On replacing WR Mario Manningham, who signed two-year deal with the 49ers this weekend...
The Giants have several in-house options when it comes to backfilling his spot, but don't discount them adding to this group through the draft. Domenik Hixon is back and is healthy; Jerrel Jernigan and Ramses Barden were both third round picks and will have to play themselves off the roster.
Manningham was slow to acclimate to the pros, because he came out so young (21). He is coming into his own but needs to be in the right situation right now in order to continue his progress. San Francisco may not be that place, but for the price the Giants would have had to pay for him, it wasn't in their best interest to pursue him.
On the plan at offensive line...
It looks like they want to move David Diehl over to RT and put Will Beatty back at LT. Second-year player James Brewer would then be the primary backup. That means that Brewer - who did not play a single down as a rookie - has either progressed to the stage where he is ready to compete or the Giants will be in the market for a veteran OT.
We think they will draft an OT this year and look to re-sign Kareem McKenzie or Stacy Andrews to minimum deals.
The rest of the line is set: Baas at center with Snee, Boothe and Petrus at guard. They may still look to upgrade (as they always do) but we think the core is cast in stone here.
On the subject of tight end....
Martellus Bennett will dictate whether or not the team addressed this properly. He has a one-year deal and has loads of upside. The team still has Bear Pascoe, who is just a great team player and does whatever is needed of him.
Christian Hopkins will get an opportunity as well. Then you have the recently-signed Larry Donnell who has size and ability from what we gather.
Don't forget Jake Ballard and/or Travis Beckum are still possibilities for the second half of the season.