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New York Giants Work Out Linebackers Leroy Hill, Jonathan Goff; Safety Kerry Rhodes

September 17th, 2013 at 5:36 PM
By Doug Rush

On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Giants had in former New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, which was initially reported on Sunday just before the team took on the Denver Broncos in their 41-23 loss at MetLife Stadium.

In addition to Rhodes working out with the Giants, Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the Giants also had in veteran linebackers Leroy Hill and Jonathan Goff for visits and workouts as well.

"The Giants worked out LB Leroy Hill, LB Jonathan Goff and S Kerry Rhodes today, per routine on Tuesdays," she tweeted.

The interest in Rhodes made sense, as the Giants only have three active safeties on the team with Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and rookie Cooper Taylor; as Stevie Brown is out for the season with an ACL tear, Will Hill is serving a four-game suspension and Tyler Sash was cut just before the start of the regular season, thus the interest in Rhodes.

With the interest in Hill and Goff; another glaring need hit the Giants in Week 1 when Dan Connor went down with a season-ending neck injury, leaving Mark Herzlich as the only true middle linebacker on the team and was elevated to be the starter against the Broncos, but struggled to keep up on the first team offense, especially in pass coverage, which would explain the two veterans brought in for workouts.

The 31-year-old Hill spent the last eight seasons with the Seahawks and has made 376 career tackles with 20 sacks and seven forced fumbles during his time with the team and also played in Super Bowl XL in his rookie season; which was a 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hill however, has spent most of his career as an outside linebacker and not as a middle linebacker.

Goff, on the other hand, is a name that many Giants fans will remember as he was a former fifth-round pick of the team back in the 2008 NFL Draft and showed a lot of promise as he took over the starting duties in 2010, but tore his ACL just before Week 1 of the 2011 season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. 

Goff was signed before the 2012 season by the Washington Redskins and was expected to compete for their middle linebacker spot, but just like Terrell Thomas, tore his ACL for a second straight season and was placed on season-ending IR for a second straight time; which lead to him being waived and released and not playing a down of football in two years.

None of the three players were signed.

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24 Responses to “New York Giants Work Out Linebackers Leroy Hill, Jonathan Goff; Safety Kerry Rhodes”

  1.  GIANTT says:

    Goff ? Really ? Wasnt he one 55ys boys ? Whats the theory , the more ACLS get torn the better the potential comeback ?

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Much as I liked Jon Goff, he is a run stuffer, not a cover guy. Frankly, we could use one of those but I assume he has lost something thanks to his knee. Hard to believe we’d get lucky twice.

    If Rhodes will take a vet minimum contract he’s a no-brainer.

  3.  nygiantfanatic4life says:

    its the most frequent injury to the lower extremity, that said, its a normal day in the NFL, (not for long) as the players say. Every player is a play away from doom…and thats what makes this the most exciting sport in human history.

  4.  nygiantfanatic4life says:

    expect 0-3 next week because Chase Blackburn is going to be making defensive calls and adjusments to his linebacker corps on the Panthers…oh man I wish I didn’t know what I know about football sometimes. and why are they shopping for LBs this late? i mean its 2 weeks to October now…come on Jerry get ur act together.

  5. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Hill had some decent years in Seattle, and sadly would be an improvement.

  6.  William says:

    Add this quote with my post on Saturday regarding our continued struggles at Giant Stadium: Peter King reporting on Seattle Seahawks at home.

    “I’ve been coaching a long time … I’ve never heard a crowd like that. What a frickin’ night for those fans. Our guys felt it. They played to it.”

    “It was electric,’’ cornerback Richard Sherman, the star of the show, told me from Seattle. “You could cut the energy in the stadium with a knife. It was different from a regular game—so loud I could feel it in my chest, and it gave me energy.’’

    Seattle hasn’t lost at home since Christmas Eve 2011. Nine straight wins. Average score of the last four home games 37-8.

    NYG fans:
    These are “tree huggers” who wear burka sandals and carry back packs rather than a briefcase. They make it a nightmare to come play in their “house”!! Oh yea, they will be in the playoffs and the entire NFC should pray they are not a top seed. Where has that attitude gone in our own building? Is it the fans more worried about hitting the high end food buffet or it it the team philosophy of playing so tight to the vest especially on defense?? This is the big picture, forest from the trees issue with our team for many, many years. We have zero swagger and don’t “protect our house”.

  7.  Chad Eldred says:

    ff55 was never off base regarding Goff. He had something to offer even if he was mediocre overall. Goff pre-knee would be a an upgrade over Herzlich, even if his cover skills were sub-par. Not likely that they sign him, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look.

  8.  Jared says:

    Wow. This team really is desperate. I now suspect this year will be the worst season since Fassel went 4-12. And yet, Eli is likely to throw for another 4,000 yards. Unbelievable! But I still look forward to F55 and Mathew’s (kujo) never ending optimism.

  9.  BillyS says:

    This team really has holes. It has some great players and depth at some positions, but at others there are glaring holes. It’s not really Reese’s fault since the injury bug has bitten the hell out of us. The problem is that we just don’t have much quality depth when backups are pushed into starting positions. Guys tire out quickly and the guys who normally would only play a handful of snaps to give guys a breather are forced into heavy minutes which they just aren’t good enough for.

    Connor was nothing special, but he was a tad better than what we’ve currently got. Herzlich…I don’t get the love for him. I *WANT* him to do well because he’s a great fell good story, but he simply doesn’t look like he’s good enough. He’s been given so many chances to take the job and run with it, but he doesn’t do anything with it. Leroy Hill would be an upgrade at this point. Goff…I want nothing to do with him. I loved when we drafted him — a lot. But what has he done? He’s gotten hurt a few times and really done nothing. At this point I say screw trying to find these old vets that may have something left in the tank…go scour someone else’s practice team and try to hit a home run with a potential solid player that was stashed. It’s either swing for the fences with that or try for a single by a guy who strikes out a ton. All or nothing; not like we have anything to lose. Wasting time on the Goffs and Hills of this league will do nothing but make us even worse.

  10.  Jared says:

    Agree 100 percent. Reese needs to expand his footprint in the draft. The sad thing is that he has a good QB. The rest should be a little easier. He should look to pull the trigger and trade for additional picks. The problem is he does not have much to trade.

    •  BillyS says:

      We’ve got a QB, WRs, TEs, some DEs, some CBs, but we’re hurt all over the place. Safety is killing us with the loss of Stevie Brown and Will Hill. Pugh doesn’t look too bad so far, but the O-line really isn’t getting much of a push at all. We need to beef up on that. RB is eh…David Wilson has an insane amount of potential, but the guy can’t seem to hold onto the football or he begins to think too much without wanting to make a mistake. Until he becomes comfortable while running then he’ll never amount to anything — if he ever does.

      We have several great players, but it’s not spread around enough. There’s no balance so this team really suffers and is forced to play catch up. It doesn’t even have the fluidity of a rapid fire offense that can at least keep chucking the ball enough to outscore the other team on a consistent basis. Trades are always hard to do any day besides Draft Day because nobody knows the value of a pick until the day of the draft.

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