Last Updated: July 27, 2016
2016 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
WR HAKEEM NICKS (to the New Orleans Saints): Desperate for veteran wide receiver help, the Giants signed then 27-year old Hakeem Nicks off of the street in November 2015. Unfortunately, the results were not good. Nicks played in six games with two starts, but finished with only seven catches for 54 yards. It’s been a precipitous decline for Nicks ever since his stellar 2010 and 2011 seasons when he compiled 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 regular-season games. Nicks was originally drafted by the Giants in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After two disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013 when Nicks’ production fell to 109 passes for 1,588 yards and three touchdowns in 28 regular-season games, Nicks departed in free agency for the Indianapolis Colts. Nicks’ production in Indianapolis was disappointing too as he caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He tried to catch on with the Tennessee Titans in training camp in 2015 but did not make the team. Nicks’ demise has largely been attributed to injuries, including compartment syndrome in his lower right leg in 2010 as well as a broken right foot and a poster cruciate ligament (PCL) tear in 2012. Nicks has a nice combination of size and strength, but his athletic ability has clearly waned.
DT MARKUS KUHN (to the New England Patriots): The Giants placed Markus Kuhn on Injured Reserve with a knee injury in December 2015. In his four season with the Giants, Kuhn has steadily seen his playing time increase. In 2015, he played in 10 games with nine starts, finishing the year with 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks. In addition to the last three games of the season, he missed three early games with a knee issue as well. Kuhn was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Giants. He suffered a torn ACL knee injury that year and began the following season on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List before being activated to the 53-man roster in November. Kuhn was born in Germany and was only a one-year starter in college. Kuhn has good size and he is a hard worker, but he does not really stand out as either a run defender or pass rusher.
WR RUEBEN RANDLE (to the Philadelphia Eagles): Randle, a 2nd round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, remains a frustrating performer. With Victor Cruz unable to play in 2015, the Giants needed consistent productivity from Randle and did not get it. Indeed, despite starting all 16 games, his numbers dropped from 71 catches for 938 yards in 2014 to 57 catches for 797 yards in 2015. He did increase his touchdown total from three to eight. Randle has a nice combination of size and athletic ability. While Randle is not a burner, he is fluid and smooth and can make plays down the field. He still has issues with properly reading defenses and running precise routes, leading to him sometimes not being on the same page with his quarterback. Randle adjusts well to the football in the air and has good hands. Reliability and consistency remain problems for Randle. It often appears he is going through the motions and he will disappear for long stretches in games. Randle does have experience returning punts.
CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA (to the Jacksonville Jaguars): Amukamara was off to a strong start in 2015 until he tore his pectoral muscle in Week 5. He missed the next five games, and when he returned, Amukamara did not play as effectively. He played in 11 games with 10 starts, and finished the season with 63 tackles, 10 pass defenses, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Amukamara was drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Giants. In his five seasons with the team, he has stayed healthy for a full 16-game schedule just once (2013). He missed most of his rookie season with a broken foot, battled high ankle sprain and hamstring injuries in 2012, and missed half of the 2014 season with a torn biceps muscle. Amukamara combines good size, speed, and agility. When healthy, he usually does a good job of keeping his opponent quiet during a game. Amukamara is a physical corner who will hit and tackle. However, he simply can’t seem to stay healthy and has yet to put together one top-flight season.
DE ROBERT AYERS (to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Despite missing four games early in the season with a hamstring injury, Robert Ayers had his best NFL season in 2015, starting 11-of-12 games and finishing with career highs in tackles (41), sacks (9.5), pass defenses (4), and forced fumbles (2). Ayers was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL by the Broncos. In five seasons with the Broncos, Ayers played in 72 regular-season games with 27 starts. He signed with the Giants as a free agent in April 2014. In his first year with the Giants in 2014, Ayers started 1-of-12 games before being placed on Injured Reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. Ayers has a nice combination of size and overall athleticism, which enables the Giants to not only play him at end but inside at tackle in pass rush situations. His quickness can present problems for interior blockers. Ayers is a decent run defender, but he could improve in that area of his game. He also needs to stay healthy.
2015 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
S STEVIE BROWN (to the Houston Texans): Brown played in all 16 games. He started the first three games of the season, lost his starting job for eight weeks, then regained it for the last five weeks of the season. Brown finished with 38 tackles, one sack, and one pass defense. Brown was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Raiders released him in September 2011 and he then spent time with the Panthers and Colts. The Giants signed him in April 2012. Brown had a tremendous season in 2012, intercepting more passes in a single season by a Giant in 44 years. He was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2013 after tearing the ACL in his left knee in the preseason. Brown has superb size for a safety, but lacks quickness and range. Despite his size, he does not stand out as a run defender and tackler. Against the pass, Brown lacks range and quickness, and is prone to making mental mistakes. Contrary to 2012, he rarely made plays on the football in 2014.
CB ZACK BOWMAN (to the Miami Dolphins): Bowman played in all 16 games with five starts but saw his playing time decrease as the season progressed despite all of the injuries that hit the secondary. He finished the year with 24 tackles, two interceptions, and six pass defenses. Bowman was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Bears. In six seasons with the Bears, Bowman played in 73 regular-season games with 23 starts. The Giants signed Bowman as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. Bowman is a big, physical corner who can make plays on the football. He lacks ideal speed and quickness and can be beat deep. Bowman is a good special teams player.
LB SPENCER PAYSINGER (to the Miami Dolphins): Paysinger was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Giants, Paysinger played in 62 regular-season games with 14 starts. Paysinger saw his playing time on defense dramatically decrease in 2014. He played in 15 games with one start, but only had 15 tackles. The year before, in 2013, Paysinger started 10 games and finished with 74 tackles and one sack. He was a solid special teams player during his tenure with the team. Paysinger is a decent athlete who has gotten bigger and stronger. He doesn’t make many plays.
OT JAMES BREWER (to the New York Jets): Brewer simply has not developed as a player since being drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Giants. A year after playing in all 16 games with eight starts, Brewer only played in two games in November before being placed on injured reserve in December with a concussion. Brewer has a nice combination of size and athleticism. He can play both tackle and guard spots. However, he has not proven to be a very tough or physical lineman.
S ANTREL ROLLE (to the Chicago Bears): Despite starting all 16 games in 2014, Antrel Rolle did not have the same impact on the playing field that he did in 2013. Rolle finished the 2014 season with 87 tackles, three interceptions, nine pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Rolle was steady but did not make many big plays. Rolle was originally drafted as a cornerback in the 1st round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. After three inconsistent seasons at corner, the Cardinals moved him to free safety in 2008. Rolle was signed by the Giants in March 2010 after the Cardinals cut him in a salary-related move. One of the better coverage safeties in the game, Rolle has good speed and range. Due to his experience as a cornerback, unlike most safeties, Rolle can play man coverage and has often been called upon to play the slot corner position. He is a good tackler and run defender. Rolle has become one of the key leaders of the defense. He also has been very durable, never missing a game in his five seasons with the Giants. Rolle has been voted to the Pro Bowl twice (2009 and 2010) and named All-Pro twice (2010 and 2013). He also played in the 2013 Pro Bowl as a second-alternate.
CB WALTER THURMOND (to the Philadelphia Eagles): Thurmond was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2014 with a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery after playing in only two games. Thurmond was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He missed much of the 2011 and 2012 seasons recovering from a broken leg (fibula), playing in only eight regular-season games. In November 2013, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy. That year he played in 12 regular-season games, with three starts, and finished with 33 tackles, six pass defenses, and one interception that he returned for a touchdown. The Giants signed Thurmond as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. Thurmond combines decent size with good speed and quickness. Smooth in coverage, Thurmond is considered one of the better slot corners/nickel backs in the NFL. Thurmond obviously has off-the-field concerns.
2014 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
CB TERRELL THOMAS (to the Seattle Seahawks): Coming off back-to-back ACL tears in 2011 and 2012, as well as offseason microfracture knee surgery in 2012, Terrell Thomas surprisingly played in all 16 games with seven starts. Thomas was usually employed as the inside slot corner, a de facto starter in Perry Fewell’s nickel package. To prevent wear-and-tear on his surgically-repaired right knee – which he also tore in college – Thomas was held out of practice one day each week. Thomas finished 2013 with 67 tackles, 1 sack, 7 pass defenses, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Thomas was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Giants. Thomas is a big, physical corner who matches up well with bigger receivers. Never a blazer, Thomas has lost some speed and quickness due to the multiple knee surgeries. Thomas is very good in run support and a good blitzer.
CB AARON ROSS (to the Baltimore Ravens): Ross was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2013 with a back injury. Before going on IR, Ross played in four games with two starts, intercepting one pass. Ross signed with the Giants in March 2013 after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ross was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Giants. Before signing with the Jaguars as a free agent in 2012, in five seasons with the Giants, Ross started 41 regular-season games, including 15 starts in 2011, when he finished with career highs in tackles (60), pass defenses (12), and interceptions (4). Ross missed a lot of time in 2009 (hamstring) and 2010 (plantar fascia tear) with injuries. Ross combines good size and athleticism. He is fluid and smooth in coverage, but lacks ideal speed and quickness. There seem to be a few games every season where Ross struggles in coverage. He can be aggressive and physical in run support. Ross will be 32 in 2014 and his Giant career may be over.
TE BEAR PASCOE (to the Atlanta Falcons): McKenna “Bear” Pascoe was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The 49ers cut him and he was signed by the Giants in September 2009. Pascoe is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of player whose strength is his overall versatility. Pascoe plays tight end, H-Back, and even some fullback for the Giants. He does not stand out as a blocker or receiver. In 2013, Pascoe played in all 16 games with six starts. He finished the season with 12 catches for 81 yards. In his five seasons with the Giants, Pascoe has 38 catches for 333 yards and one touchdown.
RB ANDRE BROWN (to the Houston Texans): Brown was originally drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He tore his Achilles in training camp and missed his entire rookie season. The Giants waived him the following year and thus began a journeyman-like odyssey that saw him with the Broncos, Colts, Panthers, and Redskins before coming back to the Giants in August 2011. But it wasn’t until 2012 that he flashed real ability. Before he broke his left leg in November 2012, Brown had rushed for 385 yards and eight touchdowns on 73 carries (5.3 yards per carry) as the team’s #2 running back. Entering 2013, he was set to vie with David Wilson for the #1 spot but broke his left leg again in the preseason, causing him to miss the first half of the season. He started the final eight games and finished with 139 carries for 492 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 103 yards. Brown lost three fumbles in the final four games. Brown has a nice combination of size and athleticism. He is more of a north-south, cutback runner with some power to his game. He is not overly quick or elusive. He has good hands as a receiver. Brown has obviously been injury-prone and the late-season fumbles are concerning.
WR LOUIS MURPHY (to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Murphy was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Carolina Panthers in March 2013. Though the Giants talked about him being speedy vertical threat, Murphy had a disappointing and unproductive season. He played in 14 games but only had six catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. Murphy was originally drafted in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders traded Murphy to the Panthers in July 2012. Before coming to the Giants, Murphy played in 57 games with 24 starts. Murphy has good size for a receiver. He has very good speed and can get deep. Murphy lacks “natural” hands and is inconsistent catching the ball.
OG KEVIN BOOTHE (to the Oakland Raiders): For the second season in a row, Boothe started all 16 games. However, due to injuries to David Baas and Jim Cordle, Kevin Boothe started six games at center in addition to 10 games at his regular left guard position. Boothe was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders cut him in September 2007 and the Giants immediately claimed him off of waivers. Boothe is very smart and has good size and strength. He is consistent and versatile. But he lacks ideal overall athleticism and agility, which impacts his ability to pull and block at the second level. Boothe is not an overly physical or powerful player in the run game.
WR HAKEEM NICKS (to the Indianapolis Colts): Nicks has had two very disappointing seasons in a row. After starting 27 regular-season games in 2010-2011 and compiling 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns, his production has fallen off pretty dramatically. In 2012-2013, he started 26 games and caught 109 passes for 1,588 yards and three touchdowns. Indeed, he has not scored a touchdown since Week 14 of the 2012 season. Only twice in 2013 did Nicks catch more than five passes in a game, and only three times did he have more than 100 yards receiving. An injury-prone player, Nicks has never fully completed a 16-game season. He missed the biggest game of the year – the Week 12 game against the Cowboys – with an abdomen injury. He also dislocated a finger in September. In 2012, he broke his right foot during non-contact OTA drills in May and then injured his knee in Week 2 in September. Both injuries required surgery, the foot before the season and the knee after the season. In 2010-11, Nicks was an impact player as demonstrated by his 28 catches for 444 yards and four touchdowns in the 2011 playoffs. Nicks has a nice combination of size, strength, and athletic ability. He has long arms and big hands. While not a burner, Nicks plays faster than he times and can make big plays down the field. When on top of his game, Nicks adjusts well to the football and attacks the ball when it is in the air. He has good hands. But even though he’s only 26 years old, he just hasn’t been the same player since injuring his knee in Week 2 of the 2012 season. Nicks seems less talented, less dynamic, less reliable, and less interested.
DE JUSTIN TUCK (to the Oakland Raiders): Tuck rebounded with a strong season (63 tackles, 11 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles) after two down seasons in a row. Tuck also had double-digit sack totals in 2007 (as a reserve), 2008 (Pro Bowl), and 2010 (Pro Bowl). But injuries, especially in the shoulder/neck area, seriously affected his play in 2009, 2011-12. Tuck has a good combination of size, strength, and athleticism. When healthy and focused, Tuck is a very good two-way player who can rush the passer and stuff the run. However, he can be moody at times. Tuck turns 31 in 2014 and the question with him is how much he has left in his tank?
LB KEITH RIVERS (to the Buffalo Bills): In his second season with the Giants, Rivers played in all 16 games with eight starts in 2013. He finished the year with 45 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass defense. The Giants acquired Keith Rivers via trade from the Cincinnati Bengals in April 2012 for a 5th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hamstring and calf injuries caused him to miss five games and limited his playing time and effectiveness in his first season with the Giants. Rivers was originally drafted by the Bengals in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In four seasons in Cincinnati, Rivers started 33-of-35 regular-season games he played in. But he missed 29 regular-season games with injuries – including nine games in 2008 with a broken jaw and all of the 2011 season with a wrist injury that required surgery. Rivers also missed time in 2009 with a calf injury and in 2010 with plantar fasciitis. Rivers lacks ideal size, but he is strong and athletic. He is more of the run-and-hit type than physical presence at the point-of-attack against the run. Rivers has the overall athletic ability and range to do well in coverage, but he needs to become more consistent in that area of his game. He only has three career sacks. Rivers obviously has been injury prone, but he stayed healthy in 2013.
DT LINVAL JOSEPH (to the Minnesota Vikings): Joseph was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Giants. In the last three seasons, Joseph has started 46-of-48 regular-season games. In 2013, he finished the season with 59 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Joseph has an excellent combination of size and athletic ability. He is very strong and difficult to move off of the line of scrimmage on running plays. Joseph has decent quickness for a big man and flashes on occasion as a pass rusher. However, he has averaged only 3 sacks per season as a starter.
S RYAN MUNDY (to the Chicago Bears): Mundy was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March 2013. When Stevie Brown was lost for the year, Mundy became the new starter at free safety until Will Hill surpassed him on the depth chart in the second half of the season. Mundy played in a 16 games with nine starts (seven at free safety). Even after losing his starting job, Mundy would see the field quite a bit in the Giants’ three-safety package (two starts). He finished the season with 77 tackles, 1 sack, 2 pass defenses, and 1 interception. Mundy was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Mundy has good size and is very physical, but he lacks ideal overall athleticism and range. He is a good special teams player.
TE BRANDON MYERS (to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Myers was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Raiders. He was signed by the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in March 2013. Myers played in all 16 games in 2013 with 14 starts and finished the season with 47 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns. Myers lacks ideal size and athleticism. He works hard at his blocking but lacks the size and strength to excel as an in-line blocker. Myers is a reliable short- to intermediate-receiver but he lacks speed and quickness to present real match-up problems for opposing defenses. Myers seems better suited as backup, role-playing H-Back.
2013 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
PK LAWRENCE TYNES (to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Tynes had another very solid season in 2012, making 33-of-39 field goal attempts (84.6 percent) and 46-of-46 extra point attempts (100 percent). Aided by the new kickoff rules, Tynes has dramatically improved his effectiveness on kickoffs, with 34 touchbacks in 2011 and 24 in 2012. Tynes was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Chiefs after the 2001 NFL Draft. After spending time in NFL Europe and the CFL, he finally made the Chiefs’ roster in 2004. Tynes was traded to the Giants in 2007 for a conditional 7th round draft pick. Career-wise in the NFL, Tynes is an 81.5 percent field goal kicker.
WR DOMENIK HIXON (to the Carolina Panthers): Coming off of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in his right knee in 2010 and 2011, Hixon rebounded in 2012 with a solid season, catching 39 passes for 567 yards and two touchdowns. Hixon played in 13 games, starting three. He missed three games with a concussion and an ankle injury. Hixon was originally drafted by the Broncos in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. The Broncos cut him in October 2007 and the Giants immediately claimed him off of waivers. Hixon has good size and is a good athlete. The knee injuries may have permanently robbed him of his previous explosiveness, but he is an experienced, smooth receiver with good hands. Hixon also has experience returning kickoffs and punts and was a dangerous returner before the knee injuries.
DE OSI UMENYIORA (to the Atlanta Falcons): After missing half of 2011 with a knee injury, Umenyiora basically lost his starting job to Jason Pierre-Paul in 2012. While he logged a lot of minutes as a reserve, he only started four games and finished the season with his lowest sack total (six) since he missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. A two-time Pro Bowler (2005 and 2007) on the downside of his career, Umenyiora is still a very good athlete who runs extremely well. He still flashes on the pass rush and has a knack for stripping the football from opposing quarterbacks. Umenyiora is not a good run defender and is probably best suited for situational pass rush duty at this phase of his career. Despite his stature on the team, Umenyiora really isn’t much of a leader and has been prone to sulking about his contract.
LB CHASE BLACKBURN (to the Carolina Panthers): A season after being re-signed off the couch in November 2011, Blackburn won the starting middle linebacking job in training camp/preseason and ended up starting 15 games, missing one contest in November with a hamstring injury. Blackburn finished the season with 98 tackles, three sacks, six pass defenses, one interception, and four forced fumbles. Blackburn was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent after the 2005 NFL Draft. After starting 15 games in 2008-09, Blackburn was strictly a special teams player in 2010, serving as the unit’s captain. The Giants chose not to re-sign Blackburn in 2011 until injuries became a factor late in the season. An overachiever, Blackburn is a big linebacker who lacks ideal athleticism, speed, and quickness for the position. He is a very smart player who works hard on and off the field. Blackburn sets a good example for others to follow.
S KENNY PHILLIPS (to the Philadelphia Eagles): Phillips had a forgettable season after suffering a PCL and MCL injury to his right knee in Week 4. Phillips ended up playing in only seven games in 2012, starting six, and finishing with only 24 tackles and three pass defenses. Phillips was drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Giants. He suffered a potentially career-threatening left knee injury (patella femoral arthritis) in 2009. He returned as a full-time starter in 2010 and had his most productive season in 2011. Phillips has an excellent combination of size and athletic ability. When healthy, he has good speed and his range often discourages opposing quarterbacks from testing the deep middle of the secondary. Phillips is a good hitter and tackler.
TE MARTELLUS BENNETT (to the Chicago Bears): A newcomer to the Giants in 2012 as an unrestricted free agent, Bennetthad a breakout season, starting all 16 games and finishing with career highs in receptions (55), yardage (626), and touchdowns (5). Bennett was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. In four seasons with the Cowboys, Bennett caught 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns. Bennett is a big man and a very good athlete for his size. As a receiver, he has the ability to threaten a defense down the field. Bennett has solid hands, but to reach the next level he needs to make more superlative and clutch plays in the passing game. Bennett is a good blocker, but he needs to work at being more consistent and finishing his blocks.
2012 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
LB JONATHAN GOFF (to the Washington Redskins): Goff was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2011 before the season started with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear to his right knee that he suffered in practice. Goff became the new full-time middle linebacker in 2010. He started all 16 games and finished with 80 tackles, one sack, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Goff was selected by the Giants in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Goff’s rookie season was a wash as he was hurt early in the preseason with a fractured back and later suffered concussion and hamstring injuries. Goff did start the last four games at middle linebacker in 2009. Goff is a well-built player with decent athleticism. In 2010, Goff flashed at times against the run and in pass coverage. However, while his tackle total was respectable, the fact that it was not higher on a game-by-game basis raises questions about his instincts. Goff is smart and hardworking. He appears to be more of quiet type rather than a fiery leader.
DE DAVE TOLLEFSON (to the Oakland Raiders): Tollefson had his best season in 2011, playing in all 16 regular-season games with two starts. He finished with 21 tackles, five sacks (doubling the total from his first five seasons), and one forced fumble. Tollefson was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. The Oakland Raiders signed Tollefson in January 2007 and the Giants signed him off of the Raiders’ Practice Squad in October 2007. In five seasons with the Giants, Tollefson has played in 63 regular-season games. Tollefson has good size and is a decent athlete, but he’s not overly quick or fast. He’s more of a try-hard, back-up-type who will give you a solid day’s work. While he occasionally flashes, he is an ordinary run defender and pass rusher.
WR DEVIN THOMAS (to the Chicago Bears): Since being claimed off of waivers from the Panthers by the Giants in November 2010, Thomas has had more of impact for New York on special teams than as a receiver. Thomas finished 2011 with only three catches for 37 yards. He combines good size and athleticism, but he has not yet impressed at the NFL level as a receiver with the Redskins (2008-10), Panthers (2010), and Giants (2010-11). In four seasons, he has caught 43 passes for 482 yards, and three touchdowns. Thomas needs to improve his ability to read coverages and run precise routes. While Thomas did not stick out as a kick returner for the Giants in 2011, he did flash as a gunner on punt coverage, including recovering two fumbles in the NFC Championship Game.
CB AARON ROSS (to the Jacksonville Jaguars): With the season-ending injury to Terrell Thomas in the preseason, Ross became the starting right corner once again in 2011. Ross had a solid year, finishing the regular season with career highs in tackles (60), pass defenses (12), and interceptions (four). Ross was drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Giants. He started nine regular season games that year and 15 the following season. But Ross lost his starting job to Thomas in 2009 when a persistent hamstring injury ruined his season and caused him to miss 12 games. Ross was also limited in 2010 by a foot injury (plantar fascia tear). Ross combines good size and athleticism. He is fluid and smooth in coverage, but lacks ideal speed and quickness. There seems to be a game or two every season where Ross struggles in coverage. He can be aggressive and physical in run support.
WR MARIO MANNINGHAM (to the San Francisco 49ers): With the emergence of Victor Cruz, Manningham saw his overall productivity drop from 60 catches, 944 yards, and 9 touchdowns in 2010 to 39 catches, 523 yards, and 4 touchdowns in 2011. Injuries (concussion and knee issues) caused him to miss four games as well. Manningham lacks ideal size, but he is a very good athlete with good speed, quickness, and fluidity. He can threaten a defense down the field with his speed and quickness. He still has some issues reading coverages and running the proper routes. Manningham has good body control and adjusts well to the football. Although he has good hands, he is guilty of the occasional drop. Manningham runs well after the catch.