Training camps are underway. The preseason has officially kicked off and the 2015 regular season is just weeks away. With that, let’s continue our look at the NFL, team by team, highlighting the good news, the bad news, and the overall impression.
New York Giants (6-10, 2-4 Div.)
Good News – Victor Cruz is healthy.
How’s this for a preview? WATCH OUT FOR THE GIANTS’ OFFENSE, and I’m not just talking about this.
Seriously, Victor Cruz is back healthy. He will be playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. The backfield is a three-headed monster made up of Andre Williams, Shane Vereen, and Rashad Jennings, 12 year veteran Eli Manning is still running the show. All of these guys now have a year of experience under their belts under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system. The sky is the limit if this team can cut down on their turnovers. Well that and one other thing….
Bad News – Ereck Flowers is the left tackle.
The Giants’ offseason got off to a disastrous start when left tackle, Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle and will likely be out for the season. That puts rookie first round pick Ereck Flowers in the starting role at left tackle. He was drafted to play on the right side, grow and mature in his technique, then transition to the left side and take over for Beatty. Obviously, those plans have now changed, leaving a big question mark for the Giants this year: Can the offensive line protect Eli Manning? Manning has had turnover problems in the past. Last year he threw 14 interceptions. Put him under duress and that number is not likely to decrease.
The New York Giants will return to the playoffs in 2015. They will win the NFC East and have a top ten offense to boot. Victor Cruz is healthy and is one of the best route runners in the NFL. Odell Beckham Jr. is just a freak, and the entire offense has a year of experience in Ben McAdoo’s offense, something they did not have a year ago and it showed. Both Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin are under pressure to win. This club has missed the playoffs he last 3 years, but they have the tools to be great this year.
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