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Fact or Fiction: How will Free Agents perform in 2015


Shane Vereen is a perfect fit for Ben McAdoo's offense. **

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -Ben McAdoo often features running backs catching passes out of the backfield, and Vereen has been one of the best at that the past two years with New England, with 99 receptions. He can make people miss in space and creates mismatches with linebackers all over the field. His ability to beat the Seahawks defenders in the middle of the field in the Super Bowl was one of the big factors in the Patriots' Super Bowl victory.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -When a team acquires the player who just set the Super Bowl record for receptions by a running back, any offensive coordinator who is worth his weight is going to find a fit for him. That's what Shane Vereen did in his former team's Super Bowl XLIX victory over Seattle, and that's what McAdoo will try to do with the Giants. Vereen has been productive on third down, where the Giants improved their conversion percentage from 32.7 (30th) in 2013 to 43.0 (10th) in 2014. Another year in the system and an addition like Vereen will only help to improve those numbers going forward.

Dwayne Harris has the potential to be the Giants' best return specialist since Domenik Hixon.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -Harris has been a top-notch returner for Dallas since he came into the league. Even though he didn't score last year, he did return punts for touchdowns in 2012 and 2013. He is strong enough to break tackles and fast enough to make people miss and take it the distance.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -I'm not going to dismiss Hixon, who is eighth all-time on both the Giants' punt and kickoff return lists. But the consistency that Harris has shown over the last three years is impressive. Since 2012, he is fifth in the NFL in punt return yards and second in average with two returned for touchdowns. On kickoffs, Harris is eighth over the last three seasons in return yards (1,809) and 12th in kick return average. And Giants fans will like that both of his return touchdowns came in the NFC East against Washington and Philadelphia.

The most surprising move so far was TE Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -Though I will make it a tie with the Eagles trading for Kiko Alonso and Sam Bradford. I don't think any of those moves were on anyone's radar before they happened. The Saints were in salary cap trouble and thought moving Graham was the best way to become competitive again. Meanwhile, Chip Kelly is looking to re-work his roster in his image. We'll know in a couple years whether or not those moves were wise.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -That move really kicked Tuesday afternoon's opening of free agency into a gear that isn't often seen. The buildup to it was crazy enough, but that had time to develop. The Graham trade just hit and just like that, a three-time Pro Bowler was heading to the Seahawks.

Free agency is more exciting than the NFL Draft.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -Free agency often contains more surprises than the NFL Draft, which makes it a little more exciting. That has especially been the case this year with all the trades around the league. In the Draft, at least early, you know what players are in the mix at certain spots, which reduces some of the drama.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -While free agency this year has been particularly active, I'm still going with the draft. Perhaps it's because I'm a college football nut, but the draft is one of the top three sports events I've looked forward to every year that I can remember. That's where the futures of teams are really made. Both college and professional football are at all-time highs, and this combines the two.

Infographics of the Giants' free agent signings

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