At this stage in the process, there are very little names available on the open market who are going to “wow” you.
The heart of free agency is over which means it’s time to look for players who are simply signed to add depth to the New York Giants roster.
4. Brett Maher
This week, general manager Jerry Reese admitted that the team is looking to add a veteran kicker as competition for Aldrick Rosas.
While Brett Maher has never kicked a football in a regular season game, he’s been on three NFL rosters since entering the league in 2013, with experience in the Canadian football league as well.
3. Tre Boston
The expectation is that Darian Thompson will be ready to go when the season kicks off, but after only playing two games as a rookie, nobody knows what to expect from him – even if some think he’s going to be a stud.
Over his three-year career, Tre Boston has never posted a Pro Football Focus grade below 74 in any season.
He’s a steady option, who posted career highs in tackles (53), sacks (2), and interceptions (2) last season with the Carolina Panthers.
2. Zach Mettenberger
Being that Ben McAdoo is an offensive-oriented coach, he’s had no problem bringing in quarterbacks for a look.
After re-signing Josh Johnson, the team surprisingly signed Geno Smith, while also adding project quarterbacks like Logan Thomas, B.J. Daniels, and Keith Wenning at some point over the last year, too.
Things haven’t exactly worked out for Mettenberger, but the former starting quarterback clearly has the talent to be on an NFL roster – maybe the Giants give him a look after the Pittsburgh Steelers showed him the door.
1. Gary Barnidge
Yes, the Giants signed a tight end in free agency (Rhett Ellison) and drafted one in the first-round (Evan Engram), but still, neither are true, two-way tight ends.
Gary Barnidge is a proven commodity at tight end, catching 79 passes, for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns back in 2015.
Considering, how bad the position has performed in the past for the Giants (just three touchdowns last season), all options should be considered.