The Giants own one pick in each of the seven rounds, plus a compensatory pick near the bottom of the seventh. Here’s a look at the Giants’ positional needs going into the NFL Draft.
The Giants have a glaring need at linebacker. Outside of getting the best available player — which could well be Alec Ogletree, anyway — that’s where the concentration of the first two days needs to be.
Losing Umenyiora and Blackburn means that the Giants have a lot of work to do the rest of the offseason if they still want to be considered one of the league’s elite teams.
It was expected, and now it’s for real: Osi Umenyiora’s time with the Giants is up.
“I think that’s pretty much an inappropriate question to ask a kid,” Suggs said. “If the kid can play, regardless of what he does with his off-the-field time … I think that’s the only thing he really needs to be held accountable for.”
With Osi Umenyiora due to hit the free-agent market on March 12, should he make any attempt to re-sign him? How much should he pay Victor Cruz? Does he keep or release David Diehl? How about Corey Webster?
If the selection committee doesn’t pick Michael Strahan for the Hall of Fame on Saturday, they’ll have to answer to Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck. And nobody wants that.
Reese has shown he can hold a hard line when negotiating with players, but now he must bring in new talent. There will be no excuses if he can’t upgrade the Giants’ defensive personnel next year.
There is an obvious reason why the Giants went from a Super Bowl champion to a frustrated team that missed the playoffs. It’s consistency.
Despite getting a career-best five touchdown passes from Eli Manning, New York’s playoff hopes ended Sunday minutes after a 42-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles when Chicago beat Detroit 26-24.
The only real answer to the current question is simple. Sometimes, things just don’t fall right, even for a defending Super Bowl champion.
One flop is understandable. Some days, everything goes wrong. But two no-shows in a row is a trend that begs answers.
New York’s inactive list Sunday includes defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder), who is replaced in the starting lineup by Osi Umenyiora.
“He’s a vital member of this team,” guard Kevin Boothe said. “He’s our physical, fiery leader. Whenever you get a chance to get him out there, it’s good for the team.”
The return of Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to practice on Thursday after missing the previous day with a sprained left knee could only bode well for his on-field rapport with quarterback Eli Manning.
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