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Elijhaa Penny: 8 things to know about the Giants new fullback Elijhaa
29-12-2018, 04:09
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Elijhaa Penny: 8 things to know about the Giants new fullback Elijhaa
Penny www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com , the newest member of the New York Giants, got into town at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. He took a physical at 10 a.m., participated in a walk-thru at 10:20 and by noon he was looking forward to his first classroom session as he tries to learn his new team’s offense.Here are things to know about the Giants’ new fullback.He thinks he can contribute on Sunday. “If you give me just a small role or anything like that then I’m sure I can gradually go in there, pick up blitzes, things like that. Just give me my protection role and let me read the defense. Or if you need me to pick up a certain blitz or go in there and block the SAM or the MIKE, but as far as getting the whole playbook that’s gonna take some time.”He started his college career at Cerritos College, a community college in Norwalk, Calif.“Even though I had faith that I could do it you always question yourself. ‘Can I really go to the NFL from a community college? Are team really going to give me a chance for just playing two years at a Division I?’ You have all those things in the back of your mind, but I just feel like when you have faith and you have the drive I believe you can achieve anything you want to.”He was a collegiate halfback at Cerritos and at Idaho, and offers some positional flexibility.“(I) bring versatility. My blocking’s pretty good, I can run the ball if I need to and catch the ball out of the backfield. This offseason I lined up at running back, fullback and tight end. I feel like versatility is the reason why I’m here.”Blocking doesn’t seem to bother the 234-pound Penny.“I block just like I run the ball — physical. You’ve gotta be physical when you try to open holes for people. Blocking pretty much came easy. I had a really good running backs coach (Kirby Wilson and Terry Allen) out there in Arizona. I trusted the technique that was given and went out there and performed.”Four questions about Penny with Seth Cox of SB Nation’s Cardinals website, Revenge of the Birds. Ed: What kind of player is he? Looks like he has versatility beyond just being a blocker.Seth: Last year Penny made the roster and made an immediate impact on STs. Later in the season, due to all the RB injuries, he started getting carries and wound up rushing 31 times for 124 yards and a 4.0 average. His best performance came versus Washington where he rushed for 10/45 and his 1st TD.The thing that sticks out about Penny is his rushing style. He is a power RB who hits the hole hard and then lowers his shoulder on contact to initiate the contact rather than absorb it. In his rookie season FS D.J. Swearinger used to complain (in a good way) about having to take on Penny in practice. Bringing Penny down is no easy task. He’s one of those power RBs who gets stronger with each carry.Ed: Why did he get bumped to the practice squad after being on the 53-man roster a season ago?Seth: The Cardinals decided to move him to fullback. He was competing with veteran Derrick Coleman and was unfortunately just a numbers game. Also, let’s not act like the Cardinals have created a good roster or made a ton of great decisions thus far.Ed: Penny will or will not be a nice addition to the Giants backfield?Seth: I think he has good ability as a backup running back, but he’s a very valuable and talented special teams player. I think that’s what he’ll do best first.Ed: Anything you can tell us about what kind of guy he is or anything we should know about him personally?Seth: When Penny, who wasn’t drafted, received his phone call from the Cardinals for a tryout, he wept following the call. His mother assumed that her son had received a contract offer from the Cardinals, thus Penny decided to assure his mom that he had. Following his tryout, it was a triumphant day for him when he was called upstairs and offered a contract and then congratulated by fellow idaho Vandal Mike Iupati.He’s a hard worker, a great teammate and a kid that will endear himself to fans immediately for however long he is there.BBV Mailbag: Season-opening edition A new NFL season has already begun, and the New York Giants join the party Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against the Jacksonville Jaguars. With that in mind, let’s dip into the Big Blue View mailbag and see what tumbles out.Ed says: Dorian, I’m really not sure about Bashaud Breeland. I would think that if the Giants had interest they would have gone after him by now. Perhaps it’s money, don’t know. I do know that the Giants have been pretty aggressive in churning their roster at cornerback to try and get it right, and I think that might continue if they don’t like what they see from the guys they have.CTscan123 asks: OK, my question is essentially “can you reassure me, Ed?“ with the release of web who played well this summer to say nothing of Andrew Adams, The trading away of Brett Jones New York Giants T-Shirt , a seemingly capable center, the signing of Jonathan Stewart, an over the hill running back, the presumed faith in Patrick Omameh, a seriously subpar guard according to PFF, and taking on the salary of Alex Ogletree who seems to be a complete liability in coverage. Can you reassure me?Ed says: Well, CT I’m not a psychiatrist. You seem to have tied yourself in knots over this. Listen, no one is ever going to agree with every move any general manager makes. That’s just the reality of life. Not every move is going to work out. Another reality. The NFL is a salary cap league where you can’t just write a blank check and get every player you want. You only have seven draft picks (the Giants only had six in the last draft) and you have to wait your turn. That means you can’t fix every problem in one offseason, and you will never, ever build an absolutely perfect roster. Again, a reality. What I like is that Gettleman and Shurmur have their priorities in the right place. They recognized the need to improve the offensive line and have aggressively tried to do something about it. They recognized the need to run the ball better, and have tried to address it. They recognized the need for better linebacker play. Trading for Ogletree meant taking on a bad contract, but at least they tried to do something about it.I have no idea how many games the Giants will win. Maybe not drafting Sam Darnold will blow up in their face. What I do know is that I feel much better about the direction of the Giants with Gettleman and Shurmur making decisions than I did with Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo.That’s all the reassurance I can offer, CT. Hope it helps!Jerrry Panza asks: (I) was wondering if my feelings about the Giants being unfair to Davis Webb have any validity?Ed says: Thanks for the question, Jerry. I think a lot of fans feel the way that you do. Quite honestly, though, I don’t believe the current Giants regime was unfair to Webb in the least.If you want to say McAdoo and the Giants screwed up with Webb last season, fine. They did.McAdoo didn’t get him ready to play, and he was left without experience he should have had. Gettleman and Shurmur, not to mention the rest of the league, ended up without game tape they could have used to help evaluate the kid.The current Giants regime wasn’t unfair to Webb at all. They gave him a ton of reps, a ton of opportunities to show them what he could do. Shurmur, who has had success with a wide variety of quarterbacks, was around him for months to learn what he was about. In the end, the Giants made a judgment. That’s all. It wasn’t one that was expected. It wasn’t a popular one, I think because the media had hopped on the Webb Train and the fans rode along. They chose Kyle Lauletta, a player whose skill set and personality appear to be a better fit for what Shurmur likes to work with. There is a misconception that this choice was about Alex Tanney, and maybe again if you read the voluminous 53-man roster projections that had both Webb and Lauletta in and Tanney out that might be where it comes from.This wasn’t about Tanney vs. Webb. It was about Lauletta vs. Webb. Shurmur has said repeatedly since announcing the 53-man roster that he wanted a quarterback with experience on the roster. Forget having only played in one regular season game. Tanney has been in the NFL since 2012, and Shurmur values the knowledge that comes with that.The Giants simply chose Lauletta. Fair to Webb or unfair, that’s life in the NFL. New regimes come in, they make choices New York Giants Hats , and sometimes those choices are hard to understand. Shurmur and Gettleman are the ones with the necks on the line. They have to go with the players they believe in — not the ones Reese believed in.Ed says: Neil, I’m not sure you’re a Yankee legend, but, thanks for the question. I have said many times that in my view a playoff berth is necessary to consider this a successful season. The Giants put aside the idea of finding a quarterback of the future (cough, cough Sam Darnold) because they felt like they can still win now with Eli Manning. They went all-in to do just that.So, guess what? Now, they have to win in the short term with Eli Manning. That doesn’t mean they have to win Super Bowl titles. But, they need to be a good, competitive, playoff-caliber team. A Manning-less future is coming, the Giants have just chosen to push it down the road. They need to be right, or their plan in my view is unsuccessful.Now, good things can still happen if they don’t make the playoffs. A lot of good things already have happened. For me, though, there has to be a playoff berth to consider 2018 a truly successful season.Ed says: Thanks, Howard! You raise a point that I’ve been trying to make. The guys the Giants cut were let go for a reason. The Giants were 3-13 a year ago, which means they didn’t have really good players. As of now, Romeo Okwara (Detroit Lions) is the only ex-Giant released since Saturday to land on a 53-man roster. Davis Webb (New York Jets), Robert Thomas (Buffalo Bills), Andrew Adams (Philadelphia Eagles) are on practice squads. That’s it.Teams are not exactly tripping over themselves to get at the players the Giants are parting with. That should tell you something.Ed says: Well, maybe they think they don’t need one. Remember, the Giants are going to spend most of their time in a two-tight end set this season, probably with Evan Engram functioning as a pseudo-third wide receiver.There is also the matter of money. Plus, do you really want Dez? I mean, c’mon! The Giants don’t need to deal with that.Remember, too, that the three reserve wide receivers — Cody Latimer, Russell Shepard and Kaelin Clay — are all critical members of the special teams units. Latimer will return kickoffs and be on coverage teams. Clay will return punts. Shepard is an outstanding gunner and terrific blocker on returns. That’s important.There is too much obsession about the third wide receiver. Three-wide is no longer the Giants base package. Let’s move on.
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