By Daniel Brennan on April 13, 2014
Oh yes, the New York Giants have been extremely active this offseason. It hasn't been a complete overhaul but New York will sure have a different look to them when the 2014 season gets underway. There was absolutely no way that the front office was going to just sit around after the disaster that was the 2013 season. With the NFL Draft approaching, here is a look at five fresh faces on the Giants thus far.
The Giants signed cornerback Walter Thurmond to a one-year deal worth .5 million. Thurmond was a part of Seattle's Super Bowl team a season ago and stepped into a bigger role in the secondary when Brandon Bowner was suspended. Thurmond will likely be New York's nickel corner, which matches up primarily with slot receivers. He gives depth to the secondary as well as a big talent boost.
New York's offensive line was the source of the offense's major problems in 2013. In an effort to try and remedy that problem, the Giants signed guard Geoff Schwartz. It came as one of the Giants' first moves after it was made clear that fixing the offensive line was priority No. 1. Schwartz will probably start at left guard for New York. He is an immediate upgrade for the G-Men, as Schwartz was one of the top o-lineman on the market.
The Giants hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator after Kevin Gilbride resigned. McAdoo had been with the Green Bay Packers since 2006. He spent time as both their tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach. Gilbride had been the face of New York's offense since 2007. It will be interesting to see the changes that come about with some new pieces around veteran quarterback Eli Manning.
New York reeled in running back Rashad Jennings early on in free agency. There are questions surrounding David Wilson's health going into the 2014 season to go along with questions about his performance. The Giants opted not to re-sign Andre Brown and go with Jennings instead. Brown was solid for New York last season but has a history of injuries. Meanwhile, Jennings had a breakout season in 2013 after starter Darren McFadden went down.
The Giants made their biggest splash in free agency by locking up cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a five-year million deal. Rodgers-Cromartie will be New York's No. 1 corner and will help take some of the pressure off Prince Amukamara. Rodgers-Cromartie was a major part of Denver's secondary a season ago, stepping into a larger role in Champ Bailey's absence. The signing seriously elevates New York's secondary.
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