Jun 16, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) participates in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports
2. Lack Of Experience:
The Giants have a lack of experience in many key positions. This can be seen in an optimistic outlook as a youth movement. In the theme of today’s discussion, we won’t go with this optimistic approach. The Giants first two 2015 draft picks are pegged to be starters. Flowers of course will be part of that frustratingly built offensive line. Collins will be the starting strong safety.
Both Flowers and Collins have traits that are concerning coming into the game. While Flowers is the biggest and most powerful offensive lineman I have seen come out of the draft in some time, he is a raw pass protector that struggles with speed off the edge and he can become an unbalanced blocker. Collins has the physical tools to do it all but Alabama he was used almost as an extra linebacker. Collins will have to prove that he is more than an in the box safety in the NFL. Whether it ends up being Nat Berhe or Cooper Taylor, the Giants are going to start an inexperienced player at the free safety position.
The Giants have youth all over their roster though. The starting center position will be between Weston Richburg and Brett Jones. Jones is a rookie from the Canadian Football League, Richburg is entering his second season. Larry Donnell is entering only his second full season as a starting tight end. One the defensive side, Devon Kennard is entering his second season at linebacker. The Giants are expecting big things from Damontre Moore who is only 22 years of age. Owamagbe Odighizuwa is expected to work in to the rotation as a rookie at the defensive end position. The point is while Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin have won two Super Bowls with the Giants, this is a team that can’t say they’ve been there and done that.
Next: 3. The Defensive Secondary