Josh Berman’s Giants Update: Edition 1

April 29, 2010

It feels so good to be back and writing about the New York Football Giants. For any of you who have been able to follow my writing over the last year or so you have probably noticed that sporadic is an understatment. Don’t get me wrong I love talking football, and that never stops (ask my friends, they take motrin because of me), but I’m not always good at getting my ideas down on….paper for lack of a better noun. Point is, I herby solemnly swear to update you with breaking news, thoughts and opinions as they form, hence the “Weekly Update: Edition 1″. P.S. you can follow me on twitter for more frequent notes: http://twitter.com/Josh_Berman

Anyway on to this weeks post!

Draft is done, I’d like to tip my hat to Rob for some truly excellent draft coverage, and to the Giants for a truly excellent draft. We have a few projects but the coaching staff is well equiped to bring these guys along. If you wanted my honest, pessimistic, realistic opinion I’d tell you the Giants are not Super Bowl bound in 2010. I think the draft did one very important thing however, it set the Giants up for glory in 2011. Looking ahead to that year, the G-Men will almost defiantly lose a defensive end (probably Osi), but now they can afford too, and it sets them up to draft offensive line and running back in the next draft making the team complete and frankly; scary!

Moving on to update number two, I attended the Big City Lacrosse Classic 4/10/10 in the new stadium, and let me tell you the stadium is huge. Dwarfing Giants Stadium, which is right next door, and looks well…awesome! It really has a unique exterior look which will be identified with Big Blue for years and years. The interior was somewhat sparse, and the third concourse wasn’t quite finished as it was still sectioned off, but it’s a lacrosse classic…can’t expect much. Food pricing wasn’t as awful as reports indicate, however I don’t know about beer (not 21). But if you think about it they make the prices high so fans don’t get totally trashed, I mean come on, you’re telling me if beer was $2 you wouldn’t have like 6? All in all it was a great experience, I even stood on the sideline for a little (turf felt nice). Plus, Syracuse destroyed Princeton so my day was complete!

So that’s all for now, again sorry I haven’t written more, been doing a lot of college prep/finishing senior year stuff (I’m heading to Syracuse University next year just as a side note haha). I promise I will update weekly or you can come and yell at me all over the comments thread. Bye for now!

Josh Berman – NYGReporter.com


New York Giants say,”Pick a Jersey Number, Rookie”

April 26, 2010

The first draft class of the New Meadowlands stadium is currently settling in. What a treat for these young players to end up in a situation where the team has brand new state of the art equipment and facilities. These kids today, I’ll tell yaahh! While they were settling in, someone came up to them and said, hey rookie, pick a jersey number. If the number is available, they will get it, if not, then they won’t. Some of them were lucky enough to get the same numbers they wore in college, something I’m told is like a link on a chain to some players. It is extremely important to some and doesn’t mean anything to others.

This is a very exciting time for these rookies. I expect the team to harass them during the training camp and pre-season days. Hopefully, there aren’t any fights that break out this year. These rookies will need to earn the respect of the team, the coaches and the fans. That’s a tall order for anyone to attempt at such a young age. I am confident that the front office has systems in place (Charles Way) to help these young men transition into the pros. They will begin by having every Giants fan rooting for them, while the team and coaches test them. I hope they perform well.

Let’s take a look at what jersey numbers were selected. I will list the rookie players below in the same order in which they were drafted over the weekend during the 2010 NFL Draft.

Round 1 – DE Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul will wear No. 90

Round 2 – DT Linval Joseph will wear No. 97

Round 3 – S Chad Jones will wear No. 35

Round 4 – LB Phillip Dillard will wear No. 55

Round 5 – OG Mitch Petrus will wear No. 62

Round 6 – LB/DE Adrian Tracy will wear No. 98

Round 7 – P Matt Dodge will wear No. 6

Do you own any authentic New York Giants jersey’s or any kind of Giants jersey at all? What players did you get?

I have 6 authentic jersey’s in my collection.

Eli Manning No. 10 x2, circa 2004 and 2008

Antonio Pierce No. 58, circa 2005

Greg Jackson No. 47, circa 1993

Jessie Armstead No. 98, circa 1998

Jeremy Shockey No. 80, circa 2006

RD – NYGReporter.com

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New York Giants 2010 NFL Draft RECAP

April 25, 2010

The 2010 NFL Draft is officially over and we can now step back and take a look at what the team has. Like a child ripping through his/her Birthday presents like a chainsaw, fans were getting one surprise after another. This was one of the most fulfilling drafts in recent memory. Even though my player predictions were wrong fifty percent of the time this year, I am still walking away from it knowing that the team got better. With that in mind, the joy of doing the research and scouting fades away. The New York Giants have seven new players to welcome and see what works best. This is about as exciting a group of players as the team has had in a long time. Training camp in Albany can’t come soon enough if you ask me. There are going to be some epic battles on the defensive side of the ball at the linebacker and defensive lineman positions.

My thoughts on each player selected this year. DE Jason Pierre-Paul could be the new Javon Kearse. The guy is a tremendously gifted athlete who is eager to learn. That is the kind of combination that spells solid NFL career. I can’t wait to see him on the field. DT Linval Joseph can be as good as he wants to be. The big guys in the middle have one of the toughest jobs in the NFL. There is a lot to absorb both physically and mentally in the trenches and I think Joseph is up to the task. S Chad Jones, who I believe was a steal in the third round, will prove to be a very valuable pick in the future. This kid has been on my radar for months and I’m very happy that Jerry Reese was able to grab him where they did. I think it’s safe to say that the safety position has been addressed by the G-men. LB Phillip Dillard seems to be a player that will get some time to show what he can do. He had a very good combine workout and should be in the LB fight for a starting role. OG Mitch Petrus is a big guy who fills a need area. The Giants definitely needed some depth on the offensive line and now that have it. I thought the team would have come away with a Center as well but one thing at a time I guess. LB/DE Adrian Tracy is a guy who they will be experimenting with in a couple of different positions. He also had a good combine workout and is a gifted athlete. P Matt Dodge was brought in to add some fire in the Punter competition. All-World punter Jeff Feagles is uncertain if he can continue for another year after 22 in the NFL. Jy Bond and Matt Dodge will battle it out in training camp, if Feagles can’t go another year

I want to be clear about my feeling on the new three day draft event too. I do not like this new system at all and I hope the NFL goes back to the traditional 2-day draft weekend schedule. It was a nice experiment but really way too drawn out. Having a 3-day draft weekend is like staying that extra day in Las Vegas, nothing good can come from it. Not to mention the fans on the West Coast who were probably really upset that it was 3:00 PM when the draft kicked off Friday. Please go back to the 2-day draft weekend NFL, why mess with something that wasn’t broken?

Here is a recap of who the New York Giants selected. Nicknames provided by the NYG Reporter (you heard the nicknames here first, spread the word).

ROUND 1 – DE Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul, 6’5″ 270 pounds, South Florida

ROUND 2 – DT Linval “The Anvil” Joseph, 6’4″ 328 pounds, East Carolina

ROUND 3 – S Chad “Keepin’ Up With The” Jones, 6’2″ 221 pounds, LSU

ROUND 4 – LB Phillip “Hardcore” Dillard, 6’0″ 245 pounds, Nebraska

ROUND 5 – OG Mitch “Rock” Petrus, 6’3″ 310 pounds, Arkansas

ROUND 6 – LB/DE Adrian “Yo” Tracy, 6’3″ 248 pounds, William and Mary

ROUND 7 – P Matt Dodge “Viper”, 6’1″ 225 pounds, East Carolina

What do you think about the New York Giants 2010 NFL Draft? What grade would you give them for this year? I am giving Jerry Reese and Co. an “A”. Welcome to New York!

RD – NYGReporter.com


New York Giants Draft P Matt Dodge in Round 7

April 24, 2010

The New York Giants select Punter Matt Dodge from East Carolina with the final pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He is 6’1″ 224 pounds. The 2010 NFL Draft is now officially over for Big Blue. We will need to take a closer look at what the Giants have done this year. Be sure to come back and check out the recap article to come tomorrow. Please feel free to leave your comments below with your opinions. I would love to hear what some of you think about the Giants 2010 NFL Draft.  This has been one of the most surprising (in a good way) drafts in recent memory. it could prove to be right up there with the likes of the 2007 NFL Draft.

I’m not sure how most of the other Giants fans are going to take this but this kid may be the cream of the crop for punters in 2010. I don’t remember seeing any punters or kickers get drafted before this one. If the guy is worth it and can perform, I think this was a smart pick by the team to get some depth and competition for training camp.

I can’t say that I even remember the last time the Giants drafted a punter but I would be happy to lock one down for the next 5 years here and now if that’s the case. Recent reports say that Feagles and Coach Coughlin have been talking about feagles future and if he can continue after 22 years in the NFL. feagles will be in the Hall of Fame one day for certain. We here at the NYG Reporter wish him well with whatever he chooses to do.

What do you think about the New York GIants selecting punter Matt Dodge in the final round of the 2010 NFL Draft?

RD – NYGReporter.com


New York Giants Draft LB Adrian Tracy in Round 6

April 24, 2010

The New York Giants select LB Adrian Tracy with the 184th overall pick in round six. He is 6’3″ 248 pounds and played at William and Mary college. Jerry Reese has been killing his picks all weekend. He gave the linebacker position a double tap to be sure it was taken care of. This 2010 NFL Draft reminds me of the 2007 NFL Draft. The Giants will be walking away with playmakers and extremely strong young men. Reports have swirled about DT Joseph and OG Petrus being two of the strongest physical players in the entire draft. It is a shame that the media isn’t giving Jerry Reese more credit for this draft. It seems like I have heard very little about the New York Giants all weekend while watching it LIVE.

I really like the team taking a chance on a linebacker this late in the draft. Hitting this position twice just shows how serious the front office is about creating some competition during training camp in 2010. I’m extremely excited to see which player rises to the occasion and becomes the new middle linebacker on Big Blue. I am confident that the G-men have drafted no less then three future starters for the team.

What do you think about the New York Giants sixth round pick of LB Adrian Tracy? Check out his impressive combine workout on NFL.com before you make your decision.

RD – NYGreporter.com

PS – ESPN has cut to commercial on three different New York Giants draft picks. Roger Goodell needs to explore his options about who airs the NFL Draft from now on. I was mad enough in round two but you have got to be kidding me now? Really ESPN?


New York Giants Draft OG Mitch Petrus in Round 5

April 24, 2010

The New York Giants have selected OG Mitch Petrus from Arkansas with the 147th overall pick in round five. He is 6’3″ 310 pounds and athletic. Jerry Reese must have a crystal ball or lucky horseshoe on him at all times, because this guy knows how to draft football players. Besides surprising a lot of the Big Blue faithful with taking four straight defensive players, Jerry Reese has also won over the majority in his fourth straight year as the Giants GM. There is a future GM of the Year award in your future Jerry, leave an open space for it over the mantle. I love watching the methodical War Room do their thing. This is one big chess game and the Giants have been addressing areas of need with surgical precision. There has not been a dull moment once this year.

The Giants needed to grab an offensive lineman (Yes, I have been talking about it all weekend) and they pulled the trigger. They take an offensive guard in round five and inch closer to closing out the final day of the 2010 NFL Draft. I would not be surprised to see another offensive lineman taken or a cornerback. The Giants next draft pick is 184th overall in round six. There is no way to know what Jerry Reese is going to do. The man is in the zone this year and it’s a pleasure to watch it unfold. Welcome to New York Mitch!

What do you think about the New York Giants fifth round selection of OG Mitch Petrus? Here is a link to his CBS Sports player profile.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1116400?tag=DraftTrackerTableData;DraftTrackerTable147

RD – NYGReporter.com


New York Giants Draft LB Phillip Dillard in Round 4

April 24, 2010

As a special surprise to the New York faithful, former Giants TE Mark Bavaro announced the Giants fourth round pick, LB Phillip Dillard. He is 6’0″ 245 pounds and played the ILB position with Nebraska. The Giants continue their defensive assault by grabbing a fourth consecutive defensive player. This was certainly a need for the team and something I knew would come sooner or later. We will have to do a little homework on Dillard and see where this inside linebacker fits into the scheme. I’m more convinced the Giants will make the current LB’s fight it out in training camp for the starting role. It’s nice to see a new player thrown into the mix.

Jerry Reese is having an outstanding draft so far through four picks. This might actually be a record for the Giants though. I cannot remember them ever taking four defensive players in a row. It is clear that Jerry Reese wants new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to succeed. This is a wonderful example of a GM setting up his DC for success. Once again, Mr. Reese does not hesitate to attack a problem area and close the book on it. By Monday morning, Giants fans will have to nitpick at player depth at certain positions, because we all know that Jerry Reese has done everything he can do to improve this squad.

The Giants next pick in the fifth round at the 147th pick overall. I don’t see how Big Blue doesn’t go with an offensive lineman in round five. I have been saying this since round three though, so don’t mind me. I didn’t see them taking a DE in round one and it messed up the rest of my picks. With the remaining 3 picks, a CB is almost guaranteed for new DC Perry Fewell. Does that mean that the team will come away with only two offensive picks out of seven? Welcome to New York Phillip!

What do you think about the New York Giants selecting LB Phillip Dillard in the fourth round. Here is some video of him on the CBS Sports player profile.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/563119?tag=DraftTrackerTableData;DraftTrackerTable115

RD – NYGReporter.com


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