New York Giants 2012 Schedule
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While Victor Cruz was catching headlines as a breakout star in the Giants offense, it was Eli Manning that was the driving force to allow this team another opportunity to win a championship. Manning clearly took his game to another level, which was needed as the running game struggled without Ahmad Bradshaw in stretches, and a patchwork defense.
Looking To Repeat
A few of the notable offensive players are gone as Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham both signed with the 49ers in free agency. While both player have contributed, it remains to be seen whether their absence will have a negative impact. For what it’s worth I think Manningham is expendable as he’s a sloppy route runner, and fails to sit down well and provide Manning a nice target to throw the football too.
What will be interesting to watch is if Cruz can be as effective on the outside as he was in the slot, that said, expect the Giants to use him out of the slot weekly. Another player to watch is Jerrel Jernigan as he may get a chance to be the third receiver, and in this offense, that means production.
Bradshaw may feel his feet are healthy but forgive me if I’m a non-believer. Hopefully, the Giants will be wise and find a way to land Doug Martin in the draft, but if they should fail to bring in a notable player, Da’Rel Scott could emerge as a candidate to run behind Bradshaw this year.
On defense, hopefully corner Terrell Thomas will return from his torn ACL, last preseason, as a capable starter because it may already be time to be concerned about last years first-round pick Prince Amukamara, as he’s still having problems with a foot injury, costing him time last year.
I’m sure the Giants will find a way to string together a workable secondary, even if they continue to play in sub-packages more often, because of lack of trust in the linebacking corps. One thing we can say, is New York’s upper management and coaching staff do a great job of finding and developing talent, so you never know who the next star will be from this team, to help them making another Super Bowl run.