The 2022 NY Giants are going to look like a totally different squad, which of course includes general manager Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll being in town. With that change of scenery comes a new strategy on how Schoen wants the team to be built. This is where players are either cut or become free agents.
Both Schoen and Daboll have an outstanding track record from their time spent together in Buffalo. Schoen was an integral part of making the Bills the team they are today. Now he’s expected to do the same with the struggling Giants, who had only four wins last season.
A new GM and offseason meant changes were going to be made: that was no question. The Giants have made some interesting moves so far, some good and some not so good. With that, here’s a look at four decisions that could come back to haunt the team.
4. Letting Lorenzo Carter walk
First, letting Lorenzo Carter leave was a bad decision. When you look at his career numbers, nothing really jumps out at you, sure. However, it would have been ideal for the Giants to keep him. What Carter did best for the Giants was set the edge and play more of an outside linebacker and edge-rusher type of hybrid. Carter is bigger for his position, standing 6-5 and weighing in at 255 pounds. Don’t forget about his 82-inch wingspan.
Using his arms to deflect passes and pressure the opposing quarterback’s throwing lanes was another thing he did well. With his big size and speed, Carter knew how to get into the backfield and apply pressure on a QB.
Now, it’s important to remember that with Carter signing with the Falcons, Schoen and Co. went ahead and brought in Kayvon Thibodeaux with the No. 5 overall pick. However, he and Carter are two completely different kind of players. You can never have enough depth at OLB either. The Giants would have been wise to bring him back on a cheap deal.