The New York Giants resigned defensive end Dave Tollefson yesterday to a one year contract. Tollefson has spent the past three seasons with the G-men, after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2006. This is a good sign that Jerry Reese is paying attention to the pass rush and wants to keep his DE’s deep. With Justin Tuck and Osi as the clear starters, it’s nice to know we have Kiwi as a primary backup to the stars. Kiwi is someone who could probably start on most NFL teams right now. Behind those three guys we have some depth with Tollefson, Canty who can play both DT and DE and Tommie Hill. Much to my surprise, the defensive end position is not as deep as I thought it was. The Giants have 5 DT’s and 5 DE’s with Canty as a flip flop guy who can play both spots. That’s 11 players between the two positions with only 5 true DE’s. I would not be surprised to see Jerry Reese bring in another DE via free agency.
The Giants might look to grab another hybrid type of player in the upcoming NFL Draft. Someone who can play both the DE and DT positions like Chris Canty. Some have said that just because the Giants have signed Tollefson, a restricted free agent, there is no guarantee that he will still be on the team when the season starts. After taking a look at the roster, I think it is more then likely that he will be. Tollefson knows the system and has been a serviceable player thus far. The Giants also have a bunch of players on the cusp of being signed.
What do you think about the Giants current defensive end situation?
RD – NYGReporter.com