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Could Ben McAdoo’s Arrival for New York Giants Draw in Green Bay Packers’ Free Agents?

January 17th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Douglas Rush

We've gone into great detail and length on what the arrival of Ben McAdoo as the offensive coordinator will do for the New York Giants offense in 2014 as they will change into the West Coast style offensive scheme and allow them to be a more up-tempo and highly aggressive on the field.

But, aside from the actual system of offense that will be ran, McAdoo's new presence now in New York could be felt in the offseason — especially when the team goes to lure in potential free agents and maybe even those that know him from when he coached in Green Bay.

A few of the holes that the Giants have to address before the 2014 season will be the offensive line, wide receiver, running back and tight end and coincidentally enough, the Packers have free agents in every area that could interest the Giants.

Starting with the running back situation, what the Giants decide to do will all depend on the health of David Wilson and what happens following his neck surgery from the spinal stenosis injury he suffered back in Week 5 and ultimately, ended his season. But if Wilson can't play in 2014, that really changes things for the Giants considering the only running back whose healthy and under contract is Michael Cox and that simply won't cut it. James Starks is available, and while he might not have the most impressive numbers or the draw that someone like Maurice Jones-Drew or Darren McFadden might, Starks has shown that he can have success in the Packers offense that will be ran now by the Giants and could benefit from McAdoo calling it and the familiarity might be something he likes. Plus, unlike free agents like Jones-Drew, Starks likely wouldn't break the bank.

The wide receiver position is one that the Giants will need to figure out, especially if Hakeem Nicks isn't retained. Many think that the team could look to the draft for a new and younger receiver for Eli Manning to target, but there are options in free agency and James Jones is one of them. He'll be 30 by the time the season starts and isn't a true number one receiver that the Giants may be looking for, but he can find the end zone and has been a very reliable target for Aaron Rodgers for the last two seasons. He's hauled in 17 touchdowns over the past two seasons and had at least 785 receiving yards for Green Bay. With the possibility of Nicks' departure, Jones could be an option if the Giants want to add a wide receiver in free agency, although if they decided to add someone, they might be better off drafting someone.

Shortly after the departure of former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, he told the media how Brandon Myers was better off as a second tight end and wasn't fit to be a number one tight end due to his poor ability to be a blocker. His contract after this season is voidable and considering he didn't live up to the expectations that were placed upon his arrival, it can't hurt for the Giants to look elsewhere for a tight end, which is where both Andrew Quarless and Jermichael Finley come into place. Quarless is the younger option who got the playing time when Finley got injured and could be seen as the Martellus Bennett type who got stuck behind a top starter and is looking to break out and be his own player in the league and could follow McAdoo to New York.

Or, if the Packers decide to hang onto Quarless, Finley might be an extremely attractive option pending that he's healthy enough to play in 2014 after suffering a spinal injury that required surgery and ended his season after just six games in 2013. If Finley can get back onto the field, he could definitely be a tight end option for the Giants to look at and would be an upgrade to the position over Myers since Finley is a much stronger blocker than Myers ever was; something that really hurt the Giants last season. Finley could like the familiarity of McAdoo being around since he used to be his position coach and would fit into the offense that he'll be running. Finley was able to produce in the short time he was on the field, as he put up 25 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns before going down for the season with the injury.

The final player that could intrigue the Giants is center/guard Evan Dietrich-Smith, a veteran offensive lineman who has been with Green Bay since 2009 that started out as a guard but shifted over to the starting center role in 2013 and played all 16 games there. The offensive line may be the Giants biggest need for next season and with Kevin Boothe being a free agent, David Bass a possibility to be cut and Chris Snee potentially having to retire if he can't recover from his injuries, the Giants could turn to Dietrich-Smith because he not only could step into the starting center role, but if they somehow decide to hang onto Baas and decide to not cut him and his salary, he can easily shift over and start at either guard position. But Dietrich-Smith's best spot on the line is playing at center and if he were signed, that would be the best place to put him at.

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Tags: Ben McAdoo, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Football, James Jones, James Starks, New York, New York Giants, NFL

14 Responses to “Could Ben McAdoo’s Arrival for New York Giants Draw in Green Bay Packers’ Free Agents?”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    Nosh I don’t get why you think Beatty doesn’t factor in our decision to draft an OT at #12. Beatty is making way way too much money to brush him aside. You don’t give up on someone you signed to a long term deal after one bad year. In addition, RT is a different position than LT. You can have players with Beatty’s skill set play RT but I really think you would make the problem worse than solve anything. RDEs & ROLBs are usually lighter and more athletic than their counterparts. But LDEs & LOLBs stronger and more physical. I think Beatty has a better change of being a pass protector and run blocker against more athletic types than more physical ones. Given the money Beatty makes he’s going to start next year if healthy which it appears he will be. LT is the position that Beatty is most likely to be successful.

    I agree with Kujo as I have said I think our best move might be to move down given our needs. Our greatest need on the OL really is guard because it’s the only position we definitely need a starter. At #12 no guard makes sense. But we can trade down and add a 2nd round pick while more realistically addressing our greatest need at guard in the 20s.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Beatty will have a job along the Ol no doubt because of his salary. That’s obvious, you can’t afford to have that kind of money not playing. But, he was nothing short of a disaster last season. His play was so poor that he put his job for 2014 in jeopardy. To not it would be foolish and flat out bad business to not explore every option available when it comes to reconstructing the OL.
      Including figuring out who plays LT. I’m not ruling out him being our starting LT next year, but you bet your a$-s replacements and plan b’s will be explored. That’s how big of a disaster he was.

      As for the whole “he is better suited for LT than RT”, I think that is so overblown. Yes there are different skill sets that are preferred at each position, but at the end of the day a Tackle is asked to not get beat by the man in front of him. This idea that he can somehow handle the left side in 2014 but not the right is total over analysis. Like Cruz being less of a playmaker because his yards come from the slot.

      •  Nosh.0 says:

        *typo (to not) shouldn’t be there.

        Fu-c–k. This keyboard is beating me like I’m Will Beatty.

      •  Krow says:

        To some extent I agree. They have to have a plan if his leg doesn’t allow for a speedy return. They could even draft a LOT if someone drops into their laps. Value can’t be ignored. But if Beatty makes it back we’re a hell of a lot better off than if he doesn’t.

        •  Nosh.0 says:

          If he is healthy he is 100% playing somewhere on our OL. His salary demands it.

          But he sucked so bad last year that you have to explore replacements. You simply can’t have your LT getting beat like he did. It could sabotage the season. And have too many bad seasons in a row and people start losing jobs, G.M.’s included.

          So while we can’t afford to pay a free agent LT, we can afford to pay a guy on a rookie salary. If there are guys available at #12 they will be explored.

          Bottom line is, ask yourself this. Your’e Jerry Reese. Your owner is angry. Your job is safe for now, but, a losing season in 2014 and you’re seat starts to get really hot. Do you feel comfortable with Will Beatty as your starting LT?

          •  Krow says:

            The 2013 version … no … the 2012 version … yes.

            And that’s the dilemma. Which one is the real Will Beatty?

          •  Sintexo says:

            Does anyone else think Beatty’s play could be improved when he’s not playing next to two JAGs on either side of him?

  2.  Krow says:

    As the resident Beatty basher … I have to say that even I agree with kujo. Beatty will be back … he’ll be given every shot to retain his LOT spot … and if he returns to his 2012 “B-B+” form then the team is immensely the better for it. I never said he was a bad LOT … only that he was overrated … that he was not elite. But he’s good … well, not this year … but he was. And we have way too many fish to fry without adding this one to the pan.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I disagree. with your premise. Beatty is not Eli but you could easily argue that level of their years at their positions were similar in how bad they were. But there are no worries about Eli going forward. Beatty just like Eli was affect by bad play around him. While he was bad on his own his prior play suggests that he can return to at least an average LT.

    A backup plan is not the #12 pick. You don’t draft someone that high without the intention of playing them. Rookie LTs are no given to even be better than Beatty was last year. If I’m JR and it’s about 2014 you have a better chance of getting a good season out of Beatty than a rookie at OT. Plus you can use that pick to strengthen another area that really needs help. We need a guard but #12 is just too high for that with these prospects which is why trading down to the late first round and selecting the Baylor kid makes a ton of sense.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    Well I agree with GOAT in that Beatty will get his lunch handed to him on a regular basis playing ROT. Dude doesn’t have the base (thighs/gultes) to drive people off the line of scrimmage. Even weighing 320, his long legs and arms give him a high center of gravity. Meaning he’s “meat” for a guy with a bull rush as part of his repertoire. A player like the Colts Mathis for example or of course Ware.

    Beatty’s build is ideal for keeping speed rushers at bay. However, he’s been disappointing for a year and a half and counting. Now he’s coming off a broken leg. The only good thing is he will have to rehab and in that process he will hopefully put on more size and strength in his upper AND lower body.

    That said, the guy played his a$$ off in 2011/2012. (Maybe that’s the issue, he lost his a$$ in 2011/12) He straight handled Trent Cole of Philly in every contest. And that IMHO is what got him paid. Because everybody here knows that Cole is no joke coming off the edge.

    The kid slipped and maybe lost in all this is who he is playing alongside. I am not apologizing for Beatty. I was down on his physicality form Jump Street.
    But the kid worked and got a bit stronger and better.

    Playing O-line is a symbiotic relationship with the four other guys. And the unit is only as strong as the weakest link. So maybe we need to view the situation from that angle. Which takes us back to the base hypothesis; With the exception of Pugh, aint none of these fkrs worth a $7!+.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    As far as the draft goes, if there is no ten year guard/tackle/center (if Pugh is not moved one day) then you get a defender or skill player who can help you right away and for a long time.

    It is at this point that BPA must take over. Every franchise, offense and defense needs a player who can be a stalwart in the lineup. The more blue chippers you collect, the better the sum of your product will be.
    I don’t think that’s rocket science. But when you have a chance at a player of that magnitude, you DON’T trade down and avoid taking him. This is especially true if player has the potential to fix multiple shortcomings on a particular side of the ball and brings strength where the team is weak.
    That’s just my opinion, but I do believe that opinion is backed up by fact.

    The question we share is will Reese go out and acquire two solid young vets (25-27 years old) to man up this offensive line. So we are dealing with scenarios based on what’s available at draft position 12, and what is going to be on the open market. And of course what is Mr. Mara willing and able to spend.

    I can and do investigate collage players all year long. I think it’s fun and I’ve thought like that since I was 10 years old. I would agonize over who the Giants would pick to become a better team. My childhood fascinations aside, I think a lot of frost has to come off the windshield before we can have a clear picture.
    My researcg tools? Bowl games I tried to watch every one of them. LOL

    In the interim, I love this kind of talk and find it interesting to hear everyone’s views. Including people flipping a $7!+…………LOL

  6.  JIMMIE D says:

    In TC’s last presser, he was asked about Beatty and if Pugh who played so well might be seen as a LT?
    Coughlin’s response was suprising , He “said we have asked Pugh to come in at 320lbs and we will see how that works out”.
    Beatty could go to RT, but I expect Coughlin and Mac will try some combinations in OTA’s and practice, they need to know who can or cannot play at differnt postions.
    The real concern imo, is Baas, what do they do with him? That decision will maybe not be made until June 1st where the dead money goes to 2015.
    No matter what, a Center is the spot that remains a question mark, though Cordle should be used as a back-up.

  7.  WellingtonsGhost says:

    Beatty’s problem is paralysis by analysis, and too soft. Someone has to get up his butt before games, piss him off. Stop over analyzing soo much and play football big guy.

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