After another disappointing season for the Giants major changes have already been made to the coaching staff. The same needs to be said for the roster if the Giants are going to right the ship next season.
Here are 5 players the Giants need to move beyond in 2016.
1. Andre Williams
The Giants have failed to establish a consistent rushing attack over the past 3 seasons, ranking in the bottom half of the league in each. One big reason for this is Andre Williams, who has not shown the vision or lateral quickness necessary to be a quality NFL running back. However, the Giants continued to feed him the ball in 2015 only to watch him repeatedly get stuffed for losses en route to a putrid 2.8 yards per carry. Many may point fingers at the offensive line, which certainly needs improvement as well, but Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen were both able to average over 4.0 yards per carry behind this same unit. After two disappointing seasons, the G-men should move on from the 4th round Boston College product.
2. Marshall Newhouse
After Will Beatty went down with injury, Newhouse was thrust into a starting role in 2015. He did not take advantage of the opportunity, as he graded out as one of the worst offensive tackles this season. He was equally bad as both a pass blocker and a run blocker, according to Pro Football Focus. The Giants didn’t exactly break the bank to acquire him last offseason, (2 years, $3 million) but they can’t continue to run him out there in 2016.
3. Jayron Hosley
The Giants expected big things when they signed Hosley to a 4 year deal in 2012, but he has been a constant letdown. The former 3rd round pick has struggled to stay healthy, and has been a liability in coverage. Hosley should have been cut in 2014, but the Giants decided to give him another chance, even after he was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Hosley will be a free agent this offseason, and the Giants should look elsewhere at cornerback.
4. Markus Kuhn
Kuhn finally worked his way into the starting lineup, but like most of the Giants pass rushers, failed to make an impact this season. He recorded just 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks over nine starts. Kuhn has been a disappointment after signing a 4-year deal in 2012, and will be a free agent this offseason. The G-Men need to add more talent on the defensive line, and Kuhn is not the answer.
5. Uani’ Unga
Unga was part of a Giants linebacking core that was arguably the worst in the NFL last season. The former UDFA was part of the problem, as he lacks the size and athleticism that the Giants desperately need on defense. Seeing as linebacker is a position the Giants will have to address aggressively this offseason, it makes sense to cut bait with Unga.