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Marc Ross goes off on Giants in NFL Network appearance
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"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015 Aldrick Rosas Jerseys 2019 , Week 17New York Giants NewsMarc Ross critical of Dave Gettleman, Eli Manning and the “E-Hive”New,148commentsMarc Ross goes off on Giants in NFL Network appearanceEDTShareTweetShareShareMarc Ross critical of Dave Gettleman, Eli Manning and the “E-Hive”Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsMarc Ross has spent the last 15 moths sitting on the sidelines of the NFL since being fired by Dave Gettleman late in 2017. However, as the director of college scouting for a front office which built a pair of Super Bowl championships, he makes fairly regular appearances in the media. His latest came Tuesday evening on the NFL Network, and unsurprisingly, he was asked about the direction of the New York Giants. Ross’ assessment of the state of the Giants and the direction the franchise seems to be headed in was somewhat less than “glowing.” Ross described Manning’s current level of play as “below average, let’s just say.” He also added that the Los Angeles Chargers are in a better position to execute the “Kansas City model” of quarterback transition because Philip Rivers is still playing well. Not White Andrew Adams Jerseys , however, that Ross believes the Giants will invest in a quarterback this year anyway. Ross added, “I think they’ll push the quarterback back another year. We saw the pass rushing stat, I think they’ll probably go pass rusher here and bank it all in on Eli. They traded for a guard [Kevin Zeitler], so that gives them the security to say that they built a wall for this guy and now he’s going to play and perform. I would think pass rusher now, as opposed to a quarterback. It will make a lot of people upset and some people happy.”Ross is right that the Giants had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL last year and proceeded to trade away their only reliable pass rusher in Olivier Vernon. Big Blue View has heard that the Giants are very high on Montez Sweat, and with their need for a pass rush and his incredible Combine performance, he could well be the front-runner for their selection at sixth overall.Ross’ assessment that the Giants feel comfortable in remaining with Eli after trading for Zeitler (and potentially adding another offensive lineman in the coming free agency) is in line with comments from both Gettleman and Pat Shurmur. It should be noted that Manning was “below average” (as Ross put it), even when unpressured in 2018. But Ross added that there could be another level to Gettleman’s reluctance to draft a successor for Manning. SANTA CLARA Andrew Adams Jerseys 2019 , Calif. (AP) — Nick Mullens remembers getting the phone call from Archie Manning inviting him to the prestigious Manning Passing Academy two summers ago.Mullens savored the chance to take part in the four-day clinic run by Archie and his two NFL quarterback sons, Eli and Peyton. Mullens especially relished the opportunity to watch Eli Manning take part in some of the drills.“To see how he moves in the pocket, he has very quick feet and is just very smooth,” Mullens said. “I definitely remember just sitting there and watching him throw. I took that all in.”Mullens now will get another chance to see Manning up close when he makes his second career start for the San Francisco 49ers (2-7) on Monday night against Manning and the New York Giants (1-7).Mullens is coming off a scintillating debut, completing 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 151.9 passer rating in a 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders. That’s the highest rating since the merger for a player in his debut with at least 20 attempts.Things might not be as easy now that the Giants have an idea of what Mullens can do.“I think they’re going to be like, ‘Oh crap. This guy is good,'” running back Matt Breida said. “I think they’ll put more people back there to cover because of the throws he made and can do.”While Mullens is just getting started, Manning is nearing the end of his career as he plays his 15th season for a team that is struggling mightily. New York has lost five straight games and the questions are mounting about how much longer the two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning has as quarterback.“I think there’s urgency to get things going White Robert Thomas Jerseys , for sure,” Manning said. “We got to get some wins. We got to get going, and everybody wants it. The team needs it, for the morale and for just the hard work and everything we put in. Just need to reap the benefits of the work, and feel good about what we’re doing.”Here are some other things to watch:SPLENDID SAQUONRookie Saquon Barkley has been a rare bright spot for the struggling Giants, topping 100 yards from scrimmage in seven of his first eight games. Barkley has been a bit hit and miss with 16 runs for negative yards, tied for fifth worst in the league, and 11 plays that gained at least 20, which is tied for second most among running backs. Barkley is just the ninth player to gain at least 1 Robert Thomas Jerseys 2019 ,000 yards from scrimmage in the first eight games of his rookie season.“I’m not one of those guys that says, let me see my stats, let me see how much I ran for this or that. I just play,” he said. “I’m not going to stand here and lie, I am very active on social media, so there’s fan pages of me and I can go on Instagram or even on my explore page and they just happen to pop up. I’ve seen predictions of what I’m capable of doing, but it means nothing to me.”PRESSURE POINTThe struggling pass rush for the 49ers broke through in a big way last week with eight sacks against Oakland. Cassius Marsh led the way with a career-best 2 ½, and Dekoda Watson had 1 1/2 in his first game after coming off IR. San Francisco had eight sacks in a game only once in the previous two decades, doing it against the Rams in 2009.KITTLE’S CATCHESSan Francisco tight end George Kittle has been a big-play threat all season. He had a 71-yard catch and run last week against the Raiders White Janoris Jenkins Jerseys , making him the first tight end since Rich Caster in 1972 to have two 70-yard catches in the same season. Kittle ranks second among all tight ends with 692 yards receiving and is second to Barkley among all players with 496 yards after the catch.STRUGGLING FRANCHISESTwenty-eight years after these franchises met in the best matchup in “Monday Night Football” history, they now play in one of the worst. Back in 1990, the 49ers beat the Giants 7-3 in a matchup of 10-1 teams that provided the highest winning percentage ever for a Monday night game played after Halloween. The teams come into this meeting with a combined winning percentage of .176, the second lowest for a Monday night game played Nov. 1 or later. The lowest combined winning percentage is .167 for a matchup of the New York Jets (3-9) and the Chargers (1-11) in 1975 that featured Hall of Fame QBs Joe Namath and Dan Fouts.
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