The New York Giants have signed former Monmouth safety Mike Basile after cutting cornerback Teddy Williams on Monday.
The New York Giants have added a new member to their already-impressive defensive back unit. According to a report from Dan Benton of Giants Wire, former Monmouth safety Mike Basile was signed on Monday. This comes after the Giants released cornerback Teddy Williams upon his request due to personal reasons.
While in college, Basile immensely impressed coaches and scouts. The defensive back was Monmouth’s all-time leading tackler. He also became the first Associated Press FCS All-American for Monmouth in 2017. Speaking on numerous other honors, Basile was the FCS Athletic Directors Association’s Defensive Back of the Year.
Having racked up 126 total tackles in his senior year, Basile adds an aggressive skill set to this Giants defensive back group. He’ll now be able to compete alongside Landon Collins, Darian Thompson, Curtis Riley as well as Janoris Jenkins.
Basile joins Big Blue being in a perfect position. The former Monmouth Hawk will now be able to showcase his talents in hopes of receiving a roster spot. He comes in at the heart of training camp and will possibly be able to suit up for the team’s first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night.
If he were to make the roster for the regular season, it’s unknown whether or not he’ll be able to see much time on the field. Even Thompson, who started every game for Big Blue in 2017 at the starting safety spot, should be concerned as far as playing time in 2018. The Giants seem to be leaning more towards Riley for that second safety spot. This, of course, is a position that’s responsible for working with Pro Bowl safety Collins an incredible amount.
However, with the accolades and achievements he’s been able to accomplish, Basile is expected to put on a good showing for coaches and fans this preseason.