Today's edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com:
What do you think of trading Osi Umenyiora (at least we'll get something for him now), moving Kiwi (Mathias Kiwanuka) back to end and packaging our number draft choice and Osi's pick for either the best linebacker or pass rusher we can get?
*Dear Roy: *
Frankly, I dislike it. Why would we trade one of our very best pass rushers to create a package that would help us acquire…a pass rusher? I don't know that we could acquire anyone has productive as a healthy Osi. More to the point, I don't understand why so many Giants fans are seeking alternatives to Umenyiora. He's under contract for the 2012 season. Except for him putting on a uniform, nothing has to happen for him to contribute to the team this season. Finally, In JPP, Justin Tick and Umenyiora, we have three outstanding defensive ends. Kiwi has been a valuable player has a hybrid linebacker/end/inside pass rusher. Don't know if I'd want to change that.
Clint Sintim is slated to come back after a knee surgery for the 2012 season. Considering that he is buried on the depth chart at LB is there a chance the Giants use his natural pass-rushing abilities to replace Dave Tollefson at DE?
*Dear Matt: *
A lot of uncertainty surrounds Clint Sintim. First, can he stay on the field? He's played only 24 games in three years and missed the entire 2011 season with his second serious knee n\injury in as many years. If he is healthy, what role does he play? I disagree that he's buried on the depth chart. If he's in uniform, he'll get a chance to contribute, probably as a sub linebacker and special teamer. I don't know that he would step in for the-departed Tollefson, who was a bigger, stronger player who could play inside. Theoretically, Sintim could help as an edge pass rusher, but he has to prove he can stay healthy and do the job.
What I have seen so far from Jernigan has been a very small sample size. That said, I see a lot of speed, agility, and the potential for big plays. Do you see him fitting into a larger role as a receiver and/or as a return man going into next season?
*Dear Matthew: *
I do. Jernigan is a terrific athlete with speed and elusiveness. He took him a while to get comfortable fielding and returning punts last season. Jernigan can be an effective kickoff returner. With the departure of Mario Manningham, there's an opportunity for some receiver(s) to earn more playing time. If I ranked the candidates today, Jernigan would be my clubhouse leader.
With the recent addition of Keith Rivers and Sean Locklear..What do we do in the draft? Do we look to add more talent to RB, DL, TE, WR?
*Dear Nick: *
*How about all of the above? As we've said before, when you're picking 32nd overall and near the end of every round (the exception being compensatory picks) it's difficult to target a specific player or even position. The goal in the draft is to strengthen as many positions as possible. No group is exempted. So the positions you mentioned are all possibilities. So are all the others. You have to be opened-minded and flexible in the draft, especially when it's difficult to predict who will be available when you select in the first round.
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