I will be putting together lots of off-season reviews in the coming days. Let's start with a simple question, though. As the headline asks, who is the Big Blue View New York Giants Player of the Year?
Vote in the poll below and let us know who you think the best Giant player of 2010 was. I know at least one other fan group that does a similar type vote and actually presents their choice with an award during the following season's training camp. In all honesty I haven't thought this all the way through, but perhaps we can come up with something similar. At the very least I will let the Giants PR folks know who you guys choose and see if I can get an off-season interview with the winner.
Here are the candidates. These are the guys I think are most deserving of consideration and, no, I did not put them in my own preferred order. I'm not telling you what that is since I don't want to influence the poll at all.
- Ahmad Bradshaw: Had the first 1,000-yard season of his career, rushing for 1,235 yards (4.5 yards per carry). Added 314 receiving yards for a a total of 1,549 yards from scrimmage, 12th in the league. The six lost fumbles were the negative part of Bradshaw's season.
- Eli Manning: Look beyond the 25 interceptions and there were a lot of good things. He passed for 4,002 yards, his second straight 4,000-yard passing season. He established a career-high with 31 touchdown passes. He completed a career-best 62.9 percent of his passes. Is 339 completions were also a career high.
- Justin Tuck: Earned his trip to the Pro Bowl with a team-leading 11.5 sacks, a half-sack below his career best. Added 76 tackles, the most for any season of his six-year career.
- Rich Seubert: GM Jerry Reese called him the team's MVP, and he certainly has a valid argument. Seubert went from a guy most of us thought was finished after a poor, injury-plagued 2009 season to the most indispensable lineman the Giants had during a season of constant change. Moved flawlessy from left guard to center, where he had limited pro experience, and back again without any problem. Seubert faces a long rehab from a dislocated kneecap and an uncertain football future. There's no doubt how valuable he was in 2010, though.
- Hakeem Nicks: Caught a team-leading 79 passes for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 13 games. Had a few unfortunate drops, but he has developed into an outstanding receiver.
- Osi Umenyiora: Finished a resurgent season with 11.5 sacks, the third time in his career he has been in double figures in that category, and forced an NFL record-tying 10 fumbles. Re-established himself as a pass-rushing force coming off the edge.
- Darius Reynaud: Just kidding, just kidding!