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Five things I think I think: Thoughts on John Jerry, the draft, more

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It is “Snowpocalypse” day here in upstate New York as we are already buried under a few inches of the white stuff. More importantly, it is Tuesday. That is “Five things I think I think” day. With so much happening around the New York Giants right now, let’s get right to it.

Bringing John Jerry back is fine

Even after the Giants signed right guard/tackle D.J. Fluker, I don’t think it is at all surprising that the Giants brought John Jerry back into the fold. I have said over and over that the Giants never had the salary cap space to play in the top tier of the free agent market, for tackles or guards.

Jerry has flaws, which the Giants are familiar with after three seasons. He is not a good run blocker. He does, however, do one thing pretty well that is important to the Giants — protect Eli Manning. He has given up just two sacks in 24 starts over the past two seasons. After an offseason spent working with LeCharles Bentley at OLine Performance Center, he also posted the best Pro Football Focus score of his seven-year career in 2016. He is an adequate player, and in a league offensive line play really isn’t very good across the board that is nothing to snicker at.

Putting him in competition with Fluker, Bobby Hart and perhaps a draft pick is fine, especially considering the cap situation.

Linebacker might be in play at 23

The Giants haven’t selected a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984. We have talked about that, oh,maybe a gazillion times. Right now, I think it is possible that changes this time around.

Let’s think about it for a minute. Linebacker really is an under-the-radar need. The Giants have set up a nice competition on the right side of the offensive line. They could add a first-round pick to it, but don’t need to. If they are going to play Ereck Flowers at left tackle, drafting a Day 2 or even Day 3 developmental tackle could be fine.

The Giants are apparently going to lose Keenan Robinson in free agency. Kelvin Sheppard and Mark Herzlich are free agents. They have only Jonathan Casillas, Devon Kennard, B.J. Goodson and J.T. Thomas III on the roster.

The Giants had heavy interest in Leonard Floyd a year ago, and could still profit from having a dynamic edge player on defense. To me, I think that puts both Haason Reddick of Temple and Zach Cunningham of Vanderbilt in play at No. 23.

Logan deal sets Johnathan Hankins parameters

Bennie Logan, the former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle, reportedly got a one-year, $8 million deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent. If Johnathan Hankins was thinking he might be able to coax a long-term deal approaching Damon Harrison numbers (five years, $46.25 million, $24 million) guaranteed) perhaps he better re-think that.

There is a theory that probably has some merit that each day that goes by might increase the odds that Hankins returns to the Giants. Honestly, I think I’m not sure how badly the Giants want him back. He is more of a nose tackle than a 3-tech, and was forced to move over by the Harrison signing. I have this nagging feeling that the Giants might really want to find a more natural 3-tech, a player with real pass rushing skills, to play next to “Snacks.”

Running back will be addressed in the draft

The Giants could use a power back as a complement to Paul Perkins. We have discussed that a number of times. Free agents Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, Latavius Murray and LeGarrette Blount all fit that description. At this point, though, I don’t think the Giants will be in play for any of those players.

I believe power running back is a need they will look to address in the draft. Running back is a position where age and wear and tear matter. So does price. There are a number of power backs (D’Onta Foreman, Samaje Perine, Wayne Gallman, James Conner, Corey Clement among them) in a draft class said to be deep at running back.

Kevin Abrams is earning his keep

Who is Kevin Abrams? He is the Giants assistant general manager, and the guy responsible for managing their salary cap. With the Giants dancing precipitously close to the salary cap, it is Abrams’ job to figure out how to make it all work so that the Giants can add some players , stay under the cap and not have to just outright drop players they would rather keep.

We still don’t know all of the adjustments the Giants made with existing contracts to make some of the moves they have made in recent days. I am, however, interested to find out.

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