Giants could add depth with veteran safety signing before mandatory minicamp

Nov 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito (15) avoids the sack by Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse (1) during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants could be in play for veteran depth ahead of mandatory minicamp. That depth could come from a former rival, as Bleacher Report has named former Dallas Cowboys S Jayron Kearse as a possible option for Big Blue.

Jayron Kearse could bring veteran depth to a young Giants secondary

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After losing S Xavier McKinney to the Green Bay Packers in free agency, bolstering the Giants’ depth in the secondary, while adding a veteran presence, could be key for a young New York secondary.

Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox described the 30-year-old Kearse as an “instinctual, versatile [defender] with terrific length (6’4″, 215 lbs).”

Kearse struggled mightily in 2023

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Kearse, an eight-year professional, is coming off of a down season with the Cowboys in 2023. Per Pro Football Focus, Kearse’s numbers across the board left a lot to be desired. The safety’s coverage grade was a measly 40.9 last season. Additionally, Kearse allowed a 102.3 passer rating, the first time in his career it was over 100.

Kearse also allowed an 82.9% reception percentage and a missed tackle rate of 11.6%. Despite his underwhelming numbers, Kearse could serve as a mentor for the youthful Giants safeties.

30-year-old Kearse could serve as the veteran leader amongst young Giants safeties

Newcomer Tyler Nubin joins Dane Belton, Jason Pinnock, and Gervarius Owens, who are all under the age of 25, which could make Kearse useful to act as the veteran leader of the safety corps. The Giants aren’t afraid to bring in experienced veterans, as S Jalen Mills and LB Isaiah Simmons have both been brought in over the last year.

The Giants will continue to survey their options for upgrading the roster ahead of mandatory minicamp. Following a disappointing 6-11 season in 2023, Big Blue will be aiming to bounce back in a big way in 2024.

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