New York Giants: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Team Report, Schedule, Projection
New York Giants 2016 Preview
August 5, 2016
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The New York Giants come off of a disappointing 2015 campaign that saw the G-men go from promising contender heading into the season to a team falling apart at the seams at the end, losing 6 of their last 7 to finish 6-10 and in the lower half of the once again up for grabs NFC East.
Let’s take a look at the Giants for the 2016 season.
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Coaching Carousel: For the first time since 2003, the Giants will open the season without Tom Coughlin as head coach. Ben McAdoo gets his first taste of being the man in charge after taking over for Coughlin, who resigned January 4th, the day after New York lost its final regular season game to the rival Philadelphia Eagles to fall to 6-10. It will be most interesting to see how the Blue and White take to their new coach.
Key Additions/Losses: The Giants mainly made their splash this offseason on the defensive end. New York signed former Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, former Jets defensive end Damon Harrison and the Dolphins third round pick from 2012, Olivier Vernon, all to long-term contracts. Jenkins and Vernon are expected to battle for starting spots right out of training camp, with the secondary of the Jints being wide open for the taking for Jenkins, and Vernon expected to line up in the trenches with the health status of Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre Paul marred with question marks.
Big Blue nation bid farewell to Jon Beason, who announced his retirement on February 10th. While it came as a shock to some, retiring at 31 which seems like such a young age, the announcement came as he was scheduling knee surgery, and doctors told Beason the best move was to call it a career. Beason never was able to fulfill his pro-bowl and all-pro expectations in New York, starting just 21 games for the Giants over his three years with the Giants.
Apple of my eye: Big Blue used their first round pick (#10 overall) to take Eli Apple, a standout sophomore cornerback from Ohio State and will look to join an already competitive secondary with the likes of the aforementioned Janoris Jenkins, along with two-time pro-bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The second round was also kind to New York, landing Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard with the 40th overall pick. Shepard may not be the team’s tallest option only standing 5’10, however his 14 touchdowns in his senior season with the sooners show that he is capable of making a mark in his rookie year, and with a capable quarterback in his own right in Eli Manning, that doesn’t look like it will be a problem for Shepard.
Outlook: The Giants have to get off to a solid start this year to have any chance at competing in the NFC East. And with only two division games up to their bye week in week 8, the division could and should still be up for grabs. However you wonder if the Giants have enough to surge ahead over the other teams in the division. If they want to do so, then they have to do a lot better than the 2-4 division record that the G-men put out last season and I’m not sure they will be able to do so.
Projected Record: 7-9
Week 1: Sun, Sept 11 @ Dallas Cowboys 4:25 pm (FOX)
Week 2: Sun, Sept 18 vs. New Orleans Saints 1 pm (FOX)
Week 3: Sun, Sept 25 vs. Washington Redskins 1 pm (FOX)
Week 4: Mon, Oct 3 @ Minnesota Vikings 8:30 pm (ESPN)
Week 5: Sun, Oct 9 @ Green Bay Packers 8:30 pm (NBC)
Week 6: Sun, Oct 16 vs. Baltimore Ravens 1 pm (CBS)
Week 7: Sun, Oct 23 @ Los Angeles Rams 9:30 am (NFLN)
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sun, Nov 6 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 1 pm (FOX)
Week 10: Mon, Nov 14 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 8:30 pm (ESPN)
Week 11: Sun, Nov 20 vs. Chicago Bears 1 pm (FOX)
Week 12: Sun, Nov 27 @ Cleveland Browns 1 pm (FOX)
Week 13: Sun, Dec 4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 pm (FOX)
Week 14: Sun, Dec 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys 8:30 pm (NBC)
Week 15: Sun, Dec 18 vs. Detroit Lions 1 pm (FOX)
Week 16: Thu, Dec 22 @ Philadelphia Eagles 8:25 pm (NBC)
Week 17: Sun, Jan 1 @ Washington Redskins 1 pm (FOX)