We are now entering the third week of play in the Alliance of American Football (AAF), and there is a lot of curiosity about players who could work their way into NFL camps this summer. The “which AAF players could the New York Giants sign?” question has been sent to the BBV Mailbag a number of times.
The honest answer is that I haven’t watched enough AAF action to give you a truly educated answer. No one on our staff here at Big Blue View has. I checked.
What we can do is cull through the reports and stats to find players who have compiled nice numbers or drawn praise from those who have been watching and scouting during the first few weeks.
Two ex-Giants, both of whom moved on for reasons that had nothing to do with their playing ability, are among the players Pro Football Focus has ranked among the AAF’s top 10 players during the first two weeks.
Safety Will Hill is ranked No. 9. PFF says:
Hill has played 124 total snaps this season and has yet to miss a tackle attempt, leading to the second-best tackling grade (89.0) out of 21 qualifying safeties. Hill has also played well in coverage, allowing an average of 0.12 yards per cover snap, fourth among safeties with at least 40 coverage snaps.
Hill, just 28, has not played in the NFL since the Baltimore Ravens cut him after the 2015 season. His problem has never been talent — he obviously still has plenty of that. It’s been his ability to follow rules and be a dependable teammate. He is likely out of NFL chances.
Defensive end Damontre Moore has apparently been the AAF’s most dominant pass rusher. PFF says:
You may know Damontre Moore as the guy who had a whopping nine total pressures in Week 1, and he followed that up with six more pressures this week. Moore has had a dominant first two weeks, and his overall grade of 89.8 is almost ten points higher than the next edge defender in the league. Among edge defenders with at least 40 pass-rush snaps, Moore has the best pass-rush productivity rating (16.4) with 15 total pressures (five hurries, seven hits, three sacks) on 55 pass-rush snaps this season.
A 2013 third-round pick by the Giants, Moore never lived up to his potential and got cut following a 2015 fight with teammate Cullen Jenkins. He has played for the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders since.
Still just 26, he’s probably playing his way into another opportunity somewhere.
A few more noteworthy ex-Giants:
- Running back Jhurell Pressley, who spent much of last season on the Giants’ practice squad, is third in the league with 121 rushing yards after two games.
- Amba Etta-Tawo, who had a nice training camp in 2018 and spent some time on the practice squad, has two receptions for 16 yards.
- Brad Wing is averaging 44.3 yards on 12 punt.
From the SB Nation flagship, here is a look at some other players to know.