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  1. 2019 Opponents

    Dare I say, it seems like a manageable schedule?
  2. The season will mercifully end today and the Giants will obviously go into the offseason with a ton of questions. Before you all jump down my throat, this isn't a post about how I think Eli Manning can win us a SB next year. It's about taking a look at the possibilities and why keeping him one more year may be better for our sustained success. 1. The Giants are NOT drafting a QB in the 1st round, and they shouldn't! The value isn't there, they have too many other holes, I just don't see it happening. Edge rusher, safety, OL can all be options. It's not the typical Giants nature, but they'd be smart to trade back if there's no value and try to stockpile picks in next years draft so they have the ability to move up. 2. It doesn't make sense to cut Eli Manning. IMO, the only QB worth starting over Eli is Teddy Bridgewater and you're probably paying him a decent amount ($10+mil and at least 2 years) to come here. Eli's passing attempts have SIGNIFICANTLY declined in the 2nd half of the season, and that's a good thing. The offense runs through Saquon Barkley. 2019 is the last year on Eli's contract and the Giants are not going to resign him. Bringing in a journeyman QB and expecting him to do significantly more than what Eli can do just isn't realistic. 3. The second argument for keeping Eli is while he creates a lot of cap flexibility, there aren't a ton of FA options out there worth using that cap on. We've seen the negatives to spending big on FA from a couple years ago. His cap should be used to retain our core. If you can get Landon Collins resigned this offseason without cutting Eli, than do it and the cap relief happens in 2020. Again, spending big on FA this offseason doesn't make much sense. 4. Speaking of Landon Collins, let's go over some priority FAs. Collins tops the list, followed by Jamon Brown? Josh Mauro? Mario Edwards? They may be decent pieces but we shouldn't have to break the bank on any of our own guys this offseason. In 2020, you'll need to pay Sterling Shepard, a starting QB (likely a veteran stop-gap for whoever out QBOTF is at that point), BJ Goodson depending on his value at the time and Riley Dixon depending on his value at the time. 5. Back to our filling out our roster, the priorities to me are pass rush, RT and FS. We'll need an add'l RB but this should come very cheap as Saquon carries so much of the load and Gallman is a good backup. The WR corps could continue to be overhauled but at what investment? We barely use 3rd receivers. Sounds like a mid-round draft pick + more of Corey Coleman and Fowler types if you ask me. The OL will continue to be addressed. You have to assume they'll push to resign Jamon Brown and Jon Halapio is an ERFA so he'll be back. RT will be the focus. The pass rush has to get better. I think it's very likely we get an EDGE with our #1 pick. Interior lineman and somewhat set with young talent. ILBs are set for next season and it's not likely we'll spend big on CB. BW Webb or someone similar will fill out a group headlined by Jackrabbit once again and Sam Beal finally coming in. Haley will also have a spot. I don't see a scenario where they let Landon Collins go so this is about finding his partner. Michael Thomas had a nice season. I'd love an upgrade there but at the end of the day they can probably get by with him and taking a flier on a mid-round pick. It's frustrating to be in QB limbo but the fact is we're going to be there with or without Eli next season. It doesn't matter what FA we buy this offseason because they'll be cap casualty candidates by the time our QBOTF is on the field. Let's grin and bear it for one more year and hope Saquon can lead us to the playoffs.
  3. Yeah how does that happen? The dude has been a complete non-factor.
  4. I suppose we have to take this win with a grain of salt but you can't change the fact that this team has won 4 of 5 games and have been playing quite well. This is a flawed team, don't get me wrong but there are some major positives to consider as well. The OL continues to improve with only 2 sacks yesterday. Eli is quietly having one of his better years from a RAT standpoint, which of course only means so much but he is a game manager at this point. The defense looked good as well but again, that has a lot to do with the offense they were playing. Regardless, a lot of young guys continue to get valuable time. The formula to win moving into next year is quite obvious: (1) be efficient with the ball and let your playmakers (Saquon, Odell) drive this offense and (2) continue to focus on the defensive front 7 on defense. The next 3 games are a real barometer for what this team will end up as this season. Were they a bad team that happened to get some easy games down the stretch or an underperforming roster in transition that figured it out as the season went on?
  5. Week 13: Chicago Bears @ New York Giants

    The fact that we couldn't put them away in regulation shows how far off we are at this point. There are a couple losses that loom large at this point where we could have been in contention but this team making the playoffs would only be the result of a bad year for the NFC East, not NYG ready to contend. Positives: 1. The OL kept this Bears defense from wrecking the game. They gave up 3 sacks and there were times I was cringing but overall, they held up okay. They have been playing much better recently and probably have 3-4 serviceable pieces on that line going into next year. We're not there yet but it's a good sign. 2. Saquon Barkley is just everything you can hope for and more. 3. Young guys getting time on defense and holding up okay.. If our young DL continue to improve, they can be very stout next year. Negatives: 1. Curtis Riley is hot garbage. He needs to be off the field. We'll need to find a replacement for him next year. 2. It took a pick 6 and a trick play where the defense completely forgot to cover Russell Shepard to win this game. In a game that a lot went right for us, we still barely won. Eli has to play better. 3. OBJ can't have 3 catches on 9 targets. Way too inefficient. Eli may have been forcing the ball to him but that has to improve for this offense to work. Won 3 of 4 with winnable games left. Looks like we may be closer to pick 10 than a top 5 slot. That doesn't bode well for us picking up a franchise qb.
  6. I take this route to work every day.. there's no good way to get around the traffic with the construction on 495. You just kind of accept it and wait to get through. There are officers all over the streets trying to direct traffic. Kind of a **** move to try to get around it. But Lauletta is irrelevant. Not a long term option, not a short-term option. Screw 'em.
  7. Fire Sale Time

    I would HATE a trade down. Maybe because I'm jaded by how many mid-round misses we've had but we need to get premium players. If we were trading out of the Top 5 because Herbert or another QB isn't there, I'd rather a 2020 1st Rd Pick instead of moving back in 2019.
  8. Eli Apple traded to New Orleans Saints

    I think Eli Apple could have been a solid #2 for us long-term. He wasn't going to be lock-down but he was physical. On a team with consistent pass rush, I think he would've done well. Last season was an embarrassment and that soured a lot of people on him but his play was good this season. Jackrabbit won't be around much longer so we literally have no starting CBs. Here's hoping Sam Beal can be an instant starter next season...
  9. Week 5: New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers

    Just give me an OBJ touchdown... PLEASE
  10. Week 4: New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants

    It's not so much about the loss to Brees and Kamara to me but how bad this offense looked against the NO defense.. We have to be able to score more points, especially against defenses like that.. I can't think of another situation where a team had this much offensive talent at skills positions and can't score points. It's really very sad.
  11. Week 3: New York Giants @ Houston Texans

    This game showed exactly what I mean about Eli. He still has games like this in him. He should NOT be leaned on heavily at all anymore but we can win with him. The ugly games like Week 2 have been a part of Eli's entire career. He definitely has less zing on his throws but he can get it done. And he is NOT overwhelmed mentally. Give him a little time and he can get it done. As long as we're not 2 scores behind in the 1st quarter, we have a great shot. Keep Barkley and the running game involved. Maintain that balance and avoid big negative plays. Hopefully we get OV and Eli Apple back this week, get another W and build some confidence. All of a sudden, our next stretch is not horrible. NO and CAR are very winnable games. PHI and ATL will of course be tough but then we have WAS and a Garoppolo-less 49er team. If all goes well, we could be 5-4 with a winnable back end of the schedule. We are not a very good team right now and we have a ton of holes that we will not be able to fix throughout the season. But with a couple things going our way, we can sneak into the playoffs.
  12. I don't think this is completely fair. More often than not, he is immediately scrambling or back peddling after his initial drop back. He has NO time to look off a safety or go through his progression. That being said, Eli looked bad physically last night and his accuracy was horrible. He has always had those issues but it just is more often these days. I do think it's time to move on at this point. I don't think he's completely done but he past the point of being able to make the team better. He can't carry the team anymore
  13. Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants

    Encouraging signs in this loss but unfortunately, this also has the look of a team that's going to lose a different way each week. Some offenses are going to move the ball all over this defense. When the D plays well, the OL is going to play like it did Sunday. When those two things are going well, Eli will have one of his head scratching games. But damn, it was fun watching OBJ and Saquon do their thing out there.. the pieces are there but we're too thin this year. Here's hoping Eli can truly play at a high enough level to let us fill this roster out over the next season or two. #onemorerun
  14. QB Davis Webb CUT

    16 months ago Davis Webb was a 3rd round pick to an 11-5 football team, which happens to be one of the most stable franchises in the NFL, and a 36 year old starting QB. Basically the perfect situation to be drafted into as a mid-round QB. Fast forward to today and he is signing onto a practice squad with a team he has zero chance being the long-term starter for. Crazy world.
  15. Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants

    I'm suuuper excited for this season. Not due to any expectations either, just so many different things to see. An entirely new defense, Saquon, the return of OBJ. Jacksonville's defense is fantastic, we know this. But their offense has to show me they can move the ball before I give up hope in this game. Of course, I'm most excited for that first catch in space for Saquon!