I have noticed several members here at BBV banging the drum to get Martellus Bennett signed to a long contract. Martellus had a good season, however, the Giants, specifically Kevin Gilbride does not feature the tight end position. Manning has helped make good players out of Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard. It's one reason why mocking us a TE in the first round is ridiculous. It's also another reason why the Giants won't sign Martellus to a big deal, or even a modest deal. The Giants know they can plug a player into that position and get production. It's why I'm not concerned about resigning Bennett. Many believe he could thrive given a few more years with Eli. I do believe this to be true, however the Giants drafted Adrien Robinson last season, and the guy has all the tools you could look for in a prospect. Big, fast and athletic, not to mention his work with TEs coach Mike Pope. Sure Adrien is an unproven raw product right now. He will stay that way until he gets some burn on the playing field. It's almost the same predicament that Ramses Barden found himself in. Buried on the depth chart behind pro bowl or quality starters. If we sign Martellus this guy gets buried and is basically a wasted roster spot. Lots of BBV posters and the community want to cut ties with David Diehl and Corey Webster, begging for Tom Coughlin to give the younger guys a shot. Well if we resign Bennett not only does it hurt our chances to get Nicks and Cruz long term deals but it keeps cheaper intriguing options (Adrien) on the pine.
With Will Beatty locked up now I am very interested in who the Giants are looking to keep next with their batch of UFAs. In my eyes Kenny Phillips is the most important piece here. Besides JPP, I believe him to be the next best player on the defense. However I'm willing to bet Kenny wants to test the market. Stevie Brown is no KP, sure he had a few picks (8) but it's highly unlikely for Stevie to receive that many gifts next season. He gambles too much for my taste and is a huge reason why the Giants gave up so many big plays last year. Will Hill is not ready to take the center field spot either regardless of the belief in him. Pundits may point to the fact that KP is not a playmaker, he doesn't need to be. Teams rarely test him because he just doesn't get beat for big plays. Turnovers are nice and all, but I'd rather get off the field consistently instead of gambling. The Giants need to get away from relying on the big play. This is where the consistency issues stem from in my opinion. If the big plays happens on offense that's great, but we need to sustain drives and when on defense to get off the field instead of going for the strip/pick. And I believe Kenny to be one of those pieces that help to eliminate the mindset of gambling. We have all heard that the playbook is much different with Kenny on the field, the reason for that is he rarely will make a mistake and his teammates trust that he will always be in the right position.