The NFL’ s free agency signing period

When the NFL’ s free agency signing period began, Mike Sullivan was the kid at Christmas who watched his brother open several gifts while he got nothing. The Giants signed four defensive players for Steve Spagnuolo’s defense, but none who will line up for Sullivan, the team’s new offensive coordinator. So it’s perfectly logical that one of the happiest guys at Giants headquarters is – Mike Sullivan. “There’s no bigger fan of the defense getting the types of players that they got,” Sullivan said today in his first public comments since Ben McAdoo elevated him from quarterbacks coach to coordinator. “That means they’re going to take the ball away, they’re going to put us in position to force some punts, force some field goals, or not even let them get into field goal range and that’s going to give us more snaps, more opportunities, more at bats, if you will. So the additions made our team better, and I’m really excited about that.”

The Giants signed defensive end Olivier Vernon, tackle Damon Harrison, corner back Janoris Jenkins and linebacker Keenan Robinson. They also re-signed end Jason Pierre-Paul. “Yeah, it was nice,” Spagnuolo said. “It was like Christmas. (General Manager) Jerry (Reese) and his staff, (pro personnel director) Ken Sternfeld, they did a great job of identifying the guys, then being real aggressive and getting what we think are some pretty good football players. It’s exciting.” That excitement stems in part from the return of Pierre-Paul, the two-time Pro Bowler who missed the first eight games last season while recuperating from a July 4 fireworks accident.

So now we get him fully right from the beginning. That’s an advantage. We do think, obviously, the three guys that we got in free agency give us something; whether that’s because we didn’t have it last year or we did, I’m not really here to talk about that. I’m here to talk about going forward. Again, I’m excited about the guys we got. I’m hoping, certainly, that we can put a better product of the field than we did a year ago. I think that we will. All the pieces coming together, whether it’s players or coaches, is something that we’re excited about.”