Why I’m not the only NFL fan with a red jumpsuit
A lot of the attention around the Giants’ trade for running back Rashad Jennings has focused on the potential impact of his red jumpsuits on the team’s running game.
In a sense, it’s a fitting conclusion to this piece, because the Giants have also moved on from a similar move with RB Rashad Washington last offseason.
Washington had a limited role with the Giants last season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2016.
He finished with 863 rushing yards on 202 carries and five touchdowns, but Washington’s role was minimal, especially in a crowded backfield.
He was used primarily as a blocking back, and the Giants had a tendency to run only one back who could move the chains at a time.
This was a major weakness for the Giants, as Washington was never able to establish himself as a true No. 1 back and was often viewed as a backup option.
Washington played well in the preseason, but after one week, the Giants decided to move him to the practice squad.
Washington was waived before the season began, and he never played a down for the team in 2017.
It’s possible the Giants could move Washington to the active roster, but it wouldn’t make sense to trade him without a trade offer.
The Giants have made some moves with their offensive line this offseason.
The team signed tackle Matt Kalil to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, while they also re-signed guard Joe Looney to a four-year, $35 million deal.
The Giants have signed free agent guard Anthony Castonzo to a two-year contract worth $6 million.
It appears that Castonz will remain with the team.
With Kalil and Looney on the roster, the defensive line has two proven starters on it.
It has also added depth at guard and tackle with the signing of free agent defensive end Darryl Tapp, who signed a one year, $4.2 million deal with the Eagles.
The Eagles also added defensive end Brandon Graham to the 53-man roster, adding depth at the position.
Tapp is a former second-round pick by the Titans in 2014 who started all 15 games for the Titans last season and was a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and 2018.
Graham spent three seasons with the Titans, and played in all 16 games.
Graham was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and spent his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans.
He played in the Titans’ first eight games of the season and started five games, but he was eventually released by the team after the season.
Graham is a two year veteran, and although he played well for the Tennessee Tennessee Titans, he was signed by the Browns in 2019 after playing for the Browns for two seasons in 2016 and 2017.
Graham played in just two games for Cleveland, starting one game.
The move of Castonzos to the roster brings some depth at center.
The Browns also signed former Eagles center Nick Fairley to a three-year veteran deal worth a reported $5 million.
Fairley started all 16 regular season games at center for the Eagles, and started three games at right guard for the Cleveland Browns.
Fairley played in six games for Philadelphia last season, and is a long-time Eagles veteran who is set to make $6.8 million in 2019.
The signing of Tapp could be another boost to the offensive line.
Tapp is also a former Eagles first-round draft pick who started two games at left guard for Philadelphia.
Toffee was signed to a six-year extension in 2019, and was on the active active roster last season.
The move of Graham to center should provide some stability at guard for Cleveland.
Graham signed with the Browns and is set for a six year, four-million dollar contract in 2019 with a $1 million signing bonus.
Graham has spent the last two seasons with Green Bay, where he was a member of the Packers’ Pro Bowl in 2017 after recording six sacks in 2016 as a rookie.
Graham started all 13 games in 2017 for Green Bay.
Graham has spent time with the Texans, Jets, Eagles and Titans.
Toffee has spent most of his career in the NFL, but has spent a majority of his professional career in Tennessee.
He is set free after this season with an option that could be picked up in 2019 if he does not re-sign with the Dolphins.