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Troubling Giants “Off”season

At first, with the Brandon Marshall signing, the Giants offseason got off to a good start. Soon after, oft-injured but talented JPP was retained. Things in Giantland seemed to be business-like without controversy. Then the following developments occured..

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Sifting through the Noise- My Thoughts on Giants Draft

Written by: Motown Blue

Some takeaways: The team appears to be frustrated with Eli, and the pick of Webb is about the future. The fact they tried to to trade up for Mahomes further confirms the likely truth behind that. If they had been able to coordinate that trade, it would have set them back by at least five years. I question McAdoo as it appears he seems arrogant about his evaluation of QBs to the point that they tried to trade up for him.

Apparently, they place their own players on the board as a measurement of whether to draft someone. They didn’t see the value of the OL that was on the board versus their own players. I am sorry, but they obviously need to re-think their evaluation of OL, considering how crappy they have been for the last two-plus years.

The Giants still have glaring holes on the roster outside of the obvious with OL. They struggled to cover a TE and the middle of the field. Who on their roster will do that? The LBs are very average, to be polite. We saw what happened when DRC went down versus GB. They lost Sensabaugh, Wade and Hall. Where is the CB depth? Tomlinson has an injury track record. Are they comfortable he will make it through a 16+ game schedule? They have one legitimate blocking TE on the roster. What happens if Ellison goes down?

There is still time between now and September to improve the roster, especially in the trenches, but it gets a lot harder now. The players that get cut are cut for a reason. The play of OL in the NFL has deteriorated in the last five years. Most teams will hold on to players that can actually block. Overall, I don’t see much improvement outside of some new toys on O but again, if your QB is too busy avoiding getting killed, then they are useless. Your hope is that Solari pulls off the greatest coaching year of his career.

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Initial Thoughts on Draft

Written by: Peter Furman

Let me start off with the Wayne Gallman pick.

Here is the problem: the fact this man was chosen here is questionable. He played for Clemson-the National Champions-and the runner up last year. In fact, Clemson had a very mediocre-to-poor running game and could easily have lost five to six more times as they won these games by less than a touchdown. The state of the game today as compared to before is there used to be a half dozen or more great teams and many more truly exceptional athletes who do not exist today. Think USC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma Nebraska, Penn State, Florida State, Texas, Georgia, Miami and Michigan along with one or two surprise teams that emerged in a given year.

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Rebel Hell NO! Giants draft Ole Miss-“TE” Engram

Written by: Motown Blue

Evan Engram is the newest New York Giant.

Here are my immediate thoughts:

It happened twice before and one time during the pick. Defensive end Jonathan Allen incredulously dropped and dropped and dropped. He was the third best DL in the draft. He can play multiple positions on the line and be a huge chess piece for Spags. Think Osi, Tuck and Strahan, only younger and more athletic. That was a defining moment that put a nail in the coffin in Reese’s legacy of riding on Accorsi’s coat tails. He rode Eli, backbone of Accorsi’s base picks, 2007 picks and some luck for the 2011 championship.

Engram is a late second-round pick at best, period. A luxury pick. He will see five to seven throws per game. Can’t block. Stop with the decoy and making defenses honest BS. Can you guys remember Beckum from Wisconsin? Same deal, but Engram is more athletic. Except what round was Beckum picked? Third round. Guess where Engram should have been picked?

Linebacker Reuben Foster is a thumper and was the consensus first LB pick after the Super Bowl. Unless there is something we do not know about his off-the-field transgressions, he is the LB the Gmen have wanted to have for decades. Glenn and Pete have already laid out the scenario that made too much sense to trade up for O. J. Howard.

All of these scenarios were not break-the-bank moves in terms of picks.

Guess what the priority is tomorrow? Who is going to block for your new offensive toy?
Reese loves his toys. But what good are they if there is no foundation established?

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Thoughts on Giants & Hernandez

Written by: Peter Furman and Motown Blue

Yes, there are four quality tight ends in this draft who can catch and block:

Alabama- OJ Howard

University of Miami -David Njoku

Ole Miss- Evan Engram

South Alabama-Gerald Everett

The Giants sadly draft late, but they have those aforementioned outstanding guys at TE and also at LB; however, Reese has an aversion to drafting linebackers in the first round.  They need to replace DT Jonathan Hankins, but that will be hard if not impossible in this draft. I would argue that the draft is very thin again and have questions about the DBs,  since most of them come from the Big 10 and have no really good QBs to test anyone.

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Betting on Reese-Giants sign Brandon Marshall

The Giants and GM Jerry Reese took the first step toward improving an inept and nondescript offense. Newly signed WR Brandon Marshall is a playmaker the Giants desperately needed. Marshall inked a two-year deal reportedly worth $12 million dollars.   Despite being 33, he is a talented guy who can make plays. As of now, Eli Manning has two playmaking wide receivers. This is so important because the Giants struggled to score points in 2016, averaging only 16 points per game. The situation got worse in their last six games when the average dropped to 13 points per contest.

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Redskins Sabotage?

Written by: Peter Furman

Are the Redskins sabotaging their general manager, Scot McCloughan?

The fact is, McCloughan did have a serious drinking problem. He is the son of an outstanding defensive back for the Raiders and was a scout for the Al Davis boys for years. He was and is acknowledged as a top football mind but was out of the game until the then-hapless Redskins called. I have not heard these rumors or seen them anywhere before this as the Redskins have drafted and played significantly better with him as GM.

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Super Bowl Thoughts

Written by: Peter Furman

Here we are just a few days before the Super Bowl after an NFL season we otherwise could easily forget. Yes, It’s the Falcons vs the Patriots. After all the smoke cleared, this is the best the NFL could provide. This game is interesting as the Falcons were the surprise team of the year. I live in Atlanta and watched this team evolve from a defenseless team, which either won on offense or not at all. The interesting part of the process is to observe which team(s) are “peaking” at the right time and how they got there after the season’s end.

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