General manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin are very good at scouting and understanding what a real football team needs. The Giants have had some success with undrafted free agents over the past couple of seasons, including Victor Cruz and Henry Hynoski. We understand a couple of things about the Giants off season strategies; they don't like making big splashes for skill players (except quarterbacks), and will pick the best player available during drafts no matter what their needs are and regardless of what it means for their roster.
This is evident in this year's draft when they picked a defensive tackle with their second round pick and used their fourth and sixth round picks to acquire another backup quarterback. These were great players they acquired but didn't fulfill their needs at linebacker and defensive back.
Here are the undrafted free agents they picked so far for the 2013 season:
Tight End, Chase Clement, LSU
Wide Receiver, Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
Linebacker, Charles Dieuseul, Mount Union
Defensive Back. Charles James, Charleston Southern
Linebacker, Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
Safety, Alonzo Tweedy, Virginia Tech
Running Back, Jeremy Wright, Louisville
I can't say much about these players and the impact they'll make on the team this season, but it does look like the Giants were concerned about their needs at this point. two new linebackers who have a fighting chance to win the starting job, two new defensive backs to provide depth in a depleted secondary, a wide-out that can fight to be the number three or four receiver on the squad, a tight end who can play behind Brandon Myers, and a running back who can backup David Wilson (or who can take a good amount of carries away from him). I like this squad and wish them all the best.
Player to watch out for:
Linebacker Etienne Sabino from Ohio State might make a big impact with the New York Giants this season. The Giants need bodies playing linebacker and who better than a former four-star high school prospect who was also projected to be a third round pick for the 2013 NFL Draft? Coughlin likes leaders and Sabino is just that. He's also very capable of playing the run well, which the Giants linebacker core struggled with last season. He's also versatile enough to play inside or outside linebacker. The only knock I have on him for now is his coverage skills. Don't be shocked if this kid is starting at linebacker for the New York Giants by week 1.
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