Expected a difficult year of transition. Did not expect a year of humiliation. Looking at Eric's roster, it appears that most of the defensive players were undrafted free agents, or players waived by other teams who originally acquired them as undrafted free agents. How does Hamilton wind up on the field? Then there are a few promising rookies not ready to start who are starting.
Let's look at how some former Giants defensive players who were disposed of by Gettlemen are doing.
Damon "Snacks" Harrison received a one year extension fom the Lions on his contract through 2021 that was worth about 11 million dollars.
Harrison is a key part of Detroit's defensive line as one of the top run-stoppers in the league. He has played in 102 games, starting 95 of them -- including playing in 17 games last season. He has nine sacks and four forced fumbles in his career, but the 350-pound tackle is dominant against the run. Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 3 interior defender in the NFL last season and said he had the best run-stop percentage in the NFL (16%) last year
Jason Pierre Paul was the 65th best player in the NFL last year according to the annual player survey conducted by NFL.com. On the link below hear his teammates praise him for the effort he put out all season despite having to play through a lot of pain.
He may miss the beginning of this season, but he is an example of the type of class player disposed of by Gettleman.
Oliver Vernon has been a welcome addition to the Brown's pass rush. This guy's sack stats were never anything to get excited about, but he did make the Pro Bowl last year and other players in the league are impressed by his quarterback hits, which are apparently hard to notice.
Vernon led the Giants last season with 7 sacks and 21 quarterback hits in 11 games. That was more than twice as many quarterback hits as any other player on the team.
Clearly he would be the best pass rusher on this squad. A line of Harrison, JPP and Vernon would be overpaid but would leave the team competitive at least until they had cheaper and younger replacements. It's hard to understand how Gettleman made no attempt to replace the defensive linemen that he cut.
The Redskins are excited about Collins, giving him the game ball following their third preseason game. They even have DRC on their roster. Not supposed to play much, but cheap veteran backup who can fill-in adequately while helping the young rookies to ease into the lineup. DRC would be the 2nd best corner on this team.
This is a joke of course, but a secondary of Collins, Jenkins, DRC and Peppers doesn't sound half bad, at least compared to the stuffed strawmen out there today.
Is it an over-reaction to not see any way this team will have a competitive defense next season?
How will Mara react to another three or four win season?
Will a third straight awful season, more awful than the first two, leave this franchise in a Buffalo or Cleveland type funk from which it will take years to recover?
Lion's Praise JPP
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