Good morning, New York Giants' fans! As you start your day, not much has changed. There is still an NFL Lockout. Giants' quarterbacks and receivers are still working out at Hoboken (N.J.) High School. And the Giants still have Prince Amukamara, meaning the 18 silly teams who drafted before the Giants a week ago do not.
Let's take a look around the Inter-Google for some stories of interest this morning.
ESPN's NFC East blog had an interesting take on the Giants' secondary with the addition of Amukamara. Their take? Basically that you might see the Giants go even further than they did a season ago with the trend of playing more defensive backs and fewer linebackers. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. writes:
Because of the talent on the defensive line and in the secondary, I expect to see more defensive sets with minimal linebackers on the field -- even on early downs. The Giants did some of this last season with three safety personnel groupings. This season, it could include an extra corner. Amukamara could factor in as a safety as well as in his traditional corner role. This group allowed too many big plays, but also did a great job of taking the football away. They will be even better in 2011 and are far and away the best group of corners in the NFC East.
If you have not seen it, ESPN did a terrific 'Outside The Lines' segment on Marvin Austin, the defensive tackle from North Carolina the Giants selected in the second round of the NFL Draft. The segment was originally published in late April, but it is still well worth the 8+ minutes the video takes to watch.
SB Nation's Mocking The Draft is doing a post-draft questions series, and here is what MTD had to say about the Giants while detailing the NFC East:
Should the Giants have addressed the offensive line earlier in the draft? The Giants' draft was filled with a lot of great value picks, including second-round pick Marvin Austin. But the offensive line in New York is old. James Brewer was a solid pick in the fourth round, but Marcus Gilbert might have been a better on in the second round. Quality depth, at least, may come for New York via free agency.
SB Nation's Turf Show Times is running a fan approval poll on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Go ahead and vote.
The National Football Post's Jack Bechta is selling the theory that the delay in NFL teams' ability to sign undrafted free agents might actually help those players in the long run.
I personally have a few guys who didn’t get drafted and I am using the delay and the time to my advantage to forensically go over each and every team’s roster and their picks to see where the best place is to place my clients. As opposed to being rushed and pressured into making a quick decision before the team in question moves on to the next player, this year, agents will have time to be calculating in advising their clients where the best place is to sign.
If the signing of undrafted free agents is allowed soon and is allowed before the signing of veteran free agents, it could actually work in the undrafted free agents favor. A careful of study of what teams did and didn’t do in the draft could translate into a great opportunity to match a player with the perfect team.
Seasoned agents, especially those who really understand the personnel landscape, coaching demands and current system of each NFL team can place their client in a position to have the best chance to succeed.
That is a nice theory, but it ignores one central fact. If there are no rookie mini-camps, no opportunities for these players to get playbooks and begin impressing coaches, and a delayed or shortened training camp these undrafted players will lose any real chance to make NFL teams. Coaching staffs won't have time to do much more than prepare the core players they know they are going utilize.