After a stellar 2011 campaign that ended with their fourth Super Bowl title, the New York Giants are ready for another run.
They had a solid draft, selecting five offensive players, including Virginia Tech RB David Wilson and Cincinnati TE Adrien Robinson to fill the voids left by Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham.
New York also did well in free agency, solidifying the linebacker, tight end and special teams positions.
Here's my prediction for the Giants' 53-man roster:
Nothing new here.
Manning will hold down the quarterback position for the Giants coming off of a Super Bowl win. Carr will serve as Manning's backup—something he hasn't needed much of in the past.
Since Manning's arrival in 2004, Carr has attempted just 45 passes while backing up Manning.
The Giants also have Ryan Perrilloux, but they only carried two quarterbacks last season, and given the durability of No. 10, there's no reason to add another QB to the depth chart.
The Giants' running game underwent a makeover in the offseason, trimming the fat of Brandon Jacobs and acquiring a versatile back in David Wilson from Virginia Tech.
With Bradshaw leading the show, all three backs behind him could see some time, especially with Bradshaw's history of injuries.
Though he missed some time during the 2011 season, Hynoski will be back in blue for the G-Men this season.
He's currently the only fullback on the roster.
Last season, New York carried three tight ends on its roster, and there's no reason why they shouldn't this season.
The additions of Bennett and Robinson provides Manning with more offensive targets, especially when Ballard returns from his ACL injury.
As far as Pascoe and Beckum, Beckum is coming off of an ACL injury and has never really been that productive, and Pascoe's offensive ability doesn't compare to any of the three TEs listed above.
Rookie wideout Rueben Randle should help the Giants out in a big way in 2012.
Gone from this portion of the Giants' roster is Kareem McKenzie and Stacy Andrews, who have been replaced by rookies Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants.
Though neither one of the newcomers appears to be starter material in 2012, they should add depth to what was a pitiful offensive line in 2011.
The addition of Sean Locklear should bolster the Giants line, as he wants to play the RT position writes ESPN New York—a spot where the Giants lacked last season.
Although Osi Umenyiora is still currently a Giant, I'm not expecting him to be when the season starts. Fellow DE and teammate of JPP at USF Craig Marshall could help the Giants' D in 2012, writes Dan Benton of Giants101.
New York is hoping their second-round pick from 2011 Marvin Austin can contribute at the DT position, while they have also added veteran Shaun Rogers to plug up the middle.
Markus Kuhn is a one-gap penetrating type of DT—something the G-Men could use to add depth on the D-line.
The linebacker position was a problem for the Giants last season and they didn't utilize the draft to fill the gaps like most had thought.
Instead, New York went out and signed Keith Rivers—a LB with potential, but also a guy who had dealt with extensive injuries during his four-year career.
New York will count on second-year men Greg Jones, Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich to step up in their sophomore season to help out Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn.
Bigger than drafting Virginia Tech's Jayron Hosley with their third pick is the health status of Pro Bowl-caliber corner Terrell Thomas, who the Giants resigned to a four-year deal writes ESPN New York after he missed the entire 2011 season with a second ACL injury.
Fans of the team are hoping sophomore Prince Amukamara improves from his dicey rookie campaign, but with Webster and Thomas holding down the corner positions and the Giants signing former Patriots CB Antwaun Molden, New York looks to be in good shape in the secondary.
The Giants added former Washington Redskins safety Chris Horton this offseason, though it sounds like he'll be spending most of his playing time on special teams. They also signed undrafted free agent Janzen Jackson, whose troubled past according to NJ.com alone is enough for Giants fans to worry.
The Giants used the franchise tag on punter Steve Weatherford in the offseason after a solid 2011 season, especially in the playoffs.
Tynes was 19-for-24 last season, including three makes from 50 yards or beyond. He'll return as the Giants' kicker.
The Giants are happy with their long snapper Zak DeOssie, as evidenced by the three-year extension he was awarded following the Super Bowl victory.
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