The New York Giants have a new head coach, a slew of newly acquired free agents and a fresh draft class all prepared to return this franchise to a winning culture. Gone is Tom Coughlin who was at the helm of the Giants for the past 12 years, as they have moved on to Ben McAdoo who previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator. During the free agency frenzy, New York landed three big names to bulk up on the defensive side, snagging defensive end Oliver Vernon from the Miami Dolphins, Janoris Jenkins from the Rams who will be a solid addition to their secondary, and defensive tackle Damon Harrison from the New York Jets – all to five-year deals. They also added middle linebackers Keenan Robinson and Jasper Brinkley for good measure. With the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft, their selection of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple solidified the fact that they mean business with this defense and are looking for solid improvement
this season. In the second round, the Giants selected Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard giving veteran quarterback Eli Manning another weapon opposite star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. and a hopefully healthy Victor Cruz. Shepard will certainly see the field this season as Rueben Randle left for the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. McAdoo utilizes a variety of three-wide sets and lets his receivers line up all over the field so this talented route runner should provide an immediate impact. The backfield will most likely be run by a committee consisting of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen and Bobby Rainey who was signed as a free agent this offseason.
The NFC West was a cloudy mess in 2015 with no team really outshining the rest. Due to their free agent acquisitions and choices in the draft, the Giants have an excellent shot at emerging from the muck for a 2016 playoff berth. Fans be sure to purchase your New York Giants tickets and support this talented team featuring a new coach and new attitude.