Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Quarterback Eli Manning is entering his 10 NFL season, and as an anniversary gift, he's been given a few new faces to help him and the Giants offense become among the top in the NFL:
|Starting Running Back
|Starting Tight End
Bradshaw was one of those salary cap moves that the Giants hated to make back in February. Still, the move had to be done as the emotional leader's constant foot problems combined with his rising salary made it fiscally impossible for the Giants and Bradshaw to reach a happy medium.
With Wilson, the team's first-round draft pick last year, waiting in the wings, New York made the commitment to go with youth.
While it’s still to be determined who Wilson’s backfield partner will be now that Andre Brown will miss several weeks with a broken left leg, Wilson said he’s willing to take on an increased role if it means helping the team win games.
“I’m in shape, so hopefully I can handle it,” he said. “Whatever they need me to do, I’m ready to do it. I think I prepared pretty well, I’m a physical guy, so I think I’m in pretty good shape.”
At receiver, Hixon, now with the Carolina Panthers, was always such a good role model in the locker room and an inspirational story as well, given that last year he successfully made it back after losing two straight seasons to ACL injuries.
However, with the Giants looking to get younger, it became less likely as 2012 wore on that they would re-sign Hixon. Instead, they went to the next best option in Randle, their 2012 second-round draft pick, who last year credited the veteran Hixon for teaching him how to be a professional.
Randle is by far the most improved player on the Giants offense, and now that New York has a third receiver who can not only step in for either Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz if they're injured. He can also help draw some of the double coverage away from them, and the 2013 passing game should be that much better as a result.
Given that he had a "breakout" season last year, Bennett, the colorful personality who in addition to proving that he was effective in the passing game also showed that he could block, cashed in on a big payday given to him by the Chicago Bears.
To replace him, the Giants signed Myers, another player who had a breakout season as a receiving tight end. While there are some questions as to whether Myers can be the kind of blocker that Bennett was, the Giants are at least hoping to get similar if not better production from him in the receiving game.