Saquon Barkley, Dexter Lawrence land on NFL.com's All-Under-25 Team
NFL.com's Marc Sessler put together a roster of the top players under 25 years old heading into the 2020 season. In order to be eligible for this list, players must be younger than 25 on September 10, the day the regular season begins.
With a roster filled with young talent, it should come as no surprise that two Giants made the All-Under-25 Team.
Saquon Barkley enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign in 2018, finishing the season with 1,307 rushing yards on 261 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. Barkley also caught 91 receptions, tied for the 4th-most in a season in franchise history, for 721 yards and another four touchdowns on his way to taking home the NFL Rookie of the Year award. While a high ankle sprain forced him to miss a few games last year, the young back still finished with 1,441 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns. Barkley became the first running back in Giants history to run for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
As Sessler mentions, Barkley is "a dual-threat, clad-in-blue freak whom enemies targeted from the minute he hit the field for the wanting Giants."
"Barkley roams as a towering danger in the passing game with a juicy 143/1,159/6 line over two seasons," writes Sessler. "Coming off an injury-shaded sophomore effort, Barkley should shine for years to come as an electric, slippery wonder in New York's backfield."
The second Giant to make the list is Dexter Lawrence. The young defensive lineman started all 16 games in his rookie season, registering 38 tackles (24 solo), 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, one forced fumble and a pass defended.
Lawrence was named to the Pro Football Writers Association's All-Rookie team after a season in which, as Sessler notes, he "was a raging headache against the run." Pro Football Focus had him as the highest-graded rookie defensive tackle in 2019 as Lawrence finished with the 2nd-most games with an overall grade of 80+ (four) among defensive rookies.
"It appears 340-pound behemoths still have a place in today's NFL," Sessler wrote.
View photos of the Giants' 90-man roster as it currently stands.
ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky: Daniel Jones excels against man coverage
Dan Orlovksy attempted just 512 pass attempts in his career, yet was able to stick around the NFL for 12 seasons as a backup quarterback. Following his retirement, Orlovsky joined ESPN as an NFL analyst, appearing on shows such as Get Up! and First Take. Between his time in the NFL and ESPN, it is safe to say that Orlovsky has a high football IQ, especially when it comes to quarterback play.
The ESPN analyst joined John Schmeelk on the Giants Huddle Podcast to offer a full dissection of Daniel Jones' rookie season. They also looked at what may lie ahead for the second-year quarterback in a new offense under offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
When it came to Jones' rookie campaign, one thing jumped out at Orlovsky when watching the young QB's film.
"When you're watching (his tape), you go 'That's a nice throw versus man coverage,' and 'there's another nice throw in a tight window versus man coverage,' and there's another," Orlovsky said on the Giants Huddle Podcast. "In my notes, I kind of start seeing this trend of really accurate throws versus man coverage. I watched all the tape, I watched all the games over and as I'm rolling through my notes, analytics have started to play a part.
"I contacted our research guy that I work with at ESPN, and I do this all the time, I said 'My eyes are telling me this. Do the numbers say the same thing?' He came back to me and said, 'Yeah, he was really good in man coverage.' I love when that happens. It just stood out that he excels with his ball placement in man coverage."
To check out Orlovsky's full breakdown of Jones on the Giant Huddle Podcast, listen to the audio below.
Owners to vote on new rule proposals today
NFL owners are expected to vote on a proposed new rule during Thursday's virtual meeting.
There has been ongoing talk about the league's fourth-and-15 onside kick alternative rule. As NFL Network's Tom Pelissero noted, the updated language for the kickoff alternative clarified that the attempt can only be exercised in regulation, not overtime, and that the down is untimed.
The new language also states that a team can only change its decision once an alternative kick is elected by using a timeout before the referee signals ready for play, and also clarified where the ball would be spotted if a penalty occurred during the preceding score.
In order for a rule proposal to be adopted, it must be approved by 75 percent (24) of the owners.