Good morning, New York Giants fans!
There is no shortage of storylines for Giants fans in this year's Super Bowl.
Probably the only connection that could bring a smile to Giants fans is Steve Spagnuolo, Chiefs’ defensive coordinator. He is joined on that staff by defensive backs coach Dave Merritt, who held that job from 2005-2017 with the Giants.
But there are two players that Big Blue fans will cringe seeing on the field. For the Chiefs, it is WR Kadarius Toney. BBV's Ed Valentine sums it best:
“Yes, the Giants’ 2021 first-round pick is in the Super Bowl. Yes, that makes pretty much every Giants fan feel some sort of way. What way you feel is entirely up to you.
“If we’re being honest, the Kansas City version of Toney has been pretty much what he was in New York. Occasionally productive enough to hint at the ability to be a real difference-maker, but frustratingly injury-prone.”
For the Eagles, it’s CB James Bradbury.
“The cap-strapped Giants had no alternative but to let Bradberry go last offseason. Unfortunately, he landed in Philadelphia. More unfortunately, he had a career year and was named second-team All-Pro.”
Who will you be rooting for this Sunday?
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Other Giant observations
While scouting prospects at the Senior Bowl, the Giants GM explains what will need to happen to strike deals with Barkley and Jones.
LT naming himself the best defensive player of all time is very on-brand
Lawrence Taylor gives his Top 5 defensive players of all-time:— I AM ATHLETE (@IAMATHLETEpod) February 5, 2023
2. Reggie White
3. Deacon Jones
4. Deion Sanders
5. Ronnie Lott
Noticeably missing: Aaron Donald
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SNY.tv’s Connor Hughes asked league executives what the market for Daniel Jones would be:
The appropriate figure is believed to be somewhere between $35 and $37 million, two executives familiar with the quarterback market told SNY. Another, whose team is in need of a veteran quarterback and would “explore” Jones if he were available, said he’d have a “hard time” justifying a $40 million figure for him. In the $30 millions? “Sure,” the exec said, “but not above.”
Instead of taking the most he could, (Bills QB Josh) Allen took a deal that made him financially set for life while also giving the team the flexibility to continue to build around him. The length of the contract (six years) allows the Bills to move and adjust the money of the contract to free additional space as they need it.The Giants might very well look to do something similar with Jones. If they can get him under contract for five or six years, at an AAV in the high $30s, it would allow Schoen to lessen the cap hit while also giving him the financial flexibility to free more as he sees fit in recent years.
This is more of an opinion than a prediction, but the franchise tag should feel extremely enticing for the Raiders with Josh Jacobs and the Giants with Saquon Barkley. The franchise tag for running backs is $10.091 million, which is the least expensive number for any position other than special teamers.
Moreover, the eight highest-paid backs in the league are on contracts with an average annual salary of $12 million to $16 million. The ninth highest-paid back makes $7 million annually, so there’s a massive drop-off from that top tier.
4. Prediction: The Giants will not overcommit to Daniel Jones or Saquon Barkley, giving themselves flexibility to draft a quarterback in 2024.
Some interesting observations from anonymous league officials:
“For a team that is just getting out of cap trouble, they would be wise to slow-play it, but it is really hard to slow-play two guys,” another exec said. “When you are setting up a program, you want to send the right message to your players, to your coaches. The message is almost as important as the dollars.”
“When you are trying to build a culture, it is really hard not to reward players who are playing at a high level and at high volume as well,” the first exec said.
“Is anybody going to value Saquon Barkley more than the New York Giants?” an agent asked. “So where is Saquon going? You don’t have to franchise him. Save the tag for your quarterback. It is a one-year deal. Who cares about a one-year deal?”
If, for whatever reason, Daboll can’t (or doesn’t want to) elevate quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney to Kafka’s spot, he could promote another current assistant — wide receivers coach Mike Groh.
Groh, 51, is a lot more experienced than Tierney, which makes sense, because Groh is 15 years older. Groh was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator from 2018-19, though he didn’t call plays, because head coach Doug Pederson did that. Still, Groh helped run an offense that finished 10th and seventh in Pro Football Focus’ ratings those two years.
Two Giants catches ranked in the top five:
3. Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed leaping catch for the Giants against Dallas in 2014 on national television for a 43-yard touchdown. He was also fouled on the play by Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.
2. David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII against New England safety Rodney Harrison that paved the way for Big Blue’s shocking upset of the undefeated Patriots.
A breakdown of Giants rookie CB Cor’Dale Flott
South Carolina cornerback Darius Rush a fit for the Giants?
Rush spent the week showing he's deserving of his own hype too. Coming in at 6'1", 196 pounds with 33¾" arms was certainly a strong start for Rush, but it's what he did on the practice field that should have scouts and executives excited.
Rush showed a strong feel for receiver routes and the ability to jump in front of them and make plays on the ball. His opponents seemed to agree he had a great week, as he was voted the Practice Player of the Week for the American team's defensive backs by the wide receivers who saw him all week.
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