The New York Giants' biggest fears following their preseason loss to the New York Jets have been confirmed. Adam Schefter reports that safety Stevie Brown has torn his ACL and will miss the entirety of the 2013-14 season. The Giants will now have to begin their search for his replacement.
Brown was a breakout defensive star for the Giants last season. He tallied eight interceptions, tying him with Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman for second in the NFL behind Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears (9). He also recorded a career-high 56 tackles and two forced fumbles.
After working his way into the starting lineup last season (he started 11 out of the 16 games), Brown was a lock to start at free safety this season. Now, the Giants will look to explore other options.
In-house options like Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash could see significant time. Sash is a strong safety however, so the transition may not be as smooth for him. Mundy has five career starts in 64 career games, so his experience as a starter is clearly limited. He's a heavy-hitter and made a name for himself as such with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There is one outside option for the Giants, and he represents a very familiar face. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reports that safety Kenny Phillips, a Giant from 2008-2012, is not guaranteed a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles. He could be released by the team prior to their next preseason game against the Jets.
Phillips started 41 games for the Giants and recorded eight interceptions. The No. 1 pick of the Giants (31st overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, the University of Miami product would likely make a seamless transition into Perry Fewell's defense. Having played under Fewell in the past, Phillips could be exactly what the Giants need in this situation.
Brown's injury is certainly a devastating blow for the Giants, but there are other options for them to explore in an effort to replace his production.
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