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10 Reasons Why New York Giants Fans Should Be Excited For The 2014 Season

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10 Reasons Why New York Giants Fans Should Be Excited For The 2014 Season

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When the New York Giants finished the 2013 season with a 7-9, it left Giants fans with a bad taste in their mouths. The Giants were one of the favorites to win the NFC East and make the playoffs, but things did not go as planned. Poor play by Eli Manning and company left a lot more to be desired in 2013, but luckily for the G-men, 2014 is looking very bright.

10. Odell Beckham Jr.

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10. Odell Beckham Jr.

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The New York Giants had a lot of needs going into the 2014 NFL draft. They decided to go with Odell Beckham Jr. instead of focusing on the offensive line or defensive line, and I don’t blame them; it’s hard to pass up on a kid with this type of talent. Giants fans are going to love Beckham Jr. He reminds me a lot of Steve Smith and dare do I say, Victor Cruz. Beckham Jr. will be a Wild Card for the Giants this season.

9. Revamped Running Game

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9. Revamped Running Game

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Rashad Jennings may be one of the underrated pickups in the offseason. Jennings has great hands out of the backfield and is the perfect dump-off running back if Eli Manning gets in trouble. Mix in Peyton Hillis and rookie Andre Williams, and the Giants have a solid rotation of backs. Don’t forget, David Wilson is returning from an injury and he could play a nice role as well.

8. Easy Schedule

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8. Easy Schedule

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A lot of people look at the schedule and use it as a make or break for a team’s success. I don’t think it is as important as other people think, but it does help that the Giants have the sixth-easiest schedule in the NFL. I’m sure the Giants aren’t complaining about the schedule that they were given in 2014.

7. Return Game

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7. Return Game

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Trindon Holliday was brought in from the Denver Broncos to give the Giants a boost on special teams. Holliday is short, but he is fast and hard to bring down to the ground. He runs a 4.34 and he is one of the NFL’s best return men. Along with Holliday, Odell Beckham Jr. could be another option for the G-Men if they decide to go with him. Two great returners are better than none.

6. Rueben Randle Gets His Chance

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6. Rueben Randle Gets His Chance

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Hakeem Nicks will be missed at wide receiver, but he won’t be missed all too much because Rueben Randle will claim his spot as the No. 2 receiver. Randle isn’t as athletic as Nicks and isn’t a household name, but he will shine this year for the Giants. Last year, Randle had 611 and six TDs, and this season, I see him putting up 1,000 yards and 8-10 scores.

5. Ben McAdoo

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5. Ben McAdoo

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Ben McAdoo will be the new man behind the Giants' offense this season, and Giant fans welcome him with open arms. Giants fans were hoping for Kevin Gilbride to leave town after last season, and they got their wish. McAdoo comes from a great offense in Green Bay; he was the tight end coach from 2006-11, and last season he was the QB coach to the great Aaron Rodgers.

4. A Lot of New Faces

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4. A Lot of New Faces

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When the Giants entered free agency, they weren’t messing around. They lost some big names like Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck, but they also signed a boatload of new players. The Giants signed so many so far that it has been hard to keep track of them all. At least the team is not settling for less and constantly looking for new ways to improve.

3. A New Start

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3. A New Start

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Lackluster play from Eli Manning and a depleted offensive line lead to a number of issues for the Giants, but 2014 is a new season and a new chance for the G-men to regain their place in the NFC East. Sometimes all a team needs is a clean slate and and a chance to start over.

2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

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2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

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Prince Amukamara has not lived up to expectations when the Giants took him with their first round pick a few years ago, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is sure to help ease the pressure off the young corner. The Giants opened up the wallet and signed DRC to a five-year, million deal this offseason, and he will be a solid No. 1 for the Giants, a team that needed help in the secondary.

1. Eli Manning Will Rebound

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1. Eli Manning Will Rebound

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Eli Manning has been great, he has been good, and he has been ugly. Last season, we saw the ugly and this season, we are sure to see the good, if not the great. Manning will have a new cast of weapons around him and if he can’t produce this season, then the finger will be pointed directly at him. Last season, he threw for 18 TDs and 27 INTs and I’m sure he won’t put up those numbers again this season.