New York Giants: 3 Reasons It's a Good Thing NY Isn't Making Headlines
The New York Giants have been relatively quiet this offseason, failing to make the big splash and instead attempting to help build upon the core of the team with solid role players.
This has been a very, very smart move by GM Jerry Reese.
The Giants generally don't make huge splashes in free agency or via trade, and this offseason was no exception. The biggest trade was the acquisition of linebacker Keith Rivers from the Cincinnati Bengals, and the most notable signing was that of tight end Martellus Bennett.
Both moves should bode well for the team in the future, but it's safe to say that neither will be an impact move. Each player should be a nice complement to already strong offensive and defensive units.
The only publicity the Giants have received this offseason has been for the team's Super Bowl victory, something that should give the team a huge confidence boost heading into the upcoming season.
The Giants Are Still Underdogs
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Even with the Giants opening the upcoming season as the defending NFL champions, they will still be considered the underdogs.
That's a great question.
The team may not have had the best record entering the playoffs, but their incredible hot streak showed the type of team that they were capable of being.
When playing at their full potential, they proved to be unbeatable.
That was just the problem, though. Early in the season, there was no guarantee that we'd get the perfection that we witnessed at season's end.
Being an underdog was never a problem for the Giants, however. The team thrived under pressure and met every challenge in their way.
As an underdog, they were asked to face the top teams in the entire NFL. Such a task was handled magnificently.
If the Giants thrive as the underdog, there's no reason in changing the team's mentality entering a season in which they will be defending their title as NFL champs.
It Means They're Doing Something Right
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After all, it's hard to top Tebow and his new team.
The uncertainty that surrounds his role and the resulting effect on Mark Sanchez has the New York media buzzing, and constantly coming up with solutions to the problem.
For the Giants to make it to the back page at this point in time, either something catastrophic or something utterly fantastic would have to happen.
Heck—something simply good may not be enough to top Tebow. That news would be located just inside the back cover.
The Giants will let Tebow get his time. New York is a media circus, and if you can stay out of the media, you take advantage of it.
The Giants are doing just that.
There's Really Not a Whole Lot to Change
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The fact that the Giants haven't been making many headlines this offseason is because they did not make may big moves.
I mean, why would they? They are the defending champions and are in good position to make another deep run in the playoffs.
The majority of the players that were brought on board this offseason were simply brought in to replace those who had left the team.
On offense, the Giants will have David Wilson as the primary third-down back with Brandon Jacobs gone to San Francisco. Martellus Bennett (pictured) will take over for Jake Ballard (New England), Adrien Robinson will replace the injured Travis Beckum and the offensive line will have a couple of new faces as well.
Aaron Ross, Dave Tollefson and Deon Grant have all departed via free agency, so the Giants will also have to work on determining which players on the roster can fill those roles.
Regardless, the Giants' team is essentially the same as last season. The offense may see a boost with a new pass-catching tight end in Robinson, but it should be a similar story in terms of offensive production.