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6/2011 Team Scope: New York Giants

June 17th 2011 13:47
The New York Giants fell apart at the end of what should have been a promising 2010 season. There's quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding this team with Osi Umenyiora not happy again, and there is a laundry list of free agents. Barry Cofield, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, and Keith Bulluck are the key players among the many that the Giants will have to make a decision on once the lockout is lifted.

Kevin Boss and Steve Smith are the Giants' only true possession receivers, and the Giants would be starved of talent at tight end if Boss were to leave. Smith is the best possession receiver in the NFL, and he's probably going to walk. If the Giants want to avoid a lack of depth at receiver, they will have to bring back either Derek Hagan or Dominik Hixon. I would choose the latter over the former.

Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the best all-around backs in the league, and he is a priority for the Giants to re-sign. Brandon Jacobs makes a nice tandem with Bradshaw, but he is the number two back on this roster. Kareem McKenzie is one of the best right tackles in the league, and Rich Seubert is a very good veteran guard. The Giants can live with Shaun O'Hara and Chris Snee, but left tackle David Diehl has become a horrible player. They need to find a new left tackle, but it doesn't seem like he will be replaced this season. That's a key weakness to watch out for in pass pro.

If Osi does leave and Matthias Kiwanuka walks as expected, then Jason Pierre-Paul will be able to start at right end. Justin Tuck is a force on his own, and Pierre-Paul is a physical specimen and was great as a rookie last season. Barry Cofield is a key player for the Giants, and he should be brought back even though the Giants drafted the promising Marvin Austin. Chris Canty is a solid and underrated defensive tackle. The Giants have a monstrous defensive line, and they will still be very good there if Osi leaves.

Jonathan Goff is one of the best linebackers in the NFL against the run but poor in pass coverage. Michael Boley is the exact opposite, so he's mainly used as a nickel corner. Clint Sintim is a talented linebacker who is best suited for the 3-4 and also struggles to stay healthy. The Giants don't have much depth at linebacker, and I think they need to try to bring back Keith Bulluck at a low price.

Terrell Thomas is a good corner because of how physical he is, but he isn't a good corner in coverage. The Giants have a lot of question marks at corner, and they desperately need Prince Amukamara to produce as a rookie. I think he will, but I still don't like their group of corners.

Antrel Rolle is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. He can tackle and make plays, but he is horrible in coverage. Kenny Phillips is talented, but we don't know how explosive he will be after an injury. Michael Johnson is set to become a free agent, so that hurts their depth. Deon Grant is gone, and he was key in their three-safety sets. I think they are alright at safety, and the real upgrades in the secondary need to come at corner.
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3/2011: NFL Safety Rankings

March 10th 2011 15:58
1. Troy Polamalu- Do I even have to explain his impact?
2. Quintin Mikell- He is one of the most underrated players in the league. Mikell doesn't get appreciated much, and he is the best coverage safety in the league who also plays some nice run support D. Reed gets the picks, but Mikell is the true star in coverage.
3. Ed Reed- A pick machine.
4. Nick Collins- A big playmaker who showed it in the Super Bowl.
5. LaRon Landry- Did you see this guy at the beginning of 2010? Expect more big things with Atogwe next to him.

6. Antoine Bethea- Remember when Bethea was more than just a tackle-machine?
7. Adrian Wilson- He'll bounce back in 2011. He's still too good to not improve from last year.
8. Michael Huff- I can't wait to see what he achieves next year after building on an amazing 2010.
9. Eric Weddle- The Chargers really need to lock this guy up.
10. DaWan Landry- He may be poor in coverage, but boy does he make plays and tackle well.

11. Chris Harris- One of the best leaders and most underrated players in the game.
12. Jim Leonhard- He showed his importance after the Jets' secondary really took a step back when he went on the IR.
13. Eric Berry- This guy is a stud and another one of Pioli's great picks.
14. Tyvon Branch- He was game last year with Huff. Man can he disrupt plays behind in the line of scrimmage.
15. Kerry Rhodes- I love his run D. He was underpaid and under-appreciated by the Jets, and he has shown just how good he is with the Cardinals.

16. Roman Harper- I know he sucks in coverage, but he is the best pass rushing safety in the league and can hit like heck.
17. Dashon Goldson- He oozes raw ability.
18. Donte Whitner- A real prize in free agency.
19. Bernard Pollard- It's not his fault that the Texans' secondary is bad.
20. Thomas DeCoud- He was one of the most improved players last season.

21. Michael Griffin- He would be much, much higher if he stopped making an excusable number of whiffed tackles.
22. OJ Atogwe
23. Malcolm Jenkins
24. Ryan Clark
25. Jairus Byrd
26. Gerald Sensabaugh
27. Charlie Peprah
28. Yeremiah Bell
29. Earl Thomas
30. Charles Godfrey
31. Sean Jones
32. Danieal Manning
33. Antrel Rolle
34. Louis Delmas
35. TJ Ward
36. Sherrod Martin
37. Deon Grant
38. Chris Hope
39. George Wilson
40. Nate Allen
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