Can the Giants progress from a solid season last year or will the cracks begin to show?
The Giants had a solid season last year there’s no doubt about that and with the additions of Marshall and Engram they should do so again, however it’s not all positive as the same problems that have hampered the offense recently remain.
The Giants did a great job of beefing up the defense last year through a combination of free agency and a much improved Landon Collins who in all seriousness had a tough time as a rookie. The return of Jason Pierre-Paul after a badly timed injury last year should be a real positive if he can pick up where he left off. Along with Vernon, Jenkins and Harrison they could quite possibly have one of the best defenses in the league.
The problems with the O-line, a QB who is regressing (albeit slowly) and a none existent running game however could prevent them from achieving their full potential.
The giants appeared to make no real attempt to improve the O-line through the off season which is either a result of the huge amounts of money they spent last year in free agency or quite honestly just a mistake. Eli isn’t getting any younger and his time in the pocket was a real problem last year so adding extra weapons for him to aim for doesn’t resolve the underlying issues.
On the subject of Eli there’s no doubt that he’s regressing, it may be slow but considering what he’s got in terms of protection it could be significant, especially when you consider the small margin of victory in a large number of games last year. Engram and Marshall should definitely help Eli in terms of options but it remains to be seen if he’ll have the time to find them.
As hard as it is to forget about the O-line issues, putting that aside for a second there’s no question that in terms of weapons available, the Giants are up there with the best in the league. Odell Beckham Jr. will have the best season of his career in my opinion as he looks to get paid and with the additions of Engram and Marshall not to mention Sterling who had a solid rookie season there are some real positives there.
Overall there are positives and negatives as there always are. If the O-line can have even a slightly improved year combined with the new additions and head coach going into his second year the Giants could have another solid season and really push for a playoff spot, however there are a still a number of concerns. The schedule is tough and the Giants could know how their season is going to pan out by the end of week 4, therefore a good start is vital. Couple that with the issues highlighted above and the potential that just a couple of injuries could seriously disrupt an already thin looking team, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.