As the Giants transition to a new offense, Coach Tom Coughlin and recently hired Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo will look to continue to solidify an offensive coaching staff that could continue to shape into form before NFL free agency kicks off on March 11th.
Long time assistant coaches Michael Pope (tight ends) and Jerald Ingram (running backs) were released this week, which further indicates that the Giants want to turn the page on a “broken” offense.
The upcoming free agency period will be as an important time for the New York Giants then any in recent memory. All signs point towards the team making significant changes at virtually every offensive position besides quarterback.
With the hire of McAdoo and the philosophical changes that are anticipated to come, several key Green Bay Packers could be at the top of Jerry Reese’s list. This would not only fulfill a positional need, but also bring a familiarity to McAdoo’s offense. Here are some free agents to keep an eye on:
Andrew Quarless, Tight End (3rd Year)
Filling in for the injured Jermichael Finley, Quarless had an admirable career-best of 32 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Although not a dynamic playmaker, Quarless could be a solid, affordable option that understands the offensive concepts that McAdoo wants to bring to the Giants offense.
James Jones, Wide Receiver (6th Year)
This is predicated on what happens with the Hakeem Nicks situation. Although at age 29, Jones has been productive. However with the emergence of Jarrett Boykin, the Packers may lean towards letting Jones walk.
James Starks, Running Back (4th Year)
A New York native who played college football at Buffalo, found himself playing a complimentary role as the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy in the first round. Although he could return to Green Bay, the team also spent a 2013 4th round pick on RB Johnathan Franklin.
Evan Dietrich-Smith, Center (3rd Year)
Rated by Pro Football Focus as the Number 8 rated center this past season—made $1.323 million in 2013 and could be in line for a bigger pay day after playing all last season on a restricted free-agent tender.
Marshall Newhouse, Tackle (3rd Year)
After Starting for his first two seasons, Newhouse was reduced to a backup role. His days in Green Bay appear to be over. Only 25, the former 5th round draft pick out of TCU seems to have a lot of football ahead of him. A new scene and familiarity with McAdoo could bring some added help with Will Beatty coming off a poor season and injury.
Marco Imperati | Featured Columnist