But, with the NFL Draft just two weeks away, the Giants are still without solid answers at the safety position. Their roster still lists only two players as safeties - Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor - neither of whom has started an NFL game.
Both players were taken in the fifth round in the NFL Draft. Taylor, a 2013 pick, missed all of 2014 with a foot injury. Berhe, selected last season, served as mainly a special teams player.
Two other players - Mike Harris and Thomas Gordon - are listed as DBs which is the usual designation for players who are primarily backups and special teamers.
Their latest signing, former Colts DN Josh Gordy, is a veteran who has played safety in the past, but sparingly.
There are other possibilities on the roster that can be tried at the position. Bennett Jackson and Chykie Brown have been mentioned, but neither has played any significant reps at safety. But let's face it, when the Giants made the decision to let Antrel Rolle walk, they were taking a huge risk.
Granted, Rolle got a three-year, $11.25M deal with Chicago ($5m guaranteed), which was a bit more than the Giants were likely willing to pay. Just speculating, but the club was probably hoping to land Rolle for two years at the most.
It matters not, now. Rolle is gone and the Giants have a huge hole to fill in the middle of their secondary. Berhe is confident one of those slots will go to him. The Giants must agree. The coaches nicknamed him "The Missile" because of the way he torpedoes his body towards the opposition.
“Hey, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,’’ Berhe told The Post last month. “If you want to panic, you can panic. If you don’t, you don’t have to. The best thing I can say is, just wait on it and you’ll see.’’
“I did everything I was told to do and I did well,’’ Berhe said. “I’m a hard-nosed player, I’m gonna come out and do whatever I can. And as crazy as it sounds, I’m willing to hurt, too — to give up my body to hurt you in the process,’’ Berhe said. “That’s the type of player I’ve always been.’’
Okay, so there's one promising player. The rest will have to come from the draft or whatever remains on the free agent market. The Giants have yet to mention Stevie Brown's name but, then again, neither has any of the other 31 teams. Quintin Demps is still out there as well.
Some of the emails I have received over the past few weeks have suggested the Giants select Alabama safety Landon Collins in the first round. Don't get me wrong, Collins should be a good pro, but that's just it. A good pro. At No. 9, there will be better players still available and the Giants will not bypass talent for need.
Collins is a mid-to-late first round pick at best. Some would not be surprised if he drops to the second round. No way Jerry Reese reaches in this draft, perhaps the most important one of his career.