The 2010 season is almost upon us. The New York Giants had a tough year in 2009, and are looking to rebound. It seems like most of the team was injured at one point or another. I believe this year will be different.
Here are my 10 Giant players ready to have a great year.
Justin Tuck has a total of 29 sacks in his career. Last year he only managed six. After a cheap-shot trip by then Cowboy Flozell Adams, Tuck's shoulder was never the same and required surgery in the off-season.
It was obvious that he didn't have the strength to wreak havoc as he has shown in the past.
This year Tuck is healed and ready to go. The Giants want him to be a leader of the team, but talk is cheap and he prefers to let his play do the talking.
Get ready for ten or more sacks by Tuck this season.
From one defensive end to the other. Osi was coming off major surgery last year and never got on track. He spent most of his snaps rushing up field instead of containing the run.
He then found himself coming off the bench and he was no happy camper. Since then his mood seems to have lightened up.
When healthy and playing right he is an explosive player and we should see another big year from Umenyiora.
Big Blue paid big money to get free-agent Chris Canty in 2009. Yet his injuries kept him off of the field for most of the year.
While he was playing it was obvious he wasn't at full strength.
He has come into camp in great shape and is ready to reward the Giants for their investment in him.
Clint Sintim was out of position on way too many plays last year. He was making the transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense and he struggled with it.
On the bright side, he has excellent size at 6-2 and 256lbs, he is an exciting pass rusher, and has been working on his coverage skills this off-season.
I know SLB's don't make a ton of plays, but I seem him as an impact player by the end of the year.
Another prized free-agent gone bad last year for the Giants, Michael Boley had hip surgery last summer and was hampered with a knee injury during another streach of the season.
I believe that Boley has something the Giants have been lacking at the weak side linebacker position. Speed. He is very good in coverage and ready to have a special season.
What a horrible year for Aaron Ross. His hamstring doomed his season and certainly had something to do with the horrible secondary play of the Giants.
Although Terell Thomas played well in Ross' place, they did lack a third stud corner.
Ross' play was up and down in 2008 and was solid in his rookie season of 2007.
Ross is a self proclaimed gambler at the position and will look to jump routes to get the pick six.
So far in camp he looks like he is getting his groove back on.
Antrel Rolle, the big pick up by the Giants this year from Arizona was huge. Rolle will help to close the flood gates that opened on the Giants secondary last year.
The hope is that Kenny Phillips will be healthy this year and will team up with Rolle. While that is possible, it is also possible that Rolle will be Phillips replacement.
If they play together they will form a great safety tandem.
Corey Webster had an off year in 2009, and is looking to rebound this season. His rise during the 2007 was inspiring, and his fall last season was disappointing...but
...he has the talent to be the top corner the Giants have, and his knee is healthy after missing the final three games with the injury last year.
I wonder if Bill Sheridan had an impact on Webster's play?
Hakeem Nicks is going to be a stud. He has big hands, a strong body, and enough speed to go the distance.
Last year was no fluke.
Look for big things this year from Nicks.
He should settle in after Steve Smith as the Giants number two receiver, with Mario Manningham coming in third.
Ahmad Bradshaw was playing with two injured feet and a bad ankle last year and he still looked better than Brandon Jacobs.
Look for Bradshaw to not only split carries with Jacobs, but perhaps become the lead rusher for the team.
Bradshaw is a fine blocker and has a good burst of speed.
There is no telling how Jacobs will respond to his knee surgery and the same can be said for Bradshaw and his injuries.
I still see Bradshaw as the more productive back this season.