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Free-agent edge rusher Haason Reddick will fill a massive Giants hole.
The top of this year's draft doesn't necessarily align with New York's need at edge rusher. So the Giants look to free agency and add an ascending player with explosiveness. Reddick showed in their Week 14 matchup (5 sacks) what he can bring to the table. And as Joe Judge likes to say, show me what a player can do, not what he can't. Reddick can rush the passer and provide speed off the edge. He had 12.5 sacks this past season. The Giants need that. -- Jordan Raanan
Valentine’s View: Yeah, I like this prediction.
11. NEW YORK GIANTS
Team Needs: Defensive line, offensive line, secondary
The Giants join the Titans, Patriots and Jaguars as the only defenses with fewer than $20 million 2021 dollars devoted to the defensive line. The likes of Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson and Kyler Fackrell are all unrestricted free agents. This wasn’t a bad defense by any stretch of the imagination in 2021; just realize they’ll need to reload a bit ahead of next season to maintain that success.
This unit ranked a respectable 12th in rush yards before contact per attempt, but 31st in pressure rate allowed. Note that Daniel Jones didn’t help matters with a below-average time to release. Either way, upgrading from free agent RT Cameron Fleming should be a priority, and this unit as a whole should be prioritized for as long as Jason Garrett remains the (underwhelming) offensive coordinator.
This secondary didn’t have a single cornerback or safety graded within PFF’s top-40 players at their position other than No. 1 CB James Bradberry. Improvement could be used across the board in the reigning below-average secondary in explosive pass-play rate (No. 22) and contested target rate (No. 20).
Valentine’s View: Honestly, I’m not sure what Giants team this guy has been watching. How it is humanly possible NOT to include offensive playmakers is beyond me.
These are interesting, and lead to some places you might not expect.
This is why you shouldn’t get attached to players just yet. We don’t yet know who will actually reach the free-agent market.
Of course they haven’t. Their own foolishness has devalued Wentz.
In case you missed it
- Ed’s first 3-round Giants mock draft: Playing it by the book
- ‘Valentine’s Views’: Why Mel Kiper is right, and more thoughts
- Should the Giants pursue Orlando Brown Jr.?
- Big Blue View mailbag, 2/13: Leonard Williams, draft, free agency
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