With OTAs complete, on-field preparation for the 2014 season is officially underway for the New York Giants. After an active, mostly productive offseason, Big Blue will look to put a disappointing 2013 campaign behind them and try to get back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.
Before we dive into ranking the Giants positional units—in order from worst to best—it is important to understand one thing. After starting 0-6 last season, New York backed into a 7-9 record. It was a bad team in 2013 and actually played like a team that deserved to lose 11 or 12 games.
The changes the Giants made in player personnel this offseason make virtually every positional unit better. Expected improved performance by certain returning players—most notably Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul—further boosts confidence that New York will be a better all-around team.
Therefore, the units bringing up the rear on this list are likely still better than the 2013 version. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are weak, just not as strong as the units in the top half of the list.
One other note—we will only be looking at units on offense and defense. Special teams will not be covered.
For what it’s worth, the return game should be much improved with dangerous weapons like wide receiver Trindon Holliday, safety Quintin Demps and rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. in the fold. Also, punter Steve Weatherford and place-kicker Josh Brown are experienced, quality players in their respective disciplines.