Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What Giants Must Do In Off-Season

The taste of champagne and victory that the New York Giants tasted about a year ago, now seems like a distant memory after Sunday's debacle against the Eagles. Now New York has to pick up the pieces of a season that could have been so much more. Here is a list of to-dos for Giants GM Jerry Resse before mini-camps open in late May.

1) Let Plaxico Burress walk: The GM said he was open to the idea of bringing back Burress, but it is hard to imagine that Coach Tom Coughlin will want him back. Sure Burress had the game-winning catch in Super Bowl XLII, but after getting suspended twice this year for conduct detrimental to the team and going on to prove a huge off-field distraction after shooting himself, Burress is unreliable. How many second and third chances does a guy deserve?

2) Bring In a Big Receiver: A lot of fans have brought up the idea of trading for Cardinals receiver Anquan Bolden, but let's not forget that Bolden gets injured a lot. He has missed significant time twice this year, including this year's playoffs. Bolden is also under contract for two more years with Arizona, so the Giants would have to give up a lot to get him.

The Giants should try to find a receiver on the free-agent market. Even if they struggle to find one and must swing a trade, the Giants should not bring back Burress.

3) Sign Brandon Jacobs: This sounds obvious, but Big Blue has to keep Jacobs over Derrick Ward. Jacobs is a physical freak who shreds opposing defenses with his power and speed. He had 92 yards on 19 carries against the Eagles on Sunday, and if the Giants had utilized him well in the game, he could have easily rushed for 170 yards. Jacobs is just too valuable to let go. As for Ward, nobody knows how he would handle being an every-down back, and it is not worth the gamble to try now.

4) Get Lawrance Tynes healthy: The kicker who kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl with an OT field goal against the Packers must return healthy. The Giants have to let kicker Jon Carney go after he missed two crucial field goals against the Eagles. The debate will be made that Tynes would have not missed if he were on the field.

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