I don’t care if all the “good” players are no longer available in free agency – it’s still a fun topic to discuss.
Football is a game of attrition (and great quarterback play), so you better make sure you have enough depth to get through a regular season.
Besides the injury to Jason Pierre-Paul, the New York Giants were fairly lucky when it came to injuries last season.
But they can help protect themselves further with a few free agent moves here in April.
4. Jason McCourty
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll keep on saying it until it’s addressed either in free agency or the draft: you can never have enough cornerbacks in today’s NFL.
Last season, the impact of Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, and Landon Collins, one could argue, singlehandedly led the Giants to the postseason.
So, if it works, why not keep adding to it?
Recently released by the Tennessee Titans, cornerback Jason McCourty posted his best Pro Football Focus grade (74.1) since 2013.
He could provide a presence similar to what Leon Hall had last season, potentially, being used in whatever situation the defense would need him in.
3. Andrew Tiller
With D.J. Fluker no guarantee to start, the Giants should (and probably will) continue to look for potential options who could enhance their offensive line.
Although John Jerry posted a respectable PFF grade of 77 last season, he struggled in the run game (61.9).
If the Giants were to look for a better run blocker at guard, Andrew Tiller could be their answer, as his run blocking grade was almost 13 points higher than Jerry’s in 2016.
Tiller, who started 14 combined games over the last two seasons with the San Fransisco 49ers, has fared quite well in his young NFL career, posting an average PFF grade of 75.6 over the last two seasons.
2. Austin Pasztor
The fact that offensive lineman Austin Pasztor wears a visor (pictured in the middle) and still happens to be a free agent blows my mind.
Only good players wear visors – it’s common knowledge.
Starting all 16 games last season for the Cleveland Browns, Pasztor contributed a PFF grade of 77.3 while thriving in pass protection (84.0) – Bobby Hart had a pass blocking grade below 35 at right tackle last season.
Similar to Fluker, Pasztor gives the Giants flexibility at both guard and tackle.
1. Dwight Freeney
Believe it or not, even at 37 years old, Dwight Freeney is still a serious pass rushing asset in the NFL.
In a limited role over the last two years with both the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals, Freeney registered a combined 11 sacks while posting a PFF grade above 77 in both seasons.
Olivier Vernon led all edge rushers in snaps last season and Jason Pierre-Paul was headed for the same destiny before getting injured.
Freeney would be a perfect fit off the bench to take the load off of OV and JPP in pass rushing situations.