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Former BBV contributor Dan Pizzuta writes of Daniel Jones:

Jones added muscle this offseason to help his fumbling issue (he led the league in fumbles last season), but it’s unlikely that means anything if the quarterback is not aware of an incoming hit. Jones’s ability to hold onto the ball will come much more from an improvement in reading and feeling pressure than having a stronger grip on the ball when the hit occurs.

What all 32 NFL teams need to see from their 2020 rookie class | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF


Upgrading the tackle position was clearly a priority for Dave Gettleman and company in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they probably would have preferred if Solder had not opted out of the upcoming season.

Thomas is the most pro-ready tackle prospect in this year’s class. He came into the SEC as a true freshman and posted a 76.7 pass-blocking grade, which isn’t a feat to take lightly. Thomas improved his pass-blocking and run-blocking grades in each subsequent season for the Bulldogs, resulting in a 92.7 PFF grade this past year.

Peart also has a lot to like when it comes to his pass-blocking chops as an NFL tackle, but until he adds some play strength to his frame, things could get hairy early if he's asked to start. He’ll compete with Nick Gates and Cameron Fleming for the right tackle job as a rookie. Solder and Remmers certainly weren’t anything to write home about in 2019, but starting two rookie tackles is a challenge in its own right if Peart does win the job. Any sort of upgrade over that duo — no matter how small — should be welcomed by New York.

PFF Rankings: The NFL’s top 15 tight ends ahead of the 2020 NFL season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

Evan Engram checks in at No. 12.

If he hadn’t dealt with injuries over the past two seasons, he would likely be higher on this list. He’s had stretches — the close to the 2018 season and the beginning to the 2019 season are two that come to mind — where he’s proven he can be difficult for defenses to handle. You don’t see too many players listed at 230-plus pounds running 4.42-second 40-yard dashes. That has helped him become one of the top tight ends in the NFL with the ball in his hands after the catch, averaging 6.2 yards after the catch per reception across his first three NFL seasons.

The injuries have certainly played a role, but Engram is entering his fourth season and still hasn’t put everything together for an entire year, which is the reason he comes in at just 12th.

Friday’s media schedule

Four more Giants’ position coaches will speak to media via videoconference on Friday.

Outside linebackers coach/Senior assistant Bret Bielema – 12:30 p.m.
Defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson – 12:40 p.m.
Running backs coach Burton Burns – 12:50 p.m.
Offensive line Coach Marc Colombo – 1 p.m.

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