Neil's NFL Daily: July 13, 2013
As promised, here’s a special weekend edition of the NFL Daily devoted to the city of New York. As I mentioned yesterday, the reason for this was to enable us to finish the series next Friday and then do some summaries on the Monday and Tuesday before I head off for my training camp tour on Wednesday, July 24th. The NFL Daily that day will probably be written in Heathrow Airport.
I just did a quick count, and before today I’d named 34 “elite” players, 18 on offense and 16 on defense, but after today we’ll be back to a 50-50 split — enjoy.
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Saturday, July 13th
New York Giants (Click to enlarge)
— It’ll be interesting to see how the Giants actually line up in nickel. Will Tuck come inside and let Mathias Kiwanuka play DE? Probably on 3rd-and-long, but as a first down response to 11 personnel, I’m guessing at something closer to the above.
— Below average is perhaps a tad harsh on Webster who, up until last year, flirted with being one of the better corners in the league. The grade says I think he may be done, but I for one would love to see another great season from a guy who used to be a favorite of mine.
— When presented like this the back seven on defense doesn’t look great and a few players are going to have to step up if the Giants don’t want a lot of shoot-outs.
New York Jets (Click to enlarge)
— This is a very lop-sided roster, with some absolutely fabulous blue-chippers mixed in with a lot of sub-optimal players. I don’t think there’s another team in the NFL with this dichotomy of personnel.
— Watch out for the right side of the line if things work out as above. Both Peterman and Howard’s grades have been bolstered significantly because of good work as run blockers, but Peterman gave up 46 QB disruptions as a guard, the most in the NFL, while Howard gave up 20 Sanchez knockdowns, more than a third of the total.
— The grade for Holmes is generous based on pure delivery during his last few years, but I am factoring in the standard of quarterback play he’s had to endure.
— I’m sure there are a number of Jets fans questioning the grade for David Harris, but we’ve been telling people for years his reputation is based on numbers not delivery. He’s a clean-up guy that feasted off the magnificent group in front of him and now that is in decline even long-time Harris fans have to acknowledge he’s not what they thought. His last three overall grades have been -6.4 in ’10, -2.3 in ’11 and -15.2 last year.
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