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of the fifth with LB Germaine Pratt and add to the offense with WR DaMarkus Lodge"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015 Christopher Slayton Buffalo Bills Jersey , Week 172019 NFL Draft2019 Big Blue Draft-A-Thon: Giants select LB Germaine Pratt and and WR DaMarkus Lodge, on the clock for pick 171New,19commentsThe Giants continue to reinforce their defense at the top of the fifth with LB Germaine Pratt and add to the offense with WR DaMarkus LodgeEDTShareTweetShareShare2019 Big Blue Draft-A-Thon: Giants select LB Germaine Pratt and and WR DaMarkus Lodge, on the clock for pick 171Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY SportsWith the 143rd and 144th picks in the 2019 Big Blue Draft-A-Thon, the Big Blue View community selected Germaine Pratt (LB, NC State) and DaMarkus Lodge (WR, Ole Miss) for the New York Giants to start the fifth round. Pratt has only been a linebacker for one year, converting from safety for his final year at NC State. He has plenty of experience in zone coverage from his days as a DB, but is still finding his way as a down-hill run defending linebacker. Pratt might start his career as a special teamer or sub-package player, but he could grow into a larger role as he learns the nuances of the linebacker position. At the very least he is likely an upgrade from Tae Davis. With the very next pick, the Giants added an outside receiver in DaMarkus Lodge from Ole Miss. Lodge was as a deep threat almost exclusively and has good long speed, but his route running and lateral agility remain questions. He also flashes the ball skills to make highlight-reel catches, but also shows inconsistencies catching the ball and can drop some “gimmie” passes. Lodge does have plenty of skill at getting clean releases against tight coverage, and could help free up the short area of the field for the rest of the Giants’ offense, in addition to being a tough, physical blocker for his teammates.The Giants have a third pick in the the fifth round, the 171st overall pick, or the first of three compensatory picks at the end of the round. To keep things moving along, I’ll only be listing the 10 picks before the Giants’ selection and the 10 best players available.The Picks So Far161. Houston Texans - Mark Fields (CB, Clemson)162. Chicago Bears - Javon Patterson (iOL Mississippi)163. Philadelphia Eagles - Terry Godwin (WR, Georgia)164. Indianapolis Colts - Gary Johnson (LB Color Rush Christopher Slayton Jersey , Texas)165. Dallas Cowboys - Rodney Anderson (RB, Oklahoma)166. Los Angeles Chargers - Clayton Thorson (QB, Northwestern)167. Kansas City Chiefs - Terry Beckner (iDL, Missouri)168. New Orleans Saints - Anthony Johnson (WR, Buffalo)169. Los Angeles Rams - Zedrick Woods (S, Mississippi)170. Cleveland Browns - Michael Jordan (iOL, Ohio State)Best Players AvailableOverall128. Preston Williams (WR, Colorado State)Cornerback182. Kendall Sheffield (CB, Ohio State)185. Derrek Thomas (CB, Baylor)191. Ka’dar Hollman (CB, Toledo)Safety167. Mike Edwards (S, Kentucky)187. Marvell Tell (S, USC)197. Sheldrick Redwine (S, Miami)Linebacker202. Chase Hansen (LB, Utah)203. Ben Burr-Kirven204. Cameron Smith (LB, USC)The New York Giants Are On The Clock When the New York Giants drafted running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the 2018 NFL draft, visions of offensive fireworks danced through fans’ heads. With hyper-athletic playmakers at every offensive skill position, how could the offense NOT improve? Unfortunately, the Giants’ offense has yet to realize its potential through the first quarter of the season. The fault for the offensive slog isn’t at the feet of Barkley, however. He has racked up at least 100 all-purpose yards in each game so far, and scored a touchdown in three of them. He is doing his part on the field Youth Christopher Slayton Jersey , and he also seems to be blossoming rapidly off the field as well. Despite the way the team has started the season, Barkley sounds like the mature “Face Of The Franchise” he was drafted to be. He insists that the way forward for the team is to be optimistic, but also realistic about the hole they have dug for themselves. “Obviously you’re 1-3, the season is obviously not over,” he said. “It’s a long season but you can’t say it’s a long season forever because you get to a point where you get redundant and you keep saying that, then there’s no chance for you to make the playoffs. Everything that we still want, all of our goals are still in reach. Coach said something perfect today, he said the only thing that we’re not capable of doing this season is an undefeated season, and that only happened one time. I don’t know if everybody expects to win every single game, but most likely not going to win every single game. You’ve just got to continue to work, not get down like I said, have positive energy, come into the building and continue to work and like you said examine yourself, watch film, learn what you can do to help the team, learn what you can do better to help yourself better in certain situations and get ready for the next week.”On the offensive strugglesDespite having players like Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram on their offense, the Giants have struggled mightily on offense. They have struggled with execution and mental mistakes, they have struggled with consistency Womens Christopher Slayton Jersey , and they have struggled to find an identity.“We’ve got to get back to the basics. We’ve got to kind of do what we did the first drive against other teams, continue to have that momentum, that first drive epitomizes what we’re capable of doing on the football field and we have to have that mindset,” Barkley said. They showed in their first game that that they have the talent to match up and be a problem for any defense in the NFL. But what the Giants need to do is find an identity on offense.“Yeah, it is that simple,” Barkley added. “We’ve got to get back to playing Giants football. I don’t think really any team so far that we’ve played, obviously at the end of the game they had the win and they had more points than we had, but there’s a lot of things we did ourselves to put us in that situation. If we can fix ourselves and just focus on ourselves, I think the rest of the season will take care of itself.”‘Giants Football’, as Barkley referred to it, is “just being consistent, running the ball, making efficient plays, maximizing on the opportunities when we get the opportunities, stay away from mistake-free football – obviously you’re going to make mistakes, but make less mistakes than the other team, not turn the ball over.”On his rookie seasonBarkley himself has had a good start to his NFL career. So far he has proven his ability as a runner and receiver, shown that he can create on his own in both facets of the game, and be the playmaker the Giants drafted him to be. But that doesn’t mean that he is satisfied.Barkley said, “Even when you win, win or lose Color Rush Julian Love Jersey , I’m always going to be my biggest critic because I have the passion, I want to be great, I want to be a great player in this league and I have to hold myself to that standard. When we lose, you’ve got to look back on yourself.”That passion, the high standards to which he holds himself and the work ethic with which he drives himself to meet those standards, bordered on legendary in college. Despite having the kind of start to his rookie season of which any player would be proud, Barkley wants, needs, to be better.“I’ve got to be better,” he said. “I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of breaking tackles so far, I’ve got to find a way to break more tackles. I was brought here to be an efficient player and when the opportunity comes, create big plays, and I’ve got to do a better job there. A lot of the reason we haven’t been successful is we haven’t been able to run the ball, we haven’t run the ball as well as we are capable of. That’s where my job kicks in and that’s where myself and the O line, we’re kind of a whole when it comes to that, where we’ve got to take that as a personal challenge and continue to work and get better. When the next game comes, when the opportunity comes, capitalize on it.”

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