The New York Giants are coming into 2020 fresh off three consecutive losing seasons. With a new rookie head coach in Joe Judge, and a GM in Dave Gettleman sitting on the hottest of seats, turning in a product of great improvement is imperative for a multitude of reasons this year.
While the Giants didn't make a slew of blockbuster signings as they did a few years ago in free agency, they did make some really solid moves that should have them much improved in 2020.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the three best moves the Giants made so far this offseason.
1. Sign James Bradberry
The New York Giants ranked as the No. 31 pass defense in 2019 according to Football Outsiders DVOA metric, so an improvement there was crucial. In Bradberry, they get a great cover corner who can make plays on the outside and shut down an opposing team's best receiver. He is coming from the NFC South after all, where he did an excellent job against Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, and Julio Jones in 2019, who are three of the best receivers in the NFL. Bradberry brings a veteran presence to a young group of corners who clearly are in need of some guidance. Gettleman knows what he's getting in Bradberry, he did draft him in Carolina after all. This is a great singing that filled up a huge hole in New York.
2. Franchise Tag Leonard WIlliams
The Giants gave up a third-round pick as part of the deal for Leonard Williams last season, so letting him walk wasn't really an option. However, while he played well for the G-Men last season, he didn't necessarily play well enough to warrant a long-term deal either. Leonard makes up part of a young, deep and talented interior defensive line group, of which he was the best pass rusher in last season. Limiting long-term risk with Williams was a smart move here. With plenty of cap space to spend, the Giants return someone who was really solid for them last year and it gives them a low-risk chance to see if he's worth keeping on the payroll beyond next season.
3. Sign Blake Martinez
While there are certainly some knocks on Blake Martinez, but he is a definite upgrade over Alec Ogletree. Martinez has recorded at least 140 tackles in the last three seasons as the captain of the Green Bay defense. He played under Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham there, so the team's staff should know exactly what they're getting. While critics have knocked his coverage ability, Martinez still does a ton of things well and can be the head of a linebacker group that has needed an upgrade for a long time. If the Giants take Isaiah Simmons in the draft, this signing gets even better.
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