New York Giants: Top News 5/29 – Antoine Bethea is the old man on the block

The New York Giants need to extract value from Antoine Bethea.
Oct 8, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Cardinals strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans!

Another day, another dollar for the New York Giants, however, trusty steed Antoine Bethea has racked up 13 years worth of dollars. General manager Dave Gettleman brought in Bethea for his familiarity with James Bettcher’s system and his veteran leadership which will be used significantly this offseason.

With a secondary full of puppies, Bethea, the old dog, will help the youngsters get up to speed and find their way around an NFL defense. So far, DeAndre Baker looks the part in coverage, playing tight on his man and letting nothing by him. Jabrill Peppers, acquired from the Cleveland Browns in a trade that sent Olivier Vernon over, has paired very well with the former Cardinal.

Bethea racked up 121 combined tackles, four passes defended, and three sacks in 2018. I imagine Bettcher will utilize Bethea and Peppers in exciting and new blitz packages. Both are fierce players that can play multiple positions on the field, which will only help Bettcher disguise his blitzing schemes and find ways to get players in the backfield to disrupt the opposing quarterback.

With a lack of true defensive pass-rush specialists, finding creative ways to utilize other players will be a priority for the Giants’ defensive coordinator.


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