Previewing the 2014 New York Giants Schedule Release

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The New York Giants had a horrid start to their 2013 season, dropping their first six games and missing the playoffs yet again. Head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning will be back at it in 2014, though, and if their defensive adjustments work out, they could once again be competing for the NFC East division crown.

If the Giants are in fact going to rebound in 2014, they’ll need to improve on their mediocre 4-4 mark at home of a year ago. It won’t be easy, as the New York Giants schedule includes the Cardinals, 49ers and Colts, who all had winning records in 2013, while the Falcons and Texans are rebounds candidates that should also pose a challenge in New York.

The real challenge could be on the road for Big Blue, however, where they were just 3-5 in 2013. The Seahawks, Lions, Jaguars and Titans stand in their way, with Seattle as the lone formidable opponent.

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Making the Case for Teddy Bridgewater

What happened? What’s going on here? The New York Giants even considering taking a quarterback at 12?! That’s insane! Hear me out.

Let’s start off here. For the past couple of seasons, mock drafts everywhere had put Teddy Bridgewater as the number one pick for the upcoming draft in May, regardless of the team potentially picking at the spot. And that had been the consensus No. 1 pick up until a couple months ago, but why?

Sure, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel are great quarterbacks in their own, but what jolted them above the former Louisville star? Some may argue that the infamous Pro Day brought down Bridgewater down a bit, and one day the Giants may be thanking the football gods for it.

Now I personally think Manziel will actually succeed in the league (in the right system), and will probably not be available at No. 12. However, that shouldn’t be a problem. What Bridgewater brings to the Giants is much more than what Johnny Football ever could.

First, let’s look at the new Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo. At this point, every Giants fan knows what he wants to bring to the team, the West Coast offense, and he’s going to need the right quarterback for the role. Eli Manning, a quarterback known for throwing the ball downfield, whether that be to his teammates or the other team, will certainly not be acclimated to a run & gun offense that the WC system McAdoo plans to incorporate in 2014.

Let’s also keep Manning’s “elite” stats in mind, and his tenure in the NFL. In his 10-year career with the Giants, he has thrown for 35,345 yards 229 touchdowns. Of course, you can’t keep those out. A very small minority can say they have had the career Manning has enjoyed. With two Super Bowl MVP’s on his resume, it’s hard to be tough on him. But let’s keep some things in mind. Manning is 33 years old, and as tough as it may be for Giants fans to hear, he has maybe three to four solid seasons left, and thats if he can lower his interception totals. He has thrown 171 interceptions in his 10 seasons. Right, that’s an average of 17.1 interceptions per season, ouch.

So let’s look into what the Giants organization keeps reiterating to fans this offseason. Since the latest free-agent signings in March, Jerry Reese and co. has come out and preached about their “youth movement” and how this team will have a completely new look this upcoming season. Hm, Manning is 33, and is coming off a 27 interception season in 2013.

Bridgewater brings the perfect mix of athleticism to get out of a broken pocket if necessary, and has the field vision and arm strength to get the ball into his playmaker’s hands (i.e. Victor Cruz). Now don’t get me wrong, people. In no way am I stating that Bridgewater is a better quarterback than Manning is right now. What I am saying is that Bridgewater could bring an added dimension to the new offense of the Giants in 2014, or 2015, whichever Tom Coughlin prefers. I wouldn’t have a problem with Bridgewater taking a year to backup Manning to get his feet wet in the NFL without being thrown to the wolves. However, I wouldn’t be against him starting this season either, as he has all it takes to come in his rookie year.

And let’s please get this out of the way, Ryan Nassib nor Curtis Painter is the future of the Giants offense. Nassib is simply a poor-man’s Manning, and that’s being hopeful. Painter, at the age of 28, is a lost cause at the quarterback position and still shocks most fans that he still has a job in this league.

To add to that little tidbit of young quarterbacks on the Giants, according to NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, Bridgewater perfectly resembles current Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Now how do the Giants and Packers have ties? McAdoo. He was just last season the quarterbacks coach for the Packers, and from 2006-2012 the tight ends coach in GB. Now if that doesn’t scream “match”, I don’t know what does.

Bridgewater would present exceptional value at No. 12 for the Giants in may, more so than Aaron Donald or Eric Ebron. What is the most important position in the NFL? 32 out of 32 GM’s in the league would tell you it is the quarterback, and simply no one could argue that. There could certainly be a surprise on Draft Day in May, but it could end up being for the best for Big Blue.

Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ for more articles on New York Giants Football. 

New York Giants Add Tight End Kellen Davis

kellen davisOn Friday, April 4th, the New York Giants went out and signed yet another player that competed in Super Bowl XLVIII. Kellen Davis, a Tight End that spent most of the 2013 campaign with the Seattle Seahawks as the backup to Zach Miller, will be brought in with hopes to compete for the starting position this season. And with the current players at the position, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Davis has been playing in the NFL since 2008, where he spent five seasons with the Chicago Bears. After the 2012 season, Davis was released from the team. He was then signed onto the Cleveland Browns‘ practice squad in 2013, but was later released as well. Shortly thereafter, the Seahawks scooped him up, where he appeared in 15 games with one touchdown on three receptions.

The Tight End position is severally lacking experience on the Giants roster. Currently, the Giants’ three TE’s are Adrien RobinsonLarry Donnell, and Daniel Fells. 

It will be interesting to see where this pickup brings the Giants in the NFL Draft in May. Davis is not a player that can come in and register 60 catches and 8 touchdowns, but will provide a blocker at the position in hopes of the resurgence of the power running game for the Giants in 2014.

Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ for more on New York Giants football. 

Report: New York Giants Interested In Chris Johnson

NFL: Preseason-Atlanta Falcons at Tennessee Titans

Earlier this morning, reports came out from Fox Sports that the New York Giants, along with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, are interested in Tennessee Titans‘ running back Chris Johnson. Stay tuned on Giants Gab for updates on the potential addition of the former pro bowler.

*UPDATE (12:47pm): Chris Johnson has been officially released from the Titans, and is now free to sign with any team in the NFL.

**UPDATE (3:57pm): According to Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are not interested in bringing in Johnson, and are content with DeMarco Murray as their starting back.

***UPDATE (4:42pm): The Record’s Art Stapleton has suggested that the Giants aren’t a possible suitor for Johnson’s services.

Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ for more on New York Giants Football. 

Who’s Your Pick? 2014 NFL Draft Edition

With the NFL Draft approaching in the coming weeks, New York Giants fans are still trying to decide who they want their favorite team to select with the 12th pick in the first round. The general consensus amongst fans is that there are four players that Jerry Reese should be looking at: Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina), Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan), Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M), and Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh).

Here’s your shot at GM! Share your thoughts in the comments section below as to who the Giants should lean towards in the first round of the NFL Draft in May! Take a look below and decide who looks best in a Giants jersey, and who would help the team in their mission to make the playoffs in 2014.

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New York Giants Sign Robert Ayers to Sure Up Defensive End Position In 2014

Baltimore Ravens v Denver BroncosEarlier on Wednesday, April 2nd, the New York Giants brought in one of the last productive free agents in Robert Ayers to finish their pursuit of defensive starters during the free agency period.

With the loss of Justin Tuck, Jerry Reese needed to find a young player that could take his place, and Tom Coughlin and co. clearly were not comfortable giving Damontre Moore the starting position just yet.

Ayers will take Tuck’s No. 91 jersey in 2014 in hopes to pick up where he left off last season, where he racked up a career high in sacks with 5.5 during the Denver Broncos Super Bowl run in 2013. He was also rated the 14th best 4-3 DE last season on ProFootballFocus.

With the addition, it looks even more likely the Giants will select an offensive player in the earlier rounds of the NFL Draft in May to give Eli Manning playmakers to help him get back to his Super Bowl MVP form.

Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ to read more of his articles on New York Giants Football. 

Christian Nelson’s New York Giants NFL Mock Draft 1.0

As NFL fans across the country are just a little over a month away from the NFL Draft, New York Giants fans are really getting crazy as to whom their beloved team will be taking to help propel the squad from the forgettable 2013 campaign. With team needs firmly focused upon, I have prepared a preliminary New York Giant Mock Draft to look at before May 8th. Enjoy.

Round 1: Pick 12 - Eric Ebron (North Carolina, TE)

With the first round pick for the New York Giants, Jerry Reese will ultimately take Eric Ebron, the ultra-athletic TE out of North CarolinaEli Manning was without a go-to option in the passing game as Victor Cruz was consistently being double teamed with a lack of other talent amongst the receiver position. With arguably the best TE prospect in years, the two-time Super Bowl MVP will finally have the safety valve he’s been dying for on the field, and will take pressure off Cruz while providing a more open field for the ascending Jerrel Jernigan.

 

Round 2: Pick 43 - Timmy Jernigan (Florida State, DT)

Wow. With the need of Quarterback and offensive talent across the board in the NFL, one of the premier defensive talents slips all the way down into the middle of the second round. To put the pick in perspective, Timmy Jernigan was slotted as a potential pick with the Giants first round selection back in the beginning of March on some Mock Drafts. With that being said, the defensive line is one of the glaring weaknesses on the revamped Giants defense, and with the losses of Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck, playmakers are needed to stuff up the front line to slow down the running game and get pressure on the opposing quarterback.

 

Round 3: Pick 74 - Trevor Reilly (Utah, DE)

Another slipping prospect in the Draft, Trevor Reilly will provide a capable Right End to fill in for Justin Tuck, who decided to take his talents across the country to Oakland. While not a prolific pass-rusher, Reilly has a knack for keeping pressure on the quarterback, and has great ability at slowing down the run game while on the field. Jason Pierre-Paul will have a capable partner at the Defensive End position during his final year of his rookie contract, where he will look to provide the spark shown just a couple years ago.

 

Round 4: Pick 113 - Martavis Bryant (Clemson, WR)

And back to the offensive side of the ball. The partner-in-crime to Clemson star Sammy WatkinsMartavis Bryant brings big play potential with his large hands and 6’5″, 200 pound frame. While he has had a case of the “dropsies”, the Giants will be looking for a WR that can step right in this season and provide a spark along with Victor Cruz, and ownership seems to be losing hope in Rueben Randle. Bryant presents great value in Round 4.

 

Round 5: Pick 152 - Tyler Larsen (Utah State, C)

Yes, the Giants did just go out and pay J.D. Walton $3 million, but with his injury history in the past, you just can’t be too sure. Tyler Larsen was consistently one of the best centers in college football, and was nominated for the Rimington Trophy in 2013, which is given to the best center in NCAA Football. While he may not start right away, Giants fans may very well see Larsen snapping to Manning in MetLife Stadium more often than not in 2014.

 

Round 5: Pick 174 - Jeoffery Pagan (Alabama, DE)

With the compensatory pick awarded to the Giants, Perry Fewell will push to select Alabama DE Jeoffery Pagan because of his huge body and ability to make big tackles. At 6’4″ and 291 pounds, Pagan would provide another big body that has shown he can play with the best of them in the SEC, regarded as the NFL of college football. Though unlikely to play much in 2014, Pagan provides a solid backup option that can be productive both at DT and DE.

 

Round 6: Pick 187 - Jon Halapio (Florida, G)

With the last selection for the Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft, Reese will select another interior lineman in hopes to provide a backup to Chris Snee, a very capable guard that has injury concerns for the upcoming season. Jon Halapio was a very solid Guard at Florida, and would be a decent fallback if Snee can’t make it through the season.

Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ to read more of his articles on New York Giants football. 

Giants Gab Exclusive Interview with Quintin Demps

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On March 27th, in representation of Giants Gab, I had the chance to conduct an exclusive interview with newly-signed KR/FS Quintin Demps, thanks in part by the PowerHouse Agency. As an addition to the New York Giants this offseason, Demps will come into a seemingly brand new defense with an improved backfield that now features Cornerback’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond.

While certainly a great addition as Free Safety, Demps also provides a new spark on kick return, which needless to say struggled throughout the 2013 campaign. He will join fellow new-comer Trindon Holliday in that aspect of the game to make a “two-headed monster” on special teams.

Aside from his play on the field, Demps is also involved in the music industry as an artist, something certainly not every professional athlete can say.

Below you will find the Exclusive Interview with Giants Gab’s Christian Nelson.

Christian Nelson: So, why the New York Giants?

     Quintin Demps: The New York Giants because I wanted to go to an organization where I felt like we were going to win next year. I didn’t want to go to an organization that I felt was rebuilding. I believe that the New York Giants are in the hunt for the Super Bowl next year.

CN: Were there any other teams you were considering this offseason?

     QD: Yeah I had a couple other offers, but the Giants were the team I picked.

CN: What do you bring to the table, on and off the field, to the New York Giants organization?

     QD: I’m guy of high character. On the field I’m a play maker and I bring leadership ability on and off the field as well.

CN: Are there any players that you have met up with yet on the Giants?

     QD: Yeah. Me, Cromartie, and Thurmond were all on the trip together.

CN: Have you met with any players that have helped you in your understanding of the culture of the Giants?

     QD: We were all Free Agents. We haven’t played for the Giants before, so no I haven’t. I don’t know anybody that’s currently on the Giants roster. 

CN: What do you expect from the revamped secondary this upcoming season?

     QD: I expect to be the number one secondary in the league. I expect great competition all across the board and just for us to jell and help our team win some ball games.

CN: How did you come to venture into the music industry?

     QD: I grew up very passionate about music, it’s just something that I’m passionate about. It’s something I did, I can’t say before football but before I thought about the NFL. It’s something I’m hoping to transition into after the game is over.

CN: Will you continue making music during the regular season?

     QD: Yeah absolutely not. Music definitely takes a back burner during the season as far as recording. I always write in my down time, so I’m going to continue writing. But as far as when it’s the season, it’s the season, so I’m going to focus on that.

CN: Would you like to make any predications for the Giants this season?

     QD: Just to win ball games. We’ll see.

Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ page to read more articles from the writer. 

With the 12th Pick, the NY Giants Select TE Eric Ebron, UNC

At the outset of this wild and crazy free agency period, John Mara proclaimed that “the offense is broken” for the NY Giants. And much of that had to do with poor offensive line play. Well the Giants have signed a few linemen to take care of that problem. The Giants have a new RB in Rashad Jennings, two good fullbacks to block for him. We have Mario Manningham rejoining the team – who is excited to be back in blue competing for a starting job. So what’s missing? That’s right, the other critical piece of the puzzle that the Giants didn’t realize they were sorely missing until they were closing in on their 6th consecutive loss in Chicago last season – a game changing Tight End.

Enter Eric Ebron, who could very well be the next franchise TE for the NY Giants. He’s the top TE prospect, a fast, freak athlete that can be a solid red zone target, and stretch the defense over the middle of the field with his size and speed. Not known for his blocking – but in a new Giants offense we don’t know exactly what will be asked of the TE this year. Heck, even last year we had a TE that we knew ahead of time couldn’t run block, but it turns out he also couldn’t run a route or catch either. We know Ebron can do both… and potentially be that game changing TE for us for years to come. He’s a Newark, New Jersey guy – and grew up a Giants fan as well. Best case scenario – he could become the next Vernon Davis for us. This isn’t taking a flyer on the JPP of tight ends gang – this is the best TE in the draft and we’re in great position to get him.

All our holes have been filled in free agency, Jerry Reese hit this one out of the park. Time to get our TE for Ben McAdoo.

Giants Free Agents – Who’s Unsigned, Who’s Leaving?

Of the estimated three hundred or so NY Giants set to enter free agency at the start of the offseason, some players remain with the team. Some have signed elsewhere. Others have now become free agents. Some of those players will sign elsewhere, some still could be back with the Giants at the start of camp. We know who the Giants went out and signed as priority hole fillers… Let’s take a look at the list of unsigned players.

OC Jim Cordle
RB Da’Rel Scott
RB Andre Brown
WR Louis Murphy
TE Bear Pascoe
DT Shaun Rogers
DT Mike Patterson
CB Terrell Thomas
CB Corey Webster
CB Aaron Ross

Of this list, I can’t imagine keeping anyone but two of the three linemen – Cordle and Patterson. For everyone else, the Giants are looking to become younger, faster, stronger, better.

Jim Cordle can possibly be a backup center since Kevin Boothe signed a 2 year deal in Oakland yesterday. Possibly.

Mike Patterson had a hell of a good year with the Giants – he’s a battler. I would like to see the Giants re-sign him if they don’t pickup a DT in the draft. Which they probably should do. But I’d welcome Patterson back.

Terrell Thomas is visiting Oakland, where ex-Giants tend to get paid before retirement. I loved his story coming back after 3 ACL’s I wish him the best. After signing a couple very good CB’s in Thurmond and DRC, I don’t see how the Giants keep T2 on the roster. Same goes for Aaron Ross. And the same goes for Corey Webster I’m afraid. Thank your for your service gentlemen.

Andre Brown is a tough one. The Giants loved him, hence the draft pick and then bringing him back after 6 other teams kicked the tires. Between his injuries, his ball control issues, and having other better options on the team I don’t see how Brown fits into the 4 RB slots the Giants have right now. Jennings, Hillis, Wilson, Cox. Those are the four RBs the Giants, barring injury, will head into the season with on paper.

Da’Rel Scott – I supported him and cheered for him when he made the team last year. But he’s clearly got some things to work on. The Giants cannot afford to keep him on the roster this year. Good luck to him.

And Bear Pascoe – the man good at everything and nothing. Hynoski and Conner will compete for FB – I’m convinced the Giants will draft another TE this spring with huge upside. And would love to see Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell turn heads this training camp under McAdoo’s new offensive scheme. So thanks for being a versatile member of the Giants Bear – good luck in the future.

Louis Murphy – never was given a legit shot, doubt he’ll catch on anywhere else. But it won’t be here barring serious injuries.