Diamonds in the rough?

Last year, six Giants survived the free agent frenzy and are still on the roster. This season, there's no doubt that Mississippi FB Charles Stackhouse is the headliner of the free agent group.

Each year, the Giants ink several players immediately after the draft in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough or two. Sometimes it has worked – Greg Comella, Percy Ellsworth and possibly three members of this year's starting OL, Jason Whittle, Rich Seubert and Chris Bober, to name a few – but more often it has not.

Last year, six Giants survived the free agent frenzy and are still on the roster – DT Lance Legree, S DeWayne Patmon, TE Marcellus Rivers, Seubert, LB Clayton White and FB Adam Wright. Also, DE Matt Layow, now playing in NFL Europe, was signed, released, then re-signed to the roster.

In 2000, four FAs made the cut – Bober, OT Chris Ziemann and LBs Kevin Lewis and Jack Golden, with Bober and Lewis still on the roster.

This season, there's no doubt that Mississippi FB Charles Stackhouse is the headliner of the free agent group. With Comella having signed with Tennessee and Stackhouse's size and blocking ability, it would hardly be a surprise if he's in New York's opening night lineup.

Here's a closer look at Stackhouse. Coming up soon, more detail on the rest of New York's 17 rookie free agents and one first-year FA.

FB Charles Stackhouse started 25 games in his Mississippi career, including 10 in each of the last two seasons. In 2001, he started eight games at fullback and two at tailback. He was selected to the Senior Bowl after rushing for 330 yards and five touchdowns on 75 carries.

Stackhouse also caught 21 passes for 172 yards and two scores. He finished his career with 125 carries for 549 yards and six touchdowns with 35 receptions for 334 yards and three scores. Born April 11, 1980.

The other 17 rookie free agents are:

  • CB Tony Badger, West Alabama
  • QB Ed Collins, Montclair State
  • S Ryan Clark, LSU
  • S Nate Coggins, West Georgia
  • LB Nick Colbert, Troy State
  • G/C Pat Crummey, Youngstown State
  • CB Calvin Coleman, Montana
  • DT Rachman Crable, Ball State
  • OT Michael Curry, Hoffstra
  • DE Sean Guthrie, Boston College
  • CB Ronnie Hamilton, Duke
  • DT Matt Mitrione, Purdue
  • G Dwayne Pierce, LSU
  • LB Brad Rice, Idaho
  • OT Vincent Sandoval, Oregon State
  • WR David Thompson, Holy Cross
  • C Terence Wagner, Sacramento State

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