Doing their best to stay busy, the Giants have bolstered the secondary by adding [S] Quintin Demps and [CB] Walter Thurmond. Demps will provide depth at safety, and if all goes according to plan he shouldn’t be playing much defense (Stevie Brown staying healthy, Will Hill staying out of trouble off the field). The real value in Demps comes with his kick return ability – he had the second highest return average on kickoffs last season. It’ll be interesting to see if a healthy David Wilson will lose his [KR] duty, considering it’s the only thing he’s done well.
Thurmond scored a 1 year, $3.5 million contract coming off a strong showing during the Seahawks’ super bowl run. He’s very comfortable in the nickel/slot role, and if that’s how the Giants are planning on using him there is still a need for an outside starter (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is still visiting). This signing also bodes poorly for Terrell Thomas’ future with the team. I think it’s also possible that NYG has eyes on a [CB] in the first round of the draft, and this 1 year deal may be a temporary bridge while the rookie gets acclimated.
Even with the signings continuing to pour in, the rumor mill is still churning. Of course, big fish [CB] Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still had his visit and the decision there could be coming soon. Additionally, [DE] Anthony Spencer has drawn NYG interest after his time playing in Dallas. He would be the first signing this year of a player older than 30. Spencer is also being considered by Washington, another NFC East rival. Lastly, [WR] Mario Manningham is set to visit the Giants for what could be a surprising reunion. Manningham left for San Francisco after his 2011 Super Bowl heroics, but tore his knee and never got any traction once healthy. He’s excited about the idea of coming back, and league interest is minimal, so this could make a lot a sense for a Giants team that needs receiver depth.