THUNDERING BLURB » New York Giants ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 2010 NFL Rookie Analysis – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:36:08 +0000 admin Since I’m now located on the East Coast, I’ve been following East Coast teams much more closely than I have before.

Of course, you’d have had to be blind to miss Rutgers’ recent rise to prominence (hence the rumors they are the target of a pilfering attempt by the Big Ten) no matter where you lived. But there’s a lot more to the conference than I thought before I returned back to NY.

This year, 18 players from the Big East Conference were drafted and a slew of others were picked up as street free agents.

Over the next week we’re going to take a look at some of them, where they went and what their landing spot might mean for their success in the league.

Previous Articles:

Devin McCourty, CB, New England Patriots

Anthony Davis, OT, San Francisco 49ers

This time out, we finish off the first rounders with former University of South Florida defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul.


The Giants' defensive line rotation should allow Pierre-Paul time to round out his game

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida – Drafted by the New York Giants at 1-15
Pierre-Paul is the highest drafted player in the University of Southern Florida’s history and according to Brian Bennett’s ESPN Big East Blog, when he was selected he gave the Big East more first round picks in this draft than the Pac-10, the same number as the Big Ten and only one less than the ACC. And the Big East did this, Bennett points out, with fewer teams than any of those leagues.

Pierre-Paul may be a bit of a big boom-bust risk but Giants just might be the perfect team for him. As New York loves to rotate defensive linemen in and out, they’ll be able to give Pierre-Paul the time he needs in order to sand off the rough edges of his game while still taking advantage of his explosive pass-rushing skills.

What rough edges you ask?

His speed and quickness make up for a lack of instinct as Pierre-Paul will sometimes read a play completely wrong and on occasion gets too focused on pursuing the quarterback, abandoning his positional responsibilities at times.

His athletic ability will allowed him to make up for it at times in college, but that won’t fly in the pros and he’s going to need to reign it in. Remember also, he lacks a lot of experience, having transferred from College of the Canyons (a JUCO) to USF, where he only played for a year.

That lack of experience coupled with his instinct issues makes him a risk. Again, the Giants need not rely on him completely to be effective and hope by sharing time, he will be allowed to improve without the pressure of having the defense sit on his shoulders.

The cost will still be high if he busts, but if he hits, Pierre-Paul could be a dominant pass rushing force to be reckoned with in the NFC North.

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2010 Draft Blurb Appearences Mon, 26 Apr 2010 20:15:04 +0000 admin So I did a bunch of radio work this past weekend and didn’t have time to post it (and at times, didn’t have time to get a link to it) until now.

When you get a chance, check out the following bits of audio:

Friday Night I appeared on Brian Carriveau’s Cheesehead Nation show on We talked about the first few rounds of Packer picks, which I actually like quite a bit. (about 10 minutes at the front  but the ep goes much longer)

I’m at the top but stick around for the whole show as they break down some of the picks more in depth later on. It’s good stuff, and Railbird Central is a great place to go for Packer stuff.

Saturday I joined my good friend Matt Levine of The Final Score of WSTC/WNLK in Connecticut to talk some Jets and Giants as well as some general NFL Draft stuff as well. I uploaded it here so you can hear what I had to say from Radio City. (about 20 minutes long)

On Sunday I got to hoof it to the home of Sirius Satellite Radio and join Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan in Denver and as well as Russ Lande, analyst for’s NFL Draft Warroom and head of GMJr for three hours of 2010 NFL Draft recap.

As Cecil’s show (every Sunday on the Fan) is on in Denver, we covered a lot of Broncos (and Tim Tebow) but also hit on the Draft in general and the AFC West as a whole.

You can also get a behind the scenes look at the three of us on this episode of Blurb TV. In fact you can get a look at ALL of my experience at the 2010 NFL Draft here at Thundering Blurb or over at my channel on Viddler as well.

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Plaxico a No Go, No Mo’ Tue, 02 Dec 2008 23:44:00 +0000 admin The Giants have placed Plaxico Burress on the non-football injury list, ending his season. The Giants don’t have to pay him the rest of this season and this might be step 1 in the ‘How do we get ready for life without Plax’ plan.

Step 2, let’s see what we have once and for all in Hixon and Steve Smith.

Both are guys worth having, Hixon likely to get the starts in Plax’s place but either one might have some value. Bump Toomer up a tad as he will get some looks as well.

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Plaxico Burress shot – out indefinitely Sat, 29 Nov 2008 20:13:00 +0000 admin Fox Sports and ESPN are reporting that Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg late last night while carrying a loaded gun in a nightclub. Apparently it went off unexpectedly (one might have guessed that). The injuries are not life threatening but he’s out indefinitely.

My thoughts: As much as Burress has had plenty of self-inflicted wounds this season, this one is pretty much the last straw for any fantasy owner. If you were wondering whether he was ever regaining his form again, you have your answer. I wasn’t convinced he was going to do anything on the field that was noteworthy anyway so this is no big shock, although HOW he ended his season is of course a big one.

Hope he heals ok, but man, some people just don’t seem to use their head for more than something to prop their helmet on.

Pick up Dominek Hixon if you haven’t already and it wouldn;t be bad to have Steve Smith or even Amani Toomer around in case Manning leans on them instead.

I guess Hixon now gets his shot. We’ll know what fantasy value he has shortly.

Given the money they gave Plax and the trouble he has caused since he put pen to contract – Burress better hope they don’t discover how disposable he might be.

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Plax out – HIXON TIME BOYYYYEEEEE Fri, 28 Nov 2008 20:32:00 +0000 admin Hey folks – no sooner do I post my rankings than Plaxico Burress is ruled out and Domenik Hixon gets the start.

So I had Plax ranked at the end of the list – count him OFF it now. And slot Hixon in somewhere in the late twenties. I think they will get him the ball, but they will also run, run, run as much as they can.

So there ya go – about to post the RBs – I am sure someone will be out by the time it’s posted.

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BURRESS OUT/LIMITED SOMETHING Sun, 26 Oct 2008 16:33:00 +0000 admin FOXSports’ Jay Glazer reports that Plaxico Burress will not start Sunday’s afternoon tilt against the Steelers or WORSE may not even play at all.

You may have to decide whether to bench him ahead of time since it is the late game.

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FYI Bye Week Teams Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:10:00 +0000 admin Forgot to post this earlier – so keep these guys in mind – TON of teams off this week…

Week 4 – Detroit, Indy, Miami, New England, NY Giants, Seattle

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Thursday Wrap-Up Fri, 05 Sep 2008 05:43:00 +0000 admin Some big IDP players in tonight’s Giants/Skins game, as well as a great performance by newly extended Plaxico Burress and looking for a contract Brandon Jacobs.

For the Redskins, there wasn’t much good – they hung around because of good play of the defense which dropped a bunch of INTs but still kept it close. But the offense was atrocious – Clinton Portis worked his tail off and the yard totals look worse than they were. Randel El will not repeat his 7/73 performance consistently enough to matter. The big question is Campbell – was the issue him or is this just growing pains and OLine issues? He’s not someone you’re starting, but we were watching for his ‘big step’ but it looks like he might not take it, jeapordizing the impact of Cooley and Portis.At least London Fletcher totaled 17 tackles in the game, though that happens when your opponents run just short of 400 plays. Seriously, the Giants need to share the ball – my kid shares better.

The Giants were a tail of 2 halves – the first half, the offense looked like it did during the Super Bowl run. The second half? Not so much. Which Manning will we see next week? All season? This is what you get with Eli – hot and cold, sometimes in the same game. Manning should have been picked off at least two more times – the Redskins D-backs have to be killing themselves right about now for those. Brandon Jacobs secured his #1 RB status on the team, but remember the hot hand thing? We’ll have to see what happens week to week. Derrick Ward added 39 yards plus 21 through the air. Where was Ahmad Bradshaw? Good question. Plaxico Burress started the night signing a new contract extension, then ended it with 10 catches for 133 yards, though the TD went to Eli, who ran it in himself. I don’t know which team will show up next week though. Plax will be consistent and beyond that?

I guess we’ll see. First game – first set of questions.

My initial position rankings (skill positions – RB, QB, WR) will post throughout tomorrow. I have them done – it’s just the old cut and paste and we’re up. But I will noodle them until they post and probably change them right afterwards anyway.

Also remember – I will be on ESPN 1230 on the Jake Stevens Show ‘There It Is!’ just after 7:30am PST/10:30am EST. Check it out here and here streaming.

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Giants look solid on first drive – Skins do not Thu, 04 Sep 2008 23:23:00 +0000 admin Eli looks like Late Season Eli, Plax is loving his new contract, Boss got an end zoen look and Jacobs was out on at least 1 3rd Down.

But a good drive by the Giants. I like what I just saw there – but it’s very early.

Redskins – well, they didn’t turn the ball over. That’s worth something. They better avoid those false starts or it’s going to kill them tonight.

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Favre Leaves Camp and other tidbits Tue, 05 Aug 2008 20:27:00 +0000 admin Continuing our last story on this, Brett Favre has now left Packers camp and will be meeting – along with his family – with GM Ted Thompson later. Some earlier reports via The Sports Network have pegged him as once again asking for his outright release, something that likely won’t happen and would – as I have said – would be akin to assisted career suicide for Thompson. Adam Shefter over at NFLN reported yesterday that the Bucs were still talking with the Packers about a possible trade, so perhaps the meeting will involve something along those lines. Shefter feels that the Bucs trade or retirement are the only choices. As rumors have said the discussions yesterday with Favre and McCarthy centered on team unity and avoiding an ugly lockerroom situation, he may be right.

I say Favre should take the trade, if he really wants to play. I also think the Packers should try to make a deal as best they can and be flexible in what they want for Favre so he has a selection of choices.

The sad thing is, something tells me that this brouhaha has probably so sapped Favre of energy and desire that he migth just walk away. And as much as I think a lot of his actions here in this have been badly executed and thought out, I think that would be too bad. Favre wants to play – somehow that shouldn’t be THIS hard to make happen.

In other news –
Jacksonville Jaguars
The wide receiver situation in Jacksonville is no clearer despite the current depth chart. With Porter and Williams out, Troy Williamson and Dennis Northcutt are the first team, while Mike Walker and Matt Jones are second team. I still have hopes for Walker, though not as high – being on Jones’ squad isn’t a ringing endorsement. However, HC Jack Del Rio has spoken well of Jones’ effort in camp. So you never know.

I’ve said this before but this is like the Pats prior to last year, only with less yards. It’s going to be hard to know who will get yards consistently and while Garrard will be an effective starter (though not a dynamic one) for fantasy teams, no receiver here will be good enough, often enough to be better than a #3, at best. But the offense overall should be pretty effective, regardless of who catches the ball when.

New Orleans Saints
Reggie Bush is going to get some opportunity to return punts again, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune . Still, he won’t do it that often, though he might make for a few really impressive run backs. Meanwhile, Pierre Thomas is “competing for a lot of touches” according to Head Coach Sean Payton, via the Baton Rouge Advocate . Thomas is a guy I have been touting all off season and with Deuce returning from another knee injury and Thomas impressing last season, expect the guy to get a good amount of touches.

More from the article:

“He has good vision and good balance,” Payton said. “He’s a guy that has proven that you can hand him the ball more than 15 or 20 times in a game and he can carry the load.”

That’s a good sign if you happened to have snagged him when I told you to for your Dynasty Teams. I think he will compliment Bush very well and he certainly looks to take over for McAllister, who is nearing the end of being a useful full time back.

New York Giants
I don’t normally want to call out other Fantasy Guys, especially those I don’t know. And in all fairness I can’t recall who said it. But I did a little reading in Alaska and out of curiosity, I read some Fantasy Football magazines. I don’t do magazines. At the Journal last year, we did an online one that updated weekly. I read Footballguys, in part because I know so many people involved and I like what they do. I read Pro Football Weekly’s for the excellent team breakdowns. This year, I picked up ESPN’s as well.

I won’t critique it much here, but will point out once again my frustration with some of the content there. So late in their mock draft (which was allegedly done in 45 minutes – thanks guys, good job being thorough – and with little explanation of any picks), in the final round in fact, one guy picks up Mario Manningham. He touts the pick, how clever he is. Manningham is great!

Manningham is also the only rookie WR taken. You know, over James Hardy, Devin Thomas, Limas Sweed – or what I like to call ‘Guys who can contribute maybe this year’. Manningham – behind the likes of Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Steve Smith.

The same Manningham who today, according to the New York Post , has bleeding in his strained quad. Thats’ bad and it could put him on the PUP, if not IR if it’s bad enough.

Which just goes to show you that you ALWAYS need to use your own judgement and use the mags and everyone’s opinions online and everywhere else to help form your own. Anyone reading this column is unlikely to have made that pick – because you probably know the upside of the other rookies and you pay attention. It ain’t that hard.

But I look back at that mock and shake my head even harder at the $7 or whatever that I spent. Thank God I get to write it off next year.

More later….

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