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5 New York Giants in the Spotlight this Season

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Five Giants in the Spotlight

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The New York Giants are desperately trying to avoid a repeat of the 2013 season. Thus far, the Giants have come under severe scrutiny due to their slow transition into Ben McAdoo's new offensive system. However, the offense is just the tipping point. There are several areas and players that will be under the microscope this year in New York. Here are five Giants in the spotlight this season.

5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie New York Giants
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5. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie New York Giants
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New York's biggest splash of the offseason came in the form of signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a five-year, million deal. The Giants signed Rodgers-Cromartie to be their No. 1 corner and shut-down defender. Rodgers-Cromartie had a fantastic season last year with Denver and New York is hoping that will carry over into 2014. With Rodgers-Cromartie, the Giants' secondary could be their strongest unit.

4. Will Beatty, LT

Will Beatty New York Giants
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4. Will Beatty, LT

Will Beatty New York Giants
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Left tackle Will Beatty is coming off a horrendous 2013 season that was capped off with a broken leg in Week 17. Beatty is fully recovered and back in the starting lineup, but the Giants have to be concerned with his performance a year ago. Beatty was a liability on the left side of the offensive line, making it very difficult for New York's offense to find a rhythm. The offense will struggle once again if Beatty cannot help anchor the o-line.

3. Rueben Randle, WR

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3. Rueben Randle, WR

Rueben Randle New York Giants
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Expectations were high last season for Rueben Randle and he fell a little short. Now entering this third season in the NFL, Randle must give the Giants a consistent threat on the outside to complement Victor Cruz in the slot. Randle has struggled to read defenses and run routes correctly. His timing and chemistry with Eli Manning is still a work-in-progress and the two will need to get on the same page for the passing game to be successful.

2. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
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2. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE

Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
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Injuries have derailed Jason Pierre-Paul is recent years but now he is healthy and just itching for the regular season to start. He promises a big year and the Giants will certainly need it after losing Justin Tuck this offseason. This is also a contract season for Pierre-Paul. He will need to show New York that he can play at the level he showed in 2011, when he recorded 16.5 sacks and helped the Giants win their second Super Bowl in five years.

1. Eli Manning, QB

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1. Eli Manning, QB

Eli Manning New York Giants
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Eli Manning is coming off the worst year of his career. He threw a career-high 27 interceptions and a career-low 18 touchdowns (excluding his shortened rookie year). The preseason was also ugly for Manning and the offense, as he threw just one touchdown pass. Although he was hampered by a sub-par offense line last year, Manning needs to make better decisions and take care of the football. The Giants will live and die on the right arm of Eli.