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Giants In 2012: Final Report Card

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  • Giants In 2012: Final Report Card

    Excerpt: "Running game: C

    The Giants were better statistically than last season, when they finished last in rushing, but struggles in short-yardage and the inability to provide balance in key games down the stretch cost this team mightily. Ahmad Bradshaw eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second time, but injury issues again affected his impact over the long haul. David Wilson showed tremendous flashes. FB Henry Hynoski had perhaps the most consistent season of any offensive player. C David Baas was tough inside and showed why the Giants invested in him as a free agent before last season.

    Passing game: C

    Eli Manning acknowledged he did not take the step forward in terms of the improvement he was hoping for. Part of the reason for his inconsistency were the struggles of Hakeem Nicks, who was not himself after the Week 2 performance (10 catches, 199 yards, TD) during which he sprained his left knee. He was held without a catch in Week 16 and played just one snap in Week 17. He is hoping to avoid surgery in the off-season. Victor Cruz earned a Pro Bowl invite and proved he is not a "one-hit wonder." TE Martellus Bennett had a career season.

    Run defense: D

    Of all the things that went wrong, the Giants' inability to stop the run was the most glaring. Opponents ran left, right and up the middle — at times with ease — gutting the defense and neutralizing its greatest strength: the pass rush. MLB Chase Blackburn had the best season of his career, but he is a free agent. OLB Michael Boley was inconsistent and he lost snaps to younger LBs Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger late in the year. They took a big hit at DT when seventh-round draft pick Markus Kuhn went down with a torn ACL, but Linval Joseph showed he might be ready to bump up to Pro Bowl status next season.

    Pass defense: C-minus

    The pass rush was invisible at times and, though some of that was circumstance – terrible run defense, playing from behind – the personnel needed to perform better. Jason Pierre-Paul was voted a Pro Bowl starter, but the Giants expected more. A primary focus of the off-season will be figuring out how to improve the secondary after its vulnerability to the big pass play was exploited. Good years for S Stevie Brown, S Antrel Rolle, CB Prince Amukamara and S Will Hill were offset by an uneven campaign for S Kenny Phillips (knee injury) and a woeful showing by CB Corey Webster." Read more...
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