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One of the reasons the Giants have been yielding so many yards on the ground is because they deviate from their base defense, taking out the middle linebacker and inserting an extra defensive back.

This alignment protects the Giants from what sunk their ship last season - surrendering big plays up top (through the air) but leaves them short-staffed vs the power run teams in the NFL. ?The 49ers - the Giants' opponent this Sunday - is one of those power run teams. ?They have a beast of runner in Frank Gore and the Giants will need a presence in the middle to slow him down.

Tags: Giants-49ers, greg jones, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Week 10
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After Jonathan Goff was told Monday that his season over, the Giants knew there was only on real option for them this week at MLB. That option was to start a rookie in Goff's place: sixth-round selection Greg Jones of Michigan State.

After going through the obligatory veteran tryouts, the option of starting Jones is still the best one. Although Goff was far from a Pro Bowler, he was a player the Giants could ill-afford to lose due to the inexperience behind him on the depth chart.

Tags: Giants-Redskins, greg jones, New York Giants, New York Giants Defense, New York Giants News
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- The first thing you notice about this draft is speed.? The Giants lacked great team speed last season, and Jerry Reese clearly wanted to improve on that.? First round pick Prince CB Amukamara has solid, but not elite speed.? The same cannot be said for third round pick WR Jerrel Jurnigan and seventh round pick RB Da?Rel Scott, who are possibly the fastest players at their position in this draft.? Jurnigan should immediately be in the mix as the team?s return man, an area the team struggled with last season.? Scott has experience as a returner as well, but I doubt we?ll see him returning too many kicks with Jurnigan and a healthy Domenik Hixon.

- Another area that Reese improved was special teams.? Jurnigan aside, a number of the other draftees should help out on kick coverage.? Tyler Sash, Greg Jones and Jacquain Williams should all be special teams contributors.

- ?Prince Amukamara? was not the most interesting name to join New York sports on Thursday; that honor goes to ?God?s Gift Achiuwa,? who committed to St. John?s basketball.

Tags: da'rel scott, greg jones, jacquian Williams, james brewer, jurnel jurrigan, marvin austin, New York Giants, prince amukamara, Tyler Sash
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The Giants drafted two linebackers on Day Three of the NFL Draft yesterday, but the names were ones that few had discussed or mocked to the team during the past few months.

After watching the likes of UNC's Bruce Carter and Oregon's Casey Matthews go to hated rivals Dallas and Philadelphia respectively, Giant fans were served with Michigan State's Greg Jones and USF's Jacquian Williams.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, greg jones, jacquian Williams, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News
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With their first of three sixth round picks, the Giants have selected Michigan State inside linebacker Greg Jones.

I would have been very happy with Jones in the fourth, so I am thrilled with this pick in the sixth. ?Jones can be an immediate upgrade over Jonathan Goff or on the outside if he can adapt to the NFL game early.

This is another great value pick, but it also fills a glaring need. ?The Giants should still add another LB in free agency, but this validates Reese's earlier value picks that didn't fill immediate needs.

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Now With Trades!

Same idea as the first two times. ?Again, anyone taken in a previous mock dream draft (take one, take two) is ineligible.

Round 1: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

The Giants make a splash, trading their 1st round pick (19th) and 6th round pick (185th) pick for the Bears? 1st (29th) and 3rd (92nd ). With their first pick, they nab love-him-or-hate-him LB Akeem Ayers, who the Jets were patiently waiting to select.? Ayers has great size and athleticism, but lacks great speed. ?Still, the Giants fill a major need and get good value, while adding a third round pick.

Tags: akeem ayers, david carter, davon house, greg jones, jake kirkpatrick, joseph barksdale, mock draft, nate solder, New York Giants, NFL
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