How will the new McAdoo offense mesh with the Giants?
The Giants’ new offensive coordinator will be bringing some changes. With what he calls a “merge of the two offensive systems” and “the best of both words”, it will be interesting to see who will come out as the most talented tight end; a position that the Giants have been lacking in. A good tight end would be extremely valuable in McAdoo’s plays and unfortunately for the Giants, the players they have used most recently are not up to par. The player with the most potential is undrafted, free agent Xavier Grimble, who was recently signed in May and showed promise during spring training. There is also the question of how good the Giants wide receivers are. With Hakeem Nicks gone to the Colts, Victor Cruz must step up and be the team’s number one, something he may not be quite ready for yet. Although McAdoo said during minicamp that the team had not yet mastered the new offense, they already have an understanding of their identity and are “committed to discipline and poise”.
How will the replacements on the defense be enough?Since the
Giants passed Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph to free agency, the question now is who will be making the top plays in defense for the team. Jason-Pierre Paul looks to be the Giants best bet. Back in 2011, he received a good amount of playing time due to other player injuries and recorded 16.5 sacks, however he was plagued by an injury of his own that kept him from numerous games in 2012 and 2013. If he gets back to his 2011 self, he would be an outstanding replacement for Tuck and Joseph. There are also questions centered around the replacement of safety Will Hill. Antrel Rolle looks to be a match since he will resume his original position as safety now that the Giants have signed more cornerbacks.
Who will come out of training camp and go into the season as a team leader?
With all the new faces added to the team, Tom Coughlin and his staff are going to need all the help they can get, which includes experienced players to motivate the team on and off the field. Antrel Rolle and Jon Beason seem to be this season’s leaders. Most likely, Beason will not practice in training camp due to his foot injury he sustained during minicamp. It will be interesting to see however, how this seasoned player will lead his teammates once he’s cleared and the season gets underway. Rolle will certainly be a leader on the field and in the locker room. Will these two be enough though to get the newly developing team to come together?