In widely popular “let’s do anything to avoid talking about football” news, the New York Football Giants are on TMZ again. This time, it’s not because Mark Herzlich is interested in joining the cast on Game of Thrones. No, no, no… this is about Johnny Football, and why wouldn’t it be, everything is about the Cleveland Browns 2014 first round pick, right?
Over at TMZ, they launched the GIANT headline: NY Giants Co-Owner: I Would Be Concerned About Johnny Manziel.
The first thought that comes to mind is: why would the New York Giants care about Johnny Football? However, it is a TMZ story, so the answer is, they probably don’t. But Johnny Manziel creates page clicks, so it’s news. Apparently SI agreed, as they grabbed the story and took it a step further with the title proclaiming this: Giants owner worried about Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior.
Of course, the thought that title creates is something along the lines of, “what did Johnny Manziel do to make the Giants concerned about him”? The answer to that question is simple — the Giants aren’t concerned about him, it’s a manipulation of Giants owner Steve Tisch’s words in the name of headlines. Here’s what the co-owner said:
“I think if you sorta look at the culture and the history of the Giants, [Johnny] really doesn’t fit the profile of, historically, NY Giants football players.”
Back to FOOTBALL. Over at the four letter, NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano is at it again… but this time in a more positive Giants vein. In assembling the Jints offensive line preview for 2014, Graziano made this proclamation about rookie C/G Weston Richburg:
Walton will compete with rookie second-round pick Richburg for the starting center spot, and that could absolutely go either way. The Giants won’t be afraid to start Richburg at center if they think he’s ready, but they also don’t rush rookies if they’re not ready just because they were high picks.
We here at GMEN HQ concur wholeheartedly, and in fact made the same statement in late May during Organized Team Activities. With Chris Snee ailing and J.D. Walton a relative unknown, there’s a better than 50/50 shot that Richburg opens 2014 as either the Giants center or right guard starter:
It’s widely believed that if Walton performs during training camp and preseason, the job will be his come opening week. However, the presence of well-schooled second rounder Weston Richburg won’t afford him much breathing room. Depending on the sharpness of Chris Snee upon return from hip surgery, Richburg could ultimately find his opening at right guard. He’s already seen traffic there during workouts.