Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Early 2012 Giants signings

Just to catch up, the Giants have signed Domemik Hixon whose 4.34 speed might replace Mario Manninghams 4.38 speed on those deep routes. Hixon has less than 900 yards receiving over 5 years due to injury. Cornerbacks Terrel Thomos, Justin Tryon, Michael Coe are all signed, Tryon gives the Giants quality depth with his 3 years experience starting at Corner & Nickel, Justin can cover the outside and slot receiver and is a proven top rated gunner on specials. Coe has done much in 4 previous years, but played well in spurts, playing well after Tryon went down to injury, with some good solo tackles and pass defenses, including a batted ball before being injured. If healthy Terrel Thomas, on paper, should be a great tackler and a dominating corner, 4 or 5 picks and a pro bowl slot may be in the offering. The Giants have also signed 4 year CB Antwuan Molden adding more depth and experience to the secondary that now toutes 7 players, most teams keep 5 or 6. Terrel Thomas, Prince Amukamare, Cory Webster, Justin Tryon, Michael Coe, Antwuan Molden, Brandon Bing (Rutgers).

Sean Locklear, a 31 year old Utility O Lineman was signed by the Giants, Locklear has played both tackle position and guard, hes expected to compete with Kareem McKenzie for the right tackle spot, Kareem will be 33 this year. Last years 4th round pick James Brewer can also play right tackle, and Jim Cordle, drafted last year played center for Ohio State, was used as a jumbo tight end during the playoff run.

The Giants have tried to get younger on the O Line the last 2 years and only the starting tackles from last year are over 29 years of age. Both Kevin Boothe and Mitch Petrus showed promise last year. On the Depth chart: Chris White is a 7 year veteran undersized guard at 6'2" 303 pnds, Selvish Capers at 6'5" 315 pnds was a rookie last year, James Brewer is 6'6" and a monstrous 330 pnds. Brewer started 21 games at right tackle at Indiana and 2010 was part of the O line that allowed a sack per game, ranking them 14th nationally.

Tight end: Both Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard suffered injuries and can be expected to miss significant playing time, probably on the PUP list or worse. The Giants have already made a good move in signing Martellus Bennet. Bennet played 4 years in Dallas stuck on the depth chart behind Jason Witten. Bennet is a good blocker, making 85 catches for 846 yards in 4 years at Dallas. Bennet is sized like Ballard, 6'6" and 270 pnds fitting right in with TE coach Mike Pope's prototype TE.

A good team should draft the best player available, so just because the Giants have 7 corners on the roster doesn't mean they won't take a corner.

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