Despite ending 2014 with a disappointing 6-10 record, there is an air of positivity around the New York Giants as they prepare to begin training camp ahead of the 2015 season.
With Odell Beckham Jr. primed for his second year in the league, Eli Manning promising big things, and Victor Cruz to return to the line up, the Giants' offense alone is enough to get them Ws.
Pro Bowl visit
News today then, that the NYC franchise are bringing four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jake Long in for a second visit, will only further ramp up the expectations amongst Giants fans.
Long was a former first overall draft pick by the Dolphins back in 2008 but is on the hunt for a new team after an injury-ravaged spell with the Rams came to an end this year. He visited with the Giants earlier this offseason and now, several weeks later, it looks like the NFC East team are back in the mix.
Having suffered ACL tears in consecutive season, Jake Long's current health (and readiness for football) will be the main issue for the likes of the Giants and Cardinals, the other interested party.
If the second visit in New Jersey goes well however, and the 30-year-old can prove himself to be anywhere near top form again, the Giants could be looking at an excellent addition if they choose to move forward.
Long made four consecutive Pro Bowls whilst in Miami and was ranked within the top 60 players in the NFL in 2011 (number 28) and 2012 (number 59). He is (or was) known as an exceptional run blocker and could add good experience to whoever takes a gamble on him in 2015.
The Giants may or may not sign Jake Long but the players that they currently have on their roster are already making big noise ahead of the 2015 season.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara has gone on record to say the Super Bowl is a minimum aim, while Giants fans are desperate to see if Odell Beckham Jr. can live up to the hype that surrounds him after a stunning rookie season.
Having missed the playoffs the past three seasons since winning it all in 2011 the Giants could be primed for better things in 2015, with or without Pro Bowl back up.
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