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What Offseason Moves Are Next for New York Giants with the Draft Complete?
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On Wednesday, May 14, the New York Giants claimed offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb off waivers and, in doing so, filled out their 90-man roster.

That means after signing free agents, drafting new rookies, as well as scrounging together a few that went unselected,  of General Manager Jerry Reese's offseason work, personnel-wise, is behind him. Reese should now be focused on getting his rookie draft class under contract, as well as balancing the team's salary-cap situation heading into the 2014 season.

Now, with the roster at its widest point, head coach Tom Coughlin is handed a team of men from which he must sculpt a playoff-caliber squad. I don't expect to see anything more than agate transactions until injuries and cuts cause New York's roster to dwindle toward the end of training camp. Until then, the moves made by Coughlin will be more critical than those made by Reese.

This article will focus on New York's remaining practice-style gatherings this offseason, where Coughlin will make his earliest coaching impressions on the 2014 Giants. The Giants will come together for three types of practices this summer: organized team activities (OTAs), then mandatory minicamp and, finally, training camp. Each new practice session ratchets up the competitive intensity a little more than the last.

For each of the different gatherings, I will highlight the moves Coughlin must be making at that time to ensure a successful turnaround for the Giants, who finished 7-9 a season ago.

 

Kevin is a New York Giants Featured Columnist III for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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