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Despite Dave Gettleman’s woes, the Giants defensive free agent signings have been stellar in 2020

Dave Gettleman has done great in his time as New York Giants general manager, but he appears to have hit the jackpot with three key free agents this past offseason.

Dave Gettleman’s stint as New York Giants general manager has simply been a disaster.

Since Gettleman took over for two-time Super Bowl winning general manager Jerry Reese after the 2017 season, the Giants are just 10-29 were forced to fire his first head coaching hire Pat Shurmur after just two seasons after he posted a 9-22 record, have seen money invested in several free agents that have not panned out such as Jonathan Stewart, Nate Solder and Connor Barwin and essentially wasted a first-round pick on Deandre Baker who was released after just one season for off the field issues.

While Gettleman will likely and deservingly be let go after the season, he deserves credit for adding four free agents this past offseason that has helped turn around the Giants defense.

Each of the past three years, the Giants defense has been among the worst in the NFL. Seven games into the 2020 season, however, they enters Thursday’s eventual loss to the Eagles ranked second in the NFL in yards allowed per game. 

New York added cornerback James Bradberry, inside linebacker Blake Martinez and outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell in March and each player has shined in Giants blue.

Bradberry has established himself as one of the NFL’s top corners as he has grabbed three interceptions and broken up over 10 passes. 

Martinez leads the Giants with 73 tackles and has has recorded two sacks  Finally, Frackrell has made perhaps the two biggest plays of the season for the Giants defense this season as he picked off Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 5 and returned it 46-yards for a touchdown to give New York an early 14-3 lead. A week later, Frackrell strip-sacked Washington’s Kyle Allen late in the fourth quarter, which was recovered by teammate Tae Crowder and returned for a 43-yard game-winning touchdown.

Pairing these three veterans with young talented players such as Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and Jabrill Peppers along with Joe Judge choosing Patrick Graham as his defensive coordinator has proved wise on behalf of Gettleman and he deserves some credit for bringing these veterans to New York. 

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