The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.
But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?
On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.
Manning's season will hinge on how well the line can protect him and support the running game. He has the best crutch in the league in Beckham, but as good as they've been, the Giants have have logged back-to-back 6-10 seasons since drafting Beckham in 2014.
Which is why the emergence of rookie WR Sterling Shepard and a successful return by Victor Cruz are so integral to the team's success. That said, the offense needs to be more balanced. The Giants are are abandoning the running back by committee, pinning their hopes on a rushing attack featuring Rashad Jennings as the "bellcow" back.
Jennings played a full 16 games for the first time in his six-year NFL career in 2015, and the Giants are optimistic that he is past his injury phase. New York still has Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen, who will also get touches.
Will Tye has become the team's most reliable tight end as Larry Donnell has still shown inconsistency and has not improved his blocking skills.
On defense, the club has many new faces, but it could be the old faces that shine in 2016. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is much healthier and game-ready coming into this season, and Olivier Vernon, Jon Hankins and Damon Harrison join him on the defensive line. There could be a return of the JPP who terrorized opponents in the past.
Harrison has looked dominant in the preseason, but Hankins may catch the eye of the league. He was coming into his own when he tore a pectoral muscle ansd missed the second half of the schedule last year.
The backup defensive ends -- Owa Odighizuwa, Kerry Wynn and Romeo Okwara -- all had impressive camps and any one of them could have a breakout year.
The linebackers could be the unsung group this fall. Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas are hitting their primes, and Kelvin Sheppard could be nearing his, too. Rookie B.J. Goodson may be the player to watch.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a Pro-Bowl caliber talent who has matured into a reliable pro. Janoris Jenkins will bring energy, and rookie Eli Apple physicality to the group. Keep an eye on Trevin Wade, who has a knack for creating turnovers.
Landon Collins, who started every game at safety for the Giants last season as a rookie, can be a legitimate Pro Bowl contender this season. Last season, he appeared to be overwhelmed in space, which is not his strong suit. Collins is clearly a box safety and the Giants will try to keep him there. He is a devasting hitter and a rising star in this league.
The Giants will pair him initially with Nat Berhe, who is healthy after being besieged by injury the past few seasons. But the real expectation is for rookie Darian Thompson next to Collins. A true ballhawk with excellent anticipatory skills, Thompson, who is currently battling a shoulder injury, is poised to become a leader on defense.
While everyone is focused on Josh Brown's domestic violence case to see if he will be permanently replaced by Randy Bullock, punter Brad Wing has developed into one of the game's best punters. He punted 32 times in preseason for an average of 47.3 per attempt. Wing has both power and finesse and will be a valuable asset this season.