We all knew we were going to be losing a few guys. It happens every year. Goodbye Boss, Smith, Brofield and surely a few LBs I won't even name, and a few good ole boys on the OL. Change has come for the Giants, as they are looking to get younger across the board. You can whine and cry about the salary cap restrictions from this year, but the fact is we had a very real chance to make some noise last season. So Jerry was allowed to spend it up to try and help us win a SuperBlow. That failed, and nobody in the course of history could have predicted what the new agreement would be. NO ONE. So don't say Jerry screwed the pooch on this one. Did you want to win last year? We all wanted to get into the playoffs last season, it didnt happen but Reese gave us every chance to get there. He is doing the same thing right now. In order to get better this current Giants team needed to get younger, to get rid of the old players, the hurt players, and the replaceable players. All 3 of the players I mentioned above all fall in within the context of my previous statement.
Now to get to the beef. What we currently have on the roster and who we know WILL make the team. This is not my attempt to guess at roster spots. I will also not cover every position, just the guys who we know will make plays for us all season long.
Oh that's right, we have a Super Bowl MVP back there. Don't ever sleep on the gunslinger.
We got a couple of beasts lining up on the outside for us this year. Did I mention that they are only in their 3rd and 4th years respectively. Both Manningham and Nicks have big play potential on every play, and since their arrival they have improved their play each season. Sure we do not know who are 3rd WR is going to be at this point, but there is alot of promising talent sitting behind this two headed dragon.
Lining up in the backfield we have a two headed monster. They will provide a balanced offense as the Giants look to ground and pound opponents. Did I mention the fact that we will be able run left this year. That is going to make a huge difference in our game.
OL Now I did look pretty hard to find a nice picture of Kevin Boothe big ass. But I couldnt find one. Besides Madden is the only guy who wants to see or talk about Olinemans sweaty jocks. So here's a picture of Reby instead.
The Giants drastically improved their Oline, but it didnt make noise waves like all the Philly signings. We now have a much better tackle in William Beatty then we did last year and a healthy center and new addition David Baas. David Diehl is moving inside to his real position and he will have a much easier time handle defensive tackles than speed rushers. We know what we have in Snee and Mac on the right side. If this group stays healthy we will be running the ball down the collective throat of the opposition.
O Boy O Boy O Boy O Boy Seriously I'm positive that a few of the pessimists on here forget that the Giants have the friggen best Dline in the league. And the talent that is waiting behind the starters is ridiculous .
10 FFs last year, I'm sure more to come this year, you don't just get 10 without being extremely good at it...JR please pay the man, he wants to eat QBs.
Let's not forget the main man on defense. We know what he all is the best defensive player on the team.
Lets not forget the fact that Chris Canty is the one who actually draws the double team. Lets see what happens when Linval gets reps this season. The dude is mammoth. How about a nightmare for opposing QBs
But what we have no LBzzz
Sure we do, his name is...Kiwi
Why sign a FA when the best possible LB out there for the Giants is already on the Giants. It was our LB signing of the offseason...duh. Teams just aren't going to be able to run the ball on us on 1st or 2nd down when he is in the game. Boley is a solid starter and good in pass coverage and Goff will improve in his second year of the defense. The dude in the middle is a thumper. He had several tackles for a loss last season and he will also help deny the run game. His is 25 years old and going into his 2nd year in Fewell's scheme.
Both are reliable. Both are above average corners. Sure TT gets burnt from time to time, but WRs get paid too. There's also the fact that we got Prince on the bench, sure he got hurt but it's only a broken bone, quick healing time compared to say micro fracture surgery. Prince has a good chance to make a difference later in the season.
It's year two for Kenny Phillips. No silly not in his career, in his recovery from the surgery way back in 09. Yea he's going to be back this season again. Let me repeat that. Kenny Philips is going to be back this season. The old Kenny Phillips. The dude we watched eat Tony Romo up in the first game at Jerrahworld. I think he is going to have a Osi type season for the coverage unit. Which brings me to Antrel Rolle. He was able to move around last season and play close to the line, but he did not have the type of season anyone expected. Well that's because it is hard to get a pick 6 let alone just the pick when your playing up so close to the line. Kenny isn't playing centerfield this season, he's moving back to safety where he should be. Antrel is taking someone to the house this season, and I'm going to put my money that it's going to be on Mike Vick.
See all hope is not lost. Show some faith, some love for your team. GO GMEN!!!