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"andre baker corey ballantyne" Discussed on Big Blue View
"In also Evan Ingram the Titan that they drafted a few years ago in the first round so they're bringing back to young players that have had injury issues have been inconsistent but when they're fully healthy and they're on the field have been serious impact playmakers and have had dominant performances in multiple games with the giants. So Chris seems like that they're just trying to secure these guys keep them on. Board Djibril peppers was probably the more obvious candidate to get extended and get this fifth year. Option was in the air on Ingram and it seems like they just decided. Hey we're going to keep him. Were going to bring him back. And at the very least if we can't get what we want out of him we can trade him because realistically right now. There's not really many better options for tight ends on the market or also on the giants roster no and really as a receiving tight end. Evan Ingram is still one of the very best in the league. He ranks sixth among all tight ends in yards and seventh in catches since entering the league. And that is with missing time due to injury and yet he wasn't playing a very good system when he entered the league end. Pat Shurmur hasn't really didn't really do a very good job of utilizing him either. So even with of that. Having to overcome injury overcome not great scheming in usage he is still been very very productive. And I really do think he's underrated as a blocker and with Jason Garrett in the offense that he's bringing to the giants he has always produced very productive tight ends most specifically Jason Witten but other players that have stepped in and been in backup roles and when Jason witten prove very briefly. Retired those guys that were able to step in and were relatively productive despite not having a ton of talent at the tight end position so it seems like that. This was the decision to add that weapon. Get what you can out of Evan Ingram. Because he's going to be a very highly used asset in this offense most likely and if you can get him on the field that the giants are probably hoping get a few more years out of them. If you can get that stuff then you work on a long term deal after this contract is done and up. But if he can't stay on the field at least you have control over him. You can coax someone into trading something for him because at the very least you could get a mid round pick for an injury. Riddled tight end. That is still very very explosive. Going right on in though Chris to these first questions that we have. We have six that. We're going to unpack today. A lot of them have very similar. Themes that going to dress here. I we have two questions. From Edwin Gomez who sends a ton of amazing questions through the facebook folks? If you have any questions send them into our facebook. It's been the easiest way to get them but you could also dms at Joe. Delia or at Raptor M. K. Is the first question that Edwin is asking based on the draft and free agency whose current roster spots will be the most in danger so talking about the position groups. It seems like with how many guys that they have right now. There's going to be players that have been around with the giants for a decent amount of time. That are at the defensive back and linebacker position that probably will get cut. Come the end of the preseason yet the giants brought in a whole bunch of linebackers in the draft and they continue to add defensive backs either safeties or cornerbacks and just looking at cornerback and unspecified defensive back the giants have twelve on their roster. Right now so no team needs that many. Db's and again that's that's not even counting safeties so some of those guys are going to get cut. Hopefully they'll the giants will be able to bring the best ones back to their practice squad and keep them in house. The numbers game is just. It's just not going to be some guys favor and also linebackers. They drafted four of them. And we're can't be sure that even all of the four they drafted will make the final roster right there that I think is where the without getting into specific names. Because we don't know what the new we don't know what the new coaching staff thinks of any particular player but just looking at the positions the numbers game how how teams are normally built Those are the two positions where I think. We're probably going to see guys jobs beaten the greatest jeopardy also if you consider what types of players make up special teams and who are on Punt Punt. Return all that stuff. It's more often than not defensive backs and linebackers in some cases defensive ends receivers tight ends but it seems like that Joe Judge and Dave Gettleman came to a consensus here that they wanna bring in as much young competition as possible for the special teams position skies that are athletes. Net can come and compete. So there's guys that also last year that were starters on special teams that are going to be cut and removed because of the amount of defensive backs that were brought in the amount of linebackers that were brought in and then also a number of receivers that were signed during undrafted. Free Agency the next question we have from Edwin is. What would you consider the biggest mistakes in the offseason? So there were some needs that weren't fully addressed and I think that the clearest one and this is kind of related to the next two questions that we have here is that the pass rush there. They did go out and get Kyle fach role. They did place the transition under of restricted. Free agent unrestricted free agent rather tag on Marcus. Golden and he might be coming back. You still have oceans Minez in the Renzo Carter. But it doesn't really seem like there was a huge intent on getting at least an average to an above average asset for the pass rush at least disrupt things and caused some problems it was just about bringing in guys that fit things and fit. What what the giants were trying to create going forward in terms of a roster in a roster mentality yet the giants just do not have right now as far as we know they do not have that. Ace Pass rusher at the guy that teams have to scheme to block. They don't have a Chandler Jones. They don't have a chase win Vich. Who emerged for the Patriots last year? They don't have a Shaq Barrett or von Miller or a Khalil. Mack or these great outside pass rushers. We see a lot of other teams. Have the giants? Just do not have that guy. So they're probably going to have to try to scheme a pass rush because they either didn't see the need to add one didn't see the value on the draft board to add one. Didn't WANNA spend the money to add one in free agency and then there's also the wide receiver position where we had this great wide receiver class in giants just bypass to completely which considering the wide receiver class. You almost have to wonder if that was the plan from the from the very beginning to just ignore the wide receiver physician Maybe was a vote of confidence of the players. They have in house but we said this a few times the outside of the top ten pretty much any time. A team came up wide. Receiver was going to be one of the best players available and the giants didn't take any known and it was very disappointing that they didn't draft at least one player that they did have an intent to go out in signs some draftable receivers in undrafted Free Agency. But not taking one of those guys. In rounds. Four through seven was a bit of an oddity for us. It seems like that they missed out on a really good opportunity but at the very least have addressed other major issues and areas of concern. Next question we have from Kyle Brandy without grabbing substantial. Pass rush help. Where do we see any significant improvements in getting to the quarterback coming from so I want to add in another question? Essentially make this a two parter because we had two very similar questions from two different listeners. The next question from Rob Leonard. What do you think the future holds for oceans? Inez is he. The ultimate winner of the giants not committing draft capital to the pass rush. Keep up the amazing work. You really making a difference to at least one giants fans struggling content in the UK so we have two questions about where we see the step forwards with the pass rush specifically one about Oceans Jimenez in the way that I look about answering the first question and almost with the second question is that I think a guy like Oceans Jimenez and also Lorenzo. Carter are going to see increased roles. I think with the mentality of Joe Judge and Patrick Graham that it's more specifically Joe Judge that it's finding your strengths and working on them. You've to very fast athletic. Pass rushers with both of those guys in Zimin is and Carter. That they're gonNA try and work them in as much as they can. They're going to get them as many reps on those third down situations try and create mismatches. Trion create pressure wreak havoc. It seems like the best asset that they have right now is a strong interior defensive line with some big dudes that take up space and can take attention and then fast players off the edge that can come off and be set loose so I I really honestly see an expanded role for Oceans Jimenez. Who started show promising things at the end of last season? I think that this year is going to be the year that they give him more and more snaps and if he starts to succeed early on then they're gonNA continue to let him do do what he's doing. Best allow him to keep improving now. I'm not wearing a guaranteeing a ten sack season but I think that he's GonNa have increased production and increased Reps. Yeah I think he will definitely have the opportunity to either sees or get However you WANNA term it. He will have the opportunity to get an increased role. It had the opportunity to produce as a pass rusher for the pass rush as a whole. I think they're going to try to create a pass rush by committee and just try to get as many sachs as they can from his many different players as they can. And I think they're really hoping that at improved secondary will keep the ball in quarterbacks hands long enough for pass rushers to get there and they will probably leaning on the blitz and sending extra pressure trying to create one on one or free runners into the backfield. The giants did not have a good four-man pass rush last year. We saw they actually had one of the worst for men pass rushes in the NFL last year. But they were able to generate a little bit of pressure when they sent blitzes. The problem was the secondary couldn't hold up and they just hemorrhaged big plane. Quarterbacks actually played better when the giants blitzed which is obviously the thing. You do not WanNa to see. I think the hope in the plan is that by. Adding Xavier mckinney by adding James bradberry hoping for development from D Andre Baker Corey Ballantyne Sam beal and Julian love that the secondary will be able to hold up long enough the pass rush end. Blitzer will be. Wow can't speak that. The past wrote the secondary will hold up long enough for the pass rushers and Blitzer to get to the quarterback so we might not see any big sack totals. Nobody's the giants probably aren't going to have anybody threatening straight hands record. But they're at least hoping that as a team they'll be able to generate a pass rush. I think to if you consider the direction of this pass rush going is that we're very disappointed and we. We spoke about it even with the last question. That fans have been disappointed with the lack of commitment to the pass rush and I think instead of going in getting a big fish and paying him a ton of money I think the plan right now going forward is to have as many different guys with different skill sets to allow to go off and run free. I think that they're trying to get different. Looks different guys with different levels of pass rush to go out there and caused some confusion. I think they're not committing to one player but rather trying to use the cumulative sum of all of these players and take out and bring out all of their strengths. So we'll see what ends up progressing. And how they ended up working with them. Because it's very easy to to project what they're going to be doing with the pass rush in this defense with a new defensive coordinator. We saw what Patrick Graham did last year with the Miami Dolphins. But we don't know how he's going to bring those concepts to the giants this coming season. 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"andre baker corey ballantyne" Discussed on Big Blue View
"Spent in free agency signing various guys that were unexpected but helped fill needs very much so for this giants team that needed improvement especially on the defensive side of the ball in terms of the position group that improved the most. Chris and I both agreed here that the cornerbacks were the most improved for the various obvious signing of James Bradberry from the Carolina Panthers signing for that three year deal joining a young but still talented corner group and then adding that veteran presence which helped really mold out in shape out the remainder of that position group. Yeah yeah hopefully. Bradberry will serve as like a veteran for the giants cornerback group. Take the pressure area. Like we've mentioned before. Take the pressure off of Deandra Baker in Sam Beal Corey Ballantyne Grant Haley. And whoever else happens to wind up in that group but by the time all is said and done hopefully he can be that number one corner who shadows the opposing number one receiver who can play press coverage hopefully force quarterbacks to hold the ball just a little bit longer maybe give the pass rush more time to get there and also help the giants not just hemorrhage big plays on the back end when they have to blitz or when they decide to blitz to dial up more pressure more pass rush bradberry was really the giants biggest signing and really his presence made for the biggest improvement of any of the Of the of any of the position groups yet of adding Bradbury had probably the most impact to any position group which is why we consider them to be the most improved for a period of time. And I think we even said this during those early offseason breakdowns. The cornerback group was not the weakest but one of the weaker position groups just because of the fact that they were they were very young. They didn't have a lot of experience. And that was what was leading to a lot of issues in the secondary overall. So you bring in James Bradberry. He can step in and start and B that number one corner for you. Take a lot of the attention off of the Andre Baker Corey Ballantyne Sam Bill. Whoever else is out there on the field at corner they don't have to guard number one receivers like we saw Baker having to do towards the end of the season and we saw him struggling doing so sue. Bribery can step in. He can immediately start. He can play and have a pretty big impact similar to what we got from Janoris Jenkins in his first year with the giants being able to step in and play in slowdown number one receivers in terms of an honorable mention though in a close runner up. We considered the linebacker group to be not close behind them but right behind them in terms of how much they improved. You talk about getting rid of a clear liability defense INALCO. Gotree was not the same player that he was early on in his career. Not really registering things and moving the same way that he used to be able to get him. Get rid of cream Martin and then you bring in Blake Martinez. Who is an underrated linebacker? Who We talked in full depth on Tuesday about his impact in what he can bring to the table. You've a guy that can step right in. Play Mike Linebacker in help round out that group as soon as they figure out what they're going to be doing it will linebacker. I think that this linebacker group take took a very big step forward as we're talking before before we started recording. The giants got rid of a liability. And edit a viable starter in. This isn't as big of a step forward. Jump as the cornerbacks made with James Bradberry but hopefully Martinez can help with the communication problems. He can hopefully process information more quickly and even though he might not be athlete that Tree was or even is hopefully he can do the mental footwork to put himself in position to make plays rather than watching opposing players. Just run right past him. While he's guarding turf. I kind of brought this during our last show. I don't think his signing precludes the giants from adding another linebacker like you said a will linebacker an athletic guy who can have that who can lockdown that coverage role in the middle. But just having a guy who you hope can be the quarterback of the defense who can communicate who can play chess game with the opposing quarterback who can effectively relay the play. Call from the sideline into the defense communicate with whoever the free safety will be having that guy there. That's that's big for a defense. In terms of what position group did not improve in his now currently the worst on this roster and when we say worst it's not so much that abysmal and they're they're not going to be able to perform but rather one. That still is a need for this team leading into the draft and a clear cut answer for this because of their lack of ability to sign any bigger name available free agents to fix glaring needs. That is the offensive line. They did not sign anyone. Besides Cameron Fleming. Who's been a backup lineman for his entire career? He can step in and playwright tackle if needed but he is probably not the best possible solution. There's nobody out there really available besides if you talk about Jason Peters or Trent Williams but the odds of getting them or pursuing them seem pretty low because there has been not any tied to the giants even considering them so no available. Options made very minimal improvement because of all of that. It's pretty clear that this offensive line group is currently the biggest need heading into the draft yet like you said they don't have a starter in an obvious starter at right tackle at the moment. It seems they're planning for. The center is either Spencer. Poli or hope John. Hello can recover from a ruptured Achilles in time for the season and honestly even both of them were completely healthy. I wouldn't be terribly excited about that plan. We've seen both of those guys. Neither one is really starting caliber center so the offensive line. It has holes at two positions that is just not a good position to be in looking ahead to the season no and there's multiple positions along that line like you said center and right tackle that currently still need players You don't really know. The solution is at that center spot. You don't know for sure if Cameron Fleming will be starting at right tackle or if they're using somebody like Nick Gates. Any of those backup guys. That didn't contribute a ton but did step in last year. You don't know for sure who's going to actually be that right tackle. It's clear though now that come draft time that they're going to have to draft someone. It can't be like last year where they waited until the very end of the draft to take a tackle that is developmental in might not really be able to start right away. They're going to have to take somebody within those first two rounds if they want to address and fix the offense of line do at least take a step forward and improve. It are honorable mention for biggest. Need out of any position. Group was the safety position. The did not really make any significant signings. You can include driven. Ask You Henry in that. They got rid of Antoine Bethesda. So a step backward. You still do obviously have Julian Lavin Gerbil peppers but we did feel that if you get rid of Antoine Bethesda. They should have been bringing in somebody else to join the mix hit it. Exactly the giants don't really have a free safety or at least a free. A free safety that we know will be a good free safety you. We saw Julian love step on the field and play well last year but he stepped on the field and played well in Djibril peppers role. He wasn't really the free safety. That was Antwan Bethesda and he had his issues at free safety most notably the fact that he did he just doesn't have any range left so we don't really know if the giants are going to ask love to transition from that kind of box safety slash slot corner role that he played Give that back to Djibril peppers and then have loved played free safety or will. They leave love where he played. Well possibly keep playing peppers. Close to the line of scrimmage where he has played his best end maybe looked to the draft to find another free safety or we just don't know what's going to happen right now. So it's it's tough to have a lot of confidence in that position when one of the most important positions in your secondary is currently vacant so Chris. Here's a really interesting thought that I had when we were talking about the linebackers and I think it goes in line with this discussion. Because of this specific player you can probably guess who about a pitch deal so maybe the here because they do still need a will linebacker and they're still missing that additional piece at safety. Maybe this is the giants approach to okay. We can't get any of the guys that we want free agency. There's no one really that we see as viable starters and there's a guy that we can get very likely at the fourth overall pick who can play both of these things and we can move around and get creative with him so maybe this is some type of not an intentional set to get. Isaiah Simmons but rather putting themselves in a position if they can't get some of those early guys like Chase Young. They say themselves all right. We have needs at will linebacker. We have needs as an additional safety. Why don't we take Isaiah Simmons or if they don't take Simmons? It opens up the conversation for Jeremy Chin. Or Kyle Duggar more so as a safety but if they want to use them as a rotational sub package linebacker any of those guys could very well be in play because both of those position groups are of need. And just so happens. You have three guys in this year's class that can play those positions yet. I think they are set up to be able to do something like that. It just really depends on whether or not Patrick. Graham is his defense in scheme are set up to run like that. I've been reading a lot about the three three three stacked odd front air raid killer. There it goes by a bunch of different names defended kind of more or less pioneer bio state aspects of. It have been taken up by a bunch of different schools. The New England patriots have been running aspects of it over the last two seasons and getting a guy like Isaiah. Simmons Kyle Duggar Jeremy Chen perhaps even using Djibril peppers in that kind of will linebacker. Box Safety Hybrid. Role is a big part of that defense. Basically it's difficult to explain. In limited time without a whiteboard but it it more or less normalizes the middle linebacker dropping into a deep safety role from the Tampa two and plays it in an odd front. If that makes any sense at all. There's probably a post I'm going to have to do on this time or at the very least in the in the host host for this podcast all link a piece mark. Scofield did on the air a killer but getting one of those athletic hybrid safety linebackers could be a way to run that defense and it can be very very effective against a spread. D A spread offense. I'm going to Amazon prime. You'll whiteboard you can put together a video of breaking this down. So you can fully articulate your thoughts on it but I do agree. It's probably not the easiest thing to explaining podcast where it's only audio people can't really see what you're trying to break down. It's just it's just one of those things that you try to talk about coverages and plays and it's like well you don't know what this looks like..