The New York Giants finished 11-5 in 2016 and made the playoffs, but they’re thinking much bigger in 2017. Jason Pierre-Paul thinks even a perfect season is within the realm of possibility.
I feel with the players we have, as long as we work together we’ll be undefeated,” Jason Pierre-Paul told the New York Post.
That’s a bold statement by any stretch and even more so considering the schedule that the Giants will have to contend against. The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East in 2016 with a 13-3 record, but New York handed Dallas two of those three losses.
Giants players aren’t worried about a repeat performance from the Cowboys in 2017.
It’s over with, Giants safety Landon Collins told ESPN. They’re not going to win, I can tell you that much.
New York got a bargain when Adams, who was projected to be a top-three pick, fell all the way to No. 6. He’ll have the opportunity to contribute immediately for a team caroming deep into the valley of a long rebuild. He could be the brightest spot on a bad Jets team in 2017.
The Toledo back is facing a major jump in competition but stood out as one of the nation’s most explosive and inconsistent runners in college. Hunt failed to follow up on an incredible sophomore campaign in which he ran for more than 1,600 yards and eight yards per carry, but his 2016 proved he can be a versatile addition after making 41 catches out of the backfield. That’ll be useful for a Chiefs team with conservative quarterback Alex Smith behind center for at least one more season.
The game had really been a disappointment up until this moment. Team USA was already pretty weak if you’re a 15-year-old who was hoping to see Kobe and Shaq make the trip. But all of that washed away when Carter didn’t just put Weis on a poster, he etched the image into stone.
The crowd exploded when this happened. Cheering and screaming was almost endless. It was a cacophony or realization that we’d all just seen something that might never happen again. The clip was replayed over, and over, and over again on the screen in the arena each time being met with more applause.
Brady played himself, of course, in Seth MacFarlane’s film about a foul-mouthed talking teddy bear which stars Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg’s character, John, and Ted, the talking bear, seek out Brady as a sperm donor.
The guy did a fantastic job, Clark said, via USA Today’s Bryan Alexander. The funniest thing about having Brady on the set was the stir he created with the crew and other cast members. It was like having the president visit the set.
Unless you’re a Patriots fan or a Broncos fan, Tom Brady basically owns your team. He has a winning record against every other team in the NFL, and the only reason he doesn’t have a winning record against the Patriots is because he plays for New England. If you’re a Patriots fan, you’re probably thrilled about this, and Broncos fans are probably proud that their team has held up so well against Brady. But for everyone else, this is probably pretty annoying.
It takes a lot of food for an NFL offensive lineman to stay over 300 pounds, but Trent Williams isn’t convinced that has to include meat and animal products. After watching a documentary, the five-time Pro Bowler decided to go vegan and he’s convinced some other Washington offensive lineman to join him.
Williams, 29, told Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post that Netflix’s What The Health gave him a better understanding of the link between diet and disease. The documentary also convinced guard Arie Kouandjio to go vegan and tackle Isaiah Williams to commit to a pescatarian diet.
I didn’t see a chance for them to win a Super Bowl at the time, and for the work I was putting in, it wasn’t worth my time to keep on beating my head against the wall and not going anywhere.
Where have we heard all of this before? Go back to 1999 when Barry Sanders retired, perfectly healthy and probably with another season or two of greatness in his legs.
The Lions actually sued Sanders to recoup $5.5 million of bonus money from his contract, which is probably the same amount of money the Ford Family spent on Thanksgiving dinner that year. Sanders offered to pay the money back if they would release him, and his agent tried to get them to trade the legendary running back. But it was fruitless. The Lions held fast in their shittiness; Sanders’ NFL career was over.
Megatron’s career is over too. Thanks, Lions.
But the good feelings couldn’t last, because Dan Snyder’s operation is driven to drama and dysfunction like flies to trash. McCloughan got fired amid an ugly power struggle, leading to Bruce Allen taking the reins. Cousins is almost certainly on the way out after the team failed to sign him to a long-term deal he’s stuck playing under the franchise tag for the second straight year. Several key pieces are left in free agency, and offensive coordinator Sean McVay took the head coaching job with the Los Angeles Rams.
Conventional wisdom in the NFL says that you need at least three years to properly judge a draft class. Sure, giving out grades right after the fact is always fun. But there’s a lot to be said for waiting to see the players actually take the field before we can truly see if they pan out or not.
Left guard Justin Pugh and center Weston Richburg are good starters, but Pugh missed five games with injury and the middle of the line collapsed without him. The right side was a turnstile all year, but the Giants brought back right guard John Jerry and hope that another 2015 draft pick, Bobby Hart, can hold his own at right tackle. They also added free agent signee D.J. Fluker, who can play either right guard or tackle.
With the individual talent up front, there really aren’t many excuses for the line to be as poor as it was last season. A lot of the Giants’ offensive problems can solve themselves if the line just does a better job protecting Manning and opening up holes for Perkins.
With respect to Manning, there’s really not much doubt who the real face of the franchise is here. Odell Beckham Jr. has taken the league by storm since arriving in New York in 2014, and he has a good chance to be this generation’s most iconic athlete. An incredible player and magnetic personality, Beckham is must-see TV.
However, it’s not a one-man show in the Giants’ receiver corps. They have quietly built a strong supporting cast around Beckham. Brandon Marshall was brought in after the New York Jets cut him, and despite some struggles with the Jets’ motley crew of QBs throwing him the ball last year, he can still play at age 33. Sterling Shepard turned in a strong rookie year with eight touchdowns, and with Marshall in town, he can thrive in his more natural slot position. As far as starting receivers go, that’s a pretty good trio of talent the Giants can boast.
NFL broadcasts are definitely going to better in 2017 than they have been in a long time. How do I know this with the season still more than two months away? Because the endless ads for boner pills will no longer be lurking at every commercial break encouraging you to ask your doctor how you, dear older man, can get better at throwing a football through a tire or emasculating those of us who don’t have twin bathtubs in the backyard.
If you want a reliable receiver to move the chains on third-and-short or on the goal line, Boldin is your guy. Matt Stafford, in his one short year with the veteran, trusted him to convert the crucial third downs for the Lions. By my count, he had 41 of the Lions’ first downs and converted 20 of them on third down. Of those, 10 of them were on third-and-short.
Boldin is a free agent, and even though he’s already 36, there are still a few teams that I think he’d fit. The Baltimore Ravens are one. They drafted defense for the vast majority of their picks this year, so getting a wide receiver like Boldin could be useful for Flacco. The Kansas City Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin this offseason, and Boldin could serve as an underneath option opposite of Tyreek Hill. The final option could be the Minnesota Vikings. He could be their third or fourth wide receiver and could help Laquon Treadwell learn the nuances of the game.
Sometimes it feels like the Washington NFL franchise is allergic to organizational stability. In 2015, they won the NFC East title, found their franchise quarterback of the future, and had a highly regarded general manager, Scot McCloughan, building a rock-solid roster. Head coach Jay Gruden helped develop Kirk Cousins into a good quarterback, a fortunate turn of luck for a franchise still reeling from the Robert Griffin III flameout.
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t expect to have a new general manager in 2017, but they had to find one once they surprisingly parted ways with John Dorsey. On Monday, the Chiefs announced that co-director of player personnel Brett Veach will be their next general manager.
Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron [James], Harrison said. I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers. If any other quarterback would have those numbers, it would be an amazing year. But it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30 [points], 15 rebounds and 12 assists and it’s like he didn’t do enough.’
Harrison’s comparison came when discussing the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2017 list, which Manning was not included on. It makes no sense [that Manning wasn’t on the list] when at the same time we’ve got rookies from last year … which I guess makes sense if you go off the year alone.
That’s not so much of a hot take as it would have been if Harrison was trying to call Manning the best player in the NFL, or some type of freak athlete. Because overall, James and Manning are two very different athletes.
Chicago paid out the nose for the opportunity to draft a passer with just one season of starting experience under his belt. The Bears gave up three draft picks to move from No. 3 to No. 2 overall to select Trubisky, who stood out as a third-team All-ACC pick at North Carolina. He’ll have to outplay Mike Glennon to earn a spot behind center, but since the former Buccaneer has only thrown 11 passes the past two seasons, there’s a good chance the rookie can rise to the top of the depth chart.
The 2007 New England Patriots offense was so good that it finished the season 16-0 mostly because nobody could stop the attack.
Tom Brady ended the season with 4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns. He connected with Randy Moss for 1,493 yards and an NFL-record 23 touchdowns, and they made it look easy.
For former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, it’s not just about supporting a new idea and making money he told the Houston Chronicle about the importance of backing businesses like Mikaila’s.
And it also helps that Mikaila is the one in charge.
She’s very special. Obviously, she has a bright future, Detroit Lions safety Quin said. Hopefully, I can be a part of it and nourish it and watch her grow. The sky is the limit.
The Titans needed an undisputed No. 1 wideout and spent the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft to get one. Davis was spectacular at Western Michigan, putting up big numbers against MAC opponents and performing well in non-conference games against the Big Ten. Injuries kept him from much of the pre-draft workout tour, but he’ll be healthy and have plenty to prove for Tennessee when the season begins.
John Ross was the team’s premier pick at No. 9 overall, but it’s Mixon who has the chance to earn the unquestioned top role in the Bengals offense. Ross will team with A.J. Green to give Cincinnati an explosive passing attack, while Mixon could earn the team’s starting running back spot if he outplays Gio Bernard (3.8 yards per carry in 2016) and Jeremy Hill (3.7). That’s a big opportunity for Mixon, who will also have to prove he can keep his nose clean off the field after punching a woman while a student-athlete at Oklahoma.
The Denver Broncos’ quarterback competition hasn’t received much attention this offseason. Thanks to Demaryius Thomas, we finally have some type of gauge on what’s going on in Denver.
Thomas had good things to say about both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, and hopes that the team will decide on a starter a week and a half into training camp. Trevor been speaking up more than Paxton, Thomas said. You know, Paxton’s still young, and Trevor played a lot more last year. They both had their up and down days.
Broncos can be Super Bowl contenders again if their offense shows more life
It’s hype week.
What exactly is this loosely conceived theme that obviously escaped the attention of the company’s burgeoning ranks of senior management? All this week, our network of 32 team sites and the NFL staff here at SB Nation dot com will feature a series of about an amazing collection of players who are going to dazzle us this year on and off the field.
You can find all of these posts collected here. Keep checking back, because we’ll be adding more as the week continues.
Chidobe Awuzie is a rangy cornerback with great tackling skills, but his pedestrian interception numbers could keep voters from recognizing him. Enter Charlton, who showed strong improvement throughout his college career before landing as Dallas’s first-round pick this spring. At 6’6 and 280 pounds, he’s a beast who can use that leverage to confuse blockers and attack quarterbacks.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has the talent to thrive in the NFL, but as a rookie, he’ll be staring up the depth chart at Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Sammie Coates. As a result, Watt appears the most likely candidate to make a splash in 2017. He’s got name value thanks to older brother J.J., but his resume at the University of Wisconsin paints him as a high-level pass rusher 11.5 sacks in his lone season as a starter last year.
Football season is around the corner, and on Tuesday NFL players began reporting to training camp. It was a special day for Panthers rookie Curtis Samuel, who’s attending his first-ever pro camp. It can be intimidating to start school for the first day, so Samuel’s mom was there to drop him off:
This is so sweet. The video shows Samuel’s mom watch on like a nervous parent while her son walks to camp with Panthers.com writer Bill Voth. Now comes the horrible wait until the end of the day.
I appreciate the trust and confidence that Joe has shown in me, Elway said. Pat Bowlen has always put outstanding leadership in place, and I’m grateful for the support Joe gives us to compete for championships each and every year.
This is a special place, and the Broncos are home to me. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, I’m excited about the future of this team and this organization.
The deal is expected to put Elway well above the market as the highest paid General Manager in the NFL. We’ll add the contract details they are released.
The architect for a winning season every year he’s been at the helm, along with multiple division titles, and a Super Bowl victory is likely going to be the highest paid GM in the league. Well worth the 67-29 record the Broncos have had under his leadership.
Here’s to continuing to win from now on.
Where Lynch is excelling is taking over markets that already have teams. He’s out-selling any Seahawk in Washington, trouncing Cardinals in Arizona, and poor Andrew Luck didn’t stand a chance in Indiana against Beast Mode.