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Colt McCoy ready for transition to New York Giantsby Emily Iannaconi on May 27, 2020 at 8:40 pm
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images In his 11th NFL season, the former Redskin brings veteran experience to the Giants During his 11 years in the NFL, New York Giants backup quarterback Colt McCoy has seen and experienced almost everything. But as the former Redskin transitions to playing for what used to be his NFC-East rival and is tasked with learning a new system via Zoom meetings, he is certainly out of his element. “Right now, we’re seeing guys faces as two-inch faces on a computer screen,” McCoy said on Sirius XM Big 12 Radio on Wednesday morning. “I think for us, that’s all we can do right now is show up and try to learn as best we can and work hard at it.” After six years with the Redskins, McCoy is spotting some familiar faces amongst his new Giants teammates, albeit virtually. “Playing in the NFC East, you get a pretty good feel for players and coaches,” McCoy said. “I just looked at it as an opportunity to play for a Giants team that has a new coach and a new system and a lot of guys that I’ve played against, but I don’t really know personally.” Any Giants players who do not know McCoy surely remember his days with the Texas Longhorns. McCoy started at Texas from 2006-09 and earned 45 victories to earn a spot as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history at the time. He completed 1,157 of 1,645 passes for 13,253 yards with 112 touchdowns and 45 interceptions, while also recording 447 rushes for 1,571 yards and 20 touchdowns. His 13,253 passing yards ranked sixth in college football history and his 112 passing touchdowns ranked seventh all-time in NCAA history. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to stay healthy and play and be on some successful teams,” McCoy said. “I feel like that’s kind of rare these days. Once a Texas Longhorn, always a Texas Longhorn. I wear that proudly.” McCoy is the first to remind anyone who asks though that he had big shoes to fill when it came to replacing former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young. He credits his first season as a redshirt freshman with a lot of his eventual success. “It wasn’t just handed to me,” McCoy said. “I focused on taking what I had done my whole redshirt year to prepare to be the starter. I was competing against the No. 1 recruit in the country. And I knew every year that Texas was going to get who it wants at quarterback. So what do I have to do to not only win the job now, but give myself an opportunity to play over the next few years? I focused on getting an edge.” That edge is what helped McCoy lead the Longhorns to the 2008 National Championship game against Alabama - a game McCoy admits that he tries to forget. An injury early in the first quarter prevented McCoy from leading the Longhorns to victory. McCoy insists that moments such as those have made him a stronger player throughout his career. “But 11 years later, I’m still playing in the NFL,” McCoy said. Though there were low’s in his college career like the 2008 championship loss, McCoy ultimately had a successful season that year. He completed a school record 332 completions on 433 attempts, setting an NCAA season-record with his completion percentage of 76.67 for a career-high 3,859 yards and 35 touchdowns. More than the statistics though, McCoy remembers games such as the Red River rivalry against Oklahoma as some of his favorite college memories. “When the schedule comes out, that game is highlighted or circled,” McCoy said. “That’s why you come to Texas is to play in that game. Fans are split right down the middle. When the flyover comes, it’s ultimate chills. I haven’t gone back since. I’m sure I will someday. As a player, I don’t know if it gets any better than that.” McCoy said that he continues to keep in touch with his college coaches. After his playing career is over, McCoy added that he could see himself coaching down the road. “My dad is a high school coach,” McCoy said. “I was passing out water bottles when I was 3 on the sideline. I love the in’s and out’s of the games. Every time I learn a new system, I think about it from a coach’s perspective. I surely don’t want to close that door.”
DeAndre Baker can travel for work, but will Giants want him to?by Ed Valentine on May 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images Broward County will allow Baker to leave the state DeAndre Baker, still facing felony armed robbery charges in Florida, on Wednesday received an order to travel for work by a Broward County judge. That means that Baker could travel to New Jersey or wherever the New York Giants end up holding in-person/on-field meetings and workouts. If, of course, the Giants and the NFL allow that to happen. Baker must provide “a detailed itinerary of his out-of-state activities” if he leaves Florida for work purposes. When Baker was freed from jail, he was told by the Giants to stay away from the team’s virtual meetings. From what I understand, that remains true. Baker has, since being released, posted a couple of workout videos on his Instagram page. There has been no indication at this point as to when Baker’s case will be resolved. Nor has there been an indication as to whether or not the NFL will hand down discipline of its own regardless of the outcome of the criminal proceedings.
Julian Love the most underrated member of New York Giants?by Ed Valentine on May 27, 2020 at 4:06 pm
Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Pro Football Focus thinks so Is defensive back Julian Love really the most underrated player on the New York Giants roster? Pro Football Focus thinks so, writing the following while listing every NFL team’s most underrated player: The Giants’ secondary has some definite question marks with DeAndre Baker facing possible legal trouble and an unproven group at cornerback behind free agent acquisition James Bradberry. But Julian Love is someone they should feel pretty good about after a promising start to his NFL career as a rookie last season. Love is a guy who graded extremely well at the college ranks as an outside cornerback for the Fighting Irish, earning coverage grades of 83.7 and 90.9 during his final two seasons with Notre Dame. Love followed that up by coming away from the 2019 season with an encouraging 70.5 overall grade despite being a 21-year-old rookie playing a new position. Whether he remains at safety or moves back to cornerback to potentially fill in for Baker outside, Love is a player to watch as he enters his second season. Valentine’s View Most underrated? I don’t know about that. If I really dove into it I think I could come up with arguments for a few guys. Dalvin Tomlinson perhaps. Sterling Shepard. Even — gasp! — Leonard Williams. Maybe Kevin Zeitler, because I can’t figure out how Zeitler has not made a single Pro Bowl in eight excellent seasons. Still, this is about Love. What I do believe is that even after the additions of James Bradberry and Xavier McKinney the importance of Love to the 2020 Giants secondary cannot be overestimated. McKinney’s presence means Love likely won’t function as a full-time free safety, the role the former coaching staff was allegedly training him for last season when he mystifyingly spent the first 10 games of the season chained to the bench. The return to health of Jabrill Peppers means he likely won’t be a full-time strong safety, the position he played over the final few games after Peppers was injured. If DeAndre Baker is not available to the Giants at the start of the season, the first thought has been that Sam Beal and Corey Ballentine would compete for that job. Maybe Love should be part of that equation, as well. Maybe Love is a slot cornerback, the position it seemed the Giants originally drafted him in Round 4 a year ago to play. His primary competition there could be this year’s fourth-round pick, Darnay Holmes. Maybe, and this might be the most accurate projection of all, in a defense that is apparently going to rely on versatile players who can be moved around as needed on a week-to-week, even a play-to-play, basis, Love is a movable chess piece who can be employed in a multitude of roles. As PFF indicated, when Pat Shurmur and James Bettcher finally saw fit to get him on the field a season ago Love played exceptionally well. He doesn’t appear to be the most gifted defensive back in any single area, but he is a good player who can function in several different roles. I don’t know if that makes him the team’s most underrated player. It certainly, though, should make him. a valuable one.
New York Giants ranked 26th by ESPN’s Football Power Indexby Chris Pflum on May 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports How will the Giante do in 2020? The last three years have been a dismal stretch for the New York Giants bay any measure. The team has averaged four wins a year and have generally failed to look competitive against all but their worst opponents. Tuesday ESPN released its predictions for the 2020 NFL season. The sports media giant's "Football Power Index" is predicting that the Giants will win six games this year (6.2 games to be precise). The FPI is also predicting a 12 percent chance that the Giants will make the playoffs this year. ESPN explains the FPI: "Preseason ratings are based on each team’s Las Vegas win total; last season’s performance on offense, defense and special teams; the number of returning starters; coaching staff changes; and starting and backup quarterbacks." Interestingly, ESPN ranks the Giants at 26 in the league, ahead of the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions despite both teams projected to have higher win totals and better chances to make the playoffs. All told, the Giants are projected to have the fifth-lowest win total and fifth-lowest chance to make the playoffs. ESPN's projection of (roughly) six wins is in line with their projection for the 2019 season. Last year they projected a 6-10 season for the Giants. Whether or not the Giants manage to improve their record is anyone's guess. But it is worth noting that they finished below expectations despite playing the second-easiest schedule in the league (by opponents' win-loss record). This year the Giants face a beast of a schedule and the odds makers in Las Vegas predict the Giants will have the second-hardest schedule in the league. The Giants will also be facing a rest deficit as they face more road games on short weeks than any other team in the league. That's far from an ideal situation for a team with a second-year quarterback and a true rookie head coach, as well as transitioning to new offensive and defensive schemes. Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles finished fifth and sixth, respectively. The Cowboys are projected to have 9.3 wins with a 69 percent chance to make the playoffs, while the Eagles are projected to have 9.1 wins and a 66 percent chance to make the playoffs. The Washington Redskins are projected to finish last in the NFC East at 31st overall with 5.5 wins and a 6 percent chance to make the playoffs.
Giants 2020 roster breakdown: Linebacker Tae Crowderby Ed Valentine on May 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Final pick in the draft has good shot at making 53-man roster Can the final pick in the 2020 NFL Draft be a player who finally helps solidify the linebacker position for the New York Giants? Since the Giants made him the 255th pick in the recent draft we have spent a good bit of time writing and talking about Tae Crowder. We are doing it one more time here as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp — whenever it occurs. The basics Height: 6-foot-1Weight: 235Age: 23Position: LinebackerExperience: RookieContract: Year 1 of four-year, $3.37 million rookie contract How he got here By now, Giants fans should know the story. Recruited as a running back at Georgia, Crowder was buried on the depth chart. He moved to inside linebacker and took naturally to the position, compiling 115 tackles (10 for loss) , 1.5 sacks and 2 interceptions in his final two seasons with the Bullodgs. Jeremy Attaway of SB Nation’s Dawg Sports told us recently said Crowder “always had kind of a linebacker’s attitude on the field. He’s a guy who likes to hit.” Crowder “really took to the position” after switching there for his final two seasons at Georgia. “He is still learning it. He does have a lot of upside. Clearly has the physical tools, clearly has the attitude. He probably just needs to continue to refine his game,” Attaway said. “If the Giants are willing to allow him to do that I think by Year 3 they may have a guy that’s a key piece.” 2020 outlook How will the Giants employ Crowder? “This is a guy that’s only played a couple years at linebacker,” coach Joe Judge said. “We see a lot of upside with him. Both in his physical skills as well as his emerging defensive understanding. He’ll come in and compete for positions at that WILL linebacker spot as well as give impact to the kicking game.” Blake Martinez and Ryan Connelly — if Connelly is recovered from his torn ACL — are the likely starters. David Mayo is a quality veteran backup for both of them. Crowder will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster, a fate that likely comes down to whether or not he proves to be a valuable member of the coverage teams.