Because they had so many impending free agents at the end of their 7-9 season in 2013, the Giants effectively rebuilt their roster without releasing any veterans, like they did during the 2013 offseason when they rid themselves of linebacker Michael Boley, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty.
Thanks to a wild free-agency period, a few Big Blue veterans will remain on the Giants' 2014 roster (at least until cuts are made in training camp), when they may have otherwise been released. To keep a job in New York beyond this summer, these veterans must impress in OTAs, training camp and beyond.
If they fail to impress, these veterans won't be calling themselves Giants in 2015. Some will make an NFL roster elsewhere, while others may never play in the league again.
For the purposes of this article, I've considered only returning Giants as veterans—no recent free-agent acquisitions and, obviously, no 2014 draft picks. It's make-or-break time for these players.
Let's take a look at the five New York veterans under the most pressure to perform this season.
*All statistical information courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.