In many circles, the G-Men are considered Super Bowl contenders.
On the other hand, USA Today sees major flaws with the New York Giants roster, according its NFL writer, Nate Davis.
“16. New York Giants (16.1): This team could be a microcosm of QB Eli Manning — wildly uneven. The secondary, D-line and receivers are all elite or at least borderline. But the linebackers, special teams and running back situations leave this team looking quite lopsided,” Davis wrote on July 20, 2017.
The higher your evaluation number gets, the lower your ranking slips. At 6.8, the Atlanta Falcons are considered the “best” roster in the NFL. On the other end of the spectrum, the San Francisco 49ers (28.6) are at the bottom of the barrel.
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MetLife Stadium co-tenant, the New York Jets (27.5), edge ahead of the Niners, but barely. Utilizing a philosophy of “you’re only as strong as your weakest link”, USA Today makes some good points about Big Blue.
Weak Spots for New York Giants
Obviously, USA Today appears unconvinced that Aldrick Rosas can be a regular NFL kicker. Even the most ardent fan of the New York Giants would concede that place kicker situation remains unsettled at best. And if veteran Lawrence Tynes will be at training camp to compete for a position that would make for a nice story, but hardly locks down the position.
At worst, filling the place kicking position requires a post training camp fire drill, like last season.
Davis pokes a hole at the linebacking area as well. I concur that it’s an area that requires some attention, but the question is “how much?” B.J. Goodson has to adapt to a starting role right out of the gate this preseason. With J.T. Thomas as a favorite to garner a roster spot, I would say depth remains thin.
Holdovers Jonathan Casillas and Devon Kennard have played well. And the return of Keenan Robinson raised depth in this position group.
Finally, the running back situation mirrors linebacker. A second-year guy gets thrust into a starting role, and depth appears questionable. Paul Perkins had more on-field time than Goodson, so his learning curve should not be as extensive.
The former UCLA Bruin showed flashes of greatness last season, but mainly as a change-of-pace.
Can Perkins be the productive runner that the New York Giants desperately need?
He’d better grow into that role, otherwise you’re asking Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa or rookie Wayne Gallman to be that guy.