Last year, the New York Giants’ defense was abysmal, ranked 25th against the rush and 28th against the pass. Recent moves of Giants’ GM Jerry Reese to sure up the teams underwhelming group of linebackers have the looks of a doomed reclamation project being spun along the lines of a feel good story.
Yesterday’s signing of former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry, the fourth-overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, by the Giants to a one-year deal makes the G-Men his third team in four years. This has been seen as a low risk and high reward move, or at least that is how it is being sold. The Raiders cut Curry last year after spending much of the season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform or PUP list. Once touted as one of the better linebackers coming out of the 2009 class, Curry’s career has been limited by chronic knee pain whose NFL career was in jeopardy of coming to an end before the Giants inked him for the 2013 season.
Reese was quoted speaking about the signing with ESPN New York saying, “We think we have a good opportunity for him to see if he can re-invent himself a little bit and bring something to our linebacking corps.”
Reese later said Curry looked good at rookie camp after passing his physical but needs to lose 10 pounds. My question is, what shape are Curry’s knees in currently, and can they hold him up this season? Obviously, Reese seems to think that if he drops some weight, he will be better able to perform. But if Curry has an advanced case of osteoarthritis, which is pure speculation on my part, the G-men will need to look elsewhere for capable linebackers. Look for Curry to play off the bench once the 2013 season gets underway backing up the middle and strong-side linebackers.
Which brings me back to the Giants poor showing on defense last season. Statistically they were worse than the New York Jets, which is pretty bad considering the Jets were without Darrelle Revis for most of the season. It seems the team will concentrate on stopping the rush first and hoping last year’s backfield can do a better job in making plays.
I like the selection of defensive linemen, but the Giants need to do better on getting good linebackers. Right now, Big Blue might as well sign Bobby Boucher.