Last weekend, the Giants were desperate enough to sign outcast safety Brandon Meriweather to a free agent contract. Thanks to a rash of injuries to the secondary, the team was willing to bring in the 31-year-old who has a history of dirty and/or illegal hits.
Although Meriweather failed to record an interception in 13 games with Washington last year, he did have three sacks. Still, his tenure with the team was mostly a disappointment from what he accomplished in New England from 2007 to 2010. During that span, Meriweather played in every game and intercepted a total of 12 passes. I
f he was still capable of that kind of production, Meriweather would have been picked up already, but he’s a good fit for the Giants, who need experience and depth at the safety position. Plus, it sounds like Meriweather is a fan of the New York organization.
“Plus, I know a lot of people that were already on the team,” he said. “Everything I ever heard about the organization has been positive, so I wanted to see what it was like.”
One of the guys whom he knows is veteran linebacker Jon Beason, who played alongside Meriweather at the University of Miami before both players went pro in the 2007 Draft. Beason has been with the Giants since a 2013 trade brought him over from Carolina.
“Beason is a very outspoken guy, and he pretty much says what’s on his mind, and he tells you the truth,” said Meriweather, “Me knowing that he was here was part of the fit that I wanted to see.”
With the Giants, Meriweather is going to try to be the same physical player that he’s always been, but he’s also going to make an effort to avoid costly personal foul penalties and fines that have plagued his career.
“I think every player you ever asked will say, you play your game the way you play your game,” said Meriweather, “Do you play within the rules? Yes. When they make new rules, do you have to adjust a little bit? Yes. So I’m going to play my game the way I play my game, but I’m also going to respect the rules.”
Whether the veteran safety is just paying lip service to the rules or whether he wants to reform is still up in the air. What we do know is that the Giants are in desperate need for playmakers in the secondary. With the front seven already reeling from the loss of Jason Pierre-Paul, the entire defense is in danger of turning into a mess.
“I feel like I’m coming to be a New York Giant,” said Meriweather, “I feel like I’m coming to be an addition to the team. I feel like I’m coming to play football, and I’m coming to help us win.”