With the 3rd week of the preseason coming to an end, let’s take a looking at the 2017 New York Giants. Coming off a 2016 season in which they would go 11-5 and finished 2nd in the NFC East, and 5th in the NFC, the Giants are going to look to build it in 2017.
It won’t be easy, but it can be done. The giants have brought back the same defense from 2016, who finished the year ranked 4th against the run, 23rd against the pass and 10th in the NFL in total defense. The problem in 2016 surprising was the high-powered offense. The offense would go on to rank 25th in total offense, 17th in passing offense and 29th in rushing offense. After all of that, let’s look at some things to look at during the 2017 season.
Adding Brandon Marshall – On February 13th, the Giants decided to release fan favorite Victor Cruz. Despite the good play of rookie Sterling Shepard, the team decided they needed another offensive weapon to join the receiving core. On March 8th, the Giants would go on to sign New York Jets cap casualty Brandon Marshall. Going into his 12th season, Marshall was brought in not just for his on the field presence but his off the field leadership. Despite off the field trouble in the pass, Marshall has since shown maturity off the field. Most importantly, on the field, Marshall has become one of the most reliable receivers in the NFL. Being 6’4, he is set up to be the big receive the Giants have been missing down in the red zone since Plaxico Burress. I don’t expect him to put up crazy numbers, but I do expect to see most, if not all goal lines fad passed thrown up to the tall wide out.
2017 Draft Class – Since drafting Eli Manning in 2004, the New York Giants. One position the Giants have had an issue with is Tight End, minus Jeremy Shockey of course. One thing Eli has done well, make not good tight ends look like pro bowls. After Shockey, Eli has made guys such as Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, Bear Pascoe into Super Bowl champions. Now, I’m not saying they were bad tight ends, I’m just saying they weren’t supposed to be making big plays in Super Bowl runs. Despite good play from 2016 rookie Sterling Shepard and break out year for Will Tye, the team decided stick with offense in the first round. Drafting highly talented tight end Evan Engram out of Ole Miss in the first round.
A tall, athletic player who can line up as a traditional tight end, in the slot or even on the outside. I’m really looking forward to watching this kid play. The team also needed to add young depth to the defensive line, adding Dalvin Tomlinson out of Alabama in the 2nd round and Avery Moss out of Youngstown State. Tomlinson has been having a good camp/preseason and is on pace to possibly become a starting defensive tackle with the depart of Johnathan Hankins. Other draft picks are depth picks. Expect for third rounder Davis Webb, who some people believe will be the successor to Eli Manning.
The offensive line- One of the big reasons for the lack of offense in 2016 was the offensive line. Ereck Flowers is going into his 3rd season and for the first time, this off-season, Flowers got a lot of praises going into the camp. Than preseason games started. With the return of Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, and the addition of DJ Fluker, the giants are going to ask for a big year from Flowers and Bobby Hart. Despite what I believed was a good job by Hart last year, the Giants, decided to bring in DJ Fluker for depth. Don’t forget, last season we saw the emergence of John Jerry as well who is expected to start at the RG position. In the 6th round of the NFL Draft, the Giants would go on to select Adam Bisnowaty, a tackle out of Pittsburgh. A tough, hard nose offensive lineman from Pitt. The Giants are going to need Flowers to really set up this season and protect Eli to get the offense on track this season.
Update 9/2 – Adam Bisnowaty has been cut from the 53 man roster.
Ben McAdoo’s Second Season- Going into McAdoo’s second season as head coach, the offense guru, is going to have to show a lot on that side of the ball. Becoming the offensive coordinator in 2014, McAdoo would improve the Giants offense dramatically. They would jump from the 28th ranked scoring offense in 2013 to 13th in 24 and then up to 6th in 2015. So, what happen in 2016 when McAdoo would become the 17th head coach in New York Giants history. It’s a big year for the offense, no excuses, plenty of weapons. So far through 3 preseason games, well 2 with the regulars, so far, the offense hasn’t looked to have improved. However, the defense looks poised to have another top of the league season.
2017 New York Giants Schedule- The scheduled is an interesting one this year. 6 games vs the NFC East, 4 games vs the AFC West, 4 games vs the NFC West and games vs the Lions and the Buccs. As per, Odds Shark the Giants 2017 over/under is 9. I truly believe, that in the NFC you will need at least 10 wins to make the playoffs. Can the Giants find 10 wins in their games? Going up against 4 2016 playoff teams, including the Cowboys, the 2015 Super Bowl Champs, a much-improved Tampa team and of course the always tough, NFC East, 2017 won’t be a cake walk to a repeated post season appearance. Also note, 4 out of the first 7 games on the road, a Thanksgiving Night game in Washington, and a Christmas Eve road game in Arizona, vs. a team in which I fully expect to improve this season. It won’t be easy.
Will the Giants Make the Playoffs? Like I just said, it won’t be easy. With a tough schedule, it won’t be easy at all. I do think they will get in because of the defense, but if they want to make an impact and a deep run, the offense is really going to have to show up this season like 2014 and 2015.
2017 Record prediction- 10-6
Team awards for 2017;
- Team MVP – Jason Pierre-Paul
- Offensive Break Out Player- Paul Perkins
- Defensive Break Out Player – Jay Bromley
- Most Impactful Rookie – Dalvin Tomlinson