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Avoiding the dreaded Sophomore Slump.

Klaatu : 9/10/2017 9:49 am
I just wrote at length about B.J. Goodson, but it's worth noting that of his fellow 2016 draftees, he's not the only one who's earned a starting gig.

CB Eli Apple, WR Sterling Shepard (in the slot), FS Darian Thompson, and RB Paul Perkins are all at the top of the depth chart, and if TE Jerrell Adams isn't starting (hell, he may not even be active tonight), he's shown himself to be an excellent blocker as well as a decent receiver, and I have no doubt that he's capable of making a significant contribution to the offense if called upon.

I'd like to say that the future of the Giants looks to be very bright, but that might be a bit premature. We'll see if these second-year guys are all up to their respective tasks. Still, you have to feel good about this team and its young cast of characters.

Just, sophomore slumps!
None of those guys  
pjcas18 : 9/10/2017 9:55 am : link
were good enough as rookies to have sophomore slumps.

that term is more appropriate (IMO) for someone like Beckham or Shockey who had great rookie years.

I guess Shepard is the closest, but when Goodson barely played as a rookie, is it really a sophomore slump if he only plays a little better or not better at all? Thompson didn't see the field as a rookie due to injury, it's almost impossible for him to have a sophomore slump.

however, my semantics aside, I agree that the team would be better if the 2nd year players improve.
I'm more worried about the Sophomore Slump  
Diver_Down : 9/10/2017 10:04 am : link
affecting Ben. Everyone wants to heap the accolades for the team's 11-5 record. Spags handles his unit and had them ready last year. From the preseason, it looks like they are primed to pick up where they left off. Last year's offense was deficient to say the least. The reasons have rehashed over and over in the off-season. With the personnel improvements on the offensive side of the ball, Ben will have no excuses if that unit continues to falter.
Carson53 : 9/10/2017 10:11 am : link
this would apply to a couple of Cowboys, more than the Giants.
who needs to worry  
giantfan2000 : 9/10/2017 10:17 am : link
dak prescott needs to worry more about sophomore slump

teams have a whole year of tape on him now ..

his tendencies have been under the microscope all off season
i doubt he has the year he had last year ..

Poor choice of a title on my part.  
Klaatu : 9/10/2017 10:35 am : link
The emphasis really was on the second-year guys playing major roles this year, almost all of them. That's something we haven't seen around here in a long time.
Cowboys need to worry about that  
Rflairr : 9/10/2017 10:56 am : link
Team could be in very good shape if that group takes a step forward  
UberAlias : 9/10/2017 11:11 am : link
We got a lot of contribution from rookies last year but would like to see more than simply contributing in y2. I'd like to see a difference maker emerge.
RE: Cowboys need to worry about that  
BigBlueWhale : 9/10/2017 11:19 am : link
In comment 13590004 Rflairr said:

Yup. Looking at you Dak.
The only thing harder to a QB than success, is sustained success.
I forget which coach  
Pete in MD : 9/10/2017 11:33 am : link
who said it but when asked if he was excited about the new crop of rookies on the team he responded by saying he was more excited by the second year guys because they are now acclimated to the NFL and can begin to realize their full potential. We obviously saw that with Collins last year.
Klaatu - if even one or two of these guys can make the jump  
Ivan15 : 9/10/2017 11:43 am : link
that Collins did, especially the offensive guys, it would be awesome.
I think Shepard is a likely candidate.  
Giants Fan in Steelers Land : 9/10/2017 2:56 pm : link
Between Engram and Marshall I think he won't see the targets needed to match or beat last years numbers
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