The biggest moves the New York Giants have made this offseason have been at cornerback. They’ve added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond, two of the top corners on the market. Coupled with incumbent starter Prince Amukamara, the Giants are expected to have a top secondary. Today the Giants added insurance for the unit by signing Zack Bowman.
Bowman has spent the first six years of his career with the Chicago Bears. He is a former fifth-round pick who intercepted six passes in his second season in the league. He wasn’t able to parlay that success into a starting role, but last season he got another chance, filling in for the injured Charles Tillman. He registered 48 tackles, two stuffs, eight pass deflections, three interceptions and a touchdown return.
On the flip side, Pro Football Focus gave him a -3.2 in his 604 snaps. So while his stats look good, it’s clear he wasn’t perfect. Granted the Bears’ defense as a whole was pretty hard to watch. A team that couldn’t stop the run or rush the passer, it’s not crazy that their corners didn’t have great seasons.
More importantly, Bowman isn’t expected to start. He might not even be a top backup. The Giants still have last year’s starter Trumaine McBride — incidentally another Bears castoff — behind their top three along with former third-round pick Jayron Hosley.
Bowman is a depth signing and will be a minimal cost. What he does is add starting experience to an already loaded unit. The move should make the Giants feel comfortable with their secondary even if they suffer through an awful string of injuries and it allows them to focus elsewhere in May’s draft.