The new NFL season is right around the corner and unfortunately for the New York Giants they saw more people leave the team this off-season than arrivals.
A big one that hurt was wide receiver Steve Smith joining the rival Philadelphia Eagles.
I’m never worried about the Giants though, especially their defense; they are in contention every season. This year should be no different.
New names and some familiar faces are just going to have to step up for the New York Giants to succeed this 2011 NFL season.
Here are five New York Giants that will need to step-up this season.
Matt Dodge: You could say he single-handedly cost the Giants the season last year when for some reason he decided to punt to Eagles’ Desean Jackson and I’m sure you know the rest. He needs to get his head straight and not make the same mistakes like he did last year.
Mario Manningham: With the exit of Steve Smith, the number two wide receiver slot is wide open. The quick and talented Manningham has the tools to have a 1,000-yard season. His success will help keep the double and triple teams off Hakeem Nicks.
Brandon Jacobs: The burly running back is going to have to return to his 2008 form where he dropped 15 touchdowns. If someone would just tell him to lower his shoulders he shouldn’t have a problem running over anyone.
The Offensive Line: The Giants cut Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert on July 28th. That means a new line will have to gel and protect Manning. The team will have no chance to succeed if they can’t keep Manning off the ground.
Tight End Position: Kevin Boss signed with the Oakland Raiders (Go Figure?) and now the position is open for the taking. Whoever is named the starter will have to keep defenses honest. If the opposition doesn’t fear the tight ends then you’ll see the wideouts smothered every game.