Daily Links: Let’s Make A Deal

  • Richardson lobbies for Wilkerson deal [PFT]
  • What will become of the unemployed Santonio Holmes? [NY Post]
  • Should the Jets sign CB Brandon Flowers? [Gang Green Nation]
  • Dyer: Rex Ryan sent wrong message by going bowling [WFAN]
  • Dexter McDougle standing out in green [NY Jets]
  • Eight takeaways on Jets’ OTA practices [ESPN NY]



44 comments
__fense
__fense

I don't understand why you have that Dyer rag in the daily links when there was a much better story about the same thing by Dom Cosentino.

Bent
Bent moderator

Off-topic: Big time kudos to the Rangers players and fans.  What an exciting collection of players and style of play, with an amazing underdog spirit and a couple of inspirational stories.  Five great games.


The series reminded me of the '93 SCF (Kings-Canadiens) where heavily-favored Montreal won three OT games in a far-more-competitive-than-history-will-remember 4-1 series win.  (Or, probably more relevant to NY-based fans, the Yankees-Mets subway world series where the Yankees won 4-1 but the Mets could easily have won three of those games.)


I know the Rangers have some decisions to make on a few guys but with such an awesome goalie and the excellent McDonough, I reckon the nucleus is in place for them to get back to the finals again over the next few years.


One of the best things about hockey is that the die-hard fans always show respect to the other team even in defeat rather than complaining about luck or officiating and the Rangers' great fans have been no different.  Much respect.


*Stick-tap*

Brendan
Brendan

Thank god Greece didn't score first, this game will now be worth watching. 

rrjm
rrjm

Brandon Flowers was released by the Chiefs....any interest in him?

tsjc68
tsjc68

Offered without comment:


How the mighty have fallen. It wasn’t that long ago that Brandon Flowers’ name was mentioned in the same breath as the league’s best. In 2010 he graded out as PFF’s second best cornerback and allowed just one touchdown all season. Fast forward to 2013 and Flowers missed two games, still gave up five touchdowns, allowed 0.95 yards per snap (third worst) and his 66.7 percent pass completions allowed ranked him fifth worst in the league. The net result is that the Chiefs are reportedly looking to trade him.


In defense of Flowers, he is a special breed of shadow corner (five games) in the fact he played 50 percent of his snaps in the slot. The closest comparisons would be Kyle Arrington (seven shadow games, 55 percent slot) and William Gay (five shadow games, 43 percent slot) and both Arrington and Gay are more a product of the usage of the other cornerbacks on the roster (Talib in New England, Taylor in Pittsburgh), whereas Flowers, Kansas City’s top corner, is specifically given that role. As a result of the way he is used, Flowers sees extended playing time against smaller, faster receivers, running routes that get them open quickly. His shadow duties last season were on Dez Bryant, Cecil Shorts, DeSean Jackson and Wes Welker (twice). If Flowers sticks in K.C. for another year I’d expect a similar performance, which is a useful nugget of information for those playing daily fantasy games when speedy slot receivers play the Chiefs.


https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/05/13/best-fantasy-cb-matchups/

tsjc68
tsjc68

Best options for Tone:


TB (as the slot #3 behind V-Jax and Mike Evans) + Florida ties

CLE (to join the Hawkins-Burleson-Austin threesome and possibly be the #1) + Ohio State ties + Pettine ties

KC (to be the #3 or possibly #2 across from Bowe, if he can beat out Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins) + Sutton ties

CAR (to replace Steve Smith in the slot and push one of Cotchery/Avant to #4)

HOU (to push Devier Posey back down to #4 and serve as Andre Johnson insurance)


harold
harold

Hard to believe a writer would put their name to the nonsense Dyer just wrote.  Sad reallly, because he knew it was wrong and kept putting little caveats about "only June" and "only OTA's" and "minor misstep". 

He should still have his arse handed to him for this silly article.  Period!

levi
levi

Im excited to see these two young safeties (Allen, Pryor) playing this year. I think they will make a big difference in the turnover department.

levi
levi

Congrats to LA and Willie Mitchell!!  (runs for cover)

maynard
maynard

bring back Holmes, he's twisted enough, he'd be good with Decker, he can still play.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Watching Lundqvist at the end of the game (right after the goal) and his post-game presser was one of the saddest sports moments I've ever had. That guy did not leave one ounce of himself in the tank, he wanted this as much as anyone who has ever played. 


And your outlook for the Rangers is pretty accurate. They have a young nucleus, Richards is probably their free cut (maybe he comes back on the cheap, which would be okay), but the pieces in place are young outside of St. Louis (who the Kings did a fantastic job of neutralizing) and Nash (hopefully they can find him with the disappearing act he pulled in the playoffs). 


Good things still to come for this team, but damn....they basically lost three games on a coin toss. Stinks. 

eurojet
eurojet

@Bent its sad because it was a very winable series for the Rangers

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 Your boy Cimini disputes this report.

eurojet
eurojet

@jake100 jup, they tried to work out a trade in May as well, but Izdik said no...

tsjc68
tsjc68

Smells like due diligence. Who knows, maybe he's always loved Rex and wants to sign a below-market deal with minimal guarantees to replace Wilson as our slot CB.

eurojet
eurojet

@rrjm nope. He is a zone corner... He doesnt fit our defense

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I've always thought Carolina made the most sense. 

levi
levi

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer I really liked Dyer a while back but it seems he has decided negative pieces are the way to go lately.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi Tough series. Rangers held the lead in all three games in LA, lost all three in 2 OT. The Rangers' core is young and Henrik still has enough prime years left that they can make it back, but.....damn. 

joemustgo
joemustgo

@Brendan @Bent I wish I was as optimistic. I think they were a good team that got some breaks (Habs beating Boston) and went on a nice run but were ultimately outclassed by LA. When they start next season, once again they will not be in the conversation as cup contenders. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@eurojet @Bent Definitely.  None of those four losses were easy games for the Kings.

tsjc68
tsjc68

He is a pretty damn good zone corner though. I'd take a gamble on him if he's dirt cheap, but some other team that fits his skillset better will probably give him more money than we should.

tsjc68
tsjc68

I agree.

I could see Pettine being leery of pairing Holmes with his young QBOTF, though.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @tsjc68 They could recreate the Flight Boys, but with Kelvin Benjamin playing the Braylon role.

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

@Brendan @levi thats what stings the most to me...outside of that game 3 poopfest, i thought the rangers were as good as if not a bit better than the kings...certainly they weren't 4games to 1 worse. 


oh well.  34 more years to go based on their usual pace.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@Brendan @levi Painful, that's for sure.   Well, still not a bad finish given their start.  I don't miss Tortorella (except for the pressers).

levi
levi

@Brendan  The Rangers will be fine. I got to know Willie a little when he went to Clarskon so Im happy for him. Two Stanley cups and a gold medal with Canada is a damn fine career.

a57se
a57se

@jake100 @Bent 

The Cimidiot has a nose for the truth and facts?

That was a either a great piece of sarcasm by you or one of the dumbest statements you have made in a long time!

eurojet
eurojet

@tsjc68 for the cheap I would be ok with him, but I think a team like Tenessee will throw more money at him than Izdik.

eurojet
eurojet

@tsjc68 @Brendan Benjamin has no hands at all. He was a high risk pick and could end up a bust

a57se
a57se

I couldn't believe how bad Dan Girardi played in this series........he turned the puck over so many times in this series and was physically inferior.

Very frustrating loss last night especially with all the chances the Rangers had.

Hopefully they beef up the back end so next year they can go all the way.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi He is one of those "in the right place" guys that you just hate if you're playing him. I was constantly left wondering how this old guy* was beating younger/faster people to pucks constantly, he just has that 6th sense for seeing things develop. 


I personally like the Kings as a team, the way they play, etc. Just sucks that the Rangers outplayed them the majority of the series, but lost 4-1 anyway. 


*in hockey years, don't want to be going around calling people less than 10 years my senior "old." 

Brendan
Brendan

@eurojet That doesn't mean they aren't planning for him to be a big player for him, though. 


Planning and executing are different things. On paper, that's the type of player they are hoping Benjamin can be (big, downfield target that wins balls with size). 

levi
levi

@Brendan It was a pretty good Clarkson team too. Erik Cole also played  on the team and he also won a cup with Carolina. I didnt know him though, Willie actually came and said good bye I said where ya going and he said I just signed my ticket with the NJ Devils. I shook his hand congratulated him wished him good luck. He is a good guy quite a jokester.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi Is Clarkson a big hockey school? Having two good NHLers at the same time like that is impressive. 

levi
levi

@Brendan  Yeah, they have some good players come through there. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Either way, it's good experience. 


I hope he enters the ring to Eye of the Tiger and gets that Rocky IV mojo working for him. 


USA!USA!USA!