New York Giants: Top Off Season Moves
The Jets may have the limelight, but the Giants aren't exactly a dark horse.
Their 3-8 finish last season prompted big signings this off season to address key holes.
These moves have primarily addressed weaknesses on the defensive side of the pigskin.
A swarming defense has usually been a consistent staple for the Big Blue.
This wasn't the case last season.
So, will the 2010 Giants prove that the moves made this off season have put them into playoff contention, or will these signings go in vain?
Here are the top moves New York made this off season.
Keith Bulluck, LB
2009 Stats: 108 tackles, three interceptions
This signing was the most recent big move made by the Giants, and could prove to be one of the best.
For the most part, the Giants' linebacking corp has had a lack of leadership and stability since the departure of Antonio Pierce last season.
Entering his 12th NFL season, Bulluck will bring his veteran knowledge and compliment players like Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley and Jonathan Goff.
This Pro Bowl linebacker has the skills and experience to resurrect this Giants defense.
Antrel Rolle, S
2009 Stats: 72 tackles, one forced fumble, four interceptions
This was a first-class upgrade for a struggling secondary.
Rolle has proven to be a play maker for the Arizona Cardinals, and at 27 years old, will provide a great spark to the Giants' defense.
Last season, the Giants were ranked 15th in surrendering passing yards.
Now, Rolle will have the opportunity to join the likes of Aaron Ross and Michael Johnson in improving their pass defense.
Perry Fewell - Defensive Coordinator
Former interim head coach for the Buffalo Bills, Perry Fewell will try to bring the G-Men defense back to the Steve Spagnuolo days.
Fewell, who coached the Bills to a 3-4 finish last season after he took over, proved he was an effective defensive coordinator.
Even though the Bills finished 19th in total defense, they were second in pass defense.
As for the run defense, the Bills didn't have Justin Tuck or Osi Umenyiora.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DE
In his one year at the University of South Florida, Pierre-Paul compiled 45 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Pierre-Paul has the speed and size of the new breed of defensive ends that have entered the NFL in the past ten years.
Look for this first-round pick to make an immediate impact as he subs in for Umenyiora and Tuck.
Linval Joseph - DE
In his three years at East Carolina University, Linval "Anvil" Joseph recorded 136 tackles and six sacks.
The Giants picked Joseph in the second round, continuing the defensive theme that has characterized the Giants' off season.
Joseph will provide a fresh set of legs for when Chris Canty and Barry Cofield need a blow.
I wouldn't be surprised to see him starting in 2011.
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