‘Valentine’s Views’: 7 ‘Things I Think’ 7 Days Before Football Giants

The New York Giants We have a regular season game in seven days. So, here are seven “things I think” about the 2022 giants.

A final word on Blake Martinez

I don’t really want to write about the Giants’ decision to release Martinez anymore. But I’m going to. Hopefully one last time.

There was plenty of gnashing of teeth on a player who – albeit good – would never have been a giant after 2023, anyway.

Yes, perhaps if general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Dabol had a crystal ball and could have foreseen such an outcome they would have cut ties with Martinez in the off-season rather than sending him back with a steep salary cut.

The Giants said this was a mutual decision. Martinez has Admit it just as much. He saw the writing on the wall. He knew his role would be reduced. He is no longer a captain. The caller is no longer the defensive signal. All indications are that he will not be a regressive player.

Yes I got it. Martinez has a better resume than Ty Crowder, Micah McFadden, Cam Brown, Austin Calletro and Carter Coughlin. He is a good player. Not a great one, but a good one. It was not part of the future. It was not what this training device wanted. So the two sides move a year earlier than we expected.

That might clear the way for McFadden to play more. Perhaps Dane Belton or Tony Jefferson will get into the field more in sub-packs. Let’s just see how this is done.

I honestly don’t think it will end up changing all that much for the 2022 Giants.

It’s an eye test

The theme of what could make up a good season for the 2022 Giants always comes up. I don’t think you can put a number on it, or write a specific phrase “that’s exactly going to be a good season”.

Well, sure, win in Energy It will be fine. So make the playoffs will succeed. But, let’s walk before we run here.

It is about efficiency. It comes down to figuring out if the giants have building blocks. It’s about feeling like the Giants are competing, as if they are defying opponents and trying to win, rather than striving for the least embarrassing outcome.

It’s about how you feel when you watch this team play. Are you proud of this effort? Do they make you hope they are on their way to a better future? Or, do they leave you embarrassed to be a fan of the giants?

We’ve been cheated before. Three times in a row, in fact. The early years of Ben McAdoo, Pat Shurmore and Joe Judge left us hopeful that things will get better. They weren’t.

Let’s hope we don’t get fooled again.

25 is the magic number

Pre-season stats are meaningless. If they aren’t, Alex Bachman, who led the NFL with 19 pre-season receptions, would be a full-scale starter for the Giants rather than a free agent without an employer. For that matter, Davis Webb will be the starting quarterback.

However, there is one pre-season number that the Giants have collected that I find interesting enough to mention. The Giants scored 25.0 points per game. For this reason, he finished fifth in the league in pre-season scoring.

Bring it because 25.0 is an interesting number. why? Last season , Minnesota Vikings It ranked thirteenth in the league, scoring exactly 25.0 points per game. In 2020, . was released Atlanta Falcons It ranked 16th, exactly center of the league, averaging 24.8 points per game.

The Giants averaged 17.5 points per game in 2020 and just 15.2 last season, and are 31st in the league in both seasons. I don’t think anyone should expect miracles in the first year of Brian Dabol-Mike Kafka’s offensive, but if the Giants could get 25 points per game – the league average – I think that would make them more competitive in a lot of times. times.

TAKE OVER in Saquon

The Last Extra/Under Number I’ve Seen From Draft Kings in 2022 Total yards from melee For Sacon Barkley it was 1300.5. If I was a betting guy – and I certainly am not – I think I would definitely lose a few bucks on ‘Done’.

Barkley has looked healthier and more explosive this summer than at any time since his 2019 high ankle sprain. He has also been quite defiant, on multiple occasions, in the face of those who doubt his ability or Criticize his running style.

The big question, of course, is health. Barkley hasn’t played a full injury-free season since 2018. If he can do that in 2022, I think 1,300 total yards (76.4 per game) is pretty much a lock for Barkley. He averaged 65.8 last season with a miserable offensive streak, an unexpected offense and played six games behind non-league midfielders. I totally think Brian Dabol and Mike Kafka would benefit from Barkley more than that.

Therefore, you will not often get betting advice from your really advice. This, however, is my idea about Barkley’s bet.

demolition games

Giants defensive player Dexter Lawrence told me during training camp that stats don’t matter, he just wants to ruin matches.

I think Lawrence will do a lot of that in 2022.

If you ask me for one “escape” candidate for the Giants, I’ll give you Lawrence. The way I brought up Lawrence’s discussion is that he was good during his first three seasons, but he wasn’t great.

I think there’s another level Lawrence can reach, and I feel good about his chances of getting there this season. He is now taught by Andre Patterson, one of the best defensive line coaches in the business. Lawrence had a dominant summer. I loved his attitude when I had the opportunity to sit down with him last month.

If he stays healthy, the signs are that this is Lawrence’s best season yet.

from the wreck

The injury to Shane Lemieux has been raising the question of who will be the Giants’ left-hander to start the season. Of course, the answer became even more confusing when Joshua Izudo and Ben Bradison, the two most likely alternatives, both suffered injuries of their own.

The Giants found the desire of veterans Jamil Douglas and Max Garcia, which resulted in Davey Hamilton having two first-team representatives in that spot during the final two weeks of pre-season.

The Giants recently added Jack Anderson (Philadelphia Eaglesand Tyre PhillipsBaltimore Ravens) via waiver claims.

In the short term, this is a mess. Among it all, though, whether it was Lemieux or someone else I think the Giants would end up just fine in this place.

To be honest, I’m more concerned in the long run about the position. John Feliciano is a short term solution.

Who calls the plays?

Head coach Brian Daboll has allowed offensive coordinator Mike Kafka to do this throughout the spring, training camp and pre-season. However, Daboll has not yet committed to whether he will call up offensive play himself or allow Kafka to do so during the regular season.

General Manager Joe Shuen said he’d prefer not to call the coach for the plays, but the selection would be from Daboll. The head coach was the caller during layovers in Buffalo, Miami, Kansas City and Cleveland. His work in Buffalo is a big part of what gave him this opportunity with the Giants.

I think Daboll would have a hard time abdicating this responsibility, although I also think Kafka would/will do an excellent job.

I’m not sure what Daboll will ultimately decide, but I’m interested in learning the answer.

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