As Kevin covered the other day, NFL rookie camps are well under way, and among the many former Syracuse Orange players participating, Eric Dungey seems to be getting quite a bit of attention with the New York Giants.
But just because there’s a lot of Dungey talk doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to make the roster. The Athletic discussed that a little bit today, potentially seeing him as the odd-man out if the Giants (likely) stick with just three QBs. Eli Manning and Daniel Jones are locks. That leaves one spot up for grabs between Dungey, Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney. With Jones coming in as a rookie, there’s potential the Giants want a veteran insurance piece, which could give Tanney the nod.
Still, Dungey’s versatility and athleticism should give him a bit of a leg up. Maybe not as a traditional quarterback, but in terms of what he can do for the offense in terms of giving them some different looks (a la Taysom Hill), there’s utility there. Will that be enough to make the roster? I’m not necessarily sold on Pat Shurmur’s ability to get creative with him, so that may mean Dungey’s looking elsewhere. I’m cautiously optimistic he can show enough in Giants’ camp to create some interest elsewhere — again, provided he can do a few different things for a team.
It’s likely to be a long road. I’d put odds on making the Giants at 10%, but chances of making a roster at closer to 25%. Quarterback injuries could also open up some needs. We’ll see soon enough.
That, plus the rest of your Syracuse-related links below:
What are the odds on Oshae Brissett’s return to Syracuse? (Syracuse.com)
It’s all going to depend on the feedback Brissett receives following the G-League camp and his workouts with teams and also whether he’s interested in returning to Syracuse, improving his game and getting himself more prepared for life as a pro or whether he wants to begin that life now.
Offseason report: Elijah Hughes (CuseNation)
The biggest thing for Elijah Hughes to work on is his ball handling. Off the dribble, Hughes can improve to add that element of his game. Rarely did you see Hughes attempt to take his defender off the bounce and attack the rim. He was much better moving without the basketball to get looks inside.
Offseason report: Buddy Boeheim (CuseNation)
Underrated about Buddy Boeheim is his ability to find the open man. He is not someone who is going to rack up four or five assists per game, but he can find his teammates when he attracts extra attention. Despite inconsistent minutes, he had two or more assists in eight games this season and averaged three per game over the last three.
Manning and Jones are locks to make the roster. While some teams only carry two quarterbacks, the Giants likely will keep three for the fourth consecutive season. Dungey is a long shot, although the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is an intriguing piece as a versatile athlete who can play multiple positions. Most likely, the battle for the third quarterback spot will come down to Tanney vs. Lauletta.
Defending Keim’s Offensive Line Decisions (Revenge of the Birds)
2018 was a disappointment for Pugh. But---to be honest---some of the blame for Pugh’s 50.8 PFF grade belongs to the Cardinals’ offensive coaches for their poor play calling and designs. Being consistently outnumbered in the box is not going to help any offensive lineman’s PFF grade, especially when the coaches as you to run the ball straight into the line over and over.
Syracuse’s Mellen in showdown mode for Loyola test (Syracuse.com)