Offensively, the team re-signed left tackle Will Beatty and added Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears. Also making the lineup is first-round selection Justin Pugh, who is penciled in at left guard, as well as Victor Cruz, who has yet to re-sign with the team for the coming season.
"...The starters will be sorted out in camp, but New York's offensive line looks deeper than it's ever been during coach Tom Coughlin's tenure. Understandably so due to his explosive and physical running ability, the Giants are putting great faith in 2012 first-rounder Wilson to be their new bellcow back ... While Wilson upgrades New York's big-play potential, (Hakeem) Nicks' scoped left knee and Cruz's contract stalemate are the two biggest concerns for this offense. Cruz is likely to cave, but the G-Men need a healthy Nicks to execute Kevin Gilbride's vertical passing attack. As Gilbride's X-iso receiver, Nicks is the most critical player in the system.On the defensive side of the ball, stalwart Osi Umenyiora is gone; as is Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn. Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul occupy to two end spots, with Linval Joseph and newly signed Cullen Jenkins manning the defensive tackle positions.
Mark Herlzlich is set to inherit the middle linebacker role, with Jacquian Williams and Keith Rivers rounding out the linebacking corps. Stevie Brown is now entrenched at the starting safety opposite of Antrel Rolle, and Prince Amukamara gets the nod opposite of veteran Corey Webster at cornerback.
Expecting to make an impact is Mathias Kiwanuka, who is switching to defensive end, and draft picks Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore, who could end playing significant roles at some point in the year.
"Giants coordinator Perry Fewell is lucky to still have a job after his unit's ranking plummeted to 31st in 2012, ahead of only the historically porous Saints. The G-Men ranked sixth in total defense the year before. In fairness to Fewell, many veteran starters fell off a cliff simultaneously. Unfortunately for Fewell as it pertains to 2013, the Giants are counting on several (Tuck, Webster, Mathias Kiwanuka) for bounce-back years."The rankings are headlined by the Seattle Seahawks, a team that added Percy Harvin, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to the mix this off-season.
Following Seattle is NFC West rival San Francisco, which traded for Anquan Boldin and drafted LSU safety Eric Reid.
Rounding out the top five is Denver, infused with talent such as former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Wes Welker; Green Bay, which added former Alabama back Eddy Lacy and UCLA end Datone Jones; and New England, which added Danny Amendola and Adrian Wilson via free agency.
Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Indianapolis round out the top 10, all ranked ahead of the Giants at 11.
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