By Kevin Major @KevinMajor_Rant on April 4, 2014
After a disappointing 2013 season that saw them lose their first six games, the New York Giants entered the offseason looking to revamp their roster. They have done just that, adding dozens of new players through free agency. In addition to their recent signings, the Giants will need several young players to increase their production this year. Here are five players who could have breakout seasons in 2014.
Damontre Moore saw just 136 snaps as a rookie and found himself playing primarily on special teams. However, after the Giants lost Justin Tuck in free agency, Moore will have an opportunity to start at defensive end opposite Jason Pierre-Paul. Moore is a big-time athlete who has the natural ability to be an impact pass-rusher. This season, he will have the chance to show what he can do.
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to a four-year, million contract this offseason. With David Wilson still recovering from a neck injury, the Giants will use Jennings as their primary back in 2014. New York hopes that Jennings, who rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders last season, can improve a rushing offense that ranked 29th in the NFL last season.
Will Hill is arguably the Giants' most talented defensive back. He is a solid tackler who also possesses great ball-skills. In only his second season, Hill recorded 77 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in just 12 games. Hill's issue is that he only played 12 games because he was suspended by the NFL for the first four. If Hill can cleanup his off-field issues, he could become one of the best safeties in the NFL.
As a rookie, Justin Pugh started all 16 games for the Giants and was the lone bright spot on an offensive line that struggled throughout the year. One of Pugh's strengths is his versatility. He played left tackle at Syracuse and right tackle for New York, but scouts believe he would be best suited at guard. No matter the position, Pugh has the potential to anchor a line that looks to be much improved from last season.
WIth Hakeem Nicks in Indy, Rueben Randle will take over as one of the Giants' starting receivers this season. Randle is a smooth route runner with good hands and above-average speed. Last year, Randle caught 41 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns. Now in his third year, Randle will be the Giants' primary outside threat at receiver. Randle should have plenty of one-on-one matchups with Victor Cruz drawing so much attention in the slot.
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