The 5 Biggest New York Giants Rumors Heading into OTAs

The 5 Biggest New York Giants Rumors Heading into OTAs

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The New Giants haven't qualified for the postseason since winning the Super Bowl two years ago. Getting back to the playoffs and potentially the big game in 2014 will require drastic improvement in several areas. Some of that improvement must transpire during the club's OTAs. Here are five rumors surrounding the team at this juncture of the offseason.

5. Peyton Hillis Could Be Surprise Cut

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5. Peyton Hillis Could Be Surprise Cut

Peyton Hillis
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The infamous "Madden curse" appears very real for Peyton Hillis. Ever since Hillis produced 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010 and subsequently graced the cover of Madden NFL 12, he hasn't sniffed 4.0 yards per carry and is now playing on his third team since being let go by the Browns. That downward slope could get worse for Hillis, who will have to earn his way onto the 53-man roster after the Giants drafted Andre Williams.

4. Mario Manningham Could Be Surprise Cut

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4. Mario Manningham Could Be Surprise Cut

Mario Manningham
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Wide receiver Mario Manningham was a key contributor for the Giants during the club's last Super Bowl title in 2011. But after two disappointing seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Manningham has returned to New York to reinvigorate his career. First, he must earn a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Victor Cruz, Odell Beckahm Jr., Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan could all enter the summer ahead of Manningham on the depth chart.

3. J.D. Walton is Finally Healthy

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3. J.D. Walton is Finally Healthy

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Center J.D. Walton has basically missed two full seasons of football after breaking an ankle in 2012. Now that he's fully healthy, though, he's expected to compete for a starting role with the Giants. He'll need to fend off second-round pick Weston Richburg. His below-average play before his injury and his time away from the game don't bode well for Walton's prospects of winning the role.

2. Weston Richburg May Start Week 1

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2. Weston Richburg May Start Week 1

Weston Richburg
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Walton's competition, the aforementioned Weston Richburg, is the front runner to start at center for good reason. Richburg was incredibly quick off the snap at Colorado State and has enough mobility to start come Week 1 if he proves to be a quick study.

1. Giants Will Pound Rock More in 2014

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1. Giants Will Pound Rock More in 2014

Andre Williams
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The Giants were too reliant on the pass last season, and the results were 27 Eli Manning interceptions and the league's No. 29 ranked running game. A moderation of philosophy might be in order in 2014. The addition of a brute, power runner like Andre Williams in the draft suggests New York will make more of an attempt to pound the rock this coming season.


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