The Eagles, as usual, made some shrewd moves in acquiring LB Connor Barwin, TE James Casey, CBs Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher and safeties Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung.
The Giants have brought in WR Louis Murphy, TE Brandon Myers, LB Dan Connor, DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Aaron Ross, S Ryan Mundy and K Josh Brown.
Our colleague Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington posted a quick temperature check of the Giants this week.
El-Bashir on the Giants' defense: New York’s glaring deficiency was its scuffling secondary, which yielded an average of 254 yards per game (28th) and a total of 26 passing touchdowns (tied for 19th). Ross is a solid vet who will add depth, while Mundy is a productive and durable player who figures to be more reliable than the talented yet oft-injured man he replaces, Kenny Phillips.
Fennelly: I've already said my piece on this. Ross' return doesn't do much for the Blue and we know nothing of Mundy except that he shows up on time for work every week. The Giants have not upgraded their secondary at all with these moves. Unless Terrell Thomas makes an incredible comeback and Corey Webster gets his act together, the Giants' CBs will remain among the worst in the NFL. Prince is improving, but he can only play one side of the field. Thomas' return should help the run defense, which, as we know, was non-existent last season.
El-Bashir on the offense: The Giants' passing attack lost tight end Martellus Bennett (55 receptions, 626 yards, 5 TDs) but he was replaced with sure-handed former Raider Brandon Myers (79 catches, 806 yards, 4 TDs). Myers was reportedly scheduled to visit Redskins Park if he did not sign with the Giants first. Louis Murphy, meantime, was added to the Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks-led wide receiving corps. Murphy could give Eli Manning another young, speedy option capable of getting behind defensive backs.
Fennelly: Good analysis. Bennett was fun while he was here, but I'd rather have Myers, who could possibly chalk up some Pro Bowl-ish numbers as Giant. Murphy, the right role, could be an extremely useful player. Two low-key moves that could get high-key results.
El-Bashir on the 2013 Giants: As you can see, the Giants haven’t made any splashy moves. But they appear to be an improved squad in terms of overall depth. And don’t forget, they’re just a season removed from a second Super Bowl title in six years. My bet is Tom Coughlin and Co. manage to give the incumbent Redskins all they can handle in 2013.
Fennelly: I said it last year and I'll say it again. One game defined the Giants' fate: the Week 13 17-16 loss in Washington. If the Giants had won that game, the Redskins would have been done. The Giants would have been 8-4 and the Redskins 5-7 with four games to go. The key to any Giants season has to be a winning record in the division. They went 3-3 last year. Not good enough.