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2015 NFL Draft Preview: NFC East

The NFC East may be the NFL’s most mysterious division. One year’s divisional champion can easily be the following year’s fourth-place team and vice versa. Whether a result of these four teams building their rosters to face one another or simple parity, the NFC East feels like a pick ’em division on a yearly basis. This year should be no different, especially with the number of questions swirling around all four teams and the number of changes they have already made. More changes are yet to come in this week’s draft.
The most obviously transformed team is the Philadelphia Eagles. Upon given free reign over the team’s roster this offseason, head coach Chip Kelly has made a number of surprising moves, such as trading away running back LeSean McCoy, swapping quarterback Nick Foles for Sam Bradford and letting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin walk away a free agent. The Dallas Cowboys weren’t able to retain the pricey services of running back DeMarco Murray and gambled on signing defensive end Greg Hardy

Giants: 2015 NFL Draft order

The New York Giants have 8 picks to play with when the 2015 NFL Draft begins on April 30th in Chicago. (NY picked up an extra seventh-rounder from Denver in the Brandon McManus trade last August, per ESPN)

Breakdown of Giants’ 2015 selection:

First round: 9th overall selection

Second round: 40th overall selection

Third round: 74th overall selection

Fourth round: 108th overall selection

Fifth round: 144th overall selection

Sixth round: 186th overall selection

Seventh round: 226th overall selection

Seventh round: 245th overall selection

Should the New York Giants go after Jermaine Gresham?

As the NFL season became a short and unsuccessful end for the New York Giants, there are many off-season tasks the team must complete in order to get ready for the start of the 2015 season. One of the most import ones is to resign potential unrestricted free agents. This year tight end, Jermaine Gresham, is on the market. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma and received All-American honors. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, despite missing all of his last college season with a knee injury.
Gresham was a high school standout at wide receiver from Ardmore High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma. During his sophomore year Gresham helped the Tigers go 10-2, and had the game clinching 29-yard touchdown in a 13-0 win against Ada, a 28-yard game sealing touchdown against Altus to win 21-8, and 168 yards receiving on six catches, including a 74-yard touchdown pass, in a 23-16 loss to Shawnee. He finished the season with 11-touchdowns on 26-receptions, an

New York Giants draft philosophy could net these unexpected players

The New York Giants have never adhered to traditional versions of draft boards. Many fans and analysts can usually peg the team’s glaring needs, but the Giants operate mostly by best player available when they draft. This year, defensive end and offensive line have been mocked to the team for most of the offseason. That means little to the Giants. It shouldn’t discount that the team would address those positions, especially considering they could have a shot at Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff and it is a  very deep defensive end class. This is just a daily annual warning that you could be shocked by who walks to the podium Thursday night in Chicago.
The fact that two quarterbacks will likely be off the board before the Giants pick could be extremely beneficial to them. Eli Manning’s contract is unresolved, but no one expects him to finish his career anywhere besides New York. The Giants may not even have quarterbacks Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota rated highly, but it shouldn’t matter as drafting eith

The New York Giants should consider letting Eli Manning walk

The New York Giants and Eli Manning have tabled contract talks and are letting him play out the final year of his seven-year, $106.9 million contract. The Giants did have the opportunity to extend his contract last season which would have saved them a little money this year but they opted against that. Both sides seem comfortable with the decision “I’ve known a lot of people who have gone into their last year, my brother went into the last year of his contract twice, and that’s just part of it,” Manning said Sunday via Newsday. “I look at it as, hey, I signed a six-year contract and I never once mentioned the contract to them or anything, or tried to get extended. I’m going to play out those six years and hopefully my play and the success of the team will dictate the future of me being in New York.”As Newsday noted, Manning has the second-highest base salary ($17 million) in the NFL for 2015.
This is good news for both the Giants and Eli Manning as that means a reality stress free s…

Report: Eli Manning not concerned about contract

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the final season of his six-year, $97.5 million contract. At this time, it is reported that there have been no discussions between Manning and the Giants on an extension (via Fox Sports).
When approached about the status of his contract, Manning didn’t seem to be concerned one bit:

I haven’t made a big deal about it.

Manning had a similar response when he was asked the same question back in December, as reported by the NY Post.

If the Giants want to discuss it, we’ll discuss it, but it’s not a focus of mine,” Manning said back in December. “I’ve never been real worried about contract stuff. I let all that just handle itself.

Manning, 34, is entering into his 12th season with the Giants. He indicated he would not be insulted if an extension was not in place prior to the start of the regular season.
Manning’s confidence could be related to the fact that he threw for the second-most yards (4,410) and tallied the second-most touchd

NFL Draft Intangibles

Hunger and motivation are difficult to quantify. You never truly know how far a player will go to get to the next level. Amani Toomer was a Round 2 WR who my father loved out of Michigan. He had a great motor. My father (who went to college in the Big Ten, and watches a lot of those games) regaled me with stories about Toomer.  There was one where Toomer returned a punt and seemingly had to run sideways up and down the field to get the ball into the end zone. It was an incredible achievement. But Toomer’s first 3 seasons found the new Giant struggling.  He was mired down on the WR depth chart and was holding onto his job via special teams.  The trajectory was not good.  1 start his rookie year and then none in his 2nd year.  27 catches for 360 yards, still no starts in his 3rd year.  During the offseason he took karate and went to a new level physically and mentally.  During training camp of his 4th year he killed it in practice consistently.  It earned him a starting job, and his 4…

Odell Beckham Jr. says hamstring will always be in back of mind

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham said he’s healthy and not hampered by a hamstring injury he sustained around this point last year; however, he admitted the injury still looms in his mind.

The injury caused Beckham to miss the first four games of his rookie season

“[It's] always in the back of my mind, but I’m definitely a lot healthier this year than I was last year,” he said.

“Nobody comes into this and doesn’t want to be the best at what they do,” he said.
 

Beckham says hamstring is “always in the back of my mind, but I’m definitely a lot healthier this year than I was last year.”
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) April 23, 2015

Why the Giants Will Have an Elite Offense this Sea

Last season, the Giants offense took a huge step forward from the season prior. In 2013, the offense ranked 28th in the league in total offense with the 3rd worst run game and averaged a measly 18.4 points per game. However, with the change in offensive scheme from former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to a fresh face in Ben McAdoo, offensive production improved greatly improved. The numbers jumped to 10th in the league in total offense, 7th in passing yards per game, and improved their points per game by over five. This drastic improvement was largely due to offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s west-coast style offensive scheme that better suited the personnel. There were several bright spots on the offense last season—the emergence of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. into a star, rookie Andre Williams steadily improving in place of injured Rashad Jennings, rookie Weston Richburg starting every game on the injury riddled offensive line, and Eli Manning drastically improving his completion perce

Are the New York Giants Super Bowl contenders?

Are the New York Giants Super Bowl contenders? It wouldn’t be a true NFL off-season without guarantees as we learned this week from another NFC East player, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys.
Now running back Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants, believes his team falls in the Super Bowl contender category as well.
Despite the New York Giants finishing 6-10 last season, Jennings has fool confidence in his team bouncing back and making a run at a Super Bowl next season.
According to Jared Dubin of CBSsports.com, Jennings left no doubt about next season.
“No question,” Jennings said, when asked at off-season workouts of the Giants are a potential championship contender. “We’ve got the skill set to do that. We showed flashes last year, but they were obviously being overshadowed by what we didn’t do so well. We eliminate self-inflicted wounds, the before-the-snap [and] after-the-snap errors, this is a different team.”
Offensively the New York Giants have a great nucleus lead by two-time…

2015 NFL Draft Part 5: LB, QB, RB, TE

Linebacker
Not too many here. Some were in Part 4 under DE.  We are not rating 200 players this year like we did from 2010-2012. We are only rating ~45-50 players to cover the first couple of Rounds of the Giants.  We will have supplemental information on later round players as that shapes up.
Vic Beasley (3) Bulked up a lot and got really fast. Too fast? Has huge potential but on tape he got pushed around. Yet he does 35 benchpresses?  Too many questions. Confused. So I will pass. Don’t gamble at 9. Great speed and great burst. How did he bulk up so quickly? When I can’t answer the questions, I pass unless the pick becomes value.
Shane Ray (3) Doesn’t fit mold for Giants. Would have been a VG Defensive End in 1960’s or 1970’s.  Too small for DE now. 3-4 hybrid OLB in NFL now. 4-3 OLB? Doesn’t have that experience. So no fit for Gmen.  Doesn’t have that strength to take on OTs. Does have elite speed. Explodes off line. Aspire to be a poor man’s Clay Matthews.  Problem is that Ray ha…

New York Giants will seek value picks in 2015 draft

The New York Giants do not possess a pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but that’s totally fine. After a disappointing 6-10 finish in 2014, the Giants should use this draft to add needed depth at positions like linebacker and corner.
The Giants first pick in the 2015 draft comes in the second round at the 40th overall pick. Continuing their tradition of drafting for value, NFL.com has them selecting former UCLA inside linebacker Eric Kendricks. Kendricks will provided needed depth at that spot, which is currently occupied by nine-year veteran Jon Beason, who has had his fare share of injuries during his stint in the league. For a team that has prided itself on defense during their two most recent Super Bowl wins, adding a versatile and tough linebacker like Kendricks seems like an easy fit there. With Steve Spagnuolo returning for the 2015 season, as well as draft picks leaning heavy on the defensive side, the Giants’ defense should be much improved next season.
However …

Rashad Jennings: We’re going to win the championship

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings believes his team is ready to make a run at a Super Bowl.

The offense is in the second year of coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system, while wide receiver Victor Cruz returns to bookend second-year playmaker Odell Beckham Jr.

“No question,” Jennings said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday.

“We’ve got the skill set to do that. We showed flashes last year, but they were obviously being overshadowed by what we didn’t do so well. We eliminate self-inflicted wounds, the before-the-snap [and] after-the-snap errors, this is a different team.”

On new teammate Shane Vereen meeting the president:

“I know where [Vereen] is,” Jennings said. “[The Patriots] won the championship last year, so they get to visit the president. I’m going to shoot him some text messages and ask him to let [Barack] Obama change some things.

“He’s enjoying himself as he should. They get a chance to do something special. But Shane’s a great player. He’s a teammate. He’s not a…

New York Giants Victor Cruz will be ready for 2015

When the 2015 season begins, expect one of the league’s better receivers to be prepared. The New York Giants‘ Victor Cruz will be ready for the season opener. In a story previously reported by Kevin Patera of NFL.com, Giants general manager Jerry Reese took a cautious approach but anticipates Cruz being on the field for game 1 of the 2015 season. Reese had this to say,
“He looked good, he’s running pretty good, right now and he’s scheduled to be back ready for the opener for us,” Reese said. “But until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. But he looks great right now.”
It was on October 12th of last year against the Philadelphia Eagles, that Victor Cruz went down with what turned out to be a devastating patella tendon tear. As is the case for most players returning from serious injuries, Victor Cruz’ biggest obstacle was overcoming the mental aspect of an injury.
Be that as it may, Victor Cruz certainly isn’t lack confidence, as he told the …

Giants safety Nat Berhe calls out former DC Perry Fewell

What started as a simple fluff question about new defensive coordinator Steve Spagunolo escalated into a loaded answer from New York Giants safety Nat Berhe. Berhe was asked about how he’s taken to the new personality that Spagnuolo brings to the team, and while praising his new defensive boss he took a subtle shot at his old one.
 
“Coach [Spagnuolo], you know, I can talk to him. I don’t know if I could say that about the last coordinator,” Berhe said to reporters on Thursday, referring to Fewell. “He was good, but Coach Spags is someone I can have a conversation with, just talk to in the halls and stuff like that. Coach Spags also coached my cousin, [cornerback] Jimmy Smith, who plays for the Ravens, so we know each other.”
 
That wasn’t the only aspect of Fewell’s repertoire that Berhe wasn’t a big fan of. Berhe echoed sentiments made by many Giants fans throughout Fewell’s tenure as it applied to his passive defensive scheme.
 
Last year I felt like we were more reacting, just w…