The Giants’ 2018 schedule reinforces what New York fans already know heading into the season: New coach Pat Shurmur and his staff have a lot of work to do if the team plans to contend for a division title.
Yes, New York’s division rivals in Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington also have teams from the NFC South and AFC South on their schedules. But the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins are not facing the transition the Giants are managing as they aim for a return to the playoffs.
Thibodeau spent much of the early part of the series publicly prodding Towns to play with more energy. He specifically mentioned the importance of running the floor on multiple occasions after Houston held Towns, who was often double-teamed in the post, to single-digit scoring totals in the first two games.
But it’s a lot easier said than done to outrun Capela, a gazelle in Nikes who doesn’t have to be reminded that he can impact the game simply by sprinting.
“I try to always have that pace,” said Capela, who has worked to build his endurance so he can play at maximum effort for 33 minutes, as he did during Game 5. “I feel like I have an impact on the offense whenever I sprint, whenever I put pace on our offense. By doing that, I feel like I really help my team. I really try to stay focused on that and keep that energy up.”
He was welcomed to the team by Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Goedert is the first player selected by the Eagles in the 2018 draft as Philadelphia traded its first-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens, who selected quarterback Lamar Jackson, on Thursday.
The Eagles had a need at tight end after releasing Brent Celek in March and losing Trey Burton in free agency (signed with the Chicago Bears).
Goedert posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2016 and ’17 and had 13 touchdown catches in that time span.
“It’s going to add depth and competition to the position,” coach Doug Pederson said. “He’s a tremendous weapon we can utilize. It’s exciting to have a pick like this to add.”
Impressing scouts with his testing results at a pro day in Florida, it has been reported the ex-Rabbitoh met with the Eagles along with the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers in the lead-up to the draft.