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Training Camp Questions, Part 3: Defensive Backfield

 Twelve days and nine sessions of the Giants’ training camp are now in the books. Per usual, the receiver vs defensive back battles have dominated early camp coverage. We previously took a long hard look at the wide receiving unit. With Pre-Season Game #1 (vs the Miami Dolphins) looming large this coming Friday, it is high time we examined the secondary unit.

The 2015 Giants’ secondary was, in my mind, the third worst unit on the team (I place it mildly ahead of the defensive line and way ahead of the linebackers). The secondary did contain a sliver of talent, including one of the league’s better corner backs (DRC) who made the Pro Bowl and a rookie second round safety (Landon Collins) who, although forced to play out of position, had a fine first season and who, by far, led the Giants in tackles. Otherwise, the corners consisted of a disappointing former first round pick who could not stay healthy (Prince), two very similar utility journeymen (Trevin Wade and Trumaine McBride), a few additional mediocre talents who were on and off the team within a few weeks (Tramain Jacobs and Leon McFadden), and an utterly clueless former third round pick who, whenever circumstance forced him onto the field, most usually gave up an immediate long touchdown (no need to bring up the name).

The safety position was even odder. The Giants entered camp with virtually no experience at the position: three rookies (Collins, Mykkele Thompson, and Justin Currie), two 2nd year players with little-to-zero playing experience (Nate Behre and Bennett Jackson), and a third year player who had minimal previous playing time (Cooper Taylor). Then, in an almost eerie-like fashion, one safety after another fell to injury during the pre-season schedule. When the smoke cleared, only Collins and Taylor remained. With camp nearing end and zero quality FA talent available, the Giants were forced to bring in 31 year old oft-injured/bad knee Brandon Merriweather and 30 year old minimal talent Craig Dahl.

As known to all of us, this talent-starved crew of defensive backs did not fail to disappoint. By the time the 2015 season limped to the finish line, it was clear that a major clean out was in order. Prince was allowed to walk; he is now in Jacksonville playing out a one year “show me” contract. Corners McBride & Jacobs were not retained; neither were safeties Merriweather and Dahl. Finally, and mercifully, Jayron Hosley was released, hopefully never to return.

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The BBH Camp Report for Saturday August 6th

In six days the NY Giants will be playing their first pre-season game at home against Miami and they are chomping at the bit to get into some real action. I reflect back on last year without JPP, question marks at Safety and Linebacker, several players walking wounded and questions about where is Cruz and can Rueben Randle step up to take his place. There were questions about the Running Backs and of course the Offensive Line. Even at Corner, the Defense was suspect except for DRC.

 

Fast forward to August 2016 and a few phrases come to mind. Conspicuously Missing, Continuity, Upgrade and Addition by Subtraction.

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A LOOK AT THE NFL OFFICIATING CHANGES PT 1

Each year the NFL rulesmakers tweak the rules in most part to address situations that arose during the season and, at least lately, to improve player safety. The changes often take two forms: a) new or revised rules and b) changes to the wording contained in the rule book intended to clarify existing rules. [A further mechanism are the Points of Emphasis that that are issued to the officials and shared with the team to highlight situations that require further attention from the officials. One such situation last year was the setting of picks by offensive receivers that should be (and were) called as Offensive Pass Interference.]  Given the number of such changes this year, I will address them in two separate postings.   

 

Specifically, the rules changes are as follows:

 

4-5-1 and 4-6-5 - Makes it a foul for delay of game when a team timeout is erroneously granted.

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 I suspect what happened last year was the 2 deep zone. They gave the short stuff to us. We had no way to counter that. I believe we now will be able to counter. EE will be able to run the seam and he will have to be defended. That will leave at least ...
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Hey - the o-line is there!  That is all that matters!  They need the most work!Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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I'm not terribly concerned with either being there either...but if you'd ask me which i prefer, no doubt i'd prefer they be there.Sometime it's the little things that make all the difference in the world...showing up with your teammates, even when you...
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I would guess that it will prove to have been a decent Draft although not exactly what I hoped they would do. Once again, however, JR's moves in FA are to be applauded. I don't follow your reasoning, Phil. I am referring to the notion that if Ellison ...
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Just to be clear, I am not concerned with either player being at OTAs.  I am just pointing out the difference in attention both receive from fans and media.
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Mara's comments to The MMQB have received plenty of attention.
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The 2016 second-round pick is looking to build on last season.
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Big Blue View

Ten-year veteran still going strong with Giants Being an NFL long snapper is a fairly strange way to make a living. You spend your work time bent over looking backwards between your legs, with viewers looking at your backside, while trying to spiral an oblong-shaped ball backwards to a designated spot eight or 15 yards away. It is a job 33-year-old Zak DeOssie has done for the New York Giants for the past 10 seasons, and one he could do for many more as long as he stays healthy and the ball keeps going where it is supposed to. DeOssie...
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Can Deayon fill one of Giants’ openings at cornerback? Donte Deayon came to the New York Giants last season as an undrafted free agent, a miniscule 5-foot-9, 158-pound cornerback with big NFL dreams. Could he make it in the league despite the fact that even the smallest players he would line up against are 20-30 pounds heavier? Shoot, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is seven inches taller and 65 to 70 pounds heavier. Well, Double D, as defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo affectionately calls Deayon, is still around. He spent some time on the practice squad last year before suffering a...
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