5 Things That Must Change for the New York Giants in 2013
More Success in NFC East Games
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Upgrade the Linebacking Corps
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Get a Starting-Caliber Cornerback
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Replace Chris Canty with a Run-Stopping Defensive Tackle
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Based on the Boley move, I would be very surprised if Chris Canty is a Giant next season. According to Paul Tierney of Giants 101, if New York cuts the eight-year veteran it will recoup $6.5 million in cap room. This seems like too good a deal to pass up when you consider Canty is 30 years old and coming off an injury-riddled 2012 season.
If Canty does leave, there are two very intriguing options in free agency for Big Blue to pursue to shore up their interior run defense. One is Richard Seymour. The soon-to-be former Raider is coming off an injury plagued season like Canty and is actually three years older as well. These factors should keep his cost down.
When on the field, though, he is still one of the best defensive tackles against the run in the NFL. As proof, Seymour registered a 8.5 PFF run rating in 2012, tied for ninth-best among defensive tackles. On the flip side, Canty managed an underwhelming 0.8 run rating.
Another low-cost option with a lot of upside is Glenn Dorsey. The Chiefs defensive end is likely to leave in free agency partly because he is better-suited as a defensive tackle, his natural position, in the 4-3 scheme (Kansas City plays a 3-4). He did miss 12 games last season due to a calf injury but only missed two games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The former LSU product was a beast against the run in 2010 and 2011, placing in the top three in PFF rating for defensive ends in the 3-4 scheme in each of those seasons. Can you imagine what he could potentially do at the defensive tackle position? Better yet, he is still pretty young at 28 years old come the start of the 2013 season.
If the Giants want to dabble in the expensive aisle of free agent defensive tackles, they could go after Henry Melton. The fourth-year player has 13 sacks combined in his last two seasons, which is excellent for his position. More importantly, he consistently brings pressure, as his 26 QB hurries in 2012 proves. When you thrown in the fact that he is solid against the run and has been relatively injury-free in his short career, it is no wonder he will command a lot of money this offseason.
Get Younger on the Offensive Line
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