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Archive for April, 2005

Brandon Jacobs

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Brandon Jacobs’ former coach is convinced that handling the playbook will be no problem despite rumors of a learning disability. In this article by Paul Schwartz we also get confirmation that Jacobs is being given the chance to be Tiki’s successor.

2006 draft

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Looks like there are some good big defensive line prospects (both ends and tackles but more tackles) and some good running backs. Also a left tackle or two… Read about 32 prospects here. Or read the other story here.

Shockey’s coming

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

ESPN tells us that Shockey is on his way to New York for the Giants voluntary training.

The Daily News adds that next week the veterans have off. I don’t know how many articles about this story (one which i find pretty boring) but The New York Post covers it twice. The Star Ledger also has the same story. They also note that WR Jason Geathers and DE Claude Harriott were cut now that the Giants have some youger talent for camp.

Georgia Tech safety James Butler

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

It’s not confirmed, but the Giants are probably signing Georgia Tech safety James Butler as an undrafted free agent. I guess the locals were guilty of wishful thinking when they said he’d be a third or fourth round pick. I don’t know much about him, but here’s a little something fromt he article:

Butler, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound free safety, had 91 tackles and two interceptions last season. As a junior, in his first season as a starter, Butler set a Tech record with 119 tackles, the most in school history by a defensive back.

Mel Kiper grades the Giants draft

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Personally, I have no idea why Kiper still has a job because everyone I know hates him. He doesn’t seem to know much about anything so I hesitated to even post this but hey we’re here to discuss the Giants.

Notice how Kiper is grading us based on the number of picks we had rather that their quality. And why does he think Tuck should have gone back to Notre Dame? I’m pretty sure the Giants pay better. So Kiper had this to say:

New York Giants: C

Cornerback Corey Webster was slowed by nagging injuries last season but is a tremendous cover man when healthy and had a top-10 grade after his junior season. Justin Tuck is an OK end in the third round but should have gone back to Notre Dame; Brandon Jacobs should carve a niche as a power back; and end Eric Moore is also an OK pick. The Giants just did not have enough selections to make a big impact on their football team.

Article on Tuck

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

One Eagle/Notre Dame fan is upset that the Giants landed Tuck. I for one hope that we do see Tuck knock McNabb around twice a year…

A Sports analyst doing a teacher’s work

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Once or twice a year sports writers play teacher and try to assign grades. They are not trained for this and it usually shows. Charles Robinson grades the Giants draft

New York Giants
High marks: Give the Giants credit

Giants pass on Fason

Monday, April 25th, 2005

I thought the Giants would pick Fason in the 4th round, but they went for size instead. NFL.com’s draft anlaysis says Brandon Jacobs is 267 pounds. That’s one big tailback!

There is some talk about moving him to tight end, but he was a productive runner so why fix what’s not broken? Accorsi agrees, “It’s important to understand that this is a running back, not a fullback. This is a guy who scored 19 touchdowns his senior year and averaged 6.6 yards a carry. He gained 992 yards in a running back rotation. His specialty is short yardage, but he’s a halfback. That’s what he was drafted as.”

Jacobs doesn’t consider himself only a short yardage back either:

Q: Is there more to your game than just being a short yardage back?

A: Yes, there is most definitely more to my game. I think, as far as just being a short yardage back, It’s going to surprise a lot of people when they only ask for one yard and I take it the distance.

Q: What makes you good at short yardage?

A: When I know it’s short yardage I don’t pitter-patter behind the line of scrimmage. I know the down and distance. I know where I have to go so I get the rock and I barrel down and I just get in. Just one person won’t stop me from getting what I want. It’s going to be a couple people.

Articles on Webster

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

The Daily News writes about how happy the Giants are to land Webster. The part I like is his ability to create turnovers.

The New York Post also talks about luck. The Giants think they got the best corner in the draft so they chose Webster over Tuck. Then Tuck fell all the way to the Giants third round pick.

The New York Times adds that Webster is best at press coverage on the outside. Since nickel backs often play in the slot I wonder if the fans who believe Webster is replacing Terry Cousin have it right.

The Times-Picayune has this quote from Webster: “(Saban) called me right at the same time. He told me he was going to get me if the Giants didn’t take me.” That’s heartening since Saban obviously knows Webster very well.

The Journal News adds that Webster playing through injury is the kind of thing that can impress coach Coughlin. Also mentioned, is that Webster is more of a finesse corner so the 5 yard contact rule shouldn’t change the way he plays.

Giants pick Corey Webster

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

I thought JJ Arrington would be a better value here, but from all accounts Webster is a player. I like that he has better hands than you know who (was a former receiver) and should note that Coughlin thinks this is an excellent value:

As you know, he had an outstanding year in 03 on , in their National Championship team. And had he decided to come out then, he would have been a top 15 pick and that is the exciting thing here.

Clearly Coughlin knows a few things I don’t so that’s encouraging. The injury causing his stock to fall does worry me a bit, though. Jerry Reese doesn’t sound worried:

Q: You think he’s injury prone?

A: I don’t think he’s injury prone. I just think the guy, as a sophomore he played and had seven interceptions. He had seven interceptions as a junior and only two as a senior. I don’t think he’s injury prone, he has played through it. You have to like his toughness for playing through an injury like that. He had some significant injuries so I think he’s a tough kid, number one, and you have to like guys who have played through injuries like that.

RE: Injuries.

A: I just know that he had three or four things that he was dinged up with that he tried to play through during his senior year. Again, when you’re evaluating the guy, you’re evaluating a hurt player.

Q: Why do you think he lasted that long?

A: I don’t think that there is any doubt that it was the injury concern that scared people off because again, you go back and look after his junior year and this kid is a top ten pick. It’s a slam dunk. If he comes out as a junior, he’s a top ten pick. A size, speed corner with seven interceptions and played like he played his junior year, it’s shocking that he didn’t come out at the time. If he played to the caliber that he played as a junior, he’s probably right up there, actually he’s probably better than the corner that got picked from Miami, Rolle, and of course, he’s five inches taller than Pacman. So this guy has value if he was still the same as he was as a junior. We’re very fortunate to get the guy. There is no question in my mind.

All in all this pick excites me. If he develops, we won’t have to overpay for Will Allen. You see Corners going for a ton of money in Free Agency, but a #43 pick is generally cap-friendly.