My 2009 New York Giants Offensive Keys and Breakout Players

Steve ChottCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants celebrates as he runs off the field after defeating the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After doing my 2009 New York Giants Offensive preview, it is time to now look into some key and potential breakout players for this season.

Key Players 

QB, Eli Manning This season will be a very important one for Eli Manning, as he finally has a chance to silence all of his critics and prove he is for real.

As we all know, for his first couple of years, Eli was a below-average QB who struggled with avoiding interceptions and reaching his targets. But once the Giants went on that Super Bowl run, Eli had shown promise that he never had before.

Without Plaxico Burress, many people think Eli's production will go down.

This will not only be a key season for Eli to prove himself, but he will now have to carry this team more then ever.

RB, Brandon Jacobs This season will be the first that Brandon Jacobs does not have Derrick Ward rushing with him. While Ahmad Bradshaw will be getting carries, a majority of the load will now be on Jacobs.

Since Tiki Barber retired in 2007, Brandon Jacobs has piled up two consecutive 1,000 yard seasons.

This year, Jacobs could rack up 1,400-1,500 yards if he can stay healthy. He has never started a full 16-game season though.

WR, Steve Smith In my mind, Steve Smith will be our No. 1 receiver. Not Domenik Hixon, not Hakeem Nicks, but Steve Smith. He has the most experience and in my mind has showed the most promise to this point.

With that being said, Steve Smith will have to step up and be a key part of this offense for this season. In years past, Smith has played backup to Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer but now is his time to shine.

Smith proved to be a reliable third down go-to guy and lead the Giants in receptions last year.

TE, Kevin Boss Once again, with the lack of experience at the WR position Kevin Boss could prove to be a good target for Manning.

Last year, Boss had 33 receptions, 384 yards, 6 TD's.

In the year's before he left, former Giants Tight End Jeremy Shockey was Eli Manning's favorite target completing 249 passes for 23 TD's.

Breakout Players 

WR, Hakeem Nicks The rookie who just signed yesterday could be a big-time threat for the Giants this year. He will be able to work with a good QB, and have good coaches around him to help him develop into a threat for the Giants this season.

RB, Ahmad Bradshaw Last year, he only rushed for 355 yards on 67 carries but this year without Derrick Ward he will be picking up more carries, probably around the 182 carries that Ward had last year.

Will Bradshaw get 1,000 yards though?

He has the potential, but we can't be positive though because the highest he has rushed for was 355 last year. I would say he gets around 800 yards.

WR, Steve Smith Wait, Steve Smith made both my Key players and breakout players list?

Yes, that's not a mistype. While I think Smith will be a key player, it will also be a breakout season for him.

Like I said in the Key players part, Smith had the most receptions on the team last year. Not Plaxico Burress or Amani Toomer. Now that there is no Burress or Toomer, Smith will get just as many receptions, but most likely more yards and TD's.

Like I have said before, the Giants offense is more in question then it has ever been in past years. And that defense is still as great as ever. Coming soon, I'll have a defensive preview.