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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Tennessee Titans shut out New York Giants 17-0

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 17 – Giants 0

The Titans won a road game at MetLife Stadium in rainy and cold New Jersey.  The victory was extra sweet as the Titans have not had a shutout game since December of 2000 when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-0.

The wintery weather may have cost the Titans some points, as there were some dropped passes and a missed field goal kick.  But behind Derrick Henry’s strong run game, the team prevailed. Henry had a great game with two touchdowns, 33 carries, and 170 yards.

The Titans defense was also strong; the defense was able to hold the Giants star rookie running back Saquon Barkley to only 31 yards.  The Titans defense had two turnovers during the second half of the game, with safety Kevin Byard getting his third interception of the year, and linebacker Kamalei Correa forcing a sack-fumble on Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. The fumbled ball was picked up by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

Coach Vrabel stated at the post-game press conference that he was proud that his team did not have any turnovers in the “tough conditions on the field”.

The game was prolonged unnecessarily by the NFL refs who seemed to want to review far too many plays, and it took them a long time to reach decisions. The fans out in the cold had to have been frustrated by the delays.  While we are on the subject of delays, the Titans did get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for having two “delay of game” calls in a row; rather strange.

All in all, it was another Derrick Henry show, with the running back breaking the record for most rushing yards in back to back games. He beat Earl Campbell’s record of 405 yards with 408 rushing yards.

 

The Titans will face the Washington Redskins next week at home on Saturday with a late afternoon kickoff time of 3:30 CT. Tennessee is now 8-6 for the season and the team needs to win the next two home games for any chance to get in the playoffs.

The Titans were hyped at the end of this game and performed a “Remember the Titans” celebration dance routine. The hype and the teamwork needs to carry on for two more weeks, for two more victories for Tennessee to have a chance to get to the Super Bowl.

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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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A Giant Leap Over Bears in OT Loss

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It was bound to happen. A backup quarterback with not enough playing time slotted to win two back-to-back games? That was wishful thinking. But there were many factors that resulted in a painful Chicago Bears loss to the New York Giants on the road.

First, let’s start with the positives.

– Running back Jordan Howard actually had more than 50 plus yards in this game. As a matter of fact, he rushed for 76 yards, one as long as 25 yards! Hey, this is huge because he hasn’t been a factor in the run game for a while.

– Cornerback Kyle Fuller caught his 6th interception which he read in anticipation to the throw by Eli Manning. He surpassed his rookie high in 2014 of four.

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Bears must take Giant step at MetLife Stadium

Wanda Wiedman, Reporter Chicago Bears

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears have won five straight games after their loss to New England. They won three division games within a span of 11 days. No one can question their hunger to win.

Even with starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky unable to play on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder sprain, his sideline presences and leadership were evident on every pass and every tackle. The entire team put their confidence on backup QB, veteran Chase Daniel to carry the team and with the help of the defense, it was a done deal.

Going into Sunday’s matchup, the Bears will have to take it on the road one more time to MetLife Stadium as they battle the Giants on their home turf. The Giants are coming off a close game against the Philadelphia Eagles, only to lose by a field goal. The Bears were able to enjoy the holidays and enjoy a few days of rest. But now it’s back to the grind and a win mindset for the hungry Monsters of the Midway.

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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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