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What Does the Alec Ogletree Trade Mean for the New York Giants? 

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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249   //    08 Mar 2018, 17:02 IST

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New York Giants general manager David Gettleman is keeping his words true every day he goes to work. He is kicking rear end and Gettleman made another key move for the New York Giants today. The Giants acquired linebacker Alec Ogletree and a 2019 seventh-round pick for the Giants 2018 fourth-round and 2018 sixth-round pick.

Ogletree was a first-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2013. He recently signed a four-year contract extension worth $42 million. Ogletree has had 231 tackles in the past two seasons with the Rams and he has had 503 total tackles in his career so far. Ogletree had one interception last season, but he returned it 41 yards for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.

He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In his career, Ogletree has six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. He is a very good linebacker and he is also very fast.

Ogletree is the best linebacker the Giants have had in a while. If the Giants want to go to a 3-4 scheme in 2018, this is one of the first steps to make it happen. New York hasn't had a strong linebacking core in recent years.

B.J. Goodson is a very good middle linebacker, but he was always hurt last season. Calvin Munson wasn't bad, but Goodson was a lot better. Devon Kennard is a free agent and the Giants may not bring him back. Jonathan Casillas wasn't bad at linebacker either a season ago.

If the Giants did switch to a 3-4, Ogletree and Goodson would be the middle linebackers right now. They would probably move Jason Pierre-Paul to outside linebacker or they could sign another outside linebacker in order for it to happen.

The Giants had one of the worst defences in the NFL last season and Ogletree was on one of the best defensive units in the league with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams will miss his presence. Ogletree could be the quarterback of this New York Giants defence in 2018.

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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