Friday Morning Notes: Snee, Eli making their way back

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Some things of note on this Friday morning….

OL Chris Snee, who underwent hip and elbow surgery over the past few months, should be able to participate in the Giants’ upcoming offseason program, which begins Monday. From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:

“Giants OTAs begin next week, and a source said that Snee, who had hip surgery last season and had an elbow surgery earlier this offseason, will be in attendance. There’s still no timeline for when Snee will be 100%, but he’s expected to be on the field for the “bulk of” the offseason program, the source said. The Giants offseason program begins with strength training and drills next week; the on-field portion of things kicks off in late May.”

That is consistent with everything we’ve been told all along. Snee is entering the final year of his contract and both he, and the Giants, would like nothing more than for him to play that out.

QB Eli Manning is currently rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, and many are concerned about his recovery timetable. Not to worry, said former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride in a radio interview yesterday. Eli has been here before.

From Rotoworld: “That was Gilbride’s answer when asked how Manning would bounce back from his arthroscopic ankle operation. Gilbride also bristled at the notion that Manning is in the decline stage of his career. “He’d be the first one to tell you that he could’ve had a better year,” Gilbride said. “I can’t imagine (the Giants are) down on Eli going forward.” The G-Men would be crazy not to at least consider the possibility. There’s a lot on the line for the 33-year-old Manning in 2014.”




5 comments
fast_eddie
fast_eddie

Some of these mock drafts are all over the map. I've seen Taylor Lewan as high as #8 and as low as #15. Same thing with Mike Evans and Aaron Donald. A lot is going to depend on where these 3 or 4 QB's fall as far as who the Giants are able to get. I don't think I'd take Beckham though, mainly because of his size. The NFL is going bigger, stronger, taller, big hands, long arms and I don't think Odell Beckham fits that bill. They'll get a good wideout for sure somewhere in the draft, but I don't think Beckham is their guy at #12. I have not wavered since the beginning on Lewan, Donald, Evans and Ebron in that order...and nothing has changed my mind since then. Now we just have to hope one or two of them falls to the G-Men. I do like Niklas as a possibility in the 2nd round...

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

I think the Snee situation is not being talked about enough.  I think the fact that this might be Snee's last year is a bigger problem than example Rolle being in his last year.  Rolle is still a very good player whereas Snee is closer to retirement.  I think replacing Snee on the Offensive line is a huge priority.  None of the players the giants brought in are long term solutions and many of them are just backups.  


This is why my primary dark horse selection for the Giants is Zach Martin.  To me he is the Justin Pugh of the first round very good, versatile.  Is not going to blow you away but a sold selection with minimal risk.  


Assuming the giants stay put where they are I would guess their first round strategy goes a little like this:  


Plan A: If Mike Evans, Taylor Lewan, or Jake Mathews fall to us we grab one of them.  


Plan B: We entertain trade options with teams looking to move up to grab a QB for example. On another site I saw the example of trading down with to number 26 with Cleveland.  Cleveland has the 4th pick and 26th and the 2nd round 35th pick.  What if Cleveland selects Watkins for example of another top tier guy because the QB's are not rated highly enough but Lets say Bortles is still on the Board at 12.  Would they give the giants their 35th selection to move up from 26?  If I were the giants I would do it.  Sure you move down a lot but you still may be able to select a Reshade Hageman or Kelvin Benjamin at that point without reaching.  While also having a early second rounder and our own 2nd to play with.  


Imagine trading down to 26: taking Kelvin Benjamin, then at 35 taking Filo, and then taking Niklas at 43.  


Plan C: If None of these potential top tier talents are there and we cant trade down. We look at some potential reaches but good value players giving a slight edge to offensive guys: Zach Martin, Kelvin Benjamin, Justin Gilbert, Louis Nix, Reshade Hageman, Beckum, Ebron, 


Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jaymanjay Many teams might be interested in trading down to acquire additional picks as its a very deep draft... It might be hard for Reese to do so.....However; anything is possible and like every year, something strange always seems to happen.

John Fennelly
John Fennelly

@jaymanjay  I think Benjamin has been turning teams off. Not too many are willing to give him the guaranteed deal of a high draft pick.  I also think he's just what the Giants need. They have to get back to the days of Plaxico and Shockey, both of whom scared the $### out of defenses.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@jaymanjay I'm not very well versed in College FB, so I don't know the names, so I don't like to speculate who they should and will take.


That being said, I still think, even with the signings they've made, the Giants most glaring need is Offensive Line.  I have a habit of watching the line play during games, especially when I'm at the game, and I don't need to tell you how bad they were last season.

And their two latest SB runs proved that the game is won and lost on the Lines.  Even a mediocre QB/RB combo can look like All-Pros behind a great OL.