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Why do you think Colin Kaepernick is jobless?

Posted on June 1st, 2017 at 10:45 am by NFL-Giants

A few Facebook friends posted videos yesterday suggesting Kaepernick is unsigned because he knelt for the National Anthem. Some people suggest Kaepernick isn’t good, wants too much money, or won’t be a good teammate / backup.

You’ve got Shannon Sharpe saying that what people say about Kaepernick now, they said about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks 50 years ago. You’ve got The Young Turks talking about a quote from John Mara:

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue. ‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”

The Young Turks claimed that Mara is saying the Giants not signing Kaepernick has something to do with these fans’ opinions. Then they claim that Kaepernick is better than 8 NFL starters and a bunch of backups. They say if you disagree, you don’t know football.

That Young Turks stuff pissed me off. If I don’t agree with them, I don’t know football? That’s a terrible argument. Dishonest even because it contains no reasoning, no way for me to refute an unsubstantiated opinion. Plus, they are showing total ignorance of the Giants roster situation. We have 3 QBs now and most teams carry 2 QBs on the roster. How could we consider a fourth? So The Young Turks show that they don’t know much about football but then claim anyone who disagrees with them doesn’t know football?

Regarding Sharpe’s MLK comparison, I don’t know if comparing an NFL QB who protested a little bit to a civil rights hero makes much sense. And I keep in mind that Sharpe also claimed “teams didn’t know how much money Kaepernick wanted because none of them, to that point, had spoken to Kaepernick or his representatives.” This just doesn’t make sense to me (though that doesn’t mean it’s untrue) – shouldn’t Kapernick’s agent be making phone calls? How could there be no talking at all?

Anyhow, putting stupid arguments aside, the Washington Post does offer some names:

Peruse the list of backup quarterbacks throughout the NFL. It includes Kellen Moore in Dallas, Case Keenum in Minnesota, Derek Anderson in Carolina, Ryan Mallett in Baltimore, Scott Tolzien in Indianapolis, Chad Henne in Jacksonville, Matt Cassel in Tennessee, EJ Manuel or Connor Cook in Oakland, Kellen Clemens with the Los Angeles Chargers, Sean Mannion with the Los Angeles Rams, Matt Schaub in Atlanta, Nick Foles in Philadelphia, Brett Hundley in Green Bay and Ryan Griffin in Tampa.

I’ve never seen any of those guys play so would Kaepernick be an upgrade? How much more would he cost?

Speaking of cost, why did Kaepernick opt out of 17 million dollars from San Francisco? Because they would have cut him. Is he willing to work for the vet minimum (about 775k in his case)? If so, what team should sign him?

Kaepernick may have had some interest in Seattle, but it’s not looking good.

Professional scouting report on Bisnowaty

Posted on April 30th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by NFL-Giants

The Giants traded up in the 6th for Bisnowaty and many cried that the giants waited so long to address the offensive line. Would it make you feel better if Bisnowaty was worth a higher round pick?

Sure the pundits will say that if he was that good he would have been drafted earlier. Maybe, maybe not. According to professional scout, Dave Te: “Bisnowaty had his left foot stepped on 3 times vs. Virginia Tech & the injury lingered through the Combine but has a cleared medical. That injury greatly affected his balance, as it was hart to pivot with the foot heavily taped.”

In other words, there may be more skill and talent here than meets the eye. Here’s a full scouting report from Dave Te.

Seems we may be looking at a serviceable backup at multiple positions or even a future starter.

Giants second round pick: Dalvin Tomlinson

Posted on April 29th, 2017 at 2:21 am by NFL-Giants

I like the pick. I wrestled in high school so I have an idea of how tough you need to be to win a state championship. Hell, I saw some tough kids that kicked the crap out of me lose in regionals or districts or states.

So Dalvin Tomlinson is tough. Can he play football? Seems like he can: He’s a consistent and reliable tackler. Pro Football Focus says Tomlinson missed a total of three tackles over his entire college career, which is incredible. He’s a tough run stopper, but he’s underrated in terms of getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

His sack numbers aren’t gaudy. He had just three sacks over his three seasons at Bama. But he managed to rack up 70 quarterback hurries over that span, which is significant.

Seems Tomlinson is pretty athletic for a big man. Smart too.

BIggest complaint I hear is the ACL surgeries. One in high school and one three years ago. I’m not a doctor so I can’t comment on that, but I presume the Giants know something about Tomlinson’s medical history. Gotta trust my team here.

What if the Giants draft Joe Mixon?

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 at 12:27 am by NFL-Giants

Joe Mixon is a running back and return man. He might be a top 40 talent. He might be available in the 7th round.

In 2014, Joe Mixon got into a fight. With a woman. She hit him first. He responded with a knockout face-breaking punch. Watch the altercation if you want:

They ended up charging Mixon (not the woman) with Acts Resulting in Gross Injury. Basically they looked at how it is immoral for a man to hit a woman and ignored anything about assault / self defense. Some people wanted Mixon charged with assault. Others said the woman should be charged and Mixon should get no punishment for self defense.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn:

“Those charges almost kinda wash out, so what you’re left with is, she’s hurt really bad. He’s a guy; she’s a girl. It’s morally wrong in my opinion to hit a girl that hard when you’ve been pushed and slapped, and she’s hurt really bad. That’s why I think this is perfect to address what we have. Her injuries, and injuries to public morals….

Look, if it was two guys fighting, and one guy pushes and he punches one time back and breaks a guy’s jaw, there’s probably not any charges at all. But because her injuries were so severe, and because of the moral issue that the statute addresses, I believe that this charge is appropriate.”

Mixon said he felt like he had been hit by a man:

“The gay dude … he called me something,” Mixon said in the video. “He was like (slur). So then I was like, you got me messed up. And then I called him a (slur). And after that, the girl, she dropped her purse, that’s when she came in my face, pushed me, and then my glasses came off, and then, like, I had, like, jumped at her, like, to watch out. And then she came in my face. I put my head down. And she swung on me.

“And after that, like, I was so shocked, because she hit me so hard. It felt like a dude hit me. And after that, like, my face went boom, my reaction was just right there.” . ..

“I mean, even though she pushed me, I didn’t think she was going to hit me,” Mixon said, repeating what he said earlier in the interview. “I was so shocked, because she hit me so hard, it felt like really like a dude hit me. And then, like, my face just started ringing. And after that, like, it was just like a reaction.”

Mixon did community service. He was suspended from football for a year. Some people say that’s not enough. Do you think his actions were too immoral for him to be playing in the NFL? Are you OK with Mixon in the NFL as long as it’s not with the Giants? Or do you think the Giants should draft him if Mixon falls into the later rounds?

Being a retired player is not for sissies: great article on 1986 Giants players today

Posted on January 29th, 2017 at 5:12 pm by NFL-Giants

Sadly, many of them are struggling with their health. Stacy Robinson has passed away. The article is a bit depressing but it also talks about the bond these men feel 30 years later.

Bill Polian claims new unsportsman like rule puts a target on Beckham

Posted on October 5th, 2016 at 1:08 pm by NFL-Giants

On Late Hits last night, Polian said many people were worried that this unsportsmanlike conduct rule would create targets on players. A guy who received such a penalty would become a target for the other team to goad/aggravate so that player would get tossed from the game.

No question there is a target on Beckham’s back and he said the officials are overreacting to stuff. He referred also to San Diego’s game Sunday in which Phillip Rivers received an unsportsmanlike penalty near the end of the game for basically nothing. He said this is NOT HIGH SCHOOL football…this is the NFL and fans pay good money to see the best players like Beckham and Rivers and it is ridiculous what is happening now.

On Monday night, Polian said first there should have been a flag on Rhodes for his late hit on Beckham out of bounds. Second, Beckham was complaining about that not being unsportsmanlike. He also said the official who threw the flag, some young guy, was 30 yards away. They mentioned his name, Hochey or something like that, but Polian wondered how that official could determine that OBJ was being unsportsmanlike from 30 yards away. He said had the official near the play thrown the flag against Rhodes, nothing further would have happened. He also said that from then on the Vikings did everything they could to goad OBJ and get him tossed from the game. Polian said, going forward, this is a real problem for the NFL. What if this happens in a playoff game or key regular season game? Basically, it is a stupid rule and redundant as the officials already have the ability to toss a player for flagrant fouls or other types of behaviour. And they don’t have to give a warning, so to speak, when they do so.

On the game, Polian said this was a game that Giants’ fans should NOT get their shorts in a knot. He said it was an extremely tough environment as the new stadium in Minny is incredibly loud and the Giants weren’t used to it. He said the Giants are much better on D this year and will be even better when they get everyone back. Just like us, Polian noted the key issues…offensive line and tight end. He also said the Giants are much better with Darkwa running the ball, with Perkins and Rainey as 3rd down guys. He said Perkins still has to learn how to block but he has big play ability.

The Giants defensive line might be good again

Posted on March 10th, 2016 at 7:29 pm by NFL-Giants

This is huge because seeing both your defensive and offensive line get pushed around is pretty depressing for fans. Also, teams lose when their linemen get pushed around.

So at least now, The Giants defensive line looks good on paper. They have 4 good linemen, all are 27 years old or younger. The projected starters:

JPP: Sure he has the hand injury, but he was decent last year and I think he’s more likely to improve than regress. It’s a contract year for him too.

Damon Big Snacks Harrison: One of the best run stoppers in football. Can push linemen back and take on double teams. Very nice free agent signing. Played 16 games each of the last 3 years.

Jonathan Hankins: Torn pec last year ended a disaapointing season. In 2014, Hankins was beast against both the run and pass. A fairly big question mark for 2016, I think he’ll have a great year if healthy since the other linemen should attract the majority of the attention from opposing offenses.

Olivier Vernon: Can generate some pass rush (7.5 sacks last year) and has played 16 games each of the last 4 seasons. Solid against both the run and pass.

Giants retain JPP – contract details here

Posted on March 9th, 2016 at 4:58 pm by NFL-Giants

So the Giants need a pass rush and they could have lost their best rusher. But they didn’t. JPP will stay with the Giants for 2016. JPP gets 8.5 million guaranteed:

• Base salary: $4.25 million (fully guaranteed)
• Signing bonus: $4.25 million (fully guaranteed)

Then he gets up to 2 million more:

• Per-game roster bonuses: $1.2 million
• Workout bonus: $300,000
• Incentives: Up to $500,000 (based on sacks)

Given the Giants significant cap room, this is a great deal. There is a very high chance that JPP is a starting DE for the Giants (who else have they got?). There is a chance the JPP is the Giants best pass rusher in 2016 (who else have they got?).

7 Giants exclusive rights free agents tendered

Posted on March 5th, 2016 at 3:02 pm by NFL-Giants

The following players will be with the Giants in 2016:

RB Orleans Darkwa
WR Myles White
TE Will Tye
TE Jerome Cunningham
OG Adam Gettis
S Bennett Jackson
P Brad Wing

These players can not sign with other teams since they are exclusive rights free agents and the Giants have tendered them. The Giants could revoke the tender though – I wouldn’t say these guys are safe. We’re not looking at big investments here either. For example Darkwa’s salary will be $600,000.

Interview with Chris Snee on NJ.com analyzes Darkwa vs. The Cowboys.

Where did Odell Beckham Jr get drafted in your fantasy football league?

Posted on September 15th, 2015 at 11:27 pm by NFL-Giants

I wanted to draft Odell Beckham Jr. I am a Giants fan. There are a few other Giants you could have on your team and not be ashamed of. Eli Manning as a backup QB maybe. Maybe a few others in a 12 team league.

Anyway, it would be nice to have the good Giant on my fantasy team so I wanted Beckham. I’m in two 10 team fantasy leagues. Here’s how the drafts played out:

Round 1
1. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
3. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
4. Jamaal Charles(KC – RB)
5. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
6. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
7. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB)
8. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
9. Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
10. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR)

Round 2
1. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
2. Julio Jones (Atl – WR)

I thought I’d grab Forte at 9. Then Jones and Thomas would go. Then I’d get Beckham. Well you can see what happened. I ended up with Julio Jones who I think will be the #2 fantasy receiver this year at pick 12. I can understand why someone drafted Antonio Brown ahead of Julio Jones, but not any of the other guys. Especially Beckham. I mean look at Keenan Allen’s sophomore slump last year.

BTW it’s nice to see the Gronk homer grabbing a tight end at 5. I mean drafting tight ends is tricky, but 5 is a reach for Gronk. In this league I lucked into Jimmy Graham in the third round. In my other league, tight end is gonna be an issue for me.

Here’s the other draft:

1. Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
2. Eddie Lacy (GB – RB)
3. Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
4. Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
5. Jamaal Charles (KC – RB)
6. Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
7. Le’Veon Bell (Pit – RB)
8. Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
9. Julio Jones (Atl – WR)
10. DeMarco Murray (Phi – RB)

Round 2
1. Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
2. Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
3. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG – WR)
4. Jeremy Hill (Cin – RB)
5. Andrew Luck (Ind – QB)

Again I barely miss Beckham. This draft is more sensible in a way – Julio Jones goes before Beckham at least. As usual there’s a Gronk homer making things weird but whatever.