Today's edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com:
How come the Giants do not use the wildcat with Antrel Rolle? I personally would like a more modern offense.Dear Christian:
Seriously? You're not satisfied with the offense? The Giants won the Super Bowl with a defense that finished 27th in the NFL in yards allowed and 25th in points allowed. They overcame those rankings because the offense was eight in yards gained and ninth in points scored and Eli Manning threw for 4,933 yards, the sixth-highest total in NFL history. Manning is one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. He's an outstanding passer, he's terrific in the clutch (a record 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes) and he's won two Super Bowls. Why would you want to take the ball out of his hands to add gimmicks to the offense?
Do you think that Jerry Reese and the rest of the front office are at a position to take the best player available at 32? We all know their positions of need, including TE, OL, RB and WR, but I have a strong feeling Reese will play it by ear come the 26th. Thoughts?
I think it's safe to say the Giants will take the best available player when they make the 32nd and final selection in the first round. The Giants traditionally take the player with the highest grade remaining on their draft board. And because they will make their selection so late in the round, it's difficult to precisely predict who will be there for the taking. So best available player is the best way to go.
The Giants haven't done really anything in Free Agency in 2 years. Why are they so capped strapped?
I disagree the Giants haven't done anything. Last year they re-signed Deon Grant, Rocky Bernard and Dave Tollefson, brought back David Carr and added David Baas and Steve Weatherford. Is it necessary to sign numerous free agents to qualify as having done anything? I believe a certain NFC East rival that resides down the Turnpike tried that. If memory serves, we won the Super Bowl. This year, Terrell Thomas, Domenik Hixon and Weatherford were re-signed and Martellus Bennett was added. Do you want quantity or quality? Jerry Reese's track record speaks for itself.
While I agree with the Giants decision to part ways with Brandon Jacobs, its still obvious by looking at the roster that we don't have an answer to our short yardage problems that have popped up the last few seasons. DJ may slide into the #2 spot by default but there's nothing on video or past performance that leads me to believe he is the answer. Any ideas on who/what the Giants are looking to add to the roster to fix our 3rd/4th and short problems?
Assuming Ahmad Bradshaw is the starter, the Giants have three backs on the roster who will get an opportunity to fill different roles: D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown. We'll find out if any of them can provide the necessary answers. But let's remember that it's still early in the offseason. Plenty of time remains to acquire a veteran or rookie to fill those positions. It's very possible, for example, that the third down back is not yet on the roster.
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