The Giants' wide receiving corps is expected to be an asset in 2017. Let's take a closer look...
Projected Starters: Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard
Projected Backups: Roger Lewis, Jr., Tavarres King, Dwayne Harris
Departures: Victor Cruz
On the Bubble: Darius Powe, Travis Rudolph
With rookie Sterling Shepard and beat-up Victor Cruz in starting roles, it was no surprise that the 2016 wide receiver corps relied heavily on superstar Odell Beckham, Jr.
In his third year in the NFL, Beckham finished third among wideouts in receptions (101) and receiving yards (1,367) as well as fifth in touchdowns (10). It was his third-straight 1,000-yard season, and the first where he amassed over 100 receptions.
However, Beckham had his fair share of drama. From the infamous kicking the net debacle to spearheading a trip to Miami before his first playoff appearance, he received criticism for his actions regularly -- which prompted general manager Jerry Reese to publicly tell the 24-year-old to "grow up."
Though Beckham caught most of the spotlight, Shepard quietly had a great rookie campaign. He hauled in 65 receptions for 683 yards, both of which ranked second among rookies. He also finished with eight touchdowns.
With a year under his belt, Shepard is looking to improve on his yards-after-catch as he feels he can make plays like Beckham moving forward.
Finally, with the departure of Cruz, the Giants dipped into the free agency pool to acquire a deep-ball threat to complement the speedsters already on the roster: Brandon Marshall. The former Jet, who Gang Green released this offseason, signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Giants in hopes of reaching the first playoff appearance of his career.
He had a down year with the Jets last season as the team's quarterback woes hurt his production. He caught 59 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns, which was his lowest total since 2010 with the Dolphins.
Entering his 12th NFL season, Marshall adds a veteran presence that can provide wisdom to the group along with his knack for reaching the end zone.
King and Lewis, Jr. will have more of the same role as last year, subbing in. Lewis, Jr. was arrested in Ohio earlier this month for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The arrest falls under the NFL's personal conduct policy, so he could be fined or suspended by the league.
He was present for the Giants mandatory minicamp last week.
Biggest question heading into camp
The pieces to the puzzle are there, so the question doesn't fall on the wide receivers specifically. Instead, the question is whether QB Eli Manning can put those pieces together.
In the past, defenses had the option to apply double-coverage on Beckham. Now, with Marshall and a more-experienced Shepard in the mix, extra pressure to Beckham would leave the others with one-on-one matchups.
There is no right way to defend this three-headed monster, so they will create space and get open. It will be up to Manning to hit them between the numbers.
Who he targets will also be interesting to keep track of. Clearly, Beckham is the No. 1 receiver on the roster, and though Marshall has been the star in the past, he has said he will leave that role to the 24-year-old.
But if defenses double-cover, Manning may have no choice but to look somewhere else.
Will Beckham's production decline? Will Manning target Marshall more in the end zone because of his prowess in that area?
At the end of the day, who gets the ball shouldn't matter if it translates into points. But, it is certainly an area to watch.
Expectations are high for this bunch, and for good reason. One of the Giants' main goals is to improve on their 19.4 points scored per game - which ranked 26th in the league -- and all eyes will be on the wide receivers to make it happen.
On paper, this group is arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league. NFL Network's Kyle Brandt is on that bandwagon as he referred to them as a rock band. Shepard acts as the "drummer," setting the tempo in the background while Marshall and Beckham are the "bassist" and "front man" who grab most of the attention.
"So this is my trio," Brandt said. "We've got the young drummer, the classic rock god, and the veteran bassist. I think that's tough to beat."
If they can work in sync and produce as expected, the result will be sweet music to the ears of head coach Ben McAdoo all season long.