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Giants Now (2/4): PFF predicts Giants draft OL, Judge receives vote for top assistant coach, and Jones gets first taste of Super Bowl


We are officially into the 2020 NFL offseason, but it is far from quiet around the New York Giants. Here are a few of the top stories surrounding the Giants from Tuesday, February 4.

Pro Football Focus predicts Giants draft Alabama OL Wills

With Super Bowl LIV officially in the rearview mirror, all focus is now turned towards the offseason. The Giants will have the opportunity to add a game-changer in the draft as the team owns the No. 4 pick. The team has been connected to several players in mock drafts, as Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons, Louisville OT Mekhi Becton and Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy have all been popular picks among draft experts.

Another prominent name has been Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, whom Pro Football Focus predicts the Giants will take in their NFL Mock Draft 2.0. As the people at PFF wrote, "Wills is the most athletic tackle in a very athletic tackle class. He is a work in progress still in pass protection, but the strides he made toward the end of 2019 — when he allowed only four pressures over Alabama's final six games — have us encouraged."

View photos from the college career of Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.

Judge one of seven to receive vote for Assistant Coach of the Year

Among the awards given out during Saturday night's NFL Honors was the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Between the league's 32 teams, there were 96 different coordinators that were eligible to win the award. The honor ended up going to Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, but a familiar name popped up on the list of coaches to receive a vote.

Giants head coach Joe Judge was one of only seven assistants to receive at least one vote for this year's award. Judge served as the special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach for the Patriots this past season. Under his supervision, New England's special teams earned the seventh-highest ST grade from PFF while ranking first in average starting field position (32.7) as well as opponent starting field position (25.1). On top of that, Judge's unit was the only one in the league to return two blocked punts for touchdowns in 2019. The Patriots' coverage unit also did not allow a single punt to be returned for 20 or more yards.

Jones gets taste of Super Bowl

Daniel Jones was one of the numerous Giants players to spend time in Miami last week, making appearances around the city in the days leading up to the year's biggest game. This was the rookie quarterback's first taste of Super Bowl festivities. On Friday, he took on Jets QB Sam Darnold in cornhole, before talking to kids at the Citi Football ProCamp on Saturday.

Jones told the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz that he was not attending Sunday's game between the Chiefs and 49ers. However, the young quarterback admitted that getting to feel the anticipation surrounding the Super Bowl in-person did get him excited about the prospect of some day playing in one.

"It's exciting to see it and kind of feel the buzz around it and feel the energy around it,'' Jones said. "It does kind of get you excited and that's certainly the goal, to be playing in one of these.''


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