Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's make a quick check of the headlines this morning to see what is going on that might impact the Giants.
Roster Cuts Begin
The Giants waived the already-retired David Wilson on Wednesday to save $1.3 million in salary cap space. They weren't the only team to begin making moves to clear cap space before the March 10 beginning of free agency. The Indianapolis Colts cut starting safety LaRon Landry. Before you start thinking Landry might be a good candidate for the Giants, who need help at safety, read this comment from our friends at Stampede Blue, SB Nation's Colts web site:
"... really struggled overall as the team's starting safety. This year, he followed up a terrible 2013 season with an even worse 2014 season: he struggled early on, then was suspended four games by the league for PED use, then lost his starting spot when he came back before re-gaining it at the end of the year, struggling once again."
Speaking of safeties in free agency, NJ.com lists the top safeties who could be available.
Rotoworld offers a look at potential salary cap cuts for NFC East teams.
2015 NFL Draft Notes
NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock is out with his initial positional rankings. There are things about these rankings that drive me crazy. First, Mayock simply lists players by position without any comment. Second, there is no context. The rankings give no real indication of how early or late Mayock believes a player could be selected in the draft.
Speaking of the draft, one NFL scout recently shredded Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory. Being compared to the unproductive Dion Jordan is not a good thing:
'He's a hell of an athlete,'' the scout said of the Cornhuskers DE/LB. "He just doesn't make plays. He's similar to Dion Jordan from a couple of years ago.''
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com says LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter is a lighter version of Jason Pierre-Paul:
At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, Hunter has a freakish combination of size, athleticism and explosiveness, with long arms and jarring power behind his hands. When his technique is right, he can overpower tackles at the point of attack. He isn't as heavy as the New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul, but has that level of explosiveness and potential. However, he still relies heavily on his athleticism and motor over skill and instincts. Hunter has a high floor because of his overwhelming physical traits, but his ceiling will only go as high as the level of coaching he incorporates in the NFL.