In an alternate universe, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has just announced that there can only be one team in New York. There's no more Jets, there's no more Giants. The two teams are merging together.
The new team name? The New York... ok, we haven't thought that far ahead.
We've officially reached that point in training camp where nearly every story has been told, and everyone --players, coaches, reporters-- are waiting anxiously for the regular season. In order to pass the time, yours truly has decided to play "hypotheticals." Say the Giants and Jets did merge together? How many Giants players would start over those on the Jets, or vice versa? What team actually has more talented players?
It's a game before the game (Snoopy Bowl). Wanna cast your opinion? Or let me know how wrong I am? Shoot me a Tweet.
Here's the rules:
1. Look at the predicted, healthy starting rosters for both the Jets and Giants.
2. On a direct crossover, pick what starter from the Jets, would start over what starter from the Giants, or vice versa.
3. For positions with multiple starters (cornerbacks, quarterbacks), the 1's match up against the 1's, the 2's versus the 2's. Example: The starting receivers cannot be Brandon Marshall (Jets No. 1) and Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants No. 1).
Quarterback: Eli Manning, New York Giants: It doesn't matter if Geno Smith is your starter, or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Manning is better than the two. He's a two-time Super Bowl champ, a proven winner, and about as durable as they come.
Running Back: Rashad Jennings New York Giants: This one is a bit of a toss up, but Jennings gets the nod simply because of his versatility. Jennings is a weapon out of the backfield, has solid vision and decent enough speed. A legitimate argument can certainly be made for Chris Ivory, but we'll go with Jennings..
Fullback: Henry Hynoski, New York Giants: Hynoski has shown a bit more in his NFL career than Bohanon, although Tommy has had quite the training camp. This spot may be a bit different when the two teams meet when it counts Week 13.
Receiver 1: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants: Brandon Marshall has done it longer, but what Odell Beckham Jr. did last year was almost unheard of. He looks like a player that could be one of the league's best in a couple of years, if not already.
Receiver 2: Eric Decker, New York Jets: Decker is the outside receiver for the Jets offense, and is a much better and more polished player than New York's No. 2 Rueben Randle.
Slot Receiver: Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Owusu, Enunwa, Jeremy Kerley. It really doesn't matter, Cruz has the edge in the slot.
Tight End: Larry Donnell, New York Giants: This one isn't a very strong position for either the Jets or Giants, but Donnell is a bit better than Jeff Cumberland.
Left Tackle: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, New York Jets: Even at his age, Ferguson is still one of the better left tackle's in the league.
Left Guard: James Carpenter, New York Jets: One of the bigger, literally and figuratively, free-agent signings for the Jets has looked good in camp. This is a close one with the Giants Geoff Schwartz, but the toss up goes to the former Seattle Seahawk.
Center: Nick Mangold, New York Jets: No question here. Mangold is arguably the best center in the NFL, and has been for nearly a decade.
Right Guard: Justin Pugh, New York Giants: One of the weaker spots on the Jets line, this advantage goes to former Giants first-round pick Justin Pugh, who moved inside after playing right tackle throughout his career.
Right Tackle: Breno Giacomini, New York Jets: Maybe once Giants rookie Ereck Flowers gets some game experience (and returns to the right side when Will Beatty is healthy), he'll take over. But for now, the reliable Giacomini has the advantage.
DE/OLB: Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants: Even with his injury, Pierre-Paul is a better player than the Jets Calvin Pace.
DT: Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets: No question here. Or at the spot just below..
DT: Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets: Again, no question. Richardson is one of the best at his position.
DE/OLB: Quinton Coples, New York Jets: Come Week 13, this spot could belong to Damontre Moore, but for now, it's Coples.
MLB: David Harris, Demario Davis, New York Jets: This one really is an either/or. Arguments can be made for Davis and Harris, but also for Giants middleman Jon Beason.
CB: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets: Revis is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a very good player, but not on the level of Revis.
CB: Prince Amukamara, New York Giants: Yes, 'practice' comes in a bit to play here, so too does the fact that, before his injury, Amukamara was having quite the season a year ago.
S: Calvin Pryor, New York Jets: Landon Collins has potential, but Pryor, physically, is a bit more athletically gifted. This could change once Collins gets some time on the field.
S: Marcus Gilchrist, New York Jets: Gilchrist has an edge on Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor and Bennett Jackson -- three players who were competing to start for the Giants before getting injured.
TOTAL PLAYER COUNT: