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This day in sports, May 22nd, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/21/07 boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium red sox win 7-3 manny ramirez celebrates his homer with ortiz and youkilis in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/08 New York Jets at hofstra #10 chad pennington at practice this morning Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/22/09 Philadelphia Phillies Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers in the second inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Actor Jerry Seinfeld at tonight’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Radio Personality Mike Francesa at tonight’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/10 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia reacts after getting out of the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/11 New York Mets Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium: yankees win 9-3 #20 jorge posada argues a strike out call in the 8th inning Neil Miller/The New Yrok Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/22/16 milwaukee brewers vs ny mets at citifield queens New York Mets win 3-1 New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia #27 celebrtaes the win with New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera #44 Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
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This day in sports, May 20th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

5/20/05 New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets starting pitcher #38 Victor Zambrano delivers in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/20/06 – New York Yankees Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium / Mets Carlos Delgado hits a solo homer in the 4th inning to make the score 3-0 Mets. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/20/10 jets ota training at jet practice facility florham park nj #6 mark sanchez at practice today Neil Miller/TheNew York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/20/11 n y mets Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium #15 carlos beltran leaps for a homer hit by #25 mark teixeria in the 2nd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/20/18 Miami Marlins vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera #13 hits a single in the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports,May 10th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/10/08 Cincinnatti Reds Vs. New York Mets @ shea stadium: game #2 score tied 1-1 after 3 innings #5 david wright is tagged out trying to score on #15 beltran triple in the 3rd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/10/09 Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Mets at Citi Field queens Mets Carlos Delgado hits a double in the fourth inning. Neil Miller/TheNew York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/10/10 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field Queens N.Y. Mets #12 jeff francouer is out at 3rd base in a run down tonight Neil Miller/TheNew York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/10/13 New York Giants at tpc east rutherford nj the rookie class with jerry resse and tom coughlin today back row #72 justin pugh ,#74 matt mccants,#79 damontre moore,#9 ryan nassib front row #30 cooper taylor .#78 eric herman ,#29 micheal cox Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/10/14 Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets at citifield queens ny Philadelphia Phillies win 5-4 New York Mets third baseman David Wright #5 reacts after making the final out in the game tonight Neil Miller/Te New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/10/16 Kansas City Royals Vs N.Y.Yankees at Yankee Stadium Bronx ny New York Yankees win 10-7 New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman #54 celebrates the win with New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann #34 after the game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/10/19 Miami Marlins vs New York Mets at citifield queeens New York Mets lead 8-0 after 1 inning New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano #24 gets a base hit in the 1st inning Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports,May 9th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

05/09/06 – boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium boston leads 7-2 after 4 innings/ #41 johnson faces the music as he is relived by joe torre in the 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
padres vs mets mets lead on #12 alomar 2 run homer in the third inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
the mets mob #25 matsui as his double wins it in the bottom of the 12th inning/ Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/09/06 – boston red sox Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium boston leads 3-2 after 3 innings/ #34 ortiz eludes the tag of #20 posada to score the 3rd boston run in the 3rd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/09/07 texas rangers Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium Neil Miller: streaker at yanks Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/09/09 giants rookie practice in the bubble at giants stadium #82 mario manningham Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/09/09 Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Mets at Citi Field queens ny Mets lead 7-1 after 6 1/2 innings #10 gary sheffield makes this fine sliding catch to save a base hit in the 7th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/09/10 ny yankees vs the boston red sox at fenway park boston mass boston leads 6-2 after 3 1/2 innings #28 joe girardi is thrown out of the game by hp ump tim mcclelland in the 4th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/09/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semi finals game #6 New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals at verizon center washington dc New York Rangers trail 1-0 after 1 period of a powerplay goal by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin #8 seen here as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 wathces the puck get past him Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 7th, by Neil Miller, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

#44 david wright Binghamton Mets, 3rd base/ Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/7/05 New York Giants mini-camp @ Meadowlands : Giants #27 Brandon Jacobs runs the ball at mini-camp practice today. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/7/05 Oakland Athletics Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Yankees #11 Gary Sheffield drops the bat after hitting an RBI double driving home #2 Derek Jeter in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/07/10 ny yankees vs the boston red sox at fenway park boston mass yanks lead 9-2 after 6 innings #28 joe girardi returnws to the dugout after derek jeter is hit by a pitch in the 6th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/07/11 Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. New York Mets at Citi Field mets lead 4-2 after 8 inning #2 justin turner hits 2 run single in the 8th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/07/13 Chicago White Sox vs New York Mets at Citi Field Queens NY New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey #33 pitches in the 1st inning tonight Neil Miller The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports, May 1st, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

#10 pennington at jets mini camp today/ Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/1/05 Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : Yankees #2 Derek Jeter singles in the fifth inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
5/01/06 – Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium / Mets #10 Endy Chavez reacts at homeplate after scoring on the game winning RBI hit by #16 Paul Lo Duca in the 9th inning to win the game 2-1. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/01/08 Detroit Tigers Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium: Yankees Derek Jeter singles in the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/01/10 ny mets vs philadelphia phillies at citizens bank park phila pa phillies lead 6-0 after 4 innings #34 mike pelfrey reacts after giving up a run in the 4th inning Neil Miller /The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/01/11 Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium : Yankees win 5-2 #14 curtis granderson celebrates with #25 mark teixeria after the game Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
05/01/16 San Francisco Giants vs mets at citifield queens New York Mets lose 6-1 New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 pitches in the 5th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

This day in sports,April 30th by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

In todays installment of “This day in sports”, you will be able to see photos from Jets, Yankees,Rangers, and Mets. Dialy stories will be a part of upcoming articles!

#10 chad pennington with head coach herm edwards/ Neil Miller/The New York extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/30/06 – toronto blue jays Vs. New York Yankees @ Yankee Stadium : / yanks lead 4-1 on jason giambi 2 run homer with Derek Jeter in the 7th inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/08 pittsburgh pirtates vs ny mets at shea stadium pirates win 13-1 #5 david wright exits the dugout after the game today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/08 #2 hal gill cross checks #16 avery in the late stages of the 3rd period in sundays game in pittsburgh neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/09 joe paterno press conference at the plaza hotel coach paterno a press conference this evening Neil Miller/The new York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/09 new york rangers locker clean out at msg practice facility westchester ny henrik lundqvist in locker room this afternoon Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/10 ny mets vs philadelphia phillies at citizens bank park phila pa #44 jason bay makes great catch at wall on a ball hit by shane victorino in the bottom of the 2nd inning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/11 Toronto Blue Jays Vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium : Yankees win 5-4 #33 nick swisher and #11 brett gardner celebrate at the end of the game today Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/12 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semi finals game #2 Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers at msg New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 makes a save during the second period. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/30/16 San Francisco Giants vs mets at citifield queens ny New York Mets lead 4-1 after 2 1/2 innnings New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker #20 hits a base hit in the 1st innning Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

NFL Draft: Jets and Giants Improve; Patriots Do Not

ROBBINS NEST

By Lenn Robbins

  Now what?

  The NFL Remote Draft is in the books and the next live sporting event we can look forward to is…?

 Commissioner Roger Goodell looked stiff and uncomfortable throughout the first round. Bill Belichick’s dog, Nike, would be considering a holdout after his outstanding draft poise but he knows his owner would unceremoniously trade him.

The Giants and Jets fared fairly well. Both teams fulfilled Mission A – bolster the offensive line. And both upgraded their secondary with potentially fantastic safeties.

Two of the league’s better GMs – Belichick and 49ers John Lynch – didn’t fare as well as usual. Ravens GM Eric DeCosta hit it – again while the Panthers and Jaguars, often mistaken for each other, bolstered their defenses.

The Cowboys, with CeeDee Lamb will have to outscore teams. The Raiders (Henry Ruggs III) will have to outrun teams.

Aaron Rodgers is not a happy camper. Kirk Cousins is. Go figure.

Speaking of figures, here are our draft grades, from best to worst:

 Jaguars – Best pick: Laviska Shenault, Jr., WR, Colorado – Our second favorite playmaker in the draft. Fave pick: Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami – one of the more under-appreciated players in the draft. Skinny: No misses and a revitalized defense. Grade: A+

Panthers – Best pick: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois – Eric Weddle redux. Fave pick: Runs like a deer, hits like a rhino. Fave pick: Tony Pride Jr., CB, Notre Dame. Smart and speedy. Skinny: They got three starters on defense and Pride might make four. A+

Ravens – Best pick: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State – Gets to the ball carrier quick and hard. Fave pick: James Proche, WR, SMU – Won’t win any races but will catch any pass. Skinny: The Ravens are about defense which they got with LB Patrick Queen, DT Justin Madubuike and Harrison. Grade: A+.

Bengals – Best pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU – No reason to believe he won’t develop into an elite QB. Fave pick: Akeem Davis-Gather, OLB, Appalachian State – He can run and hunts like a Power Five backer. Skinny: A franchise QB who can throw it up to Tee Higgins and A.J. Green have. Grade A.

Browns – Best pick: Grant Delpit, S, LSU – The next great LSU DB. Fave pick: Nick Harris, C, Washington – We’ve sworn off using steal but getting this brawler in the 5th round? Larceny! Skinny: And they got the second-best OT with the 10th pick. Grade: A.

Bucs – Best pick: Tristian Wirfs, OT, Iowa – Getting the best tackle with the 13th pick –  wow! Fave pick: Antoine Winfield, Jr., S, Minnesota – If every football player played with his tenacity – ouch! Skinny: And fifth-round pick, WR Tyler Johnson, is going to be a Brady favorite: Grade: A.

Cowboys – Best pick: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama – Take Byron Jones’ locker. Fave pick: Our No.1 WR, CeeDee Lamb at No. 17? Touchdown! Skinny – Boys filled defensive needs and gave Dak Prescott as dangerous a WR corps as there is. Grade: A.

Cardinals – Best pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston – A starting tackle in the 3rd round? Wow! Fave pick: Evan Weaver, ILB, Cal. – Not an elite athlete but the 6th-rounder is tackling App who just might stick. Skinny: A tackle for Khyler Murray and the best $LB in Isaiah Simmons. Grade: A-.

Broncos – Best pick: Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU – A third-round pick he can be the Day 1 starter. Fave pick: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State – slotted between first-round pick WR Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. Skinny: Drew Lock’s April Christmas. Grade: A-

Vikings – Best pick: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU – Perfect opposite Adam Thielen. Fave pick: Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State – Pencil in this second-rounder as a 10-year starter. Skinny – If seventh-rounder Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State, sticks, GM Rick Spielman nails another draft. Grade: A-.

Chargers – Best pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – All this pre-draft talk about being an introvert is bollocks. Fave pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma – plays like he’s pissed off.  Skinny: If Herbert wins the starting job at any point this season, the Chargers will be thrilled. Grade: B+

Giants – Best pick: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama – The best safety in the draft – Round 2! Fave pick: Cam Brown, LB, Penn State – even if he never becomes more than a special teams star, high character addition. Skinny: Just can’t help wondering why they made Andrew Thomas the first OT off the board. Grade: B+.

Dolphins – Best pick: Curtis Weaver, DE, Boise St. – He’s not the second coming of DeMarcus Lawrence but he’ll get after it. Fave pick: Malcolm Perry, WR, Navy – Former Navy QB is a player. Skinny: Feels like this was a draft for two years out. Grade: B – could be an A or an F.

Jets – Best pick: Ashtyn Davis, S, Cal – One of the best athletes in this draft. Fave pick: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia – Jets defensive backfield has quality depth. Skinny: If 1st-round pick Mekhi Becton keeps his weight down, the Jets finally have a solid GM in Joe Douglas. Grade: B

Lions – Best pick: Julian Okwara, OLB, Notre Dame – Third-round pick with a first-round first step. Fave pick: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia –  RBs aren’t highly valued but Georgia is RB U. Skinny: Lot of pressure to win now. Does this draft really accomplish that? Grade: B.

Redskins – Best pick: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State – Memo to NFC QB’s: The Redskins have as good a DL as you’ll find. Fave pick: Saahdiq Charles, C, LSU – they got a second-round talent in the 4th round. Skinny: Make D.C.’s team great again? Not so fast. Grade B.

Saints – Best pick: Zach Baun, DE/OLB, Wisconsin – A first-round talent in the third round. Fave pick: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton – Another weapon for Drew Brees. Skinny: Saints only had four picks and nailed at least three of them, especially if Trautman is a quick contributor. Grade: B.

Seahawks – Best pick: Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford – Can see Seattle using a lot of two tight-end alignments. Fave pick: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech – The hits just keep on coming. Skinny: If second-round pick DE Darrell Taylor can be a force, Seahawks defense trends up. Grade: B.

Titans – Best pick: Isaiah Thomas, OT, Georgia – The offense is about winning the line so they add a 6-foot-7, 350-pound lineman. Fave pick: Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State – Even Derrick Henry needs a break. Skinny: Matt Vrabel stuck to the team’s personality. Grade: B-.

Chiefs – Best pick: Willie Gay, Jr. ILB, Mississippi State – Terrific size and speed for a sideline-to-sideline backer. Fave pick: LaJarius Sneed, S, Louisiana Tech – With his speed, a special teams player at worst. Skinny: Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round? Nope. Grade: B-.

Steelers – Best pick: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame – Big Ben needs more than JuJu Smith-Schuster. Fave pick: Last season’s trade for S Minkah Fitzpatrick. Skinny: The Ben Roethlisberger era is closer to twilight than sunrise. Not sure this draft did enough to help him win now. Grade: C+.

49ers – Best pick:  Brandon Aiyuk, WR, ASU – It has to be because San Fran needs another outside playmaker. Fave pick: Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia – Might give the 49ers a goal line jumbo package. Skinny: GM John Lynch’s golden touch tarnished. Grade: C.

Patriots – Best pick: Josh Uche, OL, Michigan – Maybe not Isaiah Simmons light but in that mold. Fave pick: Josh Uche – See above. Skinny: S Kyle Duggar dominated at Lenoir-Rhyne but it was, well, Division II Lenoir-Rhyme. Skinny: Bill Belichick is as proven as it gets but this was an off year. Grade: C.

Bears –  Best pick: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah – Got one of the better corners in the middle of the second round. Fave pick: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame – Best tight end in the draft, by far. Skinny: Bears now have 10 tight ends on the roster, making for the core of an excellent rugby team. The NFL isn’t rugby. Grade: C-

Eagles – Best pick: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU – QB Carson Wentz at least has one target. Fave pick: Jack Driscoll, OL, Auburn – An NFC East blue collar blocker. Skinny: We like QB Jalen Hurts but not in the second round and not with other needs. Grade: C-.

Falcons – Best pick: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple – A Jersey brawler. Fave pick: Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse – Watch this kid punt in Mile High. Skinny: They never recovered after reaching for first-round pick, CB. A.J. Terrell. And if the punter is a fave pick, ooh. Grade: D.

Packers – Best pick: None. Fave pick: None. Skinny – Not only did the Pack fail do anything to help Aaron Rodgers, but by trading up for QB Jordan Love, they started the Hall of Fame QBs clock. Grade: F.

Raiders – Best pick: Amik Robertson, CB, La Tech – Fourth-rounder plays with a chip. Fave pick: Lynn Bowden, Jr., WR – A player, plain and simple. Skinny: If the NFL was a 7-on-7 league, Raiders would compete. But it’s not. Vegas fans consider season distancing. Grade: F.

OTHER WINNERS

AREA CODES. Everyone now knows the area code for Cincy QB Joe Burrow’s hometown of Athens, Ohio.  Burrow wore a shirt with Southeast Ohio’s area code, 704. This is the greatest boost to area codes since Reggie Bush wore 619 on his eye black, San Diego’s area code.

PRICE ALERT: QB Dak Prescott and the Cowboys continue to try to work out a new deal. If they don’t, he plays under the franchise tag next season, when he will have Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Zeke Elliott and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb to throw to. Price alert.

SOAP OPERAS – For such a storied franchise, Green Bay has become the soap opera capital of the NFL. Brett Favre didn’t welcome Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers didn’t take to Mike McCarthy.

 Enter Jordan Love, who The Pack traded up to get, setting the stage for Season 3 of TittleTown Tantrums (Hulu). Rodgers, 36, is in win-now mode. The Packers didn’t do much to help him. The over/under on how many times TV cameras focus on any interaction between Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur is 26, where Love was drafted.

GHOSTS – If you were in Jon Gruden’s home for Thursday night’s draft, you were one of a select few who swear they heard the laughter of the late Al Davis seeping up from the basement like a chill.

The Raiders used pick No. 12 on speedy Henry Ruggs III, who we had as the No.3-ranked WR, behind CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy. Then they used the 19th pick on Ohio State CB Damon Arnette, who almost certainly would have been available in the second round.

Davis was known for always being smitten with speedy wide receivers, some of whom didn’t pan out, and being a contrarian. The Raiders went for the Davis cycle. Listen closely, “Just Win Baby.”

COUCH POTATOES – George Kinlaw, Javon Kinlaw’s dad, was in total couch potato mode, half asleep on the couch, until the 49ers, George’s favorite team, drafted Javon. Pops fell off the coach and proceeded to take a “victory flight” around the room.

This day in Sports, April 24th, by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com

tampa bay vs devils devils win 3-0 #alexander svitov takes down #25 niewendyke,leading to a powerplay on which the devils scored their second goal, Neil Miller/Ther New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
eli manning displays giants uniform after being traded form the chargers to the giants today/NeilMiller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/24/05 Washington Nationals Vs. New York Mets @ Shea Stadium: Mets #20 Victor Diaz reacts after striking out early on in the game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/24/09 new york rangers vs washington capitals @ verizon center washington dc eastern conference quarter finals game #5: rangers lose 4-0 #40 simeon varlamov makes a save in the 3rd period tonight Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/24/10 Atlanta Braves Vs. New York Mets Mets Ike Davis scores on an RBI double by Jeff Francoeur in the 7th inning. Neil Miller/The NewYork Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/24/11 Boston Celtics Vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Conference Quarter Finals game #4 knicks #7 carmelo anthony scores a basket thru the defense of #8 jeff green in the 4th quarter Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
04/24/11 Boston Celtics Vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Eastern Conference Quarter Finals game #4 Spike lee before today’s game. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020
4/24/14 St. Louis Cardinals Vs.New York Mets at Citi Field: New York Mets third baseman David Wright #5 flies out during the first inning. Neil Miller/The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com copyright 2020

NFL Draft: Giants, Jets Go Big; Packers go Bizarre

ROBBINS NEST

By Lenn Robbins

There is no place like the Big Apple. Courtesy of the Giants and Jets, it just got a little bigger – and maybe safer for their quarterbacks.

Credit Twitter

The Giants opted not to trade down and fulfilled Dave Gettleman’s vow to improve the offensive line. But instead of going with Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Jr., Iowa’s Tristian Wirfs, or Louisville’s Mekhi Becton with the No.4 pick, Gettleman took Georgia’s Andrew Thomas.

“We spent a lot of time on this and we want to fix this offensive line once and for all,” Gettleman told reporters. “Andrew has a hell of a pedigree. Three-year starter. He’s played big-time ball in front of a lot of people … He’s ready.”

The Jets had their choice of Wirfs or Becton and went with the most massive player in the draft. Consider this, at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton can dunk a basketball – and not blow out his sneaker.

“He brings an edge for us,” coach Adam Gase told reporters on a conference call. “He brings nasty to our offensive line room.”

The draft, perhaps because of the complications caused by the coronavirus, was lacking in wheeling and dealing early on. But made up for it late with four trades. There were six 1st-round trades last year.

It was the Packers who shocked the NFL world by trading up to take Utah State QB Jordan Love. One problem. The Packers have a QB by the name of Aaron Rodgers (36). He expects to play for another Super Bowl or two.

  1. Bengals – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU – After turning in perhaps the greatest statistical season in college football history, capped by a national championship, Cincy hopes Burrow is the second coming of John Elway. Or at least not the second coming of JaMarcus Russell.
  •  Redskins – Chase Young, DE, Ohio State – Ron Rivera starts the Redskins major rebuild with an elite pass rusher. The big questions in D.C. – is Dwayne Haskins the answer at QB or is it “Tank for Trevor?”
  • Lions – Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State – No drama. No trade. Okudah is the best CB prospect we’ve seen since Patrick Peterson (2011). That’s worked out pretty well.
  • Giants – Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia – Dave Gettleman stays true to his word and drafts a Hog Mollie. But did he get the right one? We had Iowa’s Tristian Wirfs rated hired. Our streak of opening 3-for-3 snapped.
  • Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama – If the hip, and the rest of his body hold up, he has everything to be a franchise player. Most accurate QB in the draft and a terrific young man. Aloha nui.
  • Chargers – Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – Let the debate begin: Herbert or Tagovailoa? Another top-shelf young man. Herbert has a stronger arm and no injury worries. Tua more mobile and accurate. We shall see.
  • Panthers – Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn – Goodbye Gerald McCoy. Hello Brown. A high-character, high-effort, highly unmovable presence in the middle of the line. Brady, Brees beware.
  • Cardinals – Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson – Ever since the Cardinals made Deone Bucannon a $LB in 2014, teams have been searching for hybrid defenders. Swiss Army never made a knife as versatile as this defender.
  • Jaguars – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida – Jalen who? The only CB in this draft that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Okudah. His 4.39 speed and 6-foot-1, 204-pound frame, he replaces Ramsey, without the baggage.
  1. Browns – Jedrick Wills, Jr., OT, Alabama – Baker Mayfield just got the protection he needs to emerge as an elite quarterback. Wills blocks like he has a personal vendetta against any defender.
  1. Jets –  Meckhi Becton, OT, Louisville – The Zion Williamson of the NFL. A man 6-foot-7, 364 pounds who runs 5.1 40. Jets will have to keep a tight eye on his weight. He won’t hard to find. Flagged drug test. J-E-T-S.
  1. Raiders – Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama – They can move the franchise to Bora, Bora, the Raiders can’t resist speed. Ruggs is the fastest player in the draft. Is he the next Tim Brown or Darius Heyward-Bey?
  1. Bucs (from 49ers) –  Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa – Tom Brady continues to live a charmed life. GOAT career. Model wife. Signs with a team that has a bounty at WR. The best tackle in the draft falls to the Bucs who move up.

14. 49ers – (from Bucs, plus No.117) Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina – Lose      DeForest Buckner in a trade, replace him with a 6-foot-5, 324-poud disrupter. GM John Lynch continues to build inside out. Smart.

15. Broncos – Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama – Courtland Sutton, a 6-4 target and ball snatcher broke out last season. Team him with Jeudy, last year’s No.1 pick, TE Noah Fant, RB Melvin Gordon, and QB Drew Lock just might take the next step, ending John Elway’s QB curse.

16. Falcons – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson – The second truly baffling pick, behind the Giants. Terrell has all the tools to be an elite corner but is he the third best corner in this draft? Atlanta better have gotten this right or it becomes Hotlanta.

17. Cowboys – CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma – The Cowboys had their choice of S Xavier McKinney or DE K’Lavon Chaisson but when a talent like Lamb, our No.1-rated WR, it’s too good to pass up.

18. Dolphins – Austin Jackson, OT, USC – There are more NFL-ready tackles than the 20-year-old. But this makes a lot of sense if the Fish “redshirt” Tagovailoa, giving Jackson a year to develop.

19. Raiders – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State – Okudah got all the publicity but Arnette would have been the Buckeye’s best CB in most seasons. Just not a first-round pick in this draft.

20. Jaguars – K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU – Not too long ago, this was one of the best young defenses in the NFL. They might be there soon again. With Chaisson off the edge and Henderson at the corner it’s a good night in Jax.

21. Eagles – Jalon Reagor, WR, TCU – New aspect to the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry: Lamb or Reagor? Both are highlights waiting to happen. It would have been negligent not to give QB Carson Wentz a big-time playmaker.

  • Vikings – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU – Lose Stefan Diggs in a trade, add a WR that wins a lot of contested balls.
  • Chargers (from Pats)  – Kenneth Murray, ILB, Oklahoma – The Chargers are severely lacking at linebacker and Murray is the best pure linebacker in the draft. Was it work giving up a 2nd and 3rd? Hmmm.
  • Saints – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan – Simple. Before Drew Brees heads to the broadcast booth, the Saints need to do everything to help him get one more ring. Ruiz can play center or guard. Not a need but insurance.
  • 49ers (from Vikings) – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, ASU – The Niners needed to address this position in a big way. Aiyuk has a catch radius that would make an NBA forward proud. Jimmy Garoppolo, meet Baker Mayfield.
  • Packers (from Dolphins) – Jordan Love, QB, Utah State – Aaron Rodgers eventually replaced Brett Favre. The cleat is on the other foot: Love is the heir apparent. No WR for Rodgers. Another Green Bay soap opera.
  • Seahawks – Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech – A mean, sideline-to-sideline linebacker who is addicted to hitting. The Red Raiders weren’t very good and Seattle has other needs. They thought best player available.
  • Ravens – Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU – LSU has replaced Miami as my favorite college for NFL talent. The Tigers play with a speed and tenacity that’s a football purist’s joy to watch. So do the Ravens.

29. Titans – Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia – Poly Prep’s latest product. Wilson still needs a little experience but imagine this: The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder blocking for the 6-3, 238-pound Derrick Henry. Pity the cornerback.

30. Dolphins – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn – There is no better athlete in the draft. In addition to corner he’s a terrific kick returner. But the Dolphins just signed Byron Jones and have Xavien Howard.

31. Vikings (from 49ers) – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU – Cornerback, WR, OT were the positions that were up for debate. Gladney makes up for his lack of height (5-10) with speed (4.48) and tenacity. Guess they wouldn’t take Trevon Diggs, huh?

32. Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RD, LSU – Just what the NFL wants – another weapon for Patrick Mahomes. E-H is not the best RB in this draft but he’s the best for KC. The 5-7 back is a great receiver. Lot’s of YAC, the Chiefs M.O.

We’ll be back Sunday with our grades. Stay safe. Boo Goodell.