Excerpt: "The Giants passing game has been in the news in recent weeks with Eli Manning's ankle surgery and Victor Cruz wanting the team to draft a receiver. It's made for some interesting preseason outlooks.
The Giants should improve throwing the ball this season -- they can't be much worse than 2013. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was an assistant with the Packers since 2006, will bring his version of the West Coast offense to New York. That should help Manning, who is coming off a miserable year, because he needed a change from Kevin Gilbride.
Manning, who should be fine with his ankle for training camp, has now gone two years in a row with fewer than 4,000 passing yards. In 2013, he had more interceptions (27) than touchdowns (18), and he completed just 58 percent of his passes.
He said the new offense gives him the chance to "re-invent himself," and the Giants will have a different look at receiver with Hakeem Nicks gone as a free agent to Indianapolis. Cruz will remain the No. 1 receiver, and Rueben Randle is expected to be the other starter.
The Giants brought back Mario Manningham after a two-year stint with the 49ers, and Jerrel Jernigan is also expected to play a bigger role. The team also will likely address tight end in the draft (we'd love to see them get North Carolina's Eric Ebron) or a late free-agent signing like Jermichael Finley (if his neck is healthy).
Not many owners are going to draft Manning as anything more than a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback, and he has a lot to prove. But if he can grasp this offense and his receivers thrive, he could return as a Top 12 Fantasy passer, which he was from 2008-11. It's a stretch, but he's someone to monitor during the season.
Cruz should also rebound after a down year in 2013 when he had just 73 catches for 998 yards and four touchdowns, scoring three of them in Week 1. This was the first time since his breakout season in 2011 that Cruz failed to finish as a Top 15 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues (he was No. 29).
The reason Cruz wants help at receiver, which shows little faith in Randle, is he does his best work in the slot. When Nicks was healthy and playing well, Cruz was dominant. As we saw last year when Nicks wasn't at 100 percent, it made it easy for defenses to slow Cruz down." Read more...