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raises about the future and how the organization will try to dig itself out of the mess the team has gotten into. Let’s try and answer some of those questions in this week’s Big Blue View mailbag.Ed says: Rhett Ellison has a foot injury. I really don’t know how severe [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-nate-solder-jersey]Color Rush Nate Solder Jersey[/url] , or what the exact injury is. Here’s a question for you — don’t you think it’s kind of difficult to run two-tight end sets when you are running them with your third and fourth tight ends, or with a third-team tight end and a backup offensive lineman? Is that really the best personnel to put on the field?Let’s also remember that the best pass-catching tight end they have, Evan Engram, has missed three games with a knee injury. That affects the personnel groupings. For what it’s worth, through five weeks the Giants had used two tight ends 27 percent of the time, per Sharp Football Stats.Ed says: Well, Harper, look at it this way. You’ve been hanging in there since the Giants last won the Super Bowl and six of the last seven seasons have been bad. Enjoy watching Saquon Barkley. Look for signs of progress. Enjoy those, and hang onto them. Also, remember this — the Giants have gotten this right and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy four times. No matter how bad it is right now, there are a lot of fan bases out there that would trade places with fans of the Giants in a heartbeat.David Clancy asks: Do you think this is a mess a rookie QB, like Drew Lock, can handle? Especially if he struggles early and Odell creates attention by telling all to Josina Anderson about how Lock is trash or Herbert might not be the future. Also how can a rookie develop while he’s constantly retreating from 350+ lb pieces of muscle who want to crush his ribs? That can ruin any rookie QB, no matter the talent.Ed says: If you are asking me about Lock specifically, I have no idea. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single snap the kid has played. Go back to when Manning was a young quarterback. His receivers, especially Jeremy Shockey, caused him all sorts of grief and probably slowed his development. Eventually, the organization just chose the quarterback over the whiners. The quarterback is ALWAYS the most important player. If the organization, or the locker room, forgets that you have a problem. Right now, the Giants have a problem. If they eventually go with a youngster, the organization has to support him by stomping on, or removing trouble. As for the part about being crushed, that applies to old, immobile quarterbacks, too.Justin HerbertPhoto by Steve Dykes/Getty ImagesTom Mandler asks: With the Giants heading for a complete overhaul this offseason; what college QBs should we be watching, and what kind of building blocks could we reasonably expect if we traded Beckham (2 first round picks?).Ed says: As far as quarterbacks, the names you keep hearing are Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Drew Lock (Missouri). Trading Beckham? Not happening now, so I’m not even thinking about that. Co-host Patricia Traina said Friday on “Locked on Giants” that she doesn’t think Beckham finishes his contract with the Giants, and I agree, but I seriously doubt anyone is taking that contract until the fully-guaranteed money is paid after the 2020 season.Devon Aronstam asks: I am sure I am not the first to think of or mention this, but with all this talk of Eli being done, what about the idea of bringing in Colin Kaepernick? I’m no expert on how fans react and I know Mr. Mara has stated in the past how much mail he has received on this topic [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-evan-engram-jersey]Youth Evan Engram Jersey[/url] , but I would think Giants fans are desperate for better QB play and the team really doesn’t have a solid, veteran backup ready to step in. The bottom line is Eli and the Giants have only won 4 of their last 22 games. We are clearly not going anywhere this year and what a great opportunity to see if Kap has anything left after such a long layoff. If we remain terrible, we will most certainly get a high pick to take a new QB with. If he shows promise and we win a few games we can parlay a high pick into multiple picks to help rebuild o-line and pass rush. Thoughts?Ed says: I wasn’t going to take this question, because I didn’t really want to deal with the Kaepernick stuff. I need to, though. Colin Kaepernick is not the answer. First of all, he’s 30 and hasn’t played in two years. Second of all, and this is something that people seem to conveniently forget when they look at the reasons Kaepernick isn’t in the league, he wasn’t very good. He went 3-16 his last two seasons as a starter. In 2016, the San Francisco 49ers thought Blaine Gabbert — BLAINE GABBERT!! — was better, and he opened the season at quarterback. Despite all the politics of it, if any team out there thought Kaepernick was good enough to start and lead them to championships, they would have signed him.Colin Kaepernick is, maybe, a backup in the league at this point. He isn’t going to solve anyone’s quarterback problem. Also, how does Kaepernick help you parlay a high draft pick into multiple picks? Not sure I get how signing him, or anyone, would have anything to do with that.Anthony Del Genio asks: I‘ve been struggling (and maybe the BBV staff has been too) with how to separate the performance of the OL from that of the QB. In light of your column today, which I think is the first one in which I see you leaning toward Eli being the problem or part of it, I wonder whether there are any examples out there of great teams/QBs with terrible OLs. I’m especially interested in Russell Wilson (a great QB in my opinion and in the prime of his career) who seems to be having terrible problems this year (and you could see it last year too) behind one of the worst OLs in the NFL. His stats look pretty similar to Eli’s this season. Would putting a great mobile QB behind what is at present an awful Giants OL actually make much of a difference? Or are we going nowhere until the OL is fixed?Ed says: Anthony, Gettleman walked in the door saying the offensive line has to be fixed. It hasn’t been. Shurmur has said the Giants will go only as far as the offensive line can take them. So far, not very far. There are issues with the way Manning has played, certainly. Running quarterback or not, though, no team can play good, consistent offense without good offensive line play.Ed says: I don’t know that Tom Coughlin bringing Ereck Flowers to the Jacksonville Jaguars says anything about the 2015 draft. I think that what it says is the Jaguars think they they can win this season, they have lost their starting left tackle (Cam Robinson) for the season, they didn’t have a Plan B they were happy with, and Flowers — believe it or not — was the closest thing to a starting-caliber left tackle on the market right now.Ed says: “Fire sale?” Those might happen in baseball, but when is the last time you saw that happen in the NFL? You see individual trades, but not fire sales. I wouldn’t say any Giants are “likely” to be traded. I mean, the Giants are 4-18 in their last 22 games. How desirable are their players? Maybe Janoris Jenkins, but you’re not getting more than a late-round pick in return. Let’s not get started with Manning or Beckham trade talk. It’s just not realistic to think the Giants can suddenly sell off a bunch of players and get a bunch of top draft picks in return. Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some notes to get your weekend started.Tempering expectations for R.J. McIntoshThe Giants activated defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh [url=http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-will-hernandez-jersey]Youth Will Hernandez Jersey[/url] , the team’s fifth-round pick, this week after he had spent the entire season on the non-football illness list. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher on Friday reminded everyone just how far behind McIntosh, who did not practice at all through the spring, summer or first six weeks of the season, is.“We realize that this is like the second week of OTA worth of practices for him and we know that. There’s going to [be] fundamentals and techniques and some of those things everyday that we’re just going to keep hitting him with and keep hitting him with and the thing that I’ve been the most encouraged with him about is just his work mentality,” Bettcher said. “He’s been studying film, he’s been great with what Gary’s (Emanuel) been asking him to do and you could see some of the things that we’re really trying to work on in individual carry over and he’s very aware of the things that he needs to continue to work.”Sean Chandler ready for moreUndrafted rookie free agent defensive back Sean Chandler played 18 snaps against the Washington Redskins, his first significant action of the season. His role could expand during the second half of the year.“He’s practicing at a point where he’s communicating, he’s starting to really be in rhythm at the backend both as a safety, as a nickel where we’ve played him at times, as a guy that’s blitzed off the edge a few times for us and done some different things,” Bettcher said. “We’ll be excited to see how he plays along with some of the other young guys down the stretch.”Spinning the returner wheelKaelin Clay. Stacy Coley. Odell Beckham Jr. Cody Latimer. Jawill Davis. Quadree Henderson. The Giants have gone through a number of kickoff and punt returners this season. With Henderson, the latest and perhaps most effective, having been waived then re-signed to the practice squad this week it’s uncertain who the returner will be Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.“Next guy up, whoever that guy is. Next guy up,” special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said. “Whoever’s back there, we’re going to coach them up and keep it rolling.”McGaughey, though, couldn’t hide the idea that he’d like that guy to be Henderson. The Giants would have to make another roster move to get Henderson back on the 53-man roster.“I like what he was doing, definitely. Obviously when you get a chance to make an explosive play and he makes one, makes a couple, you always like that. That’s something that he has, that’s what he is, he’s shown that in college and we look forward to getting him back,” McGaughey said.Kyle Lauletta has to regain trustKyle Lauletta seemed sincere earlier in the week when he issued his public apology for hia arrest stemming from a traffic incident. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Friday that the rookie quarterback has to work to re-establish trust.“He messed up and he’s got to prove that he’s going to do the right things each and every day, going to work that way, and obviously as we all know at that position, you’re held to a higher standard and that’s what you sign on for, that’s what he’s got in his mind moving forward,” Shula said. Injuries? What injuries?The three players on the Giants’ injury report all practiced fully Friday, including rookie wide receiver Jawill Davis, who had been in the NFL concussion protocol and was limited to non-contact work yesterday. The others were linebacker Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and tackle Chad Wheeler (ankle).
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