And the Giants were part of it, adding players like Geoff Schwartz and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie while parting ways with others, such as Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph.
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Experts from around the league have handed out grades after the initial wave of personnel moves. Here is a look at how they stacked up the Giants:
Pete Prisco | CBSSports.com | GRADE: B+
“The Giants added a lot of players and only two big-ticket players in guard Geoff Schwartz and corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Both will start, and center J.D. Walton will likely start at center. That's two starters on the offensive line, which is huge. I also like the signing of corner Walter Thurmond. I don't like paying backs, but Rashad Jennings gives them some depth. They also re-signed several of their own, including starting linebacker Jon Beason and brought back receiver Mario Manningham.”
“I’m a fan of Schwartz,” Williamson said. “Jennings is a quality player -- not young, but with a lot of tread left. They did not go big in terms of money, but they got quality guys. With the moves they made, they said, 'Yeah, we are not a piece or two away. We need five starters in free agency and none will be Pro Bowlers, but give me a lineman, a corner, etc.' They are not huge winners or losers, but I approve of their approach."
Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
“I would say I agree with the [ESPN Insider] evaluation, and the assessment of the team's thought process. You can pick out which of the Giants' moves you like the best -- Geoff Schwartz for guard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for cornerback, Rashad Jennings for running back, whatever. But you can't run from the fact that this team that hates to build through free agency correctly identified that it had no other choice this year due to its decayed roster. How did they do? We will find out, and we will judge it on on-field performance.”
“They were shedding expensive, championship-vetted veterans (DT Linval Joseph, WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Justin Tuck) for value (RB Rashad Jennings, G Geoff Schwartz), some with rings themselves (CB Walter Thurmond). But they dipped into the coffers to add CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, an understandable gambit in a division loaded with game-breaking wideouts. Retaining MLB Jon Beason, S Stevie Brown and K Josh Brown also helps. Next: Expect GM Jerry Reese to continue searching for front four help defensively and a tight end who can help get QB Eli Manning back on track.”
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