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Two articles on the Giants run defense: almost there or not even close?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

In this article, Will Beatty says the Giants offensive line is to blame for the running game’s miserable production through the first two games of 2013. But there’s hope. As Eli manning puts it: “It’s not like everybody is just messing up and we’re getting out-physicaled,” Manning said. “We are very close. We’ve just got to get it where everybody on every play is doing their job correctly and doing it at a high level and we’ll get that corrected.”

Nice guy, not throwing his underperforming linemen under the bus. But this article suggests Manning might be a fibber. It certainly appears from the breakdown that Giants linemen are getting physically whooped.

Giants injury situation heading into 2013 regular season opener vs. Dallas

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Giants open up against the Cowboys, who look better than expected so far. A number of Giants are ailing:

RB Andre Brown (leg), OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee) did not practice. No estimate on when Brown and Robinson will be back, but it sounds like a few weeks the way Coughlin says it’s serious (Brown) or unpredictable (Robinson).

WR Victor Cruz (heel) and CB Jayron Hosley (ankle) returned to practice. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), and FB Henry Hynoski (knee) all practiced. Cruz expects to play on Sunday vs. Dallas. Pierre-Paul and Hynoski said they were unsure.

Giants 2012 draft assessment

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Everyone is busy evaluating and grading the 2013 drafts even while they say it’s impossible to know anything before the new millionaires take an NFL snap. So while everyone is knowingly wasting their time with the 2013 draft, I thought I’d review the Giants 2012 draft.

NFL.com gave the Giants an A in the days immediately after the draft. All these great players are entering their second years in the league. Poised for greatness. Time to bet on Giants games right? Well, let’s see if the Giants really had an excellent 2012 draft.

1 – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech (5-10, 206)
2 – Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana State (6-3, 210)
3 – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech (5-10, 178)
4 – Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati (6-4, 264)
4 – Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn (6-6, 314)
6 – Matt McCants, OT, Alabama-Birmingham (6-6, 308)
7 – Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State (6-5, 299)

David Wilson seems to have been a good pick. A little fumbilitis kept him off the field for some of 2012 but he was dynamic on kickoff returns (26.9 average per return) and some of his most exciting returns were called back due to penalties. He only had 71 carries, but averaged 5 yards per carry. If he stops fumbling – and his ball handling seems better, this guy is a keeper. Certainly fun to watch.

Rueben Randle seems to have been a decent pick. His stats in 2012 were OK – 19 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He needs to run better routes, but if that comes with experience his size makes him a tough receiver for your average corner to cover.

Jayron Hosley is still a question mark. He played in 12 games with six starts, but missed four games with hamstring, shoulder, and quadriceps injuries. He also got dinged up in the preseason so can he stay healthy?

Adrien Robinson is still a question mark. He was active for two games in 2012 and never had a catch.

Brandon Mosley sat out 2012 with an ankle injury. We still don’t know if he can play NFL ball.

Matt McCants was a practice squad player in 2012. A project, he may not be ready for the big show just yet.

Markus Kuhn was a good pick. When a seventh rounder is an active part of your defensive tackle rotation his first year in the NFL, that’s nice. He played 10 games before tearing an ACL so hopefully he comes back strong. Good against the run. Still inexperienced so could improve a lot.

So basically, the Giants have two picks that were obviously good ones: Wilson and Kuhn. Kuhn is gold in the 7th round. A first round running back should be good so no extra points there. Randle was probably a good pick, but your second rounder should be good too so no extra points. All the other picks are still unknowns at this point. I give the Giants a B for 2012. What’s your grade for the Giants 2012 draft?

Justin Pugh’s agent, Andy Ross

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Interesting article here about agent Andy Ross and draft day. They talk about Justin Pugh, one of Ross’ clients and how the draft went down from Ross’ perspective. They start with some background and then how he told Pugh to be ready for the first round and to be ready to drop.

“Ross has established a track record for pushing players into the first round — starting with Brown, continuing with Hood, and most recently this April again along the offensive line with Pugh.”

So they make it sound like the Giants chose Pugh because his agent did something special. What exactly did he do? Well, nothing during the draft:

“He’s barely on the edge of his couch, scanning from notes to cell phone to Tweetdeck to Excel. “OK, Giants, c’mon!” he yells, realizing that looking over all the data in front of him isn’t going to change a damn thing about the next 10 minutes.”

But before the draft he does PR and sends Pugh to get in shape at CES Performance and Trigger Point Therapy.

One interesting comment is that the Giants told Ross, they were looking at Pugh as a possibility at #19. I wonder why they mention that to the agent. And I like the following quote from Pugh: “Throughout the whole process, Andy said ‘Trust me and we’ll get you into that first round.’ I saw what he did with Duane Brown and Ziggy Hood, and it’s happened again with me. I couldn’t be happier with my selection of Octagon. I was set up perfectly.”

John Mara on 1-Year free agent contracts

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

John Mara of the New York Football Giants had this to say:

“That’s what’s happened quite a bit right now. You find players who are quality players who haven’t gotten the big money offered to them, that want to go somewhere where they can maybe reestablish themselves as top flight players and maybe get the big contract the next time around. And we’ve been able to take advantage of that with a few of the guys that we’ve signed. So that has been a little bit surprising to me. But when you think about it, maybe it really shouldn’t be because the cap has been relatively flat, there wasn’t a big increase this year. I think that has a lot to do with it.”

You can see it worked out well for Martellus Bennet, who signed a 1-year deal with the Giants and then got paid some bigger money after a productive year in New York.

Cruz at 10 million a year?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

I think it’s fairly obvious that the Giants want to sign Cruz to a long term contract and that this is likely to cost Big Blue 10 million a year. Do you think he’s worth it?

Giants need help on offensive line

Friday, August 31st, 2012

There’s bad and there’s ugly. The Giants offensive line is both. I think we have to look for cuts from other teams because we have some injuries: Beatty and Brewer. Then we have bad play from Petrus who was supposed to be decent for us. McCants and Caper were horrid and have no business on our practice squad. But after getting rid of those 2 guys we still don’t have a good offensive line based on preseason play/ Could be trouble.

Giants trim roster but injuries the bigger story

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

No real surprises as the Giants trimmed their roster to 75. In a few days when they go down to 53 there will be some tough decisions, complicated by the injury situation. Added to the PUP list were Chris Canty (whoi we’re all worried about) and Travis Beckum (who one expects anything from).

But let’s talk about injury bconcerns – notice all the big name players on defense who missed practice yesterday:

TE Travis Beckum (knee – PUP)
OG Chris Snee (leg)
OT James Brewer (unknown)
DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back)
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
DE Adrian Tracy (hamstring)
DT Chris Canty (knee – PUP)
DT Shaun Rogers (blood clot)
DT Marvin Austin (back)
LB Michael Boley (hamstring)
LB Mathias Kiwanuka (groin)
CB Prince Amukamara (ankle)
CB Terrell Thomas (knee)
CB Jayron Hosley (toe)
S Tyler Sash (ankle and suspended first 4 games)

Depending on who can play when, the Giants might have to keep some injured players on the roster and some extra backups that might not have otherwise made the team. This might end up exposing some players to the practice squad that the Giants would rather have protected on the 53 man roster. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out but it might be a problem.

Why Tyler Sash but not Andre Brown?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Tyler Sahs has lost his appeal and will miss four games for using Adderall in March. Now the first question is why didn’t he tell the doctor to look at the NFL’s list of banned stuff. But the second question is why HB Andre Brown was suspended by the NFL for four games earlier this year for using Adderall, but that suspension was later overturned.

Sash’s explanation seems pretty reasonable:

I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor’s care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do. I am highly disappointed by the league’s decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field. From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body. Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure.

What do you expect from Victor Cruz this season?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Interesting article here on Victor Cruz, who I hope is making some good money in endorsements, and his new celebrity status.

Anyway, I know all New Yorkers are busy talking about Nash and the Rangers but we’ve got training camp starting soon and I’m curious – do you think Cruz will improve on his excellent last season?