Offseason Outlook: New York Giants

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Jul 28, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebackers Jake Muasau (43)

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Many other mock drafts have linebacker as a position of need for the Giants, but I do not feel that should be addressed externally. I trust that Jon Beason will be able to come back and regain form, and Devon Kennard would complement him well. Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquian Williams may be cap casualties, but I would consider bringing back Williams at a reduced cost. If the organization feels they need more depth at LB, they could always draft a mid-round linebacker.

Offensive line and defensive line position upgrades should be mandatory for the Giants’ front office. Solid free agent pickups and draft picks in these areas can significantly improve this team. Again, The availability of these players is subject to change.

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In addition to adding players at the aforementioned positions, the Giants should still be concerning themselves with extra positional depth. As evidenced by the 2014-15 season, injuries can happen at any time, at any position.

The salary cap is a big factor in NFL offseason spending, and going over the cap is not an option. Therefore, the Giants must be wise with the way they spend their money. It’s nice to have the big-name signings, but striking gold with lesser-known moves is more efficient. Jerry Reese mentioned in his season ending press conference that he does not envision any splash signings, but maybe his views will change from now until free agency begins.

Players stepping up and rising to the challenge should be present in the Giants organization. You never know when an undrafted player can make a name for himself in a key moment (see Malcolm Butler, for example).  Hitting the jackpot with late round draft picks is always nice and cap-friendly, and fans should hope that the scout team does well this offseason.

Whatever happens, we know one thing. Owner John Mara will not tolerate another failed season. This time, he may actually fire everyone, from the front office to the coaching staff if things do not go well next season. It’s up to Jerry Reese to make sure that will not happen, and a having good offseason is a good start.

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