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[He] just turned 21 a couple of days ago here in mid- to late-April. Those things, together with the desire to improve both our offensive and our defensive lines, to be honest with you, we think we have made a good start here.”The move opens a spot on the roster and offensive line depth chart, and the Giants will reportedly promote OT Brian Mihalik to fill it. Mihalik, 6-foot-9 and 315 pounds, played in 15 games for the Detroit Lions in 2017. He started twice at left tackle [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey]Alec Ogletree Jersey[/url] , vs. Pittsburgh on Oct. 29 and at Green Bay on Nov. 6.The Giants viewed Mihalik up close when they practiced with the Lions for three days in August. He was released by Detroit on Sept. 2 and signed to the Giants’ practice squad on Sept. 13.Placekicker Marshall Koehn added to practice squadCoach Pat Shurmur had indicated Monday that the Giants would need to add a placekicker to the practice squad to protect themselves with Aldrick Rosas dealing with a quad injury. The Giants did that Tuesday, adding Marshall Koehn to fill the practice squad spot vacated by Mihalik’s promotion. Koehn was with the Giants in the preseason. Shurmur indicated Tuesday that the Giants will wait as long as possible before deciding whether they need to promote Koehn to the 53-man roster.Giants-Patriots: Was Kyle Lauletta’s night better than the stats indicated? In a surprise start Thursday vs. the New England Patriots, rookie Kyle Lauletta went a pedestrian 8-of-19 for 118 yards with a touchdown pass and two interceptions for the New York Giants as they lost 17-12.Giants coach Pat Shurmur thought Lauletta, the team’s fourth-round pick, played better in his most extended action of the preseason than the final stats indicated.“I think he fell victim to some drops that would’ve made things look a little better. That one scramble where I think he hit (Jerell) Adams (a ball that was dropped), that keeps a drive alive,” Shurmur said. “He was aggressive with his throws down the field, which we wanted to see. You can see he has plenty of arm strength, which is good, and I thought he was pretty poised throughout the game.”Lauletta was hard on himself“There were a couple of near misses,” he said. “A couple of deep balls were just a little bit off today. I think if I had made a couple of those throws, everything would have been different, we might have even won the game. I’m disappointed, but I know what I have to do moving forward.”Both interceptions came on deep balls intended for Kalif Raymond. Cornerback J.C. Jackson had both interceptions, reaching out for one and taking inside position from Raymond to get the other one. After the game, Shurmur sounded as if he felt Raymond could have done a better job preventing at least one of the interceptions.“When you’re in pro football and you’re throwing the ball around, you need to catch it [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dalvin-tomlinson-jersey]4Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey[/url] , especially in those third down situations or when we take a shot on the deep ball, if the ball gets laid inside a little bit, the ball’s got to get defended,” he said.Lauletta, though, was taking the blame himself.“When it left my hand, I honestly thought it was a touchdown, but it kind of hung up in the air,” Lauletta said. “I should have put it two more yards out there and he probably walks in.”Lauletta also indicated that perhaps he should have checked the ball down on one of the two interceptions.Confident he can do the jobIf all goes according to plan for the Giants this will be the last time we see Lauletta in a game until the 2019 preseason. Eli Manning is entrenched as the starter and Davis Webb has ascended to the No. 2 role. That will likely leave Lauletta in street clothes on game days. His preseason line ends up 17-of-35 (48.6 percent) for 194 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.He knows the situation, but he is also confident he can handle the responsibility of playing if the situation arises.“Absolutely, absolutely. As much as we’re in the room studying, and Eli is the guy, but me and Davis or Alex, we’re all hearing the same things that he’s hearing and we’re preparing the same way. We might not get as many reps, but look, this is the NFL and when you go out there [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-eli-manning-jersey]Eli Manning Jersey[/url] , there’s no excuses. You study, you rep the routes and the throws as much as you can, and when your number is called, you have to execute it,” he said.“So Davis is confident, I’m confident, Alex goes out there and plays extremely well. That’s what we do, so I’m confident, and if I were ever called to come into a game, I would have all the confidence in the world. With this coaching staff and this group of guys around me, (there is) no fear or nothing like that. Just go out and play and help my team win. Tonight, we fell a little bit short, and partly because of me, so it hurts a little bit, but we’ll just learn from it and it will carry into the regular season.”
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Calvin Ridley lined up to the outside left and broke a slant in front of Janoris Jenkins, who was lined up way off the line. After the catch, Ridley was able to move around a charging Curtis Riley to gain 19 yards on the play. Instead of facing a third down deep in their own territory, the Falcons had a new set of downs at a safer part of the field.Sanu in the zone - 4:39, first quarterEPA: 3.3 | WPA: 9.7 percentLater in the same drive, the Giants had another chance to stop the Falcons. Atlanta had a third-and-13 from its own 26 thanks to a first down sack of Matt Ryan by B.W. Webb. Mohamed Sanu was split to the right with Ridley. At the snap, Sanu ran a crossing route straight through the Giants zone. Alec Ogletree was focused on running back Ito Smith, even though fellow linebacker Tae Davis had him picked up. With his eyes elsewhere, Ogletree allowed Sanu to run right by him and pick up a first down.Atlanta didn’t score on the drive, but they eventually reached midfield. 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The Giants sent a blitz and that allowed running back Ito Smith to have a wide open middle of the field from the outside for a catch and run and 20-yard gain to the 40.This is a good example of the ability to draw up third and long plays that get a running back into space when pressure is absolutely going to come that don’t involve a crackdown behind the line of scrimmage. It also helped the Falcons continue to drive down the field until...Jenkins forced a fumble - 5:48, third quarterEPA: minus-4.5 | WPA: minus-9.8 percentJanoris Jenkins didn’t have a great night — he hasn’t had a great season — but his recovery and aggressiveness on this play should be commended. Julio Jones caught a ball in front on Jenkins, but the cornerback got his hands in and eventually knocked the ball loose.The play was originally called incomplete on the field — which still would have been a good play by Jenkins — but Pat Shurmur challenged and the play was overturned to a catch and fumble. This was a perfect high-upside challenge for Shurmur. The potential loss of a timeout in a close game was well worth the opportunity at a turnover to keep the Falcons out of the red zone. A deep shot to Beckham? - 5:39, third quarterEPA: 3.64 | WPA: 12.7 percentOn the first play of the next drive, the Giants took a shot downfield to Odell Beckham — and it worked. 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They eventually scored on third down but by then too much time had already come off the clock.As poor as the sneak attempts were, the Giants were already facing long odds to score and get the ball back. After Ellison’s reception, Atlanta still had a 96.7 percent win probability.Giants news, 9/27: Drew Brees wants to play until he’s 45, Rhett Ellison’s Mark Bavaro “aura [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-ray-ray-armstrong-jersey]Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey[/url] ,” more New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is playing as well, maybe better than he ever has at the age of 39. He said Wednesday that he has no plans to stop playing for a while.“I think I can do it until 45. I’m not telling you I am. 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I think everything else will take care of itself.”Alec Ogletree on facing Drew BreesThe linebacker and defensive co-captain knows what the Giants will be up against on Sunday.“He’s going to be a Hall of Fame quarterback one day. Well he really is a Hall of Fame quarterback, he’s going to have a gold jacket one day, but like you said, he’s done it for a long time and everybody says pretty much the same thing, you got to get in his face, try to limit his vision, but at the same time he has good pocket presence and he knows how to work in the pocket,” Ogletree said. “Just presents a challenge for us to try to go out there and do that and get in his face and try to block his vision a little bit.”Around the Inter-GooglePayton: Roughing rule about intentional body weight - NFL.comGrading all 32 first rounders after Week 3 | NFL Analysis | Pro Football FocusLike Saquon Barkley, Saints running back Alvin Kamara can do it all | Newsday
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We’re in a position now to pick that initial 53-man roster.”Cutting players you have worked with for months is part of a head coach’s job, but not an easy one. “The human element of it is tough,” Shurmur said. “I think we all get used to it, but if you’ve got a heart and you’ve got a soul, you’re talking about guys’ livelihood. It’s a tough situation that way, but it’s real.”Shurmur said Friday that but that the Giants “have a decent idea” who will and won’t make the roster. We will find out who those guys are today.GM Dave Gettleman said Thursday that the Giants “will keep the 53 best” players and would then “work the waiver wire” to try and upgrade spots on the roster where possible.We will be tracking the cuts between now and the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Saturday to reach the roster limit, so keep checking back for updates. Roster movesThe reported list of cuts with less than an hour to go:— WR Marquis Bundy— WR Alonzo Russell— OL Malcolm Bunche— RB Jhurell Pressley— DT A.J. Francis— WR Travis Rudolph— DT Tyrell Chavis— LB Calvin Munson— OL Zac Kerin— CB Grant Haley— CB Chris Lewis-Harris— S Andrew Adams— WR Roger Lewis Jr.— RB Jalen Simmons— WR Kalif Raymond— OT Chris Scott— WR Amba Etta-Tawo— K Marshall Koehn — ILB Mark Herzlich — DT Izaah Lunsford — S Darian Thompson— LB Warren Long— TE Garrett Dickerson— CB Leonard Johnson— CB Mike Jones— OL Nick Gates (placed on IR)— OLB Avery MossThought Darian Thompson might end up on IR due to his lingering hamstring injury. Didn’t think Giants would outright waive him. If Thompson, a 2016 third-round pick goes unclaimed, he reverts to the Giants injured reserve list. [Full story]Garrett Dickerson, an undrafted free agent, seems like a favorite to land on the practice squad.With Leonard Johnson, Chris Lewis-Harris and Grant Haley all released, the Giants are obviously going to be scouring the waiver wire for cornerback help.A fifth-round pick last season by then-GM Jerry Reese, Avery Moss missed most of the spring with an injury and never caught up. I don’t believe he has practice squad eligibility, so he will be moving on.There was some thought that veteran offensive lineman Chris Scott could sneak onto the roster. That, apparently, isn’t happening.More to come on the release of veteran linebacker Mark Herzlich. [Full story]It has been obvious for a while that Aldrick Rosas was going to win the placekicking job.Amba Etta-Tawo had a good spring and a fast start to training camp. He disappeared in the preseason, though, with his only reception being Thursday’s 41-yard touchdown catch-and-run. 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Looks like the Giants will be scouring the waiver wire for some cornerback help. I would think Haley will land on the practice squad if he clears waivers.The Alex Tanney move is no surprise. He was never making the roster unless there was a major injury to Eli Manning, Davis Webb or Kyle Lauletta.The release of Kalif Raymond likely means Hunter Sharp wins the punt return job.Andrew Adams is a player the Giants just didn’t seem to believe was a fit in James Bettcher’s defense. I thought Chris Lewis-Harris played well enough on Thursday vs. the New England Patriots to earn a roster spot. Giants thought otherwise. [Full story]We have been telling you since the spring that the Giants’ new coaching staff has had Roger Lewis Jr., who had 26 receptions last season, buried on the depth chart. Now, the Giants are moving on without him.2018 Waiver Wire OrderOrderTeamOrderTeam At 1-7, the New York Giants are a mess and one of the biggest culprits has been the offensive line. It’s looked like the worst unit in the league and there might not be a close second. Even though the offensive line was a focus in the offseason, it has still been as big or more of a disappointment as it was in 2017.A common defense for this is that the Giants only had limited options and it wasn’t possible to rebuild the line in one offseason. But what if it was possible? Could the Giants, if different moves were made throughout the offseason, have rebuilt the line for 2018? Let’s retrace some steps and find out.The following exercise is an experiment to see how much and how well the line could have been rebuilt in one offseason. Each of the moves are intended to be as realistic as possible at the moment without hindsight shaping the decision, though we will mention how the present is playing out.Free agencyWhat the Giants did: Signed left tackle Nate Solder to a four-year/$62 million contract with $34.8 million guaranteed. 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Last season, Hubbard started as a backup, but became the starting right tackle in 10 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers and played over 70 percent of the offensive snaps. Hubbard hit the free agent market and signed a five-year/$36.5 million contract with the Cleveland Browns. It came with just a $4 million signing bonus and just $9 million guaranteed at signing with another $15.15 guaranteed for injury. This wouldn’t have been a hard contract to beat if the Giants wanted to do it. For this exercise, let’s give Hubbard a little more money up front and add $3 million to his signing bonus. Here’s how the Solder and new Hubbard contracts would compare:OT Cap HitsYearHubbardSolderYearHubbardSolderHubbard turned 27 in April so a four-year deal would only take him through his age-30 season — Solder’s current age. 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The difference between signing a right tackle and left tackle shouldn’t matter all that much, the difference between the two positions is minimal and the money saved on the deal could have been used elsewhere to add more to the roster. Again in an attempt to make this not look revisionist, I talked about this exact scenario for these two players before free agency opened.In free agency, we can also have the Giants re-sign John Greco like they did as a place-holder at guard and potential depth in the interior.NFL DraftWhat the Giants did: Drafted guard Will Hernandez in the second round, 34th overall.What the Giants could have done: Drafted guard Quenton Nelson in the first round, second overall, and drafted guard Will Hernandez in the second round, 34th overall.Everything that has been reported about the Giants’ thought process with the second overall pick was that it was Saquon Barkley and Saquon Barkley only. But for the sake of this exercise let’s say there was an alternate option. We can even use Dave Gettleman’s own qualifications for what he was looking for — a “gold jacket player” — to justify Nelson’s selection.Nelson was a wildly popular draft prospect and was routinely brought up as one of the best prospects in the draft regardless of position. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar had him in that conversation. So did Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports. Pro Football Weekly had him at No. 1. The Ringer’s Robert Mays called Nelson a generational guard prospect. We can end with this line from Lance Zierlein’s NFL.com draft profile:If you take a look at the list of offensive lineman with multiple All-Pro seasons who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, you’ll find a bunch of soon-to-be Hall of Famers. The full list of players since the merger is full of Hall of Famers.The selection of Nelson also wouldn’t preclude the Giants from taking Will Hernandez in the second round like they did. It’s the strategy the Indianapolis Colts actually used after taking Nelson. 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Per FOA 2018, he had a penalty or blown block on 3.1 percent of his snaps. Brown is just 25 years old and 2018 is the final year of his rookie contract with just a $1.9 million cap hit.Brown played right tackle for San Francisco, but after he was traded claimed he would be comfortable playing either side, via Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe:The switch did happen and Brown is currently New England’s starting left tackle. He had an 81 percent Pass Block Win Rate through Week 7.The resultsIf this is how the offseason played out, the Giants would have opened the season with Brown at left tackle, Nelson at left guard, Brett Jones at center (let’s assume some of the cap savings would have allowed the Giants to keep him), Hernandez at right guard, and Hubbard at right tackle. Jon Halapio, John Greco, Ereck Flowers, and Chad Wheeler would be on the roster as backups. Is that a “fixed” offensive line? Maybe. Is it better than the current line? It would be hard to say no.Of course, there are consequences to this rebuilding path. There’s no Saquon Barkley and probably no B.J. Hill. Possibly there’s no Lorenzo Carter if the Giants’ targets change in the third round after going for guards with the first two picks. The Giants could have used that pick for a running back — maybe Royce Freeman — or instead used some of the added cap space to target a running back in free agency, like Dion Lewis.It’s arguable how much better this could make the Giants’ offense (possibly much) or the future outlook (same), but it could have been possible. It would have taken a little more creativity and a full concerted effort on nothing other than rebuilding the line. Worst case, it doesn’t leave the Giants with the worst offensive line in the league with few answers heading into 2019. Unfortunately, that’s where they are and this is a process they’ll have dive head first into again this offseason.
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Just because the Steelers are reeling right now is no reason to discount the fact that they still have the best receiver in the league in Brown or his partner in crime JuJu Smith-Schuster. Both guys will be going up against a young secondary that is currently allowing the second most passing yards in the NFL. Now this isn’t to bash the defense. The defense has made key stops in key moments this season and appears to be vastly improved from last season. That also doesn’t mean they aren’t giving up loads of yards in the passing game. It’s that “bend don’t break” we’ve all become accustomed to.One thing to note is that the Bucs are currently sitting at a +2 in turnover differential while the Steelers are -4. Again, that falls on Fitzpatrick’s ability to protect the football and make the smart decisions while Roethlisberger is more willing to take chances. Even Fitz’s one interception this season wasn’t his fault, it was squarely on the shoulders of O.J. 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One mark that could fall on Sunday, when the Chiefs play host to the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium, may resonate deeper than others.The best coaching candidate you don’t know (Bleacher Report) - The state of Ohio is known for football. To be more specific, it’s known as a mecca for football coaches. There’s the well-known “Cradle of Coaches” coming out of Oxford, but just over 200 miles to the northeast is Massillon. The small town, nestled in the shadow of Cleveland and a 10-minute drive from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was home to one of the hottest names in the 2018 coaching carousel. Russell Wilson looked to his left and his right. He looked for help in the middle of the field. He looked short and he looked for deep balls.No one was open.It was that kind of Monday night for the Seattle Seahawks.Wilson was surrounded for most of Seattle's 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears, and he got very little help from his teammates until the fourth quarter. He was sacked six times for the second straight week, including five in the first half [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/david-njoku-jersey]Womens David Njoku Jersey[/url] , and made a game-sealing mistake in the final period."We're still a work in progress," coach Pete Carroll said. "You can see how hard our guys played, see how they fought throughout all the way to the last seconds on the clock."Seattle (0-2) played without guard D.J. Fluker and receiver Doug Baldwin due to injuries, and Baldwin's absence was particularly noticeable. Tyler Lockett was the Seahawks' top receiver with five catches for 60 yards, but he got most of his numbers in the fourth. Brandon Marshall struggled to get open against one of his former teams."I can always do better," Marshall said. "There's some things I definitely have to clean up. Just got to be sharper in everything that I do. We got to find a way to make plays."The rushing attack also was shut down by Chicago's refurbished defense, finishing with 74 yards on 22 carries. Seattle went almost 24 minutes of game time between rushing plays at one point.Wilson began the fourth quarter with just 69 yards on 9-for-20 passing, but he tried to rally the Seahawks down the stretch."The fourth quarter showed us who we are and who we can be," Wilson said. "We just got to get a better start and try to figure out how to catch that fire that we had in the fourth quarter [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/nick-chubb-jersey]Womens Nick Chubb Jersey[/url] , let's put it in the first, second, third if we can do that, which I don't think we're far off by any means."The four-time Pro Bowler found Lockett for 20 yards and tight end Nathan Vannett for 11 to move Seattle deep into Chicago territory. He then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lockett to trim the Bears' lead to 17-10 with 10:13 left.Chicago (1-1) went three and out on the ensuing drive and punted the ball right back to Seattle. But Wilson's pass intended for Rashaad Penny near midfield was picked off by Prince Amukamara, who returned his first interception since 2015 for his first career touchdown with 6:37 remaining."You can't even remember the last time Russ did that," Carroll said.Wilson also lost a fumble on Seattle's next drive. He passed to Will Dissly for a 2-yard touchdown with 14 seconds to go, but the Seahawks' onside kick was unsuccessful and the Bears ran out the clock.The lackluster showing for Seattle's offense wasted a solid performance for its defense, led by two second-quarter interceptions for Shaquill Griffin. The second-year cornerback made a nice play on an underthrown ball by Mitchell Trubisky, and then had a diving grab on a tipped ball.Mychal Kendricks had one of Seattle's two sacks in his first game since he signed with the Seahawks on Friday. Kendricks pleaded guilty last week to insider trading charges [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/duke-johnson-jersey]Authentic Duke Johnson Jersey[/url] , but he isn't expected to be sentenced in the case until January and the NFL has yet to impose any discipline."Just having this opportunity to play it means so much more to me," said Kendricks, who was released by Cleveland on Aug. 29 after the charges were filed. "That being said, I plan on doing the most with it."It just wasn't enough, not with the Seahawks' ineffective offense.Wilson was 22 for 36 for 226 yards. Penny was the top rusher with 10 carries for 30 yards as Seattle possessed the ball for just 25 1/2 minutes."The fighter mentality in me is always going to be there so you can't play scared," Wilson said. "You got to be able to go for it. I think we were still able to do that. We had a lot of fourth-quarter comebacks and I believe those are going to happen."Jay Cohen can be reached at ://jcohenap