After a very bipolar and frusrating 2009 season, I feel the Giants future is only going to get brighter and we will be back to the feared contending team we once were. The fall we had this past year in my opinion is only going to be a one year thing. Between the hated injury bug and our clueless defensive coordinator, it was just one big mess. This article will give you a hint of what I think our 2010 New York Giants will look like.
Quarterback- Coming off his best season as an NFL player, Eli Manning, as we all know, is the clear cut starter. There actually was a report a couple of days ago that Eli has been doing something he never has done before in an offseason. He said in an interview that he hopes his receivers stay in the New York area so he can practice routes with them before training camp. That is something I remember Peyton used to do in the past.
The Giants will most likely resign David Carr since he really doesn't have that many options. This would fare well for both parties because Carr would get a better contract in New York than anywhere else, and the Giants would have a solid backup. We are set at this position for years to come with Eli.
Depth Chart: Eli Manning, David Carr, Rhett Bomar
Running Back- Believe it or not there is a little question with our running game. Brandon Jacobs had a dropoff last year and I honestly think it's because he signed the big money contract. Some players stop playing their heart out when they get the paycheck and I think Jacobs is one of those victims. Even though he did have a rough year, the Giants will give him another shot as starter.
As for Bradshaw, he will see a lot more touches next year as he proved this past year he can be a great playmaker. This will also give the injury prone Jacobs the number of touches he can handle. I think after lighting up the preseason two years in a row, Danny Ware will get cut as Andre Brown will beat him in training camp. With Jacobs, Bradshaw, and last year's fourth round draft pick Andre Brown, we should be really good in the running game.
Depth Chart: Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown
Wide Receiver- Going into last season everyone thought our passing game was going to be terrible, but we proved them wrong. The trio of Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham can be a feared trio for years to come. Along with these three, we should keep Barden, Hixon, and Hagan going while giving Moss the boot. We should be pretty solid here as Barden is still a work in project and we should see more appearances by him.
Depth Chart: Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden, Dominek Hixon, Derek Hagan
Offensive Line- When healthy, our offensive line is one of the top in the league. The only problem is acctually staying healthy. Beatty showed some promise last year and should be fighting for a starting job next year. With McKenzie continuously being carted off the field, I think we will draft an offensive lineman in the 3rd or 4th round just to add some youth and depth, considering our line is getting up there in age.
Starters: David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, Chris Snee, William Beatty
Backups: Kareem McKenzie, Kevin Boothe, Adam Koets, Guy Whimper, Draft Pick
Tight End- In my opinion, this position is not a major issue for us so I'll be quick. Boss will keep his starting job, but I do think Beckum will pass up Darcy Johnson on the depth chart in training camp. We should see a lot more out of Beckum this year.
Depth Chart: Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum, Darcy Johnson, Bear Pascoe
Defensive Line- I'm going to start off by saying that I am in favor of keeping Osi. He had one down year because of injury and Sheridan's system. In my eyes he is still the Pro-Bowl end we all loved. He is just going to have to earn his starting spot in training camp like every other player.
Getting rid of Sheridan should get our defensive line back to the feared unit it was. Tuck is guaranteed his starting spot, and I think Osi will be on the other side.
Tackle is going to be a tricky spot going into camp. Firstly, I would draft a defensive tackle in the third round to add depth. Also, with Alford coming back, that is a huge plus for the depth of our line. We are probably going to resign Cofield, but i would let Robbins go. He had his good years with the Giants but he's just too old and not effective anymore. I'm going to give Canty another shot to prove himself considering he was also banged up as well. We should have a solid rotation going into the 2010 season.
Defensive End Depth Chart: Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Dave Tollefson, Draft Pick
Defensive Tackle Depth Chart: Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, Jay Alford, Draft Pick
Middle Linebacker- There are many options we can consider at middle linebacker. We can sign Karlos Dansby, DeMeco Ryans, or Barrett Ruud. Or we can trade up 3-4 spots for McClain, or just keep our 15th pick and draft Brandon Spikes in the 2nd round.
Personally, I think waiting for Spikes in the 2nd is the right thing to do. He will replace Pierce very well, and people forget that if he entered the draft last year he would've been a better prospect than Cushing, Matthews, and Maualuga and would've been drafted in the top 10. Teams would have killed to have this guy. He may not be the fastest linebacker in this draft but in my opinion he is the 2nd best ILB prospect. He is a three year captain of the most consistent defense in college football, a great emotional leader, and a hell of a football player. I do think we would have to trade up a little in the 2nd round to grab him, but it should only cost a 4th round pick.
Outside Linebacker- Boley proved to the Giants last year that he can be our starter. He specializes in pass coverage, and that is what we lack. He is a lock in starter. Now the other outside linebacker spot is the problem. I think the times Sintim actaully played last year he was great. He specializes in pass rushing and stopping the run. This should give us a balance at the outside linebacker positions especially since Boley and Sintim specialize in different things. With Spikes in the middle being good at stopping the run and pass, we should have a balanced linebacking core.
Middle Linebacker Depth Chart: Brandon Spikes, Jonathan Goff, Chase Blackburn
Outside Linebacker Depth Chart: Michael Boley, Clint Sintim, Danny Clark, Bryan Kehl, Gerris Wilkinson
Safety- To me its kind of like we have two first round picks with Kenny Phillips coming back from injury. His injury played a major role in the collapse of our secondary. Anyway, this is where we should use our first round draft pick and use it on Earl Thomas. He is a ballhawk safety and we need a playmaker like that in our secondary. He broke the Texas record for interceptions in a single season with eight, and we all know Texas produces elite talent, past and present. Having Thomas and Phillips at safety can be a dangerous tandem for the next 10 years.
Depth Chart: Kenny Phillips, Earl Thomas, Michael Johnson, Aaron Rouse,
Cornerback- As we all know, Webster is probably going to be our lead corner going into camp, and we can pencil him in as number one on the depth chart. Now in training camp it is going to be interesting to see the battle for the second spot between Ross and Thomas. Thomas proved last year that he can be a great corner in zone and man coverage. Ross was injured last season but proved he can be effective as well in the '07 and '08 season. I do think Ross will win the battle because before he got injured last year he showed he can be a great corner.
Depth Chart: Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson
1(15)- Earl Thomas: S Texas
2(40)(From Seattle)- Brandon Spikes: ILB Florida
3(77)- Best available DT
4(113)- Traded to Seattle
5(143)- Best available OL
6(175)- Best available CB
7(206)- Best available DT