As we sit here examining the four win New York ‘Football’ Giants nobody in there right mind thinks they’re a good team. There isn’t any real justification for it, honestly. That being said, there have been a few positives, positives in the form of guys like Odell Beckham Jr. and Devon Kennard.
Four win teams rarely have positives to look at. The Giants, do. Twenty players on injured reserve on one team is a lot. A whole lot. In fact it’s most in the entire National Football League. So looking forward to getting them back is absolutely one of the positives going forward. Guys like Prince Amukamara who was having a career year, Walter Thurmond, Victor Cruz will all be returning to full strength next year.
The two biggest impacts have been made by two rookies. Odell Beckham Jr. is a name that every sports fan across the country, more than likely the world, knows. Besides the fact he made one of the greatest catches in NFL history, he’s had six straight games of 90 or more yards. During this six game stretch that he’s currently in, he’s had six or more catches in each and Eli Manning has targeted him 68 times which is only nine less than the NFL’s leader in targets, Antonio Brown. He’s scored three touchdowns during that time and has put in every and any situation allowing him to flourish. Ben McAdoo and the Giants offense have used him in backfield, on reverses, punt returns and this pass week he threw a 50 yard bomb into the end-zone that fell incomplete. But, as previously stated he’s not the only rookie with a bright future. Devon Kennard has done a little of everything lately. The 5th-round draft pick out of USC has been showing out and proving why the Giants search for a strong-side linebacker may be over. Following a 3 tackle, 2 sack performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he played a flawless game against Tennessee. He record another 2 sacks, had 6 tackles, Kennard had 2 tackles for losses and he forced a fumble.
2015 will have a chance for the Giants to have a very quality squad. If Jon Beason returns to the middle of the defense, the chance of a line-backing core persisting of Beason, Kennard, and Jameel McClain is really promising. Including the returns of DRC’s two secondary mates, the aforementioned Prince Amukamara and Walter Thurmond III, the Giants have a lot of promise on the defensive side of the ball.
On the other side of the ball, there will be question marks headed into the off-season. These questions mainly surrounding the offensive-line. But through the high draft-pick New York will have in the upcoming draft, and free agency that will feature some good offensive linemen, the future protecting our franchise QB and high upside backfield duo in Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in 2015.