Before the 2011 season began, everyone was worried about the departures of Steve Smith and Kevin Boss as free agents.
Remember when everyone wanted to get on Jerry Reese's case for letting them walk without an offer?
And then a couple of months later, every fan forgave him because he had two backup plans in Jake Ballard and Victor Cruz waiting in the wings.
Ballard had a very nice season before tearing his ACL during Super Bowl XLVI.
Cruz was the one who really broke out and came out of nowhere to emerge as a star for the Giants en route to their Super Bowl XLVI victory.
If not for guys like Cruz and Ballard, the Giants likely don't get to and win the Super Bowl.
Now in 2012, who will be this year's Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard?
I see five potential breakout candidates who are under-the-radar and could have a great 2012 season for the Giants.