Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Giants re-sign safety Deon Grant
By Dan Graziano
Yeah, forgot about this because it had been a while, but we write posts reacting to free-agent signings, and the New York Giants on Tuesday re-signed safety Deon Grant, who started eight games and played all 16 for them last year.
This is a good signing for the Giants, who were starting to look a little too thin in the secondary with injuries to cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Bruce Johnson. Grant is a versatile player who was used in a number of three-safety sets with the Giants last year and could be again since they're not going to be able to deploy Amukamara as they'd hoped over the first half of the season.
Grant is also very popular in the locker room and was one of the leaders on last year's Giants team. Fellow safety Kenny Phillips, when I spoke with him last week at Giants camp, told me learning the position from Grant was one of the great benefits of a 2010 season in which Phillips was still getting up to full speed physically following his 2009 knee injury.
"He's just a savvy veteran player," Phillips said. "I actually still watch film of him now, just watching his technique and how he was able to play different positions on the field, just taking his value up. He's a guy who'll play any spot, any time, however he can help the team."