With the recent injury to safety Stevie Brown, the New York Giants defense is running short at that position. There are only three players right now that are listed as safeties: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash. With the suspension to Will Hill, all three of the aforementioned safeties should make the 53-man roster.
I say “should” because due to recent events, a former Giant has become available. Kenny Phillips, who was just released by the Philadelphia Eagles, is a great fit in the Giants’ defensive scheme. Not to mention, he already knows the system well considering he played for the Giants last year.
Though Phillips is injury prone, he seems better suited to play the role of third safety than Sash. Sash has shown flashes of great play while on the field, however, I don’t believe he has the upside that Phillips has.
Phillips has proven that, when healthy and on the field, he has a huge impact on the game. The Giants defense in recent seasons, has undoubtedly performed at a higher level with Phillips being out on the field. Phillips was rarely thrown at and is a force in helping to stop the run.
He may be injury prone, but Phillips would not have to play every down. Mundy seems to be a suitable second safety. If brought back to the team Phillips would still see a significant amount of time in Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell‘s scheme, that likes to play three safeties a lot.
The loss of Brown is, without a doubt, a huge one for the Giants defense. But I find it fitting that there is a possibility the Giants can replace Brown with the guy he filled in for last year. This is an opportunity the Giants should not pass up!