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Offseason thoughts - with analysis

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Offseason thoughts - with analysis

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:52 am

Current Situation

It is unlikely that Burress is back next season. I also expect Carr, Wright, Toomer, Ward, Droughns, McDougle, Wynn, Clark, Wilkinson, Madison, Butler and McQuarters to all become former Giants (either through free agency or being released). Chase Blackburn is another likely casualty, but will at least make training camp.

The defensive front seven will be majorly overhauled particularly at LB where an infusion of speed and athleticism is needed. DeOssie is listed at LB but is largely there due to excellent special teams play and long snapping duties; he may assume additional long snapping duties as Alford gets more reps in the DT rotation.

I also think the front office is generally happy with our young WRs; they are a lot more talented than people are giving them credit for.

The other area that will be heavily overhauled this off-season is special teams, particularly our kick coverage units.

The secondary will also get a makeover with the departure of several older players; likely with a subsequent infusion of talented youngsters.

With Burress' departure, the Giants are reportedly around $30 million under the cap

Free Agency

Sign contract extensions:
Brandon Jacobs
Eli Manning
Barry Cofield

Consider appropriate extensions for:
Domenik Hixon
Osi Umenyiora

Free Agent Signings:

LT Vernon Carey
While not an critical need, the Giants would like ideally like to move Diehl back to Guard; replace Boothe as the primary back up LT and RG and Koets is not the answer to eventually replace McKenzie. Carey is young (27) and a good fit at LT for the Giants; it moves Diehl back to Guard (where he is better suited) and Seubert becomes quality backup for all positions.

LB Karlos Dansby
Dansby is a very good, young (27) LB who will step in immediately at one of our OLB spots

LB Michael Boley
Boley has been producive at SLB; but had an average contract year, battling injuries and a new system at SLB. Boley is young (26) and a hard worker; when healthy he can be a disruptive playmaker. Boley will likely compete with Kehl for the other starting OLB spot opposite Dansby.

QB Chris Sims
A much travelled, reasonably young (28 ) journeyman QB. The Giants give him the opportunity to cement a spot long term as Eli's backup and play for his Dad's former team.

DT Shaun Cody
He hasn't performed at Detroit, but he he is young (26) and does have all the tools to be a disruptive 3-technique DT. He will likely have to beat out Robert Henderson for a roster spot.

Dansby and Carey will require a bit of money; Boley, Sims and Cody will be relatively inexpensive


Note: I have included compensation draft picks at the end of the 4th (Gibril Wilson), 5th (Kawika Mitchell) and 6th (Reggie Torbor) rounds

29: WR Hakim Nicks, North Carolina, 6-1, 210, 4.60
Nicks is a physical play-maker at WR with excellent hands and agility. The only real issue is a lack of breakaway speed, but he has been able to make consistently make plays down-field.

45: DB Sean Smith, Utah, 6-3, 214, 4.50
Smith is a big versatile ball hawk who can likely play any position in our secondary. I wouldn't be surprised to see him become a ball hawk FS, particularly on passing downs. Regarless of where he ends up positionally, he will get on the field and add a legitimate ball-hawk to our secondary.

60: SS Pat Chung, Oregon, 6-0, 210, 4.55
Chung is a physical in the box style SS with decent speed and range. He adds another dimension to our secondary, particularly the run defense and will be a demon special teamer. Expect to see a lot more 3 safety sets in our coverage packages.

84: WR Louis Murphy, Florida, 6-3, 205, 4.40
Murphy is a big, explosive vertical threat with toughness. He is a bit of a project and will take time to develop; but has excellent physical tools.
(Giants trade 91, 143 to Chicago for 84)

108: CB Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina, 5-9, 185, 4.40
Undersized and not a genuine ball hawk, Munnerlyn plays a lot bigger than his size, has genuine explosive speed (unlike our other DBs) and is an experienced punt returner. He will impact on special teams early.
(Giants trade 124, 156 to Houston for 108)

4th Comp: LB Scott McKillop, Pittsburgh 6-2, 240, 4.75
He may not have elite physical tools, but there is no doubt that McKillop is a true gamer at MLB. He will likely develop behind Pierce and impact on special teams.

5th Comp: DE Maurice Evans, Penn State, 6-2, 264, 4.75
A DE with very good tools but has genuine character/off-field concerns. If his character checks out ok, he is worth rolling the dice with here.

187: RB PJ Hill, Wisconsin, 5-11, 236, 4.60
Hill doesn't have elite speed, but he is a productive, powerfull 'between the tackles' runner with loads of yards, TDs and an impressive 5.1 yards/carry on 770 carrys. Hill is the type of RB that keeps the chains moving.

6th Comp: K Graham Gano, Florida State, 6-1, 192, 5.00
Gano has just one year experience as a kicker; but is also a proven punter and has a booming kick. Gano will likely develop behind Tynes and assume kick-off duties significantly enhancing this unit. He also can handle longer range field goals and backup Feagles if required.

221: TE Travis McCall, Alabama, 6-2, 260, 4.75
McCall is a hard working, blocking specialist TE. He was under-utilized in the passing game but has some potential. Will have to beat out Matthews for a roster spot.

Possible Roster

Offense (25)

QB (3): Eli Manning, Chris Sims, Andre Woodson

WR (6): Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith, Louis Murphy, Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss/ Derek Hagan/ David Tyree

TE (3): Kevin Boss, Darcy Johnson, Travis McCall/ Michael Matthews

RB (4): Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, PJ Hill, Danny Ware/ Kay Jay Harris

FB (1): Madison Hedgecock

OT (3): Vernon Carey, Kareem McKenzie, Guy Whimper

OG (3): Chris Snee, David Diehl, Grey Ruegamer/ Adam Koets/ Kevin Boothe

OC (2): Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert

Defense (25)

DE (4): Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Matthias Kiwanuka, Maurice Evans

DT (4): Fred Robbins, Barry Cofield, Jay Alford, Shaun Cody/ Robert Henderson

SLB (3): Michael Boley, Brian Kehl, Zak DeOssie

MLB (2): Antonio Pierce, Scott McKillop

WLB (2): Karlos Dansby, Jonathan Goff

CB (5): Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, Kevin Dockery, Captain Munnerlyn

SS (3): Michael Johnson, Pat Chung, Craig Dahl/ Sammy Knight

FS (2): Kenny Phillips, Sean Smith

Special Teams (3)

P: Jeff Feagles

K: Lawrence Tynes, Graham Gano

L/S: Zak DeOssie/ Jay Alford

KR/PR: Domenik Hixon/ Captain Munnerlyn/ Ahmad Bradshaw
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