Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger reveals that his least-favorite move this offseason is the signing of RB Rashad Jennings…
“The Giants paid Jennings as a starter. His guarantee ($3 million) and per year salary ($2.5 million) compared to Ben Tate. That doesn’t seem like great value. There are questions about whether Jennings can carry the load as a lead back. That’s still to be determined. Jennings has never had more than 163 carries in a season. He’s never started more than eight games. The Giants have placed an awful lot of confidence in an unknown quantity, one that averaged a cringe-worthy 2.8 yards per carry in 2012.”
Good points, but he is the player they feel is best suited to spearhead their new offense. Jordan does not take into account that Jennings is a full-service back. Last season, he caught 36 passes for 292 yards (an average at 8.1 YPC) and at 6″1″, 231 he is an upgrade in the pass protection packages.
Dan Graziano of ESPN NewYork says the Giants’ current major strength is their revamped secondary. (Read)
Our colleague Michael Cohen culled some stats from the website to illustrate how the new secondary performed in 2013…
After reviewing the 2013 cornerback rankings by Pro Football Focus, three of the top 15 players ranked by NFL/QB rating (i.e. what was the rating of the QB when throwing at a receiver covered by the corner) will play for the Giants in 2014.
Trumaine McBride (#5, 57.4 rating)
Walter Thurmond (#13, 67.5 rating)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (#14, 67.8 rating).
Prince Amukamara was in the middle of the pack at #57 (87.7), but had a 74.5 rating in 2012.