A day after the Giants seemingly replaced Rocky Bernard by signing Gabe Watson, the Giants were able to agree on a deal with Bernard and he was back at practice tonight.
The Giants and Bernard were unable to work out a renegotiation last week, so the Giants cut him on Friday. Apparently unable to find a job else where for the type of money he wanted, he is back in blue.
The battle to replace Barry Cofield begins today. With Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin having already competed for the job since Saturday, things get a bit more dicey with the addition of Bernard to that mix.
You might be quick to put Bernard with the first team right away, but Joseph and Austin have been very impressive the first few days of camp, and the Giants have a lot of high hopes for those two.
One thing that nobody seems to have considered is a possibility that Osi Umenyiora leaves via trade, allowing Chris Canty to move to defensive end.
Before they signed Bernard, the idea was not approachable because the Giants lacked depth at the tackle position. With four players the Giants trust there now, Canty could make the move back to his natural position.
That said, Canty has played defensive tackle in this 4-3 the previous two seasons and played well in 2010, so the Giants might not want to mess up a good thing.
It’s tough to wait a month for the official rosters, but it looks like we could not know the starting lineups until then, unlike in previous years when we pretty much knew what we were getting.