Camp Tip Sheet: Why They'll Be Super

Yes, Giants fans, it's that time of year again – already. Big Blue will spend the month of August up in Albany preparing to defend its 2008 NFC East crown. While the one-and-done playoff experience last season left a bad taste in the players' mouths, this is also a team only two years removed from Super Bowl glory.

Here follows TGI's ultimate primer for training camp '09 in four installments as the Giants look to reach the top of the NFL mountain once again.

The WRs, of course – While everyone is worried sick that the Giants will be without last season's two starting receivers – Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer – there is a whole new crop of speedy, talented WRs looking to make their mark. Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith might not be household names yet, but they sure have the ability to make defenses pay. Contributions from Mario Manningham and rookies Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden could turn this position of so-called weakness into one of strength.

The front four – It was no secret that New York's pass rush not only got the team to the Super Bowl after the 2007 season, but it was also the main reason they were able to knock off ever-poised Tom Brady and the mighty Pats in the big game. A thin D-line wore down as last season progressed, which is exactly why Jerry Reese went out and solidified that unit more than any other this offseason. The starting talent and depth along the defensive line is head and shoulders above what any other NFL club has to offer.

Something to prove – A prideful bunch led by their head coach Tom Coughlin, the Giants were thoroughly embarrassed by last year's playoff defeat at the hands of the Eagles. The defending Super Bowl champs ended their title defense without barely so much as a whimper. Expect this season to be different. The club seems recommitted to doing exactly what's necessary to win every weekend. While that might not guarantee another title, it sure as heck will put them in a much better position than they were down the stretch last season.

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