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Now, if I knew for certain that [Isaiah] Simmons was the Next Lawrence Taylor, I would sign up for Simmons in a heartbeat. Of course, if the Bengals knew that, they might pass on Joe Burrow, and if the Redskins knew that, Ron Rivera would pass on Chase Young.
We have learned over the years, since LT retired following the 1993 season, that there is no Next Lawrence Taylor.
So this isn’t about Isaiah Simmons as much as it is about Daniel Jones. And to a lesser degree, Barkley.
Years of neglect building an offensive line did our beloved Eli Manning no favors when there was no escape from Father Time intercepting him.
New coach Joe Judge knows Tom Brady wasn’t any less of a statue than Manning was, and was an eyewitness to the way Bill Belichick built a Five Blocks of Granite wall in front of his GOAT quarterback more often than not.
It is incumbent upon Judge and Gettleman to build that wall for their young franchise quarterback.
Valentine’s View: This is largely why I believe the Giants’ first pick has to be one of the Big 4 offensive tackles. An Ezra Cleveland or Josh Jones might fall to pick 36, but they might not. The Giants must get the offensive line right, for 2020 and the foreseeable future. Step 1, drafting an offensive tackle, is staring them right in the face.
Yes, I’m actually sharing something from TMZ. Why? Because if you don’t appreciate this, there’s something wrong with you.
”I’mma surprise her with that,” the new NY corner tells TMZ Sports. “It’s not an actual thing I’d be giving her, but I’ll be telling her, ‘Hey, you ain’t got to go to work anymore if you don’t want to.’”
”She sacrificed a lot for me and my sister while growing up,” Bradberry says. “And just to be able to repay her without having her go to work anymore that’d be good for me because she can now do whatever she wants. Enjoy life.”
This is subscription only, but worth your time if you have one. Trask takes NFL decision makers to task for their lack of flexibility.
Yes, a “socially distanced” draft will be different from drafts of recent years. From the team perspective, this means that there won’t be oodles of people gathered together in a draft room, with oodles of other people running in and out of it to “assist” those involved in the draft process. But with all the technology at our fingertips — Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, plain old conference calls, SnapFace (yes, that’s a nod to Bill Belichick), and other technological tools — this can still be an interactive process. Will it require adapting practices and changing routines? Of course it will. Was it my experience that many of those who were involved in the draft were loath to adapt practices and routines? Yes it was.
“You don’t understand how hard it is” and “no one understands how hard it is” are two refrains I heard from coaches and player personnel executives over and over and over again throughout my career. I heard these refrains uttered by men as they were standing on the practice field at training camp in the midst of the Napa Valley, wearing clothing that had been provided to them (and was washed for them) by the team, who drove to training camp in cars provided to them (and gassed and washed for them) by the team, and who were paid considerable amounts of money to perform their jobs. I heard this in many other circumstances as well, including as those uttering these mantras were flying first class, staying in beautiful hotels, and more. To be clear, I am not suggesting that there are not challenges associated with these jobs, of course there are and I am well aware of those challenges but perspective is needed. To state the obvious and as is overwhelmingly evident at this moment in time, there are jobs that really are extremely hard.
I shared those memories because I believe the “you don’t understand how hard this is” world view underlies and is evident in the “we shouldn’t proceed with the draft for logistical reasons” view.
As mock drafts begin to come together, many NFL scouts believe the New York Giants will select Clemson linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons at No. 4 overall. One scout said: “They kept Nate Solder and added an OK right tackle in [Cameron] Fleming. I think they’re set up to wait on a tackle.”
Valentine’s View: As I said above, they could certainly do that. Simmons is worthy of being selected at that point, and could be a difference-maker on a defense that needs more of them. Passing on an offensive tackle when there are several who are also thought to be worthy of that pick, though, is a monumental roll of the dice with the futures of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.
Prior to free agency there were reports that the Giants had interesting in Robinson. Nothing, obviously, came of that.
An entire season in one place, with no fans? This would be weird.
Gil Brandt has a better for the Giants than the selection of running back David Wilson.
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