Last year, the New York Giants saw several of their young players emerge as stars. This year, expect more of the same from Big Blue.
2016 was a turnaround year for the New York Giants, finishing 11-5 after three consecutive losing seasons. The reasons for the reversal in fortune are aplenty. GM Jerry Reese has been drafting better of late and no NFL team has had more success in the free agency market. Several former draft choices and young free agent signees took major steps forward in becoming the team’s new core of stars.
Last season saw second-year safety Landon Collins bounce back from a disastrous rookie season and become an All-Pro. Collins was considered a Day 2 steal at the 2015 NFL Draft but was hung out to dry as a rookie. The light went on in his second season and now the Giants’ secondary is considered one of the league’s best.
2017’s roster is full of breakout candidates. CB Eli Apple, who showed flashes as a rookie last year, is expected to be an integral part of the Giants’ defense this season. He is not alone. The Giants are expecting their other selections from last year’s draft, WR Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, LB B.J. Goodson, RB Paul Perkins and TE Jerell Adams, to step into prominent roles as well.
Thompson won the free safety job in camp last summer, only to have his season derailed by a Lisfranc injury. He’s healthy now, and will…
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