Good morning, New York Giants fans! This is another Sunday without football, although the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine eases the pain somewhat for you draftniks addicted to watching the workouts. Let's help you get your football fix with some reading material, including thoughts on Eli Manning, Brandon Marshall and more.
Giants: Eli on notice?
The Giants have yet to make a final decision on when or even whether to draft a quarterback who eventually could replace Eli Manning, but there is an unmistakable transition taking place.
And no matter what decision is made — or not made — in next month's draft about selecting Manning's potential heir apparent, the 36-year-old quarterback assuredly has been put on notice.
If that wasn't made clear the day after the Giants' 38-13 loss to the Packers in the wild-card round in January, when general manager Jerry Reese acknowledged that the Giants have to begin looking for Manning's successor, it was reinforced on Wednesday when coach Ben McAdoo publicly chided the quarterback for committing too many mistakes last season.
... football-wise, Marshall moving directly to the Giants after his release by the Jets makes sense. But - you knew there was a "but'' coming - is unleashing Brandon Marshall in a locker room with Beckham and injecting him into a receivers meeting room with Beckham a wise move?There is chemistry to consider here. Beckham, 24, is a mega-star, but in need of calming. Shepard is also 24, steady and mature, coming off a solid rookie season. Would Brandon Marshall be a positive influence on them? Marshall got into a training camp fight last fall with Darrelle Revis. He got into an in-season fight with Sheldon Richardson. By the end of the season, the young Jets receivers had enough of Marshall. He will dispute this, but it is true.
Marshall could be a missing piece to the offensive puzzle. He can talk with the best of them, and it wasn't long ago he was breathtakingly good (109 receptions, 1,502 yards, 14 touchdowns in 2015) with the Jets. The Giants are in a get-younger mode and Marshall would be the second-oldest player on the roster, younger than only Manning (36).
It makes sense, but it is not the right fit.
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