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Three Questions About the Giants as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Giants went 5-11 and had all kinds of growing pains in the first year with coach Pat Shurmur running the show, there’s a level of excitement about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a better season in the second year of the Shurmur era.

1. The QB Spot

There’s no doubt that the future belongs to first-round draft choice Daniel Jones, but the bigger question regarding the rookie QB is when does that future begin?

Pat Shurmur has declared that Eli Manning is the man when it comes to him being the starter at QB from day one, but if Jones is going to be the future, you can bet that his time is not far behind.

Manning will have a microscope on each and every throw on him as camp moves on as well as preseason, and each mistake will get the fans calling even more for the rookie to take over.

2. Barkley Year Two

Last season the most dynamic player for the Giants was running back Saquon Barkely, who was the NFL Rookie of the Year rushing for 1307 yards and 11 scores.

He also caught another 91 passes with four more scores, and every time the team needed a big play, Barkley was the guy.

Can the Giants get an even BIGGER season from the running back, or will they look to spread the ball more in season two to other offensive stars?

For the long term benefit of Barkley, they may want to look at other players that can help out in that role.

3. Install a Winning Attitude

The Giants last season won just one of their first eight games, and the season was basically lost by the time the team was two months into the season.

This year with a club that has lost a huge star in Odell Beckham Jr. to a trade to Cleveland, it will be up to Shurmur and the coaching staff to install an attitude to make this team believe they can win and match up with the other three teams in the NFC East.

Outplayed both physically and mentally, the team has to be smarter as well as play with a better attitude when it comes to making mistakes.

Camp will go a long way in doing that.

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Giants Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Giants player on the list was running back Saquon Barkley with a ranking of 91.

Kevin Zietler
who comes in with a mark of 89 is second for the Giants, while wide out Golden Tate III is in with a mark of 85.

Also at the top of the list for the Giants

Check out all the Giants Rankings by clicking HERE.

Giants WR Golden Tate Gives His Take on the Team’s QB Battle

Before Giants minicamp broke in mid-June, coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that, while incumbent veteran Eli Manning is still New York’s starter, rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones was “on track with the goal to be ready to play on Day 1.”

Shurmur told the New York media to “have at it”, regarding speculation about the QB position, adding, “The players who give our team the best chance to win play. Period. We’ve seen Eli do that for a very long time, so we’ll see what happens as we go down the road.”

While the coach appears to be opening the door for Jones to win New York’s starting QB job and start Week 1, Giants receiver Golden Tate says that there’s no rush for the No. 6 overall pick to start right away, not when Manning is still playing like a two-time Super Bowl champion, Jeremy Bergman of reports.

“What I can I see, Eli Manning’s got a lot of juice left,” Tate told NFL Network’s Scott Hanson on Total Access on Thursday. “He’s still got some zip on his passes.

“I’ve been impressed. I think we have a really good problem. We’ve got a Hall of Fame-type of quarterback in my mind and we also drafted a guy, a young guy, so we don’t need Daniel to come in and save the day. We just need Daniel to stay on pace, learn as much as he possibly can in a great environment and just take it day by day. We don’t need him to come in tomorrow and win a game. We just need him to stay on pace. I think that’s good news in my mind.”

Giants LT Nate Solder Says He’ll Be Ready for Training Camp

Entering his second year with the Giants, Nate Solder spent most of the offseason sidelined by an ankle injury that required arthroscopic surgery.

The well-compensated left tackle doesn’t expect to stay on the sidelines come August, Jeremy Bergman of reports.

Solder told The Athletic’s Dan Duggan that his ankle is “progressing really nicely” and he expects to be full-go for New York when training camp kicks off on July 26.

“There’s no reason to think that I won’t be there for training camp,” Solder said Saturday.

The left tackle added that he has moved on to doing less rehab and more football training.

Could Rookie Daniel Jones Be Under Center Week One Against Dallas?

Giants Coach Pat Shurmur says there’s a chance that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will be the team’s week one starter, replacing veteran Eli Manning.

Shurmur was asked Tuesday if he could see a scenario that Jones starts the team’s season opener against the Cowboys on the road in Dallas on September 8th.

“The players that give our team the best chance to win, play. Period,” Shurmur told reporters. “We’ve seen Eli do that for a long time. We’ll see what happens as we go down the road. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Shurmur also said Jones is “on track with the goal to be able to be ready to play Week 1.” He also said Manning is getting himself ready “to have an outstanding year.”

“I think we’re going to play the very best player,” Shurmur said. “I know we are dancing around the words. Right now, Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play.”

“We’ll see what happens. We feel good about where Eli is. He’s our starting quarterback. And we’ve got a young player that we think is going to be an outstanding player, getting himself ready to play.”

Jones was the 6th overall pick of the Giants in the NFL Draft, while Manning is entering his 16th season.

The two-time Super Bowl champion completed a career-high 66 percent of his throws last season for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Manning posted a 92.4 quarterback rating in 16 starts for the 5-11 Giants.

Manning also is entering the final season of a four-year, $84 million contract with the Giants.

Giants TE Evan Engram Downplays Injury That Kept Him Out of Minicamp

Giants tight end Evan Engram downplayed the significance of the injury that sidelined him for the team’s recent minicamp according to Ryan Dunloeavy of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Engram gave no specifics about the injury but stated, “I’m good. I’m just being smart. Just the Giants being a little pre-cautious.” The missed time is a bit of concern after Engram struggled with injuries last season, but this does not sound like a long-term issue.

The No.23-overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Mississippi, Engram had a somewhat disappointing sophomore year in which he struggled with injuries and posted only 45 catches for 577 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games.

He is immensely talented, however, and still onhly 24 years old. A much better fantasy player without Odell Beckham thus far in his career, Engram could be headed for a big season in 2019.

Giants Coach Pat Shurmur Doesn’t Want to Hear About Rebuilding – Is He Crazy?

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t hearing it when it comes to last season’s last place team (yes, that would be the Giants) rebuilding this season.

The Giants appear to be in the mode of the dreaded ‘R’ word. They spent the offseason making head scratching moves that if you look at New York Giants betting lines for 2019, not many have faith in this team.

The club’s General Manager, Dave Gettleman, drew ire from just about all Giants fans when he moved popular play-making all-world former first round pick wide out Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

The March 12th trade of Beckham to the Browns saw the Giants net back a player and draft choices. They received a first-round pick (No. 17 overall) the second of the Browns’ third-round picks (No. 95) and safety Jabrill Peppers.

That wasn’t the only move that the Giants made with the Browns that some questioned. The team four days before the blockbuster move to trade Beckham moved outside linebacker Oliver Vernon to Cleveland for offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

The Giants wanted out of Vernon’s contract, and there’s been health issues with the linebacker, but at the same time at times teams that are looking to win need to eat contracts of players that can make plays – and when healthy, Oliver can make plays.

One last move made Giants fans go nuts this offseason, that being their first-round draft pick of a quarterback.

It’s not that the Giants drafted a quarterback with their first pick, it’s who they took.

The club snagged Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, a player who that fans were not as high on as another QB who played for Ohio State the last few seasons that was a true playmaker – Dwayne Haskins.

Haskins is a player who could lead the team into the future, and here’s something else – he wanted to come play for his hometown team in the Giants.

But Shurmur doesn’t think the team is in a rebuild.

“I like the way our team’s coming together,” Shurmur said via the New York Post. “We’re putting together a team that’s working hard and competing, and our goal is to put a winning team on the field. And I believe we can do it.”

Shurmur thinks that every season you sort of have to reset, and while they don’t want to use that ‘R’ word, it really seems like this is a team in the rebuild mode.

“Every year you re-establish your culture,” Shurmur said. “You don’t always play the next year with all the same guys from the previous year. I think more was made of it this year probably because we made so many changes.”

All fans can do is wait and see – if they fail – fans can say ‘I told you so,’ if they succeed fans can be surprised at the way this team worked out and changed this roster on the fly.

New Giants QB Daniel Jones Impressing with His Running in OTA’s

Daniel Jones displayed a different element the Giants offense hasn’t seen in 15 years under Eli Manning: A QB rush for a big gain, Kevin Patra of reports.

The Big Blue rookie quarterback faked out the defense during Tuesday’s minicamp with a zone-read play — something no team would attempt with a 38-year-old Manning — taking it to the paydirt against the second team defense. Even though it’s merely practice in shorts, in June, the play impressed teammates and coaches alike.

“Oh man, he pulled that thing and kicked the knees up, it was good,” receiver Sterling Shepard said, via the team’s official website. “I knew we were going to get the defense on that, but yeah, he looked great running…

“I’ve seen some tape on him running. He crossed somebody up — I forgot which team it was in college — but he was carving them up pretty good on his feet.”

Jones’ rushing ability separates him from Manning, who at this stage of his career is a sitting duck in the pocket if not protected properly. The designed elements Jones can add will provide another element the Giants can deploy when the rookie eventually takes over down the road.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was quick to point out the defense couldn’t hit Jones on the run but liked how the rookie utilized the fake to get himself into space.

“He has a red shirt on, so they aren’t going to hit him,” Shurmur said. “The initial part of the zone read was good. He got himself out in space pretty quickly.”

“He obviously moves around well,” Shurmur said. “He is down there around the 4.6 mark (in the 40-yard dash). I think he had 17 rushing touchdowns. He can move around and that is a huge part. If a quarterback can move around, not so much on just structured runs but the ability to be able to create a play within a passing play, I think he can do that.”

New York Giants Posses A New Secret Weapon Of Mass Destruction

If you have been keeping up with the recent recruitment activity following the New York Giants, you may want to register here for the upcoming season as it is already proving to be the talk of the sporting industry as the Giants are making good on some collections.

A whirlwind of news is picking up speed and making its way around the internet. It would seem the secret is out and the New York Giants are going to utilize their new found weapon; Oshane Ximines. Despite collecting a number of new players this summer, it has been said that the biggest threat to the opposition is Ximines, said to be ‘the most dangerous new weapon’ by Maurice Moton.

The young upcoming football star holds the position of rookie edge runner and has a promising career ahead of him which is one of the very many reasons the NY Giants signed Oshane. Looking at the player’s background football history, he was the first player drafted. Coming from Old Dominion, Oshane Ximines is a record holder in tackles, forced fumbles and even in sacks. His skill achievements match his athletic abilities and the combination is lethal. The player’s skills have caught the attention of renowned defense coordinator, James Bettcher. Bettcher said in a statement that the talent he saw in Oshane was a combined skill set of movement and the ability to move in space. Oshane Ximines is an outside linebacker with a track record of 145 tackles and 35 sacks. The college footballer has just signed his first biggest contract with NFL in a move he made from Old Dominion University. The Jamaican blooded footballer was born in the USA and now holds one of the most promising careers any American could dream of.

Ximines will go far with his capabilities and the obvious display of talent is apparent in his pass rushing abilities. His movement only fuels his potential and the opposition is bound to rethink their strategies going against the Giants as Oshane Ximines could more than likely intercept their plays easily through his set of skills and capabilities.

It is expected that the new power weapon will be played from the first day of the season; however the rookie will still need some shaping before becoming a forerunner for his team and leading them to success. In the meantime training will commence and with just the right amount of attention, Oshane Ximines will be the hottest new player on the team. On just his first day, the team holds high hopes for the player and Bettcher has said he fully intends to set Oshane in motion immediately.

With all the news circulating around new recruits for the New York Giants, it’s an exciting time for the team and fans alike. Don’t forget to keep up to date with the latest additions to calculate the odds of a win in the upcoming season. Start now for a guaranteed win later.

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