Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some Giants-related headlines for your Sunday morning reading pleasure.
In his own mailbag, Dan Graziano addresses the idea of the Giants making a Cowboys-like leap from last season to the upcoming season. He says "there's no reason they can't surprise and make the playoffs." He is right, of course. Yours truly wrote the same thing in Saturday's 'Big Blue View mailbag.'
Speaking of Graziano, he also correctly pointed out recently that the Giants have little to no reliable depth behind starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
We have talked quite a bit at Big Blue View about the wide receiver competition, including an interview with undrafted free agent Ben Edwards. Michael Eisen of Giants.com adds to the debate by opining that Marcus Harris faces a "great challenge" to make the roster after spending last season on IR.
Who belongs on the Giants Mount Rushmore? Not sure I agree with all four of these choices.
Judy Battista of NFL.com writes correctly that rookie Ereck Flowers is the key to the success or failure of the Giants' offensive line:
Stabilizing things appears to rest on Flowers' massive shoulders. While a trio of Pugh, Richburg and Schwartz would upgrade all three interior positions, the onus is on Flowers to give Manning enough time to take advantage of the deep threat presented by Beckham and Victor Cruz. Flowers was considered to be weaker in pass protection than in run blocking coming out of Miami, although he reportedly did not yield a sack in his final year with the Hurricanes.
The rookie is quiet and reserved, and he seems unruffled by the task he has been handed.
"It's just like any transition -- every day has gotten better for me," Flowers said. "It's actually slowed down a little bit from the first day. It's a process. You've got to just keep at it. That's how it was in college."
Said Newhouse: "He's on a very steep curve and it's gotten even steeper. To say he's getting tossed into the fire is a little bit of an understatement. He's getting tossed into a furnace with not a lot of room to move."
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