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Here is Nick Falato’s reaction:
“It’s fair to say Isaiah Simmons never maximized his immense potential when the Cardinals selected him eighth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old played linebacker, nickel, safety, and some edge in Vance Joseph’s defense over the last few seasons. He needed a fresh start on a defense that wouldn’t pigeonhole him into a specific role but rather would find ways to leverage his explosiveness and length. The Giants need depth at edge, and Simmons’ quick first step will help Martindale’s philosophy of loading the line of scrimmage to create free rushers; plus, Simmons has plenty of athletic ability to drop into space and operate smoothly since he’s experienced at nickel and safety. Think of the Oshane Ximines role on third down early last season - that’s one way the Giants will leverage Simmons’ skill-set.”
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TE Darren Waller could be in line for a 100-plus target season if he stays healthy. The connection between him and Daniel Jones has been in full effect since day one of training camp.
S Dane Belton — 85.8 PFF grade. Belton was thrust into action as a rookie in 2022 due to injuries in the Giants secondary, but he managed just a 32.8 PFF grade over the year. However, he has been showing promising signs in his second offseason, as he has now earned 75.0-plus PFF grades in both of his preseason games. He made two stops in the passing game against the Panthers, while passes thrown into his coverage resulted in a loss of 3 yards on the day.
It was the moment Jordon Riley realized he belonged, a fourth-and-1 stop on which Riley pushed the offensive line back and made the tackle on Spencer Brown behind the line of scrimmage last Friday in the Giants’ preseason win over the Panthers.
“I know our team needed it and for me personally, a few plays before that, my technique wasn’t as great,” Riley told The Post. “Having that fourth-down stop, hearing MetLife’s reaction to it and getting love from my teammates, it was a special moment for me.”
Cris Collinsworth: Daniel Jones has similar traits to Mahomes
Cris Collinsworth gushes about the New York Giants and Daniel Jones coming into the 2023 season. Compares Daniel Jones to Patrick Mahomes #TOGETHERBLUE #DANIELJONES #NYGIANTS #GIANTS #GMEN pic.twitter.com/0khN3Fb0zd— Chuck Knoxx (@chuckknoxx) August 23, 2023
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“Listen, there’s not a lot of players who turned into great coaches,” Rodgers said. “I think there’s some reasons for that. But I’ve given a lot to this game. This game has given me a lot. And I think when I’m done, I’m gonna be done, done.”
T Mekhi Becton — 85.0 PFF grade. The former first-round pick would most likely be starting had he been able to stay healthy, but given that he has not played a regular-season game since Week 1 of the 2021 season, Becton will have to work his way up the depth chart. However, his talent was once again evident this weekend, as he put together a solid performance against Tampa Bay. He earned a run-blocking grade of 90.2 while allowing no pressures on 19 pass-rushing snaps.
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