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The New York Giants entered the 2017 season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. That didn’t happen. Sadly, it wasn’t even close. The Giants stumbled their way through a 3-13 campaign and ended up with the second selection overall in the draft. The team suffered from its self-inflicted wounds, with a shoddy offensive line that just didn’t give Manning any time to scan the field. Couple that with the fact that Manning had fewer “trusted hands” to throw to. To add insult to injury, the wideouts that he focused on were “drop happy” all season. By the end of the season, the Giants led the league in dropped passes. So what did the Giants do this offseason to get back on the horse?
To kick off the offseason the team released a pair of veterans in punter Brad Wing and cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie. On the second day of free agency, they made four signings, two of which were to improve the offensive line- guard Patrick Omameh and tackle Nate Solder. Their next move was to trade defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay followed by the release of another veteran, wide receiver Dwayne Harris. Next, they signed a pair of defensive backs, Michael Thomas and William Gay to shore up their secondary, and to finish their offseason they released veteran wide receiver, Brandon Marshall.
For the draft, the Giants had just six selections, including that coveted second selection overall. There was a lot of debate over what they should do with that choice. Should they draft running back Saquon Barkley? Should they draft one of the quarterbacks to eventually replace Eli Manning? Should they trade down? They ended up going with Barkley, the running back from Penn State. Barkley is perhaps the most polished running back we’ve seen in the draft in recent memory. He should be the rookie of the year easily if all goes according to plan and he could very well get some MVP votes. In round two the Giants went back to the offensive line, drafting guard Will Hernandez from UTEP. In round three they went defense with outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter from Georgia. Also in round three, they added some depth to the defensive line with tackle B.J. Hill from North Carolina State. In round four they made a rather interesting choice- quarterback Kyle Lauletta from Richmond. They already had a mid-round project quarterback from a year ago in Davis Webb. He will slide into the backup role and Lauletta will be the third-string. To finish out their draft they added some more depth to their defensive line in tackle RJ McIntosh from Miami. Maybe 2017 was just an aberration for these Giants, and they will get back to playoffs in 2018. Or it could be that this isn’t as good of a team as we think it is at the moment.
The Giants entered the 2017 off-season needing help all over the place on offense, but their biggest need was the offensive line. They started by going out and signing guard Geoff Schwartz. They also drafted Colorado State center Weston Richburg, who will be penciled in as the week one starter at center. They also needed help at wide receiver and added former LSU standout Odell Beckham Jr. They replenished their running back depth with the nation’s leading rusher from 2013, Boston College running back Andre Williams.
The New York Giants were founded in 1925, and have long been one of the National Football League’s better-run franchises. They have been the champions of the National Football League four times, 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011. 2007 was the year in which they beat the undefeated New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl. That was the game notable for the famous catch by David Tyree on 4th down, with the game on the line. Many Patriots fans still claim that Patriots safety Rodney Harrison had a better grip on the ball than Tyree when they both hit the ground.
Giants Football Owner Changed The Face Of The NFL
The New York Giants are also known as having the most important owner in the history of American sports. Wellington Mara, the father of current Giants owner Tom Mara, took over as the owner in 1959. Without Wellington Mara, the NFL as we know it would not exist today. Mara brought revenue sharing and the idea of a salary cap to the league.
The Giants have recently become known as a team who seemingly pulls one out of nowhere when you least expect it. The 2007 season was one, the 2011 season was another. In both seasons, they didn’t have great records. In both years they walked away as Super Bowl Champions. These runs are often built on players you have never heard of until they step up and do something. For example, nobody had heard of Justin Tuck until he made Tom Brady’s fourth Super Bowl appearance a living nightmare.
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The New York Giants, one of the best teams of the last 10 years, had an injury-plagued, and abysmal 2014 season. The Giants finished the season 6-10, good for third place in the NFC East, and nowhere near playoff contention. The most notable of these injuries was All-Pro wide receiver, Victor Cruz. However, there is a silver lining in the Victor Cruz injury. The subtraction of Cruz from the lineup allowed rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham to shine as the number one. Odell learned a quick lesson in the big leagues and will be ready for 2015. The New York Giants enter 2015 with much higher expectations than they entered 2014. Victor Cruz looks to return healthy, and if he does, the Giants could have their best wide receiver combination in years. As a result, Eli Manning could be due for one of his best seasons ever in the NFL.