After a successful 2016 campaign, the New York Giants are looking to build off of their eleven win season which saw them earn a playoff berth for the first time since 2011-2012 — the year they last won the Super Bowl.
Despite posting an 11-5 mark, New York was easily disposed in the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers.
However, many believe the Giants are legitimate contenders in the NFC East courtesy of a stout defense that will see nine starters return.
Their defense dominated throughout the season and made the biggest jump going from one of the worse units in 2015 to one of the best in 2016.
They gave up just 17.8 points per game, good for second in the league, but it was the offense that stalled to many times once it got in the red zone, failing to help out the defense and produce points.
New York was inept when it came to running the football and a lot of that had to do with inconsistent play from its offensive line.
At times veteran QB Eli Manning was under duress and running backs could not find any room to run.
The offense stacked with weapons just averaged 19.4 points per game in 2016.
Manning will need a bounce back year if the Giants have thoughts of making the playoffs for the second straight season.
The pressure will be on head coach Ben McAdoo to improve the production of the offense, with Manning stepping up and taking advantage of a collection of weapons widely considered among the league’s best.
However, guard Adam Gettis believes the key to the Giants in 2017 will once again be the offensive line.
“We got head coach Ben McAdoo, and he does a hell of a job for us,” Gettis said. “His philosophy is 50 percent run, 50 percent pass, if something breaks down you have to adjust, that is football. We will run the ball well this year.”
Left tackle Ereck Flowers had a very rough season and Bobby Hart at right tackle will be under the microscope throughout training camp.
The Giants did add D.J. Fluker and they still have veteran John Jerry, who was solid at right guard.
New York is really banking on Flowers showing up and proving he was worthy of a top ten draft pick back in 2015.