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5 Breakout Players for ’09

With training camp almost upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to name 5Giants who could break out this year. This list is in no particular order.

1. Kenny Phillips

We love him here at GiantsGab. Tall, rangy, big hitter, he’s reminiscent of the late Sean Taylor. Phillips was good in his rookie year, making a lot of big players. With James Butler off to St. Louis, Phillips will assume one of the starting safety spots. I think he’s up for it. If he plays that downfield, aggressive style, he’ll make big plays and cause turnovers. 

2. Mario Manningham

I had the opportunity to watch Manningham play in college in person. In the game that I saw, Manningham was all over the place, blowing by defenders. He made it look easy. His rookie year was filled with injuries, and he never got a chance to show what he’s made of. This year is different. Manningham has the chance to be the #3 receiver, lining up in the slot and going downfield. He has breakaway speed, and can be a huge deep threat. If can make plays of 20 yards or more often, it’ll be a great year.

3. Terrell Thomas

Yes, this list is being dominated by the 2008 draft class, but I think it’s a good class. Thomas, I thought, really came on towards the end of the season, and played especially well in the Eagles playoff game. The thing that stood out to me was his blitzing ability. He has great closing speed. He’ll be the nickel corner this year. With team trying to avoid Corey Webster, Thomas will have a lot of responsibility. He’s a big play corner. He’ll make a lot this year.

4. Kevin Boss

Boss has established himself as a good tight end in this league. This is the year he takes to the next level. And the reason is simple. Opposing defenses are going to stack eight, maybe nine in the box, thinking that the wideouts cannot beat them. Boss will be able to slide underneath the blitz and get easy catches. He’s also a great red zone target. Pick him up for your fantasy team. He might have a huge year.

5. Gerris Wilkinson

We’ve been waiting for him to develop. With Michael Boley injured, he has a chance. He has to make the most of it. It’s his last chance. He has to take advantage of it. He has the ability to. He’s fast, rangy.Maybe this is the year he puts in all together. I’m not sure. But he has a huge opportunity.

All these guys will have an opportunity to shine this year. For the Giants sake, they will produce. They have the talent. Let’s see what they can do with it.

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