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New York Giants 2017 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/13/2017.


New York Giants Free Agency Recap


New York got Brandon Marshall at wide receiver and Rhett Ellison at tight end. Those playmakers improved New York's offense. New York brought in Shaun Draughn to help their backfield. Geno Smith was also brought in as a backup to Eli Manning.



New York Giants Draft Recap


The Giants drafted Evan Engram, a tight end out of Ole Miss competing to be the starting tight end in the first round. In the second round they selected defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson out of Alabama who is pushing Jay Bromley for the starting defensive tackle spot where Jonathan Hankins played last season. Their third round pick Davis Webb, a quarterback out of California is pushing people for the backup job. Wayne Gallman has a chance to be a third stringer if he can impress during the preseason. They got sixth round draft pick Adam Bisnowaty as a backup right tackle out of Pittsburgh along with undrafted Free Agent Chad Wheeler as a backup left tackle to Ereck Flowers.




New York Giants Quarterback Summary: Eli Manning continues to play at a high level. The backup quarterback competition features Josh Johnson the current backup along with Free Agent Geno Smith and third round draft pick Davis Webb out of California. This backup competition will be fun, and its possible that all 4 quarterbacks make the 53 man roster.


Ben McAdoo is now the Giants head coach. Mike Sullivan was the Giants quarterback coach in 2015 before McAdoo, the former offensive coordinator promoted Sullivan to offensive coordinator after succeeding Tom Coughlin as the teams head coach. Quarterback coach Frank Cignetti Jr. does much better as a quarterbacks coach than he does as an offensive coordinator. All 3 of those coaches who specialize in developing quarterbacks are back.


New York Giants Running Back Summary: The Giants running game has five guys competing for the starting job once again. Second year running back Paul Perkins who was my biggest steal at running back in the 2016 NFL Draft outside of Dak Prescott has to be the favorite to be the starting running back. You also got Shane Vereen for depth as a backup. Third stringer Orleans Darka started two games and is the final running back in competition for the starting job. Shaun Draughn last years backup on the 49ers is the fourth string running back with rookie Wayne Gallman out of Clemson as the fifth string running back. Jacob Heusman is the Giants starting fullback.


Running backs coach Craig Johnson has experience developing both quarterbacks and running backs. Johnson specializes in developing players at those two positions and has been the Giants running back coach since 2014.


New York Giants Wide Receiver Summary: Odell Beckham Jr. is Eli Manning's primary target. Brandon Marshall is going to be the #2 target next to Beckham. Marshall has been a #1 target his entire career so it feels like Eli has two #1 targets to work with along with slot receiver Sterling Shepard who has the production of a #2 wide receiver. Dwayne Harris, Roger Lewis, Tavarres King, and Travis Rudolph for depth. This is the most depth Eli Manning has had at wide receiver since he won Super Bowl 42 when they had David Tyree as a backup or Super Bowl 46 for that matter. That has to excite Giants' fans this upcoming season.


Adam Henry was LSU's wide receivers coach when they had Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. He also coached the 49ers receivers in 2015. Henry did an awesome job developing wide receivers in his first year as a wide receivers coach. He has more to work with in his second season.


New York Giants Tight End Summary: Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram are competing for the starting tight end job. Ellison leads the competition at the moment, but Rhett was a backup tight end in Minnesota known for his run blocking more than anything else. Engram is the exact opposite. He's great as a pass catcher, but the Giants want him to improve as a blocker. Last years backups Will Tye and Jerrell Adams are back fighting for a third string job. Kevin M. Gilbride is a good tight end coach and should get the most out of whoever wins the starting tight end job.


New York Giants Offensive Line Summary: Right now the Giants have Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, John Jerry at right guard, and Bobby Hart at right tackle. Chad Wheeler and Adam Bisnowaty provide great depth as backup offensive tackles. I wouldn't be shocked if both Wheeler and Bisnowaty unseated Flowers and Hart as starters since both Flowers and Hart sucked in their preseason debuts when it came to pass protection. D.J. Fluker is a backup right guard to Jerry. New York lacks depth at left guard and center. The bright spot is Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg are both good when healthy.


Mike Solari was a perfect fit as the Giants offensive line coach since he was an assistant offensive line coach in Green Bay as well as an offensive line coach in Kansas City and San Francisco. He has experience with pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking schemes. Solari can adapt to anything and it showed in 2016.


The Giants ranked 26th in points per game in Ben McAdoo's first season only averaging 19.4 points per game. That should improve drastically with all the weapons they added this offseason. I think that number could go up to 27 points per game since this offense was 6th in points per game back in 2015. Seeing this team finish top 5 in points per game would not surprise me.


New York went from 8th to 23rd in total yards per game once McAdoo took over. The passing yards went from 7th under Coughlin to 16th under McAdoo. Finally the rushing yards went from 16th to 29th. The Giants need their offense to get back to where it was in 2015 before Ben McAdoo was named the successor to Tom Coughin. Having Paul Perkins as the starter will improve the running game.



New York Giants Defensive Line Summary: Olivier Vernon did well with the Giants in 2016. Jason Pierre-Paul played 4-3 right end on the Giants last year, but is moving over to 4-3 left end. Damon Harrison started one defensive tackle spot. Jay Bromley and Dalvin Tomlinson are competing for the other starting defensive tackle spot. Owa Odighizuwa and Roman Okwara are great depth players at defensive end for the Giants.


Patrick Graham is now the New York Giants defensive line coach. Graham was awesome in his first season as a defensive line coach.


New York Giants Linebacker Summary: Jonathan Casillas and Devon Kennard are a great outside linebacker tandem. B.J. Goodson has surpassed Keenan Robinson as the starting middle linebacker on the New York Giants depth chart.


Bill McGovern did well in his first season as a linebackers coach. He's back for his second season at the same position.


New York Giants Defensive Backs Summary: The Giants have Janoris Jenkins as the field cornerback while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is the boundary cornerback across from him. Eli Apple will play the nickel. Landon Collins will start at strong safety while Darian Thompson is expected to start at free safety. The Giants do not have the same depth they had last season, but this secondary will be effective if everyone stays healthy.


The Giants have two defensive backs coach, but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has experience as a defensive line coach, linebacker coach, and defensive backs coach, coaching all three of those positions before being named the Giants defensive coordinator. Dave Merritt the cornerbacks coach and Tim Walton both return as defensive backs coaches with Merritt coaching the cornerbacks and Walton coaching the safeties.


The Giants finished 14th in sacks, 4th in points allowed, 13th the NFL in total yards per game, 24th in pass defense, and 2nd in the NFL in run defense. Spagnuolo did much better in his second season after struggling in his first season. New York has a shot to win the NFC if they can build off of what Spagnuolo did in year three.



New York Giants Special Teams Summary: Aldrick Rosas and Mike Nugent are competing for the starting kicker job. Brad Wing had 33 of his 76 punts inside the 20 yard line. Return specialist Dwayne Harris is one of the NFL's best returners on both kickoffs and punts. Tom Quinn has been the Giants special teams coordinator for eleven years now which is why the Giants are one of the NFL's more consistent teams when it comes to special teams.




New York Giants Worst Case Scenario: The New York Giants go 10-6 and get a wild card. This is a playoff team because they are only 2 of 29 teams I've previewed with all of their coaches returning.


New York Giants Best Case Scenario: New York goes 12-4 and wins the NFC East. The Giants somehow manage to secure home field in the NFC.


New York Giants 2017 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 10
AT
8:30 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 2
September 18
VS
8:30 PM EST
ESPN
W
Week 3
September 24
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 4
October 1
AT
4:05 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 5
October 8
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 6
October 15
AT
8:30 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 7
October 22
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 8
Bye Week
Week 9
November 5
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 10
November 12
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 11
November 19
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 12
November 23
AT
8:30 PM EST
NBC
L
Week 13
December 3
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 14
December 11
VS
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 15
December 17
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 16
December 24
AT
4:25 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 17
December 31
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W


New York Giants 2017 Projected Record (11-5): I have the Giants going 11-5 and winning the NFC East. We have the top 5 seeds in the NFC crowned. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are my one seed at 12-4 with the Giants getting the other first round bye at 11-5.


The Green Bay Packers went 10-6 and got the 3 seed winning the NFC North. The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West at 8-8. The Atlanta Falcons secured the first wild card at 11-5. The final wild card will go to Carolina or Dallas, and I'll reveal which one of those teams gets that wild card and which one wins the NFC in my Cowboys season preview.


The New York Giants have a lot of components in place to be this years NFC Champion. I think its going to to come down to whether Carolina or Dallas gets that final wild card. I also have Washington going 10-6 missing the playoffs, and they are another team that could have a say in the NFC if they make the playoffs. Eli defeated Tom Brady in two Super Bowls and this is Eli's best team since Super Bowl 46.









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