In attempts to enhance their defensive backfield, the New York Giants added ex Bears cornerback, Zack Bowman, to the roster. The seven game starter last season was signed on with a one year contract and will be hustling with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Quintin Demps, and Walter Thurmond. GM Jerry Reese was aggressive and focused while signing his secondary; clearly he has an agenda for what he wants to do this season.
Up until now Bowman had played for the Chicago Bears for six years and it seemed they wanted him back. According to ESPN, the free agent had an impressive 48 tackles, three interceptions, and one touchdown last season. He was a replacement for injured Charles Tillman and played the spot well.
Bowman is also a great pickup because of his exceptional play on special teams. This unit was a major thorn in the Giants’ side last season with three punt returns resulting in touchdowns and many other major mishaps. During Bowman’s last season with the Bears he mainly played defense because of Tillman’s injury, but has impressive history with special teams. So with his starting experience and veteran status to the game, hopefully he can bring some life into the special teams and prevent some easy points. With a strong secondary the Giants will have their minds at ease entering the draft.
With the loss of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph, the Giants needed to start turning their attention towards their defensive line. Their strong defense was key last season, however has taken a hit with these losses leaving many holes open.
A smart move to carry this out was the re-signing of 300-pound defensive tackle Mike Patterson. His contract is yet again for another year. Patterson played for the team last season as an unrestricted free agent. Another veteran to the game with 131 games played during his combined nine seasons, Patterson spent his first eight seasons with the Eagles before he graced the Giant defense. He was also named No. 42 defensive tackle in the league last season by Pro Football Focus. His presence will add depth to the defensive line and get the ball on offense quicker.
With Patterson back on the roster this leaves room for injury. Injury has always been a huge problem for the Giants, leaving them with few options to turn to. Patterson was a key contributor last season so if all goes well he will continue to impress.
The draft is swiftly approaching and the rest of the decisions need to be made. I believe with the guys the Giants currently have on the roster, receiver Mike Evans or tight end Eric Ebron should definitely be picked up. Both have exceptional abilities and will help the running and catching game. Evans knows how to move and understands how to showcase his abilities, and the same goes for Ebron. Eli Manning would work well with both prospects.
With everything going smoothly so far the draft should go the same. These additions were another move in the right direction for the Giants.