Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday. I’ll be ramping it up bigtime here over the next two weeks, so I figured I’d give myself a day to recharge. I did yard work. Dug holes. With a shovel. It sucked. This is better. So I’m back. I’m skipping attending any draft venues this year. I’ll be doing a detailed writeup for every NFC East pick, and staying right at home is probably the best way to give you the best coverage. So don’t forget to check in regularly with your old buddy Jimmy next Thurs-Sun.
Per Les Bowen from Howie Roseman’s press conference yesterday:
I think Mark Barron is exactly who Roseman was referring to. Good to know they see it the same way I do.
According to a report from the Denver Post, the Broncos were rebuffed by the Eagles on a couple trade offers for Asante Samuel. One reportedly involved a late round draft pick, the other involved a player (likely a player the Broncos have no worries about losing). The Broncos appear to be that guy in your fantasy football league that offers your a backup RB and WR for Adrian Peterson. Of course, Asante doesn’t exactly appear to be making it easy to deal him, which doesn’t help in getting appropriate trade compensation.
Good job by Ed at Big Blue View transcribing Jerry Reese’s press conference yesterday. Some interesting nuggets there, but the thing that I’m most interested in is how they plan on lining up their LB’s. Here’s what Reese had to say:
Q: Is Boley in the middle really a possibility?
A: He plays middle linebacker in the nickel a lot for us anyway. I think he can play any position. We like our linebackers to be versatile, to play different positions. I think he can play any of the linebacker spots. I think Rivers can play any of the linebacker spots. I think the young guy, Jacquian, I think he’s a WILL, though. I think he’s an outside backer just because of his size. But he could probably play SAM in some schemes as well though. We like those guys to be versatile. They’ll play all over the place. That’s the coaches job to figure out where they play. It’s our job in personnel and my job to try to find a lot of players to give them some choices to pick from.
In my Q&A with a Bengals guy, I got some insight as what Rivers played in Cincinnati:
Jimmy: Ignoring where you think he might fit in with the Giants, what is Keith Rivers’ best LB position, and why?
Josh (Bengals guy): Last time we watched him play a game was during the 2010 season. He’s a natural weak-side linebacker. He’s strong on the back-side away from the run. Quick and strong, but he always appeared somewhat bulky in regards to lateral movement. Run at him and you won’t get through. Run away from him, and he’ll track you down. But run near his side, he seemed to miss more often than not.
Jimmy: Can he play the other LB spots?
Josh (Bengals guy): The Bengals rarely, if ever, moved him out of position. He was also taken out of the game in nickle and dime sets.
My best guess is that the Giants will line them up as such:
WILL: Keith Rivers MIKE: Michael Boley SAM: Mathias Kiwanuka
Jacquian Williams will be lurking over Rivers’ shoulder, and should replace him on 3rd and anything over 3.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I kinda like the Giants’ LB rotation. Maybe not “like like” them, but like them enough where they’re not really a weakness. I’ll have my Giants pre-draft depth chart out this weekend. Eagles and Cowboys pre-draft depth charts can be found here and here.
Also, as usual, the Giants have no plans on reaching for need:
Q: Do you think the moves you made in free agency free you to pick the best players in the draft?
A: Not really. We never do that anyway. We never try to reach in the draft. We’re conscious of what we think our needs are, but we try to pick the best player in the draft. We do try to fill holes in free agency when we get an opportunity to do that, but we never say let’s get a certain position in the draft. We just try to pick the best player.
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We already knew this, but it appears official that Andrew Luck is going to be a Colt:
My boy Raf from Cowboys Nations notes that if you were to believe all the smokescreens out there, 13 players are likely to be drafted in the Top 10.
Awesome little nugget buried in a Ross Tucker article on ESPN:
Q: I think I once heard you say that you used to collect your “used” equipment from each team you played with but that the Cowboys charged you for some of it. Just wondering how much you paid for a Cowboys jersey and helmet? Or did you leave them behind? What was their explanation for being so cheap? Would their policy change in an uncapped year?
Paul in New Brunswick, Canada
A: It has nothing to do with the salary cap, and yes, I have said that the Cowboys were the only team of five I played for that I recall charging me via payroll deduction for my helmet. I believe it was $200. I was told that Jerry Jones looks at equipment as team property, and if a player wants it, he has to purchase it. I’m a business owner, so on some level I get it, but I was pretty surprised, given how much money the Cowboys make. They also were the only team that deducted money for lunch every week during the season, which was even more astonishing to me.
Jerry Jones will give Roy Williams a 5 year deal worth $45 million, but free PB&J? That’s where he draws the line.
Donovan McNabb opened his mouth again. Said he’s a Hall of Famer. That’s not so bad, but then he compared his numbers to Jim Kelly and Troy Aikman. Just stop it, Donny.