New York Giants Scouting Reports

 

Scouting Reports Last Updated: February 22, 2018

Quarterbacks:

After enjoying somewhat of a career renaissance in 2014-2015 in a new West Coast Offense system, Eli Manning (and the Giants offense as a whole) suffered through a dramatic downward decline in 2016 and 2017. Manning’s touchdown-to-interception ratio fell from from 35-to-14 in 2015 to 26-to-16 in 2016 to 19-to-13 in 2017. His passing yards (from 4,432 to 4,027 to 3,468), yards per pass play (from 7.2 to 6.7 to 6.1), and QB rating (from 93.6 to 86.0 to 80.4) also dropped significantly. Worse is what happened to the Giants offense. As a team, the Giants fell from from 7th to 17th to 19th in passing offense from 2015 to 2017. Manning was the first player selected in the 2004 NFL Draft and immediately traded to the Giants by the Chargers. The 37-year old Manning owns practically every quarterback record in franchise history. He is 8-4 as a playoff quarterback and a two-time Super Bowl MVP. His best season was 2011 when he carried the Giants to the playoffs, highlighted by eight come-from-behind victories. Manning has the perfect temperament for playing in the New York metropolitan area as the intense media spotlight does not seem to faze him. He is very smart and hard-working. Manning has excellent size and decent arm strength. A true pocket passer, Manning is not a threat to harm a defense with his feet. Although he’s a tough competitor who has never missed a game due to injury in 14 seasons, Manning has become a bit more gun-shy in recent years due to shoddy pass protection. Manning excels in the mental aspects of the game and reads opposing defenses extremely well. The coaching staff trusts him to make complicated pre-snap reads for both the running and passing games. Manning makes rapid decisions and gets rid of the ball quickly, one of the reasons why his career sack numbers are lower than they should be. Manning has never been an overly accurate quarterback (59.8 career completion percentage). Manning is still guilty of making the ill-advised, head-scratching throw when the smarter decision would be to throw the football away or take the sack. His gun-slinger mentality – which leads to big plays – also causes him to make some risky throws in tight windows. Manning was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2011, and played in the game after the 2012 and 2015 regular seasons as an alternate. Given Manning’s age and consecutive down seasons, inevitable questions about his current and future ability as a championship-level passer have started again.

The Giants drafted Davis Webb in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He remained the #3 quarterback on the roster until the season finale when he was promoted to the #2 spot. Webb has the tools. He has ideal size and a very strong arm. He can move around the pocket, but he is not a scrambler. Webb throws a nice deep ball and can wing it through tight windows. But he is a project who needs a lot of technique work and more experience in reading defenses given that he comes from collegiate spread offense. He can be streaky with his accuracy and his decision-making has been questioned despite his intelligence. Webb is a very smart, hard working quarterback who loves the game and who is dedicated to getting better. Webb did not take a snap from center during the 2017 regular season. He finished the preseason 18-of-34 (52.9 percent completion percentage) for 190 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The Giants signed Geno Smith as an unrestricted free agent in March 2017. He remained the team’s primary back-up until the season finale. Smith started Week 13 and played decently, completing 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. But he also fumbled the ball away twice. Smith was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Smith has started 31 regular-seasons games, with 29 of those starts coming in 2013-2014. He lost his starting job to Ryan Fitzpatrick in August 2015 after his jaw was broken by a teammate. Smith started one game in 2016 but tore the ACL in his right knee in that game. Smith has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 6,174 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions. Smith has good size and is a good athlete with a strong arm. He has struggled with his accuracy and mental aspects of the game. Smith needs to protect the ball better (36 interceptions, 9 fumbles). He also has had some off-the-field immaturity issues.

Halfbacks:

The somewhat injury-prone Orleans Darkwa only missed one game in 2017 with a back issue and had his best season as a pro, starting 11 games and finishing with 171 carries for 751 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 116 yards. In his previous three seasons, Darkwa had started only two games carried the ball just 75 times for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Darkwa was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants signed him off of Miami’s Practice Squad in November 2014. Darkwa is a solid, physical, between-the-tackles runner who lacks elusiveness and the ability to create on his own. He is an inconsistent pass receiver.

Wayne Gallman was drafted in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants. As a rookie, Gallman played in 13 games with one start and carried the football 111 times for 476 yards (4.3 yards per carry). He also caught 34 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. Gallman has decent size but he needs to add more strength and bulk to his frame. Gallman is a well-rounded cutback runner with good vision, elusiveness, and speed. He has good hands as a receiver, but he needs to improve his ball security (three fumbles in 2017).

Shane Vereen has struggled to match his third-down back, pass-receiving productivity of his first year with the Giants in 2015. That season, Vereen had his most productive year in the NFL as a pass receiver, catching a career-high 59 passes for 495 yards and four touchdowns. It was the most receptions by a Giants running back in a single season since Tiki Barber in 2003. Vereen also carried the ball 61 times for 260 yards (4.3 yards per carry). Vereen missed 11 regular-season games in 2016 with a triceps injury that required surgery that he suffered in September and then re-injured in December. In 2017, despite playing in all 16 games, his pass-receiving totals declined to 44 catches for 253 yards. Vereen also carried the ball 45 times for 164 yards (3.6 yards per carry). He did not score a touchdown. Vereen was originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2015. Vereen lacks ideal size and power, but he is an elusive back with good vision and quickness. Vereen is one of the better pass-catching backs in the NFL as he runs good routes and has good hands. He is also solid in pass protection. Vereen has proven to be somewhat injury prone.

After a respectable rookie season, Paul Perkins had a very disappointing sophomore season in 2017. Perkins saw both his playing time and productivity markedly decline. In 2016, Perkins played in 14 regular-season games with one start (regular-season finale). He also started the playoff game. Perkins finished the 2016 regular season with 112 carries for 456 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and 15 catches for 162 yards (10.8 yards per catch). In 2017, Perkins started the first four games, but then suffered a rib injury and lost his starting job to Orleans Darkwa. He played in 11 games and finished the year with 41 carries for 90 yards (2.2 yards per carry). He also caught eight passes for 46 yards. Perkins was drafted by the Giants in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Perkins has good vision, quick feet, and cutting ability. He is a tough runner, but his lack of size, strength, and power limits his game. He catches the ball well.

The Giants signed Jalen Simmons to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Simmons was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Carolina Panthers after the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent the 2016 on the Practice Squad of the Panthers and spent time in 2017 on the Practice Squads of the Panthers and San Diego Chargers. Simmons is a short, stocky running back who lacks ideal speed, but he plays with a low center of gravity and good vision.

The Giants signed Terrell Watson to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Watson originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with Bengals (2015), Cleveland Browns (2016), Denver Broncos (2016), Philadelphia Eagles (2016), and Pittsburgh Steelers (2017). Watson has played in 10 NFL regular-season games with no starts, nine of which came with the Steelers. He only has accrued 36 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries in his NFL career. Watson is a big, bruising back with decent athleticism who does his best work between the tackles.

Fullbacks:

Shane Smith began 2017 on the team’s 53-man roster, was waived and signed to the Practice Squad in late September, and then re-signed to the 53-man roster in November. Smith played in 11 games with four starts. He did not touch the football. Smith was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Smith is a classic lead-blocking fullback. He is a gym rat who is super strong. Smart. Good special teams player.

Wide Receivers:

Odell Beckham was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2017 after fracturing his left ankle in Week 5. The ankle injury required surgery. Beckham finished the season with 25 catches for 302 yards (12.1 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. In his first three seasons (2014-2016), Beckham accrued 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns in 43 regular-season games. Beckham’s accolades already include Pro Football Writers of America “Rookie of the Year” (2014), second-team All-Pro (2015, 2016), and Pro Bowl (2014, 2015, 2016). All of this despite constant double teams by opposing defenses. Beckham was drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. While Beckham lacks classic size, his long arms, big hands, and tremendous jumping ability give him a very good catch radius. Beckham is an explosive athlete with excellent speed, quickness, and agility. He is able to play multiple positions, including the slot. Beckham runs good routes, is very quick out of his breaks, adjusts exceptionally well to the football, and regularly makes the circus catch. He is very dangerous with the football in his hands after the catch. Competitive, passionate, and hard working, Beckham’s biggest negatives are his maturity and temperament. Beckham has painted a very large target on his back and has to deal with other teams trying to get under his skin. He did not play well in the 2016 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Beckham also is guilty of the occasional dropped pass, something he needs to clean up.

Brandon Marshall was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2017 after suffering an ankle injury in Week 5 that required stabilization surgery to repair torn ligaments. Marshall finished his disappointing debut season with the Giants with only 18 catches for 154 yards (8.6 yards per catch). Marshall was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He has played with the Broncos (2006-2009), Miami Dolphins (2010-2011), Chicago Bears (2012-2014), and Jets (2015-2016). Marshall is a six-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015) and two-time All-Pro (2012 and 2015). Marshall is the only player in NFL history with six seasons of 100 or more receptions. In 2016, he started 15 regular-season games despite battling knee and foot injuries that he suffered in Week 2. Marshall caught 59 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers were down dramatically from his 109-catch, 1,502-yard, 14-touchdown 2015 season. The Giants signed Marshall in March 2017 after he was cut by the New York Jets. Marshall is clearly nearing the end of a stellar career and he did not live up to lofty expectations with the Giants even before his ankle injury. Marshall has excellent size (6’4”, 230 pounds), but he’s become more of possession receiver with inconsistent hands.

Sterling Shepard suffered through an injury-plagued 2017 with ankle, migraine, and neck issues causing him to miss five games. He played in 11 games with 10 starts, catching 59 passes for 731 yards (12.4 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Shepard was selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Giants. Shepard started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie, catching 65 passes for 683 yards (10.5 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns, mostly out of the slot. Shepard lacks ideal size and speed, but he is a fluid athlete with good quickness. Shepard runs good routes, is tough going over the middle, and adjusts well to the football. Dropped passes did become more of an issue for him in 2017. While Shepard had two long touchdown passes against the Eagles in 2017, he is not a consistent deep threat, but more of a move-the-chains underneath target.

Dwayne Harris was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2017 after fracturing his foot in Week 5. The foot injury required surgery. Harris finished the year with no catches, nine kickoff returns (20.9 yards per return), and seven punt returns (6.9 yards per return). Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. The Giants signed him in free agency in March 2015. In his initial season with the Giants, Harris caught a career-best 36 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns. He also averaged 10 yards per punt return and 28.7 yards per kickoff return, becoming the first Giants player in 60 years to return a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same season. However, Harris suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2016, catching only one pass and seeing his punt (5.9 yards per return) and kickoff (24.2 yards per return) averages decline. Harris did remain a force on punt coverage and he was voted to his first Pro Bowl after the 2016 season. Though he lacks height, Harris is a well-built athlete with decent speed and quickness. He is tough and physical and an asset as a blocker in the running game. Harris can play in the slot and has decent hands. In his career, Harris has returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns. He has also earned “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” award four times.

Injuries to other players thrust Roger Lewis into a far more important role than expected in 2017. Lewis ended up playing in 15 games with eight starts, catching 36 passes for 416 yards (11.6 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. The Giants signed Lewis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Lewis played in 13 regular-season games with one start. He finished with just seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis has decent size and is a good athlete. He flashes the ability to make circus catches and plays down the field, but he has needs to become a much more consistent pro-level route runner and reliable contributor. Lewis has been utilized on special teams as a gunner on punt coverage.

Tavarres King began 2017 with the Giants, was waived in mid-September, and then was re-signed to the 53-man roster in October. He was placed on Injured Reserve with a concussion in December. King played in eight games with three starts in 2017, finishing with 18 catches for 240 yards (13.3 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. King was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He spent time with the Broncos (2013), Panthers (2013-14), Jaguars (2014), and Buccaneers (2014-15). The Giants signed King to the Practice Squad in late September 2015. He played in seven regular season games and the playoff game for the Giants in 2016. King is a tall, thin receiver with good speed. He is not a physical player and is best suited as an outside receiver.

Travis Rudolph was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He began the season on the Giants Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in October 2017. Rudolph played in seven games with one start, catching eight passes for 101 yards (12.6 yards per catch). Rudolph lacks size, speed, and agility, but he plays better than he tests. He runs good routes, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. The question moving forward with Rudolph is can he separate from NFL defensive backs on a consistent basis?

Darius Powe was was waived/injured in August 2017 with a hamstring injury. The Giants re-signed him to the Practice Squad in October and the 53-man roster in early December. He broke his foot in his NFL debut and was placed on Injured Reserve. Powe finished the year with two catches for 13 yards. The Giants originally signed Powe as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft and he spent the 2016 season on the team’s Practice Squad. Powe is a big receiver with decent overall athleticism.

Kalif Raymond was signed to the Practice Squad in October 2017 and the 53-man roster in November. The 5’9”, 160-pound Raymond was originally signed by the Denver Broncos after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has also spent time with the New York Jets in 2017. Raymond has played in 12 NFL regular-season games, four with the Broncos, two with the Jets, and six with the Giants. Raymond has one career reception for 12 yards. He has returned 20 kickoffs (20.4 yards per return) and 29 punts (7.2 yards per return). Ball security has been a big issue with Raymond as he has seven fumbles in 12 games.

The Giants signed Hunter Sharp off of the Practice Squad of the Denver Broncos in December 2017. He played in two games with one start, finishing with five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Sharp was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles waived him in August of that year and Sharp was then signed to the Practice Squad of the Broncos in December 2016. He spent 10 days on Denver’s 53-man roster in October 2017. The 5’11”, 198-pound Sharp lacks ideal size and speed, but he’s a tough, versatile, elusive competitor with return skills.

Marquis Bundy is spent most of the 2017 on the Giants Practice Squad before begin signed to the 53-man roster in late December. He started the season finale, but did not have a catch. The 6’4”, 215-pound Bundy was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Cardinals waived him in August 2017 and the Giants then signed him. Bundy is a big receiver with good overall athletic ability. Bundy is not overly physical but he runs good routes.

The Giants signed the 6’2”, 205-pound Canaan Severin in August 2017 after he was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers, waived him before the season started in September, and then re-signed him to the Practice Squad in late December. Severin was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury.

The Giants signed Amba Etta-Tawo to the Practice Squad in December 2017. The 6’1”, 208-pound Etta-Tawo was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time on the Practice Squads of the Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

Keeon Johnson was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He was waived/injured and then placed on Injured Reserve in August 2017 with a foot injury. Johnson is a big possession receiver.

Tight Ends/H-Backs:

Other than too many dropped passes, Evan Engram had a very solid rookie season for the Giants in 2017. Engram played in 15 games with 11 starts and finished the year with a team-high 64 catches for 722 yards (11.3 yards per catch) and a team-high six touchdown receptions. The Giants drafted Engram in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He is not built like a traditional tight end, more like an H-Back/wide receiver ‘tweener. The strength of Engram’s game is catching the football. He creates mismatches because of his combination of size and athletic ability. Engram is quick and fast. He runs good routes and is a natural pass receiver with a good catch radius. While Engram works hard at his blocking, he lacks the frame to ever be a significant factor as an in-line blocking tight end.

Rhett Ellison had a solid inaugural season with the Giants in 2017, but he was underutilized as a receiver by the team. Ellison played in all 16 games with 14 starts, catching a career-high 24 passes for 235 yards (9.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Ellison was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Vikings. He suffered a serious patellar tendon injury in December 2015. The Giants signed Ellison as an unrestricted free agent in March 2017. Ellison has good size (6’5”, 255 pounds) and is a good blocker. He is very versatile, having the ability to play tight end, H-Back, and fullback. While Ellison lacks ideal speed and quickness, he is a very sure-handed receiver who runs good routes. Ellison is a good special teams player.

Jerell Adams played in all 16 games with one start in 2017. He finished the season with eight receptions for 92 yards (11.5 yards per cathc). Adams was drafted by the Giants in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Adams played in 13 games with two starts, and finished the regular season with 16 catches for 122 yards (7.6 yards per catch) and one touchdown. Adams combines excellent size with decent overall athletic ability. He has the tools to become a quality blocker and receiver if he works hard and develops his potential. Adams adjusts well to the football, has good hands, and flashes some run-after-the-catch ability.

The Giants signed Ryan O’Malley to the Practice Squad and then the 53-man roster in December 2017. He played in the regular-season finale but did not have a catch. O’Malley was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Oakland Raiders after the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent time on both the Practice Squad and 53-man roster of the Raiders in 2016. The Raiders cut him in September 2017 and he spent a few weeks on the Practice Squad of the Bills.  The 6’6”, 260-pound O’Malley has a nice combination of size and athletic skills.

The Giants claimed Kyle Carter off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings in January 2018. Carter was originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Carter spent most of the past two seasons on the Vikings Practice Squad, but he was on the 53-man roster for three games in December 2017. The Vikings waived Carter in January 2018. Carter is more of an H-Back than true tight end given his size (6’3”, 245 pounds). He is a good athlete who can catch the ball but an inconsistent blocker.

Offensive Tackles:

Ereck Flowers improved his play at left tackle in 2017, but he still remains a far too inconsistent player at the position with sloppy technique. Flowers was drafted in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. In his first three seasons, he has started 46 games. After a rough start in 2017, Flowers went through an extended stretch where he did not allow a sack, but then struggled somewhat again towards the end of the season. Flowers is huge lineman with good strength. He can muscle and maul in the run game. Flowers is not a bad athlete for his size, but he continues to struggle with his pass protection technique. Simply put, Flowers is too inconsistent.

Chad Wheeler was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Not only did he make the team, but he ended up playing in 11 games with four starts, three at right tackle and one at left tackle. Wheeler played incredibly well in his first start but then struggled with inconsistency in his other games. Wheeler has a good frame but could use more strength and bulk. He’s a decent athlete who is capable of playing with solid technique. Wheeler has the right temperament for the position but it remains to be seen if he is a viable NFL starter or merely a back-up type.

Adam Bisnowaty spent virtually the entire season on the Practice Squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in late December 2017. He started the the regular-season at right tackle but struggled in pass protection. The Giants drafted Bisnowaty in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Bisnowaty played left tackle at the collegiate level but the Giants moved him to right tackle as a rookie. Bisnowaty looks the part with a good frame with long arms and huge hands. He lacks ideal agility in pass protection and mauling power as a run blocker, but he is a scrappy player with good intangibles. Smart, tough, and aggressive. He also struggled in the preseason.

The Giants signed Laurence Gibson to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Gibson was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He has spent time with the Cowboys (2015), Chiefs (2015), Falcons (2016), Bears (2016), Giants (2016), Texans (2016-2017), and Browns (2017). The Giants signed him to their Practice Squad in September 2016 and cut him a few months later in December. He has yet to play in a regular-season game. Gibson is a very athletic lineman with good height and long arms. A better testing athlete than football player so far, Gibson needs to play with more strength and power.

Offensive Guards:

Justin Pugh was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2017 with a back injury that caused him to miss half the season. Pugh was drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Giants. He was voted to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team after starting all 16 games as rookie at right tackle. Pugh has had injury issues every year since, including missing two games in 2014 with a quadriceps injury, two games in 2015 with an ocular concussion, and five games in 2016 with a knee injury. Pugh was shifted to left guard in 2015, but played five games at right tackle again in 2017. Pugh lacks ideal size and arm length, but he is a good athlete who plays with fine strength, technique, and leverage. Pugh is smart, aggressive, and tenacious. Though not a mauler, he can get movement on his run blocks and he has the agility to do well in pass protection, though he could become more consistent in that area. Pugh can pull and block defenders at the second level. Pugh is very versatile, able to play both tackle and guard spots, and probably even center in a pinch. However, he simply has not been able to stay healthy.

For the second year in a row, John Jerry started every game for the Giants. In 2017, he started four games at right guard and 12 games at left guard. All of his starts in 2016 came at right guard. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins where he started 45 games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014 and started 16 games in 2014 and eight in 2015. Jerry looks the part as he has great size and long arms. Jerry has become a more consistent performer with the Giants but he has never been a physical presence in the ground game and still has issues in pass protection from time to time.

D.J. Fluker was placed on Injured Reserve in late November 2017 with a toe injury. The Giants signed Fluker in March 2017 after he was cut by the Los Angeles Chargers. He started six games at right guard before being injured. Fluker was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Chargers, Fluker started 59 regular-season games, first at right tackle and then right guard. After a solid rookie season in 2013, Fluker struggled with the Chargers and was cut in March 2017. Fluker has excellent size (6’5”, 339 pounds) and strength, but he has struggled at times in pass protection, particularly with stunts. He is a tough, physical, mauling presence in the ground game. The Giants ground attack improved noticeably with him in the line-up.

Jon Halapio started the 2017 season on the Giants Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in early October. He played in 10 games and started the last six games at right guard where he was an inconsistent performer. Halapio was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has bounced around different leagues and teams including the Patriots (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Denver Broncos (2014–2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Brooklyn Bolts (2015), and Patriots (2016) again. The Giants added him to their Practice Squad in September 2016. Halapio is stout and strong, but he lacks ideal overall athleticism. Versatile, he played both guard and center for the Giants during the 2017 preseason.

The Giants signed John Greco in November 2017. The 32-year old, 6’4”, 318-pound Greco was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He has spent time with the Rams (2008-2010), Cleveland Browns (2011-2016), and New Orleans Saints (2017). Greco has started 70 of the 117 regular-season games he has played in, including starts at right guard (45), left guard (24), and center (1).

Nick Becton was signed to the Practice Squad in November 2017 and the 53-man roster in late December. He did not play in a regular-season game in 2017. The 6’6”, 322-pound Becton was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He has spent time with the Chargers (2013), Giants (2014), New Orleans Saints (2014), Chicago Bears (2015-2016), Detroit Lions (2017), and Kansas City Chiefs (2017). Becton has played in six regular-season games with no starts.

The Giants signed Damien Mama off of the Practice Squad of the Kansas City Chiefs in December 2017. He did not play in a regular-season game. Mama was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Chiefs after the 2017 NFL Draft. The Chiefs waived him in their final round of cuts in early September and then signed him to the Practice Squad. The 6’3”, 342-pound Mama is a big, strong player who lacks ideal overall athleticism and consistency.

Ethan Cooper was signed to the Practice Squad in October 2017. The 6’2, 322-pound Cooper was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. The Steelers waived Cooper in early September. Cooper played at a lower level of competition in college but he has good size and is a decent athlete.

Jessamen Dunker was waived/injured and then placed on Injured Reserve in August 2017 with an undisclosed injury. Dunker was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Dunker is a big, athletic guard who needs to get stronger and dedicate himself to the game. He does not play with much power and he needs a lot of technique work. Raw, but has an upside.

Offensive Centers:

Weston Richburg was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2017 with a concussion that he suffered a month earlier. He only played and started in four games in 2017. Richburg was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He has started 50 regular-season games. However, after a strong 2015 campaign, his play dipped in 2016 and 2017. Richburg is an average-sized center who can have trouble with powerful tackles. He is a good athlete who can block at the second level and pull on outside runs.

Brett Jones took over the starting center spot for 12 games after Weston Richburg was lost for the season. He was an inconsistent performer and had issues in pass protection in a number of games. Jones was originally drafted by the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 2013 and named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Rookie” after that season. Jones was also named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman” in 2014. He signed by the Giants in February 2015 and placed on Injured Reserve in September 2015 after spraining the MCL in his knee on the preseason finale. In 2016, Jones was on the active roster for 14 regular-season games and made one start at left guard, but left the game very early with an injury. Jones lacks size but he is well built with good overall athleticism. He is a tough, aggressive lineman and very smart. Versatile, he can play both guard and center. It remains to be seen if he is a viable NFL starter or merely better suited as a back-up.

Defensive Ends:

Olivier Vernon’s first two seasons with the Giants have been somewhat sabotaged due to nagging injuries and his 2017 campaign was a major disappointment. Although Vernon played in all 16 regular-season games in 2016, a serious left hand/wrist injury affected his play. In 2017, he missed four games with an ankle injury that also continued to be a factor in other games. In 2016, Vernon finished with 63 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He was also named second-team All-Pro. His totals dropped in 2017 with 37 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles. Vernon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2016. Vernon lacks classic size, but he is a very strong, athletic end with long arms. When on top of his game, he is one of the better two-way ends in football and is equally disruptive against the run and the pass. Vernon can get heat on the quarterback from both the end and tackle positions, and gets a lot of hits on the quarterback (though not in 2017). He needs to stay healthy and be consistently productive.

After an impressive preseason, Jason Pierre-Paul did not have the type of season expected of him in 2017. He started all 16 games and finished the year with a respectable 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five pass defenses, and two forced fumbles, but he did not make many impact plays and at times appeared to simply be going through the motions. Pierre-Paul was drafted in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Giants. His best season came in 2011 when he accrued 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks. Pierre-Paul did not miss a game in his first three seasons with the Giants, but he had injury issues in 2013 (herniated disc and shoulder injuries), 2015 (fireworks accident that permanently maimed his right hand), and 2016 (groin and sports hernia injuries that caused him to miss the last five games). Pierre-Paul has an excellent combination of size, strength, and athleticism. When healthy and focused, Pierre-Paul can be an explosive, disruptive difference-maker against both the run and the pass. His tremendous wingspan helps him to bat passes down at the line of scrimmage (47 career pass defenses and 2 interceptions). As a pass rusher, he can beat blockers with both power and movement skills. Pierre-Paul can be a good run defender – both at the point-of-attack as well as in backside pursuit – when the mood suits him.

In his four seasons with the Giants, Kerry Wynn has not proven to be more than an adequate back-up type who does not make many plays. Wynn played in 15 games with three starts in 2017 and finished the season with just 19 tackles and one sack. Wynn was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 49 regular-season games, with 10 starts. Wynn has a nice combination of size, strength, and overall athletic ability. Wynn is a better run defender than pass rusher as he lacks dynamic quickness on the outside pass rush (just three career sacks). He is able to play defensive tackle in pass-rush situations.

Avery Moss was drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants. As a rookie, he played in 11 games with two starts. He finished with 14 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Moss has good size with long arms and is a good athlete. Moss flashes as a disruptive run defender and pass rusher, but he needs to become more consistent and get stronger at the point-of-attack. He is a competitor who plays hard. Needs technique work.

Romeo Okwara was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2017 with a knee injury that he suffered in practice. He was activated off of IR in December but did not play again. The Giants signed Okwara as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Okwara played in every game in 2016 with four regular-season starts (36 percent of defensive snaps), and finished the year with 25 tackles, one sack, and two pass defenses. Okwara played in the first five games of the 2017 season and was credited with just three tackles. Okwara looks the part with excellent size and arm length. He’s a hard worker with a fine motor. While Okwara is a good athlete, he lacks dynamic quickness to excel as outside pass rusher. He flashes more when rushing from the defensive tackle position. Okwara is a solid run defender, but he can still improve his consistency in this area.

Jordan Williams began the season on the team’s Practice Squad, was added to the 53-man roster for a week in November, and then re-signed to the Practice Squad. He played in just one game where he was credited with two tackles. Williams was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Jets (2015) and Miami Dolphins (2015-2016) before being signed by the Giants to the Practice Squad in December 2016. Williams flashed at times for the Giants during the 2017 preseason with his combination of quickness and strength. A bit of a ‘tweener, he is versatile enough to play defensive tackle in some packages.

Defensive Tackles:

Damon Harrison was arguably the best player on the team in 2017. Despite dealing with nagging ankle and elbow injuries, Harrison started all 16 games and finished the season with 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three pass defenses, and one interception. Harrison was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Giants signed him as an unrestricted free agent in March 2016. In his first season with the Giants, Harrison had a superb year, starting every game and finishing the regular season with career highs in tackles (86) and sacks (2.5). Harrison is a strong, mammoth player with surprising athleticism for someone so large. He is a rock against the run, able to hold the point-of-attack against the double-team block. He may be the NFL’s best inside run defender. Though Harrison is a better run defender than pass rusher, he will flash at times getting after the quarterback.

The Giants drafted Dalvin Tomlinson in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Tomlinson started every game as a rookie and finished the season with 50 tackles and one sack. Tomlinson is an average-sized tackle who is very strong and tough. He had a good year as a run defender and will likely improve in this area with more NFL experience. Tomlinson flashes at times as a pass rusher, but it is not the strength of his game.

For the third season in a row, Jay Bromley has quietly served as the team’s primary reserve at defensive tackle. Bromley played in all 16 games with no starts and finished the season with 21 tackles and one sack. Bromley was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He has played in 55 regular-season games with just four starts. Bromley combines decent size, strength, and overall athletic ability. He has improved his play against the run since coming to the Giants but he has not developed into the inside pass rusher hoped for when he was drafted.

Robert Thomas played in 15 games with no starts in 2017 and finished the season with 16 tackles. Thomas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Washington Redskins after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Redskins (2014-2015), Seahawks (2015), Patriots (2015), Dolphins (2015), and Panthers (2016). The Giants claimed Thomas off of waivers from the Panthers in September 2016; he played in eight regular-season games with no starts and finished the year with five tackles and one sack. Thomas is a big, strong tackle who plays hard but rarely stands out.

The Giants signed Kristjan Sokoli to the Practice Squad in late December 2017. Sokoli was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The 6’5”, 300-pound Sokoli has spent time with the Seahawks (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2016), and New Orleans Saints (2017). The Albanian-born player has played both on the offensive and defensive lines.

The Giants placed Josh Banks on Injured Reserve in September 2017 with a shoulder injury (torn labrum) that he suffered in the preseason finale that required surgery. Banks was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He is an athletic, undersized defensive tackle who flashes the ability to disrupt and make plays in the backfield.

Linebackers:

B.J. Goodson was placed on Injured Reserve in late December with a high ankle sprain that nagged him much of the season. Goodson missed two games in September with a shin injury, returned to the starting lineup in October, but then missed six of his next eight games with the ankle issue. In all, Goodson started seven games and finished 2017 with 53 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Goodson was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in 15 regular-season games with no starts, finishing with nine tackles and one forced fumble. Goodson is a big, strong, physical linebacker who plays the run better than the pass. He is a big hitter and good tackler. To become a complete player, Goodson has to improve his pass coverage. Goodson lacks ideal speed and agility. He also has to prove he can stay healthy.

Jonathan Casillas was placed on Injured Reserve in early December 2017 with neck and wrist injuries. Casillas started all eight games he played in and finished with a disappointing 35 tackles and one pass defense. It was a major step down for Casillas, who has his best season to date as a pro in 2016 when he started 15 regular-season games and finished the year with 96 tackles, 1.5 sacks, eight pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Casillas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played for the Saints (2009-2011), Buccaneers (2013-2014), and Patriots (2014). The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2015. Casillas lacks ideal size and has issues against the run at times, but he is a decent athlete. However, his play in coverage declined in 2017. Caillas does not make many impact plays and is not much of a blitzer (6.5 career sacks).

Devon Kennard played in 15 games with 11 starts in 2017. He finished the season with 41 tackles, four sacks, and two pass defenses. Kennard was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He missed playing time due to injuries in 2014 (four games – toe and hamstring), 2015 (seven games – foot), and 2017 (one game – quad). In all, he has played in 52 regular-season games with 35 starts in four seasons. Kennard is a big, strong linebacker who is a bit of a DE/LB ‘tweener. In fact, the Giants will use him at defensive end in pass rush situations. Kennard plays the run well and can get heat on the quarterback, but he is not as strong in coverage. He is a versatile, albeit somewhat injury-prone performer.

Keenan Robinson was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2017 with a quad injury. Robinson played in six games with three starts and had 32 tackles. He missed the season’s first two games with a concussion. Robinson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he missed time in 2012 (four games with right pectoral tear), 2013 (entire season with left pectoral tear), 2014 (three games with a knee injury), and 2015 (four games with a shoulder injury). The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2016. In 2016, Robinson officially only started 6-of-16 regular-season games, but he was second in playing time on the team among all linebackers (71 percent of all defensive snaps). Robinson finished 2016 with 83 tackles and seven pass defenses. Robinson has decent size and is a good athlete who runs well. Versatile, he can play inside and outside linebacker. Robinson is more of a run-and-hit linebacker than stout run defender at the point-of-attack. Robinson is solid in pass coverage. He only has 1.5 career sacks and has been very injury prone. Robinson does not make many impact plays.

Calvin Munson was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Not only did he make the team, but Munson played in 14 games with five starts, accruing 60 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. Munson has good size and intangibles, but lacks ideal agility which hurts him in space and in pass coverage. He also needs to disengage from blocks better.

The Giants re-signed Kelvin Sheppard in November 2017 after choosing not to re-sign him as a free agent during the offseason. Sheppard ended up playing in seven games with six starts (three in the middle and three outside) and finished the year with 49 tackles, four pass defenses, and his first two career interceptions. Sheppard was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in April 2013 and signed with the Dolphins in September 2014 and Giants in April 2016. Sheppard started 11-of-16 regular-season games at middle linebacker for the Giants in 2016, finishing the year with 50 tackles and two pass defenses. Sheppard is more of a physical, two-down linebacker who plays the run better than the pass. While he has good size, Sheppard lacks ideal overall athletic ability which hurts his game in space. Sheppard does not make many big plays.

Mark Herzlich was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2017 with a neck injury (burner) and missed the entire season. Herzlich was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2011 NFL Draft. He has started 17 regular-season games in his seven seasons with the Giants, eight of which were in 2014. Herzlich played in 14 regular-season games in 2016, missing two with a concussion. He finished with seven tackles on defense. Herzlich has very good size but is a sub-par athlete for the position. He is a good run defender, but struggles in coverage and is not much of a blitzer. Herzlich is a good special teams player.

Curtis Grant was placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury in late November 2017. He played in 10 games with the Giants in 2017 with no starts, accruing 18 tackles. Grant was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Chargers (2015), Falcons (2015), Titans (2016), Raiders (2016), and 49ers (2016). Grant was signed by the Giants to a reserve/future contract in January 2017. Grant is a well-built, physical linebacker whose instincts and agility have been questioned. He plays the run better than the pass. Grant was considered the #1 inside linebacking prospect coming out of high school.

The Giants claimed Ray-Ray Armstrong off of waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in late November 2017. Armstrong played in five games for the Giants with one start, finishing the season with 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Armstrong was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the St. Louis Rams after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Rams (2013-2014), Oakland Raiders (2014-2015), and 49ers (2015-2017). Armstrong has played in 63 regular-season games with 11 starts, six of which came in 2017 with the 49ers and Giants. Armstrong is a good athlete who lacks ideal size and instincts.

The Giants signed Akeem Ayers in November 2017. He ended up playing in six games with no starts and finished the season with just three tackles. The 6’3”, 247-pound Ayers was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He has spent time with the Titans (2011-2014), New England Patriots (2014), St. Louis Rams (2015), and Indianapolis Colts (2016). Ayers has started 57 of the 97 regular-season games he has played in, with 15.5 sacks, four interceptions, and four forced fumbles.

The Giants signed Derrick Mathews to the Practice Squad in early December 2017. Mathews was originally signed to the Practice Squad of the Washington Redskins in November 2015 as an undrafted rookie free agent. The 6’0”, 232-pound Mathews was signed by the Green Bay Packers in August 2016 and spent parts of 2016 and 2017 on Green Bay’s Practice Squad.

The Giants signed Thurston Armbrister to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Armbrister was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Jaguars (2015) and Detroit Lions (2016-2017). Armbrister has played in 30 regular-season games with five starts, and has accumulated 38 tackles and one pass defense. He did not play in a regular-season game in 2017. Armbrister lacks ideal size and athleticism, but he is a good run defender with fine intangibles.

Cornerbacks:

Janoris Jenkins was placed on Injured Reserve in late November with an ankle injury that had bothered him much of the season and required surgery. Jenkins started all nine games he played in, but missed one game due to suspension for violating team rules. He finished 2017 with 31 tackles, 9 pass defenses, and three interceptions – two of which he returned for touchdowns. Jenkins was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Giants signed him as unrestricted free agent in March 2016. In his first season with the Giants, Jenkins had his best season to date, being voted to his first Pro Bowl and his first All-Pro (second-team) selection. Jenkins started every game in 2016, except for missing one game due to a back injury, and finished the season with 49 tackles, one sack, 18 pass defenses, three interceptions, and one forced fumble. Jenkins is an average-sized corner with excellent speed and quickness. He is a confident, instinctive coverman who has developed into one of the NFL’s best corners.

Eli Apple had a disastrous sophomore season with the Giants, with inconsistent play on the field and trouble off of it. Apple played in 11 games with seven starts, finishing with 49 tackles and eight pass defenses. He was designated inactive four times and lost playing time (including four starts) to less-talented players. Apple was then suspended by the Giants for conduct detrimental to the team in the last week of the season. Apple had family issues off the field and battled with coaches and teammates. Whether due to play or attitude, the Giants clearly lost confidence in Apple as the season progressed. The Giants drafted Apple in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he missed two games with hamstring and groin injuries, but surprisingly started 11 of the 14 regular-season games he played in. Apple finished the season with 51 tackles, seven pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. Apple combines good size with excellent overall athletic ability, speed, and quickness. He flashes as both a run defender and pass defender. There are games where he has shutdown talented receivers. But he has been inconsistent in his play, often is too grabby in coverage, doesn’t make enough plays on the ball, and at times was too passive and/or uninterested in playing physical football in 2017. Apple has a big upside, but his immaturity may wreck his career.

In his fourth season with the Giants, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) had a solid, but nondescript, season despite being suspended for one game by the Giants for multiple violations of team rules. DRC played in 15 games with five starts, finishing the season with 48 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and one pass defense. For just the second time in his 10 year career, he did not pick off a pass, and his pass defenses plummeted. Rodgers-Cromartie was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and signed with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and the Giants in 2014. Rodgers-Cromartie combines superb size and overall athletic skills, including speed, size, and leaping ability. Rodgers-Cromartie is one of the better cover corners in the NFL and capable of shutting down even top wide receivers. He has improved his toughness as a hitter and tackler. The past two years, the Giants have played DRC more inside at slot corner. Rodgers-Cromartie made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and in 2015, the latter as an alternate. He was also named second-team All-Pro in 2016. While he has not missed many games, DRC seems to battle a lot of nagging injuries and has seen his playing time significantly reduced in recent years.

Ross Cockrell was acquired by trade by the Giants from the Pittsburgh Steelers in early September 2017 for a conditional 7th round draft pick. Cockrell, who was an extremely inconsistent player with the Steelers, ended up having his best season with the Giants in 2017. Cockrell played in all 16 games with nine starts. He finished the season with 50 tackles, 11 pass defenses, and three interceptions. Cockrell was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Bills cut Cockrell in August 2015 and he then signed with the Steelers. In two seasons with the Steelers, Cockrell played in 31 regular-season games with 23 starts. Cockrell combines decent size and overall athletic ability. The Steelers let him go after he struggled during the 2017 preseason, but he became a play-maker late in the season with the Giants. Can he build upon his 2017 success?

Donte Deayon was placed on Injured Reserve in late November 2017 with a fractured forearm. Deayon began the season on the Giants Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in October. He played in four games in 2017 and finished with 10 tackles and one pass defense. The Giants originally signed Deayon as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He was added to the Practice Squad in September 2016 and placed on the Practice Squad/Injured Reserve in October 2016 with an unknown injury. Deayon is a fluid, dimunitive corner with very good quickness and leaping ability. He is tough and confident, and can play the slot position. However, his lack of size hurts him both in coverage and especially against the run.

Brandon Dixon was signed to the Practice Squad in October 2017 and the 53-man roster in November 2017. He started the last five games of the season and finished the year with 21 tackles, four pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Dixon was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Dixon has spent time with the Jets (2014), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014), Seattle Seahawks (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2015), New England Patriots (2015), New Orleans Saints (2015-2016), and Pittsburgh Steelers (2016-2017). Despite his travels around the NFL, until he came to the Giants, Dixon only had played in 14 regular-season games with no starts with the Buccaneers in 2014. Originally regarded as a small-school developmental prospect, Dixon has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability. He had issues covering Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals in Week 16, but held his own in the other four games, demonstrating an aggressive, physical style. He was a bit too aggressive at times and needs to play more under control and not be exposed by double-moves.

The New York Giants signed Darryl Morris in late November 2017. He played in the last five games of the season as a reserve and accrued 11 tackles and one pass defense. Morris was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the 49ers (2013), Houston Texans (2014-2015), New York Jets (2016), and Indianapolis Colts (2016-2017). The 5’10”, 190-pound Morris has played in 53 regular-season games with three starts, two of which came with the Colts in 2016.

The Giants signed Tim Scott in August 2017. He started the season on the team’s Practice Squad, was added to the 53-man roster for one game in November, cut, and then re-signed to the Practice Squad in December. The 5’11”, 195-pound Scott was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Cowboys (2015), Cleveland Browns (2015), and Washington Redskins (2017). Scott is a tough and physical corner with a decent combination of size and athletic ability.

The Giants signed Jeremiah McKinnon to the Practice Squad in late November 2017. McKinnon originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2016 NFL Draft. The 5-10”, 197-pound McKinnon has spent time with the Cowboys (2016), Tennessee Titans (2016), and Washington Redskins (2017).

Safeties:

The Giants placed Landon Collins on Injured Reserve in late December after he fractured his forearm in a Week 16 game against he Cardinals. It marked the end of a frustrating season for Collins who played much of the year with a nagging ankle injury that he suffered in early October. Collins finished 2017 with 104 tackles, six pass defenses, two interceptions, and one forced fumble in 15 games. He was also voted to his second consecutive Pro Bowl. Collins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He had his breakout season in 2016, being voted to his first Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. Collins started every game and finished the year with 125 tackles, four sacks, 13 pass defenses, and five interceptions. Collins is a big, tough, physical safety who lacks ideal quickness and recovery speed and thus is better suited for strong safety. Collins is good hitter and tackler and plays the run very well. He dramatically improved his play against the pass in 2016 and has rapidly developed into one of the best safeties in the NFL.

After missing most of his rookie season with a Lisfranc foot injury, Darian Thompson started all 16 games for the Giants in his sophomore season, accruing 75 tackles, six pass defenses, and one interception. Thompson has average size and athletic ability for the position, but he is smart, mature player with good instincts. He has less than ideal physicality and range and did not make as many plays on the football as expected however. The question with Thompson is he better suited as a starter or backup?

Andrew Adams saw his playing time decrease in 2017, but he still played in all 16 games with four starts. He finished the year with 34 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. The Giants originally signed Adams as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Force-fed into the starting line-up in 2016 due to injuries to other players, Adams played in 14 regular-season games with 13 starts. He finished the year with 46 tackles, five pass defenses, and one interception. Adams lacks ideal size and athleticism. He performs better moving forward than playing in reverse and does not make many plays on the football in the air.

Nat Berhe had his fourth nondescript season for the Giants in 2017, playing in 15 games with no starts and accruing just 12 tackles and one sack. Berhe was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. Since then, he has proven to be an injury-prone player, missing all of 2015 with a blood clot in his leg, over half the season in 2016 with two concussions, and one game in 2017 with a hamstring injury. In all, Berhe has played in 38 games with two starts in four seasons, accruing only 47 tackles and one pass defense. Berhe is a physical, undersized safety with less than ideal range. He may be too aggressive for his own good however as he has been an inconsistent tackler and his body doesn’t appear well suited to his physical style.

Ryan Murphy is was signed to the Practice Squad in September and the 53-man roster in December 2017. He played in the last three games of the season as a back-up and was credited with just one tackle. Murphy was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks waived him in their final round of cuts in September 2015. He spent time on the Practice Squad of the Denver Broncos in both 2015 and 2016. The Giants signed Murphy to the Practice Squad in late December 2016. Murphy has a nice combination of size and athletic ability. He will hit and tackle.

Punters, Kickers, and Snappers:

After a strong 2016 campaign punter Brad Wing struggled in 2017, with poor performances being a factor in a few defeats. Wing saw his gross punting average fall from 46.2 to 44.1 and his net punting average drop from 40.9 to 36.7, which was the worst in football. His number of punts inside the 20 also fell from 28 to 19. Wing had two punts blocked. It was a precipitous drop for a player who had been named “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” twice in 2016. An Australian, the left-footed Wing was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2013 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but he made the Pittsburgh Steelers roster in 2014. The Giants acquired Wing from the Steelers by trade for a conditional 7th-round draft pick in September 2015. Until 2017, Wing combined a strong leg with good directional placement skills. He also holds for both field goals and place kicks.

The Giants signed punter Austin Rehkow to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Rehkow was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. The Bills waived him in August. He punted twice in the preseason, averaging 44.5 yards per punt.

Place kicker Aldrick Rosas was signed by the Giants to a reserve/future contract in January 2017 and the Giants risked going into the season with a very talented but unproven kicker. Rosas was 17-of-25 (72 percent) on field goals and 20-of-23 (87 percent on extra points). He had four kicks blocked. Forty-two percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Rosas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tennessee Titans after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Titans cut Rosas in early September before the season started. Rosas has a very strong leg and is capable of connecting from extreme distances (he made all three of his kicks over 50 yards), but he was far too inconsistent in 2017 (7-of-14 between 30-49 yards).

The Giants signed place kicker Marshall Koehn to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Koehn was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Dolphins (2016), Minnesota Vikings (2017), and Cincinnati Bengals (2017). He’s played in only one regular-season game with no field goal attempts. During the 2017 preseason, Koehn made 2-of-3 field goal attempts.

Zak DeOssie is one of the NFL’s most consistent long snappers, being voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010. DeOssie was drafted as a linebacker by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He is now strictly a special teams player. In his 11 NFL seasons, DeOssie has only missed four games (all in 2015 with a wrist injury). Aside from his long snapping duties, DeOssie also excels in punt coverage.