Brandon Meriweather Signing: 3 Big Things

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Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The helmet of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (not pictured) sits on the field as players stretch during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stability at a Currently Unstable Position

I question Meriweather’s  ability to cover and lay  big (legal) hits on guys, but one thing he does do: brings stability to a currently unreliable position. I say this mostly in regards to injury. He’s had little nicks and bruises throughout his career and missed a few games, but generally speaking he’s been a pretty reliable on the field presence.

Unfortunately, for a guy with Meriweather’s reputation, there is the chance he violates the league’s player safety policy, which he’s done, well, six times in his career. And if he does it again, there’s a very high chance he’ll face a couple games’ suspension. So while he’s not as much of an injury-risk, there’s a chance he could get suspended for anything that could even be slightly considered an illegal hit. But if he can stay out of trouble on the field, Meriweather could legitimately be a 16-game starter for New York.

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