2014 NFL Offseason: New York Giants
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
New York Giants (Last Year: 7-9)
The Giants got off to a dreadful start to begin the season, losing their first six games. They played well at the end, winning seven of their final 10 contests, but they simply had too many defeats to be a factor in the NFC East race. Still, this hot finish could carry over into 2014.
- Left Tackle: Will Beatty broke his leg in the season finale, but he had been struggling all year. First-round rookie Justin Pugh, meanwhile, might be better off inside. The Giants could spend their first-round choice on a new blind-side protector, shifting Beatty to right tackle (when healthy) and moving Pugh to guard.
- Defensive End: Justin Tuck was New York's most consistent pass-rusher in 2013, and that's saying something because he barely did anything for the first half of the year. Tuck will be a free agent, so if he leaves, the front office will have to find someone to start on the other side of Jason Pierre-Paul. There should be quality defensive ends available at No. 12 overall this May.
- Two Outside Linebackers: The Giants need to upgrade both Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams. Neither is particularly awful, but there's definitely room for improvement.
- Running Back: The Giants once looked stacked at running back, but David Wilson suffered a major injury that could keep him out in 2014, while the fumble-prone Andre Brown happens to be a free agent. A second-day choice could be used on a new back.
- Defensive Tackle: Linval Joseph is another New York defensive lineman who will be hitting the free-agent market. He's a force up front, so he'll be missed if he moves on elsewhere.
- Middle Linebacker: Jon Beason will likely be re-signed even though he struggled in coverage. He just happened to be a major upgrade over what the Giants had beforehand.
- Center: New York needs a more reliable center than David Baas, who has missed 18 games in three years with the Giants.
- Tight End: Brandon Myers was a bust as a free-agent signing. He's a free agent anyway, so New York will want to bring in a new intermediate target for Eli Manning.
- Kicker: New York currently doesn't have a kicker on its roster, as Josh Brown's contract expired.
- Cornerback Depth: The Giants have a couple of cornerbacks with expiring contracts. Some depth will need to be added.
- Wide Receiver Depth: Hakeem Nicks probably won't be back next year. The Giants will have a decent trio in Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan, but they'll need some depth at the position.
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2014 NFL Free Agent Signings:
New York Giants Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Linval Joseph, DT, Giants. Age: 25.
Linval Joseph is a monstrous run-stuffer who can get to the quarterback quite well for a 325-pound defensive tackle. He'll only be 26 in October.
Justin Tuck, DE, Giants. Age: 31.
Justin Tuck was always strong against the run, but did nothing in terms of rushing the quarterback in 2013 - until he racked up a whopping four sacks against the Redskins. He put consistent pressure on the quarterback after that.
Stevie Brown, S, Giants. Age: 27.
Stevie Brown had an excellent 2012 campaign, but missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL. He'd have a higher ranking if he weren't coming off that knee injury.
Andre Brown, RB, Giants. Age: 27.
Andre Brown is a strong runner who happens to be a solid pass-catcher. He also blocks well. Unfortunately, he had a fumbling problem down the stretch.
Henry Hynoski, FB, Giants. Age: 25.
Henry Hynoski is a strong blocker, but missed 13 games in 2013 with a shoulder injury.
Kevin Boothe, G, Giants. Age: 31.
Kevin Boothe isn't a spectacular starter, but he's not bad either. His best attribute is his versatility; he can play all three positions in the interior.
Ryan Mundy, S, Giants. Age: 29.
Ryan Mundy has done well filling in for injured players at the safety position. He's strong against the run, but is somewhat weak in coverage.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants. Age: 26.
Hakeem Nicks, who has never played a full 16-game season, has seen his production slip because of injuries and lethargy. He has tons of talent, but time is running out for him to put it together.
Brandon Myers, TE, Giants. Age: 28.
Brandon Myers caught 79 passes in 2012, but was a major disappointment with the Giants. He and Eli Manning just never clicked.
Jon Beason, ILB, Giants. Age: 29.
Injuries have sapped Jon Beason's ability to cover, but he's still strong against the run. He's also a good leader, but he can't seem to stay healthy.
Josh Brown, K, Giants. Age: 35.
Josh Brown missed just two field goals in 2013, though he didn't attempt any tries from beyond 50.
Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants. Age: 29.
Terrell Thomas missed all of 2011 and 2012 with knee injuries. He finally returned this season. He wasn't very good, but he should be stronger in 2014 because he'll be two years removed from ACL surgery.
David Baas, C/G, Giants. Age: 32.
David Baas could be a solid backup because of his ability to play both guard and center. However, this would require him to stay healthy. Baas played just three games in 2013 and missed five more in 2011. He'll be 33 in September.
Aaron Ross, CB, Giants. Age: 31.
Aaron Ross played just four games in 2013 because of a back injury.
- Spencer Paysinger (RFA), OLB, Giants. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Giants
- Mike Patterson, DT, Giants. Age: 31.
- Trumaine McBride, CB, Giants. Age: 28.
- Bear Pascoe, TE, Giants. Age: 28.
- Mark Herzlich (RFA), ILB, Giants. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Giants
- Keith Rivers, OLB, Giants. Age: 28.
- David Dihel, OT, Giants. Age: 33.
- Louis Murphy, WR, Giants. Age: 27.
- Jim Cordle (RFA), C, Giants. Age: 27.
- Shaun Rogers, DT, Giants. Age: 35.
- Curtis Painter, QB, Giants. Age: 29.
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