Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs are usually looked at as the most important players on an NFL team's roster, but if you asked the New York Giants; that is certainly not the case.
The Giants have prided themselves over the last decade on being extremely deep at the non-skill positions, which include the offense and defensive lines, tight ends, fullbacks and linebackers.
The team's defensive line was the main reason for their 2007 NFL championship, and that unit was once again a key factor in their 2011 title.
While every player is important to a teams success, here are the three most important non-skill players on the Giants 2012 roster.
The Giants count on Jason Pierre-Paul to do a number of tasks throughout an NFL game, but his most important responsibility on game-day is to get after the quarterback.
Pierre-Paul excelled in all facets of the game, and he was truly a dominant force for the Giants on defense, leading the team with 16.5 sacks. The third-year pro also won the Giants a game single-handedly after he blocked a Dallas Cowboys field goal on the last play of the game.
The Giants will most likely be losing Osi Umenyiora next season via free agency, and they will need to know if Jason Pierre-Paul was just a one-year wonder.
Will Beatty's job is to protect Eli Manning's blind side, which in reality, means protecting the team's $100 million investment.
Left tackles are the second-most important players on an NFL team's roster, and it is imperative that Beatty preforms well if the Giants want to achieve success.
Jacquian Williams had an excellent rookie season with the Giants last year. The former USF star got better and better each and every week, and as a result, he will be featured in a more important role this season.
Williams will play the outside linebacker position, which means that he will have to cover receivers one on one and fill gaps to stuff the run. A full offseason should help his progression heading into his sophomore year, and that is exactly what the Giants are counting on.
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