Thursday, we looked at the Pro Football Focus list of the top 10 potential free agent defensive players and asked which of them could help the New York Giants. Let's do the same today with PFF's list of the top 10 potential offensive players.
Here is PFF's list, from 1-10:
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears; Cordy Glenn, LT, Buffalo Bills; Kelechi Osemele, LG, Baltimore Ravens; Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Kelvin Beachum, LT, Pittsburgh Steelers; Donald Penn, LT, Oakland Raiders; Evan Mathis, OG, Denver Broncos; Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins; Richie Incognito, OG, Buffalo Bills; Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders (Since the list was made Crabtree agreed to a contract extension with the Raiders)
For me, there is one name on that list that virtually leaps off the page. That would be Doug Martin. We know all about the Giants' inability to run the ball this season and the gnashing of teeth from players and from yours truly. Martin, a Pro Bowler as a rookie in 2012, has bounced back from two down years and already has 1,133 yards rushing this season -- averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He is a workhorse, averaging 18.9 carries per game this season. He can also catch the ball, with 97 career receptions. Also, he will be 27 next season and still should have some prime seasons left.
There is one more reason, and it might be the biggest one I'm drawn to Martin as a potential Giant. General manager Jerry Reese. I have been convinced since the day in 2012 that the Bucs drafted Martin one slot before the Giants pick that Martin was the player Reese really wanted. I have always believed that the David Wilson selection was Reese reacting to missing out on Martin by committing the cardinal GM sin of convincing himself he had to have a running back despite missing out on the guy he had targeted. Consequently, he ended up with a player who never really fit what the Giants' coaching staff wanted. Given a chance, and considering the current roster, I don't think Reese will pass on the chance to make a strong run at Martin in free agency.
The rest of the field
Jeffery -- How much better would the Giants look on offense if you exchanged Jeffery, who had more than 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons, for Rueben Randle? Jeffery will only be 26 next season.
Osemele -- A mauling run-blocking guard who will only be 27 next season to replace the injury-riddled Geoff Schwartz? Yes, please.
About those offensive tackles -- There are several left tackles on PFF's list. As much as any one of them would be a nice get for the Giants, I'm not going to bother assessing any of them. Why? The Giants are committed to 2015 first-round pick Ereck Flowers as their left tackle of the present and future. Free-agent left tackles cost huge money. Right tackles? Not so much. None of these premier left tackles is going to take right tackle money to come to New York.