It’s Saturday, New York Giants fans, so let’s open up the Big Blue View mailbag and see what falls out.
Are you confident in Giants current direction?— Jesse Manginelli (@jessect6) January 17, 2019
Ed says: No one is happy with five wins. There are, however, things that make me optimistic. The locker room dissension and distractions are gone. The Giants drafted well in 2018, getting good players beyond Saquon Barkley in the middle parts of the draft. GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur seem to agree on how they want to construct a roster, and I am in favor of their “from the inside out” philosophy. All of that said, in the end it will come down to whether or not they get the quarterback transition right.
Do you see any defensive free agents that would be good fits for the Giants?— Tucker (@tuckisles) January 18, 2019
Ed says: I haven’t studied every player or figured out the financial ramifications. I would, though, have to consider the EDGE guys. Dee Ford, Trey Flowers, Za’Darius Smith, Dante Fowler, whoever else the Giants think could give them dynamic play off the edge. I’d consider the safety class, too. Tyrann Mathieu is an obvious name to consider because of his connections to defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Deone Buccanon, too.
Do you see the Giants making any changes to the coaching staff at all?— Paul Pagan (@PaulPagan47) January 18, 2019
Ed says: Assistant DBs coach Deshea Townsend was announced as DBs coach for the Chicago Bears on Friday evening. Other than that, I’m curious to see where Dave DuGuglielmo, the offensive line coach let go by the Indianapolis Colts, winds up. I would think, though, that if the Giants wanted to replace offensive line coach Hal Hunter — or anyone else on the staff — they would have fired that coach by now.
In today’s NFL, do you truly believe that Kyler Murray is too small? He has a few other problems such as progressing through his reads and he has a tendency to stare down his targets. If he sat behind say an Eli, and learned under Shurmur could he fix those problems and be a QB— Breado Allan (@BreadoA) January 18, 2019
Ed says: What I believe really isn’t important. Since you asked, though, I think the problem you have a GM is you haven’t seen anyone of that size (he might not even be 5-foot-9) succeed in the modern NFL. You’re asking a coach and GM to stake their jobs, and maybe their careers, on a massive roll of the dice. If I’m the GM, I can’t do it.
#bbvmailbag do you get the sense that @giants will seek to ensure Landon Collins is a key part of the D and try to use FA/Draft to twin him with a reliable free safety?— MJ (@47yards) January 18, 2019
Ed says: The relationship between Collins and the Giants seems curious. I’ve said before that I think Collins will be back, I just don’t think it will be with a long-term deal. The guess here is that Collins ends up playing 2019 on the franchise tag, and both sides figure out the long term later on.
Would you trade with raiders? 6 for 24,27and their 2nd.— Rich F (@Rich_QA) January 18, 2019
Ed says: No. The three picks is nice volume, and the Giants should be able to get good players. I’m just not comfortable dropping that far, especially when the Giants will probably already have 11 picks entering the draft.
If done correctly how long will this Giants rebuild take before they are a playoff team?— Chris Damiani (@Damsnyg) January 18, 2019
Ed says: Honestly, I don’t know. Gettleman doesn’t like to put a time table on anything, and I don’t blame him. If things fall into place, the Giants could make the playoffs in 2019. I’m sure that’s what they would like to do. Gettleman talks about building a team set up for sustained success. That’s what you want to happen, or hope will happen. To do that you need to draft well over a period of years. You can have a year like the Giants did in 2016, but they weren’t set up to maintain that. It takes good decisions year after year to accomplish that goal.
Do you suppose with a full year in this offense under their belts and the hopeful continued improvement of the OL that we can see Saquan Barkley much more involved in the passing game other than check downs and screens? #bbvmailbag— rufuscetus53 (@jeffmarx53) January 18, 2019
Ed says: Honestly, I think we saw a lot more of that in the second half of last season. Barkley caught fewer passes as the season went on (58 in the first eight games, 33 in the last eight) and I thought in general the Giants did a better job getting Barkley “planned” receptions and using him as a weapon in the pass game. I think they will continue to get better at that, and will have more opportunities to do so if they can continue to improve the offensive line.
How would you grade our top 4 picks in last years draft?— Josh Stanton (@Jstanton22) January 18, 2019
Ed says: I think the Giants did very well in the draft. The Barkley vs. Sam Darnold argument will rage for the next 20 years, probably. There is, however, no denying how good Barkley is. Will Hernandez, B.J. Hill, Lorenzo Carter are all quality players. I would say the Giants went 4-for-4 at the top of the draft. If they can continue to do that, sustained success won’t be far behind.
#bbvmailbag~Looks like Dallas might cut MLB, Sean Lee. He has been quite injury prone in his career. Is he a fit for a year or 2 in James Betcher's defense?— Democracy Dies in Darkness (@s3friedman) January 18, 2019
Ed says: Maybe, but who is he going to replace? Alec Ogletree? B.J. Goodson? Sean Lee is a nice name, but I think about Jon Beason when I think about the Giants acquiring Lee. I would rather see the Giants add guys with futures rather than spend money on guys trying to hang on to their pasts.
Why isn't the more talk about a 3 down sideline to sideline LB? the second level of NYG's defense has been as big a liability in recent history as the OL. Tight ends and scat backs have career days when they play us. Isn't it finally time to address it?— Ty Harper (@TyHarper2) January 18, 2019
Ed says: Who isn’t talking about that? The Giants did draft Lorenzo Carter last spring, and he has shown signs of developing into a good player. They know they need more talent at all levels of their defense. I expect much of the offseason to be devoted to finding it.
Hi #bbvmailbag. With Russell Shepard on team and this being last year of Sterling Shepard’s rookie year contract, do you think NYG will trade SS to get a pick or two in draft?— vin (@chippedtoofus) January 18, 2019
Ed says: Russell Shepard is already a free agent. As are Bennie Fowler, Corey Coleman and Cody Latimer. Also, Russell Shepard had 10 catches last year. Whatever the Giants do with Sterling Shepard will have nothing to do with any of their other veteran receivers.
I don’t know if the Giants will want, or be able, to sign Sterling Shepard long-term. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get rid of him now, though. The Giants need to add at least one wide receiver, not subtract a good one and create another hole.
@bigblueview would you consider trading up to get the QB you want in this years draft if your Getts— gmenjay (@jerseyjay56) January 18, 2019
Ed says: From No. 6? No. There might be a team or teams willing to jump in front of the Giants to get Haskins. I get that. If it happens, it happens. If I’m the Giants GM, I’m not doing it. First, I’m not 100 percent sold on any of the quarterbacks. I like Haskins and Jones, but I’m not falling all over myself and feeling like one is a “must-have.” Plus, I just don’t think the Giants are really in a position to move up.
When the New York Jets moved from No. 6 to No. 3 they have up three second-round picks, two in 2018 and one in 2019. If you go by the trade value chart, they traded up into a spot worth 2,200 points and gave up 3,100 points in value to do it.
The Giants don’t have extra second-round picks. They also don’t have a third-round pick this year after taking Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft. Suppose they make that trade, draft Haskins and keep Eli Manning. You get a rookie QB who isn’t going to play right away and don’t have another draft pick until Round 4 in the 2019 draft. How do you get better that way? How do you maximize the primes of Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr.? In my view, you don’t.
David Gray asks: With Kyler Murray officially declaring for the draft, the Giants now have two more options at quarterback: Murray and possibly Josh Rosen. At quarterback the Giants have four options for next year: stick with Manning (and postpone finding his successor), try to sign Foles, draft Haskins or Murray, or trade for Josh Rosen (if he becomes available).
You’re GM of the Giants, what would you do about the quarterback situation?
Ed says: I’m not drafting Murray, I’ve already established that in a previous answer. I’m not thinking about trading for Rosen because that doesn’t seem realistic. I’m not getting into a bidding war for Foles. Yes, he has a Super Bowl but he has never been a 16-game starter and he has never succeeded outside of Philly. I’ve seen too many backups get starter money, only for the team that gave them all that money to find out they really were backups to begin with. I’m considering Haskins if I don’t have to trade up for him. Failing that, I’d consider moving back into the middle or late part of the first round for Daniel Jones. That’s a less costly move than going up from No. 6, and that way you end up with a top 10 talent AND a potential quarterback of the future out of Round 1.