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Eisen's Mailbag: Eli Manning and Linebackers

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Senior Writer/Editor Michael Eisen answers your fan questions about #GiantsCamp


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First time submitter here. With Jon Beason still working toward getting off the PUP list, what are the thoughts on them keeping another linebacker as precaution? I've been hearing great things on Dan Fox. Could the undrafted rookie have a leg up on Mark Herzlich? Thanks!
-Scotty


Dear Scott,
Dan Fox, a rookie from Notre Dame, has done some good things in camp. But I don’t think he’s moved ahead of Herzlich, who gets most of his reps with the second team while Fox has worked with the threes. When the coaches decide which backup linebackers to keep on the final roster, it often comes down to who the best special teams players are. Herzlich has been a good special teamer since his arrival (he led the team with 14 special teams tackles in 2013).


Why we don´t accept that Eli Manning is decaying? In the game versus Jets he fumbled two times and if the cornerback hasn’t stepped out of bounds, he would have an intercepted ball, too. I don´t see any improvement with Eli, and if our Giants don´t change to Ryan Nassib as starter we will have a hard and long season.
-Marcus


Dear Marcus,
There are many ways to respond to this, but rather than be sarcastic or mean-spirited, I’ll just say I vehemently disagree with you. I don’t agree Manning is in decline (and I get to watch him every day in practice) and even if I did, it is folly to think Nassib is a better choice to lead the Giants this season. Manning is 33. He should have many good seasons remaining. Although the offense has sputtered at times this preseason, I believe Manning will have a big bounce-back season. I’m very fond of Ryan Nassib, but right now he does not have Manning’s talent or experience and does not give the Giants the best chance to win in 2014.

Why don't the Giants have any good screen pass plays in their offense? Seems like a good way to counter blitzing and slow down such types of defense.
-Frank

Dear Frank,
If you were a first-time offensive coordinator introducing a system with a new team, wouldn’t you try to unveil as little of your scheme as possible in the preseason? Why give the Detroit Lions or your other early-season opponents an idea what you’re going to run? If Ben McAdoo wants to burn the Lions with a screen pass, you’re not going to run it against the Jets so Detroit’s defense can prepare for it. All of this is another way of repeating…do not judge the Giants’ offense based on what you see in the preseason. Let’s wait until the games count and we see what McAdoo calls then.

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EXPERT: Mel Kiper, Jr. | ESPN Insider

OT Brandon Scherff

College: Iowa
Class: Sr
HT: 6-4
WT: 320

“Scherff is what I'd call a high-floor addition on the offensive line, because even if he doesn't profile as a blindside tackle, I think he can be an immediate force in the run game and at a minimum becomes a dominant guard. I've made the comparison before, but in the same way that Dallas drafted a tackle in Zack Martin and moved him inside as a rookie and saw him flourish, I think the Giants can count on immediate dividends from Scherff as either a right tackle or a guard right of the gate. He's one of the more dominant run-blocking lineman linemen we've seen in the draft in the last few years, and he brings experience, and the ability to take on the job like a professional right away.”.

 
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EXPERT: Todd McShay | ESPN Insider

OT Brandon Scherff
College: Iowa
Class: Sr
HT: 6-4
WT: 320

“I considered Oregon's Arik Armstead here because the Giants need a pass-rusher, especially if they can't work out a way to keep Jason Pierre-Paul. I think Armstead is an underrated prospect with an outstanding combination of size, agility and power, but he's a former basketball player who isn't known for being the toughest dude on the field, so I don't know that he'd be the right fit for a Tom Coughlin-coached team. Instead, I'll give them the ultimate tough guy in Scherff, who could either take over at right tackle for Justin Pugh or provide a major upgrade at left guard (with second-year lineman Weston Richburg likely to bump inside to center, his natural position).”

 
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EXPERT: Bucky Brooks | NFL Media

OT Brandon Scherff

College: Iowa
Class: Sr
HT: 6-4
WT: 320

“The Giants want to upgrade their offensive line with big, physical bodies on the edges. Scherff is a sound technician with strength to handle aggressive edge rushers.”

 
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EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah | NFL Media

DT Malcom Brown
College: Texas
Class: Jr
HT: 6-2
WT: 320


“The Giants could look to upgrade the offensive line, but Brown is a player who is generating a lot of buzz in personnel circles.”

 
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DE Shane Ray
College: Missouri
Class: Jr
HT: 6-2
WT: 240


“There is plenty of blame to go around in Gotham as the Giants struggled in 2014 despite an overhaul of the roster last offseason. GM Jerry Reese has won before gambling on the upside of talented pass rushers and given the exciting talent at the position this year, he could roll the dice again, especially if free agent Jason Pierre-Paul leaves. Playing behind 2014 second-round pick Kony Ealy and co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam, Ealy did not emerge as a starter for the Tigers until the 2014 season, but he may possess the most explosive first step in the country. He led the SEC with 14.5 sacks last season”

 
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DE Shane Ray
College: Missouri
Class: Jr
HT: 6-2
WT: 240

“Consistent pass rush was the bread and butter of the Giants' Super Bowl-winning clubs and Ray, who has the best first step in this draft class, would be a much needed boost to the current roster”

 
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WR Amari Cooper

College: Alabama
Class: Jr
HT: 6-1
WT: 210

“I've had the Giants taking a wide receiver since the first mock draft I did in January. General Manager Jerry Reese was asked about the position at the Combine on Saturday, and said the following: "If Victor (Cruz) is back, and Odell (Beckham Jr.) and Rueben (Randle), that's a pretty good core. And there are some other guys, (Preston) Parker, (Corey) Washington, some younger guys. But if there's a good receiver, guys, we'll draft him." Cooper is the most polished wideout in this draft. And though there are definitely pass rush and offensive line needs, and absolutely defensive backfield needs, an Amari Cooper doesn't come along too often. The Giants don't plan on drafting in the top 10 too often. I simply don't see an offensive lineman worth taking over Cooper. It's a "best player available" pick, and Cooper is pretty darn good. The Alabama superstar is a 6-1, 210-pound, precise route runner with 4.42 speed. He did it at the college level and he'll do it at the pro level. He and Beckham are a tremendous 1-2.”

 
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EXPERT: Chris Burke | SI.com

OT Andrus Peat
College: Stanford
Class: Jr
HT: 6-6
WT: 315

“Eli Manning threw 601 passes in 2014, the highest number of his career. Some of that was by design; the rest because the Giants were unable to generate a consistent run threat. Peat excels in the ground game and will only get better in pass protection.”

 
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