Extra Points: Giants, Eli, Chiefs, Cowboys

To the dismay of many analysts, the Giants didn’t use the second overall pick on a franchise quarterback, instead opting to select running back Saquon Barkley, who figures to make a more immediate impact. Incumbent signal-caller Eli Manning, however, was — perhaps obviously — pleased with New York’s decision not to draft his successor. “It was kind of a vote of confidence in that they trusted in me that I can play at a high level, can win games, take us deep in playoffs and win championships and win championships still,” Manning said, per SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And you know what? I want to prove them right and I want to make them look smart and make them to have made the right decision in doing that.” The Giants are going all-in with Manning under center, and are hoping new head coach Pat Shurmur can do for Manning what he did for journeyman Case Keenum in Minnesota in 2017. Last year, the 37-year-old Manning finished just 23rd in both adjusted net yards per attempt and passer rating.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Chiefs second-round defensive end Breeland Speaks had been on Kansas City’s radar for awhile, as general manager Brett Veach explained (link via Josh Norris of Rotoworld). After initially grading Speaks as a third-round pick, the Chiefs quickly realized that not only would Speaks likely be off the board by the time their third-rounder came up, but he might not even be available when Kansas City selected at No. 54 in the second round. Therefore, the Chiefs sent a third-round pick to the Bengals for the right to move up to No. 46, and took Speaks — an Ole Miss product — there instead. Speaks, whom Veach characterized as a “high-motor, intense player,” will vie for rotational snaps in Kansas City’s 3-4 scheme behind starters Chris Jones and Allen Bailey.
  • Defensive tackle Maliek Collins isn’t a lock to return for the Cowboys‘ Week 1 contest after breaking his foot in May, and if the third-year interior defender doesn’t recover quickly, he could lose his starting job to trade acquisition Jihad Ward, according to Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News. Collins underwent a similar foot operation in January and underwent a foot procedure in the 2016 offseason as well, so he’s no stranger to lower extremity issues. Collins, who was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, is even more critical given that fellow defensive tackle David Irving is suspended for the first four games of the season. Ward, meanwhile, managed to play in only five games a season ago before being shipped to Dallas in exchange for wideout Ryan Switzer.
  • The Alliance of American Football will offer players non-guaranteed three-year, $225K contracts, which puts them in line with the XFL’s pay scale, writes Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. Additionally, AAF players will be allowed to leave their contracts in order to join the NFL, indicating a policy which differs from that of the Canadian Football League. The AAF will allocate players to rosters based on where they attended college, which should help draw fans. “If the Birmingham teams has [former Alabama running back] Trent Richardson, we think that will be something that would be a significant gate attraction,” league co-founder Bill Polian said.
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  1. tharrie0820

    Yes Bill, I’m sure people will be lined up for miles to watch Trent Richardson play

  2. All I ever read is people saying the Giants should’ve addressed Eli’s replacement this year … they happen to have two young QBs on the roster, one of whom was thought to be a first round pick last year (Webb), who btw broke all kinds of Goff’s records at Cal, and Lauletta, who some scouts think could turn out to be the best QB taken this year .. give those guys a couple years under Shurmur and the better of the two guys wins the job when Eli is ready to step aside … chances are one of them will be a good NFL QB with proper system and weapons in place, both of which Giants have .

    • bravesfan88

      I take it you HAVE to be a Giants fan..No one, other than a fan of the Giants would say that Webb was a first-round caliber QB…If scouts thought he was a first round caliber QB, he would have been taken in the first round, or at the least early on in the second.

      Facts are Webb was thought to be a mid round pick, with some talent and moldable attributes, that could end up possibly allowing him to be a decent to capable starter, BUT ONLY after sitting for two to three years..It isn’t like he fell because of off the field issues or injuries, he fell because he simply wasn’t as talented as the other QBs taken before him…

      And good lord, saying Lauletta could be the best QB of this class with talents like Darnold, Rosen, Allen, Jackson, and of course Mayday Mayfield..Not to mention Randolph, among others, c’mon seriously the best out of this QB class!?!?.. ONLY a diehard Giants fan would truly believe or even fantasize that fairy tale..

      Did make me laugh though…

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