Now that the Giants have brought in Prince Amukamara (above), there is no more peering towards the horizon for the cavalry to arrive. It's here. The only thing that needs to happen now is for Osi Umenyiora to get on the field.
The usual structure of Giants' camp has been usurped by the unprecedented comings and goings of players and the awkward conversion of TIMEX into a summer home. That's calmed down the past few days. It's time to settle in and get down to business.
I am not alone when I say the Giants are not the same without TE Kevin Boss. His on-the-field contributions aside, he's just such a nice guy. Now, he's richer and closer to home, so we wish him well....Craig Santucci pretty much covered the Giants' options at TE in his piece below, so I'll just move on to other things...
One thing I am pleased with is the Giants' defense. Last year, the defense was exposed, trampled and embarrassed way too often. This year will be Perry Fewell's second as defensive coordinator. The system has begun to sink in and dare we say it: they have more talent this time around....
Now that the Prince has come, they have some teeth in that secondary. Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Prince at CB. Not bad. Too bad Bruce Johnson got hurt or they would be five-deep.
At safety, Antrel Rolle is the real deal, and with more help on the sides he'll be freed up to make even more plays. Kenny Phillips having more range of motion in his knee this year will help greatly, giving DC Perry Fewell a few more minutes of sleep each night. The Giants can ask more of Phillips, now. Last year, they used him sparingly because he was not 100%.....I like what I'm seeing from rookie Tyler Sash, too.
Safeties coach David Merritt on Phillips: "We’re all interested to have Kenny come out and do the things that we drafted him to do and I know that he was held back a little bit last year but at the same time now he’s fully healthy and so we’re looking forward to see him come out of those chains."
People talk about the lack of LB depth, but I see it different. Mathias Kiwanuka's return changes everything. He will get reps at SAM in place of Clint Sintim, who quite frankly is not panning out an NFL LB (perhaps they should try him at defensive end). That switch alone solves a multitude of issues for the Blue.
Jonathan Goff is just fine at MLB and Michael Boley just needs to stay healthy and produce his normal numbers. The team has some young talent coming in behind them (Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams) and no one seems to be too concerned that upgrades are/were needed.
On the line, even with Osi sitting out, the Giants have plenty of options. DE Justin Tuck is one of the best in the business. He does it all. Second-year DE Jason Pierre-Paul's upside is limitless. Kiwanuka will line up at end in some formations and Dave Tollefson is back, if you haven't heard.
DT Barry Cofield may be gone, but the Giants' have a glut of DTs led by veterans Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard. Rookie Marvin Austin has shown why he was so highly regarded and second-year DT Linval Joseph is one of the league's strongest players. This week the Giants signed former Michigan DT Gabe Watson to add even more heft to the interior line.
Said DL coach Robert Nunn of JPP: "This kid is talented. He’s a very unique player. I’ve been around the league 12 years and I have not coached one that he compares to. He’s kind of his own guy – how strong he is and how talented and how much range he has."
Add Osi back into this mix and you'll have yourself quite a defense, Giant fans....