Friday, May 31, 2013

Will Be Moving...

Packin Up and Shippin Out!


To my friends, family, and whoever else has been reading the blog, I am leaving the free agent pool and signing with G-Men HQ. For me, it is a step in the right direction, a step that hopefully will lead to more opportunities down the road. Don't worry, every article I write on their site will be put onto my Facebook without hesitation. I will keep this site up but will not post on it just in case. Thanks for sticking with me for my first season, and I hope you continue to read my thoughts on gmenhq.com!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

RAMSES II

He's BAAACK!!



Well, I mentioned in the Hynoski update that Barden and the Giants were close to a reunion, and he's back. I thought that the Hynoski injury would cause a problem with the roster situation but I guess that is not the case, yet. 

You all know I love Ramses. The guy has all the tools to be a freak on the field. 6-6 224 pounds is beast size. He proved he could play with the game vs Carolina last year where he had 9 for 138 filling in for an injured Nicks. 

Hopefully he now understands that this is his last shot. Every other team in the NFL passed on his services, and he is already down towards the bottom of the Giants depth chart. I hope this lights a fire under him and he puts up some numbers in 2013.

Hynoski Injury Update

Not Too Good.


News came back today that Henry Hynoski has sprained his MCL and has a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in his knee. Adam Schefter of ESPN however, says the MCL is torn, which is obviously worse than just a sprain. Surgery is set for Friday. 

Doctors say it is not an unrealistic goal to have him back by week one, but I doubt it will happen. Have to start looking for free agent full backs now, which is unfortunate. With the loss of Bennett, Bradshaw, and now Hynoski, the running game for the Giants has taken a huge hit in terms of blocking. 

Update on Nicks missing OTAs: Apparently he is upset about his contract too, so that's great, don't expect him there unless Eli starts paying him. 

RECENT UPDATE ON NICKS: Had nothing to do with contract situation. Apparently he was honored in the New York area Tuesday night, missed Wednesday, shouldn't be a big deal. 

Interestingly enough, Ramses Barden was back for a physical and may sign shortly. Problem with that is, there was one roster spot available, and may have to be used for Hynoski's replacement.

UPDATE ON RAMSES: See next article... 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Start Of OTAs

OTAs Have Begun.


I'll start with this:

The Giants fullback Henry Hynoski was carted off the field after the 2nd play of team drills. Apparently he banged knees with Andre Brown after receiving a handoff and had his leg rolled up on.

He went for a MRI, results are not back as of yet, I'll let you know as soon as I know.

Hakeem Nicks, who broke the 5th metatarsal bone in his foot during the 2nd OTA last year, was a no show today. Coughlin is pissed saying,  "He should be here" ... "Yeah, I sure did (expect him)."

Cruz is still being a primadonna about his contract so he was a no show as well. There were reports that they were "on the two yardline" with contract negotiations, but I guess they stalled there, much like the Giants offense as a whole.

With the two best wide receivers out, Eli gets some much needed extra work with the back of the depth chart, Randle, Murphy, Jernigan.

Jernigan will be getting a lot of slot work with the Cruz absense. A guy that needs to turn the corner quick or he may not have a spot on this team.

Still real excited about the homerun threat in Murphy.

Expecting even more out of Randle in his second year.

Paysinger, Herzlich, and Rivers were the starting linebacking corps during team. Obviously this can change, and probably will.

Only rookies that remain unsigned are Pugh and Nassib.

I'm only going to  post injuries, interesting signings, and contract talks until the preseason starts, so stay tuned...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Giants Add a Linebacker

Giants Sign Aaron Curry


The Giants brought in two free agents on Thursday for a workout, linebacker Aaron Curry and WR/Return Specialist Josh Cribbs. Both left without a contract, one came back today and signed. Aaron Curry, a 27 yearold linebacker out of Wake Forest, was drafted number 4 overall by the Seahawks in 2009. In his senior year of colllege he won the Butkus Award for being the best linebacker in the nation.

Now obviously he did not live up to the hype of being the 4th overall pick. He went from the Seahawks to the Raiders after just 2 seasons by way of a trade, a 7th round pick to be exact. Played only 13 games for the Raiders and was waived after spending practically all of last season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).

Now, the deal is a "low-risk" one year deal, probably for the veteran minimum which is perfectly fine with me. All low risk high reward with Curry. If his knees continue to be an issue, cut him. If he lives up to the talent of a 4th overall pick? That would be ridiculous value.

Reese sees him as being a middle or strongside backer, the latter he played in college. Expected to drop 10 pounds down to 255 as well.

In college he had outstanding field vision and was quite the ball hawk. As a junior he returned 3 of his 4 interceptions for touchdowns.

With the linebacker position being a glaring hole in the Giants defense, this is a great signing. Stay healthy and the Giants may have a great linebacker on their hands.

Rookie minicamp has begun. If anything happens with that I'll post. Cruz is still doing whatever he is doing and not signing a contract.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rest of Draft and UDFAs

Who Else Did They Get?



I will never guess what the Giants will do. Ever again. Not one player I wanted was drafted or picked up.

4th, 5th, two 7th round picks, along with 6 undrafted free agents. Agree with some, not all. Still could have done better, I'll just put a thought or two on each player.

4th Round - Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse - Traded our 4th and 6th round picks to get a player that Reese hopes to "never play". Was mocked by many to go in the 1st to Buffalo. I guess you have to find an Eli replacement sometime, but also could be a trade piece down the road.

5th Round - Cooper Taylor S Richmond - Started at Georgia Tech Second Team All ACC as a freshman. Had a heart condition that caused him to miss sophomore year on a medical red shirt then barely played the next year cause of injuries. Went to Richmond for his last 2 years. Giants will use him as a 3rd safety/linebacker hybrid. At 6-4 228, he is a little big for a safety, a little small for an outside backer. He also ran a 4.49 at his pro day. Freak athlete, that I really want to see play.

7th Round - Eric Herman OG Ohio - 6-4 320, Mr. Pancake is what they call him, 335.5 pancakes at Ohio. Big nasty brawler. May not even make roster, but with the lack of depth at OLine, especially in 2014, he will be on the practice squad at the worst.

7th Round - Michael Cox RB UMass - 6-0 214 guy has good hands and good burst coming out of the backfield. Nothing else on him except the fact that he can flip into the end zone.

UDFAs
  • Mount Union LB Charles Dieuseul 
    • Mount Union is the Alabama of D3 football. 6-0 230. Went from LB to DE to LB during career there. 
  • Charleston Southern DB Charles James
    • 5-9 184. Apparently guy has a nose for the football. Had a school record 6 INTs in 2011
  • LSU TE Chase Clement
    • More of a lineman. 3rd string TE if anything
  • Ohio State LB Etienne Sabino
    • 6-2 247. All the physical tools, just not completely there in terms of skill. A project. 
  • Virginia Tech S Alonzo Tweedy
    • Special teams whiz apparently. Not as a returner necessarily but as a gunner on punt and kick coverage. 
  • Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis
    • LOVE this pickup. Also loved Ramses Barden, ha. At 6-3 233 and arms that reach 32 and 3/4", he has all the physical talent in the world. Ran a 4.48 and had a 39" vertical at his pro day.   Has the speed to break away from the defender in the open field. His weaknesses are all fixable with good coaching. Blocking, and catching with his hands away from his body are the two big things against him. Coughlin & Co. hopefully will get all that fixed so we can add him to the list of Reese's gems. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Day 2

2nd and 3rd Round Picks


Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
                                       

2nd round, Arthur Brown was still on the board and they did not go with him. Instead take a DT, a position the Giants have drafted in the 2nd round 4 of the last 5 drafts. What this says to me is they are set with the linebacking corps they have. Rivers, Connor, Jacquain as the starters most likely. 

Hankins: Big guy, 6-3 320, could weigh even more. That's the problem with him though. Has a stamina issue because he is just that big. Brings his work ethic in the weight room and in practice into question. The picture above would be nice to see, but it wont be happening often. Guy is a complete run stuffer. Able to take on double teams. Gotta be more consistent, some had him as a first round talent. 

Moore: This pick I like, a lot. 6-4 250. Once considered a top 5 pick, but with his terrible combine and pro day, his stock came crashing down. Apparently he has an attitude issue to go along with his work ethic. Off field issues are there too with an arrest for marijuana possession. Played behind Von Miller at A&M when they were in the 3-4 so got mentored by a great football player. 2012 they switched to the 4-3. 12.5 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss as a DE. Guy is a natural at getting to the QB. And the Giants could never have enough of those. 

I've been reading a little on late players. Take a look at the WR Da'Rick Rogers ... off field issues, but a tremendous talent, would LOVE HIM. I'll put up day 3 later tonight or tomorrow. 
       

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Giants First Round Pick

And the Giants Select...


JUSTIN PUGH!!!

Well here is your Giants 2013 first round draft pick. Offensive lineman from Syracuse. 6-5 307 pounds. 34 starts at Syracuse, mostly at LT. Biggest hit on him is his arms. They measure at 31.5 inches, which is t-rex like in the NFL. "Good" thing is, in 2012, he allowed only a half sack and one other hurry of his quarterback. Now Syracuse was not playing NFL type defensive ends/tackles, so that means little to me really. 

Jerry Reese on Pugh: "He was the highest guy on our board. You guys think I'm joking when I say that, but he was the highest guy on our board." 

...

"Pugh can play every position on line," Reese said. Can he be opening day starter? "We'll see. I think it's going to be a lot of competition."

The guy doesn't even have a set offensive line position. Where is he going to play? Over Boothe at LG?  Snee at RG? Or be Diehl's replacement at RT? Center? WHO KNOWS! I would be so much more comfortable with a stud at one of them instead of a second round grade player at some of them. 

 Here's what I think. Jerry Reese sits in his office, and is like, "hey who can we draft that NO ONE thinks we will draft? Oh Justin Pugh? Alright lets take him, shock the world again!" I am furious with this pick. The needs on the defensive side of the ball are TREMENDOUS. A linebacker? Pick Ogletree. A corner? Pick Rhodes, or even Trufant. A safety? Matt Elam. Defensive End? Bjoern Werner. 

By the way, if he turns out to be some pro bowl type offensive lineman and Reese proves me wrong, then that would be absolutely amazing, we do need the O line help and youth. 

I am not even gonna guess what Reese is going to do tomorrow. What I do know is that the Giants better go defense, and NOT TE'O. Here's whats left that I would like to see happen tomorrow, pretty much in order: 

CB Tyrann Mathieu (this pick may make up for my anger in the first round) 
OLB Arthur Brown (pick I would be very excited about) 
ILB Kevin Minter (another pick I would be very excited about)
CB Darius Slay (worried about torn meniscus in knee that "does not need surgery") 
DE Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (tore his ACL on November 24th last season) 



Who To Pick At 19?

Pick 19


Now I will never mock a draft. That is a huge waste of time, since predicting even the first round in the draft is almost as hard as predicting March Madness. What I will do is give you some options the Giants SHOULD have at 19, IF they stay there. 

Based on recent history, the Giants base their draft on BPA, or best player available. That is how we got the likes of JPP, in a year where the Giants had needs at other positions and a good to great defensive line at the time. This is what makes trying to predict the Giants pick so hard. Does Jerry Reese draft the BPA in his mind? Or do they go with need. Speaking of need, here are the glaring holes on the team coming into next year:

OL: The line is filled with guys over the age of 30. Anchored by left tackle Will Beatty, the future of the rest, especially right tackle is uncertain

LB: With Kiwi going back to DE, all 3 starters from last year are gone. 

CB: Terrible group last year. CWeb is in his final year. Prince never seems to be fully healthy

DE: VERY underachieving bunch last year. With the loss of Osi, and Tuck being in the final year of his contract it may be a need if the Giants don't see the younger players like Tracy being able to fill the roll. Even with Kiwi coming down, still a need. 

S: Kenny Phillips is now an Eagle. Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle are now the starters. Do they trust Will Hill to be that 3rd safety? Trell has a high cap as well, do they need to replace him next year? 

Now I'll give you a list of players I HOPE the Giants draft at 19. Then some I would like to see later on. 

1. Alec Ogletree LB - The guy is an athlete from Georgia, use him at the weakside LB spot. Maybe even as a spy on QBs like RG3 and Vick. Need speed on defense to keep up with evolving offenses. LOTS of character issues, but the Giants have had their fair share of those types. Draft profile here. (Giants haven't drafted a LB in the 1st round since '84 when they drafted Carl Banks.) 

2. D.J. Fluker OT - A monster right tackle from Alabama. 6-6 335 is enormous in my book. Long arms is can make up for his slight trouble with pass blocking, but he is a run blocking tackle. David Wilson would have little problem getting to the outside with Fluker over there. Problem is, gotta hope that the Dolphins and Chiefs get a deal done that sends Branden Albert to Miami.  Draft profile here.

3. Xavier Rhodes CB - From Florida State coming in at 6-2 217, Rhodes has some nice size that runs a 4.39 40. Loves to jam receivers on the outside. Long arms and big frame are perfect for throwing receivers off their routes. Also good at shedding blocks to help support the run. Draft profile here.

4. Kenny Vaccaro S - Best safety prospect in the draft outta Texas. Will have to slip by a few teams, Dallas being one of them at 18. Aggressive in run defense, and can be that 3rd safety to come down and cover the slot. Draft profile here.

5. Desmond Trufant CB - Younger brother of Marcus, the kid out of Washington has talent. Runs a solid 4.38 40. At 5'11 192, can he take the punishment of the NFL on a weekly basis? His aggressive nature could see him sidelined, and with Prince barely healthy all season, the last thing we need is another hurt corner. Draft profile here.

I would also really, really, really, like to see the Giants draft Tyrann Mathieu the CB out of LSU, or more recently, out of marijuana rehab. Guy obviously has off field issues because he loves smoking weed, got him kicked off the team at LSU after being a Heisman finalist his sophomore year. Guy can return kicks and is an absolute ball hawk, will get the INTs or strip anybody holding the ball. Complete play maker  best ball skills at the combine, BY FAR. 3rd or 4th round would be fine. Don't be surprised to see the Pats take him in the 2nd though. 

Also later on I would love to see Connor Vernon in another blue uniform. WR from Duke looked real real nice at the combine, catching absolutely everything. Also works out with the Manning brothers at their camp they do at Duke, where Eli praised him for always getting open. IF and a huge IF that Cruz situation doesn't pan out, we need to start looking at slot WR's that can not only run routes, but go deep. 

Notice how I didn't put any defensive ends. I feel like Reese can find them somewhere later. JPP figures his stuff out, Tuck bounces back, Kiwi and Adrian Tracy, and whoever else can hold it down. 

Andre Brown Signed his tender so he's all set. Cruz is still being an absolute idiot, $8 mil a year with $15-$18 mil guaranteed is on the table. He wants number 1 WR money. Out of his mind.