The New York Giants 2013 season is over. The Giants entered the year with high hopes, the kind that come with winning the Super Bowl the year before. However, the Giants fell short of expectations, especially on defense.
The Giants defense was thought to be among the best in the league heading into the season. That was not the case as the Giants ranked toward the bottom of the NFL in rushing defense and passing defense. The pass rush never materialized with any consistency and injuries exposed warts in their secondary.
The Giants entered training camp depending on Terrell Thomas to come back from an ACL injury. However, Thomas reinjured his ACL in training camp and was gone again for the season. To compound the problems in the secondary, the Giants saw Corey Webster break his hand, Prince Amukamara missed some time with injury, and Kenny Phillips was out for an extended period.
The Giants will need some reinforcements in the secondary. There are currently no easy fixes out there and the Giants will have Kenny Phillips due to hit free agency and Stevie Brown, who finished second in the NFL with eight interceptions, will be a restricted free agent, leaving the Giants with some big holes to possibly fill.
There will also be some turnover at cornerback where depth will be needed as well as a possible replacement for Corey Webster who looked awful at times this season, especially against the Baltimore Ravens. If the Giants don’t believe Webster is worthy of being a number one corner they might be forced to cut him to save cap room so they can pursue a free agent.
There will be a couple of decent free agents out there but no one that really pops out at you as a potential replacement for Webster so I doubt the Giants would cut him but a renegotiation of his contract might be in order.
Depth will also be needed. Amukamara played extremely well this season and looks like he is progressing into the player the Giants hoped for when they took him with their first round pick prior to the 2011 season. That is the good news. The bad news is he has missed a lot of time in his first two years and his health, right now, is a question mark.
Jayron Hosley was selected in the third round of this year’s draft and his talent had the Giants coaching staff excited about the possibilities. His rookie year was littered with injuries and inconsistency but he did show some talent giving the Giants a look into what to expect from Hosley moving forward.
With injury and other concerns all over, the Giants will need to add dependable depth this coming off-season. There should be some decent pieces available ranging from Derek Cox, Brent Grimes, Leodis McKelvin, Nate Clements, Mike Jenkins, and possibly Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie among others. Perhaps the Giants splurge and grab one of the better corners off the market or just stick with smaller pieces.
There are questions all over the Giants defense but none more glaring than in the secondary. How the Giants address these issues will be key into returning to the playoffs next year and possibly challenging for another Super Bowl title.