Giants camp preview

Updated: July 21, 2006, 3:25 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.

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.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.