If you are a Giants fan, you have to appreciate what the Giants did to bolster a defense that was already dominate. Signing key defensive free agents this year will help keep the defense fresh especially on the defensive line. The Giants also had a solid draft which should help a already talented team.
Keep an eye on Virginia sensation linebacker Clint Sintim Giants second round pick. There are high expectations for Sintim who should be starting by week one. Sintim already showed why the giants drafted him with a spectacular performance in his first preseason game, Carolina vs New York.
Key free agent Michael Boley should add strength to a average linebacker core. Additions of DE Chris Canty and DT Rocky Bernard should add much needed depth to a fierce defensive line.
There's still questions about Giants receivers, but I expect a break out season from Giants second year wide receiver Mario Manningham. I also see a solid season from third year receiver Steve Smith who was a key factor in Giants Superbowl 42 victory.
First round pick Hakeem Nicks and third round pick Ramses Barden will be looked upon to step up right away, hopefully that's this season. With the departure of Plaxico Burress which was disappointing, there is still enough talent on this team to make a run to the Superbowl
Some critics believe it will come down to how Eli Manning elevate his game to the next level. Giants organization is leaning on him to show leadership to the young receivers. Once Eli gains confidence in his young receivers you should see a potential air attack that could compliment a vicious run game.
Expect the same from last year, a strong rushing attack fueled by fifth year running back Brandon Jacobs. Third year running back Ahmad Bradshaw who will back up Jacobs will look to fill the shoes of ex- Giant RB Derrick Ward who signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay in the off-season.
The Giants definitely got some pieces to win the Superbowl this year, but it will come down to the defense and Eli developing his young receivers to play at a extremely high level. If the giants click on all cylinders this year, expect the New York Football Giants back in the Superbowl for a second time in three years.