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The Quest for the Lombardi – New York Giants

March 22, 2012 Giants, NFLTR Features

 NEW YORK GIANTS

2011 Record: 9-7 (3-3) NFC East Champions & Super Bowl Champions

  • Won in the NFC Wild Card Round over the Atlanta Falcons 24-2
  • Won in the NFC Divisional Finals over the Green Bay Packers 37-20
  • Won in the NFC Championship over the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 OT
  • Won in the Super Bowl over the New England 21-17

 

Passing Offense – 295.9 (5th)

QB Eli Manning: 4,933; 29 / 16

WR Victor Cruz: 82 – 1,536/9TDs

WR Hakeem Nicks: 76 – 1,192 / 7TDs

TE Jake Ballard: 38 – 604 / 4TDS

WR Mario Manningham: 39 – 523 / 4TDs

 

Passing Defense – 255.1 (29th)

CB Corey Webster: 6 INTs

CB Aaron Ross: 4 INTs

FS Kenny Phillips: 4INTs

DE Jason Pierre-Paul: 16.5 Sacks

DE Osi Umenyiora: 9 Sacks

 

Rushing Offense – 89.2 (32nd)

HB Ahmad Bradshaw: 171 – 659 / 9TDs

HB Brandon Jacobs: 152 – 571 / 7TDs

 

Rushing Defense – 121.3 (19th)

FS Antrel Rolle: 96 Tackles

OLB Michael Boley: 93 Tackles

DE Jason Pierre-Paul: 86 Tackles

OLB Mathias Kiwanuka: 84 Tackles

 

Re-Signed / Arrivals:

P Steve Weatherford (Franchised Tagged – Re-signed – 5 yr / $12.75 million)

CB Terrell Thomas (Re-signed – 4 yrs / $28 million)

QB David Carr (Re-signed – 1 yr/$990,000)

TE Martellus Bennett (Cowboys, Signed – 1 yr / $1.8 million)

CB Michael Coe (Re-signed – undisclosed contract)

CB Justin Tryon (Re-signed – 1 yr / $700,000)

TE Jake Ballard (Re-signed – 1 yr / $540,000)

WR Domenik Hixon (Re-signed – 1 yr / $615,000)

CB Bruce Johnson (Re-signed – 1 yr / $540,000)

S Chris Horton (Redskins, Signed – 1 yr / $650,000)

S Stevie Brown (Colts, Signed – 1 yr / $540,000)

 

Released / Departures:

CB Aaron Ross (Jaguars, Signed – 3 yrs / $15.3 million)

WR Mario Manningham (49ers, Signed – 2 yrs / $7.375 million)

WR Devin Thomas (Bears, Signed – 1 yr / $700,000)

HB Brandon Jacobs (49ers, Signed – 1 yr / terms unknown)

DE Dave Tollefson (Raiders, Signed – 2 yrs / $2,5 million)

 

Draft Order 

  • 1st Rd Pick – 32nd
  • 2nd Rd Pick – 31st
  • 3rd Rd Pick – 32nd
  • 4th Rd Pick – 32nd
  • 5th Rd Pick – 32nd
  • 6th Rd Pick – 32nd
  • 7th Rd Pick – 32nd

 

Last Five 1st Round Picks:

  • 2007Aaron Ross CB (20th Overall) – Coming out of Texas, as a CB with ability to be a shutdown corner. Then he was forced into a starting role last season after Terrell Thomas‘ ACL tore for the first time since 2008 and responded with a highly-average campaign, but was solid in coverage. He notched 60 tackles and a career-high four picks. Ross is capable of playing both in the slot and on the outside, and has even seen time at safety. But signed with the Jaguars this off-season (3 yr / 15.3$ million)
  • 2008Kenny Phillips SS (31st Overall) – When he was selected out of Miami (Fla) he was going to be the enforcer over the middle, which he has been with bone crushing tackles and possesses excellent range. He has been suffering minor injuries over the past season (MCL Sprain), but pairs well with Antrel Rolle.
  • 2009Hakeem Nicks WR (29th Overall) – Quickly blow up on the scene after leaving the Tar Heels, and became one of the leagues top wide-receivers. Considered a more of a slot receiver when he first came to the Giants, but dropped that tag and has put up excellent numbers the past two seasons (79-1,052 / 11TDs in 2010 and 76-1,192 / 6TDs in 2011), even though suffering from some minor setback injuries.
  • 2010Jason Pierre-Paul DE (15th Overall) – Spent most of his rookie season learning, but wasted no time in his second season asserting himself as one of the most feared and talented pass rushers in the league. He brought a pass rushing presence (1st Team All-Pro, Pro Bowler and 16.5 Sacks) that had been lacking a little to a team that has arguably the best front four in the league.
  • 2011 Prince Amukamara CB (19th Overall) – Injured most of his rookie season with a broken bone in his foot, but when he was available he flashed his abilities when he intercepted Vince Young’s pass on his first series as a Giant.

 

TEAM NEEDS:

MLB – With so much talent along the edges and the defensive front, the Giants were pressed to bring in someone who could hold the fort in the middle, thats when they brought in Chase Blackburn late in the season to fill that void. He filled in admirably, but won’t be back in 2012. This position needs a play-maker that can help with their pass defense as well as their run support.

  • Possible Pick – Don’t’a Hightower, Alabama – An aggressive force in the middle of Bama’s defense and reminds a lot of people of Jeremiah Trotter, stout and consistent. Might be the missing piece to the Giants front seven.

 

OT – A team that has possibly one of the greatest pressure Quarterbacks of the last decade in Eli Manning, it would be ideal for them to bring in someone to protect his blindside, even his front side as well. This has been a position to where they need to upgrade after telling Kareem McKenzie to find work elsewhere.

  • Possible PickMike Adams, Ohio State – A massive, dominating run blocker the New York Giants could use to fix their dead last rushing offense that was once at the top of the league with the likes of (Bradshaw, Jacobs, Ware).

 

TE – With some many changes to the game of football, the tight-end position has now become the new fad in the sport. With the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and the grandfather Tony Gonzalez the game for the Giants needs to be elevated if they hope to compete in the bone-crushing NFC East and make another run at the Lombardi. With losing Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to ACL injuries, leaves an opening for the taking, even with Martellus Bennett added, they need a break out player maker to help Eli.

  • Possible Pick – Coby Fleener, Stanford – After a solid Pro Day, with fellow teammate and possible top pick in the draft Andrew Luck throwing him the ball, he has cemented himself as the draft’s top tight-end. Fleener brings the element of play making that the Giants offence lacks in the middle. With soft hands, blazing speed (4.52) and a vertical to catch the ball (37”) his 6’6 frame will help more than they could expect.

 

 

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