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For Giants fans, there are surprisingly a few areas for concern heading into the 2012 season.
While a Super Bowl trophy certainly suffices through the spring, the early months of winter tend to bring entirely new expectations in New York.
Heading into the first preseason game of the year, questions still remain about the tight end, left tackle and running back positions.
The days of Jeremy Shockey and Kevin Boss catching passes from Eli Manning are over. But perhaps the Giants' front office wishes otherwise. With less than one month until the season opener against Dallas, New York's first option at tight end will be Bear Pascoe.
Oftentimes, fans tend to underestimate the importance that a solid tight end has to an offense. Shockey and Boss both performed in New York and showed fans how valuable a reliable receiver can be to a relatively inconsistent passing game. Now, they're with other teams, and the Giants hope someone from within can step up. Especially given the Giants' lack of depth at WR.
Another area for concern can be found at the running back position. With Brandon Jacobs now on the west coast, Ahmad Bradshaw will likely see a bulk of the carries early on.
But in the modern NFL, everyone knows that you need more than one guy taking handoffs from the quarterback.
I think the likeliest candidate to claim the second-string running back position is the rookie tailback out of Virginia Tech. David Wilson, the Giants' recent first-round draft pick, is competing with D.J. Ware and Da'Rel Scott to back up Bradshaw in New York's backfield.
But the Giants' uncertainties extend beyond the running back position. Will Beatty comes into camp as the frontrunner for the left tackle position. However, a rather serious eye injury forced him to miss the last six games of the 2011 season and left New York with little consistency on the front line.
Reportedly, Beatty did show up to camp a bit lighter this season, showing signs that he is ready to step up and take the starting job. But if the Giants are going to have any success in a competitive NFC East, they must be able to run the ball to both sides.