Giants camp preview

7/21/2006 - New York Giants

Three Burning Questions
With five new defensive backs, will the secondary be improved from a year ago?
The Giants' defense had an outstanding pass rush in 2005, led by a combined 26 sacks by defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora, yet they did not have one interception by a defensive corner in 2005. This simply was not a ball-hawking secondary, but the Giants concentrated on defense in the offseason. They brought in five new defensive backs, and six of their eight draft choices were defensive players, along with eight free agents. You always worry about a new group gelling, and defensive coordinator Tim Lewis will expect them to play some aggressive man-to-man schemes; but this D is much better than last year's version, which will allow the Giants to go back to their exotic zone blitzes in an effort to confuse and challenge offenses.