The New York Giants are hoping that they did enough this offseason to avoid the pitfalls of their back to back losing seasons. The team was active early into free agency and had a strong draft class. But as we look at the team overall, is their hope for a fresh start or will the same old story haunt the Giants?
The Giants problems in the 2014 season consisted of a shaky and inconsistent offensive line, a soft front seven and a below average secondary. Some of these problems will still be there in the 2015 season.
With Will Beatty being sidelined for 5-6 months, and a raw rookie taking his place at left tackle, there is reason for concern on the offensive line. In fact other than Geoff Schwartz’s position nothing is quite a lock in reference to the offensive line.
The front seven should be better than it was last year. That of course isn’t saying an awful lot but it should be better. Pairing Jonathan Hankins with the newly acquired Kenrick Ellis should beef up the middle of the defense. J.T. Thomas, Devon Kennard and Jon Beason should be a quality linebacker group if all parties can stay healthy. Of course the uncertainty comes back when you think about Jason Pierre-Paul’s situation.
The secondary is another area of concern. The starting free safety will be either Nat Berhe, Josh Gordy, Cooper Taylor or Jeromy Miles. None of these players have much experience. Rookie from Alabama, Landon Collins is pegged as the starting strong safety. In the back-end of the defense where experience and communication are everything, the Giants have to be at least mildly worried.
The moral of the story is that the Giants still don’t have the dream offensive line, the running game is still something that I wouldn’t bet on and the defense certainly has it’s issues. The Giants have the same problems as they have had in the past two seasons, don’t be shocked if you get the same old results.