Manning: ‘I feel like I am in good shape and have all the things I need to go out there and play well’

Giants quarterback Eli Manning will return for his 16th season with the team. Over the years, Manning has had a lot of success in New York, including two Super Bowl titles. However, that was then; this is now. The past two seasons, Manning has struggled, and the Giants have struggled. Those struggles led to the Giants drafting QB Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

If all goes well for the Giants, Jones does not see the field in 2019. If all goes bad, expect to see a lot of Jones next season.

Today, Manning addressed the media as the Giants begin OTAs.

Here is what he had to say:

Q: How’s it feel to be back?

Manning: It feels good. I have been back for a month or so. It feels good to get back on the field and have some live action. The defense is running around and everything looks good on air, but then you get a defense, you have to move around and you get a live rush. People are running around and you have to get back in the flow of things, make decisions and when things aren’t perfect, you have to keep working on them. That is the way it should be.

Q: What is your first impression of Daniel Jones?

Manning:: He throws it well. Is a good kid and is trying to pick up the offense. He has only been here for two weeks. There is a lot going on right now. He is trying to learn the offense, footwork and protections. We have all been there and been rookies that have learned it. He has the right attitude.

Q: Can you take us through your draft night?

Manning:: Not too exciting. I just watched it. Got the word from Mr. Gettleman and coach Shurmur that they were going to draft him.

Q: What did you think?

Manning:: You knew it was a possibility that they were going to take a quarterback.

Q: Do you feel a different type of pressure to protect your job?

Manning:: No. I think there is always an urgency to win. Your job is to go out there and find ways to get that accomplished. Play good football and be a good leader and teammate. I don’t think anything changes.

Q: How much added responsibility is there to do all of those things and also mentor Daniel Jones along?

Manning:: No added responsibility. The quarterback room is the same no matter who is in it. You are always willing to help and talk football. Teach the guys that are willing to be helped. Everyday we are going to sit there and watch film and practice with the coaches and a lot of times just with the quarterbacks before the coaches get in there. You don’t just watch your own reps, you go through everyone’s reps. You talk about the decisions and protections that could’ve been done better and what it is like to make decisions. I think it is always everyone helping everyone out in the room.

Q: How much do you view yourself as a mentor?

Manning: I think I have been doing that for the last 11 or 12 years. I don’t know exactly when you become a mentor, but when you’ve been in the league longer than any other guy in the room, you should be a mentor in that sense where you know a little bit more. Again, it is not necessarily your job to do it. You are in the quarterback room with all the other quarterbacks and you are talking, everyone is mentoring everyone. If you aren’t in there, then you can’t be a mentor or mentored. It is a little bit on Daniel to be in there asking questions and everyone willing to help out in those situations.

Q: Did you know more about Daniel through coach Cutcliffe?

Manning: I think it’s the same with anyone. All the quarterbacks, it is important to have a good relationship with those guys. I feel like I have with all the guys I have been with in the past. I am willing to help out and am willing to talk football. A lot of it is just helping out and going over things. Just answering questions. It helps me. If you can teach it, you know it. If someone is asking why you make calls and why you make a read and you can explain it, talk x’s and o’s, then you know it and you can go out there and perform.

Q: What exactly did coach Cutcliffe say?

Manning: I haven’t talked to him specifically since Daniel has been drafted, but just over the years, I have been around Daniel and have been going to Duke. I have been around him and saw him. Watched their games over the years and have become a Duke fan because of Coach Cutt. I have seen him play well.

Q: There have been comparisons with him to you and your brother. Do you see any of that?

Manning: It is tough to say. I am not looking to compare him to Peyton or myself. He obviously played in a very similar offense to what me and Peyton played in. He has been here two weeks. Today is the first practice against the defense, so there is a lot to learn.

Q: How do you feel?

Manning: I feel great. Worked hard this offseason to stay in shape and continued to work on trying to stay young, mobile, strong and healthy. I feel like I am in good shape and have all the things I need to go out there and play well.

Q: What is the offense like without Odell?

Manning: Everyone has to go out and do their jobs. It doesn’t change. Last two years we played a decent number of games without him. End of last year, we played the last four or five games without him. We just got a lot of playmakers. Everyone has to do your job, make plays, win matchups and we will be fine.

Q: How much longer do you want to play?

Manning: I haven’t thought about it. I want to play this year.

Q: You haven’t thought about that?

Manning: I don’t think I have ever put a timeframe on how long. You will know when it is time to stop based off the circumstances and how your body is feeling.

Q: Do you approach the season that you are the quarterback of the New York Giants and you want to stay that as long as possible?

Manning: I don’t know if that is exactly it. I understand that I am the quarterback on the Giants and it is my responsibility to go out there and do my job to the best of my ability. I want to be in this position and be the quarterback. I want to go win games and have a great year.

Q: How do you get past the awkwardness and conflict that comes with knowing the team drafted a guy that is looking to be the starting quarterback?

Manning: No awkwardness in our room.

Q: How do you avoid that?

Manning: Don’t create it. It is not there. Don’t make something that is not there. It doesn’t bother me. It is not about being nervous or worried. I am treating it the same that it has been the last 15 years. Whoever is in the quarterback room, talk football. If someone is confused about something or not sure about something, we have a great communication system and a relationship.

Q: Is there any dynamic to the team bringing in a young guy that will make you try harder?

Manning: I don’t think so. I feel like I have always tried hard and worked hard. I have done everything possible to be in a position to be successful. I don’t think this has changed that. I understand the circumstances that I am in and sure, I need to play well and play well early. Just do my job. You want to do that. You have to be careful not to press and do too much when things aren’t there and force things. Just have to play to the best of my ability and make good decisions. Lead this team to wins.

Q: Will it help being in the second year of this offense?

Manning: Definitely. Guys get lined up and are playing fast. They know what to do. They know plays, adjustments and different things. Just a few new spots here and there at receiver or offensive line. For the most part, a lot of the base guys are returning. They have that second year and will be able to play fast. It is just not thinking as much early on. It should help out on both sides of the ball.

Q: How do you feel about the offensive line?

Manning: Feel good about that group. They have worked hard and we have added a few pieces that have worked. They will do their part and their job very well. It should help everyone else also.


Giants sign OT Mike Remmers

Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur reached into their recent past to find the player who many believe will become their final starting offensive lineman.

Mike Remmers, who has started all 71 regular-season and postseason games in which he played the previous five seasons, has signed with the Giants, the team announced today. He is the favorite to open the 2019 season as first-team right tackle.

Remmers, 6-5 and 310 pounds, spent the previous two years with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he started all 16 games last season at right guard. The previous season, when Shurmur was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Remmers played three different positions; he started 10 games at right tackle before switching to right guard in the regular-season finale, before starting his only two games at left guard in the postseason, including the NFC Championship Game.

Before moving to Minnesota, Remmers played three seasons for the Carolina Panthers when Gettleman was the team’s general manager. He started all 42 games in which he appeared for Carolina, including Super Bowl 50, and twice played in every game.

Remmers, 30, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Denver in 2012. After a stint on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad, Remmers joined the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 9, 2013. He played in one game that season, the only contest in his career in which he did not start.

Remmers was acquired off waivers by Minnesota on Nov. 25, 2013. After spending time on the practice squads of the Vikings and the Rams, he was signed by the Panthers on Oct. 28, 2014. Remmers started the season’s final seven games, including two in the postseason, before starting every game for Carolina in 2015-16. He signed as a free agent with the Vikings on March 10, 2017.

The breakdown of Remmers’ 64 regular-season starts include 34 at right tackle, 17 at right guard, and 13 at left guard. In the postseason, he has five starts at right tackle and two at left guard.

Remmers is the second veteran offensive lineman acquired by the Giants this offseason. Right guard Kevin Zeitler arrived via trade from the Cleveland Browns.

Zeitler and Remmers are expected to line up next to each other on the right side, though Chad Wheeler will compete to keep the tackle job he held for the season’s final 14 games last year. They will team with left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Will Hernandez and either Jon Halapio or Spencer Pulley at center on an offensive line that has been completely re-staffed since Gettleman was hired less than 17 months ago.

*The Giants also signed defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun, who attended the team’s recent rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Akinmoladun, a 6-3 and 283-pounder from Nebraska, started all 37 games at defensive end from 2016-18. He finished his Husker career with 106 tackles and 12 sacks.

*The Giants waived kicker Joey Slye of Virginia Tech, whom they signed last week after the rookie minicamp.

*The Giants waived/injured rookie defensive back Jacob Thienemen, who hurt his knee in the rookie minicamp.  Thienemen, from Purdue, was signed on May 2.

Article courtesy of Mike Eisen/NY Giants

McDermott on Derek Anderson: ‘He brought a lot of wisdom to our team and the quarterback room’

After 14 seasons in the NFL, quarterback Derek Anderson has decided to call it quits. The 35-year-old Anderson two games for the Bills in 2018. He was 0-2 in those two starts. Anderson was signed by the Bills in October to replace the injured Josh Allen.

In December, Anderson signed a one-year contract extension with Buffalo and was expected to play in 2019, but he decided to retire, and according to Bills head coach, Sean McDermott, the team was not surprised.

“Yeah, I would say we knew about it as we started our off-season program. Probably a week or two before,” McDermott said about Anderson this week. “At the end of the day, we respect Derek’s decision. He’s been nothing but a joy to work with, all the way back to my time in Carolina and he provided a lot of value last year, not only on the field but off the field as well. He brought a lot of wisdom to our team and the quarterback room, in particular.”

Anderson best year was 2007 when he started 15 games for the Browns and made the Pro Bowl. In that season, Anderson had career-highs in passing yards and touchdown passes.

Expect Matt Barkley, who signed a two-year extension with Buffalo last season, to be the backup in Buffalo next season.

Jaguars make roster moves after rookie minicamp

Following the the team’s annual rookie minicamp, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed OL Jordan Agasiva, TE Michael Colubiale, TE Charles Jones, CB Jocquez Kalili and S Joshua Moon. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived TE Carson Meier, CB Marquez Sanford and WR Papi White. The Jaguars also waived/injured DB Cody Brown and DT Roderick Young, so they will revert to the team’s reserve/injured list if they go unclaimed on waivers. The Jaguars currently have 90 players on their offseason roster.

Agasiva, 6-3, 320, attended the University of Utah for two seasons and started 24 games at RG, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2018 after starting all 14 games. He previously attended Pima Community College and was a two-time first-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference selection.

Colubiale, 6-1, 223, attended UCF and appeared in 38 career games. As a senior in 2018, he appeared in 13 games with seven starts and caught 21 passes for 278 yards and three TDs. In 2017, Colubiale appeared in all 13 games and caught 10 passes for 221 yards and one TD. During the 2016 season, he appeared in 12 games and caught two passes for 17 yards.

Jones, 6-4, 255, attended Tulane and appeared in 40 games (22 starts), totaling 40 receptions for 268 yards and five TDs. As a senior in 2018, he hauled in 10 passes for 53 yards and played a key role in the run-game, helping Tulane rush for 218.2 yards per game, which ranked 23rd in the FBS. Jones started 10 games for the Green Wave during his junior season and recorded 13 receptions for 84 yards and two TDs.  Jones’ cousin, Jacoby Jones, played in the NFL for the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens.

Kalili, 5-11, 185, attended UNLV from 2017-18 after spending two years at Mesa Community College in Arizona. While with the Rebels, Kalili appeared in 18 games, totaling 64 tackles, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and one INT. As a senior in 2018, he posted 49 tackles, including a season-high eight tackles in the season opener at Southern California.

Moon, 6-0, 200, attended Georgia State and played in 38 games for the Eagles, totaling 192 tackles, 11 passes defended, five INTs and two forced fumbles. He started all 12 games for the Eagles as a senior in 2018 and recorded a team-leading 71 tackles and three passes defensed. As a junior in 2017, he played in 10 games (seven starts) and finished third on the team with 47 tackles, two INTs and one fumble recovery.

Marrone: ‘I really believe in my heart that Telvin(Smith) knows that we are here to support him in any which way’

On Thursday, Jaguars LB Telvin Smith announced that he is stepping away from the game of football for the 2019 season. Smith made the announcement on his Instagram account.

Smith, 28, made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and was one the team’s top defensive players. Smith skipped Jacksonville’s voluntary offseason workouts in April. He was scheduled to make $9.75 million in 2019.

Today,  Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed the Smith situation, and according to Marrone, Jacksonville found out Smith was not coming back when the world found out.

Here is what he had to say at the Jaguars’ Rookie Minicamp:

(Opening statement)

Marrone: “I’ll go ahead and address the situation yesterday in regard to Telvin Smith Sr. and what he tweeted out. I have not spoken to him. You found out the same information that I found out at the same time that I found out. I think that for me, I kind of put football to the side. I think for me, that is an afterthought right now in concern with Telvin. I really believe in my heart that Telvin knows that we are here to support him in any which way. Not just myself, the coaches, the organization, his teammates … I’m sure he is aware of that and if all we can do is make sure we pray and he knows that if he needs some support then obviously we are here for him. That is No. 1. No. 2, as a coach, I think that you are prepared for things. You have to be ready for everything – injuries, retirements, stepping away – whatever it may be.

(On if he had any idea that Telvin Smith Sr. was struggling with anything)

Marrone: “No. Telvin’s a strong man. He feels like a lot of guys on this team that can handle their situations. We just want to make sure that everyone knows we are there to support them. If they reach out and hopefully each player does – not just Telvin – that they don’t have to do anything alone. We are here for him.”

(On why he feels that Telvin Smith doesn’t feel comfortable reaching out)

Marrone: “You would have to ask him. I don’t know.”

(On if he is concerned for Telvin Smith’s well-being) “Yes, I mean in the beginning, the first thing I said was that you have to take football and put it to the side. It’s not about football. It’s about making sure that he’s OK just as a person and being a good human being. That is the part that we want to be able to help him with, but obviously we respect his decision, and I know in my heart that he knows not only us as coaches, but his teammates and the organization – we are here to support him in any which way we can.”

(On if he tried to have someone get a hold of Telvin Smith)

Marrone: “We just tried to make contact. That’s all we tried to do.”

(On if he’s made contact with Telvin Smith’s agent)

Marrone: “I have not talked to his agent, no. I don’t know that.”

(On if he plans to work Josh Allen at linebacker and if Telvin Smith’s announcement changes how the team will use Allen this weekend)

Marrone: “We have to look.  You look at Josh and you are looking at a 6 feet 4 inches and a half tall and a 265 pound athlete. There is a lot of things we can do. We just got him here. Obviously, he’ll play up, he’ll play down. We will see how he best fits our team as we go through and not try to put too much on his plate and try to see what he can do. Right now, today when he walked out there, he was impressive. It is impressive his moving skills for a big man. We’ll see how that goes, but to answer your question, no. We have a plan for him.”

(On if he had an idea that the team may not have Telvin Smith)

Marrone: “Anytime you don’t have communication, you really don’t know. You have to be prepared in this profession for anything. I think being a head coach for this long, things come up that you don’t expect and you kind of learn early on your first year probably when you’re a head coach that you have to expect everything. I just look at it as more like I said before – my immediate reaction is that the football side of it is out. What can we do to make sure that we are here to support and help the player?”

(On the process if Telvin Smith was to come to him in July or August wanting to play football)

Marrone: “I’m just hoping that if he needs me, I’m here. That is all that I know. As far as the process and everything, I don’t know. I’ve never been through this.”

(On if the door would be open for Telvin Smith to rejoin the team)

Marrone: “Hopefully we have some communication before that. And if we do, yes. That would be great.”

Jaguars sign rookie QB Gardner Minshew

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed 2019 sixth-round draft pick QB Gardner Minshew to his NFL rookie contract, the club announced today.

“I think all of the past experiences have prepared me for this moment and this opportunity and I’m just looking forward to it,” Minshew said.

Minshew, 6-1, 225, played at Washington State in 2018 after playing for East Carolina in 2016 and 2017. He had a prolific senior campaign at Washington State, finishing fifth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting after being named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and throwing for 4,779 yards and 38 TDs.

Minshew’s 367.6 passing yards per game and 468 completions both led the FBS and he was the only player in the NCAA to record six 400-yard passing games and 11 300-yard passing games. Prior to playing for East Carolina from 2016-17, Minshew was a national champion at Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2015.

Jaguars announce rookie minicamp participation list

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host 62 players, including seven drafted rookies, 21 undrafted rookie free agents, five first-year players, one 2018 draft-eligible rookie and 28 workout players during the team’s rookie minicamp, which runs tomorrow through Sunday (May 10-12) at TIAA Bank Field

The club’s five first-year players are:

Christian Kuntz LS 6-1 227 Duquesne
Tanner Lee QB 6-4 217 Nebraska
KC McDermott OL 6-5 311 Miami (Fla.)
Alex McGough QB 6-3 214 Florida International
Pharoah McKever TE 6-6 260 Florida International

The club’s one 2018 draft-eligible rookie:

Cody Brown DB 6-2 207 Arkansas State

The club’s seven draft picks are:

Round 1, 7th Josh Allen DE/LB 6-5 262 Kentucky
Round 2, 35th Jawaan Taylor OL 6-5 312 Florida
Round 3, 69th Josh Oliver TE 6-5 249 San José State
Round 3, 98th Quincy Williams LB 5-11 225 Murray State
Round 5, 140th RyQuell Armstead RB 5-11 220 Temple
Round 6, 178th Gardner Minshew QB 6-1 225 Washington State
Round 7, 235th Dontavius Russell DL 6-3 320 Auburn

The club’s 21 undrafted rookie free agents are:

Shane Bowman DE 6-4 290 Washington
Tyre Brady WR 6-3 211 Marshall
Khairi Clark DT 6-1 309 Florida
Donnell Greene OL 6-5 335 Minnesota
Joe Giles-Harris LB 6-2 234 Duke
Tae Hayes CB 5-9 188 Appalachian State
Raphael Leonard WR 6-2 197 Southern Illinois
Carson Meier TE 6-5 254 Oklahoma
Picasso Nelson Jr. CB 5-10 193 Southern Mississippi
Marquez Sanford CB 5-10 189 Murray State
Saivion Smith CB 6-1 199 Alabama
Dredrick Snelson WR 5-11 189 UCF
Bunchy Stallings OG 6-2 324 Kentucky
Connor Strachan LB 6-0 230 Boston College
Michael Walker WR 5-11 194 Boston College
Brandon Watson CB 5-11 198 Michigan
Papi White WR 5-8 188 Ohio
Andrew Williams DT 6-4 294 Auburn
Andrew Wingard S 6-0 209 Wyoming
Zedrick Woods S 5-11 205 Ole Miss
Roderick Young DT 6-1 307 North Texas

The club’s 28 tryout participants are:

Jordan Agasiva OL 6-3 320 Utah
Darren Andrews WR 5-10 181 UCLA
DeAndre Applin S 6-1 210 Georgia State
Ka’John Armstrong OL 6-4 294 Eastern Michigan
Jesse Burkett* OL 6-4 300 Stanford
Kyle Chung^ OL 6-3 310 Virginia Tech
Michael Colubiale# TE 6-1 223 Central Florida
Evan Croutch LB 6-0 227 Ohio
Keonatye Garner DL 6-4 285 Louisiana Tech
Malik Hammer DE 6-4 280 Jackson State
Obi Iheoma LB 6-2 245 Northwestern State
Ty Isaac RB 6-3 228 Michigan
Charles Jones II TE 6-4 255 Tulane
Jocquez Kalili CB 5-11 185 Nevada-Las Vegas
Daniel Lacamera K 6-4 230 Texas A&M
Anthony Manzo-Lewis FB 6-0 256 Albany
Taj McGowen RB 6-1 210 Central Florida
Devin Mondie OL 6-5 302 Arkansas State
Joshua Moon S 6-0 200 Georgia Southern
Trevor Morris LB 6-1 232 Rutgers
Flynn Nagel WR 5-11 195 Northwestern
Chris Register DE 6-3 260 Clemson
Michael Rodriguez OL 6-6 250 Louisiana Tech
Jonas Schenderlein K 6-1 185 Concordia
Michael Shaw LB 6-4 230 Georgia State
Hunter Snyder DE 6-6 270 Florida Atlantic
Kalani Vakameilalo DT 6-3 322 Oregon State
Joe Zema P 6-2 210 University of the Incarnate Word

Giants sign RB Rod Smith

Article courtesy of Michael Eisen:

The Giants today signed an intriguing candidate to compete for the backup running back job behind reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley.

Rod Smith, who spent most of the previous four seasons with NFC East rival Dallas, scored two touchdowns in a game against the Giants in 2017. He joins a backfield that is led by Barkley and includes former draft choices Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins, 2018 acquisition Eli Penny, and undrafted free agents Robert Martin and Jon Hilliman.

Smith, 6-3 and 235 pounds, has played in 49 regular-season games – 48 of them for the Cowboys, who acquired him off waivers in 2015 after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks. He started one game in each of the previous two seasons. His career totals include 101 rushing attempts for 364 yards (3.6-yard avg.) and five touchdowns with a long run of 45 yards, and 30 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown – an 81-yarder vs. the Giants in MetLife Stadium on Dec. 10, 2017.

Last year, Smith played in all 16 games for the first time in his four NFL seasons. He started the season finale against the Giants when the Cowboys rested NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott. He ran 12 times for 35 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and caught two passes for 14 yards. His season totals included 44 carries for 127 yards, and nine catches for 60 yards. Smith also played in both of Dallas’ postseason games and gained one yard on his only rushing attempt.

Smith’s most productive season was in 2017. He finished with career-high totals of 55 carries, 232 yards and four touchdowns, plus 19 catches for 202 yards. Smith’s best game was the 30-10 victory against the Giants. He scored Dallas’ final two touchdowns on a 15-yard run and the 81-yard reception, and he ran for 47 yards on six carries and had team and career-high totals of five catches for 113 yards.

In five career games against the Giants, Smith has 82 rushing yards on 18 carries (4.6-yard avg.) and two touchdowns, and seven receptions for 127 yards.

Smith entered the NFL in 2015 out of Ohio State as a rookie free agent with the Seahawks. After an early-season stint on the practice squad, Smith made his NFL debut on Oct. 11 at Cincinnati. He gained five yards on two carries and was cut two days later. Dallas claimed him and he played in 10 games that season and seven the following year without ever carrying the ball. Smith did have a four-yard reception in 2016. The Cowboys began integrating him in the offense in 2017.

Barkley, the second overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, set Giants rookie records last season with 1,307 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, and he tied another mark with 91 receptions.

Behind him, the Giants are looking to strengthen their depth. Gallman, who is entering his third season, rushed for 176 yards on 51 carries and caught 14 passes last year. Perkins missed the entire 2018 season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in an individual workout in the spring. A fifth-round draft choice in 2016, he rushed for 546 yards and had 23 receptions in his first two years. Penny was signed off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad last Sept. 19 and played in 14 games with three starts for the Giants. He had seven carries for 25 yards and eight catches for 50 yards, plus two special teams tackles.

Martin spent the entire 2018 season on the Giants’ practice squad. Hilliman, who is also a Rutgers product, was signed last week.

Giants’ Jones on the possibility of Zion Williamson coming to NY: ‘That would be a cool deal’

The NBA Draft Lottery is May 14, and at this point, teams are salivating at the opportunity to take former Duke star, Zion Williamson, and based on what we have seen during his time at Duke, Williamson has the potential to be the next big thing.

The Knicks, Suns, and Cavaliers have the best opportunity to get Williamson. All three teams have a 14% chance to get the number one overall pick. Wherever he goes, Williamson is going to be box office. He easily was the most popular player in college basketball last season.

One guy who would love for Williamson to go to New York is the newest Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who played his college ball at Duke and was the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I have gotten to know him a little bit,” Jones said on Friday after Giants Rookie Minicamp. “We talked a little bit about that actually this week. That would be a cool deal. We will see what happens. He is a special guy.”

If Williamson goes to the Knicks, man, that would give that city and franchise a big boost, and quite frankly, it’s probably good for the NBA. I always believe that the Knicks being right is great for the NBA, and Williamson to New York could help the Knicks become relevant again. Plus, if all goes well, Jones and Williamson could be the new faces of New York City sports, which would be a great thing for fans in the “Big Apple.”

Vikings sign eight selections from 2019 NFL Draft

 The Minnesota Vikings have announced the following roster moves:


PLAYER                      POS.       RD./SELECTION                        COLLEGE

Irv Smith Jr…………………. TE………………… 2nd/50th……………………… Alabama

Alexander Mattison……… RB………………. 3rd/102nd………………….. Boise State

Dru Samia……………………. G……………….. 4th/114th…………………… Oklahoma

Cameron Smith…………… LB………………. 5th/162nd………. Southern California

Marcus Epps…………………. S……………….. 6th/191st…………………….. Wyoming

Olisaemeka Udoh……….. OT……………….. 6th/193rd……………………………. Elon

Dillon Mitchell…………….. WR……………….. 7th/239th……………………….. Oregon

Olabisi Johnson………….. WR……………….. 7th/247th…………….. Colorado State