NFL News from 1/25 – 1/28/2018
GM David Gettleman says Giants will take best available at #2 (per New York Post)
Every comment made this time of year needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as it is commonly known as “lying season” around the NFL. However this might be a sign the Giants are seriously considering taking Saquon Barkley, if I had to guess. It has been a long time since the G-Men have had a game changing back with the abilities and potential the Barkley offers, and it is also a relatively safe pick that is sure to have an immediate impact while also pleasing the fan base.
Bills C Eric Wood forced to retire due to injury (per ESPN.com)
This is a rough blow to Buffalo’s interior offensive line, and a sad end to a 7-year career for Eric Wood. He had his ups and downs, but had been a consistent veteran piece for the Bills O-line and won’t be easy to replace.
Cardinals hire Mike McCoy as Offensive Coordinator (per NFL.com)
McCoy was dealt a terrible hand last year, as he inherited three awful QBs in Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch, and was fired midseason after a string of mediocre offensive performances. Prior to that he was Head Coach for the Chargers, getting that job from the experience he gained as Broncos OC during the Tim Tebow days and early in Peyton Manning’s time in Denver. It’s nice seeing Steve Wilks’ staff start to come together, and it’ll be interesting to see how David Johnson is utilized in McCoy’s offense. The Cardinals have no QBs under contract and it’ll be intriguing to see what they do at that position this offseason.
Eli Manning gets vote of confidence from Giants front office (per SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano)
Both GM David Gettleman and Head Coach Pat Shurmur were adamant that Eli would get the first chance to start for the Giants next season. It adds to the narrative that they may not be looking QB at the 2nd overall pick, and still think this team has a chance to compete with Manning under center next year. I think everybody on the Giants would like a do-over next year, and with a few additions in key spots they may have a chance to achieve that.
Ben Roethlisberger tells teammates he plans on playing at least 3 more seasons (per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler)
There have always been subtle retirement rumors surrounding Ben Roethlisberger, but those should be put to rest for the time being, as Big Ben plans to at least finish out his contract which expires in 2019. Finishing up his age-35 season as PFF’s #4 ranked QB, Roethlisberger clearly showed he still has something left in the tank. With former OC Todd Haley out, whose relationship with Roethlisberger was never the greatest, and the best WR in the game and possibly the best RB (if the Steelers can work something out with Bell), the veteran knows he still has a great opportunity.
Broncos expected to shop CB Aqib Talib for trade this offseason (per 9News Denver)
Despite finishing an abysmal 5-11 last season, Denver held up pretty well on the back end per usual. With Chris Harris Jr and Bradley Roby already in the fold at corner, the Broncos can afford to get rid of Aqib Talib and the last two years of the 6 year, $57 million deal he signed a few years ago. Despite that figure, Talib is sure to draw interest on the market, as his 86.2 PFF grade this past season proved that he still hasn’t lost a step despite entering his age-32 season next year.