With 2016 NFL Training Camp looming, we identify and breakdown four New York Giants players who need to step up this season.
As the start of New York Giants training camp is nearly one week away, it has been more than a full calendar month since organized team activities concluded and the coaching staff dismissed the players for the summer.
Although the strict spring practice rules and regulations limited the things the coaching staff was allowed to do with its players, these practices did provide valuable insight on multiple fronts regarding player health, roster spots, and the makeup of the depth chart.
Compelling position battles are starting to take shape, and free agent acquisitions are beginning to get acclimated to the culture of the organization. And while action is expectedly slow during the offseason, this time of the year can be used as a good opportunity to look ahead towards the season.
With a change at the head coaching position for the first time in the Eli Manning era as well as an unprecedented free agent spending frenzy, the front office felt that shakeup was necessary in order to catalyze a franchise seemingly in decline after four straight disappointing seasons. With more talent on both sides of the ball than they have had in several seasons, the outlook seems brighter for 2016 than it has in a long while.
However, with the established talent on the roster comes the unknown.
As the Giants have moved on from several veteran players, there is a newfound injection of youth on the roster. These young players will not just be asked to fill openings on the roster, but they will be counted on to elevate their play—with the success of the team at stake. If the Giants are to have success in 2016, the Giants will need these four players to take large strides forward: