The New York Giants offseason had arrived five weeks too early according to all reports from East Rutherford. No kidding. Watching game tape and DVDs of previous games has replaced what the Big Blue Faithful are used to – what is demanded, really.
In doing any of the above – especially that very last home game – one cannot help but notice some of the positives left to reflect upon as free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft talk begins:
First-round draft pick, running back David Wilson, can be a large part of the New York Giants run game if the offensive line is a strength and breakout fullback Henry Hynoski continues to build upon his expanded role.
As wide receiver Rueben Randle learns the complicated offensive system, he gains attention as a legitimate threat in the receiving game. He has the size and great talent around him to learn from; he needs to continue to absorb all knowledge and keep up with the positive part of his attitude.
Stepping away from much media banter, cornerback Prince Amukamara should be able to grow into his defensive back role with more confidence. He needs to remain healthy and keep the short-term memory thing in check. Depending on the plan for fellow cornerback Corey Webster, more passes could come his way; he needs to be ready for that.
Perhaps the biggest surprise this season for the defense came in the form of a free agent from Michigan. Safety Stevie Brown has come on as a replacement for fallen safety Kenny Phillips and he never looked back. Imagine what another year of gaining backfield awareness from Antrel Rolle could do for this 4th year pseudo-journeyman/player? Eight interceptions with 307 return yards is just the beginning.
Add to that defensive backfield home state favorite, safety Will Hill. This kid is versatile. He’s played wide receiver, quarterback, running back, and safety in the past, but played mostly nickel while in blue. He’s raw, but in a limited role, he showed flashed that cannot be ignored (on Special Teams as well). There’s a reason the Giants took a chance on him and like with Brown, another year in may prove to be just what Hill needs to be more of a gamer.
While discussing the backfield, cornerback Jayron Hosley has to be mentioned. He’s been called “scrappy” by scouts and his early season play at nickel showed that. His time at corner wasn’t as fruitful. The kid showed some definite worth before his injuries started to hold him out of games.
One last defensive guy that was definitely coming on and missed once a torn ACL put him on Injured Reserve (IR) after Week 10 is defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. A seventh-round long shot, seemingly, coming into 2012 training camp, he appeared to beat out his friend and fellow DT, Marvin Austin to start in Week 6. It will be hard to say what the ACL will do for his playing future in blue – possibly Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) to begin training camp?
With a long list of free agents about to (possibly) hit the market in March (March 12 to be exact), there will be a lot more players in the early stages of their careers flowing into the Timex Center as the combine and the 2013 NFL Draft will soon follow. Depending upon how certain re-signings/contract talks go, this talk of youth (and cheaper price tags, so to speak) may be where the future is headed.
Photo Credit: Mike Gannon
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