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Joseph Czikk

Around SB Nation: What other NFL blogs are discussing

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The biggest weekly NFL news from around SB Nation sites

Every week we take a look around the NFL at each team. We pull the biggest and most discussed headlines from each of our 32 NFL websites.

Here’s all the biggest NFL headlines from this week:

NFC NORTH Packers’ contract with Devin Funchess worth $2.5 million plus extra $3.75M in incentives Green Bay Packers (via Acme Packing Company)

The soon-to-be Packers receiver could actually earn more in...

Yardbarker: New York Giants

Giants CB James Bradberry has touching plan after inking big contract

After inking a big contract that makes him one of the NFL’s highest-paid cornerbacks, New York Giants cornerback has amazing plans for his new wealth. Speaking with TMZ Sports, Bradberry divulged his first priority is setting his mom up for retirement. “I’mma surprise her with that,” Bradberry said. “It’s not an actual thing I’d be giving her, but I’ll be telling her, ‘Hey, you ain’t got to go to work anymore if you don’t want to.'” He elaborated on what motivates him...

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Chris Pflum

2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

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Might Trevon Diggs fit in the Giants’ secondary?

The New York Giants have invested heavily in the cornerback position over the last several years. But as they change to their third defensive scheme in four years, we can’t be sure that they are done investing in the position. There are a wide variety of ways to scheme a secondary, ranging from an aggressive press-man scheme to flexible and opportunistic zone schemes.

Zone defenses get a bit of a bad...

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Mark Schofield

COVID-19 could impact Daniel Jones and the Giants’ draft

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Real world impacting the sporting world

“May you live in interesting times ...”

March has been a very interesting month on Planet Earth. As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the globe, life as we knew it has ground to a halt. Businesses are shuttered, sports leagues have closed down and most Americans are living under some sort of self-quarantine, if not outright ordered to shelter in place.

The only league trying to forge ahead is the National...

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Ed Valentine

Giants’ DT Austin Johnson rejoins ‘Coach Chaos,’ hopes to reach another level

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Can Johnson become more than a rotational player?

Coming out of Penn State after the 2015 season, there were high expectations for defensive tackle Austin Johnson.

Pro Football Focus considered him one of the best run defending tackles in college football. He had compiled 6.5 sacks in 2015, showing some pass rush potential. Draft Wire’s respected draft analyst Jon Ledyard had a first-round grade on Johnson, with...

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Ed Valentine

Ed’s 7-round New York Giants mock draft, version 8.0

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This one features a trade down to No. 5

Week after week as I have tried to build a variety of New York Giants mock draft scenarios for you to discuss I have grown frustrated with the ‘Fanspeak’ mock draft simulator. As much as it can be fun to play with, the algorithm used by ‘Fanspeak’ won’t allow anything remotely resembling a realistic trade down by the Giants from No. 4 to Nos. 5, 6, or7 with the Miami Dolphins, LA Chargers or...

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James Bradberry: Giants 'Came out of Nowhere' with 3-Year, $45M Contract Offer

The New York Giants made a big move by signing James Bradberry on March 18, but the offer was a surprise to the cornerback...

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Chris Pflum

2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: A.J. Epenesa, iDL, Iowa

Just where does Epenesa fit in the modern NFL?

Historically, when someone brings up the 3-4 defense it calls to mind big, powerful defensive linemen who occupy blockers to free up linebackers. That style of defense, however, is rarely played in the modern NFL. Most teams that employ odd fronts use the style of defense pioneered by Bum Phillips and perpetuated by his son, Wade Phillips.

That style of 3-4 defense is much more aggressive and uses one-gap principles across the front seven,...

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Emily Iannaconi

NFC East notebook: Travis Frederick retires, Trent Williams releases statement, and what to do with Alshon Jeffrey

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s what’s happening around the division this week

In a quieter week thanks to less free agency news, Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick shocked the NFC East and the league as a whole when he announced his retirement at 29 years old. He also made an already-bad of-season for the Cowboys even worse.

Let’s start with Frederick, who’s retirement was unexpected to all but those in the inner Cowboys circle. In his announcement, Frederick referenced...

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Ed Valentine

New York Giants bring tight end Eric Tomlinson back

Eric Tomlinson with the Patriots last season. | Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Another tight end added to the roster

Tight end Eric Tomlinson, who played three games for the New York Giants in 2019, is returning to the team. Tomlinson posted an Instagram photo Friday evening of himself signing a contract, and several reports have indicated that contract is with the Giants.

Tomlinson, a 6-foot-6, 263-pound blocking tight end, played three seasons with the New...

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Ed Valentine

Big Blue View mailbag, 3/28: Free agency, Dave Gettleman’s future, more

The mail’s here!

We still have no idea when football, or any sport, will return. We do know it is Saturday, which means it’s Big Blue View mailbag day. So, let’s open some virus-free mail and see what New York Giants questions we can address.

Dave Bleecker asks: I’ve seen a few writers say that Getty is finally, “embracing the rebuild,” ostensibly acknowledging that they aren’t in “win now” mode. If that’s the case, what does that mean for the W/L ratio that allows him to...

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Ed Valentine

New cornerback James Bradberry “didn’t expect” to end up with New York Giants

James Bradberry | Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Says free-agent offer “came out of nowhere”

The New York Giants made cornerback James Bradberry a centerpiece of their defensive rebuild when they signed him to a three-year, $43.5 million contract ($31.98 million guaranteed). It’s an offer Bradberry said on Friday that he “didn’t expect.”

“They came out of nowhere and made an offer to us,” Bradberry said Friday during a conference call. “I didn’t even expect them to...

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Joseph Czikk

Eli Manning: Daniel Jones’ second-year jump could be interrupted

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Retired QB tells us what we should expect with Jones heading into second season

Eli Manning says the 2020 season might not be all daisies and roses for Daniel Jones.

The two-time Super Bowl winning former Giants quarterback told the New York Post’s Steve Serby that Giants QB Daniel Jones’ progression into his second season could potentially run into difficulty.

Serby asked whether Jones’ progression would be interrupted, both football-wise and in terms...

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Eli Manning: Patriots dynasty can continue without Tom Brady

Former New York Giants star Eli Manning is only one of two quarterbacks to hand Tom Brady a loss in his nine Super Bowl appearances. These two have acted as major catalysts for what are changing times around the NFL. Manning announced his retirement from the league after 16 seasons. Meanwhile, Brady shockingly ended his two-decade run with the New England Patriots to sign in Tampa Bay. In talking about his bitter longtime rival and the team he defeated twice in the Super Bowl, Manning had an...

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Chris Pflum

2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State

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Hamler has game-breaking potential, but will his size hold him back?

The 2020 NFL Draft is absolutely stacked with wide receiver talent. There are receivers to fit every team and scheme in the League, and it seems as though everywhere you look there’s another receiver starter potential.

That’s good news for the New York Giants who could stand to add another receiving threat to help open up their offense. Most of the focus has...

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Ed Valentine

FanPulse: Did New York Giants improve in free agency? Our voters think so

Confidence in team’s direction is on the rise

The New York Giants did not “win” free agency. They did add a couple of talented players to the defense and bring in several useful players who should compete for playing time and — at least — add depth and flexibility to the roster.

Giants fans appear to be feeling much better after free agency about a team that has won only nine games over the past two seasons combined.

In our most recent ‘FanPulse’ survey 65.35 percent of Giants...

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Ed Valentine

New York Giants mock draft tracker: Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, and the same old story

Adding talent to the offensive line is how most draft analysts expect the Giants to use their first pick in the draft. | Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s all about the hog mollies

NFL free agency has changed the New York Giants is some respects, in particular adding some talent to the defense. What it has not changed is how draft analysts expect the Giants to use their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, No. 4 overall.

There are 53 mock draft in this week’s...

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Ed Valentine

‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast: About Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell

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Acme Packing Company’s Evan Western fills us in

How much are former Green Bay Packers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell going to the help the New York Giants? Evan “Tex” Western of SB Nation’s Packers website, Acme Packing Company, joins the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast to let us know what he thinks of these two players.

Despite coverage limitations, Western believes Martinez could thrive behind...

Bleacher Report - New York Giants

Giants Rumors: Latest Buzz on Leonard Williams Contract, NFL Draft Trades

After a wild week-plus, NFL free agency and the offseason at large is starting to grind to a halt. But there are still rumors to be had, especially in big markets like New York...

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Ed Valentine

New York Giants news, 3/27: Roger Goodell confirms NFL Draft will not be re-scheduled

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Let’s get to your Friday headlines

Good morning, New York Giants fans!

2020 NFL Draft will go on as scheduled April 23-25 - NFL.com

Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a memo to all 32 teams stating that the 2020 NFL Draft would go on as scheduled from April 23-25.

“Apart from the CEC, I have personally discussed this matter with many other owners, club executives and coaches, and there is widespread support for the CEC’s conclusion,” Goodell...

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