5 New York Giants Starters Who Will Struggle In 2014

5 New York Giants Starters Who Will Struggle In 2014

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The New York Giants made plenty of moves in the offseason, reshaping plenty of positions to try and improve on a lackluster 2013 season. They filled numerous holes and added much-needed depth at others. While all the moves look good now, when the real games start rolling around there will undoubtedly be some disappointments. Here are five players who may struggle with their starting roles.

5. Rashad Jennings, RB

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5. Rashad Jennings, RB

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Jennings has never been a lead back in his NFL career, with 199 combined rushes and receptions last season with the Oakland Raiders being the most touches he has had in a single year. The Giants' offensive line has improved on paper, but there are still plenty of question marks abound, making Jennings' job tougher. He should exceed the 199 touches, but he will get more help from Andre Williams and David Wilson than people think.

4. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE

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4. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE

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Kiwanuka has moved around the Giants defense a lot in his eight seasons with the team, but he will permanently be moved back to defensive end with Justin Tuck signing with the Oakland Raiders. He will need to step up his performance as a pass rusher, having only 36 sacks in his career. He has taken pay cuts to stay with the team, so he is as incumbent of a starter as they come. Robert Ayers will push him for playing time.

3. J.D. Walton, C

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3. J.D. Walton, C

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Walton has not played in an NFL game in two seasons, last appearing with the Denver Broncos before injuries derailed him. Being out of action for that length of time, he is bound to have some rust to shake off. He has been taking first-team reps thus far in OTAs, but the Giants have some depth behind him if he falters. Second-round pick Weston Richburg is waiting in the wings.

2. Adrien Robinson, TE

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2. Adrien Robinson, TE

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The fourth-round pick in 2012 out of Cincinnati has had zero impact thus far in his Giants career. He has struggled with injuries but will be asked to step into the starting role this season. The combination of size and athleticism he has would make any quarterback giddy, but he has done nothing to show he is capable of turning it into production when it counts. Kellen Davis will receive plenty of looks as well as the superior blocker.

1. Jameel McClain, LB

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1. Jameel McClain, LB

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Throughout his Ravens’ career Jameel McClain was manning the ILB position of their 3-4 defense. With the Giants, he will be manning the SLB spot flanking Jon Beason in their 4-3 defense. It is a totally different monster that will take time to adapt to. He could end up in a rotation with Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger if the transition does not go smoothly.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network


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