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NY Giants Training Camp – Fan Edition

Odell Beckham Jr. Eli Manning. Landon Collins.

There’s a lot of star-power on this 2017 New York Giants roster, and because of that, many excited Big Blue fans have attended training camp sessions that are open to the public.

It all starts with the fans, so I wanted to give them the hard-hitting questions that need to be answered for the sake of the team and the entire NFL.

Tough Schedule In Store For Big Blue

After finishing 11-5 and clinching a playoff berth in the 2016 NFL season, the New York Giants finally became relevant again for the first time since Super Bowl XLVI. Although the team only lost one defensive starter (Jonathan Hankins) and added offensive firepower in Evan Engram and Brandon Marshall, New York will have to be at their best in order to compile another winning season.

The Divisional Matchups 

The Giants finished 4-2 within the division last year, and only lost by a combined seven points to the Redskins at home and the Eagles on the road. They also swept the No. 1 seed in the NFC if I remember. Crazy to say, but Philadelphia made some great moves this off-season with the signings of Alshon Jeffery and LeGarrette Blount. Paired up with a great offensive-line and a productive front seven, Philly can cause some havoc for the Giants on both sides of the ball. The Redskins are a little less worrying since there are questions on defense and within the management of that organization. Anything could happen between Dallas and New York, but the Giants defense matches up very well against Dak and company. The Cowboys revenge (in the words of Ringo Starr) won’t come easy.

On the Road Again

This is where the going gets tough and the tough gets going. New York has to travel to Oakland, Tampa Bay, Denver, Arizona and San Francisco. It’s important to note that NONE of those games follow each other. That’s right. The G-Men have to fly back to East Rutherford, N.J. after each of those games. The Buccaneers and Broncos games are the only matchups that occur before their Bye Week (Week 8). Head Coach Ben McAdoo will have to carefully plan out time management on these long and frequent trips, along with finding his guys some time to rest.

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Last time New York played the Bucs, Odell thought Connor McGregor was lining up across from him.

Not much needs to be said about Oakland. With a healthy Derek Carr and Khalil Mack manning the line of scrimmage, this might end up being the most difficult game of the season for the Giants. Denver still has a majority of their Super Bowl Champion defensive roster under contract. Von Miller could disrupt a game for any offensive lineman, let alone going up against Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers or even D.J. Fluker. The Cardinals were a shell of their 2015 team last season, but the squad finished as the No. 2 ranked defense and the No. 9 ranked offense in the league, according to ESPN.com. The Buccaneers also have some great potential on offense and began to make some strides last season as a team. Desean Jackson finds a way to play against the Giants even when he leaves the division. The 49ers don’t appear to be too threatening, but you’d imagine they’ll be better than 2-14 under Kyle Shanahan and an upgraded defense.

Another cause for concern is the Giants’ play in road games last season. Besides Week 1 in Dallas (which is hardly a road game) and Week 17 in Washington, the Giants didn’t have a road win of much significance. They had flat performances against the Vikings, the Steelers, the Packers on two occasions, and even the Eagles in Week 16. This road stretch is more crucial than it appears.

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Mistake to even target Larry Donnell.

The Safe Haven Games

Although New York faces some uncertainty on the road, they have a few home games that can easily tilt in their favor. Games against the Lions, Chargers, Rams and Chiefs are totally winnable and can all be controlled by Big Blue’s defensive front and secondary. The Giants beat the Lions and Rams last season, each game being dominated by Steve Spagnuolo’s bunch. Los Angeles and Kansas City won’t be easy wins, but home-field advantage can really make a difference against teams with sub-par offensive lines. The only real challenging non-divisional home game would be the Seattle Seahawks. The LOB is still alive and well and Russel Wilson’s scrambling could cause some fits. Beckham vs. Sherman Part 2 should be exciting.

That’s Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith in their prime looking like they just put on pads for the first time.

So yes, the Giants do have a tough schedule, but when you’re a good team you have to beat, well, good teams. Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. If they get into the postseason, they can easily become a Super Bowl contender with their dominance on defense and lightning receiving core. But first thing’s first, they must survive the 2017 regular season.

 

Best Minicamp Headlines

It’s possibly the most boring part of the NFL season (except the Scouting Combine): The practice sessions before training camp. Luckily, thanks to many hard-working reporters, us fans get a little sniff of the 2017 NFL rosters.

I would be a huge fan of this signing. Tennessee’s receiving core is a little murky, and even though Decker is far from a No. 1 receiver, he brings some experience to their position. Plus they have to cut Harry Douglass, guy is more focused on tearing ACL’s than catching passes.

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I really don’t blame the guy, I think he deserves a new deal. In his past three seasons, he’s recorded 1,000 yards-receiving in each year. If that doesn’t convince you enough, Zach Ertz and Charles Clay are making more than him, according to NBC Sports. Not saying they’re terrible, but Olsen is practically Carolina’s best receiving target.

That Ravens receiving core was looking very strange with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman set in stone as their two outside guys. Luckily, the Chiefs gave them a blessing in the form of Jeremy Maclin. He already enters the team as the best route-runner, pass catcher and overall receiver. Kinda makes me question Baltimore. Like, if Kansas City never released him, that was their plan? Wallace and Perriman? Ozzie Newsome must be sipping some shit.

Look at that. First day on the job and he already jacks Perriman’s number.

Thank the lord this crisis it over. Yes Odell is “back” as he says, and the NFL world can go back to their normal state. The more I think about it, the more silly it seems. The guy missed OTAs and fifty different rumors emerged. You would’ve thought he was skipping actual games to go clubbing with Lavar Ball and co.

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Probably in an enviroment like this.

This…this right here deserves no commentary.

Giants Fans Do Not Like Kneeling During the National Anthem

New York Giants owner John Mara received many ’emotional’ fan letters regarding the trend of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. They were not thrilled to say the least.

Is anybody really surprised by this? I’ve become used to the standards that the NFL has created and clearly it has trickled down to the fans as well. It’s the same old bullshit. A player does something controversial, and then a Colin Kaepernick becomes the source for all the hate in the world.

The real issue are the NFL owners. Did you know that the US Defense Department paid NFL teams $5.4 mil just to have military veterans honored at football games following the 2014 season? If anything, that should get people far more angry for a clear lack of respect given by team owners.

Rarely do you see the same amount of hate for the people chilling in the booths upstairs.

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Except Goodell, everybody hates Goodell.

Giants fans also confuse me in another way. There wasn’t nearly this much backlash when the world realized that they had a domestic-abusive kicker on the team in Josh Brown. How does Mara receive more mail for a kneeling the Giants never partook in, compared to an actual abuser they had on their team?!

All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told The MMQB. “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more-so than any other issue I’ve run into,” according to ESPN.com

In fact, I’ve seen more outrage over Odell Beckham Jr. skipping OTAs compared to the Giants knowingly keeping Josh Brown on their roster despite his illegal activity.

There is no right or wrong party, but I feel as if there’s an interesting order of priorities around the NFL community.

Odell Beckham Jr. Misses Another Day of OTAs, Giants Set To Go 0-16

Come on Odell. Giants just picked up your 5th-year option and this is how you repay them? I know why, it’s because you’re too preoccupied with hanging out with Drake, dancing (constantly, the dancing never fucking stops with him) and now a new shoe deal with Nike. Don’t bother being on my team with that bullshit.

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“Boy’s got some moves…” – Referee

Nah, I’m just joking.

Is Odell wrong for not going to OTAs? Yes. They’re an organized team activity that’s voluntary, but it’s basically like a “you should just go” kind of thing. Eli’s been on the team since 2004 and he’s there. Same goes for Janoris Jenkins, who broke bank last season. Just because he’s Odell doesn’t mean he should get a free pass.

Now…on the contrary, some Giants fans are fucking crazy. And there’s two types of crazy we’re talking about. Old Giants fans, and young Giants fans.

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    • Giants fans that support the team but are always just grumpy when they watch the game, so then they wait for something bad to happen, therefore they can have a reason to be pissed off. Also hate:
      • Endzone celebrations
      • Players that get penalties
      • Players that are flashy, compared to an Eli Manning

So basically if you’re an old Giants fan, you have an issue with Odell Beckham Jr.

2. Young Giants fans (noun)Image result for new york giants fan

  • Giants fans that have a lot more passion for the team/games, but justify the actions for any player for their wrongdoings, even when they’re really wrong.
    • They usually spend 16 hours out of their day defending Odell’s actions.

It’s good to be somewhere in the middle on this scale. Bottom line is this. Is Odell a perfect person? No.

Is he the devil? I’d like to think not.

Okay so the guy missed OTAs, he doesn’t deserve to be burned at the stake. In games against the Ravens and the Cowboys, he put the team on his back by breaking routine slants to the endzone.

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And he’s never created locker room issues. He’s not an issue to the team, but he can fix some things about himself, like anyone.

Johnny Football over Eli? 0-16 is looking a lot more realistic now…

NFL Cools Down Celebration Rules

On May 23rd, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL announced a few changes to the celebration rules. This included the lifted bans of group celebrations, using the ball as a prop and on-the-ground celebrations.  

Let me start off by saying that I’m proud of the old wrinkly bastards that run the NFL for once in my life. It usually seems that they try to find ways to ruin the sport and make crucial decisions with little to no explanation. But this time, they backtracked on their awfully enforced rules.

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Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz were each fined $12,000 for this celebration, Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.

It’s 2017, not 1948. I’m not even that “pro-celebration dances”, but I don’t get bothered by it either. It was clear that this fine was way out of bounds. What are they doing that’s so terrible in this picture? Did they become triggered when they saw Odell reach for his fake camera? Do they not like The Salsa?! These are the hard-hitting questions.

Roger Goodell also said, “Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized,” according to ESPN.com.

So lets go over the new rules.

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Allowed
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Allowed
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Allowed (using the football as a pillow)
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Still not allowed.

Sorry Antonio, twerking your ass in front of Redskins fans was also a fond memory for me.

But in all seriousness, the players are what bring in revenue for the league. People don’t turn on football games to see some old farts sitting in a booth. When I watch a football game, I want to see Rob Gronkowski stiff arm seven guys en route to the endzone. And if he wants to put on a show after the play, so be it.

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This was a very underrated dance. Flashiness and toughness mixed in a nice blend.

Clearly the NFL had an epiphany in the middle of the night for some odd reason. Oh wait, it’s not an odd reason. They just figured that the more popular players become, the more popular the sport will become and that will of course lead to more money in their pocket.

Back to sleep!