5 Positions the New York Giants Need to Target in the Offseason
Five Areas to Target
Finally, it’s all over. The New York Giants’ victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday marked the end of a pretty disastrous year. Although New York was able to win seven of their last 10 games, the six-game losing streak to start the year haunted their record for the duration of the season. Many of the games that the Giants were able to win came against weak teams in an unconvincing fashion. But, at this point, it’s time to move on.
Now that the 2013 season is behind them, the Giants can use the offseason to make some much-needed improvements. It’s clear that the Giants cannot just simply try and retain the talent that they already have; they must become substantially better in several areas. New York already has some key pieces that they can move forward with, like Eli Manning and Victor Cruz on offense. The Giants are not starting from scratch. They just have to build around some of the talent already on the roster.
In the past few years, the Giants haven’t been a team to spend a lot of money and make big splashes in free agency. That may have to change if New York is serious about another Super Bowl run in the not-so-distant future. The Giants need to successfully use the free-agent market and the NFL draft to transform themselves into a better football team. There sure are a lot of areas where the team needs to improve.
Here are five positions that the New York Giants must target in the offseason.
5. Wide Receivers
The Giants have Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan locked up for next season. Hakeem Nicks is a free agent and will most likely part ways with the Giants after back-to-back disappointing years. Cruz puts up No.1 receiver-type numbers, but the Giants need to have another playmaker on the outside with more size. Randle may eventually become that guy for New York, but he wasn’t consistent enough this season. The Giants could go after a wide receiver in the draft like Sammy Watkins from Clemson or they could try and reel in a free agent like Eric Decker or Golden Tate.
When all was said and done, New York’s secondary had a pretty good season. Prince Amukamara has continued to improve and is now a borderline No. 1 cornerback. Corey Webster will most likely be gone in the offseason and Terrell Thomas is a free agent. Trumaine McBride is a decent player but it would be nice to upgrade in that position. The Giants need to add depth to their secondary and try to acquire or draft another solid cornerback. He doesn’t have to be a bona fide No. 1, but he should be an established player. Another good corner could turn this secondary into something special.
The Giants drastically improved their struggling linebacking corps when they acquired Jon Beason from the Panthers for only a late-round draft pick. The first order of business should be re-signing Beason in the offseason. He is a leader who still has a lot of good football left in him. New York may also be wise to draft a young stud. The Giants haven’t been drafting big name linebackers in recent years but the lack of talent the team had at linebacker to start the season was staggering. A linebacker like C.J. Mosley, out of Alabama, would be a nice addition to the defense.
2. Defensive Line
Once again, New York’s pass rush struggled this season. Justin Tuck had a very nice second half of the season, finishing with 11 sacks. It would be nice to see Tuck return to the Giants but the front office certainly cannot break the bank trying to do so. Nobody knows what kind of state Jason Pierre-Paul is going to be in next season and its clear Mathias Kiwanuka’s best days are behind him. Damontre Moore made a splash on special teams but didn’t do much with his defensive snaps. Another pass rusher could bring the Giants’ defense to a whole new level, like we saw in 2007 and 2011.
1. Offensive Line
Where to begin? The Giants had a number of issues this season but none bigger than the constant struggles from the offensive line. Rookie Justin Pugh was thrown into the fire immediately and ended up being the lone bright spot along the O-Line. New York sunk big bills into Will Beatty and that looks more and more like money flushed down the toilet. Chris Snee, David Diehl and David Baas could be done in New York, which means that reconstruction on the offensive line must start immediately. Both free agency and the draft should be used to boost the train wreck that was the offensive line this year.