Giants’ Offseason Offensive Needs Analysis
John Fennelly , Executive Editor
Alright, here we go. Four days into free agency and we have no major significant signings by the Giants. The top move they’ve made was signing DT Cullen Jenkins, but that transpired before free agency began.
Let’s take a quick look at the current needs on the offensive side of the ball and who on the roster may be stepping into key starting roles this fall.
Openings: LG, RT, TE, RB, Backup QB
The Giants are looking to re-sign Kevin Boothe, last year’s starter at LG. Right now, those negotiations are moving slowly.
The best scenario is to get the improving Boothe back in house, which is a very good possibility. He has not gotten any offers that we know since the FA frenzy began Tuesday. That’s good for the Giants, and the further he has to wait, the cheaper the contract will be.
If Boothe cannot be re-signed, they have Jim Cordle, who can play both guard and center. The also have some interesting names in the building they might want to give a shot to: Chris DeGeare, Stephen Goodin and Bryant Browning. Tom Coughlin has already hinted the Giants may be looking at this group for a solution.
RT was split last year by David Diehl and Sean Locklear. Diehl is in the midst of restructuring his contract and Locklear is a free agent coming off ACL surgery.
Much to Giant fans’ dismay, Diehl will still be the top option until someone usurps him performance-wise. James Brewer has spent the last three season preparing for this moment. The Giants are hoping he can dome in and do the job. They drafted Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants last year and both are still in the plans. Selvish Capers is still around, too, and the Giants will see how far he’s progressed this summer. Locklear may get a call if he’s healthy.
If you trust the Giants’ scouts and Jerry Reese’s acumen, Brewer and/or Mosley should emerge as the guy.
Martellus Bennett was the Giants’ feature TE in 2012. He left for Chicago the other day after signing a 4-year, $20 million deal.
If you by into the Adrien Robinson being the answer then there’s no point in reading further. Bear Pascoe will continue to do what he does. Robinson will get a good look as well as Larry Donnell, a Grambling product with nearly the same dimensions as Bennett (6’6″, 270) who spent 2012 on the Giants’ practice squad.
With Mike Pope coaching the TEs, I have full confidence that Robinson and/or Donnell will emerge as the answer. His track record proves that.
The Giants released Ahmad Bradshaw, their top back, and he still has not signed on with a new team.
David Wilson and Andre Brown will see the majority of the touches. Da’Rel Scott is still here and this could the year he makes some type of impact. Ryan Torian has been re-signed as the fourth back. Don’t discount the initiative to give FB Henry Hynoski additional work. Those are five talented players. I’m not concerned.
David Carr is testing the UFA market and is finding it a rough go. There has been little interest thus far.
Someone else playing QB for the Giants other than Eli Manning is an unknown entity to Giant fans. He’s started every game since middle of the 2004 season and shows no sign of sitting down. Carr will likely be ringing the doorbell at TPC this summer as it seems no team has shown any genuine interest in him.
Curtis Painter will be the backup if Carr does not return, and as far as I can see he can carry a clipboard with the best of them. If something happens to Eli, the Giants are screwed no matter who is backing him up. They will be bringing in some other QBs this spring, but I don’t see any significant movement here.