I was reading an article early on from NFL.com and it was about 5 offensive players who'll have to be ready for bigger roles in 2014, with two of them coming from the Giants:
I'm going on a broader note: This is just pure speculation, as we're a couple of weeks away from the draft and we don't know what kind of changes will be made from that, but this is my top 5 list of players who need to step up in 2014 for the Giants with a heavier chip on their shoulder:Five players ready for bigger roles: Offense
By Marc Sessler
Around the League Writer
3. Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: With Hakeem Nicks out the door, Randle is the top option for No. 2 duties alongside Victor Cruz. Wideout looms as a draft need for New York, but Tom Coughlin in March expressed high expectations for Randle. "You've seen the plays the guy can make," the coach said. "We have a lot of belief and stock in his development." Giants skill players are starting fresh under new coordinator Ben McAdoo, and young receivers tend to emerge in Year 3. Randle's under pressure to deliver.
5. *Adrien Robinson, TE, New York Giants: Big Blue is bound to target a tight end in the draft, but Robinson is worth watching. Giants coaches, per The Star-Ledger, see him "as the Jason Pierre-Paul of tight ends due to his combination of raw size and speed." Foot and knee injuries derailed Robinson's 2013 campaign, but McAdoo's presence is a plus after what we saw in Green Bay, where Packers tight ends combined for 133 catches over the past two seasons. Keep an eye on this one.
* Gregg "The Boss" Rosenthal suggested I deep-six Robinson off this list, but I've got a notion he'll break out -- and I want to be able to link back to this on a rainy day.
5. Jerrel Jernigan, WR, #12: For the die-hard-fans who were loyal enough to watch the final 3-4 games of the 2013 Season (especially G) -- it took 3 years but finally, we had seen the emergence of Jernigan. The boy can make plays, but it should be noted that he was buried under a deep depth of WRs. Now with Nicks gone and Cruz wanting to play more on the outside, Jernigan is going to be expected to step up in the slot position and pick up where he left off in 2013. The question is, can he do it?
4. Johnathan Hankins, DT, # 96: It was quite painful (it was for me) to see the Anvil be carried away by Minnesota, but we have Hankins. We've seen some highs and some lows, as it can be seen in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bcZd9MKUys (could you embed this for me G? Really would appreciate it)
Hankins has the potential to grow into a run-stuffer like Joseph did during his 4-year tenure with the Giants, but he has big shoes to fill in. We have Patterson & Jenkins, but our proposed future DTs are Kuhn & Hankins. The question is can he be consistent on a daily basis and be as productive as Linval "The Anvil" Joseph in the middle?
3. Adrien Robinson, TE, #81/ Larry Donnell, TE, #84: I put these two fellas together for the reason that they'll be competing for the starting TE job with limited experience on the field. Both are young guys (Both are 25) and despite the fact that both of them have at least two season of experience of being with the Giants, they both have shown some flashes of athleticism and play-making abilities. I'm really high on Donnell, but it's worth noting the Giants organization have viewed Robinson as the "JPP of Tight Ends". The question for Robinson is can he live up to that kind of praise, while the question for Donnell is can he capitalize on those "flashes" he has shown and make it happen on the field? The Giants haven't picked up anyone but Kellen Davis from Free Agency and we don't know if they'll draft another TE, so the question for both of them is can they take advantage of the opportunity to get more snaps/playing time and live up to the hype that they've been given?
2. Rueben Randle, WR, #82: Let's face it, as unproductive as he was the last two seasons, we let our X-Receiver walk away to join up with the Colts. Randle is expected to step up replace Nicks, but he sure has some BIG gloves to fill in (pun intended). Coughlin has already expressed his belief in Randle to the public, and we have already seen what Randle is capable off. He has the physical tools to emerge as an X-Receiver: He's big (6-2, 208 lbs.), quick, got great hops and hands. The factor that keeps Randle from being a true #1 X-Receiver is his work ethics (according to reports, he wasn't going to attend the Manning Camp), chemistry (was responsible for a number of INTs Eli threw last threw) and mentality (struggled to understand the complex option routes Gilbride had in his offensive scheme). He's got to get it all right in his head if he's going to step up and be that X-Receiver, so my question for Randle is can he develop chemistry with Eli so that their connections can be more synced with completions & TDs instead of INTs?
1. Will Beatty, LT, #65: Off all the Giants on the roster, this is the guy that I believe will have to step up the most. He got the big boy money he wanted last offseason, but did not play like one. He struggled in 2013, and his play was inconsistent. His performance was so bad that some analysts (and some Giants fans on here as well) are considering the Giants taking a LT at 12, presumably Taylor Lewan. Now if the Giants do take a LT in the draft is left to be foreseen, but Beatty is an athletic O-lineman who has played his best at the LT position. Eli needs to be protected, especially at his blindside where the duties of the LT is highlighted here since Eli is right-handed. The question for Beatty is can he live up to the money and expectation that he has been given by the Giants organization? Is he really the Franchise LT the Giants inked an offseason ago, or do the Giants need to take another direction and find a new replacement?
Well this is my top 5 list. Whether it's thread worthy or not is based on your opinion, but this my opinion on the top 5 players who need to step up this season. Based on the rankings I have Will Beatty as the #1 guy who needs to step up the most. Do you agree or not? Feel free to make your own top 5 list of players who need to step up, I enjoy debating and would enjoy reading other people's opinion on this. Hope to get some feedbacks on this, spent an hour or two writing this up.
Also check out the poll above and vote on who you think needs to step up the most in 2014. Happy Debating