Posts Tagged ‘quarterback’

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the tail end of his career, but he’s certainly not approaching the upcoming season that way.

Manning is tasked with steering the Giants out of the NFC East basement after the team sputtered to a 3-13 mark in 2017. With a new managerial regime in place, along with second overall pick Saquon Barkley in tow, the Giants are expected to compete for a playoff spot again, even with Manning turning 38 next January.

Some believed the Giants should’ve taken in a quarterback with the No. 2 pick to replace Manning, while stating that he’s no longer good enough to lead the team to its third Super Bowl of his career. Manning, to little surprise, disagreed.

“That’s not the way I look at it,” Manning said to Art Stapleton of USA TODAY. “And I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right.”

Manning knows he has to galvanize the Giants’ fan base in a year where one of their principle rivals, Philadelphia Eagles, won the Super Bowl. If Manning is to be believed, the 2017 campaign should be viewed as an anomaly.

“There’s some excitement for this year, which is good,” Manning said. “Obviously, some changes, and when you have new players, new draft picks, free agency, so I think, you know, hopefully guys remember, hey, two years ago we won 11 games. Last year, obviously, we went through a tough streak, but that’s football, it can change very quickly from year to year, from good to bad or bad to good. So I think it’s good to see the fans are excited, and I’m excited to be back and want to give them something to keep cheering for.”

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Jarvis Landry took some not-so-veiled shots at his former club while praising the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks he’s now catching passes from.

The wide receiver has yet to record an official reception with the Browns, but he already rates the quarterback situation above that of the Miami Dolphins.

“It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that,” Landry said, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Landry has only participated in OTAs and minicamp, where he’s been working with new Cleveland quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, the first-overall pick in this year’s draft.

“The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod and (Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here,” Landry said.

For the first four years of his career, Landry was on the other end of passes from Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, and Matt Moore. Last year, he reeled in a league-high 112 passes, the majority of which came from Cutler.

In Cleveland, Landry is already planning post-minicamp workouts with his QBs.

“I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it,” he said. “I would say the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.”

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is expecting fans to fondly recall the 2018 NFL Draft and the third overall selection of quarterback Sam Darnold for many years to come.

“I think people are going to look back – I honestly think they’re going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team,” Johnson told reporters at a charity event in Manhattan, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Darnold was the second quarterback chosen, behind No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has said that Darnold will be given the opportunity to compete against veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the Week 1 starting job.

Johnson believes that whether or not Darnold wins the competition won’t affect what he expects to be a long relationship between player and team.

“I think we’ve got a real future with this kid and he’s not even 21 yet,” Johnson said. “We might have a long time with this young man. I hope so because right now I really think he’s our future.”

When the Buffalo Bills traded up to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, a number of evaluators questioned the decision based on Allen’s collegiate production. It doesn’t seem to bother general manager Brandon Beane.

Appearing on WGR-AM 550 in Buffalo, Beane said he disputes the idea Allen is a raw prospect, saying he does not agree with “so-called labels” that “national gurus” place on quarterbacks, according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

Beane added the first-round signal-caller “was that team” at Wyoming, and “there was no way he was going to beat Iowa or Oregon with that team.”

Allen also made headlines during draft week when a series of offensive tweetshe sent from 2012 and 2013 were uncovered. Despite this, Beane remains confident his quarterback is not that type of person.

The general manager said the decision to draft Allen was his, but he had input from owners Terry and Kim Pegula on whether he “fit the culture.”

The Cleveland Browns have selected quarterback Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma with the first overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner wasn’t mentioned among the possible top picks until Wednesday, but vaulted to the top of the board in the last 24 hours.

Mayfield, who is among the most accomplished pivots in college football history, becomes the sixth quarterback the Browns have drafted since 2010. While he will certainly go to Cleveland’s camp with a ton of hype, it’s not guaranteed he will be the starter after the club acquired Tyrod Taylor in the offseason.

The Arizona Cardinals are making “a lot of noise” in trade discussions to move up in Thursday’s NFL draft, potentially to select a quarterback, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Cardinals are currently slated to pick 15th overall.

Rapoport added that No. 5 (Denver) and No. 6 (Indianapolis) could be draft slots to target in search of a quarterback.

With only one pick in the first round and one pick in the second, it could prove challenging for general manager Steve Keim to get into the top five, but a move into the top 10 could be more realistic.

Arizona was known to be targeting Patrick Mahomes in the draft last year, but the Kansas City Chiefs traded up to snag the quarterback before the Cardinals went on the clock.

The Cards signed veteran quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon to short-term deals in free agency this offseason.

As owners of the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the upcoming draft, the Cleveland Browns have considered all of their options – including selecting two quarterbacks high in the draft, reports Kevin Clark of The Ringer.

Clark directly asked multiple members of the Browns organization whether they’d considered the strategy.

“The answer is yes,” Clark wrote. “The people I asked have thought about it, discussed it, and investigated it. This is not to say it will happen.”

The Browns have gone through quarterbacks at a frightening pace since the early 1990s, and are finally in a position to end that era under new general manager John Dorsey. It only makes sense for the team to go over all possible scenarios before Cleveland’s on the clock April 26.

Dorsey hasn’t ruled out trading the No. 1 or No. 4 pick either. The Browns also have three selections in the second round.

“I’m going to consider all options … I’m going to do what’s best for this organization … I still have seven days … my phone, the power is still on,” Dorsey said Thursday, according to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3TheFan in Cleveland.

There is precedent for selecting two quarterbacks in one draft class. In one of the most high-profile examples, the Washington Redskins traded up to select Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in 2012 and then drafted his backup, Kirk Cousins, in the fourth round.

The move ultimately blew up in their faces. Griffin won Rookie of the Year, but struggled with Cousins looming over his shoulder. Griffin was eventually shipped out and Washington installed Cousins as the starter – until he was deemed too expensive to keep and allowed to sign the richest contract in NFL history with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.