NFL Notes: Giants, Panthers, Patriots

Giants

New Giants GM Dave Gettleman mentioned that they will have a “philosophical and method shift” in terms of how they’ll run the draft this year.

We’re gonna have what I call a philosophical and method shift on how we operate, yes,” Gettleman said, via the New York Post. “The philosophy is the way of looking at players, and the method is how we set up the draft board. … My goal here is to just to do a better job to improve the evaluation process, to make it more concise, make it more clear as to the types of players we are looking for and we want to draft.

  • According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots DC Matt Patricia was never really a finalist for the Giants’ job, which actually came down to Josh McDaniels and Pat Shurmur.
  • The Giants plan to hire Shurmur as their next head coach once the Vikings’ season is over.

Panthers

  • According to Ben Volin, Patriots executive Nick Caserio, who was blocked from interviewing for the Texans’ GM job, is still “no lock to be back with the Patriots next season.”
  • Volin mentions that the Panthers could be a team to watch for Caserio, given that major changes could be coming with the team up for sale and interim GM in place in Marty Hurney.
  • If the Panthers want to target Caserio, they could do so this summer once the sale has been completed.
  • Adam Schefter reports that the NFL is expected to rule this week on the investigation into whether the Panthers followed the concussion protocol with Cam Newton during their Wildcard loss to the Saints. Schefter adds that a fine is definitely possible for Carolina.

Patriots

  • The Patriots are already in position to lose coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia to coaching jobs and there’s still a chance that Brian Flores could be hired by the Cardinals.
  • Another notable coaching figure to keep an eye on for the Patriots is special teams coach Joe Judge, whose contract will expire after the season and is expected to draw interest from other teams, according to Adam Schefter.