Fans crave news and updates. There is an entire group of guys spread all over the country in one chat critiquing Daniel Jones and his swing pass release to the back out of the backfield…right now. SMH.
There are another set of fans chatting away on the potential bust-ability of Kadarius Toney because once again for the second year in a row…he isn’t practicing. The 2021 1st round pick is walking through drills, as normal, catching balls from a Juggs machine, and wearing a red jersey mostly reserved for quarterbacks, who are not allowed to be hit.
One of the biggest storylines bubbling up during OTA’ s is the productivity and sure handedness of rookie Tight End, Daniel Bellinger from San Diego State. DGB stands a chance to come into camp as TE1 and he will have deserved it.
Blake Martinez being ahead of schedule, Wan’Dell Robinson playing bigger than his height, the Barkley come back tour starting with catching balls out of the backfield, and more. All topics that are being covered.
The only player the media and the fans are not talking about is rookie Middle Linebacker, Micah McFadden from Indiana University. Whether the 5th round selection takes over for Tae Crowder or is the heir apparent to Blake Martinez…his current status is a bit of a mystery.
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It’s very rare that you see a middle linebacker have the production McFadden had when blitzing the QB. Over two years, McFadden had 12.5 sacks and 36 tackles for loss. McFadden has the speed, power, and IQ to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Surprisingly, he has been relatively quiet in camp as he learns the playbook.
Great Football speed. He phyically got faster here…he can run. Best blitzing Linebacker I’ve ever coached in my 30 years of coaching football.– Tom Allen – Indiana Head Coach talks about Micah McFadden
McFadden has said the opportunity to wear the headset and hear the calls inside the helmet is a huge bonus instead of hand signals in his college days. The Giants also have Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin fighting hard for snaps. The Giants did have an opportunity to draft a long list of stud linebackers including Channel, Muma, and Dean.
The Giants’ new DC, Wink Martindale does like to match up a backer in the slot, which is not McFadden’s specialty and since there is no actual “hitting” at this stage, fans may need to wait to pre-season to actually see McFadden turn it on, get downhill and smack someone.