By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 4, 2014
Coming off a disappointing 7-9 finish last season, the New York Giants have added a myriad of new faces to their roster. In some cases, however, holdovers from last season will be tasked with stepping in and replacing key players from last year's team such as Linval Joseph, Terrell Thomas, and Hakeem Nicks. While there's a lot to watch with so many new players, these are the five most intriguing players for the Giants in 2014.
The Giants may still reach out to Jermichael Finley and gauge his interest in joining the team now that he's been medically cleared, but for the time being, Adrien Robinson is penciled in as the Giants' starter at tight end. Robinson has been slowed by injuries and when he has seen the field, he has been plagued by bouts of inconsistency. Robinson was a project when he was drafted in 2012, but now is his time to step up and take the reins.
One of the more important signings the Giants made this offseason that didn't come with much fanfare was the signing of Walter Thurmond III away from Seattle. Many people know Thurmond from his role in the Legion of Boom, Seattle's notorious secondary unit, but not many realize that Thurmond is one of the best slot corners in the NFL. For a team like the Giants that has been routinely burned by slot receivers, Thurmond could be a huge pickup.
Jerrel Jernigan was drafted by the Giants a few seasons ago and didn't really get his chance to shine until late last season. Jernigan took his playing time and ran with it, albeit after the Giants were already mathematically eliminated. He could have a sizable role in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense. Although Jernigan is on the smaller side, he's got good speed and can work in space, which will get him his share of playing time.
Johnathan Hankins has perhaps the most difficult job of any Giant this season -- replacing Linval Joseph. Joseph was a key cog in the middle of the Giants' d-line and left for Minnesota in free agency, leaving a sizable void in his stead. Hankins, the Giants' second-round pick last season, will likely be thrust into that role, and how he performs will go a long way towards determining whether or not the Giants' run defense can be relied upon.
David Wilson is arguably the biggest and most intriguing story to watch in Giants camp. While Wilson hasn't been officially cleared for contact, he claims he feels good and is healthy enough to play this season. The Giants' running attack would get a significant boost with a healthy Wilson joining Rashad Jennings and this year's fourth-round pick Andre Williams, but it remains to be seen how much of a load Wilson can carry, if any.
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