By Kenneth Teape @teapester725 on June 22, 2014
For the New York Giants, 2014 will be a big season. There is a new offense in place, and plenty of new faces around the team on both the roster and coaching staff. Spring practice has given them a chance to start building the foundation of new principles in hopes of turning things around. Some things will be easier said than done. Here are five questions the Giants must answer during training camp.
In 2013, Pierre-Paul dealt with a multitude of injuries which sapped his performance. So far throughout spring practice, he has said that he feels much better and is ready to begin producing again. Since a 16.5-sack breakout 2012, he has combined for only 8.5 sacks in two seasons. The performance of the Giants’ defensive line hinges heavily on JPP being healthy and able to bounce back from his second-consecutive underwhelming season.
Robinson is being given the first chance to start at tight end for the Giants, but has done nothing to instill confidence in the coaching staff that he can do it. No one separated themselves from the rest of the tight ends, as the coaches are still looking for someone to step up. If progress is not being made by anyone, expect the Giants to dip back into free agency for Dustin Keller or Jermichael Finley.
With Jon Beason going down with a foot injury, the Giants have to reshuffle their linebacker alignment for the summer, and potentially to start the season. Jameel McClain will slide into the middle, with Jacquian Williams as WLB. Spencer Paysinger looks to have the upper-hand currently for SLB duties. Devon Kennard impressed coaches in the spring, and if he has a strong summer, he could work his way into the lineup as well.
A troublesome hip cost Snee 2013, as he looks to be nearing the end of his career. Coming into spring practice, he was penciled in at right guard, but did not participate in minicamp as they try to rest him for training camp next month and the regular season. They are taking their time with him, but no one knows what he will be able to give the Giants this season. Brandon Mosley is a sleeper to replace Snee in the lineup if needed.
The offensive line was atrocious last season for the Giants, and they cannot afford another performance like that from the unit this season. The Giants added plenty of help in free agency and the draft, but have yet to settle on a starting unit because of injured players not yet being ready. The sooner they can find a starting five, the better. They will need time to gel and come together to avoid the same disaster that plagued them in 2013.
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