The 2015 NFL season could be one to remember for the New York Giants.
After a devastating season last year Tom Coughlin's men will be looking to set the record straight this season when the NFL begins in September.
The Giants open their season with their first game against divisional rivals the Dallas Cowboys on September 13th at AT&T Stadium. No doubt, Big Blue will be going all out for the win and to start their season on the right track. Here's why the Giants can be successful this coming year.
Article continues below
Reasons to be hopeful
The Giants' recruitment in free agency, and especially in this years Draft, has been excellent. The addition of free agent Shane Vereen from the newly crowned Superbowl champions the New England Patriots is a huge asset to their run game and also in the passing game where quarterback Eli Manning will have a wealth of talent in his receiving core.
Vereen was an unsung hero in the Patriots' Superbowl run last season, scoring three receiving touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. With safe hands and capable of excellent route running, Vereen will certainly play a big part in helping Manning get to the endzone.
Article continues below
The Giants' draft in 2015 was excellent - the prized pick being Ereck Flowers, offensive tackle out of Miami, who can help shore up the offensive line.
Flowers will certainly add bulk and size to a shaky offensive line which crumbled many times last season and were unable to prevent Manning being sacked on numerous occasions.
In defense, the loss of Antrell Rolle meant additions were a necessity to build up the defense which ranked 22nd last season. Landon Collins was a fantastic pick for the Giants, and it seems the safety will be ready to start for Big Blue come the regular season.
It is imperative for Collins to settle quickly in New York and get a good pre-season under his belt. His talent then can shine through.
Eli Manning is in a lucky position with the receiving core which he now has to aim for. As mentioned, Shane Vereen will add receiving yards and help to get Eli out of tricky third down situations.
However it is at wide receiver where the Giants arguably now possess one of the best groups in the NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr. had a phenomenal debut season with New York where he became a Pro Bowler and caught for over 1,300 yards and had 12 touchdowns. With the catch of the decade on his CV, it is fair to say Beckham is one of the most exciting young wide receivers in the NFL and will be a huge asset to Manning this season.
Along with Beckham, it looks like the road to recovery for WR Victor Cruz is on track and the hope will be that he is ready for the season opener against Dallas. Cruz already has a Superbowl to his name with the Giants and his added experience will be crucial for the development of Beckham Jr. As a mentor Cruz will help in on and off the field issues for OBJ and the rest of the Giants offense.
It certainly would appear that the Giants have fixed the issues and problems which they suffered from last season. They will hide under the radar, yet arguably with a healthy squad there could be big things to come out of Big Blue and New York.
Tom Coughlin will be making sure that the pre season is the highest standard possible because he will know they are very close to something.