Projected starter: Eli Manning
Projected reserves: David Carr, Ryan Nassib
Who’s in: Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter
Who’s out: None
The Good: In Eli Manning the Giants have one of the best Quarterbacks in the league. After coming off of a season in which the Giants offense put up the second highest point total in franchise history, all signs point towards this year being even better for Big Blue. Eli will have a healthy, and motivated Hakeem Nicks to start the season, which should provide a huge lift to an offense that had to get used to playing without the star receiver last season. The Giants also bring back talented young wideouts Reuben Randle, Jerrell Jernigan, and Ramses Barden. General Manager Jerry Reese also brought in free agent Louis Murphy, who gives Manning a true down the field threat that should keep opposing defenses honest. To sure up an aging offensive line, Reese used the Giants first round pick on Justin Pugh, a versatile rookie that can play any position on the line. If the line can protect Eli, there’s no reason to believe that the veteran quarterback will not put up another great season at the helm for the Giants.
The Not so Good: The big question for Manning entering training camp is whether or not a re-vamped offensive line can do enough to protect him. Last season Eli was being chased down by defensive lineman a little too often for the Giants liking, General Manager Jerry Reese corrected the problem by using his first round pick on versatile G/T Justin Pugh. The Giants will also have Chris Snee and David Baas returning from off-season surgeries, which should go a long way in bringing the Giants offensive line back to championship form.
Player to watch: The obvious answer here is Eli Manning, but for me the interesting guy to watch in camp will be rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib. The Giants drafted Nassib as an insurance plan for the veteran Manning. It will be interesting to see just how quickly Nassib can pick up the complexities of an NFL offense that will be far different than anything he ran at Syracuse. If Nassib looks good in training camp the Giants just may have their quarterback of the future, if not David Carr still provides the G-Men with a reliable back-up at the position.