Here is the way general manager Dave Gettleman is approaching his rebuild of the Giants:
“You can win while you build a roster,” Gettleman said in comments released by the team Wednesday. “We do have a plan, and this is part of it.”
Following a megadeal that shipped Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, and an earlier deal that sent Olivier Vernon to Cleveland, Gettleman thanked Beckham for “his contributions” and added, “We truly wish him well in Cleveland.” He expressed the same sentiment to Vernon.
This is the first time in 12 years the Giants made a trade in which they exchanged players with another team. Unless they make a move with one of their high draft picks, this will be the first time since 1984 the Giants have two first-round picks in the same draft. That year, they selected linebacker Carl Banks and offensive lineman William Roberts.
In return for Vernon, the Giants brought back Kevin Zeitler, who will move in as the starting right guard.
“That really adds another piece to the offensive line repair that we have going,” Gettleman said. “Now, we have most of the line under control for the next couple years. It’s a great opportunity for us to build stability on our offensive line. We’re excited about that.”
As part of the package in the Beckham deal, the Giants added Jabrill Peppers, a 23-year-old safety from East Orange, N.J., who excelled at Michigan and, after a rough rookie year with the Browns, improved greatly last season.
“He’s coming back home,” Gettleman said. “He’s excited and thankful and couldn’t wait to get here. Jabrill is a quality safety in this league and he is a legitimate linchpin on the back end of our defense. The way the game is being played, your safeties are critical in pass defense.”
One of the reasons the Giants did not commit to Landon Collins were his deficiencies in pass coverage.