The Giants entered the off season needing help all over the place on offense, but their biggest need was the offensive line. They started by going out and signing guard Geoff Schwartz. They also drafted Colorado State center Weston Richburg, who will be penciled in as the week one starter at center. They also needed help at wide receiver, and added former LSU standout Odell Beckham Jr. They replenished their running back depth with the nation’s leading rusher from 2013, Boston College running back Andre Williams.
The New York Giants were founded in 1925, and have long been one of the National Football League’s better run franchises. They have been the champions of the National Football League four times, 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011. 2007 was the year in which they beat the undefeated New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl. That was the game notable for the famous catch by David Tyree on 4th down, with the game on the line. Many Patriots fans still claim that Patriots safety Rodney Harrison had a better grip on the ball than Tyree when they both hit the ground.
Giants Football Owner Changed The Face Of The NFL
The New York Giants are also known as having the most important owner in the history of American sports. Wellington Mara, the father of current Giants owner Tom Mara, took over as the owner in 1959. Without Wellington Mara, the NFL as we know it would not exist today. Mara brought revenue sharing and the idea of a salary cap to the league.
The Giants have recently become known as a team who seemingly pulls one out of nowhere when you least expect it. The 2007 season was one, the 2011 season was another. Both seasons, they really didn’t have great records. In both years they walked away as Super Bowl Champions. These runs are often built on players you have never heard of, until they step up and do something. For example, nobody had heard of Justin Tuck until he made Tom Brady’s fourth Super Bowl appearance a living nightmare.
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The New York Giants, one of the best teams of the last 10 years, had an injury-plagued, and abysmal 2014 season. The giants finished the season 6-10, good for third place in the NFC East, and nowhere near playoff contention. The most notable of these injuries was All-Pro wide receiver Victor Cruz. However, there is a silver lining in the Victor Cruz injury. The subtraction of Cruz from the lineup allowed for rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham to shine as the number one. Odell learned a quick lesson in the big leagues, and will be ready for 2015.
The New York Giants enter 2015 with much higher expectations than they entered 2014 with. Victor Cruz looks to return healthy, and if he does, the Giants could have their best wide receiver combination in years. As a result, Eli Manning could be due for one of his best seasons ever in the NFL.