Very few people actively engage in forecasting the fate of New York Giants football teams these days. For better or for worse, this franchise has been exceedingly unpredictable over the past five seasons. In fact, the only consistent element surrounding this team is the drastic manner in which they have made analysts and prognosticators look clueless.
For several reasons, 2013 will be a pivotal season for Big Blue.
With the Super Bowl primed for the bright lights of New York City (and New Jersey), the Giants have their sights set on becoming the first team to ever play a Super Bowl on their home turf. Another added incentive for Tom Coughlin's club is the desire to perform better during the regular season.
The Giants have made the playoffs just twice in the past five seasons. To help stem the tide, New York experienced a larger roster turnover than it is normally accustomed to.
General manager Jerry Reese has successfully navigated a tight salary cap situation during this offseason. Still, the team was forced to part company with the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw, Kenny Phillips, Osi Umenyiora and Martellus Bennett in an effort to gain at least semblance of cap flexibility.
Despite losing these players, the Giants have managed to improve in key areas this offseason. It remains unclear if the team will be markedly better in 2013, but these tangible areas of betterment provide a silver lining to the disappointment of losing key veterans. Here are five ways the Giants have improved during this offseason.