New York Giants 2012: 3 Rookies Who Will Make an Instant Impact This Season
Winning back-to-back Super Bowl rings in the NFL is a near-impossible task. Players leave, opposition head coaches become smarter and everyone is out to take down the champions. This season Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants are looking to buck the trend and deliver two-straight Super Bowls.
In 2008, the last time New York entered a season defending their title, they failed to make it past the Divisional Round in the postseason, bowing out to fierce rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2012 Giants have learned from past experience as the organization positions itself for another tilt at glory.
In order to achieve the ultimate success once more, New York will need some big production from some of their newest recruits.
David Wilson (RB)
Last season was not a good year to be a running back for the New York Giants. The team relied heavily on the arm of Eli Manning to win games, only averaging 89.2 rushing yards per game during the regular season, the worst numbers in the league.
In the playoffs, Ahmad Bradshaw and co. stepped up, improving the running game to a more respectable 116.5 yards along the ground per game.
This season Tom Coughlin will demand better production on a more consistent basis and this where David Wilson will look to make his mark.
The Giants' first-round draft pick impressed during rookie camp and the off-season departure of veteran Brandon Jacobs has opened up a spot in the depth chart.
In 2011, third-choice running back D.J. Ware had a quiet season, only making 46 carries. Wilson will feel he has enough ability to overtake Ware and claim the backup spot for himself.
David Wilson has a strong chance to make a name for himself as a Giant and he will be raring to go come the start of the season.
Rueben Randle (WR)
Another player looking to fill a vacated spot in the roster is Rueben Randle, the Giants' second-round draft pick.
Mario Manningham has followed Brandon Jacobs to San Francisco and Randle will be called upon to fill the void. In 2011, Manningham made 39 receptions while catching 4 touchdowns, numbers that make his loss a big hurdle that the Giants will have to overcome.
Probably the single biggest factor that will help Randle's development as a wideout is the man standing behind center. Eli Manning consistently carried Big Blue's offense last season, delivering pinpoint passes and allowing his wide receivers to put up big numbers.
While Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride are hoping for more production along the ground, Randle can rely upon "Easy Eli" to find him in traffic every time.
Last season, the Giants were ecstatic when Victor Cruz emerged from nowhere to become one of Manning's favourite threats through the air; Reuben Randle will be out to prove lightning can strike twice.
Adrien Robinson (TE)
New York used their fourth pick of the draft on Adrien Robinson, an athletic tight end with great hands and a penchant for making sensational catches. In 2012 Robinson is likely to get an opportunity, as the Giants try to cover the loss of Jake Ballard to an ACL injury suffered in the Super Bowl.
Ballard's numbers in 2011 were consistent, as he pulled in 38 receptions as well as 4 touchdowns. His absence for most of the season gives Tom Coughlin a serious headache, presenting Robinson with the perfect chance to kick start his career.
Being without Ballard hurts the Giants, but Adrien Robinson will be out to make sure he can more than make up for the loss.