New York Giants: 5 Areas For Improvement

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Sep 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs with the ball while trying to avoid a tackle by New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2. The Secondary

This problem isn’t going to be any better against the Eagles with starting cornerback, Prince Amukamara not playing due to injury. The Giants have no quality option at the free safety position and it is obvious. The deep passes that they are giving up just don’t happen at this rate if the free safety does his job effectively.

The Giants have been playing Brandon Merriweather as a free safety… meaning the team is starting two strong safeties. This helps in the run game because you have two aggressive players who hit hard and tackle well in the back end of the defense. While Merriweather brings you many good qualities, he doesn’t do a good enough job as a true deep safety.

The Giants are also a team that can be nickeled and dimed down the football though. They need to play more aggressively with their cornerbacks (and not doing so suggests that I am right about the concern at the free safety position). But again it is a balancing act. If you can’t pressure the passer you put too much pressure on your secondary.

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