But just how much?
The Giants earned a series of "firsts" and caused a series of "firsts" for the 49ers.
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QB Keeping 2: In 2011, NFL teams now have the luxury of dressing 46 players on game day. This essentially means that the 3rd string QB is no longer an ?emergency option.? The Giants have chosen to forgo the 3rd QB all together since 2008, and I?m not so sure that changes this season. Obviously Eli is the number 1, but he heads up a current corps of 4 talented signal callers.
David Carr (first pick ever of the Houston Texans in 2002) is my favorite to win the job, and not just because he is less expensive than the other veteran alternative. Yes he is about 2 million cheaper than Sage Rosenfels, but he is also equally talented and more versatile. Quite frankly, I expected him to win the starting job in San Francisco last year and I still think he will be a starter again in this league before he retires. Rosenfels may also be trade bait for another CB (more later).
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With mandatory roster cuts coming, this move may actually be beneficial to the Giants.
The Giants weren't likely to place Tracy on the main roster but rather send him to the practice squad. Of course, this would allow every other team to snatch him up during the course of the season.
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Injuries - 5 players key players came into camp recovering from recent surgery and at least 10 more have been injured this camp.? The offensive line is fragmented and the 2nd team defensive backs look, well....overwhelmed!
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1) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida ? Just playing GM in my head, I can think of a number of different ways I would have played this pick. Reese could have gone BPA and taken Derrick Morgan, giving the team a great backup LE, who offers the same kind of element as Big Mike Strahan, including run stopping ability and leadership. He could have gone need and reached a little bit for Sean Weatherspoon to play MLB. Spoon is a projected 10-year starter and another player that offers strong leadership and even a little swagger, a la Antonio Pierce. Instead Reese drafted a third RE, and a very raw one at that, a raw one with high bust potential. Go figure. How good does that aces front look if Tuck and Kiwi slide to the middle and Morgan and Osi are on the outside? I?m just saying? I certainly could be wrong and if this was a team with no needs I would be much more okay with this pick, but as of right now, I hate it: F
2) Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina ? I like this pick, but why not Taylor Mays, the safety that was projected to go top 5 last draft season? If you ask me what unit I think needs the most help from last season, it?s unquestionably the safeties, especially considering Phillip?s long-term outlook. Mays, so far has proven his biggest fault is that he actually listens to his coaches. Unfortunately that was Pete Carroll at USC last season. Under The Great Mike Singletary Mays appears to be blossoming? so far. At any rate Joseph is a solid pick. He won?t contribute this season as DTs usually are quiet year one, but he?ll make a name for himself in no time and keep the middle solid: B
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According to SNY's Mike Garafolo, the former Nebraska Cornhusker MLB agreed to a 4-year, $2.28 million deal with the Giants today with a signing bonus of $493K.
LB Adrian Tracy, the Giants' sixth round pick, is also in the fold with a 4-year deal worth $1.895 million with a $105K bonus. Tracy played his collegiate ball at William and Mary.
6th Rounder Adrian Tracy Also SignedThe Giants are slowly getting all of their draft choices under contract.? Today they announced that fourth-round selection, LB Phillip Dillard of Nebraska and 6th round selection DE Adrian Tracy of William and Mary have come to terms with the team.
Today's signings leave only DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Linval Joseph, OL Mitch Petrus and P Matt Dodge remaining to be signed.? Last week, the Giants inked S Chad Jones of LSU.
According to Mike Garafolo of SNY and The Star Ledger, the Tracy deal is for four years at approximately $1.9 million.? No specifics of Dillard's deal have been released as of yet.
Reese likened Tracy to former Giant LB Reggie Torbor, but quickly cited that Tracy was "a better athlete." Tracy played DE at William and Mary, but the Giants will probably use him as a SAM backer. Tracy was described by Reese as a "big, smart kid", which is evident in this video interview shot before the 2009 season.
A "Tweener" According to ExpertsFrom CDSdraft.com...
Nice size and wingspan. Similar to last years' CAA DE phenom Lawrence Sidbury of Richmond, but is flying further under the radar. Gets our nod as the CAA's top DE prospect narrowly over JMU's Adrian Tracy because of his size and improved play against the run. Makes tackles from the back side. Shows enough quickness and lateral agility to be looked at as a LB, while he has room to get bigger if left as a 4-3 pass rushing end. Comes hard off the edge, and fights down the LOS and ruins the stretch play. Scrapes well. Protects his legs, and plays with energy. Solid citizen.