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B.J. Hill Jersey , Jonathan Stewart, roster choices among this week’s questions Let’s open up the Big Blue View mailbag and see what is on the mind of New York Giants fans with a Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys looming.Ed says: Fullback Shane Smith played only 5 snaps in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. There might be weeks where Smith sees a few more snaps than that, but I really don’t think you will see a heavy dose of Barkley running behind a fullback. He didn’t do that at Penn State. Against Jacksonville the Giants showed a willingness to use an extra offensive lineman or even a third tight end at times instead of the pure fullback. I’d expect to see them continue to mix their personnel groups.Ed says: I can’t answer that definitively. I’m not in the meeting rooms and don’t know the game plan. I do think, though, that if Jonathan Stewart is going to have a regular role in the offense that eventually it will be as a short-yardage and goal line specialist. He is a 240-pound guy who has been good in that role throughout his career. Here is a chart that gives an indication of Stewart’s success in that role over the years. As long as Wayne Gallman is healthy, it looks like he will be the guy who comes in occasionally to give Barkley a breather for a full series. Stewart, if he is really going to contribute on the field, is going to have to be the short-yardage hammer.Ed says: Coach Pat Shurmur was asked indirectly about that this week. Here is what he said:“I try to change the protections in a lot of ways. It’s not always obvious schematically. You change the protections, you provide chips. That’s just part of what we do.”In regards to DeMarcus Lawrence, who will likely line up against Ereck Flowers most of the time, Shurmur also said “the guy assigned to block him has to block him.”That doesn’t mean it’s always going to be Flowers. It doesn’t mean the Giants will leave Flowers isolated 1-on-1 vs. Lawrence, Dallas’s best pass rusher.A variety of things can be done. Backs can chip. You can leave a tight end on that side at times. You can leave a back in and have him favor that side. You can move the pocket on occasion.The Giants did all of those things at times against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will do all of them at times against Dallas. You just can’t line up Authentic Saquon Barkley Jersey , though, and protect one guy on every play. That leave you incapable of even trying to run big chunks of your offense.At times, as Shurmur said, whether it’s Flowers or the rest of the offensive linemen, these guys are just going to have to lineup and block the guy they are assigned to block. It’s what they are in the NFL for.Daniel Badillo asks: [Saquon] Barkley and [Odell] Beckham are both electric with the ball in their hands. Do you think either will have a chance to return punts going forward? If so, who would you prefer?Ed says: Punts? That has to be Beckham? Barkley has never returned punts. I have never seen him practice catching them — which isn’t easy. Beckham has done it in the past and Shurmur continues to say that he would consider using him to do so in the right situation.Both Beckham and Barkley have returned kickoffs in the past. I think there could come a time when either, or both, are options there.CTscan123 asks: Here is a hypothetical based on my nagging feeling that perhaps our new leader ship is throwing the baby out with the bathwater a bit with respect to personnel. Who, if anyone, no longer on the team do you think the Giants should have held onto from last year‘s roster? Jpp, Webb, Darkwa? Somebody els? And no copping out with “the new leader ship has the right to bring in its own players!? Who do YOU think played well enough to stick based on your observations?Ed says: First of all , when you go 3-13 and bring in a new coach and general manager of course there is going to be massive change. I think, by the way, that you are seeing that NFL teams are not exactly banging down doors to sign most of the players the Giants let go. That tells you what they think of the talent the Giants had.That said, there are a couple of players I wish were still Giants. I think Weston Richburg is a good player and, while I absolutely understand the salary cap ramifications and the fact that re-signing him for what he got in San Francisco was never going to happen, the Giants have downgraded at center. I’m not sure Patrick Omameh over D.J. Fluker is an upgrade. Also, I once again understand the monetary aspects of it and agree with the Giants’ decision to ask Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to take a pay cut, but I would feel better about their cornerback situation had they been able to work something out with him. Didn’t happen, though, and both side moved on. Evaluating draft-eligible wide receivers can be a tricky task, especially when looking at the numbers. College offenses are all over the place in terms of how often they throw, which can lead to a wild variance in production.Knowing it can be tricky to isolate a receiver’s role in a college offense , I started putting together a metric called Target Yards Added to attempt just that. It’s a fairly simple metric mathematically, taking a wide receiver’s yards per target and subtracting his team’s passing yards per attempt to get an idea of what that receiver added to the offense.Over the past few years, I’ve found Target Yards Added to be a good guideline to dig further into wide receivers. It’s not intended to be a ranking proxy — the top wide receiver in Target Yards Added doesn’t translate to being my WR1 in the draft. But it does help add some color to wide receiver production throughout the evaluation process. Let’s take a look at this year’s draft class and break down what it means.Shout out to Sports Info Solutions, whose data made this significantly easier to put together than in years past. Should also note some players like Keelan Doss of UC Davis are not included because FCS schools are still in the statistical stone age when it comes to things like targets.2019 Target Yards AddedWRSchoolTargetsYardsTarget ShareTarget Yards AddedWRSchoolTargetsYardsTarget ShareTarget Yards AddedI’ll usually separate these players into different groups to add more context into these numbers.High TYA, highly regardedWhen the scouting reports and Target Yards Added agree at the top, that’s the sweet spot. There isn’t really an overwhelming consensus WR1 in this class, but a few prospects considered for that title come out favorably. DK Metcalf only played seven games this season due to a neck injury, but he was by far the best receiver Ole Miss sent out in a class that features three Rebels receivers. Hakeem Butler’s performance is incredibly impressive with how much he added to the offense considering he was targeted on nearly a third of Iowa State’s passing attempts. Stanford’s JJ Arcega-Whiteside also rates well and should be considered much more than a tall jump-ball red zone threat. High TYA, mid-round gradeThese players are the types that usually sit atop the Target Yards Added chart. They can be productive deep threats if put in the right situation. Last year Keke Coutee, Tre’Quan Smith, and D.J. Chark fell into this category. But they’re also not sure things. Players like Josh Malone, Shelton Gibson , and Leontee Carroo have been in this range over the past few seasons — it’s a reason why Target Yards Added is just a guideline for a deeper evaluation. This year, players like Emanuel Hall and Terry McLaurin fit the mold. Hall could have been targeted more, but he missed five games in 2018 due to a groin injury. Still, Hall easily leads this group in Target Yards Added. McLaurin is the type of high-value prospect that should be targeted in the middle rounds, with big-play ability and a role on special teams.This can also be a place to find some potential diamonds in the rough. This year that would point to Xavier Ubosi of UAB. Ubosi hasn’t gotten a lot of attention yet in the draft process — he’s a senior who was not invited to the Senior Bowl, though he did play in both the NFLPA Bowl and East-West Shrine Game — but he was one of college football’s best deep threats in 2018. Per Sports Info Solutions, he had 12 catchable targets on go routes, which resulted in 10 catches for 479 yards and seven touchdowns. He also led the entire NCAA in yards per reception (23.9).Sub-1.0 TYA, questions startA sub-1 result in Target Yards Added isn’t an automatic red flag, but it should make you ask why. That should especially be the case for highly regarded prospects and even more if that prospect is viewed as a big-play or deep threat. John Ross (0.25 TYA) fell into this category two years ago. But there are also successes here too. Chris Godwin was there in 2017 and he’s carved out a role in Tampa Bay. Perhaps the best success was Tyler Boyd (0.37) in 2016, but it took him until 2018 to really break out. Marquise Brown falls in that range this season. He had impressive production, but gets knocked for being in the most high-powered offense in college football with the amount of success Oklahoma had throwing to just about everyone else in the offense.Negative TYA , stay awayWhile sub-1 Target Yards Added can start the questions, negative Target Yards Added raises an immediate red flag. It’s hard to be a productive receiver in the NFL if that receiver wasn’t adding anything to his college offense. From 2014-2018, I have Target Yards Added for 167 prospects. 18 of those prospects had negative TYA and none have yet to become productive NFL receivers. The biggest contributor of the group has been Ty Montgomery, who found his success as a running back. Dante Pettis (-0.55) could be working his way to the lone exception. He played 12 games last year and was productive on his 45 targets with the San Francisco 49ers.This year features more potential top prospects in this category than any previous season, specifically Georgia’s Riley Ridley. There’s already some debate over Ridley, who some peg as a top-5 receiver in this class. Ridley, younger brother of Calvin (2.76 TYA), has the size and physical traits many scouts will like at the position, but production that leaves nearly infinite more questions than answers.Target Yards Added is just intended to be a tool in the box of evaluating receiver prospects, but I’ve found it to be a good jumping off point to look closer at these prospects and there’s a lot more looking to be done before April.

liny195, 09.03.2019 06:50
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