I, for one, would have liked to see at least one corner taken, but they curiously seem to satisfied with what they have. Not sure why they feel that way, but they must have their reasons. Perhaps they glossed over the parts in the game tapes where their secondary looked overmatched, overwhelmed and completely confused. Sadly, there were way too many of those moments.
Corey Webster was a mess last season, burned on-on-one and in zones. He looked lost out there some games.
Prince Amukamara has been slow in developing. Jayron Hosley is fast and competitive, but the bigger receivers had their way with him last year.
Terrell Thomas is trying to resume his career after losing two seasons to ACL tears and surgeries. Aaron Ross is back with the team after an unimpressive stint in Jacksonville, who unceremoniously discharged him after one season.
That is your core, folks. It needed to be addressed in this offseason's free agent market and draft and it wasn't. CB coach Pete Giunta will have to make Chicken Kiev out of chicken salad again this season. Sharpen your pencils if you plan on keeping score, because the Giants will be giving up a lot of points again this season.
Picking Ross back up doesn't really apply as a free agent signing here because he was only gone one year. His Giant career was an unfulfilled one: a first round selection that couldn't stay on the field and delivered mediocre results when he did. Maybe the light will go on this time around, who knows....
Webster looks shot. This is the last year of his contract with the Giants. Regardless of how he plays, he's probably gone after this season. The Giants are hoping he turns things around in 2013, but can't be confident in bringing him back next year.
Perhaps Thomas' story will be a miraculous one. He's had three major knee surgeries (one while in college) and you've got to be a man of faith to think: a) he can make it back and b) he'll be the same player.
Hosley was everything Jerry Reese said he would be, including short. Love his motor, but you can't teach height.
Amukamara has to continue to improve and stay healthy, which would go a long way towards that improvement. He fell into their lap in the 2011 draft and now they have to justify their choice of being the team that stopped his draft day freefall.
Other players the Giants will be bringing to camp: David Caldwell, Antonio Dennard, Terrence Frederick, Buddy Jackson, Trumaine McBride, Laron Scott and Charles James. Anyone in that group exude any confidence? Let's hope one or two of them emerge.
Under the Perry Fewell system, the corners play loose, about 5-7 yards off the line on most plays to avoid getting beat one-on-one on a big play down the sideline (which happens anyway). Most sets employ a third safety to counter the spread offenses being used by practically every team in the league these days, hence, the need for less linebackers.
The problem with this defensive plan is the corners are not meeting the WRs closer to the line of scrimmage. The QBs see this and immediately bleed the Giants dry with short passes. Throw in a missed tackle or assignment here and there and they're in deep trouble.
The losses last season in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Baltimore exposed the Giants' overall talent and lack of size at the position. The bigger WRs of the league had banner days against the Blue. The Bengals' AJ Green embarrassed them as did Atlanta's Julio Jones and Roddy White. The Ravens' QB Joe Flacco used his whole arsenal, going 25-36 for 309 yards and 2 TDs. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith were open all afternoon.
And there are plenty more examples, even in games which they won. For opponents, going up against the Giants last year was like shooting fish in a barrel. Yet, they saw no need to address this area seriously in the offseason. I don't get it.