By Dan Schneier @PFF_DanSc on March 22, 2014
The Giants have been very active in free agency in what is undoubtedly general manager Jerry Reese's most aggressive offseason. After rebuilding their secondary and offensive line, signing and re-signing a total of seven players between the two positions, some holes on the roster still remain. The biggest needs remaining are at tight end, swing offensive tackle, defensive end and defensive tackle. Here are five players who can address that.
At just 26 years of age, Brown offers upside as a swing tackle and insurance for Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg. Although he was benched for one significantly horrible game in 2013, Brown showed promise as a tackle in 2011. The Giants have already met with him and he left without a contract, but if and when his asking price comes down, he would be an upside addition without much risk attached to it.
Owen Daniels might be a player with his best seasons behind him, but he still offers a skill-set that will be beneficial to the Giants. He can come right in and play necessary snaps at inline tight end, a position where the Giants don't have anyone other than Adrien Robinson on the roster. Daniels is only one year removed from posting 716 yards on 62 receptions with six touchdowns.
Will Smith believes he still has something to offer, and the best chance for him to cash in on that is making the transition back to a 4-3 defensive scheme. Smith struggled in 2013, but there is a strong case to be made that the position change had more to do with it than anything else. For the first time in his career, Smith was expected to stand up and compete as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Despite finishing with just 4.0 total sacks, Robert Ayers had a much bigger impact as a pass rusher in 2013. He racked up 42 total pressures (sacks, quarterback hurries, quarterback hits). Ayers is still young and provides upside of the Giants as an edge rusher who has performed better than the average NFL fan gives him credit for.
The Giants kicked off free agency by adding O'Brien Schofield to a two-year, million contract. Unfortunately, his medical didn't check out and the deal was voided. The Giants should look to sign him again for much cheaper this time around. Schofield provides upside as an edge rusher who can come in on third downs. He has displayed great edge and burst around the offensive tackle.
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