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Nick Mullens remembers getting the phone call

from Archie Manning inviting him to the prestigious Manning Passing Academy two summers ago.Mullens savored the chance to take part in the four-day clinic run by Archie and his two NFL quarterback sons http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-connor-barwin-jersey , Eli and Peyton. Mullens especially relished the opportunity to watch Eli Manning take part in some of the drills."To see how he moves in the pocket, he has very quick feet and is just very smooth," Mullens said. "I definitely remember just sitting there and watching him throw. I took that all in."Mullens now will get another chance to see Manning up close when he makes his second career start for the San Francisco 49ers (2-7) on Monday night against Manning and the New York Giants (1-7).Mullens is coming off a scintillating debut, completing 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 151.9 passer rating in a 34-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders. That's the highest rating since the merger for a player in his debut with at least 20 attempts.Things might not be as easy now that the Giants have an idea of what Mullens can do."I think they're going to be like, 'Oh crap. This guy is good,'" running back Matt Breida said. "I think they'll put more people back there to cover because of the throws he made and can do."While Mullens is just getting started, Manning is nearing the end of his career as he plays his 15th season for a team that is struggling mightily. New York has lost five straight games and the questions are mounting about how much longer the two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning has as quarterback."I think there's urgency to get things going, for sure http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-ray-ray-armstrong-jersey ," Manning said. "We got to get some wins. We got to get going, and everybody wants it. The team needs it, for the morale and for just the hard work and everything we put in. Just need to reap the benefits of the work, and feel good about what we're doing."Here are some other things to watch:SPLENDID SAQUONRookie Saquon Barkley has been a rare bright spot for the struggling Giants, topping 100 yards from scrimmage in seven of his first eight games. Barkley has been a bit hit and miss with 16 runs for negative yards, tied for fifth worst in the league, and 11 plays that gained at least 20, which is tied for second most among running backs. Barkley is just the ninth player to gain at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in the first eight games of his rookie season."I'm not one of those guys that says http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-b.j.-goodson-jersey , let me see my stats, let me see how much I ran for this or that. I just play," he said. "I'm not going to stand here and lie, I am very active on social media, so there's fan pages of me and I can go on Instagram or even on my explore page and they just happen to pop up. I've seen predictions of what I'm capable of doing, but it means nothing to me."PRESSURE POINTThe struggling pass rush for the 49ers broke through in a big way last week with eight sacks against Oakland. Cassius Marsh led the way with a career-best 2 陆, and Dekoda Watson had 1 1/2 in his first game after coming off IR. San Francisco had eight sacks in a game only once in the previous two decades, doing it against the Rams in 2009.KITTLE'S CATCHESSan Francisco tight end George Kittle has been a big-play threat all season. He had a 71-yard catch and run last week against the Raiders, making him the first tight end since Rich Caster in 1972 to have two 70-yard catches in the same season. Kittle ranks second among all tight ends with 692 yards receiving and is second to Barkley among all players with 496 yards after the catch.STRUGGLING FRANCHISESTwenty-eight years after these franchises met in the best matchup in "Monday Night Football" history http://www.authenticsnewyorkgiants.com/cheap-kerry-wynn-jersey , they now play in one of the worst. Back in 1990, the 49ers beat the Giants 7-3 in a matchup of 10-1 teams that provided the highest winning percentage ever for a Monday night game played after Halloween. The teams come into this meeting with a combined winning percentage of .176, the second lowest for a Monday night game played Nov. 1 or later. The lowest combined winning percentage is .167 for a matchup of the New York Jets (3-9) and the Chargers (1-11) in 1975 that featured Hall of Fame QBs Joe Namath and Dan Fouts.Fantasy Football Friday: 3 tips for after your draft Maybe you’re drafting this weekend or perhaps you drafted already. Either way it’s important to remember your fantasy season doesn’t end after the draft. We prepare so long for the draft and sometimes it can feel like it’s all downhill from there, but it’s j’sst the beginning. So as you’re looking over your roster in preparation for the season to start on Thursday, there’s still plenty to do to help shape your roster for the rest of the season. These tips might seem obvious, but they can often be overlooked steps that can help give a little edge to start your fantasy year.Scout the waiver wireThere’s always a few players who break out in the first week or two who become the hot waiver wire targets. Sometimes they’re just flashes in the pan, but other times they can be season changers. Last year Alvin Kamara wasn’t drafted in most leagues, but won just about every league he was eventually picked up in later in the season. Not every waiver wire pick is going to be Kamara — or even come close — but it’s good to get familiar with the players you might be trying to acquire over the first few weeks of the season.When looking at these players it’s important to look at more than just how many points they put up the previous week. Look at the opportunity the player has to continue producing and look at the upcoming schedule for the potential impact for not just immediately following the pickup but in the week after. This is especially good if you’re streaming a position — you should probably doing that for at least kickers and defense — it’s ok to map out a potential streaming schedule.Also on this count, be familiar with how your waiver system works. Is it a straight priority system or is your league using FAAB http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-will-hernandez-jersey , which allows you to bid on a player. If it’s priority, do you get bumped down the list once you make a claim or is it by record every week? For FAAB, have a preliminary outline of how you want to budget throughout the season.Know your opponents’ rostersYou’re going to spend a lot of time with your fantasy team this season, but you should also spend a decent amount of time with the rosters for everyone else in your league. It helps to know upcoming opponents and it’s good to scout out strengths and weaknesses. That can help you know if any of tryout leaguemates are more likely to go for a player on waivers and it can be a good first step of knowing who and what fits for trades in the future. Speaking of ...It’s always trading seasonPutting together and fielding trade offers can be one of the most fun parts of a fantasy football season. That can start almost immediately — it’s never too early to try a trade. Whether you were in a snake draft or an auction there’s probably a player you wanted but couldn’t grab for whatever reason. Sometimes fantasy owners can be a little attached to the players they drafted, especially early in the season, but it never hurts to test the waters. Even if the initial request doesn’t work out, getting familiar with the tendencies and temperatures of your trading partners can help make a future trade easier to execute.

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