One of the more exciting aspects of any new NFL season is finding out which players will significantly improve their performance from the year before. The New York Giants happen to have a lot of candidates capable of breaking out in 2014 due to their level of player movement this offseason.
Through an active free-agency period, the draft and undrafted free-agency signings, Big Blue has seen roughly a third of their roster turnover since the end of last season. This has created opportunity for part-time players to become impactful starters. In addition, one starter will find their job easier with the addition of a marquee player on his unit.
Before we take a look at the five players ready for a breakout season in 2014, let’s take care of some housecleaning. First, note that the slides are ordered from least likely to breakout to most likely. In addition, there are no rookies included in this list.
One of the definitions of breakout is “being or relating to a sudden or smashing success especially in comparison to previous efforts.” Since rookies don’t have any previous efforts in the NFL, they can’t be considered a breakout player.
Let’s begin with who will prosper in the wide-open race to be the Giants starting tight end.