Good morning, New York Giants fans! With the beginning of a new week, NFL free agency is in its second phase. Really, it has been in the second phase, with almost all of the top-tier free agents off the board, for a few days now.
Where do the New York Giants stand? Well, things have been quiet around the Giants after a Day 1 flurry of activity that included five signings. Check our Free Agency Tracker to keep up with all of the news and rumors.
It is obvious that Giants fans are worried about the safety position. My thoughts on how Giants GM Jerry Reese appears to be approaching trying to fill spot were shared on Sunday.
In addition to safety, the Giants still might be in the market for help on the offensive and defensive lines. As much consternation as there has been in the fan base about the Giants not signing any proven front-line players, remember that we are only six days in. The Giants signed Robert Ayers on April 2 last season, and he ended up as the top-rated pass-rushing defensive end in the league, per Pro Football Focus's pas-rush productivity stat.
Good players can be found later in the process, including in the summer after post-June 1 cuts. Remember how close the Giants came to signing defensive tackle Kevin Williams in June last year before willing chose the Seattle Seahawks. Point is, the season is a long way off and rosters aren't built in six days. It is easy to be impatient and to criticize what the Giants have done thus far, but let's see what the roster looks like in a few months when training camp opens. If some of the holes that currently exist have not been plugged by that time then criticism will be warranted. Right now it's worrying for the sake of worrying.
Scanning the headlines
DeMaurice Smith has been re-elected as NFLPA executive director.
The New York Post says the Giants are off to a slow start in free agency.
ESPN's Dan Graziano is critical of the size of the contracts given to Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas.
NFL.com offers a look at the top free agents still available.
Since it is all about the safety position for the Giants, here at a look from Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post at the top five safeties in the 2015 NFL Draft.