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Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks aren't even major reasons why Eli Manning could be in line for a tough year in New York. Both top receivers should be back, but if Manning is under increased pressure, he could find it impossible to consistently hit those talented wideouts.
Gone are running back Ahmad Bradshaw and tight end Martellus Bennett, both of whom weren't just extremely productive as runners and receivers, but were also exemplary pass-blockers. No back picks up the blitz like Bradshaw, and Bennett was deemed by PFF (subscription required) to be the third-best pass-blocking tight end in the NFL in 2012.
Bradshaw's replacement, David Wilson, spent most of his 2012 rookie campaign in Tom Coughlin's doghouse due to his inability to pass protect and block in general. Meanwhile, Bennett's replacement, Brandon Myers, was rated by PFF (subscription required) last year as the fourth-worst pass-blocker in the league among tight ends who took at least 50 percent of their team's offensive snaps.
That kind of switch, plus the mild receiver debacle, and Manning could run into some problems in 2013.