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New York Giants hire former Panthers executive Mark Koncz

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman brought in Mark Koncz to the personnel department as a consultant.

Dave Gettleman made it known early in his tenure with the New York Giants that the team would be run differently than it had been under Jerry Reese. He plans on handling the draft himself this year after firing Marc Ross.

However, Gettleman has started compiling a personnel staff. According to the New York Post‘s Paul Schwartz, he is bringing in Mark Koncz as a personnel consultant. He previously worked with Koncz with the Carolina Panthers.

Koncz was fired by the Panthers after Gettleman was given his walking papers, but had been in their scouting department for a long time. He was Gettleman’s director of player personnel and had been Carolina’s director of pro scouting prior to that, a role he held from 2000 until his promotion under Gettleman.

His expertise in scouting NFL players should help Gettleman make the most of his limited cap space. Over The Cap projects the team to have only slightly over $22 million in cap space entering 2018, although that can be increased by cost-cutting moves such as cutting Brandon Marshall.

That already paltry sum will be stretched even thinner considering that the Giants have several important players, including Weston Richburg, Justin Pugh, and Orleans Darkwa entering free agency.

Richburg and Pugh have both established themselves as good offensive linemen who are still young. They can get paid handsomely on the open market, yet considering how bad the offensive line is, losing them would be a huge blow for a Giants team that has struggled to run the ball or protect Eli Manning in recent seasons.

If Koncz can help Gettleman identify under-the-radar players who can help the team while not breaking the bank, that will go a long way towards helping the Giants build their roster and strengthen their weak offensive line.

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