As he approaches his first draft as the Texans’ general manager, Brian Gaine said Friday that character is important to him when it comes to selecting players.
Owner Bob McNair’s philosophy has been to avoid players with patterns of bad behavior because he believes they can become divisive in the locker room. That philosophy won’t change under Gaine, who was part of the team’s last four drafts and free agency periods before leaving for Buffalo in June.
JC Jackson, Maryland: When he was measured at the combine he wasn’t close to the 6-foot-1 he was listed at by Maryland. Couple that with some off-the-field issues, and his talent (40 tackles and three interceptions in 2017) may be overlooked. Jackson was kicked out of the Florida program in 2015 following an armed robbery charge (for which he was acquitted). Also, in 2014 Jackson was shot at — with a bullet grazing his eye lid — and a companion of his was shot in the face.
Kameron Kelly, San Diego State: He had 68 tackles with eight passes broken up, three interceptions and two sacks in 2017 after making five interceptions in 2016. His strong 2017 season earned him a Senior Bowl invitation.
Shurmur said recently the Giants were “in discussions’’ as far as finding a partner for joint practices and those discussions are underway. The game with the Lions is the one true preseason road trip for the Giants, as they are technically the road team for the Aug. 24 game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants holding joint practices with the Jets is never a good idea. The last time New York’s two teams tried it was in 2005 and a series of brawls broke out across the fields at the University at Albany.
More recently, Tom Coughlin took the Giants to Cincinnati in 2015 for joint practices with the Bengals leading into a preseason meeting of the teams. The Giants were often dominated during those practice sessions, a sign of things to come. The Bengals finished 12-4 and won the AFC North, while the Giants went 6-10 to place third in the NFC East.