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Of course he does. He knows the Giants have the money to spend along with the need for an edge rusher. With most if not all of the other top-tier pass rushers expected to be tagged by their teams, Clowney will pretty much have the market to himself.
Should the Giants meet his price tag, which is expected to be between $20 and $25 million annually? I have consistently said no. Too many injuries (one full season played in six years), too much inconsistency (how did he have only 3.0 sacks last season?) and not enough overall production (no double-digit sack seasons).
ESPN disagrees with me, considering Clowney the perfect scheme fit for the Giants.
Bernd Buchmasser is not saying “don’t sign Van Noy.” He is saying that if you do sign him if shouldn’t be with the expectation that he will be an impact pass rusher. They should know what they are getting. Buchmasser says:
Van Noy’s skill set is much more nuanced than that of a “pure” pass rusher: he is stout at setting the edge and thus impacting the running game, and has the versatility to play all over the formation — from lining up in a two-point stance from the 4-technique position out, to playing off the ball, to dropping into coverage or playing downhill as a rusher or blitzer.
Before they traded him to New England, the Lions never were able to properly use Van Noy’s skillset to their advantage. The Patriots, on the other hand, did and it is what made him a desirable asset in this year’s free agency. Teams, however, should be aware of past failures and shy away from pursuing him simply on the basis of his pass rushing.
With Joe Judge as head coach and Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator, the Giants are one of the teams that knows exactly what Van Noy can — and cannot — do.
Pro Footbnall Focus likes Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell as a Day 2 fit for the Giants.
At 6-foot-1 with 4.42 speed, Terrell has the combination of length and speed that you want at the cornerback position. More importantly, his movement on the field is just so smooth. Terrell put up two consecutive seasons on the Clemson defense in 2018 and 2019 with coverage grades of 80.0 or higher. Yes, LSU and Ja’Marr Chase got the better of him in the National Championship Game, but Terrell remains one of the better cornerback options in the class.
The Giants selected the first cornerback off the board a season ago in Deandre Baker. His struggles as a rookie, along with the lack of high-level play from anyone else at the position, warrants another go in the 2020 NFL Draft. While New York will likely have its pick of the tackles or a player like Isaiah Simmons at fourth overall, Terrell would be a strong second-round target if he makes it to them at pick 36. As we saw with Baker, it doesn’t always work out in Year 1, but it’s worth taking shots at good cornerback prospects early in the draft when the opportunity arises.
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