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Projected 2014 starters: New York Giants


Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class.


New York Giants Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DT
WR1
DT
WR2
DE
WR3
MLB
TE
WLB
LT
CB1
LG
CB2
C
CB3
RG
SS
RT
FS


» The Giants will want to get No. 12 overall draft pick Odell Beckham's playmaking ability on the field early and often. The former LSU star is a home-run threat in the return game, which bodes ill for Trindon Holliday's chances of sticking on the roster. The coaching staff hasn't given up on Rueben Randle, and Jerrel Jernigan showed promise in averaging nearly seven catches and 80 yards over the final three games of last season. Beckham will have to earn his snaps at wide receiver.

» When a team uses a second-round pick on a center, the expectation is that the rookie will start. Weston Richburg should have the edge over J.D. Walton, who has been set back by a compound ankle fracture since early in the 2012 season. With the exception of left tackle Will Beatty recovering from a fractured tibia, the offensive line is in much better shape this offseason than last. Geoff Schwartz is an upgrade on the interior, and Justin Pugh's play picked up noticeably late in his rookie season.

» Third-rounder Jay Bromley is a two-down run-stuffer who will likely be limited to obvious run situations as a rookie. ... Fourth-round running back Andre Williams is a fantasy sleeper. The 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist had a second-round grade on the Giants' draft board. He's ticketed for the clock-killer (and perhaps short-yardage) roles behind Rashad Jennings.

» Tom Coughlin's secondary is much improved with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond at cornerback, but safety Will Hill's lengthy suspension hurts. This defense desperately needs Jason Pierre-Paul to recapture pre-back surgery disruption up front. Much like the Cowboys, the Giants need a lot to go their way for a run at the playoffs.

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