The Weekly BEast Report: Reviewing The New York Giants Offseason

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  1. CCBoy

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    The Weekly BEast Report: Reviewing The New York Giants Offseason
    By DawnMacelli

    The 2013 NFL season was one that New York Giants fans would just as soon forget. The Giants finished the season with a 7-9 record to finish in third place in the NFC East, but only as a result of a serious turnaround in the second half to allow them to reach that point. It took Tom Coughlin's squad seven weeks to notch the first tally in the win column, and veteran quarterback Eli Manning never really got on track, even once the team started winning. It was the defense who helped the team turn things around to close the season. A squad that had failed to hold an opponent under 30 points over the first several games managed to finish the last ten weeks of the season by allowing an average of 17.5 points per game. That was the one significant bright spot in the Big Apple in 2013.

    One of the biggest issues that hampered Big Blue was a familiar one to the Dallas Cowboys; the offensive line was a train-wreck and their issues played a large role in why Manning floundered his way to his worst season in several years. The franchise is not going to give up on the younger Manning brother, but they clearly need to get him some help up front. The lack of a consistent ground game (only partially due to the struggles up front) is another area that the G-men needed to address, as is the departure of Hakeem Nicks. Even the once vaunted defensive front required some special attention. All told, the front office in New York entered the 2014 NFL year with several glaring needs to fix. Less glaring but still of concern was the need to bolster both the DB's and linebackers.

    Jerry Reese, the GM in New York, made replacing Nicks the biggest priority during the draft. The team passed on strengthening themselves in the trenches by skipping over both Aaron Donald on defense and Zack Martin on offense. Instead they went after a playmaker for Manning, Odell Beckham, Jr. from LSU. The issues up front were addressed with the team's second- and third-round selections, center Weston Richburg out of Colorado State will add some young beef in front of Manning while third-rounder Jay Bromley from Syracuse will get after opposing passers from the DT slot. They used a fourth-round selection to bring in a running back, Boston College's Andre Williams. Returning to the need to bolster the pass rush, the Giants also added edge rusher Devon Kennard of USC later in the draft...
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    Five Things To Watch: Games 9-12
    Posted Jul 13, 2014

    By Alex Smith

    Our 2014 season previews are now well into the second half of the Eagles schedule. The third quarter of the schedule features four November matchups, which may bode well for the Eagles, who finished last November undefeated, going 3-0 with a bye week. Can they repeat that success in 2014? Here are five things to watch in the third four-game stretch of the season ...

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  3. Denim Chicken

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    I think they will regret passing on Donald & Martin.
  4. CCBoy

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    9. New York Giants - Secondary

    Bill Kostroun/Associated Press
    Starters: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps, Prince Amukamara

    Key Contributors: Walter Thurmond, Stevie Brown, Nat Berhe (rookie), C.J. Barnett (rookie), Cooper Taylor

    When you opened this article, did you think you'd see the New York Giants in the top 10? I'm certain many did not, but the Giants are well-deserving.

    The play in the New York secondary starts with cornerback Prince Amukamara. The former first-round pick from Nebraska has lived up to those hopes and is becoming a star on the boundary. He's assisted by two newcomers—Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and slot cornerback Walter Thurmond. Thurmond, coming from Seattle, might be the best slot cornerback in the entire game.

    The safety position isn't as promising, but Antrel Rolle is solid. Quintin Demps may lose his starting job to Nat Berhe sooner rather than later, and team sources are raving about Cooper Taylor as an up-and-comer in the secondary. If Stevie Brown can bounce back and play like he did in 2012 (eight interceptions), the team could have a nice surprise at strong safety.

    The overall talent—both in the starting lineup and in depth—is impressive in New York, and the Giants are definitely a top secondary on paper.
  5. DFWJC

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    The lead story failed to mention maybe the Giants best offseason move; they added starting left guard Geoff Schwartz.

    Their center position will be better with the addition of Weston-- who was more highly rated that Freddy on draft day. Plus JD Walton is healthy, though Weston ay take his spot.

    They drafted Jon Hankins early last year for DT and brought in Robert Ayers for DE.

    In other words, the did not ignore the trenches at all.

    BTW, the Giants did go 7-3 in their last 10 games.

    Hopefully we whoop their tails twice again anyway:D

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