3. Deon GrantAlthough all of the attention was on the outspoken and expensive Antrel Rolle, it was another safety that was one of the biggest surprises of the Giants’ season.
From day one, it was apparent that Deon Grant would make Giants fans forget about the days of Aaron Rouse and CC Brown. His acrobatic interception in week 1 was a statement that he was going to be an impact player for this defense even if he was not a starter in name.
Grant was signed from the Seattle Seahawks as depth behind Rolle and Kenny Phillips, who was returning from a serious knee condition. But it was Grant who arguably had the biggest effect on improving the defense from 2009’s laughable unit.
Despite seeing the field far less than Rolle, Grant finished the season with 72 total tackles (only 15 less than Rolle) two forced fumbles (one more than Rolle) and three interceptions (two more than Rolle).
It’s a wonder that Seattle ever let Grant get away, because he certainly showed the talent to be a starting safety on a good defense, even at the age of 31. His versatility helped the LB-starved Giants, who often brought in Grant in place of a linebacker in obvious passing situations.
Antrel Rolle got the big bucks and made the pro bowl, but Deon Grant was an under the radar signing who was every bit as instrumental in strengthening the Giants’ secondary. He was truly the steal of the Giants’ offseason.