The 2013 season was a disappointing one for the Giants and fans alike. Corey Webster had a tough season getting burned on many occasions for touchdowns or long gains, the offense struggled in the red-zone failing to capitalize on rather solid drives. Overall inconsistency plagued the Giants in 2013 but there are plenty of reasons to stay optimistic.
Signing Brandon Myers
The tight-end carousel continued into the 2013 off season as the Giants lost promising tight-end Martellus Bennett to the Chicago Bears in free agency. Not long after, the Giants signed former Raider Brandon Myers. Now, I could lie to you and say I knew how good of a pass catching TE Myers was but I had no idea. Myers ranked 4th among tight-ends in 2012 with 79 receptions for 806 yards and 4 touchdowns. All of that with Carson Palmer throwing to him, imagine what he and 2 time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning could do. I believe the Giants may have found their version of Jason Witten. Excited? So am I
The Giants did an excellent job creating depth with relatively little spending money. In free agency Jerry Reese and co. added players such as Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Ryan Mundy, Aaron Curry and Shaun Rodgers. That added depth came at some cost though when the Giants lost defensive tackle Chris Canty and Kenny Phillips, both big pieces of the defense. The Giants continued to add depth on defense by drafting defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins and defensive end Damontre Moore. Hankins is a big, run stuffing defensive tackle who has a nose for the ball. Once thought of as a top ten pick, Damontre Moore fell to the Giants in the third round of last years draft due to a rough go at the NFL Combine and a troubled past at Texas A&M. Don’t let the numbers confuse you, Moore is an absolute beast on the field, with a quick first step that gets him past o-lineman and into the backfield, and the ability to track down running backs. The former Aggie finished his 2012 season with 12.5 sacks ranking him third only behind potential first round pick Jadeveon Clowney and former Georgia Bulldog linebacker, Jarvis Jones. Due to Jason Pierre-Paul’s back surgery that will have him sidelined for likely most of the summer, Moore could see more snaps than expected which could be a blessing in disguise for the Giants.
When the Giants lost injury-plagued Kenny Phillips to the NFC East rival Eagles the reaction of the big blue faithful was, well, there really wasn’t one due to the emergence of Stevie Brown. The ball-hawking strong-safety had a breakout season accumulating 8 interceptions ranking him 2nd in the NFL behind Tim Jennings. In addition to Brown, former Florida Gator Will Hill had a solid season as well. Hill, an undrafted free agent signing by the Giants in 2012, was once a highly though of college safety but saw his draft stock dwindle due to multiple suspensions. The Giants added former Steeler Ryan Mundy early on in free-agency. Mundy hasn’t seen legitimate time due to Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu being ahead of him on the depth chart however, Mundy adds great depth to the safety position for the Giants.
Giants fans saw their first glimpses of David Wilson’s playmaking ability primarily through Kick returns, not the backfield because of a fumble on his second career carry against Dallas in the season-opener. Statistically speaking, David Wilson was the best kick returner in the NFL last year averaging 26.9 yards on 57 attempts for 1,533 total yards and 1 touchdown. Wilson’s longest run came in the week 14 game against the Saints where Wilson broke out a 97 yard touchdown run. Without Ahmad Bradshaw in the picture, Wilson is expected to be the Giants lead back, I believe that’s something to get excited for. David Wilson is an incredibly quick and shifty running back that could be another explosive weapon on an already stacked Giant offense. Not only was he a great running back at VT, he was also a great leader on the field and in the locker room which is something Giant fans would like to see in Bradshaw’s absence.
Overall, Wilson definitely has the potential to be a stud running back on an already great offense. However, Wilson will have to prove that he can handle an increased carry load, that he can hold onto the ball, and something that he has struggled with, pass blocking.
The Battle For The Third WR Spot
Towards the end of last season Ruben Randle showed potential as the third wideout for the Giants. For most of the season, Randle failed to make an impact for the Gmen and constantly found himself at the fourth spot on the depth chart. Randle has the tools to be an elite wide receiver in the NFL but will have to work his way onto the field. In the off-season the Giants signed wide receiver Louis Murphy who formerly played for the Carolina panthers. Murphy has the ability to stretch the field and make big plays which could make him an asset to the Giants offense in 2013. This will definitely be a camp battle to watch and it will be close from beginning to end.
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