Thursday News: WR, RB on Giants’ FA radar

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants should be active in the pursuit of pass-catching help this month. With Hakeem Nicks almost certainly gone, the Giants are left with Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan as their starters. That’s not bad, but they need to be deeper, plus find a quality tight end.

From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:

“The Giants should also find receiving help in an NFL draft loaded with pass catchers, but they’re so barren at wideout and tight end that they will still need to make some moves in free agency. Don’t count on them getting into a bidding war for ex-Bronco Eric Decker, but do expect them to do something.”

And they will. Samuel outlines some candidates the team may target in free agency. James Jones, who we featured yesterday, is a popular choice. Samuel also cites the team may have interest in two of their own former wideouts: Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon.

Another hot name is TE Jermichael Finley, who is expected to be cleared by doctors “very soon.” From Rotoworld:

Finley’s primary doctor and neurosurgeon have been out of the country, but return on Friday. Per PFT, the “goal” of Finley’s camp is to receive clearance by Tuesday, when free agency begins. Still only 27 years old, Finley’s market could be busy if he indeed gets the green light. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported late last month that there’s already a “healthy market forming” for Finley.


The team is also in the market for a veteran RB to bolster the offensive backfield. A name that is popping up is former Jaguar and Raider Rashad Jennings, a six-year vet out of Liberty who is a well-rounded player that has posted solid numbers in some subpar offenses.

Another player the Giants will give a long look to is Houston’s Ben Tate, but they won’t be alone as Tate is considered the top UFA at his position this offseason.




10 comments
gigantes
gigantes

I WONDER which

players SKOOKALOOP

thinks we SHOULD target

in FREE agency

surely Jerry REESE has a few TRICKS up HIS sleeve



thatdudezo
thatdudezo

I would love to see them sing RB Blount. We need a bruiser and he would be a perfect compliment to Wilson if he's help. He's a proven 3rd down back that can block, decent hands, and excels in the return game

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

I wouldn't be mad if the Giants missed out on Ben Tate, seems like he always injured and will cost a pretty penny to bring in, not saying he won't be a very good back, but i just don't think he's head and shoulders above some of the guys in the draft like Hyde, Hill, Mason and Williams

cedes
cedes

John,

What do you think the chances are the Giants go after an upper level CB in free agency? We need a starting CB, and in my opinion, drafting a CB with the inention to start him is risky. Milliner struggled this year, so did Prince and Morris Claiborne in their rookie years. I think Gilbert and Dennard will go through as simliar learning curve, and the Gmen appear to be in win-now mode. I would love to see C. Munnerlyn, S. Sheilds, A. Verner or V. Davis in Blue. even if the price is high.

Thoughts? This blog has been very skimpy on covering what the Giants secondary might look like next year.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I know I'm probably on the minority here but I would love to see MJD here. I'm assuming he would be a pricey option but perhaps if he is still hanging around a few weeks into it, his price would fall into the 1 year "show me" category. Add in Wilson and a guy like Hyde from OSU if he is available in round 4, and the depth would be outstanding.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

I don't think they are barren at wide receiver.  Could they use a little depth?  Sure.  Tight End is a lot more troubling.  More questions then answers.....  I'd be happier if the giants came out of Free Agency with at least one Offensive Lineman and a Running Back.  If they get a starter at Tackle they can move pugh inside.  I think Snee probably has one season left - so they would only need a starter at Center.  Then they could take a TE in round one, and follow up with ol dept, wr depth, a corner in the draft.  (I have given up on them taking a linebacker)

hashburry
hashburry

Reese really can't see past his nose.  This team constantly fills its roster with nothing but short term goals, band has no ability to create long term solutions at any position.

Angie Dash
Angie Dash

I agree!! Bleed Blue 4ever!! ☆☆

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I think you can say that about every player they have drafted in the last 10 years not named Pugh.

cedes
cedes

Fair enough..mind you, the Giants usually don't pick this high, so finding a day one starter with the #12 pick is pretty important. For this reason, I like Ebron, Evans, or Lewan more so than Dennard, Gilbert, or Barr