What Twitter Has to Say About the New York Giants' Offseason

Bill StollContributor IIIJuly 13, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates after he scored the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins on October 21, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 27-23.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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One year removed from winning their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history, the New York Giants disappointed last season, finishing with a ho-hum 9-7 record and missing the playoffs. Their late season struggles were cause for concern. While they had the eighth-best point differential in the NFL last season, they limped to the finish with a 3-5 record.

This offseason, the Giants haven't really made a splash in free agency, and their major moves and storylines have revolved around the players already on their roster and the roles they will be expected to play.

Let's take a look at the major storylines for the Giants this offseason, and how Twitter has reacted to each of them.

 

Wide Receiver Victor Cruz contract extension

After a long and drawn out contract saga, Victor Cruz, last year's leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, finally signed a multi-year contract extension worth roughly $46 million over six years.

 

STOCK UP ON SALSA! Victor Cruz has signed a six-year, $46M contract extension with the #Giants, a league source said. http://t.co/MbG7ZBNpdk

— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) July 8, 2013

 

 

I think "SportsNation" was able to accurately portray how Cruz must've been feeling.

 

.@TeamVic has finalized a 6 yr, $46M deal.  Now that's something to salsa about. pic.twitter.com/kDiJMBs2Qn

— SportsNation (@SportsNation) July 9, 2013

 

 

After completing the contract, Cruz simply had this to say.

 

6 more years. http://t.co/5SxqIctIGo

— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 12, 2013

 

 

All in all, most NFL experts and insiders seemed to be in favor of the deal, for both Cruz and the Giants.

 

http://t.co/FMesSVzvVn experts near unanimous in praise of Cruz deal: http://t.co/T86ZeDPath

— NFL (@nfl) July 8, 2013

 

 

Cruz has obviously picked up some fans around the league, as other NFL stars had this to say.

 

Congrats to @TeamVic on your new deal! Well deserved!!!!

— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) July 8, 2013

 

 

 

Congrats to @TeamVic on his new deal with the G-Men! #nfl

Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) July 9, 2013

 

 

Let's not forget this remarkable stat provided by ESPN's stats team.

 

CRUUUUZ! @TeamVic has the most receiving yards in the first three seasons of a career for any undrafted free agent since the NFL-AFL merger.

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) July 9, 2013

 

 

It seems to be a good deal for the Giants. While they have to pay Cruz like a top WR in the league, there's a very strong case that Cruz belongs in that category.

 

What Cruz's New Deal Means for Fellow WR Hakeem Nicks

After watching his teammate collect a huge payday, Hakeem Nicks has to be wondering if he will be in for a rather large check in the future himself.  Nicks had put up back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2010 and 2011 before being limited by injuries in 2012, and he will have to heavily contribute in 2013 if he also expects a top contract.

 

Victor Cruz’s new contract puts pressure on Hakeem Nicks to prove his worth: http://t.co/DxGvESKIEE

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2013

 

 

Connor seems to agree with SI...

 

Hakeem Nicks need to put up some good numbers if he wants good money

— Connor (@Buyea_7) July 12, 2013

 

 

 But Izz J. W. is somewhat skeptical of Nicks' talent.

 

I'm sorry I LOVE Hakeem Nicks's game but he doesn't deserve no where near Mike Wallace money.....

— Izz. J. W. (@IzzievsIzzy) July 12, 2013

 

 

Hole at Middle Linebacker

Last year's starting MLB and leading tackler Chase Blackburn opted not to re-sign with the Giants this season, instead entering free agency and joining the Carolina Panthers. As of right now, it appears that Boston College grad and cancer survivor Mark Herzlich is expected to win the position.

This is according to the New York Post.

 

Cancer survivor Mark Herzlich has inside track on #Giants starting middle linebacker job http://t.co/3j8cgbJK2Z #NYG

— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) June 22, 2013

 

 

Ralph Vacchiano, who covers the Giants for the New York Daily News, has a report from Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell which corroborates this story.

 

Leftover from mini-camp: Perry Fewell on the "very commanding" presence of LB Mark Herzlich. "He's taken a ... http://t.co/unQMBX0zks

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) June 17, 2013

 

 

 Herzlich, who has never lacked for confidence, appears ready to take the starting spot.

 

Mark Herzlich confident he can start for the Giants at middle linebacker http://t.co/f0ppNK6Zzz

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 22, 2013

 

 

Reactions have been mixed.

Some are for it...

 

@BigChaz62 @nflnetwork you never know with the Giants.. but i do like Kiwi going back to DE.. and I like Williams, Connor/Herzlich and

— Philosophical Kass (@itskassssmann74) July 12, 2013

 

 

 Some are not.

 

How stupid is Dan Connor. Man between him and that stiff Herzlich the Giants are real weak at MLB

— Shaun Morash (@ShaunMorashCBS) July 7, 2013

 

 

The Running Game

The last two major storylines of this offseason have to do with the Giants running attack. After saying goodbye to Brandon Jacobs before the 2012 season, the running game was still able to excel.  Ahmad Bradshaw led the Giants with 1,015 yards and backups Andre Brown and David Wilson were both able to collect over 300 yards apiece while both averaging over five yards per carry.

In February, Bradshaw was cut, leaving the starting running back position open for competition between Wilson and Brown. Wilson, only in his second year as a pro, appears to have the inside track for the job, but security in the spot is shaky at best.

Former Giants great Tiki Barber has heavily endorsed Wilson.

 

Tiki on Giants RB Wilson: 'He can be fantastic' http://t.co/LGkl6Yra94

— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) June 26, 2013

 

 

However, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is not so gung-ho on the idea, and Yahoo!'s Brad Evans believes that Andre Brown will end up being the answer.

 

Gilbride's shaky endorsement of David Wilson as a pass protector should have you worried. Get down with Andre Brown.  http://t.co/0GpJBQ2uuQ

— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) July 11, 2013

 

 

 Sirius XM's Adam Caplan is also of the opinion that Wilson should not be handed the No. 1 position.

 

Caller: Can David Wilson of the Giants be a #1 back? @caplannfl: NO! I don't see it.  G-Men should definitely have a goal line back #SXM

— SiriusXM Fantasy    (@SiriusXMFantasy) July 13, 2013

 

 

 Some Giants fans are a little more optimistic.

 

David Wilson will emerge as a stud RB as well for the giants...coughlin will get Back to heavy running game and his winning recipe

— Jake Kunaszuk (@Jakekunaszuk) July 13, 2013

 

 

The Giants have also been reportedly interested in free-agent fullback Vonta Leach. Leach has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and helped stabilize the backfield for last year's Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens.

 

New York Giants Still in Mix for Former Baltimore Ravens FB Vonta Leach http://t.co/aUwdOjgV3M #giants #nyg #nygiants #nfl

— Giants 101 (@Giants_101) July 11, 2013

 

 

Giants fans all seem to be optimistic about the signing.

 

If the #Giants can find a way to snag Vonta Leach during #nflfreeagency it will make Wilson's transition into starting role way easier

— Will Balsam (@wbal24) July 11, 2013

 

 

 

Man I'm gonna say this 1 more time! The New York Giants are gonna have a serious running game this year! Hopefully they pick up Vonta Leach!

— Daggerz Von Doom (@DAdoubleGz) July 10, 2013

 

 

However, Neal Driscoll does make a very good point.

 

The longer it takes for Vonta Leach to sign the more likely he goes back to Baltimore rather than sign with the #Dolphins or #Giants

— Neal Driscoll (@NealDriscoll) July 11, 2013

 

 

So, what do you guys think? What are your thoughts on the Giants' offseason thus far? Are you for or against the Cruz signing, and do you think the Giants should pursue any free agents still out there? Chime in and leave your comments below!