The Giants are one or two pieces away on offense — an athletic tight end would help — from Super Bowl Sunday in 2018. But Jennings doesn’t want them to reload at his position; his goal is their goal.
“Winning championships is what the Giants organization talks about,” Jennings stated. “That’s the focal point. That’s the expectations that’s put for us every single year and the distractions, you try to eliminate as many as you possibly can, especially in New York.
The division rival Philadelphia Eagles welcomed the playoff hopeful Giants and despite their losing record, looked to play spoiler. The Eagles grabbed a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter on the back of a Darren Sproles run and an Eli Manning pick-six. Philadelphia never ceded the lead to the Giants in a 24-19 win.
The Giants now sit at 10-5 on the season and can still earn a playoff berth before the conclusion of Week 16 if other NFC teams fall. However, tonight’s loss served to remind the football audience just what kind of a fragile operation New York is, as currently constructed.
Third-year defensive end Owa Odighizuwa was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy.
“It is unfortunate that things have gone in this direction,” said general manager Jerry Reese, “but we wish nothing but the best for Owa as we all move forward.”
Dallas’ ground game, paced by Ezekiel Elliott and a veteran offensive line, was otherworldly in 2016, while the Giants were one of the worst rushing teams in the league. New York’s pass rush and secondary were dominant forces in ’16 with newest additions Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins paying major dividends out of the gate; without Greg Hardy and a slew of suspended starters, the Cowboys struggled once again to develop any heat on opposing quarterbacks and then dismantled their already shaky secondary in the offseason.
Put these two NFC East foes together in a proverbial blender and you come up with a bona fide Super Bowl contender. But for now, with holes at many positions, both clubs will have to settle scores against one another with preseason predictions, just like the rest of us.
He would give the Giants something they haven’t had since Jeremy Shockey — a big-play tight end in the middle of the field. He has Pro Bowl potential. He’s a long, athletic, versatile tight end who can play outside or inside. In this offense, where you’re surrounded by talent on the outside (at receiver), he can be a difference-maker and a game-changer between the hashes.
If they don’t address the offensive line at No. 23, this is an option for them. He plays with a little nastiness, a little edge, he finishes plays. There are snaps on tape where he latches on and takes his man off the screen.
The Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (the first of their meetings) in what most New York Giants fans would call “the greatest game ever played.” (Although there was another one we’ll get to in a moment.) The Patriots had been the first team in NFL history to go 16-0 in the regular season and figured winning the Super Bowl was a foregone conclusion. Especially with one of their 16 wins having come against the Giants in the regular-season finale.
The Giants were trailing 14-10 with 2:39 left when Eli drove 83 yards for the winning score. The most memorable play was David Tyree’s one-handed catch, when he pinned the ball to his helmet on a 32-yard reception. It was one of those things that looked fake. And when you watch the replay, you wonder how Rodney Harrison wasn’t able to knock it away. Like he was so surprised by the catch, he couldn’t think of anything dirty to do.
Geno Smith slipped out of the Jets’ locker room late Thursday night without talking to reporters. The clock was winding down on the one-year anniversary of the event that changed the trajectory of his career — the locker room punch from a former teammate that fractured Smith’s jaw and shattered his chance to be the Jets’ starter — and now, Smith was gone again, just as his personal reclamation project hit its stride.
This preseason, after all, amounts to an audition for Smith, who is performing not so much for Jets decision makers but for whoever might consider employing him next. Smith seems almost certain to be Gang Green’s backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick this season, because it is hard to imagine the team going without an experienced No. 2. But Smith will be gone next season, because he is in the final year of his rookie deal and his time in New York has been, to put it gently, star-crossed. The Jets, who held open the starting job until Fitzpatrick signed a deal for this season on the eve of training camp, clearly hope they never have to watch Smith in the regular season.
Per NFL Research, Marshall ranks first in the league in receptions (921) and receiving yards (11,752) over the last 10 seasons. He is tied for first in 100-yard receiving games (46) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (80). In addition, the six-time Pro Bowl selection has the most 100-reception seasons (6) in NFL history.
Marshall will undoubtedly receive plenty of attention on the free-agent market. The question is whether he’s still capable of producing the level of numbers that made him one of the league’s most dominant wide receivers since he entered the NFL in 2006.
The Jets brass have clearly recognized their failing formula in the offseason and cheap nfl jerseys and have chosen to, instead of delay the inevitable, embrace a total reconstruction of the roster, purge the training facility of all expensive Rex Ryan holdovers and build through the draft.
As Maccagnan implied, everything the Jets currently hold dear, including their first pick in the draft, is available at a price. New York holds seven draft picks this year, including four in the first three rounds.
Cruz helped power a few years of high-wire offenses designed by former coordinator and longtime Eli Manning coach Kevin Gilbride. Alongside Hakeem Nicks, the Giants posted the fifth-best passing offense in football back in 2011 and were fourth in yards per attempt. Cruz’s play in the slot buoyed Manning and helped give him a much-needed second wind in New York.
An undrafted free agent out of UMass, Cruz was one of the few players to be re-signed by the team in the Jerry Reese era. His five-year, $45 million extension signed back in 2013 was a significant move for the notoriously thrifty Giants at the time. Cruz is currently 10th on the franchise’s all-time receiving yards list with 4,549 yards and is 17th in touchdowns, with 25.
With a 2-20 record over his past three seasons, McCown has bounced from one awful team to the next after shining as Jay Cutler’s backup with the Bears in 2013. He boasts a strong arm and plus athleticism — and he’s an excellent teammate — but McCown has been a walking M.A.S.H. unit over the past three seasons in Cleveland and Tampa Bay.
While McCown gives the team an experienced starter, the Jets easily could decide to get a long look at Petty — or even the tucked-away Hackenberg — before swinging for the fences on a rookie quarterback next offseason. Try to contain your excitement.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was arrested and charged with a felony count of resisting arrest with violence in Miami on Sunday night, police confirmed to NFL.com.
Anderson got into a fight with security at an event after being told to leave, according to a Miami-Dade Police Dept. report. He then pushed a police officer after being told to sit down. Anderson continued to fight with police while on the ground and was then arrested.