According to Fox Sports, there were 21 trades made in the NFL during the month of August.
But if you’re looking for the New York Giants to be among that list, well, then sorry. It didn’t happen.
The Giants, for the most part, seem intent on waiting for guys to be released by their current teams before pouncing. But now that the Giants have a player tor two that might be able to help another team right away, it might make sense for them to pick up the phone and see if they can engineer a trade.
The Giants two biggest projected remaining needs include cornerback and a veteran offensive tackle to provide depth. Given general manager Jerry Reese’s practice of picking up backup offensive linemen from the waiver wire and free agency, my guess is that we won’t see the Giants making a trade to acquire at this position.
Cornerback, however, is a different story. With the Giants projected to carry five corners and with two of those five—Eli Apple and Michael Hunter—still nursing injuries, there could be a potential trade scenario available if the Giants wanted to pull the trigger.
My proposed scenario to resolve this perceived need: send tight end Matt LaCosse to the Ravens for slot cornerback Brandon Boykin.
LaCosse has finally managed to stay healthy after two prior seasons in which he didn’t make it out of training camp. When he’s been healthy, he’s been solid as both a blocker and a receiver.
Still with all that said, there is no guarantee LaCosse makes the Giants roster unless the Giants go with four tight ends (which they might not do if they keep a fullback or have to keep an extra player at another position due to injuries).
LaCosse could have some trade value for a team like the Ravens, whose current group of tight ends include Nick Boyle, old friend Larry Donnell, Ryan Malleck, Benjamin Watson and Maxx Williams.
Williams, who’s had some injuries of his own, appears to be a lock for their roster. The 36-year-old Watson, who should find a spot on the Ravens roster as well, is coming back from an Achilles injury.
The Ravens likely hope that Boyle, who has already served two NFL imposed suspensions, has finally turned the corner.
Donnell? Well Giants fans know all about him and what he brings to the table.
Bottom line: Could the Ravens use a young upgrade of talent at tight end? They sure can.
In exchange for LaCosse–who by the way would have to clear waivers which means the Ravens, if they wanted him, wouldn’t necessarily be assured of getting him–perhaps the Giants can get cornerback Brandon Boykin, formerly of the Eagles and Steelers.
Boykin, who can play the slot, seems to be in danger of losing his roster spot to undrafted rookie Jaylen Hill, who has had himself a strong preseason for the Ravens.
Hill finished sixth on the team in total tackles (8), while leading the team in interceptions (2) and passes defensed.
Boykin has had some injury issues of late that have derailed his production, but if he can get back to the form he showed when with the Eagles in 2013 when he logged career highs in tackles (47), passes defensed (16) and interceptions (6, including one returned for a touchdown), he could be a good addition to a Giants cornerback unit that has some injury questions marks.