New York Giants: Not the bell of the ball, but may be Cinderella

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Weston Richburg (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Weston Richburg (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants have made some under the radar moves, making them not the “Bell of the Ball” but possibly Cinderella.

The New York Giants may not be stealing headlines with the moves this offseason, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t working hard. The team may be in a better position than people realize. Let’s take a look.

  • Ereck Flowers: with the well over-documented move to the right side of the line, Flowers will face off against some of the best pass rushers in the league if he remains at tackle. If the coaching staff comes to a grand concept Flowers may have to play right guard where they can hide his footwork and his technical hand placement can be hidden by his strength and massive size in a smaller space than protecting the edge.
  • The whole Cornerback Position: If there was ever a need for a fresh start Jenkins and Apple needed it more than anyone and lucky for them the new GM is ready to give them that. However Gettleman is adding veteran talent to the team to help create depth and to boost the special teams. If the Giants defense is going to be successful in their new relentless “shoot first, ask questions later” defense the corners are going to have to step their game up and not leave the safeties fending off every deep threat.
  • Alec Ogletree: With the addition of Ogletree it adds talent to a position that has been void of top-level talent since Antonio Pierce retired. He provides a young veteran leader that the team has been waiting for, teamed with B.J. Goodson (who was relentless last year, when he wasn’t injured) could make for an excellent pairing. Being able to just let Goodson read and react to the defense instead of worrying about making each play call, will make the Giants defense very dangerous. With Vernon moving to the stand up linebacker position or the hybrid edge in this attacking 3-4 and nickel sets the front seven has the chance to be very successful. And with JPP on the move out to Tampa Bay things are shaping up to be completely different.

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The Giants have made some solid moves in this offseason. The addition of Nate Solder to move Flowers, they added depth to the secondary to prepare for the constant injuries, and bringing in veterans for leadership will be an excellent way for the Giants to let Eli Manning make a run into the sunset and hopefully get hot and strike at the right time for one more playoff run. It’ll be interesting to see what direction the Giants choose to go.