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Giants’ 2010-2011 Season Preview

The Giants’ will try and rebound from a disappointing season last year, and get back into the playoffs. Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin have made it to the playoff’s 4 of their 6 years together.

Offensive Stars:

Eli Manning: Eli had his best statistical season last year, and he only did it on 50 more passes than two years ago, too. Manning set career highs in touchdowns, completion percentage, yards and QB rating. Manning stat’s could go down from last year, as the Giants’ try and focus on a more balanced attack.

Ahmad Bradshaw: Bradshaw will be starting come opening day, and this situation will be interesting. Former starter Brandon Jacobs doesn’t seem to happy about his role in the offense and has voiced his displeasure about not being the “starter.” However, neither of them have finished a season healthy, either. Bradshaw broke both feet and had ankle issues, but is healthy now. it should be interesting to see how he does this year.

Hakeem Nicks: Nicks had a standout rookie season. Every-time the ball was in his hands, he had a chance to break it off for a big gain. Nicks was tied for most receiving yards for a rookie and missed two games last season. With Nicks being healthy this year, you may very well see a dynamic duo of Smith and Nicks.

Chris Snee: The Son-In-Law of Tom Coughlin needs to play like the -pro-bowler he is. If the Giants’ want to get back to the pound it up your throat type of football, they’ll need Snee to pull and also create holes for both Bradshaw and Jacobs. He’ll also need to protect Eli Manning, too.

Defensive Stars:

Justin Tuck: Tuck was just named captain by the Giants’ for the first time in his career. Tuck needs to take a big step in the locker room and it seems he has. Tuck was played through horrible shoulder injuries last season which really hurt his ability to put pressure on the QB. With Tuck seemingly healthy, look for another 10+ sack season from Tuck.

Michael Boley: Boley, when healthy, is one of the top coverage linebackers in the game. He has tremendous speed and can go sideline to sideline quickly. He has been much better blitzing this summer, so he could very well be much improved in the run department and getting the the QB area, too. If Boley can stay healthy, watch out.

Kenny Phillips: He’s one of major X-factors of this defense. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be making plays in centerfield. The Giants’ need some big playmakers in the secondary. If Phillips is healthy, he’ll do just that.

Breakout Players:

Antrel Rolle: Rolle’s a former pro-bowler, so how can he “breakout?” Well, because he hasn’t done it for us, yet. Rolle will pay huge dividends for the Giants’ right away, as he takes a lot of pressure off the CB’s, too. With him being in the secondary the corners can now take more risks, and they’ll also know he has they’re back if they get burned. Rolle is a dynamic play-maker, and could wind up being a pro-bowler, again.

Michael Boley: I talked about him earlier. He has tremendous talent and I can’t wait to see him under Fewell’s defense. Boley has the chance to live up to the large contract he signed and I think he’ll do just that.

Osi Umenyoria: Another former pro-bowler will breakout this season. By the end of the season, he’ll be starting of Kiwanuka. If healthy, he will help secure this defensive line and make it one of the best, again.

Hakeem Nicks: I also talked him earlier. If healthy, he will have a breakout year, too. Get him on your fantasy team. You know I did!

Prediction:

I think the Giants’ go 11-5 and win the division. Call me a homer, I don’t care. But if this team’s healthy, they’re contenders. If they’re not healthy, their nothing more than an 8-8 team. But what if they are? Yes, they’ve been banged up – – as evident by 14 of 22 starters missing time this summer – – but I think they stay healthy and do some damage. The Eagles took a step backwards this season and the Cowboys offensive line is far too shaky for my liking. Don’t forget the Giants’ beat them twice last year, too. The Redskins will be improved, but not enough to overtake the division.


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