Good morning, New York Giants fans! And, of course, happy Weatherford Wednesday! Let's start your Giants Morning Report with a motivational message from Giants punter Steve Weatherford.
It's still all about Odell Beckham
The buzz about Odell Beckham Jr. and the crazy catch he made Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys will die down -- just not yet.
Beckham's catch has inspired many terrific memes. It also inspired this comic strip from David Rappoccio at The Draw Play.
How did Beckham make that catch? There has to be a scientific explanation, and the New York Times set out to find it.
The Daily News is wondering if Beckham can win Rookie of the Year despite missing the first four games of the season.
Will Hill starring for Ravens
This is probably a bad idea, but we have to talk briefly about Will Hill. If you watched the Monday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints you know that the former Giant had a pick six and held all-world tight end Jimmy Graham to just two catches.
Hill, of course, ran out of chances with the Giants after his third suspension by the NFL in as many seasons, but Monday's game led Conor Orr of NFL.com to write that the Giants "probably wish they gave him one more."
Dan Graziano of ESPN disagreed with Orr. Here is part of what Graziano wrote:
Hill is a special talent, and he would undoubtedly be an asset to a struggling Giants defense that's especially banged up in the secondary.
But none of that means the Giants were wrong to release Hill in June after learning of his third drug suspension in as many seasons.
"When you run a business, you have to be able to rely and depend on people to be there when you need them to perform their duties," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the time.
And that's it. Releasing Hill had nothing to do with the Giants' feelings about drugs, about Hill personally or about his ability to help them win their Week 12 game. It was all about the Giants deciding, with good reason, that they couldn't trust Hill to show up for work. He misses games due to a drug suspension literally every single year. His next suspension would likely be for at least a full year, if not longer. You can't keep investing time and resources and a roster spot in a player who has proven he's not going to be able to play every game.
Valentine's View: For the record, I am in complete agreement with Graziano here. Because Hill couldn't stay out of trouble the Giants have had to watch Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps give up big plays all season. Still, it was the right move for both Hill and the Giants. Hill needed to get out of the New York/New Jersey area, his hometown and where his trouble always seems to start. The Giants need players who are accountable, who they can actually depend on to follow the rules and be available. That's how it is in any business. Yes, they took a step back talent-wise. So be it. Parting ways with Hill had to be done.
Pat Traina takes a look at Robert Ayers and wonders, as we all have, why he doesn't play more than Mathias Kiwanuka.
This Cowboys fan wonders why Giants fans hate the Cowboys and their fans.
ESPN offers some thoughts on Eli Manning and his play Sunday vs. Dallas.