Barkley Takes Manhattan; Broadway Got Brighter!

barkley babySaquon Barkley : The Next New York Giants Franchise Player – by Alexander George

1st Round, 2nd Pick (RB) Saquon Barkley, Penn State

First round New York Giants draft pick Saquon Barkley, from Penn State, is projected to join the ranks of all-time great Giant running backs. More importantly, the Giants organization are finally a two-dimensional offense again with the addition of Barkley. It is clear with the addition of the Penn State running back, in which he was considered the highest graded player in the entire NFL draft by many, that the Giants are all in for getting that Lombardi trophy in the next couple of seasons.

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2018 My New York Giants Picks

Gettleman Drawing a Straight “Line” to the Future

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Written- by Alexander George

A lot has been said by various football sports analysts and fans about the New York Giants either selecting Saquon Barkley, the running back from Penn State, or the U.S.C. quarterback, Sam Darnold, who is the only one of the top four in the position exclusively talked about by the Giants organization, in this year’s NFL draft. But there is another school of thought to consider. General manager Dave Gettleman has made it a priority for the Giants this year to fortify both the offensive and defensively lines of this team. Three of the four projected draft picks listed below reflect Gettleman’s goal for this season and hopefully beyond. These players will add not only depth to their respected positions but will also be the building blocks for the next generation.

Here are the picks:

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New York Giants: Draft Needs

Written by: Alexander George

The 2018 New York Giants evaluation on Possible Draft Picks:

With the 2018 NFL Draft less than one week away, here is a recap of the notable football player releases , trades and acquisitions in the off-season so far. These free agency transactions are important to take into consideration when Giants general manager Dave Gettleman selects his draft picks based on need and value.  Continue reading

Giants Free Agency Assessment

Written by: Paul Burke

Offense :

Nate Solder – LT (Patriots ) 4 yrs $62M

They soooo over paid for Solder but their hand was forced.

Patrick Omameh – G (Jags) 3 yrs  $15M

Reasonable contract.  He will likely start but certainly adds depth to a paper thin unit for waaaaay too long.  Fills a hole but they still must draft draft draft early and often over next few years.

Jonathan Stewart – RB (Panthers) 2 yrs $6.9M

Not a fan of this contract.  It’s a little heavy for a 30+ back with a lot of mileage on his treads.  This is the endowment bias of Gettleman as he knows Stewart well and very likely overvalues him.  A lot of RBs in draft there will be some decent ones in the middle rounds.

Cody Latimer – WR (Broncos) 1 yr  $2.5M

Got him on the cheap.  His production was minimal for Donkeys.  He has injury issues that weren’t glaring just nagging.  Also, you need to take into account who was the QB when he was healthy.  Low risk possible high reward.

Defense :

Michael Thomas – S : (Dolphins) 2 yrs $4M

Teddy Williams – CB (Panthers) 1yr $880k

Curtis Riley- DB/CB (Titans) 1yr $630k

B.W. Webb – DB (Saints) 1 yr $815k.

Thomas, Riley, Webb, and Williams are all depth signings that are filling the holes of Reese’s pathetic drafting.  They are more for shoring up ST but will be depth in nickel packages etc.  Thomas will compete for starter role as he is captain material.

Kareem Martin – LB/DE (Cards) 3yrs  $15M

Josh Mauro – DE (Cardinals) 1yr $880k

Martin and Mauro:  Bettcher written all over it.  He wants guys who know his system and fills the needs they lack on their roster.  Obviously Martin will have more snaps and Mauro is a back up/role player.

Alec Ogletree- LB (Rams) : Trade – NYG give up 4th and 6th picks in 2018; get 7th pick in 2019 draft. (4yrs,  $42M Rams contract. In 2nd year of Contract)

Ogletree:  Is a little steep but again fills a need that Reese avoided every year in his tenure.  We wonder if Reese just hates LBs.  He will be the center of the D based on Bettcher philosophy.  He will be a great mentor for Goodson.

Traded JPP to BUCS for 3rd Round pick (69th Overall) and swaped 4th Round picks with Bucs.

JPP trade:  Giant fans should be sending thank you notes for taking that contract off their books.  JPP did, and will, not live up to that contract based on production.  He plays great vs. lesser competition and is a ghost vs better competition.  This really opens up salary cap for Collins extension.  I am not going to touch OBJ extension as we have no idea where this is headed.  Any of the talking heads out there about trades etc, are all click and bait BS.  No one knows where this is headed.

The two biggest needs headed into the

draft based on the weakest units are obviously OL and LBs.  The LBs are critical for Bettcher’s system.  Expect them to draft one in the 2nd or 3rd round.

Giants Trade for Alec Ogletree

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Written by: Glenn Warciski

The New York Football Giants made their first move of the 2018 season. GM Dave Gettleman, pulled the trigger on a trade, acquiring linebacker Alec Ogletree, a seventh round pick in exchange for the Giants 4th and 6th round draft selections this year.

Ogletree, a former 1st round pick of the Rams in 2013, will add a dimension the Giants have not had at the linebacker position in a long time. He can tackle well, blitz, and cover.

Indeed, this is exciting news.

About the upcoming draft, the Giants have 6 draft picks. What do they do?

I believe the Giants will draft a QB with their 1st round selection or trade down. The latter seems more conceivable. By trading down, this is a prudent way of collecting more picks. This is if you believe the Giants are telling you the truth about Eli Manning having “more” years left. In addition, the Giants heir apparent at quarterback is Davis Webb.

Nonetheless, the Giants do not need to draft a quarterback because they have their guy on the roster.

I had the pleasure to discuss Ogletree and the Giants on the Sidelines podcast. Please listen and enjoy.