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Strength in Safety: New York Giants Free Agency

Since Free Agency began, the New York Giants have strategically begun to repair the offense with the additions of Offensive Lineman Geoff Schwartz and Running Back Rashad Jennings. General Manager Jerry Reese has been calculated with the additions made on offense and most likely will look to solidify that unit through the NFL Draft this May.

Reese has been feverishly aggressive with acquiring pieces on defense, most specifically in the secondary. In less then a week, Reese has targeted specific areas and successfully reloaded in a struggling secondary that finished 18th in the NFL in total defense.

The Safety position on this team has been a strength for some time. Along with Antrel Rolle, who last season at 31 lead the team in tackles and interceptions, Will Hill has begun to cement himself as a breakthrough star.

Stevie Brown was an under the radar signing two years ago, but wasted no time in making a name for himself as a ball hawk player when he burst onto the scene with 8 interceptions. After missing last year due to a torn ACL, was resigned last week to a one year contract.

After signing Brown, the New York Giants were not finished in adding to the secondary. They also brought in versatile safety, Quintin Demps. Demps started in Kansas City and although will bring depth to the safety position in case Brown takes time in his recovery from the ACL injury and second year player Cooper Taylor continues to grow, he will primarily be used as a kick returner.

Demps finished third-best in the NFL by averaging 30.1 yards per kickoff return last season. Coincidentally, the Giants finished 27th on kickoff returns with an average of 21.2 yards per return.

Going forward, the team’s additions in free agency took a position of strength and created flexibility throughout the team. Special Teams will benefit from Demps, Taylor and at times Hill being able to play on return and coverage teams.

The strong safety position also lends itself to other positions. Linebackers, always a position of interest from NY Giant fans, will find themselves thinner in numbers due to the amount of three safety sets Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell can toy with when Rolle, Hill and Brown are on the field.

The versatility and overall improvement in talent should bolster the defense and give Fewell plenty of creative options on the field.

Featured Columnist: Marco Imperati