May 2017


The New York Giants received a C- grade for their offseason by ESPN writer Bill Barnwell. The moves made by each NFL franchise realistically can’t be graded until the season plays out. The Giants received the lowest grade in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles getting a B-, the division champion Dallas Cowboys receiving a C+, and the Washington Redskins getting a C. While it was previously stated offseason grades are entirely subjective, the Giants do not deserve a C- for their offseason.

To listen to talk radio in Boston or ESPN’s daily bloviation bonanza is to know that more Celtics fans are obsessed with what the NBA’s most storied franchise will do this summer than what they will do against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals this week. The Celtics, who lost Game 1 at home to the Cavs last night 117-104, are not about to win this series and return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. It almost seems fated that Cleveland, now 9-0 in the 2017 NBA playoffs, and the Golden State Warriors (10-0) will meet in the NBA Finals next month for a third consecutive season.

To listen to talk radio in Boston or ESPN’s daily bloviation bonanza is to know that more Celtics fans are obsessed with what the NBA’s most storied franchise will do this summer than what they will do against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals this week. And they should be. The Celtics, who lost Game 1 at home to the Cavs last night 117-104, are not about to win this series and return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. It almost seems fated that Cleveland, now 9-0 in the 2017 NBA playoffs, and the Golden State Warriors (10-0) will meet in the NBA Finals next month for a third consecutive season. The last time the same two teams met for three consecutive years

Across the board, NFL players get the short end of the stick when it comes to being paid for their unreal athletic ability and performances. In fact, aside from the handful of guys who reporters corral after the game and those who are just flat-out massive human beings, most NFL players can take off their pads, helmet, and jersey and slip out into the night without anyone noticing. From licensing deals to owning franchises to eventually owning an NFL team, à la the late Al Davis, the money’s out there if the player is savvy enough to seek it. Here are 20 of the wealthiest NFL players, both past and present — the guys who have been able to take their athletic acumen and turn it into continued financial success. 20.

Matt Hasselbeck pledged his brain to be studied by the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that two former NFL stars have pledged their brains to be studied upon their deaths. Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck and former New York GIants defensive lineman Leonard Marshall announced they’ll give their brains to support research on concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Possessing an extremely young cornerback corps, the Philadelphia Eagles could have issues with maturity going forward. With Philly in need of some veteran leadership in the secondary, a perfect choice to address the Eagles problem could be former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants cornerback Leon Hall. Possessing Jalen Mills — second-year pro — and Rasul Douglas — a rookie — as their prospective day one starters at cornerback, the Eagles have a starter in the making in Sidney Jones.

The New York Giants have one placekicker on the roster: Aldrick Rosas. Rosas has never kicked in an NFL regular season game but he is on track to be the Giants’ starter when they open against the Dallas Cowboys on the night of Sept. 10. The kicker position has been one of great turnaround for the Giants as late.

The New York Giants lost defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to free agency. It appeared the team would look to Jay Bromley or Robert Thomas to replace him. That was before Alabama’s Dalvin Tomlinson was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Mark Herzlich will be seeing action on the offensive side of the ball in 2017. The former New York Giants linebacker officially changed his number from 94 to 44, meaning he will get some action at the tight end position.

The New York Giants added some speed to their roster Monday when they agreed to terms with undrafted free agent wide receiver Kevin Snead. Snead has a nickname indicative of how quick he runs: The Fastest Man in College Football. He played collegiately

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