After a whirlwind first week of free agency followed by several days to cool their heels, the Giants were right back to tweaking their roster, adding one newcomer and re-signing one of their own free agents to boost their defense.
The newcomer is cornerback Zach Bowman, who per reports agreed to a one-year deal. The former Bear, who also excels on special teams, played six seasons for the Chicago Bears, recording three interceptions and one touchdown in 2013.
The returning player is defensive tackle Mike Patterson, who was with the Giants last season.
Bowman, who also started seven games for the Bears last season, has, according to Pro Football Focus, played 603 snaps, allowing 68.8 percent of the passes thrown at him to be completed for 488 yards and one touchdown. He also broke up six passes and recorded four interceptions.
Bowman joins what’s fat become a crowded cornerback group. Barring injuries, Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie figure to be the starters, Walter Thurmond III will be the nickel cornerback, and the fourth and fifth corners will be decided from a group that includes Trumaine McBride, Bowman, Jayron Hosley and Charles James.
Patterson, who last year signed with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent, played in all 16 games last year, finishing with 35 tackles (20 solo). Primarily a run stopper, Patterson also recorded 15 stops for zero or negative yardage in 413 snaps played, per PFF.
His return boosts the defensive interior depth, which took a hit when Linval Joseph signed with Minnesota as a free agent. The Giants defensive tackles currently consist of projected starters Cullen Jenkins and Johnathan Hanks, Patterson and Markus Kuhn.