Good morning, New York Giants fans!
I really hate referencing TMZ for just about anything, but I suppose when Saquon Barkley talks about Kyler Murray it can’t be helped.
Barkley told TMZ he thinks Murray has an NFL future:
“I got to personally play with him in The Opening in high school -- I played 7-on-7 with him. So, I know what he’s about and I know how talented he is.”
As for whether the Giants should draft him, Barkley sidestepped with “that’s above my pay grade.”
Valentine’s View: High school 7-on-7 is a looooong way from NFL 11-on-11. Barkley knows that. HIs comment is really about as generic as could be.
Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett is a name sometimes mentioned as a potential replacement for Eli Manning should the Giants move on from him this offseason. Colts GM Chris Ballard has made it apparent to everyone that the price for Brissett would be steep.
“This is what I told Jacoby; I said, ‘I’m not giving you away. Won’t do it,’” Ballard said. “I said I had chances last year and I didn’t do it, and I won’t do it again.”
Here is more from Ballard:
“It would have to be right organizationally, and for him,” Ballard said. “I want to do the right thing for the player, too, now. I want to do the right thing for Jacoby. Jacoby has too much value to us, not only as our backup quarterback who I think you can absolutely win with and I think he’s a starter in the league, but also to the locker room. He is well-respected throughout the locker room by both sides of the ball — offensively and defensively.”
The Giants nine picks, and could have 11 once compensatory picks are announced. With needs across the roster, the issue for GM Dave Gettleman is whether or not he can afford to surrender picks for a player like Brissett.
The Pro Football Focus grading system is rarely kind to Manning. That holds true here, as well.