2009 record: 8-8
The Giants finished the 2009 season in disappointing fashion, losing eight of their last 11 games after starting the season with five consecutive wins.
Running backs Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw were unable to provide the bruising run-game that many Giants fans expected, and down the stretch New York's defense was atrocious.
A bright-spot in the season was the emergence of New York's young and talented receiving corps. Steve Smith had over 100 receptions for the first time in his career, while he more than doubled his receiving yards from 2008. Along with Smith, second-year receiver Mario Manningham and rookie receiver Hakeem Nicks contributed 1,612 yards receiving and 11 combined.
With the development of Manningham and Nicks, the Giants transformed what was one of the thinnest receiving corps in the league, to one of the most explosive and dangerous.
The Giants addressed their defensive woes in the draft by picking up five defensive players: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF); Linval Joseph (DT, East Carolina); Chad Jones (S, LSU); Philip Dillard (ILB, Nebraska); Adrian Tracy (OLB, William & Mary).