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NFL Update: The New York Giants 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

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2013 Season Recap: The New York Giants finished 7-9 last season, their worst mark since the 2004 season. The Giants were easily one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL. While the Giants defense did its part, the running game ranked 29th in the league and Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions to 18 touchdowns. Opening the season with six straight losses simply wasn’t the agenda for a team that had a solid group of talent.

Key Player Losses: The biggest loss for the Giants was watching Justin Tuck leave NY for the Oakland Raiders. Tuck spent his whole career with the Giants, racking up 60.5 sacks and 324 tackles and 18 forced fumbles. For a Giants defense that ranked 25th in sacks last season, Tuck will be missed.

NFL Update: The New York Giants 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

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Key Player Additions: Although replacing Tuck won’t be easy, the Giants did add depth to their secondary with the signing of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The six-year pro has 19 interceptions, 226 tackles and 103 pass deflections. The Giants also signed speedster Trindon Holliday and backup quarterback Josh Freeman.  

The Draft: The Giants helped out Manning by selecting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round. He’s a player who will help out the offense immediately and could open up the running game due to being another threat on the outside. The Giants then came away with a steal in the fifth round by drafting outside linebacker Devon Kennard out of USC.

Outlook for 2014, So Far: Last season was a fluke for the Giants. While Manning will continue to be inconsistent, the Giants have too much talent on both sides of the ball to be a losing ball club. The Giants are loaded offensively and with guys such as Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle on defense, this is a team that should be competing for an NFC East crown. Whether that’s the case or not remains to be seen.

2014 Schedule:

Sept. 8 at Detroit Lions (Mon), 7:10

Sept. 14 Arizona Cardinals, 1

Sept. 21 Houston Texans, 1

Sept. 25 at Washington Redskins (Thu), 8:25

Oct. 5 Atlanta Falcons, 1

Oct. 12 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30*

Oct. 19 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25

Oct. 26 BYE

Nov. 3 Indianapolis Colts (Mon), 8:30

Nov. 9 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25

Nov. 16 San Francisco 49ers, 1

Nov. 23 Dallas Cowboys, 8:30*

Nov. 30 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

Dec. 7 at Tennessee Titans, 1

Dec. 14 Washington Redskins, 1

Dec. 21 at St. Louis Rams, 4:05

Dec. 28 Philadelphia Eagles, 1

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