Good morning, New York Giants' fans! The weekend is here, but there is no taking time off for the Giants in this insanely busy offseason. So, let's get right to the headlines.
Would the Giants really sign free-agent running back Chris Johnson? We know from Friday's reports that the Giants have been identified as one of the teams that has some form of interest in the former Tennessee Titans running back. How serious that interest is we don't know for sure.
NFL.com says the Giants "are not expected to enter a bidding war" for Johnson's services and adds that "Giants beat writers remain skeptical that the team's interest is legitimate." I may not, technically, be a beat writer but you can undoubtedly count me among those skeptics. ESPN's Dan Graziano is another skeptic, saying "Johnson doesn't fit the description" of the running backs Tom Coughlin likes and, rightly, pointing out that there really isn't a spot for Johnson unless David Wilson cannot make it back following neck surgery.
The Giants added free-agent tight end Kellen Davis on Friday, but Davis wasn't the only addition to the roster. Wide receiver Travis Harvey, an undrafted free aget who was in camp last season with the Tennesee Titans, has also been signed.
Former NFL general manager Charlie Casserly said Friday that left tackle remains the "number one thing" for the Giants to address. So, yes, cue the Taylor Lewan/Jake Matthews/ZackMartin talk.
Casserly, incidentally, was also asked recently about the massive changes in the NFC East and opined that "the thing just got a lot closer."
NFL.com has posted a "do-over" of the 2008 NFL Draft. In the do-ver the Giants' pick at No. 31 changes from safety Kenny Phillips to running back Darren McFadden. Yes, McFadden is still playing and Phillips is not due to his knee injuries, but I'm not sure about this switch.
Why did the Philadelphia Eagles part ways with DeSean Jackson? CBS Philly reports Jackson was a "me-guy" and writes that "Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way "a child would test boundaries," and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games."
The NFL has decided to raise the goal posts an additional five feet. Manufacturers say, however, doing so is not a simple thing.