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New York Giants NewsGiants or Jets? Which team is in a better position right nowNew Jonathan Stewart Jerseys 2019 ,169commentsIn Gang Green a little bit closer to turning the corner?EDTAlthough they play in different conferences and only see one another every four years in the regular season, there is a natural rivalry between the New York Jets and New York Giants. Which of these two franchises is in better shape right now? Let’s examine this situation for 2019 and beyond. Would you rather compete in the AFC East or NFC East? Coming off yet another Super Bowl, New England remains the team that no one wants to directly compete with. But their reign of terror has to end soon, right? Right? Meanwhile, the rest of the AFC East isn’t scary at all even though Buffalo is slowly moving in the right direction. As for the NFC counterpart, the Eagles would rank very high on the list of teams you don’t want in your division for the foreseeable future without a doubt. Somewhat surprisingly, the Cowboys have put together a very solid young nucleus and should remain a playoff contender over the next few years, while Washington doesn’t instill a ton of worry even though they were quite successful last year before Alex Smith was lost for the season. And, Washington is certainly a more formidable foe than the Dolphins without question. While it probably isn’t true for 2019, being in the AFC East is the more favorable of the two in the big picture. So that favors the Jets. Not to totally ignore ownership, the general manager situations and the head coaches, but there isn’t a huge advantage where that sits right now. There are a lot of incomplete grades currently amongst these two teams in those crucial, but hard to quantify categories. Let’s just say that most folks would probably side against the one with Dave Gettleman on it right now. As for quarterback, that must go to the Jets. Yes, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold were both drafted in similar areas of their respective back to back draft classes. But Darnold’s quarterback class of 2018 was far superior to the signal callers Jones was competing against for draft position this past year. Plus, pretty much all of us were far higher on Darnold than Jones before either played an NFL snap. Not to mention, Darnold finished his rookie season extremely strong. Sorry Giants fans, but this really isn’t close at all. What about the offensive supporting cast? The Jets added impact players like Le’Veon Bell, Kelechi Osemele and Jamison Crowder while the Giants traded an all-time impact player in Odell Beckham Jr. That being said, the Giants are still superior at running back, on the offensive line and with their slot receiving options. The Giants also have the more dangerous tight end, but please do not sleep on Chris Herndon of the Jets. The Giants lack a field stretcher like Robby Anderson, but they still are in better shape than the Jets right now with their offensive skill position players and the big men up front. The Jets biggest offseason priority very well could be their offensive line after the 2019 season concludes. This is especially true with Joe Douglas and his offensive line background taking over the Jets’ front office. How about the two defenses in New York? The Giants are putting together a young secondary that could turn into a high quality unit. They also look to be quite set on the defensive interior with a ton of power and mass. The edge pass-rush is very much a work in progress and the Giants look very vulnerable on the second level. Meanwhile, if the Jets biggest offseason need next year isn’t offensive line White Nate Solder Jerseys , it will surely be cornerback. The Giants are much better off at this crucial position in today’s NFL. The Giants also get the nod when comparing the edge defenders on both teams, mostly because their guys have more of an upside. But as it stands, neither defense is strong at all in this department. But the Jets win when comparing defenses overall and while they used extreme assets to acquire these great talents, you cannot ignore how superb this defense could be up the middle with Leonard Williams, Quinnen Williams, CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson, Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams. Not only does it not get much better than that in the league right now, but that is also a very young group. Quinnen Williams and Adams (who might be there already) could quickly become elite players at their respective positions. Every team in the NFL would love to have what the Jets have up the middle of their defense. It has to be noted that the Jets have certainly overspent to acquire some of the big name players on their roster, namely Bell and Mosley, and that can certainly set a team back before long. But the Giants went down a very similar road with Nate Solder just one year ago. As it stands right now, only five teams have more cap space than the Jets while the Giants are right in the middle of the pack with about $13.5 million of available space as we speak. But the Giants are certainly in the better shape of the two New York teams in this important category for next offseason. If Jones turns into a success story, the Giants could be a “Hot Team” going into next offseason with plenty to spend, presumably mostly on their defense. That is too big of an “If” to give the Giants the edge over the Jets right now though. The Jets are just a step or two further along the path towards respectability than the Giants are as we prepare for the 2019 season. Giants’ offensive line coach Hal Hunter lauds Zeitler as "most serious, focused, all-about-football guy I have ever been around."" New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2019Kevin Zeitler, Giants’ offensive line going “old school,” looking for new resultsNew,126commentsGiants’ offensive line coach Hal Hunter lauds Zeitler as “most serious, focused, all-about-football guy I have ever been around.”EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Kevin Zeitler, Giants’ offensive line going “old school,” looking for new resultsTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailYour probable Giants’ starting offensive line.Photo by Ed ValentineHal Hunter started coaching in 1982. He has never dealt with anyone like Kevin Zeitler.“This is year number 38 for me and he is the most serious, focused Nate Solder Jerseys 2019 , all-about-football guy I have ever been around. I thought it was Kris Dielman [formerly with the San Diego Chargers] before, but he takes it up a notch,” Hunter, the New York Giants offensive line coach, said on Thursday. “You love being around a guy like that. I worry about him wearing himself out mentally because he is so focused and so in tune. I think it starts to get contagious with the other guys. He’s a no-nonsense guy, every day he is a man on a mission, his performance is really important to him. You can see it’s kind of working through the room a little bit. He brings something really different, I’m excited to have him.”Hal Hunter: Mike Remmers looks healthyWhen the Giants signed veteran right tackle Mike Remmers in the offseason they knew he was coming off back surgery. He did not practice in OTAs or mandatory mini-camp.Remmers has practiced every day during training camp, and offensive line coach Hal Hunter has no concerns about Remmers’ back.“He looks pretty healthy. A couple guys did a couple of bull rushes on him the other day and he anchored down on them,” Hunter said on Thursday.” He looks good to me, he’s been tested more than once and he looks good.”Zeitler, acquired in exchange for Olivier Vernon, is the most important piece — the game-changer, if you will — of the Giants’ once-again revamped, veteran offensive line.Make no mistake, the Giants’ new line is not filled with great individual players. Or, at least not ones recognized with post-season individual honors. From left to right, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Jon Halapio/Spencer Pulley, Zeitler and Mike Remmers have 27 years of NFL experience. They have a combined zero, yes ZERO, Pro Bowl or All-Pro selections.Collectively, though White Kareem Martin Jerseys , the Giants are hoping the 2019 line will be the closest thing they have had to the David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie line since, well, since the Diehl-Seubert-O’Hara-Snee-McKenzie line.Diehl and Snee were the last of those players to hang up their spikes, and neither has played since 2013. Truth is, it’s probably been longer than that since the Giants have had a trustworthy — maybe even an adequate — offensive line in front of Eli Manning.The optimism for this veteran line, what I have referred to as version 2.0 of GM Dave Gettleman’s offensive line rebuild, is high. The bar, though, at least relative to the 2018 version of the Giants’ offensive line, is not.That line surrendered 47 sacks of Manning, far more than any season in his career. Manning was sacked on 7.5 percent of his drop backs, also a career-worst. Football Outsiders ranked the Giants 20th in the league in pass blocking, which means as bad as they were 12 teams were even more awful.The Giants didn’t run block well, either, which makes the brilliant year enjoyed by Saquon Barkley all that much more remarkable. Football Outsiders ranked the Giants 30th in the league in Adjusted Line Yards, meaning Barkley did much of what he did all by himself. They were 24th in the league with 20.9 percent of their runs considered “stuffed” by Football Outsiders. SB Nation ranked the Giants 30th in the league in rushing marginal efficiency, 8.4 percent below league average on the basis of expected success rate per play.How much better could the Giants’ offense be, even with Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland and questions at wide receiver, if they cut the sack number in half? If they can simply be middle of the pack in run-blocking rather than a bottom feeder?Back to Zeitler. He wasn’t part of the line last year, but he obviously knows what went down And he doesn’t want to be part of a group that lets that happen again.“The way we look at it is last year is last year. As an o-line Kareem Martin Jerseys 2019 , we know the things we need to do, we need to do everything we can to protect, we need to do everything to run block,” Zeitler said. “We’re going to have to take it this whole camp. We just got to keep getting better, keep running, keep learning our reaction times, levels, and all sorts of things. If we do our job, Eli will be able to do his job better, it’s just a simple fact right there.”Here’s more from Zeitler, and to me this next quote gives you an idea of just how much he feels the responsibility of giving Manning, Barkley and the Giants other play-makers a chance to do their jobs.“We have a lot of football under our belts, and we all have the same focus. I think we all want to be good, I think we owe it, the oline, owe it to Eli (Manning) and to Saquon (Barkley),” Zeitler said. “It’s up to us to make them the best they can be, just like they’re going to make us the best we can be. So we owe it to make sure we get everything down, learn everything we can, and help this team be the best it can (be).”When Gettleman has talked about improving the culture in the locker room, bringing in the right kind of people to lead and teach younger players, that is what he is talking about right there.Hunter said this line features “a different makeup, mentally” than the one the Giants fielded a year ago.“When you add two veteran players like Mike Remmers and Kevin Zeitler, who are two serious guys who’ve got a lot of NFL snaps Youth Kyle Lauletta Jerseys , they are a pro’s pro, they are tough, smart,” Hunter said. “All of a sudden you’ve added a lot to your group, so you’ve got some veteran players there, you get Jon Halapio back who brings a real toughness about him, you’ve got Spencer Pulley still in the mix, because I still consider him as starting caliber, and of course you’ve got Nate (Solder) on the left side who brings a lot to the group and Will (Hernandez) will be a second-year older, so you hope that sophomore year, you’d expect a lot of improvement. “I just think there’s a more serious focus, I would say more of an old-school approach.”Good health and good performance are never guaranteed, of course, and the Giants aren’t guaranteed to have an improved offensive line. The Giants have been optimistic before that they would field a representative offensive line, only to wind up with a harassed quarterback, inefficient running game and sub-par offense.This time, though, they might actually have gotten it right. Both Zeitler’s attitude, and talent as one of the best pass-blocking guards in the league in recent years, have a lot to do with that.



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