The New York Football Giants are coming off a season that watched them earn a Wild Card berth in the NFC before running into a red hot Aaron Rodgers and falling to Green Bay in the first round of the postseason. While they were obviously good last year, New York feels they improved over the offseason and are ready to challenge Dallas for a division title in the year ahead.
2016 Record: 11-5
Notable Additions: WR Brandon Marshall, OL D.J. Fluker, TE Rhett Ellison, QB Geno Smith, RB Shaun Draughn
Notable Subtractions: WR Victor Cruz, CB Coty Sensabaugh, DT Johnathan Hankins, K Robbie Gould
Notable Rookies: TE Evan Engram, QB Davis Webb, DT Dalvin Tomlinson
Despite having significant offensive firepower the Giants’ offense was actually a relative weakness a year ago, and without the play of a dominant defense led by superstar safety Landon Collins, New York would never have sniffed the postseason. In 2017, the Giants will need to be much better on the offensive side of the ball to achieve the lofty expectations they’ve set for themselves. They’re confident the addition of big receiver Brandon Marshall will provide a lethal red zone target for Eli Manning and help open lanes for the mercurial Odell Beckham Jr. New York struggled mightily to maintain any type of running game a year ago, and after cutting veteran running back Rashad Jennings, the organization is putting immense faith in young Paul Perkins. In summary, the Giants unquestionably have the talent to compete for a postseason berth and even a division title, but there are several areas they’ll have to be much better in ’17 than they were a year ago. Any type of regression could cost them in what should be a highly competitive NFC East.