Darian Thompson (Safety)
Third-round draft pick Darien Thompson, was expected to provide a serious upgrade at the safety position in 2016. His subsequent departure from the active squad to injury reserve due to a lingering foot injury ended his season prematurely.
The Giants have suffered a serious case of the injury-bug the past few seasons, although 2016 saw improvement. Thompson was unfortunately the chosen one to go down, and was replaced by un-drafted rookie Andrew Adams, who played valiantly as his replacement.
The former Boise State product is a ball-hawk, and if fully healthy this season, will be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Paul Perkins (Running Back)
The elusive UCLA product flashed major potential last season, especially with the lack of run blocking from the offensive line.
Now that Rashad Jennings has departed, Perkins has the backfield to himself, and will take advantage of his opportunity. His speed and quickness was shown regularly last season, and with the addition of D.J Fluker and a potential draft pick, he could reach his ceiling.
Perkins brought not only running capabilities to the table, but blocking as well. He only allowed two quarterback hurries in 325 snaps, but it doesn't end there. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry which was the highest on the team, and produced 2.2 yards after contact, better than Jenning's 2.0 yards after contact.
Although Perkins played in a limited role last campaign, his strengths will be on full display come September, and every Giants fan is praying for a little earth, wind and fire.
B.J. Goodson (Linebacker)
With Kelvin Sheppard and Johnathan Casillas manning the middle of the field last season, Goodson only enjoyed a measly 13 defensive snaps. With Sheppard gone in free agency, Goodson will have an expanded role in the defense in 2017.
Ben McAdoo, Giants head coach, told reporters that Goodson would be competing against Keenen Robinson for reps this upcoming season.
This will prove to be Goodson's best opportunity at seeing an expanded role on the defense, and will likely leave it all on the field to seize the day.
D.J. Fluker (Offensive Lineman)
Former Charger D.J. Fluker, will receive a second chance at success after struggling since being drafted in 2013 (first-round, 11th overall).
During his tenure with the Chargers Fluker allowed 20 sacks, 21 hits and 126 hurries. These number aren't pretty, but he was also playing at 339 lbs., a bit heavy for lineman. His mobility may have been restricted, and by skimming off a few pounds may be able to find his college form again.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported that Fluker was being predicted to compete at guard, but via his Instagram account, have also seen him working at tackle.
Regardless of where Fluker plays, he signed a team friendly one-year deal and this is his golden ticket to recapturing his form.