Good morning, New York Giants fans! There is a lot to discuss on this Monday morning as we turn the corner toward the second half of this dismal Giants season. So, let’s get started.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that the can Giants are expected to use the franchise tag on Landon Collins if they can’t reach a long-term deal. We talked Sunday about “building block” players for the Giants, and the two-time Pro Bowl safety is one of those.
Six NFL safeties currently average $10 million or more in annual salary, with Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs topping the list at $13 million. Will the Giants be willing to enter that ball park to keep Collins long term?
We have wondered what the arrest of rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta might mean for the fourth-round pick’s future with the Giants, both long term and in reference to how it might impact Eli Manning this season.
Jason La Canfora wrote Sunday that while Lauletta’s arrest may delay his on-field debut it won’t prevent it.
After gathering more information on the matter and investigating it thoroughly, the Giants remain high on rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta following his arrest from a traffic incident this week and continue to explore the possibility of sitting struggling quarterback Eli Manning this season. ...
While Lauletta’s arrest may serve to push back the process of getting him more first-string practice reps coming out of the bye, it is difficult to see a scenario where Manning plays out the season.
The Post’s Paul Schwartz talks to some NFL analysts who see what the rest of us see — that Eli Manning isn’t what he used to be.
Manning at 37 has not fallen of the cliff. He can function as an NFL quarterback. But increasingly, he needs help and support and protection, and when that fails around him, he cannot rise above it and lead the Giants where they need to go.
“It’s imperceptible in some ways,’’ Brian Baldinger, former NFL offensive lineman and currently an NFL Network analyst, told The Post. “Just like the boxer when he gets to 33, 34, the reactions just aren’t as quick.’’ ...
An NFL source contacted by The Post conceded Manning is missing about two passes every game — throws he should make. That could be age kicking in. Otherwise, Manning’s struggles are a byproduct of the disarray along the offensive line in front of him.
“He is chasing ghosts,’’ the source said. “He is quick with the checkdown. Feels any kind of pressure and it’s like, ‘I got to get the ball out.’ He’s taken some sacks where you thought maybe he could have tried to make a throw while he was getting hit.”