Behind running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and former Giant Brandon Jacobs, New York scrapped for 4.6 yards per carry in 2010, which was good for sixth-best in the league.
Last year, New York's backfield was relegated to an NFL-worst 3.5 yards per attempt.
Without a dependable running game to set the pace, the Giants offense became one-dimensional. If quarterback Eli Manning hopes to duplicate his 2011 success, he'll need to see improvements on the ground. In particular, a rejuvenated ground game would open up play action, where Manning has thrived in the past.
The G-Men brought in David Wilson from Virginia Tech with the 32nd selection in April's draft. Wilson figures to add an agile presence between the tackles, which New York sorely missed last season. The Giants ranked 23rd and 26th rushing behind the left and right tackles, respectively.
For now, the bulk of the carries seems to fall on Bradshaw's shoulders. The sixth-year pro rushed for just 659 yards on 171 carries in 2011, and although his production rose come playoff time, he'll still be watched closely as the season inches closer.
After missing four games last year, can Bradshaw stay healthy this time around? Can he continue to make strides as a receiver as well? Where will David Wilson piece into the equation? These questions need answers, sooner rather than later.