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FROM JUSTIN TUCK… "Who knew our D-line needed that much re-hauling? Maybe I was a little surprised t...

FROM JUSTIN TUCK… "Who knew our D-line needed that much re-hauling? Maybe I was a little surprised that we didn’t try to rectify some other things before going to the D-line," Tuck said. "Obviously, we did need some help on the D-line because we got beat up and worn down at the end of the year. Jerry [Reese, the Giants' general manager] knows exactly what he is doing and he’s proven he’s pretty good in the draft. Hopefully, we can get some secondary help, a couple of extra linebackers, and we have some offensive needs that I’m sure he’s looking at also." I agree with Tuck. When in doubt, put your big dollars in the defensive line. I’m surprised other teams that have good defensive lines but could make them stronger were not active in chasing Chris Canty or Rocky Bernard. The Bears (and I am sure there are others) come to mind as a team with an abundance of cap room, but they probably felt they were doing well with their defensive line. They finished with 28 sacks, tied for 22nd in the NFL. They did get 21.5 of their sacks from their defensive line, so maybe if they were a little deeper and fresher they might have had more. The Bears had only 11 sacks on third down all year, which doesn’t make you a good third down team. I know they have some strength in their defensive line, but they could have made it stronger had they gone for more talent and taken the Giants’ approach. When you have that much cap room, it makes sense to spend the money on good players and not worry as much about the depth chart. It’s funny, but in the draft, which is all about money, everyone preaches the "pick- the-best-player" theory constantly. But when it comes to free agency, it’s all about needs on the depth chart. Doesn’t make sense to me, yet what the Giants did makes all the sense in the world.

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