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It sounds crazy to say, but just a year after Eli Manning took the postseason by storm, there are some serious question marks surrounding New York's playmakers in 2012.
Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham are gone to San Francisco, and while neither of them lived up to expectations last season, they're each a lot more valuable than the stat sheet suggests.
Super Mario came up small for much of 2011, but his presence was still key to this team. He provides another weapon to account for on the outside, allowing Victor Cruz to shift in to the slot where he does his best damage.
Rueben Randle will be counted on to play that role and stretch defenses enough to open seams for Cruz to work in. And while initial reports have been positive, he's still a rookie who played in a primitive offense at LSU last season.
I don't think anyone's comfortable relying on Ramses Barden or Domenik Hixon, and with the health of Hakeem Nicks up in the air (despite encouraging news regarding his broken foot), all of a sudden, it's a very muddled picture at wideout for the Giants—especially for a team that will need to win games with their weapons on the outside.
With Jacobs gone, that leaves Ahmad Bradshaw as the only proven workhorse in the Giants backfield. True, Eli's arm will be much more critical to New York's success, but they need to at least have defenses thinking about the ground game. Bradshaw's health and durability have always been an issue, and again the G-Men will be relying on a rookie—explosive Virginia Tech product David Wilson—to fill the void.
It's no secret that New York will go as far as their offense takes them, and hoping that two rookies develop and the injury bug stays away isn't the safest way to go.
If the weapons don't emerge, this team could be in trouble.