In comment 13501698
Dan in the Springs said:
| It's almost like you can't wait to face Dallas on opening night.
But I remember how excited I was about the offense last year, and we took a step backwards.
Are we overlooking the impact of losing Hankins? Especially against a team like Dallas - where you absolutely have to stop the run first?
86 days. Can't come soon enough. I got to get busy the next six weeks because there just isn't enough football news to occupy my mind and I'll go nuts just waiting for camp.
1. This TE crop is actually talented, excelling in various aspects of the position
2. Marshall >>> Cruz
3. Shepard year 2
4. Pugh/Richburg hopefully healthy, Flowers is in top shape
5. "Advanced metrics" actually point to Hankins having his worst season of his career last year. He hasn't played great in 2 seasons and the 2nd round draft pick has the potential to be just as good/if not better. Also, 75% of this DL is all-pro caliber, so I'm not too worried.
The OL is a concern, but the Giants played it smart by not reaching/overpaying to address it and indirectly did so by adding an excellent blocking TE in Ellison. He will make a big difference in both the run/pass game. Perkins replacing Jennings will also help - he can create on his own (and he'll need to). Marshall had me thinking SB as soon as the ink dried ... he's going to take this offense to the next level and is a huge upgrade from Cruz. The defense continues to field an all-pro caliber secondary/DL with what could be our best LB corp in awhile (huge Goodson/Kennard fan).
The OL is mediocre, at best, but this roster is absolutely loaded. If Engram develops into a Jordan Reed/Aaron Hernandez "weapon" ... this team can not be stopped.
I have never been so excited for a season to start.