Giants GM likely to focus early picks on defense - NYPOST.com
Anyone who caught just a glimpse of the Giants last season realizes they need help on defense, after finishing 31st in the league and setting a franchise record for most yards allowed. A strong case can be made the Giants are in need of upgrades at linebacker and cornerback and even at defensive end, once a position overflowing with talent.
The Giants did a good job in free agency solidifying themselves at defensive tackle, signing former Eagles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson and taking a gamble with little downside by re-signing massive veteran Shaun Rogers. They signed tight end Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett, who went to the Bears. But there’s work to be done to spruce up the talent base.
NY Giants need to aim for defensive help in the early rounds of the NFL draft - NY Daily News
There was no defense for the Giants’ defensive performance last season. That was obvious to everyone. The pass rush was sometimes non-existent. The coverage was spotty. The run defense was, at times, poor.
The Giants didn’t exactly go "all in" on fixing their defense in free agency, either. They cut defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Michael Boley, and watched safety Kenny Phillips, linebacker Chase Blackburn and defensive end Osi Umenyiora sign with other teams. And in their place they signed two defensive tackles cut by the Eagles (Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson) and a linebacker cut loose by the Cowboys (Dan Connor).
That would certainly make it seem like the Giants will — and have to — target defensive players in the early rounds of the draft.
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