New York Giants Draft Profiles: C/G Billy Price

Overview:

Offensive lineman Billy Price is one of the most intriguing prospects entering the NFL this year. The New York Giants are still keen on addressing their offensive line this offseason, and Price could fit the bill in the second-third round.

Price played center and guard in college, but when playing guard, his Ohio State team won the National Championship (2014). He started 15 games (three at left guard and 12 at right). This bodes well for the Giants who are search of a solid right guard to complement their new signings: Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh.


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For the Buckeyes, Price started in 55 consecutive games to end his college career, which attests to his durability as a player. Despite the fact that the lineman tore his pec at the NFL combine which required surgery, his talent is obvious and should return to full health by the time training camp rolls around.

Strengths:

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Price has immense strength at the point of attack, and his explosiveness off the line is unparalleled. He always reaches the point of attack first and plays with extraordinary quickness. He has very quick arms/hands and can stab at interior defensive lineman to throw them off balance. His core strength and balance is a huge plus making him one of the most dynamic lineman int he draft.

Weaknesses:

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He often is caught biting too much and doesn’t have the patience to sit back and let his opponent come to him. He lunges and finds him self off balance and easily beat by fast lineman. His footwork is a little shady and must be worked on at the professional level. He needs to find balance with his play and become more of an intelligent player, rather than a physical one.

Biggest Plus:

Price should be able to hand NFL power right away. His strength and power are a great attribute, and if he can piece together the rest of his game he should develop nicely at the next level.

One Player The New York Giants Need To Resign This Offseason

New York Giants, Ross Cockrell

For having limited cap space, the New York Giants have been very busy in free agency, adding talent and depth to the roster on both sides of the ball. Adding experienced players to the roster seems to be the focus this offseason, even if that means simply adding depth at all positions.

Ross Cockrell is a player that fits this mold perfectly. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2014 by the Buffalo Bills. The Giants acquired him from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cockrell came to the team to add depth as the fourth cornerback. Playing behind Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, and former Giant Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie but proved to be a valuable asset down the stretch of the season.

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What does Ross Cockrell bring to the New York Giants?

Cockrell played in all 16 games and started 9 in 2017. He had 50 combined tackles, 11 passes defended, and 3 interceptions. He lacks the elite speed to keep up with fast receivers but has the experience and IQ to be a solid contributor in zone schemes.

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Resigning Ross Cockrell should provide a relatively cheap option that will provide more than just depth to the cornerback room. After what could be considered a breakout in 2017, getting a deal done should be a priority as free agency becomes more barren.

Cockrell caught people’s eye with a strong week 16 showing against the Arizona Cardinals, intercepting two passes.

 

Former New York Giants Offensive Lineman Signs With Seattle Seahawks

The New York Giants are still in need of offensive line support, but they clearly weren’t looking as far as former guard D.J. Fluker.

Fluker signed a one-year “prove it” deal with the Giants in 2017, and proved that he wasn’t a first-round bust after all. His time with the San Diego Chargers said otherwise, but Fluker made the most of his time in New York, proving to be a solid run blocker down the stretch.

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His infusion in the line immediately saw the offense improve and the Seahawks clearly noticed that on film as they’ve given him a shiny new contract.

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Fluker finished the season with a PFF grade of 42.3, making him the 56th ranked guard in the league.

What Should The New York Giants Do If The Browns Take Saquon Barkley

The hype surrounding Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is real, and he proved his worth at the NFL Combine with astronomical numbers. I mean, running a (4.3) 40-yard dash at 225 pounds is almost funny…

Where he could be picked:

We cannot rule out the potential drafting of Barkley by the Cleveland Browns at No. 1, and we need to prepare for that reality. So, what should the New York Giants do if they fall into that situation?

Well, we can assume one thing, their No. 2 overall draft pick will skyrocket further in value. It will put them in the position to take and of the top quarterbacks, and it will also up the asking price for other teams wanting to grab their future franchise signal caller.

If the Giants are in that position, they should absolutely shop the pick to the highest bidder. Worst case, they walk away with their choice of quarterback and live to see another day. Best case, they gather a plethora of picks and address multiple positions of need on the offense.

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Of course this is very situational, but it’s best to be prepared just in case a major option is off the board when the Giants are on the clock.

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Breakaway speed:

Lateral movement:

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Catching abilities:

Elite speed:

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Here’s What Davis Webb Has Learned In One Season Under Eli Manning

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The New York Giants have a quarterback dilemma, and all Davis Webb-haters tend to refer back to the days of Ryan Nassib. Let’s get this out of the way… that’s ridiculous. You can’t compare any player in the NFL, since later-round picks often emerge as starters at all different positions.

Nassib didn’t have the work ethic Webb currently has, and his chances at starting a game in the NFL were next to none. How do I know that? Eli Manning was in his prime, so Nassib wasn’t going to be playing any games as a Giant; he was a backup QB for life. Webb has the chance to be Manning’s successor, which explains his ‘want’ to prove himself to the organization.

Here’s what Webb had to say about his year under Manning:

“How to handle adversity would be No. 1,” Webb told NJ Advance Media during an exclusive interview. “We lost 13 games. We have to swallow that. But he never flinched. Every day he had the biggest smile on his face and was ready to work and compete with his teammates. He loves playing the game of football. That’s something I really admire.”



The Giants battled through a 3-13 season and even went as far as to bench Manning and end his infamous streak. Manning nearly cried due to the emotion of not starting a game after 14-season of doing so. Damn you Ben McAdoo!

Moving forward, the Giants are staying with Manning as their starting quarterback in 2018. At 37-years old, his time is quickly coming to an end, but he has our support until his final day!

“We believe Eli has years left as a starting quarterback in this league,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’re excited that he’s there. I’m looking forward to developing Davis Webb to see where he can go.”

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When comparing himself (Webb) to Manning, he was very open with how different both of their personalities really are, and why their receivers gel with both of them equally.

“We have two different personalities,” Webb said, “but that’s why I think all the receivers gel with us: Because it’s easy to talk to him and I.”

“He’s the best teammate I’ve ever had,” Webb said. “He pushed through some adversity this year: Receivers went down, (offensive) linemen got hurt. We had some adversity and he didn’t flinch. He had to sit out one game, and he was the best teammate in the world. I know it was hard on him. I really respected that.”

Webb is spending the offseason working diligently to impress the new regime for the Giants, and he may just earn his opportunity to showcase his skills.

“He [Manning] said, ‘The biggest thing I’ve got going for me is my work ethic. I’m going to outwork people. That’s how you get better. Every day you find something. You never stay the same.”

Well, we can surely say Webb is giving his opportunity everything he’s got, and if he wins the starting job, it will be based on his work ethic alone.

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Giants Make Several Signings And Retain Key Depth Player

The New York Giants have made several key signings to provide depth and retained a veteran defensive lineman.

The signings:

1.) DE Kerry Wynn

Defensive end Kerry Wynn will return to the Giants, the team announced on Monday.

Wynn is a 27-year-old veteran who’s played in 49 games with 10 starts for the Giants. He was an undrafted free agent in 2015. His career totals include three sacks and 92 total tackles. In 2017, he recorded 252 snaps, 22.9 percent of all the defensive snaps. The deal is reportedly a one-year contract, according to Jordan Raanan.

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2.) CB B.W. Webb

The Giants signed former New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb to a one-year deal.

The corner was drafted in the fourth-round by the Cowboys in 2014. He has been a journeyman in the league, with time spent in Dallas, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans. At 28 years-old, Webb played in 14 games last season for the Saints. He also started in seven games.

A solid depth signing for the Giants who are on a tight budget.

3.) WR Cody Latimer

If the Giants were looking for a receiver with extreme blocking abilities, they found one in former Bronco Cody Latimer.

At 6-2 and 215 pounds, Latimer played his first four seasons in the NFL with Denver. He’s enjoyed 45 regular-season games with three starts . He managed 35 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 24.4 yards on 18 kickoff returns.

A solid depth receiver for the Giants who will surely help in the running game.

4.) DL Josh Mauro

According to Ian Rapaport, the Giants have agreed to terms with former Arizona defensive lineman Josh Mauro. The DL started in seven games last season and is another key depth signing fora team that lacked true talent behind the starters in 2017.

Mauro is another player who’s familiar with James Bettcher’s defense, and will likely assist in getting the rest of the players up to speed on his methods.

 

 

New York Giants: Top Breakout Player Of 2018

With the New York Giants preparing to make arguably their most important draft choice in the past decade, speculation is surrounding the organization and fan-base. But, let’s take a break from the speculation and take a look at who is bound for a huge year in 2018.

The potential breakout player of the year:

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The Giants saw most of their players struggle last season for obvious reasons, and hopefully a majority of them will return with a vengeance. They will all likely improve from the lost 2017 season, but the one player that is bound for a huge year is defensive end Olivier Vernon.

In 2017, Vernon suffered a high ankle sprain in week four, but continued to play throughout the year despite the significant injury. An additional hand injury also was problematic for the edge rusher.

Interesting stat:

Since 2013, only two more edge rushers have registered more quarterback hits than Vernon.

Former Arizona Cardinals’ DC James Bettcher took defensive end Chandler Jones to the next level, as he recorded 17 sacks in a 3-4 defense. If Bettcher implements a similar system in New York, players like Vernon and JPP should benefit significantly.

With an injured ankle and hand, Vernon recorded 6.5 sacks and 23 total tackles. These numbers are abysmal for a player taking up $16 million in cap-space (2017) and $17 million in 2018.

Luckily for the Giants, there’s an out in 2019 in regard to Vernon’s contract, which would open up $19.5 million in cap-space. If general manager Dave Gettleman decides to release Vernon and Eli Manning, the Giant could see themselves with upwards of $40 million in open cap.

With several big signings this off-season, Big Blue will have significant freedom to sign some high-profile players come 19′.

 

Buffalo Bills GM Speaks Out About Potential Trade Up For QB With New York Giants

The New York Giants sit in a spot of premium value going into the 2018 NFL draft with the No. 2 overall pick. Finding a way to gain the most value from their pick will be the top priority. Receiving a kings ransom will be the only way they depart with their top three selection and move back into the depths of the draft.

The Buffalo Bills might be the team to do business with, but general manager Brandon Beane has a few tasks on his mind before he considers offering the mother-load to the Giants and Dave Gettleman.

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Here’s what Beane had to say, according to ProFootballTalk.com:

“The truth? Most of these quarterbacks I’ve only spent 15 minutes with,” Beane said, via Peter King of SI.com. “I haven’t spent enough time to have an opinion about any of them yet, honestly. I actually sent a little note to our [scouts] yesterday. We got six weeks to get our board together.

“I am not there yet, knowing if we can or will move up again. I want Sean to get to know all of them. We’re just keeping an open mind. Where we’re at, we’ve got the picks, we’ve got the draft capital. I’m not ready to pull the trigger.”

Moving up from No. 12 almost guarantees an interest in the Giants at No. 2, especially if they want the cream of the crop. There’s a solid chance the Browns and Giants will go with a QB in the top three picks, and if the Bills want their choice, they will have to offer enormous value.

Beane stated that they have the draft capital and picks to use, so moving up for a second-time is a high-level option as we approach the draft.

It’s likely they will move up after deciding which quarterback they truly think can be the guy for years to come, and after the recent signing of AJ McCarron, some thought he would be the guy for Buffalo moving forward. The Bills only signed him to a one-year deal virtually, and bringing in competition will only help a young quarterback improve early on.

As every day passes, the Giants seem to increase their value at No. 2; significantly after the Colts traded the No. 3 pick to the Jets. If Gettleman can secure two first-round picks in 2018 and another in 2019, we could be looking at one of the most dynamic youth-filled teams in the NFL.

 

An Eli Manning Tribute And Reminder That We Shouldn’t Take Him For Granted

I remember one fine day on a radio show New York Giants’ QB Eli Manning was asked if he felt that he was an elite QB, like Tom Brady.

Eli responded, “yes, I feel like I am a elite QB”. Eli has had his fair shares of ups and downs, but one thing is always for certain, he is a Hall of Fame QB. When he was drafted in 2004, he didn’t want to be a San Diego Charger, so he requested a trade to the New York Giants on his draft day.

The Manning way:

Eli has been the true definition of a New York Giant. He has never missed a game due to injury and has the 2nd longest streak of consecutive starts in NFL history.

Many of his critics say after this past 3-13 season that he is declining. But with Dave Gettleman taking over and making the offensive line a priority, I believe we will once again see Eli bounce back.

Manning has won  two Super Bowls and earned MVP both times. He is the only QB to be undefeated against Tom Brady in a Super Bowl.

It wasn’t that long ago in 2015 Eli Manning had a great year. He threw for 4,436 yards and 35 TD’S. The Giants drafted his potential replacement last year in the 3rd round in Davis Webb out of Cal. In the 2018 NFL Draft the New York Giants hold the 2nd pick, and what they do with it will decide the future of the organization.

Despite Manning’s physical skills diminishing with every passing year, he is still ‘OUR’ quarterback, and we mustn’t forget that he deserves our faith and support until his final day as a Giant. We must remain hopeful that he can lead our team in 2018, and that when it comes down to it, he will be there when we need him most.

From the two glorious Super Bowl runs, to the monstrous hits he’s taken over the years, Manning has never faltered and has always risen up from the dirt to find his receiver on the very next pass.

 

Saquon Barkley’s Biggest Strength Is The New York Giants’ Biggest Weakness

For the New York Giants, injuries have plagued the organization for the past several years. Whether it was due to the turf, lack of all-around talent, dangerous throws, tackles, runs… You name it, the Giants have suffered injuries in every which way.

This has been the single most significant downfall for Big Blue, and finding a way to cut back on the injuries is as the forefront of the team’s priorities.

Finding players that are healthy, durable and know how to protect themselves is incredibly important. Additionally, a player that can play though an injury is something the goes beyond football. It brings up the examples of Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery. Wentz threw a TD pass on a torn ACL and Jeffery played a majority of the season with a torn rotator cuff.

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What really is Saquon Barkley’s biggest strength?

Barkley brings more attributes to the table than any running back in the upcoming NFL draft: Agility, power, speed, and the biggest one, DURABILITY.

As I stated before, the Giants have been plagued by injury, and if they decide to take Barkley in the draft, they can guarantee a durable running back. The shelf-life of a RB in the  NFL is extraordinarily short, which is why drafting a RB in the top-five picks is usually not advisable.

The only injury Barkley suffered during his college career was an ankle injury, which he tried to continue playing on, but simply couldn’t.

A player like Barkley doesn’t come around very often, and if the Giants are willing to take a flier on the generational running back, they can ensure that they will be getting the cream of the crop.