Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Giants still seek blocking help
By Dan Graziano
There are reports of New York Giants interest in Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, who was released this week by the Super Bowl champion Ravens, and I think it's fair to assume the Giants' interest means two things:
1. Specifically, they're concerned about fullback Henry Hynoski's recovery from knee surgery possibly taking longer than they hoped.
2. Generally, they're worried about the quality of the blocking they can expect to get this year in their backfield.
The Giants cut running back Ahmad Bradshaw because of health and salary-cap reasons (he signed this week with the Colts), which was understandable and justified. But Bradshaw is the best pass-protection running back in the league, and the Giants have concerns about the ability of running backs David Wilson and Andre Brown to live up to those standards in their efforts to keep Eli Manning safe and upright.
Further, the Giants let tight end Martellus Bennett leave for a big free-agent deal with the Bears and replaced him with Brandon Myers. Myers is a fine pass-catcher but nowhere near the blocker Bennett is, and the Giants' run game should suffer for the change.
With Bradshaw, Bennett and possibly Hynoski gone from last season's Giants blocking corps, this isn't the last time you should expect to hear of the Giants expressing interest in this kind of player. Leach is going to Miami today to talk to the Dolphins, who have more cap room to sign him than the Giants do. I imagine the Giants' chances to sign him are relatively slim, but if they don't, I believe they'll keep looking.