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, Week 17New York Giants NewsRussell Wilson to Giants a nice dream, but probably nothing moreNew,117commentsFor a myriad of reasons this is probably not going to happenEDTShareTweetShareShareRussell Wilson to Giants a nice dream, but probably nothing moreRussell WilsonTim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsFor New York Giants fans, the words from Tyrann Mathieu were like fresh meat thrown into a shark tank. They caused a feeding frenzy.Meaning, of course, that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson — at least according to Mathieu — wants to play for the Giants.As Ralph Vacchiano of SNY correctly noted that scenario is “probably not ever” going to happen.As Vacchiano wrote: That won’t stop the speculation. It won’t stop fans from dreaming, however far-fetched the idea. Vacchiano referred to it as “silly.”I certainly understand the Wilson chatter. Giants fans are tired of watching the organization put a bad product on the field. They are even more exhausted by the constant discussion of when and how the Giants will move on from Eli Manning, not to mention why they haven’t done so already.In the midst of the frenzy on Sunday, Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports tossed out a Wilson to the Giants trade idea that, to me, illustrates the folly of such a thing actually happening.I like Trapasso and I have had him as a guest on the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast. The Giants, though, would be making a huge mistake to give up that much for Wilson.The Giants would get their quarterback, but what else would they have? They would, essentially, be giving away the premium portions of their next two drafts. How would they add the defensive play makers they acknowledge desperately needing? Where is the right tackle going to come from? A center? A receiver?Oh, and trade Engram to boot? The guy who could benefit more than any other Giant from Odell Beckham Jr. being a Cleveland Brown, and who could be the second-best offensive player on the team behind Saquon Barkley? How do you replace what he does if you give up nearly all of your premium draft assets for the next two years? Sure, you’re getting your quarterback if you make that deal. You are Phil McConkey Jerseys Stitched
, though, probably sentencing him to the same fate that has befallen Manning in recent years. Almost certainly surrounding him with a cast of characters that won’t be good enough to win with. Making a mega-move like that for a Wilson would be a sexy, splashy move. It would at least temporarily generate some excitement. Without the ability to add top-shelf talent around him, and stripping away some of what you already have to make it happen, would it really make the Giants better, though?Probably not.Wilson, 30, is in the last year of his deal with the Seahawks. The whole situation could come to a head on Monday as Wilson’s reps have given Seattle a deadline of today to reach a new deal. Read the entirety of King’s Wilson discussion in his ‘Football Morning in America’ column. The part that is directly applicable to the Giants is this:Seattle could, after this season, use the franchise tag on Wilson for 2020 and 2021. So, as Wilson indicted above, the Seahawks do have control over him if they choose to exercise it.Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated also breaks down the Wilson situation and says “We know Wilson will be the Seahawks’ quarterback in 2019.”What about the money?Wilson carries a $17 million base salary this season. Part of any deal to the Giants would have to include a new long-term deal that would cost the Giants far more than that per year.What about Manning? Really, what about the money already committed to Manning for 2019? The Giants have already paid him a $5 million roster bonus. Cutting him would add another $11.2 million in dead money to the bloated $33.879 million the Giants are already carrying.Doesn’t it make more sense long term to try and follow the path the Philadelphia Eagles took with Carson Wentz, the Kansas Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes, the Los Angeles Rams with Jared Goff? The Chicago Bears with Mitchell Trubisky?That path, of course, is to continue to build the roster. To find a quality young quarterback and take advantage of the team-friendly rookie contract he will be on to add as much talent as you can around him.That, at least, is what makes sense to me. Of course, I acknowledge the success of that hinges on finding the right young quarterback.Wilson in a Giants uniform? A nice dream Youth Mark Bavaro Jerseys
, and I absolutely understand why the idea is exciting to some. It doesn’t, however, seem practical. Or likely. Phil Haynes isn’t being talked about much, but is that good news for the Giants?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015, Week 172019 NFL DraftIs Phil Haynes the big, powerful offensive lineman the Giants are looking for?New,30commentsPhil Haynes isn’t being talked about much, but is that good news for the Giants? ESTShareTweetShareShareIs Phil Haynes the big, powerful offensive lineman the Giants are looking for?Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Giants finished 2018 with needs all over their roster, from the offensive line to the defensive secondary. Some of them will be addressed through free agency, but others will need long-term solutions to be found in the 2019 NFL Draft. One of those positions of uncertainty is right guard. The Giants acquired Jamon Brown off waivers in the middle of the season, and they could look to re-sign him this off-season. But while Brown was the best right guard they fielded last year, he still didn’t play as well as it was hoped he would. The team could look to find an upgrade, or at least competition, later on in the draft. If so, Wake Forest guard Phil Haynes has been flying under the national radar, but is a prospect we really should be talking about more.MeasurablesProsPowerful guard prospect. Heavy hands and impressive play strength. Generally plays with good leverage and a good base.Capable as a puller, in zone runs, or slide protections.Takes it to defenders once engaged. Powerful lower body and drives through his hips to move defenders.Good awareness in pass protection. Picks up stunts, twists Mark Bavaro Jerseys Stitched
, and blitzes well.ConsBalance is a question. Good flexibility, but feet occasionally get “stuck”. Conditioning could be an issue. Throttles down when the play goes elsewhere. Occasionally a beat slow off the snap.Played right tackle in 2015, but is likely a “guard only” prospect.Prospect Video(Haynes is the left guard, number 74) What They’re Saying - Joe Marino (The Draft Network - Scouting Report) Does He Fit The Giants?Haynes would be a good fit for the Giants, and potentially an outstanding value. Haynes has the size that the Giants covet on the offensive line, with good height, plenty of mass (without too much bad weight), and good arm length. He uses his physical tools well, generating power with his lower body and easily bench pressing defenders to create space for himself. He also has surprisingly solid feet with good enough feet to execute both man-gap and zone blocks, as well as pull or execute slide protections as needed. Haynes might not have the quickness to play center or the general athleticism to be a tackle (though he did start one season at right tackle), but his feet are plenty good enough to play guard. He also shows solid awareness in pass protection, picking up stunts and twists -- which his hand usage allow him to deal with well -- as well as late blitzes. Haynes is a mauler when it comes to the running game. His power is evident off the snap, with him routinely driving defenders backwards, and it is basically the end of the rep for whoever he is blocking once he is engaged. He moves well enough to get the defense flowing in zone blocks and works to the second level well. He isn’t a perfect prospect, and right now seems to flying below the radar. However, if he doesn’t raise his profile by the draft, Haynes could be a steal on the third day of the draft.