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Giants CB Deandre Baker Charged with Four Counts of Robbery and Assault with a Firearm

Two NFL players including a 2019 1st round draft pick have been accused of armed robbery and arrest warrants have been issued, TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement confirms Giants cornerback Deandre Baker (the 30th overall pick in 2019) is facing 4 charges of armed robbery and 4 charges of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar is facing 4 counts of armed robbery.

According to police, the two men were partying in Miramar, FL on May 13 when things took a disturbing turn.

Cops say Baker and Dunbar were allegedly hanging at a cookout — playing cards and video games when an argument broke out and Baker whipped out a semi-automatic firearm.

Cops say the men began to rob party guests with Dunbar assisting in taking watches and other valuables at the direction of Baker.

At one point, cops say Baker directed a 3rd man who was wearing a red mask to shoot someone who had just walked into the party but fortunately, no one was actually shot.

Law enforcement says the men made out with more than $7,000 in cash along with several valuable watches including an $18,000 Rolex watch, a $25,000 Hublot and a pricey Audemars Piguet timepiece.

There are conflicting reports from witnesses about whether Dunbar was armed with a gun some say he was, others say he was not.

One witness told police they had met Baker and Dunbar at a party a few days earlier in Miami at which the NFL players had “lost” around $70,000.

Sources say the men had “lost” the money in high-stakes card games and other forms of gambling.

One witness told police the men were gambling again at the May 13 event when an argument broke out and Baker allegedly flipped a table and busted out his piece.

According to police, some people at the party believe it was a planned robbery because when the 3 men were done taking valuables, there were 3 getaway cars strategically positioned to “expedite an immediate departure.”

Giants 2020 Schedule is Released; Three Prime Time Games Including Opening Night vs Steelers

The Giants 2020 slate is out – and the team will have three prime time games, starting with a showdown with the Steelers on September 14th.

Here’s the complete slate:

1 Sept. 14 Steelers 7:15 p.m. ESPN
2 Sept. 20 @Bears 1 p.m. –
3 Sept. 27 49ers 1 p.m. –
4 Oct. 4 @Rams 4:05 p.m. –
5 Oct. 11 @Cowboys 4:25 p.m. –
6 Oct. 18 Redskins 1 p.m. –
7 Oct. 22 @Eagles 8:20 p.m. NFL Network
8 Nov. 2 Buccaneers 8:15 p.m. ESPN
9 Nov. 8 @Redskins 1 p.m. –
10 Nov. 15 Eagles 1 p.m. –
11 – BYE – –
12 Nov. 29 @Bengals 1 p.m. –
13 Dec. 6 @Seahawks 4:05 p.m. –
14 Dec. 13 Cardinals 1 p.m. –
15 Dec. 20 Browns 1 p.m. –
16 Dec. 27 @Ravens 1 p.m. –
17 Jan. 3 Cowboys 1 p.m. –

Giants Go OL in Round One, Snag Georgia Tackle Andrew Thomas

The Giants Thursday night didn’t go off script, and took a big asset who should be able to step up and protect Daniel Jones in year’s to come in Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas.

Here’s the “biggest question” on Thomas according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan:

Was Thomas the best tackle available? Personnel evaluators were all over the board with the top four tackles, and the Giants had their pick at No. 4. They deemed Thomas to be the top overall option, despite a critique from one offensive line coach that he was “not an ass-kicker.” His 21 bench-press reps at the combine only solidified that assessment. It was a pedestrian number for a lineman. Still, the Giants had him as their top tackle, but he did finish last among the top four tackles (although not by much) in an ESPN poll of 11 evaluators.

Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge share their thoughts on Big Blue’s 1st round NFL Draft pick, Georgia OT Andrew Thomas.

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Giants are Favored in Just One Game in 2020

The 2019 Giants season ended with a thud, as the team won just four games and went through a coaching change this offseason with the hopes of getting better in 2020.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Giants will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for New York in 2020.

New York Giants +12½ @ Baltimore Ravens

New York Giants +6 @ Chicago Bears

New York Giants pk @ Cincinnati Bengals

New York Giants +7½ @ Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants +6½ @ Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants +7 @ Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants +8½ @ Seattle Seahawks

New York Giants pk @ Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants pk

Cleveland Browns @ New York Giants +1

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants +3

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants +3½

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants +2½

San Francisco 49ers @ New York Giants +6½

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants +3

Washington Redskins @ New York Giants -5

Some Feel Giants GM Dave Gettleman Already Tipped Off the Team’s Draft Plan

It is not a finished product, and general manager Dave Gettleman admits “there’s more work to be done’’ before the reconstruction of the Giants’ defense can be viewed as complete, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

In free agency, the Giants brought in cornerback James Bradberry and linebackers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell. Gettleman said “we’re thrilled signing those three guys’’ and “oh, by the way, we also signed Austin Johnson,’’ a defensive tackle.

“We’re very pleased with where we’re at,’’ Gettleman said Monday.

Extrapolate what you can from that, from Gettleman’s words about the offensive tackles on his roster and the strength of the upcoming NFL draft and a connect-the-dots scenario leads to the growing belief that the Giants will use their first-round pick on one of the heralded offensive tackles in this draft class.

Gettleman’s marching orders every year in free agency are to find players to fill specific holes, allowing him as free a hand as possible to stay true to his board and take the top-graded player in the draft without reaching based on need. Evaluating how that plan worked this year in free agency, Gettleman said, “I think we’ve done a good job, it’s not perfect. I’m pleased with where we’re at going into the draft.’’

Gettleman made it clear he had at least one eye on the draft when he made the moves he did in free agency.

“So we kind of marry the two,’’ he said. “We just felt with the depth of the tackle class in the draft, we just felt like this was the best way for us to go.’’

New Giants CB James Bradberry Was Surprised When NY Came Calling

Cornerback James Bradberry was caught by surprise when the Giants came calling on the first day of the NFL’s free agency negotiation window, even though he was originally drafted by Dave Gettleman when Gettleman was the general manager of the Carolina Panthers, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports.

“[Gettleman] reached out to my agent,” Bradberry said Friday. “I didn’t even talk to Gettleman. They came out of nowhere to make an offer. I didn’t expect them to come and make an offer.”

Similarly, Bradberry didn’t speak with new head coach Joe Judge until after his deal was in place, and football barely came up in the conversation, with everything going on with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Giants and Bradberry agreed to a three-year contract worth $45 million, including $32 million guaranteed. Bradberry believes the Giants’ sudden aggressiveness stems at least in part from Gettleman’s familiarity with him.

“He already knew the type of guy I was,” Bradberry said. “I knew the type of guy he was, and the type of program he’s trying to build. I can bring my overall knowledge of the game, and help the younger guys get better.”

Report: Giants to Use Transition Tag on DL Leonard Williams

It sounds like the Giants are going to use the transition tag, as Jordan Raanan reports Big Blue will use the tag on DL Leonard Williams.

The two sides have been working hard to get a long-term deal done, but so far they are still far enough apart that the Giants are going to have to go to ‘plan B’ which is to tag him.

The former Jets first round pick is in the last year of his rookie deal, a deal that has paid him $18.6 million over four seasons.

Last season in 15 games Williams put up 46 tackles with half a sack and a forced fumble.

LB’s Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin Both Cut by the Giants

The Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

Both moves were expected. Ogletree started 26 games for the Giants over the past two seasons, but never quite lived up to his big-money contract. Cutting h8im leaves behind $6.7 million in dead money but also saves New York $5.05 million against the cap.

Originally a first-round pick of the Rams out of Georgia in 2013, the 28-year-old will likely find a market for his services but at a much lower rate than the Giants signed him for in 2017.

Martin played in just five games in 2019 after starting seven games with mixed success in 2018. He is also 28 years old and was originally a third-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals out of North Carolina in 2014.

Currently no team has fewer 2020 cap dollars devoted to the defensive side of the ball than the Giants and they are expected to purge even more underachieving veterans in the coming weeks. Look for them to strongly consider utilizing the No. 4 overall pick of the 2020 draft on defense.

Giants Continue to Talk O-Line in the Draft, One Player to Watch is Iowa’s Wirfs

The NFL combine is coming up very soon, a place where the New York Giants an the rest of the teams in the National Football League can start to scout players and see if any of them are a fit for their team once the NFL Draft takes place.

The Giants are a team in need of help on both the offensive and defensive line, and if you check out any sports betting new jersey sites you will see that most have the G-Men going line in the first round or two.

The team has the fourth pick overall, and there are so many directions the team can go after a tough 2019, that General Manager Dave Gettleman will have his hands full trying to figure out what to do with the pick.

Popular football site Walter Football recently had the Giants going offensive line in round one, taking Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas who would be a great fit on the line looking to protect second-year quarterback Daniel Jones for now and the future.

Thomas is not the only good offensive linemen that could go with the fourth overall pick, as Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports that the Giants are gaga over another offensive tackle, that being Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs.

Here is what Vacchiano wrote about the team having their eyes on Wirfs.

The Giants already “love” Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, according to an NFL source familiar with the Giants thinking, and they have expressed similar interest in Alabama’s Jedrick Wills. Both of them are widely considered among the top four offensive line prospects in this year’s class, and they will get a good look from the entire league at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next week.

It is far too early to know whether either of them would interest the Giants enough to draft them with the fourth overall pick. Right now, the NFL consensus seems to have Wirfs and Wills in a four-man group at the top of the offensive line charts, with Georgia’s Andrew Thomas and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton. Which order they will eventually land in depends, for now, on who is asked.

The lines are two very important part of any football team, and while it won’t be a “sexy” pick, it will be a safe pick and one that can help the Giants for years to come.

The biggest task on the offense is that the team needs to find a way to protect Jones and open holes for Saquon Barkley – do that in the draft – and this team will be much better for it.

Video: Giants RB Saquon Barkley Mic’d Up “Keep Rockin’ with Us!”

Best of Saquon Barkley behind the bench from the 2019 Giants season.