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Yankees GM Brian Cashman
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On Sunday, Brian Cashman and the rest of MLB's general managers will travel to San Diego for the annual Winter Meetings, where deals with free agents and potential trades will create a rumor mill that baseball fans can't wait to see.

And as always, the Yankees should be a team mentioned in many of those rumors. 

While Cashman will be looking to make some serious headway in his offseason plans, he'll also make sure to update the media after each day to see how things are going. 

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur reacts as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur reacts as he coaches against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could find himself on the hot seat this offseason depending on the result of these final four games. In fact, with a 2-10 record and a 7-21 record overall through his short tenure with New York, it's hard to say it's not hot as we speak. 

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch added to that heat on Tuesday at the 36th annual sports luncheon for the March of Dimes when he wouldn't commit to Shurmur or GM Dave Gettleman as being the men to lead the team in the future.

"Those decisions aren't going to be made today, so respectfully I'm going to wait until after the season and start those conversations with my partner," Tisch told SNY.

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Allonzo Trier (Noah K. Murray)
Allonzo Trier (Noah K. Murray)

Allonzo Trier finally found his way back into the Knicks' lineup in their blowout against the Bucks on Sunday night after posted DNPs in the previous two. And unfortunately for him, that has been common of late. 

Trier's name hasn't come up a lot for the Knicks, and that is probably due to the fact that he has only played in two of the last 10 games. He had six straight DNPs before David Fizdale played him for seven minutes against the Raptors on Nov. 27. 

In fact, Trier has only played in 10 of the Knicks' 21 games this season, and the logjam in the backcourt is the main reason why. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Wayne Ellington, Scott Thompson
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The Giants revealed Wednesday that QB Daniel Jones suffered a high ankle sprain against the Packers on Sunday, and though Pat Shurmur won't say it definitively, Eli Manning should be getting the start against the Eagles on Monday night. 

So the veteran signal caller that spent 15 years leading the Giants offense will return after taking a back seat these past 10 games for Jones' rookie progression. It was in that moment leading up to Week 3 that many believed it was the official end of Manning's time with the Giants -- and that still might be what happens when the regular season is over at the end of the month. 

But Manning hasn't been viewing things that way, especially not now with a start -- and maybe more -- in his sights. It's time to get down to business.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Mar 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Rap artist ”Fat Joe" reacts during the second half of a game between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 28, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Rap artist ”Fat Joe" reacts during the second half of a game between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's been months since they made their decision, but Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant continue to catch flak for choosing the Nets over the Knicks. This time, the shot comes from rapper and New York's own Fat Joe.

Speaking with Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, Joe said that the two NBA All-Stars didn't want to deal with the pressure of being a Knick, yet still wanted to play in New York. The alternative, then, was to go to Brooklyn.

"You got to understand a lot of players, and I'll call them out: Kyrie, Durant. They didn't want that New York Knick pressure," Joe said. "They didn't want that media attention. They didn't want Sports Illustrated being right in the backyard. They didn't want that, so they said, 'Alright, we want New York, but let's do the lesser of the drama. Let's go to Brooklyn.'"

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Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones said on Monday he should be good to go this week after twisting his ankle against the Packers. 

Now it's the exact opposite. 

According to head coach Pat Shurmur, Jones suffered a moderate high ankle sprain and will need to sit out the Giants' Monday Night Football game against the Eagles this week. In turn, veteran QB Eli Manning will likely be back in his starting role. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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As the Giants continue to plummet this season, the prospect of Pat Shurmur being let go as head coach has begun to come up lately. Even GM Dave Gettleman may be on the hot seat. 

But that's a conversation the Giants will be having after the season -- not with four games still left to play. 

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was present at the March of Dimes' 36th annual Sports Luncheon to accept the Sports Leadership Award. During a short media availability, he was asked whether or not he believes Shurmur and Gettleman are the right men to lead this team back to greatness. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Scott Thompson
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Ron Rivera (Chuck Cook)
Ron Rivera (Chuck Cook)

With four games left in the season, the Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. 

"I have a great deal of respect for Ron and the contributions he has made to this franchise and to this community," Panthers owner David Tepper said in an official statement via ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I wish him the best. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers."

It has been a rough year for the Panthers, with the biggest issue being Cam Newton sidelined for the rest of the year. Kyle Allen has taken over, and hasn't been bad in the slightest. In fact, Carolina may move on from Newton after the season, which means Allen would be the No. 1 quarterback for the 2020 season. 

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Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar
Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar

All 32 MLB teams had to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by 8 p.m. on Monday, or they would officially hit the free agent market for anyone's bidding. 

The Yankees tendered contracts to all of their specified players, but they could be in the hunt for some players that didn't see a contract from their now former team. 

Here's who could interest the Yankees on the free agent market...

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Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones (Chuck Cook)
Jason Garrett/Jerry Jones (Chuck Cook)

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a way of making headlines virtually every week, and he did so again on Tuesday with a very interesting comment regarding his head coach Jason Garrett

There has been speculation that Garrett's days are numbers in Dallas, and Jones didn't necessarily help reverse that narrative much during his daily spot on 105.3 The Fan. Here's what he said about Garrett:

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 (Tim Fuller)
(Tim Fuller)

After a frustrating eighth straight loss for the Giants, CB Janoris Jenkins wasn't afraid to speak his mind about the team's defensive scheme. 

"You've got to use your weapons. I'm the only one in the league that doesn't travel (with the opponents top wide receiver). I don't understand why," Jenkins said. "It's common sense. I'm on the left side of the field all game. I get two passes thrown my way. All the top corners in the league travel. Rabbit doesn't travel anymore."

What Jenkins said was true. The Giants left him on the left side of the defense, and the Packers only looked his way on two passes, both of which went incomplete. 

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Jets S Jamal Adams had tears in his eyes when he was talking after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was mainly due to the boot on his foot. 

Well, head coach Adam Gase revealed Monday the reason for that boot was an ankle sprain for the Pro Bowl safety. 

Gase added that Adams will undergo an MRI and "that kind of stuff" to further assess the injury. He will be considered "legit week-to-week," and Gase doesn't believe that he'll be practicing this week. 

Tags: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Scott Thompson
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After taking the ball up the middle on fourth down to pick up a first down on Sunday against the Packers, Giants QB Daniel Jones was noticeably grimacing in pain. And that pain stemmed from his ankle getting twisted up underneath a pile of players. 

Though he was seen limping throughout the rest of the game, Jones played through the pain in the Giants' 31-13 loss on Sunday. But that injury doesn't have head coach Pat Shurmur worried in the slightest. 

Speaking on Monday, Shurmur said that Jones didn't need to go for an MRI or have any further tests done on his ankle. It was a normal evaluation that had a positive result.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Scott Thompson
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Jackie Bradley Jr. (Kevin Jairaj)
Jackie Bradley Jr. (Kevin Jairaj)

If the Mets want Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to be their center field fix, they're now going to have to trade for him. 

According to the Boston Globe's Alex Speier, the Red Sox have tendered a 2020 contract to Bradley. If Boston had not hit Bradley with a tender, then he would've become a free agent, where things would've have been much simpler for GM Brodie Van Wagenen & Co. 

Now Bradley and the Sox have until a set date (usually in February) to come to terms on an agreement. If that doesn't happen, then arbitration will begin with both sides submitting salary proposals that independent arbitrators will use to determine a salary for the 2020 season. 

 

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage (26) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Saquon Barkley wasn't in a positive mindset after the Giants suffered their eighth straight loss on Sunday against the Packers. However, his play was something to at least smirk about. 

Barkley has repeated that it wasn't his high ankle sprain hindering his production on the field the past few weeks, and he may have confirmed that with his first 100+ yards from scrimmage game since Week 8 against the Lions. 

His 83 yards rushing on 19 attempts was the most yardage since Week 2 against the Bills when he had 107 yards on 18 carries. Barkley also hauled in three receptions for 32 yards from Daniel Jones as well. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Another Giants loss saw another up and down performance by rookie QB Daniel Jones. And his performance wasn't enough to match up with one of the best in the game in Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

But the established veteran had some nice words to say to the young gunslinger after the game. 

Meeting when the final whistle blew and the score read 31-13 in a Packers win, Rodgers found Jones on the field to tell him this:

Tags: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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If the loss to the Bengals wasn't crushing enough, Jets S Jamal Adams was seen with a walking boot in the locker room after the game. 

And whether it was the boot itself or the loss as a whole, Adams was very emotional while talking to reporters. 

Adams was talking with tears in his eyes, and almost broke down a couple of times before calming down a bit. With his voice very low, here's what he said about his current situation:

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Jamal Adams (Robert Deutsch)
Jamal Adams (Robert Deutsch)

Jamal Adams has been playing out of his mind lately. It seems like every big defensive play for the Jets involve their defensive captain, and if that continues on Sunday against the Bengals, he could be setting a new NFL record. 

Over the past three games -- all of which have been Jets wins -- Adams has collected 5.5 sacks. And when you include his one against the Dolphins in Week 9, Adams already has 6.5 sacks on the season with five games left to play. 

The NFL record for sacks in a single season by a defensive back was set by S Adrian Wilson back in 2005 with the Cardinals at eight. It's a record Adams promised he would break.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Scott Thompson
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Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine talks with the media Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in Cleveland. Valentine, the most experienced of the finalists for Cleveland's manager's job, got his second interview with the Indians. Valentine's managerial resume includes more than 2,000 games, six seasons in Japan and a trip to the World Series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)
Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine talks with the media Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in Cleveland. Valentine, the most experienced of the finalists for Cleveland's manager's job, got his second interview with the Indians. Valentine's managerial resume includes more than 2,000 games, six seasons in Japan and a trip to the World Series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)

As Carlos Beltran takes on his first season as manager of the Mets, a former skipper has some advice for his squad. 

Bobby Valentine spoke to TMZ Sports at Mariano Rivera's charity event on Saturday night, and said as long as Beltran can help fix the team's bullpen struggles, the Mets will definitely find success in 2020. 

"I hope he can get the end of the bullpen together and maybe even get (Yoenis) Cespedes to play a little, and put that group together offensively, so they can be consistent to go with that pitching," Valentine explained. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees announced Wednesday that 1B Greg Bird has decided to elect free agency instead of accepting his assingment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Bird has been playing in the Dominican Winter League at the moment, preparing for next season. However, the Yankees made the move to designate him for assignment along with the release of Jacoby Ellsbury in a move that freed a couple spots on the 40-man roster to keep prospects. 

For the Yankees, it's most likely hard to see Bird go despite his lack of production over his career. He was a top prospect at one point, with a bright future as the Yankees' franchise first baseman ahead of him in many eyes. However, injuries hindered his time on the field, and ultimately his spot on the team. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Since those two wins that Daniel Jones put together in his first two career starts, it has been an up-and-down ride to their Week 13 matchup with the Packers this week. 

But that is expected from a rookie quarterback. Jones was never going to come in and take over without facing a few tribulations. The turnovers have certainly been there, and ball security and decision making needs improvement for sure. 

In the Giants locker room, though, Jones is well respected and his running back in Saquon Barkley gave more than just his stamp of approval when speaking to the media on Wednesday. He applauded his work ethic and want to get better in every aspect of the game. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Tim Hill (David Berding)
Tim Hill (David Berding)

Starting pitching is the obvious priority for the Yankees this offseason, but shoring up the bullpen also seems to be on GM Brian Cashman's list. 

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are reportedly among those intersted in trading with the Royals for reliever LHP Tim Hill. Feinsand says the Yanks are "chief among the suitors."

The 29-year-old debuted for the Royals in 2018, where he had a 4.53 ERA over 45.2 innings pitched (70 games). He improved in 2019 with a 3.63 ERA over 39.2 innings (46 games). 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Bengals are in desperate need of a win, so much so that they strayed away from their Ryan Finley project and returned Andy Dalton to his role as the team's starting quarterback. 

So he'll be taking on a Jets defense that has been shutting down offenses during this three-game win streak, and though he hasn't been getting the game reps he's used to these past three weeks, head coach Adam Gase knows his defense can't underestimate him. 

"It's obviously something we have to be highly aware of," he told reporters before practice on Wednesday. "Andy's through the most part of his career has done a good job taking care of the football, putting the team in a good position as far as third and manageable situations. He sees the game well."

Tags: CJ Mosley, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman looks on during pregame against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

As things shake out at the moment, the Giants own the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That's prime real estate to land one of the top prospects coming out of college football this year -- if, of course, the Giants stay in that slot. 

If that is the case, GM Dave Gettleman will be in a great position to nab arguably the best player in this year's draft class in Ohio State DE Chase Young.

After watching his most recent performance against Penn State, where he collected three sacks, Young once again solidified his spot as the best pass rusher in the NCAA. He now has seven sacks in his last two games, bringing his total to 16.5 on the season with 19.5 tackles for loss. 

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Another week has gone by, and another Jets win transpired. This team is simply clicking everywhere, and while the offensive side of the ball has garnered a lot of praise, it has been the defense that continues to step up and prove that they are one of the best units in the league. 

And that's come with injuries to starters like Avery Williamson, C.J. Mosley and Trumaine Johnson, to name a few. Depth players have had to step up, and lately, none has been more noticeable than rookie CB Bless Austin

The Rutgers product has been a fan favorite during this three-game win streak, as injuries to Darryl Roberts, along with Johnson, have given Austin the opportunity to make a good first impression on defense. 

Tags: Bless Austin , Jamal Adams, Trumaine Johnson, Scott Thompson
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oNov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Julian Love (24) intercepts the football in the second half against Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
oNov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Julian Love (24) intercepts the football in the second half against Chicago Bears wide receiver Javon Wims (83) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Julian Love's homecoming in Chicago on Sunday was a bittersweet one. For one, he was playing in the NFL for the first time in his city with friends and family watching from the stands. However, a couple friends he was hoping to see weren't there for very unfortunate circumstances. 

Love's childhood friends in Joey Ramos and Tony Lemon tragically died after their car plunged into Lake Michigan last Sunday. The car was recovered on Tuesday, just five days before Love was supposed to hit the turf at Soldier Field. 

"Joey was a big Bears fan, and this is the game where, I have no doubt they'd be there Sunday cheering me on," Love told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton. "It's hard, it's definitely hard, but they'll be with me this way, too. They'll be there in spirit."

Tags: Jabril Peppers, Julian Love, Scott Thompson
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Adam Gase
Adam Gase

The Jets are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, after man-handling the Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday in a 34-3 win. They've now won three straight games, and the road actually gets easier when you look at the schedule. 

It starts this Sunday with the winless Bengals hosting the Jets, and it's hard not to chalk this one up alreasy as a win the way head coach Adam Gase has his team playing at the moment. Everything is clicking on all sides, while the Bengals have kept things close in their last couple contests, they can't seem to get anything to mesh. 

But don't tell Gase -- or this Jets team -- this is an easy win to collect and head home with. They already know Cincinnati is hungry for that winning taste in their mouths, which is why they aren't going into this game with any expectations. 

Tags: Jordan Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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There's a chance S Jabrill Peppers' first season with the Giants is going to end early. 

The team announced on Monday following the loss to the Bears that he suffered a transverse process fracture. Peppers left the game early with what was called a hip injury, but this is actually a spinal injury. 

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, this injury would be "at best" a six-week recovery. And with the Giants' record at 2-9, there would be no need to rush Peppers back out on the field. 

Tags: Jabril Peppers, Scott Thompson
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It looks like Mets new manager Carlos Beltran is very close to getting his bench coach, as SNY's Andy Martino reports Fredi Gonzalez out of the running. 

Martino also reported last week that Hensley Meulens has become a "strong frontrunner" for the job, with Joey Cora his only competition now.

So who exactly is Meulens? You may be familiar with his coaching of the Giants for the past nine seasons -- the last two as bench coach and the previous seven as the hitting coach. But Meulens' baseball resume goes further back to his playing days in MLB. 

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) avoids the tackle of New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu (50) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) avoids the tackle of New York Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu (50) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Coming into the season, sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine became a quick favorite, someone whom the fans wanted to see make an impact in his rookie year. Most of that stemmed from the tragedy he endured just after getting drafted, when he and his best friend Dwane Simmons were shot with Simmons' wound unfortunately becoming fatal. 

But there is also the fact that Ballentine was a Division II prospect that became the first player ever from Washburn University to be drafted into the NFL. He has had to battle many ups and downs to get to this point in the season, and the Giants are beginning to reward that hard work. 

On Monday Night Football against the Cowboys, Ballentine was placed in as slot corner for Grant Haley. They felt a switch was needed and Ballentine has been doing everything asked of him, going all the way back to the preseason where he was making plays at practice left and right. And that switch stayed the same against the Jets two weeks ago, where he played 44 defensive snaps compared to 53 against Dallas. 

Tags: Corey Ballentine, Michael Thomas, Scott Thompson
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Nov 8, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman (32) walks off the court after the game against the Illinois-Chicago Flames at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Nov 8, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman (32) walks off the court after the game against the Illinois-Chicago Flames at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Memphis Tigers C and potential first overall pick James Wiseman has been suspended by the NCAA, but he will be able to return in time to impress NBA scouts. 

Wiseman has to sit 12 games, the NCAA said on Wednesday, which means he's eligible to return on Jan. 12. He must also donate $11,500 to a charity of his choice. 

The suspension stems from his head coach, Penny Hardaway, paying his family that same amount he is giving to charity to move to Memphis from Nashville while Wiseman was in high school. It was deemed that Hardaway was considered a booster due to his $1 million donation to the sports hall of fame in the high school 10 years ago. 

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) reacts after a first down against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) reacts after a first down against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

What should you expect from the Giants coming out of the bye? Well, for one, expect more balls to be thrown WR Darius Slayton's way.

It's been a solid rookie connection between QB Daniel Jones and Slayton all season, and it took a big leap in the tough loss to the Jets two weeks ago. Slayton set a bunch of career highs in targets (14), receptions (10), and yards (121) while hauling in two touchdowns as well. 

This was the breakout performance many in the Giants facility believed this fifth-round pick was capable of. And because of it, Jones said that he'll be looking his way more often. 

Tags: Darius Slayton, Scott Thompson
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Jets RB Le'Veon Bell went on Twitter Wednesday morning to rant about the NFL already issuing five random drug tests in the first 10 weeks of the season. And he made sure to add that he won't be taking another test moving forward. 

Well, he doubled down on that statement after practice. 

"I don't know. I'm not going to say all that," Bell said when asked if he feels targeted. "I'm just saying I'm not doing it no more. They're not getting no more of my blood. They better use the blood they got right now."

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Scott Thompson
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Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Coming off the bye week, the Giants will be traveling to Chicago to face the Bears, a team that has lost five of its last six contests. But most of the struggles with this squad is due to its offense sputtering. 

Their defense is a different story. 

The Bears own the eighth-best defense in the NFL at the moment, with many playmakers on that side of the ball. But there may be no better duo of pass rushers in the league than the ones the Giants will be facing on Sunday in Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd.

Tags: Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Scott Thompson
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Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 25, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur looks on during the first day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After six straight losses, the Giants are in a rut. And they're coming off the bye week with three tough games ahead that could further that losing streak. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have taken the off week to look into what could turn things around, and give this team a boost heading into the homestretch of the season. And while those changes will reveal themselves this week against the Bears, Shurmur has already started a certain change during practice that he hopes will help. 

For those that have been to training camp or gotten to watch practice, you'll notice music playing. It keeps the players loose and the playlist has horns in between songs to trigger the next drill to be done. 

Tags: Cody Latimer, Darius Slayton, Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants are back from their bye week, and WR Golden Tate is hoping this reset for the team can help spark something moving forward. 

"It's good. I think we all needed to just kind of hit the reset button, refocus, kind of evaluate what we all individually can do better," he told reporters after practice on Monday. "Just try to go on a run."

Since Tate joined the Giants in Week 5 after serving his four-game suspension, Big Blue has found themselves in a six-game losing streak. It's a rut that Tate has never experienced in his 10-year career, so he isn't trying to keep this feeling alive. 

Tags: Golden Tate, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis (17) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks second-rounder Ignas Brazdeikis didn't see much time to start the season in the NBA, so it was the best option in the team's eyes to send him down to G League Westchester again to get more playing time. 

And, oh, did he make the best of it. 

In his second game in the G League, Brazdeikis dropped 36 points on 16-for-28 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three. He also had six boards, one assist, and two steals in a tough 96-94 loss to Grand Rapids. 

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Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)
Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)

The Giants had their bye week, but they were still affected by the action that went down this weekend. And it wasn't in the NFL -- it was college football. 

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger. 

Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up. 

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Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)
Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)

The Jets find themselves in a two-game win streak, and technically their playoff hopes are still alive. They will continue to focus on this season, but it was probably hard not to see what happened this weekend in college football that could alter the NFL Draft next year.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger. 

Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up.

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Many players normally head home to see their families or simply get a change of scenery during the bye week. For Giants TE Evan Engram, he remained in East Rutherford so he could be ready to help his team this week.

Engram suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Cowboys two weeks ago, and has been working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. And that included work during the bye week. 

He's now out of his walking boot, and says he's feeling good.

Tags: Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)
Julian Love (Brian Fluharty)

It's been well documented this season just how young this Giants defense is. They have the most amount of rookie snaps of any team in the NFL, and it's mainly because of their starters on defense. 

First-round cornerback DeAndre Baker has been starting since Day One, and so has DT Dexter Lawrence. Mix in players like LB Ryan Connelly (out for the season with torn ACL), OLB Oshane Ximines, and now CB Corey Ballentine and you can see why this unit has struggled facing top offenses this year. 

But this is what the Giants want: develop the young talent to set a foundation for next season and the foreseeable future. Rome wasn't built in a day, and GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the front office realizes there is a process to this. 

Tags: Antoine Bethea, Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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He was a man the Redskins drafted 105th overall back in 2015 out of Duke -- someone they believed would be their secret weapon in the passing game for years to come. 

But, on Sunday in Washington D.C., Jamison Crowder was handing it to his former employer instead. 

The Jets took down the lowly Redskins, 34-17, on the road, and Crowder played a big part in that. He hauled in five receptions for 76 yards with a 29-yard touchdown as the big highlight from his performance. 

Tags: Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker
Sam Beal/DeAndre Baker

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have many things to reflect on and review during this bye week, and what's been going on in the secondary is definitely at the top of the list. 

This very young group has struggled throughout the season. The Giants' pass defense is currently ranked 24th in the league, with 259 yards allowed per game. And they allow the sixth-worst quarterback rating at 103.5 on average. 

While every player in the secondary can share the blame for their bad moments this season, first-round pick DeAndre Baker has been the worst.

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar throws out a runner against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

As Yankees GM Brian Cashman assesses his 26-man roster for next season, he'll most likely take a long, hard look at Miguel Andujar

Why? Well, where does he truly fit?

He'll be 25 at the start of the season, and his 2018 campaign that saw him as the runner-up for Rookie of the Year made the Yankees very happy to see him trending in the direction of the other young superstars on their team. 

Tags: DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton

There wasn't a lot to pull out of the Giants' loss to the Jets on Sunday that could be chalked up as a positive. Saquon Barkley rushed for one total yard, the defense once again broke down and let up chunk plays throughout, and most importantly, the Giants lost to a 1-7 team that had just lost to the Dolphins -- a winless team prior to their matchup. 

However, Giants WR Darius Slayton had the best game of his rookie season. 

Slayton was targeted 14 times by rookie QB Daniel Jones, hauling in 10 for 121 yards and two touchdowns. It was Slayton's first 100-yard game, and now he has five touchdowns over his first eight games. 

Tags: Darius Slayton, Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Jets owner Christopher Johnson was candid when asked about S Jamal Adams on Sunday, saying "I would love to have Jamal on this team forever."

The feeling is mutual.

"S--t, I want to be a Jet for life, too," Adams told reporters on Wednesday. 

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets fans don't want to think about this past NFL trade deadline when S Jamal Adams was reportedly almost dealt away. He wasn't traded, but it didn't create a little rift between Adams and the front office. 

Since then, the choppy waters have settled, and Jets owner Christopher Johnson may have just put them at a standstill with his comments Wednesday on the dynamic Pro Bowler.

"Jamal is a fantastic player. We saw that this Sunday. He's an extraordinary player," Johnson told reporters. "He's the kind of player you can build around -- you should be around given the chance. Absolutely amazing."

Tags: Jamal Adams, Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Adam Gase entering another week coming off a win at home, searching for his team's first win streak of the season. They have a good chance to make that happen against the lowly Redskins, whose only win this season came against the Dolphins. 

During his daily presser before practice, Gase was brought to the attention of some of his players saying this franchise as had a hard time sustaining success, though. Just when it looks like they've turned the corner with a big win, they end up taking a loss the next week to counteract it. 

That's why Gase is determined to focus solely on this week, and not have the win in the back of his mind. For him, the past week -- win or loss -- doesn't matter. 

Tags: Brian Winters, Chris Herndon, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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It is Day 2 at the GM Meetings out in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen once again discussed multiple topics regarding his team heading into the offseason. 

Here's what you need to know about what Van Wagenen touched on...

Amed Rosario won't make the outfield shift

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Franklyn Kilome, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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If you read Giants RB Saquon Barkley's stat line from Sunday, you probably would've thought it was a joke. But the one yard he accumulated on 13 carries wasn't a joke in the slighest. 

The Jets were able to penetrate the Giants' offensive line to get to Barkley quickly before he could make his way upfield. However, many believe that Barkley is still not 100 percent healthy since returning from a high ankle sprain he sustained in Week 3 against the Bucs. 

Barkley has refuted it numerous times up until this point, but not as aggressively as he did on Tuesday when asked about those who believe he should be shut down for the rest of the season given the Giants' 2-8 record and playoff hopes nearly out of the cards. 

 

Tags: Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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