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Giants CB Sam Beal Sitting Out the 2020 Season Due to Covid-19 Concerns

Giants cornerback Sam Beal joined more than 50 others around the NFL in exercising every player’s collectively bargained right to opt out due to COVID-19 health concerns, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

It is not clear if his decision will be classified as voluntary ($150,000 cash-advance stipend) or if he is a high-risk case ($350,000 cash-advance stipend) based on personal or family situation.

Beal, 23, is the third Giant to opt out, after starting offensive tackle Nate Solder (high risk) and fringe wide receiver Da’Mari Scott. The deadline for players to opt out is 4 p.m. Thursday.

Beal’s contract freezes with two years remaining but only frees up about $850,000 in salary cap space. He has 26 tackles in six games, including three starts.

The Giants selected Beal in the 2018 supplemental draft, giving up their third-round choice in the 2019 draft to do so. He injured his shoulder in his first pro practice and spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

Three Key Players to Watch for the New York Giants in 2020

The New York Giants enter 2020 coming off one ugly season in which they fired their head coach in Pat Shurmer, and one of their faces of the franchise in Eli Manning decided to call it a career and retired from the game as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Many that do NFL picks think that 2020 is going to be another long season for the Giants, as QB Daniel Jones clearly is now the leader of the offense, and on defense the team has tried to continue to add players and gives opportunities to young players who just haven’t stepped up.

They do have a superstar at the running back position in Saquon Barkley, but this is a team that really could use a couple more playmakers for Jones once they host the Steelers in their opening night game at MetLife Stadium on Monday, September 14th.

Today we will take a look at a couple key players for the Giants in 2020, players they hope will step up in a positive way and make a big impact for the franchise.

1. Darius Slayton Wide Receiver

Slayton was selected in the fifth round (171st overall) last season by the Giants, and he and QB Jones quickly seemed to develop a critical 1-2 punch that was sorely needed in the Giants lackluster offense.

He caught 48 passes for 740 yards and eight TD’s in 2019, and showed not only the ability to separate, but also to make catches when there was plenty of traffic to fight through.

It’s important for young players who play at the QB position to find someone they can trust – and when it comes to Jones it looks like he’s found that in Slayton.

2. Markus Golden Linebacker

You have to love the intensity that Golden brought to the game becoming a leader on the Giants defense in 2019, putting up 72 tackles and 10 sacks.

Add on to that the fact he had 18 tackles for loss and you can see why the G-Men are excited about his future.

The 29-year-old former second-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals is coming into his own, and you can bet this year he’s looking for bigger and better in what will be his second season in the Big Apple.

3. Evan Engram Tight End

The Giants did the right thing this offseason in picking up the fifth-year option on Engram, a player who last year was limited to eight games but still made 44 receptions.

To show the jump that Engram made, the season before he played in all 16 games and had just one more catch with 45, and needed just half the season in 2019 to get one less.

Engram is the perfect tight end for the Giants and every young QB loves to be able to have that safety valve of a player like that.

Look for Engram to have a monster 2020 and get better in time with Jones.

Time’s Ticking for GM Gettleman

This will be Dave Gettleman’s third season in the big chair for the Giants and it could be the last depending on how Big Blue fares in 2020. NFL teams have a win at all cost mentality and oftentimes executives prefer quick band-aid remedies as opposed to long term solutions. And if we consider what the lines being dealt on the Giants, then things don’t look promising for another season after this one for the 69-year-old NFL executive.

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Entering this year, Gettleman has compiled 5-11 and 4-12 records respectively over the last two seasons as general manager of the Giants and owner John Mara isn’t pleased with the results. Nine combined wins over the last two seasons is not doing it, despite drafting a home run in Saquon Barkley as the second overall pick in the 2018 draft.

It was a bit of a no-brainer if we are being completely honest, but to be fair, it was also a quarterback rich draft that could easily have seduced others in Gettleman’s position to spurn Barkley and choose highly touted passers like Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, or Josh Rosen after the Browns tagged Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.

Joe Judge was hired out of New England to replace Pat Shurmur this season and now it’s time for the Giants to begin to prosper under Gettleman’s helmsmanship. And while Mara did bring him back, he did issue a rather stern warning, “He does know the batting average has got to increase going forward. We need to win more games and Dave knows that.’’

Protect the Franchise

Daniel Jones has a lot to prove, and the Giants brass who drafted him as the controversial sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft would like nothing more than for him to do so. The tall shadow and looming specter of Eli Manning will be absent this year after the four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl quarterback decided to hang up the cleats and call it a career.

Much is riding on Jones as the Giants attempt to crawl out from under a basement in Brooklyn and into, at the very least, a sensible apartment somewhere in the neighborhood of average to decent with an eye towards a penthouse in Midtown.

But New York needs to protect Jones if he is to continue to not only improve but impress those who derided him after the Giants rolled the dice at No. 6. Many believed it was an impetuous decision at a spot that could have been used on a more proven talent. Getting Jones with either New York’s 17th pick, or even their 30th, would have been much more in keeping with where he was projected to go. In fact, many pundits believed the Duke product was more of a second-round talent but there were enough who believed his floor would be the middle of the first -round which caused New York to err on the side of caution and tap him early.

Needless to say, Jones’ first season was, for all intents and purposes, a success but it was not without its warts. There were too many errant throws and a dozen interceptions that could easily have been cut in half had he been a bit more seasoned. However, he is slowly making converts out of his detractors and if he is to trend upwards then he will need more time in the pocket. To that end, the Giants used their No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 draft to select a big body out of Georgia named Andrew Thomas.

It’s clear that when GM Dave Gettleman has a man in mind for a job, he doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. He proved that last year when he drafted Jones at No. 6 and again this season when he called Thomas’ name at No. 4, even though it was a draft knee-deep in offensive line talent in which as many as five O-linemen were considered among the best and virtually interchangeable at this point in their careers.

Yet, instead of searching for value, Gettleman wanted what he wanted and now Andrew Thomas will battle aging incumbent Nate Solder for the blindside tackle spot with the loser presumably switching over to right tackle.

Moreover, the addition of free-agent offensive tackle Cam Fleming and 6’7” U Conn product, Matt Peart, chosen in the third round, makes it fair to assume that Jones will be feeling a lot less heat in the kitchen which will lead to smarter choices, delivering better results this season. At least that what Dave Gettleman and Giants fans everywhere are hoping.

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 (, 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.