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What the Giants need to improve for the 2015 season. posted by NY Giants Fan

As the Giants enter week 10 of their season, the playoffs are pretty much a foregone thought at this point. It’s time to start looking ahead to next season and see what problem areas need addressing for the 2015 season.

The one area that needs the most addressing is the receiving corps. They no longer have the proven commodities of Plaxico Burress or a Hakeem Nicks, and now with Cruz out for the year with a torn right patellar tendon, the Giants need to find a new go-to option for Eli.

Now the rest of the season is seeing who among the available Giants’ receivers can emerge as the No. 1 option for Eli.

There’s Rueben Randle. The highly touted second round pick has shown flashes of greatness but neither the clutch play or consistent play to become a true no. 1 receiver.

Then there’s Odell Beckham Jr. The No. 12 overall pick was expected to pick up the production that Nicks’ once had a few years back. While he’s been great so far this season, with yet a drop to record, the sample size is still too small to make a definitive decision either way.

Then there’s undrafted free agent Corey Washington, an unknown talent that’s been buried down the depth chart, but with the Giants’ slew of injuries, the small-school Washington has been thrust into a starting role with a chance to prove his potential.

There’s a lot of questions left to be answered for new York, but the Giants have 8 weeks to answer them. Which among Beckham, Randle, or Washington will emerge as the new Giants super star. In a perfect world, all three world, but we all know that we don’t live in a perfect world.

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The 2014 New York Giants posted by NY Giants Fan

The New York Giants finished last year’s campaign with a 7-9 slate. Quarterback Eli Manning was pounded last year as he took 39 sacks. As a result, he tossed 27 interceptions which is the worst of his career.

The Giants focused on strengthening their offensive line by signing free agents John Jerry, Charles Brown, J.D. Walton and Geoff Schwartz. But the problem is that these blockers are not exactly among the best in the league, with the latter perhaps the only exemption. Schwartz, formerly of the Chiefs, will take over the left guard spot.

So Manning will probably have to make do with the same type of protection he had the past year. But at least, he’ll have a better supporting cast this time around. The team picked Odell Beckham with the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft and he could form a dangerous tandem with Victor Cruz.

Aside from Beckham and Cruz, Manning will be looking for Rueben Randle or perhaps Mario Manningham. The latter has been injury prone in the past two years in San Francisco, but he is healthy this time and should be able to contribute.

The Giants have not solved their issues in the running back position. David Wilson was their first round pick two seasons ago but has not been healthy enough to stay on the field. The team may have to take a chance on journeyman Reshad Jennings who posted 733 yards last year.

The Giants lost some key personnel up front, most notably Justin Tuck who joined the Raiders. Aside from him defensive lineman Linval Joseph bolted to Minnesota.

Looking forward, the Giants don’t have a lot of options this season. The offensive line is still lacking in talent and Manning appears to be slowing down. The loss of some key players on defense will also hurt. Five to seven wins should be the most realistic target for the Giants.

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Joe Anello

2013 NFL Draft: Rounds Two - Seven Recap posted by Joe Anello

It was an eventful and unpredictable NFL Draft, even after the craziness that ensued in round one Thursday night. Friday night showcased rounds two and three, while Sunday wrapped up the draft with rounds four through seven. Let’s run through the major storylines that came out of the 2013 NFL Draft!

*Pardon for the delay. This is what happens when life throws the draft, C2E2, and the impetus to change jobs all in one weekend.

 

-After slipping through the first round despite several reported landing spots, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o became a San Diego Charger. The Chargers traded picks 45 and 110 to the Cardinals for pick number 38, allowing them to move up for Te’o. At that point in the draft, the drama-laden linebacker had great value. The Chargers run a 3-4 scheme, but he can still be a valuable inside presence for them.

 

-On the very next pick after Te’o was selected, the New York Jets saw a “franchise” quarterback fall right into their laps at number 39 overall with Geno Smith. Smith increases the QB count on the Jets roster all the way up to six, which includes Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and David Garrard. Yeah… someone’s gonna get cut. The obvious cut is Tebow. But then who? Do you cut the veteran Garrard, whom you just brought in? Or do you take the massive cap hit and release Sanchez? Or are you giving up on the idea that McElroy can be anything? The drama is ratcheted up in New York, and I’m gonna love every minute of it.

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Joe's 2012 Thursday Night Preview: Giants at Panthers posted by Joe Anello

Another Thursday is upon us and with it comes another edition of Thursday Night Football! The NFL Network has an intriguing match-up on display tonight as the defending champs head down to Carolina to take on the hype-machine known as the Panthers. After tonight, one of these teams will be panicky at 1-2.

 


(1-1) New York Giants at
(1-1) Carolina Panthers

The Giants are going to be awfully short-handed tonight. Receivers Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon won’t be on the field tonight with various injuries, but that leaves Eli Manning with Victor Cruz as the only credible threat. Back-up’s Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan have to make the best of their opportunity to shine. The passing game won’t be the only aspect of the offense affected by injuries though, as starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw is down with a neck injury. How is this offense going to generate points consistently without Bradshaw and Nicks in the line-up? Manning has to find the open men in the flats and slowly pick the Panther defense apart, because he doesn’t have the same level of explosive talent around him. I’d be surprised if Cruz isn’t double-covered every play.

Carolina’s offense is dealing with injury issues of their own, but one of their starts will almost certainly be on the field. Steve Smith is going to tough it out despite a knee injury, giving Cam Newton his veteran target. Running back Jonathan Stewart is less likely to be in action thanks to an ankle problem. But that still leaves DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert to carry the load and get that Giant front four on their heels early and often. I’m not completely sold on Carolina’s offensive line or on Cam Newton’s play as of late, but there should be some running lanes open tonight. Cam will find Greg Olsen when he needs him or else he’ll be handing the ball off.

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First Down Friday: Week Two posted by Amari Harris

First Down Friday

Evening football fans,

Week one of the NFL season is in the books and week two is on deck.  We’ve already seen the Packers vindicate themselves on Thursday night football after their week one loss, but this definitely doesn’t look like the 15-1 team from 2011 or the Super Bowl team from 2010.  Everyone had high expectations for the Bears after some offseason upgrades (Brandon Marshall & Michael Bush), and they seemed to justify those expectation with a week one drubbing of the Colts 41-21.  But last night’s game seemed to foreshadow the unpredictability of the 2012 NFL season and it feels as though we may know less after week two than we did after week one (if that’s possible).  Here are my thoughts about this upcoming weekend’s games:

  1. Scoring up?  Big Whoop!

Many fans and experts alike took note of the record breaking scoring that went on in week one, and a majority seemed concerned that this was a bad sign for the league.  The fact remains that the NFL has evolved into a more fast paced, passing-centered game that will result in more high scores.  Almost all new developments in the game are designed to enhance the passing game, increase the scoring, and bring more excitement to the game.  The NFL’s researchers know that audiences love the air shows that quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers, and Tom Brady conduct on a weekly basis. 

However, there is still room in this game for punishing defense and an effective run game.  That’s how the 49ers were able to beat up on that 15-1 Packers team from a year ago despite the Pack’s upgrades at several positions.  That’s how the Cowboys were able to get revenge on the Super Bowl champion Giants.  While the passing game will get you points, put you in a position to win games, and get you to the playoffs, defense and the running game keeps the other team off the board, ends games, and wins you a championship.  Some will argue that the last few Super Bowl champions didn’t have great regular season defenses, but if you look at any of those teams playoff runs, you will see that each of those defenses was playing the best at the time.  We’ll see if that trend continues or if the league will completely shift to an offense dominated game. 

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Joe Anello

Joe’s 2012 Wednesday Night Preview: Cowboys at Giants posted by Joe Anello

The 2012 NFL season kicks off tonight with an NFC East showdown as the Dallas Cowboys head to New York to take on the Super Bowl Champion Giants. I don’t want to fill you with fluff though, let’s dive right into the meat!

(0-0) Dallas Cowboys at

(0-0) New York Giants


The Cowboys are riding into town hobbled. Even though Jason Witten will suit up tonight with his lacerated spleen, he’ll have to be limited, meaning Tony Romo can’t always rely on his favorite target. And when you add a shaky interior offensive line and injuries to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant to the mix, this match-up doesn’t shape up well for the Dallas offense. I would expect to see a lot of hand-off’s to DeMarco Murray early in order to take off some of the initial pressure that comes from playing on opening night… on the road… against the world champs. Even off the edge the Cowboys are going to have trouble. Tyron Smith and Doug Free have swapped tackle spots from last year and they’re going to be tested on those assignments tonight. Despite the issues on offense, the Giant secondary is very banged up, with top corner Amukamara out and Jayron Hosley suffering from turf toe. That means Michael Coe gets the start. Zoinks.

Offensively Eli Manning and the Giants are facing similar issues. Hakeem Nicks is hampered by a foot injury, but he should be on the field tonight. Victor Cruz is at full strength, but he’s going to see double-coverage or a safety over the top on nearly every play. And the Cowboys are improved at corner with the additions of Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. Oh, and Sean Locklear will see way too much of Pro Bowl rusher DeMarcus Ware. Eli won’t be able to hang onto the ball in the pocket, so look for him to dump off to Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson in the flat. Without Jay Ratliff in the middle of the Dallas defense, there’s going to be room to run up the middle as well. Tom Coughlin needs to exploit that gap to its fullest.

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Joe's 2012 NFL Preview: The NFC posted by Joe Anello

I simply cannot wait for football to start. I’m been diving into preseason film, tearing through roster moves, and keeping myself awake at night pondering the possibilities of the 2012 season. Since the season kicks off with the Cowboys and Giants Wednesday night on NBC, let’s get right into my season predictions for the National Football Conference! As a preface, let me just say that this entire process is weird. I’ve looked a decent amount of schedules, but these records (which, when all totaled with the AFC, will equal out correctly) are more akin to indications of how good/crappy I think these teams will be. Let’s break it down!

The NFC East


Last year the NFC East turned into a slaughterhouse, with no team able to break the double-digit win mark. That didn’t stop these teams from making headlines on a daily basis though. With Philly re-charged for another run, a franchise QB finally in D.C., the Cowboys in a pivotal year and the Super Bowl champs looking to repeat, there won’t be any shortage of news in the NFC East. To preface these predictions, this division is a crap-shoot. The only team I’m sure won’t win the East is Washington. Otherwise these teams will just beat up on each other, ensuring that no one breaks away.

Philadelphia Eagles

Last year’s dream turned into something more like a nightmare as Andy Reid’s Eagles failed to meet expectations. Injuries and soft play contributed to their woes, as Michael Vick couldn’t stay on the field (as usual) and DeSean Jackson was worried about his contract situation. LeSean McCoy was a bright spot, but he couldn’t carry this team beyond its mediocre finish. Drafting Fletcher Cox and trading for linebacker DeMeco Ryans should boost second year coordinator Juan Castillo’s defensive unit quite a bit. If they can maintain that pass rush, Philly’s excellent corners will be able to take advantage of their match-up’s and show glimpses of the unit they were supposed to be in 2011. They’re primed to improve, but their over success still depends on Michael Vick’s health.

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Joe's 2012 NFL Preseason Preview: Chicago Bears at New York Giants posted by Joe Anello

Well hello Bear fans! Back for more preseason fun are we? Well you’re in luck, because tonight’s game against the New York Giants is the famed “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, as most starters should see action into the second half in before they take off the final exhibition game. The Bears will be in New York tonight to take on the Super Bowl champion Giants! (I used TWO exclamation points in that opening paragraph. See how FUN preseason football is??? DO YOU?)

Okay, enough with the crazy. Let’s get into what I expect to see from the Chicago Bears tonight.

-Keep building. The offense came out and put on a sold show last week versus the Redskins, but let’s see if they can do the same against the front four of the Giants, who have a history of making any offensive line look a few notches worse than what they really are. Jay Cutler must continue to get rid of the ball quickly in Mike Tice’s offensive scheme or risk being blown up in a meaningless game. Just like Apollo.

This was supposed to be… an exhibition!

-Speaking of the offensive line… do we have a left tackle yet? I would really like to see this competition (between mediocre linemen) come to a resolution tonight. We’ve been talking about it all offseason, now SOMEONE needs to come out and win the damn job tonight. Whoever looks the least shitty against the Giants’ excellent pass rushers should start in week one. I don’t care if it’s Chris Williams, J’Marcus Webb or Mike Tice himself.

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Pick Six: Super Bowl XLVI posted by Randolph Charlotin

1. WR Wes Welker feels it worst, but he wasn’t the only one. He will be kept awake at night by a fourth quarter drop that would had been a first down inside the 20. On the next play, WR Deion Branch let a pass hit the ground as he crossed deep over the middle. On the Patriots final drive, Branch dropped another pass over the deep middle. It appeared the ball was deflected, but the ball did pass through his hands. Lastly was TE Aaron Hernandez on a probable 10-yard gain on the final drive, but he heard the footsteps of the approaching linebacker.

2. Of my three keys to the game, it was the second one that proved costly. New England forced three fumbles on the night and failed to recover all of them. The first fumble, which was recovered by LB Brandon Spikes, was negated by a too many players on the field penalty against the defense. The drive continued and the Giants scored on a touchdown pass to WR Victor Cruz two plays later.

3. A couple of streaks to mention. Giants QB Eli Manning completed his first nine passes. That is a new Super Bowl record. QB Tom Brady didn’t start hot, but eventually found his rhythm and beat the consecutive passes completed record with 14 straight. He added two more, setting the record at 16.

4. Included in that streak was Brady going 10-for-10 during a 14 play, 96-yard touchdown drive just before the first half ended. The 96-yard drive tied a Super Bowl record, which was done by two other teams.

5. It could be a sign of RB Kevin Faulk crossing the finish line. He was deactivated for the game. Faulk returned from an ACL tear this season, but quickly fell to the bottom of the depth chart. If Faulk does hang up his cleats, he might not be alone. G Brian Waters and DLs Gerard Warren and Shawn Ellis may weigh the decision in the off-season.

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Previewing (Or Reviewing?) the Super Bowl posted by Charles Bisbee

I’ve been avoiding the internet like a plague all day, albeit a plague that I would desperately like to get a piece of. Previewing a super bowl that has already occurred is a first for me. 

Anyway, I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this game that has already happened (call it post-causal optimism). I haven’t breathlessly followed every minute’s Gronkowski update, nor do I know the name of Tom Brady’s childhood goldfish, but I’d like to consider myself an informed supporter. And I think the Pats, with or without Gronk, match up favorably with the fighting Coughlins.

The biggest reason (and I don’t think enough writers have covered this) is the revenge factor. The 2007 Super Bowl was the most painful moment in my life as a Boston sports fan. (So painful, in fact, that I slugged a hole in my wall after Plaxico Burress burned Ellis Cobbs on the final play.) The loss left a putrid taste in my mouth and I can only imagine how it tasted to Belichick and Brady, neither of whom has been known to take a loss lightly. This year's rematch features quite a few holdovers from the 2007 game, from both teams. While the Pats have never been a team to publically engage in smack talk, I would wager a goodly sum that there was a surplus of motivational profanities being hurled in the locker-room, pre-game speech. You can never discount the effect and power of the more-motivated squad, especially on the grandest stage.

Obviously, this isn’t the only reason I like the Pats. I’d also point to the gulf in talent between Tom Brady and Eli Manning, between Gronkowski (or Aaron Hernandez) and Jake Ballard, between Wes Welker and Hakeem Nicks (though, admittedly, the Giants receivers are no slouches). Yes, the Giants have the superior defense on paper and you would probably be wise to take Ahmad Bradshaw over Benjarvus Green-Ellis in a fantasy draft, but I think the most meaningful position (quarterback) combined with my theory about the motivational edge should tip the scales in the Pats' favor. I’ll take Tom Terrific and his thirst for revenge over Peyton's kid brother any day.

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Weekly Rotation: David Ortiz and the five best farewell seasons (Big League Stew)

Though David Ortiz regrets disclosing that 2016 will be his final year in the major leagues, fans should be thankful he gave us ample time to appreciate his greatness. Big Papi is treating us to one of the finest farewell seasons by a hitter in MLB history. With 3.2 wins above replacement already accumulated, he’s on pace to set a career high in WAR at 40 years old. That’s absurd, but as this week’s Weekly Rotation will show, it somehow understates how legendary his final campaign could be compared to other “farewell seasons.”Using WAR as the decisive statistic and visualizations from PointAfter , I’ll rank the five best seasons since 1945 by hitters during the final year of their MLB careers. For the record, if the pre-World War II era was included, players who either had untimely deaths or participated in the infamous Black Sox scandal would comprise most of the top five. Ortiz’s 2016 campaign will then be examined in the context of the legendary goodbyes before his own. A heads-up to Red Sox fans: You should make sure to visit Fenway Park this year to catch a glimpse of a franchise icon before he retires. Somehow, he’s playing just as well as he did when he helped break the Curse of the Bambino more than a decade ago. 5. Hank Greenberg (1947), Pittsburgh Pirates Stats: 3.4 WAR, .249/.408/.478 slash line, 25 HR, 74 RBI, 104 BB in 125 games Hank Greenberg: American Renaissance Man | PointAfter A two-time MVP who had his career cut short by injury, military service and a relatively early retirement, the original "Hammerin' Hank" is one of baseball’s most underappreciated figures. Among his numerous accomplishments on the field, Greenberg was the first MLB player to volunteer for service in the Air Force. He was also the first player to return from war in 1945, and he promptly homered during his first game back with the Tigers, later accounting for two of the three total dingers hit in that year’s World Series to bring a championship to Detroit. Before the 1947 season, however, penny-pinching owners sold Greenberg to Pittsburgh. He adapted quickly to his new digs, leading the National League in walks –drawing a free pass in more than 20 percent of his plate appearances –and mashing 25 home runs for the Pirates. Greenberg retired after his age-36 season with plenty of baseball left in him –no player had previously retired directly after hitting 25 homers –to become the Cleveland Indians’farm system director. He’d proceed to build a successful post-playing career in the front office of both the Indians and Chicago White Sox before becoming an investment banker. 4. Barry Bonds (2007), San Francisco Giants Stats: 3.4 WAR, .276/.480/.565 slash line, 28 HR, 66 RBI, 132 BB in 126 games Bonds’victory lap was one for the ages, as the polarizing slugger overtook Hank Aaron on the all-time home run leaderboard, setting a new hallowed benchmark: 762. MLB All-Time Home Run Leaders | PointAfter That Bonds could still muster enough power and bat speed at age 42 to crush 28 home runs is remarkable, but perhaps even more notable is how much pitchers still feared him. Bonds led the Majors in walks, and paced the majors in on-base percentage for the sixth time in seven seasons, with the only exception being his injury-plagued 2005 campaign. Bonds certainly could have provided some value in 2008, but teams were scared away by the omnipresent cloud of performance-enhancing drugs surrounding the newly crowned home run king. After remaining unsigned for more than two full years, Bonds officially retired in December 2009. 3. Will Clark (2000), Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Cardinals Stats: 4.0 WAR, .319/.418/.546 slash line, 21 HR, 70 RBI, 136 hits in 130 games A vastly underrated lefty who notched three top-five finishes in MVP voting early in his career, Clark functioned as the ideal midseason acquisition for the Cardinals in 2000. After a crumbling Mark McGwire was lost for the season due to a knee injury, St. Louis found itself in the unenviable position of replacing a franchise icon in the middle of a playoff race. Clark was brought in following a resurgence in Baltimore during the first half, and “The Thrill”didn’t disappoint. Clark served up a pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat for the Cards, then homered in his first four starts. He ended up recording a career-high .964 OPS over the course of the regular season before going 10-for-29 with two homers and a 1.062 OPS in eight playoff games. Will Clark Career Batting Triple Slash | PointAfter St. Louisfell to the Mets in the NLCS, and the 36-year-old Clark announced his retirement that November, surprising many in the game. He told the New York Times, “The first part of my life was based on being a baseball player. The second part of my life is going to be based on being a daddy and a husband.”2. Roy Cullenbine (1947), Detroit Tigers Stats: 4.3 WAR, .224/.401/.422 slash line, 24 HR, 78 RBI, 137 BB in 142 games Cullenbine was unfortunate to play in an era when batting average was the predominant offensive statistic of the time and OPS was just a twinkle in some statistician’s eye. He was one of MLB's best all-time walk drawers –his 22 game walk-streak, set during his “farewell season,”is the longest of all time –when walks were considered “lazy”by many of Cullenbine’s contemporaries. The er, underappreciated Joe DiMaggio of walks ranked second in free passes, third in on-base percentage, fourth in home runs and eighth in OPS in the American League during his final go-round in the bigs. Nevertheless, after a year when he set a career high for home runs and a still-standing Tiger record for walks, he was gone from the Majors. Roy Cullenbine Deserved Better | PointAfter It’s kind of crazy someone with those counting stats couldn’t find a roster spot somewhere the following spring. Though Cullenbine’s defense was panned at the time, he only finished fifth in errors among AL first basemen while creating the most assists among the peers at his position. Perhaps he just wasn’t well liked? [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Today, Cullenbine’s strong on-base and power numbers would make him a valuable commodity. In that era, however, patience was apparently not the most popular of virtues. The Tigers would be the last team Cullenbine, a Detroit native, would play for. He was released by his hometown team the following offseason, and never appeared in a MLB contest again. 1. Jackie Robinson (1956), Brooklyn Dodgers Stats: 4.5 WAR, .275/.382/.412 slash line, 10 HR, 43 RBI, 12 SB in 117 games Though Robinson’s entrance into the Major Leagues was far more significant than his exit, his final season currently stands as the best “farewell tour”by a hitter in baseball history. The legendary athlete was one of the fastest players on the field until the very end, ranking third in defensive WAR (2.0), sixth in stolen bases and 16th in MVP voting. Jackie Robinson WAR by Season | PointAfter However, fans didn’t know of Robinson’s imminent retirement in 1956. Despite Robinson performing his best during his final World Series appearance (.796 OPS, 10 total bases), the Dodgers lost the 1956 title to the Yankees for the fifth time in Robinson’s 10-year MLB career. Brooklyn tried to trade the 37-year-old to the New York Giants during the offseason, but Robinson elected to retire due to an increasingly bothersome list of ailments that would eventually be diagnosed as diabetes. The disease would steal most of Robinson’s sight by middle age and likely contributed to his fatal heart attack in 1972, just more than 25 years after the iconic No. 42 broke the color barrier and changed baseball forever. Note: Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash after his age-37 season in 1972, was not included in this ranking due to the circumstances surrounding his final season. If he was included, he would rank No. 1 with 4.8 WAR. David Ortiz (2016), Boston Red Sox Stats: 3.2 WAR, .339/.421/.699 slash line, 18 HR, 59 RBI in 64 games According to some personal Baseball Reference research, Ortiz would smash the record for WAR by a hitter in his final season during the post-World War II era if he maintains his current pace. Even if we include batters from before 1945, the only hitter who’s previously equaled Ortiz’s current WAR path (pun intended) is Shoeless Joe Jackson, who totaled 7.6 WAR in 1920 at age 32 before being bannedfrom the game for his role in the Black Sox betting scandal. David Ortiz Wins Above Replacement (WAR) by Season | PointAfter All baseball fans should be wishing Ortiz’s ailing feet good health, because his revival is a rare relic of a sport that has seen the aging curve pessimistically bend for players of Ortiz’s age over the course of Big Papi’s career. The sport is more exciting when iconic veterans such as himself call back days of yore. Nearly halfway through this season, however, Ortiz isn’t just equaling his old self –he’s bettering it. This story was published in conjunction with Yahoo Sports and PointAfter , a sports visualization site that's part of the Graphiq network. [read full article]

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Spagnuolo has put Giants defensive woes behind him (The Associated Press)

The days of Steve Spagnuolo searching for ways to get the New York Giants a pass rush are over. The free agent signings of defensive end Olivier Vernon and tackle Damon 'Snacks' Harrison have turned the line into a force again, and that's not all ''Spags'' got in the offseason for the NFL's worst defense. General manager Jerry Reese signed former Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson and Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, re-signed end Jason Pierre-Paul and drafted cornerback Eli Apple, safety Darian Thompson and linebacker B.J. Goodson in the first four rounds of the draft. [read full article]

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Giants receiver Victor Cruz takes next step in recovery (Yahoo Sports)

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CBS, former NFL official Mike Carey part ways (Shutdown Corner)

The Twitter crowd will have to find someone else to make fun of on NFL Sundays, because it won't have Mike Carey to skewer anymore. Bob Raismann of the New York Daily News reported on Saturday that CBS would not be brining back Carey , its in-studio rules analyst, for the 2016 season after two less-than-stellar years. The Big Lead has a network spokesperson confirming the news , saying CBS and Carey have "mutually agreed to part ways." CBS hired Carey in 2014, after he retired from a 23-year career as an NFL official, to give it a rules analyst to compete with Fox Sports, which had hired former official and NFL vice president Mike Pereira in 2010. But where Pereira has been a fantastic hire for Fox, Carey was the opposite for CBS. He was frequently wrong when asked to predict what the verdict would be on challenged plays, and he was also stiff on camera. It was not a good combination. USA Today ran down some of Carey's frequent flubs and problems last November, and during the broadcast of Super Bowl 50, Carey was brought in just once, when Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera challenged a call of an incomplete pass. After saying it was a good challenge by the Panthers and that based on replays he would reverse the call, game referee Clete Blakeman announced the call of a non-catch would be upheld. It was Carey's television tenure in a nutshell. And his mistakes have not been forgotten: just this week, after the NFL's Twitter feed was hacked to announce that commissioner Roger Goodell had died, Yahoo's Andy Behrens tweeted this: Mike Carey says the commish is dead, tweet stands. —Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) June 7, 2016 As an official, Carey was well-respected, and was the first African-American to be named referee of a Super Bowl. He was referee of Super Bowl XLII between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. [read full article]

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Pierre-Paul optimistic as fireworks anniversary nears (Yahoo Sports)

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