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NFC Notes: Giants, Packers, Saints

Giants

Jordan Raanan of ESPN writes that DE Devin Taylor could prove to be a “great signing” for the Giants in the end after they signed him to a one-year, $850,000 contract. Taylor received just $40,000 guaranteed as part of this contract, according to Raanan, despite totaling 11.5 sacks the past two seasons.

The Giants are considering Taylor as an interior pass rusher.

He’s a proven veteran in this league,” defensive line coach Patrick Graham said. “He has to prove himself again but I think as a defensive end, he’s shown some great flexibility in the past. It’s a good piece to have and we will see how the competition plays out.”

Taylor will have to compete with Romeo Okwara, Avery Moss, Owa Odighizuwa, Evan Schwan, and Jordan Williams for a roster spot and playing time this summer.

Packers

  • Charles Robinson reports that after speaking with sources around the league, it sounds like the eventual successor for Packers GM Ted Thompson will likely be either Eliot Wolf, Russ Ball or Brian Gutekunst and not John Dorsey.
  • While there has been some speculation that Dorsey could be an option for the Packers, but Robinson mentions that bringing him back would likely ruffle some feathers within the team, as they have executives grinding away and this could be a “touchy” move for them to make.
  • For what it’s worth, Robinson adds that the Packers have been working with Russ Ball to broaden his knowledge base.

Saints

Sants S Kenny Vaccaro says he hasn’t lived up to his expectations since entering the NFL.

“I was a top-15 pick,” Vaccaro said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I should be a Pro Bowler. That’s just the way it goes.

“I haven’t met any of my goals, and it pisses me off, really,” Vaccaro said. “I want to really, really, really work hard this summer and prepare for the season that I need to have because I feel like a lot of people know it’s in me. A lot of people know I’m good, but I haven’t earned the respect that I need and I want that.