The Giants have a good team there is no doubt about that and what comes with a good team is good position groups. Just look at the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom or the Green Bay Packers and their wideout group. I feel the Giants might be able to best these two teams in each of their respective strengths. The Giants secondary was one of the team’s major strengths last year and while the offense had a down year the wide receivers are still a very good group. The Giants main wide receivers this year will be Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall and they have the potential to be the best in the league. The Giants secondary or the New York Pass Defense, NYPD, already boasts three pro bowlers in Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, and Landon Collins. They also have up and coming star Eli Apple who played his way into the starting rotation last season and solid players like Andrew Adams and Darian Thompson.
It is really difficult to say which group will be better, but I am going to go with the wide receivers. The main reason I am going to go with them is because the NFL is geared toward offense and more importantly passing offense. It is just too difficult to sustain success in a secondary and that can be seen around the league as there really isn’t a team quite like the Seattle Seahawks, but not for the lack of trying. I think the Giants have a chance to be in the top five in pass defense this year, but I just don’t see them developing into an elite group. That does not mean I don’t think they will be great as I expect big things out of this group, but I just don’t think they will be good enough to gain the recognition that other secondaries get. They will also be overshadowed on their own team by another position group, the wideouts.
Led by superstar Odell Beckham Jr this group of wide receivers has a chance to be one of the best ever. I don’t think I am exaggerating either, if Sterling Shepard can make a leap from his first year to his second then the Giants will have three superstars. If you have followed football at all over the past ten seasons or so you would know that Brandon Marshall was a legitimate number one wider receiver. He is only two years removed from a 10+ touchdown, 1000+ yard season and last year he was injured. I believe he still is a number one and now playing for a winning team with a solid quarterback I could see him giving us another 10 touchdowns. The only reason I see him not reaching this is if he or Eli get hurt or if Odell Beckham wins the MVP because he caught 20 touchdowns and had over 2,000 yards receiving. Now of course I am banking on Shepard having a big second season, but last season he showed no reason not to believe in him as he caught eight touchdowns as a rookie. Now that he knows the offense better and has some better players around him he could be due for a huge leap. If all of these receivers stay healthy I don’t see why they can’t be the best trio in the league. This will also make them the best position group on the team. It’s really not a knock on the Giants’ secondary, but more of a knock on defense in general and how hard it is to sustain success in that area.
As an honorably mention I thought about throwing the defensive end group into this conversation as the Giants boast two of the best in the league. Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul are two star defensive ends, but I think there are too many questions around them to consider them the best group on the team. JPP got hurt late last year and is still learning to play with three fingers on his right hand and he just signed a huge four year deal so he has a lot to prove this year. Vernon doesn’t produce the sack numbers like some of the elite pass rushers in this league, I know he constantly delivers pressures, but to be considered the best in this league you got to sack the QB.
With all that being said the wide receiver position group is the best group on the New York Giants. If all goes as planned this year I feel we could see three 1,000 yard receivers, something Eli’s brother Peyton had a couple of years back. Sadly, we still have a long way to go before any group can prove they are the best, but right now they can really focus on making each other better in OTAs and training camp.