New York Giants: One big play on offense and one big play on defense for week 12

New York Giants, Evan Engram

The New York Giants have a lot to worry about going into their game with the Seahawks, where they may be missing Daniel Jones. But for now, they can celebrate another consecutive win after taking down the Cincinnati Bengals by a narrow margin. Despite the low scoring nature of the game, the Giants had some big plays on both offense and defense. And now that it’s all said and done, it’s worth going back and taking a look at both.

Evan Engram’s 53 yard reception

Evan Engram has struggled in recent years, and even during this current season. He had a somewhat slower start and his most well known moment this season is likely the drop that cost the Giants their first game with the Eagles. However, Engram has started to pick his game up recently and had some of the biggest receptions for the Giants in their win against the Bengals.

The most notable one from this game, of course, is the 53 yard reception that came relatively early in the game during the first quarter. The Giants scored a touchdown on this drive to take the initial lead and that was in large part because of Engram helping them get down the field to make it possible.

Also, it’s worth noting that this wasn’t a completely uncontested catch either. Engram has had trouble over his entire career with catching the ball under pressure, so seeing him make the longest reception of the Giants season so far while also beating a defender is a nice moment worth recognizing after the fact.

Jabaal Sheard’s game ending sack

Jabaal Sheard isn’t the most used defensive lineman that the Giants have. He played on about half their defensive snaps against the Bengals and played in 28% of their defensive snaps in the game before that, against Philadelphia. However, Sheard picked up his first sack of the season in this game in addition to registering three tackles for the second time this year.

The sack was a rather significant one as it ended the game and secured the win for the Giants. Brandon Allen went down for a 13 yard loss and Leonard Williams picked up the forced fumble to ensure the Bengals wouldn’t have a chance at getting the field goal that they were looking for, which would have given them the win.

After the Giants have blown other games this season which they could have won, it’s good to see a play like this – a clutch defensive play coming at the end of the game and keeping the result in favor of the Giants rather than throwing out the lead and allowing the other team to jump ahead.

New York Giants: 3 lowkey free agents still on the market for Big Blue

New York Giants, Eric Reid

With the 2020 NFL Draft growing closer and closer, free agency is also phasing out, specifically regarding top player signings and splash-moves. However, the New York Giants aren’t finished retooling just yet, and several players remain on the market that could fill specific roles.

Here are three free agents the New York Giants could consider:

1.) C Ryan Kalil

Considering how many holes the Giants have on the roster, they will need to make a few more signings to sure up positions of weakness. One of those deficiencies is at center, and with Jon Halapio hitting the market, the Giants will be looking for his replacement.

GM Dave Gettleman could very well address the position through the draft, and that would be the ideal scenario, but taking a team-friendly flier on a player like Kalil could be a decent move to allow more investment in other positions. Kalil earned $8.4 million on a one-year deal with the Jets last season, but he only played in seven games. He didn’t allow a sack, but his season being cut short means the Giants can likely snag him on a friendly contract for one year. Retaining Spencer Pulley as a backup option would make sense in this situation, but if Gettleman is against using one of their mid-round picks on a prospect, Kalil could fit the bill for the time being.

2.) Eric Reid

While Reid is as outspoken as they get off the field, he’s a quality player on it, and he proved that with the Carolina Panthers in 2019. His first four years in the NFL were as a free safety, but he transitioned into a SS/FS role when he joined Carolina. He reminds me of Antoine Bethea in a way, given his insane tackle totals (130 combined, seven for a loss), and his coverage grade isn’t the best of the bunch. It saw a significant increase from 2018 to ’19 (57.1% to 77.1%), but his missed tackle rate improved in that same period from 12.3% to 6.5%.

This would be a cost-efficient move to hold down the free safety spot for the time being. I would prefer Gettleman to address the position in the draft or plug Julian Love in as the starter, but if he’s looking for another plug and play veteran, Reid is an alternative.

3.) Jabaal Sheard

The former Indianapolis Colt has experience playing as an outside linebacker with the Cleveland Browns a few years ago. He would offer a few sacks and quality reps on the defensive for the Giants. He might be a cost-efficient signing to add more talent and competition to the pass-rusher position, but I’m getting the feeling the Giants are waiting on something big — whether it be Markus Golden re-signing or Chase Young falling to the 4th overall pick.

Sheard is someone to keep an eye on, though, as he posted 4.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits injust 55% of snaps played on defense last year.