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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Checking in on the NFC East quarterbacks

Sonja Greenfield Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Last week I looked at the quarterbacks of the NFC North to preview what their 2019 season may look like. Apparently, you guys liked it, so I’m going to keep that train moving.  This week I’m going to take a look at the quarterbacks of the NFC East.

Overall, it’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the NFC East. Outside of the Giants and the Eagles making some blockbuster moves, it’s been pretty calm in terms of free agency.

This week I ask, what will 2019 look like for the NFC East Quarterbacks? And it’s a dubious situation, to say the least, unlike the NFC North, where barring injury, the quarterbacks are pretty solid.  Here in the NFC East, it’s not quite the same.

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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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The quarterback carousel gets spinning

Lisa Johnson Senior Media Manager/NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Going into the 2019 NFL season many teams have needs. Some have different needs than others, but no need is more important than that of the quarterback. There are at least 5 teams that are going to need some help at that position.

The Denver Broncos addressed theirs by agreeing in principle for Baltimore Ravens benched QB Joe Flacco. While Flacco won’t be the answer long term for the Broncos, he will at least give them some time to find their franchise quarterback.

Many NFL analysts have ranted that this 2019 quarterback class, to say it nicely, is average. No one guy stands out at this moment. You’d have to assume Bronco’s GM John Elway agrees with that assessment since he pulled the trigger so quickly on Flacco. I’ve always felt that if you pick a player in the first round, that player has to start day one. I just don’t feel that there are day one starters in this draft, which in my mind is why Flacco is a Bronco.

So what does this signing mean for the other teams that are quarterback-starved? It means another free agent/ “Gap” quarterback is about to hit the market.  If the Broncos can’t find a team to trade their one and done QB, Case Keenum to, then he is expected to be released.

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Nick Foles decides its time to move on from the Eagles. Where does he go?

Dayna O’Gorman
NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Always a bridesmaid, never the bride.

Even after being named MVP of a Super Bowl LII, even after saving the Eagles 2018 season and taking them to the playoffs, Philadelphia continued to tell quarterback Nick Foles he just wasn’t good enough. QB Carson Wentz, who has been injured the last two seasons, will be their starter. Foles decided that it was time to move on, and he paid $2 million to do it.

The Eagles had picked up Foles $20 million option, but that would mean he would continue to carry a clipboard for Wentz. Foles paid the fee to be released from that option, but Philadelphia still has the ability to franchise tag him. This would give the team the ability to trade him. It has been reported that multiple teams are interested in bringing Foles on board. This isn’t surprising considering the state of the quarterback situation in the NFL.

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Chris Long wins Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in Africa

Sonja Greenfield NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

 

**This article contains views of the author and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Our Turf Football.**

There are plenty of NFL players that are doing great things in their various communities, and they all deserve to be celebrated.

One such player is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long.  As you know, he was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year this past Saturday.  Long, like the other nominees for the award, has long been a good guy in his community.  However, to me, he sticks out for some very important reasons.

I’ve always felt that if you’re given a platform to do some good, then it’s your responsibility to do just that. Not that you have to, of course, but it’s a good thing to do.

Long’s Waterboy initiative has been in place since 2016. Its goal is to bring fresh water to the African country of Tanzania by building sustainable wells.  The goal is to build 32 wells, one for every team in the NFL.  He is bringing together veterans, NFL players, and has recently expanded to include NBA players as well.

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With Alex Smith out for 2019, what’s next for Washington?

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

One year ago on January 30th, quarterback Alex Smith was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins. The trade was to display the unbelievable talent of QB Patrick Mahomes and to usher in a new era in Washington.

Smith signed a 4-year contract worth $94 million dollars to help a franchise who kept falling short of the goal with QB Kirk Cousins at the helm. In his first debut for the Redskins, Smith threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns and gave them their first win against the Arizona Cardinals.

But in a horrific event in Week 11, against the Houston Texans, Smith went down writhing in pain to only be carted off the field. His injury was later determined to be a compound and spiral fracture to his tibia and fibula. Frankly, it was the worst injury Smith could have received as it became the eerie replica of the Joe Theismann injury 33 years to the day. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there for Smith as he incurred several infections that required additional surgeries.

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Romo as OC in Dallas could help Prescott

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Dallas Cowboys made it to the Divisional Round only to see their season end against the Los Angeles Rams, finishing with a 10-6 record and champions of the NFC East.

Despite the demands of some fans and media analysts that believe it is time for head coach Jason Garrett to go (including myself), there is someone who could take the offensive play calling to a whole different level. That someone is former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo was ousted out of his job as signal caller in Dallas after an injury in preseason paved the way for then rookie, Dak Prescott to earn the coveted job. After a spectacular rookie season in 2016 and a 13-3 record, Romo knew his time in Dallas was over. He was even seen on the sideline of the final game saying, “Wow, it is his time.”

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Carson Wentz officially named starter for 2019

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth

In a press conference held by Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson, they all but said goodbye to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

When asked who will be starting next season, Pederson told reporters Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterback moving forward.

After sitting out games nursing an ACL injury, Wentz watched his team win a Superbowl led by a backup quarterback. If that wasn’t motivation enough to come back with a vengeance, well, I don’t know what is.

After an MVP-esque 2017 season, Wentz sat out the final few games after tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams. No one could have predicted what happened next, sparking a quarterback debate on who should be the next franchise QB for the Eagles that lasted longer than it should have.

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