The past few years, the Giants have found players that were career backups, late round picks, or un-drafted players who have stepped up when the team needs them and have turned out to be key pieces to the team.
Last year, the Giants found two hidden gems- Andre Brown and Stevie Brown. We all know the stories, Andre Brown was a practice squad player, and wound up scoring 8 touchdowns on just over 70 carries. Stevie Brown was a 4th safety, and wound up having 8 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries last year, and is the starting Strong Safety this year. In 2011, it was Victor Cruz (the most notable player of this group) and Jake Ballard. Henry Hynoski was un-drafted and is now one of the best fullbacks in the league. Ahmad Bradshaw was a 7th round pick. Kevin Boss was a 5th round pick. Derrick Ward rushed for 1,000 yards in 2008, and was a 7th round pick who was signed off of the Jets' practice squad. And it goes on and on.
Of course, every team has players that come out of nowhere and wind up being very good, or maybe even franchise players. But the Giants and Jerry Reese seem to have a knack of finding those hidden gems more than anyone else. And of course, it's entirely possible nobody steps up this year, and the backups remain backups. But if you had to guess, who will be the surprise of 2013? Damontre Moore and Rueben Randle do not count.
Based on what I've seen this pre-season, I would guess Michael Cox. He's done very well in pre-season so far. If something happens to Andre Brown or David Wilson, even for a game, I have faith that he could step in and do a very nice job. He could turn this Wilson-Brown duo into a 3-headed monster, like Earth, Wind, and Fire.