2017 Giants Season Preview & NFL Futures Lines
Looking for 2017 New York Giants predictions? We’ve got your back. The Giants took a step forward last season thanks to some big upgrades to their defense. The unquestioned winners of last year’s free agency period, the G-men were a little more quiet this offseason, but they do have a lot of pieces in place and could be in for a longer postseason run than their wild-card loss a year ago.
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2017 New York Giants Predictions: Roster Changes
With Victor Cruz leaving town, the Giants filled his void at wide receiver with a big splash, adding Brandon Marshall to play opposite Odell Beckham Jr.
And that wasn’t the end of the offensive upgrades, as general manager Jerry Reese went right back to that well, adding another explosive pass catcher with the 23rd overall pick in the draft, adding tight end Evan Engram from Ole Miss.
The team needed some help at the offensive tackle position, but that wasn’t really addressed in the offseason. D.J. Fluker, a 2013 first-round pick, was brought in.
He’ll likely play somewhere along the right side of the line, either at tackle or guard. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was also given a rich extension to the tune of $62 million over four years.
2017 New York Giants Predictions: Offense
The addition of Marshall will be huge for the Giants’ offense. He’s a big body who can catch balls over the middle, making him a perfect fit for a unit that relies on slant routes.
The presence of Beckham will also take a lot of the pressure off Marshall, who won’t be facing as many double teams and zone coverage rotations as he’s used to.
The offensive line may be an issue, but beyond that, the offense should be explosive, with all these new weapons helping to extend Eli Manning’s career.
In the backfield, Paul Perkins is going to have a chance to take the starting running back gig by the horns. The team has had a number of backs cycle through in recent years.
Poor blocking from the tight end position has hurt the team’s ground game, and Engram’s certainly not going to help there. This unit will be largely dependent on moving the ball through the air.
2017 New York Giants Predictions: Defense
The team let Jonathan Hankins go, rolling the dice with second round pick Dalvin Tomlinson at defensive tackle. Olivier Vernon was great at stopping the run a year ago, but his 8.5 sacks didn’t cut it.
The team needs to be better at getting to opposing quarterback, and the buck stops with Vernon and Pierre-Paul.
The team’s secondary was able to cover up a lot of those pass-rush issues. The trio of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, and Eli Apple represent one of the best groupings of cover corners in football.
And safety Landon Collins proved to be a true Pro Bowl talent in his second year in the league.
2017 New York Giants Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
The biggest strength of this Giants team is going to be the passing game, which Ben McAdoo will design in a way that will give opposing defenses fits.
There are going to be explosive pass-catchers all over the field, and assuming Manning’s arm doesn’t fall off, he could be able to put up the best numbers of his career.
The offensive line is going to be an issue, as it has been in recent years. As will the pass rush, even if there are some good pieces in place, so there is a chance that group figures it out.
And Steve Spagnuolo does know how to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
2017 New York Giants Prediction (Final Record): 11-5
The Giants’ quarterback gig is normally a pressure-packed gig, but the front office made it one of the cushiest jobs in football this offseason.
With so many explosive pieces in place on offense in one of the pass-happiest times in NFL history, the Giants are in position to put up a lot of points this season, and will be in the hunt for the NFC East crown.
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