Camp opens in 2 weeks, let's talk Giants. the 1 position ( not group) that you feel
needs to be solidified by opening day. Middle linebacker. Who is going to be the guy? He doesn't have to be Ray Lewis, but he can't be getting engaged by blockers and driven backwards 2 out of 3 plays. Number of candidates, hopefully one will step up and grab the role
In this league teams throw several talented WRs at you. This year we have one CB who is not a question mark.
I have multiple concerns, but pick your most pressing single position
Even if you feel good about a certain position injuries can take a position of strength to one of weakness.
Will Baas be ready, will Snee be ready, who is the RT? If Baas isn't ready who plays center, if it's Boothe who plays LG. All those great offensive skill players depend on the OL to be any good. LB is of minor importance in comparison.
Lots of questions. Beatty and Boothe are solid, but can we really count on Baas, Snee, and Pugh? That's three out of five positions on the OL with major questions regarding injury and experience.
You can post what you want, but I want to make sure i still have the ability to communicate in writing
If Wilson or Brown go down, there are a lot of question marks behind them, especially in terms of protecting Eli.
Oh, and thanks HH, I was feeling pretty good about this season until this post ;)
He is a significant upgrade from Blakburn
The bigger LB (the WILL in our D) is a bigger question
I'm not as concerned about the LB's with the bolstered Dline....too many injury questions on the Oline and Secondary to feel comfortable, as well as some inexperience.
and LB, not necessarily in that order.
Linebacker (all three) and running back. No clear cut winners at linebacker and if Brown goes down, no experience at running back. Sure wish we still had Bradshaw as a third.
with the exception of Beatty
LB - no one is proven
CB - injury and age question marks
OL - see CB
I would have to agree that the CB opposite Prince would be #1
chose one to humor Headhunter, but LB's, FB, CB, and Nicks' physical condition are all right up there.
•The two OLB positions concern me primarily because of the injury histories of Rivers at SAM and Williams at WILL (or is it Williams at SAM and Rivers at WILL in Fewell's whacky designation for the flip flopped terms for each position).
•Other than that, backup Center also worries me. I don't trust this Cordle kid. We all know Baas has a history for being dinged up.
•A reliable 3rd veteran RB would be nice to have too. Da'Rel Scott hasn't shown much the last two years. That potential replacement might come off the final cut list for teams at the end of August.
•Right Tackle worries me because of two things: the inexperience of Pugh, and the coaching staff's undying love for Diehl. I just don't think they'll pull the plug on Diehl right away. It's for this reason that I believe that he'll be the starter on opening night in Dallas. When things start to go south for him though, we know the staff will be reluctant to replace him until at least some time passes by. My guess is that the soonest that they'd insert him into starting lineup would be after the bye week, which occurs in week 9, with the next game taking place on Nov. 10th at home against the Raiders. This bears watching.
•The Cornerback position, surprisingly, doesn't worry me all that much. I think the Giants can get by this season with what they have. It's not a strength of the team, but by no means is it bad. It's average. If the pass rush is doing what it needs to do, and if Webster is healthier than last year and plays better, than I'm okay with what we've got back there this coming season. 2014, on the other hand, is another matter entirely with 3 vets up for free agency (T2, Webster, and Ross). We'll table that discussion for another thread.
If the rookie beats out DD I think there will be some struggles early. And if DD beats out the rookie all hell breaks out on BBI
We are fielding a first round pick and an underrated backup. Not sure how that can be a top concern considering the weaknesses we have in the back 7 on D and RT.
is that our strengths won't get utilized ...
Strength - a lot of weapons on offense
Worry - Will OL blocking hold up ? Both potential age and inexperience problems there ... If blocking is poor - weapons like TE and Wilson will be minimized also if they have to do more blocking ...
Strength - Big strong DL bodies
Worry - will they be neutralized by 1) poor linebacker coverage or 2)DB communication breakdowns
that the offense has to carry this team...the OL is my greatest concern.....Baas-RG-RT....
The success of this season will hinge largely on performance of the oline
I don't have specific positional concerns persay, but the DL needs to get back to putting pressure on the QB as well as being more stout against the run. If the DL can step up, I think everything else will fall into place.
On defense, I think safety and the line look OK. That leaves LB and CB as areas of concern.
On offense, I think everything looks solid, except RB depth. I'm OK with the OL, because based on history, I expect the addition of quality veteran depth, if the organization sees that as necessary.
I'm not sold on Josh Brown at all, and Buehler doesn't excite me either,and I know nothing about the other(s).
I am confident that concerns about center, RG, RT, and LB will get resolved;maybe w/o any superstars/superstar camp performances.
But I think most of them will be answered relatively early in camp, and all of them should be answered by the time the season begins.
Right Tackle concerns me the most because I believe that the Giants drafted Pugh to play that position, but hearing that he's also going to be working at Left Guard this summer could mean that the team is not sure that Bass will be good-to-go when camp begins, and they plan on having Boothe play Center while Pugh fills in at Left Guard.
So who's left to play Right Tackle...Diehl? Yikes. Brewer, Mosley, McCants? Eek.
DeMarcus Ware opening night?
That guy and that position worries the most along with CWeb and the Mike and the Sam
1. Right Tackle.
2. Middle Linebacker.
Feeling pretty good about where we are at just about every other position (barring injuries to starters, of course). If we can stay fairly healthy I think we are in a position to go deep into the playoffs.
I feel we can find a serviceable RT and the OL in general have enough bodies to gel into a decent line.
We do not really too much on our Lb'ers so we should be able to fine serviceable Lb'ers and to be honest.....I think that unit will play much better than we expect...because
We are certainly putting pressure on the DT position this year to step up....with 6 NFL quality DTs battling for spots.
The corner position has become the toughest in the NFL due to the rules, the talent level of the WRs and QBs. Is Prince a true #1 corner? Webster was disappointing last year and is a year older. T2, Ross, Holsey all have concerns, and the game plan against us with the quick throws does not allow the DL to disrupt the passing game.
Brown has a tremendous leg.
Another concern is how the pistol neutralized our DEs last year. I'm hoping that we come up with a way to change that.
Connor s/b ok and maybe Williams. After that, it's pretty sad.
He'll knife through the line and cut down the ball carrier.
All I can say is I feel your pain Headhunter :)
until Their proven to be fixed. And that is the Trenches, OL and DL. They play well and the division is ours.
Worried about JPP's injury. Tuck is beat up. Kiwi still has that neck. I hope he can handle much more time on the defensive line instead of LB.
will shake out OK. It's the depth, I really worry about
But the good news is that left tackle is the position that concerned me the most in 2007 and 2011 and the Giants went on to win a Super Bowl both times.
I understand the concern about CB, too, but I figure that the success or failure of the pass-defense is going to be more about the pass-rush than coverage and I'm optimistic about the DL.
It's a premium position and there are still questions about him that need to be answered. Can he make the transition from "ascending player" to "plus player"? Can he play through injuries or is he the kind of player who's production takes a big dip when he is dinged? How will the big payday effect him?
Beatty has all the physical tools to be a top-tier left tackle, but it takes more than talent to get the job done in the NFL and that is especially true for offensive linemen, where work ethic and consistency are just as important as size and athleticism. In my opinion, Beatty still has much to prove.
But I'm rooting for the guy as much as anyone, because he's the one protecting the franchise's blind side.
dude got $19m guaranteed, more than cruz. that tells u something right there
Because the Giants didn't use the franchise tag on David Diehl.
What they should've done is offer him ownership participation. Nothing major, just a 10% stake.