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Free Agency Recap: Giants bolster roster

The Giants have been busy in free agency, adding a lot of players to try to make their team more complete before the NFL Draft on April 23. Dave Gettleman's goal was to build the roster to the point where the team can select the best available player in the draft and not force a pick based on need. All of the deals mentioned below, spare the team re-signing Cody Core, are pending a physical at some point in the future.

CB James Bradberry -- 26 years old, 6-1, 212 pounds

Bradberry is entering his fifth season after being drafted by Dave Gettleman 62nd overall in the 2016. He is a long, physical outside cornerback who can play zone, man, press, off-coverage, and will follow the opposing team's top wide receiver across the field.

According to Pro Football Focus, in seven games against the Buccaneers (Mike Evans), Falcons (Julio Jones), Saints (Michael Thomas) and the Texans (DeAndre Hopkins), Bradberry allowed 34 catches on 55 targets for 456 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers come to an average of only 65 yards per game allowed against some of the league's top wide receivers.

Bradberry complements the team's young group of outside cornerbacks, including DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, and Corey Ballentine. He should not only be able to mentor the young group, but also make their job easier by allowing them to cover the opposing team's second and third best wide receivers.

View photos of the New York Giants free agent signings.

ILB Blake Martinez -- 26 years old, 6-2, 237 pounds

Entering his fifth season, Martinez started every game the Packers played the past three seasons. During that time, he played the fifth, ninth and 13th most snaps of any off-ball linebacker in the NFL and was in the top seven in the league in solo tackles, and the top three in combined tackles.

Martinez's strength is his ability to quickly diagnose, read and react to what opponents are doing. He played a lot of zone in the middle of the field for the Packers and recognizes route combinations well. Martinez will likely wear the helmet communicator and relay play-calls from the sideline as a three-down linebacker in 2020. He joins David Mayo and Ryan Connelly, who is recovering from a torn ACL in 2019, at inside linebacker.

Edge Kyler Fackrell -- 28 years old, 6-5, 245 pounds

Fackrell arrives from Green Bay two years after racking up 10.5 sacks. A 3-4 outside linebacker with the versatility to set the edge and drop into zone coverage, Fackrell was primarily used as a pass rusher. He only had one sack in 2019, but he had 30 fewer pass rush snaps and spent less time on the edge due to the arrival of Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith.

Despite those 30 fewer snaps and only one sack, according to Pro Football Focus, Fackrell still compiled two more pressures (sacks + quarterback hits + hurries) in 2019 than he had in 2018. He has played both on the right and left side as an edge rusher. He was also used as a stand-up "joker" rusher in the middle of the defense.

OT Cameron Fleming -- 27 years old, 6-6, 320 pounds

Fleming is a swing tackle who has played nearly the same number of snaps at left and right tackle in his six-year career with the Patriots and Cowboys. Despite never entering a season as a starter, Fleming has 26 career regular season starts and also started the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl in his last season for the Patriots.

Fleming was coached by Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Marc Colombo in Dallas the past two seasons. With last year's starting right tackle, Mike Remmers, departing for Kansas City in free agency, Fleming could have the opportunity to be in the lineup Week One for the Giants in 2020.

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TE Levine Toilolo -- 28 years old, 6-8, 268 pounds

Toilolo has developed into a reliable and consistent blocking tight end. Other than a 31-catch season for the Falcons in his second year, Toilolo has only had more than 13 receptions once in his career (21 with Detroit in 2018). He has the potential to replace the steady blocking provided by Rhett Ellison, who retired earlier this offseason.

QB Colt McCoy -- 33 years old, 6-1, 212 pounds

McCoy is entering his 11th year in the NFL after being a third round pick in 2010 for the Browns. After being the primary starter for Cleveland in his first two seasons, McCoy has been a backup since, including the last six years for the Redskins. He has experience in multiple offensive systems and has 28 career starts and brings veteran savvy to the quarterback room to help Daniel Jones.

S Nate Ebner -- 31 years old, 6-0, 215 pounds

A special teams ace, Ebner was a 6th round pick for the New England Patriots in 2012 after being a walk-on at Ohio State. Ebner was one of the best rugby players in the country and represented the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games. Ebner, a safety on defense, is primed to reprise the role he played for Joe Judge on special teams in New England.

View photos of safety/special teamer Nate Ebner.

RB Dion Lewis -- 29 years old, 5-8, 195 pounds

Lewis has played eight successful seasons in the NFL, including two trips to the Super Bowl (and one championship) with the Patriots in 2016 and 2017. He is a dual run-pass threat. He has 538 career rushing attempts and 172 career receptions. He has always participated in a shared backfield situation, first with the Patriots and then in the last two seasons with the Tennessee Titans alongside Derrick Henry.

DT Austin Johnson -- 25 years old, 6-4, 314 pounds

Johnson is entering the fifth year of his career with 58 games and 13 starts under his belt for the Tennessee Titans. He played for Giants defensive line coach Sean Spencer at Penn State and will be able to contribute as a rotational interior defensive lineman for the Giants.

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LS Casey Kreiter -- 29 years old, 6-1, 250 pounds

Kreiter is entering his fifth season, and joins the Giants after being the Broncos long snapper the last four seasons. He will compete with Colin Holba for the role with the Giants in 2020.

View photos of long snapper Casey Kreiter.


DT Leonard Williams -- 25 years old, 6-5, 302 pounds

Williams has not been re-signed, but the Giants did place the franchise tag on him. The Giants traded for him from the Jets mid-way through 2019. He has 17.5 career sacks.