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Having some fun picking members of the Giants to fill some pre-defined roles in 2013.
It could be early, but it's the offseason so we can have some fun with this. Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place on the New York Giants' home field at MetLife Stadium next February and we'll want nothing but for these guys to work their way back to the big game. Who will be playing some of the biggest roles to get there? Here is a list below and you guys and make your picks, too.
Enforcer: Tom Coughlin
Coughlin is just one of those coaches that makes you stop dead in your tracks and listen. He has his values, he has his morals, and he has his style of football. Coughlin is one of those no-nonsense, old school football coaches. He has some of the highest respect in the league, and there's a reason for that.
Brain: Eli Manning
When Manning is on, there is no smarter quarterback in the league. When Manning is allowed the final two minutes to roam and be free, you can't stop him. Manning is the one that will have to outsmart the opponent.
Technician: Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks
Cruz and Nicks are tied here because they each have a unique style and technique to get open for Manning. Even if Manning throws one of those high passes, they find a way to get it. Cruz is quick in the slot and Nicks is a master down the sideline.
Loose Cannon: David Wilson
It took a while for Wilson to get going in 2012, but once he did he was faster than the wind. The Giants will be relying on Wilson to continuing running like The Flash in 2013 if they want their running game to be at their best.
Motivator: Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle
If Ahmad Bradshaw was still a Giant, his name would be here. Some Giants fans will not like my picking of Tuck, but let's be honest. He does lead a lot of the pre-game speeches, and he had that great one before Super Bowl XLVI. He's in the final year of his contract. He'll want to try and go out strong. As for Rolle, he's one that should step up as the motivator, and I think this is his opportunity to do so. He speaks his mind and needs to translate that into motivating his secondary.
Prankster: The team
The Giants usually keep their shenanigans in the locker room, except for when Steve Weatherford's video of Jason Pierre-Paul dumping Prince Amukamara in the cold tub went viral. Everyone was around to see that in the video. Manning is known for pulling pranks on the guys, which they all returned the favor after throwing bananas in his locker after his stint on Saturday Night Live. To me, it's a toss up for who to put here.
Muscle: Jason Pierre-Paul
When he's on his game, there is no bigger force of nature than Jason Pierre-Paul. His athleticism is unlike anything I've seen and his ability to get to the quarterback quick is incredible. He didn't get to the quarterback as often as we would have liked to see in 2012, but his stopping of the run game was among the best. If JPP finds his way back to the quarterback, look out.
This is what I came up with. Now you guys go ahead and pick away at it!
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[Note by Ed Valentine: This is a sponsored post, as you should be able to see from the branding attached. The roles are from the sponsor, and Kelsey has had some fun pegging Giants to fill them. Now it's your tun, so have at it.]