The Giants continue to assess their options among offensive line free agents, and still have interest in Eugene Monroe, per Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. Still, the club isn’t willing to offer Monroe a starting spot at left tackle, where they prefer to keep Ereck Flowers in place. Jake Long could be another target for New York, but sources tell Raanan there were questions about Long’s desire and love for the game in 2015. Former Giant Will Beatty, whom the team released earlier this year, would only return to the club if all his options are exhausted, as his relationship with New York is reportedly strained.
Here’s more on what the Giants could be eyeing as training camp approaches, all courtesy of Raanan…
- “Barely anybody would blink” if the Giants added a receiver before the season begins, according to Raanan, as the club’s depth chart is largely unsettled behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard (the latter of whom is a rookie, meaning he comes with his own question marks). PFR recently listed Anquan Boldin as the best free agent receiver still on the open market, and Raanan recently wrote that the former 49er would make for a solid veteran option for the Giants. Andre Johnson, James Jones (who spent a few weeks on New York’s offseason roster in 2015), Marques Colston, Brian Hartline, and Roddy White are among the other free agent pass-catchers still without homes.
- Cornerback is another position that could be addressed in the coming weeks, writes Raanan, but Leon Hall is unlikely to sign with the Giants. Hall, rather, is probably going to re-sign with the Bengals or join the Cardinals, per Raanan. New York has already targeted secondary help this offseason, meeting with Jerraud Powers before he signed with the Ravens. Veteran free agents aren’t ready available at corner, so adding “camp bodies” might be the more likely approach for the Giants.
- Finally, the Giants could look to add a veteran along the defensive line, especially at edge rusher, where the club doesn’t have much in the way of depth behind Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Rannan points to Darryl Tapp, LaMarr Woodley, and George Selvie as potential targets, while noting that New York is unlikely to sign Dwight Freeney.