NFC East: Selvish Capers

The New York Giants wanted unrestricted free agent Kevin Boothe back to play left guard for them in 2013, and it appears they will get their wish. Like so many others before him on this year's miserable free-agent market, Boothe was unable to find anything better than the one-year deal his current team was offering him, and multiple reports Monday morning said Boothe has agreed to return to the Giants on a one-year deal.

That means the Giants have brought back the two unrestricted free-agent linemen they set out to retain, starting just before the free-agency period opened when they signed left tackle Will Beatty to a five-year deal. Beatty, Boothe, David Baas and Chris Snee appear set as starters from left to right along the Giants' line, which leaves right tackle as the only remaining question mark.

Currently, the right tackle options on the Giants' roster are David Diehl and James Brewer. Diehl is a decorated and valued veteran whose effectiveness has been fading. Brewer is an unproven 2011 fourth-round draft pick. Neither, then, is an ideal solution, and it's entirely possible that the Giants will look to address the right tackle position in the draft.

Thing is, though, while it might make sense for the Giants to draft a tackle at No. 19 in the first round, it would also be out of character. They have not taken an offensive lineman with their first-round pick since guard Luke Petitgout in 1999, and their last first-round tackle was Eric Moore in 1988. The Giants' organizational priorities are pretty well established through the generations, and it appears as though tackle is a position on which they believe they can wait. Beatty was a second-round pick and they now believe he's their franchise left tackle. It's unlikely they feel compelled to use a first-rounder on the less important right side.

But we'll see. Alabama's D.J. Fluker is known as a great run-blocking tackle and should be there at No. 19 if they want him. Or maybe they have someone targeted for the second round or third round that they like. Or maybe they see Brewer or Selvish Capers or someone else on their roster as a good developmental player and believe they'll get by with another year of Diehl while they wait on that. Certainly, having the four guys they wanted as starters at the other four spots gives the Giants some leeway at right tackle. I imagine that's how they'll operate.

Giants add a pair of running backs

November, 27, 2012
With Andre Brown out at least a couple of months with a broken fibula, the New York Giants added depth to their running back corps Tuesday by signing veterans Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin.

Ahmad Bradshaw remains the Giants' starting running back, but he's had his own problems this year with foot and neck injuries, and after Brown's injury the only other back on the roster was rookie David Wilson. Wilson is likely to be Bradshaw's primary backup, but since running backs are so fragile it makes no sense to carry only two.

Torain played eight games and started four last year for the Washington Redskins. He also played for the Redskins in 2010 and the Denver Broncos in 2008. He has not played in an NFL game this season. He's the guy of the two who's got starter's experience and, if he shows an ability to stay healthy and Wilson struggles, Torain would be the best fit for the sort of role Brown had been playing.

Lumpkin was with the Seattle Seahawks this year but did not appear in any games before they released him Sept. 18. He played two games for the Green Bay Packers in 2008 and a total of 27 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010-11. His most significant playing time came in 2011, when he had a total of 31 carries for 105 yards as Tampa Bay's backup.

To make room on the roster for their two new backs, the Giants put Brown on injured reserve/designated for return and released offensive lineman Selvish Capers.