By Nick Villano @nick_villano on April 28, 2014
The New York Giants were one of the biggest disappointments in the league to start the season last year. They went 0-6 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Being the team that represents the media empire that is New York City, this team is expected to be competitive on a yearly basis. If they fail to make the playoffs this season, there will be some changes. These five guys are looking at make-or-break seasons.
Jon Beason was brought back to the Giants this season after they traded for him four weeks into last season. 2013 was Beason's first healthy campaign in three years. He signed a three-year, back-loaded deal this offseason to stay in New York. The microscope will be on him to see if he can continue to revive his career. Another season-ending injury could add serious question marks to his future.
Rueben Randle will be expected to take the spot of Hakeem Nicks after he left for the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. He doubled nearly every stat over the last two seasons, and now that the pressure is on, it will be curious if he can truly become the second half of a one-two punch with Victor Cruz.
Eli Manning is not facing a make-or-break year in the fact that he could lose his job, but he can hurt his legacy. His two Super Bowl wins are starting to get overshadowed by the fact that he has led the league in interceptions four times (tied for the most times ever). He is still on pace for a Hall of Fame career, but if he continues on this regression it is no longer a guarantee.
Tom Coughlin has taken the Giants to two Super Bowls. He beat the undefeated New England Patriots and is the owner of the last championship from a team billed from New York. But that isn't enough in this market. He needs to bring this team to the playoffs this season for his job to be safe. Sometimes people say you need a change up front. Coughlin has been up and down in his decade as Giants coach, but he needs a good season in 2014.
The Giants went out and signed one of the best running backs on the market in Rashad Jennings. David Wilson has been in and out of the doghouse more than a bad husband. His fumbling issue is the main reason for this. He needs to learn how to hold onto the ball or he will end up being a bust.
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