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Grading the Giants Offseason Acquisitions

The New York Giants have signed six free agents this off-season, headlined by the former Jet Brandon Marshall. With the offense beginning to take form, the Giants are looking like a much-improved team going into the 2017 NFL draft.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS:

RB Shaun Draughn: C+

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The signing of Draughn comes as no surprise, considering the current state of the New York Giants running back corps. The Giants tend to bring in a new veteran back every season. In 2016, it was the disappointing Bobby Rainey, and in 2015, Peyton Hillis manned the position. Big Blue has nothing to lose with Draughn, as he costs next to nothing, and will probably create some competition during training camp. Best case scenario, he earns a support role and contributes on special teams.

 

QB Geno Smith: B

Former Jet Geno Smith has taken over the role of backup quarterback, post Ryan Nassib departure. This is a good move by the Giants, as Geno provides experience, and chemistry with Brandon Marshall in case "IronMan" Manning suffers an injury. Despite the subpar performance, Geno experienced with the Jets, he seems ready and focused to begin learning from Manning. Gotta love a good comeback story.

 

 

OL @DJ Fl : A

 With the offensive line in dire need of support, adding Fluker to the mix only helps the offensive woes. Although he struggled with the Chargers, the Giants gave him the one-year prove it deal he was seeking. This is Fluker's opportunity to flash his potential and cash in next season, so you can bet your money on Fluker panning out big-time. He has reportedly improved his technique and has been training relentlessly; the competition on the right side of the line this off season will be exciting to watch. 

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CB Valentino Blank: C

With the departure of Coty Sensabaugh to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Giants were forced into action to replace the depth at cornerback. Blake was an enticing option, as he was given the veteran minimum after a lackluster 2016 season. He is similar to Trevin Wade, who is currently a free agent after spending two seasons with Big Blue. Blake is known for his special teams capabilities, but after being on the "Not Top 10 Plays of the Week," two times in 2016, one may shy away from the seasoned veteran. 

 

TE Rhett Ellison: B

Besides the fact that the Giants overspent for the unknown Ellison, his addition fills a gaping hole in the running game. He signed a four-year, $18 million contract with $8 million guaranteed. Ellison's strengths are his run blocking and quarterback protection. With the Giants running game ranked 27th in 2016, he should have a prominent role in improving the offense. 

 

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WR Brandon Marshall: A 

The signing of Marshall headlines the off-season acquisitions for the Giants. Marshall is only  one year removed from a 1,500 yard, 14 touchdown campaign.

 

“It was all about a championship,” Marshall recently said on The Rich Eisen Show. “I just wanted to be in a championship environment. I wanted to go out the right way. I want to go out  a winner. I thought that the No. 1 thing I needed, obviously, was a quarterback. No. 2, a defense. No. 3, a stability in the organization. No. 4, I wanted to be a No. 2 receiver.” The trio of Marshall, Beckham and Shepard is tantalizing on paper, but unfortunately, we will have to wait until September to see them in action.

 

TOP RE-SIGNINGS: 

 

DE Jason Pierre-Paul: A-

The retention of JPP was the Giants' top priority this off-season. With Pierre-Paul sitting on the franchise tag for a few weeks, it was only a matter of time before he received the lucrative deal he craved. The contract negotiations resulted in a four-year, $62 million contract with $40 million guaranteed. With that kind of money, you could buy yourself a fancy island somewhere in the Pacific. While Pierre-Paul has been injury prone as of late, he still represents the cream of the crop at the DE position, so his retention is justified. 

 

LB Keenan Robinson: B+

Robinson was the best cover linebacker on the Giants in 2016, proving he could stay healthy and play consistent football. Big Blue was able to ink Robinson to a one-year deal for $3 million and can earn another $1 million in incentives. With the Giant's defense ranked in the top 5 of the league, the puzzle seems to be just about complete with the NFL draft only a few short weeks away.


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