Despite the new look faces, quarterback Eli Manning will make or break the New York Giants 2017 Super Bowl aspirations.

So far this offseason, the New York Giants have been active in their efforts to retain and add-on to their core.

They’ve franchise tagged longtime defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, giving him $17 million this upcoming season; they’ve agreed to a two-year/ 12 million dollar deal with former New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall; they’ve agreed to a four-year/ 18 million dollar deal with Minnesota Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison, and have also  signed former San Diego Chargers offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to a one-year deal.

All four transactions help make the Giants a powerhouse in the NFC, but they won’t be the key factors to the 2017 season. Despite the new faces, Eli Manning is the key to any success the Giants have in 2017.

Join us as we navigate through this Eli scenario coming up in 2017:

Robbie Stratakos is a New York Knicks/Giants Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY (ESNY); he also covers the NBA nationally. He previously wrote at Last Word On Pro Basketball and Empire Writes Back. In addition to writing for ESNY, Robbie is an MLB columnist at Baseball Essential. He previously wrote at HardBallScoop - part of Scout/CBS Interactive/247Sports, Last Word On Baseball and District On Deck. He is attending Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Follow him on twitter @RPStratakos