With the NFL lockout and the Brady v. NFL lawsuit putting the upcoming season in jeopardy, there are concerns we will not see a game played until 2012. It is likely, though, that we will have football, even if the season starts late and not every game is played. Presuming there is a season this winter, it is hard to know what to expect from the Giants.
They have been inconsistent in recent seasons. Very few people would have expected them to reach Super Bowl XLII and even fewer to win it. Two years later, they were a .500 team and last year had an 8-2 run but failed to make the playoffs. Head coach Tom Coughlin’s job has been on the line at several points in the last few years.
However many games are played this year—whether it is eight or 18—the Giants could contend if they get more consistent performances across the board or a big breakout season from a few players. Here, we look at five players who could be poised to have a big season in 2011.