The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.
GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.
But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.
Unfortunately, the Giants missed out on adding a tackle that could help. Most of the veterans they courted in free agency did not want to play right tackle. The Giants are stubbornly sticking to the Ereck Flowers plan at left tackle and visiting free agents left the meetings without a contract because of it.
So, the will Giants go into training camp with the same starting lineup they finished 2015 with: LT Flowers, LG Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg, RT John Jerry and RT Marshall Newhouse. Not impressive, but not bad, either. Several websites rank them in the middle of the pack, but they needed to get better.
The Giants signed some free agents this offseason to bolster the depth, but only one of the tackles on the current roster appear to be starting material -- last year's seventh-round pick, Bobby Hart. They need to find a veteran this summer to avoid sliding Pugh out to tackle again.
Eli Manning is the iron man of the NFL, and the Giants are banking on him taking every snap until further notice. His backup, Ryan Nassib, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and could leave via free agency next March. The Giants signed B.J. Daniels earlier this week.
The Giants had a running back-by-committe in 2015, led by veterans Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen. They ran the ball less than 40 percent of the offensive snaps and very rarely late in games. Jennings can be a beast when he gets going, but the Giants usually cut him off before he gets the chance. Vereen is basically a receiver and the other two runners, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa, did not get many touches and that may continue this season.
They added former Tampa Bay back Bobby Rainey, who had a bit of a breakout while Mike Sullivan was the OC there in 2013. He may be used as a returner.
The real shakeup comes with the addition of fifth-round draft pick Paul Perkins of UCLA. Perkins is on many "draft steal" lists this spring and promises to bring a new dynamic to the group and the Giants' offense. But in order to do that, the Giants must find a role in the offense for him.
Larry Donnell says his neck issues are behind him and Will Tye was named to the All-Rookie team last year, but that didn't stop the Giants from taking South Carolina's Jerell Adams in the draft earlier this month. Donnell has yet to put his game together and injuries have not helped. Tye is an excellent receiver and is still developing.
Adams could be the most complete tight end of the bunch. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash in his group at the NFL Combine and prides himself on his ability to block. He can also get up the seam and make the big play.
The Giants, like most teams, don't employ a fullback in the traditional sense. They rarely dedicate touches to the position and had Nikita Whitlock, a defensive tackle by trade, playing there last year. They signed former Pittsburgh Steeler Will Johnson, a fine blocker who can occasionally handle the football, last month to compete with Whitlock.
Odell Beckham Jr. is the centerpiece of the unit and has become one of the biggest stars in the NFL. Still, the Giants need to have support players around him in order for him to continue to shine. Victor Cruz, coming back after missing a year and a half due to knee and calf injuries, is expected to resume his role as the slot receiver. The Giants let Rueben Randle walk via free agency and filled his role by taking the explosive and productive Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma in the second round of the draft. He is also considered a steal by many.
The Giants are high on Shepard and still have plans for Dwayne Harris and Geremy Davis. With the kickoff all but going away, Harris will be considered for a bigger role in the offense this season. The Giants are deep here and have a slew of other free agent hopefuls looking to nail down the last one or two WR spots.
What they needed and didn't get ...
An upgrade at tackle was in order and the Giants did not get that done. Newhouse is a serviceable starter, but he's a swing guy, not an every down option. They got beat to the punch in the draft for Michigan State's Jack Conklin and then ignored Laremy Tunsil during his freefall. There may be a veteran or two coming available next month they can bring in. They still have nearly $17 million in cap space to play with.
Projected Offensive Roster:
QB: Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
RB: Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins, Bobby Rainey
C: Weston Richburg, Shane McDermott
G: Justin Pugh, John Jerry, Dillon Farrell, Ryan Seymour
T: Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Bobby Hart
TE: Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Jerell Adams
FB: Will Johnson
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Dwayne Harris, Geremy Davis, Myles White