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With his heavy Boston accent, Gettleman said no GM is going to walk into a press room and tell the media he drafted garbage.

Garbage wasn't the word he used, but the meaning was clear. He could have stretched the truth if he wanted, but it wasn't necessary.

"I'm thrilled. We got big butts. We got power. We got speed," said Gettleman who momentarily stopped to apologize for his choice of words. "And we got a quarterback we really like. I am not angry."

Coming off a 3-13 season that cost coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese their jobs, the Giants seemingly found value and filled need with every pick in the NFL draft that ended Saturday.

They feel they got the best player in the draft in Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick overall. They had a first-round grade on guard Will Hernandez of UTEP when they took him in the second round.

Edge rusher Lorenzo Carter of Georgia and defensive tackle B.J. Hill of North Carolina State had second-round grades when taken in the third round.

Quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond and defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh of Miami were right where the Giants felt they would be in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.

The picks will create competition on a team that needs to be pushed by new coach Pat Shurmur.

Gettleman also knows the job of building a roster is far from over.

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ELI STILL THE ONE: The decision to grab Barkley and ignore the quartet of quarterbacks taken in the first 10 picks overall clearly shows the Giants think 37-year-old Eli Manning has good years left. Taking Lauletta in the fourth round also shows the team wants backup Davis Webb, the third-round pick last year, to have competition in training camp.

THE BARKLEY FACTOR: Barkley should give the Giants their first legitimate home run threat out of the backfield in more than a decade. What makes him unique is he is a three-down player who runs with speed and power, and can catch passes. And in the NFL, opposing defenses can't focus on him like in college. There's Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram to worry about.

"I think that's why I was brought here, to bring an impact to the running game, to have that same domination that I had in college where a team wants to just shut me down [url=http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/ryan-jensen-jersey]Authentic Ryan Jensen Jersey[/url] , and then it just opens up everyone else," said Barkley, who had 53 total touchdowns in three years with the Nittany Lions.

THE O-LINE: The offensive line will be dramatically different than the banged-up, inefficient unit that played last year. Hernandez should be able to start at one of the guard positions along with free agent signee Patrick Omameh. Fellow free agent Nate Solder is set at left tackle and Brett Jones returns at center. The only question mark is right tackle. Ereck Flowers has been asked to move from the left side to the right, but his status is uncertain; he has refused to take part in the voluntary offseason activities and minicamp.

NEVER ENOUGH: Gettleman is a believer in never having enough good players. The additions of Carter, Hill and McIntosh gives the Giants a dozen pass rushers when veterans Kareem Martin, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison [url=http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kenny-young-jersey]http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kenny-young-jersey[/url] , Dalvin Tomlinson, John Mauro, Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn, Robert Thomas and Avery Moss are added in. Should be an interesting camp.

STILL NEED: A big receiver is needed. Veteran Brandon Marshall was let go after failing his physical last week. New York has other guys who played last season, but no one combines height and speed that can stretch the field. The Giants could use one more inside linebacker for depth in the new 3-4 alignment. With Eli Apple coming off a bad season and Janoris Jenkins returning from ankle surgery, a cornerback would help.

The Tennessee Titans have hired five new assistant coaches with coach Mike Vrabel keeping a couple assistants.

The Titans announced the moves Tuesday.

Pat O’Hara will coach quarterbacks with Kerry Coombs overseeing the secondary. Shane Bowen will coach outside linebackers with Tyrone McKenzie in charge of inside linebackers. Rob Moore will coach wide receivers. Vrabel is keeping Craig Aukerman as special teams coach after having been an assistant for that unit. Arthur Smith also is being retained as tight ends coach.

O’Hara spent the past three seasons with the Houston Texans with Vrabel. O’Hara also played quarterback for 16 years in the NFL, World League and Arena Football League. He spent 10 years coaching in the AFL and six years coaching high schools. O’Hara played at Southern California and was a 10th-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991.

Moore spent the past three seasons coaching Oakland’s wide receivers and has 16 years of experience in the NFL as a player and coach. Moore worked with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree in Oakland [url=http://www.eaglesfootballauthentics.com/avonte-maddox-jersey-authentic]Youth Avonte Maddox Jersey[/url] , and he coached Sammy Watkins in Buffalo in 2014. Moore coached wide receivers for four seasons at Syracuse and spent a year at Phoenix Junior College in Arizona after starting as a high school coach in New Jersey in 2002.

He played 12 years in the NFL with the new York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.

Coombs has coached for 35 years with the last six at Ohio State where he had been assistant coordinator for the defense and coordinated special teams. He also coached cornerbacks each year with Ohio State working with Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Eli Apple.

Bowen spent the past two seasons with Houston as a defensive assistant. He coached linebackers between 2013 and 2015 at Kennesaw State and was a defensive graduate assistant in 2012. Bowen started coaching in 2009 at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

McKenzie was assistant special teams coach with the Rams last season. He played 19 games in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Minnesota. He coached two seasons of high school before coaching linebackers as a graduate assistant at Colorado in 2015 and was assistant defensive line, quality control coach with Stanford in 2016.



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