The New York giants started off by picking Justin Pugh, not only does he add youth to the line he also adds some versatility. Picking Pugh is a great choice for the giant i think he will do well for us. Damontre Moore the giants third pick, will add some depth to for Defensive ends. He defiantly needs some improvement, but with being around Justin tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul he will do all the growing he needs to do. With our second pick Jonathan Hankins, gives us great depth inside with his ability. Eli manning is very comfortable with drafting Ryan Nassib as Quarterback. from Syracuse. with Carr only having one more year left on his contract it is most likely for Nassib to fill the role of back up in 2014.
With the Giants coming off of a season that us New York Giants fans aren’t to happy with, the team needs to start thinking of positions that need filling. I believe that several position should be under close watch. Including the positions Corner back, defensive end, Linebacker, and guard. Starting with our corner backs, Prince Amukamara had a pretty good year but we have Webster coming off an absolute horrible year. Yes, we do still have Terrell Thomas but he isn’t as consistent and as reliable as we need him to be. This brings me to our pass rushing. Justin Tuck is about 30 years old and isn’t as mobile as he use to be. This brings me to the point that, Giants nation needs an NFL caliber pass rusher that will bring more energy to our team as well as bringing the team some major stops. This brings me to our linebackers. We don’t necessarily need to fill the spot, but bringing in some fresh bodies wouldn’t hurt. we have some depth in this position but all of our starters are way passed their better days. They all didn’t have such great seasons and our defense took a slight hit on our running game. Our Giants weren’t tackling as strong and has hard as they usually do. When tackling we looked quite sloppy we weren’t wrapping up when we needed a big play.
In the draft we have the same picks that we usually do Round 1-Pick 19, Round 2-51, Round 3- Pick 83, Round 4-Pick 115, Round 5-Pick 147, Round 6-Pick 179,Round 7-Pick 211. Although we have the same usual picks we always do theres a good chance we will get a compensatory pick later in the draft.
Plaxico Burress walked out of a New York prison Monday after having served nearly two years for fumbling away a loaded gun in his pants and shooting himself in a NYC nightclub. Plax, alongside well-known agent Drew Rosenhaus, made it known that that the 34 yr old Burress’s services will be open to all 32 teams once football is resumed. Yes Giants fans, even the G-men. “I wouldn’t rule out any team, I wouldn’t rule out the Giants, I wouldn’t rule out any club,” Rosenhaus told reporters. “I really won’t talk about specific teams because I don’t want to hurt his position. As far as the Giants, my personal opinion is he wouldn’t rule them out. I certainly wouldn’t.”
First of all, if Plaxico is really serious about looking for a fresh start then there’s no way he goes back to the meadowlands, let alone another nightclub in the Tri-State area. Not to mention, Burress was sporting an old school Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap leaving prison, perhaps hinting at his preferred destination to take his talents once the NFL lockout is over.
But at the same time can the Giants organization really live with seeing Michael Vick throwing jump balls to the corner end zone for Burress? What could be an even more nauseating predicament for the Giants would be to see Plax play for the other New York team occupying the stadium.
The Giants have shown little to no interest in pursuing Burress and the great comeback storyline potential he has now that he is a free man. The Giants players would certainly welcome him back with open arms, especially Eli Manning who hasn’t looked the same since Plaxico was sent away. Former and current Giants players have verbally voiced their support for Burress and have gone to management hoping to change their stance. “I was campaigning before the lockout started,” defensive end Justin Tuck said. I hope we can get No. 17 back to Giants Stadium.” Michael Strahan said if he were in charge of the Giants front offices and the lockout wasn’t currently in place, signing Plaxico would be the first order of business.
Bringing Burress back would send a favorable message to players across the league about playing for the Giants organization. The New York media and its’ fans would not have a problem with the move. They are a very forgiving bunch as long as you perform. Plus, Plaxico would be given a free pass because he delivered in the clutch time and time again with the G-Men, and more importantly won a super bowl, all that resonates in the minds of Giants fans.
Plaxico’s return will not nearly be as publicly scrutinized across the country as was the case for Vick’s return to the NFL. There’s not much for the Giants to lose with signing Burress to a 1-2 yr contract. If it works out the Giants organization will be applauded for retaining Burress’s services once again, and giving a player a second chance.
If it doesn’t work out then the Giants cut ties after one year. The rewards far outweigh the risks in this particular matter with Burress. When these ridiculous labor negotiations are over and the lockout has been lifted on the NFL, the Giants should seriously take a page from their counterparts and give Plax a second chance. If not, Plax could come calling to Michael Vick and the city of brotherly love.
Written by, Michael Durnin
The Giants are rolling early in the regular season. They hold a 4-2 record, good enough for a share of the NFC East lead. This is nothing new, as this same team started 5-0 last season. On the wings of a three-game winning streak, the Giants are set to face their division rivals who are struggling to stay above water in the 1-4 Cowboys.
Coming off a close defeat to the Vikings a week earlier, the Cowboys are trying to pull themselves together. Penalties and discipline problems continue to stack up. That is the main problem for this team. They currently rank in the top 10 in every defensive category besides points allowed. Their offense isn’t a problem either, as Tony Romo has thrown for over 1,500 yards, good for fifth most in the league.
Considering this team was prime to play the Super Bowl in their own backyard in the preseason, this season has been a disaster so far, to say the least. However, it is the NFC, which is WIDE open right now.
The Giants on the other hand, are looking crisp. Their defense is one of the top ranking in the league, their running tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs is intimidating, and Eli Manning is playing the part of a competent quarterback despite the two lame ducks he pitched in against the Colts and Titans in successive weeks. Now the goal is to keep it up.
Tom Coughlin’s job appears to be safe for now. After the two lopsided losses early on, people were calling for his head. It has always tickled me in pondering how fickle fans and owners can be. It’s perform, or else.
The Cowboys are the definition of a desperate team. At 1-4, one more loss this early could spell doom for their playoffs hopes. I like the Cowboys to win this ball game. All they need to do is stop having fun by celebrating. There’s no room for celebrating a score with your team. That’s outrageous behavior! Add in the home factor and the Cowboys will be ready to go. I think Manning is due for one of his pathetic performances. Their offense doesn’t really do anything for me. The defense is another thing.
It truly is do or die time for America’s so-called favorite team. I think they’ll answer the bell.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
It wasn’t too fun for any Giant fan, whether they were at the stadium, or watching at home, in an embarassing 29-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. It was their second consecutive loss and second consecutive week of sloppy football against another AFC opponent. Chris Johnson ran for 125 yds. on 32 carries. The Big Blue defense held him in check for most of the game, but too many mistakes allowed Johnson and the Titans to walk out of New Meadowlands stadium with a win. The defense played tough. The Titans offensive line looked outmatched. Barry Cofield lived in the Titans backfield and the interior line for Tennessee could not develop any push at the point of attack. But you have to play 60 minutes in this game and it seems like the G-Men didn’t get the memo.
The Giants were penalized 11 times and committed 5 personal fouls. Tom Coughlin has a reputation of being a disciplinarian. It has worked because the Giants have been one of the most disciplined teams in football. But that was when they had veteran leaders like Michael Strahan, Amani Toomer and Antonio Pierce to keep order and set an example for the rest of the guys in the locker room. When the Giants play to the level of expectations, they’re one of the best teams in football. But those stupid penalties and personal fouls will not win you many football games.
It’s inexcusable for players like Kareem McKenzie and Antrel Rolle, two veteran players on this team, to committ a personal foul. You expect that from a rookie or a younger player. But from two starters, one who was on your team during the Super Bowl victory against the Patriots, another who was in the big game two years ago is unacceptable.
The lack of discipline showed in this game. The Titans ranked 28 out of 32 teams in total offense. The defense held Vince Young to 110 yards passing and controlled Chris Johnson for three quarters. Eli Manning threw for 386 yds., 5 yards short of his career high, against a Titan defense ranked 5th in passing defense. Tennessee had trouble matching up with Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. Ahmad Bradshaw was very effective running the football finishing with 88 yds rushing.
But the biggest stat for the offense wasn’t the 471 yds. of total offense. It was the number 3, the amount of times Big Blue turned the ball over. If you don’t think turnovers hurt you in football games, don’t bother reading the rest of the article. The offense turned the ball over three times that led to two scores for Tennessee. It’s plain and simple, turnover kill ya.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Giants. Their next two games are against division leaders Chicago Bears this Sunday night followed by a trip to Houston to play the Texans. That game has the chance to be something similar to the tornado warning that the weather people are calling for the East Coast. The Giants must correct their isssues and correct them fast. They cannot afford to slip in the standings this early in the season. The division is still within reach. Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all have issues as well and it’s possible that two of those teams could fade out come midseason. If the Giants can fix these problems, they can right the ship and turn this season around.
But if they continue to look like the undisciplined team the past two weeks, this season of promise will turn into a season of blemish, and Tom Coughlin’s coaching seat will continue to sizzle.
Posted by Nick Muzzillo of the Sports Fan Blog Network
The NFC East is probably the most intriguing division in the NFL this year, as it is in many years. The Giants are a team that really has yet to find its identity since their infamous Super Bowl win over the previously undefeated Patriots.
Eli Manning is still at the helm of an offense that has no real standout. The running game still includes the rough and tough duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. The passing game is suspect at best. Their depth chart is full of receivers with raw talents such as Mario Manningham, Hakim Nicks, Steve Smith, and Sinorice Moss. There isn’t a clear cut number one, and there hasn’t been ever since Plaxico Burress shot himself.
Their defense fell flat on its face last year, allowing the third most points per game. They were in the middle of the pack in every other defensive category. There defense is what set them back last year. Their offense struggles to produce while the defense is constantly getting scored on. There is no chance to catch up. Although some credit is due because of the fact that this team was fighting through injuries throughout the season.
The Giants are headed for a rough year in the NFC East, as if they haven’t had those in the past. With the resurgence of the Redskins, I think the Giants finish last in the division, although they will go 8-8 for the second consecutive year.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
The New York Giants must be one desperate bunch right now. With question marks surrounding the health of starting offensive linemen Rich Seubert and Chris Snee, the Giants have reached a tentative agreement with former eagle diva–I mean offensive guard–Shawn Andrews.
Andrews has not suited up in over 2 years, but not to worry, Giant fans, he’s kept in great shape by working out his fingers everyday on twitter. So, while he hasn’t played in an actual game since early 2008, he’s still a major distraction any team would love to have around in their locker room. Let’s face it, there aren’t enough T.O’s in the NFL anymore. They are being bred out, which is what makes Andrews such a valuable commodity at this point in his career.
Okay, okay, in all seriousness, this guy used to be a beast. A tank. An animal. He used to push Defensive guards ten yards off the line, and that’s not an exaggeration. But that was from 2004 to 2007, and since then, he’s all but forced the Eagles to take a chance on his overrated brother, Stacey (who, by the way, received the largest contract ever given to an Eagle O-lineman).
In 2008 Shawn Andrews missed all of training camp, claiming that he was depressed and hurting inside, and that the Philadelphia media could never understand. Well, you’re darn right we never understood. You went from being one of the dominant guards of the game to simply sitting at home and feeling sorry for yourself? Then what, you gained weight, and blah, blah, blah. Then came the back problems. No sympathy Shawn, none whatsoever.
The Giants claim they’ve been following him for a while now, that he looks healthy and as good as ever….poor unsuspecting Giants, you simply don’t know what kind of mess you’ve gotten yourself into. I guess if nothing else he should provide some quality entertainment for a team that, like my beloved Eagles, aren’t going anywhere.
With the Giants first preseason game now over, it is time to reflect and pick out the top performers, and some underachievers.
Victor Cruz-This is probably the easiest thing to pick out. Cruz finished the night with six catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He made some tremendous grabs, with a one-handed catch from Jim Sorgi the highlight. Cruz showed excellent hands and body control. While he was going against lesser talent, it seemed like he would grab anything that came into his area. He also showed good speed and some nice route-running.
Linval Joseph-He didn’t have many big plays, but he seemed to get a consistent push and played the run well. He showed great power and a constant motor. While Pierre-Paul had the sack, I was much more impressed by Joseph’s play on the day.
Ahmad Bradshaw-We’ve come to expect big plays by Bradshaw, but it was nice seeing he could still do it following his injury. Unlike Jacobs Bradshaw is a home-run threat in the backfield and his ability to change direction on a dime has not been affected. I am looking for big things from him this season.
Rhett Bomar-I thought he looked dreadful last season. Last night, however, he played great. I would have no problem moving him ahead of Jim Sorgi on the depth chart. He showed good feet and a strong and accurate arm. He was 6-7 for 67 yards and a touchdown in his limited time, not to mention a run fr 23 yards.
Antrel Rolle-He gets on the list solely for his interception. Other than that he had a solid night and a definite improvement over Brown and Johnson from last season.
Matt Dodge-Wow do I miss Jeff Feagles. The blocked punt probably was not his fault, but all the line-drive punts were. This kid has a strong leg, but he has to learn how to punt in the NFL. At this rate I would not be surprised if the Giants picked someone up before the season.
The Starting Offensive Line-The entire unit was painfully bad. There were no lanes for the running backs and Eli got very little time. Hopefully this will improve with Chris Snee back and more time.
Ramses Barden-For all the talk during training camp, he was unremarkable last night. I was really expecting him to break-out, and dropping an easy catch on a slant to start the game is not the way to do that. He has three more chances to impress this preseason so hopefully he can show something.
Jason Pierre-Paul-I guess we just have to be patient with him. While he showed great athleticism, he did not look like he belonged on the same field as the Jets players. He may have gotten a sack, but I blame that more on the Jets. He was manhandled a lot and showed absolutely no technique. I know he has little playing experience, but for the 15th overall pick I was expecting more than that. At this rate I would be hesitant to play him even in a reserve role during the season.
While Tuck didn’t play poorly I was expecting more from the team leader. He really did not have an impact in this game at all. He wasn’t manhandled, but did not look like a pro bowl player.
I was impressed by the play of the linebackers. For the weakest position on the team the Giants have good depth. Wilkinson had a solid game, as did Sintim in a starting role, and I liked what I saw from Dillard in his first game day experience.
For all the talk before the game Terrell Thomas played just ok, and took a terrible angle on a third down play when in pursuit of Tomlinson. No way should he have gotten that first down.
Unfortunately I was unable to get a feel for new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. I guess I won’t really be able to know how good he is until the regular season starts.
I guess overall there were some bright moments, but not a lot of good things from the starters. Also the Giants seemed a little sloppy. a 12-man penalty, and Eli’s debacle kind of highlight that. Hopefully they correct those things next week. For a team that was embarrassed last season I was really expecting a stronger performance.
by Evan Slavit at the Sports Fan Blog Network
In the next few weeks leading up to the beginning of the 2010 NFL season, I will be making predictions for every division in both conferences. I am starting off with the always tough NFC East, where every team in the division has a chance to be over .500. I am starting off with who will finish last in the division and work my way up to the division winner.
2. New York Giants: After a disappointing season last year that was riddled with injuries, the Giants are looking to bounce back to a playoff team once again. After winning their first five games in 2009, the Giants looked to be one of the best teams in football. Then they went on to lose four games in a row going into their bye week. The biggest disappointment, other than all of the injuries was Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs is the strongest running back in the NFL right now and he used to plow through lineman like they were nothing. Last year Jacobs almost looked timid running the ball. Jacobs never got his legs under him and he would be easily stopped after what seemed to be two yard gains every time he ran. This year Ahmad Bradshaw is the premier back. Bradshaw is the complete opposite from Jacobs. Bradshaw avoids contact and slinks around the defense like he’s covered in baby oil. The Giants didn’t make many changes this season. They are hoping that everyone stays healthy this season and they all do they should make a wild card berth. Eli Manning is now considered one of the better quarterbacks in the league and with a young wide receiver corp. that can stretch the field, Manning will be passing like crazy once again this season. The Giants are no longer a run oriented team like they have been known to be over the last 15 years. Unless Jacobs returns to his former self, I do not see Bradshaw being too successful as the premier back. The key to the Giants success will be to stay healthy because they have all the pieces to be a pretty good team this season. I see the Giants going 10-6.
Click here to read the full article – By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network
The Giants biggest question mark going into last season was the play of their wide receivers. That question was answered in a big way, as there probably is no other position with as much talent and youth as the wide receiver position.
The Giants looked to address the position in the draft, nabbing Hakeem Nicks in the first, and Ramses Barden in the third round. It appears now they were playing with house money as they already had plenty of talented receivers on the team with pro bowler Steve Smith, second year player Mario Manningham, Domenik Hixon, and Derek Hagan. With those players alone the Giants had four solid receivers to trot out each week.
Hixon got hurt early this season and has been placed on the IR. Besides him all the receivers look healthy and look to improve on very good seasons.
Hakeem Nicks was hurt to start the season, but came on strong near the end eventually landing a starting spot. He is not extremely fast or tall, but he is a football player. He is extremely tough and has strong hands, catching a ton of passes in traffic. He runs good routes and is surprisingly fast in open space. He also is a good blocker in the running game. This season he looks to take the next step and move to the Giants number one receiver.
Ramses Barden is the lone tall receiver, and was drafted in an attempt to replace Plaxico Burress in the red zone. He had a great training camp, but could not play on special teams, costing himself the opportunity to dress on Sundays. He has polished his game in the offseason, an important thing for a player that did not come from a top college program. If he continues to show improvement in training camp, he should find himself with more playing time and plenty of touchdown catches in the red zone.
Steve Smith was one of the few Giants wide receivers to make a pro bowl, and deservedly so. He set a single season receptions record with 107 receptions, coming through countless times with clutch receptions. He is best compared to Wes Welker of the Patriots. He is not going to beat you deep consistently, but he has great hands and runs terrific routes so you can always count on him when you need a completion.
Mario Manningham was a prolific receiver for Michigan and after having a quiet first year for the Giants, broke out early last year. He made a lot of rookie mistakes, but he showed why he can develop into a top threat in the league. He has great speed and quickness and knows how to get open deep. If he can work on the little things and consistency he should take the next step and could emerge as a top target.
Finally Derek Hagan rounds out the group. He is the oldest member and a reliable receiver. He is not flashy but gets the job done and for a 4th/5th receiver is more than adequate.
The players I have left out on the roster (Sinorice Moss to name one) are players I don’t expect much out of. In fact if Hixon was healthy, I would be certain they all would be cut before the season started.
For the receivers I did profile you can see the Giants have tons of talent. They have three young receivers that showed the talent of number one receivers, not to mention a fourth that has yet to get the opportunity to showcase his talents. If Eli continues his great play, this should be a top passing attack in the NFL.
by Evan Slavit at the Sports Fan Blog Network