By Kenneth Teape @teapester725 on June 10, 2014
OTAs are in full swing in the NFL, as we are getting the first look at the 2014 NFL Draft class in action. For the New York Giants, it is the first time they get to work on the revamped offense of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season. There are plenty of new faces at the Giants facility, and OTAs will give them their first opportunity to show the coaching staff what they are made of.
Odell Beckham Jr. is an explosive athlete who is capable of helping the Giants out in multiple facets of the game. He could step right in as a starting receiver, or be one of the return men. Whatever the Giants deem best for the team should be figured out during OTAs. As a rookie, it would help Beckham if he knew what to work on and study throughout the offseason. Whatever the final decision is, he will be sure to make an impact right away.
The Giants' special teams last year did them no favors. They struggled, ranking 27th and 26th in yards per kick and punt return. Those numbers are sure to increase, as the Giants added Trindon Holliday and Quintin Demps in free agency, and Odell Beckham Jr. in the draft. It is important that the Giants have an idea of who will man the position so they can continue shaping the rest of the roster accordingly.
Manning has been an iron man for the Giants since taking over the starting job seven games into his rookie season, starting 153 consecutive regular season games and another 11 playoff games. He had ankle surgery this offseason, making some people around the Giants nervous. He has been able to participate in OTAs without problems; the Giants just need to make sure he doesn’t overdo it, as 2014 will be over before it starts if Manning misses time.
The Giants have options at the tight end position, but none stick out above the rest. Adrien Robinson figures to get the first crack at significant playing time, with Kellen Davis rotating in as the superior blocker. They also have Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells on the roster, in addition to raw UDFA Xavier Grimble. If none are showing enough for the Giants to have confidence in, they could take a chance on FAs Dustin Keller or Jermichael Finley.
Last season, the offensive line was bad for the Giants. They were unable to protect Eli Manning, and struggled just as much opening up running lanes. This offseason, the Giants placed plenty of free agent dollars and an early draft pick towards fixing the problem. It is imperative they pick a five-man unit as early as possible so they have time to gel and become a cohesive unit. Winning in the trenches will help get the Giants back on track.
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