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2024 Draft: Daniel Jones Watch Party? & Espresso Martini to Keep You Awake


The back of New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones entering stadium
Is this the 2024 NFL Draft a watch party for New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones' job?

We are all on a draft watch. We are watching for our team's potential fortunes and our fantasy teams' potential fortunes. However, some are watching closely for job security. Here are three veterans whose jobs may be in jeopardy after the NFL 2024 Draft!

Sometimes, it is better to watch these events with a cool beverage in hand. And since this is all about anticipation what better beverage to consume than a Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini!


An espresso martini in a coupe glass on a linen tablecloth with coffee beans spread around
It's going to be a long night...make yourself an espresso martini and enjoy the ride

Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini

What You Need

1 ½ ounce orange vodka

½ ounce dark crème de cacao liqueur

½ ounce Galliano Espresso Coffee liqueur (or your favorite coffee liqueur)

1 ounce Espresso coffee hot and fresh

What You Will Do

Add all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice.

Shake until chilled.

Strain into martini glass.

Cheers!

 

3 Veterans Who Need to Watch Their Backs

There are pre-draft smoke screens all over the place. Who you believe partly falls on what you want to be correct.

So, let’s play the rumor game and see what veterans will be watching their back this 2024 NFL Draft!

Daniel Jones, NYG Quarterback

I do know who needs to hear this, and that is every New York Giants fan out there. Daniel Jones is not your answer. He hasn’t been your answer, and why now you would insist that he is the answer is baffling.

The Giants have six picks in the 2024 NFL Draft:

·      Round 1, Pick 6

·      Round 2, Pick 47 (From Seattle in the Leonard Williams trade)

·      Round 3, Pick 70

·      Round 4, Pick 107

·      Round 5, Pick 166 (From San Francisco; Christian McCaffrey trade from Carolina Brian Burns trade)

·      Round 6, Pick 183

Almost every reputable…and some not-so-reputable outlet has the Giants picking LSU wide receiver Malik Nabors at this sixth spot. Not mad at the pick. Nabors is a stud. But is Jones the quarterback who can take advantage of elite weapons? There is no more Saquon Barkley, and Darren Waller is contemplating life after football.

In Jones’ six games last season, he averaged 5.7 yards per passing attempt threw two touchdowns and six interceptions. Statistically speaking, his best year was 2022, his first season with then-new head coach Brian Daboll; it was a great time for all. So maybe Daboll can spark the magic once again.



There is no shortage of those who believe Jones is the answer. Daboll gave him that credibility in 2022. Let’s see how the 2024 NFL Draft shakes out and, ultimately, how much confidence the Giants have in Jones.

 

Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns Quarterback

Right about now, I feel like I am just piling on Watson. And, of course, the On The Field articles regarding the Cleveland Browns are less than flattering regarding Watson.  But then there is the fact that Watson counts for slightly less than $63.8 million against the cap this season. Once again, the Cleveland Browns do not have a first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, with their first pick coming at the end of the second round. And on paper, this team should be so much better.

Sure, in the five full games that Watson played last season, the team was 4-1. But then again, according to TruMedia, 17% of his throws were inaccurate. He was 31st in yards per passing attempt (6.5), 24th in touchdown rate (4.1%) and 24th in interception rate (2.3%).

This team should be so much better! Amari Cooper averaged a career-high 17.4 yards per reception and 83.3 average receiving yards last season. Both highs were while he received passes from four different quarterbacks, where 19.4% of the throws to wide receivers were inaccurate, per TruMedia.

Granted, the loss of Nick Chubb in Week 2 hurt. But we are talking about a team whose defense boasted the likes of the Defensive Player of the Year. A defense that was first in yards before contact allowed in home games (0.14), whose secondary held opponents to 5.9 yards per pass attempt (second), and whose safety Greg Delpit finished sixth in Pro Football Focus run stop metric.

The Browns enter the 2024 NFL Draft with their stated stop needs being an offensive tackle, linebacker, and defensive line. And even though I am a Jameis Winston truther…wouldn’t it be interesting if they made some mad trades and drafted a quarterback?

Realistically, no team is crazy enough to take on Watson’s contract and two years of ineptness. But even with the five picks the Browns have in the draft, their window is closing. Both Cooper and Chubb are on one-year contracts. Jerry Jeudy has not had a 1,000-yard receiving game in his four years in the NFL, and Elijah Moore is playing in the final season of his rookie contract.

The Browns' reality is that if they choose to eat the rest of Watson’s contract after this season, they will lose $72.9 million and $8.9 million in cap space, and that is after the dead money of $136.9 million and $72.9 million on the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

The 2024 NFL Draft gets started in the second round for the Cleveland Browns. And it is just a harsh reminder of what the Browns gave up to get a man who has played 12 games in two years.

 

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers, Quarterback

Perhaps the most interesting of all the beware rumors is J.J. McCarthy going to the Los Angeles Chargers. ESPNBet had the odds for the Chargers drafting a quarterback:

100-1: opening odds

15-1: Tuesday

6-1: Currently

It is no secret that Jim Harbaugh has been singing his ex- quarterback’s praises since the collegiate season ended and Harbaugh’s NFL season began. But this has to be all about “coach-speak,” right? When was the last time we could actually trust something that Jim Harbaugh said?

The real reason Herbert needs to watch his back is his diminishing lack of weapons since Harbaugh was introduced as head coach. Gone is Herbert’s favorite target, Keenan Allen. Last season, Allen accounted for a 32% target share and 29.9% target rate (both third for WR), was fifth in receptions, and had a 100% route participation. Gone is running back Austin Ekeler. Ekeler had a “down” year last year, and he was still fifth in running back targets (74) and ninth in receiving yards (436).

The current depth chart for wide receivers on the Chargers consists of second-year Quentin Johnson. Johnston was 89th in yards per route run (0.92) and had a 10.9% target share. There is also return specialist Derius Davis and Joshua Palmer. Palmer finished last year with 38 receptions and a 17.2% target share.

The Chargers have nine picks in the 2024 NFL Draft:

·      Round 1, Pick 5

·      Round 2, Pick 37

·      Round 3, Pick 69

·      Round 4, Pick 105

·      Round 4, Pick 110 (From Chicago---the Keenan Allen trade)

·      Round 5, Pick 140 (Compensatory pick)

·      Round 6, Pick 181

·      Round 7, Pick 225

·      Round 7, Pick 253 (Compensatory pick)

No, there is no Allen, no Ekeler, and no Mike Williams, so the much bigger worry for Herbert on draft day is whether he will get some legit weapons.

 

What veteran player are you most worried about on Draft Day? Salut!

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