Good morning, New York Giants fans!
Of course Saquon Barkiey is the choice here for the Giants:
Saquon Barkley is the rare sports star whose injury hurts you. And not just if you’re a Giants fan or you selected Barkley in the first round of your fantasy draft. The guy is an athletic genius, and to see that compromised by injury — in last year’s case, a nasty high-ankle sprain — makes you feel cheated by the Football Gods. It’s a testament to Barkley’s greatness that he still managed nearly 1,500 total yards and eight scores despite missing about a quarter of the season. Barkley will have his legs back in Week 1, and an improved offensive line and Year 2 gains by quarterback Daniel Jones could mean a potentially transcendent year for SaQuads. God, this man needs a better nickname.
Leonard Williams. You expected something else?
Let’s be honest. The New York Giants may regret trading for defensive lineman Leonard Williams more than they regret hanging onto him. They gave the crosstown Jets a third-round pick and a conditional fourth-rounder to land Williams and got little in return.
In eight games, Williams had just 13 solo tackles and half a sack. Yet general manager Dave Gettleman has defended the trade.
“The juice was worth the squeeze,” Gettleman said, per SNY’s Garrett Stepien.
Well, the Giants have squeezed twice now for Williams, giving him the franchise tag for another audition in 2020. That’s going to cost New York a whopping $16.1 million for a player who had just 46 total tackles and half a sack in all of 2019.
I asked Giants coach Joe Judge about the safety of these workouts recently and he said “We trust our guys to make the right decisions.” Well, now the NFLPA is asking them not to work out together at all.
"Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts," Mayer wrote. "Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.
"We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences."
In case you missed it
- Summer School 2020, the Bear Front: What it is, why it’s used, and how to beat it
- Darius Slayton brings added confidence to second year with the Giants
- Giants 2020 roster breakdown: Quarterback Daniel Jones
- Summer School 2020: Cover 4 defense — what it is, and how to beat it
- Giants’ 2020 schedule, Week 15: Odell Beckham Jr.’s return
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