After a beginning that inspired many to believe that the New York Giants were in the elite tier of the NFC with a 6-2 record, the Giants have taken a free fall by dropping their last three games to San Francisco, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Even though these are three worthy opponents, this is still unacceptable for a team with title aspirations.
If the season is indeed lost, there were few bright spots to come out of it. These include the stellar play of Eli Manning, the emergence of both Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard as viable passing options and the Pro-Bowl play of future star Jason Pierre-Paul.
However, I don't see the season as being completely lost yet. With a few wins down the stretch, especially the two against Dallas, the Giants would still have a chance at winning the NFC East. But with a team that has lost lost all morale and confidence, management may need to sign a few players so the Giants can compete for a playoff spot.
You may be asking yourself why the Giants would need a cornerback who was released by one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Well, Bodden was not released due to a lack of talent, but instead they got rid of him due to his heavy contract burden and his displeasure to play the slot cornerback role.
By signing Bodden, the Giants get a fourth corner to backup Aaron Ross, Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara, who have all been caught with the injury bug in the past. Plus, the Giants have struggled containing the pass all year (Drew Brees?).
For years, Shaun O'Hara was the heart of the Giants' offensive line. When I heard that they released him, along with Rich Seubert, during the offseason due to their heavy contracts, I immediately disagreed with Giants management. I hate to say it, but the Giants have definitely suffered due to their absences.
You don't have to look any further than the fact that going into Monday night's game, the Giants were the worst rushing team in the NFL. THE GIANTS!!! A team whose theme was to run the ball down opponents' throats week in and week out. With David Baas and other substitutes filling in for Seubert and O'Hara, the Giants have struggled to open up lanes for Bradshaw and Jacobs.
What better way to get the Giants back on track than to bring one of the best offensive lineman to ever play for them back on the squad?
Another former Giant to make this list, Keith Bulluck had an alright season last year for the G-Men. Many people consider Bulluck's short tenure with the Giants a bust, but there is no denying that he would give some balance to this terrible linebacker core.
Even though Bulluck only acquired a total of 31 tackles on the season, he did show flashes of brilliance throughout the season. With the time that this veteran has had off the last few months to get healthy, I can see him putting up decent stats if the Giants choose to sign him.
I can't believe this guy hasn't been signed yet. In his first year in the league, he was named to the Pro Bowl and recorded 104 tackles. He began to define himself as one of the top-tier defensive players in the league, but after he tore his pectoral muscle, it's like nobody wants to even come near this guy.
With the Giants resorting to rookie linebacker Greg Jones as their starting middle linebacker, I believe it's time for Giants management to make a call to Tatupu's agent. Not only would he shore up the Giants' awful run defense, but he would give the fans another reason to get excited.
This one-time member of the rival Redskins may actually be a perfect fit for the G-Men. First off, he brings experience to the table. Drafted by the Broncos almost a decade ago, this former Miami Hurricane could bring the spark needed to light this running game up.
By bringing Portis in, you now have that Earth, Wind and Fire balance that led the G-Men to the Super Bowl not too long ago. However, this time around, you have a more talented trio with the substitution of Portis for Derrick Ward.
Plus, with the addition of Portis, they can finally stop handing the ball off to Danny Ware.
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