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Quarterback-specific NFL helmet will be available for the first time in 2023

The NFL and NFLPA announced April 13 a quarterback-specific helmet will be offered for the first time for the 2023 season. The league and the player’s union said the VICIS ZERO2 MATRIX QB performed 7% better in quarterback-specific testing than the most popular helmet worn by quarterbacks last season.

Both parties said half of all QB concussions occur when their helmets hit the ground and touted this new helmet will reduce the severity of those specific impacts. Position-specific helmet designs take into account the unique locations and speeds of head impacts for each position group to offer players more customized protection.

“Helmets customized to the unique experiences of a position group promotes player safety,” said Jeff Miller, NFL Executive Vice President overseeing Player Health and Safety. “This is the next evolution in a rapidly advancing market for improved helmets.”

The addition of a QB-specific helmet follows the introduction in the 2021 season of an offensive and defensive linemen-specific helmet. Two OL and DL-specific helmets now top the 2023 NFL-NFLPA helmet rankings.

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Other Giant observations

Cowboys star on Giants’ Saquon Barkley: ‘Pay him!’ |

In a tweet responding to a fan who pointed out that Barkley’s production fell in the second half of the 2022 season, fellow Penn State alum Micah Parsons pushed back by saying the running back is the focal point when scouting the Giants offense.

“I mean yeah that’s what happens when you the best players on your team you idiot!! The scheme on Monday morning is we well not let SAQUON BARKLEY BEAT Us!! People just think we be out here playing free for all!! like (get the (bleep) out)! That mf is that offense! Pay him!”

Newsday’s Kim Jones: There are some hurt feelings between Barkley, Giants

Boomer & Gio: How long could Saquon Barkley holdout last? |

Boomer pointed out, this is the nature of how running backs are treated in today’s NFL, and Barkley likely won’t be an exception, regardless of what he has done for the Giants.

“None of that matters,” Boomer said. “He plays a position that unfortunately tells every single team out there that you can only pay so much for what he does…it’s an unfair system when it comes to running backs. That’s just the way it is. That’s the reality of it. Do I believe he deserves to be paid? I do, but I also know the expectations of the running back have gone by the wayside with the exception to the Ezekiel Elliot and Derrick Henry contracts…it’s just the way the business has been run over the last 10 years and how they’ve devalued the position.”

New Giants by the numbers

Five prospects Giants should target in first round of NFL Draft | FOX Sports

Their choices could be difficult. And in his second draft as the Giants general manager, Joe Schoen can't afford to get this wrong. FOX Sports Ralph Vacchiano offers that the Giants should come away with one of these five players: USC WR Jordan Addison, TCU WR Quentin Johnston, Pittsburgh DT Calijah Kancey, Maryland CB Deonte Banks and Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes.

2023 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Five Franchise QBs Selected in Top 15 | The 33rd Team

25. New York Giants Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU. The New York Giants pick what could be the No. 1 wide receiver on their board.

Around the league

What Is the S2 Cognitive Test, and Does It Matter in Predicting QB Performance? |

Josh Harris Group Reaches Agreement to Buy Commanders | Football Outsiders

Secondary should be high on Commanders’ list for first-round targets | FOX Sports

Bears GM Ryan Poles details trading No. 1 pick: Panthers 'wanted to control the draft' |

Anthony Richardson pens open letter to teams ahead of 2023 NFL Draft, QB explains why he’s worth the bet |

Ex-Giants coordinator John Fox comes out of retirement because he misses NFL ‘chess match’ |

Ravens' Odell Beckham Jr. makes pitch to Lamar Jackson to stay |

Eric DeCosta: Lamar Jackson is "in our plans" | ProFootballTalk

Browns, FirstEnergy agree to end stadium sponsorship deal |

Bailey Zappe will ‘take full advantage’ of any opportunity to become Patriots’ QB1 |

Rumor emerges that Nick Caserio could leave Houston for New England, after the draft | ProFootballTalk

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