Reviewing the First Weekend of Free Agency for the Giants

So far, so good. That has to be the motto of the first couple of days of free agency for the Giants. Day 1, they get Michael Boley. Day 2, Rocky Bernard. Day 3, Chris Canty. Not too shabby. So how does these moves affect the Giants for next year and beyond? Let’s discuss:

Michael Boley:

Boley, presumably, will start on the weakside, filling a position that has bee a revolving door for the past couple of years. An athletic, rangy linebacker, Boley should fit well in the Giants attacking defense. And his 5 year, $25 million dollar deal won’t killll the Giants if he turns out to be a bust. But I don’t think he will be. Before Atlanta changed to a more conservative defense under Mike Smith, Boley was poised to be a star. I think becomes one in New York.

Rocky Bernard:

You have to really hate a team to accept a back-up job somewhere else, but Rocky Bernard hated the Seahawks enough to jet east to be a back-up in New York. Bernard will add solid depth. His pass rushing skills will allow the Giants for more flexibility on the line; you could move Mathias Kiwanuka to linebacker and rush Umenyoria, Tuck, Bernard, and maybe Chris Canty (more on him later). Or you could team Tuck and Bernard inside, and give Canty, Robbins, and Cofield some extra rest. The possibliites are truly endless.

Chris Canty:

This, I think, was the best signing. Canty has the ability to play both defensive end and tackle, although I think he will spend most of his time inside. He’s quick enough to consistently beat guards, but big and tough enough to not get beaten down. Again, he allows for line flexibility. If Tuck or Osi need a blow, you can easily put in Canty on the outside. With Canty, not only is he solid on run support, he can rush the passer–something that you can never have enough of.

Other Moves:

CC Brown was brought in for a visit. If signed, he will compete for the starting strong safety spot, but I think that will go to Kenny Phillips. Brown would come in on running downs, as he is known for his run stopping ability. I would like to see a wide reciever brought in–think Darrell Jackson or Justin McCariens, veteran guys who can still make plays. I would also like to see the G-Men take a flyer on Reggie Williams–the guy is 6-4, has all the talent in the world, and if there is one guy who can motivate it’s Tom Coughlin. All Williams needs is a kick in the butt to get going. I think the Giants can give it to him.

There aren’t a ton of needs on this team. They’ve pretty much been addressed in free agency. With the draft, look for recievers, offensive line depth, and some secondary players. Not much for a team that is really, really good.


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