Today, as the 2016 New York Giants season fades away and we begin to think about the 2017 offseason, we will begin position-by-position reviews.
These will be overviews of last season, a look at offseason decisions the organization has to make and a look ahead to 2017. We start with the safety position.
Landon Collins went from struggling rookie to All-Pro second-year player. Third-round pick Darian Thompson earned the starting free safety job, but lost most of his season to shoulder and foot injuries. He played in only two games. Nat Berhe, expected to be the third safety, suffered a pair of concussion and played in only seven games. Andrew Adams, an undrafted free agent from UConn, started 13 games and played well at times. Adams, however, saw his playing time diminish late in the season as veteran Leon Hall saw an increased role. Hall played every snap of the playoff game against the Packers, while Adams played just seven snaps.
2017 free agents
Leon Hall (unrestricted)
Offseason decisions to make
Do the Giants bring back Hall, a 32-year-old 10-year veteran? What do they do with Berhe after two concussions this season? He is a capable backup, but the concussions make him a risk. Do they trust Adams to handle a reserve role? Do they think Eric Pinkins, added to the roster late in the season, is a safety or a linebacker? The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Pinkins has done both.
Draft/FA priority level
Low. The position is in good shape with Collins and Thompson, provided the latter comes back healthy. Perhaps the Giants would seek a veteran backup in free agency, especially if they decided to move on from Hall, Berhe or both. Maybe a late-round draft choice should the Giants identify a guy they like.