Sunday, February 27, 2005

Action Plan

The top targets in free agency are offensive tackle and wide receiver. It is difficult to assess the tackle market until the franchise tag and re-signing dust settles. Orlando Pace and Walter Jones already are off the market, so the top choices remaining would include Jonas Jennings, Kareem McKenzie and perhaps Ryan Diem. Luke Petitgout has proven himself at left tackle in the past, but he is coming off a tough year and might be forced back to the right if the team lands a big name who can play the left side. A player such as McKenzie might be appealing because he can play both tackle positions. At least that is the theory. He played the right side for the Jets. . . .

At receiver, Amani Toomer is coming off a frustrating, injury-marred year and could use a young, fast, big wideout to complement both him and Shockey. It is not known how much the team is willing to spend for a player like that, but the early list of candidates worth looking at includes Plaxico Burress, Jerry Porter and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Porter would be a great fit, but there will be plenty of competition for his services. . . .

With DT Corey Simon franchised, it is not clear whether the team will look to tackle or linebacker as its top priority on defense. If the team pays big for offensive help it might be content to add lower priced veterans on defense and bolster that unit in the draft. One certainty in this offseason is there will be fewer veteran signings overall. Last year the team signed waves of reasonably priced free agents to add depth to a rebuilt roster, but with a core in place and key players under contract, the focus this year likely will be more on quality than quantity.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

A tight Issue

We all know that Jeremy Shockey is a huge presence on the field for the New York Football Giants. We all know that Shockey has great hands to catch the ball, along with his vision and route running ability. Although people tend to forget that Shockey is an all purposed tight end, and look past the fact he can block.

Head coach Tom Coughlin kept him in the blocking scheme more of this past season, doing that the Giants cancel out an important weapon on offense.I would recommend finding another tight end that can block to let Shockey be more involved with the offense, especially in the end zone.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Prove It

Veteran wide receiver Amana Toomer has seen better days, and finished the season very uncharacteristic, with numbers that are low for him.

What is the reason behind it all?

Maybe it is because he is getting older now that he will be playing in his 30’s or was it because of his hamstring injury that seemed to be cumbersome to him throughout the season, or just maybe it was because of a rookie quarterback.

Hopefully Toomer will keep himself healthy enough for next season. I know that Toomer will still have the big play ability, but regardless, look for the Giants to add youth and speed to their wide receiver cops either through the draft or free agency.