The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...
Projected Starters: Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson
Projected Backups: Robert Thomas, Romeo Okwara, Jay Bromley, Avery Moss, Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa
On the Bubble: Jordan Williams, Stansly Maponga, Devin Taylor
Departures: Johnathan Hankins
Much like their contracts, expectations were set high for the Giants' front four to start the 2016 season.
GM Jerry Reese splurged in free agency, and most of the money went to DE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison. Harrison inked a five-year, $46.25 million deal while Vernon became the highest paid defensive end in the league with his five-year, $85 million contract.
They would join DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Johnathan Hankins, and many believed the Giants had arguably the best defensive line in the league.
It appeared that way on run plays with Vernon and Pierre-Paul setting the edge to allow Harrison and Hankins to clog up the middle. However, getting to the quarterback was a clear issue to start the season.
Many might remember Week 5 in Green Bay where QB Aaron Rodgers had enough time to run to the sideline to get a drink of water, come back onto the field, and casually throw a bullet to his receivers due to the lack of pressure.
As the weeks went on, though, the line began to click. Vernon had seven sacks from Week 9 to Week 13, and JPP tallied 5.5 sacks in back-to-back weeks before suffering a core muscle injury. Vernon and Pierre-Paul finished the season with 8.5 and seven sacks respectively.
In JPP's absence, DE Romeo Okwara made a name for himself as he recorded a sack against the Cowboys in his first start of the season. He got to Rodgers in the Giants' Wild Card game in Green Bay as well.
The group couldn't stay together this offseason, as Hankins took a three-year, $27 million deal with the Colts, leaving a hole in the line. Tackles Robert Thomas and Jay Bromley are the veterans vying for the position as well as the Giants' second-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft: Alabama's Dalvin Tomlinson.
With many more on the 90-man roster, there is bound to be heated competition on the line heading into the 2017 season.
Biggest question heading into camp
Hankins was a vital piece to the Giants' front line last season. With him out of the picture, the obvious question is who will take his spot once September rolls around.
But my question is can someone on the Giants roster truly fill the void Hankins left?
Hankins totaled 43 tackles -- nine for a loss -- last year, with three sacks as well. His ability to snuff out the run and make teams pay was a main reason why the Giants ranked third in rushing defense.
Bromley told the NY Post he sees himself winning the job, but he has only three starts in three years with the Giants. Last season, he tallied 14 tackles in his limited time in 15 games.
Thomas has even less NFL experience than Bromley, playing in just nine games since entering the league in 2014.
Tomlinson comes out of Alabama as a known run-stuffer in the SEC. He amassed 62 tackles -- 5.5 for a loss -- and three sacks in his senior season last year.
The Giants are searching for a two-way tackle who can stop the run, and pressure the quarterback. Whichever player can show coaches they can do just that will likely take the starting role this season.
Defense won the Giants many games last season, and the front four were vital in causing constant pressure and disruption, though it took a few games to figure out.
Expectations will be set high again for this group, especially with Pierre-Paul inking a four-year, $62 million deal. Being one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football, there will be constant pressure to perform.
And this time there will be no growing period.
The NFC East not only flaunts a rookie sensation, Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott, but the Eagles added veteran power-back LeGarrette Blount to their roster as well. The Redskins may not have a menacing backfield, but without pressure to QB Kirk Cousins, their receiving corps led by WR Terrelle Pryor and TE Jordan Reed will wear down the secondary.
The D-line can't afford a slow start with a tough schedule. If they can pick up where they left off instead of starting from square one, this unit can be a bully to opposing teams all season long.