As the anticipation builds for the looming draft we can only wonder what the 2014 season holds for the New York Giants. 24 free agents have been signed so far and have added strength to the growing team. GM Jerry Reese said that this season is a “massive reconstruction” project but what about the skeleton of the team. All the hype recently has been about the new members but what about the veterans on the Giants’ roster. New and old must gel together to avoid another crushing 7-9 season.
Eli Manning- The battle-scarred quarterback is the pivotal player in the Giants’ offense. Manning has been with the team for 10 years and suffered a terrible 2013 season. He threw 23 interceptions and needs to make immediate changes on offense if the team wants any shot at the Super Bowl this year. Manning’s skills with new and old offensive players are vital to the success of the team.
Victor Cruz- The wide receiver fully recovered from his knee injury and is expected to be playing at full speed shortly. New offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo has high expectations that he will turn the offensive game around and he can do that with the players like Cruz.
Jason Pierre-Paul- The defensive end has had a turbulent battle with physical health for the past two seasons. With intense back and shoulder injuries it is still unclear of what is in store for 2014 season. General manager Jerry Reese is optimistic of his recover and said “Hopefully the offseason will give him a little bit more time to heal up.” Pierre-Paul tweeted March 3 “2013 season was the worse season 4 me, INJURIES held me back. I’ve been working my butt off this OFF-SEASON I’m so ready for 2014 season.” Only time will tell what the Giants will be working with.
Justin Pugh- The first round draft pick last season showed his skills at offensive tackle and earned his spot on the team. With one season experience I think Pugh has the motivation and new manpower to correct the mistakes the offensive line made last season. This year he will be sporting his high school and college number, 67. He made the switch from 72 with Brandon Mosely.
Henry Hynoski and John Conner- The two healthy fullbacks will have to compete in training camp for the starting position. Conner took over for Hynoski in 2013 because of injury and now with both healthy a decision has to be made. The Giants have no other choice but to make them compete for the coveted spot.
Jon Beason- Clearly Beason proved himself last season because he was re-signed as a Giant. Beason is going to need to rally his defense and pick up where Justin Tuck used to shine. The strong Giant defense has lost their captain however they can find leadership skill and determination in Beason.
The New York Giants have a lot in store for this upcoming 2014 season. With players coming back and new members on the team it will be exciting to see them get started at training camp. Hopes are high they can adjust what certainly didn’t work previously.