Free Agency Week Two: Giants still short at five positions

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Looking at the team’s roster, it’s clear where the Giants still need to bring in some bodies. They shored up the defensive backfield, wide receiver, guard and the returner spots, but still need to address several other areas.

Left Tackle - Unless you believe Will Beatty will fully recover from the broken leg that ended his 2013 season and then is able to come back and play at a higher level, this is glaring need numero uno. Their best bet is to use their first round pick on a turnkey solution such as Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. The only other option would be to flip-flop Beatty with RT Justin Pugh, but that creates other issues.


Tight End - Do the Giants still believe Adrien Robinson is still the JPP of tight ends? Probably not as much as they did when they drafted him. Well, like it or not, he’s still in their plans but they need to see him in extended action. That’s something that can’t happen until training camp. So, they need another TE from somewhere. Jermichael Finley has yet to be medically cleared and the other free agent options are not very enticing. That leaves the draft. They have met with NC’s Eric Ebron, but unless they plan on using their first rounder on him, he’s not an option, either. Someone may fall to them in rounds two or three, they hope.

Center - The Giants have a mixed past when it comes to free agent centers. Shaun O’Hara was a hit. David Baas was a miss. There are some free agent options available, but it looks like they responded already by signing JD Walton. If he can return to form after missing a season and a half, the Giants will have a major coup on their hands. If not, they may have to rely on Dallas Reynolds, bring back Jim Cordle and hope for the best.

Defensive Tackle - Currently, the Giants have only three: Cullen Jenkins, Markus Kuhn and Jonathan Hankins. A quick call to Mike Patterson would make four, but a year after fixing this unit, it looks like they’ll need to bring in another body here.

Defensive End - Again, only three players here: JPP, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore. JPP is still sealing with his back and shoulder. Kiwi hasn’t panned out as well as the team had hoped. Moore is still largely unproven. Kendrick Adams, a UDFA out of LSU is also on the roster, but the Giants are his fifth team in two years. The solution could come from the draft or an inexpensive free agent signing. The Giants rotate religiously on the d-line, so a veteran specialist could fill this role. They looked at Anthony Spencer already and passed. They’ll keep looking.




10 comments
Eric Carter
Eric Carter

John Fennelly,

I was wondering what your thoughts were on this?

If the giants do draft Taylor Lewan or another LT in the first round then move Will Beatty to RT Justin Pugh to RG with Geoff Schwartz at LG and J D Walton at Center could (provided he is healthy enough) Chris Snee be the back up C/G if Walton isnt healthy or doesnt perform could you see him being the starting center and being able to do a good job at it. I think Eli Manning would trust him.

What do you all think?

JamesWS
JamesWS

It appears that we still have just over $5 million in cap space.  (Not including the $5 million we will get from cutting Baas June 1).  I think we can definitely sign DLP and save a couple million for in-season signings in case of injuries. MAKE ITHAPPEN REESE!!

http://overthecap.com/teamcap.php?Team=Giants&Year=2014

urda83
urda83

If JD Walton gets hurt again, which he probably will and we have to rely on Dallas Reynolds or Jimmy Cordle as our starting Center... Eli is gonna be a deer in head lights once again!

joeknix
joeknix

I've got to believe the Giants are going to draft a center in the 3rd or 4th round.  There are only 3 prospects at center who are ranked in the top 100 . . . in fact #4 comes in around 140.  The highest ranked center in the draft is at Marcus Martin (55), Westin Richburg (74), and Travis Swanson (98).  I'm hopeful the Giants will go LT (Lewan) in the first, WR/TE (Benjamin/Niklas) in the 2nd, and C (Martin/Richburg) in the 3rd.  I just don't believe they will go WR/TE in round 1 but in round 2 it's very likely.  Of course, if Watkins or Evans are still on the board it's going to be interesting and hard to pass up.





JamesWS
JamesWS

I'm a little confused by the J.D. Walton signing.  How can they expect someone who hasn't played in 1.5 years to step in and be the starting center of the NY Football Giants?  I'm under the impression that we didn't sign him for pennies either...so what gives? The deal doesn't seem to make sense.

I think our O-line will get figured out in the draft minus the C position, which I'm concerned with.  I feel the same way about DL...we'll get some bodies that can rush the passer.

My biggest concern right now is going to remain Center b/c I see us drafting a G/T and TE with our first two picks.  After that, we're going to need a legit DL or two. (And we could still use a fresh RB imo). If we have JD Walton and Dallas Reynolds as our Centers to start the season its going to be trouble.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Jeff Comerford  That was before the Combine and before Mayock listed him as his top DT in the draft. People went back and looked at the tape and liked what they saw. Donald will be a first rounder.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Eric Carter Giants also talked about feeling Pugh was capable of playing C after they drafted him last year. Perhaps if Snee is healthy and Walton isn't they could try Pugh at C that way they are shifting 1 less guy around the line and letting Snee play the position he's played his whole career.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@joeknix I think if Watkins is still on the board it will be hard for the Giants to pass on him. I'm beginning to feel that's not the case with Evans.