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5 impactful newcomers to Giants 2020 roster

ANDREW-THOMAS

Draft pick. Free agent. Trade. Waiver claim. There are a lot of ways to acquire players in the NFL, and the Giants exhausted all of their options this offseason to build what general manager Dave Gettleman called a "competitive" roster that is "going to have the ability to win games."

Here is a look at some of those key newcomers who will try to help the team do just that in 2020:

DB Logan Ryan

Previous Team: Tennessee Titans

Added just this week, Ryan, 5-11 and 195 pounds, is entering his eighth NFL season. He spent his first four years in New England when Joe Judge was the Patriots' special teams assistant coach and then coordinator. Ryan played the past three seasons for the Tennessee Titans.

"I think Logan's a guy who comes to work every day with the right demeanor," coach Joe Judge said "He's a smart guy that plays tough on the field. He's a player that I noticed through my time with him and then also my time away competing against him that he's a guy that really improves from year to year. He really works on his craft. He's not just a guy who's out there kind of 'this is what I am.' He's always looking to work on maybe something that hurt him the year before and he's looking to always go ahead and improve on his strengths.

"Look, he brings a lot of versatility. He's a smart, tough football player. We're glad to have him. We have a lot of guys in the defensive backfield make a lot of improvements every day. It'll be good to get him in the mix with all of those guys."

Judge declined to say whether he would be a safety or cornerback.

"He's going to play a variety of roles for us, so if I gave you one answer right there, I'd be lying," Judge said. "Logan, one of his strengths really is versatility. We're going to play him in different packages all over the field. Really, having a guy like that allows you to play other guys in fewer positions because he can handle a lot of the multiples while these guys are learning the system."

That is important for the Giants' secondary, which will start the season without rookie safety Xavier McKinney (fractured left foot).

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OT Andrew Thomas

Previous Team: Georgia Bulldogs (NCAA)

On April 23, the fourth overall pick became the highest-drafted offensive lineman by the Giants since Ohio State's John Hicks was selected third overall in 1974. Here's why: Thomas started all 41 games in which he played in three seasons at Georgia – 15 at right tackle as a true freshman in 2017 and 13 at left tackle in both 2018 and 2019. Durable and reliable, he missed just one game due to injury in three years. He was a two-time first-team All-SEC (2018-19) selection, a Freshman All-American, Second-team All-American in 2018, and a first-team All-American in 2019. He was a key player on Georgia teams that won 11 or more games in three straight seasons, won three consecutive SEC Eastern Division titles, and played in New Year's Six Bowl games three years in a row (2018 Rose, 2019 Allstate Sugar, 2020 Allstate Sugar).

"He's one of those guys, if you give him a coaching point, he'll take the coaching point and we can move on really to the next thing," offensive line coach Marc Colombo said. "That's what you're looking for in these young guys. Not making multiple mistakes, doing the same thing wrong over and over. That's what's been really fun to watch about Andrew. You can tell him one thing, and the next time he goes out there, he does it the way you're looking for. That's how you can get better really as a group, as a tackle."

K Graham Grano

Previous Team: Carolina Panthers (2018)

Two years ago, Gano kicked the longest field by an opponent in Giants history. Now they hope he can do the same for them. Gano last played in a regular-season game on Dec. 2, 2018, his seventh season with the Carolina Panthers. He missed the final four games of that year and the entire 2019 season because of injuries to his left (plant) leg.

Gano has played in 134 regular-season and seven postseason games. He has made 224 of 273 field goal attempts (82.1%) and 306 of 321 extra point tries (95.3%) in the regular season and 12 of 15 field goal attempts (80.0%) and all 18 PATs in the playoffs. He has scored 978 regular-season points and exceeded 100 points in each of the seven seasons in which he played all 16 games. Gano has made 20 of 25 career attempts (57.1%) from 50+ yards.

His longest was a 63-yarder with one second remaining to give the Panthers a 33-31 victory against the Giants on Oct. 7, 2018 in Charlotte. It is two yards longer than any other field goal ever kicked against the Giants (61 yards by Philadelphia's Jake Elliott on Sept. 24, 2017). In addition, it is one of six kicks tied for the second-longest field goal in NFL history, it was the longest game-winning field-goal in league history and was the longest field goal in Panthers history. The only longer field goal was kicked by Denver's Matt Prater vs. Tennessee in Week 14 of the 2013 season (64 yards). It wasn't the first time Gano had broken Giants hearts. On Dec. 20, 2015, his 43-yard field goal as time expired gave the Panthers a 38-35 victory in MetLife Stadium.

Additionally, Gano can be the emergency punter if Riley Dixon is unable to play. In his first two seasons at Florida State (2006-07), Gano was a fulltime punter. After becoming the Seminoles' kicker in 2008, Gano still punted 22 times. In his collegiate career, Gano averaged 42.1 yards on 148 punts with a long of 64 yards. Gano has punted eight times in the NFL – four for Washington in 2010 and four for Carolina in 2016, when his special teams coordinator was Thomas McGaughey, who is in his third season in the same position with the Giants.

"Graham brings a stability to the position," McGaughey said. "Obviously, a former Pro Bowl kicker. Just a veteran player in this league. He brings experience, he brings leadership, and he's a good person. I'm excited to have him here. He's been really good for our room, even in the short time that he's been here. Graham is Graham, he's just a good man. He works his tail off, he's a professional field goal kicker, that's what he is. He goes about his business the way he is supposed to and hopefully once we get rolling, he is going to be his old self."

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LB Blake Martinez

Previous Team: Green Bay Packers

Martinez came over from Green Bay with Kyler Fackrell, who has a double-digit sack season on his resume, to bolster the Giants' linebacker corps. Martinez will be the quarterback of the defense as the interior linebacker, a responsibility he has fully embraced.

Originally a fourth-round draft choice in 2016, Martinez (6-2, 237 pounds) led the Packers in tackles in each of the last three years, when he started every one of the Packers' 50 regular-season and postseason games. Overall, Martinez has played in 61 career regular-season games with 57 starts. He has missed only three games in four seasons, all in his rookie campaign.

With 522 in his career, Martinez averages almost nine tackles per game. He has also recorded 10.0 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 17 passes defensed, 12 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In five playoff appearances (three starts), he has 24 tackles. Martinez leads the NFL with 441 tackles since 2017 and is second only to five-time All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner since he entered the league in 2016. He recorded double-digit tackles in 24 of his 61 games played.

Nicknamed "Machinez" in college, he finished his career at Stanford with 257 tackles (137 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and five forced fumbles in 51 games played. Martinez started the final 27 games of his college career. He helped Stanford to bowl appearances all four years as part of a school-record seven consecutive bowl games as the Cardinal won three Pacific-12 titles (2012, 2013, 2015). He appeared in three Rose Bowls, with Stanford winning two, while earning his degree in management science and engineering.

CB James Bradberry

Previous Team: Carolina Panthers

Bradberry was selected in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by Dave Gettleman, the Giants' general manager who then held that position in Carolina. They reunited this spring. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder started every game he played for the Panthers: 60 in the regular season and one postseason contest. He missed just four games in Carolina and only one in the last three seasons.

His career totals include 268 tackles (229 solo), eight interceptions, 47 passes defensed, three sacks, seven tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Bradberry is a willing tackler, ranking third among NFL cornerbacks in the category since 2016.

Last season, Bradberry started 15 games – he was inactive at Green Bay on Nov. 10 with a groin injury – and registered 65 tackles (51 solo), a career-high three interceptions and one sack. He also tied linebacker Luke Kuechley with a team-high 12 passes defensed, the fourth consecutive season he led Carolina in that statistical category. In 2016, Bradberry led the team with 11 passes defensed, becoming the first rookie to lead Carolina in passes defensed since Josh Norman in 2012.

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