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When Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg last year, the entire team felt the pain. They lost three out of their last four games and struggled in the playoffs. The New York Giants cleaned house in the off season and are now without their top two receivers, Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer.
A big concern for New York is filling these gigantic holes. Tight end Kevin Boss could play a bigger role this year as quarterback Eli Manning’s safety blanket, but that won’t be enough.
Drafting North Carolina’s Hakeem Nixon and trading up for third round pick Ramses Barden out of Cal Poly was a good start. Trades for Anquan Boldin and Braylon Edwards didn’t progress and expectations for the rookies are high. Though inexperienced and unproven, their contribution will weigh heavily on the teams success this season.
With the loss of running back Derrick Ward in the off-season, the Giants need to secure a rushing attack. Ward ran for a total 1066 yards last year and his shoes will be hard to fill. Can Ahmad Bradshaw step up to the number two position? If not, the Giants will run into some trouble this year.
The Giants’ defense is as strong as ever with a healthy Osi Umenyiora back on the field. Other additions include defensive end Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Michael Boley. I would be seriously surprised if the Giants don’t have the best pass rush in the NFL.
With training camp around the corner, the Giants need to find Manning’s much needed target downfield and a viable replacement for Ward. If they can fill these holes early, the Giants should be set for another playoff run.