Paul Schwartz of the New York Post examines some of the difficult decisions facing the Giants as the 2019 draft approaches. The Scouting Combine gets underway this week, and when Giants GM Dave Gettleman speaks on Wednesday — which will mark the first time he speaks publicly since the end of the 2018 season — Schwartz expects he will formally commit to QB Eli Manning as the starter for 2019.
After that, though, the picture gets a little fuzzy. Gettleman would love to find Manning’s successor in the draft, but he eschewed high-end collegiate QB talent last year, and the quarterbacks in this year’s class are not as heralded. Gettleman has long maintained he will not grade quarterbacks on a curve just because there is pressure to pick one. The Giants have plenty of other needs to fill, so they will be one of the more interesting teams to follow in the next couple of months.
Let’s take a look at a few more NFC items:
- In a separate piece, Schwartz looks at three players the Giants will be monitoring closely at the Combine, all of whom fill one of their above-referenced needs: QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), LB Devin White (LSU), and OT Jonah Williams (Alabama). Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com says the team’s top priority this offseason should be adding defensive playmakers, and Dunleavy takes a deeper dive into some of the collegiate prospects Big Blue should examine.
- The 49ers will certainly add a receiver or two to the top of their depth chart this offseason (like Antonio Brown, for instance), but there should still be plenty of opportunities for third-year player Trent Taylor. Her underwent back surgery in June, and while Taylor ended up playing 14 games last season — compiling 26 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown — he says he never felt fully healthy. But as Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area writes, Taylor believes he is finally back to normal, and thinks a regular offseason of work will prime him for a breakout campaign. Taylor is also looking forward to working with his new position coach, Wes Welker, who certainly knows a thing or two about making hay as an undersized wideout.
- The Falcons recently re-signed linebacker Bruce Carter and defensive end Steven Means to one-year pacts, and D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passes along the contract details. Carter will earn $930K (making his contract a veteran minimum deal), and Means will earn $895K. The minimum salary for a player with Means’ service time is $805K, but Atlanta gave him a $90K signing bonus. He will carry a $735K cap hit, while Carter’s cap number is $645K.
- It appears Cardinals pass-rusher Markus Golden will be allowed to hit the open market next month.
By: Rory Parks