The New York Giants run defense has been, well, awful this season. So far, the Giants are allowing an average of 118 yards per game, good for 19th in the NFL. Opponents are exploiting holes and the Giants are missing tackles. There is no doubt that the Giants will look to upgrade this area either through free agency or the NFL Draft.
Prior to the start of the season, the Giants signed Shaun Rogers and flirted with the idea of bringing in Albert Haynesworth. Clearly, GM Jerry Reese thought this was an area that was in need of an upgrade. Now it is blatantly clear.
Given the salary cap situation, the Giants won’t be able to go after the cream of the crop of the free agent market but they might be able to entice a reclamation project like Glenn Dorsey to come on board on a short-term contract, similar to how the Giants signed Martellus Bennett away from the Dallas Cowboys.
Dorsey was the fifth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, taken by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs switched from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 the year after drafting him, leaving Dorsey without a solid role in the defense. Hardly how you want to feature someone you envisioned as the cornerstone of the defense for years to come.
Dorsey would be a great fit in the New York Giants defensive line rotation and his youth, size, and power, would be an upgrade over Shaun Rogers, who is on injured reserve and out for the year, and Rocky Bernard, whose best days might be behind him.
Dorsey has been injured for a good portion of this season and that may affect his value when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. He will still command a decent chunk of change but the Giants might have a little cash to spend and Dorsey would fill a big hole in the middle of the line.
The Giants don’t tend to go crazy on free agents but when the right player comes along at the right price Jerry Reese will show interest and Dorsey would be an excellent fit and the Giants would be a great fit for Dorsey. This might be something to keep an eye on as we get closer to free agency.