New York Giants
2014 Record: 6-10, missed playoffs, 3-2 in last five
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1st: 15th in DVOA* overall offense (12th pass, 23rd rush) | 24th in DVOA* overall defense (21st pass, 27th run)
2nd: Lower-third in efficiency against WR1s (23rd, 8.3 pass attempts per game, 66.3 receiving yards per game) and TEs (25th, 7.1 pass attempts, 61.8 yards, according to Football Outsiders’ defense vs. receiver types chart.
3rd: Key loss: DE Antrel Rolle | Key addition: RB Shane Vereen
4th: The answer to the top 5 questions for the Giants in 2015 all point to Odell Beckham Jr. OK. Maybe one points to Jason Pierre-Paul. Maybe another to Eli Manning. But the Beckham is the most talented skill player on the team. There is loads of hype on this second-year star — he’s already on the cover of Madden. It’s going to be difficult for him to live up to expectations, but he’ll probably get plenty of opportunity to try. His arrival, the continued improvement of Rueben Randle and the eventual return of Victor Cruz, even if he may never be the same player, should give this offense plenty of weapons for defenses to fear. The addition of Shane Vereen muddies the backfield a bit. Rashad Jennings was decent in his 11 games, but wasn’t such a force that he’ll win the job outright. Andre Williams showed promise especially during two 100-yard showings in the final four games of the season. Too bad the other two games were absolute stinkers. Vereen has impressed coaches with his pass-blocking and his catching ability was apparent in New England. It’ll be interesting to see if one RB rises to the top or if the Giants will go with a three-pronged attack this season. In either case, the Giants offense will likely be targeted in fantasy and feared by defenses in 2015. Which is good news for the Giants. Even if JPP can’t get on the field in a timely manner the defense is going to be in trouble. They’ll be without Mathias Kiwanuka, who was cut, and Antrel Rolle, who left via free agency. Both players’ performance has fallen off, but entering camp without JPP to anchor the defensive line and no starting safety the Giants could probably use some veteran bodies.
*Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a Football Outsiders’ advanced NFL metric, measures a team’s performance on a per-play basis. The metric attempts to limit variance and provides a more realistic measurement of how good a team is regardless of matchup or situation, making it a strong indicator of future success. Read more about DVOA.