Monday, May 2, 2016

Giants draft no linemen, on either side of the ball

When the Giants won their last two Super Bowls, they had very strong line play, offensively and defensively. Currently, they don’t have a very strong offensive or defensive line. During the 2016 draft, the Giants drafted no offensive linemen and no defensive linemen.
As pointed out by Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, it’s the first time in franchise history that neither line was addressed in the draft.
“[W]e weren’t going to force anything,” Giants V.P. of player evaluation Marc Ross said after the draft ended, via Vacchiano. “You always want big bodies, but you want the right big bodies.”
Ross noted, per Vacchiano, that the Giants have a pair of former first-rounders (Ereck Flowers and Justin Pugh) and a second-rounder (Weston Richburg). Tackle Jack Conklin was a possibility, but he was gone before the Giants selected. The Giants also spent millions on defensive linemen Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon.
“There were discussions here or there,” Ross said regarding the possibility of drafting a lineman. “But nobody at the time who was the highest-ranked player on our board, or close to that.”
The question now becomes, as Vacchiano points out, whether the Giants will end up with 49ers tackle Anthony Davis. Unretired for now, he wants to play in 2016 but not in San Francisco. G.M. Jerry Reese (wisely) declined to talk about Davis, but said that the team will “continue to upgrade our roster every day.”
The ceiling is high, so that shouldn’t be hard. At some point, the hay will be in the barn. As to the process of obtaining talent with the involuntary process of calling digs on incoming players, the hay (or lack of it) is already there.

Author: Mike Florio
Photo: Wesley Hitt, Getty Images

Friday, April 29, 2016

Elway says Broncos are out of the Kaepernick chase

They met with him twice. There won’t be a third session.
With the Broncos trading up from No. 31 to No. 26 to acquire quarterback Paxton Lynch, they’re out of the running for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. General Manager John Elway has confirmed the fairly obvious reality to Mike Klis of in Denver.
The development leaves Kaepernick without a clear destination for 2016, unless the Jets decide to abandon the pursuit of 2015 starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and swing a deal for Kaepernick.  And it means that Kaepernick likely will remain with the 49ers for at least another season.
The question becomes whether Kaepernick wants to be there. At some point, he needs to realize that he has no other options, and that he should focus on being the best player he can be.

Author: Mike Florio
AP Photo by Tony Avelar

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nike moves on from Manziel, too

From the Browns to agent Erik Burkhardt to agent Drew Rosenhaus to the marketing agency owned by LeBron James, plenty of folks have had enough of Johnny (a/k/a Jonathan) Manziel. One of the world’s leading shoe manufacturers has now added its name to the list.
Via Darren Rovell of, Nike has terminated its relationship with Manziel. In January, Nike reportedly was “on the fence” about keeping him.
Coincidentally, Manziel’s trip to Nike’s Oregon campus ended up being one of the only exceptions to his Eddie Haskell-inspired “all about football” phase of early 2014, when Manziel was otherwise creating the impression that he was fully and completely committed to getting ready for life in the NFL.
“We’re not knocking the guy for trying to get paid,” a certain group of Internet hacks observed at the time news broke of Manziel’s break in training to visit Nike.  “We’re pointing out that the notion Johnny Football is currently all about football is more about getting Johnny drafted as high as possible and less about reality.”
It worked. He was drafted as high as possible. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t extend to keeping him in the NFL as long as possible.

Author: Mike Florio
Photo via

Michael Strahan will join Good Morning America on a full-time basis

Once upon a time, Giants running back Tiki Barber was supposed to become a media star, working on NFL football games and morning TV shows while gradually becoming so visible and popular that he’s better known for his work in television than for his exploits on the football field. Things didn’t work out for Tiki.
And his one-time enemy has become exactly what Tiki was expected to be.
Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who was hired in 2012 to replace Regis Philbin as the co-host of a morning talk show with Kelly Ripa, is leaving the show to become a full-time member of ABC’s Good Morning America. Strahan will continue to serve as a co-host of the FOX NFL pregame show, commuting between New York during the week and L.A. on the weekend during football season.
In 2002, Barber sparked a feud with Strahan by making public comments about Strahan’s contract talks.
”I’m not a selfish person, and to watch somebody do me bad, do me wrong — personally, I can’t forgive you for that,” Strahan said at the time. “Especially if I’ve never done anything to you, and I’ve been good to you, and I respect you. I don’t care to have it amended. I’m not going to sit here and say that I care to be his friend. I have absolutely nothing to say to him.”
The duo would later patch things up, but that period of acrimony would continue to characterize their relationship, and it definitely sets up what is now an apples-to-apples exclamation point in the comparison between Barber’s post-football career and Strahan’s.

Author: Mike Florio
Photo by Rex Shutterstock via Variety-com

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