Tuesday Report: Oh, those aggressive Giants!

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

It’s been an superhighway of Giants’ news the past several days. If you follow or cover the team, it’s been a whirlwind of activity.

Here are the latest happenings….

The Giants signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a five-year, $35 million contract. Details: $14 million is guaranteed (incl a $10 million signing bonus). Another $4 million can be earned via incentives.

LB Spencer Paysinger signed his RFA tender, which is essentially a one-year, $1.431 million deal.

WR/KR Trindon Holliday signed a one-year deal with the Giants. Details forthcoming.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka agreed to a salary cut, which resulted in the Giants freeing up $2.05m in cap space.

OL Kevin Boothe is the latest to defect to Oakland, signing a two-year deal with the Raiders.

Former Dallas Cowboys’ DE Anthony Spencer visited the Giants, but left without a contract. WR Mario Manningham was in as well. Still awaiting details on how that meeting went.

With all that’s happened thus far, the Giants still have a long list of needs remaining to be filled…

They don’t have a whole lot of cap space left. Estimates are anywhere between $2 million and $7 million depending on what website or pundit you choose to believe. The Giants will be getting more cap relief after June 1st when the remaining space from David Baas’ deal is released.

NFLN’s Ian Rapoport on the Giants’ signing of DRC:

“Rex Ryan badly wanted DRC, but sources tell me the Giants were far more aggressive. They had him at the facility the entire day on Monday, recruiting him like a college prospect and laying out a detailed plan for how’d they use him. By the time the Jets put in a last-ditch offer, something DRC would actually consider, he’d already decided that he wanted to play for the Giants. It does seem to be a little bit of an odd fit for the laid-back DRC, but sources tell me he is absolutely looking for the structure that Tom Coughlin will bring him.”


It is apparent the Giants are changing the defensive philosophy. If you look at the depth chart on Yahoo it actually lists 4 linebacker positions. The secondary is stout (on paper)  and the front 7 has alot of versatility. With better press coverage at the line and a pass rush that should be more confusing to opposing offenses there is no reason not to believe this has the potential to be a top 5 defense. Great Job by Reese.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Jerry Reese realized that this off season was vital in terms of restoring the Giants roster and making a contender again. With more needs still not addressed and the cap space dwindling down. Not sure what else Reese is capable of doing in the FA market. As it stands right now and if Reese doesn't do anything else in FA. The OL line looks like this:


Not a bad OL, but it could be improved upon at the Center position.

The rest of the offense looks like this:

WRS-Cruz & Randle

TE-Robinson (are the Giants confident enough w/Robinson as a starter)




Defensive side of the ball looks like this:

DE-JPP &Moore

DT-Kuhn & Hankins/Jenkins

OLB-McClain &Paysinger


CB-Amukamar,DRC & Thurmond

S-Rolle, HIll, Brown



Didn't include many of the reserves, only the players who I believe will see a lot of playing time.

So by looking this lineup, it appears that the following positions are still of need:


With 6 picks in the draft, Reese can address each position and hopefully he chooses well. Still not sure which direction he will go in rounds 1 and 2. Should he go with BPA at #12 or #43 or should he go with need???

Breaking down the draft, he is a brief look at each round the Giants could or should do:

1st rd: Draft a TE or DL (DE or DT)

2nd rd: Same as Rd 1

3rd thru 5th RDs: WR/C/DL/TE (BPA at needed positions)

6th rd: BPA at a needed position.

One thing to me is clear, Reese will not draft a CB in the first 2 rounds or perhaps the entire draft as it appears with the recent signings that position is covered.

Jason Silberman
Jason Silberman

 That depth chart is weird, and several players are missing (Cooper Taylor, Thurmond, J.D. Walton, Brewer). 

Also, it's important for us sober up a bit after an exciting last few days. I would say let's calm down with the predictions of how amazing the defense will be. You still have a major lack of depth up front - if JPP is injured, are Demontre and Kiwi generating enough of a pass rush? Their linebacking crew is ok, not great. And you still have a D.C. who has been inconsistent with his time here. I would still see the Giants having big needs at DT, and perhaps drafting a DE to provide some needed depth. 

Even at CB, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Giants draft a CB in the middle rounds - remember, Thurmond only signed a one-year deal, and beyond that, if either Prince or DRC get injured for a long period of time, the team suddenly looks far more vulnerable. And Hosely, while still young, has not gotten the team to believe in him yet.

That said, you would think they will have to draft a catching TE early in the draft (might even be worth signing a blocking one too), as well as a WR, C, and either an OT or OG.  

SNYGiants moderator

@Michael Stewart  They may still be awarded an additional pick via the compensatory process, which should be announced soon.


@Jason Silberman Yeah that is why I used the word "potential" for being a top 5 defense. We will see what the draft brings. Im thinking they get Eli a big target like Mike Evans in the first then go Center and DL after that.

John G Oleon
John G Oleon

@SNYGiants  I would continue to address the OL as well, You can get a WR this year as a late cut ....They need an impact TE for Eli and a Center real bad...middle rounds should be DE