After multiple snowstorms in the Northeast, power outages and widespread cabin fever, Sunday seems to be the first day in quite some time where the sun will be shining. Unfortunately, there's still no football, so allow us here at Giants 101 to satisfy that urge for early morning reading with the following stories. Enjoy.
I would expect them to be very active early in free agency, and I think the focus must and will be on the offensive line. Sure, they'll poke around at tight end and receiver and on the defensive line. But their offensive line needs are so significant that they absolutely have to get major, 2014-focused work done on it before the draft. I expect them to target-specific players at center and guard that they have determined fit what they want to do on offense, and to sign at least one early in the free-agency period. That's not to say they can't and won't use the draft to help the offensive line as well. Their long-term needs there are great enough that they should. They need to re-stock the pipeline with quality depth. But they can't wait until the draft and hope they find all of their answers there. With Chris Snee and David Baas likely to be cut and Kevin Boothe a free agent, they need three new starters on the line.
Antonio Pierce has won the most coveted prize in all of football: a Super Bowl ring. As a starting linebacker with the New York Giants, he was a part of one of the biggest upsets in football history, as his G-Men uprooted the undefeated Patriots in 2007. So it’s surprising to hear that Pierce, gainfully employed as an ESPN analyst, wants more hardware.
“I have a Super Bowl ring,” he said. “But it always bothered me that I didn’t get a CIF ring.”
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 508 Allen St., Gadsden — 4 p.m. Sunday, a Black History celebration will be held. The speaker will be Michael Boley, NFL Linebacker No. 53 with the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Super Bowl Winner, XLVI, 2012/New York Giants. A service will be held at 11 a.m. with a soul food dinner at 2 p.m.
Free agency doesn't begin for NFL teams until next month. But it's never too early to start thinking about what players at which positions will be possible targets for the Giants and Jets once the doors to the free-agent market swing open.
More than half of the players on the Giants' roster are free agents. So they have plenty of spaces to fill and a good chunk of money to spend. How general manager Jerry Reese decides to allocate his resources, only he knows right now.
They will try to bring Beason back after the veteran showed signs of returning to health in addition to his tremendous leadership skills. The only way he walks is if Beason unexpectedly shops for every last dollar. Don’t expect that to happen.
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