May 2019


The idea of No. overall draft pick Daniel Jones becoming the next Eli Manning just got a lot more real. Manning and his older brother, Peyton, are both two-time Super Bowl champions.

For a month in 2013, Julian Edelman was in football purgatory. Wes Welker was gone but the Patriots passed over Edelman as Welker's replacement. Stung and bitter, Edelman took a free agent visit with the New York Giants, who, truth be told, were the only team kicking the tires on a guy who'd been a backup and special teamer for four injury-riddled seasons.

The New York Giants look quite different under general manager Dave Gettleman, who saw to it that the team parted ways two of the NFL's most talented and productive young stars - safety Landon Collins and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. They aren't the only ones Gettleman sent packing: he has also traded defensive linemen Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison, and cornerback Eli Apple. Collins believes all five have something in common. We were too vocal' The Giants made no attempt to extend Collins or even franchise tag him; the 2015 second-round pick has been to the last three Pro Bowls and was voted first-team All-Pro in 2016.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn't impress on the first day of organized team activities on Monday, completing just 1 of 6 passes with two interceptions, but his performance did nothing to change coach Pat Shurmur's mind about his QB depth chart. ... He's throwing the ball well and looks strong physically," Shurmur said. The Giants also got a look at rookie Daniel Jones, the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft.

Duron Harmon has perfect response to Bill Belichick reportedly calling defensive plays originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots lost their defensive playcaller from last season when linebackers coach Brian Flores became the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, but his replacement is more than qualified. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly will call the team's plays on defense next season, although nothing official has been announced. Belichick is a defensive-minded coach and helped lead the New York Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 1990 as the team's defensive coordinator.

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news Thursday morning, and the team confirmed it later in the day. “Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the Cardinals said in a statement.

Sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine signed his rookie contract with the New York Giants. The Giants announced the signing on Thursday. Ballentine is participating in meetings and classroom work with the other rookies while he continues his rehabilitation from injuries he suffered when he was shot on the night he was drafted.

The Seattle Seahawks are giving journeyman quarterback Geno Smith a shot at backing up the NFL's highest-paid player. Seattle signed the 28-year-old on Wednesday and said he will compete with former Denver Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch to back up starter Russell Wilson. The New York Jets' second-round selection in 2013, Smith joins his fourth NFL team.

The Yahoo Fantasy analysts will preview all 32 NFL teams between now and the end of July as training camps open. Gettleman didn't help his cause after trading Odell Beckham Jr. and drafting Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick, but hey, if Jones pans out and OBJ bombs with the Browns, we'll forget all about it, right?

Because the offseason training activities (OTAs) are voluntary, new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is not upset that Beckham isn't around. Kitchens is communicating with Beckham and remains confident the three-time Pro Bowler will be ready for the team's mandatory minicamp in June and training camp in July. Listen, I have never disputed the fact that it is not important for him to be here, but it is also important for him to be mentally ready to be here,'' Kitchens said following practice.

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