April 2015

If there was ever a year for New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin to get it right in the NFL draft, this is it. The Giants have missed the playoffs the past three seasons since winning the Super Bowl in 2012 and jobs are on the line. The Giants need a player who can step in right away with the No. 9 pick Thursday, and chances are there is going to be one available. If you draft him at nine, he is a guy you expect to come in and play and play quickly.'' The Giants have obvious needs heading into the draft, the most notable on the lines.
Tom Brady is the poster boy for draft-day steals.
April 28 (Reuters) - Selection order for Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft in Chicago (pick, team, 2014 regular season record): 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14) 2. Tennessee Titans (2-14) 3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13) 4. Oakland Raiders (3-13) 5. Washington Redskins (4-12) 6. New York Jets (4-12) 7. Chicago Bears (5-11) 8. Atlanta Falcons (6-10) 9. New York Giants (6-10) 10. St. Louis Rams (6-10) 11. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) 12. Cleveland Browns (7-9) 13. New Orleans Saints (7-9) 14. Miami Dolphins (8-8) 15. San Francisco 49ers (8-8) 16. Houston Texans (9-7) 17. San Diego Chargers (9-7) ...
An unheralded cornerback saved the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. The two they had last season left in free agency - star Darrelle Revis for the New York Jets and hard-hitting Brandon Browner for the New Orleans Saints. With no clear favorites to replace them, the Patriots can dip into a draft with plenty of talented cornerbacks to shore up that position. Several are expected to be chosen before New England makes the 32nd and last pick of the first round, unless it trades for a better choice.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have waived running back Michael Cox.
Good teams like to draft the best player available, regardless of need. But that doesn't mean needs don't exist. If you didn't fill all those holes in free agency, your best bet to plug them is probably going to be in the draft. So with that in mind, here are the top positions of need for each NFC team coming into this week's NFL draft (for the AFC team-by-team needs, click here ): Arizona Cardinals Top needs: RB, ILB, DL, CB There’s a reason the Cardinals are always mentioned as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson, but cheaper running back options exist in the draft. Would they go for one at No. 24? If not, the best guess is they’ll add to the front seven. Arizona Cardinals 2014 Rushing Carry Distribution | PointAfter Atlanta Falcons  Top needs: DE, OLB, TE, RB The Falcons need pass rushers for new coach Dan Quinn’s scheme, even after adding some pass-rush pieces in free agency. And Atlanta could use another playmaker or two to take some heat off Julio Jones. Carolina Panthers  Top needs: OL, S, CB, WR The offensive line needs help. So does the secondary. But the line stands out as the top priority, particularly at tackle. It wouldn’t be a surprise if multiple picks were used on linemen. Protecting Cam Newton is a must. Chicago Bears  Top needs: CB, S, WR, OL The Bears’ defense was a nightmare last year, and they need to keep adding talent. That’s especially important in the secondary because NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers looms on the schedule twice a year. They’ll also need someone to take some pressure off No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery. Dallas Cowboys  Top needs: RB, OLB, DL, CB
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL draft heads to Chicago this year, with the top overall choice in our mock draft not planning to be on hand. No matter: Tampa Bay will already have let its selection know when the crowd in the Windy City gets, uh, wind of the pick.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, in the final year of his contract, is not concerned that there has been no progress about an extension. "Nothing has been brought up," Manning told NJ.com before walking in the March of Dimes' March for Babies with his daughter Ava on Sunday in Manhattan. The Giants also have the option of placing the franchise tag on him. Manning could command $18 million to $20 million per season, on par with the five-year, $99 million deal Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed last month.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said presentations this week by two stadium groups affiliated with NFL teams were "very exciting" and offered a "great deal of potential to be successful". St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is vying against a joint venture by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders for the right to call Los Angeles home again. Kroenke is planning a $1.8 billion stadium in Inglewood, and the Chargers and Raiders are working on a $1.7 billion venue in Carson. The Carson City Council unanimously approved the project on Tuesday, and new designs were presented to Goodell and the league's relocation committee in New York.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Nicks, 27, caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns with the Indianapolis Colts last year after playing five seasons with the New York Giants. Nicks, a former first-round draft pick, has 349 career receptions for 5,027 yards and 31 touchdowns. Nicks caught 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010.

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