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I am a big fan of balance in the offense - will the Giants return to a more balanced approach on O -
PJ, Tom Coughlin agrees with you. I am sure they want to get back to running the ball as much as they can but the bottom line is the strength of the team now is Eli to Nicks and Cruz. So in the end, I believe the balance will always lean more toward pass than run because that is how the Giants will be most successful. Doesn't mean the Giants won't be able to run the ball or try to run the ball either.
Do you see any big holes in the Giants as currently constituted?
Alex, yeah, there are some holes. Not sure if they are "big" holes but they need to strengthen the depth on the offensive line, defensive line and secondary. They can use a talented linebacker and need more depth and experience at cornerback. Third safety remains a bit of a question mark, can Will Hill emerge as that guy? The Giants need a third pass rusher to take over for Osi. And who is the starting RT?
Hey Ohm, is there any truth to the Victor Cruz-Jay Z connection (via the Roc Nation-CAA connection)? If so, does this imply, or make more likely, that Cruz will stay in New York after this year?
Yes, this has been in the works for a while. Remember Victor throwing up the Roc sign when scoring touchdowns? That was his way of showing he has ties with Jay-Z. But Tom Condon is still going to do his contract. I don't expect Jay-Z to be a part of his contract negotiations. That is why I joined the chat late. Was writing a blog on that. So as far as him staying, I believe he will be in NY regardless of who his agent is because I don't expect anyone to make him a contract offer before April 19. The real question is whether he can work out a long-term deal to stay with the Giants before next season or else the Giants will have to franchise him.
Ohm - What is the Giants top target in the draft? Pick one.
John, unfortunately I don't have access to Jerry Reese's draft board. But if you are asking me what I want to target for my first pick if I were the Giants... it would be pass rusher, then OL, then CB unless somebody unexpectedly drops to 19 that was not expected to be there.
I can see the giants taking the best defensive player available in the first round what I was wondering is in round 2 or 3 do you think they would take a te like Gavin escobar from San Diego State just to maybe put a stop to the revolving door at the position ?
Joe, I agree with you on best defensive player available at 19. Then, if I were them, I'd go offensive line or cornerback or linebacker. I just don't think they value tight end like that to spend that high a pick on that position. Look at what they've done the past several years... they did well with Boss, Ballard, Bennett and now Myers. Meaning, they feel they can plug in a guy and Manning will make it work.
Number one draft need?
Don't want to ignore your question but answered it a little bit earlier. I feel they need a pass rusher for now and future, offensive lineman for future and cornerback for now and future.
Hey Ohm. Does Dan Connor have the inside track on the starting MLB gig? And I was wondering your opinion on him because I don't know much about him. Thanks
Hey Anthony... yes, he is projected starter but don't discount Herzlich... I think Mark gets a chance to compete. As for what I know about Connor... not much since I spend entire time watching Giants other than I think he is solid. I was told by some Cowboys writers that he struggled, though. But Giants may be a better fit for him. We'll see.
Hello. Do you think the giants would be eager to get a 1st rd pick for Cruz no matter what the price the other team offers ??
Cory, I just don't think anybody is going to offer Cruz big bucks and be willing to surrender a first-round pick. But if someone did, let's just say for argument's sake, if the contract was well above what Giants want to pay, then yes, I think they would take the pick. Jerry values first-round picks and they probably feel that they can develop another slot receiver after seeing how Steve Smith and Cruz have done with Manning. And they drafted Jernigan in the third round a few years ago to be their slot guy so they have to develop him if Cruz were to leave.
Do you think the Giants under Jerry Reese try to draft to the player or to the scheme ? I.E. Find players that fit the schemes or get the best players possible and let the coaches adjust the schemes to fit the player ?
SonnyMooks, I think it is a combination of both. They definitely take into account how a player is going to fit into what TC wants and will mold. But they also won't pass on a freakish athlete and try to make that guy fit somewhere into the scheme as well. But the coaches clearly have input.
who should the Jets draft
Best person to ask is Rich Cimini. His chats are on Friday. But for my money, I'd say Jets need straight up talent and playmakers. Probably defense is the best.
Eli is willing to re work his contract to keep Cruz why haven't they done so? Are the Giants willing to part ways with Cruz?
Eli's cap number is really big already for this year and years to come. If you restructure, it will only make that number bigger and hamstring your cap. I'd only rework his deal if I absolutely had to. As for are the Giants willing to part ways with Cruz, they want him back and pretty much will have him back this season. Just don't expect a team to make him an offer. If one does with a big pay day, then yes, I can see the Giants taking the first round pick but the odds are against that happening.
Do you think the tight end the giants picked up during free agency is the a good awnser to there problem or should they still pick up a tight end in the draft
Yes, I think Brandon Myers was as good as they could have done given their cap situation in free agency. He definitely can be an asset in the passing game. The question is if he can block the way the coaches will want him to so that he can remain on the field for multiple downs. But Myers can definitely be a pass-catching threat. That doesn't mean they might not draft a TE that they could like in the mid-to-late rounds.
Do you think Jerry Reese consider bringing in Urlacher for a workout?
I'd be a little surprised only because I just don't think Urlacher would play for the vet minimum. I just don't see the Giants shelling out any sizeable deals for anyone at this point. Now if Urlacher were to want to come on the cheap, maybe...
What are the chances of Giants resigning Cruz and Nicks to long-term contracts?
Hard to say Kevin... it's a lot of money to commit to two receivers but my guess is the odds are better than you and other fans might think since so many fans are worried about Cruz not being a Giant.
How much of an impact will Adewale Ojomo have this season?
Hard to say. He should have every opportunity to compete with Adrian Tracy, Justin Trattou and any other DE that they may draft or sign in free agency to be the fourth pass rusher behind Tuck, JPP and Kiwanuka...
Sorry, that reminds me, earlier I said the Giants should consider taking a pass rusher in the first round to help with third pass rusher... actually meant fourth pass rusher for this season and eventually help replace Osi in the future.
Hey Ohm, I love your work. I believe this is the year Prince steps up to becoming a shut down corner....he was showing signs last year....what do you think? Also, what are the chances T2 comes back and plays a prominent role for this defense?
Thanks Chris. You're from my hood! Grew up in Silver Spring. Prince definitely showed flashes of how good he can be last season. As far as shutdown corner... I am not ready to put him in that category yet. As for T2, let's just let him try to come back and anything he can do, consider that gravy. I wouldn't place any expectations on him because coming back a third time is very difficult but he will work his butt off.
More likely, DB or DL with that first round pick?
Hard to say but I'd consider DL, OL and DB.
Looking for a CB in the first round...Rhodes and Milliner will be gone, who's next?
Trufant? I think I saw tweets today that Mel Kiper had Trufant for Giants.
Ohm, I have been following along with the various mock drafts and have noticed a trend of late with DE Werner, who was in the top ten for a good while, falling into the second ten of the draft. What's the odds that we pull the trigger on him if Teo, or Rhodes or one of the O lineman are still sitting there as well?
Hey Gerry, I just don't think they will take Te'o. I think they will go for a pass rusher or OL or CB before Te'o. I just don't think they value linebacker like that unless an absolute stud were to fall to 19. I putting my money on DL, OL or CB unless somebody unexpected drops to 19 like Prince did a few years ago.
if the giants wanted balance they wouldnt have cut ahmad and his 4.7 ypc ...do you think gmen will regret this decision
Even with Ahmad the Giants weren't all that balanced. And they needed the cap space and Ahmad is coming off surgery again and they need to give Wilson more carries. Will they regret the Bradshaw move? I am sure they will miss his heart and toughness but they'll try to make due.
how do you think david wilson will perform this year?
I think he will share carries with Andre Brown and the Giants will go with the hotter back. I think Wilson will show flashes like he did last year and break a few big ones. And then there will be times where they feel like going with Brown more. Wilson's biggest thing will be whether he can block and protect Eli. If not, they will go with Brown potentially more.
Aside from personnel changes, have you heard of any defensive scheme changes being made for 2013 to correct the defensive foibles of 2012?
Vincent, nope. They tend to keep those things under wraps and understandably so.
If Jarvis Jones is available at 19 in the draft, you think the Giants would draft him to improve the pass rush?
Tough question to answer. Possible. But sounds like Jarvis may be dropping even further than that from what I've seen in other media reports.
Hi Ohm,Who do you foresee starting for the Gmen at Right Tackle? Do you think Locklear will come back? Any news on Patterson from the Eagles? Thanks much.
Wud up Mac? I think it's going to be Diehl or Brewer. As for Locklear, if he is healthy enough later on this summer, I wouldn't rule out Giants looking at him. Nothing on Patterson yet.
whats good ohm? i had several differing opinion on how the giants should use the 19th pick in the upcoming draft but the giants have signed people in many of the areas of concern since the beginning of free agency and now it seems like they are lined up for their usual "best available" strategy. if you were gm who would you pick?
Tacos! Wud up. I would agree with you, they are in position to take best player available and that bodes well. But always think about what their roster might look like next year and year after, not just this season. Too many times fans only concentrate on this year. Look at what holes they might have in '14. In other words, Tuck's deal is up after this season so they may have to protect themselves by drafting another pass rusher, etc.
Ohm with Umenyora out the door, the defense seems to lack a little bit of leadership. With JPP not seeming to be much of a vocal force, who will verbally challenge the D when the game is on the line ?
Actually JPP is growing into that role a bit. But it will be same guys by committee: Tuck, Rolle, etc.
I thought the Giants would have some intrest in Winston, but all quiet there. Do you think they may take a look there for the right tackle spot. Or is Brewer the guy hands down?
I wouldn't say Brewer is the guy "hands down." But at some point they need to give him a chance to see what he can do. And they will let him compete with Diehl.
Which free agent LB do you see NY targeting before the draft?
I think they are kind of done there as far as starting LBs unless something presents itself as far as a cheap option. I do know they brought in Jameson Konz, former Seattle linebacker who is a special teams guy and a freakish athlete who is a converted tight end, for a visit today. But Konz is more a special teams guy if the Giants add him and somebody who might have some potential.
Waddup ohm?? do u agree with mel kiper that the gmen will look at the cb trufant with the 19th pick
It's interesting Ray... I don't know if the Giants will take him but I agree with the need there. Webster on final year of deal, Ross on one-year deal... they need a corner to join Prince and Hosley for the future.
Are they looking at DT Patterson today? If healthy, good chance of signing at low cost?
He is visiting this week... not sure today but they have a bunch of guys in this week... I think the same as you... if healthy and cheap, why not.
Is it true 49ers are going after Cruz? If so do they have enough money to offer Cruz and does the Giants have enough to match?
My personal opinion is why would the Niners do it? They have Crabtree, Boldin, Manningham and other receivers. I mean, I suppose they could. Never say never. But I'm with Schefter, just don't think a team will make an offer.
Ohm,the emergence of Stevie Brown was a pleasant surprise last year with Phillips out. I am hoping the answer is yes, but in your opinion, is stevie the real deal? will he fill KP'S shoes?
Dave, hard to answer this one. I can't say he is "the real deal" yet. Let's see how he does as a full-time starter. Certainly the Giants are hoping so. The kid has a knack for being in the right place at right time with all the INTs.
Can Wilson be an every-down back this year?
Reese thinks so. I think he will share carries with Brown.
Ohm, what kind of salaries would Nicks and Cruz have to accept for both of them to remain with the GMEN? I was thinking 10mil/yr for Nicks, and 7.5mil/yr for Cruz...
Peter, you are probably in the right neighborhood.
The giants seem to be getting pushed around on both sides of the ball, I'm scared to watch whenever it's a 4th and 1 offense or defense. They've kept their o-line intact by resigning Beatty and boothe and brought in aging vet Jenkins for the d-line. Does this mean they're content with being pushed around? There's no upside it's only gettig weaker from here (not expecting any rookies to have an immediate impact or even starting).
Well, I think Jerry would disagree with you. But Mara was concerned about their front line on both sides of the ball and put the onus on those areas.
Ohn what's it going to take to get the Giants to wear their 80's jerseys as throwbacks a few games a season. I know they are doing the white pants this year but the 80's jerseys are where its at!! Get in their ear about it!! lol
I'll talk to Skiba. LOL. You all know me. I am a proponent of old school anything -- especially uniforms.
JPP wasn't as great last year, but was still solid. Offenses prepared more for him and he got a lot more attention. For 2013, do you seem him having a great year like he did 2 years ago or do you think he will be more like last year? How of Kiwi should we expect to see at DE this year? Do you seem him possibly taking that starting job from Tuck?
I don't know if he will match that big season two years ago but I think he will be better this season than last year. I think Kiwi should move back full time to DE. I still see Tuck and JPP starting.
I think booths should play center.much better thanbaez
Giants invested money in Baas. Then who would they play at left guard?
Hi,Any players that interest you for the Giants that should be available around 19 in the draft this year?
I would want a talented pass rusher or offensive lineman for the future or talented cornerback. Don't know who will be there at 19.
Ogletree is must in my opinion if he's still available at 19. Thoughts?
I wouldn't complain if that is the choice but if there's a talented pass rushing defensive end there at 19, I'd probably go DE.
Will the giants drop Webster after this year?
Hard to say. We got to see how he plays. But he is basically on a one-year deal.
hey ohm why won't the giants make a play at one of these cornerbacks on one year deals that everyones giving out? also if they find their guy can they still cut cory webster if need be? diehl?
They would take a cap hit with Webster and Diehl. They already worked out those deals with them and those guys know their system and are comfortable with it. If the Giants thought any of those other corners were worth the money, they would have gone after them.
When do you think that the giants are going to draft a Qb just in case Eli gets hurt?
I wouldn't mind seeing them use a late pick on a QB with potential for the future but they got Carr as backup this year. But eventually they need to groom a QB. Maybe next year.
I just want to say thanks for letting everyone ask there questions and taking the time to give us your opinion..
I'm trying Joe... holy cow there are a lot of questions today!
Do the Giants have any interest in bringing back Hixon? Seems like they could use him to preserve Wilson's health at KR...
I think Hixon is looking for best possible deal he can get and I don't blame him. But it is possible he could come back. I think they need one more WR.
Do you agree with the giants signing or going after these free agents we've heard about, hightower, patterson, etc. If you agree which FA signie will contribute the most?
I do agree... why not, got nothing to lose. I think Jenkins could have biggest impact.
Which NFC east team do you think has had the best offseason so far? Any updates on who Bradshaw may sign with?
Hard to say... Let's get through draft because Eagles might draft some interesting guys with new head coach. As for Ahmad, last update was he visited with Pittsburgh. He needs to get healthy and show teams that.
With Diehl and Webster both taking pay cuts, do you foresee anyone else being asked to do the same?
Not like the ones they did. Maybe restructuring but I don't foresee pay cuts.
I told you Sparty sucks!
You all make the Final Four for the first time in like 20 years. MSU makes the Final Four every four years. It's been a good run for Michigan. But come back to me when your basketball team actually makes the Final Four more than once every 20 years.
If this is Coughlins last year do you think "the chin" cower becomes the next coach?
Jesse, I think Coughlin has more than one year left in him.
What LB in the draft best fits the Giants needs? Please keep in mind how the offenses are changing with the read options....
Perhaps a linebacker that is there in second round or later.
Will the giants consider drafting Tyrann Matheiu? I know Jerry Reese has had a propensity for drafting LSU players in the past and he recently attended LSU's pro-day. With CB being a position of need, the giants can ill aford to not consider him. Two years from now he's better than any corner on their roster!
Always possible... Webster is a mentor as well. I do know Giants like players from LSU and they like the safety Eric Reid. They could like some of their corners. We'll see.
With many over-priced free agents still available at linebacker with Dansby and Urlacher to name a couple. Do you the giants are waiting for the draft to be finished so they can hit up the free agency clearance rack?
Yeah, I would say they are looking for bargain bin guys right now but they do have a lot of their spots filled already. But if something presents itself, I wouldn't discount anything.
hi ohm... any shot eli finally wins one against peyton this year gotta get one before peyton retires no? the broncos are scary
Always possible. But yes, Broncos are scary.
Figure it is a longshot but considering availability and low cost, would the front office consider bringing Jacobs back?
Always possible but if they sign another back like Hightower, then no. But I have a feeling the backs they will bring to camp are the ones they got now.
Ohm, do you see the Giants picking up any other valuable talent in the free agency market, or are they counting down the days until the draft?
Always possible... if cheap.
What are the chances of Adrien Robinson surplanting the recent TE we accuired Meyers as our starting TE. I know Robinson is young & raw but he got great size and speed and can be be used to block and stretch the field while Meyers has good hands but he can not stretch the field?
Possible but I think Myers starts. Robinson could see snaps though if he has impressive camp.
Ohm, from what I've read Dan Connor struggled when he replaced Sean lee this past season in Dallas. Other than herzlich we don't have another MLB. Does Reese have a plan? Or does he really think Connor can fill in effectively?
They are banking on Connor being their guy right now unless Herzlich emerges.
is your bracket as dead as mine? yeesh!
I was in second place going into the Sweet 16. Brackets died with Indiana.
Ohm, with defenses focused so much on Cruz and Nicks, do you think Randle can have a Cruz-like year?
Not ready to say Cruz-like year yet. Got to see him do it on a consistent basis. But he definitely flashed talent at the end of last year.
An word on Hightower's visit? Are the Giants overlookign Da'rell Scott?
No word yet. But remember, Giants want competition everywhere. Scott has had chances and will still have a chance this year. Got to stay healthy.
i was a big A Ross fan when he was on the team, even though he probably lost a stop & messes up sometimes in coverage he is a playmaker in coverage
They will need him as extra corner this year for sure.
OHmm bigg fann man. Dan Connor can not be our starting MLB he is too slow & was not a starting mlb for a reason on other teams. what happened with greg jones. Personally, i thought he was better than Herzlich. But our LBs look shaky this year. Besides Jacquain who I love in coverage and is a playmaker, who do you see as making a significant impact? Rivers? Paysinger No?
Wud up Papoose. Thanks man. Jonesy is in Jacksonville now. I think they need Rivers to stay healthy and make an impact. Paysinger will get an opportunity as well.
Dion Simms TE out of Michigan State 3rd Round Pick. What are your thoughts about him. He is an ex basketball player and got game
Shyne, as you know I went to MSU and have pretty much watched him his entire career. Big body who has athleticism, nice hands and can catch. Soft hands. Route running may need to get better. Blocking will need to improve if he fits in with Giants. But I've been told Giants were looking at him at the combine. He kind of reminds me of a poor man's version of Martellus in some ways.
Or I should say he reminds me a bit of Martellus.
dallas cowboys will go 12-4 next year , if tony romo stays clutch thru out the season , i say we win the superbowl next year , we have the talent , best talent in the nfl right now , big names . so ohm do you think my cowboys will win the superbowl ? im curious about what you think , cause i know we will win the big dance this year , no doubt
Here's my thing with the Cowboys.. and consider me somebody that actually thinks Romo is a good player. I just got to see the Cowboys win the big games when they absolutely need to. Too many times I've seen them fall short in the big games. That's my concern with the Cowboys.
OK Ohm...you're on the clock! On the board for you: Warmack, Carradine, Dantone Jones, Xavier, Ogletree, jon Cooper, Sylvester Williams, Geno, Terron Armstead, Arthur Brown, Trufant, Vaccaro, Elam. "The pick is in, and Ohm picks...
Too much pressure Olivia! I'm sweating bullets. Ask me something easier like who I'd pick as my dream date or something. Geez!
If the giants were willing to give pat white a shot, why not Vince young?
Man, I loved VY coming out of college. But I think the dude may be done playing football. But I guess you are right, you never know.
Will the Giants take a look at LeVeon Bell or Andre Ellington in the 2nd or 3rd round?
I like Bell a lot. I think he lacks burst and breakaway speed but the guy has size, athleticism, can catch out of the backfield for a big man and can block. But second round is too high for Giants to invest in a RB. I think if a talented RB is there in fourth round or lower perhaps Giants think about it. Someone in Giants organization told me Bell reminds him of Andre Brown a bit.
Is David Wilson going to continue to return kicks? He says that it is part of his routine and rhythm. I think it greatly adds to his value and is just another way for him to move the ball, they should keep him there regardless of his role in the backfield.
He wants to but Giants may not let him. If he got hurt on a kickoff, you all would go to town on Coughlin.
Ohm big fan of you and your writings you tell it as it is!!! Anyways, I got a question regarding the beast on our D Line. LINVAL JOSEPH.. He never gets any credit and the man is young and has played in very game the last two yearss. IF Marvin could get in shape and show the Giants how good he is we could have the 2 best & young DT's in the game.. Whats good with Marvin also?
Thanks dude... Linval is SOLID. Nobody needs to worry about that dude. With Marvin, I have to say... Giants are making a push to strengthen the front line which means to me that maybe they think Marvin is another year away. But who knows. Marvin might show something this year in camp.
Is it possible the giants can sign both Cruz and nicks and keep Justin ?
Yeah, but that would likely mean Justin doesn't have a HUGE year because if he does, he will get paid by somebody, you'd have to imagine. Then again, defensive ends had a tough going on the market this year.
Alright ya'll... went over an hour today... thanks for the questions! Appreciate ya'll!