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New York Giants Offseason Grade

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Re-Signings

Scott Simonson

TE Scott Simonson – While the contract details are not available, this is an interesting decision given the Giants now have four tight ends under contract. Simonson had 96 receiving yards and a touchdown in 2018.

Grade: C

Impact: 1/10

Alex Tanney

QB Alex Tanney– Doubtful that he makes the team this year given the Daniel Jones pick means the Giants now have four quarterbacks on their roster.

Grade: C

Impact: 0/10

Aldrick Rosas

K Aldrick Rosas – Any time you can resign a 24 year old pro bowler, you should take it. Especially when the cap hit is only $645,000 dollars. This might be, sadly, the best transaction of the preseason.

Grade: A+

Impact: 7/10

Jon Halapio

C Jon Halapio – After starting the first two games of the 2018 season, Halapio was unfortunately lost for the year with a broken leg. If he returns healthy, he could be a starter on this line. At only $645,000 dollars this could be a steal for the Giants.

Grade: A

Impact: 6/10

Spencer Pulley

C Spencer Pulley – Pulley’s extension was worth $9.6 million over three years, and this price looks to be a bit steep for a guy that will likely be a backup. That being said, you can never have too many offensive linemen, and an injury could make the Giants thankful they invested in some depth.

Grade: C+

Impact 4/10

Eli Penny

FB Eli Penny – A former undrafted free agent, Penny has been signed to a one year contract worth $645,000. The starting fullback last year, Penny played well leading for Saquon.

Grade: B

Impact: 4/10

Nate Stupar

LB Nate Stupar– Another special teams guy, Stupar inked a one year, $805,000 dollar deal with the Giants. Good value for a great special teams player.

Grade: B

Impact: 4/10

Russell Shepard

WR Russell Shepard – Hey, a wide receiver signing that makes sense! Shepard is a solid locker room guy that can contribute if needed. I think this is a solid contract: one year, $945,000.

Grade: B

Impact: 3/10

Cody Latimer

WR Cody Latimer – Latimer’s 2018 was derailed by injuries, and as such he signed a one year deal worth 2.5 million this offseason. While most of his season was lost, he did manage to put together a nice week 17 game against the Giants, averaging 18 YPC on 4 receptions and a touchdown. If he can build on that in 2019, this could be a bargain contract.

Grade: B+

Impact: 5/10

Antonio Hamilton

DB Antonio Hamilton – This appears to be a special teams/depth re-signing for the Giants, as Hamilton was the MVP of their special teams unit. Special Teams is an important part of the game, and signing a great one to a one year, $630,000 deal is good value.

Grade: B+

Impact: 5/10

Cuts

Connor Barwin

LB Connor Barwin – A  mutual decision, Barwin’s playing time greatly decreased as the season wore on. This early release allowed him to explore their options, and saved the Giants $1.5 million.

Grade: B

Impact: 1/10

Quadree Henderson

WR Quadree Henderson – A return specialist whose job was made obsolete with Jabrill Peppers and Corey Coleman.

Grade: B

Impact: 0/10

Players Lost in Free Agency

G Jamon Brown – A mid-season acquisition, Brown was quickly seeing playing time. Upon Brown’s arrival, the Giants offensive line improved significantly.

Impact: 7/10

Kerry Wynn

DE Kerry Wynn – Kerry Wynn was a fan-favorite hustle player. Wynn will never be a star but his contributions on defense and special teams will be missed.

Impact: 5/10

Josh Mauro

DE Josh Mauro – At one point in the season, Josh Mauro was starting and that’s a terrible situation to be in. Mauro is gone and the Giants somehow look slightly worse because of it.

Impact: 5/10

Mario Edwards Jr.

DE Mario Edwards Jr. – Edwards Jr. never really saw significant playing time with the Giants.

Impact: 3/10

Curtis Riley

S Curtis Riley – Curtis Riley played awful for the majority of last season and he won’t be missed by the fanbase.

Impact: 4/10

BW Webb

CB B.W. Webb – Webb was an inconsistent presence in the secondary that got a lot more hate from fans than deserved.

Impact: 6/10

Landon Collins

S Landon Collins – This is one of two massive departures (OBJ trade) that the fan base seemed furious about. LC is now the highest-paid safety in NFL history and gets to play his former team twice a year.

Impact: 10/10

Extensions

Sterling Shepard

WR Sterling Shepard – Once again, Shepard is not a bad player. I think he’s actually pretty good. But signing  a receiver to a 4 year $41 million deal and committing $19 million to the wide receiver position after trading the best receiver in the league for NOTHING, it raises my eyebrows a little bit.

Grade: B-

Impact: 7/10

Free Agency

Antoine Bethea

S Antoine Bethea – At 34, Bethea may be a bit past his prime but his deal is much friendlier than the mega deal Landon collins signed with the Redskins. At 2 years for $4.2 million, this could be a bargain if he can return to his 2017 form. That year he graded out as the 9th best safety according to PFF. His defensive coordinator that year? James Bettcher. His defensive coordinator this year? James Bettcher. If Bethea can prove he’s not washed yet, this deal could be a bargain for the Giants. And if he’s not, the deal is fairly team friendly, so it wouldn’t be a total disaster.

Grade: B+

Impact: 6/10

Golden Tate

WR Golden Tate – Ah, so you just traded your franchise WR for pennies on the dollar, indicating a rebuild (starting a year late), and you sign an older, worse WR for four years and 37.5 million? This isn’t me saying Tate is a bad player, far from it, but this is an odd move for a team that had seemed to start rebuilding.

Grade: C-

Impact: 7/10

Markus Golden

OLB Markus Golden – Golden needs a comeback season in a bad way. The poor guy tore his ACL the year after finishing third in the NFL in sacks (2016). After amassing only two and a half sacks in 2018, this is a make or break year. One reason for hope: like Antoine Bethea, Golden had his best season under Bettcher. If he can get Golden to anything close to his 2016 form, this one year $975,000 dollar contract will look like an absolute steal.

Grade: B-

Impact: 6/10

Olsen Pierre

DT Olsen Pierre – Yet another guy who had his best year under Bettcher, Pierre had 5.5 sacks on a limited snap count in 2017. At best, Pierre will be a good rotational player but his contract, a one year, $825,00 deal reflects that.

Grade: B

Impact: 4/10

Henre' Toliver

DB Henre’ Toliver – Hey! An AAF guy! Toliver will likely compete for a practice squad or deep reserve spot in this secondary.

Grade: C+

Impact: 1/10

Trade(s)

Odell Beckham Jr.

Giants trade: WR Odell Beckham Jr. and LB Olivier Vernon

Browns trade: S Jabrill Peppers, G Kevin Zeitler, 2019 #17 overall, 2019 #95 overall

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Ok I’m done. This may be the stupidest trade I’ve ever seen, especially with the moves being made after it. Gettleman should have been fired as soon as WHISPERS of this reached Mara.

(Note from the editor: Miss you OBJ.)

Grade: F

Impact: 10/10

Draft Picks

Daniel Jones

Pick 1.6 QB Daniel Jones, Duke – Dave Gettleman, what are you doing. Seriously, please explain. Daniel Jones was NOT the second best quarterback in this draft. It’s not even close. The Giants are staking their future on a guy whose best trait is that if you squint really hard, he kind of looks like Peyton Manning. Oh and he was coached by David Cutcliffe, who’s greatest success besides the Mannings is… oh wait. He doesn’t have any. I wouldn’t be surprised if Daniel Jones turns into a mediocore starting quarterback in the NFL, but that’s not what you expect out of a top ten pick. What makes this even more egregious is Gettleman likely could have traded a second rounder for Josh Rosen, who likely would have been QB2 (maybe even QB1) in this draft.

Grade: D-

Impact: 10/10

Dexter Lawrence

Pick 1.17 DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson – So you essentially traded OBJ for an average starting safety and a space eating run stopper when you already had two solid tackle prospects. At 17 you could have given Eli Manning/Daniel Jones a weapon like Marquise Brown or Noah Fant. Instead you take a one dimensional player at a position that is not a pressing need.

Grade: D

Impact: 8/10

Deandre Baker

Pick 1.30 CB Deandre Baker, Georgia – 0 qualms with the Giants going Corner here. It fills an immediate need. My only gripe is that in my opinion there were a couple of better corners, including Greedy Williams and Rock Ya-Sin, but if Baker was their CB1 I have absolutely no problem with this

Grade: B+

Impact: 7/10

Oshane Ximines

Pick 3.95 EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion– Ximines is an average athlete at the Defensive End position, but he makes up for it with violent hands and a strong motor. Very productive at ODU and put on a show against Virginia Tech this year. Could develop into a starter down the road as NFL strength coaches improve his athleticism.

Grade: B

Impact: 5/10

Julian Love

Pick 4.108 CB Julian Love, Notre Dame – An insanely productive player in college, Love’s slide was a little surprising. He could have benefitted from returning to college for a year. He lacks some burst, which could be exposed in the NFL, but he is a smart player with great coverage skills. Good pick for the Giants, adding some immediate depth and potential starter in the fourth.

Grade: A

Impact: 6/10

Ryan Connelly

Pick 5.143 LB Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin – Productive guy, high football IQ, but lacks the athleticism to be an elite linebacker. If he is not asked to cover sideline to sideline, he ould be a serviceable starter at some point, as he attacks blockers and gaps with ferocity.

Grade: B

Impact: 5/10

Darius Slayton

Pick 5.171 WR Darius Slayton, Auburn – A deep threat who already has the size and athleticism needed for the NFL, Slayton struggled with drops throughout his career at Auburn. In addition, he has almost no tape or production in the intermediate section of the field. This isn’t really his fault, it was more Auburn’s scheme. If he can hold onto the ball, the Giants may have found a gem.

Grade: A-

Impact: 4/10

Corey Ballentine

Pick 6.180 CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn – A corner that’s the same size and weight as the other two CBs that the Giants have already drafted. Ballentine probably won’t be seeing the field much, if at all, over the first couple of seasons of his career.

Grade: C

Impact: 3/10

George Asafo-Adjei

Pick 7.232 OL George Asafo-Adjei, Kentucky – Short arms will most likely relegate Asafo-Adjei to the interior where he would be strictly a depth player. He’s physical and surprisingly fast for a lineman, just don’t expect him to play much if he makes the roster.

Grade: C

Impact: 1/10

Chris Slayton

Pick 7.245 DL Chris Slayton, Syracuse – Slayton gets to stay in New York (kinda) and hopefully make the Giants roster but he’s most likely a practice squad guy.

Grade: C-

Impact: 1/10

GPA for Draft: 1.96 (C)

Overall

Dave Gettleman

I have no idea what the hell Dave Gettleman is trying to do. He says they aren’t rebuilding, but then trades the franchise’s most important player for pennies on the dollar. This is a franchise-altering mistake, and Cleveland should build Gettleman a statue after they win their third Super Bowl. He then immediately signs two receivers to a combined 19 million dollars per year. I said the OBJ trade was the worst trade I’ve ever seen and a Franchise altering decision, and it might not have been the most disastrous move of their offseason! Taking Daniel Jones at six is horrific, especially due to the fact they could have gotten Rosen for a second rounder. I actually liked what they did on defense, signing the former Bettcher all stars to low risk deals, but those are the moves of a rebuilding team trying to piece together parts. Overall, I think everyone but Gettleman knows the Giants are in a rebuild. Gettleman should have been fired after the OBJ trade, and I don’t think it’ll take long to happen.

Overall Grade: F