2015 NFL Draft Part 4: Defensive Line

Defensive End (with some LBer thrown in) Leonard Williams (1) In a draft with so few (1)’s, this guy is a bonafide (1). Beast. In theory the best player in the Draft.  Total Versatility.  Inside. Outside. A cross between Mohammed Wilkerson and JJ Watt.  Great speed for his size. Strong. Big hands. Long arms. Sheds […]

2015 NFL Draft Part 3: Defensive Secondary

Rating Scale 1-7. 1 Consistent All Pro. 2 Pro Bowl. 3 Solid Starter. 4 Replaceable starter. For these players, the ones who interest us most are Shaq Thompson and Eric Rowe. Cornerback Trae Waynes (3) Not sure he can hold up. Has good coverage skills.  Overrated.  Maybe I take him 25-32. Played w very good players around […]

Verification of UltimateNYG Draft Picks

Every year, UltimateNYG provides analysis of the NFL Draft and evaluates prospects.  We have been doing this since 2008.  There is a public paper trail of blog posts and tweets which discuss what we said and when we said it.  Each year we almost always did not agree with the choice made by Reese.  This did […]

2015 Draft Part 2: Scherff and Thompson

The other day I was scrolling my twitter feed and saw Big Blue View’s note that Brandon Scherff still was the mode, the player the Giants were selecting with the most frequency in the mocks.  This did not imply BBV’s endorsement, nor did it imply the Giants’ either .  What it did was report a consensus who matched […]

2015 Draft Analysis Part 1

Let’s start with value here in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL draft.  The Giants have the 9th pick in the draft.  That is rare air.  This is the highest slot the Giants have had since 2004 when they finished 4-12 and picked 4th overall.  You want the value to match the spot where you are picking. […]

The Deliverer

This holiday weekend brings Good Friday, Passover and Easter. One of my favs is the Sunday night ritual of The Ten Commandments. “That before death closed my eyes, I might behold the deliverer who will lead all men to freedom,” utters the wish of an old slave. Moses is The Deliverer. Numero Uno. The one […]

2015 Free Agency Thoughts, Pt 2

The top 7 players on the Giants roster take up almost exactly half of the $141.8M cap.  Most teams have a similar structure.  The QB takes up a considerable amount of cap, plus a good pass rusher, a good defensive player, a WR and OLman all grab at that 50%.  This leaves 46 other players to share the other […]

NY Giants Free Agent Moves in 2015

Before we get started with Free Agency (next paragraph), let’s get one thing clear- the Giants in 2015 have a much more reasonable chance of being competitive than they did in 2014.  We have a lot more optimism, if not for one reason: Odell Beckham.  Yes, he changes the entire equation.  The Giants have a Superstar at […]

New York Giants schedule preview

Even though the New York Giants have missed the playoffs five of the past six seasons, optimism for Eli Manning and the offense are high due to a certain wide receiver they drafted 12th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Odell Beckham Jr. exploded onto the national scene for all the right reasons in 2014. […]

NE 28 SEA 24

Super Bowl XLIX was a great game.  Entertaining.  Each team played well enough in spurts to win it.  And it was fitting that both teams had their opportunities to close the deal.  Seattle made the wrong playcall (understatement of NFL history?!) and NE took the game. Seattle was the recipient of another NE “cursed” moment […]

Super Bowl XLIX Thoughts

I know the Seahawks team much better than most in the NFL, excepting of course the NFC East.  With that said, I have seen this team at its worst and at its best.  They are playing well right now, peaking at the right time.  Seattle is good enough to win. I lean toward them to win, but […]

Why DeflateGate Matters

The significance of the disclosure that the Patriots’ 12 footballs were underinflated is very important to the NFL.  Numerous attempts have been made this past week to belittle or cloud the issue about DeflateGate.  Even the name gets mocked.  But there is nothing trivial about these charges. Let’s get some math out of the way. (This paragraph […]

Belichick- Past and Present

Everyone knows about SpyGate.  Eric Mangini left New England and out’d his former boss, putting the NFL onto the Patriots’ serial videotaping of opposing teams signals so that they could decipher their plays.  The NFL found them guilty, fined Belichick 6 figures and the Patriots lost a Round 1 draft pick. Famously, the league also […]

SEA 28 GB 22

You’ll tell your grandchildren about this one.  At least you are lucky to be a Giants fan and not a GB fan.  GB fans will have a nightmare hangover that will not end until they get back to and win another Super Bowl.  We know this feeling all too well, as our nightmare demons from […]