Russell Wilson Off the Table for the New York Giants, Shushing Speculation

Ahh… springtime. Another year has come and gone, and along with that freshly cut grass smell and iced coffee, the season welcomes back draft speculation and off-season workouts for the NFL. The New York Giants have now officially dodged the chatter of a potential trade for Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, and it is once again time to get serious about whom to expect on the 2019 roster.

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Wrap Sheet: Antonio Brown, Olivier Vernon, and the Rest of the Day in the League

It’s been quite a day for the NFL. If I’d known it was going to be so busy, I probably would have stayed behind when my friends suggested the strip club last night.

To ease everyone’s brains, I thought I’d play the hero and write up a wrap sheet, to sum up the events of today in our favorite professional sports league.

The League Day: Trades, Cuts, Retirements, “The Weed”

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Is Dog Showing A Sport?

When my partner Andrew Lemieux and I walked into Madison Square Garden (his first time ever) and flashed our press passes for the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, we were completely unprepared for what we saw. Beneath the floor level seats existed an organized gymnasium of platforms, extension cords, signage, humans with cameras, and dogs. Lots and LOTS of dogs.

Andrew and I primarily cover football and have debated heavily about what constitutes a sport on our weekly sports talk show, Under Further Review. When we were guests at a filming of the ESPN+ show Always Late with Katie Nolan, we even asked Katie if she would consider dog showing a sport, to which she replied with a resounding “YES,” much to Andrew’s dismay. We had come to the Westminster Dog Show to settle this once and for all.

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LWOS: Season Review: What Odell Beckham’s Absence Taught Us About the New York Giants

Few franchises in 2018 had a buildup as steep as the New York Giants. Few franchises in history have followed such buildup with a season that reaped more disappointment than pride. After a highly rated draft and many effective offseason roster changes, it seemed “Big Blue” was ready to walk into the regular season and dominate all who dared to challenge the crew.

That, obviously, did not happen. One of the biggest question marks entering the season was Odell Beckham Jr. – the resident Giants drama queen who was out to prove his worth after a $95 million contract extension. Now that the Giants season has officially ended with a disappointing 5-11 record (finishing last in the NFC East for the second straight year), Beckham still remains somewhat of a red flag. Before we can look ahead, it’s time to look back over what we’ve learned from the star wide receiver this year.

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Hue Jackson, Todd Haley Sacked. Are the Cleveland Browns Out of the Pound?

After two-and-a-half seasons as the leading play-caller for the historically doomed Cleveland Browns squad, Hue Jackson and Todd Haley got the boot on Monday morning. The staffing change comes after a 33-18 loss to division rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday—the same team with which they tied in their season opener. The win has likely cost the team their playoff contention for the season.

Jackson’s Browns team this season has doubled their record so far from the last two years under his leadership. The notorious losers have even acquired a bandwagon following this year, likely brought on by the decision to start wunderkind rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners.

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RIP to Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants

The remainder of the New York Giants under the championship-winning leadership of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, after a long battle with locker room cancer and complications from transplants, died on Thursday night in the comfort of their own home.

Born in 2004 when Coughlin and Manning came on board the organization, Coughlin resigned in 2015, leaving the team in the hands of Ben McAdoo and Manning. Upon the massacre Manning endured on October 11th, 2018, what is left of this era is now deceased. As we move on from battle and into a happier place – the history books – we examine the legacy that these New York Giants leave behind; A legacy of loyalty, competition, and pride.

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Chad Wheeler and John Greco Gave the New York Giants Victory

At halftime, the New York Giants led 20-6, and had only one scoring drive in the second half. Eli Manning nailed the pass to Sterling Shepard with 2:08 left in the game, ensuring their win. With one second left, the Houston Texans pulled off a touchdown, but it didn’t matter. The Texans saw their third loss of the season in their first game at home. The Giants recorded their first win of the season, and gloriously so, despite the terrifying Houston defense featuring J.J. Watt. Watt recorded three sacks and three tackles but had difficulty pushing through the offensive line that the Giants debuted today. The additions of Chad Wheeler and John Greco on offense refurbished the line that was holding the crew back for the first two weeks. Finally, Eli’s protectors were the group that was proclaimed to carry the team to victory.

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Eli Manning Managed Against Jacksonville Jaguars Defense

The New York Giants debuted their revamped squad on a soggy Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, NJ. And revamped it was. Resurrected into winning form? Maybe not quite yet. In an almost-there performance against the Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars, the G-Men had serious protection issues. Despite a highly penalized Jags team, a full roster of receivers and runners and no injuries to speak of, Big Blue once again met defeat. Still, this defeat was of a very different kind than that which was suffered last season. Our old faithful Eli Manning managed the game and gave us a reason to look forward to greater days ahead.

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LWOS: What Losing Davis Webb Means for the New York Giants

The news broke on Sunday, the day after the Giants released their 53-man roster, which included four quarterbacks: Kyle Lauletta, (Eli) Manning, Alex Tanney, and Webb.

As of now, the Giants do not have a sufficient backup quarterback. Lauletta and Tanney both lack the moxie necessary to be immediate solutions should Manning go down. While Webb was a little too hyperactive in the first week of preseason to be productive, he had shown significant improvement in the past weeks, and nearly convinced the fans that he is, in fact, the right guy to take over the G-Men’s offense.

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LWOS: Preseason Week 2 Review: New York Giants at Detroit Lions

The New York Giants preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday was the spectacle that fans needed to see that the second team is good enough to keep up with the troops that they’ll be supplementing once regular season hits. Eli Manning didn’t play. Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t play. Saquon Barkley didn’t play. And none of that proved to be a problem as Big Blue found victory at Ford Field. The game was “bad Lions.” But it was also very much “good Giants.”

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