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What the Giants still need to get done and how they can do it

The Giants have been pretty impressive in terms of keeping and acquiring talent.  I will break down the needed action by position

Quarterback-   It's pretty clear Eli Manning is the man and will be the man at least for all of this season.  The real question to be learned this year will be if last season's decline was due to age or was due to a lack of talent around him.    As for a backup, it seems the Giants could be content to ride with Josh Johnson and Geno Smith fighting it out as Eli's backup.  While the Giants drafting a QB wouldn't be a surprise, I think the quality of the draft class will make such a move unlikely. 

Running Back-   Paul Perkins and his 4.1 yd/carry average shows the team has their starting RB.  Behind him, they have fan/beat writer favorite Darkwa and 3rd down specialist Vereen.  With the RB draft class being plentiful one would expect to see the Giants draft a companion for Perkins.  However with many other draft needs/wants/could use drafting a RB isn't a sure thing.  Ellison fills the need if the Giants want to use a FB next season.

Wide Receiver-  If there is one area where the team has it's work completed it's at WR.  With OBJ, Marshal and Shepard as their top 3 and sophomores Lewis and King behind them, this position is set

Tight End-  The Giants have a top three of blocking TE Ellison, promising rookie TE Adams and Will Tye (who seemed to regress a bit from a promising rookie season) the team could stand pat.   I suspect the only way the team adds a TE is if the talent falling to them is too great to pass (with this TE class that's a real possibility).

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53 Man Roster Projection

Quarterback

Eli Manning
Ryan Nassib

Running Backs

Rashad Jennings
Paul Perkins
Shane Vereen
Andre Williams

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My observations from the 1st pre-season game

I have very mixed feelings about this team and (as many of you know), A LOT of questions about the roster and Coaching / Front Office.  All of that being said, here are my observations:

Offense:

QB: Eli didn't play and Eli is the BEST of this team so the Quarterback position for this game was at best a question mark.
Unfortunately the answer to the question for me is that there is no one behind Eli who is equipped to handle the bright lights of the NFL (especially in the glare of NYC). Nassib was not mentally prepared to start (and while the OL was far from stellar...I'll get to them in a minute) he showed little pocket presence, rarely (if ever) took advantage of his mobility and never set and threw through his body all night. In short 9albeit a 1 game sample) he failed miserably as a starter. I saw one pass all night that was placed where it was needed to be placed. Literally every other throw was an under throw, not placed to give his receiver the advantage in the match up, and often put the ball where he was pretty much begging for the receiver to fall awkwardly, expose his body to a big hit and otherwise get hurt on the play. I won't bother evaluating the 3rd stringer because I don't see him on an NFL roster this season at all.

WR: Shephard looks like the real deal and I'm excited to see him pair up with Odell. He literally bailed Nassib out on the short hopped long ball that he did a reverse
lay out to catch (I was afraid he was hurt because of the awkward come back to get the ball). Geremy Davis and Roger Lewis have great potential...this unit could be one of the Giants strengths.

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 I suspect what happened last year was the 2 deep zone. They gave the short stuff to us. We had no way to counter that. I believe we now will be able to counter. EE will be able to run the seam and he will have to be defended. That will leave at least ...
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Hey - the o-line is there!  That is all that matters!  They need the most work!Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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I'm not terribly concerned with either being there either...but if you'd ask me which i prefer, no doubt i'd prefer they be there.Sometime it's the little things that make all the difference in the world...showing up with your teammates, even when you...
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I would guess that it will prove to have been a decent Draft although not exactly what I hoped they would do. Once again, however, JR's moves in FA are to be applauded. I don't follow your reasoning, Phil. I am referring to the notion that if Ellison ...
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Just to be clear, I am not concerned with either player being at OTAs.  I am just pointing out the difference in attention both receive from fans and media.
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Can Deayon fill one of Giants’ openings at cornerback? Donte Deayon came to the New York Giants last season as an undrafted free agent, a miniscule 5-foot-9, 158-pound cornerback with big NFL dreams. Could he make it in the league despite the fact that even the smallest players he would line up against are 20-30 pounds heavier? Shoot, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is seven inches taller and 65 to 70 pounds heavier. Well, Double D, as defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo affectionately calls Deayon, is still around. He spent some time on the practice squad last year before suffering a...
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