Earlier during the draft process, former Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty claimed to have people within the organization who told him the team is very interested in Darnold and could trade up to the No. 1 overall pick to secure drafting him. Anonymous NFL executives who spoke with NJ Advance Media believe the Giants will draft Darnold if the Browns select Allen. The Browns have been connected to Allen, Darnold, and quarterback Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process. Recent reports suggest the Browns have narrowed their choices down to Allen and Mayfield. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock still has a ‘gut feeling’ the Browns will select Darnold.
According to Vacchiano, the Giants are sold on Darnold as their No. 1 quarterback, they are not very high on two of the other projected top four quarterbacks, and there is one darkhorse candidate at quarterback to be selected at No. 2 overall.
Finding a loophole around the Ed Sheeran concert scheduled for Saturday, which was supposed to have the Lions starting the season on the road, is a blessing. Then you have to realize the game is against the Jets, one of the most-beatable opponents on the entire schedule. There’s plenty of value in gaining early momentum and a win in prime time can provide that.
The travel this season was always going to be a bear. After a west-coast trip to Oakland in the preseason, the Lions will head back to the Bay Area in Week 2 to face San Francisco. That’s a good, young team with a quarterback who hasn’t lost in seven starts. But it will probably be better to catch the 49ers early in the year, before the chemistry fully develops between Jimmy Garoppolo and his offensive weapons.
As for the home tilt against New England, no matter where you put it on the schedule it was going to be tough. A hyped home crowd for prime time certainly doesn’t hurt Detroit’s chances.
Former coach Jim Caldwell always preached “be an indoor team with an outdoor mentality.” The Lions will need that mental fortitude this December when they play not one, but a pair of games at two of the league’s more challenging cold-weather venues.