Last off-season, after the New York Giants hired Joe Schoen as their next general manager, the team hired Brian Dabol as their next head coach.
While their names may not be familiar to many Giants fans, there was a sense of confidence in the new general manager-head coach combo given their time to build the Buffalo Bills into a contender.
The two haven’t forgotten their roots and have brought some of the best talent from their time in Buffalo. This came as no surprise to Bills general manager Brandon Beane.
Beane said, “Anytime we reduce our practice squad, we know we can lose players, but especially with Joe and Brian moving to New York, they knew our players and so you know That it would be difficult to get people out of the cracks.” NJ Advance Media at NFL owners meeting. “So I was thinking about it when we did the moves, but if it wasn’t those two guys, it would have been some of the other guys they did the same thing with.”
The Giants signed former Bills offensive lineman John Feliciano and running back Matt Breda in free agency last year.
It did not end there as the Giants claimed defensive back Nick McCloud a few days before the start of the season and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins as midseason pickups from waivers.
Beane said of McCloud, “He’s supportive and hardworking.” “Nick knows what he’s good at and he knows the areas he needs to improve and sometimes players fail because they don’t recognize where they struggle. Nick is instinctive and smart too. -Snap knows what’s coming and that helps him get into the right position.
Hodgins losing was also not a surprise.
“We thought for a few years that we might lose Isaiah,” Beane said. “We knew he could play.”
McCloud and Hodgins were great finds for Schoen. McCloud played over 50 percent of both defensive and special teams last season.
Hodgins turned into one of Daniel Jones’ favorite receivers down the stretch and had a big performance in the wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings.