Three Giants named among ESPN?s top-100 players for 2018

Three Giants named among ESPN?s top-100 players for 2018
06 gru 2018 - 07:22:40
ESPN put together a ranking of the top 100 players of the 2018 season. As you may know Youth Saquon Barkley Jersey , the 2018 season hasn?t happened yet. Those who were asked to participate in the poll were asked to predict who the best players of the upcoming season will be. The players were rated on a scale of 1-100 on each list then those ranks were averaged for the final piece and per the rules past performance and positional value were not considered ? ?only greatness this season.?Three members of the New York Giants made the list, but the amount of players doesn?t necessarily correlate with team quality. 15 teams had at least three players on the list, but the New England Patriots have two.It shouldn?t be particularly hard to guess the three Giants who appear on the list, so let?s get to them.Odell Beckham, No. 11Beckham, recipient of a nice new contract, is predictably the highest Giant on the list and one of the top players rated overall. However, he?s just the third wide receiver on the list behind Antonio Brown (4) and Julio Jones (8). He?s also two spots behind a player he?ll likely see quite a bit of in Week 1, Jalen Ramsey of the Jacksonville Jaguars (9).Some Giants bias might cause some reading this currently to believe this is a little low for one of the most exciting players in the league, but it?s a pretty fair ranking. There could be an argument made to shift around much of the top 5-12 players listed, so seeing Beckham come in at 11 isn?t too far off.Landon Collins, No. 60Collins is the fifth of five safeties to make the list. He?s behind Harrison Smith (25), Earl Thomas (28), Eric Berry (36), and Malcolm Jenkins (56).These rankings might make a little more sense if everyone is expected to play a full season and at full health. Of the four safeties in front of Collins, one is not in camp , one is coming off an Achilles tear, and the other will turn 31 this season, though Jenkins is still playing at a high level. Collins should have the best case to rise up these rankings following up last year?s ?down? season with an active role in James Bettcher?s defense, which should move the fourth-year safety all around the defense.Saquon Barkley, No. 87Barkley was the only rookie to make this list, which makes sense as a high draft pick with clear projected volume. 10 running backs made the list, the fourth most at a position behind quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive end, each of which had 14 players. Running back was also tied with corner at 10.Eight running backs were listed ahead of Barkley: Le?Veon Bell (7), Todd Gurley (13), Ezekiel Elliott (15), David Johnson (27), Alvin Kamara (30), Kareem Hunt (52), Melvin Gordon (72) , and Devonta Freeman (74). Dalvin Cook (94) is the back who made the list just behind Barkley.This ranking is probably based on not knowing where to put a rookie running back on the list. If Barkley is going to live up to expectations of the second overall pick, he?ll put up numbers that put him at least in the Johnson-Kamara range of players. SnubsOf course it?s not easy to predict who the top-100 players of an upcoming season is going to be, but it shouldn?t be too hard to predict Damon Harrison is going to have another great season. Snacks continues to be consistently underrated ? a reminder he?s never been to a Pro Bowl ? and he doesn?t make the cut here with seven defensive tackles listed. Those who did make the list do have more value as pass rushers, but Harrison has added in some quarterback pressure since coming to the Giants while being an unstoppable force in the middle against the run. Around the divisionThe Philadelphia Eagles tied the New Orleans Saints with most players listed (7). Winning a Super Bowl will have that effect. Five Dallas Cowboys were listed, three on the offensive line ? though Zack Martin (38) is recovering from a knee injury and Travis Frederick?s (61) status is unknown after being diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome. Washington had three players listed, but none in the top-70 ? Trent Williams (73), Josh Norman (83), and Alex Smith (97). At 1-3, the New York Giants haven?t been good enough so far in the 2018 NFL season. If you look, though, there are some things to feel good about.One of those has been the steady improvement of the offensive line, with coach Pat Shurmur telling WFAN on Tuesday that he felt Sunday against the New Orleans Saints ?the offensive line as a unit played their best game.?On Wednesday, Shurmur singled out rookie left guard Will Hernandez, the team?s second-round pick, and second-year right tackle Chad Wheeler, starting his second game after taking over at right tackle for Ereck Flowers , for praise.After allowing two pressures in each of the first two games, Hernandez has not been responsible for a quarterback pressure in the past two games. His pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade of 88.2 was his best of the season.?Part of it is just playing more and more. Some people say you need 5,000 snaps before you get into it, he [Hernandez] didn?t have the benefit of that,? Shurmur said. ?He?s getting better. I think it was his best game, still has his mistakes but I think all in all, it was his best game, which is good, so we hope it just continues to go like it is.?Hernandez does feel like he has gotten better.?I feel like I?ve definitely been improving. I want to keep getting better because I?m not satisfied with that performance [vs. New Orleans],? he said. ?I want to keep building on what I did good and keep getting better at the stuff I didn?t do so good.?Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SportsHernandez said he has definitely learned the value of playing with leverage at the NFL level.?I?ve always felt like I played too tall,? he said. ?Sometimes I?ve been able to get away with it in college. Here I quickly learned that good leverage and good technique is the best way to go.?After giving up three sacks to J.J. Watt in his first start, Wheeler gave up four pressures vs. the Saints but kept Cameron Jordan out of the sack column.?I think he [Wheeler] played better this game than he did last game,? Shurmur said. ?The thing I appreciate about him is, he walks around pretty quiet sort of Monday through Saturday, but on game day, you can see the emotions and you can see him playing hard and competing , and he works hard in practice. ?For a guy that plays with emotion and then he works hard and he competes, then he?ll continue to get better because he has a good skillset. Just like Will, we?re hopeful that he has a better game than he did last week. He?s going to get another tough matchup, so we?ll see how he does.?Looking on the Saints game on Wednesday, Wheeler didn?t want to hear about what he did well.?Just didn?t open up enough holes, didn?t pass block well enough, coulda done a lot of things better,? he said. ?You?ve gotta be hard on yourself, especially being an undrafted free agent. You?re always going to have that chip on your shoulder. Never going to feel like you?re good enough. Honestly when you start feeling like you?re good enough that?s when you get humbled in this league.?An improving group?Both players indicated that they feel like the much-maligned line, including new center John Greco, has been getting better.?As a group I feel like we?re coming together,? Wheeler said. ?Just doing the little things, just do simple better. We don?t have to re-invent the wheel or try to be Supermen out there. You?ve just gotta do your job and hope the guy next to you is doing his.?Hernandez agreedmoody smileyI feel like we?ve been improving as a group and we?re going to keep improving, but we?ve got to step it up,? he said. ?We don?t want to keep improving little by little every game. We want to improve as fast as we can.?



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