When Ryan Nassib was still available after 109 picks in this year’s draft, Jerry Reese and the Giants traded up for the Syracuse quarterback and took him with the 110th overall selection. After the draft, Reese, the Giants’ general manager, said the value was too high to pass up, and Bill Polian agreed.
The former six-time NFL Executive of the Year and current ESPN analyst placed the decision to draft Nassib at the top of his list of best moves from the weekend. Here’s his analysis:
As I mentioned before the draft, there were no quarterbacks that I believed warranted an early selection. But that doesn’t mean the position is devoid of talent. Just that these prospects need time to develop and make use of some of their tools and ability. With Nassib, he’s going to get precisely that.
Playing behind Eli Manning, there will be no rush in his development. He can sit back, watch and learn, all while providing the Giants with a terrific safety net in the event of an injury to Eli and perhaps even proving to be Manning’s successor.
By Nassib’s third year in the pros, Manning will be 35, an age at which statistics have shown QBs usually start to break down physically. Their skills may not have diminished, but the accumulation of the punishment they’ve endured starts to take its toll and injury becomes far more common. By the time that starts to impact Eli, Nassib should be experienced to the point where the Giants will feel comfortable inserting him into a game and still feeling they have better than a 50-percent chance to win.
It may have seemed like a strange pick because quarterback isn’t an immediate need for the Giants. But this pick was made with the long view in mind. And I think it was a very savvy selection.
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In 24 years as a general manager in the NFL, Bill Polian knows something about evaluating talent. Consequently, he also can evaluate the evaluators, and he believes Jerry Reese is one of the best in the business.
Polian, a former Bills, Panthers, and Colts executive and current analyst for ESPN Insider, broke down the top six evaluators in his eyes, which included the Giants general manager.
“He goes out and finds players who fit what head coach Tom Coughlin wants, which points to one of his greatest strengths as a GM,” the six-time NFL Executive of the Year wrote about Reese. “Not only is Jerry a terrific judge of talent, he’s also an excellent manager in the way he includes his staff and the coaches in the process. Throughout the organization, every scout is working from the same script and knows that their voice will be heard in the player-evaluation process.
“Another defining characteristic for Jerry is that he’s not afraid to take a chance on a player who he believes will fit their system. Mark Herzlich is a good example. Many teams were scared of his battle with cancer, but he’s helped the Giants. And identifying Victor Cruz as a player to develop can’t be overlooked — remember, they kept him through an entire season where Cruz sat on IR. Reese and Coughlin will now unearth last year’s first-rounder, RB David Wilson. While the former Virginia Tech back had a rough start following a Week 1 fumble, he should be a strong asset for the Giants going forward after the team had to make financial decisions at the position this offseason.”
Also making Polian’s list were: Ozzie Newsome (Ravens), Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons), Ted Thompson (Packers), Trent Baalke (49ers), and Kevin Colbert (Steelers).
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The Giants, who had that “privilege” last year after winning their fourth Super Bowl, drafted seven players in 2012, three of which saw significant playing time as rookies while another was on his way before suffering a season-ending knee injury 10 games in.
As for the other three, general manager Jerry Reese hopes their roles can increase in 2013.
“When you pick 32nd in the draft, you’re picking down low, so a lot of the guys you’re getting are developmental-type players,” Reese said over the weekend at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. “It’s a privilege to do that and some of the guys you pick are developmental and we picked a tight end [Adrien Robinson] who we think will be a good player for us. We picked a couple offensive linemen [tackles Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants] who we think we can develop. Hopefully those guys will come along and develop for us and contribute this time.”
Mosley, the second of the Giants’ two fourth-round picks, spent the entire season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, and McCants learned the ropes on the practice squad. Meanwhile, Robinson dressed for only two games in 2012 – Weeks 1 and 5 – behind fellow tight ends Martellus Bennett and Bear Pascoe.
Reese was asked what Robinson needs to do to become a key player for the Giants.
“He flashed a lot of good things at practice,” he said of the Cincinnati product. “I just think he needs to get out there and play. I think it’s the number one thing you need to do with players – put them out there and let them play. Hopefully he’ll be able to get out there and play. That’s what’s most important for me – to get him out there.”
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The 15-year member of the Giants’ staff first introduced his wife and three children before talking about the similar philosophies between the organization he left and the one he recently joined — “doing business with integrity, honesty, as well as having a similar structure and a family atmosphere.”
Gettleman then opened it up to local reporters, who asked about building a championship-caliber team. Part of six Super Bowls himself – three winners – Gettleman knows something about that, most recently helping the Giants win two titles.
“I think that, really, in terms of building a team, you need a quarterback, you need touchdown scorers, you need pass rushers,” said Gettleman, who spent time with the Bills and Broncos prior to New York. “And I’ll give Tom Coughlin credit on this one — he taught me big men allow you to compete. So that, to me, is a winning structure.”
Gettleman will get a chance to see his former team in 2013 as the Giants and Panthers are slated to play each other.
It will be the seventh meeting in eight years between the Giants and Panthers, including Carolina’s shutout victory in the wild-card round following the 2005 regular season. Gettleman compared Coughlin’s early years in New York with the current situation of Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who fell short of the postseason in each of his first two years.
“I came from a place that when Ernie [Accorsi] retired, Jerry Reese came in for the G.M. job and we kept Tom. Now if you remember, Tom was under incredible heat,” Gettleman said. “We had gone to the playoffs and you folks [Carolina] had come up there in ’05 and just kicked our fanny – but we won’t go there. Then in ’06 we go 8-8 and we struggled to get into the playoffs. Tom was under a tremendous amount of heat and it’s the same situation. Listen, my responsibility is to make everybody better.”
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Because they participated in the Wednesday kickoff game, the Giants players and coaches had a rare Sunday open to watch a full slate of NFL action, including their upcoming opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
What they saw was the team that finished last in the NFC South a year ago win their first game over the Carolina Panthers, picking off Cam Newton twice while holding him to four yards rushing. Meanwhile, Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman was 16 of 24 passing for 138 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and Doug Martin led all rushers with 95 yards on 24 attempts. In their debut under head coach Greg Schiano, the new-look Bucs held the Panthers to 10 yards rushing on 13 attempts.
Here’s a look at the Buccaneers’ 2011 statistical rankings:
PTS/G: 17.9 (27th)
Passing yards: 228.1 (16th)
Rushing yards: 91.1 (30th)
Opponent PTS/G: 30.9 (32nd)
Opponent passing yards: 238.4 (21st)
Opponent rushing yards: 156.1 (32nd)
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The general manager was recently profiled in The Pacer, the official newspaper of the college in his home state, and spoke about his journey from humble beginnings in Tiptonville to winning his second Super Bowl last season.
“I had to schedule my classes around football and make sure they were balanced. I had to work for my scholarship,” said Reese, who was a grad assistant and then a secondary coach at Martin from 1988 through 1993 after being named team MVP his senior season. “With my background and leadership qualities I learned at UTM by being part of a team, I still use those skills today.
“You’ve always got to dream big. I always dreamed of being head coach at UTM at some point and look where I am now.”
Charley Deal, a close friend and assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations, sees what he’s done today.
“For someone who came from his background, Jerry pushed himself and was hard on himself,” Deal said. “He worked around the clock to make himself better.”
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Other Giants in the rankings so far:
8. Justin Tuck, DE, Giants
10. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
18. Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants
20. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants
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