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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Let’s open with this, in case you missed it. After saying he was a “stage 5 clinger girlfriend” and would basically Patrick Graham if the Giants’ defensive coordinator left for a head-coaching job, this is how Balek Martinez reacted to Graham signing an extension to stay with the Giants:

Now, on to some headlines as we wait for co-owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman to speak to media via videoconference on Wednesday morning.

Julian Love: “They know I’m a ballplayer”

Julian Love was a decorated outside cornerback at Notre Dame, but was moved to safety as soon as the Giants chose him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Twice in the season’s final three weeks, though, the Giants had to play Love at cornerback, where he held up well.

Does that mean Love might get an opportunity to move back to that spot full-time? Love sounded on Tuesday as though he isn’t expecting that to be the case.

“That versatility role for is me is what will happen going forward. Being able to play a lot of positions,” Love said via Zoom. “I think I showed them some great stuff. However they want to see it I’m fine with it, but they know I’m a ballplayer. That’s what I’ve always tried to establish myself as — a guy who can get it, no matter where it is.”

More headlines

The NFL should punish the Eagles for Week 17 farce - Sports Illustrated

SI’s Conor Orr believes the Eagles should be sanctioned for their “nakedly brazen maneuver.”

Seth Joyner tears down Eagles head coach Doug Pederson for 'tank' job | RSN

Former Eagles player goes off on Doug Pederson.

“I have never been more ashamed to be associated with the Philadelphia Eagles than I am tonight,” Joyner said on the show. “I would love to be a fly on the wall and stand in that locker room and hear the words of consolation that Doug Pederson has for that football team after what I just witnessed.

“You asked these guys to play injured, you ask them to play hurt, you ask them to give 100 percent effort, you ask them to lay it on the line. And tonight, [Pederson] owed it to this football team, the way those young guys went out and played their behinds off, he owed them the opportunity to win this game.”

Eagles players, coaches were shocked by Doug Pederson’s QB switch, resulting in sideline confrontations

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane writes:

When Doug Pederson pulled Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld early in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s season finale against Washington, many Eagles players and coaches were shocked and outraged, team sources told The Inquirer.

Some were angry. Two defensive players had to be held back from approaching Pederson. Center Jason Kelce and another offensive starter went to the coach to ask him why he had pulled the starting quarterback with the Eagles trailing by only three.

Miles Sanders - No Philadelphia Eagles players liked QB switch from Jalen Hurts to Nate Sudfeld

“If I’m being honest, nobody liked the decision. Nobody. That’s all I can say,” Sanders said during an appearance on 94.1 WIP on Tuesday. “I don’t know who was the main person behind that decision, but all I know is a lot of people on the team were confused.”

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith wins Heisman Trophy

Here is a little symmetry for you:

If the Giants draft Smith, let’s hope that proves to be a better decision than drafting Dayne was.

NFL mock draft 2021: Complete first round projection - SBNation.com

SB Nation mock gives the Giants Michigan EDGE Kwity Paye. Based purely on Chris’s projection of Paye (I haven’t yet studied him myself), I would not like this selection. Here is what Chris wrote in an early evaluation:

“Michigan’s Kwity Paye projects best as a reliable starting defensive end in a 4-3 front. Defensive coordinators will appreciate Paye’s competitive toughness and discipline, as well as his ability to be a reliable player on all downs. However, he is somewhat scheme limited and is an awkward fit in most modern 3-4 defenses (or hybrid defenses based in one-gap 34 principles). Paye lacks the elite athleticism necessary to be a consistent star pass rusher, and will struggle to bend the edge or beat NFL caliber offensive tackles with speed.”

Deep Dive: Evaluating Success Rate for First-Year Head Coaches

This is interesting, though all of the numbers ended up making me dizzy.

Houston Texans hiring New England Patriots exec Nick Caserio as GM, source says

Caserio was thought to be a front-runner if the Giants had decided to move on from Gettleman.

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