The Giants are need of a win and the Redskins have always been there to provide them with one. That is, until now. The two teams seem to be going in opposite directions. The Giants, at 0-2, have been unable to close out games, while the Redskins have pounded the opponents on both sides of the ball so far this season.
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Here's a short breakdown of the game, what to expect, as well as a prediction.
Players claimed off waivers: DT Louis Nix, CB Asa Jackson (Sept. 6).
All you have to do is pick the 9 NFL players you think will score the most fantasy points during the Week 1 games.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul is not on the roster at this time because he has not signed his franchise tender. Whether or not he is ready to play, it is likely he will be placed on NFI (non-football injury list) when he signs, therefore missing the first six games of the season.
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All you have to do is pick the 9 NFL players you think will score the most fantasy points during the Week 1 games.
Update: July 9 @3:30pm: Isaiah Battle was the only player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft, taken in the fifth round today by the St. Louis Rams. The six other players who made themselves eligible for the draft will now become UDFAs, free to sign with any team they wish.
The Jets drafted G Jarvis Harrison in the fifth round Saturday with the 152nd overall selection.
Harrison (6-foot-4, 300 pounds), saw playing time at both LG and RG?for Texas A&M.
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The Jets traded up one spot with the Jacksonville Jaguars and drafted Baylor QB Bryce Petty with the 103rd overall selection in the fourth round on Saturday.
"That was the longest 48 hours I've ever had in my last. As soon as they called, it was unbelievable" saidPetty during a conference call shortly after being drafted.
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*From DenverFrom the team:
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My basic response is let's see who they do in Round 1?tonight and then tomorrow and Saturday speculate about those rounds. If I have my way, the Giants hit it big tonight and tomorrow and make Saturday a non-event.
They can stay the course and select some good players, or they can be proactive and creative and get themselves some difference-makers.
There are three scenarios that the Giants will have to prepare for Thursday.
One: Stay the course and wait for the best available player to fall to them at No. 9. We won't know who that is until the time comes. But I feel it will be one of five players: Iowa OL Brandon Scherff, Clemson DE Vic Beasley, DE Bud Dupree of Kentucky, Alabama WR Amari Cooper or WR Kevin White of West Virginia.
The Giants have missed the playoffs the past three seasons since winning the Super Bowl in 2012 and jobs are on the line. The past two years have not been good: The team has been out of the postseason picture by roughly Thanksgiving.
Records of 7-9 and 6-10 are not going to cut it with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.
The 80th annual NFL Draft will be held in Chicago, at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University. Three projected Top-10 selections - Florida State QB Jameis Winston, WR Amari Cooper of Alabama and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner, have chosen not to attend.
Over two dozen other highly-touted prospects will be on hand however (NFL Communications).
"Safety is going to be really important. For the New York Giants in particular," Cosell said on NFLN's Championship Chase: The Draft. "They really can't line up right now with what they have."
"So, there's Damarious Randall from Arizona State, who I think is as good a back-end safety as there is in this draft. And not only does he have back-end skills, but he has the box mentality. He's not a big guy, he's only about 196-198 but he has a box mentality and he can also play over the slot, which is critical in today's NFL."
Some have contended that Scherff does not possess the wingspan to be an effective tackle in the NFL. The Giants don't really care about that, having drafted Justin Pugh in the first round two years ago. Pugh was said to have "short arms" as well. They appear to be comfortable with just adding Scherff to their roster and upgrading the offensive line.
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SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants should focus on upgrading the offensive line in this Week's NFL Draft rather than select another weapon at WR in the first round.
It?s not an implausible scenario. In fact, some in the NFL can envision at least one of the top two receivers ? Alabama?s Amari Cooper or West Virginia?s Kevin White ? slipping into the Giants? lap. And if they do, several Giants sources insisted drafting yet another receiver will get strong consideration.
Running backs, after several seasons of receiving no love in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, are back in vogue. The Seahawks with Lynch and other teams have recently shown what a punishing, high-motor back can bring to an offense.
NFL Defenses in recent years have been stocking up and strategizing to defend the pass and have chosen to forego stopping the run. NFL offenses have gotten the message and adjusted. The rumors of the death of the running back position at the professional level are premature.
RB Shane Vereen made his first appearance at the Giants' facility since signing with the club last month. It's a new experience for Vereen, who played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots. It is going to take him some time to get to know his new teammates.
"I know a couple of the guys, not too many compared to other teams in the league," Vereen told reporters at the team's initial voluntary workout at QDTC Monday. "There are a couple guys I worked out with out in California. We work out in the same area and now that I am in here and getting to know even more ? I actually prefer not knowing that many because it will force me now to step outside my comfort zone and meet some new faces. I am looking forward to it."
Schefter reports free agent S Stevie Brown is considering "5-6 offers" and should make his decision "soon." Schefter lists the Giants, Cowboys, Falcons, Raiders and Titans as interested teams, but there could be a surprise organization lurking. Brown struggled last season after missing 2013 with an ACL tear, but he was solid in 11 starts with the Giants in 2012. The Giants are desperate for safety help after striking out in free agency.
The 6'3", 215 lb White, who has already visited with the Titans, will also visit with the Jets, Rams and Bears.
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Scherff has all the earmarks of becoming a solid NFL offensive lineman, but he may not be what fans and pundits think he is. Listed on many mock websites as a tackle, Scherff is actually projected by scouts and experts to be a guard in the NFL.
The Giants were hoping that a top OT would emerge from the pack this spring and they could implement their plan to move Justin Pugh, who struggled at RT last season, inside to plug the hole at guard. But that hasn't happened that we know of. They might be fooling themselves if they think Scherff is the guy who can force that change.
But, with the NFL Draft just two weeks away, the Giants are still without solid answers at the safety position. Their roster still lists only two players as safeties - Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor - neither of whom has started an NFL game.
Both players were taken in the fifth round in the NFL Draft. Taylor, a 2013 pick, missed all of 2014 with a foot injury. Berhe, selected last season, served as mainly a special teams player.
1. Tampa Bay - are still believed to covet Florida State QB Jameis Winston first overall. But last week, ownership began to scrutinize Winston fearing he was a PR problem. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting the Bucs have moved on to his Heisman successor, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
2. Tennessee - are said to be committed to Zach Mettenberger at QB and that is going to create a frenzy over the next two weeks. The Titans will be receiving offers from multiple teams to part ways with the pick regardless of which one of the top two QBs is available.
General manager Mike Maccagnan, head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey were in attendance for Winston's pro-day held at Florida State University on March 31. The trio were so impressed by Winston's performance that they canceled their scheduled private?workout date a week later.
The Jets have informed Winston that his visit to Florham Park will include some classroom and film work to test his football acumen.
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Some players are being moved up while others are being shoved down but one thing has remained constant: The Bucs will select FSU QB Jameis Winston first overall. Another is that USC DL Leonard Williams will be a top five pick.
Other than those two, it's a "you-say-tomayto-I-say-tomahto" world. Some mockers have Oregon QB Marcus Mariota going as high as No.2. Others see him dropping down as afar as No.9.
The Giants' selections for this year's draft, which is in Chicago from April 30-May 2:
Round 1, Pick 9
In the upcoming NFL Draft, the Giants hold the ninth overall selection. Some say they are on the apron of where the top players end and the second-tier players begin. I'm not sure about that, but I am becoming more wary that teams may be looking to trade up into the top ten this season.
Since he took over as GM, Jerry Reese has yet to make a trade with his first round selection. With the talent in this draft considerably deeper than normal at some positions, he may reconsider come April 30. Let's face it, the way things are going one player ain't gonna do it anyway.
With only two unproven safeties on the current roster (Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor), the club will be actively seeking several safeties to help fill the void left by Rolle, who played every game in the Giants' defensive backfield the past five seasons.
With many of the top free agent safeties already off the market, the Giants' options are wafer-thin. It appeared that they were on the verge of re-signing Stevie Brown, but may wait now that Brown is still recovering from foot surgery.
The Giants have not made a splash in the free agent market as of yet (and probably won't) nor have they made any blockbuster trades to change the face and fate of their franchise. What they have done, however, is restructure contracts of some key veterans while giving some others their walking papers, keep DE Jason Pierre-Paul from becoming a free agent and re-sign a handful of their own UFAs.
Just because GM Jerry Reese has focused on upgrading the middle and back end of his roster, some critics are calling them "losers" this year in free agency. That remains to be seen. They spent quite a bit of money on free agents last March and were considered "winners". They finished with their worst record in a decade.
Q: What is your take on what the Giants have done so far in free agency? JF: I'm not doing cartwheels down 6th Avenue over these transactions, but they had some needs and JR went out and covered most of them. They needed depth and diversity at RB and I think they got that with Shane Vereen. He's a winning player that brings another dimension to the offense along with key intangibles. They needed to get deeper on special teams and LB and Jonathan Casillas and JT Thomas will help towards that. Of course the signing of KR/PR Dwayne Harris serves a duel purpose - giving the Giants a quality return man while taking a key player away from Dallas. OL Marshall Newhouse is an upgrade over the other backup lineman the Giants have had the past few seasons. So, overall, I believe these moves make the Giants a better team. Not sexy, but an efficient use of cap space. Five guys that will make the roster, as well as make it better and deeper.
Q: What is the plan at safety now that Antrel Rolle has moved on? JF: They chose not to continue on with Rolle, not because they didn't want him back, but because they didn't want to give him more than a two-year deal. He got three years from Chicago and the Giants chose not to match. They will miss him for sure, but as part of their new "young and cheap" philosophy, they didn't want to be paying Rolle past his prime. If you believe they will go into 2015 with Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor and Thomas Gordon as their safeties, think again. I see them re-signing Stevie Brown and possibly another veteran. They also can spend an early round pick on a safety. For some reason, I have this crazy notion that they might draft Washington OLB Shaq Thompson and make him a box safety. The kid is a great prospect.?
Yesterday, they re-signed two of their own UFAs (FB Henry Hynoski, LB Mark Herzlich) and now have 77 players under contract. Their estimated Top 51 cap space is $9.142 million.
So, you may ask, are they done adding players until the draft??The answer is no, but don't expect any signings worthy of breaking news.
[sny-box]RB Shane Vereen (NE) signed a 3 year / $12,350,000 contract which includes a $3,500,000 signing bonus, $4,750,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $4,116,667.
LB Jonathan Casillas (NE) signed a 3 year / $10,500,000 contract at an annual average salary of $3,500,000.
It has been rumored that Big Blue is interested in Eagles' DE Brandon Graham to replace Mathias Kiwanuka. From Rotoworld:
Best suited to a 4-3 defense, Graham would be an excellent fit in New York, rushing off the edge opposite Jason Pierre-Paul. He'd be a significant upgrade on outgoing Mathias Kiwanuka. Graham's market has been quiet for most of the weekend, which perhaps suggests he's going to come at a bargain price.Graham was never really a fit in Philly and also did not make the most of his opportunities when they came, only recording 14 sacks over the past three seasons. He is a fit for the Giants' situational DE role and could be a real asset if used properly.
The free agent buzz surrounding the Giants has been a low one thus far, with only a few names leaking out. The Giants are rumored to have interest in Kansas City safety Ron Parker and DT Dan Williams of the Cardinals.
Both players are in the Giants' wheelhouse for need, age (27) and upside. And both appear to be affordable. From Rotoworld:
The Giants, currently estimated to be about $13 million under the salary cap, are also expected to rework the contracts of players coming off injuries such as linebacker Jon Beason, wide receiver Victor Cruz and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz to give themselves more flexibility in the free agent market. It remains to be seen how much they are willing to spend to keep free agents on the team, starting with defensive back Antrel Rolle.
Ah, yes, they will spend more wisely this season. No one to a man was critical of last year's free agent signings, but rather the results of those signings, in which the Giants hope to reap dividends going forward.
For the majority of this offseason, bringing back S Antrel Rolle was viewed a given. Signing a new contract with the Giants was simply a foregone conclusion. Not so fast.
I recently participated in a mock draft with 31 other national bloggers/writers from around the NFL. I was asked to represent the Giants at No. 9. (draftseason.com, March 5).
I took Nebraska DE/LB Randy Gregory (6 foot 6, 240 pounds).