Home of the Best Informed
Giants Fans
HomeTwo weeks until the Draft. Are the Giants Ready?

Giants Football by Big Blue Huddle

Two weeks until the Draft. Are the Giants Ready?

I have always observed that the Giants make every effort to eliminate the "need" picks leading up to the draft. Put in its simplest terms, the Giants fill all the holes and acquire the necessary players such that if the draft were somehow cancelled, they could field a team for the season.

Needs after the 2016 season
After the 2016 Season
 - DE could be an immediate need if JPP went elsewhere in free agency
 - DT Hankins is a free agent and figures to get an offer that is more than what the Giants would want to match
 - WR position has depth on top of depth, with 4 veteran starters, and two other s who saw significant playing time
 - Additions at the OT position appeared to be necessary, even if Bowie returned from injury. There wasn't enough depth and all positions could be upgraded
 - Starters at CB were in place but backups were allowed to roll the dice in free agency
 - The only TEs on the roster were Matt LaCosse and Jerrell Adams, both returning from injury
 - Will Johnson is at Fullback, but it was unclear if one was needed or desired
 - Vereen, Jennings, and Perkins still in place with Darkwa a Free Agent. All set there if everyone returns
 - Jerry was a Free Agent, and Pugh was entering his final year of his deal but adding depth there was an option
 - C looked okay with Richburg and Jones as a backup
 - Eli was the QB but there were no backups signed
 - LBs looked set, but there were some guys whose play far underperformed their pay, and the one guy that exceeded his (Keenan Robinson) was a free agent
 - Safety, could the Giants actually be loaded at safety? Collins starts and Andrew Adams will probably enter camp as the other starter. The Thompson Twins return from IR, and Ryan Murphy and Nat Berhe are still on the roster
 - Gould would need to be re-signed at Kicker
 - Brad Wing seemed certain to be the Punter in 2017

Going into Free Agency
 - JPP is franchised, making the DE position set
 - The usual practice squad signings were completed with only one surprise, Adam Gettis who was waived in December with no recall was re-signed. Also, Kicker Aldrick Rosas is also signed which made me wonder about Gould's future
 - Uani' Unga fails his physical, sealing his fate
 - Jennings and Cruz are released from their contracts opening up holes at two positions. Are Perkins and Lewis/King ready?

Free Agency  - 13 Free agents were signed
 (- DE could be an immediate need if JPP went elsewhere in free agency) - JPP is signed to a long term deal
 (- WR position has depth on top of depth, with 4 veteran starters, and two others who saw significant playing time) - Brandon Marshall replaces Cruz as the 2/3 receiver.
 (- Additions at the OT position appeared to be necessary, even if Bowie returned from injury. There wasn't enough depth and all positions could be upgraded)  - Fluker comes in as a G/T giving some quality depth and much more flexibility along the O-line to be able to shift personnel in the event of an injury
 (- Starters at CB were in place but backups were allowed to roll the dice in free agency - Valentino Blake was an under the radar signing who should help. Still a little thin though at CB
 (- The only TEs on the roster were Matt LaCosse and Jerrell Adams, both returning from injury) - after Marshall, Rhett Ellison was the biggest signing in free agency for the Giants. Will Tye was also re-signed.
 (- Will Johnson is at Fullback, but it was unclear if one was needed or desired) - after Ellison was signed, the Giants immediately announced the termination of Will Johnson's contract. Ellison will be the new H-back.
 (- Vereen, Jennings, and Perkins still in place with Darkwa a Free Agent. All set there if everyone returns) - with Jennings now gone the giants re-sign Darkwa and add Shane Draughn. Nothing to get excited about there 
 (- Jerry was a Free Agent, and Pugh was entering his final year of his deal but adding depth there was an option) - Jerry re-ups for 3 years with the Giants and the addition of Fluker may give the Giants one of the best trios of Guards in the league
 (- C looked okay with Richburg and Jones as a backup) - No change
 (- Eli was the QB but there were no backups signed) - Geno Smith and Josh Johnson will compete for the rights to hold a clipboard behind Iron Eli
 (- LBs looked set, but there were some guys whose play far underperformed their pay, and the one guy that exceeded his (Keenan Robinson) was a free agent) - Robinson re-signs. Hertzlich re-signs also, but feels like more of a Special Teams signing
 (- Safety, could the Giants actually be loaded at safety? Collins starts and Andrew Adams will probably enter camp as the other starter when the Thompson Twins return from IR, and Ryan Murphy and Nat Berhe are still on the roster) - No change
 (- Gould would need to be re-signed at Kicker) - Gould signs with the 49ers
 (- Brad Wing seemed certain to be the Punter in 2017) - No Change


Draft Needs
Immediate Needs 
 - There are only 3 DTs on the roster currently, Harrison, Bromley, and Robert Thomas and Bromley is a Free Agent next year. I expect another DT to be signed before draft day, but at the moment, this is a significant gap.

Depth
 - There is some serious camp fodder behind the top 4 RBs. Another RB to compete for a spot makes sense 
 - Only 4 TEs going into camp is pretty thin, especially with the Giants' history of 2 or 3 getting hurt in preseason every year.
 - As mentioned above, more DT depth is needed, just to get thru training comp with 2s and 3s.

2018 Needs
Drafting for potential losses the following year is what we see more often than not.
 - Draughn, Vereen, and Darkwa all have contracts expiring after the 2017 season. RB is the biggest future need.
 - 6 of the LBs currently on the roster have contracts that expire after this season. Given the giants' preference to fill LB holes thru free agency rather than the draft, this may not be as big a need in the draft as it appears
 - Kicker. Sometimes we concern ourselves too much with Round 1 and need to remember, there are 7 rounds. A late pick could very well be used on a quality placekicker
 - Pugh and Fluker are free agents in 2018 and it is very unlikely the Giants will re-sign both. 
 - Ritchburg is a free agent in 2018, and I expect he will be re-signed, but you never know

Upgrades 
Keeping in mind, all positions are a possibility for upgrades, these in particular should get some attention
 - The backup RBs and LBs do not impress and some are expensive. Those roster spots are ripe for the taking by younger, cheaper options. Add that more are needed for 2018 vacancies and you could see more than one at these positions taken in the draft

So, after all of that, I think the Giants top needs (at the moment) are;

DT - Starter and depth, draft 2
RB - Starter or depth, or one for each
LB - Starter or depth, or one for each
OT - Depth (Added)
G - Depth
C - Depth
TE - Depth
K

Giants News Tweets

Big Blue Huddle MB

as the other poster stated it is a 23 yard fg, but your point makes sense.happy our team won.
Read more...
This feels like a sort of perfect storm type of situation here, which is kinda what it takes for the Giants to win a game these days.  The wind neutralized the passing game quite a bit for KC, and their QB while good isn't exactly known for his arm str...
Read more...
I suspect Apple's Mom being sick has had an impact on him.Don't rule the kid out because I think he has talent.Next year the team must be fixed.My guess is he will be a plus for is next season. He is still young enough to turn things around.
Read more...
That's true probably do deserve to lose if you miss it.  But given you just missed an XP on a supremely windy day.  Why not take 1 more down?
Read more...
Quote from: bldevil on Today at 12:22:52 AMOK, so you're afraid of a fumble and don't want to run the ball for a TD.  Memories of Pete Caroll rightfully telling you to not throw it either.Why not take at least 1 more k...
Read more...

Inside Football News

In certain ways, being an offensive lineman is like being... The post Chad Wheeler Works Wonders In First Extended Action appeared first on Inside Football.
Read more...
On Sunday afternoon, New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins put... The post Janoris Jenkins’ Helps Set Giants Up For Victory appeared first on Inside Football.
Read more...
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, responding to fans... The post Recap | New York Giants 12, Kansas City Chiefs 9 appeared first on Inside Football.
Read more...

Star-Ledger Giants

The win gives the embattled coach a chance, at least, to avoid the firing line.
Read more...
The cornerback had a crucial interception in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.
Read more...
Giants cornerback Eli Apple was inactive as a coach's decision, while wideout Sterling Shepard was battling migraines.
Read more...

Big Blue View

Rookie kicker makes two critical kicks in tough conditions New York Giants’ placekicker Aldrick Rosas has been having a miserable time the past few weeks. Entering Sunday, he was just 10-of-15 on field goals and had missed kicks in five straight games. The day turned out to be a miserable one to be an NFL placekicker. Gusty winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour, sometimes gusting higher than that. Rosas first kick, an extra point, got caught up in the wind, basically stopped, and flew off to the right of the uprights. No good. To add to...
Read more...
Morale higher following team’s second win New York Giants player’s morale seems higher following the team’s 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Here is some of what players were saying Sunday after the Giants jumped to 2-8. Janoris Jenkins on what this win means ... “You got to remember, man, tough times don’t last, tough people do,” Jenkins said. “We understand it’s football, it’s the NFL. We just got to come out and play every week.” Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on playing better this week ... “I think after the week we had, you know, guys being called out, being put...
Read more...
Go to top