The New York Giants were plenty busy Monday as they continued their free agency shopping spree. On the defensive side of the ball, they signed defensive ends Kerry Wynn and Josh Mauro. They also came to terms with cornerback B.W. Webb. On the offensive side, they added wide receiver Cody Latimer.
Wynn is the name most familiar to Giants fans. He signed with the team as undrafted free agent out of Richmond in 2014. He started 10 of his 49 career games with the Giants, racking up 59 total tackles (27 solo), three sacks, three passes defended, three fumbles recovered, and an interception. Wynn is especially proficient against the run and could see action as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme defensive coordinator James Bettcher is expected to install.
Mauro brings familiarity with Bettcher’s defense from spending the last four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The 6’6”, 280-pound Mauro started 24 games for Arizona in the past three seasons and excels in the trenches, particularly as a run stopper. Mauro could potentially compete for a starting spot given his knowledge of the defense and lunch pail mentality.
The Giants are the sixth team in six seasons for Webb, who previously suited up for the Dallas Cowboys (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2014), Tennessee Titans (2015), New Orleans Saints (2016), and Cleveland Browns (2017). Webb has 49 career NFL games under his belt with 10 starts but did not appear in a game for the Browns last season. Webb could potentially be a fourth or fifth option at cornerback.
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The Giants are in desperate need at the cornerback position after the release of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the still-unknown status of the embattled Eli Apple. The Giants also have Teddy Williams, a former college sprinter on his seventh team in nine NFL seasons, and Curtis Riley, who spent the past three seasons with the Titans.
Latimer, a 2014 second-round pick of the Denver Broncos, possesses the size (6’2”, 215 pounds) and potential to make big plays down the field. He also has been a great special teams player, particularly as a gunner.
Latimer has struggled to stay healthy, missing two games in each of his four NFL seasons. Despite his size, Latimer only has 35 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns. Sterling Shepard, a 2016 second-round pick, had more receptions (59) and receiving yards (783) in 11 games last season than Latimer has in his entire career (45 games) while Roger Lewis has more touchdowns (four) in 28 career NFL games.
With the possible exception of Mauro, the Giants’ Monday signings will not be starters. In fact, they may not be even around at the preseason. These signings are not going to make headlines but they provide the Giants with something desperately needed: depth. This is especially important after a season in which a league-high 22 players landed on injured reserve.
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