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The Giants are going to have to make a decision to franchise tag Jason Pierre-Paul or not in the next two weeks (Raanan, Feb. 16).

Today is the first day all teams can designate players the franchise tag. There is a two week window with the deadline ending on March 2nd. If a deal or franchise tag isn't made by this date, Pierre-Paul will become an unrestricted free agent.

General Manager Jerry Reese felt he saw two different players last season in Pierre-Paul. "I think at the beginning of the season he wasn't playing like he played at the end of the season. The second half of the season, he came on really strong and played like we thought he should play," Reese said after the season. "The guy has some ability to be a game changer. We didn't see enough of that in the first half of the season."

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In a pair of ESPN mock NFL drafts, analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both expect the New York Giants to try and improve on the defensive side of the ball this spring.

According to McShay, New York will look to bolster its defensive backfield by adding Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.

"The Giants have been successful under general manager Jerry Reese going with the best available athlete on the board, but in this case they find one of the top players available at a priority need area," McShay writes. "Banks is not elite in man-to-man coverage, but he has good length and is solid in press coverage, shows instincts in zone, supports the run and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions."
The last defensive player drafted by New York was Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011. In 2010, the team took Jason Pierre-Paul.

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