Jeff Feagles, one of the greatest directional punters of all time and Super Bowl champion, is going to retire. 21 years, 2 pro bowls, a Super Bowl ring, 5 NFL records, and of course a Super Bowl with the Giants. And in addition to the punting, Feagles was an awesome holder on field goal attempts.
Archive for April, 2010
Interesting story here on Brandon Crawford. I can’t help but think of the Invincible Mark Wahlberg movie. Good luck!
The Giants haven’t had a ton of success drafting linebackers recently although I have to confess that there is still hope for a few of them (Wilkinson, Goff, and DeOssie come to mind).
LB Phillip Dillard (Nebraska). Reese and Ross say he will compete for the MIKE spot. 6′ and 245 pounds and they say he is instinctive and can cover. Interestingly the Giants talked about him in the 3rd:
We actually talked about him at three (third round) and there was some good discussion about it. We thought there was a chance that he’d be available and that Chad wouldn’t be, so we decided to go that route and hold our breath, and we got him. It was a restless night’s sleep but it was worth it.
It sounds like this guy is a real student of the game, hopefully enough to QB the defense.
OG Mitch Petrus (Arkansas) repped 225 45 times at the combine but is considered (according to some scouting reporsts) more of a finesses player than a mauler. Jerry Reese used the term vicious – sounds like the Giants see him as more of a mauler than a finesse guy. He is said to be a good puller, good at blocking guys on the second level.
LB Adrian Tracy (William & Mary) is going to convert from DE where he played in college to SAM. The Giants seem to see him as a pass rusher first, which sounds a lot like Sintim to me. Reese compared him to Reggie Torbor but let’s hope Reese is right that this guy can be better.
P Matt Dodge (East Carolina) is a pick that might make a lot of Giants fans happy: he can punt and he can kickoff. In 2009 Dodge averaged 45.8 yards per punt (2nd in the nation). 24 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, 61.6 yards average kickoff with six touchbacks. Not sure how well that speaks of his NFL kickoff potential…
Well we were all thinking MLB but apparently Jerry Reese and the Giants are just thinking defense. It’s hard to argue with Reese’s contention that having a good defensive line makes the linebackers better and that brings me to the Giants second round pick…
Linval Joseph looks like a run-stuffing nose tackle. He’s listed at 6’6″ and 300 and is strong (39 reps at 225). Reese says he can play anywhere inside including nose tackle or 3 technique and that he’s a run stuffer who can push the pocket. But it sounds like Joseph would be the nose while Canty would be the three.
As for safety Chad Jones, at 6’3” and 230 pounds he is big for his position. Almost linebacker size! Like the Giants first round pick, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jones came out after his junior year and doesn’t have a tone of experience. Also like Pierre-Paul, he’s considered a top-notch athlete (though he’s a pitcher instead of a back flipper) who turned down an offer from the Astros. Despite his size, Jones can cover; he played corner for LSU in 2007. The concern is he ran slower than expected prior to the draft. I say screw his 40 time and let’s see if he is fast in pads. And he was still 4.5something at his pro day.
Giants fans who were hoping for McClain at 15 were crying and cursing Al Davis when the Raiders took McClain at number 8. We watched the Eagles jump ahead of us to grab the DE they need.
And we still saw a lot of familiar names around at 15. Dan Williams, Sean Witherspoon, Derrick Morgan, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mike Iupati… I had a feeling it would be Morgan (seems like the BPA) or none of the above and a total shock.
Jason Pierre-Paul was a bit of a surprise. Maybe there’s something we don’t know about Morgan? At 6’5″ and 270 he has protypical DE size and since Kiwi hasn’t proven to be much of a pass rusher (yet) and since Osi has to prove himself (again) DE could be considered a position of need I guess. You’d have to think though that if they had Dan Williams graded equally they’d have taken him – Without Robbins, there’s an obvious roster spot for a DT…
And I as I write this, Derrick Morgan goes tot he Tians at #16. Something tells me we’ll be trying to compare these guys for a long time.
The New York Giants 2010 schedule looks pretty rough. We play a lot of good teams and our division games are all packed together”
Sept. 12 CAROLINA 1:00 PM (FOX)
Sept. 19 at Indianapolis 8:20 PM (NBC)
Sept. 26 TENNESSEE 1:00 PM (CBS)
Oct. 3 CHICAGO 8:20 PM (NBC)
Oct. 10 at Houston 1:00 PM (FOX)
Oct. 17 DETROIT 1:00 PM (FOX)
Oct. 25 (Mon.) at Dallas 8:30 PM (ESPN)
Oct. 31 BYE
Nov. 7 at Seattle 4:05 PM (FOX)
Nov. 14 DALLAS 4:15PM (FOX)
Nov. 21 at Philadelphia 8:20PM* (NBC)
Nov. 28 JACKSONVILLE 1:00PM* (CBS)
Dec. 5 WASHINGTON 1:00PM* (FOX)
Dec. 12 at Minnesota 1:00 PM* (FOX)
Dec. 19 PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM* (FOX)
Dec. 26 at Green Bay 4:15 PM* (FOX)
Jan. 2 at Washington 1:00PM* (FOX)
Some funny lines in this mock draft that mocks Giant-killer Emmitt Smith:
Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbells, OT, Maryland
Before I depart on my journey back across the Oakland line, Al Davids tolded me who he was going to pick in the mark draft. He said Bruce Campbells is a “great player.” When I ask why, he showed me lots of number. I am not good with number, so I do not understand this worksheet, but Al Davids reassurded me that Bruce Campbell can run faster than any offensive lineman in the history of the National Conference of Footballs. And that, my friend, is a history that have longness and bigness!
Miami Dolphins: Jean Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida
I normally do not like putting defensive player in my mark draft. As my friend Michael Irving always say, “Defense do not wins championships. Point wins championships.”
But Bill Parcell have different view from you, I and other guy. Parcell, nickname the Big Fish, really like taking linebackers in the first round of mark drafts. He love taking linebackers. In fact, you can say that he love it so much that he want to have sexual relation with taking linebackers in the first round.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Sam Bradley, QB, Oklahoma State
If Big Ben have another sexual insultment on top of these two, there is a chance he will go to jail for a very, very long time. In our society, the rule go, “Three strikes and you have or has a strike out.” Big Ben one strike remove from havin’ a striked out, which is not positive thinging! The Steelers need to draft a quarterback just in case Big Ben go to jail where he will be sexual insultmented from the behind.
Safet is looking better and better as the Giants first added Antrel Rolle and now Deon Grant.
Grant is a 9 year vet nine seasons, who has started 144 straight regular-season games and seven post-season games. He has never missed a game.
He’s been around a while but he can still play apparently: In 2009, Grant had 78 tackles (60 solo), three interceptions, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble for the Seahawks.
No contract details available yet so we don’t know if he’s getting any money guaranteed or if there really will be a competition for the punter spot.