By Daniel Brennan on March 23, 2014
The New York Giants have been very active this offseason. New York has already boosted their secondary and added to their linebacking corps. However, while some improvements have been made, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Here are five areas of the team that still need to be worked on if the Giants want to be considered as a contender in 2014.
After the departure of Linval Joseph, the Giants are left with Cullen Jenkins and Johnathan Hankins. Jenkins had a very solid 2014 but Hankins is still unproven heading into just his second season in the NFL. Look for the Giants to add a veteran for cheap money or pick up a defensive tackle in the middle-to-late rounds of the draft. Either way, they definitely need to add someone because depth is important along the defensive line.
Justin Tuck joined Joseph on his way out of New York. Tuck led the Giants in sacks last season with 11. Without Tuck, New York now drastically needs help. Jason Pierre-Paul is coming off of two seasons hampered by injuries and the other defensive end the Giants have is Damontre Moore. Moore made some noise on special teams in his rookie season but was otherwise pretty irrelevant when he was lined up on the defensive side of the football.
Last season was a minor disaster at tight end for the Giants. Brandon Myers' inability to block became a major factor during the 2013 season and basically overshadowed anything he did in the receiving game (which really wasn't much). Right now, the Giants have Adrien Robinson as their starting tight end. That cannot be the case heading into the season. They may draft Eric Ebron if he falls to New York at No. 12.
The offensive line was the source of the biggest problems for the Giants in 2013. Changes have been made this offseason but it hasn't been anything really drastic. The Giants did sign Geoff Schwartz but still lack a good option at center. This is an area that cannot be overlooked and New York should have learned that after this past season, when the o-line's inability to protect Eli Manning completely took away any kind of offensive rhythm.
Another reason for the offense's struggles in 2013 was the inconsistent play from New York's wide receivers. Victor Cruz was the only reliable target for Manning, as Hakeem Nicks looked like he was playing to avoid injury and Rueben Randle is still finding his footing on the NFL stage. Randle could become a very good receiver but the chemistry between him and Manning is still very much a work-in-progress.
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