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2011 NFL Offseason: New York Giants

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2010 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
G Stacy Andrews, C/G David Baas, NT Gabe Watson.
Early Draft Picks:
CB Prince Amukamara, DT Marvin Austin, WR Jerrel Jernigan, OT James Brewer, LB Greg Jones, S Tyler Sash.
Offseason Losses:
FB Madison Hedgecock, WR Steve Smith, WR Derek Hagan, TE Kevin Boss, G Rich Seubert, C Shaun O'Hara, DT Barry Cofield, DT Rocky Bernard.

2011 New York Giants Offense:
New York's focus in this brief offseason has to be on ball control. The Giants led the NFL in turnovers with 42, with the next-closest team being the Bills with 39. The difference, however, is that unlike Buffalo, New York had tons of offensive talent on its roster. Those 42 give-aways were unacceptable.

Eli Manning was responsible for 25 of those turnovers via interceptions. Well, at least on paper he was. Many of Manning's picks were tipped or bobbled by his receivers that bounced into the arms of defenders. Hakeem Nicks was mostly guilty of this. Nicks is a stud No. 1 receiver, but he sometimes has lapses in concentration; he finished tied for fifth in terms of most interceptions when thrown to, finishing only behind Johnny Knox, Steve Johnson, Terrell Owens and Larry Fitzgerald (horrible quarterbacking).

Still, Nicks is entering his third season, so there's definitely room for improvement. Mario Manningham, meanwhile, will reprise his role as the No. 2 wideout with Steve Smith officially gone. Manningham isn't the best route runner in the world, but he produces; in his final three games last year, he caught 16 balls for 346 yards and four touchdowns.

Smith wasn't the only one of Manning's targets who hit the road. New York also lost Kevin Boss, who signed with the Raiders. Boss wasn't a very consistent pass-catcher, but his blocking will be missed. Replacing Boss in the receiving role is third-year tight end Travis Beckum, who has just 21 career receptions (13 last year for 116 yards and two scores).

The Giants did have some good news in free agency, as they were able to retain Ahmad Bradshaw despite rumors that he would sign with Miami or Washington. Bradshaw is a talented runner, but he has to clean up his act as well. He lost a whopping six fumbles, so if that continues, a fresh Brandon Jacobs will see more work.

There is some concern with Bradshaw and Jacobs' blockers, however. Continuity is key this offseason, but the Giants lost two starting offensive linemen, guard Rich Seubert and center Shaun O'Hara. Sure, they wouldn't have been very effective because of age and health issues, but the fact remains that New York has two new starters up front, one of whom is at the left tackle position.

It remains to be seen if William Beatty can protect Manning's blind side. He has just two career starts, in which he committed three penalties and wasn't very effective in pass protection. Beatty does possess solid athleticism, so the move could work. If not, David Diehl could always switch back. Diehl is now at left guard, which is a more natural position for him, as he struggled at left tackle last year, giving up eight sacks.

The other news starter on the line is center David Baas, who performed well for the 49ers in relief of Eric Heitmann last season. He'll play next to right guard Chris Snee and right tackle Kareem McKenzie, both of whom had terrific 2010 campaigns.

2011 New York Giants Defense:
Osi Umenyiora has been through quite the saga this offseason. First, he held out. Next, he and his agents were talking to teams about a possible trade. Then, he wasn't allowed to be traded. After that, he faked a knee injury to get out of practice. Umenyiora had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 2010, but the Giants probably don't even think he's worth this headache.

The unfortunate news for Umenyiora is that he's lost all of his leverage. Last year's first-round pick, Jason Pierre-Paul, absolutely manhandled Pro Bowl left tackle Jordan Gross in the team's preseason opener. Pierre-Paul is an athletic freak, and it was only a matter of time before he exploded. If Umenyiora plays effectively this year amid all the trade talk, the Giants are going to have one of the fiercest pass rushes in the NFL. How can any offensive front stop Umenyiora, Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who also had 11.5 sacks in 2010?

Tuck will kick inside on passing downs, which is absolutely necessary because the defensive tackle position is iffy. Chris Canty is a solid, well-rounded player, but the other starter is Linval Joseph, a second-year lineman who was barely on the field last season. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes this year's second-rounder, Marvin Austin, to emerge as a possible starter. Austin has immense talent, but he's been out of football since 2009.

The Giants spent April's first-rounder on cornerback Prince Amukamara, who was supposed to bolster the secondary and really make it difficult for teams to throw against them considering all of the pressure coming from the front four. Unfortunately, Amukamara fractured his foot and is out indefinitely, meaning Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas will be penciled into the lineup again. The inconsistent Webster surrendered six touchdowns in 2010 and was torched in the Week 16 battle at Green Bay. Thomas, meanwhile, was even worse, yielding seven scores of his own.

It's even worse at safety. Kenny Phillips is a really good player, but Antrel Rolle is one of the worst starting free safeties in the NFL. As Arizona fans could have told the Giants supporters last offseason, Rolle is a sieve in coverage. Opposing quarterbacks completed nearly 78 percent of their passes against him. Only Jacksonville's Don Carey maintained a worse figure.

New York's linebacking corps should be solid. Weakside linebacker Michael Boley is good in coverage and is coming off a solid year. Jonathan Goff, stationed inside, is an underrated player and a stout run defender. Strongside linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka missed most of 2010 with a neck injury, but is now completely healthy.

2011 New York Giants Schedule and Intangibles:
During their Super Bowl run, the Giants won all of their playoff games on the road and boasted about how they were "road warriors." That's pretty factual (they were 9-1 as visitors and 3-0 on neutral sites in 2007). They were 5-3 in away games in 2010, matching their 5-3 home mark.

Lawrence "New York" Tynes hit a Super Bowl appearance-clinching 47-yard field goal in overtime of the NFC Championship at frigid Lambeau in January 2008. After a year off because of injuries, Tynes has gone 46-of-55 the past two seasons, including 3-of-4 from 50-plus.

Seventh-round rookie Matt Dodge had a solid 44.8 average with 20-of-72 punts inside the 20 as a replacement for the retired Jeff "Philadelphia" Feagles. However, Dodge made that one critical error - kicking it to DeSean Jackson on the final play of the game in Week 15 that ultimately cost New York a playoff spot.

The Giants were terrible on returns last year, especially on punts. They were outgained by 8.8 yards per return, as they surrendered two scores while failing to find the end zone.

Six of New York's first seven opponents didn't make the playoffs in 2010: Washington, St. Louis, Arizona, Seattle, Buffalo and Miami. However, the Giants' schedule is set up for a late-season collapse; they face the Patriots in Week 9, Eagles in Week 11, Saints in Week 12, Packers in Week 13, Cowboys in Weeks 14 and 17, and Jets in Week 16.

2011 New York Giants Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Offensive Line
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2011 New York Giants Analysis: The Giants could certainly make the postseason this year. To do that, they have to really cut down on the turnovers and ensure that they don't suffer their perennial late-season collapse. That's easier said than done, however, and with the Eagles becoming the "Dream Team" and the Cowboys sure to be improved, New York will probably be watching the playoffs on TV come January.

Projection: 8-8 (3rd in NFC East)

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BTS99@Steve 04-26-2013 03:51 pm (total posts: 4)
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You do, I can name quite a few starting short armed offensive lineman. Why don't you do some research and see how long some of these tackles arms over the last decade have been. Try not to find guys who are only 6'8" too.
Gotti 04-26-2013 11:21 am (total posts: 1)
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Jerry Reese needs to be fired. Every year he disapoints in the draft.

Use your brain Jerry and realize that he would have been there in the second round. Even if he's the best player on your board, it's easy enough to wait. Several better o lineman still left at that point than Pugh.

At the number 19th pick you want someone who could be near Pro Bowl caliber but this guy is an everyday role player.

It's unbelievable that any Giants fan can be happy about this pick. SMH, WE DON'T TRUST JERRY, he screwed us once again!
Bobo 04-26-2013 11:15 am (total posts: 1)
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Nah. He fits in perfectly with the NYG. 'A' grade and will be undervalued his entire career, just like the majority of NYG OL.
Steve 04-26-2013 11:05 am (total posts: 1)
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Sry Walt, Justin Pugh is not a reach. If this guy even has 1-2 inches longer arms we are talking about a top five player in the draft. It is silly to think because a guy has short arms he cannot block, if anything this is can advantage as he will gt away with more holding calls and more leverage driving players back on rushing downs. His only real disadvantage is at the point of contact against faster rushers, but his fast footwork will help him recover. I hate the Giants, but for once they deserve a better grade by you.

This is probably the dumbest comment I've ever read. How can you possibly think that having short arms is an advantage? It's the number 1 thing scouts criticize about the guy and you think it is a positive. I guess we will start to see a run on short-armed O-lineman in the next couple years.
JT 04-26-2013 10:01 am (total posts: 1)
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The giants have had a soft spot for David Diehl for way too long, and i fear that they are using that same soft spot here. you never hear about great linemen who can play all over, because you would never use a top left tackle as a guard or a center, so the fact that his versatility is noted tells me he cant really hack it at any one position on the line. i guess time will tell. IN JERRY WE TRUST!
JMC 04-26-2013 09:01 am (total posts: 1)
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Never a good thing when the first comment someone makes about your offensive lineman is that he has short arms and needs to switch positions.

I would've preferred Floyd, Eifert, or Rhodes.
New York Giant's Draftbit 04-26-2013 07:58 am (total posts: 2)
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Not a sexy pick, and someone I figured wasn't a round 1 need on our team, but I can't say he's a bad player. Mayock had him mocked here and a lot of Big Boards I saw in the last week had him in the top 25 players overall. Would have preferred Sharrif Floyd with how the draft went, but oh well.
Vincent 04-26-2013 07:12 am (total posts: 5)
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Love the Giants (And JR, for that matter) but HATE the pick. Xavier Rhodes, Alec Ogletree, Matt Elam would've made more sense. If they really wanted an OT / OG, they should've traded up for someone, or traded back, picked up an extra 3rd & either turned that into Barrett Jones, Larry Warford, etc.
BTS99 04-26-2013 03:34 am (total posts: 4)
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Sry Walt, Justin Pugh is not a reach. If this guy even has 1-2 inches longer arms we are talking about a top five player in the draft. It is silly to think because a guy has short arms he cannot block, if anything this is can advantage as he will gt away with more holding calls and more leverage driving players back on rushing downs. His only real disadvantage is at the point of contact against faster rushers, but his fast footwork will help him recover. I hate the Giants, but for once they deserve a better grade by you.
rick p 04-26-2013 02:53 am (total posts: 1)
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hate the pick...there were more talented players available at 19....should have traded down...better still, should have drafted eiffert
Svolicious 04-26-2013 02:07 am (total posts: 3)
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im sorry i regretted it almost immediately
Svolicious 04-26-2013 02:05 am (total posts: 3)
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Pugh this pick stinks!
Giants 239 04-26-2013 01:52 am (total posts: 1)
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Everyone is getting mad because the giants took the safe pick and not draft a bust like Floyd? He had 3 sacks last season does anyone really consider that elite? no, olgetree has issues, the giants issues were on the line, we drafted an overrated guard, like the pick. david wilson enjoy your 1,500 yard season
BigBlueMachineDream 04-26-2013 12:11 am (total posts: 1)
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3 things.
1. Football wise the pick makes sense. Its essentially telling Boothe and Snee your time in NY is ending in the next 2 years. We can have him start at RT or LG and move Snee to RT. The short arms only bug me if he stays at tackle.
2. The pick itself I hate. Floyd, Werner, Rhodes, Williams, Jones, Ogletree, and Elam would have served the Giants a whole lot better.
3. Pugh's greatest strength is his nasty run blocking so maybe a DE 2nd rd and OT 3rd makes this pick easier to swallow because he is talented enough to bring our Offensive line's run game back to form.
TheGiantsFan 04-25-2013 11:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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I like the pick a lot. It was unexpected, but I like it. I would have fathered Xavier Rhodes or Desmond Trufant.

This pick improves our passing attack and ground game. He can play T/G/&C. If the Giants want to improve the line, then they shouldn't stop there. I would like for Pugh to play LG or C (preferably LG) and grab another OT in the second round. Let Brewer and Mosley battle it out for the future RG starting spot. I think Pugh can dominate more inside than outside and if the Giants make him play RT they still need to upgrade the middle of that line. They need someone to blow up some holes inside.

2011 NFL Draft Grades:

Henry J., a friend of mine from back in high school, sent me a short e-mail Friday night: "You're totally sounding like a Giants fan with all your Jerry Reese love."

I'm not a Giants fan, but if I were, I would be really excited. Reese put together a masterpiece on Draft Weekend. All of his selections were incredible value picks, and he filled some needs in the process. This is an easy A+.

Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A+

2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

19. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Giants fans have to be thrilled. Thanks to an early quarterback frenzy, Prince Amukamara was pushed down from the 7-13 range all the way to No. 19. Jerry Reese just made the NFL Draft look easy. (Pick Grade: A)

52. Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
And the Giants land another steal who inexplicably falls. Marvin Austin could have gone at the bottom of the first round. He'll fill a need in the interior of New York's defensive front. (Pick Grade: A)

83. Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
And the Giants land another steal who inexplicably falls. Wait, didn't I just say that? Jerrel Jernigan was projected to go in the second round. Steve Smith may not be able to play in 2011, so this pick makes a ton of sense. Jerry Reese is putting together a great draft. (Pick Grade: A)

117. James Brewer, OT, Indiana
Surprise, surprise, Jerry Reese makes another incredible pick. James Brewer could have gone as high as the end of Round 2, so this is yet another steal. Brewer could eventually protect Eli Manning's blind side. (Pick Grade: A)

185. Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
How the hell did Greg Jones fall to No. 185? He was once considered a late first-round prospect. Unbelievable. Jones could start next year at strongside linebacker. (Pick Grade: A)

198. Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
I'm going to sound like a broken record. How the hell did Tyler Sash fall to No. 198? Unbelievable. Sash doesn't fill an immediate need, but could start eventually. (Pick Grade: A)

202. Jacquain Williams, OLB, South Florida
The first Giants pick I don't like. Jacquain Williams wasn't in the top 400 of most services, so while he provides some depth at linebacker, you have to wonder why Jerry Reese didn't go for a better prospect. (Pick Grade: D)

221. Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland
Da'Rel Scott could get a lot of playing time for the Giants next year depending on what happens in free agency. That, and the fact that he's good value in the middle of Round 7, makes this another great pick. (Pick Grade: A)

Season Summary:
The Giants had control of their own destiny going into a Week 16 matchup against the Packers. Unfortunately, their lack of ball security betrayed them as it had all year. Since their Super Bowl victory, New York has developed a habit of struggling late in the season. They lost two of their last three this year; three of four in 2009; and four of five in 2008.

Offseason Moves:
  • Eagles sign WR Steve Smith
  • Lions sign S Michael Johnson
  • Giants announce retirement of TE Ben Patrick
  • Raiders sign WR Derek Hagan
  • Raiders sign TE Kevin Boss
  • Giants sign DE Dave Tollefson
  • Giants re-sign DT Rocky Bernard
  • Giants sign G Stacy Andrews
  • Giants sign NT Gabe Watson
  • Giants cut G Herman Johnson
  • Giants re-sign RB Ahmad Bradshaw
  • Giants sign QB David Carr
  • Giants sign P Steve Weatherford
  • Giants cut FB Madison Hedgecock
  • Giants re-sign DE Mathias Kiwanuka
  • Giants sign C/G David Baas
  • Giants cut DT Rocky Bernard
  • Redskins sign DT Barry Cofield
  • Giants cut OT Shawn Andrews
  • Giants re-sign G Kevin Boothe
  • Giants cut C Shaun O'Hara
  • Giants cut G Rich Seubert
  • Giants sign LB Mark Herzlich
  • Giants sign OT Jarriel King
  • Giants sign FB Henry Hynoski
  • Giants re-sign WR Domenik Hixon
  • Giants re-sign WR Darius Reynaud
  • Giants re-sign RB D.J. Ware

    Offseason Needs:
    1. Left Tackle: William Beatty hasn't played much, but he hasn't shown any signs that he can be New York's franchise left tackle. The team will look at Tyron Smith with the No. 19 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted James Brewer

    2. Running Back: Brandon Jacobs is wearing down, while Ahmad Bradshaw is a fumble-prone free agent. There will be plenty of talented running backs available in Rounds 2-3 of April's draft. Re-signed Ahmad Bradshaw; drafted Da'Rel Scott

    3. Center: Shaun O'Hara, 34 in June, is entering the final year of his contract. He played in only six games this season because of various injuries. Signed David Baas

    4. Strongside Linebacker: Keith Bulluck played relatively well this season, but is a 34-year-old free agent. Drafted Greg Jones; signed Mark Herzlich

    5. Left Guard: Rich Seubert, 32 in March, just had major knee surgery. He's also entering his contract year. Signed Stacy Andrews

    6. Wide Receiver: There's talk of the Giants re-signing Plaxico Burress; Steve Smith's nasty knee injury may cause him to miss training camp. Drafted Jerrel Jernigan

    7. Free Safety: As Cardinals fans knew and Giants fans know now, Antrel Rolle blows coverages. New York may give him another shot, but he's severely overpaid at $5.25 million in 2011. Drafted Tyler Sash

    8. Punter: Think the Giants can coax Jeff "Philadelphia" Feagles out of retirement after Matt Dodge's ugly rookie year? Signed Steve Weatherford

    2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. David Baas, G/C, 49ers. Age: 29.
      Signed with Giants

      David Baas should have been the team's left guard this year. However, he was forced into playing center in the wake of Eric Heitmann's season-long injury. This versatility can only help him in the open market.

    2. Steve Weatherford, P, Jets. Age: 28.
      Signed with Giants

      Steve Weatherford averaged a meager 42.6 yards per punt, but that's because he had a league-leading 42 attempts placed inside the 20. However, he really struggled in the playoffs. He inexplicably lost his confidence.

    3. Mark Herzlich, ILB, Boston College. Age: 24. -- Signed with Giants
    4. Jarriel King, OT, South Carolina. Age: 24. -- Signed with Giants
    5. Stacy Andrews, G, Seahawks. Age: 30. -- Signed with Giants
    6. Gabe Watson, DT, Cardinals. Age: 27. -- Signed with Giants
    7. David Carr, QB, 49ers. Age: 32. -- Signed with Giants

    New York Giants Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: No cap.
    1. Barry Cofield, DT, Giants. Age: 27.
      Signed with Redskins (6 years)

      Barry Cofield is a great interior lineman who excels against the run and provides a decent enough pass rush. He's due for a big contract this offseason.

    2. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants. Age: 28.
      Re-signed with Giants (multi-year)

      Mathias Kiwanuka looked like he was going to have a monstrous season, racking up four sacks in the first three weeks. Unfortunately, he landed on injured reserve with a season-ending neck injury.

    3. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants. Age: 25.
      Re-signed with Giants

      Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns on a 4.5 YPC average in 2010. He also caught 47 balls for 314 yards. However, Bradshaw has fumbling issues, and the Giants coaching staff told the media that they aren't confident that he can stay healthy.

    4. Steve Smith, WR, Giants. Age: 26.
      Signed with Eagles (1 year, $4 million; $2 million guaranteed)

      Steve Smith is an outstanding possession receiver; he caught 107 balls for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. Unfortunately, he suffered a nasty knee injury in December and may not be ready for the start of the 2011 season.

    5. Kevin Boss, TE, Giants. Age: 27.
      Signed with Raiders (4 years, $16 million)

      Kevin Boss is a decent end zone target (16 TDs last 3 years) and a solid blocker.

    6. Rocky Bernard, DT, Giants. Age: 32.
      Re-signed with Giants

      Rocky Bernard is a rapidly declining player, but he can still be a solid rotational defensive lineman.

    7. Rich Seubert, G/C, Giants. Age: 32.
      Rich Seubert is a skilled, versatile interior offensive lineman. The problem is that he's a 32-year-old coming off major knee surgery and may not be ready until the middle of the 2011 season.

    8. Keith Bulluck, OLB, Giants. Age: 34.
      Keith Bulluck bounced back from his knee injury and played well for the Giants this season. However, he's an aging 34-year-old, two-down linebacker at this point in his career.

    9. Shaun O'Hara, C, Giants. Age: 34.
      Shaun O'Hara is a 34-year-old coming off Achilles surgery. He says he'll be healthy by September, but that remains to be seen.

    10. Shawn Andrews, OT, Giants. Age: 28.
    11. Dave Tollefson, DE, Giants. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Giants
    12. D.J. Ware, RB, Giants. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Giants
    13. Jim Sorgi, QB, Giants. Age: 30.
    14. Domenik Hixon, WR/KR, Giants. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Giants (1 year)
    15. Deon Grant, SS, Giants. Age: 32.
    16. Derek Hagan, WR, Giants. Age: 26. -- Signed with Raiders
    17. Madison Hedgecock, FB, Giants. Age: 30.
    18. Kevin Boothe, G, Giants. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Giants (2 years)
    19. Ben Patrick, TE, Giants. Age: 27. -- Announced retirement
    20. Michael Johnson, S, Giants. Age: 27. -- Signed with Lions
    21. Chase Blackburn, ILB, Giants. Age: 28.
    22. Gerris Wilkinson, ILB, Giants. Age: 28.
    23. Darius Reynaud (RFA), WR, Giants. Age: 24. -- Re-signed with Giants
    24. Herman Johnson, G, Giants. Age: 26.

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    Divisional Rival History:
    Dallas Cowboys: The Giants, for whatever reason, dominate this rivalry; they've taken five of the past seven meetings.
    Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have taken the past six matchups, including the Miracle at the New Meadowlands.
    Washington Redskins: New York dominates this NFC East rivalry, having won the past six meetings.

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