BBV mailbag: Fullback ,
Jonathan Stewart, roster choices among this week’s questions Let’s open up the
Big Blue View mailbag and see what is on the mind of New York Giants fans with a
Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys looming.Ed says: Fullback Shane Smith
played only 5 snaps in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. There might be
weeks where Smith sees a few more snaps than that, but I really don’t think you
will see a heavy dose of Barkley running behind a fullback. He didn’t do that at
Penn State. Against Jacksonville the Giants showed a willingness to use an extra
offensive lineman or even a third tight end at times instead of the pure
fullback. I’d expect to see them continue to mix their personnel groups.Ed says:
I can’t answer that definitively. I’m not in the meeting rooms and don’t know
the game plan. I do think, though, that if Jonathan Stewart is going to have a
regular role in the offense that eventually it will be as a short-yardage and
goal line specialist. He is a 240-pound guy who has been good in that role
throughout his career. Here is a chart that gives an indication of Stewart’s
success in that role over the years. As long as Wayne Gallman is healthy, it
looks like he will be the guy who comes in occasionally to give Barkley a
breather for a full series. Stewart, if he is really going to contribute on the
field, is going to have to be the short-yardage hammer.Ed says: Coach Pat
Shurmur was asked indirectly about that this week. Here is what he said:“I try
to change the protections in a lot of ways. It’s not always obvious
schematically. You change the protections, you provide chips. That’s just part
of what we do.”In regards to DeMarcus Lawrence, who will likely line up against
Ereck Flowers most of the time, Shurmur also said “the guy assigned to block him
has to block him.”That doesn’t mean it’s always going to be Flowers. It doesn’t
mean the Giants will leave Flowers isolated 1-on-1 vs. Lawrence ,
Dallas’s best pass rusher.A variety of things can be done. Backs can chip. You
can leave a tight end on that side at times. You can leave a back in and have
him favor that side. You can move the pocket on occasion.The Giants did all of
those things at times against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will do all of them
at times against Dallas. You just can’t line up, though, and protect one guy on
every play. That leave you incapable of even trying to run big chunks of your
offense.At times, as Shurmur said, whether it’s Flowers or the rest of the
offensive linemen, these guys are just going to have to lineup and block the guy
they are assigned to block. It’s what they are in the NFL for.Daniel Badillo
asks: [Saquon] Barkley and [Odell] Beckham are both electric with the ball in
their hands. Do you think either will have a chance to return punts going
forward? If so, who would you prefer?Ed says: Punts? That has to be Beckham?
Barkley has never returned punts. I have never seen him practice catching them —
which isn’t easy. Beckham has done it in the past and Shurmur continues to say
that he would consider using him to do so in the right situation.Both Beckham
and Barkley have returned kickoffs in the past. I think there could come a time
when either, or both, are options there.CTscan123 asks: Here is a hypothetical
based on my nagging feeling that perhaps our new leader ship is throwing the
baby out with the bathwater a bit with respect to personnel. Who, if anyone, no
longer on the team do you think the Giants should have held onto from last
year‘s roster? Jpp ,
Webb, Darkwa? Somebody els? And no copping out with “the new leader ship has the
right to bring in its own players!? Who do YOU think played well enough to stick
based on your observations?Ed says: First of all, when you go 3-13 and bring in
a new coach and general manager of course there is going to be massive change. I
think, by the way, that you are seeing that NFL teams are not exactly banging
down doors to sign most of the players the Giants let go. That tells you what
they think of the talent the Giants had.That said, there are a couple of players
I wish were still Giants. I think Weston Richburg is a good player and, while I
absolutely understand the salary cap ramifications and the fact that re-signing
him for what he got in San Francisco was never going to happen, the Giants have
downgraded at center. I’m not sure Patrick Omameh over D.J. Fluker is an
upgrade. Also, I once again understand the monetary aspects of it and agree with
the Giants’ decision to ask Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to take a pay cut, but I
would feel better about their cornerback situation had they been able to work
something out with him. Didn’t happen, though Color
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, and both side moved on.Report: CB
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signing with Oakland Raiders Former New York Giants
cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has signed with the Oakland Raiders,
according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.Rodgers-Cromartie signed a five-year, $35
million contact with the Giants in the spring of 2014. With the Giants, he
played outside corner, slot corner, and safety, and he played well — even when
the rest of the defense didn’t. With the arrival of the new regime in 2018, the
Giants elected to move Rodgers-Cromartie from his reserve cornerback role to
free safety, a move he embraced. However, DRC was released by the team in March
after refusing to take a pay cut following his move. After parting ways with
both Rodgers-Cromartie and Ross Cockrell, the Giants’ depth at the position
became worrisome Color
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, and even more so after the
season-ending injury to Sam Beal. With few proven options behind the Giants
starters, fans began to wonder if the Giants might re-sign DRC. That ship
officially sailed Wednesday. As it stands now, the Giants are looking at a
platoon of William Gay, B.W. Webb, Leonard Johnson, Grant Haley, and Donte
Deayon behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple.
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