What will the Cardinals do with their draft pick?

Marquita Quinones
NFL reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@LatinLove729

I can’t believe it but the 2019 NFL Draft is only days from now, and you best believe there is going to be a lot of action going on. NFL is already full of buzz around the potential first round picks and the Arizona Cardinals are the focus of that buzz.

Many experts believe that the Arizona Cardinals will choose quarterback Kyler Murray as their number one pick. As expected, the Cardinals are staying quiet and are taking a stance on not knowing where the organization stands with the first overall pick. 

“We are not done with this process,” general manager Steve Keim said, per Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “We have not made a decision on the first overall pick. There are a number of players in my opinion, and our scouts’ opinion, and our coaching staff’s opinion, that warrant being the first overall selection.”

Keim may portray the team as undecided as to who they will choose at number one but the majority of analysts agree that Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray is the right choice. Murray has been viewed as a projected franchise QB. If the Cardinals want to be in the mix of playoff talks, they can’t pass on the opportunity of a player who is deemed to be an NFL starter.

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A look at the NY Giants defensive draft needs

Marquita Quinones
NFL reporter

By Marquita Quinones //  @LatinLove729

The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching, and many teams will be trying to fill the gaps on their roster. It is no surprise that the  New York Giants have some gaping holes to address. But the Giants have been known to draft great defensive players over the years, however, as of late they have suffered greatly in that department. Expert analysts have even stated that it is because of the Giants defense that Super Bowl XLVI was such a successful win over the New England Patriots. 

Players like Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Pepper Johnson, Michael Strahan, Keith Hamilton, Osi Umenyiora, and Justin Tuck are just a few great players that put the Giants defense on the map. Unfortunately, since the retirement of Strahan, the defense has diminished immensely; so it is time for the Giants to focus on rebuilding. That is why it seems so obvious that the Giants would have an eye on LSU Linebacker Devin White.

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History of the Giants draft with 10+ picks

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones //  @LatinLove729

The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching and many New York Giants fans have got to be curious about who the Giants will use their double-digit picks on.

Considered a huge asset to the Giants franchise, Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded in exchange for those multiple draft picks and a former first-round draft pick. This seems to signify a rebuild, but what and who will this rebuild consist of?

This is not the first time the Giants have held double-digit picks, and as history has shown, having the most draft picks don’t guarantee quality players. Let’s take a look at the history of the The New York Giants when possessing double-digit draft picks and those outcomes.

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Of trading Odell Beckham, Jr.

Marquita Quinones
OTFB Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@LatinLove729

TRADE – The word “trade” involves the transfer of goods or services from one person or entity to another, often in exchange for money.

Unfortunately, in the world of sports, it often means an unwanted change and can involve a player that you are not ready to part with. Such is the case of the trade of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

When rumors first began that the New York Giants were considering trading their star receiver, I and many others felt this had to be a big mistake.

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Marlin Briscoe: The first African American quarterback

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

To look at the NFL today it’s hard to imagine it without the diversity it displays, but there was a time when there wasn’t. In honor of Black History Month, we will look at the changes the NFL has gone through as it pertains to African American players.

Let’s begin with a pioneer in his own right, Marlin Briscoe.

African Americans have been a part of the American Football evolution as far back as the 1920s with players like Fitz Pollard and Bobby Marshall leading the way. The position of quarterback had not been a position that was openly offered to African Americans, but in 1968 that all changed with Marlin Briscoe.

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After a slow start, Giants still have a chance at the playoffs

Marquita Quinones
NY Giants reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Giants 40 – Redskins 16

What a season! Who would have thought with the start that the New York Giants had they could even be having thoughts of a playoff run. But, believe it or not, there is still hope. Very slim, but hope.

It seems as though after the bye week the Giants have started to find themselves. In the past 3 weeks, the Giants have had a close loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, and two good wins, one against the Chicago Bears and the latest impressive win against the Washington Redskins. The Giants have improved their record to 4-1 after the bye.

Now, if the beating they gave Washington was a glimpse of what might be if given the chance to enter the playoff season, the Giants may be in good shape. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.

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Cincinnati Bengals off to a cool 4-1 start

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Cincinnati Bengals are off to a cool start with a 4-1 record heading into our sixth week. Although the path to victory has not been a smooth one the Bengals have managed to only fall behind the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, which puts them in second place in the AFC.

Examples of that “rocky path” are their defeat over the Atlanta Falcons by one point, and then having to overcome a 17-point deficit this past Sunday to beat the Miami Dolphins at home. Luckily, due to a couple of wild touchdowns from defensive ends Sam Hubbard and Michael Johnson, they were able to beat a team that was favored to win by six points in another come-from-behind victory.

This style of winning has caused some to be cautiously optimistic and not ready to declare this “the year”. In fact, most believe the Bengals should’ve dominated a team like the Dolphins, but let’s face it even good teams have off weeks. The difference between a legitimate contender and an average team is finding a way to win, even when they aren’t playing their best game. That is what Cincinnati did this week.

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New York Giants are so close, yet so far

Marquita Quinones New York Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Panthers 33 – Giants 31

“So close but yet so far” is my theme at this point in the season when watching the New York Giants play. 

After a 27-22 win against the Houston Texans, I knew things were looking up.  Unfortunately, that was overshadowed by the 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints which brought me back to reality.

However, Sunday brought new hope and confidence as the New York Giants faced off against the Carolina Panthers.

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Will history repeat itself for the New York Giants?

Marquita Quinones New York Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @Latinlove729

It looks like history may repeat itself for the New York Giants.  They are facing a 0-3 start if they fall to the Houston Texans this weekend. Once again, the Giants offense continues to struggle and unfortunately, all eyes will be on Quarterback Eli Manning.

Former New York Jets defensive lineman Damien Woody gave his thoughts during an interview with ESPN:

“Eli is toast. He is toast, OK? Listen, everyone has talked about the offensive line. I mean, I live in the New York tri-state area. You hear it all the time. ‘The Giants offensive line is trash.’ Which they are. They’re bad. They’re bad. There’s no question about that.”

He continued, “But there’s been one constant with the Giants. They’ve had change at GM. They’ve had change at the head coaching position. They signed (wide receiver) Odell Beckham. They drafted a running back. But there’s been one constant, and that’s the quarterback, OK? Eli Manning.”

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The New York Giants learn from failure

Marquita Quinones NFL Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @latinlove729

Jaguars 20 – Giants 15

 

If learning from failure results in success, let’s hope New York Giants learned a lot this week. To say the offense struggled would be an understatement. On 25 first down plays against the Jaguars, the Giants were only able to average 3.28 yards, which is the fifth-worst average gain on first downs among all the teams.

It didn’t help that the Giants set themselves back on their very first opening drive. With a penalty earned, the Giants had a first and 17 to begin the drive which resulted in them turning it over on downs. Five of the Giants’ seven penalties of the day came on offense and three of those five came on first downs.

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