his traditional No. 25) and Michael Strahan were among those with sacks for the Giants, but they only mustered another Tynes field goal on offense. After Bailey’s fateful boot, the Giants’ brief counter got to Dallas’ 40 after Manning found Amani Toomer for a big gain. However, the virtual New York brain trust opted for a win rather than a deep Tynes attempt, and Manning’s prayer with Shockey in the vicinity fell incomplete to end the game.

Toomer earned 143 yards on 10 receptions, while Manning finished the game 39-of-53 with 352 and the two scores.

The modern-day, human incarnations of the Giants and Cowboys are currently set to face off on October 11 and January 3.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

Would a shortened preseason hurt the New York Jets?

Shortening the NFL preseason has been discussed, even before COVID-19, but an exhibition quartet might help the 2020 New York Jets.

As COVID-19 stubbornly refuses to depart, professional American sports are attempting to inch their way back in. The powers that be at Major League Baseball finally agreed to a 60-game season that might never happen, while the NBA, NHL, WNBA, and MLS are all set to attempt “bubble” settings to either resume to start their respective 2020 campaigns. NASCAR and the PGA Tour, among others, have been able to operate in reduced settings, if only for their natural ability to adhere to social distancing.

Then there’s the National Football League.

The NFL has acknowledged the ongoing health crisis, though one look at their calendar hints that they’re at least trying to operate with some sort of semblance of business as usual. Minicamp proceedings have been shut down, but the annual draft lived on in virtual settings and players have met on their own to work out. Quarterback Sam Darnold is among them, having joined rival quarterbacks in California and his New York Jets offensive teammates in Florida as the league’s constituents bide their time before team facilities can officially open for gridiron business.

Reality perhaps finally hit the NFL on Thursday morning. The league announced that August’s annual Pro Football Football Hall of Fame Game would not be played, canceling the season’s first unofficial game. Accompanying induction ceremonies have been postponed to 2021.

While some see the game’s cancellation as merely a precaution, ensuring that the game’s combatants from Dallas and Pittsburgh wouldn’t have to report to training camp any earlier than they had to. But other observers see it as the first football domino to fall to the hand of COVID-19, with the preseason schedule seen as next in line.

Even in the best of times, the NFL preseason is often seen as athletic drivel, a mere excuse for the league’s 32 teams to charge full ticket, parking, and concession prices for what basically amounts to future practice squad/XFL participants going at it. While it does serve a purpose…allowing new teammates to develop chemistry, help new coaches create a rhythm…trimming the current standard quartet has been discussed for several years. COVID-19 could finally make that a perhaps overdue reality, finishing what the 2018-19 Los Angeles Rams started. Back then, L.A. boss Sean McVay sat his starters for the summer before embarking on a run to the Super Bowl.

But would such a long-overdue idea come back to haunt the New York Jets?

The preseason was made for teams like the 2020 Jets. To put the New York turnover into perspective, the only listed receiver leftover from a roster as recent as 2018 (Darnold’s rookie season) is Quincy Enunwa…and he’ll more likely than not never play another down in a Jets uniform. If Brian Winters leaves before Week 1, then Darnold’s offensive line will have (rightfully so) completely turned over by the time his third year begins.

New York is in a spot where they have a quarterback on their roster that they envision to be their starter in 3-5 years. It sounds like a basic requirement of NFL membership, but that just goes to show how traumatic the last decade was for the Jets. As another famous young New Yorker once learned, however, with great power comes great responsibility. Work must be done to develop some chemistry within the group, and the preseason offers four consequence-free opportunities to do that against another NFL opponent.

Offensive chemistry isn’t the only area that could’ve used a tune-up quartet. Starters and depth options alike can use some work on defense, especially with a plethora of new talent auditioning on one-year deals. If Jamal Adams is gone, that could eliminate rep opportunities for, say, Ashtyn Davis. Those returning from injury, like linebacker C.J. Mosley would lose an opportunity to get back into the swing of things. Even on special teams, that Jets have competitions that need solving, particularly in discovering who their primary returner will be and who will win the Sam Ficken/Brett Maher boot battle.

Even in “normal” times, Jets head coach Adam Gase was against the idea of slicing the summer slate.

“I like the fact that it gives a chance to evaluate,” Gase remarked last summer, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “That fourth preseason game, all those guys that get to play, we get value out of that. We’re not trying to see if we can shorten the game up. We’ll probably try to throw it like 60 times.”

True to Gase’s word, the Jets indeed aired out in their yearly preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Darnold didn’t play, but Trevor Siemian, Luke Falk, and Davis Webb united for 46 throws in a 6-0 win. One year prior, in Gase’s final Miami adventure, Brock Osweiler and current Jets backup candidate David Fales threw 45 in the preseason closer in Atlanta.

Gase even outlined why a McVay-like approach to the preseason wouldn’t work in East Rutherford.

“Last year, I remember having a conversation with [McVay] about his starters not playing and they had an older team,” Gase remarked in Mehta’s report. “They had a lot of guys that had played a lot of football. That’s kind of how they went about it. We have a young team and this is our first year in the program, so we need to play a little bit.”

There are obviously merits to chopping down on the preseason slate, especially in a year where factors beyond football are making their prescience felt. An endless list of costly preseason injuries (Michael Vick in 2003, Osi Umenyiora in 2008, just to name two) is just yet another reason to move from the concept. The NFL themselves would probably love to see a preseason reduction if only because it be a solid stepping stone toward their long-sought-after goal of a regular-season beyond 16 games.

The time will come when the Jets are ready to outgrow the preseason, when they’re comfortable enough with themselves that they don’t have to rely on meaningless summer action to feel hopeful. But they’re not at that point yet, and those opportunities and chances to experiment and develop could be disappearing at the worst possible time, even if their absence comes for the most understandable reasons.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Eli Manning wins the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award

Eli Manning, New York Giants

It has been a wonderful week for newly retired New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. After receiving news that he would be having his college jersey retired at Ole Miss, his alma mater, it was announced on Tuesday that Manning would be recognized as the 16th recipient of the Pro Football Writers of America’s Good Guy Award for his second-to-none professionalism and cooperation with the media throughout his sixteen-year career.

The Good Guy Award is an annual award that’s given to an NFL player who displays an admirable and top-notch relationship with the media, which can be a challenging thing to do. Manning has been repeatedly praised for his respectful behavior and kind attitude towards the New York/New Jersey media, which is widely considered to be arguably the toughest media market in sports. The fact that Manning was able to maintain his composure and class through the good moments and the bad for so long is truly remarkable.

There have been countless times when Manning has been portrayed negatively by the media, but not once did Manning ever fold or succumb to the headlines. He always managed to remain a class act and answer every last question reporters asked him, no matter how difficult the question may have been. Manning joins Tiki Barber, who won the award in 2006, as the second Giant to earn this achievement.

PFWA President and Newsday NFL columnist Bob Glauber, who covered Manning over the course of his entire career, had this to say about the Giants legend: “Eli Manning exemplified professionalism with the media since his rookie season in 2004, and he did so in the league’s largest market. Eli often spoke of the example set by his father, and being around Archie Manning was certainly a great way to learn about being around the media. Even so, playing in New York has unique pressures that Eli dealt with consistently and fairly. Media sessions at his locker would often start with as many as 50 reporters, photographers and camera operators, but he answered every last question – even when only one reporter was left. A pro’s pro.”

If there was one athlete, no matter the sport, who you should model your relationship with the media after, regardless of where you play, it’s without question, Eli Manning. He was the definition of a pro’s pro and a class act in the world’s toughest market for nearly two decades, and Manning will forever be remembered for it just as much as he’ll be remembered for his many achievements on the field.

New York Jets: Suddenly, 2020 becomes an even bigger year for Marcus Maye

As things deteriorate between the New York Jets and Jamal Adams, fellow safety Marcus Maye has a big opportunity to take over the secondary.

If and when we get a 2020 NFL season, green eyes of New York Jets observers will be on an SEC-based safety and 2017 draftee.

The object of their perusal? Former Florida Gator Marcus Maye.

The Jamal Adams roller-coaster is preparing to sink into its deepest valley, as the two-time All-Pro has repeatedly declared that “it’s time to move on”, presumably from New York. Time will only tell how this ride ends…especially with the Jets holding most, if not all, of the leverage cards…but in this of New York uncertainty, Maye’s prescience undoubtedly looms even larger.

Prior to the reported Adams trade request, Maye was perhaps seen as one of the Jets’ more expendable starters. An uncertain cap situation and good amounts of money due to 2019 splurges Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley meant that the team would likely be able to retain only one of their starting safety pair of Adams and Maye. The latter’s New York swan song appeared to be in the draft stages when general manager Joe Douglas declared the intentions of making Adams “a Jet for life” and submitted when the Jets drafted Cal-Berkeley alum Ashtyn Davis in the third round of April’s draft. Maye’s 2020 season, the final year of the rookie deal inked after the Jets chose him 33 picks after Adams in the 2017 selections, was set up to be an audition for potential new suitors.

Suddenly, with Adams seeking new surroundings, an opportunity has opened for the free safety, an opportunity that could make him a vital part of the most optimistic period the Jets’ perpetual new century rebuild has experienced.

Just four years removed from his draft day, Maye is already one of the most experienced members of the Jets. Only linebacker Jordan Jenkins and blocker Brian Winters have spent more time in the New York starting lineup. At 27, he is already a trusted face in the Jets’ lineup and someone that members of a young secondary can turn to.

“He’s been consistent, he’s been consistent,” Jets head coach Adam Gase said about Maye, per Charles McDonald of the New York Daily News. “He’s reliable, he’s probably one of the smarter players that we have on defense. His knowledge of football is outstanding. He’s one of those guys where it’s kinda like having an extra quarterback on the field in the secondary.”

That figures to be a trend extending into the new decade. The Jets are thin at safety depth, as potential Adams contingencies on the current roster (Davis and Matthias Farley) are dangerously low on meaningful game action. Fortunately for New York, if Adams indeed fulfills his promises of transferring, they have a seasoned, effective defender that has risen and fallen with the roller-coaster endeavors of the National Football League in a short timespan.

The 2019 campaign was a year of redemption for Maye. In a season where the length of the Jets’ weekly injury report could rival that of a CVS receipt, Maye stayed healthy after numerous injuries kept him out of 10 games the year prior. He went on to become one of two Jets defenders to start all 16 games last season (the other being lineman Steve McLendon).

While Adams captured the hearts of green New Yorkers with his propensity for backfield invasions and smashmouth style of football, Maye rebuilt a reputation for consistency gained in his rookie season. He tied for the team-lead in pass breakups with Adams (7) and partook in 99 percent of all defensive snaps. His crowning moment came in a win in the MetLife Stadium finale, a 16-10 win over playoff contenders from Pittsburgh. The game saw Maye tally his first interception since the infamous 104-yard touchdown-free return in October 2019 against Denver and he broke up the potential game-winning touchdown pass on Pittsburgh’s penultimate play.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams referred to Maye as “an angel in the outfield” at free safety, per NewYorkJets.com reporter Ethan Greenberg. The final line of New York defense is a role that Maye relishes.

“It’s a huge role, just being the last line of defense,” Maye remarked to Greenberg. “You have the Mike (linebacker), but to be the quarterback of the back end, you have to get everyone lined up in the right spot, cover up for guys, make plays down the field and just be where I’m needed.”

Maye’s reemergence was noticed beyond the corridors of MetLife Stadium and One Jets Drive. In November, Pro Football Focus produced its list of the most underrated player from each of the NFL’s 32 teams. The Jets were represented by none other than Maye.

“Maye had to make a big statement in 2019, and he is doing just that so far, earning a 77.8 overall grade that currently ranks 14th among safeties,” PFF wrote after the Jets’ November win over Washington. “Maye has allowed only four catches on 455 coverage snaps and has broken up four passes along with that. The Jets may have question marks at nearly every position group on the field, but the duo of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye just may be the best safety pairing in the entire league.”

The idea of Maye and Adams reuniting in the Jets’ secondary seems more remote than ever, but the former has a chance to make his New York mark.

2020 is a year where Myae can either impress his new squad or solidify his career and develop a foundation for his prime in his current surroundings. Speaking with Greenberg shortly after the season, he made it clear that his immediate focus is purely on green endeavors.

“It’s definitely going to be big next year because we’ve been through a year with Gregg and we know his play-calling style,” he said. “We know the feel of his game and he now has a feel of us. He knows he has a type of players that can do a lot of different things. Next year could be even better than this year and I expect that.”

Maye clearly believes that the Jets’ defense can produce big things in 2020. Whether that includes Adams or not remains to be seen. But the possible loss of one defensive leader could well give way to another.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

 

Demetrious Cox to Help Young Athletes

Demetrious Cox

Demetrious Cox is using time in the off season to help others, something he has always done throughout his career.

Cox announced his plans to help young athletes hone their football skills as he will be providing group and or private lessons for kids ages 7 and up.  Parents can direct message Cox via his social media accounts (Twitter: @i_AM_SEVEN7 Instagram: @i_amseven_7) or through e-mail demetriouscox2@gmail.com to work out an agreeable location and time, as well as pricing.

Cox wants to take the invaluable knowledge and skills he gleaned from his extensive career and use it to aid others in forging their football futures, giving them a step up

About what inspired him to do so, Cox went on to say, “I’ve always been an advocate for using my experiences to give the younger generation in my area another resource to improve and get a step ahead. I have absorbed a lot of knowledge over a lot of years in the athletic business, especially on the football field obviously. So why not come back and use any down time that I have to give kids that knowledge and another competitive edge. Something I would’ve loved for guys to do with me when I was young.”

Using his platform to inspire others and make a difference in the lives of future generations is truly admirable.  Cox is a role model for both his immense talents as well as the leadership he exemplifies as a player and a man!  Cox will not only be setting these young athletes up for success in the game of football but beyond through both his words and his actions as he always leads by example!  He has always instilled in others just how significant it is to carry yourself with honor and integrity in all that you do, something Cox perfectly embodies!

New York Giants: Why Nate Solder will improve in 2020

New York Giants, Nate Solder

The New York Giants’ offensive line struggled in 2019, Nate Solder was a big part of it. As of right now, it’s still a mystery if Nate Solder will start this year. The New York Giants made some reinforcements to the offensive line this offseason, the new additions could push Solder out of the starting lineup.

In 2019, Nate Solder allowed 11 sacks, the third-most in the NFL. To go along with the sacks, Solder allowed 57 pressures and was responsible for five penalties. It seemed like every game Daniel Jones was getting sacked, sometimes it was hard to watch as a fan. He would get such a late jump on snaps, defenders would blow by him with ease. Also, Nate Solder was responsible for protecting the Jones’ blindside. There needs to be a change, the Giants can’t trust him at left tackle anymore. I think Solder can make the change to right tackle, there will be less pressure of him there and he won’t have to worry about going up against the best defenders anymore.

If played right, I think Nate Solder will have a big year in 2020. I’m not saying he will be a pro-bowl offensive tackle, but he will make solid improvement and help the Giants’ offensive line grow.

New offensive line coach

Marc Colombo, a former standout NFL lineman, is in his first season as the New York Giants’ offensive line coach. I think this is a blessing in disguise for the offensive line. Not only has he played the position, but he was also with the Dallas Cowboys for five seasons. All Giants’ fans know how good their offensive line has been, its a dream of mine for the Giants to get an offensive line like Dallas. I think Colombo will be a motivator for Nate Solder and a great mentor. With Colombo in charge, he will breakdown Solder’s game and find out what’s wrong. He will also run a scheme that fits the offensive line best, Joe Judge wants to make a system that fits all players skill set.

Making a move to right tackle

In 2020, I think Nate Solder should make the move to right tackle. The Giants can’t trust him with protecting Jones’ blindside. Also, the Giants just drafted his replacement, Andrew Thomas. It’s best if Thomas starts week one at left tackle, there is no reason for the Giants to start him at right tackle then move him back to left. Moving Nate Solder to the right tackle will take a lot of pressure off his shoulders. At the end of the day, Nate Solder is a reliable offensive lineman who can still play ball. In 2019, he played all 16 games and 95% of offensive snaps.

Improvement of the Offensive line

The biggest key to success for Nate Solder in 2020 will be the pieces around him. With the addition of Andrew Thomas, the offensive line looks good. Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler will be solid guards for the next two to three years, I can see a combination of Solder at right tackle and Zeitler at guard. Those two will work well together, both of them have years of experience in the NFL. As a unit, these big boys can cause some damage. If the offensive line underperforms, Nate Solder will do the same. Hopefully, with Colombo in charge, he will make improvements to the line that best fits every player.