Over the years, when people think about the New York Giants' defense, they always think about the great players who played up in the front seven.
NFL legends such as Lawrence Taylor, Sam Huff, and Michael Strahan have all suited up for the Giants and were standout players on their respective defenses.
If you follow the theme of those players, they all play either linebacker or defensive line. The Giants have never seemed to have that standout and super starplayer in the defensive backfield.
The two defensive backs that come to mind when you think about New York's good secondary players are Everson Walls and Jason Seahorn, and they are never mentioned in the category of the game's elite.
Entering the Giants' 2009 season, that theme might change.
New York is loaded and filled with plenty of depth in the secondary. Future stars such as free safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Corey Webster will lead this overachieving and overlooked group.
The supporting cast is also very solid with Aaron Ross starting at the other corner back position and strong safety Michael Johnson taking over again after a very productive 2008 campaign.
Yet, the good players do not stop there. Kevin Dockery, who just re-signed today, and second-year man Terrell Thomas will get plenty of time when the Giants go into their nickel and dime packages.
New York also signed free agent safety C.C. Brown earlier in the offseason and he should get a lot of quality playing time.
Although James Butler, who started for the Giants the past couple of seasons at safety, signed with the St. Louis Rams a few months ago, the secondary should be a strong point for the Giants' defense.
Kenny Phillips is an up-and-coming star in the league, Webster and Ross have already established themselves as solid cornerbacks, and Johnson has plenty of experience and talent to succeed very nicely.
Even though there are no standout or fantastic players in this Giants secondary, there should be no reason why any of the other teams in the NFL should overlook them.
*Originally posted by myself on blogNYG.com