YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- New York Giants

The Giants started off red hot, 5-0.  The fans were thinking about hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the 2nd time in 3 years.  Then New York collapsed, going 3-8 their final 11 games finishing at a disappointing 8-8 mark.  The running game was horrendous and the defense gave up a 3rd worst 427 points.  The identity of the 2007 Super Bowl team has vanished.

Quarterbacks

Eli Manning- 317/509 62.3% 4,021 yds 27 td 14 int 93.1 rat

This was little Eli’s best statistical season as a pro.  He had career-highs in completions, completion percentage, yards, touchdowns and passer rating.

(Eli Manning)

Working with such a young receiving core last season, Manning showed his leadership instilling confidence into his young pups.  He showed toughness by playing through a foot injury for most of the season.

Eli has an O.K. arm, but he still struggles with the wind in New York.  I’m curious to see how the winds will swirl with the new stadium.  Manning has improved over the years in 2 minute situations, but he still needs to cut down on his turnovers.  He’ll still make bad decisions with the football from time to time.

Others- Jim Sorgi, Rhett Bomar

Sorgi is a smart quarterback who comes over after 6 seasons with older brother Peyton in Indianapolis.  Bomar is in his 2nd season.

GRADE- 7.5

 Running Backs

 Brandon Jacobs- 224 car  835 yds  3.7 avg 5 td 18 rec 184 yds 1 td

Jacob’s production fell off dramatically from the last couple of season.  His 5.0 ypc in 2007 and 2008 dipped to 3.7 ypc in 2009.  Jacobs claims that his knee was the reason for his drop-off.  I think it was the ineffectiveness of the offensive line. 

(Brandon Jacobs)

Jacobs is so big that he needs bigger holes to run through.  He’s most effective in space where he can lay a blow.  I still feel that he runs too upright.  He really should be picking up more 3rd and 4th and shorts than he does.

Ahmad Bradshaw- 163 car  778 yds  4.8 avg  7 td  21 rec  207 yds 

Bradshaw, like Jacobs, was plagued by injuries.  He had surgeries on both feet and and ankle in the offseason.

Bradshaw is a one-cut runner who can get through the slightest of holes.  He gains a lot of contact with his physical style of running.  The downside to his out of control style is the fumbling.

Others- Andre Brown, Madison Hedgecock 

Brown is a guy who tore his Achilles tendon before the start of the preseason.  He has good hands and should be in on passing situations.  Hedgecock is a blocking plugger who is a passing option near the goal line.

GRADE- 7

Receivers

Steve Smith- 107 rec  1,220 yds  11.4 avg  7 td

In my opinion, Steve Smith is the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL.  He is arguably the best 3rd down option in the NFL.

(Steve Smith)

Smith is not a burner, but neither was Jerry Rice.  He’s savvy, he’s a great route runner, finds holes in zones.  He always seems to be open constantly.

Hakeem Nicks- 47 rec  790 yds  16.8 avg  6 td

Nicks is the wild card in the offense.  Coming off a solid rookie season, Nicks has all the tools to break out and become a premier wide receiver in the NFL.

Nicks is a deep threat who uses his size and strength, and strong hands to outmuscle opposing defensive backs on jump balls. 

Mario Manningham- 57 rec  822 yds  14.4 avg  5 td

Manningham looked fantastic his 1st month of the season.  Then he started getting a case of the dropsies which killed all the confidence he had gained.

He has big play ability but he needs to sure up his route running.  I can’t tell you how many times on a go-route that Manningham led Manning to the sideline and out of bounds.

TE- Kevin Boss- 42 rec  567 yds  13.5 avg  5 td

Boss is mostly a pass catcher, but he has improved his blocking.

Others- Derek Hagan, Sinorice Moss, Bear Pascoe

Hagan and Moss are receivers that have never really live up to the hype.  Pascoe will be used as a power run blocker.

GRADE- 7.75

 Offensive Line

LT- David Diehl

Diehl is listed as a left tackle, but he makes for a better left guard.

LG- Rich Seubert

Seubert is a hard worker, but his injuries in the past have cost him some of his previous strength.

 C- Shaun O’Hara

O’Hara understands the game.  He uses good positioning and is a smart player

RG- Chris Snee

Snee is the team’s best run blocker.  He’s smart and athletic.

(Chris Snee)

RT- Kareem McKenzie

McKenzie is another lineman that has lost a step over recent seasons due to injury.  He’s a better run blocker than pass protector.

GRADE- 7.75

Defensive Line

LDE- Justin Tuck- 59 tck  6 sck  5 ff  8 p def

Tuck is back healthy after struggling last season with shoulder problems.  With that bum shoulder, he didn’t show his normal power.  He struggled pass rushing from the defensive tackle position.  When healthy he is very effective both against the rush and pass.

(Justin Tuck)

LDT- Barry Cofield- 35 tck  1 sck  2 p def

Cofield is a run plugger who quietly continues to build up solid seasons for New York.

RDT- Chris Canty- 13 tck  .5 sck

Canty signed a lucrative deal a year ago.  He was nothing but a disappointment plagued by bad play and injuries.

RDE- Mathias Kiwanuka- 61 tck  3 sck  2 ff  1 p def

After 4 seasons serving as Umenyiora’s backup, Kiwanuka looks to finally get his opportunity to start.  He’s not a pure pass rusher, but he’s solid against the run.

Others- Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Alford, Rocky Bernard

Umenyiora is at a crossroads, he had his worst season as a pro and he was pretty much ineffective.  He has great pass rushing ability, but he’s always struggled a bit against the run.  We’ll see mentally how he handles coming off the bench if indeed he is not a starter.

Pierre-Paul is an athletic freak taken in the 1st round from South Florida.  To show you Pierre-Pauls athletic prowess just watch the following video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4-1e6Faglw)  He’s raw, but he has a high ceiling.

Alford is solid and the Bernard signing was a mistake.

GRADE- 8

Linebackers

LOLB- Clint Sintim- 20 tck  1 sck

Sintim is still learning how to play the 4-3 OLB position after playing a 3-4 OLB at Virginia.  He’s effective at getting up field because of his experience at Virginia.

MLB- Jonathan Goff- 25 tck  1 sck  1 int  2 p def

Longtime Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce was cut.  New York will miss his leadership, but it was clear that he lost a step and became a liability in coverage.

ROLB- Michael Boley- 84 tck  1 sck  8 p def

Boley is a solid athlete and playmaker.  He’s small, but he makes plays with his quickness and solid instincts.

(Michael Boley)

Others- Chase Blackburn, Gerris Wilkinson, Phillip Dillard

Blackburn, Wilkinson and Dillard will all compete with Goff for the starting MLB spot.

GRADE- 6.75

Secondary

LCB- Corey Webster- 51 tck  1 int  12 p def

Webster started the season strong, but ended very weakly.  He’s big, tough, and good in man coverage, but did give up a substantial amount of big plays.

(Corey Webster)

RCB- Terrell Thomas- 85 tck  5 int  13 p def  1 sck  1 ff

Thomas emerged as a full time starter after Aaron Ross struggled with hamstring issues.  He plays with an edge and closes in on the ball quickly.

CB- Aaron Ross- 10 tck

Ross is a finesse corner who plays with good instincts.

FS- Antrel Rolle- 72 tck  4 int  8 p def  1.5 sck  1 ff

Rolle formerly played cornerback and struggled mightily.  He then had a renaissance once he started playing safety in Arizona.  He’s a strong blitzer and has good ball skills.  His coverage still needs to be improved upon.

SS- Kenny Phillips- 13 tck  2 int  2 p def

In week 2, Phillips suffered a very serious knee injury, which cost him the rest of the season.  Some players bounce back from something like that, some don’t.  Phillips played well in those 2 games with his physical presence.

Others- Deon Grant, Chad Jones, Bruce Johnson

In case Phillips can’t return from the knee surgery,  the Giants signed Deon Grant in the offseason and drafted Chad Jones.

GRADE- 7.5

Special Teams

PK- Lawrence Tynes- 27/32  52 lg

Tynes struggled and could be challenged by Wake Forest alumnus Sam Swank.

P- Matt Dodge- DNP

Jeff Feagles retired, and Dodge looks like the starting punter.

KR- Ahmad Bradshaw- DNP

Domenik Hixon is done for the season.  He’ll be missed in the return game.

PR- Sinorice Moss- DNP

(SEE ABOVE)

GRADE- 6.75

2010 PREDICTION- 8-8

This is simply not the same team that won the Super Bowl 3 years ago.  Strahan, Pierce and Feagles are retired, Umenyiora isn’t the same player, the running game isn’t there and Spagnoulo is no longer the defensive coordinator.  With that being said, the passing game looks good.  Eli Manning is in his prime, and now he has 2 very good receivers in Smith and Nicks. 

 Offensive MVP- Steve Smith

Defensive MVP- Justin Tuck

Breakthrough- Mathias Kiwanuka

Underrated- Steve Smith

Overrated- Brandon Jacobs

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