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    Clinton-DixDouglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsThroughout the offseason we have
    consistently acknowledged two things about the New York Giants and the safety
    position. They have to find a way to keep Landon Collins in a Giants uniform in
    2019, and they have to find an upgrade from Curtis Riley as Collins’ partner in
    the back of the defense.We have already discussed Adrian Amos [free-agent
    profile], Lamarcus Joyner [free-agent profile] and Tre Boston [free-agent
    profile]. Today, let’s turn our attention to another of the top free safeties
    who could reach the open market next month — Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix of the Washington
    Redskins.The basicsAge: 26Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 208:Position:
    SafetyExperience: 52018 salary cap hit: $3.153 million2018 stats (2 teams):
    Games (16 — all starts) | Interceptions (3) | Tackles (93) | Passes defensed (6)
    | Forced fumbles (2)Pro Football Focus: Overall grade (79.3 — career-high) | Run
    defense (70.3) | Tackling (82.4 — 8 missed tackles) | Pass coverage (82.0 —
    career-high) | Passer rating against (76.2) | Yards allowed per reception (9.1 —
    career-best)The skinny In five seasons, the Green Bay Packers 2014 first-round
    pick (21st overall) has been a good but not great player. He has one Pro Bowl
    appearance and was a second-team All-Pro in 2016. Midway through the 2018 season
    the Packers traded Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins.Clinton-Dix could
    return to the Redskins, but there appears to be uncertainty about that.SI.com
    lists Clinton-Dix as the No. 73 available free agent on its list of the top 100,
    but says “His body and athleticism are tantalizing, but he has not developed the
    necessary discipline to fulfill his potential.”Spotrac estimates that
    Clinton-Dix could be looking at a contract in the neighborhood of five years,
    $49.5 million — roughly $9.9 million annually.The Giants, as we have discussed
    multiple times, also have to find a way to pay Collins. Using the franchise tag
    on Collins is estimated to cost around $12 million. Spotrac estimates a
    long-term deal for Collins on the free agent market to be worth in the area of
    five years and $6.8 million, or $9.366 million annually.Could the Giants commit
    that much money to the safety position? Is Clinton-Dix worth that kind of
    investment?Your thoughts, Giants fans? The New York Giants played badly in their
    17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans. That much was clear to anyone who actually
    watched the game — let alone those brave and hardy souls who sat out in the
    elements to watch the disaster unfold in person. This was arguably their worst
    performance under Pat
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    , and the Giants were bullied in all three phases of the game.This
    won’t be pretty, but let’s take a look at the numbers from the Giants’ sorry
    display Sunday.OffenseQuarterbackEli Manning played poorly, no two ways about
    it. Manning attempted completed just 21 passes on 44 attempts (with 47 drop
    backs). He was sacked three times, hit eight more, threw one interception, and
    probably could have thrown a couple more. Some might criticize the number of
    passes thrown, but Pat Shurmur had little choice but to lean on the passing game
    — more on that in a bit.But as bad as he played, Manning was put in a tough
    position. His offensive line reverted back to its form from the first half of
    2018, leaking pressure and preventing Manning from finding any kind of
    consistent comfort. The weather conditions were terrible, and its possible that
    the slick conditions interfered with his grip on the ball. That might have lead
    to him sailing a screen pass to Evan Engram early in the game, then missing an
    open Engram in the endzone and instead hitting the back of a defensive back on
    the final play. But regardless of the weather, this was just a no good, rotten,
    very bad game from Manning. The Titans took away the Giants’ running game and
    dared New York to beat them through the
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    , and the Giants were utterly unable to do so.Skill positions
    So, about the number of passes to runs, 14 to 44. Head coach Pat Shurmur said
    after the game that it made absolutely no sense to run the ball when running
    plays were simply wasted downs. Saquon Barkley only picked up 31 yards on those
    14 rushes (2.2 yards per attempt). Even though Manning was only averaging 5.2
    yards per attempt, that was still three yards better than the running game. The
    Giants’ offensive line never opened up a running lane for Barkley, and his best
    run of the game (a 17-yard scamper) only happened because the right side of the
    line was beaten so quickly and soundly that the Titans were unable to keep their
    gap discipline. The fact that Shurmur abandoned the run game in the face of its
    utter ineptitude is actually a positive sign that they can adjust to reality
    when faced with it.Unfortunately, the passing game just wasn’t there for them.
    Without Odell Beckham Jr. the Giants just didn’t have a consistent threat down
    the field to force Tennessee’s hand in coverage. Sterling Shepard (65 snaps)
    should have been that player, but he had his worst game as a pro, dropping
    nearly every one of his nine targets. For the second week in a row, Evan Engram
    emerged as the Giants top receiving threat. He played 45 of the Giants’ 65
    offensive snaps (69 percent), catching eight of twelve targets for 75 yards. But
    while that was a good day for him, a look at his targets chart shows that the
    Giants still want to use him on shallow routes and count on his yards after the
    catch ability to turn short passes into long gains. DefenseDefensive frontAs
    with their counterparts on the offensive line, the Giants’ defensive front was
    largely shoved around by the Titans’ offensive line. As we have come to expect
    by now, Alec Ogletree played each of the Giants’ 70 defensive snaps. Unlike the
    Giants’ match-ups against back-up quarterbacks, Ogletree was unable to
    capitalize on a mistake from Marcus Mariota and finished with seven tackles and
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    , but no turnovers (or defensive touchdowns).EDGE
    Olivier Vernon and DT B.J. Hill played the next most snaps on defense, with 59
    and 53 respectively. The Giants spent most of the game in nickel sets, but
    rotated a number of defensive linemen and linebackers trying to find a
    combination which would slow down Derrick Henry. B.J. Goodson had the second
    most snaps among the linebackers with 46 (66 percent), and was probably the
    Giants’ most reliable tackler with 9 solo tackles on the day. DT Dalvin
    Tomlinson played 45 snaps (64 percent), while Josh Mauro played 37 snaps (53
    percent) and Kerry Wynn played 25 snaps (36 percent). At the second level,
    Kareem Martin played 38 snaps (54 percent) while Lorenzo Carter and Tae Davis
    played 19 and 16 snaps respectively (27 and 23 percent). None of the
    combinations proved effective at stopping Tennessee’s rushing attack, with Henry
    piling up 170 yards and 2 touchdowns on 33 runs. He was particularly deadly
    running off the left tackle, where he racked up 69 yards and a touchdown on just
    9 touches. Simply put, the Giants’ front was shoved around by the Tennessee
    offensive line, then couldn’t bring down Henry at first contact.SecondaryThe
    Giants starting secondary of Janoris Jenkins, B.W. Webb, Michael Thomas, and
    Curtis Riley each played all of the Giants’ 70 defensive snaps. Nickel corner
    Grant Haley played 48 snaps (69 percent). It was somewhat confusing that the
    Giants spent nearly three quarters of the game in their nickel packages,
    considering that the Titans are built on the running game and the weather
    conditions made throwing the ball problematic at best. All
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    , the secondary didn’t play poorly in pass coverage, though they
    gave up several long third down conversions. They held Mariota to just 88 yards
    on 12 completions (out of 20 attempts).It didn’t matter, however, because the
    Titans simply did not have to throw the ball. The Giants’ inability to stop the
    run made any coverage or pass rush irrelevant. In that regard, however, the
    secondary was particularly bad. Curtis Riley was probably the biggest offender,
    but every one of the Giants’ defensive backs suffered from atrocious tackling
    and gave up far, far to many yards after first contact. All told, it was a bad,
    sloppy, ugly showing from every Giant not named Evan Engram (Saquon Barkley is
    largely innocent as well, he was taken out of the game by his own offensive
    line).If the Giants want any hope of ending the season on a positive note, they
    have a lot to tighten up before they face an even better team in the
    Indianapolis Colts.