It’s that time again – time for a “4 players the New York Giants should sign” list, which is something I know you guys love to read.
While there isn’t a tremendous amount of activity on the open market, there are still moves being made that could fill a hole or two on the Giants roster.
Let’s take a peek at what I’m talking about.
4. Jaye Howard
Although I mentioned this a few days ago on the site, I’m going to mention it again because it makes too much sense.
Here’s an excerpt from my article on why the Giants should explore signing former Kansas City Chief, Jaye Howard:
“Howard, a former fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2012, has spent the last four seasons in Kansas City, having his best season in 2015.
That year, Howard sacked the quarterback 5.5 times, registering a Pro Football Focus grade of 78.5.
Raanan mentioned in a recent Periscope video that, although it would make sense to complement Harrison with a pass rushing defensive tackle, the team would rather have a run stuffer next to him.
After all, with that strategy last season, New York was a top-five defense against the run, allowing the second-fewest points in the league.
Well, Howard is exactly what the Giants could be looking for, as he had the second-best run stopping percentage in the AFC among 3-4 defensive ends last season.
His potential partner, Damon Harrison, wasn’t too bad against the run last season either.
The Giants defensive tackle joined J.J. Watt as the only other defensive lineman over the last decade with at least 50 run stops in a season.
Together, Howard and Harrison would create a wall – and make Mexico pay for it (that was a Donald Trump joke, relax).”
3. Tre’ Jackson
As a former fourth-round pick in 2015, Tre’ Jackson started nine games in his rookie season with the New England Patriots.
But he missed the entire 2016 season with a knee injury and after being waived by the Patriots, he then failed his physical when being claimed by the Los Angeles Rams.
Signing him would obviously be a risk, but with the season months away, it’s not a bad idea to explore, considering, how much time he has to get healthy.
2. Alvin Bailey
Signing former Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey certainly wouldn’t guarantee the Giants a potential starter (just 13 career starts in four years), but he’s not a bad depth option.
Bailey has posted a Pro Football Focus grade of over 62 in two of his four seasons which means he’s basically Marshall Newhouse 2.0.
While Newhouse wasn’t a popular name among Giants fans, he was still more than worthy of a roster spot, especially, with the versatility he brought.
1. Dan Williams
You haven’t heard much about Dan Williams, considering, he doesn’t play a glamor position, but the dude is an absolute monster in the trenches.
Williams has played at least 14 games in six of his seven NFL seasons as a former first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, registering a PFF grade below 80 only twice.
Last season with the Oakland Raiders, Williams had the highest run-stopping grade out of all of their interior defensive lineman (and it wasn’t even close).
He only has 3.5 career sacks, so his specialty is obviously all about clogging the run game.
And according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, that’s exactly what the Giants are looking for next to Damon Harrison.