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New York Giants 2016 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 7/13/2016.


What I said about the New York Giants In 2014: Eli Manning sucked last year and the Giants did nothing significant to improve the offense. Antrel Rolle recorded 96 tackles, 12 deflections, and 6 interceptions. At this time, Rolle is the best player on the Giants, not Eli.


What I am saying about the New York Giants In 2015: Antrel Rolle is no longer with the Giants because he underperformed with only 87 total tackles in 2014. Eli Manning struggled at first, but Odell Beckham saved his job with his brilliant rookie season.


What I am saying about the New York Giants in 2016: The Giants boasted one of the best offenses in 2015. The Giants defense was a mess last season.




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The Giants signed Olivier Vernon as a 4-3 right end and moved Jason Pierre Paul to 4-3 left end. Damon Harrison from the New York Jets will now be a defensive tackle on the Giants. Keenan Robinson is expected to play 4-3 middle linebacker on the New York Giants while Janoris Jenkins is expected to be the Giants #1 field cornerback.



New York Giants 2016 NFL Draft Grades




New York Giants Quarterback Summary: Eli Manning had 4,436 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 2015. Ryan Nassib also showed he could be an effective backup and the possible quarterback of the future for the New York Giants as Nassib continues to develop behind Eli Manning in a contract year. Logan Thomas is the third string quarterback on the New York Giants.


Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is now the Giants head coach. Mike Sullivan was the Giants quarterback coach in 2015. He's now the Giants offensive coordinator after having a previous coaching stint with the Giants where he was the wide receivers coach. Quarterback coach Frank Cignetti Jr. was the Rams offensive coordinator in 2015 and will coach the Giants quarterbacks in 2016.


New York Giants Running Back Summary: The Giants have five running backs competing for the starting running back job. Rashad Jennings will probably start again. The depth the Giants have at running back is incredible though. Andre Williams is the backup, Shane Vereen is the third stringer, Bobby Rainey is the fourth stringer, and Paul Perkins is the fifth running back on the Giants depth chart. Nikita Whitlock is the Giants starting fullback.


Running backs coach Craig Johnson has experience developing both quarterbacks and running backs. Johnson specializes in developing players at those two positions and has been the Giants running back coach since 2014.


New York Giants Wide Receiver Summary: Odell Beckham Jr. is Eli Manning's primary target. Victor Cruz is expected to be the #2 target across from him. Dwayne Harris and Sterling Shephard are competing for the slot receiver job. I think the Giants will do much better with Harris, but I would also not be surprised if they waited until Cruz got injured again to give Shephard a chance to start.


Adam Henry was LSU's wide receivers coach when they had Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. He also coached the 49ers receivers in 2015. Henry should do a great job developing the Giants receivers.


New York Giants Tight End Summary: Larry Donnell, Will Tye, and Jerrell Adams are competing for the starting tight end job. Kevin M. Gilbride is a good tight end coach and should get the most out of whoever wins the starting tight end job.


New York Giants Offensive Line Summary: Right now the Giants have Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, John Jerry at right guard, and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.


Mike Solari enters his first year as the Giants offensive line coach. After learning the Packers pass blocking scheme in Green Bay as an assistant offensive line coach for the Packers. Solari will have the Giants focusing on pass blocking. He's also great at having an offensive line focus on run blocking as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers both had great success running the football when Solari was their offensive line coach.


New York ranked in the top 20 in every offensive category in 2015. The Giants ranked 6th in points per game, 8th in total yards per game, 7th in passing yards per game, and 18th in rushing yards per game. The only question mark at this point has to be the running game and maybe who starts at right tackle since the Giants need an upgrade over Marshall Newhouse and the Giants could also move Ereck Flowers to right tackle.



New York Giants Defensive Line Summary: Olivier Vernon will now be the New York Giants 4-3 right end after having the same role on the Miami Dolphins. You can argue Vernon got overpaid if you consider he only had 7.5 sacks in 2015. Jason Pierre-Paul played 4-3 right end on the Giants last year, but is moving over to 4-3 left end. Jonathan Hankins and Damon Harrison will start at 4-3 defensive tackle giving the Giants one of the NFL's best defensive lines since they won Super Bowl 46. Owa Odighizuwa can step in if Pierre-Paul gets injured again. Jay Bromley and Louis Nix are solid defensive tackles for depth as backups. The Giants don't have a backup that can step in at 4-3 right end if Vernon goes down so they may move Pierre-Paul back to 4-3 right end and start Odighizuwa at 4-3 left end if Vernon goes down.


Patrick Graham is now the New York Giants defensive line coach. Graham was a defensive line coach and a linebackers coach with the New England Patriots. Having him coach these defensive linemen on the Giants makes the Giants defensive line that much more lethal.


New York Giants Linebacker Summary: I'm not sure if J.T. Thomas and Devon Kennard can be good 4-3 outside linebackers for the New York Giants. Keenan Robinson is a good starter for the Giants to have at middle linebacker.


Bill McGovern was an outside linebackers coach on the Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 defense. McGovern is gonna have these linebackers focus more on getting pressure on the opposing quarterback now that he is the New York Giants linebackers coach.


New York Giants Defensive Backs Summary: The Giants have Janoris Jenkins as the field cornerback replacing Prince Amukamara while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is the boundary cornerback across from him. Darian Thompson is expected to start at strong safety. Landon Collins will move from strong safety to free safety in 2016.


The Giants have some depth at cornerback. Eli Apple the tenth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is gonna be the teams nickel cornerback. The Giants did not have a good nickel cornerback and that got their secondary picked apart. Tevin Wade will be the teams dime cornerback. Cooper Taylor will be the Giants backup strong safety that is behind Darian Thompson on the Giants depth chart. The Giants have two defensive backs coach, but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has experience as a defensive line coach, linebacker coach, and defensive backs coach, coaching all three of those positions before being named the Giants defensive coordinator.


I know the Giants lost Tom Coughlin. Despite Coughlin's departure, they have coaches that are familiar with the Giants scheme like Spagnuolo. The Giants finished 30th in sacks, 30th in points allowed, 32nd the NFL in total yards per game, 32nd in pass defense, and 24th in the NFL in run defense. Spagnuolo was in his first years as the Giants defensive coordinator, and one can argue he didn't have much players to work with. Spagnuolo has no excuses in year two if the defense is this bad because the players on this defense are much better.



New York Giants Special Teams Summary: Josh Brown went 30/32 with field goals in 2015. Brad Wing had 33 of his 76 punts inside the 20 yard line. Return specialist Dwayne Harris is one of the NFL's best returners on both kickoffs and punts. Tom Quinn has been the Giants special teams coordinator for ten years now which is why the Giants are one of the NFL's more consistent teams when it comes to special teams.




New York Giants 2016 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 11
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 2
September 18
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 3
September 25
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 4
October 3
AT
8:30 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 5
October 9
AT
8:30 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 6
October 16
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 7
October 23
AT
9:30 AM EST
NFL Network
L
Week 8
Bye Week
Week 9
November 6
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 10
November 14
VS
8:30 PM EST
ESPN
W
Week 11
November 20
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 12
November 27
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 13
December 4
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 14
December 11
VS
8:30 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 15
December 18
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 16
December 22
AT
8:25 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 17
January 1
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L


New York Giants 2016 Projected Record (9-7): I have the Giants starting 3-0 before falling to 3-4 after the bye week. I think the Giants go 9-7. Finishing 9-7 may be enough to win the NFC East, but the only way they are guaranteed the NFC East is if they beat the Eagles and Redskins in weeks 16 and 17. Even if the Giants make the playoffs, they will probably lose the wild card game to Arizona or Seattle, but with the Giants thriving in the playoffs since Eli won his first Super Bowl who knows what happens for the Giants if they make the playoffs. Regardless of whether that 9-7 record is enough to win the NFC East, expect the Giants improve quite a bit in 2016.









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