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The good news for the Giants is that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who interviewed twice for the Seattle job, did not get it.
The potential bad news for the Giants is on the other side of the ball. The Ravens have two internal candidates to replace Macdonald. One is assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, who has been with the Ravens since 2021. The other is defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, who is considered a leading candidates for the Giants’ vacant defensive coordinator position.
Wilson is the only candidate the Giants have interviewed twice, with GM Joe Schoen having said earlier this week that he would like to have the defensive coordinator post settled by the end of the week.
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Tierney’s extended time spent with all these prospects is sure to pay dividends in the coming weeks, as the Giants’ draft board is completed.
“I think it helps us at every position,’’ Tierney told the Post. “I’m able to bounce around to all the different positions, which is something I haven’t done before. Really when we go back you can talk about a lineman, a receiver, a running back, a quarterback of course, because you’re in there with them as well. Really with everything it helps us get a good baseline for all of these guys. There’s gonna be 250-300 guys to look at over the next couple months and we got a good look [at the Senior Bowl] at 130 of ‘em.
Hear Mike Kafka at Shrine Bowl
Mike Kafka mic'd up at Shrine Bowl pic.twitter.com/rj0FyVDisV— New York Giants (@Giants) January 31, 2024
Senior Bowl action kicked off Tuesday in Mobile, Ala., with the first of three practices leading up to Saturday’s game.
And Giants general manager Joe Schoen is in Mobile, where he is getting a chance to scout two quarterbacks who surely will be available at the sixth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft — Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix.
39. Giants: Michael Penix Jr., Washington
Perhaps the Giants ultimately try to trade into the back end of Round 1 to secure the fifth-year option on a quarterback, but they get their pick of the next tier near the top of Round 2. I went with Penix over Michigan's J.J. McCarthy in this scenario because of his big arm and ability to get the ball downfield. That makes him an ideal fit for Brian Daboll's offense. This is of course contingent on Penix's physical going well, given his extensive injury history (two shoulder injuries, two knee injuries). The pick gives New York options should Daniel Jones not rebound in 2024 after coming back from his torn ACL.
While the Giants’ first pick will get most of the attention, they also need to add talent with their six picks after Round 1.
That’s why Schoen will extend a contract to Barkley shortly after he meets with his agents at the combine. The argument, and what might lead Barkley to what he believes to be greener pastures, is what that contract looks like. It’s important Schoen does not let emotion cloud his otherwise strong approach.
Schoen’s eventual offer to Barkley must reflect the market, not feelings. Let him try to find better. If he can: Decide then if you want to match, or let him walk.
Highlights of the Giants 2023 season
11. WR Michael Pittman, Jr., Indianapolis Colts
New York traded a third-round pick for tight end Darren Waller last offseason, but that experiment may already be a failure as he struggles to manage a nerve issue with his hamstring. The Giants have plenty of speed and slot receivers, please get Daniel Jones a big target on the outside.
New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence. Lawrence has established himself as one of the top defensive tackles in the league. This is the second year in a row that Lawrence has been named to the Pro Bowl while also getting second-team All-Pro honors. He finished the year with 4.5 sacks, 53 tackles, 21 quarterback hits and two pass breakups. Without a doubt, he was New York’s best player in 2023.
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