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New York Giants mock draft tracker: LSU WR Malik Nabers still top choice

LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers remains the consensus choice at No. 6 for the New York Giants among mock drafters in the buildup to the 2024 NFL Draft. Nabers was the choice in 23 of 48 mock drafts (47.9%) used in this week’s tracker.

Roman Odunze, the Washington wide receiver, was the second-most often selected player. He was chosen seven times. That makes 30 of 48 mock drafts (62.6%) in which a wide receiver was chose at No. 6 for the Giants.

Offensive tackle was the choice in nine mocks (18.4%). Joe Alt of Notre Dame and Olu Fashanu of Penn State were each chosen four times, and Taliese Fauaga of Oregon State was chosen once. LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels was selected in five mock drafts.

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Giants QB Daniel Jones running on anti-gravity treadmill | New York Daily News

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones told the Daily News Friday on Super Bowl Radio Row that he has started running on an anti-gravity treadmill as he rehabilitates his surgically repaired right ACL.

Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, Sean Payton with Kay Adams

Giants tried to bring back retired QB (who’s now a coach) to play, his boss says | NJ.com

Speaking to Daniel Jones and Eli Manning on the “Up Adams Show” Friday, Payton said the Giants reached out to Davis Webb, who now serves as Denver’s quarterbacks coach.

“When you got hurt this year, Davis got a call about ‘Can you come back to play...,’” Payton said. “And I’m like, ‘Davis, you took this job. You’re coaching.’ And then there’s some rule in our league where if you sign a coaching contract for a year, you cannot play. Anyway, I thought we were going to lose our quarterbacks coach to the Giants.”

Phil Simms talks Daniel Jones & more from Super Bowl LVIII | Giants.com

Simms believes Jones can overcome his early-career injuries and enjoy long-term success.

“He definitely has starting NFL talent,” Simms said. “That’s the one thing I’ll argue for as long as you want. I wish he’d yell at somebody sometimes. Is that okay? Not that that makes you a quarterback, but it just tells me something about you, too. I didn’t do it on the field, but poor (center) Bart Oates. He’d sit next to me on the bench, ‘Bart!’ I would just look back and go, ‘Why didn’t he punch me?’”

Giants’ coaching staff reset leaves some room for questions: Why all the promotions? | The Athletic

But the enhanced title — and the pay raise that surely accompanies it — mostly seems like a goodwill gesture. The Giants recently blocked a request from the Seattle Seahawks to interview Kafka for their offensive coordinator position.

Daboll was non-committal after the season when asked if he expects Kafka to remain the play caller. There’s an expectation Daboll will become even more involved in the offense during the pivotal third season of his tenure. A raise and boosted title could help assuage Kafka after he was blocked from leaving and could be facing a reduced role in the offense.

Giants’ John Mara, Jets’ Woody Johnson discuss installing grass at MetLife Stadium ‘at least once a week’ | nj.com

Will MetLife Stadium ever get grass?

Saquon Barkley Offers Frank Response Regarding Possible Post-Giants Future | Sports Illustrated

“I’m a big fan of Justin Herbert, and I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. But hey, if the opportunity were able to present itself, I definitely wouldn’t be against it,” he said.

Tommy DeVito is a Goodfella

Former NFL players share stories of their Super Bowl TDs | ESPN.com

“I definitely look [back] on the Helmet Catch more,” Tyree said. “It’s the topic of conversation, but the touchdown catch is special to me because I was in the game plan. They called that play, we executed that play, and I scored a touchdown. [But] the Helmet Catch was the biggest exclamation point I would argue anyone has ever had [in a career] inside of five years.”

Cynthia Frelund 2024 NFL mock draft 1.0: Bears pass on QB; Commanders land Caleb Williams | NFL.com

6. New York Giants. Rome Odunze, WR, Washington. Odunze is my WR2 by the slimmest of margins. In fact, his contested-catch ability, as well as his body control, ranks in the top 20 percentile in a 10-season sample. I also cannot believe my models didn’t choose an O-lineman here either, as it is an area of big need. That should tell you how much my evaluations love Odunze.

Kayvon hits Radio Row

This video came courtesy of “The Morning Huddle” with R.J. Ochoa and Rob Thompson on 94.1 San Antonio’s Sports Star

Around the league

Greatest NFL defensive coordinator of all time? Chiefs' Steve Spagnuolo presents compelling case | NFL.com

Travis Kelce vs. George Kittle: A tale of two dominant tight ends | PFF

Niners RB Christian McCaffrey reflects on trade, remains thankful to play under Kyle Shanahan | NFL.com

Will Las Vegas Super Bowl field hold up after NFL turf issues? | ESPN.com

The Most Fun Prop Bets to Make for Super Bowl LVIII | The Ringer

Seahawks plan to hire Cowboys assistant Aden Durde as new defensive coordinator | NFL.com

Cowboys' early playoff exit 'embarrassing,' says Emmitt Smith | ESPN.com

DeVonta Smith: Extension or not, I’m going to have to come in and do what I have to do | Pro Football Talk

Commanders to hire Larry Izzo as special teams coordinator | Pro Football Talk

Broncos ‘mistreated’ Russell Wilson, made illegal threats over his contract, NFLPA reportedly says | CBSSports.com

Sean Payton: Broncos’ decision on QB Russell Wilson coming ‘sooner than later’ | The Athletic

Arthur Blank: Bill Belichick didn't ask for control of football operations, wasn't offered job | Pro Football Talk

Patriots owner Robert Kraft outlines team’s offseason plans: ‘Spending will never be held back’ | The Athletic

Spain to host NFL game at Real Madrid stadium in 2025 | ESPN.com

Report: Amazon Prime Video will exclusively stream a playoff game next year | Pro Football Talk

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