NFC East Preview- New York Giants

The New York Giants had one thing on their mind from last season: repeat

Losing two key players can raise a lot of question marks for Big Blue though, especially at wide receiver.

The Giants are still loaded, but have major questions at the wide out position. Who is going to step up at this position? With Plaxico Burress gone after his legal troubles, and Amani Toomer leaving for Kansas City, the projected starters are Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith. They have a lot of young and unproven talent though in Mario Manningham and Sinorice Moss. Another player who might sneak in and be the third receiver is the first-round pick Hakeem Nicks, who has been known for making some great highlight reel catches through out the 2008 season in college football. Despite these questions at wide receiver, they have a loaded offense. The offensive line is still the same from their Super Bowl run, Eli Manning is back and happy after re-signing an extension that keeps him in the Big Apple throughout the 2015 season. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw are back at running back, the only key player missing from the running game is Derrick Ward, who took off for Tampa Bay to be the feature back there in the Buccaneers rebuilding project. It will be a huge test for Eli Manning as he does not have the security blanket of Plaxico Burress, and if he really shows his leadership through the young receivers that he will be working with.

The defense, which was banged up for a lot of last season, is back and healthy. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are back, Antonio Pierce is focused now after all the Burress association and legal issues surrounded him. They made quite a few good signings by picking up Chris Canty from the Dallas Cowboys. With Umenyiora back, expect a lot more sacks from this unit that produced an NFL best 53 in 2007. However, there’s no Michael Strahan to compliment Umenyiora.

The Giants will make the playoffs because they are a very disciplined team. This team has what it takes to win it all, but on paper, Philadelphia and Dallas are slightly better, but do not be surprised to see Big Blue at the top of the division.

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