Good morning, New York Giants' fans. Here are your Thursday morning links.
Ranking NFL QBs: Rodgers, Brady, Peyton and Brees are elites - CBSSports.com
There are four elite NFL QBs -- Rodgers, Brady, Manning (Peyton) and Brees. We rank them all, from No. 1 down to the Manuel-Kolb experiment in Buffalo.
Valentine's View: When it comes to quarterback rankings and Eli Manning I am at the 'whatever' stage. I really don't care where the guy ranks. He can win Super Bowl titles, that's what matters.
2012 Run Block Rankings: 4, 2 2012 Pass Block Rankings: 18, 3
LT: Will Beatty LG: Justin Pugh* C: David Baas RG: Chris Snee RT: James Brewer* Super Sub: G/T David Diehl
Overview: The names aren't flashy, but this quietly was about as good an offensive line as there was in the league last season, and doesn't lose a single starter. As a team, the G-Men ranked seventh in yards-per-carry average (4.55) despite several running back injuries, and allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (20). Most critically, Beatty unseated Diehl on the blindside and emerged as an elite pass-blocking left tackle. Another consideration for Super Sub was guard Kevin Boothe, a returning starter who -- like Diehl -- I project to come off the bench, providing quality veteran depth. The assumptions here are mauling 2011 fourth-rounder Brewer beats out Diehl and 2013 first-rounder Pugh takes over at left guard, where he compares favorably to Andy Levitre. OT Brandon Mosley, 24, and OG Eric Herman, 23, are young reserve options with upside.
Valentine's View: The most interesting part of this for me is that Rotoworld's Evan Silva continues to project first-round pick Justin Pugh at left guard and James Brewer at right tackle. Pugh, we know, worked at right tackle during rookie mini-camp.