The New York Giants’ 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

New York Giants: The 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

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The New York Giants begin a three-day minicamp on Tuesday. As New York enters the session, the team still has a host of unanswered questions on both sides of the ball. Changes along the offensive and defensive lines along with a handful of early injuries may wind up being season-long issues for Big Blue. Here are the Giants' five biggest red flags heading into 2014.

5. Jon Beason’s Health

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5. Jon Beason’s Health

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The Giants were dealt a tough blow when middle linebacker Jon Beason broke his foot during OTAs. Beason made an immediate impact on New York last season, providing a sense of leadership and a stabilizing force in the middle of its defense. He is projected to miss 12 weeks and his availability for Week 1 is in doubt. If Beason is slow to come back, the Giants are in trouble.

4. Installing a New Offense

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4. Installing a New Offense

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For the first time in his pro career, quarterback Eli Manning will have to learn a new offensive system. Ben McAdoo will take over as the Giants' offensive coordinator and install a system that incorporates more West Coast concepts and simplified route designs from what the team had previously worked with. The Giants' ability to learn the system quickly will be key for the upcoming season.

3. Eli Manning’s Interceptions

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3. Eli Manning’s Interceptions

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Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions in 2013, the highest total in his career. Many of his interceptions were a result of tipped passes, receivers running incorrect routes and the constant pressure he faced. Nevertheless, Manning needs to improve his play and make smarter decisions with the ball. The Giants will struggle again in 2014 if the veteran QB cannot limit his turnovers.

2. Lack of Impact Pass-Rushers

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2. Lack of Impact Pass-Rushers

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The Giants are at their best when they can generate pressure with a four-man pass-rush. This season, New York will have to do this without the likes of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph along the defensive line. The Giants need a bounce-back season from Jason Pierre-Paul in addition to a breakout year from Damontre Moore to make up for the offseason moves. Mathias Kiwanuka will also be counted on to create pressure as a rotational lineman.

1. Offensive Line

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1. Offensive Line

Will Beatty, New York Giants
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The Giants' biggest red flag heading into the 2014 season is their offensive line. Outside of Justin Pugh, the unit played very poorly last season. The health of this group is vital for New York's success. The Giants need veterans Chris Snee, J.D. Walton and Will Beatty to stay on the field and Pugh to continue to improve. The team will only go as far as their offensive line takes them.

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