Cleveland is rocking right now. They seem to have their quarterback of the future in Baker Mayfield, and not only does Mayfield have Jarvis Landry to throw to but he also has Odell Beckham Jr., who was acquired in a trade with the New York Giants last week.
There has not been this much excitement in Cleveland since LeBron James won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016, and If all goes as planned, maybe Cleveland could celebrate another title soon.
One of the players sent to New York in the trade for Odell Beckham, G Kevin Zeitler, believes that fun has just begun in Cleveland.
“You look at what they have done these last couple of weeks; it’s definitely an exciting time in Cleveland,” Zeitler said on a conference call on Monday. “I think the guys there are going to have a very good time this next year. Like I said, there’s nothing I can do about it. They traded, and the Giants wanted me. I’m excited to be here, and we are going to do everything we can to get the same amount of buzz in New York.”
Zeitler, who spent two seasons in Cleveland after signing a five-year, $60 million contract with the Browns in 2017, endured so much losing in Cleveland, including 0-16 in 2017, so you have to feel for Zeitler, but football is a business, and in business, things happen.
The New York Giants have overhauled their roster this offseason. Gone are three of the team’s best players in 2018: Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins, and Olivier Vernon. Some might say this team is rebuilding, but according to the newest Giant, safety Antoine Bethea, who signed with the team after two seasons in Arizona, the Giants are not rebuilding.
“No, it’s not a rebuilding team,” Bethea said at a press conference today. “At the end of the day, we have to go out and play on Sundays. Regardless of the names you have on paper, you still have to go out there and perform. You get a good nucleus, some good guys that can work together. Obviously, the league year just started. I know upstairs, they’re doing what they need to do to build a great team. As players, our job is to come out there and put our best performance, our best foot forward and put the best product we can put on the field.”
Obviously, after the moves the Giants have made thus far in the offseason, many Giants fans are unhappy, but the 13-year-old veteran knows that the business of football can be very tricky.
“I’ve been in this league a long time, and I’ve seen things go on,” Bethea said. “It’s just a part of the business. I know some Giants fans might not like it, but it’s just a part of the business, and we have to keep going.”
It should be interesting to see what the 2019 Giants look like when the season starts. On paper, it seems like a rebuild. However, we’ll have to see the other moves this team makes in the offseason to get a definite answer on whether the Giants are looking to win now or later.
The New York Giants are remaking their roster as we speak. The Giants sent star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns for safety Jabrill Peppers, guard Kevin Zeitler and two draft choices(2019 1st, 3rd round picks).
The deal is contingent on the players passing physicals with their new teams, which are expected to be completed no later than Monday.
The Giants have lost a lot of talent off their roster in the last few days. In addition to trading Vernon and Beckham to Cleveland, the Giants also lost Pro-Bowl safety Landon Collins, who signed with the Washington Redskins. At this point, it seems the Giants are in rebuild mode.
However, according to their GM Dave Gettleman, the Giants can build a quality roster and win at the same time.
“You can win while you build a roster,” Gettleman said. “We do have a plan, and this is a part of it.”
It’s hard to decipher what the Giants’ plan is moving forward. They still need a QB because the 38-year-old Eli Manning is near the end of his career. The Giants will probably grab a QB in the draft(Giants have 6th overall pick), which could be Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. In the NFL, it’s all about getting a QB, and if the Giants can grab a QB in the draft that they like, then all will be better in New York. However, as of now, Giants fans are still a little miffed about the direction of this team.
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey is a big-time player, and to some, he might be the best corner in football, which makes his matchup against one best wide receivers in football, Odell Beckham Jr. very exciting as the Jaguars travel to MetLife Stadium to battle the New York Giants on Sunday.
Recently, Ramsey had this to say about going up against Beckham on his UNINTERRUPTED series Twentyland.
“Odell, he has a lot to prove in that first game,” Ramsey said. “But, I would say I do too. I don’t think he has anything at stake, to be honest. He just got paid. He’s going to go out there, be loose, and play how he plays. For me on the other hand, it’s, quote on quote, a bigger game for me.”
Beckham signed a five-year $95 million extension with the Giants last month.
While Ramsey is excited to go up against Beckham, he knows that this game is just not about him versus Beckham.
“I am looking forward to it. I am looking forward to beginning the season with the whole team.” Ramsey told the media on Thursday. “A lot of people try to make it me and him specifically. That is not what it is about. Football is a team game. It is going to be 11 guys out there for us, 11 guys out there for them. We are going to have to come together and do what we have to do to try to get a win. I will try to do my part.”
Ramsey knows that Beckham will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that he likes.
“He(Beckham) has an all-around game in my opinion. [He is] viewed as one of the top in the game by everyone I believe,” Ramsey said. “He backs it up when he goes out there and plays. He is a premier player for their team, so of course that is a fun matchup. That is a fun challenge that I like.”
Should be a great matchup, and an excellent opportunity for both guys to show that they’re one of the best at their respective positions.
Last year was a struggle for the New York Giants. The team finished the season at 3-13, which was the second-worst record in football. One reason for those struggles was the injury to their star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The three-time Pro Bowler missed 12 games last season with a fractured left ankle.
Beckham, who is one of the best wide receivers in football, is looking for a new contract. The 25-year-old is reportedly looking to be one of highest paid players in the NFL. While Beckham is a very talented player, he can be very emotional at times, which has hurt the team at points in his career. However, if Beckham continues to put up big-time numbers, he will get paid.
One man who knows what it is like to play and have success in New York is former Giants wide receiver Stephen Baker. The “Touchdown Maker” thinks that Beckham is talented, but would like to see him tone it down in 2018:
“It’s time to grow up; you(Beckham) can be the best player in the NFL,” Baker recently told goforitradio.com at the 4th annual Heart of a Legend Celebrity Golf weekend. “We don’t need all these antics; it’s a little bit over the edge. I’m hoping to see a more reserved and more professional Beckham this year.”
Baker talks more about Beckham and his contract situation below.
Take a listen:
The NFL will premiere its new TV commercial starring Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. after the third quarter of Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4. While the world is focused on two teams in the big game, the spot sheds light on what the other 30 teams are up to by providing an inside look at one team: the New York Giants.
The commercial is set in the Giants practice facility where Manning and Beckham Jr. are practicing passing routes. They ultimately celebrate a touchdown by recreating the iconic dance scene from the 1987 hit movie “Dirty Dancing,” which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, to the theme song “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
Both players are joined on-the-field by their offensive linemen – Brett Jones, John Greco, Chad Wheeler, D.J. Fluker, and John Jerry – who serve as the duo’s backup dancers. Watching from the sideline, safety Landon Collins delivers the memorable line, “Let Them Dance.”
Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons from the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hamilton,” the touchdown celebration culminates with Beckham sprinting toward Manning in slow motion as Beckham soars into the air for the perfect cinematic catch, mirroring the movie’s climactic scene. The spot ends with the tagline: “To all the touchdowns to come,” acknowledging the fun and personality that players have not only brought to their celebrations this year, but also for seasons to come.
“Celebrations were a highlight of this season, and we had so many breakout moments where players showed their creativity together,” said Dawn Hudson, NFL Chief Marking Officer. “We wanted to keep that fun going for the Super Bowl and give our fans something to smile and laugh at that was just about football and how awesome it is to be part of a team.”
The :60 spot, created by Grey New York, can be viewed below: