Giants New Priority: Sign Kirk Cousins

Eli Manning‘s streak of 210 consecutive games started will officially come to an end in Week 13. The Giants organization and head coach Ben McAdoo have handled this in the worst way possible. I would have understood, and I’m sure many would agree, if the Giants benched Eli for rookie QB Davis Webb. However, they are starting QB Geno Smith instead. A guy who has thrown 28 TDs to 36 interceptions in 34 career games. HE IS HORRIBLE. There is no other way to put it. It is time to move on from this topic, and it seems as if the Giants are ready to move on from Eli Manning.

So, who will be the man under center for the Giants come 2018? Yes, you read the title right. Kirk “You Like That” Cousins. How do the Giants do this? Why would the Giants do this? What would this mean for the rest of their off-season? Do not try to think too much and hurt yourself. I got you covered.

Step 1: Trade Eli Manning

Eli Manning does have a good amount of money left on his contract and a no-trade clause. After the way the Giants organization has treated him recently, I would not be surprised to see him waive his NTC if he was going to a team that can win immediately. Manning has 2-3 good years left and he is going to want to win soon. What team has enough cap space and will please Eli? Hello, Jacksonville! Jacksonville will have around $34M in cap space when the 2018 off-season begins. They also have a dominant defense, solid run game, and Tom Coughlin. Blake Bortles is not the answer for them. They need to upgrade the QB position if they want to find success. Eli will bring veteran leadership to a young team that has the pieces to win right away. He will fit nicely and the Jags could either cut Bortles, or possibly move him to a desperate team. In return the Giants could receive a package in the ball park of a 2018 2nd rounder and 2019 5th rounder.

Step 2: Cut Marshall, Harris, and Armstrong

When the Giants signed Brandon Marshall, I thought it was a steal. Boy, was I wrong. Marshall went down with an injury early in the year, but even before then he looked like he had brick hands. He was dropping balls left and right, while giving no effort at all. The signing of Dwayne Harris was just not good. The Giants overpaid for a player who they thought could be a game changer in the return game, but he has been abysmal at that position. He also is not a very good wide receiver. He is good as a gunner on special teams, but it is not worth the contract he has. Who is Ray-Ray Armstrong? I did not even know this man was on the Giants roster, nonetheless under contract through 2018. Goodbye. By cutting these three players the Giants would save themselves a little more than $8.8M.

Step 3: Restructure Janoris Jenkins

In 2016, Janoris Jenkins was arguably the best cover corner in all of football. This year, he has looked lazy and has been placed on injured reserve. He should be embarrassed, as should this whole team, for the lack of effort he has given in some games this year. A change of power should change his attitude. However, the Giants need to save some more money somewhere. They can restructure a few big contracts. I think Jenkins is the most likely to restructure and he certainly should after the lack of effort he has displayed at points this year. If the Giants restructure his contract, they can save about $7.5M.

Step 4: Sign Captain Kirk

Here it is. The moment you have all been waiting for. Kirk Cousins will receive a hefty contract this off-season, but it will be well worth it. I see him signing around 5-years/$130M. After all these moves the Giants certainly have the cap space to make this possible, and they should. Cousins will be 30 years old when the 2018 season begins, which means he can definitely give the Giants at least 5 good years.

Kirk Cousins is having a fantastic season, once again. Cousins gets a lot of blame for the Redskins’ lack of success since he became their full time started in 2015, but that is not all on him. Kirk has started one playoff game for the Redskins, which came in 2015. He passed for 329 yards and threw for one TD, while completing 63% of his passes. The problem in that game, and this has been the case for the Redskins most of the time since 2015, was the lack of defense and a rushing attack. Let’s take a look at the three years in which Kirk has been a starer.

2015:

  • 69.8% Pass Completion Percentage (1st)
  • 101.6 Passer Rating (5th)
  • 379 Passes Completed (7th)
  • 3 Game Winning Drives (8th)
  • 4,166 Passing Yards (10th)
  • 2 Comebacks (10th)

2016:

  • 406 Passes Completed (3rd)
  • 4,917 Passing Yards (3rd)
  • 307.3 Passing Yards/Game (3rd)
  • 4 Comebacks (4th)
  • 4 Game Winning Drives (5th)
  • 97.2 Passer Rating (7th)
  • 67.0% Pass Completion Percentage (8th)

2017 (As of 12/1):

  • 4 Game Winning Drives (1st)
  • 275 Passes Completed (2nd)
  • 3,289 Passing Yards (2nd)
  • 21 Passing TDs (4th)
  • 274.1 Passing Yards/Game (5th)
  • 66.6% Pass Completion Percentage (6th)
  • 99.6 Passer Rating (7th)
  • 1 Comeback (8th)

Safe to say Kirk is at least a top-10 QB in the NFL right now. The Giants would be extremely wise to go out and sign this man, even if it means overpaying a bit. If the Giants can go out and make this possible, they could afford to trade down in the draft and accumulate draft picks. This would give them the ability to add multiple players, through the draft, to positions that they desperately need upgrades at. Cough, running back and offensive line, cough. The Giants would also have about $20M more in cap space after signing Kirk, restructuring Jenkins, and cutting the players I mentioned.

Call me crazy for thinking about this happening, but it is a real possibility. It is becoming more and more realistic that Eli can be traded this off-season. This would mean the Giants would a craving to sign, or draft, a quarterback. Are any of the QBs in this upcoming draft worth a second or third overall pick? That I am not sure of, but this roster is good enough to win next year if they stay healthy. Kirk Cousins could be the answer for years to come as a replacement for Eli. Think about it for a second before calling me crazy.

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Eli Manning: The Second Greatest NFL Player in New York Football History

April 24, 2004 is a date that Giants fans will remember for the rest of their lives. Eli Manning was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the draft, while the Giants selected Philip Rivers with the fourth pick. Manning and Rivers did not last on those teams very long. Eli refused to play for the Chargers and the team had no choice but to trade him. The Giants and Chargers agreed to a trade that sent Manning to the Giants, while Rivers and three-draft picks (2004 3rd and 5th, 2005 1st) were sent to the Chargers. It is safe to say that the trade has panned out for the Giants.

Lawrence Taylor is the greatest player in New York Football history, by far. Who is number two? There have been plenty of great players that have worn the blue and white, or the green and white, but I am hear to say that Eli is right behind LT. Many will argue that Joe Namath was better than Eli. Joe Namath was OVERRATED. Let’s compare the two QBs throughout their New York careers.

Eli Manning:

  • 210 Games Started (2nd longest consecutive streak of All-Time)
  • 4,319 Passes Completed (6th All-Time)
  • 50,625 Passing Yards (7th All-Time)
  • 334 Passing TDs (7th All-Time)
  • 30 Comebacks (7th All-Time)
  • 40 Game-Winning Drives (8th All-Time)
  • 12 Playoff Games Started (14th All-Time)
  • 83.8 Passer Rating
  • 59.8% Passes Completed
  • 222 Interceptions
  • 4 x Pro-Bowler
  • 2 x SB Champ
  • 2 x SB MVP
  • Future HOF

Joe Namath

  • 129 Games Started
  • 1,836 Passes Completed
  • 27,057 Passing Yards
  • 170 Passing TDs
  • 16 Comebacks
  • 16 Game-Winning Drives
  • 3 Playoff Games Started
  • 65.8 Passer Rating
  • 50.2% Passes Completed
  • 215 Interceptions
  • 5 x Pro-Bowler
  • 1 x SB Champ
  • 1 x SB MVP
  • 1 x All-Pro
  • HOF

Yes, Eli has played many more games than Namath and some of his numbers may be higher for that reason. But, what about some of the other numbers? Namath’s completion percentage, passer rating and interceptions are abysmal. Namath has thrown 42 more interceptions than touchdowns in his time in New York. HORRIBLE. Not to mention how clutch Eli has been throughout his career. He has 40 game-winning drives compared to Namath’s 16 and 12 playoff games compared to Namath’s 3.

Joe Namath’s one SB victory came at a time in which he only had to win 2 games to accomplish the feat. The Raiders were a very good team in 1968 when Namath and the Jets defeated them, but they did not have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. When Eli and the Giants defeated the Patriots in 2007 they were undefeated before that game. 18-0. They might have been the best team in NFL history. Randy Moss and Tom Brady had an insane connection. The Patriots, since 2000, may be the greatest dynasty in all of sports. They have reached the Super Bowl seven times since then, while winning it five times! Who handed them those two losses? ELI MANNING. You can say all you want about the defense and the lucky catches, but someone had to make those throws right?

Whether or not you want to put Eli over Namath, he is still a top-5 player in New York football history. He has brought the Giants two Super Bowls and many great memories in his 14 seasons with the team. The way they have treated him this week is downright disgusting. Eli deserves to be treated with more respect because of all the success he has been able to bring this franchise.

Thanksgiving Day against the Redskins may have been the last time we ever will see Eli under center for the New York Giants. He may be released or he may be traded come next year. No matter what happens Eli Manning is a legend in the eyes of Giants’ fans. He has brought all of us so many fond memories that we will never forget. As a Giants fan I cannot thank Eli enough for the joy he has brought me over these past 14 years. Thank you, Eli.

How do the New York Giants fix their woes?

The New York Giants have struggled mightily, on the offensive end, in their first two games. They scored 3 points in week one against the Cowboys, then went on to score 10 points in week two against the Lions. Neither of those two teams have a defense to brag about. That begs the question, what is wrong with the Giants? How do they fix their problem?

What is wrong with the Giants?

The answer is simple: the offensive line. The Giants offensive line may be the worst in all of football. Ereck Flowers might be the worst left tackle in the NFL. Eli Manning has not looked good, but it is not entirely his fault. The offensive line is giving him not time in the pocket and he is getting hit play after play. The Giants have let up the third most sacks in the league, 8 sacks, so far this season. Ereck Flowers gave up three of those just last week against the Lions. Along the offensive line, the Giants have three players currently with a “poor” rating according to Pro Football Focus. Ereck Flowers is ranked #58 among tackles, Bobby Hart is ranked #48 among tackles and Justin Pugh is ranked #51 among tackles, as he had to play tackle due to the injury to Bobby Hart. The run game is a problem as well, but once again it goes back to the offensive line. The line is creating zero holes for the Giants’ running backs. The Giants also do not have very good running backs, as they deploy Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen on game days. However, a good line can put a mask over poor running backs. It all goes back to the line.

How do they fix it?

It starts with moving Ereck Flowers away from left tackle and letting Justin Pugh play his true position at left guard. Ereck Flowers is getting absolutely exposed. In the first two weeks he has made Demarcus Lawrence, of the Cowboys, and Ezekiel Ansah, of the Lions, look like All-Pro defensive ends. They can try to replace him within, but that most likely will fail as the Giants do not have much depth along the offensive line. I think the Giants should explore a trade for Browns’ LT Joe Thomas. Joe Thomas was reportedly on the trading block last year and he may be available again this year.

If the Giants acquire Joe Thomas he would slide right into the starting LT spot. He may also be able to groom Ereck Flowers for the future. Flowers can move over to RT in hopes that he can play better there and Pugh goes back to left guard. Center Weston Richburg and right guard John Jerry, have actually played very well so far this season. This one move can make the Giants’ offensive line look like a completely different unit.

One simple move can save the Giants from a disappointing season. Hopefully, the acquiring of Joe Thomas and move of Ereck Flowers from the left side to the right side can fix their woes. If not, well Giant fans, the season is lost and we will need to try replacing Flowers through the draft and/or free agency. The Giants have a ton of talent on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. If they can just fix their offensive line woes, they can be a true contender.

 

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Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Week one has come and gone. It is time to reflect on the teams that surprised and disappointed. There is a lot of movement going on in this week’s power rankings. Check it out!

  1. Green Bay Packers 1-0 (Up 1)
  2. Oakland Raiders 1-0 (Up 4)
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 (No Change)
  4. Atlanta Falcons 1-0 (Up 1)
  5. New England Patriots 0-1 (Down 4)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs 1-0 (Up 2)
  7. Seattle Seahawks 0-1 (Down 3)
  8. Dallas Cowboys 1-0 (Up 1)
  9. Denver Broncos 1-0 (Up 3)
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-0 (Up 1)
  11. Tennessee Titans 0-1 (Down 1)
  12. New York Giants 0-1 (Down 5)
  13. Detroit Lions 1-0 (Up 2)
  14. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 (No Change)
  15. Minnesota Vikings 1-0 (Up 2)
  16. Carolina Panthers 1-0 (Up 3)
  17. Baltimore Ravens 1-0 (Up 3)
  18. Arizona Cardinals 0-1 (Down 5)
  19. Cincinnati Bengals 0-1 (Down 3)
  20. Los Angeles Chargers 0-1 (Down 2)
  21. Miami Dolphins 0-0 (Up 4)
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-0 (Up 4)
  23. New Orleans Saints 0-1 (Down 2)
  24. Los Angeles Rams 1-0 (Up 5)
  25. Buffalo Bills 1-0 (Up 2)
  26. Houston Texans 0-1 (Down 4)
  27. Washington Redskins 0-1 (Down 4)
  28. Cleveland Browns 0-1 (Up 2)
  29. Chicago Bears 0-1 (Down 1)
  30. Indianapolis Colts (Down 6)
  31. San Francisco 49ers (No Change)
  32. New York Jets (No Change)

Week 1 Recap

Well, it all started on Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the New England Patriots. No one, I mean no one at all, expected that. Tom Brady and co. playing at home on opening night. No shot they would lose, but we were all wrong. The Chiefs looked very good, but what was most surprising was their offense. Tyreek Hill , Kareem Hunt and Alex Smith has dominant games.

The Raiders looked very good against the Titans, who I expect will have a very good season. Marshawn Lynch looked like the time off did not effect him one bit. The Packers and Seahawks was a game of defense. Who expected that? The Packers defense looked very good, but that could have to do with the fact that the Seahawks offensive line was so atrocious. Russell Wilson had no time to throw the ball and there were no holes for the running backs to hit. The O-Line will be a big problem for the Seahawks this season.

Speaking of teams with offensive line problems, the Giants looked ATROCIOUS on Sunday night in Dallas. No Odell Beckham hurt the Giants for sure, but the offensive line made the Cowboys defense look like a top 5 unit. Eli Manning was rushed and hit all night long. If they cannot improve the offensive line they are going to struggle to make the playoffs.

The Ravens, Lions and Rams were three teams that surprised me this week. The Lions offense looked dominant against a very good Cardinals defense. Matthew Stafford was picking them apart all night, while Kenny Golladay was a force in the end zone. If they can find a run game they will surprise a lot of people this year. The Ravens defense looked like the defense of old. They were the only team to pitch a shutout this week as they destroyed the Bengals on the road. They forced five turnovers and sacked Andy Dalton five times. The Rams were playing an awful Colts team with no Andrew Luck, but their offense is what shocked me. The Colts do not have a very good defense by any means, but Jared Goff looked like he took a big leap from last year. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown. Efficient and effective. Cooper Kupp lived up to the hype as well as he reeled in the lone touchdown pass from Goff.

What to Look for in Giants Game vs. Browns

The Giants play the Cleveland Browns in their second game of the preseason tonight. Anytime you watch a preseason game you have to make sure you take it with a grain of salt. The starters do not play the whole game and even when they do play, their adrenaline is not pumping the same it would for a regular season game. Make sure you do not look too much into the preseason games.

1. Ereck Flowers

This will be what I am looking at all preseason long. In game one he was bad. He played about a quarter of football and to no surprise he let up a sack. He was beat over and over again, which allowed the Steelers’ defense to put pressure on Josh Johnson. In practice this past week reports had it that it was one of the worst weeks Flowers has ever had. One expert said one of Flowers’ sessions was the, “Worst I’ve seen, period.” Giants’ fans can only hope and pray that we see a miracle from Flowers at this point.

2. Starting Offense

Head Coach Ben McAdoo said he will give the Giants’ starting offense some run tonight. It is expected that their first string offense will play the whole first quarter, maybe a bit of the second quarter as well. Once again, do not look too far into preseason games. If the Giants’ do not look good tonight it is not a big deal. Every year Eli and company look terrible in the preseason. With that being said, it will be the first time we see the new offense all together. Eli, Beckham, Shepard, Marshall and Engram will all be together on the field tonight. It will be fun to see them finally play together.

3. Back Up QB

The back up quarterback battle was atrocious in week one. Josh Johnson did basically nothing. Geno Smith threw one interception, but was lucky he had another one called back. Davis Webb looked the best of the three, but did not do much to impress either. Once again we will be looking for the winner of the battle. Webb will make the team, whether it be the practice squad or he may suit up on Sundays. However, one of Smith and Johnson will be cut. Right now Smith is winning that battle, but neither look like they deserve the spot. We will see if someone pulls away a bit tonight against the Browns.

4. Kicking Competition

The Giants will eventually have to cut one of Mike Nugent and Aldrick Rosas, but for now they will continue to battle it out. They may do so for the rest of the preseason. In game one they both make their two field goal attempts. Rosas was a bit more impressive as he made one from over 50 yards and both his field goals went right down the middle. The 50 plus yard attempt had a little extra juice on it as well. Nugent looked just fine, but both of his field goal attempts did hook a bit towards the end. Right now there is no clear favorite to take the spot, but we will see if anything changes after tonight.

5. Landon Collins

Mark my words: Landon Collins will win Defensive Player of the Year. He looks like he is ready to take another step up even after his huge improvement last season. He is the best player on the defensive end and arguably the best player on the team. In the first game he was all over the field, as he had five tackles and two of them for a loss in just about a half of play. Reports have it that he is going just as hard in practice. He seems hungry. Giants fans just sit back and enjoy watching Landon play. He really is something special.

 

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Fantasy Football QB Rankings: Part 2

This is the second part of my QB rankings. I posted the first part yesterday and you can right it right here.

16. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (Bye Week: 6)

One of the most under appreciated fantasy football quarterbacks. Taylor can run the bell very well and is an accurate deep passer. Sammy Watkins is in a contract year and the Bills drafted Zay Jones to give Taylor a legitimate number two receiver.

17. Eli Manning, New York Giants (Bye Week: 8)

Eli may have more weapons than almost anyone else in the league not named Big Ben and Tom Brady. The Giants added Brandon Marshall this season, making Beckham-Marshall one of the top duos in the league. They also drafted TE Evan Engram to give Eli a receiving threat at TE. The biggest problems for Eli are the Giants’ offensive line and Eli’s troubles with interceptions. These two hold him back from being a top 10 fantasy quarterback.

18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (Bye Week: 6)

People forget that Dalton has finished top 12 in three of his last five seasons. This year Dalton has the most weapons he has had in a while. They added Joe Mixon and John Ross in the draft to go along with a full season from Tyler Eifert. If the offensive line can keep him up, Dalton can finish top 12 once again. That’s a big IF.

19. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week: 10)

Wentz is my breakout candidate for this season. However, I cannot rank him higher just because I think he is going to breakout. Wentz was too inconsistent in the second half of last season. The Eagles added some nice pieces in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey this off-season. If Wentz can stay consistent and does not hit a sophomore wall, he can be very good this year.

20. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (Bye Week: 8)

Everyone, including myself, thought the 2015 season for Palmer was a revival for his career. However, we were wrong. In 2016 we saw the quarterback that Palmer has always been. He will give you some really good games to go along with some truly ugly ones. He may see a bit of an increase in production from last year, but not that much.

21. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (Bye Week: 8)

I really had high expectations for Bortles last year and I refuse to make that mistake once again. I had him as a top-10 quarterback last season and he truly disappointed. He was nursing an injured shoulder for some of the season. I just do not think he gets back to top-10 status. He may finish top-15 if he can limit the turnovers.

22. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (Bye Week: 10)

The Baltimore Ravens loved to throw the ball last year and they gave Flacco more weapons this off-season. They added Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is a very nice receiver out of the backfield. Maclin will be a nice complement to Mike Wallace. The only problem I have with Flacco is his health.

23. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Bye Week: 11)

Tannehill is just not a fantasy quarterback. He is more of a game manager and he does not fit well in fantasy football games. He will give a breakout game here and there because of his underrated legs. He is a nice back up, but is not someone you want starting on your team.

24. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week: 10)

Smith is basically in the same exact boat as Tannehill. Both are good quarterbacks, but neither is really a fantasy football option. Smith is a game manager as well and will rarely take shots down the down. He won’t turn the ball over much, but he won’t put up big numbers either.

25. DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans (Bye Week: 7)

Watson may not be the starter at the beginning of the season, but I do not expect that to last long. In my opinion, Watson is the best all-around rookie quarterback taken in this draft. He also has something many quarterbacks in the league do not: An elite receiver. DeAndre Hopkins always puts up numbers no matter who is throwing the ball to him and I expect Watson to be better than anyone that the Texans put out there last year.

26. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (Bye Week: 9)

Sam Bradford is an extremely accurate passer and this is the first time in his career he will have the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons. The Vikings offense should improve as a whole from last season, but I just do not see Bradford finishing as a top-20 fantasy quarterback.

27. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers (Bye Week: 11)

Hoyer actually played pretty well when he got the opportunity last season. However, the 49ers offense is horrid and he is not promised the starting job. If he was a full time starter on a team with some weapons I would place him in my top-20.

28. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (Bye Week: 5)

He does not have much ability and Paxton Lynch is creeping up behind him. He may not be the starter for the full season. Even if he was I would not have him higher than this.

29. Josh McCown, New York Jets (Bye Week: 11)

Speaking of horrid offenses, the New York Jets are downright TERRIBLE. They lost both Erick Decker and Brandon Marshall this year so there is not even a WR that can bail out a bad quarterback. I was shocked the Jets even signed McCown and I expect one of their younger quarterbacks to eventually take over the offense.

30. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears (Bye Week: 9)

The Chicago Bears love to run the ball so that already limits Glennon’s upside. Add in the fact that they drafted Trubisky this year and Glennon would be lucky to finish top-25. The Bears actually do have some decent weapons on offense, but I would be shocked to see Glennon starting past week 8.

SLEEPERS:

1. DeShaun Watson
2. Blake Bortles
3. Carson Wentz
4. Eli Manning

 

 

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