Friday is finally here, a long week is coming to an end and, as always, we have a few New York Giants headlines for all of you to enjoy. So for the last time this work week, kick back, relax and sip your coffee as you read the following stories.
Simms has strong opinions about the signal callers and, as always, came up with some "wild card" candidates who aren't projected particularly high. In a few weeks, Simms will rank his top 10 and assign a round for each.
Simms says he doesn't see any of the QBs as sure-fire locks worthy of going in the first round nor does he see an elite NFL arm. When it comes to pro days, Simms said, "I expect a quarterback to really show off, his workout should look really good. … It should kind of look like Tiger Woods would on a driving range or Kobe Bryant alone in a gym shooting 3s." When it doesn't look like that, Simms has a problem with the passer. He added that the private workout is the only way to go and applauded Cleveland for working out QBs that way.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese made an appearance at Alabama's pro day last month, but made sure to book a second trip to SEC country to see the best talent out of Louisiana State.
According to the NFL Network, Reese, along with John Idzik, Doug Whaley (Bills), Ruston Webber (Titans), Rick Smith (Houston), Rick Spielman (Vikings) and Kevin Colbert (Steelers) made up the general manager contingent at Wednesday's Pro Day.
Having Reese down there is a no-brainer for the Giants. Some of the best talent in the country is working out. Reese is one of the team's best scouts.
Kate revealed that despite the fact that her two great grandfathers founded the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, she still gets a little shaky when she comes face to face with football players.
'I don't get nervous meeting most actors,' she said, 'but whenever I see certain football players I get really kind of crazy.'
When Kimmel pressed to find out who made Kate shake the most, she was quick to respond 'Michael Strahan.'
'I've known for such a long time – I've been on his show – but still every time I see him at a party and he recognizes me I geek out!'
Can the pass rush bounce back?
Only five teams in the NFL had fewer sacks than the 34 the Giants had in 2013, and 14 of those 34 walked out the door with the free-agent departures of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph. The only addition they have made to the defensive line is former Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers, who's known as a strong edge defender against the run but has only 12 sacks in five NFL seasons so far and was mainly a part-time player in Denver in spite of having been a first-round pick in 2009.
The Giants did beef up on the back end of the defense, adding cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond and Zack Bowman and bringing back Trumaine McBride to go with Prince Amukamara. The hope there is that better coverage down the field will help enable their pass-rushers to get to the quarterback more quickly. That could represent a big philosophy shift for an organization that's always believed in building a defense front to back, but the Giants have spent a fair amount of time over the past two years lamenting teams' ability to get the ball out quickly against them and neutralize their pass rush.
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