Wednesday Notebook: Giants may have been eyeing Schofield for years

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants had a solid start to their offseason yesterday, putting to bed some questions at RB and OL with the signings of RB Rashad Jennings and OL Geoff Schwartz. They also brought in DE/LB O’Brien Schofield, an interesting player that could help in the DE rotation and on special teams.

They also shored up their roster by signing back some of their own UFAs: S Stevie Brown, RB Peyton Hillis, QB Curtis Painter, CB Trumaine McBride and K Josh Brown.

The losses included DT Linval Joseph (Vikings), TE Brandon Myers (Buccaneers) and S Ryan Mundy (Bears). Of the three, only the loss of Joseph will hurt most. The Giants will have to look for a replacement for him either in the draft or in free agency.


As for how much money the Giants spent Tuesday and how much they have left to spend is unknown, since many of the contracts have not been finalized yet.


It is being discussed that Schwartz may be moved to tackle and either Justin Pugh or Will Beatty will move over to guard. Beatty isn’t a guard, nor is he a LT, so he will likely land at RT and Pugh will shift to guard.

This is all contingent on several variables: Chris Snee’s health, the signing of a new center, and if the Giants can land a top lineman in the draft. Most fans would like to see the Giants sign either Evan Dietrich-Smith or Brian De La Puente to play center and draft either Michigan OT Taylor Lewan or Notre Dame’s Zack Martin in Round One of the draft. All options are still in play at this time.


The Schofield signing is a mystery to most, but if you follow the Giants closely, you shouldn’t be shocked. They shelled out $8 million dollars for this player, who has done very little at the pro level but hold his knee. They know something. They likely had him on their radar when he was wreaking havoc at Wisconsin and kept tabs on him the past several years.

How do we know that? Simple. Just like the Keith Rivers signing. The Giants loved Rivers coming out of USC, but had just won the Super Bowl and were drafting at the end of the round. Cincinnati grabbed Rivers with the ninth overall pick. When Rivers ran his course in Cincy and became available, the Giants immediately made a trade to get him. It seems they may have the same opinion of Schofield.

We know the Giants had scouts covering the Badgers in ’08 because Wisconsin TE Travis Beckum was their third round pick the next year. They obviously knew about Schofield, who went on to become a star in’09, but chose not to draft him after he tore up his knee at the Senior Bowl.

On Tuesday, they had a chance to bring him into the fold and they did. Let’s hope he pans out better than Rivers did for them.




10 comments
greekgod
greekgod

I think that Peter Patino said that the jints want Eli to have another shot at the Super Bowl before he leaves in four years to satisfy his legacy. Interesting.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

REESE Over Paid for Schofeild....Period !!!

a 3-4 TWEENER for a 4-3 TEAM ???!!!???

this is REESE's New Project Player Prototype....

in a League where YOU are 75% what you did last Year,

Schofield is a ZERO---

this seems like a GUY you sign 2 weeks into F.A.--- NOT DAY 1 !!!


cedes
cedes

If the Giants had been eyeing him for years why didn't they claim him on waivers last summer? Obviously this is a rhetorical question, but it should have been mentioned when writing this article.

greekgod
greekgod

I like the  signings. Reese doesn't fool around since his position is in question for the next several years.

Joseph Bulger III
Joseph Bulger III

I don't get Beatty to RT at all.  He is a finesse blocker who writes poetry, knows his wine, and reads Plato, and is about as far from a Kareem McKenzie beer drinking double bacon cheeseburger eating road grading mauler as you can get.  Maybe if the Giants change the position of TE to be nothing more than a third Tackle, I'd get it.  Beatty has been tuned for LT, and nothing else, and the Giants signed a 4 year $39M contract to cement him in there.  Frankly, I also don't get moving Justin Pugh, who did a very good job for a starting rookie at RT, and got better and better as the season went on.  Of the 5 linemen, he was the best performer... he worked.  So the thought is to take the only piece that worked, and move it to someplace else and hope it works there.  Why?  For grins?  Because his arms are half an inch shorter than an All Pro RT?  What's the point?  Beatty-Schwartz-Boothe-Snee-Pugh going into the draft, then snag a great Guard with the 43rd to be mentored by Snee, who said he's taking a pay cut and staying to tutor his young relief.  In the 3rd or 4th draft Bryan Stork to be the Center in 2015 -- he's tenacious, technically sound, and the 2013 Remmington Trophy winner as the best Center in the nation.  Finally, and importantly, now that JR signed a good pass protection RB in FA, get a good blocking TE.  Maybe that guy's already on the roster -- haven't seen much of Robinson or Donnell, so I wouldn't know.  But if he isn't, get one in FA.  And this time, when you land him JR, don't let him waltz off to Chicago and leave you with a big hole to fill.  Eli only has so many more years under Center, so there can not be a repeat of 2013 in the next 5 years.       

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

If we're actually going to compare this to the Keith Rivers acquisition, well that's not really a good sign, is it? If the Giants have been "eyeing Schofield for years" and truly covet his abilities, why did it take them so long to get him? I know we can't go TOO crazy since we have barely seen this guy play, but 8 milllion bucks seems like an awful lot to give a "player who has done very little at the pro level but hold his knee". Shouldn't we be prioritizing resigning Jon Beason, a player who we know exactly what his abilities are because we've actually seen him perform up close and personal? While I do like the Geoff Schwartz signing yesterday - you can never have enough HUGE, capable offensive lineman for a reasonable price - the Schofield move leaves me SMH.

joeknix
joeknix

4M a year seems high for a guy who had 8 tackles last year and biggest year with 37 tackles and 4.5 sacks.  Granted he's only 26 and is the kind of hybrid LB/DE pass rusher that Fewell likes to have in his bag of tricks but it seems like a bit of an overpay.

JamesWS
JamesWS

Trading a draft pick for Kieth Rivers really worked out for us.