Position Grades

Although the Giants didn’t reach their ultimate goal, they still had a successful season. We’re going to give grades to each position group; what they did well, what they can improve on, and next year’s outlook.

QB-

What can you say? Eli followed up on his playoff magic to deliver his best pro season yet. 21 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 3,238 yards were good enough for a Pro Bowl nod. And yes, he was awful against the Eagles. But, I think Giants fans can be satisfied with their QB’s performance, and it will surely carry over into next year.

GRADE: A-

RB-

Earth, Wind, and Fire. Jacobs, Ward, and Bradshaw. Jacobs and Ward both over 1,000 yards. Amazing season, Jacobs ability to pound away at defenders set up Ward and Bradshaw for long runs. With Ward likely gone, Bradshaw will take his place. The running backs make this team. They are the reason they are successful, and the reason they fail. 

GRADE: A+

WR-

If Plax didn’t shoot himself in the leg, the grade would be much higher. But taking away his production, the WRs were just an average group. Steve Smith had a solid year, with 574 yards. Domenik Hixon stepped up in Burress’ absence. And Toomer had a solid year. But, there is no game breaker. No guy who can burn defenses. No guy like Plax. Assuming he’s not back, the G-Men have to replace his size AND his speed. Drafting someone like Rutgers’ Kenny Britt would help, and also trading for someone like Anquan Boldin. The key is to give more weapons for Eli.

GRADE: B-

TE-

Kevin Boss made most fans forget about Jeremy Shockey. He caught 6 TDs, and was a nice red zone target for Manning. Michael Matthews asserted himself as a blocker. Look for Boss to get more involved next season.

GRADE: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE-

Best O-Line in football, this line consistently opened up gaping holes for Jacobs and Ward, and gave Eli plenty of time to throw. Work well as a unit. Chris Snee is the next great guard. 

GRADE: A+

DEFENSIVE LINE-

When Osi got hurt, there was concern about the pass rush. But Mathias Kiwanuka, and Justin Tuck provided heat from the edge. Fred Robbins was a force up the middle, and Barry Cofield was solid. Jay Alford provided solid pass rushing depth, and Dave Tollefson has a great motor. However, Tuck and Kiwanuka hit a wall towards the end of the season. Depth is paramount. 

GRADE: B+

LINEBACKERS-

Antonio Pierce was solid as ever, with his biggest presence coming before the snap in calling out the plays. Danny Clark was solid, although he is a stop-gap. If Kiwanuka moves back, it will go a long way. Bryan Kehl was solid as a rookie. Chase Blackburn is a hustle player who gives everything he’s got. The outside linebacker position needs to be solidified. Karlos Dansby would fit nicely.

GRADE: B

SECONDARY-

Corey Webster built upon his outstanding playoff run, and became a shutdown corner. Aaron Ross is turning into a dependable corner, while Terrell Thomas has shown great blitzing prowess. Kevin Dockery was a mixed bag. Michael Johnson and James Butler were solid, if not spectacular at safety, while Kenny Phillips showed why he is the next great U of Miami safety. 

SPECIAL TEAMS-

Jeff Feagles and Jeff Carney were outstanding, both making the Pro Bowl. Domenik Hixon was outstanding on kick returns. Kick off coverage was not great. Chase Blackburn is a special team stud.

GRADE: B+

There you have it. Feel free to discuss. I think that these are the top position needs: OLB, WR, and pass rushing depth.


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