Key Free-Agent Arrivals: DE Robert Ayers, QB Josh Freeman, WR/KR Trindon Holliday, RB Rashad Jennings, WR Mario Manningham, LB Jameel McClain, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, OG Geoff Schwartz, CB Walter Thurmond
Key Departures: OG Kevin Boothe, RB Andre Brown, DT Linval Joseph, S Ryan Mundy, TE Brandon Myers, WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Justin Tuck, OG Chris Snee, OL David Diehl
Key Injuries: RB David Wilson (neck - out for season/career)
Key Rookies: WR Odell Beckham, OC Weston Richburg, RB Andre Williams
2013 Record: 7-9
2014 Projected Record: 5-11
Losing Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck and Andre Brown won’t help this team fight back from a 7-9 season. Eli Manning is trying to learn a completely new system for the first time since his rookie year. Does this favor the Giants, who are looking to return to their postseason form?
I can’t say that this team has gotten any better on offense from a year ago. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham and running back Andre Williams should contribute, but they will also be making the usual rookie mistakes as they make the difficult transition to the NFL.
Tight end is a glaring weakness when you look at the depth chart. Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells will all be competing for playing time this preseason. If you don’t know who these people are, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Admittedly, the Giants added some nice talent to their secondary with Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. This is one area of the team that did actually get better.
The linebackers are comprised of a makeshift group that will likely fall short of anything spectacular.
Overall, Tom Coughlin will not be able to motivate this group of guys into the postseason or to a winning record.